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{ 16 } GETTING TO KNOW… Singing Princess Jaymi Renae { 22 } THE INTERVIEW Catching up with former cover models { 26 } WITH THIS ONION RING… 50 anniversary meals at the Varsity { 28 } MARJEAN BIRT Well-deserved honor for active volunteer

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hen thinking of quintessentially Southern food, you might suggest barbecue, fried chicken or grits. All of those apply, of course, but for this Georgia girl, when I want a real taste of home, I think of chicken salad. The very first entry in the homemade recipe book I compiled as a newlywed is for “Mom’s Chicken Salad.” There were no precise measurements, just loose guidelines. Cooked, chopped chicken breasts, boiled eggs, celery “cut up tiny,” seasoning and Hellmann’s mayonnaise. My mother was firmly in the Hellmann’s camp, though her sister insisted upon Duke’s. After all, mayonnaise can make or break a chicken salad. If you wanted to get fancy, she said, you could add one or more of fresh dill or thyme, green onions, seedless grapes, pecans, almonds or even Tabasco, depending on your mood. So you can imagine my delight when several friends let me know that a new restaurant had opened in Alpharetta – with chicken salad taking center stage. Even the name leaves no doubt as to what’s in store: Chicken Salad Chick. The restaurant’s founder Stacy M. Brown, from Auburn, Alabama, knows very well that when it comes to chicken salad, strong opinions exist. No one recipe will satisfy everyone’s own childhood memories or personal tastes. Her idea was to appease even the pickiest chicken salad lover with 15 different varieties from which to choose. All of the flavors are named for “chicks” who hold a special place in the hearts of Stacy and her husband Kevin. To name a few, Fancy Nancy contains Fuji apples, pecans and seedless grapes; Cranberry Kelli features cranberries and slivered almonds; Olivia’s Old South includes sweet pickles and egg; and Classic Carol is plain, for the purists. The newest flavor, Kickin’ Kay Lynne, combines a bracing combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, cheddar cheese and jalapenos. You can enjoy a scoop of your chicken salad of choice with crackers, or layer it with lettuce

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and tomato on sandwich bread or a croissant. Other lunchtime favorites include pimento cheese, Virginia ham, Cajun roast beef or turkey sandwiches and a soup of the day. Side salads include fresh fruit and pasta, and a delicious broccoli salad tossed in a sweet vinegarbased dressing with shredded cheeses and crisp bacon. Stacy also included her mother’s specialty grape salad on the menu – red and green grapes covered in a sweet cream cheese mixture, topped with brown sugar and crushed pecans. Printed on the menu is the story of the Browns’ success story. Stacy, a stay-at-home mom, began selling her classic chicken salad out of her home kitchen to friends and teachers at the local elementary school, until the local health department caught wind of it and shut her down, igniting outrage from her loyal customers in what one blogger described as “a classic case of suburban food hysteria.” Kevin encouraged her to open a restaurant, an effort which Stacy describes as a truly collaborative effort, involving neighbors keeping her kids so she could work, and friends painting artwork on the restaurant walls and offering professional advice free of charge. The venture proved successful and since then, Stacy has personally attended the grand openings of each new Chicken Salad Chick in cities across the Southeast, including, most recently, Alpharetta, in the North Point 6 Mall area, next to Guitar Center and Sweet Tomatoes. The counter service restaurant’s hours are the same ones set by Stacy at her first Alabama location, designed to allow plenty of quality “home time” with her kids – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. True, the line can get a bit long at peak lunch hours, but when you think about it, that’s a small price to pay for a taste of home. ■




1. Chicken Salad Chick is located in the North Point Mall area. 2. Chick trio plate. 3. Classic Carol Croissant. 4. Side salads. 5. Counter service casual dining room. 6. Owner Stacy Brown, in red, and husband Kevin Brown pose with the women for whom the chicken salad flavors are named. PHOTOS 1 & 5 BY KATIE VANBRACKLE/STAFF PHOTOS 2, 3, & 4 BY SARA HANNA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Family Haven provides safe refuge for victims of domestic abuse Organization celebrates 25 years of service to area women, children BY CANDY WAYLOCK


t started with a little boy, murdered during an episode of domestic violence, which planted the seed and set the roots that grew into the Forsyth County Family Haven. Today, 25 years later, the organization founded by two Catholic nuns has helped shelter and care for thousands of women and children who find themselves seeking a place of temporary refuge. In 1989 when Family Haven was founded, Forsyth was transitioning from rural outpost to one of the most prosperous and fast-growing counties in the state. But in 1975 when Sister Kathryn Cliatt and Sister June Racicot arrived in Forsyth County, they found the third poorest county in Georgia, with needs that overwhelmed the local resources. Over the next three decades, the nuns laid the foundation for what would become the United Way of Forsyth, along with a charitable organization simply named “The Place” to provide help for those in need, a retreat and meditation center and the Family Haven. “The [sisters] founded Family Haven after hearing about a boy in Forsyth County who was murdered by his father as a result of domestic violence,” explained Adrianne Hamilton-Butler, development/grants manager for Family Haven. “They saw the need for a shelter to protect families.” It started simply – a trailer that could only serve two clients at a time. But as word spread, and the need grew, so did Family Haven. A two-story triplex was soon purchased, with space for 18 beds. It was replaced 20 years later with a 21-bed emergency shelter and three apartment-style transitional housing units. “Since 2009, Family Haven has averaged 130 to 140 women and children in the shelter annually, 12 women and children in transitional housing annually and 1,000 victims and family members annually through its 24/7 8 | | september2014

crisis line, bi-lingual legal advocacy, support groups and outreach services,” said Hamilton-Butler. As it celebrates its 25th year, Hamilton-Butler said the mission of Family Haven has not veered from its original vision as the advocate for victims and families of domestic violence, and to provide shelter, programs and community education to end the cycle of violence. “The mission has basically stayed the same, however, in recent years, there has been a focus on providing bilingual services to reach Forsyth County’s growing Latino population,” said Hamilton-Butler. The clients come to Family Haven from throughout the area, with about one-third from Forsyth County, and the remainder from neighboring counties, across the state and even a handful from out of state. Within the organization, clients’ short- and long-term needs are met, with housing available up to 120 days. The majority of clients are able to get back on their feet during that time frame, supported along the way with the resources they need to become self-sufficient. “This is a monitored process,” said Hamilton-Butler. “Family Haven wants to ensure that the women have the life-skills, jobs and resources needed to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.” When considering the breadth and depth of services offered at Family Haven, the organization operates on a shoestring budget of less than $1 million annually. Most of those funds are raised through donations and grants, and they allow the services to be provided at no cost to clients. Hamilton-Butler says the value provided by Family Haven’s team of 25 volunteers allows the organization to accomplish much with little, and their impact is immeasurable. “We have a pool of volunteers who provide food, personal supplies and shelter supplies, and who teach life skills training such as budgeting and nutrition,” she said. A capital campaign in 2009 allowed Family Haven to purchase their facilities in full, with no mortgage to manage. But if Family Haven ever did hit the lottery, HamiltonButler knows exactly what is at the top of the wish list: two new vans to provide reliable transportation for their clients, and an on-premises storage unit. “Our current vans are old and require quite a bit of maintenance,” she said. “And if we had a storage unit on the premises, we could free up space for onsite programs, and not have to pay for our offsite storage unit.”

For now, Family 3 Haven is focused on meeting the needs of a growing community and developing collaborative relationships with many organizations who support their mission. These include the Cumming Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department, which often provide transportation for clients; Georgia Highlands Medical 4 Services and Goodson Drug (discounted medical services and medications); New Leaf (on-site licensed therapy and off-site counseling); AVITA (off-site mental health and recovery); Whispering Hope (parenting classes); along with many community groups such as churches, the Forsyth County Ladies League and local high schools that regularly donate goods and services to support the programs. Family Haven was also just awarded a grant from the Allstate Foundation to be one of its Community Partners for its Purple Purse Project. The program teaches domestic abuse victims how to empower themselves financially. “We are proud of being selected as an agency that will provide financial empowerment tools to victims and help victims move to self-sufficiency,” said Hamilton-Butler. For more information about Forsyth County Family Haven, how to support the organization through donations or volunteer services, visit the website at http://www. ■ 1. Victims and families come to this Family Haven waiting area for legal advocacy and other outreach services. 2. The Family Haven staff, from left, Tasho Wesley, Program/Shelter Manager; Millie Irizarry, Executive Director; Adrianne Hamilton-Butler, Development/Grants Manager. 3. Sister June Racicot, and Sister Kathryn Cliatt ( #4) founded Family Haven in 1989. 4. Sister Kathryn Cliatt.

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Authors of “You’ve Got Lipstick on Your Teeth,” from left, Kim Forde, Dawn Weber, Leslie Marinelli, Anna Sandler, Kim Bongiorno.

The Language of Laughter Irreverent humorist Leslie Marinelli tells it like it is


f you catch a bright spark of a woman shooting past your peripheral vision, it’s likely Cumming’s award winning humorist, writer, wife and mother of three, Leslie Marinelli. Notorious for her infectious and irreverent wit, Marinelli is all about telling the brutal truth - and women everywhere are glad to listen and laugh with her. In August of 2013, Marinelli contributed to and acted as editor for “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth,” a collection of thirtynine original short stories by women, for women, and about women. “These are the stories you only tell your closest girlfriends,” Leslie says. “Usually over a bottle of wine, and probably while laughing so hard you either ruin your makeup or pee your pants, or both. We're shining a light on our funniest (and sometimes, our darkest) secrets--our most embarrassing moments--because it's when we're vulnerable and honest that we forge the strongest connections and discover that we aren't so alone after all.” The powerful response from readers who found her first on her blog, The Bearded Iris: A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All, and the growing popularity of her more recent publications, have proven Marinelli’s brand of transparent honesty is absolutely the best policy when it comes to making genuine connections. “Over the years, I have received a number of heartfelt emails and comments from readers who are truly grateful for the connection and entertainment. Recently, a woman named Kristen wrote, ‘My son was born at just 26 weeks. We spent 115 days in the NICU with him… and every week, I looked forward to your new posts. They gave me something to laugh at and smile at and they made the time in the NICU a little less lonely.’” Leslie is modest about her success but her list of 10 | | september2014



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accolades is as impressive as it is inspiring: An Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Humorist of the Month (October 2013), a BlogHer Humor Voice of the Year (2013 & 2012), and a Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger (2011). Obviously, Leslie’s words strike a chord with her readership. Her freelance writing has been featured at LifetimeMoms. com, CNN's, Mamapedia,, and 3 Things for Mom. And her readers are gladly following Marinelli to her next venture. These days Leslie spends most of her time running, a popular online women's humor magazine. A perfect fit, the tagline for the magazine could describe editor-in-chief Marinelli, herself: “Dishing up the hottest women’s humor, heart, and ‘Holy moly, did she just say that?’ since 2009.” When asked what inspires her to put it all out there, Marinelli reflects on the darker side of a generation of women experiencing the impact of a hyper-connected society. She observes that despite all the smart phones and Internet accessibility, many women feel more isolated than ever. Leslie believes women are craving authenticity, a

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You Got Lipstick on Your Teeth By Leslie Marinelli (Editor) Thank God for girlfriends and shared visits to powder rooms! That’s always been the concept behind our website where we’ve been entertaining women with our humor and bold, brave honesty since 2009. Now we’re taking it to the next level with an anthology of original short stories from some of the wittiest women writers we know—stories they would only tell their closest friends, most likely from within the haven of a ladies’ room. Inside you’ll find 39 (mostly) true tales by women, for women, about being women—bodily changes, relationships, careers, motherhood, aging, illness, and more—written with the humor and grit that proudly sets In The Powder Room apart.

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We're shining a light on our funniest (and sometimes, our darkest) secrets…because it's when we're vulnerable and honest that we forge the strongest connections and discover that we aren't so alone after all.” Leslie Marinelli girlfriend who gets what it’s like to live with all the pressure as a wife, a mother and a woman. Leslie’s humor is like a release valve, helping women remember it’s okay when life doesn’t turn out like a perfect Pinterest board, and even better to laugh about it. At the heart of Leslie’s message is one goal, to create community. “I overshare because people crave honesty and imperfection from their friends on the Internet,” Leslie explained. “My candor helps people feel more normal: “Oh, thank goodness, I’m not the only one whose toddler wears a bucket on his head!” or “Whose kid has never won a

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Principal Pal Award?” or “Whose kitchen counters look like something seen on ‘Hoarders: Buried Alive?’” “I don’t write about awe-inspiring Martha Stewartesque cupcakes or how to make crocheted grocery bag hair bows that are bigger than your child’s head; I share what happens when a not-so-perfect mom tries to make a lastminute Barbie cake without all the ingredients, or attempts her own Brazilian bikini wax.” When asked how she’d like to follow up the success she’s experiencing in print, Leslie said, “The main thing I'd really like to do more of in the future is stand-up comedy.” Recently she got the chance to exercise her comedic chops, appearing in Listen To Your Mother in Atlanta and That’s What She Said in Champaign, Illinois where she performed a ten-minute, live comedy monologue for a packed house of 900. As always, Leslie left them laughing. You can see her performance about why her children think

she’s “grosser than creamed corn” on Youtube. We think she’ll leave you laughing, too! To learn more about Leslie Marinelli find her at www., tweet her @InthePowderRoom or email her at ■

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2014' s Fall Trends By LORI WYNNE


hen the fall season arrives, it can evoke nostalgia for some and can be a new beginning for others. Some people may recall past school years with fondness. Others may be looking forward to new school adventures with the change of season. The new fall trends in 2014 may evoke the same feelings of nostalgia (I remember wearing that). For others, the new fall trends may be a new and refreshing twist to the classics. Whether you have worn them in the past or not, here is my advice on how to wear some of the “new” fall trends in 2014.

Crop tops Perhaps you wore them in the 80s with your high-waist jeans while rocking out to Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.” In 2014, to make them work/school appropriate, stylists at Banana Republic suggest layering it over a long sleeved button down shirt. Leave your shirttails out to cover your midriff. If that seems like too many layers for you, J Crew has the crop top with the cotton shirttails already sewn onto the bottom hem. Remember, flowy on the top needs skinny on the bottom, so pair it with your favorite skinny jeans or narrow ankle pant for an updated look.

Bootie or Shootie This trend from the more recent past is here to stay and if you don’t own some, it is time to bring yourself into this decade. Whether you own them in a wedge (more stability) or a stiletto (this season’s trend) is up to you. Wear them with 14 | | september2014

everything! Ankle pants, skirts with tights or under a wide legged trouser. The bootie is the answer for women with muscular calves who cannot find a tall boot that fits. There are so many varieties to choose from as far as material, height of heel and how high it is on the ankle, you are sure to find a comfortable pair. Let me know if you would like my personal help. I love to help people with their fashion dilemmas. Personally, I will have both wedges and stilettos just to make sure I am ready for whatever fall has to offer. See you on the dance floor!

Jumpsuits Did you dance the night away at the discotheque in this number a couple of decades ago? It’s back and it doesn’t seem to be leaving soon. With many women struggling with the low rise and skinny jeans, muffin tops and plumber’s crack, the jumpsuit can bring a sigh of relief. It is the solution to trying to match a top with a bottom and keeping your shirt tucked in. My tips for wearing the jumpsuit: size up. The jumpsuit is supposed to be easy fit, so don’t be tempted to wear it smaller. Many are made of rayon, so there is no support. Wear foundation garments (Spanx). Finally, posture is key to looking great in the jumpsuit. Throw your shoulders back as you strut your stuff to the dance floor!

Boyfriend jeans Admit it! You tried on your husband’s/boyfriend’s pants when you both were closer in size than you are now. Boyfriend jeans are back in style this fall. Kathy at the Lucky Brand store said this is a great alternative to the yoga pant. If the big square “man” pockets turn you off, the softness of the fabric and the ease of fit may win you over. Kathy suggests rolling the hem and wearing them with a pair of high heel wedges. Accessories are key to making these YOUR jeans, so wear a great belt and bohemian peasant top to complete the look.

Plaid I will be the first to admit that I have been ignoring this trend, just hoping it would go away. I relegated it to the flannel shirt “grunge” look and thought plaid had no place in my wardrobe. I wore plenty of plaid in junior high and wasn’t interested in donning a naughty school girl skirt for Halloween. Well, plaid is here to stay and has redeemed itself in simple window pane plaids in beautiful grey suits for business. Updated silhouettes in midi skirts can be found in lovely oversized plaids that will never find you in the principal’s office. Unless you ARE the principal, then pair it with a tailored leather jacket for an updated look. ■ As a personal wardrobe consultant and owner of Alpharetta-based Fashion With Flair, Lori Wynne helps people look their best. Contact her at


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Getting to Know …a Singing Princess


Singer Jaymi Renae of Cumming uses her talent to make little girls’ dreams come true By KATIE VANBRACKLE

Northside Woman: How long has singing been your passion? Jaymi Renae: Since I could talk. I started singing solos in church at the age of 8 and performed in several high school musicals before traveling to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a musical theater degree. I’ve already produced my first CD, “Carousel,” which sold on iTunes and Amazon. God has blessed me with a voice and an intense desire to use it and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream come true.

Where do you currently perform? Jaymi Renae: I’m the lead worship singer for the children’s ministry at Brown’s Bridge Community Church in Cumming, and each week I perform locally with The Jukes, a duo with a list of 300 songs patrons can choose to hear. I’m also a vocalist for a seven-piece cover band called Wild Honey, and often sing at local events and weddings.

How do your princesses interact with the children? Jaymi Renae: I engage them totally in the story of the character I am portraying and they eagerly accept me as that princess and want to ask me all about my character as well as other princesses I may know. I have them join me in singing the theme song for that princess. They love my face painting as it is quite elaborate, and I allow the birthday child to be my assistant in the magic show.

Which princess is requested the most? Jaymi Renae: That is usually dictated by the most popular movie at the time. Currently, it is the “Ice Princess.” Just a few weeks ago, I was the “Ice Princess” at church and a special needs child saw me coming toward her and she broke into smiles and came running to me shouting, “Elsa!!” and jumped in my arms holding on as tight as her little arms would allow. I looked at my Mom and said, “This is why I do what I do.” I love to make children happy.

How did the idea for Fairytale Friends arise?

Jaymi Renae: I knew I had chosen a challenging career path as a female vocal artist, so I had to decide how to make a living and pay the bills while pursuing my passion of singing. So I combined my talent for singing and performing with my love for children to start my own company as a “Singing Princess” for children’s birthday parties and events. It has been a wonderful, fun way for me to earn income while still having the time each week to write, perform and record my music. I use my acting skills to really become the princess I am portraying and stay in character for the entire event.

How many different princesses do you portray?

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Jaymi Renae: As a child, that would probably be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” who has long red hair like mine, but I also loved Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Today, I am loving the “Ice Princess” because she is a powerful character and the music is so amazing. The children are crazy about the song, “Let It Go.” I even have adults requesting that song when I perform with The Jukes.

If you had to envision a princess for a new movie, what would she be like? OGRAPHY

Jaymi Renae: She would definitely be a global influencer. Perhaps using special technical skills and powers to better the world.


Jaymi Renae: I have nine princesses as well as a clown, an elf, a pirate, a ballerina and a rock star. And sometimes I just go as Jaymi Renae for the older girls and we have a talent show, paint nails and do hair and makeup.

Which princess was your childhood favorite?

What is it about a princess that captures a young girl’s imagination? Jaymi Renae: They ignite the dream of every young girl to be beautiful, to love and be loved and the belief that good will ultimately overcome evil in the end. To learn more about Jaymi Renae and Fairytale Friends, visit fairytaleandfriends, and ■

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ention wallpaper and do you think of grandma’s floral dining room or a fruit basket border in a kitchen… OR, are you thinking WOW, stunning, fun or interesting! Wall coverings today have a huge variety in pattern, texture, color and effects. Often a designer will use wallpaper to give visual interest to an otherwise boring space. The application can break up a space and define or make it feel special. Hot right now in traditional and contemporary design are tone-on-tone flocked velvets, mirrored and antique mirrored effects, all amazing! All of these can be used to add a touch of glamour or elegance to any space. Even grass cloth is now in highly intricate patterns with accent colors and metallic woven in. This can be used on larger walls to give interest without being too busy. Last thing: Remember to use wallpaper on smaller walls with larger focal a fireplace. Small price for great visual impact. ■ Jenny McClanahan is an Interior Design Consultant for the full service design center, Tuscany Fine Furnishings 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell,, 770-993-0640 ext. 2 open Mon-Sat 10-6 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m.

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t used to be, you put a countertop in your kitchen, added a four inch splash-let and painted the remaining wall. Now, when installing your gorgeous granite or quartz countertop, a tile backsplash will enhance the entire room. But if you’ve ever shopped for tile, you know the selection is enormous and different combinations makes for exponential choices and leaves consumers overwhelmed. A designer will narrow down the selection to tile that’s appropriate for the room and your budget. A great backsplash pulls the room together and won’t dominate the room. Kitchens are fabulous because of the feeling you get when you walk in the room. A good designer will find the right tile and put the final piece of your kitchen puzzle together.. ■ Mary Jo Alton, Owner, 2612 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Ste 110, Alpharetta, GA 30022 470-268-7787


irrors, Mirrors on the wall; too many? Not at all! I love the use of mirrors in an area that normally would have artwork placed. Mirrors can be used to make a room appear larger, or create an illusion of an open window. They add light to a darker area, creating dimension. Groupings of mirrors in clusters, all different shapes and sizes hung at different angles or all alike adds excitement and acts as a conversation piece. Don’t limit vanity areas in Master baths or powder rooms to one mirror; try a grouping or unusual shapes. Large landscape mirrors can be leaned or hung lengthwise in a master bedroom to create a cozy space. Mirrored pieces have flooded the industry in beds, dressers, sideboards, cocktail tables, dining tables, desks and much more… Name it and it comes in Mirror! As a buyer for Home Fashion Interiors, I am constantly in search of the most interesting mirrors available to inspire our customers year round. ■

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ur society breeds entitlement. The definition of entitlement is the “belief that one is deserving of certain privileges.” Our children are a product of such thinking. Like anything, it is best to work on the problem before it becomes a problem. Once your child gets to be 3 or 4 years old, start encouraging them to be more independent. Give them projects that they can do by themselves such as dressing themselves or helping mommy put away the dishes. Here’s where moms come into play and can “mess” up the child. You, the mom, are afraid of what people will think if your child goes to school and does not match. Or, that your son/daughter will not stack the Tupperware up the right way, creating more work for you. Those scenarios might and probably will happen. But, let’s look at the other scenario if you don’t start your child down “independence road.” Your child becomes very dependent on you and will start to believe that they can’t do anything right or perfect like you. After your child begins to feel inadequate, they then turn the corner to lazy. They develop the mindset of “why do I need to

do it, when I know mom will do it?” After that sense of entitlement grows in them for a few years, your child is probably entering middle school and you are terrified to pull in the reins because you don’t want them to rebel and go wild! As a mom, you are stuck…or so you think. In reality, you are still the mom and you are the authority. Will it be harder to pull in the reins with a 13- or 14-year-old? Yes! Is it possible? Yes! But, you can save yourself a lot of heartache in those middle school years and start teaching your child independence at an early age. Your child will always need you – don’t worry about that – a child has deep love and affection for their mom. Sometimes we, as moms, have to push our baby birds out of the nest before we think they are ready to fly. But, take a tip from nature – you never see a momma bird teach a grown bird how to fly. It’s always when they are very young and teachable. Don’t wait too long moms…train up your child in the way they should go. Don’t wait until the teenage years, unless you love a challenge! ■

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Where are they now? Catching up with five former Northside Woman cover models By KATIE VANBRACKLE

Jennifer MANISCO UB4Me Apparel


hen Jennifer Manisco of Roswell posed on our cover in July 2011, UB4Me Apparel was still a new venture – a labor of love for Jennifer, a stayat-home mom who donated a percentage of her creatively designed tees to specific local charities. Three years later, the business has moved from Jennifer’s basement to a storefront in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. NSW: What made you decide to take the plunge and open a retail store for UB4Me Apparel? Jennifer: As the business grew, and more and more people were buying and wearing the shirts around town, we were invited by our friends at Sis and Moon’s in Alpharetta to open a small store adjacent to them in April of 2013. We raised the financial support we needed to remodel the space and stock the store with merchandise through the Kick Starter program. Friends, family and others who wanted to support the business donated to our project and we were able to reach our goal, and open our first store. At our new retail space, we were able to offer all of our T-shirts, designer jeans, jewelry and other apparel. The store was well received and appreciated by the community and sharing our story with customers daily was a great way to sell trendy apparel that “gives back.” After about a year, we decided to move into a larger

space just up the street, where we could offer our customers a larger variety of apparel, accessories and shoes. My husband, Ken, who is a very talented builder, designed and remodeled our new UB4Me Apparel home.

Kim Saunders, left, and fellow instructor Irina Burlack in the new Alp

► See JENNIFER, Page 38

Alisha BALLEW & LISA ROGERS Global philanthropists


ocal moms Alisha Ballew and Lisa Rogers were featured on our November 2013 cover, along with a story detailing their plans to provide shoes and micro loans for impoverished Haitians through their nonprofit, Open Hand, Almost a year later, this dynamic duo continues to make a difference in poor villages around the world. NSW: In November, you were raising funds to provide 300 micro loans to Haitians who wished to open a booth in Miracle Village, a new development due to open this summer. What’s the latest on that project? Alisha: The market date has been pushed back to November, do to some unforeseen circumstances with the buildings. We have learned that part of the joy of working overseas is you learn patience. The market has not opened yet, but Open Hand has still been hard at work preparing the people with job skill training, counseling services and we have partnered with a company in Haiti who has gotten them business licenses with the government. In April, we brought down a team of 12 business men and women and we held our first business seminar. We had over 300 people show up; they took notes, we held a question-answer time and it was a great success. So many Haitian people came up to us expressing gratitude and they are eager learn more. These precious people long to stand on their own two feet! We were also able to go to a village where most of the children didn’t have a single pair of shoes. There we passed out clothes, shoes and food. This poor village lives on the banks of a lake, which has been contaminated by sulfur from an underwater volcano. Many of these children do not have clothes. They sit on the hard rocky soil every day longing to go to school. It is the saddest place we have ever been. But we 22 | | september2014

are proud to announce that several of these families have applied for a loan and we are privileged to be able to help them become self-sufficient. We are still raising money for loans; this will never change for us. The need is always greater than our resources. We have requests to go to several different areas in Haiti and Africa to either teach our training material or to help provide loans. NSW: What else is in the works for Open Hand? Alisha: In October, Open Hand will host a Women’s Conference in Haiti (we are told it is the first of its kind). This conference is meant to encourage, uplift and empower these women. Most women in Third World countries are looked down upon and treated as second class.

Lisa Rogers, left and Alisha Ballew, right, pose with one of the many women they support in Haiti and Africa.

These women have suffered great loss and hurt in their lives and we want to pour love over them. We collected 800 pieces of makeup from Mary Kay consultants, 600 goodie bags sewn by various church women, 600-plus lightweight scarves that they can tie around their heads (they like to put them in their hair) and more. The conference is called “Bloom,” because want

► See ALISHA, Page 38

Kim SAUNDERS Yoga instructor


hen Kim Saunders of Milton struck a serene pose for our June 2013 cover, her business, Lift Yoga Therapy, was providing yoga classes for the city of Milton in the Bethwell Center on Hopewell Road. Over the past year, her business has continued to expand, most recently with the August opening of a brand new studio at 501 South Main St. in Alpharetta.


NSW: Why do you think women today are so drawn to yoga? Kim: Women are overwhelmed with the amount that is on their plates each day. They often are racing and don’t experience any real down time. Practicing yoga will calm down their nervous system yet at the same time increase their strength and flexibility. This enhances their self-esteem and wellness. Yoga has been shown in many studies to reduce cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stress and much more. In our busy world, we are highly adrenalized, and yoga helps to reduce cortisol and adrenaline and raise endorphins, the “feel good” hormones. Beyond the research, it simply makes you feel amazing! NSW: What types of yoga do you teach at the Milton and new Alpharetta studios? Kim: We teach Restorative Yoga (Yin Yoga), Cardio Fitness Yoga (Body Blast), Flow Yoga (Vinyasa), Hatha Yoga, Meditation and offer ► See KIM, Page 38

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hen Johns Creek’s Darlene Pawlukowski posed on our July 2013 cover, we were still in suspense as to her fate as a contestant on the CBS television show, “The American Baking Competition.” We now know that her amateur baking skills took her all the way to the show’s final episode, where she remained a clear crowd favorite, even though Brian Emmett ultimately won the competition. But there is plenty more in store for Baking Queen Darlene… NSW: How did appearing on “The American Baking Competition” change your life? Darlene: Before the show, I was a full-time mom. Now my life revolves around everything baking. People recognize me in the strangest places, especially if I’m wearing my signature red lipstick, and the first thing most of them say is, “You should have won.” That’s life. I was honored to be named second best amateur baker in the USA. I want to be successful in whatever I do so I can give other people a hand up and help them succeed in life too, and I think the television show is that stepping stone. That’s important to me. NSW: What did you enjoy most about being a television “star?” Darlene: When I did that show, I wanted to prove that you can compete with kindness and grace to all,

even though I was dealing with several major problems in my life during the month we taped, including illness and a devastating personal loss. People noticed, and the best thing that came out of the show was all the fan mail – people writing to say I am an inspiration to them. Many letters brought tears to my eyes. Because of me, kids wanted to get in the kitchen and bake and many moms started baking again. That’s great. We need more homemade food without all the chemicals and additives, and it’s a wonderful way to bond with your kids. NSW: Is it true that you are now trying to avoid sugar in your diet? Darlene: After the baking show, I was baking almost every day, which tempted me to indulge a little too often. Also, I was not making time to exercise every day, so I was dragging. My health is important to me, so I gave up most sugar and gluten for a while, to get my body back in balance. I am trying to work more glutenfree recipes into my baking, which is an art in and of itself, and to try low or no sugar bakes, using only fruit as sweeteners or other natural products. I have quite the challenge on my hands. NSW: How in the world can you bake and resist the temptation to indulge? Darlene: I’ll be honest, it’s hard to resist when you have bakes in the house every day, but I force myself to taste a new recipe with a few bites and then give the food away, QUICK! Did you know that culinary judges actually take a bite of your bake and spit it out? I tried doing that with my

► See DARLENE, Page 38



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The Freshman Fifteen Encouraging healthy habits away from home



ending your child off to college that first year is tough. Your baby, the one who you’ve cared for and spent years teaching valuable life lessons, will be off and on their own, far away from your knowledgeable input and advice. And they’re going to love it. Deciding on which concern to tackle, partying too much, focusing on studying, making friends, being involved in school activities or taking care of their bodies, is tough. Kids stop listening to advice after about two minutes, so squeezing it all into one conversation is impossible. Pick your battles. Is the battle of the bulge on to pick? Probably not. Let’s face it, your child is going to be ordering pizza, drinking frappuccinos and munching on packaged carbohydrates at all hours and the likelihood of he or she hitting the athletic center for a quick workout is slim to none. Wax on poetically all you want about eating three healthy meals, and snacking on fruit and vegetables but don’t expect them

to listen. The power of the packaged food or the coming Pumpkin Spice Latte is much stronger than your words. So what’s a mom to do? How can you help your kids maintain a healthy lifestyle without sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher? Send them care packages. They’re the perfect way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and there are several healthy options you can ship in a box. Start with a frisbee—because hanging out outside with a frisbee always gets kids moving. Throw in the old fashioned game, Twister, too. Okay, so they may play that on a Friday night after a few beers, but they’re up and moving, so that counts for something. Pack some peanut butter, whole grain crackers, nuts, apples, not yet ripe bananas and oranges, beef jerky and mini microwave popcorn bags along with packets of Crystal Light and even a few Special K protein bars. Find a healthy homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe and make a few dozen of those, too. They’ll get their whole grains and some chocolate, too. The idea isn’t to fill them with just fruits and vegetables, but to provide some healthier alternatives to the chips and

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With this onion ring, I thee wed…

Alpharetta couple’s wedding day Varsity dinner becomes 50-year tradition

The Tillanders celebrate their 50th anniversary at the Alpharetta Varsity.



irgil Tillander Jr. married Margaret Holloway in Macon, Georgia, on June 28, 1964. The young couple spent their wedding night in Athens, on their way to Clemson, South Carolina. Not much was open in Athens on a Sunday night in those days, so Virgil picked up a boxed dinner from the Varsity and the couple ate in their hotel room. Little did they know that they were laying the foundation for a decades-long family tradition. The Tillanders just celebrated their 50th anniversary in June and every one of those anniversary dinners has been at the Varsity. Why did they keep going back? “It just kind of happened,” said Margaret. “In the early years, we couldn’t afford much more. Later, it just seemed

like the thing to do. We have been to the downtown Atlanta Varsity many times and have visited all of the others – Alpharetta, Marietta, Dawsonville, Gwinnett, the airport, even the Varsity in Macon when it existed.” There were a couple of years when Virgil was out of town on the anniversary date. Not to be deterred, Margaret traveled to meet him, Varsity dinner in tow. So…whaddya have for 50 years in a row? Any favorites? “That first night we had chili dogs, French fries and onion rings and it’s pretty much still the same every year. Now and then, Virgil treats himself to a lemon ice cream cone,” Margaret said. To celebrate 50 years of marriage, the Tillanders’ siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and longtime friends packed into the Alpharetta Varsity’s dining room on June 28 to grab a “cow through the garden” and take a trip down memory lane.

Margaret and Virgil Tillander on their wedding day in 1964.

Margaret said the Varsity employees were happy to help them celebrate and she appreciated their assistance and cooperation. Is 50 years the limit? Will the tradition continue going forward? “Oh, yes,” Margaret said emphatically. “We plan to be at the Varsity every June 28.” ■

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Marjean Birt a prominent figure By JONATHAN COPSEY


t must be a special person who gets a street named after them. So it is that Alpharetta’s Marjean Wood Birt, 84, a longtime resident and community leader of the city, was given a road in her own name Aug. 13.


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Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle unveils Alpharetta’s newest street – Marjean Way – named in honor of prominent citizen Marjean Wood Birt.

“Marjean Way” will adorn the street sign on Marietta Street in Alpharetta, where a new development will be built. “She is leaving quite a legacy,” Mayor David Belle Isle said. “It’s people like Marjean that make a community like Alpharetta what it is.” Birt is responsible for moving the Mansell House from Roswell to its current location as well as helping to run it. She was active in the Alpharetta Garden Club and the Women’s Club. She also served for years as chair of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, has been an

active board member of the Alpharetta Historical Society and was the founding president of the Chattahoochee Women’s Republican Party. In 2013, she was recognized as the “Woman of the Year” by the Georgia Federation of Republican Women for her 56 years of service. “Marjean loves people and this city,” said Mary Davenport, of the Women’s Club. “Marjean is Alpharetta.” Birt, who grew up on Roswell Street not far from where her own street will soon sit, thanked Belle Isle for his words. “We have great people in Alpharetta,” she said. “This is the greatest city in the United States.” ■

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Sunshine’s story

Kind neighbor helps family cat escape dismal fate



Top, Sunshine the cat. Bottom, Julian Davis reunites with his parent’s beloved pet.

espite her chipper name, Sunshine the cat has a story with quite a few storm clouds. In 2013, Sunshine’s beloved owners, Richard and Carol Davis, passed away five months apart from one another. The rest of the Davis pets were distributed among the late couple’s children, but unfortunately, no one was able to give Sunshine a home at the time. A kindly neighbor, Diane Casey, offered to feed Sunshine while she worked to find the 19-year-old cat a forever home. As luck would have it, a friend of Casey’s, know as “E,” stepped up to offer Sunshine a home. Sadly, E was unable to meet Sunshine’s specific dietary needs. Sunshine was restricted to eating only soft cat food, but was not being fed the type of food she required. When the cat became sick throughout E’s home, her new owner assumed that Sunshine was too ill to be kept. E delivered the cat to the Howell Mill location of the Humane Society with instructions to euthanize Sunshine. When Casey heard of E’s decision to give up on Sunshine, she jumped into action, calling the Howell Mill location to request that Sunshine be spared and sent home to one of her family members. Casey spoke with Michael Harris, who directed her to Fulton Animal Services, where she contacted Kim Meeks. “At first, neither was sure how they could help me because they had hundreds of cats and no documentation on E,” said Casey, who feared the worst for Sunshine. However, she offered a description of Sunshine, to which Meeks replied, “You know, I think I’m looking at your cat right now.” “I was so very amazed and ecstatic that I was able to

guide Diane to Sunshine to help her back home. It was one of the better stories that you get to see in this line of work,” said Harris. Julian Davis, son of Richard and Carol, took it from there. He rushed to Fulton Animal Services, where Meeks reported that Sunshine was constantly crying. Upon seeing Julian, Sunshine ceased her cries and began to purr. “It was heartwarming how much Michael and Kim cared and how hard they worked to help me,” said Casey. “And now Sunshine will be loved by a family member for the remainder of her life.” Today, Sunshine resides with Julian’s sister, Jess Davis, in her forever home, where she is happy and healthy. The sun shines brightly in her life. ■

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NSW: And charitable giving still remains a core part of your business? Jennifer: Yes, the T-shirts still benefit specific charities, including Atlanta Mission, Breast Cancer

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▼ KIM, Continued from Page 23 Barre classes as well. Barre is easy on the joints and will quickly reshape the body. Class times can be found at www. We also are now offering yoga teacher training and expanding our class and workshop offerings. We needed a larger, dedicated space to do this. At the new studio, we have extensive parking and two rooms. I have partnered with Irina Burlack for our Alpharetta studio. She is a favorite teacher in this community and students adore her. NSW: What do you enjoy most about being a yoga instructor? Kim: I’ve been teaching since 2004 and practicing for more than 30 years. I love helping women feel more empowered, strong, centered and balanced. It is truly rewarding! ■

▼ DARLENE, Continued from Page 23 ▼ ALISHA, Continued from Page 22 women to “dare to bloom” into all that they were created for. In December, we will have the privilege of meeting the president and prime minister of Haiti in a dedication ceremony for the marketplace. We were honored to be asked to be part of this. We also want to host quarterly seminars, where business men and women come down to teach job skills such as sales, human resources, customer service, financial planning and so on. Another ongoing project is collecting

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trash to treasures and I am working on a partnership that will allow me to do both and show people that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have nice things in life. My mind comes up with ideas 24/7, and now my daughter is doing the same thing with her home. NSW: What’s next for Baking Queen Darlene? Darlene: I am working on a TV show, my baking business (, a cookbook and appearances while raising my son. I have some exciting things coming my way. We shall see where the road takes me but as they say, life is a journey, not a destination. I look forward to what each and every day brings my way. Life is good. ■

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Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market 8 a.m. – noon. Each Saturday through summer. Browse a large selection of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads, pastries, cheese, grass-fed meats, eggs, salads, drinks, jams, jellies, cookies, artisan bath products and more. A typical Saturday includes live music, miniworkshops, children’s programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat and enjoy. 38 Hill St., Roswell (behind Roswell City Hall).

Johns Creek Fall Family Festival 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Music, games, activities, arts and crafts, inflatables, farmers market and more. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road. Alpharetta Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Every Saturday through mid-October. Shop for farm-fresh fruits and veggies, fresh flowers and plants, all sorts of edible home goods including desserts, local raw honey, sauces and jellies. Old Canton Street, Alpharetta.


“Mama Won’t Fly” at Cumming Playhouse 3 p.m., Shows continue through Sept. 28. Savannah Sprout Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding, but Mama won’t fly. A hastily concocted road trip becomes more complicated when the over-eager brideto-be decides to come along. What could possibly go wrong? $25 tickets. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.


Public input on downtown Alpharetta 7 – 9 p.m., Alpharetta City Hall, 2 South Main St. Join friends and neighbors for the first in a series of public sessions designed to capture your ideas on what downtown Alpharetta should be. Additional meetings will be held in October. Watch the city of Alpharetta website, www.alpharetta., and Facebook page, CityofAlpharetta, for announcements.


Fashion Show to Benefit Drake House 6 – 8 p.m. “Walk this Way” for a night of food, fashion and fun featuring several new Alpharetta businesses and hosted by wardrobe consultant Lori Wynne. Proceeds benefit the Drake House. Fashion show will be held in the fellowship hall of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Register early for this popular event at 42 | | september2014



Roswell River Food Truck Weekends 11 a.m. to dusk, every Saturday and Sunday. Some of Atlanta’s most popular food trucks serving up fun and deliciousness on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Don White Park, 925 Riverside Road, Roswell. RoswellRiverFoodTruckWeekends

Grilling and Gridiron Tailgate Party 2 p.m. It’s a tailgate party to crown the Alpharetta Grilling Champion! Community groups and restaurants will set up tailgating displays and grills to create fabulous dishes. Attendees will sample all the creations and vote for the Grilling Champion – all hosted by the LionHeart School. An 8’x12’ screen will broadcast the UGA vs. South Carolina game free for all. Bracelets will be sold for $15 for grill tasting only or $25 for grill and beer tasting. Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta. “Pump Boys and Dinettes” in Roswell 8 p.m. Shows continue through Sept. 28. Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s new season opens with “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” featuring the Double Cupp diner in North Carolina where the fellas from the gas station next door visit with the lovely Cupp sisters, playing their toe-tappin’ tunes about life, love and good times along the American roadside. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell. mainstage/

in metro Atlanta for live music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more. Held the third Thursday each month, April through October. Canton Street, downtown Roswell.


Country Fair in Alpharetta 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine. Activities will include a “Country Mile” fun run, award-winning barbecue from Smokesouth, Kona Ice, children’s activities, a craft and artisan market and entertainment. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. European Market on Milton Avenue Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a two-day Europeanstyle shopping experience unlike any other! Two enormous tents cover the streets of downtown Alpharetta, housing an eclectic gathering of merchandise including art, handcrafted jewelry, vintage furnishings and décor, women and children’s fashion, garden what-nots and gourmet edibles. Admission and parking are free to the public. 35 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. www.europeanmarketonmilton.


IronKids Alpharetta Youth Triathlon 7 a.m. Wills Park will once again host the largest youth triathlon in the country with over 1,300 athletes competing in three divisions, junior (ages 6-8), intermediate (9-11) and senior (12-15). The race start and transition will take place at Wills Park pool and parking lot at 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. More information available at 7th annual Polo for Parkinson’s 2 p.m. Enjoy an exciting day of polo at Chukkar Farm and Polo Club benefitting research and treatments for Parkinson’s disease. This is a public event, adults only. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the match begins at 2 p.m. There will also be lunch by ‘Cue BBQ, an open bar, silent auction, raffles, champagne divot stomp and a “Best Hat” contest. $50 tickets, tables available. Chukkar Farm and Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta.


Food Truck Alley in Alpharetta 5 – 9 p.m. Feast on the street every Thursday evening on Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta featuring six to eight rotating food trucks and live music. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early. Alive After Five in Roswell 5 – 9 p.m. Come to the best street party

entertainers, children’s activities and concessions. Admission for adults and children 11 and older is a $5 donation to serve the needy children of Cherokee County.

Roswell Arts Festival 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The 48th annual Roswell Arts Festival draws artists and craftsmen from across the Southeast to Roswell’s Historic Town Square. The event features fine arts, original crafts, children’s activities, festive foods and performing arts. Free with shuttles running from City Hall to Town Square both days.


AAUW Book Fair at Perimeter Mall Through Sept. 28 during mall hours. The 55th annual AAUW Book Fair will feature over 75,000 very gently used books in over 50 categories all at bargain prices. Book Fair proceeds fund scholarships for women attending local educational institutions. No charge to attend. The Dillard’s wing of Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road.


Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival in Canton 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., also Sunday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Service League of Cherokee County presents Riverfest at Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway in Canton. The juried show features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors,

Power of Pink Event 6 p.m. This fundraising event presented by North Fulton Hospital and benefitting Susan G. Komen’s Atlanta affiliate will feature a fashion show starring breast cancer survivors, followed by a Casino Night with Las Vegas-style games. Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta on Windward Parkway. Tickets are available at www.

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Crabapple Fest 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Crabapple Fest combines two popular events, the Milton Roundup and the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival. Antiques and art from hundreds of juried vendors, a music and entertainment stage with local and touring acts, games, rides and activities for kids and beer and wine in the festival grounds. Free parking is available on-site. Downtown Crabapple, at the “five-points” intersection of Mayfield Road, Broadwell Road, Mid-Broadwell Road, Crabapple Road and Birmingham Highway in Milton. Scarecrow Harvest in Alpharetta 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Over 100 scarecrows stand tall and proud along the streets of downtown Alpharetta, inspiring fall spirit! A family street party that offers a farmers market, groovy music, free hayrides, quirky face painting, artsy activities and delicious food. Old Roswell and Old Canton streets, downtown Alpharetta.

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. Downtown Alpharetta comes alive for this event featuring brew, wine and delicious food from some of Alpharetta’s best restaurants as the city comes together for one big street party. $10 tickets. Group tables available for purchase. Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta.

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