Page 1

november 2012 november 2012




Mandy Gawley sings from the heart

2 | | november2012

In an emergency, experience matters Emergencies happen. And when they do, rest assured that you’ll get the best care close to home. Northside’s board-certified emergency medicine physicians and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified nurses are just right up the road. We hope we don’t have to see you, but if we do, you’ll be in the best possible hands. Visit us online at

november2012 | | 3


Katie VanBrackle

Christina Appen

Kelly Brooks

Devon Morgan

Candy Waylock

Jennie Kushner




Devon Morgan/Photosynthesis Studio



Fashion editor

associate publisher Kelly Brooks sales manager Lynn Danson sales executives Hans Appen, Helen Bausano, Linda Cohen, Mike Dorman, Wendy Goddard, June Meltzer, Jennie Kushner, Sara O'Conner, Jade Rodgers sales assistants Susan Hernandez, Phyllis Anderton production David Brown, Kellie Jureka, Geoffrey Thurow

the cover

{ inSiDE }

Mandy Gawley joined us for a photo shoot at the charming farm of Phillip and Mary Busman in North Fulton. This busy Milton mom is living her dream with a debut country album, “Life So Sweet,” and a nomination for the Georgia Country Awards’ 2012 Female Artist of the Year. But for Gawley, family will always come first. Learn more on page 22.

northside women { 6 }

Unsung ‘She’ros Reasons to be thankful

{ 12 } women in art Allison Stackpole blends fashion, function with Blo Vintage jewelry

{ 10 } Good Eats Thanksgiving recipes from the Junior League

{ 18 } Girlfriends' Getaway Biking tour of Napa Valley 770.442.3278 | 770.475.1216 (fax) 319 north main street, alpharetta, ga. 30009

+ stay connected online!

NORTHSIDEWOMAN.COM Northside Woman is published monthly & distributed free throughout north metro Atlanta. © 2012 Appen Newspapers Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be copied or reprinted without the express written permission of the publisher.

4 | | november2012

{ 22 } The Interview Mandy Gawley, rising country music star

northside lifestyle { 8 }

take five Evening hangout spots

{ 14 } She Reads L.O.L: Alpharetta’s Ladies of Literature

{ 16 } her style Solving your wardrobe woes { 25 } holiday gIFT GUIDE { 42 } November Calendar

PILLARS OF WELLNESS: Chiropractic Care Massage Therapy Nutrition & Weight Loss

Yoga & Personal Training Vitamins & Supplements Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 21 Day Purification Program

Holidays are near...

There’s still time to fit into that Little Black Dress

Say Good-bye to toxins, fat, and the unwanted pounds! Reduce Toxins and Lose Weight through Nutritional Cleansing today! • More Energy • No Cravings • Lose Weight Call to book your FREE Consultation with our Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Falor! (770) 619-5366 Located near Super Target and Fry’s in Deerfield, 13057 Highway 9 North, Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 619-5366 | november2012 | | 5

Reasons to be unsung‘she’ro

At the cusp of the holiday season, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we re-visit the women we profiled in our ‘She’ro feature to learn what they are thankful for as they look back on the year.

Mary Guiney

Katherine Stone

Blogger, May 2012 Northside Woman

Kathy Swahn

Executive director, The Drake House July 2012 Northside Woman

6 | | november2012

In Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Emily Webb asks, “Do human beings ever realize life as they live it? Every, every minute?” Around this time of year, we are all given the chance to slow down, reflect on our lives and be thankful. When I think about this past year, I am truly thankful for all of the opportunities God has provided for me. Since winning Fulton County Teacher of the Year, my life has been a whirlwind of exciting events and platforms that I never even dreamed imaginable. I have had the chance to meet new people, have my voice heard and have an effect on education outside of my classroom walls. And through it all, the outpouring of support from my family, my Alpharetta Elementary family, my students, my friends and the community has really touched me. There are some things in life you’ll never forget. For me, there are special moments from this year like the surprise announcement of winning and the phone call with my mother immediately afterward. I am grateful for this amazing year—every, every minute of it.

Nell DeVore

Founder, Kiddo’s Clubhouse October 2012 Northside Woman

There are so many things I am thankful for as I look to the end of 2012. ► My parents’ health, as I continue to have so many friends who have had to go through terminal illnesses with their parents and the toll it takes on an entire family. ► My family—my two boys and husband are healthy and vibrant, and though they are challenging at times (all three—ha ha!), I welcome the fact that they are able to challenge me and keep me hopping! ► Community and friendship—coming off the Race to Rally Hope recently, and having so many friends of ours attend the event to support this cause is so very meaningful to both Brett and me. ► Girlfriends—I don’t know what I’d do without them to lean on in times of need and in times of fun and fellowship! ► The ability to give back. Brett and I have been fortunate to build a successful business over the last several years, so we feel it is very important to give back to those in our business, our church family and our community. It does my heart a world of good to be able to provide for others! ■


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all of the good things that have happened in the past year, and to take a moment to fully appreciate those moments. I am very blessed to have such a strong and loving family surrounding me. My parents live in Roswell and we are able to get together often. My two daughters, who live in Washington, D.C., are both happy and healthy. And we

Teacher, Alpharetta Elementary School Fulton County Teacher of the Year 2012 August 2012 Northside Woman


I’m grateful that more and more women are finding the maternal mental health resources we’ve created at Postpartum Progress. This is happening thanks to both the online community on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ who faithfully share our stories, as well as the offline community of friends, family and healthcare providers who recommend us to the people they care about. Even more, I’m thankful for my husband and two children. They ground me. Whenever I’m frustrated at the lack of progress for women with postpartum depression, or am buried in emails or overwhelmed and stressed out by so many deadlines, just being able to look at their faces makes me feel like everything will be okay. I’m a lucky woman. Here’s to the hope that Postpartum Progress can accomplish even more in 2013. We’re aiming to gain the kind of corporate partnerships that will allow us to ensure even more families start off strong with emotionally healthy moms.

Pam Haight


What am I thankful for? In a world full of entertainment choices, I am thankful that so many of your readers choose ShamRockin’ as their St. Patrick’s Day party with a purpose! Without the support of all those green-clad partygoers, my young friends, Gavin and Jake Baker, who have Cystic Fibrosis, wouldn’t be as hopeful as they can be today that they’ll enjoy a long, full life. The funds that y’all help us raise have made such a huge impact on the science that remains their only hope. I am so very thankful for those funds, and for the scientists who put them to use, diligently working to make life-changing drugs available. I’m also thankful for the doctors and nurses who are currently overseeing Gavin’s care as he lies in a hospital bed. I would be so thankful for all of your readers’ prayers, as we await good news about his treatment. In light of all of that, I am most thankful that my own children weren’t born with Cystic Fibrosis. I’ve let this spirit of thankfulness lead me away from a feeling of hopelessness and toward a mission to help. I hope that each of you finds your way toward helping someone this year. I know someone out there will be thankful that you did.


Organizer, ShamRockin’ for a Cure March 2012 Northside Woman

just enjoyed hosting a beautiful wedding for our oldest. My four siblings and their families attended, along with many friends and family from around the country. I am thankful for a very patient husband, who has walked alongside me through 35 years of marriage. He has always been supportive of my many adventures in work and community service. I very much appreciate all of the wonderful partners that we have had in our walk to build and sustain the Drake House. We are a strong and vibrant organization that fills a critical need of housing and support to homeless mothers and their children.

credits for top three photos, in order: ken manisco; jennifer tonetti-spellman; kelly brooks


Thankful { }

Home Fabric Outlet

Over 30 years of selling high-end decorative fabrics at outlet prices for all your decorating needs ROBERT ALLEN / KRAVET / DURALEE AND MANY MORE

FREE FUEL Receive a Fuel Card just for coming in - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! Proof of residency within the perimeter or equivalent distance required. Limit 1 per customer. Exp. 12/1/12.


$100 minimum order. 1 yard of lining free for every yard of drapery fabric purchased Exp. 12/1/12.


Labor only. $500 minimum purchase. Exp. 12/1/12.





Win Falcons Tickets! See store for details

Exp. 12/1/12.

•Damasks •Silks •Prints •Velvets •Sheers •Toiles •Chintzes •Linens •Marine Vinyls •Sailcloth •Acrylic Prints •Upholsteries •Tapestries •Matelasse Choose your fabric and we’ll have our in-house workroom fabricate to your decorating specifications. ALL IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

November 1ST-30TH




Off the lowest ticketed price on their entire inventory



11120 State Bridge Rd. • Alpharetta, GA • (770) 475-1219 Mon - Sat 10-5:30 GA 400 to exit 10, Old Milton Pkwy. Head East 2.5 miles(becomes State Bridge Rd). Store is on left. Exp. 12/1/12. Sale does not apply to previous purchases.

november2012 | | 7



karaoke every Tuesday, have fun while fooding!

oliday soiree-ing with the girlfriends who are back in town but don’t know where to go? With these five restaurants-turned-watering holes, see and be seen at these sought after social scenes post 9 p.m.


946 Canton Street, 770-993-0007 Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Last call Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m.*; Last call on Friday and Saturday, 12:45 a.m.* (*both subject to change)

Roux on Canton, Roswell ▲ You don’t have to be in the fat city to eat (and libate) like

Olde Blind Dog, Milton â–ş

The luck of the Irish has struck again – in Milton. From bold and biting burgers to shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, this joint is a modern take on traditional treats. With an extensive libation list consisting of craft, domestic and imported beers to fine wines, Olde Blinde Dog even has

â–ş See nightlife, Page 40


‡ ‡ ‡ ‡



Tammy Albright

Senior Mortgage Banker Direct: 404-934-LOAN (5626) eFax: 404-521-4314

NMLS# 545236 8 | | november2012

Robert Meyers

it! Roswell’s N’awlins inspired, Southern conspired, Roux on Canton is serving up a little of Bourbon Street’s finest cuisine. From oysters and sizzling shrimp to organic salads and bulky burgers, Roux’s 12 tap and creative cocktail menu can make any dish go down a little smoother. With live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and

november2012 | | 9


At Your Service Thanksgiving recipes from the North Fulton Junior League


The “At Your Service” cookbook is sold to raise funds for local educational and charitable programs sponsored by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties. It can be purchased through the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton’s website,, as well as and a few local stores, including The Red Hound in Alpharetta and The Perfect Piece in Suwanee.


unior League cookbooks are a Southern culinary tradition. My mother’s kitchen contained a whole row of them, all well worn and full of handwritten notes. “Tea Time at the Masters” from Augusta, Ga., “Peachtree Bouquet” from DeKalb County, Ga. and “Charleston Receipts” from Charleston, S.C., just to name a few, contained bits of local history and lore along with tried-and-true recipes lovingly collected from grandmothers, mothers, aunts and neighbors. Junior League cookbooks are designed to give a glimpse into the unique character and flavor of each Southern community. The Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (JLGNF) continues the grand cookbook tradition with “At Your Service” featuring a lovely watercolor painting by Alpharetta artist Elaine Jackson on the cover and mouthwatering recipes, wine pairings, cooking tips and information on our local community throughout. Proceeds from sales of “At Your Service” fund local educational and charitable programs, another longstanding Junior League tradition. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your menu. With that in mind, here are a few recipes from “At Your Service” to entice your family to gobble till they wobble. After all, as any good Southern hostess will tell you, if the recipe comes from a Junior League cookbook, you can’t go wrong!

Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey • • • • • •

1 (12- to 16-pound) frozen Carolina tom turkey Granulated garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste 2 (15-ounce) cans chunk pineapple, drained 2 large garlic cloves, chopped 2 cups honey 1 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)

Thaw the turkey using the package directions. Discard the bag in the cavity. Rub the turkey with granulated garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Place the pineapple and chopped garlic in the turkey cavity. Heat the honey in a saucepan over low heat. Add the Kahlua gradually, stirring constantly. Prepare the grill using a 20-pound bag of charcoal and cherry, mesquite or pecan wood. Place the turkey on the grill rack. Grill over hot coals for 1 hour. Baste with the Kahlua sauce. Grill, covered for 3 hours. Uncover and baste with the Kahlua sauce. Grill, covered, for 3 hours longer. Wrap the turkey in foil. Place in a 150-degree oven until ready to serve. Serves 24-32.

Southern Cornbread Dressing • • •

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 cup finely chopped celery

10 | | november2012

until the brown sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Place the Brie cheese on a baking sheet and cut into 6 wedges. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar and walnuts. Bake at 450 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes. To serve, divide the salad greens among 6 serving plates. Arrange the apple slices and a wedge of Brie cheese on each plate. Drizzle with the salad dressing and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon. Serves 6.

Praline Pumpkin Pies • • • • • • • •

1 tablespoon sage or poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 4 cups milk 4 cups chicken broth 6 eggs 6 cups crumbled yellow corn bread 4 cups crumbled toasted dried white bread

Heat the butter in a skillet over low heat until melted. Add the onion, celery, sage, salt and pepper. Saute until the onion and celery are transparent. Stir in the milk and broth. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl until frothy. Add the corn bread and white bread and mix well. Add the onion mixture and mix well. The mixture should be the consistency of thick soup, which will result in a very moist dressing. Spoon into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serves 18-20.

Crisp Mixed Greens with Apple and Warm Brie • • • • • • • • • •

1 Red or Golden Delicious apple, thinly sliced Apple juice or cider 4 thick-cut slices bacon ¼ cup apple juice or cider ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 8 ounces round Brie cheese 2 tablespoons brown sugar ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans 6 cups mixed salad greens

Dip the apple slices in apple juice or cider to prevent browning. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble the bacon. Drain the skillet, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Add ¼ cup apple juice, balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon brown sugar to the reserved bacon drippings in the skillet. Heat

• • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 cups pecans, finely chopped 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 unbaked (10-inch) deep-dish pie shells 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 (30-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin 1 ½ cups sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon cloves 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk

Mix the pecans, brown sugar, margarine and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread evenly in the pie shells. Combine the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, cloves and evaporated milk in the order listed in a large bowl and mix well. Pour over the praline mixture in the pie shells. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes longer or until a knife through center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks. Makes 3 pies.

Apple Cranberry Casserole • • • • • • • •

3 cups sliced apples 1 cup cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 cup uncooked rolled oats 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 cup pecans, chopped

Combine the apples, cranberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat. Place in a 2-quart baking dish lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter and pecans in a bowl and mix well. Spoon over the fruit mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 8. Makes a great side dish with turkey or a tasty dessert with vanilla ice cream. ■

november2012 | | 11

women in art


Blo Vintage blends function fashion Alpharetta designer uses whistles for unique jewelry By CANDY WAYLOCK


ecognizing the demand for all things vintage, local artisan Allison Stackpole has created a whimsical line of jewelry centered around antique and otherwise interesting whistles. Unique, yes, but the inspiration for Blo Vintage is decidedly functional, and built around the collection of whistles Stackpole finds in her business travels. Her initial interest in whistles was sparked years ago when she set off for college at Tulane in New Orleans, with a whistle her mother gave her for emergencies. “I have always been intrigued by the power of a whistle to not only capture attention but also to sound an alarm or call people to action,” said Stackpole, who lives in Alpharetta with her husband and daughter. In addition to Blo Vintage, Stackpole is also the owner of a successful line of organza-based lariat jewelry, Nastro Bello, which she runs with her sister. But even with two successful jewelry businesses vying for her time, Stackpole finds time for a career in the medical field. She says the creative process involved in 12 | | november2012

designing one-of-a kind pieces for a show or retailer is her way of winding down. “Jewelry design is my creative outlet to my primary passion, long term healthcare,” said Stackpole, who grew up in New York and South Florida. “I have been working in the radiology field for years providing diagnostic services to patients and residents in rehab and skilled nursing facilities.” Her business partner, Lara Dolan, who handles the marketing for Blo Vintage, says she loves the idea of vintage whistle jewelry, and enjoys searching for unique whistles with Stackpole to turn into art. “Blo Vintage whistles are works of art and pieces of history - they can be worn by women or men, of any age,” said Dolan. “The whistles [we use] are all unique, as we find them in antique stores, auctions, markets, army surplus stores and throughout the world in our travels.” Blo Vintage has been well-received by customers and retailers, said Stackpole, noting she has found a niche in the art world with her designs. “Vintage items are hot right now, particularly with the Steampunk fashions and a lot of interest in anything military,” said Stackpole. “Blo Vintage hits the current trends while also being a unique piece of

functional jewelry. Prices for most of the Blo Vintage designs are in the $75-$165 range, with the very rare pieces in the Signature Collection at a higher price point. Stackpole explains the price is based on the rarity of the whistle, as well as the materials used in the embellishments. The Blo Vintage collection was launched at an event in Inman Park in Atlanta last spring, and Stackpole said she was astonished at how well received the pieces were among the many artisans who were at the event. While Stackpole and Dolan still use art shows and other events to market their jewelry since they enjoy the feedback from the customers, they have a growing group of retailers who also sell the products. “We are proud to be an Alpharetta business and look forward to expanding,” said Dolan. “The blend of history, fashion and safety is a wonderful marriage.” ■ Top: Allison Stackpole's friends Lauren Kline (center) and Lucas Nedza (right) model Blo Vintage jewelry. Above: Allison Stackpole, right, and Lara Dolan. jewelry/model Photos by Captured in Time; Makeup by Visage Designs

november2012 | | 13



LOL: Ladies of


Creative women take book club to new levels By KATIE VanBRACKLE


’ve been interviewing local book clubs for two years now and can honestly say that I have never seen one quite like the Ladies of Literature (LOL). A mixture of women from Alpharetta and Milton, the LOL go all out to make their monthly gatherings fun and memorable. After receiving an invitation to the October LOL meeting, I entered the home of Susan Pike in White Columns and was immediately greeted by a coven of witches. Well, women in witch hats anyway, all cackling with laughter and wearing matching Ladies of Literature T-shirts. Clearly, this was a group of very creative women who like to have a good time. It was going to be an interesting evening. Kelly Christian and Melissa Estes formed the LOL seven years ago and the group is now a fixed number of 18 with one alternate and four ladies in waiting. You see, word has gotten out about how much fun these women have and there is actually a waiting list to join. New members must complete an application to ensure the candidate will be a good fit for LOL. The probing, in-depth questions include “Can you hold a wine glass and a book at the same time while reaching for another M&M?” or “Would you agree to get an LOL tattoo if our club decides on a membership logo?” All kidding aside, these women really do love to read, and their book choices include a wide variety of popular fiction, biographies, classics, thrillers and prize-winners. Several members of the group have literary aspirations of their own, either through blogging, poetry or writing. Excessive reading is encouraged and rewarded each year when a Book Queen is crowned based on which member read the most books over the summer. Debbie Johnson is the current title-holder and the other LOL’s try not to covet her crown, tiara and scepter. Christian, the group’s leader, is described affectionately by the LOL as the “glue that holds us all together.” She is modest about her considerable efforts to coordinate communication within the group and says she enjoys the LOL because each member brings a unique perspective to the discussions and no one is afraid to speak her mind. “Sometimes with neighborhood or church book clubs, you might not want to always give your true opinions for fear of offending someone,” she said. “The women of LOL definitely do not have those reservations, and I love that about our group.” Each month’s hostess can choose an activity to accompany or follow the book discussion which could mean a dance party, swimming, hanging out at a fire pit or coffee and dessert. Through the years, the LOL have found a variety of creative ways to make each book discussion an entertaining event.

Murder Mystery Dinner

The book: Agatha Christie’s “Death by Chocolate” Holly Burgess sent elaborate golden invitations to 14 | | november2012

each member, letting them know which character they would portray and the type of costume to prepare. Each room in her home was decorated with a theme from the story and signature cocktails, chocolate raspberry martinis, were served before a seated formal dinner. Then the ladies acted out their murder mystery based on a game discovered online. According to Christian, the acting was top notch. “Holly fell down and died and everything!” she said.

Night of the Living Dead

The books: the popular young adult “Twilight” series The LOL’s all dressed as vampires. Christian, the hostess, wore a Team Edward T-shirt and was annoyed when the red contacts she ordered didn’t arrive in time. Her home was draped in red lights and all of the food had to be named from the book – like Bloody Fingers and Bella Brownies. A drop of bright red “blood” (grenadine) was added to each cocktail.

Holiday party

The book: none, so as not to interfere with the best party of the year. Each member invites one friend and each guest brings a wrapped book and must describe it without opening it. The person who correctly guesses the book wins it, until the stealing round starts and the claws come out. One year, Bette Krakau dressed up as a fortune-teller and enticed her customers with predictions of what the coming year would hold for them. There was also a sparkling jewelry tree where guests could pull their favorite piece from the branches to take home. In the spirit of charity, the group regularly adopts a family in need through North Fulton Community Charities for the holidays.

Couples book club

The book: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson For an ice-breaker, each couple’s hands were bound together with twine, requiring cooperation and communication to break free. Christian admitted that she and her husband were the only ones who eventually had to get scissors to cut themselves out. While the ladies were impressed that some of the husbands actually bothered

to read the book, all agreed that the next couple’s event would probably be much more fun if everyone invited a girlfriend instead.

Hawaiian Luau

The book: “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert The ladies held a poolside luau in honor of this tale of Kalaupapa, a leprosy colony located on the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. In keeping with the leprosy theme, facial peels were scheduled.

Body Art

The book: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson To discuss this Swedish crime novel, everyone wore elaborate tattoos, nose rings and other body piercings for the evening. (Yes, they were fake.)

Author visits Several local authors have joined the LOL for book

discussions either electronically or in person including Pamela Jackson, John Elder Robinson and Jim Herman. Author Michael Buchanan previewed the trailer for his movie “The Fat Boy Chronicles” at a special LOL open meeting held at the Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East Course where young readers in middle and high school were invited to join in the discussion.

Cooking Class

The book: “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert In honor of the novel's section in which the main character eats her way through Italy, the LOL went to a cooking class at Harry’s Whole Foods Market in Alpharetta. They watched a chef prepare an Italian meal and sampled wine pairings. Noreen Wynn said it was great fun, but the chef kept telling them to be quiet. She can’t imagine why. ■ Top: The Ladies of Literature. Front, from left: Wendy Butzer, Noreen Wynne, Priti Bloor, Holly Burgess and Becky Geisel. Rear, from left: Debbie Johnson, Shelley Kench, Kelly Christian, Alysia Mize, Susan Pike, Kathy Johnson, Dawn Crain, Diane Fortman and Cathy Birdsell. Not pictured: Bette Krakau, Laura Pettigrew, Mary Guzman, Melissa Estes and Jennifer Buonocore. Bottom left: LOL member Cathy Birdsell created handpainted wine glasses to celebrate the group’s fifth anniversary. Bottom right: The Ladies of Literature don masks for a mystery book discussion.

november2012 | | 15


wardrobe holes she notices, suggesting appropriate stores to fit your style and budget. For a little bit extra, she will even do the shopping for you. Wynne, who created her Fashion with Flair business nine years ago, says her ideal clients are women who wear many hats during the day and need a flexible wardrobe to take them from the boardroom to the ball field to a gala event. Before working her closet magic, Wynne sits down with her clients to talk about their lifestyle, learn their budget parameters and gather information on favorite colors and personal styles. The first step upon entering a closet is a bit of culling, a bit of organizing. But this is not a “what not to wear” scenario where all of your clothes are trashed, according to Karen Killebrew of Milton who recently hired Wynne to help her pull together business casual outfits that didn’t feel like

► See WARDROBE, Page 34

I don’t have anything to wear!

Personal fashion consultant solves wardrobe woes By KATIE VanBRACKLE


e’ve all been there. Standing in our closets with our hands on our hips and a scowl on our lips. Convinced that we have absolutely and positively NOTHING to wear. What we need is our own personal wardrobe fairy who flits into our closet, magic wand extended and poof! Perfectly coordinated outfits for any occasion magically

16 | | november2012


appear, complete with shoes, bags and accessories. I know such fairies exist. I’ve met one. Lori Wynne is a personal wardrobe consultant who will visit your closet and work wonders. She will help you purge dated fashions and organize the rest, honestly assess the fit of your jeans and identify which styles, colors and trends work best on you. After reviewing your existing clothes, she will pull together dozens of outfits in ways you might never have tried and create a personalized shopping list to fill any

Left: Lori Wynne, left, shows Karen Killebrew a variety of blouses to wear with yellow jeans. Above: A bold black and white jacket dresses up a plain pink dress.

Your adventure starts at the Parc!

Parc at Duluth

Independent Senior Living Community Exceptional Service, Care and Amenities Now Accepting Reservations for Assisted Personal Care - Opening Fall 2012

Call us and visit TODAY!

470.226.2083 SCAN with your smartphone app to LEARN MORE!

3315 Peachtree Ind. Blvd. Duluth, GA 30096 november2012 | | 17

girlfriends' getaway


Wining biking through Napa Valley




18 | | november2012

t all started with Celine Dion. Michelle Mitchell, of Athens, Ga., was determined to check off one particular item on her bucket list in 2011– traveling to Las Vegas to hear her favorite singer perform live. Her husband, however, was not so keen on making the trip. So Mitchell did what any good wife would do and invited some girlfriends to go with her instead. Sisters Traci Gabrels of Johns Creek and Lori Taylor of Hoschton, both Mitchell’s cousins, agreed to make the Celine pilgrimage, as long as they could each add to the itinerary one “must-do” item of their own. For Taylor, it was attending Cirque du Soleil’s “O” show. For Gabrels, who tends to favor outdoor activities, it was a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon complete with champagne brunch next to the Colorado River. The trip was such a success, the three cousins decided to get away together every year: no husbands or kids allowed. For 2012’s trip, Mitchell returned to her bucket list and selected another West Coast adventure: a biking tour of wineries in Napa Valley. Gabrels and Taylor agreed, suggesting a side trip to San Francisco to tour Alcatraz and walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. The trip was timed for harvest season in wine country, when the late September weather would still be warm and there would be special festivals to attend. The cousins’ California adventure began in Calistoga where the rental car was left at a local bed and breakfast inn and bikes were rented for the short ride into Napa Valley. For Gabrels, touring wine country via bicycle is the only way to go. “It was absolutely breathtaking,” she said. “We were surrounded as far as the eye could see by acres of grape vines with mountains

rising in the distance. The sun was shining and a gentle breeze kept us cool. We could hear the birds singing and stopped frequently to take pictures of flowers, trees or the vineyards. If we had been traveling in a car, we would have zoomed through and missed so much. This trip for us was more than just tasting wine. We wanted to really experience the scenery and get a feel for the Napa lifestyle.” Using recommendations from the bike rental shop, the first winery on their self-guided tour was the Tedeschi Family Winery, where Emil Tedeschi and his sons produce hand-crafted wines in the Italian tradition. After walking through the vineyard and plucking handfuls of grapes straight from the vine, Mitchell, Taylor and Gabrels sat with Tedeschi in his rustic courtyard, sampling wines and soaking up the ambiance. “The pace of life in Napa is slow and the people are warm and welcoming,” said Gabrels. “You can’t help but feel absolutely comfortable and at ease.” The day’s vineyard tours ended at Castello di Amorosa, one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries. Visiting the authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan castle at sunset was like a trip back in time to medieval Italy, the perfect ending to a day in wine country. The next day, it was off to Sonoma where the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival was in full swing. Pulling off their shoes, the ladies joined a grape-stomping competition that Gabrels described as memorable, but very messy. “We were covered in grape juice. It was everywhere!” she laughed. “The tradition is to dip your hand in the juice and make a handprint on the back of your partner’s T-shirt, which of course we did.

► See NAPA, Page 20 Top Left: Biking through wine country allowed Gabrels, Mitchell and Taylor to soak up the scenery at a leisurely pace. Bottom Left: Traci Gabrels, Michelle Mitchell and Lori Taylor enjoy a wine tasting with Emil Tedeschi of Tedeschi Family Winery in Napa Valley.

november2012 | | 19

girlfriends' getaway


▼ NAPA, Continued from Page 18 Luckily, the local firemen were standing by to give us a good rinsing afterwards.” Having had their fill of wine, the cousins drove to San Francisco the following day. Their choice of lodging near the water at Fisherman’s Wharf allowed the ladies to stroll past various marinas, admiring the boats and photographing the famous seals lazing in the sun on Pier 39. Next, they took a ferry to Alcatraz Island for a tour of the former federal penitentiary, home to some of America’s most notorious criminals.

Gabrels said the experience was terrible and fascinating all at once. “For the whole trip, we had been so giddy and laughing all the time, but during the two hours we spent on Alcatraz, we were very quiet, trying to take it all in,” she said. “From Alcatraz, the views of San Francisco, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge are just beautiful, but the inmates could only see through a tiny 5-by-7-inch window in their cells. It was very strange to put ourselves in their shoes for a short time.” Escaping back to the mainland, the cousins enjoyed more spectacular views during a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge before heading home to Georgia.

With two successful girlfriends’ getaways under their belt, Gabrels, Taylor and Mitchell are already anticipating next year’s adventure, which they hint might involve some sand between their toes instead of grape juice. “I’ve always wanted to visit Cabo San Lucas,” said Gabrels with a big smile. Time to pull out that bucket list one more time. ■ Left: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Middle: Traci Gabrels holds a jug of grape juice freshly stomped by her cousin Michelle Mitchell. Right: Lori Taylor and Michelle Mitchell do a little shopping in the wine cellars of Castello di Amorosa.

Revolutionary NEW TREATMENT Are you bothered by your underarm sweat? Medical, Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology

You’re not alone. Millions suffer from excessive underarm sweat. Excessive underarm sweat is a daily struggle, and can interfere with many aspects of your life.

If you answer yes to any of the following, the miraDry procedure may be right for you! Do you frequently apply antiperspirant? Does your underarm sweat make you feel embarrassed? Does underarm sweat interfere with your daily activities? Do you change your clothes more than once a day due to underarm sweat? Do you wear fabrics, colors & styles of clothes that do not show sweat easily? Are you frustrated over constantly ruining clothes? Leslie C. Gray, M.D. | Kristin H. Magee, M.D. Stephanie S. Gardner, M.D. | Lisa Foreman, NP-C All physicians are Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call us at:


9900 Medlock Bridge Road | Johns Creek, GA 30097 | 770.497.0699 | 20 | | november2012

november2012 | | 21


Milton singer dreams big but stays grounded in the little things By Katie VanBrackle


Rick Diamond

he stars were shining bright on a cool Sunday night in early October as music lovers arrived at the Cobb Energy Centre in Marietta for the annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. Fans cheered and flash bulbs popped as celebrities walked the red carpet including Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of the country music duo Sugarland and rockers from the band .38 Special. Also attracting attention from the paparazzi was Mandy Gawley, a striking blonde with a head full of tousled curls and a mega-watt smile. With a successful debut album, a music video playing on national television and a finalist position for Georgia Country Awards’ 2012 Female Artist of the Year, Gawley had quite a lot to smile about. Waving to her fans, she looked every bit the part of a rising star living her dream. Yet only a few hours before the awards ceremony, Gawley could be found at her home in Milton, acting like any other suburban mom. She dashed around the house packing school lunches for her 4 and 6-year-old sons, folded laundry, tripped over toys and dragged the ironing board out of the way so her makeup artist could get through the door. This is Gawley’s other dream. A bit less glamorous perhaps, but even closer to her heart. “If you had told me years ago that I would one day be a wife, a mother and a recording artist all at the same time, I would never have believed you,” she said. “I’m living all of my dreams simultaneously, something I never knew was possible.” Gawley’s dreams of a musical career go back to her childhood. ”I remember watching Crystal Gayle sing on Solid Gold and that was it. I knew what I wanted to do,” she recalled. “Country music has always been in my blood.” After graduating from Roswell High School, Gawley explored a variety of creative and musical pursuits. She studied voice at Belmont University in Nashville, made it all the way to a final audition for the Julliard School in New York, acted in regional theater and even spent time in a posh San Francisco lounge singing jazz standards with an eight-piece orchestra. Yet a strong career path never seemed to materialize. Then she met Dale Gawley, literally fresh off the boat from Ireland, and fell head over heels in love. Music took a back seat to domesticity as the two married and settled down in Milton to start a family. A natural mother, Gawley loved every minute of raising her two young sons and threw herself wholeheartedly into the world of preschool and playdates. It was, in fact, a playdate that brought Gawley to the Cumming home of music producer Steve Thomason.

22 | | november2012

y d n a M s ’ y e l w a G

’ t e e w S o S e L‘ if “Mandy brought her kids over to play with my son and I remember the first time she saw my studio,” Thomason recalled. “She just lit up when she started talking about music. It was clear that singing was a passion for her.” After hearing her sing, Thomason recognized Gawley’s talent but she didn’t have any original material to offer. So Thomason called an old friend, Michael Gleason, a talented songwriter from Duluth. Gawley had dabbled in songwriting before, but says working with Gleason was like “taking a master class.” Two months later, Gleason and Gawley returned to the studio with ten new songs.

as “Mama Jan” by big-name clients such as Usher, Justin Bieber and Rob Thomas, Smith quickly became more than a coach to Gawley. “Mama Jan taught me so much not only about singing but about how the music industry works. She is a very successful businesswoman and also a very strong woman of faith. I’m honored to call her a dear friend,” she said. Though Gawley was beginning her music career in her 30’s, a bit late by industry standards, Smith recognized this as a strength, not a weakness. “Because Mandy chose to become a wife and mother first, a gentle wisdom shines through her songs.

Because Mandy chose to become a wife and mother first, a gentle wisdom shines through her songs. The experience she brings from her life to the microphone is what makes Mandy special as an artist. —“Mama Jan” Smith, Jan Smith Studios After hearing the first rough recordings, Thomason immediately knew the album had strong potential. “That’s when we really started to get excited,” he said. Thomason and Gleason co-produced and released Gawley’s debut album “Life So Sweet” in the fall of 2010, featuring songs ranging from the sentimental “Little Things” to the sassy, upbeat “Biscuits and Chicken” both of which received air time on Atlanta’s major market country radio station, 94.9 The Bull. Before Gawley knew it, “Life So Sweet” had sold 1,000 copies with only word-of-mouth promotion and her dream of a musical career had become a reality. She began singing at local venues with Thomason and Gleason on guitar and back-up vocals. The trio also performed live on CBS’s Better Mornings Atlanta. Things were moving fast, but Gawley still had much to learn. Luckily, she found yet another talented professional to guide her. Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta is a highly respected vocal coach and producer. Known

The experience she brings from her life to the microphone is what makes Mandy special as an artist,” she said. Smith notes that the music industry can be harsh and judgmental and many performers lose their integrity in the rush to appeal to a commercial audience. She applauds Gawley for keeping a smile on her face and staying true to herself. “Mandy has a beautiful and honest naiveté about her that she is adamant about maintaining. The way she carries herself in her business is wonderful and refreshing and one of the main reasons I chose to work with her professionally,” said Smith. Finding the time to balance her full-time roles as wife and mother with the growing demands of her singing career has been a challenge for Gawley who functions, as she puts it, as the “CEO of a one-woman business.” From performing daily vocal exercises in the carpool lane to updating her blog and website in a coffee shop near her boys’ school to answering business emails in the evenings after the kids have been fed and bathed, Gawley at


Devon Morgan/Photosynthesis Atlanta Daniel Stancil

Rick Diamond

times struggles for mental focus, but has learned quite a bit about her own personal capabilities. Gleason says Gawley is one of the hardest workers he has ever met. “In this industry, talent and good songs are important, but perseverance counts just as much. Mandy is willing to work hard and her tenacity pays off. It’s just part of who she is,” he said. When Thomason introduced Gawley to Mil Cannon, a Grammy-nominated director who expressed interest in shooting a video for “Let it Go,” a popular ballad from “Life So Sweet,” Gawley quickly developed yet another new skill--that of movie producer. “We drove up to Dahlonega and started knocking on doors,” she recalled with a laugh. “We used family and friends as actors but needed a pregnant woman for one particular role. So I called up a local maternity store and asked ‘Can you find a pregnant woman for me? By tomorrow?’ Everyone we worked with was wonderful and somehow it all came together.” The “Let it Go” video premiered earlier this year on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) before being picked up by Great American Country (GAC) and The Country Network (TCN) as well as by hundreds of blogs and websites, something almost unheard of for an independent artist. To date, the video has received over 25,000 hits on YouTube and has been nominated for Georgia Music Awards Xfinity On Demand Audience Award for Music Video of the Year. In the video, Gawley appears in a white, flowing dress walking slowly through a sunlit field singing “I can feel the weight on your shoulders/I can tell how much pain you feel/ And it’s tempting your heart to turn colder/But believe me, in time it can heal…” The simple, yet powerful lyrics of “Let it Go” encourage listeners to lay down their burdens in order to move forward with their lives. That message of hope combined with Gawley’s heartfelt delivery led to the song being used in the GMC movie “Trinity Goodheart” starring Eric Benet and in a promotional video for Cool Girls Inc., an empowerment group for underprivileged girls. “’Let it Go’ has become the driving force of the album,” said Gawley. “For me that song has a very personal, emotional message and it’s been very touching to see how

Cindy Brusco of Red Light Management, an international artist management group whose clients include Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys and the Dave Matthews Band. Brusco was impressed with how much Gawley had managed to accomplish on her own and offered to help take her career to the next level. “Mandy is a great addition to the Red Light family,” Gawley’s said Brusco. “She has such a spark and is a natural album “Life So Sweet” entertainer, yet she’s very down to earth and is available for purchase genuine. People really connect with her.” on iTunes Gawley feels blessed to have such a strong Learn more about team supporting her, including her own family. Gawley’s music, watch “I’m ready to take this thing as far as it will the “Let it Go” video, go and I know that if I ever need to hop on a tour read her blog and find out about bus one day, my family will be right beside me, upcoming shows at helping to make it happen. I couldn’t do it without their support,” she said. Gawley recently sold out a performance at Eddie’s people react to it. I get messages all the Attic in Decatur and was nominated by an industry time from fans who tell me their personal stories professional (she doesn’t know who, but is deeply honored) and say how much that song has helped them. It’s been an for the Georgia Country Awards’ Female Artist of the Year. incredible experience. To know the song has touched one Her enthusiastic fans voted for weeks to help Gawley reach person would be enough, but to know that it has touched the finals. The results will be announced and Gawley will hundreds is amazing.” perform at an awards ceremony to be held November 10 at The way listeners respond to her music has helped 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta. Gawley understand why her career is taking off now, at this In the meantime, Gawley is taking it one day at a time, particular point in time. dreaming big but staying focused on what’s truly important. “Every day spent writing and recording this album has It’s what her fans love most about her. Her own lyrics in proved to me that things happen the way they are supposed “Little Things” say it best: to and in the right order. I now understand that I had to “Since less is more then I wanna be blessed/With a experience loss, heartbreak, joy and love in all their intensity simple way of livin’ and some happiness/’Cause I don’t mind before being able to write songs that resonate with people,” leavin’ the rest of it behind/Oh, the little things matter most she said. to me/It’s the little things makin’ life so sweet/When I kiss “I’ve also been blessed with amazing mentors. Mama my kids on the cheek good-night/And you hold me close ‘til Jan helped me find my authentic voice as an artist and the morning light/I thank God for the little things.” ■ Michael and Steve help me express my feelings musically. What I have to say to the world is finally coming out.” PAGE 22 Left: Mandy Gawley walked the red carpet at the One of things she wants to say, to mothers in particular, 2012 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards. PAGE 23 Top: Mandy Gawley hams it up with the chickens is to listen to your heart and follow your passion. “Find that at the Northside Woman cover photo shoot. thing that connects with your soul and nurture that part of Below left: “Mama Jan” Smith (right) is Gawley’s vocal coach, yourself, “she said. “Whether it’s singing, jewelry making, mentor and close friend. cooking, writing, whatever. We all have a passion waiting to Below right: Michael Gleason, Mandy Gawley and be shared with others.” Steve Thomason perform for a sold-out crowd at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Gawley’s passion recently caught the attention of november2012 | | 23


Cumming teen’s star is on the rise Riley Biederer signs with Elton John, receives state award By KATIE VanBRACKLE


24 | | november2012

and invited two more budding musicians from Cumming to play in her band that evening. Holden Fincher, who attends South Forsyth High School, and Trent Bilodeau from West Forsyth High School are both guitarists in the local alternative rock band “All We Know.” When presenting the Horizon Award to Riley, Gov. Deal described her as a young performer with “the valuable ability to express her real life experiences in a way that her fans can relate to.” While those fans eagerly await the release of her debut album, Riley is continuing her high school studies and trying to live as normal a life as possible for the youngest artist in the world currently signed with Rocket Music Entertainment. “We are sort of percolating right now,” said her father. “Waiting for things to really take off.” To learn more about Riley’s music and her upcoming local performances, visit or ■ Riley Biederer performs at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards.


he sky is the limit for 16-year-old Riley Biederer of Cumming, a talented young singer/songwriter who continues to impress music industry professionals with her strong vocals, heartfelt lyrics and unwavering self-confidence. In early October, she performed at the 34th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards in Marietta, where Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal presented her with the prestigious Horizon Award given to young performers from Georgia who show strong promise. To put things in perspective, last year’s Horizon Award was given to Justin Bieber. Riley has been playing the guitar and writing songs for over three years and is a regular performer in the Forsyth County and Alpharetta areas where she has a strong fan following, especially among 8- to 17-year-old girls. Riley’s career received a huge boost when a YouTube video of one of her songs caught the eye of Matt Still, an independent, Grammywinning producer based in Atlanta who has worked with many big

names in the music business. Still brought Riley into the studio to record demos of her songs, which he then pitched to a few key people, starting with Elton John. Riley, then 14, was sitting in the cafeteria of West Forsyth High School when she received a cellphone call that would change her life. The caller? Sir Elton John himself, inviting her to sign with his artist management company, Rocket Music Entertainment. With her career on the rise, Riley is now home-schooled, which gives her the flexibility to fly to Los Angeles, New York or Nashville to work with the same songwriters who assist stars such as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Adele. “Signing with Rocket has been a big challenge for Riley,” said her father, Frank Biederer. “Elton John’s influence can open doors for her, but at the end of the day, she still has to deliver. So far, she is doing very well.” Riley began with country music, but in recent months has shifted to a more contemporary sound in pursuit of her dream of becoming a pop star. She performed one of her new songs, “Who Do You Love?” at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards

november2012 | | 25

women's best friend



Pet of the Month I

ris is a strikingly gorgeous young adult calico who was recently rescued from a rural high-kill shelter. She has been in a foster setting for some time and is now ready to move on to her forever home. According to her foster, Iris is the perfect cat—beautiful, loving, affectionate, with no annoying habits! She is spayed, up-to-date with routine shots and litter box trained. Iris would love to be the only kitty in the house, but she loves people and dogs – as you can tell by her picture! In fact, her favorite afternoon nap spot is curled up with her foster’s two big dogs. To inquire about Iris, visit Angels Among Us Pet Rescue at ■

welcome to our

pet feature Please send us your news about rescue groups & vet questions. We will try to answer them & publicize your group!

email editor@ northside 26 | | november2012

november2012 | | 27

women's best friend

Ask the Vet… Q

With the holidays approaching, I’m expecting a lot of company. I have a rescue dog that is still very scared of new people. Short of locking her in the bedroom for four weeks, do you have any suggestions for keeping her calm and happy during the holidays? —Stacy M., Milton


Great question. Our pets are excellent mirrors, especially when they are in new or potentially stressful situations with their owners. The best thing you could do for her, and ultimately yourself, is to relax and be yourself. Enjoy your company and trust that she will enjoy the experience as well. Having your guests ignore her will help, too. Often, timid dogs become more self conscious and unpredictable if they become the center of attention. She really just wants to be a part of her new pack and will take your behavior as her cue as to how to behave. If you are anxious, she will be too. She may even interpret the situation as a threat to you and become upset and possibly even attempt to protect you. The more upset you become about her behavior, the more it will feed her anxiety and will reinforce her interpretation that there IS a reason to be upset. Be the way you would like her to be, and have FUN. ■

28 | | november2012

—Dr. Corinna Murray, CPC, ELI-MP Veterinary Care Navigation; Certified Professional Life Coach Do you have a question about your pet’s care or behavior? Send it to us at

november2012 | | 29

give it a whirl

It's as easy as one, two, three By JENNIE KUSHNER


ads, trends, swings. Whatever you want to call them, it seems the most lovable, legendary and leading of all is: the diet. It’s that extra push when the holidays roll around to look thin-and-trim for your mother-in-law whom you haven’t seen in a year or your sister-in-law who is a size double zero…and still thinks she is overweight. Well in my case, I was returning to my old stomping grounds of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was in dire need to drop a few pounds before my cronies called me out on gaining a few. My go-to: The BluePrint Cleanse.

30 | | november2012

Ravished and raved about by celebs like Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively and Ashley Greene, I figured I’d give it a whirl. The Product: The BluePrint Cleanse (BPC). Eighteen juices, three days. $225 ($195, plus $30 for shipping). www. Each drink contains six pounds of produce. The Promise: The BPC promises to detoxify, purify, refresh and rejuvenate the body by consuming only freshly pressed fruit and vegetables juices. With three different levels of intensity, the BPC is the first juice cleanse to be USDA certified organic in 2012.

The Results: Home delivered in a silver and stylish reusable cooler with ice packs galore, the BPC bottles looked more like an accessory rather than the trick-tothin-trend. As advised by the BPC pundits, I stashed away my crates (yes crates – at age 23, I still have the sweet tooth of a 5-year-old) of candy and said bye-bye to the days of cuisine contentment. Bottle one, day one was a complete success. The initial sip of the concoction included green romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon and ginger. I felt like I had died and gone to vegan heaven. The following five juices were full-flavored, savory, scrumptious, sweet, spicy… and left me thirsting for day

two. Waking up feeling more like Jillian Michaels rather than Jennie Kushner, I was motivated and stimulated to triumph any troubles. It was as easy as one-click shopping. By day three, cravings for my old foodie flings did arise, but I was determined to defeat the challenge…and I did. The scale was down. Three pounds, three days. The BPC motto is as it says: easy as one, two, three. ■ The rating:

Four out of Four Stars

november2012 | | 31


Cold weather signals time to winterize skin By CYNTHIA MORRISON EIKE Visage Designs by Cynthia, LLC


he leaves are dropping, along with the temperature, so it’s time to kiss the summer glow goodbye and protect your skin from the harsh conditions. Here are simple ways to stay hydrated and gorgeous till the warm weather returns. Prepare your skin for drier weather by trading light summer potions for richer, hydrating body creams and washes. Organix’s Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil Creamy Oil Body Wash ($8) locks in moisture and suppleness with ingredients like sugar cane and rice milk, and smells delicious… just don’t eat it! Indulge in Dermalogica’s UltraRich Body Cream ($47) after bathing for super-saturated and nourished skin all winter long. This unique, liquefying formula deeply heals and moisturizes even the driest of skins, leaving behind all-day touchable, smooth and hydrated skin. Faces need extra moisture during winter months too. Replace lightweight lotions with richer textured face creams that lock in hydration without feeling heavy. Vichy Laboratories offers Aqualia Thermal Cream Fortifying and Soothing 24-hour Hydrating Care ($30), which delivers on its promise to provide 24 hours of intense hydration without feeling greasy (and can be worn alone or under makeup!) Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 ($90) is the ideal multi-tasking balm for dry skin. This super-rich formula hydrates, protects and perfects skin in one formula. For optimal results, warm it slightly between the fingers before gently pressing into the skin.

Bronzed skin and deep golden hues give way to lighter, brighter hues in winter months. Update your makeup look for winter by skipping the shimmery bronzer and replace it with one that mimics real skin in tone and texture like Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer ($28). This matte powder bronzer imparts a natural, healthy-looking tan without shimmer or shine, and looks like your own skin. Brush across forehead, tops of cheeks and onto the throat under the chin for a natural effect. Top this off by dusting the apples of your cheeks with a pop of color for that instant, “just off the slopes” glow. Try Bobbi Brown’s Apricot blush ($25) for a universally flattering, matte shade that works on any skin tone for instant radiance. Lips lose moisture in the winter faster than any other area of the face. Keep them luscious and protected with a super-hydrating and healing lip balm like Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips ($14.50). This medical grade lanolin balm instantly soothes and hydrates lips as well as other dry, sensitive areas (nursing nipples, cuticles, eczema, scars…) while it naturally protects them with bacteriarepelling lanolin. Use alone as a gloss or top it with fall’s hottest color trend, violet! Estee Lauder’s Violet Electra ($25) or NYX’s Matte Sweet Pink ($6) are perfect winter lip colors this year. ■

Cynthia has been a makeup artist for over 25 years. She provides consulting & makeup application services through Visage Designs by Cynthia. Contact her at 32 | | november2012

november2012 | | 33


“Every ry time you smile at someone, it is an love, a gift to action of love that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa




Snakeskin shoes add a trendy touch to any wardrobe.

People travel from around the world for his lifechanging chang h giing smile il makeovers. mak Dr. D Mastro has transformed thousands of smiles for models, th recording artists, re TV anchors and people from all walks of life and is recognized for w his hi unique ability to handcraft each tooth to with artistic precision. David Mastro Mastro, D D.D.S DS #1 Ranked Emory Graduate

C for your personal consultation Call an ask about this month’s and special promotion!

See More of Dr. Mastro’s Makeovers at

New Smilee for Cassandra

New SSmile mile for Samantha

▼ WARDROBE, Continued from Page 16 uniforms. “Lori makes sure you still look like you and not like someone who’s trying too hard to be fashionable,” said Killebrew. “She charges about $85 per hour, about the same as your average home repairman, only she’s a lot more fun to work with and you’ll actually enjoy the experience.” Wynne spent three hours in Killebrew’s closet, producing four huge garbage bags of clothes to donate and dozens of new outfit ideas from the clothes and accessories Killebrew already owned.

Fashion dos & don’ts from Lori Wynne � �

Rule of 3s

The secret to creating an interesting ensemble instead of just getting dressed is to employ the “rule of 3s.” For example, with a white blouse and black slacks (“May I take your order?”) include three pops of color such as a turquoise sweater, purse and necklace and suddenly you look like the one who should be waited upon. Look for accessories in the same color (shoes, belts, jewelry, scarves, purses, blouses, sweaters).

Act your age New N ew SSmile mile for for Michelle Michelle

Just because you CAN wear clothes from the junior section, doesn’t mean you should. There are plenty of great trends for adult women. You don’t need to copy your teenagers.

Limit impulse purchases DENTISTRY w.AAl luring C osmetiic D e nti s try.c

800 Mansell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 |770-642-9900 34 | | november2012

The process was eye-opening and mostly painless, said Killebrew. “There was one pair of shoes I hated to see go, but Lori convinced me that they had served their purpose well and it was time to say goodbye,” she said. “And I was allowed to keep my black, fuzzy sweatpants. But only if I promised to never wear them out of the house.” Best of all for Killebrew is the knowledge that the outfits Wynne put together for her all fit well, look stylish and can be mixed and matched to suit different occasions. “Sometimes you just need a fresh pair of eyes in your own closet,” she said.

That purple floral skirt you found at T.J. Maxx for $15 may have been a great deal, but then you bring it home and realize you have nothing to wear with it so it joins the other impulse purchases in the back of your closet, never again to see the light of day. Resist the urge to impulse buy until you have reviewed your wardrobe

and know which pieces you really need. Shopping with a plan will save you time and money.

Update seasonally with a few key pieces

Looking trendy is not about following every fad off the runway. It’s about looking up to date without trying too hard. Snakeskin is huge this year. Treat animal prints as a neutral and blend them with pops of bright color to wear them with much more than just tan or black. Wynne advised Killebrew to buy a new belt and a pair of shoes in a snakeskin print. The two items didn’t cost much, but totally updated Killebrew’s existing outfits.

Pay attention to what lies beneath

When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? The right undergarments can enhance your overall silhouette and posture and make you feel great. You wear your bras every single day. Spend the extra money and consider them an investment, just like a great pair of shoes. ■


for your

Thanksgiving Table story & photos By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ooking for new ways to dress up your Thanksgiving table? Northside Woman asked Lori Foley and Candy Kane of The Red Hound gift shop in Alpharetta to share a few ideas on how to make your family feast a bit more fabulous this year.

1. Add a whimsical touch

Who says pillows aren’t allowed on the table? Create a perfectly pleasing pumpkin patch centerpiece with these adorable pillows. Best of all, when the Thanksgiving meal is over, toss them into the nearest comfy chair to add a touch of autumn whimsy to your living room while the family watches football. Woof n’ Poof, $12.

2. Bring the outdoors in

Mother Nature puts on quite a show in the fall, so why not invite her to the family table? Natural textures are very fashionable this fall. Use burlap for a rustic table runner and pinecones as simple place card holders. To add a touch of shine while still sticking to your woodsy theme, present your sweet potato casserole in high style with the Star Home collection of recycled, food-safe metal serving pieces such as this square casserole dish with lid. By Star Home, prices vary.

3. Make your hostess feel special

As anyone who has ever hosted a large crowd for Thanksgiving knows, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes before the guests arrive. Let your hostess know her efforts are appreciated with a little gift such as this “Give Thanks” tea towel (Servant’s Heart, $12). Nora Fleming platters make great gifts year-round with their interchangeable mini figurines. Bread platter, $40; turkey mini figure, $11.

4. Express yourself

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for family and friends, and these pewter serving pieces do so very elegantly. While you are busy tending to the turkey, let your cheese tray do the talking for you! Each dish is engraved with a gentle sentiment sure to make guests feel welcome. By Mud Pie, prices vary.

5. Smells good enough to eat

Add a warm glow to your tabletop while making your guests drool. This beautiful bundt cake is actually an apple streudel-scented candle which looks lovely when placed on a raised cake stand. The tempting candles come in a variety of colors and scents such as pumpkin spice, caramel pecan and cinnamon roll. Cake Candle Company Bunt Delight, $33. ■

The Red Hound

10955 Jones Bridge Road, Suite 115, Alpharetta. november2012 | | 35


Jackie Archer with her son, left, and husband.

Milton realtor leads creation of lung cancer license plate By JENNIE KUSHNER


t was a humid Southern summer day in August 2005. The kind where beads of sweat look like glass shattered on the black cement. The kind where a glass of sweet tea sweats so much there is more liquid on the outside rather than in. Her Isuzu Trooper was headed north on Trickum Road, scrambling to see her Grandmother who was in her final days.

But before she could make it to see the woman who rocked her to sleep as a baby, Jackie Archer – then 40 years old – was hit head on by an SUV. Rushed to the hospital, Archer sustained no injuries pertaining to the collision, but was admitted due to a fistsize lump in the lower lobe of her lung. After a 14-hour surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Archer’s right lung was completely removed as the tumor was determined to be cancer.

CAR PROBLEMS? NO WORRIES. Finally, a local auto mechanic you can trust – Close to You, Honest & Affordable! When you want it done right!TM

“Great workmanship and awesome 3 locations, over 150 years of combined experience service” – Helen Villarta “I’m a car guy and can work on my own car but I still have Mike’s work on my cars. They are the best I have ever seen.” set of windshield wiper blades – Kurt Schofield with any service over $75.00

FREE Restrictions apply.

• QUALITY WORK • HONEST SERVICE • Domestic and Foreign Cars & Trucks • From Tire Plugs & Tune-ups to Transmissions & more • FREE Towing (October) • FREE RENTAL Car (October) • FREE Car Wash with every service y. 9 Hw

36 | | november2012


on any tune-up or brake service



10515 Alpharetta St., Roswell

Sto Riv ney er Chik -filA


y. 9


25% Discount


E mb





At Intersection of Holcomb Br. & Hwy. #9 (across from Stoney River)



Jackie Archer at a Falcons game. Georgia DLP Template

The standard color for “GEORGIA” and the alpha-numerics is 100% Black (K).

Rev 2/7/2012

Archer had never smoked a cigarette a day in her life. Seven years later, Archer is fighting to teach and preach the actuality of lung cancer. Each day, 450 people die from lung

cancer. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer as the No. 1 cancer killer of women, most of whom have never smoked a day in their life. Now in 2012, Archer has done what no other woman in the U.S. has done. On April 16, Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill and on Sept. 25, the first Lung Cancer Awareness license plate became available, making Georgia the only state to offer the plate. A realtor for ERA Sunrise in Milton, Archer is proud to say, she is a lung cancer survivor. ■

Services Include... Laser Aesthetic Services • Cut/Color Nails • Up-Do • Make Up • Waxing Perms • Keratin Treatments Toner/Conditioning Treatments

FREE BLOW DRY with 10% of Next Service (Must bring in coupon from the magazine)

Expires 3 months from purchase



One of the leading lighting companies in the Atlanta area with over 13 years experience, and lighting over 5,000 homes.


10 Solid Cast Brass Lights for $1,495.00. Fixtures and Transormer have Life time warranty Include complete installation with transformer november2012 | | 37


Being ‘out’ to be ‘in’ {} North Fulton Hospital brings new outpatient facilities to the community


CEO, North Fulton Hospital


e all know the amazing technological developments that have positively impacted the healthcare we receive. Those developments have included everything from cancer drugs that in many cases can target only those mutant cells creating the cancer to minimally invasive surgery that leaves scars of an inch or less. And every day brings new medicines, procedures and techniques that advance the health of your family and you. One bright consequence of all these medical developments is the move from inpatient care delivery to outpatient care delivery. When I was about 7 or 8, I remember my mom going into the hospital for nearly a week for major surgery. She had her gall bladder removed. I was so worried about her I could hardly eat or sleep – and in those days, little kids could not visit people in hospitals. Today, we call that gall bladder removal a cholecystectomy, and most of the time, the patient stays less than 24 hours in a hospital. Removal of hernias on pediatric patients is done several times a week at our facility and the children are home in their own bed that night. Even

38 | | november2012

Debbie Keel (in green) at the ribbon-cutting of North Fulton Hospital's new medical plaza.

some neurosurgical procedures have become outpatient procedures. Forecasters tell us that nearly 30 percent of hospital inpatients will move to an outpatient setting over the next five years. That trend is well underway in our community. From 2010 to 2011, inpatient admissions to all hospitals in our primary service area (roughly Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton and Johns Creek) declined

collectively by nearly 500. While North Fulton Hospital remains committed to caring for our community’s urgent inpatient needs, be they medical or surgical, we’ve also upgraded and expanded our outpatient services to better serve you. Last month, we opened our new Roswell Imaging Center on the first floor of the shiny new Medical Plaza on our

campus. It includes all the equipment and services to meet your routine radiology needs and especially features our outstanding Breast Cancer Center. On the second floor of that same building, we have relocated and expanded our outpatient North Fulton Pain and Spine Center, featuring two new procedure rooms as well all other services to treat patients suffering from pain, especially back pain. We plan on adding a new outpatient open MRI and an array of cardiology diagnostic equipment into the Roswell Imaging Center next year. You will also see two new North Fulton Hospital Urgent Care Centers open in your neighborhood in very convenient, accessible and visible locations early next year to serve your non-emergent needs. Of course, the three offices of the North Fulton Primary Care network already take walk-in patients. These days in healthcare, you have to be “out” to be “in” – we plan on giving you the access to outpatient care you need to be very “in” with your family and your healthcare. ■


Determine cash flow before buying holiday gifts By KRISTEN FRICKS-ROMAN

►Scenario 2

Certified Financial Planner

Negative Cash Flow


ith the holidays rapidly approaching, buying gifts often moves to the top of the to-do lists. But most people put together a holiday budget backwards – they make a gift list and then go shopping. As a financial advisor for 26 years, I have witnessed what happens when a budget is absent from the gift-giving process. Money is blown, savings accounts shrink and credit card debt increases. So, how can you make holiday spending joyful rather than stressful? The key is including it in your year-round budget. If you don’t yet have a budget, this is a great time to start thinking about forming one for the upcoming year. Here are steps you can take now to spread cheer this holiday season – without breaking the bank. The first step in setting up any budget is to determine your cash flow. Essentially, you will take your household income and subtract your expenses, which include total household debt and savings. Use this template to help in planning: cashflow_brochure2010.pdf There are two outcomes: positive cash flow or negative cash flow. Let’s look at both scenarios.

If you find yourself with no surplus cash flow, you simply don’t have the budget to put toward gifts. In this situation, gifting is an option — not a necessity. Don’t panic. There are ways to give without spending cash. Do a good deed, or be creative and make something with items you already have. One way I give without a cash outlay is by making purchases on a credit card that offers “rewards” throughout the year. When it’s time to give gifts, I can redeem gift cards and either give out the cards or use them to purchase gifts. (If you go this route, however, you must pay off the credit card balance every month or it defeats the purpose.) ■

►Scenario 1

Positive Cash Flow

If you have a positive cash flow, the surplus is what you can put toward gifts this holiday season. If you’re looking at it from an annual perspective, the surplus enables you to set aside your gifting budget for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and holidays throughout the year. Ideally, you will

continue to determine your cash flow on an annual basis with your partner or spouse. After setting the budget, make a list of those to whom you will give gifts — and stick to it. Prepare yourself mentally for situations where you may receive a gift from someone who is not on your master list. It really is OK not to give a gift in return. The long-term benefit of remaining within your budget often outweighs the short-term gift-giving process.

Kristen Fricks-Roman is a Roswell resident and a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Atlanta. A financial advisor for more than 26 years, she specializes in helping people craft and implement their financial plans.

Endocrinology and Diabetes of Georgia, PC


Dr.Vijayasudha Gunna,MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine Board Certified Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Now accepting new patients and referrals for evaluation and treatment of: Diabetes Thyroid Disorders PCOS Adrenal Disorders Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disorders Nutrition Counseling 11912 Jones Bridge Road, Suite 201 • Johns Creek, Ga 30005

Phone 770-754-1600 • november2012 | | 39


Noche, Johns Creek

▼ nightlife, Continued from Page 8


(Pictured middle) Trek no more. With three locations ITP, Here to Serve the stiffest of whiskies, scotches Restaurants is (finally) filling and bourbons to bring out North Fulton’s niche for the true Irishman (or mouthwatering Mexican. woman) in you. Who said Officially opening you have to cross the its fourth location in pond to soiree like St. October, this tequila and Patty’s Day? tapas bar mixes couture cuisine with an au 12650 Crabapple Road, courant atmosphere. Grab a 678-624-1090 si d s & t your sombrero and swing e w ips for Hours: Sunday and by Noche – after all it is (now) o men Monday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; just right down the road. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. 3719 Old Alabama Road, 770-777-9555 – 2 a.m.; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hours: Sunday, noon – 10 p.m.;


e id h fi v e n o r t


Sage Woodfire Tavern, Alpharetta

(Pictured top) Clever cuisine and a dance party? Sage Woodfire Tavern invites you to enjoy contemporary American dishes with global influences. With a swanky bar and lounge area, live Samba jazz is performed Wednesday through Saturday. Antsy to start the weekend early? Thursday night dance parties with a DJ will help add a little pep-in-your-step. 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, 770-569-9199 Hours: Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Saturday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; lounge and bar always open until 2 a.m.; closed Sunday

Monday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. – midnight; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – midnight

The Ridge, Cumming

Dancing and dining – why not? Looking to indulge in a savory steak or seafood? The Ridge’s cozy and comfy atmosphere combined with the succulent flavors will sing to your senses. And with Rat Pack, Soul and Motown performances on Friday and Saturday night, top off dinner with a little dancing. 1035 Turner Road, 770-886-9003 Hours: Sunday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. ■


$9.97 Genuine Pearl Bracelets usually $28

Friday, November 23rd limit 4 per customer supplies are extremely limited, come in early - before we run out




Johns Creek 8am-6pm

Cumming 9am-9pm

Kroger Shopping Center 3000 Old Alabama Road Suite 107 Johns Creek, Ga 30022

The Avenue Forsyth 410 Peachtree Parkway Suite 120 (next to Cheeky) Cumming, Ga 30041

770.751.9555 40 | | november2012

Crafting Life’s Lasting Memories

DON’T LET THE hustle and bustle OF THE HOLIDAYS CLUTTER UP YOUR HOME. Everyone can appreciate a thorough clean from The Maids.

Call now to receive your free, no-obligation estimate




Referred for a reason.

november2012 | | 41


NOVEMBER discovered rock and roll songs that will have you singing along. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 38 Hill Street, Roswell.



Holidays Along the Divine 9 ▲ Through Dec. 31. The Alpharetta and Roswell Covention and Visitors Bureau have teamed up to promote a special list of holiday events such as Santa sightings, Christmas services, ghost tours, tree lightings, historic home tours, caroling, historic event reenactments and in-store promotions. Download a free copy of Holidays Along the Divine 9 online for the chance to win a $500 VISA gift card.


“Beauty and the Beast” at the Milton Center Through Nov. 11. Christian Youth Theater Atlanta presents the popular Broadway production of this “tale as old as time” featuring Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast in his enchanted castle. Tickets are $12-15. Performances held at the Milton Center Theatre, 86 School Drive, Alpharetta.


Civil War Living History Saturday Enjoy a family oriented event with activities for all ages including reenactors in uniforms, period dancing, music, food and fun. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Night of the Running Zombies 5K Run/Walk 7 p.m. A family friendly nighttime run/ walk at Newtown Park. Participate as a zombie or a human and receive a great race t-shirt. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Mt. Zion Craft Show 9 a .m. – 4 p.m. All proceeds from this annual craft show benefit charities for women and children. Features 52 arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, door prizes, quilt drawing, photos with Santa and fresh baked goods. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 9th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival Through Nov. 11. The City of Dahlonega celebrates the literary arts with reading panels, book signings by well-known authors and children’s activities. Keynote speech by Barbara Brown Taylor on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.


Women’s Heath lecture 10 a.m. Dr. Keisa J. Godwin will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the American Association of University Women where she will address confusing and often contradictory messages about nutrition, exercise, heart health, screenings and breast and ovarian cancer. Free and open to the public. For meeting location, please contact Karen Leasman at Picture Yourself with Santa & Mrs. Claus 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your family for free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday refreshments will be served from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Suite 200, Alpharetta.

LSO Fall Fiesta Gala Concert 4 p.m. The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra opens its fifteenth season with guest performers renowned Brazilian pianist Paulo Ricardo Gazzaneo, local AfricanAmerican soprano Leah McRath, Chinese violinist Luke Hsu and Puerto Rican guest conductor Helen Gonzalez. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.


“A Taffeta Christmas” by Georgia Ensemble Theatre Through Nov. 18. This high-energy show spotlights a 1950’s girl harmony group as they return to their hometown for a Christmas performance of holiday classics, pop standards and newly

42 | | november2012


ACT1 Theater presents “A Christmas Carol” ▲ Through Dec. 16. Your favorite Christmas carols weave their way through this classic story of Christmases past, present and future with Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge. Check your humbugs at the door! $15 tickets for adults, $12 for seniors and children 12 and under. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. “The Nutcracker” performed by Roswell Dance Theatre Through Nov. 30. Roswell Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition for over 21 years. Enjoy watching the magic of Christmas come alive with dancing dolls, dragons, mice and so much more. Enchanting for all ages. Various times and prices. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


St. Ives Arts & Crafts Expo 12 – 5 p.m. The Charity Guild of St. Ives will present new vendors and products in addition to returning favorite artisans and crafters with children’s clothing, women’s accessories, florals, home décor, handpainted furniture, linens, soaps, candles and more. Kids can play in kids room while you shop. $5 admission. Free parking. All net proceeds go to charity. St. Ives Country Club, One St. Ives Country Club Drive, Johns Creek.


“Annie the Musical” at the Cumming Playhouse ▲ Through Dec. 9. Bring the whole family to the Cumming Playhouse’s musical production of “Annie” featuring memorable songs such as Tomorrow, Hard Knock Life and Easy Street. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

Vintage Corks and Gourmet Trucks ▲ 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gather around the downtown streets to experience Alpharetta’s first-ever wine and food truck pairing event. Wineries and gourmet food trucks will be blended together offering a taste or a full plate. See the work of artists unfold as they create live street work or relax to the sounds of melodious musicians. Near Alpharetta City Hall at 2 South Main St., Alpharetta.


Little PINK Book’s Fall Empowerment Event 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Little PINK Book. com, a digital platform for ambitious career women hosts its annual Fall Empowerment Event in Atlanta, featuring live video-streaming of high-level corporate women discussing opportunities and challenges faced by female leaders. $120 to attend in person, $15 for live video stream. Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall, Woodruff Auditorium, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.


Popup Holiday Gift Gallery 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. A one-stop popup shop of creative American-made gifts. Enjoy a glass of wine while shopping. Original works for one day only. Hand blown ornaments, jewelry, organic bath items, children’s gifts, handmade chocolates, handspun garments and ceramics are just a few of the goodies. Teal Gallery & Events, 42 Oak St., Roswell.


City of Milton Annual Tree Lighting 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire truck to the corner of Webb Road and Highway 9 near the Milton Super Target for music, refreshments and a countdown to the annual tree lighting. Enjoy refreshments, crafts, photos with Santa and holiday music.


Christmas Tree Lighting in Alpharetta 5 p.m. The 45-foot live tree with 10,000 lights will be lit at 6:15 p.m. and Mayor David Belle Isle will read "‘Twas the

Night Before Christmas." Enjoy children’s crafts, face painting, train rides, photos with Santa and performances by North Point Community Church Free. Milton Avenue at 2 South Main St., Alpharetta.



Founders Day Parade & Santa Jam in Johns Creek 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The 6th Annual Founders Day Parade will take place on State Bridge Road between Kimball Bridge and West Morton Roads, followed by Santa Jam, including photos with Santa, food and entertainment. Santa Jam will be held at Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Back to Nature Holiday Market 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop for beautiful objects d’art or handmade gifts made by local artisans. Douceur de France lunch café. Free admission to the nature center. Don’t miss it! Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Alpharetta Holiday Farmers Market 1 – 5 p.m. Children’s inflatables, farmers market vendors, open houses at stores and holiday activities fill downtown for a Christmas celebration. Hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from Santa from 2 – 4 p.m. Alpharetta City Hall parking lot, 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Christmas in Crabapple 2 – 5 p.m. Featuring Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday music favorites from local children’s choirs, a community bonfire and photos with Santa. Historic downtown Crabapple, 790 Mayfield Road, Milton. Roswell’s Lighting of the Square 5 p.m. Historic Town Square glows with thousands of holiday lights. Carolers from local schools, the Lighting of the Square, a reading of "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas" and a visit from Santa who will arrive by fire truck. Free. Intersection of Highways 9 and 120 in Roswell. Christmas Gala & Holiday Pops Concert ► 8 p.m. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will perform all your holiday favorites accompanied by adult and children’s choirs, soloists and a few surprises. A delicious champagne dessert reception follows. Tickets range from $16.50 to $30. St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek.


Atlanta Baroque Orchestra presents “Holidays in Dublin” 4 p.m. Make your holiday season complete with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in its original Dublin version. Please visit the website for tickets and details. Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.

november2012 | | 43

Cancer Care c lose to home.

Harry rutland, M.d. • Craig Wilkinson, M.d. • amir Hammami, M.d. • BoYD BYrD, M.d. • ronalD steis, M.d. • saraH BentleY, r.n.

Think of Us as Family...Close Family. Cancer already takes you out of your comfort zone, we know that. But it doesn’t have to take you to far and unfamiliar places for treatment — not when there’s an Accredited Community Cancer Center right here in your own neighborhood. At North Fulton Hospital, our medical experts work in concert to give you the complete individualized care you’ll need. That’s how it is with family. We take care of our own.

We Specialize in You. 44 | | november2012

Northside Woman - November 2012  

A women's work and play publication and companion website that covers news for the northern Atlanta suburban female.