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Day for Night Atlanta Senior Life focuses on the interests, accomplishments and lifestyles of the active senior population in metro Atlanta. It aims to inspire readers to embrace a more rewarding life by informing them of opportunities to expand their horizons, express their talents and engage in their community.

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By Collin Kelley On Monday, August 21, a large swath of America will be treated to a rare phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. While partial views will be available in Atlanta, if you want to be in the path of totality then head to north Georgia, North Carolina or South Carolina. The centerline for the eclipse will touch the northeastern corner of Georgia around 2:35 p.m. Some of the picturesque places to see the full solar phenomenon are in Clayton, Toccoa and Black Rock Mountain State Park. In North Carolina, you’ll have part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park as a dramatic landscape for the eclipse.

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If you’ll be spending August 21 in the north metro Atlanta area, you can still enjoy the eclipse, thanks in part to the local library systems. More than two million pairs of eclipse glasses are being distributed free of charge at U.S. public libraries, through a project supported in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, with additional help from Google, National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA. Many area libraries are planning educational programs, group viewings and celebrations around the time of the eclipse, 2-3 p.m. Check with your local library for specifics.

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ON THE COVER Mary and Mark Perloe canoeing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photo by Phil Mosier

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lies in the path of totality. The downtown area has cool shops, restaurants and the lovely Falls Park on the Reedy River. The last time all of North America witnessed a solar eclipse was 99 years ago, so grab your eclipse glasses and head north.

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Cool Off with Canoes and Kayaks

A stop along the Chattahoochee River

By Judi Kanne In August, almost all local weather reports begin with the words “hot and humid.” If you’re ready to cool off, getting on the water is well worth considering. Paddling a canoe is one option. A canoe is an open boat that can easily fit you and a friend. Ideally, one will paddle for “push” and the other (the one in the back) will use the paddle for steering, like a rudder. A good workout is another reason to try water sports. The exercise concept worked well for a Vinings couple, Wendy Barnes and Joel Bohlmann, both in their early 60s. They registered for their first Chattahoochee Nature Center’s canoe trip in early June. Although they hadn’t canoed in quite a few years, they felt they could handle the two-hour ride. “The section of the river one gets to see on the Chattahoochee is lovely,” she said. In fact, admitted Barnes, “It’s hard to believe that you’re in a large city.”

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Wendy Barnes and Joel Bohlmann on the Hooch

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Barnes says they both love natural surroundings and the outdoors. “And we’re trying to stay active as we get older.” The couple said they saw deer, kingfishers, herons and even an osprey along the way. A staff naturalist who offers an introduction to the river’s ecology leads each nature center trip. Water adventures are found both near and far. Last summer, Mary and Mark Perloe traveled from Sandy Springs to the San Juan Islands of Washington. The islands are located in the Puget Sound, known for an abundance of natural beauty. “I found a trip with a few people that combined four to five hours of kayaking visiting different islands each day,” said Mark, a physician in his mid-60s. His wife, also in her early 60s, is a nurse practitioner, and says she was more than “ready for an outdoor adventure with some physical activity versus pure rest and relaxation.” “It turned out we were the only couple who

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Safety First! If you haven’t been in a canoe before, consider Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC). Family trips are shorter and take place in a large pond, rather than the river. The pond is a more manageable and if you tire, it’s easy to come ashore. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll need a paddle. Kayak paddles have blades on both sides with a bit of a curve, whereas canoe paddles have just one flat blade. Selecting the right sized paddle is important. The stick part of a canoe paddle should be about six to eight inches longer than the length of your arm, after your fingers are extended, according to experts.

Mary and Mark Perloe Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

signed up, so we could set our own pace,” Mary added. “We were concerned about whether we had the stamina to do this, but found we could work with our guide to personalize our daily activities.” The Perloes had not taken kayak lessons before, but their guide spent an hour or so orienting them and helping improve their paddling techniques. “It was surprising to both of us that we weren’t very sore,” said Mark. “We paddled for about two hours, then we would take a nice break in a park or beach along the way. With a “tryout” trip among the San Juan Islands, they learned they had the physical and mental strength to plan more kayaking journeys. They’ve bought

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their own tandem kayak. Recently, the Perloes headed to Florida where they floated with the manatees. Closer to home, they’ve tried the lake at Stone Mountain Park. They recommend bringing your dog.

Save your paddling for fair weather days, suggests the CDC website: “… you don’t [always] know what mother nature will throw at you, know where your float trip will take you…or different ways to go in case unexpected trouble strikes your route.” The best shoes to wear for canoeing or kayaking are sneakers or durable water shoes. Flipflops are out. Getting in and out of canoes can be a muddy experience. Flipflops can become trapped in the mud, which will leave you barefoot and vulnerable to cuts if you flip over.

... we’re trying to stay active as we get older. Wendy barnes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that all boaters should be strong swimmers and always wear life jackets that fit well.

The CNC guides are CPR/ First Aid Certified and experienced paddlers. And the Chattahoochee River maintains a cool 50 to 60 degrees. Falling in is like opening the freezer for an ice cream, with no need to count calories. Even in August, the river may be cooler than you expect. COURTESY OF MARY AND MARK PERLOE

Mary Perloe and pet Andrew enjoying the lake at Stone Mountain Park

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RESOURCES

Where to Get On the Water Chattahoochee Nature Center A good place to “get your feet wet” is the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC). The center offers several ways to dip in your toes. River Canoe Trips are led by guides who are naturalists and experienced paddlers. Cost is $30 per person; all equipment is provided. Family Canoe Days is specially designed for first time paddlers. The 1½hour class covers boat basics and paddling practice on one of the CNC’s ponds. Cost is $15 per person; all equipment is provided. Private Canoe Excursions can also be arranged for large or small groups. Contact the scheduling office at 770-9922055, x. 237 for more info. CNC is located at 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. Learn about programs and register for trips or classes at chattnaturecenter.org. For more on the CNC, see page 8.

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its 41st year, and according to Lynn McIntyre, Director of Community Relations of CNC, the nature center is a public/private partnership, which is unusual. “We were established by our charter members, which included our local government,” McIntyre said. “The Fulton County government is our public partner.” She added that many of the people who founded CNC are still actively involved. Since its beginning, countless others have gotten involved. McIntyre says that there are many older adults who volunteer 100 hours or more every year, and a few have been doing so for 20 years or more. “The legacy that they’re leaving is important to them,” she said. “And their time and effort is important to us. We couldn’t do all this without our volunteers.”

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Bob Hagan at the Possum Trot 10K

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Unity Garden volunteers Beth Carpenier, Paulette Williams and Marcia Camp

by Kathy Dean Set along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, the 127-acre Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is a testament to the beauty of nature, as well as to local residents’ resolve to preserve it. Volunteers and staff tend its native plants and horticultural

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gardens, and keep up the wetland discovery gardens and woodland trails that wind through the center. They also care for the more than 50 species of injured wildlife there. Their work reaches into the community, too. The CNC’s yearround Unity Garden grows fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Since

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it was established in 2010, the garden has provided over 27,000 pounds of fresh produce to the food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities, according to the CNC website. The nature center was started by a group of activist citizens in the mid-1970s. The 501c3 organization is now in

One long-time volunteer, Bob Hagan of Roswell, learned about the nature center when his children were young and his son had a Boy Scout program there. “I was amazed at what we had in our own back yard,” he said. Hagan became involved in the youth summer camp program and Halloween Hikes, guided night hikes on the CNC grounds that feature woodland creatures. “Over the years, as my children grew up, I started canoeing and walking the nature trails,” he said. “I’m a walker and I’ve participated

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Left, Robin O’Connor, Chattahoochee Nature Center volunteer, teaches butterfly etiquette. Her students are (left to right) twins Annabelle and Audrey Tidmore, 5 years, and older sister Melony Tidmore 8 years.

in all the Possum Trots.” The Possum Trot 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run, along with the Halloween Hikes, are important annual fundraising events that help support programs at the nature center. Eventually, Hagan got involved with the administration and was asked to be on the board, “…and I’ve remained on the board for 20 years.” The 62-year old says that he considers himself blessed that his daughter Brooke was the first bride to be married at the CNC. “There’s so much to do here,” Hagan said. “You can be alone, bring a friend or enjoy your family with all the different activities, from the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival to Harvest on the ‘Hooch [an October Farm to Table festival that benefits Unity Garden], to just being outside with nature.” This is the 19th year that Robin O’Connor, 65, has been volunteering. Since she began, she’s been involved with the horticultural department by helping to maintain the many gardens throughout the nature center, she says. “Twice a year we have a plant sale open to the community,” she said. “We offer native plants and

explain to people why they’re so much better to cultivate in local gardens than non-native species.” O’Connor is an artist—a painter and potter—and learned about the CNC from a fellow art student who was a volunteer. She says it was a perfect fit for her. “The nature center is fully aligned with my own passion for environmental care and education,” she said. “I really believe in the importance of cultivating native plants.” Over the past five years, the East Cobb resident has also been helping with community outreach, by sharing information at tables set up at local fairs and festivals. O’Connor says her role is to educate people about the importance of using native plants in their landscaping and gardens. “I enjoy bringing artifacts like tortoise shells to share with community, especially the kids,” O’Connor said. “The kids get so excited and I love teaching them about nature.” Rick Hirsekorn has been volunteering since 1994. He’s on the board of directors, and has served as a trustee and former board chair. He also lives in Continued on page 10

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generation of our family growing up with a love and appreciation East Cobb and has worked as of nature,” Hirsekorn said. “That a consulting engineer for wouldn’t be possible without nearly 45 years. their experiences at the “We first brought nature center.” our children to the While he values the CNC in 1978, while natural resources, he visiting family adds that people are here in Atlanta,” the other important Hirsekorn said. resource at the CNC. “That was before “We’re very fortunate we moved to the to have the outstanding, area. It’s always been professional, dedicated a wonderful place and committed staff for enjoying and that make the nature learning about center what it is. nature, as well as The thousands of for relaxing and volunteer hours having family time contributed every together.” year support the staff He says that and are essential to the best part of the high level of quality RICK HENDRICKS volunteering is having service for which the a “direct line of sight” Eagle and beaver at CNC nature center is known.” from his volunteer There’s always room for more efforts to its positive effects on the volunteers, and there are many community. ways to donate to the CNC. Visit “We value the many times chattnaturecenter.org to learn that our grandchildren enjoy the more, or call 770-992-2055, x. 223. CNC and we treasure another

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Chattahoochee Nature Center Basic Info The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is located at 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. Open: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day To check whether the nature center is closed due to inclement weather, visit facebook.com/ChattahoocheeNatureCenter/ or call 770-992-2055, x. 238. General admission prices: adults, $10; seniors (ages 65+) and students (ages 13-18), $7; children (ages 3-12) $6; children (ages 2 & under), free. Group rates are available. DO plan to spend at least two hours. DO bring a picnic. Several outdoor, uncovered picnic areas are available on a first come/first serve basis. DO reserve the covered picnic area for a party or special event. Email rentals@chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055, x. 250 for more info. DO NOT bring your pet, other than service animals. DO NOT feed the wildlife or captive animals. DO NOT bring in alcohol, firearms or explosives. DO NOT bring in bicycles or balloons.

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A Fisherwoman’s Tale

Natalie Sharp

By Joe Earle Natalie Sharp’s introduction to fishing came on big boats in the deep salt waters off Florida when she was growing up. But about 17 years ago, when she lived in the Atlanta suburbs, she decided to try something a bit different. She was traveling a lot then as a consultant to dental practices. She needed a break

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dozens salted across mountain communities who teach visitors how to effectively stalk trout in Georgia’s cold mountain creeks and rivers. Through her company, Sharper Bites, she gives her clients lessons on how to cast a fly, the preferred lure for trout, and then leads anglers to fishing spots along private trout streams on the headwaters of the Toccoa River. And, as part of the deal, she provides lunch. “I used to the be only [guide] who supplied lunch,” she said with a laugh. “Now others do.” Sharp has taught fly fishing to clients aged 6 to 85, she said. They tend to be “couples, husbands who want their wives to fish, corporate groups.” Mostly, she guides only a couple of customers at a time. Some special corporate events have included up to 10, she said. She guides fishing trips from March through June and from mid-September through November. The water gets too warm for good trout fishing in July and August, she said. Her trips include a stream-side lunch she serves with silver and plates and linen napkins and sometimes with little fish-shaped napkin rings. Bob Muniz of Roswell, a 71-yearold who’s been fly fishing much of his life, went out last fall on a day trip with a friend and with Sharp as their guide. “We had such a great day,” he said. Now, they’re eager to return on a second trip with her this fall and they’re bringing along a couple of friends. Muniz has nothing but praise for Sharp: “She’s got that Southern charm, that Southern lady charm,” he said, and she knows what the fish will bite, too.” Sharp describes her clients as “people who want to make it a day of relaxation. “It’s about being out on the water,” she said. “It’s all about relaxation.”

from the road, so she headed to the north Georgia mountains. Eventually, she bought a home and settled in near Blue Ridge. She’d always wanted to learn to fly fish, so she hired a guide to teach her how and started walking nearby mountain streams in search of trout. “I just sort of fell in love with it,” she said. Now the 67-year-old angler is herself the guide, one of

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And, of course, catching a few fish. “What I tell my clients is, ‘You’re going to see a lot of fish. You’re going to hook a lot of fish. And you’re not going to land a lot of fish,” she said. “My goal is to always get a fish into the net.” But that’s not the real appeal for her. Not anymore. “In the beginning, you just want to catch a fish,” Sharp said,

paraphrasing a favorite quote. “Then, the second thing is, you want to catch a lot of fish. Then you want to catch a big fish. Then you don’t care about catching a fish. It’s just being out there. “What I loved about it was being in nature. It’s the beauty God creates for us.” Besides, she said, “it’s much more relaxing than being on a deep-sea fishing boat.”

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The Candler Park Water Ballet Company prepares to take to the water.

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Candler Park’s Water Ballerinas By Joe Earle On a sunny June afternoon, a line of women wearing black bathing suits, sparkling tiaras and long strings of pearl-colored beads strutted along the edge of the swimming pool at Candler Park. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” blared from a poolside boombox. Waving colorful swimming noodles over their heads, the eight ladies from the Candler Park Water Ballet Company danced their way into the pool and began twisting, shimmying and paddling through routines set to songs such as “Roll Out The Barrel” and “The Stripper.” Artistic Director Patti Kunkle called out moves and shouted encouragement to the dancing women. “Have your hands on your hips, like you’re a hoochie coochie girl,” she yelled at one point. For about a decade, the return of summer has brought the return of the water dancers of Candler Park. They call themselves “deep people in the shallow end” or “the watery tarts.” They range in age from 50 to 70. “It’s a good group of women,” said Laura Nolan, who calls herself “co-founder and team philosopher” of the company. “Anybody who wants to show up for water ballet in the shallow end is going to have a good sense of humor.” And there’s a lot of laughing out loud in this group. Their motto:

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“Wetter is better.” “It’s completely goofy. Otherwise we wouldn’t do it,” water dancer Julie Bookman said. “It’s just about comedy in the water.” The idea of a community water ballet troupe was born during an after-hours confab at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, a venerable watering hole in nearby Little Five Points, as Nolan tells it. She worked at the Yacht Club then, and one night after work, she said, several employees who were dancing in a booth joked they should found a water ballet. “We were always in the water, anyway,” she said. “I think it was just another way of being silly.” They mentioned the idea to their friend Donna Palmer, who started recruiting others to join in. Kunkle, who calls herself “Queen of Little Five Points” and who had experience as a tap dancer, agreed to choreograph. “I’m just a dancing fool,” Kunkle joked before admitting that her tap-dancing background offered little guidance for water-ballet choreography because the audience can’t see the dancers’ feet under water. But stylish steps aren’t the reason this company hits the water. Why do they it? “To get together and do something different that reflects this part of the world, our ability to let our freak flag fly,” Palmer said before pointing out that an ability to swim isn’t a prerequisite for joining the water ballet.

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In front center, Patti Kunkle. Behind left to right, Cheryl Stauss, Julie Bookman, Donna Palmer, Ro Denham, Barb Tucker, Frani Green and Marie Bosler

“It’s fun,” Palmer said. “It gets me out of the house. It’s something to look forward to, to seeing my friends. And my grandchildren love it. I want to show children that when you get older, you don’t have to sit at home and watch Oprah. It’s great to show the world I’m still here. I’m still crazy after all these years.” The company now claims from 12 to 14 to 20 members, depending on who’s counting. They get together on Thursdays at the Candler Park Swimming Pool to practice their routines. They do a couple of performances each year, ending with their Grand Finale show at the Candler Park pool on the Saturday before Labor Day. Each dancer individualizes her own costume, but long strings of beads and tiaras are universal accessories. “We try to make it hoity and toity,” Palmer said. And it seems that just about everybody in the company has

been bestowed some sort of title. “Everybody deserves a title, just like everybody deserves a tiara,” Nolan said. In recent years, on July 4, members of the company have staged “splashmob” performances, in which they’d drift into various nearby pools in ones and twos pretending to be regular holiday swimmers and then gather as a group and start dancing, astonishing onlookers. They’ve also performed at parties. “We perform for anybody who asks us,” Palmer said. “We usually don’t charge a fee, but we do ask for a cocktail.” Hitting the pool in a tiara and fake pearls is reward enough, they say. After all, it gives them a chance to strut their stuff. “An older woman is supposed to have certain flaws,” Kunkle said. “We accentuate them. We’re proud of who we are.” Besides, she said, “it’s a hoot.”

Ro Denham (left) shares a laugh with Artistic Director Patti Kunkle (right).

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PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE

Waste Not, Want Not I’m a “waste not, want not” type of gal. I believe I got that sensibility from my mother, who never met a scrap of wrapping paper that she couldn’t line shelves with. Whatever the reason, I’ve been reducing, reusing and recycling since green was a color, not a lifestyle. I was green before it was cool, before recycling was a household word, when people like me were merely called thrifty or frugal…or cheap. It started when I was in elementary school. I wrote assignments on both sides of my notebook paper until my teachers objected Robin’s Nest (and I was over”ruled”). Still unable to justify Robin Conte is a writer an unused side of paper, I now recycle my and mother of four. Her kids’ schoolwork through our home printer. Robin’s Nest is a multiI’ve broken a $200 copy machine because I ple award-winning column. She can be contacted was using the back of an assignment that had at robinjm@earthlink.net. a staple in it, but I still feel like I’m saving the planet, one reused sheet of paper at a time. It might be noble or it might be a sickness — you decide. But I won’t waste a handful of stale corn chips. I come from a long line of green women. My mother got her sense of resourcefulness from her mother and those of The Greatest Generation whose attitudes permeated their society. They had no blue recycling bins, but that generation reused things until they were no longer recognizable. I watched my Nana when I was young, and her approach made an impression on me. She, who grew zucchini and tomatoes and who could create something wonderful out of the gnarly quince apples from her backyard. She, who would buy a whole chicken and use every bit of it, eating the livers fried with onions and cooking the gizzards in broth, then feeding them to the dog. She, who would tear old sheets into rags and use old nylons to stuff pillows and dolls. We’ve gotten away from that. We clean our homes with paper towels and we’re not making sock monkeys any more. And, let’s be honest — when’s the last time you stuffed a pillow? I’ve tried to adopt some of my Nana’s ways. I boil our Thanksgiving turkey carcass to make broth — all I get is tasteless greasy water, but it’s tasteless greasy water that I can feel good about. I’ve started growing tomatoes and zucchini. I use unmatched socks as dust rags. Like my mother, I’ll reuse the same piece of tin foil until there’s barely enough of it left to wrap a lemon rind. And I have become a woman who fills her kids’ plastic Easter eggs with leftover Christmas candy. There’s so much more that I could do. I could throw my abundant coffee grinds into my flower beds. I could follow Nana’s example by putting inedible vegetables into my blender and using that gross liquid to fertilize plants. I could make Cream of Unwanted soup out of broccoli stalks and asparagus stems. I could peel my own carrots. But for now I’ll continue with my daily habits of green living, like saving butter wrappers to grease baking pans…and take heart in the fact that there is more in my recycle bins than there is in my trash can.

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It’s Better Outside Whether you live in Buckhead or Duluth, you’re likely to spend 80 to 90 percent of your life indoors. The real question is — so what? Is this a bad thing? Inside is where we find running water, the relief of air conditioning in the summer and even the electricity to use workout DVDs (and possibly VHS tapes) that could be getting a Kristen Sumpter little dusty. Being inside doesn’t seem too bad! is the Family and ConBut if you can get outside, why not go? sumer Sciences Agent for There are two simple reasons why you the University of Georgia should go outside: indoor air pollutants Cooperative Extension in Fulton County. She provides and improved mental well-being. Indoor air programming on food safety, is generally much more polluted than the health and nutrition, finanoutdoor environment. This can negatively cial literacy and the home. impact your health with issues ranging from asthma to lung cancer. A few of the culprits are mold, dust mites, lead, radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in paint, cleaning products and furniture. It’s imperative that we not only keep our homes healthy and clean, but also focus on getting outside to breathe Georgia’s fresh air. The mood boosting powers of the outdoors is another reason to get out and enjoy nature. A study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry found that individuals who exercise outdoors have increased energy and enjoyment. They also have less anger and tension compared to those who exercise indoors. Also, those who practiced physical activity outside were more likely to plan on exercising again. And don’t forget about the Vitamin D that you’ll absorb from the sunshine…you can’t get that indoors! While it’s hot and humid in the South, water sports and activities can keep us from overheating. You can swim, kayak, canoe, fish and burn even more calories with water aerobics under the sun and in the water. Let’s review. When we exercise outside, we inhale fewer pollutants. We also have a higher chance of being in a better mood and exercising again. Sounds like a win-win! Whether it’s a 20-minute early morning swim in the outdoor pool or a day of canoeing with your family, you’ll not regret getting outside and moving more to live more.

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FOOD

Healthy Summertime Recipe All your outdoor activities can work up an appetite. Here’s a quick and healthy cold dish to reenergize you and loved ones after a great day of having fun outside.

Quinoa Chickpea Tabbouleh Serves 6

Ingredients • ½ cup uncooked quinoa • 1 cup water • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, about 2 cups • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped • ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped • ½ large red onion, chopped • 1½ cups cucumber, chopped • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 3 lemons, juiced • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced • ½-1 teaspoon salt, to taste • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions 1. Rinse quinoa in a small mesh strainer and add to a pot. Add water; turn the heat to high. Once it’s boiling, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes in half, then in half again lengthwise, then in half again. Place in a large bowl. 3. Add parsley, mint, spinach, onion, cucumber, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper to the bowl; stir to combine. 4. Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to the bowl. Stir everything together until fully combined.

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THE ARTS

The Touchable Art of Leisa Rich Above, Liesa Rich in front of her “Paint By No Numbers.” Below, part of “Listenupland.”

By Isadora Pennington It’s a sunny afternoon on the west side of Atlanta, and artist Leisa Rich is hard at work in her studio. Rich has been an artist for the past 42 years, focusing recently on interactive and textile-based work. She considers herself to be, by and large, an experimental artist. “Heavy on the mental,” she added, with a laugh. “I make a few functional things, but primarily they are experimental and non-functional.” Her studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center is filled with her colorful and otherworldly creations. They hang from the rafters, protrude out from the wall, and beg to be manipulated and felt by an audience. That desire to interact with and experience her pieces is exactly the goal Rich had in mind. “Let’s put it this way — do touch the art,” she said. On the table, spread out in the middle of the space, sits a series of multi-layered and multimedia squares she wants people to manipulate into different designs and shapes. They have since been installed at Signature Gallery. Near the front window

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to interact with cellphones that are inserted into the 3D-printed flowers. Viewers play sounds from a series of

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recordings and turn the flowers to face one another, creating a sort of communal symphony. “I’m intrigued by how I can make the viewer more involved in the art experience with me,” she said. Her career has followed a winding path to her current body of work. When she was a child, she was legally

Leisa Rich arranges pieces from her series “Play With Me...No Really! Play With Me!” The artwork is currently installed at Signature Gallery in Atlanta.

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deaf from age 2 to age 4. She calls her table of flowers “a remnant of that time.” “I lived in a silent, solitary world,” she said. After years of speech therapy, Rich was able to successfully regain partial hearing. Rich spent a lot of time playing in the wilderness near her home in Ontario, Canada and that love for nature has continued on as a constant throughout her work. One element of her speech therapy that has had a considerable impact on her artwork is the series of tongue twisters that she practiced as a child. Those same phrases ended up being the foundation for her book, “Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters.” In the book, she created colorful dioramas that include fabric, illustrations, stitching, paints, dyes and found objects, which were then photographed and paired with the tongue twisters on each spread. The result is a vibrant and playful book that serves multiple purposes. Not only is it entertaining, it also encourages healthy speech therapy practices, making it a useful tool for parents or educators of children with speech difficulties. Formally trained as a textile artist, Rich has spent more than 40 years teaching in universities, schools and art centers. After many years of working in small spaces, she found herself yearning for a larger studio space that could be all her own. The Goat Farm’s artist spaces perfectly fit the bill. “It was one of the best moments of my career,” she said. Visitors to the Goat Farm are invited to check out Rich’s sunny workshop during the art center’s open studio sessions — the next one is scheduled for December — or to simply stop by if the sign on her door says she’s open. She’s typically there Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A selection of her works is on display at the Swan Coach House for the “Small Things” show, and she’s starting a collaboration with another deaf

artist for an exhibition.Rich’s work also is set to be included in a juried alumni exhibition at the University of Michigan from July 18 to Aug. 26. Interested parties are welcome to go to her website at monaleisa.com and contact her to set up a studio visit or sign up for her classes.

Above, a view of Leisa Rich’s studio Below left, Rich’s “The Woolding of St. Augustine” Below, Rich at work in her studio

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artists, were challenging people to keep a sense of identity and self while being manipulated by advertising,” Schnitzer said. “Graphic artists said that art is not just in the museum, but also in the Safeway store, on streets and on billboards. It’s all around us.” Warhol used Campbell’s soup cans to take an item from everyday life and show

it is art. But not everyone was impressed. Out of Warhol’s first 32 soup can prints, only two sold for $100 each. They are now worth millions. Schnitzer said Warhol reproduced the iconic Marilyn Monroe print in varying colors in a way that extended past visual appeal. As colors evoke different emotions, each print of Marilyn makes viewers notice something different about her while questioning her true colors, or identity. “This was something he intentionally did, and in the end, it’s one of the most famous

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The High Museum has mounted a staggering retrospective of the pop art of Andy Warhol, with more than 250 prints and ephemera representing all phases of the artist’s storied 40-year career. The collection, on loan from Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, ranges from early drawings and sketches to iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote, Jackie Kennedy and the Campbell’s Soup can.

According to Schnitzer, the exhibition is curated to tell the story of Warhol, from his obsession with media to postwar American life. Artists in the early 1950’s were shaking up the art world, creating abstract art like Jackson Pollock or playing on images in the media. “Pop artists, popular culture

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images in the world,” he said. Likewise, Warhol was a celebrity fanatic who wanted to understand the world of the famous. Schnitzer said the prints could imply that Marilyn, or Norma Jeane, was so distorted by the media’s pressures that she soon lost sight of her colors, literally. Warhol also wasn’t afraid to make a political statement, such as the famous print of communist Chinese leader Chairman Mao. “What better political figure to use than Mao? The official image of Mao was used in the Book of Mao and every house had to use this image. It was the most publicized image in the

world at the time,” Schnitzer said. “Here you have Chairman Mao, the purest Communist leader of the world, depicted by Andy Warhol, this freak, spiky haired gay guy in New York City. Can you image what Mao must have thought when he saw this pop artist do this image of him?” For details on the Warhol show and events, visit high.org.

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spectacular music and dancing in the aisles. Tickets start at $27.50. Verizon Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta 30009. Purchase tickets and get more info at vzamp.com.

Lunch and Movie: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Monday, Aug. 21, 12-3 p.m. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married, too. Lunch is served at noon, followed by the movie. This fundraiser benefits West Cobb Senior Center. Advance ticket purchase required: $8 for Cobb County residents, $10 for non-residents. West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, 30127, 770528-8200. Go to cobbcounty.org for tickets and details.

The Glass Menagerie The Robber Bridegroom Runs Aug. 11 to 26. Based on Eudora Welty’s novella, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a handsome rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for Rosamund, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world is turned upside down. General admission tickets are $26.94 adult, $16.16 senior (65+) and student. Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs 30328. Get tickets and learn more at act3productions.org.

Summer Serendipity Opening Reception Saturday, Aug. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. View an evening of original art and nibble on light refreshments during the opening reception of this juried show. The artist who wins first place receives a $1,000 cash prize! Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Bldg. 700, Johns Creek 30097. Go to johnscreekarts. org/events-calendar to find out more.

Tickling of the Ivories Thursday, Aug. 17, 1-2 p.m. Enjoy the talents of Dr. Ronald E. Cavitt, professional pianist, teacher and composer. Bring a friend or make some new ones while you enjoy some favorite tunes. Free, but registration is required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101, 770-975-7740. Go to cobbcounty.org to register and get additional info.

25th Silver Anniversary Gala Cabaret Fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 19, 6:30-11 p.m. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary Season with a Gala Cabaret at the Metropolitan Club. The cabaret brings together 250 guests for a party featuring music and entertainment by GET to help fund the theatre’s programs. Tickets are $125 per person. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Pkwy., Ste. 100, Alpharetta 30005. Get details and tickets at facebook.com/GeorgiaEnsembleTheatre.

Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Two legendary musical groups, both in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, come together in their 2054 Tour. Get ready for an evening of

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Runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 17. Amanda Wingfield is an impoverished, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and daughter, Laura. While she strives to give meaning to all their lives, Tom and Laura find escape in their worlds of illusions. Tickets range from $10 to $30. New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Find out more at theatreinthesquare.net.

The Best of The Second City Friday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m. The show features a selection of favorite Second City sketches from the past 50 years, as well as the improvisation that has made them famous. Tickets run $25 to $30. Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Hwy., Buford 30518. For tickets and details, visit bufordcommunitycenter.com.

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Getting Eco-Friendly with Keep Cobb Beautiful Tuesday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Kate Strong, Program Specialist with Keep Cobb Beautiful, will discuss the background, purpose and focus of Keep Cobb Beautiful, the special environmental concerns for Cobb and Georgia, and the events, activities and projects facilitated by the county’s environmental stewardship group. Free, but registration is required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064, 770-528-5355. Visit cobbcounty.org to get details and register.

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Memoir Writing Class: I’ve Got a Story, You’ve Got a Story— Getting Yours Down on Paper Starts in Fall 2017, Fridays, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. This workshop, led by instructor Peggy Corbett, will assist you as you craft your life story. You’ll identify incidents that shaped your life, figure out your life’s major themes, mine your memory for life-altering moments and stitch it all together into a compelling story for your children to enjoy for years to come. Bring a bag lunch, a composition and/or a laptop (optional). Cost is $85 for the 5-week session. Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North St., Canton 30114. For more information, visit cherokeearts.org/classes/. Continued on page 30

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Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; doors open at 10:45 a.m. Enjoy a trip back in time for a barbecue at Twelve Oaks. There’ll be a visit by Margaret Mitchell and Scarlett O’Hara may drop by while we’re dancing the Virginia Reel. Greg Picciano will play music with a professional square dance caller teaching the steps. Tickets are $15 for Cobb County residents, $18 for non-residents. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066, 770-509-4900. Tickets and details at cobbcounty.org.

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Friday, Aug. 15, 6-10 p.m. & Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. One of the region’s most beloved festivals, Pigs & Peaches features a BBQ competitions for professionals, amateurs and kids. It’s two days of non-stop music, good eats, cold beer and family fun. Free admission. Adams Park, 2753 Watts Dr., Kennesaw 30144. Go to pigsandpeaches.com for more information.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Up to 250 artists offer photography, jewelry and all other manner of fine arts and crafts at the festival. Of course, there’ll also be food, music, games and family fun. Free admission; pets welcome. Piedmont Park, Charles Allen Dr. & 10th St., Atlanta 30306. Piedmontparkartsfestival.com is the site for details.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Music and art lovers celebrate the end of summer at this annual

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signings, author readings, panel discussions, live music, poetry slams and writing workshops. Venues are located throughout the square in Decatur. The festival’s website, decaturbookfestival.com, has a map, schedule and much more.

Dragon Con fundraiser for the Grant Park Conservancy. There’s a 5K run, live music, expansive artist market and full selection of food trucks. Free admission. Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta 30315. Learn more at summershadefestival.org.

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ Sunday, Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m. Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream. There’ll be contests, music and a kid’s corner, too. This is the 13th year for the Drake House fundraiser. Tickets are $6 per person, or $25 for a family of up to 6 people. Roswell Square Park, 600 Atlanta St., Roswell 30075. More info is at thedrakehouse.org.

Friday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. through Monday, Sept 4, 5 p.m. Parade on Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. If you’re into cosplay, gaming or pop culture—or anything remotely related— don’t miss Dragon Con. There are celebrities, panels, performances, vendors, contests, games and much more. Or just enjoy the free parade Saturday morning on Peachtree Street. A membership badge covers all four days and costs $140 to $160. Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30303, and four surrounding hotels: Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Dragoncon.org has lots more info.

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Tuesday, Aug. 29, 10a.m.-4 p.m. Member preview starts 9 a.m. Three enormous butterfly tents will each be filled with hundreds of butterflies. Other attractions include a Birds of Prey show and live animal encounters, as well as games, crafts, music and food. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody 30338. Visit dunwoodynature.org for details and info about membership.

Saturday-Monday, Sept. 2-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. The 31st Annual Marietta Art in the Park will showcase 175+ fine artists who work in everything from oils and watercolors to textile and ceramics, along with plenty of food and entertainment. The Chalk Spot street art display benefits the Marietta High School Art Club. Held in Historic Marietta Square; free admission. Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta 30060. View the festival map and get details at artparkmarietta.com.

AJC Decatur Book Festival Friday-Sunday, Sept. 1-3. The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have enjoyed book

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