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FEATURES

12 MONARCHS OF MEMPHIS

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Take a trip and pay tribute to four kings in Memphis: King of Soul Otis Redding, King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bluesman B.B. King.

18 NAPA: WINE, FOOD AND MORE! Mark and Michelle Grasso enjoyed beautiful scenery and unique wines on their tour of Napa Valley.

24 AMAZING MAINE Last September a lifelong dream came true for Times-Herald columnist Kathy Bohannon when she finally got to visit Maine.

28 BANNING MILLS Turning 40 prompted a little thrill-seeking from Kimberly Campbell, who decided to go for an adrenaline rush zip lining at Banning Mills near Whitesburg.

32 BEAUTIFUL BELLINGRATH Near Mobile, Ala. is a 65-acre garden that offers glorious displays in every season of the year.

36 MUNICH, THE JEWEL OF BAVARIA One Newnan resident discovers southern Germany is a historic and delicious place to visit!

40 THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL The Trail is among the last places in the U.S. home to old growth canopy forest and a diverse array of wildflowers, native trees, birds and mammals.

44 COOKING WITH “SNOW” They’ve lived, worked and traveled all over the world, but the Sterrey family is currently enjoying life – and their custom kitchen – at their lakeview home in Newnan.

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DEPARTMENTS 50 PET TALES In our new pet feature, meet Webbie, a swan transplant from Miami who has endeared herself to her Lake Redwine neighbors.

54 THE THOUGHTFUL GARDENER Crocosmia is a late summer bloomer that will brighten up the garden when other blossoms are waning.

58 COWETA COOKS Celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned vegetable plate featuring zucchini casserole.

62 LOCAL HERITAGE An upcoming visit from the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra brings to mind the dash of Scottish flavor in Coweta’s history.

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Wanderlust & Wisconsin hen my step-daughter married a Wisconsin fellow a few years ago, my husband and I started making regular trips north to visit. Now to be honest with you, Wisconsin had never been on my “bucket list” of places I’d like to see, but having family there made it a place we wanted to go. Imagine my surprise at finding that Wisconsin is actually a marvelous state to visit! For one thing, I was delighted to find what a warm welcome we received everywhere we went. On a trip last July we noted how everyone from store clerks to restaurant greeters seemed just thrilled to have us there. I was also stunned to realize that July in Wisconsin is like early April in Georgia, with lush green plants flowering everywhere and blossoms galore. One striking blue wildflower appeared along many of the roadsides. In a smalltown bookstore, a friendly lady who happened to be a gardener helped me select a guidebook of Wisconsin wildflowers. She patiently waited as I found a picture of the flower on the digital camera in my purse, and she helped me identify it as chicory. Even more beautiful flowers awaited at the Village of Kohler, where we toured the famous Kohler Design Center. The name had meant only “faucets” to me, but after touring the designer showroom I decided that having a high-end pedestal sink and custom bathroom fixtures is now on my “bucket list” of home improvements.

We also visited the historic Elkhart Lake area, one of the most charming places I’ve ever visited. There, I bought a Russian teacup from a Swedish woman as a memento of the trip. And to top it all off, Alex and I were privileged to use our newly-acquired “Wisconsin family connections” to tour a working dairy farm. I left with a whole new respect for milk and cheese and the hardworking folks who get it to our tables. Standing beneath those silos and seeing the big tractors and learning how one family takes care of its cows – it was udderly delightful. Soon we’ll be going back to Wisconsin and making a side excursion to a new part of the state. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, because I know it will be new and fun! If you enjoy visiting new places too, this issue is likely to fill you with wanderlust. I think it’s one of our best issues yet, and I hope you’ll agree. Happy trails, you guys! Warmly,

Angela McRae, Editor angela@newnan.com

From left: Elkhart Lake, gardens at the Village of Kohler, chicory, a working dairy farm

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he smell of smoked pork hangs in the air, calling hungry tourists like a faint dinner bell ringing in the distance. Hordes of spectators file out of the FedExForum, a state-of-the-art arena on Beale Street in Memphis that hosts NBA and NCAA basketball games. Dressed in their team’s colors of blue and white, the crowd collectively walks down Beale Street and becomes smaller as people follow the

Following four kings who shap e the city an d d the nation

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Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins all cut albums at Memphis’ Sun Studio.

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Stax Museum of American Soul Music, above, rests at the heart of the Soulsville, USA community where Aretha Franklin was born and James Brown and Ray Charles recorded albums.

scent into bars and restaurants before reaching 2nd Street. As a rule, it’s best to follow crowds in an unfamiliar city, especially if they are locals. They can lead unsuspecting travelers to local gems otherwise overlooked. Coincidentally, the hotel concierge recommends Blues City Cafe. Basketball fans clog the doorway of this rib joint, but after a day of driving, I eventually get a seat and order a feast of ribs, catfish and tamales – all Mississippi Delta staples. With a belly full of unpretentious nourishment, I’m ready to explore the city’s iconic 14 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

landmarks and follow its four kings: The King of Soul, Otis Redding; the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and bluesman B.B. King. Memphis isn’t a glitzy town. It has rough edges, a rowdy character and an unexplainable attraction that’s always intrigued me. Although I’ve never lived here, I feel at home surrounded by its scars and raw grittiness. Here, history and old buildings are cherished rather than razed, leaving imperfections that bring the city to life. Stax Museum of American Soul Music rests at the heart of the

historic Soulsville, USA community where Aretha Franklin was born and southern artists like James Brown and Ray Charles recorded albums. In the parking lot of the Stax Museum, I turn off the car and hear Otis Redding’s smooth voice in the background singing “I left my home in Georgia, headed for the ’Frisco bay.” Inside the museum, I watch an introductory video describing what it was like to be a part of the Soulsville, USA community during the 1960s and early 1970s. After the video, I gravitate to the small reconstructed church inside. It illustrates and explains the genesis of soul music as it evolved from gospel roots into the music that defined Stax. Also influenced by gospel music, the King of Rock-and-Roll made his home at Graceland. The surprisingly modest home remains preserved like a time capsule of the 1970s with its white furniture in the living room, faux-wood paneling in the kitchen, and green shag carpet in the jungle room. It reminds me of FDR’s Little White House in the way it appears untouched since the owner’s death. Elvis – along with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – cut his earliest albums at Memphis’ Sun Studio. Through the years, musicians have left instruments at the studio, transforming the workspace into a museum of sorts. A microphone Elvis licked stands in the same room as a Wurlitzer piano with an ivory key singed not by Great Balls of Fire but by Lewis’ cigar. A nearby drum kit was left by the band U2 after recording tracks for their Rattle and Hum album. The small brick building gets crowded quickly, so visit during non-peak hours to avoid getting sandwiched like a banana between peanut butter bodies.


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Graceland, at top, and its famous Jungle Room, above, are popular tourist sites in Memphis, Tenn.

The Peabody Hotel’s legendary ducks, above left, are a fan favorite. Memphis’ Arcade Restaurant, above right, was used in countless films. 16 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

I arrive at the Peabody Hotel for the night and find lodging fit for a king. The hotel’s most notable residents, five mallard ducks, reside in the lobby. In 1932, two inebriated duck hunters released their live decoys into the hotel fountain. Word quickly spread, and people visited the hotel just to see if ducks really swam in the fountain. The tradition continues today, and you don’t have to be a guest to watch the duck march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the flock walks the red carpet and rides the elevator to its upstairs penthouse. The next morning, parched and droopy-eyed clientele ease through the door of the Arcade Restaurant across town in need of water, coffee and food. It’s a lot like the Majestic Diner on Ponce in Atlanta, only with fewer tattoos. A historic marker outside the door reads “Modern Movie Making in Memphis.” Scenes from countless films were shot here, including Walk the Line, The Firm and 21 Grams. I order the sweet potato pancakes. They arrive with two eggs, bacon and grits – comfort food for this hungry southerner.


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The National Civil Rights Museum is housed at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Down the street, The National Civil Rights Museum memorializes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and documents the civil rights movement. It occupies the Lorraine Motel, the historic motor lodge where King was murdered. Inside, the museum recreates several historic scenes. A replica of the jail cell where King wrote his now famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail puts the time period into perspective for those born after King’s assassination. I go back to Beale Street as it wakes up at noon, and the first band gets ready to take the stage at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Musicians strum and sing around the clock and in every establishment on Beale Street, paying their dues like B.B. King did early in his career and dreaming of becoming the next Memphis King. NCM

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Michelle and Mark Grasso visit the O’Brien Estate Winery while on their Napa Valley trip.

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boutique wineries that we otherwise might not have found on our own! How to get around Of course you can drive everywhere, but why would you? Our first morning we chose to see Napa on bicycles! With the help of our concierge, we rented two bicycles and mapped out our route. Once we got off the main road, the ride was absolutely beautiful! Wide roads were lined with beautiful trees, and vineyards stretched out for miles all around us. I felt like I was in a movie, and I loved every minute of it! For our trip north to Yountville and Calistoga we skipped the bus tour and instead hired a car and a driver. This allowed us the freedom to travel at our own pace and stop at the wineries we wanted to visit. At $50 an hour, this might seem a little pricey but it was worth every cent. We never got lost, we set the agenda, and best of all there was no worrying about getting home safely. We picked up a picnic lunch (some wineries actually let you eat your lunch on the grounds), and we headed north. A scenic view of the O’Brien Estate Winery, above, is one of many enjoyed by Mark and Michelle Grasso, below, on their tour of wine country.

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Where to eat Napa Valley restaurants are as good as the wine. After our afternoon in Calistoga, we stopped in to Michael Chiarello’s Bottega in Yountville for take-out. It was absolutely delicious! For an upscale night out we headed to FARM at the Carneros Inn. Serving food from local farms in the area, FARM was elegant and the food was divine. We love breakfast, so when the locals recommended Boon Fly Café we just couldn’t resist. The Boon Fly Donuts lived up to their famous reputation, but honestly you couldn’t go wrong with anything on the menu including the coffee. Remember that picnic


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This was the Grassos’ view from the porch at Frog’s Leap Winery.

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This scene overlooking Napa Valley is one of many enjoyed by the Grassos.

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On our bike tour, we visited Hagafen Cellars. Known locally for their award winning wines, Hagafen is a small operation run like a family business. Everything we tasted was so clean and crisp. My favorite here was the 2008 Prix Late Harvest White Riesling. Frog’s Leap Winery was at the top of my list to visit, and it did not disappoint. We sat on the wraparound porch looking out over organically grown vineyards and ordered a small plate of appetizers to go with the wines we would be sampling. I fell in love with their reds, especially the Rutherford, a delicious Cabernet blend. And finally, a truly unique experience was Gabrielle Collection. Another husband and wife team, Gabrielle Leonhard and Wayne O’Connell host tastings in their historic home and focus exclusively on producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to great wine, Gabrielle Collection also offers a wide selection of culinary products, bath products and glassware. Not wanting to leave, we found a way to bring a little bit of the experience home with us. We purchased several bottles at our favorite vineyards, and we joined a few wine clubs. Most wineries offer h t direct i ed w n i l e r e s shipment eyard oads w “Wide r l trees, and vin all clubs at u s f e i l t i u m a e r b various d out fo was in price stretcheus. I felt like I ery v e d n d u e levels. ov aro , and I l — Michelle Hitt Grasso e i v o So m a !” t i f o e t when minu you visit and fall in love with a winery, definitely join their wine club! NCM


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don’t know what it is about Maine but as long as I can recall it has been a siren, calling me to its shores. It dates back to the 1960s when a teacher shared a movie with her class about the Maine coast. After the reel-to-reel movie projector was rolled in on squeaky wheels, our teacher pulled the screen down from its magic place above the blackboard. I was excited as the lights were turned off and the movie began. It was my first “true love” feeling, this place with amazing vistas, craggy shores, and seas that beat furiously against the huge boulders, spraying water toward the heavens. The documentary carried us further into quaint fishing villages where small, colorful boats bobbed eagerly against their tethers and anchors. Weathered lobstermen along the wooden docks counted their catch, huge crustaceans in their mighty hands. For the next 40 years or so I would dream of traveling to Maine. It was last September when my dream came true. A friend offered her cottage, located just minutes inland from Portland, Maine. My husband came in one night with two tickets to fly there. I had to wrap my mind around it. I learned that when a lifelong dream comes true, you want to do everything to stay in the moment 24 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE


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with no unrealistic expectations. I’m drive to “Downeast” where Bar glad I was grounded on that ideal Harbor and Acadia National Park before my husband and I left, awaited. because Maine surpassed anything I The three-hour drive north from could have imagined. Portland along I-95 was an easy jaunt Portland gave thrills when we to Bar Harbor, a place with heard the dialect and expressions we intriguing history reflected in its had long waited to experience. From every fiber. While Native Americans “ah-yuh” to “lobstuh” and “wicked,” known as the Wabanaki were the first we were just delighted. Many to occupy this area, artists discovered Mainers we encountered seemed just its beauty in the mid 1800s. By the as entertained by our southern 1850s, artists were joined by writers drawls. and others who wished to discover Along Portland’s waterfront we the beauty of Bar Harbor. Within 20 found easy parking, charming streets, years hotels dotted amazing restaurants and a well the balanced blend of shopping that drew tourists and locals alike. The politeness we Don’t witnessed throughout our m Jorda iss tea and hours along the waterfront n Pon popov d churc was just a sample of what hes, b House, cla ers at pboar irding and sa d we would behold every ,w i region ling. Exper hale watch single day while in ie ing a Visit g l food such nce the as lob allerie Maine. It was ster ro archit s and ec ll e refreshing to the mind histor ture and o njoy Maine s. b i ’s c v and spirit. Bar H preservati ious love o a o f r n b , o e r and We also visited the Acadi specially in a. adorable town of Ogunquit, just south of Portland. We had to wonder if anything on our trip could trump Ogunquit’s Marginal Way footpath. The paved, one-and-a-half mile path is on the landscape. crest of the shoreline, enabling Bar Harbor was now a visitors to take in the panoramic summer destination. seascape, with everyone from Millionaires have bouncing toddlers to the disabled summered there since the enjoying its bounty. 1900s, and it was that From Ogunquit we drove south wealth and love of this place to Kennebunk. The area we chose to that brought Acadia visit was very touristy as well as National Park to fruition. friendly. Shops and galleries line the Thanks to affluent streets. Had we had more time here Bostonian George Dorr’s visit we might have taken a whale in the 1870s, the future of watching tour or tried to catch a Acadia looked bright. It was his glimpse of former President George persistence and collaboration H. W. Bush’s summer home. with Charles W. Eliot that led to Resting at my friend’s summer the park being declared in 1919 home, my husband and I planned a as the first National Park east of

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the Mississippi. Formerly known as Mount Desert Island, the 5,000acre Acadia National Park fulfilled Dorr’s dream that lives on today. Now Acadia National Park is the place to go for strolls, hiking, nature watching and plant discovery and sit along the rocks and watch the sea meet land in exuberance. You can stand at the crest of Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain and witness the first sunrise of the day in the United States. Perhaps the toughest thing about Maine was leaving. How many times I have revisited those harbors, picturesque towns, rising hills and seaside panoramas as I tuck in for the night. Maine was a soul stirring experience and a lifelong dream that really, truly came true. NCM

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his year I turned 40 (gasp). So lately I’ve been pondering, embarrassingly, the idea of a bucket list. On a typical day, I don’t experience a lot of spine tingling moments. A normal day is rather unglamorous – there’s cooking, cleaning, carpooling, and if I’m lucky, time to squeeze in a tennis match. Turning 40 has made me want to get out of my comfort zone and do something hair-raising. Something a more adventurous, thrill-seeking (ahem, younger?) person might do. Since there’s been a lot of buzz about zip lining, I figured it would be cool to add “flying over the trees hooked to a cable at 60 miles per hour” to my budding bucket list. (My husband, Jimmy, said he would not be joining me. He also refuses to climb onto the roof or wash second story windows.) But the tomboy in me couldn’t pass up the chance of doing something 28 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

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Kimberly Campbell, at top and below, says turning 40 made her want to attempt something adventurous, like zip lining at Banning Mills. Above right are her tour guides, Tim Holder and Enoch Abel.

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out of the ordinary, even if it meant doing it alone. Serendipitously, one of the most renowned places to zip line is just outside Whitesburg at historic Banning Mills, home of the Screaming Eagle zip line tour. I picked up the phone and made a reservation. Driving to Banning Mills, I have to admit I was tense imagining the Screaming Eagle. The name alone conjured up some scary thoughts. Would I be able to do this after all these years of being so nonadventurous? Would I chicken out? Did I have enough moxie to step off the top of a tree limb and hang by a pulley system hundreds of feet in the air? This isn’t what moms do! This is what well-trained military professionals like the Navy SEALs or wild adolescent boys do. Not me, right? I shop at Walmart and clip coupons! But there was no turning back. When I arrived, tour guides Tim and Enoch welcomed me with big smiles and high fives. I still felt a bit of panic as I listened to detailed instructions about what to do while zip lining. And what not to do. For example, “Do not un-cable yourself from the wire.” Uh, check. They helped me put on my harness and helmet. We climbed onto the first tower, which happened to be over the parking lot. I pointed down. “There’s pavement down there,” I said timidly. Enoch smiled as he hooked my cable to the zip line wire. “Just trust your equipment.” My heart thumped madly. My throat was dry. I could barely swallow. “Ready when you are!” he said. It was time to let go. But I couldn’t. Not just yet. Tim was on the other side of the zip line waiting for me. I closed my eyes. Enoch said, “It’ll be okay.” I took a deep breath, filled my lungs, and stepped off the edge of the tower. I balled up into a


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fetal position and away I went! Flying through the air, I thought, “I did it! I actually did it!” That first leap of faith is always the hardest. From that point on, I was much more relaxed. Sure, I had to work through some neurosis here and there, but as the day went on I knew I had it in me to keep going. I traversed a 600-foot long Sky Trek Bridge that looked like something in an Indiana Jones movie. I balanced myself on a steel wire 170 feet above Snake Creek Gorge. I climbed tree houses and walked beautiful trails. I did about a dozen more zip lines, each gradually increasing in difficulty, ending with Mac Daddy of them all ... the Screaming Eagle. I followed Tim and Enoch up endless flights of stairs to the top of the tower. I could see over the forest. “How high are we again? 300 feet?” My nerves hit a crescendo. Tim clipped me to the cable as I stared at a crisp, blue sky. Breathtaking. Then, I did what my daughter told me not to do. I looked down. “I’m going to faint,” I muttered. I was afraid. This was fretfully high. Tim asked, “Are you ready?” Somehow, I found the courage to step off that ledge. As my body soared through the air at nearly 60 miles per hour, I thought, “Moms are cool sometimes too!” When I left I was all smiles if still a little shaky. Having mustered the guts to finish what I’d set out to do, I was quite proud of myself. I went home and posted my pictures on Facebook. So I’m 40. I need to accept it. I’m a typical mother, housewife and carpooler, but now I’m also an extreme adventurer and risk taker. Many of my friends want to try zip lining soon too. Know why? Because it’s a big-time adrenaline rush! NCM

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ust a short distance off I-10 in Mobile, Ala., you take Highway 59 to the most beautiful 65-acre garden your eyes will ever behold. That was Art’s and my destination as we were heading home from what we call another adventure of our retired life. We had been to Bellingrath before and were making a return visit to the garden, as I wanted to see its glory in a different season. I closed my eyes and imagined more than 75 years ago when Walter and Bessie Bellingrath began their horticultural adventure that would become a showcase of natural beauty for that area. It’s very interesting to read how the Bellingraths obtained the property above the Fowl River. It was a perfect place for Bessie, who loved flowers and antiques, to expand the outdoors with azaleas of all kinds. Bessie wanted the largest, oldest and most unusual. Along with flowers galore, she also loved camellias. The Bellingraths took an extensive European tour in 1927 and were impressed with the grand gardens of England. Upon returning, they decided to improve their estate and hired architect George B. Rogers. One of the first problems they had was the drinking water. Hauling water from the riverfront had become tiring. This led them to drilling artesian wells everywhere. Unfortunately the water had too high a sulfur count and was not drinkable. To solve the problem of these artesian wells, they turned the water into one of the most memorable features by using it for all Chacalooche 42 225 Bay the fountains, pools and waterfalls that Bessie had requested. 98 Mobile Spanish Fort Battlesh In 1932 they decided to invite a national garden club to come 10 ip Pkw 10 y. 1 16 90 out and visit a part of the gardens they had just finished. The Mertz 90 Navco Brookley gardens were then called “Belle Camp.” From then on the word was 98 Field out about the gardens, and the traffic was endless. State police had Daphne to be called out to untangle the confusion. The Bellingraths were Lourdes Driftwood 42 both astounded at the public’s interest in their gardens. To control Alligator Montros Mobile Bay Bayou the crowd an entry fee was put in place, and that assisted in the 98 193 Bayside upkeep of the newly named “Bellingrath Gardens.” Fairhope In stark contrast to the beauty of the gardens, the property’s 4 Bellfontaine Exxon Ecological Boardwalk and the Dwight Harrigan Bayou Point Clear 193 Preserve give guests a view of nature at its most primal and pristine. Native plants grace the banks of this murky bayou. You can wander Mon Louis over it on a wooden boardwalk as it winds among cypress trees and BELLINGRATH native plants, stopping to hear the sounds of frogs on the lilies and GARDENS the songs of birds in the trees. 5

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The Bellingrathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home was completed in 1935, three years after the gardens were opened. I can tell you the home is exquisite. The 15-room home features expansive views from its riverfront bluff. The details of the inside architecture, along with the period furniture throughout the home, give you a warm and peaceful feeling. Beneath the antique facade is a very modern residence, with large, airy rooms and oversize windows which provide river and garden views at every turn. George Rogers claimed that the Bellingrath Home was a mingling of styles like the blend of fine old wine. I could imagine myself sitting on the lower veranda, sipping a glass of wine. I never wanted to leave. The Bellingrath Home is one of the very few homes in the world to feature the complete furnishings once enjoyed by its original occupants. In 1967 the

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A view of the old town Square in Munich

Munich is in southern Germany or what is called the state of Bavaria (formerly the Kingdom of Bavaria). My first traveler’s tip is to fly into the airport and then take the very inexpensive train into the city. Unfortunately we were not told this and ended up spending 50 Euros on a taxi ride! We stayed at a very inexpensive hotel I picked because it served breakfast, a hard thing to find in Europe since many hotels are independent and not chain institutions. I actually like these small hotels because you get some of the best value and service there. Munich is a large city which is very spread out. There is a logic to the way it is laid out, though. If you are confused and aggravated with the layout of Atlanta as

Ian Mason and his wife took advantage of Lenny’s Free Bike Tour that meets every day at 12:30 at Marienplatz. He found it “a great tour and a wonderful way to spend the day!”

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Clockwise from upper left: A street scene from Munich near the Asamkirche; Aubern and Ian Mason on the Maximilian Brücke (bridge overlooking the Isar River in Munich); Theatinerkirche, the Theatine Church; Aubern’s plate at Augustiner Bräu with Roast Duck, Potato Knödel and beets; Ian in Augustiner Bräu with a glass of Dunkel Beer; The HofBräuhaus building in the old town district.

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the morning with a hearty “Grüß Gott” (Grews Got), which translates into “God’s Greeting.” In the rest of Germany the greeting is the more well known “Guten Tag,” which

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up and told me about the Hofbräuhaus. I had to write down three words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Augustiner Bräuâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hofbräuhaus.â&#x20AC;? We talked at length about good German beer and how the Germans were amazing when it comes to both beer and food. I see now why he insisted I write down those names. The Hofbräuhaus is wonderful, the prototypical German beer hall. Dark tables, lederhosen, roasted meats. What you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize until you are there is how old the establishment is. It dates to 1644! They were brewing beer and making delicious food 130 years before the USA existed! There is an unspoken rule when you enter an establishment like this. Certain tables, marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stammtisch,â&#x20AC;? are for locals, and there are also long communal tables with benches where the singles come for just a beer. There are also regular tables, but tables the size we know

them were hard to find so we ate among other patrons a few times. The next beer hall we saw was Augustiner Bräu, Munichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest independent brewery. Established in 1328, it is one of the oldest in the world. The atmosphere is similar to the Hofbräuhaus, only this place is a bit more low key, which I like. While the sound inside the Hofbräuhaus is deafening at times, at Augustiner it is a more reasonable din. It is also a brand locals know about but which tourists are not as familiar with. The food was out of this world! My wife had Roast Duck that was seared and served with a plum sauce, along with cooked potato dumplings that are a slice of heaven. I had a Roast Beef that was similar to a pot roast in a beef and butter gravy, along with some sauerkraut as a side dish. Now this was interesting. I was a little curious about the sauerkraut,

because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been disappointed every time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had it in the states. It is always too acidic and too vinegary. This sauerkraut was fantastic. Sweet with a slight tang and a wonderful finish, it was a great compliment as a side dish to the meal. I also had the requisite beer. It was a Dunkel or dark beer that had a great body and wonderful malty finish. I enjoy having a bottle beer but having a great draft beer is a great treat. I like to have wine sometimes with dinner, but it is very rare that I have a beer with a hearty meal. In this case the dark beer was perfect with the rustic cooking. Our dinner was so good that on our last night in Munich we ate here again. Munich is a fantastic city to see. It has everything from a great and rich history to wonderful meals and drink. It is certainly a city not to be missed! NCM

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he rich, diverse natural world of the ancient Cherokee has largely vanished from the Southeast, but traces can still be glimpsed on the Appalachian Trail – especially in the 800 miles that straddle the North Carolina/Tennessee border through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s one of the last places in the U.S. you can still find true old growth canopy forest, home to 1,500 varieties of wildflower, 130 native tree species, 200 different bird types and nearly 70 types of mammal. Two Berry College professors and I began our 400-mile hike northward to Newfound Gap at Lake Fontana.

Old accounts describe this stretch of the Little Tennessee River as one of the world’s most magnificent river valleys, but today it’s hemmed in by a World War II-era, 480-foot high dam, described by Bill Bryson as “the biggest dam in North America east of the Mississippi and something of an attraction for people who like concrete in volume.” Part of the AT runs across the top of the dam, but once you reach the forest you’re almost immediately immersed into an altogether different, more ancient world. We didn’t cross another paved road for days. We pitched a tent the first night, despite tales from fellow hikers of wild hogs roaming the forest. The

following night, it was bears the rangers were warning us about. A cub startled us as it darted across our path on the approach to the shelter. An armed ranger assumed his post outside our hut that night, his eyes trained on the clearing just below the wire that campers routinely use to hang their food before turning in. “We’ve got reports of a bear out here who waits in the bushes until folks are hanging their food, then he’ll charge out and scare ’em, hopin’ they’ll drop it,” he soberly informed us. That made the normally mundane act of placing food in the treetops a bit more interesting. If the thought of rodents crawling past your head, over your sleeping bag, and through your

Hiker Jeff Bishop takes a rest near Newfound Gap, the end of the journey for this portion of his hike along the Appalachian Trail.

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Common sights along the Appalachian Trail include shelters like the one above left, which are three-sided with one side open to the elements – or the bears. At right is Rev. Dr. Harvey Hill in Max Patch.

Hikers are happy when they occasionally find a watering hole, above. Below, the hikers at Fontana Dam.

personal belongings sounds abhorrent, then camping in the Smokies is not for you. All the shelters in the Smoky Mountains – and most along the AT – are plagued with mice. One gave birth in my buddy’s backpack. The creatures are looking for the same thing the bears want, food. If you’re smart, you’ll carry very little with you. A little trail mix – heavy in nuts and sprinkled with dried fruit – is good, along with packs of Ramen, which are cheap, lightweight and loaded with muchneeded carbohydrates. Plan for one hot meal a day if you can; prepackaged freeze-dried dinners are available from places like REI, with variable quality (Mountain House is usually pretty good). Water generally isn’t a problem on the Trail, especially in the Smokies

What you’ll need: Flips flops, a few plastic bags, small hand towel, lighter, flashlight, unlined, hooded plastic raincoat or windbreaker, sleeping bag, couple of artificial fiber shirts and shorts, couple of changes of underwear, several pairs of wool socks, two plastic water bottles, some basic food, a way to purify drinking water, lightweight portable gas stove, toilet paper, a fleece for warmth. And don’t forget the most important article of all – DUCT TAPE.

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with its abundant springs. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need either iodine pills, most of which leave an unpleasant aftertaste, or a filter to ensure water is microbefree. Never drink untreated water, no matter what you see in the movies and no matter how clear and fresh it looks. Speaking of water, I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Smokies are an altogether different kind of wet than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accustomed to, unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a native of the Amazon Rainforest. I burned my clothes after my hike through the Smokies and they still arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely dry. In fact, this was the last hike for which I ever packed anything made from denim, cotton or anything else that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lightweight, non-absorbent, artificial fiber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cotton killsâ&#x20AC;? is common wisdom on the AT. Make it your credo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unless hypothermia is just your thing. The Indians may have gone tripping through the woods barefoot, but you will need hiking boots. A good pair will set you back at least $100. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the idiot who wears brand-new hiking boots for the first time on the Trail. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been that idiot. Wear them in first. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need a good, modern pack, too. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even bother dusting off your old pack from Boy Scout days. One common mistake new hikers make is over-packing. In fact thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the easiest way to sort out the experienced hikers from the firsttimers. I used to spend an entire day packing. Now it takes me 10 minutes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very simple â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the lighter your pack is, the easier and more enjoyable your hike will be. That extra two pounds may not seem like much at Mile One, but five miles later, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wish youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left that extra blanket at home. NCM

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elcome to the wonderful home of Tuyet and Peter Sterrey and their son Joe, a beautiful, modern style home with a fantastic lake view in SummerGrove. Full of ideas and designs they created themselves, this home and everything in it is sure to inspire you. Tuyet, or “Snow” as she likes to be called, is from northern Vietnam and Peter is from Australia. They have lived, worked and traveled in some of the most exotic places in the world. Their experiences have influenced their home as they found things they love and figured out how to incorporate them in the design and everyday living of the house. From their marble tiles from Spain in the bath to a specially made eucalyptus flooring, Mexican limestone tiles, silk and wool rugs from Afghanistan, appliances from Germany, and furnishings from Norway, every piece in every nook and cranny in the house has a story. Most of them are very thoughtout, special designs it took years to get that way. After taking two years to design, shop worldwide and implement their plan, they are nestled in and enjoying their home with a great view. And how do they enjoy themselves the most? Well, in their gorgeous kitchen! They have European designed cabinets topped with Brazilian granite which sit upon a heated floor, as Snow likes for you to leave your shoes at the door to come in. But the heated floors, of porcelain tile from Mexico, keep feet toasty. 44 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

Tuyet Sterrey, whose first name means “Snow” in Vietnamese, loves to cook in her custom kitchen in Newnan, including dishes such as these Salmon and Tuna Packages.


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Snow Sterrey likes to joke that she and husband Peter were something of a headache to their builder, for nothing in their SummerGrove home was standard or “out of the book.” In fact, it took them two years to design, shop worldwide and implement their plan.

Stainless counter supports for the kitchen island were custom designed by Peter. The handpicked backsplash of black honed glass is from California. The kitchen has appliances from the Germany company Miele that they love for their functionality and design. They also had these appliances in a previous home in Australia. My favorite piece is an amazing centerpiece and light display, designed by Snow, which hangs above the island. It gives much visual interest and a pop of orange color. They were a bit of a headache to their builder, Peter and Snow laughingly admit; nothing in the house is standard or “out of the book.” But now they can all be proud 46 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

of a job well designed and built. During lunch one day, I asked if they would consider retiring in America, but no. Of all the places they’ve traveled and lived, their heart lies in Australia. I don’t blame them at all after seeing magazine cover photos of their Australian harbor view home, where they used to live and host parties for friends to watch Fourth of July fireworks from the grand view. But for the time they’re here, I’ll sit and enjoy my time, fantastic conversations and delicious food with my very talented newfound friends and their lake view in good old Newnan, Ga. Snow and Peter love to cook, cooking only from scratch and with

everything fresh, twice a day usually. Their favorite is Italian food and they do cook Vietnamese a couple of times a week too. It is always beautiful and most definitely delicious! When I first met Snow and went for a tour of her lovely home, I got that and so much more! She served a wonderful surprise lunch of ham and fresh tomatoes with herbs and sprouts, and the absolute best soup I’ve ever had in my life. There was also wonderfully entertaining conversation that lasted well into the afternoon. I couldn’t simply show you the house, I also had to share Snow’s wonderful cooking! So let’s sit down to a wonderful summertime lunch you’ll want to make for entertaining on your own.


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There will be alcohol served at one upcoming wedding reception at the Moreland Mill, but it is not clear whether there will ever be another champagne toast in the historic building. The Moreland Town Council has been discussing ways to ramp up use of the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet ing room, but 2010 is drawing to a close with no resolution off the alcohol issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like the more we Moreland Mayor Josh Evans, left, and City Attorney Mark Mitchell listen to discussion about possibilities for the historic talk about it, the more ques- Moreland Mill during a December meeting of city leaders. tions we have,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Josh Evans reflected recently. l There has been much discussion in recent months about whether or not to allow alcohol w to be served at the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. R The town has offe f red a room in the former f textile mill as a R of Historic Sales Tax dollars to do the work and on the National Register By W. WINSTON SKINNER leased meeting space for f years. seek a grant th t ld b k th Pl began as a dr goods store winston@newnan com Some council members ha

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As Georgians prepare for f New Year Y â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, experts urge consumers to consider safety f as they ring in 2011 and bid ffarewell to 2010. Nationally, fir f eworks consumption increased 635 percent between 1976 and 2008, while fire works-related injuries decreased dramatically from 38.3 injuries to 3.3 injuries per 100,000 pounds off fireworks during that same time period, according to the most recent data available from the American Pyrotechnics Association. John Conkling, a spokesman for f the American Pyrotechnics Association, attributes the steep decline in injuries over the years to the fire works industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer safety and education initiativ i es during the last three decades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fireworks can provide hours off wholesome, f famil y entertainment, but they must be used by adults carefully and safely,â&#x20AC;? said Newnan Fire Marshal Ricky Aye A rs. Ayers warned adults against allowing children to handle any type off fireworks. Also, alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Despite the decline in fireworks-related injuries, consumers should resolve to use only devices permitted by state law while adhering to safety warnings and instructions that appear on product packaging. In Georgia, no one younger than 18 can hase ffireworks

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4-1/2 ounces smoked salmon slices Fresh mint leaves for garnish For the salad: 3 tomatoes, sliced 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1/4 cucumber, cut into julienne sticks 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing Mix the yogurt, tomato paste and mustard in a bowl. Stir in the grated lime rind and juice. Add the tuna with black pepper to taste and mix well. Spread out the salmon slices on a board and spoon some of the tuna mixture on each piece. Roll up or fold the smoked salmon into neat packages. Carefully press the edges together to seal. Make the salad by arranging

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hen Peter and Eldy Pick moved to Newnan in 2010, their “pets” – two magnificent white Royal Mute swans – immediately captivated and delighted their Lake Redwine Plantation neighbors. “Swans make a whole different environment for the neighborhood,” Eldy says with a smile. Indeed, neighbors frequently inquired of each other or Eldy about them when even a few hours passed without seeing both of the birds. And neighbor Bonnie Underwood became a self-appointed guardian, daily monitoring the pair’s movements and supplementing their aquatic grass- and insectdiet with catfish food. Webbie III and Willie, 25-30 pounds each, were carefully transported by car in large animal carriers. “I brought them here because my husband insisted on it,” Eldy said. “I would’ve left them back in Miami because people there are missing them.” The Picks’ love of swans began during their dating years but peaked while on a San Diego Zoo trip. Eldy noticed a pair of swans below a tall bridge, highlighted in what she

describes as a perfect ray of light. She grabbed Peter’s expensive camera with its zoom lens, focused it on them and snapped the picture. “The camera made a noise and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve broken it!’ When we developed our pictures, this one came out not bad for someone who didn’t know what she was doing! It was a gift God gave me. It was like a foreshadowing that we would have this whole swan involvement.” The photograph serves as a focal point in the Picks’ guest bathroom, and that experience was the genesis of Peter’s desire to gift her with a pair of swans in 1989 when they bought their Miami home on a private lake. Eldy cherishes the sweet memories accumulated from her many years of swan tending. “People on our former lake quarreled all the time over property, fences – all kinds of stuff,” Eldy explained. “That diminished when I put the first swans (Webbie I and Wiggly) out there, and everyone called to ask about them. They created a sense of community and calm.” One morning, a neighbor told Eldy something was wrong with one of the swans.

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Clockwise from upper left: The Picks’ grandson, Deven Dewlal, feeds Webbie; Webbie and Wiggly; Webbie and Willie; Wiggly and some cygnets.

“Someone shot Wiggly, and we didn’t know why. It’s very difficult to see a bird lose a mate. To tell you how bonded the pen (female) was to her cob (male), for three days she wouldn’t leave that site where he died and gave such a sad cry – it was horrible! The whole community banded together to watch the neighborhood and her. It was that ‘we’re mourning together’ feeling. People who’d been feuding became a unit.” “Another time,” Eldy recalled, “a bride was getting dressed for her wedding, and she saw one of the swans out her window. Her whole family decided it was a beautiful 52 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

omen of love because swans mate for life.” All of the Picks’ swans through the years have been named with a W, and all the pens were named Webbie because their daughter named the first one after Webbigail, the Disney “Duck Tales” character. Sadly, Willie was killed in a fight with a great blue heron in late fall. Soon after, ducks were accompanying Webbie, a gesture Eldy believes helped shorten her grieving. Webbie received a new mate from the Picks for Christmas: one-year-old Willie II. Eldy was concerned early on, though, because she didn’t see the tight bonding

she’d hoped would happen between the new couple; they often cruised the lake in different directions. Willie’s laser focus on goose chasing instead of shadowing his mate highlighted his immaturity, but neighboring homeowners appreciated Willie’s obsession because geese destroy lawns and leave nasty droppings. In early spring, Webbie made a nest next to the house, but it was invaded when she briefly left to chase off a wandering female swan. “Usually the male, who can be quite formidable, protects the nest when the female leaves it, but Willie didn’t yet understand that process,” Eldy


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Eldy and Peter Pick of Lake Redwine have been tending swans for years. At right, Peter holds Willie.

said. A few weeks later in the nearby woods, Webbie made another nest which Willie attempted to defend from what likely was marauding coyotes. Webbie survived, but the nest was destroyed and Willie was killed. Eldy wasn’t surprised, noting there are more predators around Lake Redwine than at their former lake.

“I decided when I brought them here they were totally going to be God’s – that I was not going to interfere; I needed to have some detachment when it came to them,” she said. Eldy reflected, “Swans are so comforting. If I’m having a bad night or if something’s going on,

I’ll look out the window, and there they are in the moonlight. They show up just when you need them the most.” Eldy hopes a wandering male on the migratory route that crosses Lake Redwine soon will do just that for Webbie – show up so Lake Redwine’s Royals can reign again. NCM

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cried inconsolably as my husband drove over I-285. “There is absolutely no way we can find a decent home out – out – out here!” I flung the words at him like daggers, but he remained undeterred. Buying our first home had been somewhat of a roller coaster experience; the excitement of home ownership was dimmed intermittently by the realities of our budget in the Atlanta housing market. I was certain there was no Life outside of I-285, but on this Saturday morning our real estate agent had lured my husband with descriptions of a sweet little neighborhood just beyond the perimeter where the houses were still reasonable and we would have easy access to the city. Despite my tearful and dire predictions we did find a house. And thus began, as my husband affectionately calls them, the salad days. (Quoting H. I. from the movie Raising Arizona: “These were the happy days, the salad days as they say …”) One of the most remarkable and unexpected things we inherited with this home was the yard. Surprisingly for Atlanta, it was almost an acre and situated in the crook of a tiny valley where the feet of two rolling, forestcovered hills touched. This provided a wide angle of woods in the back

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which was completely private. Throughout the winter as we labored unknowingly inside the house, the stage was set for the incomparable beauty of a southern spring. In February, a few scattered crocus and daffodils lifted their cheery faces followed in March by a luminous swath of forsythia against the trunks of the tall mottled hardwoods. The highlight that spring was a Japanese magnolia that arched over the drive and littered it with a profusion of soft purple-pink petals. Each day brought evidence of the hands that had labored and loved here previously. In late summer, as the daylilies and spiderwort were waning, a group of sword shaped blades emerged, pointing their tips all directions. Then long, graceful stems with rows of tight green orbs arched

over the ocean of green. Finally the buds began to open from the base to the tip with reddish orange blossoms deepened by a throat of coppery gold. After that, the hummingbirds arrived. It took me some time to discover that this spectacle was compliments of a plant called crocosmia, also known as coppertips, montbretia and falling stars. And indeed they did resemble falling stars as the flowers bloomed sequentially on their arching panicles. A useful attribute of crocosmia, and other members of the iris family, is its modification of the stem and leaves, called corms, to store food and nutrients during winter. The merit of these have allowed for unique advantages and ease in storing, transporting and trading plants. Elizabeth Lawrence speaks of

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these advantages in Through the Garden Gate when she tells of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lovely orange-flowered montbretia with larger flowers that open wide. In July Carrie Fultz brought me a stalk of this to identify. She said she got it from a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden, and she brought me some corms. I will soon be able to pass it on again, for it multiplies rapidly.â&#x20AC;? Names of plants divulge history and connections that can be obscure. It seems the â&#x20AC;&#x153;oldâ&#x20AC;? name for this group of plants was montbretia, taken from the French entomologist Antoine Francois Ernest Conquebert de Montbret. Later, these lovely flowers were classified as crocosmia from the Greek krokos, meaning saffron, and osme, meaning smell. Supposedly, when the blooms are dried and dipped in water, they emit

a saffron odor. Nowadays, the cultivar C. crocosmiiflora is more commonly known as montbretia and sometimes as tritonia. There are over 400 cultivars of crocosmia, many of which are excellent in the southern garden. Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South recommends three in addition to montbretia: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Solfatereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which has â&#x20AC;&#x153;yellow blooms and bronze tinted foliage,â&#x20AC;? the golden swan (C. masoniorum) with â&#x20AC;&#x153;vermillion flowers that look upward from its arching stemsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lucifer,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; probably the most well known with its deep red blooms. Crocosmia will flourish with little care in a sunny, well drained site with rich soil. In the garden, Ogden says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;summery blue Cape plumbagos, buttery cannas, and tall

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o wiggle one’s toes in beach sand, be cooled by mountain air, or behold a world wonder long admired bids summer. However, for those of us who love the daily comfort of home, merely to walk outside and view the pleasures of a vegetable garden bespeaks summer as well. Growing up with such gardens, I was often required to travel there, bucket in hand, to pick whatever vegetables were ripe enough for kitchen use; the vegetables would find their way to our plates, the larder or the freezer. During my era, the ’50s and ’60s, what we hail presently as “locavore” food was a matter of course. Then, the wealthy hired gardeners or had produce delivered to be canned by domestics. Today, ironically, the wealthier the gardener, it appears, the more dedicated the perseverance, with organic gardening requirements numbering composting, native plants and an eschewing of spraying to remove pests. Luckily for me, as the decades 58 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

progressed, and the gardening mania took form, I was surprised with a bounty of fruits or vegetables hanging from my front door handle. A food columnist since the early ’90s in my hometown of Monroe, readers

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The time is also right for dismissing meat from our menu and serving what we lovingly call â&#x20AC;&#x153;a vegetable plate.â&#x20AC;?

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lost my base; no longer did I enjoy the cornucopia, which I often canned and returned in small part. Of course, I found gorgeous vegetables

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Added to that dilemma is my inability to grow vegetables ... I’m missing the green thumb. Several decades ago when I desired a garden at the rear of my home, my father came to help lay it in. Everything died, save for potatoes. How I delighted in their lush greenery and handsome flowers, a sign of their bearing fruit below ground. My excitement heightened as I felt the small, red globes and practiced what my father called “grabbling” for the tiny ones. I shared them with no one, save for my husband and son. Years later, a tomato variety called “outhouse” in Walton County voluntarily appeared in my flower garden. Grandchildren Katie and Bill Woodroof toddled out to pick them and immediately pop them in their mouths. Delicious in salads, a sauté or salsa, they were the sum of vegetable success in my cottage garden. Nowadays, we are in lush season. No gem is more prized at present than our tomatoes, be they heirloom or engineered. Soft, white bread must come out to be smeared with Hellman’s or Duke’s and the laying on begins, either small slices or a big fat one, finely garnished with salt and pepper. Sometimes I devour mine over the sink, allowing the juices to trickle down my arms, most pleasurably. The time is also right for dismissing meat from our menu and serving what we lovingly call “a vegetable plate.” Accompanied by a skillet of cornbread or small corn sticks, the plate varies with the addition of vegetables as they come into season. Parsleyed new potatoes, yellow squash and green beans will be pushed aside by creamed corn, peas, butterbeans, perhaps beets. Sliced tomatoes remain unchanged.


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During childhood, I never remember zucchini, just yellow crookneck squash; but what a fine addition to the garden they have been. What to do with the ballooning “bats” that result in overlooked, mature zucchini remains a puzzle. Simply remove the pithy core and grate them in the food processor. Since zucchini are available all year, I include this recipe in a year-round menu. Grated Zucchini 2-1/2 pounds of zucchini, grated and lightly salted 2 tablespoons butter plus 1 tablespoon of oil 1/4 cup diced shallot Freshly grated black pepper 1/3 cup cream or half and half 1/2 cup mixed Parmesan and Swiss, grated Place the grated, salted zucchini in a colander and allow draining for 45 minutes. Using small handfuls, squeeze all the water out of the squash and place the balls on a paper towel to continue to drain. Sauté the shallot in the butter oil mixture very briefly and crumble in the zucchini, seasoned with black pepper, and toss it about in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes just until tender. At this point, it is ready to serve, augmented by a bit of butter, if the cook chooses. Alternately, stir in the cream, top with cheese and bake until brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Scottish Roots showing in Coweta By W. Winston Skinner Story and photos by Katherine McCall hen the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra arrives in Newnan July 7, its presence will be a reminder of the dash of Scottish flavor in Coweta County's history. This year's visit will mark the third for the acclaimed youth orchestra. At least one host family on the list this year also welcomed brilliant young musicians from Scotland in 1999 and 2005. The first visit from the fiddle orchestra was preceded by the forming of sister city-county relationships.

Robert Campbell, provost for South Ayrshire, visited Newnan in June 1998. A Twinning Ceremony was held at the Coweta County Courthouse. Keith Brady, Newnan's mayor then and now, and thenCounty Commission Chairman Jim McGuffey took part in ceremonies connecting Newnan and Ayr and Coweta County and South Ayrshire. My friend Bette Hickman played a role in connecting the folks on both sides of the Atlantic in 1998, and she is helping again with preparations to welcome 64 young Scots and their chaperones this year.

"I first met the Scots in Washington at the National Association of Partnerships in Education Conference in 1994. I attended during my employment by the Coweta County School System as the director of business/school partnerships," Bette said. She told me there was an "immediate kinship between Georgia and Scotland" that "took root at our first meeting." Bette had been to Scotland twice when she was growing up. She has made 21 trips to Scotland since the founding of Global Achievers, an organization Bette heads which

Scenes from Scotland include, clockwise from upper left, a rockwall in Ayr, remains of a castle, a government building, a scenic bridge, and Josh Hickman of Newnan boarding a bus during a trip several years ago.

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connects students in America and other countries for cultural and entrepreneurial projects. One of Global Achievers' first projects connected Evans Middle School and two local high schools – East Coweta and Newnan – with similar schools in Ayrshire. That connection led to the Twinning Ceremony, to the visits by the fabulous fiddlers and to trips to Scotland by local students including my younger daughter, Jane, and my good friend, Robert Bishop. Coweta County's first connection with Scotland did not start in the 1990s. The county is named in honor of William McIntosh, chief of the Cowetas. The Cowetas were part of the Creek Nation, and McIntosh was the son of a woman from the prominent Wind Clan. His last name doesn't look or sound Creek, because it's not. The chief's father was a trader from the Georgia coast who was of Scottish descent. The uniting of the eagle feather and the tartan in William McIntosh led to the opening of what is now western Georgia for settlement and – ultimately – to McIntosh's murder by unhappy Creeks in 1825. There is a big boulder in honor of Chief McIntosh in front of the historic courthouse. The McIntosh Reserve, just across the Chattahoochee in Carroll County, is a park. At McIntosh Reserve, there is a reconstruction of the home which was burned when angry Red Sticks killed the chief. The Indian Spring Hotel, an inn the chief built in 1823, still stands in Butts County. With its classical Southern architecture and colorful interior, the hotel captures the blended worlds of William McIntosh. Many of Coweta's early settlers had Scottish lineage. Jim McGuffey's

family is from Scotland, and – at the 1998 Twinning Ceremony – he spoke of how as a boy he "often dreamed of the wonderful, beautiful place called Scotland." After taking Georgia history in third grade and seeing Gone With the Wind for the first time that summer, I got interested in my own family and started asking questions about my roots. I was delighted to learn my maternal grandmother's people came to America from Ireland – immediately forming in my mind a connection with Scarlett's fiery O'Hara clan. As I listened and studied more, however, I figured out those Hunters, Youngs, Thompsons and Carmichaels were not Irish at all – they just lived in Ireland for awhile. They were Presbyterians who fled Scotland for Ireland, seeking freedom to worship. Not satisfied with half a loaf, they crossed the ocean to South Carolina and then made the trek to Coweta – the land opened by McIntosh's tragic signature on the Treaty of Indian Springs. It is wonderful that connections between Scotland and Coweta remain strong. Bette Hickman described Ayr as "a seaside town of amazing beauty." It is closely associated with poet Robert Burns, whose hometown is right next door, Bette says. Bette also talked about "the people's warmth and generous hospitality" when she visits Ayr. "I recall thinking how similar their welcome was to what we know as Southern hospitality,” she reflected. We will all have to be prepared to show a little of that hospitality that says "welcome home" – on either side of the ocean – to the fiddling troupe during their upcoming visit. NCM

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The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady By Elizabeth Stuckey-French Doubleday, $25.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French is exactly what it says: a novel of vengeance, of retribution – OK, let’s just say it, of utter pandemonium. Marylou Ahearn is a 77-year-old woman with a plan. She’s going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs. Yes, you read that correctly. The septuagenarian main character of StuckeyFrench’s novel is plotting murder. In fact, she’s devised several schemes for offing her nemesis. The problem is she hasn’t had the courage or opportunity to follow through with her dastardly designs. But Marylou is going to kill Spriggs. She is. She promised herself. To do this, Marylou moved from Memphis, Tenn. to Tallahassee, Fla. to stalk Spriggs. She’s also adopted the name Nancy – or Nance – Archer, the character from her favorite B-movie, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. After all, she and Nancy Archer have something in common: both their lives were changed because of radioactive materials. And 64 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

Marylou – now Nance – is determined to get revenge on the person who administered her radioactive dosage, namely Spriggs. Nance decides that the best way to get to Spriggs is through his family. Most days, she spends her time walking past Spriggs’ house looking for opportunities to get him alone. Unfortunately, Spriggs now lives with his daughter, son-in-law and their three teenagers. The oldest kids have Asperger’s, the older daughter is obsessed with Elvis and the son spends most of his time in a backyard shed. Suzi, the youngest, seems like Nance’s best way into the family, but there is something sad about her that Nance can’t shake. Then there is Spriggs’ daughter, Caroline, who is looking for a way out of her frenzied life, and Vic, her husband, who seems to be looking for a way out of his marriage. Spriggs himself – well, he has Alzheimer’s. Getting involved with this family is not exactly what Nance expected. And the murder plot isn’t going as planned. Because the story is told from not only Marylou/Nance’s point of view but also those of Spriggs’ entire family, readers are given a look into all of these richly drawn characters. The book becomes less of a revenge plot and more of a portrait of family life and what happens to a person when he or she loses that sense of family. Marylou Ahearn had a plan; but the best-laid plans often go astray – especially in Revenge of the Radioactive Lady.

Save as Draft By Cavanaugh Lee Simon and Schuster, $23.99 Reviewed by Holly Jones Do you know what BB, LOL and TTYL mean? Are texts and e-mail your preferred forms of communication? Are J and L your primary emotions? Do you see more friends on Facebook than you do in person? If the answer to any (or all) of these questions is yes, then this book is for you! “Wactress” (unemployed actress working as a waitress), turned lawyer,

turned writer Cavanaugh Lee has written a first novel entitled Save as Draft. Her hilarious book is not so much a fluid story as it is a sequence of e-mails, texts and Twitterfeeds revolving around the love life of main (and semi-autobiographical) character Izabell Chin. Like Cavanaugh, Izabell – or Iz – is a former wactress-turned-lawyer looking for love. At the beginning of the book, Iz is bemoaning “the single guy to single girl ratio” in Atlanta, and her friends are encouraging her to try online dating. Although she swears e-dating will never work, Iz secretly signs up for eHarmony. About the time she makes her first match with Marty, Iz decides she and her best friend Peter might be more than friends. Although she and Marty have a great first date, Iz starts a relationship with Peter. Most of the book is the on-again/off-again love triangle between Iz and her suitors through their online interaction. The communications are not onesided; we see Peter and Marty’s messages to Iz, her messages to other friends and family, and even the messages between these friends and family about Iz and her relationship roller coaster. But what is most telling – in these and often all conversations – are the things left


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unsaid. In this case, they are e-mails left “Saved as Draft.” Each of these communications is included in the story, marked with the boldface line “This e-mail was written but not sent and will save as Draft until further notice.” It is in these unsent e-mails that we see what Iz, Peter and Marty truly feel but are afraid to openly admit. Some may say text messages and social networking have changed the way we relate to each other; that there is a new language in the world of IM and FB (instant messaging and Facebook). But have things really changed? Lee’s first novel proves that when hearts are on the line – or in this case online – communication will always be key, and sometimes only a key(stroke) away.

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Kelly Hines By Nichole Golden | Photo by Bob Fraley

Meet hometown girl Kelly Hines of Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Tell us about your family and education. I am married to Hap Hines, who is a teacher and football/tennis coach at Newnan High School and am mother to our amazing one-year-old daughter, Edie. I grew up in Newnan, and my parents, Lynne and Hugh Maddux, still live in the same house where I was raised. I received an excellent education from the Coweta County School System and graduated with a bachelor of arts in journalism-public relations from the University of Georgia. What is your role at Piedmont Newnan? My official title is director of public relations and communications, where I’m responsible for Piedmont Newnan’s public relations activities and communications, both internally and externally. What do you like best about your job? I have a quote hanging in my office that says, “Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.” So first and foremost, I love knowing that no matter what I’ve worked on throughout my day, I’ve positively impacted someone’s life, at least in some small way. How do you balance work and being a mom? I’ve had to learn how to let things go, both at work and at home, to prioritize better and to realize that it’s okay that I simply cannot get it all done. I have to admit there’s rarely a day that goes by where I don’t wish for a few more hours in the day, but regardless, I’m thankful for the blessing of having an incredible family and home to take care of and a fulfilling career doing what I love. What are your favorite things to do? My husband and I have wonderful friends here in town that we enjoy spending time with, so that’s definitely our favorite thing to do. When we can, we like to eat out at our favorite local restaurants and go shopping around town. And of course I love attending Newnan High School football games in the fall and tennis matches in the spring. What’s changed most about Newnan since you were young? I remember when Bullsboro Drive consisted of nothing but trees past Greison Trail and driving through what was once a four-waystop at Thomas Crossroads when my dad and I would go fishing at Wynn’s Pond. What are your hobbies? Right now, I enjoy taking Edie to the pool while her daddy plays golf, and I also enjoy going for walks, reading, entertaining at our home, and watching college football with Hap and our friends. NCM

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