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Spring 2017 CONTENTS FEATURES Explore Atlanta Like a Native . ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 The Great Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Looking for where to dine, shop, see a show or take the kids? We’ve got you covered: here’s the best of Atlanta’s many exciting options.

Atlanta’s outdoor attractions are perfect for enjoying some fresh air while exploring the city. We highlight 10 of the most popular spots.

Finding the Right Fit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 20 Romantic Retreats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Choosing the right school for your child is crucial. Here’s a step-by-step guide to finding just the right fit.

From mountains to beaches, gardens to historic buildings, Georgia is full of destinations where sparks are sure to fly.




DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.

We may be a landlocked city, but you can enjoy the best of waterfront living at Atlanta’s beautiful lake communities.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

The city of Lilburn in Gwinnett County combines the best of small-town living with access to the big city and all it has to offer.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Meet Bella the Cow, see where your milk comes from, and scream for ice cream on a tour of the Mayfield Dairy in Braselton.

Parental involvement and a sense of community are key components in a Christ-centered education at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy.

Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Whether your taste runs to filet mignon, Southern comfort food or chili dogs, Atlanta’s best-known restaurants are sure to please your palate.

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St. Joseph’s Cohort, an after-school club at Holy Spirit Preparatory School devoted to solving problems related to affordable housing, will be traveling to Whitley City, KY, to work on a four-bedroom home for a family of 11 currently living in a two-bedroom trailer. The club is hoping to raise $25,000 to help pay construction costs. For more information, please visit


If the little lady in your life loves music and inspiring stories, treat her to a pair of stirring family-friendly musicals at the Fox Theatre, presented by Broadway in Atlanta. Annie (March 17-19) tells the story of everyone’s favorite plucky orphan finding a new family during the Great Depression, while Matilda (April 18-23) follows a scrappy young genius who faces off against a tyrannical boarding school headmistress and starts a revolution. For tickets and other information, call 855-285-8499 or visit

Lilburn Police Get National Recognition Congratulations to the Lilburn Police Department, whose 2016 National Night Out event was recently recognized by the National Association of Town Watch. National Night Out is a nationwide event that encourages citizen participation in anti-crime efforts and helps build strong relationships between police departments and their communities. Lilburn was one of two areas in Georgia to be honored by the organization.

This Neighborhood is One of the Best! Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, the long-running museum that encourages hands-on learning, was recently nominated for two Best of Hall County awards, voted on by readers of The Gainesville Times. The museum was named in the Extracurricular Activity for Kids and Children’s Birthday Party Location categories. To see the winners in those and all other categories, visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

inFOCUS Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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How do people and things get from one place to another? Help your child learn about the science of movement at From Here to There, an exciting new exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Your kids will love hands-on moving items around the ball-pit construction site, flying across the floor on a hovercraft and exploring the inner workings of machines that power cars, airplanes and other machines. This interactive experience runs through May 29. For more information, call 404-659-5437 or visit

Woodward Student Soars Woodward Academy second-grader Ryan French earned first place overall for her age group at the Grant-A-Wish Classic gymnastics meet on Jan. 22. Her team also won first place overall in the competition. Proceeds from the event benefited Make-A-Wish Georgia, helping to grant the wishes of children across the state. Congratulations to Ryan and her team! | Newcomer Magazine | 9



s spring comes into full swing, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warm weather, have fun with the kids, and explore your new city. We’ve put together our list of suggestions for some of the area’s most unique places that every Atlantan should experience. Whether you enjoy browsing for antiques, tasting some international cuisine or catching up on the local history, you’re sure to find plenty to do.

Taste Atlanta’s Flavor Dining at Inman Park

A Guide to the City’s Unique Offerings By Jackson Reeves

After a serious construction project, central Inman Park has become a hotspot for restaurants. Check out Beetlecat for oysters, Barcelona Wine Bar for tapas, Sotto Sotto for Italian, and Bartaco for Mexican.

Krog Street Market An ideal spot for a solid dinner. Hit up this destination just off the BeltLine for Mex-Tex cuisine at Superica, French-inspired dishes at the Luminary, or sake and sushi at Craft Izakaya. 99 Krog Street, 770-434-2400,

Ponce City Market This open market has everything an adventurous foodie could desire. Let your taste buds run wild with gourmet Italian market Bellina, South African beef jerky at Biltong Bar, deepfried chicken sliders at Hop’s Chicken, and Korean steamed buns at Simply Seoul Kitchen. 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue, 404-900-7900,

Westside Provisions District Top foodie draws at this walkable destination just west of Midtown include Bacchanalia, widely regarded as Atlanta’s best restaurant; Ormsby’s, a hit with the bar crowd; and JCT Kitchen and Bar, perfect for a family dinner. 1100-1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-815-0045,

Shop ‘til You Drop Chamblee’s Antique Row District This entire stroll can set you back a pretty penny. One place not to miss: the 12,000-squarefoot Broad Street Antique Mall, where you can find vintage jewelry, Civil War artifacts, Art Deco pieces, and thousands of old post cards. 770-458-6316,

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Little Five Points is the place to shop for funky finds.

to this Decatur destination unearthed railroad lanterns, an English oak China hutch, a walnut credenza from the ’60s, a midcentury modern desk, and an orb chandelier. 2928 E Ponce de Leon Avenue, 404-373-6498,

Children have fun while learning at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza Located just across from one another, these two malls offer everything a shopper could desire. For more upscale stores, try Phipps for Gucci, Prada, and Saks Fifth Avenue. For a wider variety, hit up Lenox for Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, and your local Apple store. Lenox Square: 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-233-6767; Phipps Plaza: 3500 Peachtree Road, 404-2617910; both:

Little Five Points Known as Atlanta’s hipper, grungier neighborhood, Little Five probably has more thrift stores than any other neighborhood in the city. Swing by Rag-O-Rama, Psycho Sisters, and the Clothing Warehouse.

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The Shops Buckhead Atlanta After years of planning, Atlanta finally got its own high-end retail center that can rival those found in other cities. Some of the chicest international brands have opened up shop in Buckhead, including Dior, Hermes and Jimmy Choo. 3035 Peachtree Road, 404-939-9270,

Entertainment and Culture Galore

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta History Center As a new resident of Atlanta, you owe it to yourself to brush up on your new home’s history. Thankfully, this Buckhead museum has you covered. View Southern folk art, learn about the city’s role in the Civil War, and relive the 1996 Olympic Games through tons of memorabilia. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, 404-814-4000,

Part of the elaborate Woodruff Arts Center complex, which also houses the High Museum and the Alliance Theatre, our city’s orchestra highlights the best music from both the classic and current repertoire. This spring, you can come here to hear the works of Sibelius, Rachmaninov and Haydn along with a tribute to Elvis Presley and the music of Broadway star Sutton Foster. 1280 Peachtree Street, 404-733-4900, u | Newcomer Magazine | 11

The Fabulous Fox Theatre Launched in the 1920s, this historic landmark is famous for its soaring domes, gold-leaf details, and trompe l’oeil art, which rightly earned its stature as “movie palace” back in the day. It’s now the best place in Atlanta to see Broadway shows on tour, including “Annie” this spring. 660 Peachtree Street, 404-881-2100,

High Museum of Art Atlanta’s premier art museum, the High’s permanent collection includes such French impressionists as Monet and Pissarro, as well as a renowned photography section. It currently has an exhibit on work from painter and poet Ashley Bryan. Free admission and special family programming is available on the second Sunday of each month. 1280 Peachtree Street, 404-7334400,

For the Kid Inside Center for Puppetry Arts Sign up your child for a Create-a-Puppet Workshop, and watch as their imaginations take flight. Browse the museum to see original Jim Henson creations, including Big Bird and Miss Piggy. Then see a performance, such as this spring’s “The Dragon King,” or “Pete the Cat.” 1404 Spring Street, 404-873-3391,

Children’s Museum of Atlanta The newly reopened museum features everything necessary to start your child down a path toward deeper learning, including activities about robotics, language, and agriculture. Sensory Friendly Saturdays make visits enjoyable for children who process sensory stimuli differently. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 404659-5437,

Fernbank Museum of Natural History No child can resist the allure of dinosaurs, and the museum’s central plaza features a family of bronze dinosaurs ready to greet visitors upon arrival. Other exhibits include a look at life on Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp and one dedicated entirely to shells. 767 Clifton Road, 404-9296300,

Georgia Aquarium Deemed the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, this destination offers glimpses of dolphins, penguins, and sea otters—all in their natural habitats. You can even pet the stingrays and walk beneath the surface of the “ocean” in a 100-foot-long acrylic tunnel. 225 Baker Street, 404-581-4000, 12 | Newcomer Magazine | | Newcomer Magazine | 13

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LAKEFRONT LIVING Beautiful Scenery and Waterfront Amenities By Michelle Bourg

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It’s an inescapable fact: Atlanta is a landlocked city. No oceanfront beaches, no breaking waves. But while it’s true that we’re not on the coast, this doesn’t mean you’re limited to a landlocked lifestyle. The Atlanta area is blessed with many beautiful lakes, accessible to the city and offering the pleasures of boating, fishing and swimming with beautiful scenery as a bonus. There are plenty of communities to choose from that let residents take advantage of lakefront living, with extra amenities that offer an appealing combination to prospective homebuyers. The following developments offer the opportunity to get your feet wet right outside your front door.


ABOVE: Lake Lanier frames a backdrop to the course at Chestatee Golf Club. INSET: A tree-shaded path at Chestatee Golf Club

Chestatee Golf Club Located an hour from Atlanta, Lake Lanier is “Atlanta’s Great Lake” and a premier recreation destination, with 59 square miles of water for boating, fishing, and other watersports. Hugging 2.5 miles of shoreline on the lake’s northwest side, Chestatee Golf Club combines luxurious toptier amenities with small-town style. With a private marina, boat ramp and 160 covered and uncovered slips, Chestatee makes it easy to get away for a day of boating or fishing. For relaxing at the water’s edge, there’s a pavilion and picnic area with stone fireplace. The lake also provides a gorgeous backdrop to the three miles of hiking trails and the award-

winning par-71 championship golf course designed by Denis Griffiths. Chestatee’s 550 acres are home to a wealth of other recreation options, including two pools, a children’s play area; a half basketball court; lighted tennis courts; croquet facilities; and the Nightfire lodge with a kitchen for social gath-

erings. There’s also the Heron Grille restaurant for dinner and drinks. Of course, Chestatee’s recreational experience is matched by its homes. Residents can retreat to spacious Craftsman-style residences styled on historic architecture that evoke the feel of a quaint Southern town—complete with community square and bandstand. Prices range from the $400,000s to $1 million and up; typical home features include 10-foot ceilings, bonus rooms, gourmet kitchens with double ovens and covered porches or decks. New construction is underway in several neighborhoods, and prime lots are available at prices from around $50,000 to $300,000. u | Newcomer Magazine | 15

ABOVE: Homes at Big Canoe fit beautifully into the natural surroundings. INSET: Golf beside beautiful Lake Sconti at Big Canoe.

Big Canoe In Atlanta, the name Big Canoe is synonymous with luxurious outdoor living. An hour’s drive north of the city in the town of Jasper, this private gated community covers 8000 square acres of heavily wooded foothills in the north Georgia mountains. Big Canoe has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with “The Nationals” Silver Award as Master Planned Community of the Year and by the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders’ Association with an OBIE award as Community of the YearMaster Plan. Big Canoe offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails, a fitness center, three pools, tennis

with access to the golf course, trails or greenspace to waterfront access. Lots range from $40,000 to $300,000 and up. Home styles follow set architectural guidelines authentic to the region; residents can use the in-house design center to create their dream home with Big Canoe Building Group or use an approved builder. New home prices range from $400,000 to $3,000,000 and up. Big Canoe Building Group is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), a State Certified Earth Craft Builder and are National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Certified Green Professionals. Sound intriguing? A great way for prospective buyers to get to know Big Canoe is the Discovery Package, which includes a three-day, two-night stay in a luxury mountain home, a $50 dining voucher for the Sconti Clubhouse, an 18-hole round of golf per couple, a two-hour pontoon boat cruise on Lake Petit and a private tour of the community. 54 Wolfscratch Village Jasper, GA. 770-893-2733,

Life at an Atlanta lakefront community lets you have that vacation feeling every day. and pickle ball courts, and a 27-hole championship golf course. But the sparkling jewels in its crown are its lakes: the 111-acre Lake Petit, the tranquil Lake Sconti, and Lake Disharoon with its sandy beach. Petit and Sconti are an angler’s dream with plentiful trout, bass, bluegill, crappie and brim, while Disharoon is the place for recreation and swimming. The community has a wide range of available property types, from wooded inland lots

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Away from it all yet accessible, Chestatee is just off GA-400 and 20 minutes from Alpharetta and north suburban businesses. Close to home, there’s shopping at the famous North Georgia Premium Outlets and the breathtaking beauty of Amicalola Falls State Park. 332 Nightfire Drive, Dawsonville, GA. 888-430-LAKE (5253),

The inviting Lake Cottage at Canoe Club.

Canoe Club Not all of metro Atlanta’s waterfront properties are on the north side. Just 40 minutes south of the city in Fayetteville, Canoe Club offers lakeside living with plenty of amenities in an area that is truly “up and coming.” Canoe Club’s 600 landscaped acres are surrounded by lush woodland reflected in the

waters of the community’s two lakes, Lake Menawa and Lake Senoya. Overlooking the lakes is a 5500-square-foot clubhouse with an extensive fitness center and a gathering area with catering kitchen and coffee bar. Adjacent is a community lawn perfect for neighborhood get-togethers or games of badminton. There are also a four-lane lap pool, four lighted ten-

nis courts and canoe storage. All these benefits helped make Canoe Club Fayette’s top-selling community for two years in a row. Known for a welcoming atmosphere and relaxed pace, the surrounding area showcases golf, shopping at Fayette Pavilion or the Avenue at Peachtree City and concerts at the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater. Award-winning schools, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Pinewood Studios, and Porsche North American headquarters are all just minutes away. Canoe Club homebuyers choose from a variety of different plans designed by Georgia’s premier builders, priced from the mid-$300,000s to the $600,000s. All homes are set on expansive one-acre lots and filled with details that truly set them apart: smart home prewiring, elaborate moldings throughout, ceramic tile surrounds in baths and kitchens, and spacious floor plans with media rooms and large covered porches that make gracious indoor-outdoor living a reality. 110 Reflections Point, Fayetteville, GA. 770843-1390, So if you’re dreaming of a life on the water, Atlanta has much to offer. By choosing a home in a lakefront community, you can get that vacation feeling every day. | Newcomer Magazine | 17


SPOTLIGHT Lilburn By Michelle Bourg


f you’re looking for a community that combines big city amenities with small town charm, look to Lilburn. This community of 13,000 located about 26 miles northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County offers quality affordable housing, excellent schools, and recreation, with easy access to the metro area via I-85, I-285 and the Ronald Reagan Parkway. With a median age of 34.5, its young outlook is reflected in the city’s forward-looking development. In 2013, Money magazine ranked Lilburn fifth on its list of “Best Affordable Places to Live in America.”

Picturesque houses in Old Town

PHOTO: City of Lilburn

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


Culinary Treats

Lilburn has a variety of housing options for both young professionals and families. New homes at Brookwood Enclave (877-215-3095) off of Killian Hill Road range from the mid-$300,000s to low $400,000s and offer plans of four to seven bedrooms in a community with a pool and tennis courts. At Paxton Landing (404-7726637), townhomes start in the low $200,000s; amenities include granite countertops, trey ceilings and basements. Homes at The Enclave at Nash Springs (404-975-1670) provide contemporary three- to five-bedroom plans starting on roughly half-acre lots from the high $400,000s. Several new subdivisions are currently under construction as well.

The 1910 Public House (770-564-6911) offers craft beer flights and specialties including lamb stroganoff and fried oysters with bacon jam. The elegant sesame-crusted tuna tataki or the Steak Diane at Three Blind Mice (770-696-4139) are perfect for an elegant evening. For barbecue with Peruvian flair, try Smokemasters Ribs and Pollo (678-788-4683). Bambinelli’s (770-7177217) and Izzy’s NY Pizza (770-279-2943) serve up Italian favorites. Sip a leisurely cup of coffee at Alcove Coffee Shop (770-979-3030) as you enjoy the view of Lake Lucerne.

Arts and Entertainment Music on Main Street (770-609-6393) in Old Town hosts a monthly coffee house concert series and an outdoor summer weekend concert series, showcasing local and national acts. Staged Right Theatre (678-568-6621) is Lilburn’s home for community theater productions. The annual Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival (678-541-8103), held in October, features more than 200 local artisans as well as live music, food vendors, a petting zoo and an art exhibit.

Local Treasures Old Town, with its shady streets and brick buildings, is a picturesque place to browse the local shops and stop for a bite. Adjacent is Lilburn City Park (770-921-2210), with tennis courts, a playground, and 600-seat pavilion. It also links to the Camp Creek Greenway, a four-mile pathway offering bike rentals, a wildlife habitat and picnic areas. Numerous other parks, aquatic centers and athletic fields are nearby. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (678-906-2277) is one of the largest Hindu temples of its kind in the world outside of India and is open for tours to view the thousands of carvings within. N

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1910 Public House

A devastating fire in 1920 and the Great Depression in 1929 wreaked such economic damage that the city government ceased to exist and was only reinstated in 1955. It was claimed that citizens were so law-abiding and orderly that the government was not needed.

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Choosing the Best School for Your Child By Daniel Beauregard

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Before visiting any schools, make a list of your most important questions.


nrolling in a new school is an important moment in a child’s life. Whether it’s elementary, middle or high school in a public, independent or religious setting, finding a nurturing and challenging institution is crucial. Atlanta offers a wealth of school options, including college preparatory, cultural immersion and experiential learning. The variety means parents need to know what type of school they’re looking for and the options available.

“The process is far easier when families know what they are looking for in a school,” says Brian Uitvlugt, co-founder, vice president and CFO at Eaton Academy in Roswell.

MAKING A LIST Before visiting any schools, make a list of the most important qualities and programs they should have, ranging from a particular course of study to a strong athletics or music program.

Create a list of the child’s academic, social and emotional strengths and needs. Then compare and contrast the offerings of different schools and how they match to the list. “Factors such as student-to-teacher ratio, extracurricular offerings, availability of beforeand-after care, quality of the curriculum and the variety of programs offered will vary significantly from school to school,” Uitvlugt says. One of the best ways to ensure that a school meets a child’s needs is to include the child in the selection process. Start by asking the student about subjects he or she is passionate about or finds difficult, what hobbies, sports or outdoor activities he or she enjoys and for teens, if they have specific career goals and post-secondary plans. “If the entire family gets involved, then the process becomes an opportunity for positive growth and can lead to success,” says Wendy Williams, an educational consultant and founder of Williams Educational Consultants, a Roswell firm assisting parents making school choices. Learning about the quality public schools in an area is another good place to start. Begin by finding out which schools serve the neighborhood by checking the local district’s website, says Courtney Burnett, community liaison for City Schools of Decatur. Parents can also visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website ( to compare public schools in their district with other systems in the state. If you want to explore independent schools that may be a good fit, the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools ( and the Georgia Independent School Association ( are good places to start.

PAYING A VISIT It’s critical to learn about a school’s mission and values firsthand and also to get a feel for how the students and adults interact, so after doing the homework, it’s time to visit each prospective school on the list. “Often, schools have special potentialparent tours,” says Burnett. “These are great to see the school, meet the administration and see classrooms in action.” Many schools encourage parents to make appointments for personal tours as well, and invite prospective families to attend open house events that offer an overview of the school’s climate and offerings. Parents can also request that their child shadow another student at the prospective school. “It is very important for the parents and the student to get their own feel of the school’s ‘vibe,’” Uitvlugt says. During these visits, both you and your child should be prepared to ask a lot of questions. It’s | Newcomer Magazine | 21

helpful to bring a core set of questions in writing to each visit and record the answers to help with comparisons later. Checklists of suggested questions are available (see sidebar), but taking the time to develop additional ones of your own will help you make a decision best suited to your child’s individual needs and goals. In addition to visiting a prospective school’s campus during a school day, it’s helpful to check out its extracurricular activities. “I highly recommend that families attend sporting events, plays or musicals to learn about a school’s community and athletic or artistic talents,” Williams says. Attending an extracurricular activity is also a good way to meet other parents, who can be an invaluable resource for assessing a school. You can also gain insights by attending a PTA or booster club meeting, or even just stopping by at pickup or dropoff time to chat. After each visit, sit down with your child and create a chart of each school’s strengths and weaknesses. Along with academic and extracurricular offerings, factor in such elements as travel time to and from the school, classroom and school size and, for an independent school, the costs involved. Review your finances to determine what commitment your family can reasonably make and whether or not to seek scholarship support. Another thing to remember is that especially at some independent schools or those with specialized programs, places may be in high demand and admissions highly competitive. It’s wise to have at least one alternate choice in mind in the event that things do not go as planned with your preferred school, and be sure your child’s name is added to any waiting list.

It’s wise to have more than one school choice in mind.

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Session 1 - June 12-23 Session 2 - June 26-July 7 Held on the campus of The Bedford School in Fairburn 5665 Milam Road Fairburn, GA 30213 770-774-8001 •

SEEKING OUTSIDE HELP So many factors play a role in choosing a school that parents may want to consider hiring an educational consultant, either to help review options or to give another perspective. Williams says her goal is to make the selection process easier. She visits local schools to understand an institution’s academic rigor and social personality. Educational consultants offer services ranging from school assessments to student needs assessment and test preparation. The Independent Educational Consultants Association’s website ( offers an exhaustive list of educational consultants both nationally and statewide, as well as resources for parents. In the end, says Burnett, choosing a school is a personal decision.By taking time to think about and investigate the different options, and to ask the right questions of teachers, staffers and parents, the right choice can be made for everyone.

SIX QUESTIONS FOR A PROSPECTIVE SCHOOL 1. What is the school’s educational philosophy or mission? 2. Is the school accredited, and if so, by which organizations? 3. How does the school help students meet grade-level standards? Does this include gifted/talented or other programs for exceptional students or support systems for those with learning difficulties or other challenges? 4. Are there any extracurricular programs, such as arts, science or sports? 5. How do students get to school? 6. What are the school’s safety and security procedures? | Newcomer Magazine | 23


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Christ-Centered Learning in Marietta By Michelle Bourg


s the educational arm of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, the mission of Marietta’s Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is “to provide a truly Christ-centered education…through an environment that develops and encourages academic excellence, spiritual growth, and a lifelong love and desire for learning.” Says Jim Callis, head of school: “Mt. Bethel was created to accomplish something not possible at larger, secular schools—to know a child well and to place Christ at the center of that relationship.” Mt. Bethel’s history goes back to the 1970s, when the school operated as a highly respected preschool. In 1997, MBUMC undertook a feasibility study on the prospect of extending the school’s reach into the upper grades, and in the fall of 1998 the Academy was founded with two kindergarten classes. The school now serves over 650 students. Classes for junior kindergarten through eighth grade are held in the main campus on Lower Roswell Road, and those for grades 9-12 on the upper school campus on Post Oak Tritt Road. The combined facilities offer visual arts studios, performing arts facilities, a video production studio, fitness centers, a pool and two stocked lakes for recreation and nature study. At Mt. Bethel, Christianity is not just a subject added to a secular curriculum, but a worldview that informs every subject. The collegepreparatory curriculum stresses critical thinking, reasoning, and communication; parental involvement, individual responsibility and small class sizes are cornerstones of its academic structure. “Within our school family, children are challenged and nurtured to reach their full potential as they learn to lead like Christ did, by putting others ahead of themselves,” says Callis. The Academy offers a rigorous and well-rounded program of study.

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Hands-on activities and field trips empower students to apply their skills in the real world. Beginning in the fifth grade, students participate in the 1:1 Laptop program, enabling them to use technology both as a learning tool and an organizational aid. Honors and AP classes are available, and the upper school offers a challenging four-year STEM honors program with engineering and biomedical tracks. In addition to the academic curriculum, Mt. Bethel offers a number of co-curricular activities designed to augment what students learn in the classroom. It features an extensive athletic program for girls and boys in both the middle and upper schools that includes swimming, basketball, archery, cross-country, equestrian, baseball, tennis and more. Opportunities are available in both the visual arts and in the performing arts of chorus, band, and drama. Other activities include the robotics, outdoors, home economics and book clubs, honor society and the yearbook. Another feature that especially sets the school apart is its strong sense of community. Inclusion and respect are core values, and faculty members place great importance on a personal relationship with each child. The family’s role in every child’s education is of primary importance here, and is yet another reason why Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is so special. Says Callis, “This type of education has always been valuable, but it has never been more important.” N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: Junior Kindergarten through 12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1 (average) Tuition: $9950-$14,430 Location: Marietta

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Atlanta’s 10 Best Outdoor Attractions By Michelle Bourg

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SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.

Whether you’ve been busy unpacking or working behind a desk all week, it’s time to take a break and recharge your batteries with some fresh air. Fortunately, Atlanta boasts a multitude of outdoor attractions that let you soak up some sun and enjoy a nice spring breeze while getting to know your new city. On the pages that follow, we highlight 10 of the metro area’s most popular spots for walking, hiking, catching a game, shooting the rapids and much, much more.

TOP PHOTO: Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA BELTLINE One of the most extensive urban redevelopment projects in the country, the Atlanta Beltline comprises 22 miles of reclaimed railroad corridor; when complete, it will encircle the city and link 45 neighborhoods, numerous parks, and additional trails. But the Beltline is more than just a trail; it’s the place where “Atlanta comes together” and a fun and unique way to experience the city. From the pathway, you can take the family to the playgrounds and skate park at Historic Fourth Ward Park, visit the Carter Center, or stop for brunch or drinks on the patio at some of the city’s best eateries. It’s also a destination space for performances, art exhibits, and events such as yoga classes or the Lantern Walk. Of course, you can always just walk, rollerblade or ride your bike and enjoy the scenery, spring weather and Atlanta skyline. Be sure to visit the website to view and download a map before hitting the trail. You can also register for a bus, bike or walking tour to familiarize yourself with everything the Beltline has to offer. 404-477-3003,

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN The Garden is one of Atlanta’s most beautiful spots, with more than 30 acres of gardens, greenhouses and woodlands. Notable are the formal Levy Parterre with its fountain sculpture by Dale Chihuly, and the Fuqua Orchid Center, housing the largest permanent display of these flowers in the U.S. The Kandeda Canopy Walk lets visitors traipse among the treetops for an aerial view of the gardens. Back on the ground, there’s the Longleaf Restaurant or Quick Café, a gift shop, and a welcoming staff of experts happy to provide tips for your own garden. The Garden also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including concerts, art exhibits, cocktail functions and seminars. Springtime events include the annual Orchid Daze and the Atlanta Blooms spring flower exhibit. A second location of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is located in Gainesville, approximately 90 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. A community and educational center, it hosts a series of adult classes | Newcomer Magazine | 27

Catch a concert under the stars by top international acts at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

The famous carving at Stone Mountain Park is the largest of its kind in the world.

and family programs. In addition to outdoor gardens, it features a model train garden and the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast, dedicated to the propagation of endangered plants. Atlanta: 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. 404-876-5859, Gainesville: 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville. 404-888-4760 Both:


CHASTAIN MEMORIAL PARK At 268 acres, Chastain is Atlanta’s largest city park. Centrally located just north of the Buckhead district, it’s home to walking paths, an amphitheater for major concerts, a tennis center, an equestrian center and a golf course. (Each facility is individually managed, so be sure to check in advance for hours and public access policies). Area kids helped design the new 40,000-square-foot playground, showcasing a wheelchair-accessible tree house, roller slides, a climbing wall, and an outdoor piano and music-making area. 140 W. Wieuca Road, Atlanta. 404-237-2177,

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA A series of connected sites along the Chattahoochee River (“the Hooch”), the Recreation Area stretches roughly 48 miles from Cobb County to Lake Lanier. Along its length are varying opportunities for walking and running, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding, as well as 28 | Newcomer Magazine |

A sun-drenched day on Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill.

picnicking and wildlife watching. The most popular unit is Cochran Shoals/Columns Drive, situated near Powers Ferry Road and I-285 in Marietta. Here, a wheelchair-accessible flat dirt path stretches north along the river for roughly three miles, connecting to additional walking paths and hiking trails. At the Jones Bridge unit in John’s Creek, you’re likely to encounter deer in the woods along the hiking trails or as you fish for trout in the river. 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs. 678-538-1200,

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK Located 25 miles east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is actually the world’s largest mass of exposed granite, etched with a high-relief carving covering three acres and depicting Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback. View the carving from the Memorial Lawn and then head to the summit by cable car or walking trail for views stretching to the Appalachian foothills. Back on ground level, you can ride the park’s full-size locomotive before taking advantage of the park’s 15 miles of trails, picnic areas, res-

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Delta Classic Chastain; (Center) Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Ga.; (Bottom Right) Courtesy of Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Spring is here—time to “Play ball!” This April marks the debut of the Atlanta Braves in their new home at SunTrust Park near I-285 and I-75 in Cobb County near Cumberland Mall. This state-of-the-art stadium combines a classic look and feel with the latest technology for an unmatched fan experience and great sightlines for a clear view of every play. SunTrust Park anchors The Battery Atlanta, a lifestyle destination featuring shopping, entertainment, dining, and luxury residences—all a line drive away from the stadium gates. East side fans can take in a ballgame closer to home with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves at Cool-Ray Field in Lawrenceville, an intimate and welcoming park that provides a fun experience for everyone in the family. Atlanta Braves, 755 Battery Avenue, Atlanta. 404-522-7630, braves. com. Gwinnett Braves, 2500 Buford Drive NE, Lawrenceville. 678-277-0300,

Six Flags Over Georgia has over 300 acres of screaminducing excitement.

You can meet Atlanta’s most exotic residents at Zoo Atlanta.

SILVER COMET TRAIL This paved rail trail starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, 14 miles northwest of Atlanta, and extends westward 61 miles to the Alabama state line, where it connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail that leads to Anniston. The trail passes through miles of scenic woodlands and picturesque towns. With just a two percent grade, it’s virtually flat (a rarity for this area), wheelchair accessible, and dogs are permitted. Parking is available at the trailhead; some trailheads have picnic areas and restrooms. Along the way you’ll meet lots of fellow walkers, bicyclists, rollerbladers and horseback riders. Mavell and Cooper Lake Road SE, Smyrna. 404-875-7284, or


taurants, boating and fishing and two championship golf courses. At Historic Square, a village of restored historic buildings houses the largest collection of period furniture and decorations in the south, set around a working farmyard. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407,

BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO: Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta.

PIEDMONT PARK Located in the city’s center, Piedmont is Atlanta’s unofficial back yard and the setting for hundreds of annual events, including concerts, foot races, and festivals such as this May’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Here, you can stroll, rollerblade or bike while taking in Lake Clara Meer, landscaped plantings, and stonework walls and steps that date back to the 1895 Cotton States Exhibition. There are playgrounds, a dog park, and of course plenty of green space. Sports facilities include baseball and soccer fields, tennis, basketball and bocce courts and a pool. Before you go, stop by the Green Market for some farm-fresh produce, artisanal cheese, cut flowers and much more. 1071 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-875-7275,

Don’t wait until summer to get your thrill on: Six Flags opens in midMarch for even more fun. Just 10 minutes west of Atlanta in Austell, this 300-acre theme park boasts more than 40 rides and attractions, from the toddler-friendly Riverview Carousel to the SkyScreamer. Wooden coaster buffs will love the famous Georgia Cyclone. This year also sees the unveiling of the 4-D “Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.” The park is also home to Hurricane Harbor Water Park, opening in May for wild and wet excitement. And of course, there are souvenirs and cotton candy. 275 Riverside Parkway, SW, Austell, 770-739-3400,

ZOO ATLANTA Here you’ll meet more than 1000 exotic animals in carefully reproduced habitats, from the lions of the African Plains, to the silverback gorillas in the Ford African Rainforest, to the sun bears of the Asian Forest. There’s also a petting zoo with more familiar critters. But the stars are undoubtedly the giant pandas: Yang Yang, Lun Lun and their twins Xi Lun and Ya Lun. Zoo Atlanta is one of just four zoos in the country to host these special creatures. The zoo is located just south of I-20 inside Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest urban park. Its 131 wooded acres include children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, and the earthworks of Fort Walker, one of the city’s last remaining Civil War fortifications. There’s also a farmer’s market on Sundays from April through December and occasional festivals, including the Pickin’ in Grant Park BBQ and Blues Fest in May. 800 Cherokee Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-624-9453, | Newcomer Magazine | 29

Atlanta’s Iconic Restaurants Taste Some of Our Southern Charm By Camille Moore

Some restaurants are almost synonymous with Atlanta: so familiar, recognizable and well-established as to be iconic. The restaurants listed here are part of Atlanta’s heritage as a prime hub of flavor sensations. Each has a unique history and a story of how it became a staple in Atlanta. It’s a diverse group of eateries, whether your tastes are fine dining, good ole Southern cooking or a quick bite.

Peach Cobbler is the perfect ending to a classic Southern meal at Pittypat’s Porch.

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The cozy fireplace at the Colonnade greets diners with a bit of whimsy.

The Sun Dial Restaurant offers sweeping views of the city.

BOTTOM PHOTO: The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room Mention Mary Mac’s Tea Room and you’re likely to hear, “That place is so good!” Opened in 1945, Mary Mac’s is the last of 16 tearooms in Atlanta from the 1940s. It was declared to be to be “Atlanta’s Dining Room” by the Georgia House of Representatives in 2011. Entering through double doors, visitors instantly notice the walls adorned with newspaper mentions and an abundance of photos of public figures and families—all of whom have dined at Mary Mac’s. The restaurant is split into six dining rooms, each representing a location in Atlanta. The food at Mary Mac’s is the same as it was 60 years ago: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried green tomatoes and a complimentary basket of rolls, cornbread and cinnamon rolls. The latter, by the way, are quite addictive and menu favorites. 224 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, 404-876-1800,

chairs with classical music playing on the piano add to the ambience. The menu lists homemade breads, Southern salmon filet, Aunt Pittypat’s rib-eye steak and low country shrimp and grits. 25 Andrew Young International Boulevard, Atlanta, 404-525-8228,

Pittypat’s Porch

Sun Dial Restaurant

Frankly my dear, Pittypat’s Porch is a cherished Southern restaurant inspired by “Gone With the Wind.” The story is that when Scarlett visited Atlanta, she always stayed with Aunt Pittypat who cooked her delicious and traditional Southern meals. The antebellum-inspired restaurant channels Aunt Pittypat’s character with gracious hosts and a grand veranda for a prime view of the city. The white pillars surrounded by rocking

If you want to impress a date, celebrate an anniversary or witness a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of Atlanta’s opulent skyline— the Sun Dial Restaurant is the place to go. Located atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, this posh restaurant is the epitome of fine dining. The chefs use farm-to-table ingredients, and the restaurant was the winner of the 2015 Diners’ Choice award from OpenTable. The interior of

the modern restaurant exudes sophistication with rich textures, achromatic gray and neutral color schemes, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu favorites include tender veal chops, lamb burgers and fried chicken and waffles. The Westin Peachtree Plaza 210 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, 404-589-7506,

The Colonnade Restaurant Located on Cheshire Bridge Road, this familyfamily-owned- and -operated restaurant has been treating Atlanta since 1927. Serving homemade dressings, yeast rolls and generous portions of steak, chicken, seafood and pork, this classic restaurant offers familiar Southern fare. The open dining room, with 200-patron seating, is a perfect spot for families to gather after | Newcomer Magazine | 31

The Dwarf House is the birthplace of the famous Chick-fil-A chain.

The Varsity’s chili dogs and onion rings are famous the world over.

church. After dining, customers may walk over to a cozy room with a gray stone fireplace, and sip on drink specials of the day like a bikini martini or gin tin. 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, 404-874-5642,

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Opened in 1946, the Dwarf Grill eventually evolved to become the Chick-fil-A empire of “Eat Mor Chikin” fame. What makes today’s original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House location memorable is an unconventional menu compared to the familiar fast food choices. In addition to chicken sandwiches, nuggets and fries, the eatery serves burgers, macaroni and cheese and a hot brown platter— an open-faced chicken sandwich with gravy and strips of bacon. The cherry red brick establishment is authentic to its name with a red functional door for “little people.” The small door is so loved it has even been the backdrop to couples’ wedding photos. And if you’re craving a midnight snack, the Dwarf House is open 24 hours, Monday

The futuristic Polaris is a famous landmark on the Atlanta skyline.

menu to customers for more than 50 years. Famous television and movie star Nipsey Russell was also once a car hop at the Varsity. Before you dine, brush up on your Varsity lingo and have the correct order in mind! 61 North Avenue, Atlanta, 404-881-1706,

The Polaris at Hyatt Regency through Saturday. 461 N Central Ave, Hapeville, 404-762-1746,

The Varsity What’ll ya have? Naked dog, heavy dog or frosted orange? The original Varsity opened in 1928 and has hosted governors, entertainers and millions of citizens since its inception. This iconic restaurant is the world’s largest drive-in, accomodating 600 cars and 800 patrons on two acres. It is a popular destination after a Georgia Tech football game. The Atlanta eatery honors a long list of traditions including “curb men” or car hops who once sang and danced their way to fame. The most famous of the car hops was Flossy Mae, who sang the

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Ride the golden glass elevators to the 22nd floor of Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency and step into the legendary “Blue Dome.” Launched in 1967, the Polaris is a postcard image of Atlanta. The icon is featured on murals, souvenirs and the nightly news. It has been beacon of Atlanta for the last 50 years, a place where presidents and rock ’n’ roll royalty dined. The spaceship dome gives impeccable views of the city with a full rotation every 45 to 50 minutes. Visitors can enjoy a nightly cocktail hour and exquisite cuisine while socializing in the futuristic lounge. The Polaris is another vantage point for a panoramic view of Atlanta. 265 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 404-460-6425,

PHOTOS: (Top Right) Courtesy of Chick-fil-A; (Bottom Right) Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

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A beautiful day dawns over the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.


Six Picture-Perfect Georgia Getaways By Hope S. Philbrick

With your recent move to Atlanta, has it been a while since the two of you had some quality “couple time?” (Pizza and “Game of Thrones” doesn’t count). Time to pack the kids off to Grandma’s and get away for a memorable escape. From mountains to beaches, gardens to historic buildings, Georgia is full of destinations where sparks are sure to fly. 34 | Newcomer Magazine |

LEFT: (Top) A leisurely ride on horseback at Barnsley Resort; (Bottom) Sun-kissed beaches and sparkling pools grace the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort; RIGHT: (Top) Rooms are appointed with southern elegance at the Dresser Palmer House; (Bottom) A hot-air balloon lift is a spectacular sight at Callaway Gardens.

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Barnsley Gardens Resort; (Top Right) Christopher Hornaday Photography; (Bottom Right) Courtesy of Callaway Gardens.

Barnsley Resort Whether you stay for one night or a week, it’s easy to ignite romance at this 3,000-acre resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Canoodle in front of a fire in your private cottage. Go horseback riding along scenic trails. Play golf. Tour the history museum. Meander through 160-year-old gardens. Kayak on the lake. Savor a couples’ massage at the spa. Or enlist the help of the onsite concierge to help set the stage for romance, whether you’d like to return from a delicious dinner at the Rice House to find rose petals strewn across the bed, a picnic basket stocked with fixings for s’mores, or your claw foot tub decorated like a tiki hut. 877-773-2447,

Top Adventure course, with 10 zip-lines and 20 obstacles. If the weather looks frightful, explore the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel and the enclosed butterfly conservatory. Feast at any of the resort’s eleven restaurants, all dedicated to serving sustainably grown and regionally produced food whenever possible. Choose accommodations that are just right for you: Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas & Vacation Homes or The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens (which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection). 800-852-3810,

Callaway Gardens

Find your bliss at this historic bed and breakfast in Savannah, located one block from famed Forsyth Park. Built in 1876, this Italianate townhouse is now a spacious, upscale hideaway. Retreat into your private, individually decorated room and sink into a claw foot tub or king canopy bed. Each visit includes a gourmet breakfast and an evening social with wine

Love blooms at this 6,500-acre resort and preserve nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Explore the peaceful gardens and woodlands by car, foot or bike. Or you can play tennis or golf, or rent a boat and go fish. For a jolt of adrenaline, try the Tree-

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and hors d’oeuvres. Opt for plush chairs in front of a fireplace in the main room, or stroll into the charming Historic District, where entertainment options abound. Guests can also take a horse-drawn carriage tour or rent a scooter to see one of Georgia’s oldest cities, hop in unique boutiques, visit museums and dine at a restaurant, pub or bakery. Need help planning? If you want champagne and chocolates delivered upon arrival, that can be arranged, too. 912-238-3294,

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

The Lodge at Smithgall Woods If you like the idea of seclusion, try this former private estate. A wilderness retreat in Helen, the Lodge at Smithgall Woods is tucked into a protected 5,664-acre Heritage Preserve managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Six mountain cottages with a total of 17 bedrooms offer private baths; some cottages feature porches along the stream, while others boast private hot tubs. Elegant amenities await—this isn’t roughing it. The Smithgall Cottage has a touch of rustic elegance with large decks overlooking creeks and woodland vistas. Once tucked into a comfort-

PHOTO: GA Department of Natural Resources

Feeling like royalty comes naturally here, starting with the spectacular oceanfront setting. Guests have been lured to this St. Simons Island location since it first opened in 1935 as a private dance club. After transitioning into a resort before World War II, the King and Prince has built a reputation for elegance and Southern hospitality while serving as a haven for dignitaries, celebrities and discerning travelers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the resort offers multiple dining options and several different types of guestrooms, including suites and villas. Most rooms offer private patios or balconies, and villas feature private pools and hot tubs. The golf course occupies dramatic low country acreage and underwent an extensive restoration in 2009 and a second makeover in 2013. A relaxed vibe reverberates from the tee box to the tri-pool recreation area, from the stunning beach to the pampering spa, from the breakfast buffet to each cozy bed. 800-342-0212,

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able bed, listen to the creek babble a lullaby. A one-mile trail leads to Dukes Creek Falls. Hikers and bikers adore the five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads. Anglers may prefer catch-and-release fly fishing in one of north Georgia’s premier trout streams. 706-878-3087, smithgallwoods

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee At this haven on the shores of Lake Oconee (Georgia’s second largest lake), lavish yourself with the royal treatment you deserve but too rarely experience. The luxurious AAA Five Diamond resort boasts stunning décor, rich amenities, exceptional service and impressive attention to detail. Situated on 35 acres in Reynolds Plantation, a 10,000acre golf and lakefront community, the resort rests under towering pines and is surrounded by water on three sides. Each of the 251 guestrooms offers a private terrace, feather bed and dozens more scrumptious treats. Private cottages and a three-story private lake house are also available. While cuddling may be priority No. 1, you can also golf 99 championship-caliber holes, hike for miles, get pampered with any of 37 spa treatments or on of the spa’s various packages or group activities. Indulge at the Linger Longer Steakhouse and keep the kids entertained and having fun with the Ritz Kids program. 706-467-0600,

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THERE Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit

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MARTA Rail Service

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales

GETTING STARTED tax on vehicles. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.

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Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Driving Tips

The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting


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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information 770-720-2112

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY 706-276-2362 Amicalola EMC Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

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CABLE TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications


HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

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Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509

Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 25 Middle Schools High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816

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One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its County redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts Neighborhoods abundant parks and green space, of the Cherokee Nation. exceptional recreational programs Named after Thomas and top-notch schools, includWelch Cobb, the county ing Kennesaw State University. experienced a devastating Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil features shopping, dining and atWar when most of it was Schools tractions such as the Smithsoniandestroyed during the Battle affiliated Southern Museum of at Kennesaw Mountain. Median household income: $65,123 Civil War and Locomotive History, Today, Cobb County, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% tional Battlefield Park. est-growing counties in the Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 fers a quality of life unsurdelivers an amazing sense of style passed in the Southeast. More and love of life. The new Market than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N amidst urban settings. According to Galleria area. For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.



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Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 1 High Schools Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. 1534 Marietta City 1514 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY 770-974-5233 Acworth Power 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-942-6576 GreyStone Power Corp. Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T Comcast 404-266-2278 770-541-7235 MCI Worldcom Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

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CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000 | Newcomer Magazine | 43

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200

DeKalb County Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.

Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737


Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart

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Snapping Shoals EMC


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GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T



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DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 CABLE TV Charter Communication


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HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


Emory University Hospital


Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center


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Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509

The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students—the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosCounty pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools Hartsfield-Jackson Inter national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for the biomedical commuunincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, was $190,100.

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In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

Enabling Children with Learning Differences

to Succeed ✔ Pre-K through 8th Grade ✔ Small group instruction using multi-sensory techniques ✔ Academic programs matched to individual’s strengths Phone: 770-594-1313 I 200 Cox Rd. Roswell

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561 404-802-3500

Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY 404-669-3759 City of College Park City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278

Fulton County



CABLE TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 404-785-9500 at Hughes Spalding Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001

Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.

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Fulton County

Downtown Atlanta skyline




Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s

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One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at Phipps Plaza..

County Neighborhoods Schools

Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia Sowing the Seeds of Organic Learning All day, year-round, authentic Montessori program Montessori certified teacher in every classroom School leadership team with advanced academic degrees Extracurricular activities including art, karate, music, sports, and yoga offered at school Scientifically designed, hands-on, multisensory learning materials Flexible academic program schedules 6450 East Johns Crossing • Johns Creek, GA 30097 • 770-814-8001 •

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Olivia Newton-John, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The singer and actress, best known for her roles in “Grease” and “Xanadu,” performs. April 9, 800-745-3000,

Billy Crystal, Fox Theatre The Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian, actor and host performs on his Spend the Night With Billy Crystal Tour. April 27, 855-285-8499,

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Philips Arena

Fast Track 5K, Downtown Duluth

PHOTO:City of Duluth

The legendary classic rock band celebrates 40 years of hits. Joe Walsh also performs. April 27, 800-745-3000,

Neil Diamond, Philips Arena The award-winning singer and songwriter performs songs from his 50-year career. April 30, 800-745-3000,

Theater & Concerts Elvis Lives, Fox Theatre This award-winning theatrical attraction, billed as the ultimate Elvis tribute artist event, features a multimedia live musical extravaganza celebrating the career of the late Elvis Presley. March 9, 855-285-8499,

Celtic Woman, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The international musical sensation returns to Atlanta with a new show, “Voices of Angels,” honoring centuries of musical and cultural tradition. March 12, 800-745-3000,

the bill in this magical retelling of the classic tale. This production is a world premiere by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer, with music by Renee Clark. March 19-April 9, 404-733-5000,

Camino Real, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

14, 800-745-3000,

The Billy Goats Gruff, Conant Performing Arts Center

Duluth Summer Stage Concert, Duluth Town Green

Composer John Davies’ operatic adaptation of the classic fairy tale features a strong anti-bullying message that promotes the power of kindness. This event is part of the Capitol City Opera Company’s Opera Outreach for Children program. March 25, 678-301-8013,

Celebrate the start of summer with free live music on Duluth’s town green. May 20,

The Bodyguard, Fox Theatre

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Philips Arena

Grammy Award-nominated singer and actress Deborah Cox stars in this musical stage adaptation of the hit 1992 film, presented by Broadway in Atlanta. March 28–April 2, 855-285-8499,

Composer Ramin Djawadi leads a full orchestra and choir on a musical journey across the lands of the hit HBO series. March 14, 800-745-3000,

The Atlanta Ballet performs this lush adaptation of the play by Tennessee Williams. May 12-

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, Philips Arena Grammy Award-winning singer Lionel Richie performs as part of his All the Hits Tour, supported by special guest Mariah Carey. May 24, 800-745-3000,

Chris Rock, Fox Theatre Chris Rock returns to stand up comedy with his Total Blackout Tour. May 26-28, 855-285-8499,

The Bodyguard, Fox Theatre

Exhibits & Events

Gennadi’s Choice, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet’s new artistic director, Gennadi Nedvigin, presents a program of exciting performances, including a world premiere by rising choreographer Gemma Bond. March 17-19,

The Harlem Globetrotters, Philips Arena



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Cinderella and Fella, Alliance Theatre

The ball-handling wizards return with an allnew show filled with the entertaining antics fans of all ages have come to expect. March 11,

Space Mission, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Explore alien worlds, watch a LEGO rocket

Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art

launch into space, and build your very own intergalactic LEGO creations at this exciting new temporary exhibit. Opening March 18,

Healthy Habits Expo, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

Easter Egg Hunt, Lilburn City Park Visit with the Easter Bunny and find 12,000 eggs hidden in the park. Kids 12 and under will be grouped into categories by age, plus a special needs group. April 15, 770-921-2210,

Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays, Lilburn City Park Sample a variety of food trucks while enjoying music from local bands. Takes place the second Tuesday of each month. May 9-Oct. 10,


Spring Gala, Mason Art Gallery

Classic Cars in the Park, Lilburn City Park

Holy Spirit Preparatory School celebrates its 21st anniversary with an evening of dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions supporting staff professional development. April 29,

Celebrate Armed Forces Day and see a wide variety of collector cars, motorcycles and trucks.

Fine art meets pop culture at this show presented by Arlington Christian School and Operation Y.E.S. March 30, 770-964-9871,


A Short Drive Away

Enjoy exotic flavors from mobile vendors while enjoying live music and other fun activities every Friday through September 22. The first Friday of each month also features an outdoor movie screening at Flicks on the Bricks. May 5,

Learn how to make healthy choices for the whole family at this free event from 1 to 4 p.m. March 26, 770-536-1900,

Fusion, Fulton County Southwest Arts Center

Duluth City Days, Infinite Energy Arena Cheer on the Georgia Swarm lacrosse team and represent the city of Duluth! Proceeds go to local charities when you use the code “CODuluth.” April 1, 470-419-6277,

Duluth Rotary Car Show, Duluth Town Green View classic antiques, foreign sports cars, hot rods, muscle cars and more at this family-friendly event complete with food, raffles and other fun activities. April 8,

Food Truck Fridays, Downtown Duluth

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Fast Track 5K, Downtown Duluth Come out for an exhilarating, patrioticthemed race, part of Duluth’s Memorial Day celebration. The race and awards will be followed by a program honoring veterans and service members. May 27, 770-476-2013,

May 20, 770-921-2210,

Garden Jubilee, Hendersonville, NC This lawn and garden show is one-stop shopping for garden lovers, with more than 200 vendors selling plants, lawn furniture, garden tools, yard art, jewelry and much more. May 2728,

Songbirds Guitar Museum, Chattanooga, TN Peruse a collection of nearly 300 rare and vintage guitars at this exhibit located on the campus of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. The museum opens March 10. Ongoing, 423-531-2473, | Newcomer Magazine | 49


Mayfield Dairy Tours W

hether we’re pouring it over our cereal in the morning, mixing it into a smoothie or dunking our favorite cookies, Americans enjoy a lot of milk— almost 6.5 billion gallons per year. By taking a tour of the Mayfield Dairy, located just an hour’s By Michelle Bourg drive northeast of Atlanta in Braselton, visitors can view the largest dairy facility in the Southeast and see just how milk gets from the farm to the fridge. During the 40-minute tour, guests watch a video on the history of Mayfield Dairy, from its beginnings in 1910 with T.B. Mayfield’s herd of 45 Jersey cows to its high-tech present as one of the country’s leading dairies. Then it’s time to track the process in person as the milk arrives in gleaming tanker trucks, passes through inspections and the pasteurization process, and finally is poured into those famous yellow Mayfield jugs for shipping to stores across the South. Along the way, kids especially will enjoy stopping to go back to the bygone days of dairy farming by trying their hand at milking Bella the cow. Bella is always ready to be milked and is great with kids of all ages (she’s mechanical). But everyone’s favorite part of the tour is the “cool” finale: a visit to the Visitor Center ice cream parlor for a free scoop of the ice cream Time magazine voted “Best in America.” The only hard part is choosing your favorite flavor. Enjoy your scoop at one of the indoor or outdoor tables or benches and then pick up a fun souvenir of your visit at the gift shop, which also features Georgia-themed gift items and works by local artists. Tours are offered hourly on weekdays except Wednesdays at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4-12 and include one scoop of ice cream per person. (The ice cream parlor is also open independently of the tours and offers single scoops for $2.50, double scoops for $3.50 and milkshakes for $4.50). The Mayfield Dairy Visitors Center is located at 1160 Broadway Ave. in Braselton, GA. For information call (706) 654-9180 or visit

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Newcomer Magazine | Spring 2017  

Atlanta’s new resident relocation guide for businesses and families moving to Metro Atlanta.

Newcomer Magazine | Spring 2017  

Atlanta’s new resident relocation guide for businesses and families moving to Metro Atlanta.