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Spring 2020 CONTENTS FEATURES Atlanta Insider’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Atlanta’s Top Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..30

From dining to landmarks, our crash course will fill you in on all the things you need to know to feel like a “real” Atlantan in no time.

Check out our list of 20 of Atlanta’s must-see sites, from world-class museums to theme parks and other family-friendly destinations.

The Montessori Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Escape to Hilton Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

Discover how Montessori education nurtures the whole child with a hands-on approach to learning with freedom and structure.

With golf, tennis, dining and more, Hilton Head is much more than just a beach destination. Discover all that this coastal jewel has to offer.




DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Despite its status as an inland city, Atlanta’s lakefront communities offer luxurious amenities and relaxed lifestyles for those looking for a home on the water.

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Ranked as one of the nation’s safest cities, Roswell offers recreation, fine dining and a dash of Southern charm.

Restaurant Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Culinary influences from Maine and Georgia mingle in harmony on the menu at Scout, located in Decatur’s hip Oakhurst district.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map of metro Atlanta and much more.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 With a strong focus on experiential learning and a connection to the

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

environment on its 42-acre campus, High Meadows School helps children develop to their full potential.

With an untamed landscape, lakes, trails and more, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area offers adventure just a short drive from the city.

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PHOTO: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

PHOTO: CURE Childhood Cancer

Rub elbows with other young professionals while helping children in need during the fourth annual Spring Fever event benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer. Guests will enjoy live music, great food and cocktails, interactive games and an expansive silent auction of sports memorabilia, travel options, jewelry and exclusive gift items. March 27 at American Spirit Works. For tickets and other information, visit curechildhoodcancer.org/spring-fever.


Kids of all ages learn how to work together in the fun new exhibit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer. Channel your inner Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello or Michelangelo as you test your reaction time in a pizzagrabbing game, navigate a back-alley rope maze and build shapes, arches and tunnels out of sewer pipe. Through May 10 at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

PHOTO: Dustin Grau Photography

A Crash Course in The Arts

Putting The Fun in Friday Downtown Duluth is the place to be every Friday, May through August, as Fridays-NDuluth conjures a family-friendly environment filled with food trucks and live music. It all kicks off May 1 with games, a lantern-making station and a lantern parade. The last Friday of each month brings Block Party on Main, featuring a festive, street-fair atmosphere that’s both family-friendly and free. For more information, visit duluthga.net. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

Every year, students at Woodward Academy get an in-depth look at the world of artistic expression during Experience the Arts Day. Student painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and other artists showcase their crafts in front of and inside the school’s visual and performing arts building, as other students take in the array of canvases, art bords, sculptures, pottery and more. This year’s Experience the Arts Day takes place April 15. For more information, call 404765-4000 or visit woodward.edu. Historic College Park Home

inFOCUS Making Sense of The Senses


Think you know everything your senses can tell you? The interactive exhibit Our Senses: An Immersive Experience takes visitors through funhouse-style situations that explore the way our brains make sense of the data we receive through our sensory perceptions. See how different the world can look when illuminated in different colors, and experience the secret sights, sounds and smells that other species know. Through May 3 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.

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Located in the heart of downtown, Centennial Olympic Park is a lasting legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At its heart is the Fountain of Rings, where the water dances in a synchronized ballet with music, sound and light effects, four times a day, 365 days per year. In warmer months, the fountain is one of the most unique and fun ways for kids—and grownups—to cool off from the summer heat. gwcca.org/centennial-olympic-park

ATLANTA By Rachael Mason

No doubt about it, Atlanta can be an intimidating place. There’s so much to take in that it’s easy to feel like an outsider. To help you start feeling like a true local, we’ve broken down what makes our city special: its essential dining experiences, sites that add a little history to your new home and the five things every true Atlantan has to do. Follow these helpful suggestions and you’ll be feeling like an insider in no time.

WALK UP STONE MOUNTAIN Standing at the top of Stone Mountain offers an unparalleled view of not just the Atlanta skyline but the entire surrounding area. If you can’t handle hiking the incline, you can ride to the top in a cable car, but keep in mind that you won’t get “I climbed Stone Mountain” bragging rights. stonemountainpark.com

LEARN SOME SOUTHERN HISTORY The metro Atlanta area is rich with history. Learn more about one of the city’s most famous residents at the Martin Luther King. Jr. Center (thekingcenter.org). At the Atlanta History Center, check out exhibits illuminating the Civil War and the city’s fascinating post-antebellum story and tour some of Atlanta’s grandest historic homes. atlantahistorycenter.com

CATCH A BRAVES GAME AT TRUIST PARK There’s nothing quite like an Atlanta Braves home game, especially now that the Braves are in their new home at Truist Park. The fun starts long before first pitch with a stroll through The Battery Atlanta, a lifestyle destination surrounding the park filled with dining, shopping and special activities galore. Inside the park, you’ll feel right on top of the action, as it boasts some of the best sightlines in the major leagues. atlantabraves.com


Take a stroll along the BeltLine, a 22-mile paved trail constructed from reclaimed railroad corridors that links 45 neighborhoods, numerous parks and additional trails. Be sure to stop for lunch on the patio at one of the many eateries along the way (beltline.org). Admire the stunning flower gardens at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabg.org) and spend an afternoon walking, biking, picnicking or just people-watching at the city’s favorite greenspace, Piedmont Park. piedmontpark.org 10 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com


The Varsity is Atlanta’s iconic fast food joint, in operation since 1928. The flagship location on North Avenue is billed as the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, sitting on more than two acres and able to accommodate more than 800 customers at a time. In addition, servers and savvy customers speak their own special lingo. Try the Frosted Orange, a frozen treat that tastes like a Creamsicle, only better. thevarsity.com

GRAB A BURGER AT THE VORTEX This attitude-heavy restaurant and bar (patrons must be 18 or older) serves up some of the best burgers in town, including the Classic Bypass, a half-pound sirloin patty topped with a fried egg, three slices of American cheese and four slices of bacon, served with mayo on the side. Two locations. thevortexatl.com

DINE AT BACCHANALIA This upscale establishment is the city’s premiere fine-dining restaurant. Each night, chefs Anne Quatrano and Jonathan Kallini create a different seasonal menu. The four-course meal, which costs $95 per person, includes two small appetizers, an entrée, a cheese course and dessert. starprovisions.com/bacchanalia

GIVE BACK AT STAPLEHOUSE Located in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, this eatery has garnered several rave reviews and awards since opening in 2016, and its tasting

PHOTOS: #2, Kevin C. Rose Atlanta Photos.com

EXPLORE BUFORD HIGHWAY You don’t have to travel around the world to enjoy a wealth of international cuisine. Buford Highway offers a diverse cornucopia of authentic ethnic fare, from Korean barbecue and Vietnamese noodle bowls to Chinese kabobs, Cajun crawfish and Mexican menudo with handmade tortillas.

menu changes regularly. But Staplehouse started as an underground supper club founded by Ryan and Jen Hidinger. Ryan died of cancer in 2014, but his legacy lives on with the restaurant and The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit started to aid metro Atlanta restaurant industry employees who face unexpected hardships. All after-tax profits from Staplehouse benefit The Giving Kitchen. staplehouse.com u

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THE BIG CHICKEN This giant bird, which adorns a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in neighboring Marietta, won’t teach you anything new about Atlanta, but it’s one of those things you have to see to believe, and is more than worth the drive to the suburbs. marietta.com/ attractions/ the-big-chicken


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached non-violence at this historic church, which has PHOTOS: #1, Kevin C. Rose Atlanta Photos.com; #5, Courtesy of Atlanta History Center

been operating since 1866. Today, you can still visit the church on Auburn Avenue and take part in its services. ebenezeratl.org

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CNN CENTER Distinguished by a giant outdoor CNN logo, the cable empire’s world headquarters offers behindthe-scenes tours of several of its newsrooms. The space also includes a number of shops and restaurants and is connected to the Omni Hotel and State Farm Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. center.cnn.com

THE GOLD DOME The Georgia State Capitol shines brightly in the Atlanta skyline due to the gold paneling on its dome. The Capitol also houses a museum where flags, artwork and other historic artifacts are displayed. atlanta.net/partner/ georgia-state-capitol/48/

MARGARET MITCHELL HOUSE At this historic landmark, you can see the apartment where author Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind.” The space has been preserved with period furnishings and original architectural features. The remainder of the building and an addition next door serve as a museum dedicated to Mitchell’s work. atlantahistorycenter.com

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Chestatee Golf Club has a private marina with a boat ramp and covered and uncovered slips.

Chestatee Golf Club's golf course includes beautiful views of Lake Lanier.

The scenery at Chestatee Golf Club.


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. They range from clubhouses to marinas to golf courses to hiking trails, offering a variety of activities for residents young and old. The following developments offer the opportunity to get your feet wet right outside your front door. 14 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

CHESTATEE GOLF CLUB Located an hour from Atlanta, Lake Lanier is “Georgia’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 top-tier amenities with small-town style. With a private marina, boat ramp and 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 awardwinning, 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 gatherings. There’s also the Heron Grille restaurant for dinner and drinks. The club even rents out its clubhouse for weddings and events. Of course, Chestatee’s recreational experience is matched by its homes. Residents can retreat to spacious Craftsman-style houses, tailored to 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

PHOTOS: (opposite) Big Canoe Co., LLC

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double ovens and covered porches or decks. New construction is underway in several neighborhoods, and prime lots are available at prices from about $40,000 to $300,000. Away from it all yet accessible, Chestatee is just off Georgia 400 and 25 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. 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville, GA. 706-216-7336, chestatee.net or chestateegolfclub.com

north of the city in the town of Jasper, this private gated community covers 8,000 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 Home Builders Association with several OBIE Awards. Big Canoe offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails, a fitness center, three pools, tennis and pickleball 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

BIG CANOE In Atlanta, the name Big Canoe is synonymous with luxurious outdoor living. An hour’s drive

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 with access to the golf course, trails or greenspace to waterfront access. Lots range from $35,000 to $400,000 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. Home prices range from $300,000 to $1.6 million. Big Canoe Building Group is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, a State-Certified EarthCraft


Golf at Lake Sconti, Big Canoe. Interior of a new home at Big Canoe.

Exterior of a new home at Big Canoe.

Lake Disharoon, Big Canoe.

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CANOE CLUB Not all of metro Atlanta’s waterfront properties are on the north side. Just 30 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 5,500-square-foot clubhouse with an extensive fitness center and a gathering area with a catering kitchen and a coffee bar. Adjacent is a community lawn perfect for neighborhood get-togethers or games. There is

PHOTO: Big Canoe Co., LLC

Builder and are National Association of Homebuilders Certified Green Professionals. Sound intriguing? A great way for prospective buyers to get to know Big Canoe is the Discovery Package, which costs $475 and 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 or two-hour tennis/pickleball reservation 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, bigcanoe.com

Lake Petit, Big Canoe


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also a four-lane lap pool, four lighted tennis courts and canoe storage. All these benefits helped make Canoe Club Fayette’s top-selling community, according to its website. Known for a welcoming atmosphere and relaxed pace, the surrounding area showcases golf, shopping at Fayette Pavilion or The Avenue Peachtree City and concerts at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. Awardwinning schools, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Porsche Cars North American headquarters are all just minutes away. Canoe Club homebuyers choose from 21 different plans designed by Georgia’s premier builders. All homes are set on expansive oneacre 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. Homes are priced from the $400s to the $700s. 110 Reflections Point, Fayetteville, GA. 770-843-1390, thecanoeclub. newhomesdivisionga.com 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.

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SPOTLIGHT Roswell By Todd DeFeo


Chef Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux

istory runs deep in Roswell, but the city also has a decidedly modern but casual vibe. It’s probably no surprise the local Convention and Visitors Bureau chose “At Your Natural Pace” for its tagline. This city of about 95,000 residents sits about 22 miles north of downtown Atlanta, making it ideal for those who work in Atlanta or the Perimeter region. Couple its location with the fact that Roswell routinely ranks among the safest cities to live in the United States, and it’s easy to see why Roswell is such a popular destination.

THE INSIDE TRACK Roswell has about a half dozen art galleries, including Ann Jackson Gallery, which has exhibited the works of Ringo Starr and Dr. Seuss.

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The Park at Historic Roswell on Woodstock Street is within walking distance of downtown Roswell and features townhouses with large gourmet kitchens and outdoor living spaces. Prices start in the $500s. The gated Roswell Towneship community features two- and three-story townhouses starting in the high $300s and is located just three miles from downtown Roswell. Oak Crossing on Myrtle Street features townhouses with gourmet kitchens and spacious floor plans. Its offerings start in the low $500s.

Dining The epicenter of Roswell’s culinary scene is Canton Street, which the Georgia Planning Association has been recognized as a “Great Street.” The thoroughfare is home to more than 30 restaurants, including the award-winning Table & Main. The Southern-style tavern and bourbon bar offers favorites such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits and a burger that’s been named a “most iconic burger” by Eater Atlanta. For those looking for flavors from a bit farther south, Ceviche Taqueria and Margarita Bar offers modern Mexican fare and a full complement of margaritas. After dinner, head to Chef

Brulée Chocolates and Gâteaux to sample some of chef Natalya Shapiro’s signature lines of handcrafted artisan chocolates.

Cultural Attractions Roswell is home to 22 parks with 918 acres of active and passive parkland. One must-see park is Old Mill Park, home to the ruins of the Roswell Mills, which Union troops burned during the Civil War. Another outdoor attraction is the Chattahoochee Nature Center, sitting on 127 acres along the Chattahoochee River. The center includes woodland trails that are home to more than 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. Back inside, the 600-seat Roswell Cultural Arts Center hosts performances yearround by several groups.

Neighborhood Treasures Roswell is also home to three antebellum homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation—affectionately known as the Southern Trilogy. These beautiful homes host special events year-round, including garden tours, cooking classes, brunch lectures and the annual Fall Farm Days with fun for the family including a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, wagon rides and more. N Canoeing on the Chattahoochee River PHOTO: Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau

Table & Main

PHOTO: Ryan Pernice

Bulloch Hall

PHOTO: Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau


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ooking at Atlanta’s educational landscape means realizing there are many types of schools with descriptions that may sound somewhat familiar: magnet, charter and special needs, just to name a few. One type of school that’s gaining more popularity in the metro area is Montessori education, named for Maria Montessori, 20 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com

an Italian physician and educator. These independent schools are ingrained in the concept that children learn best through hands-on exploration that they follow at their own pace. While they are perhaps best known for educating children in the preschool and elementary levels, Montessori schools and methods have been implemented up through the

high school level. At each level, the focus is as much on social, physical, and emotional development as academics. Life skills, responsibility and respect for the environment are taught alongside more traditional subjects, such as science, mathematics, history and language, creating a student that is truly well-rounded in both academic studies and emotional maturity.

THE MOST RELIABLE SIGN OF A SCHOOL’S ADHERENCE TO MONTESSORI PRINCIPLES IS CERTIFICATION: MONTESSORI TEACHERS ARE TRAINED AND CERTIFIED IN THE MONTESSORI METHOD. Learning objectives are accomplished through experiential, practical and sensory activities in an organized setting.

COMBINING STRUCTURE AND FREEDOM Unlike traditional public or independent schools, Montessori schools operate in different and unique ways. Generally speaking, classrooms are less rigid, and the student, not the teacher, is the focus. Instead of seeing rows of children sitting at desks, you’ll see pupils grouped by age ranges rather than grades, and they’re allowed to work and think independently. Montessori students are given the chance to learn from their own mistakes and grasp concepts at their own pace. Essentially, this comes down to the child learning, understanding and using specific skills, rather than focusing on tests and forgetting that information the moment the exam is finished. Instead of giving a lecture or handing out assignments, teachers work one-on-one with students, providing guidance when necessary, like presenting a new topic or a new challenge to meet when a child is ready. No grades are awarded, and there are no limits on how long a child follows a particular area of interest. At Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia, children work in one of three classroom community age groups. These groups range from 8 weeks to 15 months, 12 months to 36 months, and 2 and a half to 6 years old. Children are free to explore activities that interest them and may work on as many activities as they like. That mix of freedom and structure allows teachers to pay attention to changes in the development of their students and to adapt their lessons accordingly. It’s an approach that helps students grow not just academically, but personally. Allowing young students to choose the activities that interest them most has led to many misunderstandings about Montessori education—specifically, that it lacks the structure and out-of-school opportunities that

students in public or private schools receive. This couldn’t be further from the truth, says Lucy Bennett, director of communications at Arbor Montessori. “There’s a common misconception that with Montessori education we let them be completely independent; that there’s no discipline or guidance,” she says. “But we give freedom and limits.”

WHOLE-CHILD FOCUS One of the main foundations of the Montessori experience is the concept of educating the whole child. That extends to topics that may not be part of a textbook curriculum. “Maria Montessori observed children

scientifically based on her background and experiences as a doctor,” said Debra Markham, Johns Creek Montessori’s director. “She was not looking at just the academic or cognitive development of the child. She was looking at how a child achieves independence, autonomy and resilience.” Part of that understanding comes from learning and emulating positive character traits such as respectfulness, kindness and helpfulness. “Maria Montessori would say those children already have that,” Markham said. “It’s just they haven’t been given the opportunity. They have not yet become ‘normalized.’ The ‘normalized’ child is their true self. They have

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been given the opportunity and freedom to develop in ways that help them achieve what she believes was intrinsic to every child.” In addition to cultivating children’s minds, Montessori schools make physical activity a priority, as well. Instead of taking in information from textbooks or computers, students learn by working with materials in a tactile, hands-on environment. That may involve stacking blocks, organizing movable letters or learning to count with tiny animal figures. Montessori materials engage children’s different senses, helping them to comprehend through activity and experience. Montessori students learn across a wide range of subjects, just like their counterparts at more traditional schools. At Arbor Montessori, “We have art, music, Spanish, and an athletics program,” says Bennett. “Montessori schools in the area are very robust in the same way independent schools are.”

SELECTING A SCHOOL One question parents may ask is: Will this approach be the right fit for my child? After all, every kid learns in his or her own way.

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 • www.JCMSOG.org

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Montessori educators encourage parents to ask questions and talk about their child’s learning style, habits and home environment when visiting a school. Does your child learn better in a group setting or on their own? Do they like to stay in one place or do they need to move around? Children who operate with few boundaries at home may not flourish within the structure of a Montessori school, and children used to very strict guidelines may have trouble adapting to a self-directed setting that allows them the freedom to explore on their own. When considering a Montessori school, it’s important to understand that not all of them are the same. Since the term is not trademarked, any school can refer to itself by that name. Some may claim to follow an “alternative” or “hybrid” Montessori program, or offer Montessori instruction for just part of the day. The most reliable sign of a school’s adherence to Montessori principles is certification: Montessori teachers are trained and certified in the Montessori method. What’s more, schools that have been accredited by organizations such as the Association Montessori Interna-

tional (co-founded by Maria Montessori) and the American Montessori Society have been determined to operate in accordance with Montessori standards.

WHAT LIES AHEAD In the end, says Julie Strickland, assistant to the head of school and communications director at Springmont School, the Montessori approach helps prepare students for the rigors of high school and higher education in ways they might not learn in a more traditional setting. “I think the most important thing is we teach the students here to build relationships with their teachers,” she said. “They don’t see them as adversaries or so authoritarian. They see them as people that can help them with difficulties in learning. They see them as collaborative and helpful. It just feels different. “It’s really unique to the Montessori environment that the students work with their teachers for three years or at least two years. They have a very strong relationship with their teachers. They trust them and respect them. It’s just a different style with working with a grownup in a school.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION American Montessori Society 212-358-1250, amshq.org Association Montessori International USA 703-746-9919, amiusa.org Arbor Montessori School 404-321-9304, arbormontessori.org Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia 770-814-8001, jcmsog.com Springmont School 404-252-3910, springmont.com TURN TO PAGE 24 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MONTESSORI EDUCATION SCHOOLS.

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ENDEAVOR MONTESSORI IN DUNWOODY is a new school that offers a modernized Montessori approach for infants through lower elementary-aged children. With an innovative curriculum designed by early childhood education experts, Endeavor Montessori focuses on providing an education that enables children to reach their full intellectual and personal potential.

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Endeavor Montessori classroom, teachers take the time to understand how each child learns best to accommodate their learning style and interests. They then create a plan for children that enables them to thoroughly grasp subjects while enjoying the learning process. Full of confidence and curiosity, children are excited to move onto the next subject.

COMBINING MONTESSORI WITH STEAM Endeavor Montessori offers a learning environment where children are exposed to appropriate levels of technology, integrated seamlessly into an enhanced Montessori curriculum. This approach, along with a Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) program, addresses the demands placed by modern education, while also strengthening children’s innate desire to seek knowledge on their own and find the answers to their own questions. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

SHAPING FUTURE WORLD CITIZENS One of Endeavor Montessori’s main goals is to develop self-directed citizens of the world. In addition to extensive foreign language training, culture and diversity will be celebrated through a global approach to learning. This fosters cultural awareness and builds a sense of connection with all human beings, no matter their differences. Students at Endeavor Montessori view the world as a place to make connections and build bridges for a better tomorrow. Endeavor Montessori invites you to learn more about how its expert educator staff and modernized Montessori curriculum will prepare your child for the future you want them to have. Endeavor Montessori is located at: 48 Perimeter Center East, Atlanta, GA, 30346. Please call 770-637-1242 or visit endeavormontessori.com for more information.

SPRINGMONT, THE OLDEST MONTESSORI SCHOOL IN THE SOUTHEAST, offers students 18 months through middle school an integrated, experiential learning opportunity that is extraordinary by design. Classrooms are large, light-filled and thoughtfully prepared while the campus’ many natural areas, class gardens and farm animals afford rich outdoor life science lessons. Multi-aged classes allow younger children to learn from older ones and older students to mentor younger classmates. Speciallydesigned Montessori materials, designed to support children’s developmental needs, offer students a wide variety of hands-on activities that concretely reinforce skills, lessons and concepts. Highly-experienced teachers guide students through an individualized curriculum that develops the whole child—socially, emotionally, and academically. Physical Education, Spanish, Art and Music are important parts of each student’s experience. At Springmont, each student is

challenged to reach his/her fullest potential and is empowered to help steer his/her own education. Students’ innate curiosity grows into a lifelong love of learning and a quest for meaningful discoveries and deeper knowledge. Middle school students run micro-economies, participate in internships and compete in regional academic competitions. They have opportunities to hone time-management skills,


experience active leadership roles, articulate complex ideas and work both independently and in diverse groups. Springmont graduates are confident, collaborative, engaged learners, prepared for success in Atlanta’s premier high schools as well as life beyond academics. Springmont School— Extraordinary by Design. For more information, call 404-252-3910, or visit springmont.com.

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MONTESSORI KIDS ACADEMY EXCELLENT MONTESSORI SCHOOL understands that every child is unique, and is prepared to evaluate each child and create a unique curriculum that will equip a child for success. Excellent Montessori School recognizes that the world is changing all the time, and that educators need to prepare children to be critical thinkers and not just mindless thinkers. Excellent Montessori’s unique lesson plans create critical-thinking children. A critical-thinking child is a child that can actively and skillfully conceptualize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and apply information to reach an answer or conclusion. Start your child’s educational adventure today. Excellent Montessori School is located at 1828 Stephenson Road, Lithonia, GA, 30058. Please call 678-5260160 or visit excellent montessori.org for more information.

offers a traditional Montessori studentfocused, constructivist teaching style. This growing school teaches children from 18 months to 3 years of age in its pre-primary classroom, 3 to 6 years of age in its primary classrooms, and 6 to 12 years of age in its elementary classrooms. Montessori Kids Academy strives to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio in each classroom. The school is housed in a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building complete with a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, spacious library, learning kitchen, computer lab, indoor café, outside picnic patio, two music rooms and traditional Montessori furnishings. The following daily enrichments are offered as part of the Montessori curriculum at no additional cost: French, Spanish, Music, Art, Cooking, Coding and Robotics, P.E. and Organic Gardening. Students enjoy daily yoga in their classrooms and the computer lab. Montessori Kids Academy is an AdvancEd-accredited school and a member of the American Montessori Society. It currently participates in the Georgia Student Scholarship Program, a tax-savings program created to enable parents to use their money tax-free for education. Located at 3034 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming, Ga., 30041. 678-208-0774. montessoricumming.com.

CANTERBURY SCHOOL Keeping alive children’s inborn sense of wonder

Infants - Pre K Small Classes Child-directed learning Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.

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OAK MEADOW MONTESSORI SCHOOL is an independent school nestled on 10 wooded acres alongside a beautiful lake. The school has served children from 15 months to 12 years in an accredited Montessori program since 1993. Oak Meadow’s experienced and dedicated teachers are committed to providing a loving place for children. Oak Meadow Montessori School fosters respect for self, others and the environment. The Montessori Method has offered families around the world a solid foundation for life-long learning for over 100 years. Join one of the premier Montessori schools in Gwinnett County and awaken your child’s natural desire to learn. Oak Meadow Montessori School is located in the heart of Gwinnett County at 2145 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville, GA, 30043. Please call 770-963-8303 or visit oakmeadowmontessori. com for more information.

Serving ages 14 months to 12 years 3034 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming, GA 30041 • 678-208-0774 info@montessoricumming.com • www.montessoricumming.com SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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High Meadows School

Naturally Nurturing Inquiring Minds By Donna Neale


hen prospective students and their parents visit Roswell’s High Meadows School, they won’t see as many textbooks as they might expect. What they will see is a variety of farm animals, including rabbits, goats, chickens and sheep. They’ll also see an archery range, a large barn converted into a theater and lots of rolling grassland across the 42-acre campus. That’s because the outdoors plays a large part in the school’s curriculum. “Ours is a school where adventure, play and discovery go hand in hand with extraordinary academic preparation and exemplary student outcomes,” explains Laura Nicholson, director of admissions at High Meadows. “We see our outdoor spaces as an extension of every classroom, and our teachers find many ways to incorporate outdoor learning every day.” High Meadows is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, guiding students from pre-K through fifth grade through its renowned Primary Years Programme. Classrooms are focused on experiential learning, both inside and outside of physical buildings, giving students unique opportunities to investigate the natural intersection of academics and environment. The school’s commitment to progressive education is reflected throughout the curriculum. “Our inquiry-based approach encourages children to ask the next question, to embrace intellectual challenge, to consider multiple perspectives and to discover the wonders of life through experience,” Nicholson says. Low teacher-to-student ratios, highly qualified teachers in every class and a multiage learning approach maximize critical thinking within a close-knit learning community.

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Middle-school students are immersed in a program that is both rigorous and engaging. They are encouraged to take risks, broaden their interests and think deeply about their experiences. Emphasis is placed on the authentic learning and reflection that fosters a greater self-awareness and a commitment to their role in the world around them. Middle-schoolers also explore a variety of topics and passions through special mini-courses. Each middle-school student takes two of these elective courses a day, cycling through such unique subjects as metalsmithing, animal science, outdoor living skills and the history of rock and roll. In addition, extensive extracurricular activities and after-school enrichment programs offer additional avenues to explore interests such as debate, jazz band, theater arts, ultimate Frisbee, robotics, karate and computer coding. High Meadows also offers extended care programs that accommodate students arriving early or staying after school. The school also values parental involvement. “High Meadows is truly a community, and we love for parents to come participate in their child’s educational journey,” Nicholson says. Through its lively campus and robust programs, the school offers a focused environment for transforming authentic learning into an adventure and forging exemplary education from child’s play. N

THE SPECIFICS Contact: 1055 Willeo Rd., Grades: Age 3 through 8th grade Roswell, GA 30075, Student/Teacher Ratio: Average is 10 to 1 (lower in Pre-K) Tuition: $6,900 to $21,050 (need-based financial aid available) 770-993-2940 Web: highmeadows.org Location: Roswell


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CHECK OUT YOUR NEW CITY’S MUST-SEE PLACES Welcome to Atlanta! By now, you’ve probably realized how many things there are to do and see in

your new hometown. It’s got something for everyone: art lovers, history buffs, sports fanatics … even whale shark enthusiasts. While there are dozens of sights to take in and places to explore, on the pages that follow we’ve narrowed down 20 of the city’s must-see picks. By Anna Bentley


Everything you need to know about the history of Atlanta can be found here. Permanent exhibits detail the Civil War, Southern folk art, Atlanta’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games and more. The Atlanta Cyclorama moved into a new space at the center in 2019. There’s also a vast collection of original papers and artifacts. The center also operates three historic houses, including the famed Swan House, which appeared in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in 2013. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com

There’s nothing like catching a show at the Fox. Whether it’s a concert, movie screening or Broadway play, everything looks more special under the Fabulous Fox’s twinkling night sky. But you don’t have to see a performance to experience its ornate, detailed design: The Fox hosts guided, behind-thescenes tours two to three days per week that highlight 10 of the theatre’s special features, including Mighty Mo, the world’s largest working Moller organ. 404-881-21000, foxtheatre.org


Center for Civil and Human Rights

Opened in 2014 just steps from Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola, this mustsee destination features exhibits and educational programs that aim to show visitors how the American civil rights movement and modern civil rights issues around the world are linked— and empowers them to enact change in their own communities. 678-999-8990, civilandhumanrights.org

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Located in Marietta, the Gone with the Wind Museum is a fascinating shrine to the classic novel and film, with movie memorabilia, some of Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes of the book and much more. The museum offers group tours, has a gift shop and rents indoor and outdoor space for events, including weddings. 770-794-5576, gwtwmarietta.com


MUSEUM OF ART The Southeast’s leading art museum features more than 14,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings spanning 19th- and 20th-century American, European and African art in its permanent collection, plus an impressive selection of special and traveling exhibits. Exhibits scheduled for 2015 include a European print series, Paa Joe’s architectural sculptures and design featuring sensory expression and new approaches. 404733-4400, high.org

6 Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

This can’t-miss attraction showcases significant landmarks of the civil rights movement and the history of both Atlanta and the nation. It’s actually made up of five sites: the home on Auburn Avenue where King was born; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he began preaching at age 19; the King Center, where King and his wife Coretta Scott King are buried; the Peace Plaza, home of the “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden; and the Visitor’s Center. 404-331-5190, nps.gov/malu

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8 7 ‘BODIES … THE EXHIBITION’ Children’s Located at Atlantic Station, “Bodies … The Exhibition” is a permanent exhibit that educates visitors on human anatomy. Displaying more than 200 real human bodies and specimens, it provides an up-close look at the body’s skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary and circulatory systems. “Bodies” also offers field trips and group tours for schools and large groups. 404-4964274, bodiesatlanta.com

Museum of Atlanta

This downtown destination stimulates the imagination and encourages a sense of discovery with interactive exhibits that let kids learn how food goes from farm to table, create works of art, engage in creative problem-solving and more. The museum has both permanent exhibits and temporary traveling ones. This year’s traveling exhibits feature the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trivial Pursuit and Thomas Edison. 404-6595437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Six Flags Over Georgia

Families and thrill-seekers alike have been coming to the Austell theme park for over 50 years to ride roller coasters like the Georgia Cyclone, Great American Scream Machine and Mind Bender. In 2020, the theme park will add two rides: Catwoman Whips and Poison Ivy Toxic Spin. 770-739-3400, sixflags.com/overgeorgia




10 Georgia Aquarium

This popular spot was billed as the world’s largest aquarium when it opened in 2005, and it’s only grown since. The aquarium is the home of more than 100,000 animals, with hundreds of species including sharks, beluga whales, sea otters and dolphins. The dolphins even star in their own musical show. In addition to its themed galleries, the aquarium offers visitors unique experiences like behindthe-scenes tours, penguin encounters and even diving with whale sharks. 404-581-4000, georgiaaquarium.org

There are a lot of cool things about the Fernbank Museum: the striking dinosaur skeletons in the grand lobby, the fossils embedded in the limestone floors and the twinkling constellations in the Star Gallery. The museum is a great place for children to learn about science and Earth’s history, and its grounds include a 65-acre forest with immersive trails, play areas and sensory stations. 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org

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15 ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN Just off Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is devoted to developing and maintaining an impressive collection of plants for education, research, conservation and enjoyment. Must-see areas include the Fuqua Orchid Center (the nation’s largest collection of orchids under glass), the Kendeda Canopy Walk above the Storza Woods, and the elegant Rose Garden. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org


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It’s only fitting that the World of Coca-Cola is located in Pemberton Place, a downtown plaza boasting some of the city’s top attractions: It’s named after John S. Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola. The World of Coca-Cola celebrates Pemberton’s invention with exhibits about the soft drink brand’s history, memorable advertising campaigns and global reach. 404-676-5151, worldofcoca-cola.com

Ever wanted to feed a giraffe? Meet an African elephant? How about spy on a giant panda cub? You’re in luck: Zoo Atlanta offers all these experiences, plus wildlife shows, keeper training demonstrations and more than 200 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals on display. The zoo also offers educational summer camps and NightCrawler overnight adventures for kids and families. 404-624-9453, zooatlanta.org

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16 OAKLAND CEMETERY It might seem like an odd pick, but Historic Oakland Cemetery, a Southern example of the garden cemeteries popular in the mid- to late 1800s, is one of the city’s most peaceful greenspaces. More than 1,400 trees dot its 48 acres, and heirloom daffodils, garden mums, irises and evergreens can be enjoyed throughout the year. Take a self-guided stroll or opt for one of the cemetery’s popular guided tours, highlighting its most famous residents. 404-688-2107, oaklandcemetery.com

17 PIEDMONT PARK Every city has its hallowed ground, and Piedmont Park is Atlanta’s. This popular Midtown spot is the site of numerous festivals, concerts and other special events throughout the year. Every other day, it’s a top spot for joggers, swimmers, sun bathers, energetic pups and anyone in need of fresh air. 404-875-7275, piedmontpark.org

PHOTOS: (Zoo Atlanta) Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta; (Oakland Cemetery) Joseph Thompson; (College Football Hall of Fame) cfhall.com

Located at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, this 35,000-square-foot interactive playground features 14 attractions. They include Miniland (which has replicas of Atlanta buildings and landmarks), a 4D cinema, a Lego factory tour, a Master Builder Academy, The Great Lego Race VR Experience and much more. 404-848-9252, atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com



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Located just east of the city, this is the perfect spot to spend the day hiking— and the night enjoying a laser show on an 825-foot stone mountainside. Stone Mountain is known for its Civil War memorial carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and also offers fishing, golf, plenty of hiking and numerous festivals throughout the year. 800-401-2407, stonemountainpark.com

ated one of the top attractions in Georgia, “BODIES…The Exhibition” is an excellent resource to learn about the human anatomy in an intimate and informative way. Using an innovative polymer preservation process, the exhibition allows guests to see the body’s inner beauty. With more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens on display, the exhibition provides a unique look into the human body. Docents are available throughout to answer questions and point out interesting facts and details. Audio guides in English and Spanish are also available to provide a more comprehensive experience. Each system of the body is included in the exhibition – skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive/urinary, fetal (optional) and the treated body. Vital health concerns such as obesity, smoking, cancer, cirrhosis, arthritis and lack of exercise are on display to illustrate the damage caused by these concerns. The exhibition provides details on how visitors can take better care of their body by making healthy lifestyle choices. For more information, visit bodiesatlanta.com or call 404-496-4274.


The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame moved from its original home in South Bend, Indiana, to downtown Atlanta in 2014. New for the museum is the Fan Experience, which adds tons of interactive multimedia features to the hall of fame experience—plus a giant Helmet Wall, with helmets from more than 760 college football teams. 404-8804800, cfbhall.com


From the months of April through October, Truist Park is the home of the Atlanta Braves, the city’s Major League Baseball team. In 2014, the Braves announced a move from Turner Field near downtown Atlanta to a new stadium in Cobb County, and Truist Park is the only place to go for big-league catches, hammered home runs and the best hot dogs in town. 404-522-7630, atlantabraves.com newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 33


An aerial view of the Harbor Town Golf Links shows the golf course and lighthouse at sunrise, with the ocean in the background.

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PHOTOS: (top to bottom) Hilton Head Island Tourism; Coastal Discovery Museum; (bottom two) Hilton Head Island Tourism

TEMPS ARE HEATING UP, the last school bell of the year is getting closer, and your family is dreaming of a summer beach getaway. You’re looking for more than just sand and surf, but an adventure to remember for a lifetime. You’re looking for a trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina—with 12 miles of perfect beaches, championship golf courses, tennis, more than 250 restaurants … and so much more. Readers of Travel & Leisure magazine have voted Hilton Head the top U.S. continental island destination for four straight years—and it’s only four and a half hours from Atlanta by car. When you arrive at any of Hilton Head’s lavish resorts, you’re already a world away. Encompassing more than 5,000 acres on the southern tip of the island, Sea Pines Resort has been synonymous with Lowcountry luxury for more than 50 years. Its boutique hotel, The Inn and Club at Harbour Town, features rooms and suites made for relaxing, with luxury linens, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and Nespresso machines. Condo, villa and home rentals are also available to suit every taste. Stop by the Ocean Lounge and take in an evening Jazz by the Sea concert, sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine from an awardwinning wine list. The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island takes relaxation to the next level, with 340 rooms that feature private balconies or patios overlooking the ocean or the picturesque Shipyard Plantation district. Amenities include a zero-entry lagoon pool, a heated shade pool and hot tub and children’s play area. The Just Us Kids supervised play program for youngsters age 3-12 lets parents indulge in some private time with a hot stone massage at the Arum Spa or a drink at Bayley’s Bar and Terrace. At Holiday Inn Resort Beach House, it’s just steps to Coligny Beach, and attractions like the Savannah Riverfront and Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge are also nearby. Kids under 19 stay free in their parents’ room, which includes plenty of comforts, including a mini fridge, flat screen TV and Wifi. Grab a Southern breakfast at The Porch Southern Kitchen and Bar before heading out for the day. With all this luxury, you might be tempted not to leave, but you don’t want to miss all the excitement that Hilton Head has to offer. First up, of course, are the island’s 12 miles of beaches, tailor-made for swimming, kayaking, parasailing or just sunbathing with a good book. (For adventure gear, lessons and tours, stop by H2O Sports in Harbour Town). The most popular is Coligny Beach, centrally located with free parking and a drop-off point at Coligny Circle. Restrooms, benches and swings, gazebos and sand showers are available, and the beach is adjacent to shops and restaurants—after a day of sand castles and swimming, hit Skillets Café & Grill for peel-and-eat shrimp on the porch or the Island Fudge Shoppe for something sweet. u

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Top to bottom: A dad and son biking on the beach. A baby American alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. A group kayaking through marshes.

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Farther up the eastern shore is Islander’s Beach, perfect for biking and containing a park with a playground and picnic area, with trees for a welcome respite from the summer sun. More secluded is Fish Haul Beach, located on the island’s northern side and home to seemingly countless birds and fiddler crabs that make their home in the marshes. But there’s more to Hilton Head Island than beaches. Lying inland is the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can take a walk or bike ride over 14 miles of maintained trails and take in the salt marshes, freshwater ponds and maritime forests, looking out for deer, bobcats, alligators, foxes and more than 250 species of birds—see if you can spot the flash of a red, blue and green painted bunting flitting through the trees. Bring your pole and do some saltwater fishing in the adjacent estuaries. One of Hilton Head’s unique destinations is the Coastal Discovery Museum, where you can explore the Lowcountry region’s natural and cultural history on 68 scenic acres that include trails, gardens and some of the area’s oldest buildings, dating back some 160 years. Kids especially will be enchanted by the horses and the butterfly habitat. The museum also offers talks and guided tours that bring another side of the Hilton Head area to life, including a dolphin tour and a look at the area’s Civil War-era forts. No trip to Hilton Head would be complete without a visit to Harbour Town, the picturesque area around the island’s semicircular yacht basin. While you’re here, browse the many shops for apparel, artisan jewelry, home décor, fine art and custom gifts and

crafts. Be sure to pick up a genuine sweetgrass basket, a signature item of the region handcrafted by Gullah artisans who are descendants of Lowcountry plantation workers. While you’re in the area, stop by the Harbour Town Lighthouse Museum and take in the stunning views of the island and beyond from the top of its 93-foot-high candy-striped tower. The lighthouse frames the 18th hole of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. Hilton Head is a golfer’s paradise, with over 33 championship courses. Several resorts offer golf packages, including Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point, also at Sea Pines. Tennis players will definitely want to pack their racquets; Hilton Head offers numerous facilities for every level of play. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center is one of the highest-ranked tennis centers in the world, with 19 clay tennis courts and 24 pickleball courts. The Port Royal Golf & Raquet Club has hosted the likes of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf on its clay and hard courts, and for those who want to hone their game with the best, top-level instruction with Stan Smith is available at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy, hosted by the Sea Pines Racquet Club. A day of adventure in the sea air is sure to fire up your appetite, and that’s a good thing, because Hilton Head has some of the Southeast’s finest dining. Don’t miss the seafood and steaks served in an airy beach atmosphere at Alexander’s, with a kid’s menu to please the younger ones. Red Fish features an awardwinning wine list and serves an eclectic menu blending Lowcountry, American, Asian and Latin accents, featuring homegrown produce from the restaurant’s Bear Island Farms. For a fun evening, stop by for cocktails and live music at The Tiki Hut, a favorite with locals as well as visitors. When your trip to Hilton Head is over, not only will you have memories to last a lifetime, but you’ll also be ready to come back again to create even more.

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Scout Restaurant

Decatur’s Sophisticated Neighborhood Hangout By Michelle Bourg

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values upheld by the concept of scouting: service, commitment to the community and an upholding of high standards. Scout strives to display those qualities and infuse a sense of unity and neighborhood togetherness through the sharing around the table of exceptional food and drink. And there’s also the meaning of scouting for the best ingredients from the Atlanta area’s bountiful suppliers.

PHOTOS: (Left) Mia Yakel; (Right) Shelby Light


ith attractive neighborhoods, excellent schools, a thriving cultural life and easy access to Atlanta, the city of Decatur is one of the metro area’s most sought-after areas and home to some of its hottest shops and eateries. One of the mainstays is Scout, a restaurant and bar opened by noted Atlanta restaurateur Chris Martha and executive chef Michael Semancik in 2016. Located in Decatur’s Oakhurst district, Martha was deliberate about opening a neighborhood eatery—and Scout is literally just around the corner from his home. “My family and I have lived here since 2008 and we love it,” he says. Executed by chefs Webster Anderson and Chris Neff, Scout’s contemporary American cuisine is based in local, seasonal ingredients and originally inspired by Semancik’s previous engagements across the South in Atlanta, New Orleans and Savannah, with a stop in Maine as an unexpected accent. It’s an approach you see on the menu, where jumbo lump crab cakes live next to Statesboro bleu cheese curly kale slaw, and taste in the touch of Andouille sausage that enlivens the Bangs Island mussels. The same creativity reigns at the bar, where guests will find inventive cocktails that are both simple and delicious, while reflecting the tastes of the neighborhood. Indulge in a Dandelion Hanky Panky, featuring gin, sweet vermouth, fernet branca and dandelion liquer. There’s also a solid mix of local and regional craft brews and a thoughtful wine list weighted heavily towards reds. Scout makes its home in an airy space inside a former solarium, part of the old Scottish Rite Hospital complex designed by famed Atlanta architect J. Neel Reid and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The space is, like the food, a playful mix, blending the generous windows, vaulted ceilings and vintage truss work with light woods and earthy colors that evoke a Maine lodge in this gracious Southern building. The grounds include fun amenities to help make the eatery a true neighborhood spot: THE there’s an elevated outdoor patio, a bocce Attire: Casual ball court and a game room with shuffleAtmosphere: Casual, family-friendly board and a vintage pinball machine. Recommendations: Brunch, While the meaning of the restaurant’s avocado deviled eggs, creative cocktails name may not be readily apparent, it actu- Reservations: Not required, ally has double significance. According to but encouraged Martha, the restaurant is built on the same

Above: Scout’s interior mimics the style of a Maine lodge. Left: Bangs Island mussels are among the seafood items offered.

Of his creation’s relationship with the area, Martha says, “Whether it be the families and their kids, the walkability of Oakhurst, or just the great sense of community, the neighborhood had a big influence on the creation of Scout. Now I can look around and almost always see a familiar face.” It’s his hope that the relationship DETAILS between Scout and the neighborhood Parking: Available behind the restaurant will be one that endures for years. In Hours: Tues-Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 11-10 p.m., combining the charm of a local hangout Sun. 11-9 p.m. with a quality culinary experience, Location: 321 W. Hill St., it typifies what’s so special about the Decatur, GA 30030 Contact: 404-496-6863, scoutoakhurst.com community—casual, friendly, but still sophisticated. Scout is right at home. N

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THERE Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles that are 24 model years old and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit cleanairforce.com.

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, the 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 $2.50 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 itsmarta.com.

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MARTA Rail Service

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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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) 877694-2511, by dialing 511 or by visiting dot.ga.gov.




Session 1: June 15-26 Session 2: June 29-July 10 Held on the campus of The Bedford School in Fairburn 5665 Milam Road Fairburn, GA 30213 770-774-8001 • thebedfordschool.org newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 41

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871 cherokee.k12.ga.us

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,149 School & bus information 770-720-2112

County cherokeega.com Neighborhoods cantonga.gov woodstockga.gov cityofballground.com hollyspringsga.us cityofwaleska.com

Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1115 Georgia 1048 National 1039

Median household income: $75,477 Median age of residents: 38 Population: 235,896 Sales tax: 6%

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, cherokeechamber.com


Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $21.46; Incorporated Cherokee County, $21.46. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

ELECTRICITY Amicalola EMC 706-253-5200 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com.

TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com ETC Communications etcnow.com Spectrum spectrum.com TDS Telecom tdstelecom.com Windstream windstream.com

WATER Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska City of Woodstock

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912 770-592-6006

HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-224-1000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

Old Sixes Mill

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 Zillow.com, the median value of homes is $283,573. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farm, BridgeMill and Towne 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

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


to live, 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 reinvesting 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 Ridge

Located 12 miles south of Canton, Woodstock is one of Georgia's top 10 fastest-growing cities and a community recently named one of the Top 50 Cities Places to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine. Residents also enjoy easy access to 575 and 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 area, 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 Website at newcomeratlanta.com


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 cobbk12.org Elementary Schools 67 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 17 Magnet 6 Charter 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,833 School and bus information 678-594-8000

Cobb County QUICK INFO

Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part Neighborhoods austellga.org of the Cherokee Nation. mariettaga.gov Named after Thomas Willis smyrnaga.gov Cobb, the county experi kennesaw-ga.gov enced a devastating setback cityofpowdersprings.org during the Civil War when smyrnacity.com most of it was destroyed during the famous Battle of Median household income: $75,654 Kennesaw Mountain. Median age of residents: 36.6 Population: 755,754 Today, Cobb County, Sales tax: 6% located northwest of Fulton County, is one of the state's Chamber of Commerce most thriving counties. With Cobb County 770-980-2000, cobbchamber.org a diverse economic base that includes jobs in the service, Property Taxes retail, aerospace and techThe property tax is $33.84 per $1,000 of assessed nology sectors, Cobb County value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 offers a quality of life unsurpassed in the Southeast. Nearly $900 million has been spent Cumberland Mall, secluded subon transportation improvements in divisions in East Cobb and horse recent years, allowing residents easy access to Atlanta and the commercial ranches in the northwest corner of the county. The small towns districts of Vinings Overlook, Cumberland Parkway and the prestigious of Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Platinum Triangle in the popular Austell still retain their Southern Galleria area. charm amidst urban settings. AcA variety of housing options cording to the Census Bureau, the exist in Cobb County, including median value of homes in 2018 luxury apartments and condos near was $237,800.

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Truist Park


Kennesaw One of Family Circle magazine’s Ten Best Towns for Families, Kennesaw takes pride in its smalltown atmosphere and boasts abundant parks and greenspace, exceptional recreational programs and top-notch schools, including Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s historic downtown features shopping, dining and attractions such as the Smithsonianaffiliated Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens and nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Smyrna Rapidly defining what’s new and progressive in quality of life and citizen services, Smyrna delivers an amazing sense of style and love of life. The Market Village district, home to fabulous restaurants, bars and upscale shops and services, is the final piece of a master plan for success. Call it “Main Street USA” or “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its charm and ability to offer the best in fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com

Marietta City Schools Board of Education 770-422-3500 marietta-city-org Elementary Schools 8 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,542 School and bus information 770-429-3110 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. 1114 Marietta City 1056 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power 770-794-5150 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com Spectrum spectrum.com WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water System Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-419-6200 770-794-5150 770-943-8000 678-631-5338

HOSPITALS WellStar Cobb Hospital 470-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Forsyth County Schools Board of Education 770-887-2461 forsyth.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 21 Middle Schools 10 High Schools 7 Charter 1 Academies 3 Per-pupil expenditures $8,220 School & Bus Information 770-887-2461

Forsyth County Sawnee Mountain


Avg. SAT Scores Forsyth Co. 1162 Georgia 1048 National 1039

ELECTRICITY Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.


Founded in 1832, Forsyth and July 1, 2018, according to the U.S. County is located 42 miles north of Census Bureau. It has more than doubled in population since 2000, when Atlanta and is easily accessible via about 100,000 individuals lived there. Georgia 400. It was named after John A variety of housing options Forsyth, a longtime politician who exist in the county, including luxury served as Georgia’s governor from 1827-29 and as U.S. secretary of state apartments and condos, with homes priced from the $200s to over $1 milunder Presidents Andrew Jackson lion. The median home value is about and Martin Van Buren from 1834-41. The county had a trading path to the Cherokee Nation running through it as early County forsythco.com as 1731 and was at Neighborhoods cityofcumming.net one time part of a large Median household income: $91,842 Cherokee County beMedian age of residents: 38.2 fore it was split into 10 Population: 237,000 counties. During the Sales tax: 7% Civil War it was spared Chamber of Commerce because Gen. WilForsyth County liam Sherman and his 770-887-6461, focochamber.org Union troops did not Property Taxes go through the county The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed on their March to the value is $35 for incorporated Forsyth County; Sea. But in 1900 the $35 for unincorporated Forsyth County. Forsyth County courtTax Commissioner: 770-781-2110 house burned down; it was rebuilt in 1905. $282,000. The county offers shopForsyth County has an estimated ping at The Collection at Forsyth, population of about 237,000 and was Vickery Village and the Cumming ranked third in the state in terms of 400 Shopping Center. numeric growth between July 1, 2017


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HOSPITALS Northside Hospital Forsyth 770-844-3200


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The city offers lots of outdoor adventures with Lake Lanier offering 59 square miles of places to swim, boat, walk and bike, plus the family friendly Cumming Aquatic Center and Water Park. Families can also take in a variety of events each year at the Cumming Fairgrounds, which hosts the Cumming Country Fair & Festival in October and other affairs such as antique car shows and food truck Fridays. Indoors, the School Street Playhouse, an old school building dating back to 1923, offers plays, musicals, concerts and more throughout the year. Cumming is the hometown for several celebrities including Zac Brown of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, actress Kelli Giddish and the late comedian Junior Samples.

Coal Mountain

One of about a dozen unincorporated communities in Forsyth County, Coal Mountain was named after the Cole family, early settlers to the area whose name was spelled “Coal” in early records, according to Ken Krakow’s book, “Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins.”

Shake Rag

Another incorporated community is Shake Rag, which spreads into both Forsyth and Fulton counties. Also previously called Shakerag and Sheltonville, it had a post office established under the name Sheltonville in 1848 and stayed open until 1907. The name "Shake Rag" refers to a cloth held out as a signal to stop a train. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com


Fulton County 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 one million 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 $290,400. 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 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 greenspace, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

sion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With luxury hotels, shops, bars and more than 250 restaurants, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.The neighborhood also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at both Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.




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 filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Man-


County co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods alpharetta.ga.us buckhead.net cityofmiltonga.us virginiahighland.com collegeparkga.com eastpointcity.org hapeville.org johnscreekga.gov roswellgov.com sandyspringsga.gov

Piedmont Park

is home to about 64,000 residents, drawn to its affordable housing, parks, shopping at North Point Mall and concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. The city's historic downtown boasts an appealing town square. Called Alpharetta City Center, it features locally owned shops and restaurants, and hosts events year round.

Median household income: $65,037 Median age of residents: 35.5 Population: 1,050,114 Sales tax: 7.75%, Atlanta City: 8.9% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, metroatlantachamber.com South Fulton 770-964-1984, southfultonchamber.com Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: $40.92 for the City of Atlanta; $29.18 for incorporated Fulton County; $40.76 for unincorporated Fulton County; $33.54 for Johns Creek; $33.91 for Sandy Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100


One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta

Johns Creek

Incorporated in 2006, this thriving community of 84,000 was ranked fourth among 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live In by USA Today. It boasts a diverse economic base, coupled with a peaceful environment: the city contains over 400 acres of parkland and nature reserves and contains five access points to the Chattahoochee River.


Also incorporated in 2006, Milton combines a pastoral setting with forward-thinking city planning that offers what's been called "The best quality of life in Georgia." N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 fultonschools.org Elementary Schools 59 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 18 Charter 10 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $10,609 School & Bus Information North 470-254-2970 South 470-254-6060 Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education 404-802-3500 atlantapublicschools.us Elementary Schools 49 Middle Schools 12 High Schools 14 Charter 18 Alternative 4 Per-pupil expenditures $11,263 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1086 Atlanta Public Schools 944 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Fulton County


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 at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-2273 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-686-4411 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-1000 WellStar North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 Emory St. Joseph's Hospital 678-843-7001

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 gwinnett.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 80 Middle Schools 29 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,926

Gwinnett County

City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 bufordcityschools.org Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures

2 1 1 $9,397

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1094 City of Buford 1122 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 678-889-4600 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-9834 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Jackson EMC 800-462-3691 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-267-2505 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Buford 678-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 CABLE TV Spectrum 888-438-2427 Comcast 800-266-2278 HOSPITALS Eastside Medical Center 770-979-0200 Northside Hospital Gwinnett 678-312-1000 Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4790 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 678-442-5800

railroad aficionado. Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


City Hall and the Town Green in downtown Duluth

Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th century. Originally part of Georgia’s Following the official founding of Native American territory, Gwinnett the city in 1837, Suwanee became County was created by the State a railroad stop along the Southern Legislature in 1818 and named Railroad route. It remained a small after Button Gwinnett, one of Georcountry town well into the ’70s gia's three signers of the Declawhen construction of I-85 ration of Independence and a and U.S. 23 brought easy former governor. access to the region. County gwinnettcounty.com While the county was once Since then, Suwanee Neighborhoods cityofbuford.com largely rural with small towns, has experienced tremen duluthga.net country stores, farms and forests, dous growth, from 2,412 snellville.org today it is home to about 600 residents in 1990 to more suwanee.com international companies and 450 than 20,000 today. To help Median household income: $68,914 high-tech firms. With an avermanage growth, the city Median age of residents: 35.3 age of 21 new professional and has developed a comprePopulation: 920,260 industrial companies relocating hensive development plan Sales tax: 6% to the county each year, attractthat promotes pedestrianChamber of Commerce ing almost 21,000 new jobs, oriented development and Gwinnett County Gwinnett County remains in mixed-use zoning. The city 770-232-3000, gwinnettchamber.org the top 10 ranking for growth was designated a Tree City Property Taxes nationwide. The county supUSA for 29 years for its The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett ports many cultural events, commitment to preserving County is $28.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. restaurants and shopping op27 percent of its land as Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. portunities, including the Mall of greenspace. Georgia in Buford. Such foresight has of Gwinnett County, Duluth has Gwinnett County remains afallowed Suwanee to retain its some of the most exclusive neighfordable for renters and first-time old-fashioned charm while providborhoods in metro Atlanta and home buyers, many of whom ing contemporary convenience. is home to some of the best golf find homes in the communities of Only 35 miles from downtown courses and private tennis clubs. Doraville, Lawrenceville and SnellAtlanta, Suwanee is close to big-city There are numerous parks for recville. The median value of homes attractions, business districts and reation and participatory sports, in 2018, according to the Census shopping. Many antique shops and including Bunten Road Park and Bureau, was $200,400. historic structures, including several Shorty Howell Park. North Point Victorian and regional farm-style Mall, a major shopping center, is homes, are located near downtown located near Duluth. The SouthSuwanee. N eastern Railway Museum, which For more counties and neighborhood preserves and operates old railroad information, visit our website at Amidst the pristine setting equipment, is a must-see for any newcomeratlanta.com




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Reba McEntire, Infinite Energy Center The Grammy Award-winning country singer and actress performs in support of her 2019 album “Stronger Than the Truth.” May 2, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

‘Madama Butterfly,’ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The tragic tale of the marriage between an American naval officer and his Japanese wife comes alive in this Atlanta Opera production. May 2, 5, 8 & 10, 404-881-8885, atlantaopera.org.

‘The Bachelor’ Live on Stage, Fox Theatre Be a part of the action as one eligible hometown bachelor is introduced to local ladies in the audience for a chance at love. For the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony. May 12, 855-285-8499, Duluth Señor Taco Festival, Downtown Duluth

Theater & Concerts Diana Ross, Fox Theatre The Grammy Award-winning singer known for her early days as the leader of the Supremes as well as her solo career performs. March 1, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

‘Porgy and Bess,’ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Opera stages the famous Depression-era opera with music by George and Ira Gershwin. March 7, 8, 10, 13 & 15, 404-881-8885, atlantaopera.org.

‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Infinite Energy Center The Northeast Atlanta Ballet brings the classic fairy tale to vivid life, with the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky played live by the Gwinnett Symphony. March 13-15, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

George Lopez, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The comedian and actor performs. March 14,


‘Beauty and the Beast,’ Infinite Energy Center

‘Miss Saigon,’ Fox Theatre

The Northeast Atlanta Ballet’s original three-act production of the fairy-tale classic features allnew colorful costumes and an enchanted castle full of dancing teacups, forks and spoons.

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta presents the hit musical about a meeting between an American soldier and a young Vietnamese woman—one that changes their lives forever.

May 15 & 17, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

March 17-22, 855-285-8499, atlanta.broadway.com.

Kenny Chesney, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

An Evening With Jay Leno, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The hit country singer performs along with Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead. May 16, 800-745-3000,

The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host performs. March 21, 800-745-3000,



Ozzy Osbourne, State Farm Arena

‘Giselle,’ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The heavy metal icon known for his time with Black Sabbath and as a solo artist, as well as the reality TV series “The Osbournes,” performs as part of his farewell tour. May 27,

The Atlanta Ballet performs this tragic romantic tale with music by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. March 27-29, 800-745-3000,

800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.


Niall Horan, State Farm Arena

Exhibits & Events

The Irish singer/songwriter who rose to fame as a member of One Direction performs. April

Super Magical Breakfast, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

22, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.

‘Firebird,’ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet closes out its 90th season with this classic production performed to Igor Stravinsky’s renowned score. The evening also includes Craig Davidson’s “Rembrance/Hereafter” and a world premiere by Juliano Nunes. May 15-17, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.

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Superhero Science Night, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

PHOTO: Children’s Museum of Atlanta

800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.

Come dressed as your favorite superhero or princess and meet 10 exciting characters while enjoying a yummy breakfast, making crafts and playing in the museum. Tickets must be purchased by March 11. Breakfast takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 14, 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.

Superhero Science Night, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Save the world using the power of STEM! En-

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

ter the Batcave to help catch Gotham’s villains, create lightning-like electricity with Storm, and become a brilliant botanist to defeat Poison Ivy! March 14, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Muddbuggs & Music Festival, Duluth Town Green This family-friendly event features fresh crawfish, delicious low-country boil, a beer garden and live music. March 28, duluthga.net.

Easter Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Celebrate the holiday by making a fun Easter craft to take home! April 6-11, 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.

Lego ‘Trolls World Tour,’ Legoland Discovery Center Celebrate the adventure of the upcoming movie with build stations, zipline creations, build-and-test races and more! Through April 30, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

beauty of the human body with more than 200 real human bodies and specimens, allowing you to see the body’s different systems in detail. The final gallery allows visitors to see through the eyes of a doctor. Ongoing, 404-4964274, bodiesatlanta.com.

A Short Drive Away International Day of Planetariums, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Enjoy free admission to daily shows in the Intuitive Planetarium with the purchase of a museum ticket. Explore the night sky and beyond, up-close and personal. March 8, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

Astronomy for All: All the Stellar Ladies, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Join us as we commemorate Women’s History Month with an evening in honor of the women who have contributed and continue to contribute to the field of astronomy. March 15,

Duluth Art Week, Duluth Festival Center

800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

Celebrate the arts with events including an art walk, a community scavenger hunt, a musical presented by Duluth High School, and more.

Get Outdoors! Expo, Towns County Recreation & Conference Center, Young Harris, Ga.

May 1-10, duluthga.net.

Food That Rocks, Sandy Springs This food/music festival will include tastings from 20 of the city’s restaurants, an open bar and live music. May 2, 404-875-4434, foodthatrocks.org.

‘The Plot Thickens: Storytelling in European Print Series,’ High Museum of Art Long before comics and graphic novels, artists used pictures to tell stories. This exhibition presents six series of etchings, lithographs and woodcuts that do just that. Through May 3, 404-733-5000, high.org.

Duluth Señor Taco Festival, Duluth Enjoy tacos and margaritas from some of Georgia’s best restaurants and food trucks at this second annual event. May 3, duluthga.net.

Mother’s Day Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

This outdoors expo has everything fans of boating, hiking, fishing and camping could ask for, including vendors, classes for kids and adults, and a display of gorgeous raptors from North Georgia Falconry. April 18, 706-896-4966, bit.ly/getoutdoorsexpo.

Astronomy for All: Hubble 30th Anniversary, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope with a retrospective look at some of its cosmic accomplishments. April 19, 800-637-7223, rocketcenter.com.

Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend, Hendersonville, N.C. This event celebrates apple blossom season and the promise of a new crop with tastings, tours, dinners, live music, dancing and more. April 16-19, 800-828-4244, visithendersonvillenc.org.

Garden Jubilee, Hendersonville, N.C.

‘Bodies…The Exhibition’

Each Memorial Day weekend, downtown Hendersonville becomes an open-air garden market with more than 260 vendors lining Main Street. The Southeast Tourism Society has named this one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for May 2020. May 23-24, 800-828-4244,

This fascinating exhibit celebrates the inner


Show your mother how much she means to you by making a special craft to take home! May 4-10, 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.

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PHOTOS: (left and bottom right) Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area; (top right) Eric Bowles




THE DETAILS LOCATION: 3350 Klondike Road in Lithonia, GA 30038 HOURS: Open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. PHONE NUMBER: 404-998-8384 WEBSITE: arabiaalliance.org

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By Michelle Bourg

t’s been a long winter, and now you’re more than ready to get out, enjoy the spring weather and see something new. Just 20 miles from downtown Atlanta on I-20 in Lithonia is the perfect destination: the 2,550-acre Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, boasting some of the most unique and beautiful natural scenery in the state. Here, you can walk, hike or bike while taking in views of windswept stone fields, rare flowers, wetlands, lakes, stream-laced forests and two of Atlanta’s three granite monadnocks (stone outcroppings rising from a plain). Along the more than 30 miles of trails, you’ll encounter a landscape that can seem as if it’s from another world. Trails are open from dawn to dusk; leashed dogs are welcome and parking and trail access are free of charge. Nine miles from Arabia Mountain, escape day-to-day life with a walk around the lakes and the renowned bonsai garden at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, being sure to take a moment at the soaring Gothic Abbey Church. Visitors can drive there or bicycle there since the trail leads to the monastery's parking lot. A number of educational programs and tours are available to help make the most of your visit to every part of the Heritage Area. Whether you spend just a few hours or make a day of it, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area will satisfy your yen for adventure and inspire you for even more.

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