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Lifestyle Letter

Hello, Alpharetta

MAY 2017

A

t the turn of the last century, Americans started to warm to the idea of taking a vacation. While their work ethics were stronger than ever, Americans needed structure to their holidays, purpose to their play. In 1874, American Methodists founded Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly in New York. The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs was the original summer camp meeting place. At the northernmost end of the train line from Detroit, the Methodists also set up camp, with the intent to edify vacationers through a balance of spiritual, educational, recreational and musical enrichment, and another Chautauqua was born. My parents met at this Bay View, Michigan, campus in 1946, where some 450 cottages were built in the early 1900s, festooned with gingerbread and never-ending porches.   Two inns, a huge auditorium, classrooms, a darling library, picture-perfect chapel and tiny post office dot the piney campus where generations of families have spent summers together sailing, singing, worshipping, exchanging ideas and making vacation look smart. My kids are now counsellors at the day camp, and teach swimming and sailing, having grown up spending summers with the kids of my childhood summer friends. There are current affairs lectures, painting classes, full moon kayak excursions, ice cream socials and classical music recitals and concerts performed by music students and resident professionals from around the globe.   Yes, I’m all for vegging out on vacation and can stare all day at the theater of clouds, waves or dancing tree tops. But, I bet you’ll agree that the most memorable vacations are those that took you someplace you haven’t been…on the map or in your head. I hope you’ll enjoy this issue full of travel stories.

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Giving Back

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Realty Report

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Parting Thoughts

26 Through Our Lens

Lifestyle Pubs photographers' favorite travel shots.

28 Runway Fashion

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Internal Medicine Practice of Northside is a full-service practice dedicated to providing the highest-quality primary care for adult patients. Our board certified physicians, Dr. Kenneth Ricci and Dr. Jasmine Park offer comprehensive, personalized care, as well as specialized services in men and women’s health, geriatric medicine and preventative care. We accept most insurance plans and offer a convenient location for the North Atlanta community.

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Bridal and Gowns

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Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer care providers in the Southeast. Northside leads the statewide network of the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program which gives you access to the latest research and treatments. Using the latest technology to provide the most effective treatment possible, our team of physicians, nurses, researchers and support staff is dedicated to your health and well-being.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

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BENEFIT CONCERT Life presents many challenges along the way. Many are small, but some may be catastrophic and life changing. It helps to reflect on what it means to work through difficulties in life, and how important it is to be there to offer assistance to those in need. The Alpharetta Community Chorus will perform Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, in honor of those who lost their lives in the recent storms in South Georgia. They will also present selections that offer a musical look at deal-

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attend the final program of the ACC’s 4th season. The concert is free, but donations will be collected with a portion of the proceeds being donated to support the survivors of the South Georgia storms. May 7, 3 p.m., Alpharetta Presbyterian Church 180 Academy Street

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lively events. Join us for the Southern Gentleman Pet Soiree on June 7 from 6-10 p.m. on the patios of Southern Gentleman and Gypsy Kitchen. Your $25 donation in advance includes admission, one drink, light bites, live music and a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit PAWS Atlanta and Good Mews rescues.  Buy tickets now at TinyURL.com/passionforpaws.

20 YEARS OF GOLF Atlanta Athletic Club will host the 20th Anniversary of the Arnold Palmer Cup, named for legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, June 9 - 11, featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe in a Ryder Cup-style tournament. There is no charge to attend the tournament and non-members are invited to attend. The United States currently leads the series 10-9-1. Notable Arnold Palmer Cup alumni include Luke Donald (1998), Rickie Fowler (2008), Bill Haas (2002), Dustin Johnson (2007), Brandt Snedeker (2003), Matt Kuchar (1998) among others. The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 47 have claimed 173 victories on the PGA or European Tours. Jekyll Brewing, based in Alpharetta is partnering with Atlanta Athletic Club to serve two exclusive draft beers during the event, Team USA (Jekyll Lager) and Team Europe (Jekyll Big Creek- Kolsch). A Junior Clinic and Golf Exhibition is set for June 7 featuring Team USA and Team Europe. AAC is partnering with The First Tee Atlanta to welcome the public and any young golfers that wish to learn from the top ranked collegiate players in the world. 20

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Locally Owned

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Love for Water, ONE TODDLER AT A TIME

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G

oldfish Swim School splish-splashed its way into our Alpharetta community and has local families bubbly about the water! From first-time greetings with the agua to instruction on furthering swimming skill-sets, this school has changed the mentality behind pool time.

Upon its official January 2017 opening, Goldfish swim has seen bouncy babies to tiny tots to growing guppies and everyone in between. As the first location in Georgia, our neighborhood is totally embracing this new take on water classes and running (and swimming) with it! Owner and General Manager Mark

Julie Johnson, mother to Claire, 5, and Ava,

Sheppell says that Alpharetta and Johns

4, also appreciates the extra effort that the

Creek families have already witnessed

instructors are making every week that she

the difference of this school from others

brings her daughters to Goldfish Swim School.

because of the concepts they’re teaching,

“ They have an organized system for

the passion of the instructors, and the over-

bringing the kids into the pool area, as

all vibe of the pool and building itself.

well as inviting the families into the pool

“Our goal is to teach every child to swim -

area at the end of each session to show

the earlier the better!” Sheppell says. “We’re

off your child’s new skills and speak to

working on breaking bad habits, or better

the instructors about your child’s prog-

yet, not developing any along with making

ress,” Johnson explains. “ The instructors

sure there’s no fear of the water at any age.”

tailor their approach to the needs of each

Goldfish Swim School welcomes little ones,

individual child, know when a child needs

ages four months to 12 years, to enter into

additional encouragement and when they

the year-round tropical oasis that features

need to be challenged.”

a 90 degree, 25- yard pool with various lane

Both mothers recognize that the instruc-

options, bright and inviting colors surrounding

tors are tailoring their approaches to each

a large mural of fish and underwater animals,

swimmer based on their individual needs

changing areas, storage cubbies, a retail sec-

and abilities. And, not only are your child's

tion with pool and snack-time necessities,

needs met within the pool, but the staff also

and a seating and viewing area for parents

recognizes that not every family’s schedule

and guardians. With five different groups for

aligns. With various class and lesson options,

swim lessons based on age and skill level, this

families are able to attend classes at a rate

school promotes gradual improvement and

that’s convenient and comfortable for them.

constant success in regards to your child’s

Among the weekly swim clinics are family

progression in the water.

swim sessions, private birthday parties, and

Striving to promote safety first, the staff

even a swim team that began in early March.

ensures that parents are involved in the pro-

By bringing the community together, one

cess, every stroke of the way! Weekly prog-

swim class at a time, Goldfish Swim School

ress reports and an open-invitation to watch

is ensuring that pool, beach and lake sea-

every single class are among the ways that

son will be a blast around the Alpharetta

Goldfish Swim is making an effort to keep our

area. Whether you’re just now ready to sign

local little ones safe before the ever-so popu-

up for swim classes or you’ve been seeking

lar pool season starts.

a new option around town, you’re able to

Ashlee Schrafft, mother to Merritt, knew

test out a trial lesson or schedule month-

that this school was the perfect fit when

to-month class options that can be altered

her daughter was immediately introduced

or paused at any time. With the customer

to hanging onto the side of the pool as she

service to match the quality of instruction

entered the water.

that your child is guaranteed to receive at

“She is very young, and it gives comfort

Goldfish Swim School, you’ll be at-ease

to you as a parent knowing that your child

knowing that your little guppie is learning

is learning skills that could potentially

to love the water at just the right pace!

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Giving Back

ELITE ROOFING & RESTORATION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

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ight now, there are 540 students enrolled in Forsyth County’s

celebrities, you can expect nothing but quality competition geared

schools that identify as homeless. Even with such prosper-

towards the support of Family Promise of Forsyth.

ity and affluent members of our community, local homeless

Guests of the tournament can expect to take some swings with

families work day by day, struggling to make ends meet. With

celebrities like former heavyweight champion Cedric Boswell, for-

efforts from Elite Roofing & Restoration and Family Promise of

mer New York Giants’ Linebacker Corey Miller, and former Atlanta

Forsyth County, homeless children and adults will benefit from funds

Falcons’ cornerback Ray Buchanan. The Manor boasts the only Tom

that will be raised on May 16 at The Manor Golf and Country Club.

Watson-designed championship course in the state, and this par-72

The first Elite Roofing & Restoration Charity Golf Tournament plans

course showcases the beauty of the country club and gorgeous,

to bring our city together for an enjoyable yet meaningful day on the

blooming Milton. You’ll undoubtedly be focusing on your game, your

green. Taking place with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., this

surroundings, and the great cause behind the entire day.

tournament will feature intermingling celebrity golf teams, a silent

Based in Cumming, Elite Roofing & Restoration, a full service gen-

auction, raffle, door prizes, putting contests, an awards reception with

eral contracting team specializing in roofing and repairs, prides them-

live music, and awareness of a close-to-home issue within our com-

selves on over 25 years of satisfaction and service in the area. They

munity. A Hole in One and Longest Drive contest among others will

strive to serve Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett,

entice all players to compete at their highest potential. With teams

Lumpkin and Pickens Counties and continue giving back to these

of four taking their time at the tee while strategizing against local

areas through their work and their charitable efforts. As such, Elite

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Roofing & Restoration and Family Promise are working closer than

the resources and opportunities to get back into their own home

ever to alleviate the number of homeless families.

again and even acquire the tools to sustain their independence. For

“We are also very proud and excited that Jeremy Johnson, president of Elite Roofing & Restoration, is one of the newest members on our board of directors,” says Jacob Granados, director of Family Promise of Forsyth County. Both Johnson and Granados look forward to the impact that the golf tournament will have and to the opportunity to inform our neighbors about this existing issue.

every dollar that’s invested in Family Promise of Forsyth County, $3 of goods and services are put back into the community. “When our supporters invest in Family Promise, they can do so knowing that their dollars are making a significant impact in the community and in the lives of the families we serve,” Granados says. Through the funds raised in May, homeless families and children will be provided with housing and food, life skills classes, financial

“Over 540 students in Forsyth County lack safe, stable, and secure

literacy classes, and assistance with saving money. Boasting a 74%

housing of their own and we need to people know about these chil-

success rate nationally, Family Promise operates knowing that almost

dren and be moved to action,” Granados says.

three-quarters of the lives they touch are provided with safe, secure

They believe that the local community will appreciate the dramatic impact that their participation can make among families and

and stable housing--and, they plan to extend that reach in Forsyth County through this upcoming tournament.

children in our city. Not only do the funds allow for food and supplies

The Manor Golf & Country Club, Facebook.com/ManorGCC,

to be purchased, but Family Promise also ensures that families earn

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (about 45 mins from Las Vegas)Â in August, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F, and the shaded canyons are a refuge from the heat. Alexa, who is a writer and photographer for the magazine was photographed here by Robert Evans.

Wish you were here...

Five Lifestyle Publications photographers share a travel moment.

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Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton

Giant sequoias, the largest (and among the oldest) living things on earth - Sequoia National Forest, California. Oana Hogrefe

D E N N I S M A L C O L M BY RO N A K A A L E S H A R P T O N AleSharpton.Blogspot.com

Sue G. Collins

Nicole Stephens

S U E G. C O L L I N S #SEESUEGO

“It’s Good!” Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI. Being an avid football fan,

Luckily, my flight home was delayed so I spent a few extra hours on

I had the pleasure of standing on the grounds of one of the most historic

the beautiful beach at the Sandals Grande Antigua and caught this

arenas in National Football League history—the Packers’ Lambeau

entrepreneur on her commute. The people of Antigua are as warm as

Field—during a Green Bay press trip. The day was too beautiful to not

the sunshine there. Shot with my iPhone 6s Plus.

capture it with the HTC 10 phone I was reviewing. Unforgettable.

OANA HOGREFE Shutterview.com

N I C O L E S T E P H E N S NicoleStephensPhotos.com We were in Bushtops private reserve in Kenya for our sun-

Giant sequoias, the largest (and among the oldest) living

downer. Alfred was setting up the food and bar. He was with us

things on earth - Sequoia National Forest, California. Camera:

the entire time as he was interning for tourism at Bushtops. I was

Nikon D810 DSRL

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ARTICLE SUE G. COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY FREDRIK BRAUER

R U N WA Y FA S H I O N

Robanne Schulman, personal stylist of Plaid Monkey and Jamail Larkins, owner of Ascension Air flying out of PDK Airport.

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ou’ve decided on the dates and destination, made air and hotel reservations and loaded your bag with books and MAGAZINES. Now, time to pack. Ugh. We asked personal stylist to the stars, Robanne Schulman of Plaid Monkey Buckhead to shop for travel-friendly outfits that will turn heads. We shot Robanne and her three favorite travel picks at Ascension Air at Peachtree Dekalb Airport.   Ascension Air is the fastest growing provider of Cirrus SR22T Timeshares and the only company in the U.S. to offer Personally-Flown Jet Timeshares. It’s much more reasonable than you might think!  Their innovative platforms provide unprecedented availability to a f leet of meticulously maintained aircraft at a price point comparable to that of sole ownership of a substantially older and technologically inferior airplane. Their on-site Concierge Service provided by Ascension Air’s Aircraft Coordinators makes f lying more enjoyable and far less stressful. Providing aircraft pre-f light inspections, baggage loading, valet parking, and more, our team creates an experience unlike any other. “Operating in Atlanta and South Florida, we are currently expanding into other markets and are well on our way to becoming the number one Personally-Flown Aircraft Timeshare company in the country,” says Ascension President Jamail Larkins.

GET THE LOOK White printed shift dress by Raquel Allegra White heels, Henry Beguelin, T.Boutique Floral Wide Leg Pant, Giada Forte, T. Boutique Black Lace up top, Alexander Wang, Nordstrom Black espadrilles, Celine  Blue and white striped slit pant, Faithful the brand, T. Boutique  Cold shoulder bell sleeve top, ALC, Intermix Shoes, Robanne’s own Cross leather choker necklace, Velina Jewelry, T. Boutique Sunglasses by Salle Opticians, Phipps Plaza Makeup by Angela Weilbacher. Hair by Taylor Graham

CONTINUED >

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RUNWAY FASHION (CON TI N U ED)

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RUNWAY FASHION (CON TI N U ED)

Robanne shopped at Intermix, Nordstrom and T. Boutique in Alpharetta  T. BOUTIQUE

3719 Old Alabama Road. ShopTBoutique.com NORDSTROM

Perimeter Mall and Phipps Plaza INTERMIX

The Shops Buckhead IntermixOnline.com SALLE OPTICIANS, PHIPPS PLAZA

SalleOpticians.com ASCENSION AIR

AscensionAir.net PLAID MONKEY

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Richie Arpino and Mitchell Anderson

Chris and Tom Glavine Photo by Lynn Crow photography at CURE Believe Ball Christine Pullara Newton and Jim Newton

Kimberley Kennedy

Jamail Larkins

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BEST VACAY ever! ARTICLE SUE G. COLLINS

JAMAIL LARKINS, PRESIDENT, ASCENSION AIR

My most memorable vacation probably has to be to Costa Rica for my 30th birthday. Myself and seven friends went on a five-day excursion filled with deep sea fishing, white water rafting, zip lining,

CHRIS AND TOM GLAVINE, HALL OF FAME PITCHER, 22 SEASONS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, INCLUDING 17 WITH THE ATLANTA BRAVES, ATLANTA PHILANTHROPISTS

"For my wife's 50th I surprised her with a trip to Parrot Cay In the

and partying! One of the best trips of my life.

Turks. We had a villa steps from the ocean. The four days of sun and

relaxation were incredible. We loved the privacy and enjoyed each

VESTA LUGG, FROM CHILE TO BROOKHAVEN

Vesta has relocated to Brookhaven to break into the American

other's company. The resort was great and the spa was incredible!" — Tom Glavine, GOGOLD4KIDS #ChildhoodCancerAwareness 

entertainment industry. She is best-known in Latin America for her starring role on “Bakan” or BKN, the longest running teen television

CHRISTINE PULLARA NEWTON, BROOKHAVEN, HOST OF NBC'S

show in Chile, often compared to Beverly Hills 90210. Her new single,

ATLANTA & COMPANY ON WXIA-TV

Turn off the Lights, is available on iTunes and Spotify. "My best friend

"My husband, Jim and I went to Italy last summer for our 10-year

and I decided to hit the streets of Paris and its Fashion Week. Being

anniversary celebration. We decided on a whim to change the trip up

fashion lovers, it was a dream come true to take the time to see the

a bit and spent two nights in Positano. Best decision we made! The

city and enjoy the epicenter of this art at its fullest. At one show we

views, the food, the people... it was truly magical!"

were seated beside Christian Louboutin himself, chatted to Vivianne Westwood backstage about her newest collection and had a glass of

RICHIE ARPINO AND MITCHELL ANDERSON

some of the best champagne with some of fashion's most influential

Richie Arpino, owner of The Richie Arpino Salon in Buckhead

editors. Not only was it an incredible and inspiring trip, it was my first

and his partner Mitchell Anderson, who is the owner of Metrofresh,

time in Europe, and that made it all the more special."

recently embarked on a vacation to South America, Buenos Aires, and Patagonia to celebrate Richie's magical birthday and to cele-

KIMBERLEY KENNEDY, EMMY AWARD-WINNING

brate their 20 years together. "Buenos Aires was perfect! The food,

JOURNALIST AND PRODUCER

the wine, the markets with inexpensive leather items, the gracious

"Without a doubt the most memorable trip I have ever taken was to

people, all of that PLUS a side trip to the ski resort in Patagonia. The

Israel and the Holy Land with my church, Peachtree Presbyterian, in

spectacular views, fun little hidden spots and cafes and the all around

October 2015. To walk where Jesus walked and to have the stories of

pleasant weather and beauty made their first trip to South America a

the Bible come alive in such a real way was not only fascinating, but

wonderful adventure."

life-changing. Being a political junkie, it also was important for me to learn both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hands down the highlight? Being re-baptized in the Jordan River!"

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A VIEW FROM THE TOP THE SWAG OFFERS FRIENDLY LUXURY

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY SUE G. COLLINS

A foggy afternoon still offers opportunities

ith an hour to go before my first class at The Swag’s cooking school, I grabbed one of the chilled water bottles thoughtfully set out for resort guests and walked 10 feet through an opening in the split rail fence to a Great Smoky Mountain National Park trail. Jake Osburn, the chipper sous chef serving the hearty and healthy breakfast that morning, suggested I head to Hemphill Bald, climbing up a few hundred feet over a mile or so. The well-marked trail was quiet and I pressed ahead hoping to catch a glimpse of the  Cataloochee Valley below. I arrived the night before in the dark and that morning when I walked from my private cabin to the lodge (elev. 5,000 ft.), the valley below was lined with a carpet of puffy white clouds. So, as I set off on my hike, I really had no idea where I was. 

To be clear, I did know I had arrived at The Swag resort after a quick, three-hour drive from Atlanta and that the luxurious country inn was set on 250 acres in near, Waynesville, NC. What I didn’t realize, until I reached the Bald, was that I was at the top of the world.  The view at the top took away what little breath I had left. The morning clouds had lifted and the valley spread out below, thin threads of country roads and trails and the Caldwell Ford creek  winding through the green hills dotted with plumes of smoke from cabins far below. I startled a rafter of wild turkeys (with two weeks until Thanksgiving, they were plump but fast) and they took f light into the valley. With only 15 minutes to get back to The Swag, I jogged down the winding trail along the Cataloochee Divide, kicked off my muddy shoes, tied on my official white SWAG apron and snapped to attention as Chef Ernest Bledsoe and Jake were assigning stations to the other seven students.  We learned to uniformly sear beef tenderloin, use a chef ’s knife to carefully slice perfect portions then delicately wrap our blanched asparagus spears and our homemade blue cheese mousse. Perfect post-hike snack! Jake's rosettes of mousse ruled. CONTINUED >

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Stop to look around while you're at The Swag

Wild turkeys alighted at Hemphill Bald upon my arrival

The Swag

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Road Trip

(CON TI N U ED)

A fellow writer pauses

Every guest takes home a walking stick

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Dan and Deener Matthews are the secret ingredient at The Swag

Swag rides

The Swag’s cooking school season continues May 22-24, and is free to guests, as are the birding and wildlife hikes with learned guides, painting and printmaking classes (paired, of course, with an inspiring morning hike), yoga, storytelling circles and after dinner song fests around the huge wood fire place in the living room. Gourmet dinners are served family style or at sweet private tables under the grand wood beams. You chose your meal entrees at the beginning of the day and can opt to have lunch ready in a to-go bag or a back pack (shall we squeeze in another hike?). After the entertaining morning cooking class, I grabbed my back pack and followed the week’s event leader Kathy Peters along a more challenging trail leading to a quiet waterfall past the pond and badminton court. We enjoyed a memorable meal somewhere along the way, then learned to sear duck breasts to perfection in the afternoon cooking class, leaving me time for a soak in the outdoor hot tub and a nap before a lovely dinner. If you’re very lucky (and you’ll be made to feel like the luckiest, most important guest ever, during your stay) you’ll dine with owners Dan and Deener Matthews. Their warm and generous spirit is infectious and by the end of dinner, my new friends have shared deep life stories, hopes, disappointments, dreams. The Swag is a very special place. 


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SEMINOLES & SUNSHINE DESERVING ALPHARETTA BOY RECEIVES FSU ROOM MAKEOVER FROM SUNSHINE ON A RANNEY DAY NON-PROFIT ARTICLE MARIA SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLE W PHOTOGRAPHY

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O

n a recent sunny Saturday, Kyle,

on to have an outstanding 12-year career

an 11-year-old Alpharetta boy,

in the NFL, spending most of his time with

received the surprise of his short

the Atlanta Falcons.

life! The ultimate Florida State

When asked why he wanted to be a part

Seminole’s football fan, Kyle had his bed-

of this event, Dunn answered simply. “I was

room totally renovated by the non-profit,

taught to give back. It was ingrained in me. I

Sunshine on a Ranney Day, to resemble the

feel responsible for paying back all that was

FSU locker room.

given to me and my family one hundred-fold.”

Kyle was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is gradually losing

And then he added, “Plus, I like to see people smile. I like to make their day brighter.”

muscle strength throughout his body. He is

Dunn is no stranger to giving back. He

now confined to a wheelchair, which has made

established Warrick Dunn Charities during

it more difficult to do things independently.

his playing career and has continued to give

Local businesses, including Mohawk Flooring,

back to that endeavor ever since. His “Homes

Angela Means Design, Reliable Heating & Air,

for the Holidays” has provided homes for 150

and others, came together to transform a down-

economically-disadvantaged families over

stairs bedroom in Kyle’s home into “Coach Kyle’s

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Room.” The bedroom and adjoining bathroom are now totally wheel chair accessible.

It was a natural fit for Dunn to team up with Sunshine on a Ranney Day. The organization,

Kyle’s father played football at FSU and

founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney,

Kyle dreams about coaching his beloved

renovates homes for children with special

Seminoles. To help him feel more like a

needs, like Kyle, and helps to restore hope

coach, there are signed Florida State mem-

to the whole family along the way. They have

orabilia throughout the room. He even got a

created partnerships with local companies

surprise message from Coach Jimbo Fisher,

and donors and offer these room makeovers

who offered to give Kyle a VIP game day

at no cost to families.

experience at one of the games this year. At the room renovation reveal, one of the

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Alpharetta Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

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Baths

Windward

$1,799,000

$1,485,000

83%

46

5

6

Ellard

$1,475,000

$1,350,000

92%

106

6

6

Hopewell Plantation

$1,099,000

$1,044,000

95%

400

6

4

Windward

$950,000

$890,000

94%

171

5

5

Creek Crossing

$879,000

$867,000

98%

12

6

5

Country Club of the South

$800,000

$768,000

96%

268

5

4

Country Club of the South

$819,000

$773,000

94%

569

6

4

Saint Regis

$799,000

$765,000

96%

87

6

6

Providence at Atlanta National $715,000

$685,124

96%

34

5

5

Windward

$699,000

$650,000

93%

18

5

4

Palisades

$679,000

$650,000

96%

39

5

4

Windward

$689,000

$640,000

93%

171

6

5

Brookshade

$599,000

$587,200

98%

229

5

4

Deerlake

$589,900

$567,500

96%

51

5

4

Bellemeade Farms

$625,000

$550,000

88%

124

6

4

Palisades

$565,000

$563,500

99%

96

4

3

Windward

$559,000

$542,500

97%

22

4

4

Seven Oaks

$575,000

$544,000

95%

352

5

5

White Columns

$639,900

$515,000

80%

451

5

6

Tuxford

$500,000

$495,000

99%

2

5

4

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Lifestyle Calendar

May MAY 4 TASTE OF ALPHARETTA HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendars to dine in Historic Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Alpharetta.Ga.us

MAY 6

MAY 16 ELITE ROOFING & RESTORATION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

FOOD THAT ROCKS

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Family Promise of Forsyth County, supporting homeless children

With more than 20 favorite Sandy Springs restaurants partici-

and adults will benefit from funds that will be raised on May 16 at

pating, Food That Rocks is sure to please! Attendees will also

The Manor Golf and Country Club. The first Elite Roofing & Res-

enjoy wine, beer, and cocktail tastes and live music from local

toration Charity Golf Tournament plans to bring our city togeth-

musicians. FoodThatRocks.org

er for an enjoyable yet meaningful day on the green. Contact EGACharity@gmail.com or 678.781.1998.

MAY 27 - 29 ALPHARETTA ARTS STREETFEST DOWNTOWN ALPHARETTA This three-day event will host more than 90 regional and national artisans whose colorful and whimsical artwork will certainly make a splash in this charming district of Alpharetta. The popular Streetfest will feature live music, entertaining and hands-on children’s activities, and of course, great cuisine from local eateries and street eats in the

MAY 7

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SPRING CONCERT: ON MY JOURNEY PRESENTED BY

MAY 27

ALPHARETTA COMMUNITY CHORUS

LEGO GIRLS

ALPHARETTA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

BRICK CLUB

Featuring Requiem by Gabriel Fauré with soloists Arietha Lockhart,

ALPHARETTA

soprano, and John LaForge, baritone, with chamber orchestra, and

PRESBYTERIAN

with Special Guests Chattahoochee Chamber Singers, Jennie Fabi-

CHURCH

anski, Director. The concert is free, but donations will be collected

Calling all LEGO Girls!

with a portion of the proceeds being donated to support the survivors

Bring your LEGO and play

of the South Georgia storms. AlphaChorus.wordpress.com

with other girls in a fun

MAY 10

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LYFEWELL OPENS

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your own LEGO! Please visit GirlsBrickClub.com to register for the

Grand opening for this beautiful new clinic. Beverages and snacks

5/27 session and 6/24 session. Girls Brick Club sessions are hosted

will be provided. Ribbon cutting and celebration. LyfeWell.com

at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.

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Parting Thoughts

Festivals For The Rest of us ARTICLE DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON

A

re you ready for the second half of 2017? These food, bever-

OYSTER COOK-OFF AT THE HANGOUT

age and music festivals will help you look forward to it!

WHERE:

after a long winter, here are some festivals throughout the nation—

Gulf Shores is becoming a very popular destination along the 32-mile

plus one north of the U.S. border—our travel expert Dennis Malcolm

Alabama coastline especially due to great weather, sugar-white

Byron--aka beer expert Ale Sharpton--strongly recommends espe-

sands, friendly natives, and burgeoning culinary scene. Well, you can

cially for foodies, music fans, and yes, lovers of the suds.

enjoy these attractions during the 10th annual Oyster Cook-Off where

As the weather gets warmer and vacations become imperative

INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL WHERE:

Montreal, Quebec

WHEN: June

28th to July 8th, 2017

WHEN:

Gulf Shores, Alabama

November 3rd and 4th

more than 70 chefs literally from coast to coast show off their mouthwatering interpretations of oyster preparation in three categories— Raw, Rockefeller and Cajun. All stationed at an awesome outdoor/ indoor venue called The Hangout, there is also a beer fest featuring

The city of Montreal is already gorgeous especially during the month

20-plus breweries on Friday night complete with live music to kick off

of June. Conversations in French fill the air, eclectic shopping lines the

its fun-filled weekend.

streets, and gorgeous natural attractions such as Mount Royal Park

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aka Parc du Mont-Royal provide the backdrop for what Guinness Book

declares the world’s largest jazz festival. Ten days of eargasmic music

WHERE TO STAY:

includes jazz greats such as Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Robert

home. Besides Emerald Skye’s condos where I stayed on my last visit,

Glasper and Wynton Marsalis, but there are also legendary acts rep-

check out Meyer vacation rentals since they have so many choices to

resenting other music genres including Kool & The Gang, Bob Dylan,

consider along Gulf Shores’ picturesque waters.

Joe Jackson and Lauryn Hill slated to perform for this year’s 38th

MeyerRe.com

I would consider a rental property so you really feel at

edition. The Festival attracts two million visitors every year, so they The World Food Championships—the globe’s largest Food

did their math and made sure more 3,000 musicians from 30 different

NOTE:

countries perform in 15 concert halls and eight stages outdoors. Oh,

Sport competition—starts a few days later November 8th through

and two thirds of the performances are free! Now that’s numbers!

the 14th featuring more than 1,200 contestants from 14 countries

MontrealJazzFest.com

chopping, stirring and grilling their way to being crowned the best. I'm getting my jaws ready for both eating extravaganzas and plan to

WHERE TO STAY:

Other hotel options are close, but I consider the Hyatt

Regency Montréal imperative because it is centrally based in all the action, you can rub elbows with many of the musicians who not only

stay the entire week. WorldFoodChampionships.com

stay there, but often have jam sessions until the sun rises.

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Montreal.Regency.Hyatt.com

WHERE: Atlanta, WHEN:

GREAT AMERICAN BEER FEST WHERE: WHEN:

Denver, Colorado

October 5th through 7th

Georgia

June 1st through 4th

Within four days, more than 180 of the nation’s top culinary and beverage authorities light up Atlanta’s already bustling Midtown scene for arguably the best food festival in Georgia. Complete with numerous

Since 1982, the "GABF" has rocked Denver every year and for good

seminars, cooking demonstrations, book signings, beverage tastings,

reason. Recognized as the biggest beer fest and competition in the

and the most popular outdoor attraction— the tasting tents—everyone

country, breweries assure everyone will enjoy all three days in sipping

leaves as a well-informed gourmand once the weekend concludes.

bliss.Trade shows, seminars, optional brewery tours, and jumping

Consider some of the special passes for access to top-notch private

parties at surrounding tap-pulling stations such as the Falling Rock

events as well. I make sure AF&WF is in my summer plans every year.

Tap House, Great Divide, Hops & Pie, and Freshcraft throughout this

AtlFoodAndWineFestival.com

uplifting metropolis complete the experience. GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com

WHERE TO STAY:

There are numerous hotels within blocks of the Festival,

but the grandiose Loews Hotel is hosting this event, so it's a no-brainer WHERE TO STAY:

There are a lot of choices, but the Grand Hyatt Denver

to book a room here. Great shopping, museums, top-notch dining

is a foolproof option just steps away from all the action. 

destinations and nightlife serve as its playground as well.

Denver.Grand.Hyatt.com

LoewsHotels.com/Atlanta-Hotel

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