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Happy Summer, BuckHaven!


ust when I think this job couldn’t get any better, someone comes up with the great idea to do a July feature about the unique and fab summer cocktails being shaken and stirred around BuckHaven. Lucky for me, the wonderfully talented photographer, Dennis Malcolm Byron, was willing to come along for our afternoon of “research,” and help sip and shoot the gorgeous cocktails we chose to introduce to you. Our friends at UBER set us up with cars so we didn’t have to worry about anything except where to find the best lighting. I recommend you, too, get the UBER app and enjoy a safe and carefree summer around town. Check out some of my favorite chill tunes and share yours on our Facebook page. We love to hear from you! Have a great summer,

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Beloved Educator Saluted

The Pace Academy community bid farewell to retiring Head of Lower School Anna Valerius after 31 years, lining the Lower School driveway wearing T-shirts that read, “I Love Mrs. V.�

Third graders Reed Millner, Kaci McCray, Emery Duncan, Millie Gray, Dhru Lalaji and Rebecca Thompson

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Design for Social Impact offers a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs from the region are using design to solve modern problems. Through August 3 on Peachtree across from The High Museum. Photography Luke Nowicki

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Around Town Student Success

Julian’s Skincare Michele Probst, Nashville-based founder of Menaji Men’s Skincare, spent the afternoon at Julian’s Cosmetics + Skincare recently unveiling her new product line. Mënaji Skincare is the world’s pioneer in men’s skincare products, and as the demands for the $33 billion male grooming market swiftly increase, Mënaji Skincare has expanded its market to include Atlanta. Today, men are the number one target in the beauty and grooming industries—leading drugstores to double their shelf space to meet the demands of the rapidly expanding male market. Women are always gorgeous, too, at Julian’s. BHL Editor Sue Collins was lucky enough to have Julian Reynolds work his magic and do her makeup for Buckhaven’s two-year anniversary party and claims she never looked so good! Julian’s is located in Town Brookhaven. 678.785.5045

Daycamp Done Right This summer, Barnsley Resort is offering exciting new programs for families that include Fairy Godmother surprises and the Explorers Club, daytime activities perfect for children ages 5-12. The Explorers Club is available to guests Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program offers fun and educational activities like “Grow What You Sow,” “Horsin’ Around,” “Tyin’ and Flyin,’” and “A Trek Through Time” to entertain young guests. The Family Fun package is available from $299 per night, including admission for two children in the Explorers Club for each night’s stay through August 28. 770.773.7480

The Buckhead Hotel Council (BHC) is pleased to present five North Atlanta High School students with academic scholarships as part of its continued commitment to the Buckhead community. Natane Dillahunt, James Jones, Shaniece White, Emma Holderread and Kali Jeffrey received the Buckhead Hotel Council Scholarship for outstanding academic performance. Natane Dillahunt is an aspiring business owner and entrepreneur. She plans to study business management and mass communications at Tennessee State University this fall. Dillahunt is also an avid musician, playing both the tuba and saxophone, and has earned many awards and scholarships for her work. James Jones is an active member of North Atlanta High School’s Future Business Leaders of America organization, serving as president during his junior year. He currently manages his family’s restaurant, BGR Grille, and will attend Morehouse College for business, marketing and computer programming this August. An Atlanta native, Shaniece White is passionate about building her future as a business woman. She has held many leadership roles during her high school career including secretary, vice president and president of Future Business Leaders of America and senior vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA). She is also a member of the Key and Beta clubs and a mentor through the Diamonds and Pearls Girls Mentoring Program. White will major in finance at Georgia State University this fall. Emma Holderread dedicates much of her time to North Atlanta High School’s video broadcasting department. She currently serves as CEO of the Warbotz robotics team and will attend Elon University in Elon, N.C., in the fall.

Trails Away The South Fork Conservancy’s plan to connect Buckhead to Emory University with a trail along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek received a double dose of support from The City of Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission recently. The Conservancy’s Trail Vision Plan was created by BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel with Perkins+Will in 2012. Working with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Heather Alhadeff steered the trail to design. Neighbors in Lindridge Martin Manor wanted the trail along the creek to compensate for the new overhead ramps. The trail edges the creek and connects Cheshire Bridge Road to Lindbergh Drive along a half mile of soft-surfaced trail. Almost complete, it should open this summer. The Conservancy’s work benefitted from support by MillionMile Greenway and the Kendeda Fund, which provided critical early funding. Check out the trailhead location for Confluence/Cedar Chase Trail at The Cul-de-sac at 2100 Armand Rd. and for Zonolite Park at 1100 Zonolite Place. The South Fork Conservancy is a growing 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of Atlanta’s creeks and connecting Atlanta’s communities through a comprehensive network of creekside trails.

Calling All Beauty Junkies Bluemercury, the nation’s largest luxury beauty retailer and spa, has opened its doors at Buckhead Market Place. “Atlanta has been on our short list for some time, and we finally 10 | July 2014

found the perfect spot in Buckhead Market Place,” says Co-founder Marla Beck. “Buckhead is seeing a true resurgence in luxury retail, and with the combination of luxe brands and the welcoming, neighborhood feel of our shops, we’ve made the best choice for our first Atlanta home.” A sanctuary for the beauty obsessed, Bluemercury combines more than 90 brands of personal care products with personalized, expert advice for the ultimate customer experience.

Katie Bush, Summer Sizzle Co-chair; Kate Myers, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Katie Stewart, Summer Sizzle Co-chair

Save the Date The hottest party of the summer is back! The 4th annual Summer Sizzle to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will take place on Friday, August 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the chic Summerour Studios in Midtown. Guests will enjoy innovative catering by Endive, summer cocktails and music by the Bradley Cole Smith Band, followed by a late-night DJ and dancing. There will also be an exciting silent auction, featuring rare art and travel deals. Tickets are $125 and generally sell out in advance. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kate Myers at

Gorgeous Carpets Bostan Carpets is now fully open for business at ADAC and everyone is welcome to the updated, sophisticated showroom where their passion is to offer the finest carpets for the finest homes. As the manufacturer, Bostan’s production process ensures that each carpet is held to the July 2014 | 11

highest standards in all areas from the initial design to the last finishing touch, producing an elegant and exclusive piece every time. Visit 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with or without your designer, at 349 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite B2B, in ADAC West, 404.600.2959 (appointments preferred).

NEW SAIL IN TOWN Bavaria Yachts USA has announced the opening of its U.S. corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Since bringing this global sailing yacht brand to the U.S. in June of 2011, Bavaria Yachts USA continues its impressive growth story. The Atlanta location will serve as the corporate hub for Bavaria Yachts’ growing network of factory-direct sales and service locations across the U.S. Bavaria Yachts’ Atlanta office is located in the Gallery Uptown at the foot of the Invesco Building, front and center on Peachtree Street, residing over the bustling transition between Atlanta’s Midtown and Buckhead districts. This location will serve as the company’s national corporate headquarters, and a satellite sales location, as well as a “Port of Call” for Bavaria owners residing in, or visiting Atlanta. Bavaria Yachts offers two sailing yacht model ranges, the Vision Series (42 and 46), and the Cruiser Series (6 models ranging from 33’ - 56’). All Bavaria models are designed in partnership with Farr Yacht Design (Naval Architecture) and Design Unlimited (Deck and Interior Styling).

Water World The eye of a massive storm made landfall in Atlanta, as Six Flags Over Georgia announced the opening of its all-new water park, Hurricane Harbor, on May 30. The largest expansion in the park’s 47-year history, Hurricane Harbor boasts four new water attractions, including the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide, spans seven acres and is free with admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. The editor and her family loved playing in the 4-foot waves in 38,000-square-foot Calypso Bay wave pool (zero to 6-feet deep). Their favorite was the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide, Tsunami Surge. Fast and massive! Hurricane Harbor is super clean and offers up shade and plenty of action. Check it out at 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, or at 12 | July 2014

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on’t be fooled by the fresh faces and youthful style of the chic young women of Annie Griffin Collection. These two Atlanta sisters have more clout and a better business acumen than fashionistas twice their age. This Buckhead-based clothing brand, headed by sisters (and business partners) Annie Griffin, 30, and Robin Gerber, 26, is growing in its fifth year with bold new lines and national distributors. The members of their small but mighty office staff are all 30 or younger and each brings their own strengths and flare to the team. For many of the women, it’s their first job

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post-college and all are quite proud of how they help keep Annie Griffin Collection not only humming, but seriously thriving. Annie, who is the creative side of the endeavor, studied art in college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and after moving to Atlanta worked for an interior designer and attended Savannah College of Art and Design. Sister Robin, manages the sales and marketing arm of Annie Griffin Collection and found herself working at a fashion PR firm in New York City after graduating from the University of Georgia. Soon their combined passion, strengths and experience found Robin back in Atlanta, joining her sister’s growing business. “After starting the business in July 2009, and being on my own the first season, Robin came along at the perfect time. She gave me the confidence and push I needed,” explains Annie. “I was completely out of my league when it came to sales, so having my sister and best friend join my team was the exact thing I needed.” Each collection offers gorgeous colors and patterns, quality fabrics, and cuts and shapes that are timeless and flatter countless figures. Griffin is a highly detail-oriented person and sends out only the finest clothing creations, which keeps boutiques reordering for their excited clients. AGC is available at boutiques nationwide and locally at Poppy’s of Atlanta. When I ask about future goals, the excitement in Griffin’s voice is both evident and filled with gratitude. “I’m really excited about where we have come with our prints,” shares Griffin. “All of our prints are designed in-house and I look forward to see what the future holds for that aspect of the line. We would also love to open a flagship store eventually. In other big news, we are currently producing our first run for Anthropologie! The pieces will be available in June online and in Anthro retail stores across the southeast.” With amazing feedback on their summer 2014 line and Griffin’s son, Jack, turning 2 this fall, she looks forward to continuing her full life one day at a time,

balancing her time with her husband and son and her business. “It’s a really great feeling to see things going so well after what feels like such a long journey,” she says. With both sisters residing in the Buckhead area, Robin in Peachtree Hills and Annie closer to the west side, and having recently moved into their new offices on Miami Circle, Annie Griffin Collection continues to cement its ties to the Buckhead area, and far beyond beyond. Both attend St. Anne’s Church in Buckhead and regularly support the Shepherd Center, Atlanta Children’s Shelter and Dress for Success. The sky is the limit for these talented hometown ladies and we are thrilled to watch their glorious ride.


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he hills are alive with the sound of music…” Garden Hills Recreation Center, that is. This is because it is one of many performance locations for the sweet sounds of the Peachtree String Quartet (PSQ), a professional fine arts string quartet formed more than two years ago in Buckhead and composed of four Atlanta residents Christopher Pulgram (Director), John Meisner, Yang-Yoon Kim and Jennifer Humphreys. The quartet is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to bring the highest level of chamber music to Atlanta residents. Founded in 2011 by Pulgram, PSQ brings an innovative approach to Atlanta’s chamber music scene: a clear focus on string quartet music. Its musicians, who are all distinguished members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and have performed around the world as soloists and chamber musicians, enjoy performing for all ages of audiences including 9-year-old youth to 93-year-old music fans. Peachtree String Quartet’s first concert occurred in March of 2011 and yielded an audience of about 75. Pulgram, an Atlanta native and graduate of The Westminster Schools, notes that marketing the group was a grass roots project then. “I was out walking my dog with a friend and we stopped by my neighborhood Garden Hills Recreation Center,” Plugram says. “I thought to myself, we should play music here, this is the perfect spot for an intimate performance.” The ball got rolling when Pulgram notified friends and alumni about their first concert performance through email while Pulgram’s mother, also an Atlanta native, helped spread the word by inviting friends. The performance was a success and set the stage for future endeavors. “We’re lucky that attendance just keeps increasing with each performance,” notes Pulgram. “Our performances have grown to between 110 and 120 attendees today.” Peachtree String Quartet, which has a three-season performance window (the musicians separate in summer to perform in various parts of the world), have performed at many venues around the city which include Peachtree Presbyterian’s Chapel, various synagogues, Duluth 16 | July 2014

United Methodist Church, Eddie’s Attic and the Veteran’s Hospital for Disabled Veterans. Concerts, which cost $20 per adult and $10 for students/ youth, are accessible thanks to the generous support of PSQ’s sponsors like PH Wine Merchant in Garden Hills. Pulgram is enthusiastic in thanking PSQ’s supporters because they help create an experience. “PH Wine Merchant provides wine to enjoy after each concert,” says Pulgram. “Audience members gather with the musicians and enjoy a glass of wine, ask us questions. People enjoy talking to us after the concert is over. It’s an intimate experience and we love providing this personal feeling to our audience.” Musicians and audience alike often head to Anis Café & Bistro (also a PSQ supporter) apres concert to socialize and dine. Most of PSQ’s sponsorship comes from individuals and Pulgram notes that they are grateful to all those people who make their concerts possible. Like the music that PSQ plays, the overall symphony that PSQ creates, composed of individual notes like a personal experience for the audience, involved local support and beautiful chamber music performed in an intimate space- keep Peachtree String Quartet growing and thriving. Indeed, Atlanta is alive with the sound of music--string quartet music! The song promises to play on as Pulgram emphasizes, “We hope audience members leave our performances enriched, sharing in our love for the string quartet repertoire, which is the single greatest genre of classical music. If we can convey and share the fantastic emotion that exists in this music, we feel fulfilled.” For more information, visit

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Quenching the Summer Thirst Our Picks for BuckHaven’s Freshest Cocktails Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Dennis Malcolm Byron


hat makes the perfect summer cocktail? Lots and lots of ice, of course. But also, there’s a hint of something seasonally fresh, a sprig of summer shaken or stirred and a hint of zest. Or, is that tequila? Well, taste these for yourself at one of our favorite neighborhood watering holes and let us know what you think. ka, St-Germain Elderflower Liquor, fresh lime juice, and elderflower syrup. Served up, the drink is plenty cold and refreshing without all the ice to dilute its strength. Morning Glory, meanwhile, is a more savory answer for all you cocktail-lovers who want to sip something less sweet but nonetheless delicious. Made with St. George Gin, St-Germain Elderflower Liquor, English cucumber puree, and fresh lime juice, Morning Glory has an earthy, flowery bite to it that just begs for the outdoors. Have a seat

A warm and relaxed dining experience in an industrial interior decor, One Sushi + is a modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese restaurant. Sushi, sashimi and new Asian cuisine will be served tapas-style with a full bar in a relaxed dining atmosphere. One Sushi + is a high-end sushi concept located in the heart of Brookhaven with interior seating along with an outdoor patio. Guests can sample from a variety of fresh sushi options including the “U.N.” prepared with lobster tempura, spicy crab, spicy tuna and seared rib-eye steak; or the “picante” roll with mild spicy yellowtail and salmon. Sashimi fans will also revel with the fresh chilled and raw options including the Poke, hand-cut tuna, and the Paper Thin Flounder.

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The One Sushi + Go ahead, take a sip

Our two favorites were the Grapefruit Martini and the Morning Glory. The One’s Grapefruit Martini is a very tasty blend of sweet and tart—a cloudy, light pink cocktail garnished with a beautiful slice of candied grapefruit. This drink is made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vod18 | July 2014

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The One Sushi +, at the corner of Dresden Drive and Caldwell Road in Brookhaven offers up small plates as not-too-much-but-just-right accompaniments to these summer cocktails. Suite 1000, 2523 Caldwell Rd NE, Brookhaven 404.869.6988

Yebo Meet the maker

The bar staff at Yebo has one common goal: to give you an exceptional experience. Whether you are looking for the perfect South African wine to pair with your meal, searching for your new favorite cocktail or in the

Yebo mood for something unique that isn’t even listed on the menu, Yebo can make that happen. Members of the bar staff are known for making all of the classic cocktails, while creating new unique drinks like the Zulu, composed of vodka, St. Germaine, fresh lemon and lime, and cucumber.


Smokebelly Meet the maker

You’ll find friendly and skilled bartenders in gingham and plaid ready to mix up something nice for you at one of two bars.

Go ahead, take a sip

Go ahead, take a sip

The Yebo Mule While the drink itself has nothing to do with Moscow or Mules, this longtime ginger beer favorite is the comeback kid. This cocktail that is as easy to make as it is to drink, simply combine vodka and ginger beer, pour over ice and squeeze a lime on top then add garnish and enjoy. Served in a signature YEBO copper mug to keep the drink fantastically cold, this drink is perfect to enjoy outside on a hot summer night. $6 every Monday for Buckhaven readers and friends.

Southern Pina Mezcal, pineapple juice, muddled jalepeno, agave syrup, lime juice

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16 at the bar, 36 lounge-style seats on the patio Take it all in

Yebo (‘yeah’-boh) gets its name from a Zulu salutation and echoes the South African heritage of its founder, Justin Anthony. Touting a youthful take on the austere atmosphere that prevails in Buckhead, Yebo offers a playful menu, reminiscent of the tailored bites and craft cocktail movement sweeping the city. In addition to its creative menu which features items from ostrich sliders to the traditional bunny chow, the restaurants spiced orange walls, distressed woods with grasscloth accents and bold patterns, breeds whimsical warmth that welcomes diners to linger. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd NE 404.467.4988

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22 stools at two indoor bars, 70 seats on patio Take it all in

Just opened on East Andrews, Smokebelly looks like a road-side barbecue joint that has had a fine facelift for modern diners. Complementing all your favorite barbecue plates are “Skinny Fixins,” like watermelon-smoked feta salad and chilled smoked trout. Smart and tasty! Welcome to the neighborhood, friends. 128 East Andrews Dr 404.848.9100

Ocean Prime Meet the maker

Lydia Turner is from England and has been living in the States for five years now. She has a background in hospitality and has managerial experience in both restaurants and retail. At Ocean Prime, she began as a server and was quickly promoted to lead trainer, then supervisor and later advanced to dining room manager of the restaurant concept’s Tampa location, one of the busiest in the country. From there, she was promoted to assistant general manager and then beverage manager of Ocean continued >

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quenching the summer thirst (continued)

Ocean Prime


Prime Atlanta. Turner is full of energy and has a positive attitude about EVERYTHING! She truly believes you become the way you think. Always putting her associates first, she believes in the creative process of the hospitality industry and pours love and passion into all she creates.

Go ahead, take a sip

Go ahead, take a sip

10 seats at bar, 42 seats on patio

Caribbean Mule Bacardi 8 rum, domaine de Canton, house-made sour and old fashioned bitters

Take it all in

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25 seats at bar, 32 seats on the patio Take it all in

Ocean Prime is a modern American supper club that serves prime fish, prime steaks, award-winning wines and handcrafted cocktails in a captivating atmosphere with timeless elegance and genuine hospitality. Guests enjoy live music in the Blu Lounge piano bar along with al fresco dining on the outdoor terrace. 3102 Piedmont Rd NE 404.846.0505

Saltyard Meet the maker

Melinda Skinner heads the bar program at Saltyard. She has helped create signature craft cocktail menus for three restaurants, perfecting her craft in a multitude of places, from hotels to restaurants, sports bars to special events over the past seven years. What Melinda enjoys most about bartending is the unique interactions with guests, and the many roles she gets to play within the one role. According to Melinda, beyond the traditional responsibilities of bartending, on any given day she can be “a problem solver, an advisor, a friend, a food critic, a concierge, an accountant, a coach, a performer or a wizard.” 20 | July 2014

Swift Kick in the Tito Tito’s vodka, fresh jalapeno & basil, simple syrup, lime Have a seat

In some ancient cultures, salt was a rare commodity that was given to guests as a sign of hospitality and friendship; eating salt under someone’s roof created a bond of obligation between a guest and host. These traits have become the core ingredients for Saltyard’s philosophy. They are obliged to make this human connection between what is on the plate and in the glass, and the long-standing relationship with friends, farms, artisanal purveyors, and our Atlanta neighbors. They are excited to bring Atlanta a true social house where guests come for dinner but stay for the spirited and engaging atmosphere. Tell them you are a BuckHaven reader and try a Swift Kick in the Tito for $5. Cheers! 1820 Peachtree Rd NW 404.382.8088

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Four Fun Outings Near Home Article Ruksana Hussain | Photography Georgia Department of Natural Resources, High Museum, Austin Holt


es, school’s out. Yes, it is summer. Yes, you are invariably going to be at the receiving end of ‘I’m bored’ chiming at you all day. Fear not! Here is a roundup of just the right bunch of fun activities for your restless young ones. For the green-thumbed: Trees Atlanta has an exciting new summer camp for Atlanta high school students! The inaugural Junior TreeKeepers Program offers five days of interactive and handson activities in environmental science. Children will explore 200-year-old forests, learn about GPS orienteering, participate in nature projects, and have fun with scavenger hunts and biking. Field trips to local attractions such as the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and Stone Mountain are included. A summertime extension of Trees Atlanta’s popular youth environmental education program, offered for free to more than 20 schools in the metro Atlanta area, Junior TreeKeepers educates children about Atlanta’s urban forests, pollinator insects, community connections and environmental stewardship. If you’re looking to get the kids out of the house and out exploring this summer, register them for Junior TreeKeepers with

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1959 Cadillac Cyclone For the creatively-inclined: The High Museum’s latest exhibit “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” is for both the design devils and the car crazies. Inventive, historic concept cars are on display including some of the rarest, most imaginative designs by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. Bringing together 17 concept cars from across Europe and the U.S. from the early 1930s to the 21st century, the exhibit pairs conceptual drawings, patents and scale models with realized cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities. Highlights include the electric bubble car, Scarab, the genesis of the contemporary minivan, and the BMW “GINA Light Visionary Model” featuring an exterior made of fabric, among others. Visit for details.

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For the adventure-mongers: Georgia State Parks offer a pleth-

ora of options. Archery ranges abound at Elijah Clark, Panola Mountain, and Victoria Bryant State Parks. While there is a small fee to use most archery ranges, Tallulah Gorge has a range available free of charge and you can bring your own equipment or rent from park offices. You can also saddle up and indulge in some equestrian activities at several Georgia state parks including Cloudland Canyon which has new riding trails. Most parks also provide equestrian campsites, horse stalls and riding rings, and equestrian adventures for every level. Also, have you considered Geocaching? Using just your smart phone and a GPS app, search dozens of state parks and historic site locations to discover hidden containers or caches. In other words, a modern day treasure hunt, and you can join the “GeoCampers” for such events at Red Top Mountain State Park.


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And if you simply want an indoor space where you can spend hours on end (and it’s not a mall) then consider perfecting your bowling skills all summer long. Keep your wallet and your kids happy with the Stars and Strikes Kids Bowl Free Program. Choose from five Georgia locations. The Sandy Springs location also has the 710 Grille attached if you want to catch a quick bite as well. Children under the age of 15 who have registered for the program receive two free games of bowling, Monday through Saturday, all summer long. All you cover is the shoe rental! The program runs through August 31 and is the perfect blend of fun and physical activity, especially if your children don’t tire easily. Visit for details.

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Hot Summer Looks for a Cool Girl Article Sue G. Collins


his summer makeup trends are bolder and sexier than ever evoking visions of petal pink gloss, rosy cheeks and shimmery eyes and are surprisingly easy to pull off for the not-so-savvy makeup lover. Our friends at Julian’s Cosmetics & Skincare at Town Brookhaven hooked us up with these fab tips for looking cool and fresh during this hot BuckHaven month. Julian Reynolds is a renowned makeup artist who designed his new shop to bring us all our favorite beauty services big names in cosmetics at can-do prices. Orange lips

Summer is the season for sunshine and flowers. It is the burst of the fresh orange lips! Orange is the new red. The bold orange lip was seen in print and on the runways all over the world this season. You can get the look at home with the MAC Orange lipstick, Ellis Faas Hot lips L402 or Gorgeous Cosmetics Quinn lip stick. Bright colors blue and green on the lids

Bright color on the lids is another popular trend this season. These fluorescent colors yellow, green, orange, pink and blue gives a pop of color to the face. This look should be a little messy with the colors blending in to each other. To take this look to the next level you can add a color liner for more drama. 24 | July 2014

White shadow

White shadow around the eyes maybe a little adventurous for the au natural girl but for some that loves colors this is great. You can get this look at home with Youngblood mineral eye shadow in Moonstone. Apply this all over from lash to brow and lower lash line to add depth to this look you can add corner or crease color. Au Naturale

This clean face no makeup look was seen on the runways in show like Jean Paul Gualtier and Proenza Schouler this spring. You can get this look in a few simple steps. Start with clean moisturized skin, use a primer to prep the skin followed with a under eye concealer dab a pinch of the concealer as needed to cover blemishes or reduce redness on the face. Add light bronzer or natural tone blush for warmth. Tight line the eye, add one coat of mascara and shine free lip balm to complete this look.

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A Mean, Green Fighting Fit Lawn Article Sue G. Collins


rowing up in Michigan, on a two acre lawn of flat Kentucky Bluegrass, I learned to drive our Sears Craftsman mower before I could ride a bike. I’m afraid our landscaping routine didn’t include much more than three hours of mowing and dumping bag after bag of cuttings into the adjoining empty field. Had we known about what the kind folks at NG Turf call Grasscycling, I am sure our lawn would have been healthier and more lush than the Jones’ next door! Lucky for you, we are sharing these mowing tips, just in time for your summer of fun. Q: Should I bag my clippings or leave them on the lawn after mowing? Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn after mowing. It saves time, effort and, when done properly, is good for the environment and health of the grass. According to one study, the time can be reduced by 35 minutes for each mowing. Grasscycling aids soil fertility because clippings rapidly decompose, returning nitrogen and other valuable nutrients to the soil.  Q: Define “Proper Mowing.” Proper mowing is the key to successful grasscycling. All mowers can be “grasscyclers,” and no special equipment is needed. However,

some manufacturers sell mower attachments that chop clippings into finer pieces and can improve a mower’s grasscycling performance. Proper mowing means: • Cutting the grass at the recommended height • Maintaining a sharp mower blade • Mowing when the grass is dry • Mowing often enough to remove no more than one-third of the plant height Q: Do clippings lead to thatch? It has been a commonly held belief that grass clippings were a major cause of thatch, and that removing clippings would slow thatch development. Research has determined that thatch buildup is caused by grass stems, shoots and roots – not clippings. Q: When do I fertilize my lawn this summer? A fertilization program should be based on lawn needs, maintenance practices and desired appearance and the turf variety will determine your specific “fertility schedule.”


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Saint Simons Island:

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n just a few hours drive from Atlanta you will land on the island of Saint Simons – one of many that form the Golden Isles along the Georgian coast. Along a semi-secluded stretch of the shoreline is nestled the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort – Saint Simons’ crowning glory and a member of the Historical Hotels of America, one of only six properties in the state. The island offers an enticing mix of natural beauty, rich history, quaint charm and fair weather all year round but the resort holds its own appeal, offering a 24/7 view of and private access to the beach, crowned by a sea-side pool. Early morning walks on the beach are no more a dream. Better yet, choose one of the oceanfront rooms for your stay and you can hear the sound of the waves all day and night. Built in 1935, the resort operated as a

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naval training facility and radar station during World War II. Previously a popular dance club, it was restored to its original glamour and remodeled as a luxury resort. Several stained glass windows around the resort speak volumes of the historic events witnessed at this venue. Make sure you see all nine. The King and Prince is also just minutes away from sight-seeing near the village pier’s Lighthouse Museum and Christ Church Frederica. Hit up a nighttime ghost tour with Lighthouse Trolleys or a historic Colonial Island trolley tour to learn more about this magical place. Fishing is welcome and encouraged on the island, too. You can opt for Credle’s Adventures dolphin tour or sail out on a shrimping trip aboard the Lady Jane. Staying active is easy. Bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards can be rented from local outfitters. Golf on your mind? Then you’ve come to one of Georgia’s finest at the King and Prince. Luxuriously designed amidst ancient oaks and vast salt marshes, it is one of the hottest golfing destinations in the nation. Of course, a coastal location guarantees fresh coastal cuisine and there are options aplenty to keep your appetite at bay. ECHO is the resort’s newly remodeled oceanfront restaurant. An open kitchen offers up a fresh, contemporary take on an easy-going vibe

that only island-time can offer. Grab a meal under the stars on the patio adjacent to the pool and almost on the ocean itself at peak tide times. With broad, sweeping views of the ocean, ECHO offers a delectable menu be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chef James Flack believes in keeping it local and nurturing long relationships with purveyors so be it the quail or the steak, shrimp and grits or desserts, rest assured chef knows where it was sourced and has added his special spin to the preparation and presentation. Personal lunch favorites were the scallops with crispy poached egg and the black grouper sandwich with peach barbecue sauce. Sugar lovers, be sure to have the peach melba crumble and s’mores bomb. If you decide to dine out on the town, Chef Dave Snyder has you covered with his sister restaurants Halyards and Tramici. Halyards offers a higher-end experience with a casual and lounge ambience that adds to the fine-dining mood. Start with the fresh and crunchy Asian influenced tuna tartar or veal/beef minced smooth meatloaf bites. Entrees on the menu include such offerings as fish tacos, beef and cashew stir fry, coconut red curry risotto and more. And everything here is made from scratch. Tramici, on the other hand, plays more to the role of neighborhood hangout, with an indoor and outdoor courtyard-style seating space, and Italian fare that’s flavorful and fragrant, simple and appetizing. It shouldn’t take much more convincing than that for you to drive out on your own Saint Simons adventure or for a relaxing family vacation at the King and Prince. No matter the event, a large conference or an intimate wedding, an annual family reunion or a girlfriend’s getaway, the resort affords scenic views and superior accommodations to make your trip truly memorable.


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July July 1-13 The Kinsey Collection Atlanta History Center

The traveling exhibition explores the historic, artistic and cultural contributions and progress of African Americans through rare and historic artifacts by African American artists. Features over 130 items including the Emancipation Proclamation and letters from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

July 1-27 The Frog Prince Oglethorpe University

Watch Georgia Shakespeare’s production of this famed fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. Two shows daily throughout almost the entire month of July at the university’s performing center. Books and lyrics by Melanie Martin Long and music by James Woodward. To purchase tickets, visit

July 3,10,17,24,31 Cocktails in the Garden Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Held every Thursday, 6-8 p.m., features live DJ, chef demo at the Edible Gardens, and even surprise cultural performances. Monthly theme – Rabbits ‘Getting’ Fuzzy’ – highlights the fantasy sculptures of the current exhibit ‘Imaginary Worlds.’ Drink stations all along the garden.

July 3 Clubesque Andrews Upstairs

Modern day pop cabaret show features acclaimed singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers. The 90-minute glamour-filled LasVegas-style cabaret show promises to make you dance in your seat. Two shows with tickets starting at $28. Additional shows August 7 and September 4. 30 | July 2014

July 4 Legendary Fourth of July Fireworks Lenox Square Mall

Start the month with a bang and the crowds watching Atlanta’s best fireworks show for the summer. Celebrate red, white and blue in grand tradition with the rest of the family. Featuring musical entertainment, food concessions, talent search and other festivities all day long.

July 5,12,19,26 Brookhaven Farmers Market Brookhaven Baptist Church

Get your weekly dose of fresh veggies and more from new vendors – Double B Farm, Fat Lady Bakery, Mad Mamma Gourmet, West Wind Farms, Ratio Bakeshop and many more. Local businesses with a focus on sustainable agricultural methods are a big draw here.

July 7 Lionel Richie Chastain Park Amphitheater

Part of the Live Nations concert series at Chastain, watch Lionel Richie perform All The Hits All Night Long tour with Cee Lo Green as special guest. Atlanta’s favorite outdoor venue will be brimming with folks dancing to the tunes of this singing sensation, so get your tickets now.

July 11 Jazz on the Lawn Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Enjoy with friends as you unwind to the sounds of Diana Durrett and some blues jazz. You can bring along a blanket and a picnic to enjoy this concert under the stars. In case of rain, the concert carries on in an indoor courtyard. Parking onsite is free, tickets can be purchased online.

July 12 Atlanta Street Food Festival Piedmont Park

Celebrating its third year, many of the city’s favorite food trucks welcome diners on Saturday for food and fun to support the Giving Kitchen. From noon to 8 p.m., enjoy a variety of street

cuisine at more than 40 food trucks including Champion Cheesesteaks, Yumbii, Ibiza Bites, etc.

July 12 Reptile Day Fernbank Museum

For four hours only, and included with museum admission, come face-to-face with table after table of live reptiles and amphibians, including lizards, turtles and salamanders. Interact with and learn more about these unique ecologically important creatures in a supervised ambience.

July 20 Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival Goat Farm Arts Center

Spend Saturday afternoon checking out chef Ford Fry’s sixth annual event featuring more than 40 chefs, 17 mixologists and 30 farmers from all over the South, teaming up to concoct tomato-related bites and sips benefitting Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen. For more information visit

July 25 National Black Arts Festival Atlanta Symphony Hall

Inaugural Spotlight Series features a concert from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He will also serve as the curator for the series. NBAF is the longest-running multi-disciplinary arts festival of the African Diaspora, celebrating its 26th year as cultural leader. Purchase tickets at

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Bridging the gap and connecting continents through fashion, this week-long celebration of style is a passport to arts, culture and entertainment. The 8th annual AIFW is introducing this year – the Tour de Atlanta! A star-studded design affair for fashionistas all over.

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A Summer State of Mind words Ben Hammett Walkuski


y summers as a child were so wild and free that the realities of adulthood hit me like a belly flop in the shallow end. The only child of divorced parents, each year I would return to my native Ohio from nearby Indiana to spend summers with my father. Because this was the most time he and I had together the entire year, my dad made sure that every moment was fun-filled and memorable. Weekdays I attended a nearby summer day camp, which offered specialized programming based on your areas of interest: sports, art, travel, etc. Evenings and weekends brought with them cook-outs on the deck, outings to the nearby swimming pool and miniature golf course, baseball games, bike rides, hikes in the woods, weekend trips to Lake Erie, and helping tend to the lawn and gardens of my father’s sprawling, three-acre property. Because these three months of the year were essentially spent away from home, my summers truly were a vacation. Basking in the warmth of the summer sun, enjoying long days and cool nights free from responsibilities, spoiled by family who relished this precious time together, I never had it so good. So good, in fact, that I spend each of my summers as an adult either dreaming of an experience like my childhood or attempting to recreate it. After nearly

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three years here in Atlanta, I’ve discovered this is a place where the summer vacation isn’t just a dream, but an achievable reality. Atlanta is a city made for summer. Atlanta’s weather makes most of the year feel like summer, so from April through October I can enjoy the same kind of outdoor fun that was previously limited to only three months. Atlanta’s location puts me in such close proximity to the beach that I can wake up on Saturday morning, decide I want my toes in the sand, and by 1:00 that afternoon I’ve got a cocktail in my hand and an ocean or a gulf in my sights. Atlanta’s natural beauty makes me feel like I’ve got the biggest lawn on the block, which I don’t have to mow. Whether I’m relaxing under a tree at Lullwater Park, swimming in the Piedmont Park pool, or taking a leisurely stroll along the Beltline, Atlanta is blessed with beautiful and abundant greenspace. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, the diversity of Atlanta’s artistic, athletic, cultural, culinary, historical, and recreational activities can keep your mind, body, and spirit engaged on all of summer’s long, warm days and (almost) cool nights. For me, summer is no longer just a three-month vacation—it’s a year-round state of mind. And it can be yours, too.

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