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Back to School

LUNCH BOX SOS BACK-TO-SCHOOL FASHION WHITEFIELD ACADEMY: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS


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Lifestyle Letter

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

AUGUST 2017 PUBLISHER

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ith the celebration of local men in June and all of our adventures and fun in July, this summer has already been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun; it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to end. But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school out forever). And, Photo: Donna Permell, as summer begins to come to a close (at least in the summer PrimePhocus.com break sense—if you prefer to go by the astronomical seasons you still have almost two more months, yay!), it’s time to start thinking about getting back to those backpacks, lunches and busy days.

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August 2017

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Departments 8

Good Times

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Our Contributors

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Around Town

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Culinary Creations

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Trend Setter

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Travel Destination

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Back Stage

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Realty Report

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Parting Thoughts

14 Lunch Box SOS

Rescue Lunch from Indecision and Lack of Variety

18 Whitefield Academy

Celebrating 20 Years

24 The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

Back to Fun Before Back to School

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or many students, back to school means back to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and defeat. This is especially true for students with special needs. Students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as students with learning disabilities, can find school to be a troubling and difficult place to navigate and can be a trigger for many negative behaviors. Helping your child find balance and providing them with opportunities to learn how to manage situations and their behavioral responses may be the key to their academic and social success in school.

Students on RTI (Response to Intervention), or those with 504 plans or IEPs need even more support. Oftentimes, however, the school system cannot meet all of those needs within the school day. Your child may need specialized one-on-one instruction in one or more specific content areas, or need assistance in how to manage the intricacies of keeping up with the day to day pace of school and recreational activities. Students who struggle with executive functioning (impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning/prioritizing, task initiation, and organization) can find that this mental chaos leads to frustration and anxiety resulting in dysfunction in the classroom and poor grades, as well as behavioral problems at home

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Good Times

Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star Team For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions in the

Rookie Baseball Tournament, which was created in 2013 for 7- and 8-year-olds. The Smyrna team won with a final score of 8-2. 

Asher Adams is a beast at the plate.

Luke Linder and JD Aufderheide celebrate!

Jackson Martin lifts Hayes Stephens to celebrate

Hayes Stephens is on fire!

John Paolino flies around the bases.

JD Aufderheide kills the ball!

Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team: state champions. Relaxing with the team.

You did it, fellas!

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

TEMPLE KOL EMETH TO HOST NOSHFEST Temple Kol Emeth has announced it will host Noshfest on September 3 and 4. The event will be held in the parking lot of the temple at 1415 Old Canton Road in Marietta. Noshfest enters its seventh

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SMYRNA ROOKIE BLUE ALL-STAR TEAM WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

year celebrating Jewish food and

For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie

culture by showcasing delicacies

Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions. The Smyrna

and activities unique to the Jewish

team won the title game, played on Father’s Day, with a final score of

heritage and bringing together

8-2 over an all-star team from Warner Robins.

County’s

Smyrna’s 2017 Rookie Blue All-Star team, managed by Chuck

diverse community in a fun two-

Martin, shut down Warner Robins early with near-flawless pitching

day festival. Enjoy delicious food

and aggressive baserunning. After the first inning, the Warner Robins

from around the world and browse booths of interesting and unique

club had only two runners reach first base—one on a hard-hit single

crafts and goods. Learn about the Jewish culture through interactive

and one on a walk. Pitcher Hayes Stephens, who struck out 11 in his

exhibits and tour the sanctuary with a member of the ritual committee.

five innings of work, and closing pitcher Luke Linder, kept the Warner

members

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Cobb

There are events for children, including a kids zone complete with

Robins bats, and fans, quiet for most of the afternoon.

inflatables, games and face painting. There will also be a petting zoo

For Smyrna, base hits from Jackson Martin, Hayes Stephens

with a camel. Enjoy special entertainment featuring cooking demon-

and William Backus proved more than enough. Smyrna catcher

strations, dancing and live music throughout both days.

Landon Ryan’s laser-beam throw to second base for the third out

Noshfest will also feature a Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) demon-

in the fifth inning all but sealed the win. Smyrna broke it open in

stration and cooking demonstrations. Admission for the event is two

the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs and putting the game

canned goods per family. All food collected at admission will go to

out of reach. Warner Robins failed to score in the sixth and final

MUST Ministry's effort to feed the hungry in Atlanta.

inning, allowing home team Smyrna Blue to celebrate early in front

Hours of the festival are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, September 4.

WELLSTAR AWARDS NURSES IN COBB FOR EXCELLENCE

of a rowdy crowd and the hundreds of friends and family members who watched the game via webcast. "Pitching was the big difference today," Martin says. "It was really fun to watch our boys execute at such a high level given the stage they were on."  

Nurses play a critical role in helping patients heal, both physically and

On Saturday, the first day of tournament play, Smyrna lost game one

emotionally. Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of

to Warner Robins, putting themselves in a must-win situation against

the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class health care to patients.

Oconee County for game two that afternoon. Pitchers Jackson Martin

Nurses and physicians from WellStar Cobb, Kennestone and Windy Hill

and Landon Ryan were able to hold off the Oconee club just enough,

hospitals who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recog-

and a grand slam by Andrew Biggers in the fourth inning pushed the

nized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony.

game out of reach. With a final score of 11-6, Smyrna was set to face

“As nurses, we’re privileged to work in one of the greatest profes-

Warner Robins in a rematch in Sunday’s title game.

sions,” Jill Case-Wirth, chief nurse executive for WellStar Health System,

“Baseball is a lot like life in that you face adversity and how you

says. “Nurses are given the opportunity to serve and impact others on

measure your progress is how you respond in the moment," Martin

a daily basis. Our focus on nurses helps us deliver compassionate care

says. “We dug a hole on Saturday morning with our first loss as a team,

that puts patients first and makes a real impact on their lives.”

but instead of feeling sorry for ourselves or giving up we decided to

The awards spanned five categories and nurses and physicians who actively support the nursing profession were recognized, including: 12

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give it our best shot and see if that was good enough. Fortunately for us, we were able to seize momentum and advance to the title game.”


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Sunday’s state championship game was held in the world-class Little League Southeast Park, which features a 2,500-seat stadium bowl, two-story press box and sunken dugouts. The Smyrna players enjoyed every minute of their time in the elite facility, and hope to make a return trip in 2018. “We are proud of all of Smyrna's all-star teams and are thrilled with the 8U Rookies for how they persevered to win the state championship title,” Heather O’Tuel, President of Smyrna Little League,

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says. “These players and coaches did an excellent job representing Smyrna and Smyrna Little League.” The Smyrna Rookie Blue All-Stars beat a team from Rockmart in the sectionals tournament championship game, hosted by Smyrna on June 9, to advance to the state championship tournament in Warner Robins with a perfect 9-0 record. Members of the 2017 Smyrna Blue Rookie All-Stars are:  • Asher Adams • JD Aufderheide • William Backus • Andrew Biggers • Luke Darsey • Cameron Denis • Luke Linder • Jackson Martin • Cayden Moran • John Paolino • Landon Ryan • Hayes Stephens • Chuck Martin, manager • Brian Stephens, assistant coach • Davis Linder, assistant coach • Corbin Adams, assistant coach The Georgia State Little League Association created the Rookie Baseball Tournament in 2013. The tournament is limited to league age 7- and 8-year-olds. Previous winners include Warner Robins (2013, 2014), Smyrna Blue (2015) and Martinez-Evans (2016). August 2017 | Vinings Lifestyle

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Culinary Creations

LUNCH BOX RESCUE LUNCH FROM INDECISION AND LACK OF VARIETY ARTICLE KATINA FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY MONICA NWAIGWE

GRAPES—DO NOT RINSE!

Rinsing grapes before storing them in the refrigerator accelerates their decay. Stick to washing these sweet juicy globes at packing time and not before. HUMMUS IN CUCUMBER BOATS— BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Split a cucumber in half, deseed by scraping out the center with a spoon and pat dry. Stuff the cucumber boat with yummy fillings like tuna salad or hummus. TOASTED CORN—STRIKE GOLD IN THE PANTRY

Toasted corn stores well the pantry for up to a year and is ready for lunch at a moment’s notice. Half a cup is more than enough to add a pleasant crunch to meal time. SUGAR SNAP PEAS—ENERGY PODS

These lean, green, nutrition machines are the gift that keeps on giving. They’re a perfect midday energy booster—rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. 14

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CARROTS—KEEPERS

During meal prep time, wrap carrot sticks in a moist paper towel, put them in a zip-close bag and store in your refrigerator. Doing this

Bento Box Combo Meals

will keep them fresh, crisp and ready to pack throughout the week.

STEP 1: PROTEIN

1. Deli meat MELON BERRY SALAD— SANDWICH ANIMALS—

MELON BERRY BONANZA

2. Mozzarella cheese 3. Bean and corn salsa

A hydrating mix of melon and berries will

4. Protein bar

These crust-free animal shapes make

flood taste buds with vitamins and antioxi-

5. Eggs

eating an entire sandwich fun and effortless.

dants. Make a new batch every three days

6. Tuna salad

Cookie cutters do the job just fine. Sandwich

and dish out into leakproof containers.

SANDWICH MAKEOVER

shapers, like Animal Palz, add artistic flare. PRETZEL GOLDFISH—SNACK FUSION

STEP 2: GRAINS

It doesn’t get any better than pretzels in the

1. Whole-wheat bread

Want eggs that are easy to peel? Add 1/2 a

shape of Goldfish crackers—bite-sized, fun to

2. Tortilla chips

teaspoon of baking soda to your water during

eat and fun to share with friends. Everyone

the boiling phase, then submerge the eggs in

wins when this snack makes it into the box.

EGG BUDDIES—PEEL OUT!

3. Wrap 4. Rice crackers

cold water for 10 minutes once cooked.

5. Pita bread BEAN AND CORN SALSA—

SIDE SALAD—DRESS WITH ZEST

FILLING FIESTA MIX

Iceberg lettuce makes an excellent base

Add equal parts salsa, canned black

STEP 3: VEGETABLES

salad for lunchtime. Switch your dressing

beans and canned corn. Mix in avocado,

1. Carrots

throughout the week to give those taste buds

cilantro, salt and pepper to taste. Don’t forget

2. Sugar snap peas

a wonderful surprise from one day to the next.

a squeeze of lime to keep it fresh. Can be prepared in 5 minutes flat.

5. Kale salad with shredded carrots

PITA BREAD—LESS IS MORE

Pita bread is the ultimate space-saver. It

3. Cucumbers 4. Side salad with tomato

TORTILLA CHIPS—BETTER WITH BOWLS

folds into tight lunchbox spaces but easily

Tortilla chips go great with salsa, but flat chips

converts to a full-sized pocket that can hold

don’t always hold up a hearty lunchworthy salsa

STEP 4: FRUIT

lunch meat, tuna salad and other great fillings. mix. Better to go with the bowl-shaped tortilla

1. Grapes, halved

chips to make every bite a full one.

3. Watermelon berry mix

CUTIES—CUTIE PATOOTIE

The ideal fruit to pack, mandarin slices

2. Mandarin/Cutie slices 4. Pink Lady apple

YOGURT—BETTER IN PAIRS

pile up nicely in small lunchbox compart-

Get the most out of yogurt—look for

ments. Seedless, plump and juicy, this

brands that provide the highest amount

citrus delight brightens up the day with a

of protein per serving. Don’t forget to pack

STEP 5: SNACK

tangy burst of vitamin C.

toppings; craisins, granola or fresh fruit bring

1. Pretzel Goldfish crackers

plain yogurt to life.

2. Roasted salted peas 3. Banana chips

ROASTED GREEN PEAS—TWO FOR ONE

Considered a “pantry winner” for its long-

CRAISINS & RAISINS—SWEET AND TANGY

4. Strawberry craisin and raisin mix

term storage and freshness, salted roasted

Mixing dried cranberries with raisins adds

5. Corn nuts

green peas are an amazing source of protein

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS School combines high academic standards and Christian focus ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY CHERI DOURRON

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myrna’s

The Whitefield marching band

Whitefield

Academy

is

proudly celebrating its 20th anniver-

sary. In August 1997, Whitefield opened its doors for the first time to 94 pioneer students in grades six through 12. But there is much more to the Whitefield story than just gathering together a group of students, a few desks and a couple of teachers and calling themselves a Christian school. In 1995, former Trinity School Headmaster Chuck Johnston, Whitefield’s current fine arts director Stacy Quiros and 14 additional men and women found themselves longing for a quality Christian school that held high academic standards and an equally strong Christian focus. They began planning and praying for a Christ-centered school. Their vision was to establish a school for Christian families that encompassed excellent academics, mentoring Christian faculty, diverse community and uncompromised biblical emphasis.  After several months of prayer and discussion, they partnered with David 18

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The construction of Morris Hall in 2011.

The future site of Whitefield Academy with founders Chuck Johnston and David Jones.

Matthew David, director of the new Innovation Lab.

Jones, chairman of the board of Mount

America. One hundred percent of Whitefield

parading across a brightly lit stage or the won-

Vernon Christian Academy, who was prayer-

Academy graduates gain admission to a

drous sounds of the Whitefield jazz and march-

fully seeking answers for his school, which

four-year college or university.

ing bands, the arts faculty and instructors

was struggling with numbers. After many

These are just a few of the many colleges

encourage and support these budding artists

more months of collaboration, weekly prayer

Whitefield’s graduates have been accepted

to recognize and cultivate their God-given

meetings and needed financial investments

to and/or are currently attending:

talents and creativity. Whitefield provides a

being miraculously donated by a nonprofit

• Auburn University                          

plethora of artistic opportunities to its students.

foundation, Whitefield Academy was finally

• University of Georgia

The school is one of just a handful of private

on its way to becoming a reality. Now they

• Georgia Tech                                    

schools in Georgia to offer a full marching band

needed a school name. It seemed only

• Parsons School of Design

program. In addition, the Whitefield jazz band is

fitting that the founders chose the name

• Emory University                            

a sought-after group of young musicians who

Whitefield Academy after George Whitefield,

• Vanderbilt University

play at events and venues all around town,

the 18th-century English evangelist whose

• Furman University                          

giving students the opportunity to perfect the

messages focused on the idea of new birth.

• Wake Forest University

elements of performance in addition to just

• Harvard University                          

learning an instrument in class.

Whitefield Academy will kick off the school year in August 2017 for its 21st year

• Yale University

of operation. This charming Smyrna campus

• Samford University                         

students back to school this month, a remark-

has come a long way from its humble begin-

• U.S. Military Academy-West Point

able new Innovation Lab will await them. The

nings as a former horse farm in the country.

• Stanford University                         

STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering,

Whitefield now spans across 100 acres of

• U.S. Naval Academy-Annapolis

Arts & Mathematics—initiative provides a place

a magnificent landscape comprised of the

Over the last three years, classes have

where students can engage, practice skills and

Grand Amphitheater; WolfPack Stadium

earned an average of $6.1 million in scholar-

be creative in learning and studying concepts

with its beautiful, synthetic turf field that can

ships and grants. With more than 800 total

related to those core subjects.

accommodate more than 1,000 spectators;

graduates to date, 109 Whitefield graduates

“The Innovation Lab will be a place where

baseball and softball fields, Lower School

have become NCAA college athletes. In 2016,

kids can take the knowledge they have

playground and garden; and Whitefield’s

Whitefield graduate Naomy Grand‘Pierre,

learned in class and put it into practice

most recent addition: a state-of-the-art ten-

class of 2015, made history by becoming the

through the process of creativity," Matthew

nis complex featuring 10 lighted courts; all

first female swimmer to represent Haiti in the

David, Innovation Lab director and science

in addition to the many classroom buildings

Summer Olympics in Rio.

teacher, says. "I want the students to feel

and full-size gymnasium. Enrollment has now surpassed more than 800 students.

As Whitefield welcomes its new and returning

Whitefield currently fields 55 sports teams

they have their own space to connect, create

representing basketball, soccer, football, ten-

and use their thirst for knowledge in solving

With all of its astounding growth, one thing

nis, track and field, cross-country, baseball,

problems that stretch beyond the realms

is for certain—Whitefield Academy remains

softball, wrestling, volleyball, golf, swimming

of the classroom—digging deep into global

steadfast in its unwavering focus on its foun-

and diving, lacrosse and cheerleading. A

concerns of today.”

dational beliefs and core values, embracing a

comprehensive sports medicine program and

The future of Whitefield is brighter than

family based community, focused on provid-

Student WolfPack Athletic Training program

ever. The possibilities for the next 20 years

ing top-notch academics, along with instilling

(SWAT) are also available to student athletes.

are unsurpassable. Whitefield parents, stu-

in students a passion for others ahead of self

Whitefield’s academic curriculum is rigor-

dents, faculty and staff all play an integral

ous and comprehensive, including a broad

role in achieving the mission of the school

in a truly Christ-centered atmosphere. When considering school options, parents

spectrum of 28 Advanced Placement and

and fostering a close-knit community that

have a lot to think about. Consider these

honors courses to prepare students intellec-

has made Whitefield a premier choice of pri-

facts as you begin the process—through

tually for the demands of college and life.

vate schools for Christian families.

exceptional academics, arts and athletics

Whether it is splattering paint on a canvas,

programs, Whitefield has matriculated stu-

a shutter snapping, a soloist’s a capella perfor-

For additional information, visit

dents to the top colleges and universities in

mance, the sound of character shoes in unison

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starting a new school year. Do you have multiple kids in your family

can also find these gently used pieces when shopping consignment.

in grades K-12? If so, you could be spending more than $1,000 just to get your children ready for the first day of school.

Even if you supplement just half of your child’s back-to-school clothing with consignment you could save yourself hundreds of

Maybe you are already a consignment junkie, and you get the

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Back Stage Marilyn’s husband, Jack, and Cecilia’s husband, Sean

The Music Studio

AT VININGS HELPING THE COMMUNITY MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY CHERI DOURRON

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Rowe, later joined the trio, making it a family affair, and Courtnay and Rowe Corporation was founded. While Courtnay and Rowe continued to provide in-home music lessons to students for more than 22 years, Cecilia saw a need for something new. “I really wanted to open a studio in my neighborhood as this area has been my home for over 25 years, and wanted to give back to my community by adding a family friendly, fun, local spot for

usic unlocks self-expression, intel-

everyone to learn and enjoy music," Cecilia says.

ligence and creativity. The Music

After collaborating with her family, they agreed that opening an actual studio was key. In

Studio at Vinings is a place where students

2011, Marilyn, Jack, Cecilia, Sean and Ariane opened the doors of The Music Studio at Vinings.

come and do just that. This vibrant, high-en-

Under the direction of Cecilia, they have grown to more than 500 students, ranging

ergy studio has a warm and welcoming

in ages from infant to adult. With their third expansion complete, the 4,500-square-foot

feel from the moment you step through

studio space includes 13 private studio rooms plus one large interactive family music

their doors. Parents will fall in love with

room. The studio offers lessons in piano, voice, guitar/ukulele, drums, strings, brass and

Front row, left to right: Cecilia Courtnay Rowe, Sean Rowe, Sam Crumley (4), Ariane Courtnay Crumley and Marilyn Courtnay. Back row: William Rowe (14), Harrison Rowe (12) and Jack Courtnay.

woodwinds. They also offer a class called Music Together, an interactive family music program for infants and preschoolers. The studio staffs more than 35 highly trained and dedicated teachers who are passionate about the music they teach. The Music Studio at Vinings is committed to community outreach in Vinings and the surrounding areas. Café Jam is a free program they created, where music instructors visit public elementary schools during the children’s lunch periods. They provide education on musical instruments and have singalongs with the students that include current pop music. Additionally, the studio has initiated a proprietary rewards program for their students, a creative reward system which provides a positive and encouraging way to measure the student’s progress as they gain mastery in their instrument. Students can also participate in quarterly open mic nights at St. Angelo’s Pizza, where they perform in front of a live audience, as well as recitals throughout the year.

the designated parent’s lounge. The Music

The Music Studio at Vinings continues to offer in-home music lessons to clients, allowing

Studio at Vinings has taken music lessons

for a choice of learning environments that best suits the needs of each family and student.

to an exciting new dimension, making learn-

Although the family remains co-owners of The Music Studio at Vinings, Cecilia oversees day-

ing both challenging and fun. The Music

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Studio at Vinings has been providing music

Cecilia have retired from teaching, Jack at 88 years young still teaches a handful of students!

education to families in Smyrna/Vinings

The studio is open seven days a week. Cecilia and Sean’s two sons, William, 14, and Harrison,

and surrounding areas since 2011.

12, frequent the studio, where they practice the ukulele, piano and drums. The boys are planning

The origins of The Music Studio began

to attend Whitefield Academy in the fall, where they are certain to be an asset to Whitefield’s

more than 28 years ago when Marilyn and

music department. Ariane and her husband, David, a corporate executive, have a 4-year-old son,

Jack Courtnay, along with their son and two

Sam. Both Ariane and Sam enjoy the interactive Music Together program at the studio as Sam

daughters, Cecilia Courtnay Rowe and Ariane

begins to unveil his musical talents. With the music genes in this super-talented family, it won’t

Courtnay Crumley, first settled in Vinings.

be a question of if he will play an instrument, but what instrument he will master!

Marilyn began teaching private in-home piano

The Music Studio at Vinings is one of Atlanta’s premier music education providers.

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They are committed to providing exceptional customer service and a superior educational

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Studio at Vinings is definitely the place to go!

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There are three distances to choose from for adults—Olympic, Sprint and

Enjoy this free concert by Soulhound. They are described as “The

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Meters meets Hendrix meets Steely Dan”. Doors open at 7 p.m.

will take place in the Mountain View Aquatics Center, biking will occur on

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AUGUST 21 ECLIPSE PARTY SMYRNA LIBRARY

SMYRNA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Gather on the lawn outside the Smyrna Library for the astronomi-

SMYRNA VILLAGE GREEN

cal event of the year! On August 21, North America will view a total

Let's celebrate our beloved hometown of Smyrna with some fire-

eclipse of the sun. Free eclipse glasses will be made available to make

works, music, food, kids entertainment and a giant birthday cake from

our viewing safe along with crafts for the whole family.

McEntyre's Bakery! Join your neighbors in this annual celebration on the Smyrna Village Green. 

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COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

and North Fulton County. Drive4Knowledge.com

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RUN FOR PREVENTION 5K KENNESAW

AUGUST 12

BARRETT SUMMIT The 5K starts at 8 a.m with post party fun to follow. Be sure to stick

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around to enjoy games, food, music and fun for the whole family! All

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participants receive a cool shirt and finisher medal! Plenty of free

Bringing an amazing summer lineup of music to a close, The Sidemen

parking available on-site. Register at Active.com  and search "Run

play music spanning four decades and beyond: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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Realty Report

Smyrna/Vinings Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM*

Bdrms

Baths

Cochise by the Chatta-

$1,745,000

$1,705,000

0.977

6

6

8

Bakers Farm

$1,595,000

$1,470,000

0.92163

197

4

6

Cochise

$1,500,000

$1,460,000

0.97333

43

5

7

Gates At Vinings

$729,000

$710,000

0.9739

37

5

4

2000 Paces Ferry

$735,000

$705,000

0.9591

63

4

5

None

$679,000

$680,000

1.00147

5

3

4

Williams Park

$679,900

$679,900

1

15

5

5

Highpointe at Vinings

$659,875

$659,875

1

67

5

5

Barnes Mill

$665,000

$650,000

0.9774

64

5

5

Highpointe at Vinings

$639,975

$639,880

0.9999

47

4

4

Stonecrest Manor

$639,900

$625,000

0.9767

6

4

5

Wakefield Estates

$608,000

$608,000

1

26

5

6

One River Place

$585,000

$578,000

0.988

6

3

4

Smyrna

$574,900

$572,500

0.9958

1

5

4

Vinings Glen

$597,000

$572,000

0.9581

41

6

6

Vinings

$590,000

$539,000

0.9136

289

4

5

Oak Hills

$550,000

$528,000

0.96

4

6

5

Central Garden

$509,000

$516,500

1.01473

9

4

4

Spring Street Village

$524,900

$515,000

0.9811

43

5

5

West Village

$515,000

$500,000

0.97087

6

5

3

Vinings Grove

$498,000

$485,000

0.9739

113

5

4

West Village

$499,900

$485,000

0.97019

35

3

4

Woodbridge Crossing

$474,900

$474,900

1

84

5

5

hoochee

Information compiled from First Multiple Listing Service and Georgia Multiple Listing Service from dates of 4/1/17 - 4/30/17. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and not a complete list of all activity. *DOM=Days on Market

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