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a letter from the PUBLISHER Hi there. Thank you for picking up a copy of the premiere issue of Roswell Magazine! We’re so grateful to our sponsors: Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau and Roswell Inc for making this first issue possible. What a jam-packed issue we have for you! The main focus of this first issue is two-fold: restaurants and weddings. Coincidentally, these go hand-in-hand; and we hope you choose local establishments when you’re planning your special occasions. This Restaurant Issue features fabulous local eateries: Aqua blue, The Roswell Tap, Mill Kitchen & Bar, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub, Lucky’s Burger & Brew and Fickle Pickle. Roswell Inc --- a huge supporter of the local restaurant scene in Roswell – provided us with an amazing map and color coded listings of 80+ local restaurants on page 24. We are excited to tell you that the Official Chip of Roswell is the Grit Chip, created by local restauranteur Sean McDonough and The Roswell Tap. Read all about it on page 8. Marry me? Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau ensured that our readers had up-to-date information on 30+ local special events venues. Learn about the numerous wedding event facilities beginning on page 20. Who are we? Local Life Publishing produces high-quality, local, glossy, lifestyle publications for smaller towns in North Atlanta. We’re so excited to debut Roswell Magazine because our children attend Roswell schools; and we spend most of our leisure time in Roswell. We hope you like us! If you do, then LIKE us on Facebook at roswellmagazine. Also, contact us with your story ideas, photographs and items to include on our next events calendar. Thank you! Warm Regards,

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ROSWELL MAGAZINE is published by Local Life Publishing, LLC. 765 Mid Broadwell Rd in Milton, GA PRESIDENT Chris Smith VICE-PRESIDENT / PUBLISHER Regina Gulick ADVERTISING MANAGERS Will Morrow Desiree Dragin ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kim Harvey CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Turano, Marsha Saum, Mandy McGowen, Nicole Hunnicut, Madison Black, Melissa Holder COLUMNISTS Bill Barkley, Jennifer Ferrell, Suzanne Taylor, Michelle Knapp, Amy Keating, Andraya Powell PHOTOGRAPHERS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Darleen Prem Photography Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts Roswell Magazine is published quarterly by Local Life Publishing, LLC. The opinions expressed by writers and advertisers are not necessarily those of the publishers. No part of this magazine may be reproduced wihtout prior consent of the publisher. Sharing articles on social media from our digital publication is permitted and encouraged. Subscriptions are available for $12 per year. Cover image by Ashley Blencoe, Blencoe Photographic Arts. •


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“Now therefore, I, Jere Wood, Mayor of the City of Roswell do hereby proclaim that Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips Shall be the official chip of the City of Roswell and encourage all of our citizens to try them and tell their friends.” November 12, 2014


started as a bar snack at The Roswell Tap, but everything changed when comedian Jeff Foxworthy took a bite of his first Grit Chip. “As soon as I tasted it, I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is great.’ I need to tell the word it’s great,” Foxworthy told 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie.

Photos of Jeff Foxworthy by Haigwood Studios, Roswell

Sean McDonough, the owner of The Roswell Tap, met Foxworthy a couple of years ago and invited him to taste his grit chips. Now Foxworthy refers to McDonough as his “Yankee buddy.” “It’s been a dream. It was a chance meeting. It was a gift.” McDonough said. Now they’re a team, turning comfort food into a brand called Jeff Foxworthy’s™ Southern Creations with four flavors of Grit Chips now on the market. “People ask me to describe it. It’s kind of between a Tostito and a Frito. Very thin, very crispy. It’s just different.” There are more “Southern creations” to come, including dips like barbecue humus and one made with collard greens and smoked bacon. Also, they’ve introduced other salty snacks like country kettle corn and smoked pork rinds. Foxworthy said Grit Chips are one more thing to love about the South, but he’s hoping they have wide appeal. 8 •

“Is it a Southern thing? Yeah. But is it a Southern thing? No,” Foxworthy said. “It’s kind of like the Redneck jokes. When I first came up with them I thought we had exclusive rights to Rednecks. Then I traveled the country and went, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re everywhere.’ Hopefully it’s the same thing with the Grit Chip.” “I am excited to be a part of this,” said Foxworthy, who is a resident of North Fulton County. “If there was any kind of food I’d put my name on it would be a grit chip.” Foxworthy opened his speech at the announcement party at The Roswell Tap with a story about how his career was based on ideas and successes that no one saw coming, adding Grit Chips are a great idea. Grit Chips are similar to tortilla chips with a grittier texture and taste making them a very unique and tasty salty snack. During the official chip designation event, Mayor Jere Wood said the chips were the “Greatest invention since apple pie,” and called Foxworthy the “perfect spokesman for the product line.” After going through food science and manufacturing analysis, The Roswell Food Group selected an 80 year family-owned chip manufacturer to produce four flavors of chips. They are served and sold daily at The Roswell Tap and marketed through national grocery and club store chains; and through exclusive promotions with sports and entertainment companies. “The product development has been completed; and our manufacturing partners are the best in the business. Now it’s time to find the right distribution partners and bring Jeff Foxworthy’s original Girt Chips to the rest of the world,” McDonough said. About the Roswell Tap Understanding the need for a relaxing, neighborhood destination in beautiful historic Roswell, The Roswell Tap founders focused on the space first beginning in late summer of 2010. Founders Sean McDonough, Michael Rozmajzl and Ron Harvey, have worked to make The Tap a unique and pleasurable experience from the moment you enter until you leave. About the Roswell Food Group RFG was started like a lot of companies. One night a group


of like-minded friends were sitting around the table enjoying a few adult beverages, swapping stories about some of the great foods they enjoy. One of them, a restaurant owner, got to wondering how this group could introduce some of these great tastes to the rest of the world, and presto! The stars aligned. The heavens and Earth began to move. And soon the little group of friends had a really big idea. Start a breakthrough new Southern-inspired food group, with just one goal in mind: Find, incubate, and bring to market the most exciting, freshest tasting snacks, sundries and food products so folks can enjoy these great tastes - and good times - with their families and loved ones. Sounded simple. So they put together a dream team of industry, sales and marketing professionals and they hit the ground running with one of the products they talked about on that very first night around the table.

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A Festival of Black History

and Culture February 1 through February 28, 2015 28 Days • 28 Events

A Festival of Black History and Culture

FEATURED EVENTS: LIVE! in Roswell presents Ruthie Foster - February 7th Unity Concert featuring a Morehouse College Glee Club Quartet - February 28th Pound Cake Cook-Off and Southern Foodways Alliance Films - February 14th Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia February 1st-28th


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ROSWELL weddings Experts advise the first step in plan-

ning your wedding is nailing down a venue. What is your vision? Historic

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tebellum home haven? Nature lover’s paradise? Historic Roswell’s Convention and Visitors Bureau wears many hats (gloves, too, when the formality of the occasion calls for them) and can deftly help arrange your wedding.

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It’s happened!

The man of your dreams has popped the question and you’ve said yes. Whether you’ve been planning your wedding since childhood or all of this is new ground, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. What to do first? Instinct might tell you to pick up the phone and start lining up vendors but your wedding isn’t tomorrow or even next week. Take a deep breath and look to experienced professionals to guide you. Experts advise the first step is nailing down a venue. What is your vision? Historic destination? Wildlife sanctuary? Antebellum home haven? Nature lover’s paradise? Historic Roswell’s Convention & Visitors Bureau wears many hats (gloves, too, when the formality of the occasion calls for them) and can deftly help arrange your wedding. History, culture and Southern hospitality—it’s all here, set against a backdrop of natural splendors and with all the modern amenities that will make your special day an experience to remember. Roswell has authentic antebellum event sites for brides who want a true Southern ambiance. Prefer petals to the past? We have sites with gardens for outdoor events that bloom with atmosphere. Located on the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River, Roswell is perched in the palm of Mother Nature allowing you to choose a venue with scenic water views. We can deliver a modern twist with industrial chic in a building with original brick walls and high beam ceilings. Call Visit Roswell, GA (Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau) for recommendations on all the services your occasion requires: florists, wedding planners, DJs, bands, caterers; reception space, site selection and free planning guidance and advice. Let us recommend the perfect space from many one of a kind, locally owned restaurants and event facilities specializing in rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and receptions. Visit Roswell, GA can also provide assistance with hotel room rates and reservations for our hotels. Icing on the cake for bridal parties: we have complimentary goody bags to help welcome your out of town wedding guests staying in a Roswell hotel. For weddings and occasions, Roswell will serve your gathering well and with aplomb. Marsha Saum Tourism Sales Manager Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau 770-640-3253; 14 •

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ROSWELL SPECIAL EVENTS FACILITIES Andretti Indoor Karting and Games 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 992-5688 • The ultimate entertainment center with high speed SuperKarts, 2 European style tracks, arcade with over 120 games, indoor ropes course, rock wall, zip line, and Andretti Grill Restaurant. Over 10,000 square feet of event space. Aqua blue 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 643-8886 • Offering world-class hospitality with a neighborhood feel, along with blue ribbon sushi, mouth-watering seafood and steaks. Residing in the ever growing Roswell restaurant scene with a style and elegance of its own. Plush contemporary atmosphere, global cuisine, expansive menu to excite the palate. Banquet facilities are great for large events holding up to 300 guests. Offering an extensive buffet menu with dishes to suit any taste. More intimate space available for luncheons, weddings, rehearsal dinners, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties, or just to get together with your friends and family. bistro VG 70 W Crossville Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-1156 • bistro VG offers sophisticated cuisine in a modern and chic atmosphere creating a perfect suburban dining spot. Parties with 17 or more guests are asked to select a limited menu from our regular menu or a preset menu from our banquet menu. This is the

same menu for all guests with a choice of soup and/or salad, 3 to 4 entrees, and 2 desserts. We always accommodate dietary requests. Brookfield Country Club 100 Willow Run , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-1990 • Tours available by appointment. Classic country club located in Roswell. Newly painted interior and updated lighting. Lovely staircase and veranda overlooking the 18th green – great for pictures. Excellent culinary staff will create menu to fit your tastes and budget. Brookwood Grill 880 Holcomb Bridge Road , Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 587-0102 • Brookwood Grill restaurant has set the standard for exceptional dining in Roswell. Dine in an elegant, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Live entertainment featured nightly. The Brookwood Room is an intimate setting that is ideal for every type of entertaining for groups up to 80. Banquet room may also be split into 2 rooms of 35 each. Full service, off-premise catering is available for groups of all sizes. Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 992-2055, ext 250 • Have your ceremony in the meadow, stroll through the gardens as you make your way down to the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion for your reception. Sip signature cocktails and dance the night away. For other events, choose from the rooftop garden, the Heron Pond Picnic Pavilion, Plaza Conference Room, Kingfisher Hall or the 15

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Cowie Weiss Theater. Country Club of Roswell 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 475-7800, ext. 253 • The perfect venue for the couple looking for a country club atmosphere with style, sophistication and uncompromised food and beverage styling. Boasting an outdoor garden ceremony area and a grand ballroom with windows throughout. DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/ Roswell 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road , Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 992-9600 • With our own Wedding Specialist on site, the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell is a perfect place to tie the knot. The hotel features over 12,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space with three luxurious ballrooms and flexible pre-function areas to create lasting memories.

needs. With over 4100 sq. ft. of flexible Ballroom space that seats from 4-400 people and combination of kings, queen and king suites the hotel is an ideal location for both corporate and social events like company gatherings, Weddings, Quinceañera, Family Reunions and Anniversaries. Their packages include catering from in-house Magnolia’s Restaurant, decoration services, dance floor and a private pre-function space. A complimentary shuttle is available; call the hotel for more information. Holiday Inn Express Alpharetta/Roswell 2950 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022 (770)552-0006 • Offering 1200 sq. feet with seating for 60 theater-style, 40 classroom-style. The meeting room has full A/V capabilities including screen, projector, microphone, and flip charts. Catering options ranging from wings and sandwiches to fine dining. Outside caterers allowed.

The Gardens at Great Oaks 786 Mimosa Blvd. , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 693-6010 • The historic "Gardens at Great Oaks," circa 1842, is on three acres in the heart of Roswell. Caters to special events such as corporate retreats, large or small weddings, and special occasions including small private dinners.

HOTEL 400 1500 Market Blvd., Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 992-7200 • Nestled in the suburbs near GA 400, HOTEL 400 offers over 1200sqft of meeting space with full catering capabilities. Outside caterers welcome. This hotel’s location—near Roswell’s historic district and only 30 minutes north of downtown Atlanta—makes it a great option for a special occasion or corporate event.

Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 817-1414 • This full service Roswell Holiday Inn located right off GA 400 is a “One Stop Shop” for your Event, Catering and accommodation

Ippolito's 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road , Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 518-4844 • Authentic Italian food served in a warm, family owned environment since 1989. The Bocce Room provides a private, intimate

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setting for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions or any special event. Choose from wonderful traditional Italian dishes or an array of Continental favorites. Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill, Roswell Mill Club Events 85 Mill Street , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 518-9220 • Two unique event locations in the historic Roswell Mill. Each features custom décor and furnishings, an abundance of windows, bride’s room and lovely outdoor space overlooking Vickery Creek. Full service catering provided. Start your own history here! 100600 guests. Jeffords Hall at St David’s Episcopal Church 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 993-1094, ext118 • By appointment. An affordable event facility with beautiful visual design for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, wedding receptions, social events, corporate events, and meeting rooms to hold 30. Offering a full commercial kitchen with outside caterers welcome. Kimball Hall (c.1893) 881 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 518-0225 • "Southern Events Facility" specializing in weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and custom events.

Loft on Roswell Square 585 South Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 744-3814 • Rent the Loft for a cozy party overlooking beautiful Roswell Square! Throw a party and include ice cream from the Cafe, which is part of the main hall! Mac McGee 936 Canton St., Roswell GA 30075 (770)518-2866 • Live music, 2 bars, private events and special occassions, 2 floors of space right on Canton Street. The Mill Kitchen 590 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 817-9345 • A quintessential southern neighborhood restaurant featuring American comfort food reborn as contemporary takes on classics. We offer an ideal gathering spot to reminisce or create new memories. Our 2,100 square foot private dining room offers quaint southern decor in the dark wood chairs, the beautiful ivory and chocolate brown linens. Rehearsal dinner, graduation party or business luncheon, this room can be set up to accommodate any request. From classroom style, formal banquet, or intimate gathering, it comfortably seats groups from 20 to 75. Muse and Co. Events/SOCA Village 23 Oak Street, Roswell, GA 30075

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(770) 594-9511 • A beautiful, multi-use space ideal for your wedding, bar mitzvah, birthday or corporate party. Naylor Hall 1121 Canton Street , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 642-9409 • A gracious antebellum home, perfect for weddings and receptions. Complete packages available. Pastis, Inc. 928 Canton Street , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 640-3870 • The original chef Paul Williams has signed on with a new menu which brings a bit of France back to Historic Roswell. The new larger menu offers savory, affordable, bisto-French fare that foodies adore. Two private dining rooms seating up to 30 for rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and private parties. Primrose Cottage 674 Mimosa Blvd. , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 594-2299 • 1839 home with attached glass-enclosed ballroom, brick courtyard with arbor. Catering, bakery, floral services available. Roswell Adult Recreation Center 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 641-3950 If you are planning a birthday party, family reunion, anniversary party, or any other gathering, look no further than the Roswell 18

Adult Recreation Center. We offer a variety of amenities that will help make any gathering a success and outside caters are welcome. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (770- 594-6232 • A 600 seat theatre for performing arts and corporate meetings, additional meeting rooms, large lobby, exhibit hall and ample free parking. Roswell Founders Hall (c. 1870) 1076 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 992-4120 • Antebellum Charm and Affordable Elegance - offering a unique, historic setting for special events for up to 300 people. Specializing in wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and corporate functions. Roswell Historic Cottage 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 518-6546 • Make your wedding sparkle or give your party an extra touch of elegance. Located in Historic Roswell, our extraordinary venue's exposed brick interior ensures a unique setting for your needs, while the outstanding and accommodating service we provide ensures your special occasion turns out beautifully. Roswell River Landing 245 Azalea Drive , Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 594-6154 • •

Photo by Ashley Blencoe, Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts Special events facility for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties, corporate meetings and functions. Outside catering permitted.

gem makes private use of the restaurant available for daytime events such as wedding-related celebrations, showers, corporate luncheons, birthday and graduation celebrations and more!

Roswell Suites 907 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 552-5599 • The Roswell Suites offers a newly renovated 2,000 sq. ft. Ballroom which can seat 120 people. This hotel is unique in that it has large ballroom space yet permits outside food and drink. With ample banquet space and 93 newly furnished guestrooms.

The Yellow House on Green Street 1088A Green Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 757-2999 • This late 1800s southern home is perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers, birthdays, holiday parties or any other special occasion. Choose from a variety of daily made to order specialties. Menu selections from both The Swallow at the Hollow's famous BBQ and Greenwood's American home cooking are available.

The Roswell Tap 1090 Alpharetta St., Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 992-9206 • Special events space upstairs for up to 75 people for wedding parties, engagements, or after-parties. Spirit of Roswell Riverboat (770) 650-1008 • Recapture the feeling of a by-gone era as you explore the picturesque Chattahoochee River aboard 'The Spirit of Roswell', an authentic 63' stern wheel riverboat. It is ideal for reunions, parties, or any group or corporate outing. Charter cruises available. Table & Main 1028 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075 (678) 869-5178 • Serving cuisine that is simple, seasonal and southern in a beautifully restored homestead in the heart of downtown historic Roswell. This critically acclaimed neighborhood restaurant


ROSWELL AREA LODGING Roswell offers numerous hotel and lodging facilities for your friends, families and out of town guests. Contact the Roswell Convention Visitors Bureau with any questions on choosing the perfect facility. ATLANTA HOTEL 9995 Old Dogwood Rd • 770-650-6444 Non-smoking & handicapped rooms available. Amenities include fridge, microwave, complementary continental breakfast, free wifi, cable and free parking. COMFORT SUITES 3000 Mansell Road • 770-645-6060 All-suites hotel. Exercise room, pool, refrigerators, microwaves, complimentary Deluxe Hot Breakfast, free local calls, corporate meeting space, wireless high-speed internet, airport shuttle, van transportation upon request, capacity for tour operator parking, group rates available for weddings, perfect for family reunions, 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta. DOUBLETREE by Hilton Atlanta/ Roswell 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd • 770-992-9600, The DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta / Roswell is the ideal choice of business travelers. Leisure travelers will find the DoubleTree Hotel Atlanta/Roswell convenient to many nearby attractions. The newly restored full service hotel offers 172 well-appointed guestrooms, including 24 suites. A complimentary shuttle is available to take hotel guests within a five-mile radius of the hotel. HOLIDAY INN Atlanta/Roswell 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd • 770-817-1414 Full service hotel with luxury amenities including flat screen TVs in all rooms. Wifi and Business Center. Outdoor pool. On-site Health/fitness center. Full service restaurant and lounge (Kids eat free with Adult meal purchase). HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Alpharetta/Roswell 2950 Mansell Rd • 770-552-0006 This location has undergone a total cosmetic facelift offering an affordable, yet comfortable, option when it comes to overnight accommodations. Heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, guest laundry, free full Hot Breakfast, Wifi, airport shuttle, van transportation upon request, capacity for tour operator parking, group rates available for weddings, perfect for family reunions, 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta. 20

HOTEL 400 1500 Market Blvd • 770-992-7200 Nestled in the suburbs near GA 400, the hotel is close to a variety of restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping malls, as well as the Roswell Historic District. Our rooms feature separate seating areas and complimentary wifi. Our suites include a mini-refrigerator, microwave, and separate bedroom. We offer an outdoor pool, mini-gym, and Jacuzzi. Complimentary shuttle service within 5-mile radius (hours vary). INTOWN SUITES 1175 Hembree Road • 770-410-9094 Extended stay, weekly. Efficiencies, maid service, full kitchenettes. LA QUINTA INN Atlanta/Roswell 575 Old Holcomb Bridge Rd • 770-552-0200 Amenities include pool, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons/ ironing boards, complimentary continental breakfast. RAMADA LIMITED SUITES 3020 Mansell Rd. • 678-461-7300 Features luxurious suites, efficiencies, and Jacuzzi rooms. Fully equipped kitchens. Indoor swimming pool. Free continental breakfast. ROSWELL SUITES 907 Holcomb Bridge Rd • 770-552-5599 2000 square feet of meeting space for all meeting and special event occasions. Non-smoking & handicapped rooms available, corporate meeting space. Amenities include pool, heated whirl-pool, fitness center, complementary deluxe continental breakfast. STUDIO 6 - Roswell 9955 Old Dogwood Rd. • 770-992-9449 Extended stay facility. Amenities include cable, HBO, twice weekly housekeeping, work stations with personalized voice mail. Free local calls. Fully equipped kitchen in room. •

True Irish pub featuring a from-scratch kitchen by Chef Larry Powers, extensive beer and whiskey selection, cozy and family-friendly atmosphere, large party space, 2 bars, balcony and patio dining, plus live music Th-Sat! live music • 2 floors • 2 bars • private parties

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner! instagram: @macmcgeepub #macmcgee • 936 Canton St. Roswell • 770-518-2866


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BBQ 1 Dreamland Bar B Que

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2 Slope’s BBQ, Inc (770) 518-7000

3 Spiced Right Ribhouse (678) 352-9633

4 Swallow at the Hollow (770) 594-0655

2 Hugo’s Oyster Bar (770) 993-5922

3 Roux on Canton (770) 993-0007

CASUAL CAFE 1 Anna Lee’s Restaurant (770) 998-0086

2 Atlanta Bread Company (770) 650-0069

3 Coffee Bianco (770) 992-7289

4 Dogwood Cafe @ DoubleTree by Hilton (770) 992-9600

5 Douceur de France (770) 650-1173

6 J. Christopher’s Crabapple Road (678) 822-0129

7 Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House (770) 645-1149

8 Le Bistro (678) 682-8669

9 Oak Street Cafe (770) 594-1300

10 Plum Cafe (770) 518-7586

11 Public House (770) 640-5548

12 Roswell Provisions & Market (678) 682-8669

13 The Fickle Pickle (770) 650-7877

14 The Roswell Teahouse (770) 643-5813

15 Thumbs Up Diner (770) 642-8980 (678) 352-1975

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GLOBAL INSPIRED 1 1920 Tavern (770) 998-3114

2 Aqua Blue (770) 643-8886

3 Bistro VG (770) 993-1156

4 Etris Kitchen and Bar (404) 431-5676

5 Ibiza Bar & Grill (404) 694-2605

6 Pastis (770) 640-3870

ITALIAN & PIZZA 1 Alessio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria (770) 640-8099

2 Bella Italia Restaurant (770) 640-8000

3 Brick House Pizza and Pasta (770) 640-0023

4 DaVinci’s (770) 649-0555

5 Diesel Pizza and Pub (770) 641-1080

6 Ippolito’s (770) 992-0781

7 Jet’s Pizza (770) 752-5387

8 Mellow Mushroom (770) 645-8383

9 Osteria Mattone (678) 878-3378

10 Real Fix Pizza (770) 299-1657

11 Your Pie (770) 993-7944

MEXICAN & LATIN 1 Ceviche Taqueria and Margarita Bar (678) 461-4025

2 El Porton (770) 552-1613

3 Hola Taqueria (470) 242-5661

4 Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine (678) 277-9661

5 Pure Taqueria (770) 817-7873

6 Rojo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina (404) 420-0111

7 Tarahumata Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar (770) 998-5590

MODERN 1 Foundation Social Eatery (770) 641-8877

2 Little Alley Steak (770) 998-0440

3 Nine Street Kitchen (678) 682-3222

4 NOCA (North on Canton) (770) 992-8866

5 OTP Tap & Grill

2 Hardee’s (770) 645-7336

3 Jersey Mike’s (770) 992-1605

4 McDonald’s (770) 751-9362

5 Roswell River Food Trucks (Seasonal) RoswellRiverFoodTruckWeekends

6 Zaxby’s - Woodstock Road (770) 552-2245

SWEETS 1 Menchie’s - Sweet Apple Village (770) 992-7992

2 Sputniks Yogurt (404) 213-7077

3 Sugar Shack (770) 650-9838

4 Sweet! Roswell (678) 461-1223

5 The Pie Hole (678) 461-3776 (678) 585-0067

6 Table & Main (678) 869-5178

7 The Mill Kitchen & Bar (770) 817-9345

8 Vin 25 (770) 628-0411

PUBS AND BREWS 1 Coldbrews Sports Bar & Grill (678) 639-7297

2 Mac McGee Irish Pub (770) 518-2866

3 Salt Factory Pub (770) 998-4850

QUICK BITES 1 Chick-fil-A at Roswell Town Center (770) 641-8436


mac mcgee irish authenticity By Amanda Turano Photos by Darleen Prem Photography

In every small town

in Ireland there exists the pub, short for public house. Pubs are the social backbone to a neighborhood and home to good company, good conversation and good food and drink. Welcome friends new and old, to your true neighborhood public house in the heart of historic Roswell. Shake off the winter chill at Mac McGee’s, whose second location opened in March of 2013, on Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell. This pub seemingly transports you to Ireland with ornate woodwork, rich stained glass and even numbered pews that were rescued from a church fire. All of these décor details were imported directly from Ireland during the owner’s numerous trips to the emerald isle. Whether you chose to whet your whistle and unwind with a drink from their extensive beer or whiskey selections, or choose from the expanded craft cocktail list, you will not be disappointed. The bar features 32 beers on tap, 28 in a bottle, 150 + whiskeys plus specially designed craft cocktails. Cheer on your favorite Irish and European sports matches at the bar on the big screen or duck into a “snug” for a more intimate seat. These decorative wooded booths are partially enclosed in keeping with the historical tradition of hiding away priests and women who frequented olde pubs to drink discretely.

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In true Irish pub fashion, you will be delighted with the tastes and smells from the made-from-scratch kitchen. Executive Chef Larry Powers operated a gastro pub in Ireland for three years and brings a wealth of menu choices that are sure to please every taste bud! Mac McGee’s also offers great catering options, a large space for entertaining big parties, as well as small nooks for more intimate gatherings with two full floors and an outdoor second floor porch. Live music is played every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Check their Facebook and Instagram pages for special events, tastings and parties. Find them on Facebook at “Mac Mcgees – Historic Roswell”, on Instagram at “macmcgeepub” and online at macmcgeeirishpub. com . Address and hours are: 936 Canton St, Roswell Square, Roswell, GA 30076, Sunday-Wednesday 11:30am-12:00pm and Thursday-Saturday 11:30am-2:00am. Amanda is a happily married Canton mother of two energetic and busy teens and one spoiled yellow lab. She is a lover of words and can usually be found with her nose in a book, trail running or blogging.



Aqua blue debuted

on the Roswell dining scene over 13 years ago, bringing chef-driven, global cuisine to Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Long-time chef de cuisine Kien Sam joined co-founder John C. Metz, Jr. as an operating partner in 2013, leading updates to the menu, bar and private dining. From steaks and chops to deliciously prepared seafood and premium sushi, the restaurant impresses with variety and the freshest, seasonal ingredients available. In addition to adding weekday lunch service last year, Sam has focused on fresh seafood and sushi prepared daily, along with hand-cut steaks cooked to perfection. “Our guests have come to expect affordable luxury when dining with us,” said Metz. “A quality meal, extraordinary service and an inviting atmosphere – we make sure they consistently receive all of these elements when dining at Aqua blue.” To complement the cuisine, the restaurant boasts an extensive, global wine list with wines offered by the bottle and glass, as well as selections of “endangered species,” limited releases or vintages that are no longer available. Traditional cocktails, along with a selection of martinis and sake, await from the bar. 30

There's always something special going on at Aqua blue. Each Sunday, any bottle of wine in the house is available for half price. Tuesdays bring $1 nigiri and sashimi, $5 large sake and $3 Japanese beers. Thursday is Ladies Night with $5 specialty cocktails and $5 glasses of wine all day. “The overwhelming support of our loyal diners and friends has allowed us to serve our affordable and unique neighborhood dining experience for over 13 years now, and we plan to continue to surprise and delight them for many years to come,” said Sam. In addition to an unforgettable dining experience, Aqua blue is focused on being the best event and special venue for parties and gatherings in the Roswell and Alpharetta neighborhoods. The restaurant's banquet facilities, which offers a beautiful setting of cascading curtain walls, rich bamboo floors and soaring ceilings, can hold up to 300 guests. The updated patio, with colorful landscaping and heaters for the chilly months, is perfect for large parties any time of year. The former sushi bar is now a wine room for intimate gatherings or larger parties. Aqua blue is located at 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner daily from 4 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 770-643-8886 or visit •

Restaurant profile: THE MILL KITCHEN & BAR

In the South,

we are kept up at night remembering our grandmother’s fried chicken, our mother’s biscuits and gravy, the taste of a peach fresh off the tree in July and the smell of boiled peanuts as we pass by a roadside stand after a day of fishing with our grandfather. We crave and dream about our food, attaching it to memories of childhood, friends and family. We are taught a great meal is not about the food and drink we consume, it is an emotional experience bonding us to it forever. The MILL KITCHEN AND BAR, a quintessential Southern neighborhood restaurant, is a down-to-earth spot, where the casual vibe is heightened by the mouth-watering cuisine, the culinary inspired cocktails, the large selection of craft beers and the thoughtfully selected wine list. Whether a guest prefers the well-appointed dining room, the comfortable bar or the sizeable patio complete with a fireplace, it will be a gathering spot for those who want to conjure up their favorite memories and provide a place to make new ones. The Mill Kitchen and Bar is the joint venture of brothers Scott and Randy McCray. The brothers are veteran entrepreneus. The two have helped redefine the concept of the American neighborhood bar with two locations of McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna and Lawrenceville and the iconic Cosmo Lava Bar

tled in the Midtown skyline. Coming in early 2015, their new seafood concept restaurant HOOK LINE AND SCHOONER will be opening in Smyrna. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the menus are home to a host of familiar favorites. Call it modernized comfort food that simply marries old and new. Executive Chef Ben Castro’s Mill Kitchen & Bar menu gives a nod to local farms, ranchers and artisans that produce only the finest ingredients. In addition, an inventive and substantial kids’ menu offers organic and healthier fare that promises to please young tastes and parent’s consciences. You can learn much about the character of a place by the bourbons it offers its patrons. The same may be said for the dedication to quality ingredients in the hand crafted cocktails. A quick look at the shelves behind the bar and a brief scan of the drink offerings and you’ll promptly get a sense of the establishment’s authenticity. Hand-crafted cocktails also rely on local and seasonal ingredients, and some chef consultation, too, for an intriguing collection of refreshing beverages. Hand-picked to complement the cuisine, the wine list shows an affinity for small winemakers and producers. Located at 590 Mimosa Boulevard, The Mill Kitchen and Bar is open for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and private events. Call 770-817-9345 or visit 31




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LUCKY’S GRIM REAPER CHALLENGE By Madison Black On December 6th, the 4th

Annual First Responders Grim Reaper Burger Challenge for Toys for Tots took place at

Lucky’s Burger & Brew. Head Chef and General Manager, Ted Lescher, stopped contemplating the idea of the Grim Reaper Burger Challenge and made it into a real life event. Hesitant on how to stage the event four years ago, Lescher decided to contact the police and fire departments to see if they would like to be involved. “We decided to ask the fire and police departments if they would like to help us do a little more to help the community and Toys for Tots by participating. Thankfully, both departments agreed to join the friendly--and maybe a little messy--competition,” Lescher said. The contest then became reality when two officers, one from the Roswell police department and one from the Roswell fire department, attempted to eat an entire Grim Reaper burger. 34

The legendary Grim Reaper burger from Lucky’s consists of a four-pound all-beef patty, a pound of bacon stacked high, a half dozen fried eggs, an order of onion rings, stacked and layered in a specially-made bun with chili cheese Tater Tots on the side. Not only did they have to clean their plate, but they had to do so in only one hour. For entry to the spectacle, guests were asked to bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots. Able to take the challenge head on, the Roswell police department took home the victory this year. A Little About Lucky’s: Owners, Ernie and Diane Geyer, named their restaurant after their Golden Retriever “Lucky” and placed the newly established restaurant in the heart of Roswell. It didn’t make sense to Ernie to not make it so that Lucky could experience the restaurant with his owners; so he made sure Lucky could spend work days •


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Settingdown Creek Golf Course, Hole #8, Par 4, 373 Yards

the ultimate golf swing By Bill Barkley, Master PGA Golf Professional

I have been playing golf

for more than seventy years, playing well enough as a junior golfer to earn a four year full scholarship to play on the University of Florida Golf Team. At that time, Florida was the number one golf team in the nation, with players like Doug Sanders, Dave Regan, and Dan Sikes who later played on Ryder Cup teams. I was a scratch player with the ultimate golf swing, playing consistently from tee to green, but lacking the short game finesse on and around the greens that one must have to play the Tour. After college, and a tour in the Army, I married, started raising a family of what became eleven children and settled down as a club pro, specializing in teaching. As a teacher I won the coveted award, PGA Master Professional with a Specialty in Teaching. A teacher imparts feel, visualization, and understanding of the swing. Teachers communicate with word pictures, graphics, demonstrations, and training aids. They engage students in the learning process with the aid of video analysis. They make instruction convincing with cause 36

and effect reasoning. Teachers prescribe drills designed to develop swing fitness and facilitate memorization of key movements. They help students discover and learn. Ultimately, a golf swing is not guided by a ‘conscious’ effort, but by a more ‘subconscious’ activity, like walking. Once a judgment is made concerning club selection and what type of shot the situation requires, an advanced golfer begins with a purposeful pre-swing routine, then executes the shot with little thought about mechanics during the actual swing. Over time, a golfer simply reacts to visualization, executing shots automatically, like a third baseman fielding a ground ball. There are several ways to swing a golf club, though I believe that the ultimate golf swing has an inside out path with a counter-clockwise spin on the ball, similar to the way a bowler rolls the ball to the right with a counter-clockwise spin into the side of the head pin. The following describes the execution of the ultimate golf swing: •


1. Address the ball with the ball opposite the left heel. 2. Bend at the waist, creating a 45 degree spine angle. The spine angle should remain constant throughout the swing. 3. The right foot should be wedged inward and there should be no lateral movement in the right knee during the backswing. 4. Rotate the waist clockwise, a one piece movement with the left arm extended. 5. At the peak of the backswing, rotate the left wrist counter-clockwise, shift weight into the left heel, swing the hips forward to the right, and let the arms and hands fall freely on the inside-out path. The ball will spin counter-clockwise from right to left. An inside out path during the downswing is desirable because the path is longer, allowing one to create more club head speed, and spinning a ball from right to left provides a bigger area to spin the ball into, or most of the entire width of the fairway. For example, a straight path down the middle would only allow half the fairway if the ball was spinning right or left. Developing the details requires many hours of concentrated practice to perform the pattern subconsciously and with timing and rhythm. The movement occurs sequentially and simultaneously, like a series of spinning concentric circles with a common forward moving axis. The part which spins in the greatest radius, the club head, is the last to catch up. The term rhythm means that the total movement of a swing is smooth, not jerky, and contains a constant, relentless beat, like the tick- tock beat of a clock. Good golfing! Bill Barkley, PGA Master Golf Professional with a specialty in golf instruction, had a 4-year golf scholarship to UF and has been a PGA Pro for over 60 years. He and his wife of 58 years, Claire, have 11 children and 25 grandchildren and live in Johns Creek.

BROOKFIELD COUNTRY CLUB 100 Willow Run • 770-992-9230 • Best known for its magnificent 18-hole Mike Riley designed golf course, its undulating greens and rolling fairways create a challenge for the expert player as well as being fun for the beginner. Designed in 1972, Brookfield has played host to many major amateur events in Georgia as well as hosting the LPGA during the 1970′s and 1980′s. Brookfield’s Professional Golf Staff headed by PGA Professional, Tim Crandall, strives to give the ultimate in service. The course measures 6801 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 140 and a 72.9 USGA rating. COUNTRY CLUB OF ROSWELL 2500 Club Springs Dr. • 770-475-7800 • The 18-hole course is a private golf course that opened in 1973. Designed by Randy Nicholls, Country Club of Roswell measures 6570 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 133 and a 71. THE GEORGIA GOLF CENTER 345 Cox Rd. • 770-992-4233 • Since 1999, GGC has been the premier golf learning and practice center in the metro Atlanta area. They offer 50 permanent tee stations, a well-manicured grass tee area, short game practice area with bunker and putting green, state-ofthe-art golf instruction with video and Trackman, and expert club fitting with PING, Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, Cobra and Henry-Griffitts fitting systems. HORSESHOE BEND COUNTRY CLUB 2100 Steeple Chase Ln • 770-992-2310 • Originally designed by Joe Lee in 1974 it has recently undergone a major transformation under the direction of Bob Cupp. With four holes along the historic Chattahoochee River and over 2 miles of scenic river frontage, the natural beauty throughout the course has been enhanced with lakes, streams and dramatic water features. The redesign features: new greens, tees, bunkers, cart paths, and state of the art irrigation system. The course measures 6638 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134 and a 72. SETTINDOWN CREEK GOLF CLUB 5500 Settindown Dr. • 770-640-4620 • The 18-hole course is a private golf course that opened in 1988. Designed by Bob Cupp, the course measures 7332 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 150 and a 76 USGA rating, SCGC was recently named Georgia’s “Best in State” by Golf Digest, ranked 84th among “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses” by Golfweek, and named the fourth toughest course in the area by the USGA, as published in the September 17, 2010 issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. 37

By Suzanne Taylor & Michelle Knapp

The Fickle Pickle

is a Roswell tradition, so whether you have lived in the city your whole life or just moved in – this is a must try restaurant. The restaurant has stood the test of time since opening in 2003. This summer, they expanded by opening a breakfast and dessert addition called Sugar Shack in the Back. So what came first, the Fickle or the Pickle? The story is that owner/proprietor Andy Badgett had a fine dining establishment called Asher. One day, he decided to turn it into a southern cafe and deli. In keeping with the Southern traditions, the location sets the stage in an 1890 Victorian house. There are several small rooms that you might get seated in. You order at the counter, but the staff is quick to refill your drink or help you with anything you need. Their menu includes the classic southern fried green tomato sandwich and peach tea along with salads, pressed paninis, specialty sandwiches and many more choices. I love their chicken salad (which has hazelnuts and dried cherries), as well as their famous fried Cajun pickles. Not the healthiest choice, but how can you not indulge on pickles at the Fickle Pickle? They offer dill, bread & butter, and Cajun, and all are made from scratch. Maybe it’s the creole rémoulade sauce that keeps me coming back from more. It’s addictive!

Pickle recently opened The Sugar Shack in the Back (which is located conveniently around back of the restaurant!). They serve breakfast items, coffee drinks, baked goods and ice cream. Try their famous Bagel Bomb! And, in the warmer months, you can enjoy the patio seating area outside with your treat. Now, as avid shoppers, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there are several really unique shops within walking distance of the Fickle Pickle. Directly across the street is Southern Style, which has a large selection of clothing, jewelry, décor and even some options for the guys. In fact, you could park there and then walk to Fickle Pickle because come lunchtime, the restaurant’s lot fills up quickly. Plan accordingly though if you are on a lunch break; the last time we were there the line was out the door. It’s such a cute place though, so it’s worth the wait! Stop in for lunch or a sweet treat, and tell them Scoop sent you!

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many of the park's impervious areas (parking lots) drain directly into Crossville Creek. The creek is included on the Federal Clean Water Act's list of impaired waterways in Georgia for fecal coliform bacteria. "When we found out Crossville Creek was impaired, we knew we had to come up with a way to protect that waterway from further damage. We also wanted to reduce the volume and velocity of stormwater contributing to stream bank erosion and flooding," said Champagne. "Rain gardens are called a 'Best Management Practice, or BMP' in our line of work because they address all those concerns quite effectively." Four rain gardens have been created throughout the park: --Entrance Road Parking Lot --Pedestrian Path near Turf Ball Field --Football Field Parking Lot (in two areas) The total project was just under $200,000, which included a partial grant from the federal government for 55 percent of the cost. In addition, rain gardens will be incorporated into future City projects wherever appropriate. •

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POUND CAKE C O OK-OFF FEB 14 This free event will take place at East Roswell Park Recreation Center on Saturday, February 14th from 1-3pm and will include both professional and amateur categories. There will be a prize in each category for Best Pound Cake chosen by our judges as well as a People’s Choice Award, chosen by the attendees. Pound Cake Cook-Off Rules & Regulations: 1. Pound Cake must be made from scratch (no pre-made mixes) 2. Pound Cake must be prepared/served in a sanitary manner 3. Registration is limited based on space 4. May be entered as individuals or teams 5. Competition is open to anyone 12 years and older 6. Must specify either professional or amateur category 7. Participants should supply enough pound cake to serve approximately 200 people a bite-sized sample of each recipe submitted. 8. Creativity with recipes and table decoration is encouraged. 9. Participants must submit an ingredients list for each recipe. No lists or recipes will be given out unless you would like to share. This cook-off involves sampling by event attendees, please be aware that liability is based on ingredients cooked in your pound cake. Anyone preparing and serving harmful ingredients will be held liable. Any non-traditional or unusual 46

ingredients must be disclosed to prevent allergic reactions (chilies, peanuts, etc.) 10. Pound cake should be prepared off-site 11. Participants must furnish their own serving containers. Set-up Rules and Times: 1. All Participants will be allowed to set up no earlier than 11am. 2. Two chairs and one 6’ folding table will be supplied for each contestant. 3. Advertisement and decoration of your table is encouraged. 4. Small tasting cups and paper napkins will be supplied by the Roswell Roots committee. 5. At the close of the event, all equipment, advertisements, and decorations must be removed from the site, but should remain until 3pm and no later than 4pm. Judging Criteria: Taste, Appearance, Consistency Prizes: 1. Amateur: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize will be awarded. 2. Professional: 1st and 2nd place prize will receive an official City of Roswell Pound Cake Cook-Off plaque to proudly display at their business. 3. People’s Choice winner will be awarded a special gift. •

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The City of ROSwell is a small community but plays hard and serious when it comes to organized youth sports. The competition is tough and starts at a young age. This is a growing trend among American youth and has lead to what is known as sports specialization. Sports specialization is defined as participation in one sport year around. In past generations, children played a variety of sports throughout the year. The trend toward sports specialization in our youth has lead to a significant increase in overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are generally caused by repetitive submaximal loading of the musculoskeletal system without adequate rest. Children are a higher risk of overuse injuries with sports specialization due to the skeletal immaturity of their bodies. During high periods of growth there can be imbalances of muscle strength, joint hypermobility, bone density issues, and growth plate immaturity. These normal growth characteristics can place children in a high risk category for development of overuse injuries when playing the same sport year around. According to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2014), symptoms of overuse injuries may include: sore muscles, fatigue, depression, insomnia, weight loss, irritability, decreased mental concentration, and high blood pressure. The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (January 2014) categorizes risk factors for overuse injuries into intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic factors include: 48

growth related factors, previous injuries, prior level of conditioning, anatomic factors, menstrual dysfunction, and psychological development. Extrinsic factors are related to the training workload, competition schedule, equipment/ footwear, environment, technique, and psychological factors from adult and peer influences. Readiness to play a sport is another interesting topic that parents should consider. Children must have a certain degree of physical and cognitive development before they are adequately prepared to engage in the skills required of certain sports. Age alone cannot be used to determine this as children develop physically and cognitively at different rates. In conclusion, sports specialization has become wildly popular in organized youth sports. Unfortunately, this has lead to an alarming high percent of overuse injuries. This crisis has lead many of the nation’s premier orthopedic associations to publish research and statements warning parent’s of the danger of sports related overuse injuries. Amy C. Keating, PT, MSPT is a Roswell native and currently lives in Crabapple. She works as a physical therapist at A Step Ahead in Roswell. She received a BS in Biology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and MSPT from University of North Georgia. •


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ice fest 2015


Saturday January 24th 10 am – 5pm Sunday January 25th 12pm – 5pm Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell

Located at the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Third annual Ice Carving Festival includes Live Ice Carving Demonstrations and classes in single block ice forms. Come and watch the veteran ice carvers as they chisel and shape blocks of ice into masterpieces and wild creations.

Ice Fest 2015 also has many youth activities for all ages including Ice Slides, inflatables and Snow Ball Forts. Family Fun located in the Pavilion and the Reliable Heating and Air Comfort Zone with Food Trucks, Live Music, Bon Fires and S’mores. The Chattahoochee Nature Center Staff will also provide animal encounters with some of the Centers most famous residents, the Sky Lab Planetarium and so much more. Tickets are only $10 or charge by phone 770-9922055 or visit

The Atlanta Ice Marvels have partnered with Children's Charities, Inc. a volunteer organization based in Milton, Georgia. The organization was founded by Amanda White and Lauren Holmes in order to help fund the greatest needs at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth location from equipment to programs and services. Children's Charities focuses on funding one project per year based on the needs of the Urgent Care Center. The current project is the Early Autism Detection Unit now in house. 2014 provided funds for the unit itself and 2015 will provide for its every evolving technology and staffing. 2015 Fundraising goal is $100,000.

Come out to meet The Atlanta Ice Marvels currently ranked number 1 in the world! The team captured the Gold Medal in the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska in 2014. Their multi block Entry “Maiden and the Birch Tree” wowed judges with its realism, artistry and overall beauty. You can see photos and additional competition information: 50

They will be traveling to Alaska in February to defend the Gold Medal in the 2015 Championships and will be competing in the Multi block and Single block competitions!

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disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDDNOS). Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. 1 out of 65 children born in the state of Georgia will be diagnosed with some form of Autism. The Autism Spectrum is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). A device developed in conjunction with the Marcus Center, can detect autism in children as young as 2 months old. If treatment begins as early as the first six months of life, it can vastly improve a child's outcome and possibly even eliminate symptoms. The impact of early interventions can be so great that in some cases an autistic child who received therapy as a baby will no longer exhibit signs of the disorder by age 3, according to a new study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Early detection and therefore early treatment can make all the difference in the life of a child with Autism. For more information on Ice Fest and other Children’s Charities Events in 2015 including Denim & Diamonds on April 25th at Shannondale Farm, please visit or call 404-217-4643. Ice Fest is made possible by our sponsors: Atlanta Magazine, Reliable Heating and Air, Superior Plumbing, Secure Bancard, Milton Business Alliance, Sally Rich- Kolb, The Chattahoochee Nature Center and Ice Sculptures Inc.



I was driving home

recently when I saw a familiar scene: a dog running loose. I pulled over and was able to coax him to me. He was a beautiful and boisterous black lab. I was happy to see he had a collar, but my heart sank when I realized that he didn’t have any identification tags on. The energetic cutie bounded all over my car, found a tennis ball from under the seat and tried to get me to play fetch with him. I knew that someone must be missing this fun dog! I drove him to the closest veterinary hospital and luckily this story ended happily: they used a universal scanner, detected a microchip, and his owner arrived to pick him up 20 minutes later. There are several lost pet websites listing dozens of dogs and cats missing around Roswell recently. The local shelters take in hundreds of pets each month! Sadly, only about 25% of dogs and 5% of cats that enter shelters as strays are reunited with their owners. Many don’t think about 52

microchipping their cat, but cats especially need them. It is 20 times more likely that your lost cat will be found if it has a microchip. Keeping a collar on your pet with an ID tag (the pet’s name, your phone number +/- address) is the easiest way for your dog or cat to be found, but often collars can slip off. Some collars can be dangerous for outdoor cats, and “breakaway” collars fall off. ID tags can become worn and unreadable. Every pet should have a microchip as a back up form of identification. Microchips 101 1) A microchip is a tiny electronic transponder the size of a grain of rice. It is activated by a scanner that transmits radiowaves to the chip. The chip uses no batteries, and is designed to have a lifespan of 25 years. 2)The microchip is not a GPS tracker. A unique identification number appears on the scanner, and your pet’s information can be looked up so they can be reunited with •

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you. There is a database designed by American Animal Hospital Association that makes it easier to look up most ID numbers. 3)A veterinarian or trained veterinary technician needs to implant the microchip. It is a simple injection and takes seconds. It is no more painful than getting a vaccination. Some prefer to have it done if the pet is under anesthesia for other reasons, but that is not necessary. The veterinarian will provide you with paperwork or a website to register the chip. 4)Register your pet’s information! It is estimated that only 1/2 of microchips are registered. Keep it updated if you move or if your pet has a new owner. 5)There are different types of microchips and scanners. Some only read certain types, but most veterinarians and shelters now have a “universal scanner” that can read all of them. 6)Have your veterinarian “check the chip” at the wellness

visit each year. That will ensure the scanner and chip are working and in place, and help you remember to update your registration. Your vet can keep a record of your pet’s microchip number. 7)Whenever you find a lost pet without ID tags get them to a veterinarian or shelter as soon as possible so they can be checked with a universal scanner for a microchip. 8)Have any new dog or cat you adopt from a rescue or a breeder checked to see if they already have a microchip. Hopefully you will never lose your beloved pet, but if you do, a microchip can help make sure that your story has a happy ending, too. Dr Jennifer Ferrell graduated from the University of Florida veterinary school in 1999. She practiced as a Veterinarian until 2008, when she had children. She remains active in continuing education, volunteering veterinary care to local charities and writing about veterinary topics.


new year’s resolutions By Melissa Holder

Why are New Year’s resolutions so difficult to keep? We all start with the best of intentions: get in better shape, eat healthier, spend less money, get organized, and the list goes on and on. But statistics show that nearly 50% of resolutions are “broken” six weeks into the year. Yet there is hope! People that make explicit resolutions are ten times more likely to see a positive change in their behavior. So, when it comes to taking better care of your health, what are some ways to find success? • Have a well thought out resolution. Resolutions that have measurable goals are more likely to be successful because you can track your progress. In other words, don’t just say you want to lose weight, pick a number and write it down. • Have realistic resolutions. Breaking down the resolution into manageable pieces will allow you to have success along the way. If you want to lose 20 pounds, set mini goals of 5 pounds along the way and reward yourself with each accomplishment.


• Tell family and friends your goals. Sharing your plans will allow you to have built in support and accountability. However, pick your confidants wisely. Those that will not support your efforts or undermine your desires will only set you back. • Don’t get stuck on a date. Start now. If you want to exercise more, getting into a routine before year’s end will help you feel better during the holidays and establish a habit for the New Year. Many gyms offer end-of-year specials so you’ll be making a wise spending choice, too! At the heart of any resolution, especially one that means making lifestyle changes, is the strong desire to succeed. Quite simply, you have to want to make the choice to exercise or not eat the second helping. Fortunately, there are many convenient fitness and health options in the Canton area to help you find a plan that works for you. Traditional gyms are still very popular because of the number of options within a facility. These gyms often have a full array of cardio equipment, machines and free weights, and may provide childcare and group classes. While larger facilities that include everything from cardio, to weights •

Image by and even a pool are available locally, smaller gyms also offer cardio and weigh-training to help you reach your goals. Some gyms specialize in personal or small group training, with training packages designed for your needs and your budget. This is often a popular option with sport specific athletes. Trainers can customize workouts that help with golf, tennis or youth agility to name just a few. CrossFit™ is a group based fitness facility where certified instructors lead daily WODs (workout of the day) to provide a total body workout each time. To find a local Roswell affiliate, go to and use their location tool. There are several in the area. Boutique gyms also provide customized services. They typically only offer select types of classes, such as Yoga, Pilates or Barre. Finally, more and more certified personal trainers are working for themselves. These experts train individuals and groups. They either meet at a client’s home or in a central location. Some even train at their homes. These trainers are found most easily by word of mouth, so if you see someone getting in great shape, ask if their secret weapon has a name! Nutrition is coming to the forefront of importance. Many

more individuals are researching what they are eating, the food preparation process and how our food intake either supports or hinders our fitness goals. “Clean eating” refers to choosing foods that are minimally processed and have few if any additives or preservatives. Most nutritionists will base any dietary recommendations around this concept. And while it’s more than just fixing chicken and a salad, choosing foods that aren’t packaged is a good first step. Other factors to consider in clean eating include deciding if you should make organic choices or choose non-gmo (genetically modified) foods. Ask your doctor for a referral to a reputable dietician or nutritionist to be sure you keep a positive balance of vitamins and supplements in your diet. Health and fitness is about so much more today than just going for a run. Take some time to look at the many different fitness options in Roswell and make 2015 the year of the healthiest YOU! Melissa Holder lives in Canton with her husband and children.


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winter 2015

Jan. Feb. March 2015 Calendar

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Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Sports Trivia Night at The Roswell Tap, 7pm, $2 Coors Light Drafts,


Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm,


Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Kids Can Write; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Barrington Hall; 1 PM until 5 PM each of the six Sundays of the camp. 770-640-3855. ICEFEST 2015 - Chattahoochee Nature Center; chattnaturecenter. org;


Roswell Roots: Festival of Black History and Culture Proclamation; 7:00 PM @ Roswell City Hall Council Chamber.


Cooking Classes with Chef John Wilson: "A Salute to Julia Child: Classic French Cooking"; 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Barrington Hall; 770-640-3855 .

$250.00pp and advance registration is necessary. Call 770-640-3855

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Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm,


Adult Writing Class: “Writing Children’s Books”; 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Barrington Hall; 7 PM - 10 PM each of the six Thursdays of the class, January 29 - March 5.

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Roswell Performing Arts "Disney's: The Little Mermaid Jr."@ Roswell Cultural Arts Center; The cast contains approximately 38 students.


Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia @ City Hall Rotunda;


Roswell Roots Artist Spotlight: Shellton LaBron; 9:00 AM - February 28, 5:00 PM @ Roswell Cultural Arts Center; Super Bowl Sunday! View the game at an area sports bar, restaurant or grille! Groveway Community Group presents: "History in the Making"; 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ 950 Forrest Street

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Artist Showcase Series Featured Artist: Shellton Labron, Oils/Pastels/ Pencils/Acrylics/Pen & Ink/Charcoal; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Roswell Cultural Arts Center Sports Trivia Night at The Roswell Tap, 7pm, $2 Coors Light Drafts,


Roswell Restaurant Week!;


Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm,


“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” Screening & Discussion with Sheila Pree Bright; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Aurora Cineplex; Note: For mature audiences. Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Bid Whist Card Party; 7:00 PM 10:00 PM @ East Roswell Park Recreation Center; Tickets: $5, must be purchased in advance due to limited seating. 314-520-4775 Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bill Johnson Community Activity Building.


Ruthie Foster LIVE! in Roswell; 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Roswell Cultural Arts Center; Two-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster brings her blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel to Roswell. Are you smarter than The Griot? 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Roswell Branch Library. Prizes will be awarded. Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race and Fun Run 8:00 AM Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race & Fun Run at Chattahoochee Nature Center. 8 a.m.; •


Story SLAM: "Lovers and Haters"; 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ 950 Forrest Street950 Forrest Street; Join us for our Story SLAM series.

Recommended for 3rd grade to 8th grade students.


Sports Trivia Night at The Roswell Tap, 7pm, $2 Coors Light Drafts,

“Slammin’ in the Suburbs” Roswell Poetry Slam; 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Roswell Historic Cottage; $1,000 cash 1st place prize.




Open Hearth Cooking & Living History with Clarrisa Clifton; 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Smith Plantation;

Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm, Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Roswell Roots Speaker and Panel Discussion: “Black Love and the Black Family”; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ 950 Forrest Street.


Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents Romantic Valentine's Gala; 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ 950 Forrest Street950 Forrest Street; 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Breaking Down Barriers Around the Table: Pound Cake Cook-Off and Southern Foodways Alliance Films; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ East Roswell Park Recreation Center; “Growing Up... In Words and Images” with NBA All-Star Joe Barry Carroll; 2:00 PM @ Roswell Branch Library. Kids Valentine’s Party; 6:00 PM 11:00 PM @ East Roswell Recreation Center.


Experience Africa through the Art of Storytelling; 4:00 PM @ Roswell Branch Library.


High John the Conqueror and African Folktales with Rob Cleveland; 7:00 PM @ Teaching Museum North;

Talk with the Author of "First Top Gun" Dr. Zellie Rainey Orr; 2:30 PM 4:30 PM @ Roswell Branch Library.

West African Rhythms and Flavors; 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Barrington Hall.


KUUMBA Storytellers of Georgia present Historic Portraits; 3:00 PM @ Roswell Visitors Center; Recommended for ages 6 and up.


Uncovering African-American Roots: A Personal Journey with Eleanor Shelton; 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Roswell Branch Library.

feb 26 - mar 15

Homers - World Premier presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. www.


Unity Concert featuring a Morehouse College Glee Club Quartet; 4:00 PM @ Zion Missionary Baptist Church; (

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GET Presents: Joe Gransden and "Sounds of the Big Band Era"; 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ 950 Forrest Street Sports Trivia Night at The Roswell Tap, 7pm, $2 Coors Light Drafts,


Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Story SLAM: "Madness"; 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ 950 Forrest St; 950 Forrest Street; Story SLAM series. Sports Trivia Night at The Roswell Tap, 7pm, $2 Coors Light Drafts,

mar17 Saint Patrick’s Day! Wear green and celebrate at your favorite local bar, restaurant or pub! Be sure to check out MacMcGee’s Irish Pub on Canton Street for special festivities in the true spirit of the day! Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm,


Team Trivia Night at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 8pm; luckysburgerandbrew. com.


Singer Songwriter Series with six live acts at The Roswell Tap, 7:30pm,


Roswell Dance Theatre Spring Show; 950 Forrest Street; Roswell Dance Theatre presents their Spring performance.


Atlanta Dance Theatre's Spring Performance; @ 950 Forrest Street950 Forrest Street; Atlanta Dance Theatre presents their Spring performance.


Roswell Beer Festival; 2pm - 6pm, Roswell town square; Still accepting sponsors for this annual event!


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Roswell Churches and Places of Worship

Fellowship Bible Church • Northside Church • Journey Christian Church • Crosspointe Community Church • World Harvest Church • Roswell Community Church • Roswell Presbyterian Church • Saint David’s Episcopal Church • Bridge to Grace Church • Christ United Methodist Church • Zion Missionary Baptist Church • Lebanon Baptist Church • Roswell United Methodist Church • North River Baptist Church • Temple Kehillat Chaim Temple Beth Tikvah Congregation Beth Hallel Tikvat David Messianic St Andrew Catholic Church • Northbrook United Methodist Church • Atlanta Street Baptist Church • Northminster Prespyterian Church • St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church • Roswell Church of Christ • Roswell Community Masjid Cross of Life Lutheran Church • Tapestry Community Church • Pleasant Hill MBC • St. Peter’s Place Anglican Church • Northview Church of Christ • St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church • Eagle’s Nest Church • First Church of Christ, Scientist • Church of the Savior • Roswell Assembly • Northside Church of Christ • 62

God, grant me the serenity; to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will. So, that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. author unknown •

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Roswell Magazine Jan/Winter 2015  

Roswell Magazine is a local, lifestyle, glossy publication covering the good people of Roswell, Georgia, zip codes 30075 and 30076.

Roswell Magazine Jan/Winter 2015  

Roswell Magazine is a local, lifestyle, glossy publication covering the good people of Roswell, Georgia, zip codes 30075 and 30076.