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Published by The Cherokee Tribune July / August 2018

Farm to table Trend shapes eating out and in

Also inside: Living legends Profile of a Producer Summer fun for the whole family

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July - August 2018 • Volume 13, Issue 4

8 FARM TO TABLE Restaurants, farmers and home cooks embrace locally grown food.

Executive PUBLISHER Lee B. Garrett

14 LIVING LEGENDS Some of Cherokee’s most established residents reflect on how their communities have changed.

18 PROFILE OF A PRODUCER Woodstock’s Sharon Tomlinson is making films with a message.

Annual pie contest adds sweet note to local farmers markets.

24 PADDLE TIME Options for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are plentiful in Cherokee.



Freight Kitchen and Tap Sous Chef, Caleb Schmidt, prepares a fresh cut of meat

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 2018 Cherokee Kick-Off................................................23

Soleil Laurel Canyon........................................................7

Aqua Guard Basements.................................................31

Huntington Learning Center........................................21

Brumby Chair Company...............................................31

Mid City Pharmacy........................................................29

Canton Theatre...............................................................27

NHC Surgical Associates...............................................19

Canton Tire and Wheel ................................................30

North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists............................11

Cherokee Co Historical Society....................................28

Northside Hospital - Cherokee.....................................36

Cherokee County Arts Council....................................26

Northside Vascular Surgery..........................................25

Cherokee County Farm Bureau....................................23

Pinnacle Orthopaedics....................................................2

Cherokee Market............................................................27

Plastic Surgery Center of The South............................33

Cherokee U-PICK EM Football Contest....................32


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.....................................3

ReMax Town & Country.................................................5

City of Canton.................................................................13

Salon • Spa Venessa........................................................33

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Superior Plumbing.........................................................35

Frosty Frog Creamery & Café.......................................12

Woodstock Funeral Home............................................21

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Woodstock Market.........................................................10


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22 SUMMER FUN Activities for kids abound.

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CONTRIBUTORS Shannon Ballew, Carla Barnes, Thomas Hartwell, Rebecca Johnston, Margaret Waage PHOTOGRAPHY Erin Gray Cantrell, Shannon Ballew, Thomas Hartwell, Gary Tanner, Margaret Waage LAYOUT AND DESIGN Beth Poirier, Jennifer Hall

Advertising Staff ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Tara Guest ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Becky Opitz, Ginny Hrushka, Kya Brannan, Krysten Bush, Jill Abbott CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Dave Gossett

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By Rebecca Johnston


hen I was a child, summer seemed endless; long lazy days filled from early morning to dusk with games and swimming and trying to keep cool. Days punctuated with trips to the library to check out a book or a visit to the drugstore for a frosty ice-cream treat. Bicycle rides around town, a movie at the Canton theater or a visit to my grandmother’s to sit on the porch and try to beat the heat with an old paper fan. From Memorial Day, when school was out, until Labor Day, when we headed back to classes at Canton Elementary, summer was the best season of the year, better even than Christmas. These days, so much has changed. Summer break is a month shorter for students, and while that works out well with weeks off school throughout the year, I am still glad that when I was a kid summer lasted three long months. This year, as schools open in August, there is another major change. There is no longer a Canton Elementary. The school closed in May to make way for a Cherokee High expansion in the building. Students are assigned to other schools and their education will continue. I am even assured that eventually a new Canton Elementary will be built. But somehow it still feels strange. My children went to Canton Elementary at the “new” facility, but I attended the school in the old brick buildings on Academy Street in downtown Canton. I still remember my first day of school in what we called the old building, the one built in 1914. Grades one through three were housed there, with the old lunchroom and the ancient gymnasium standing sentinel over the playground behind the building.

I grew up there and came of age in a turbulent era. It was in those buildings that I heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot. I was a student there when the school was integrated and the first African-American students came and took their seats in my class. I remember the Christmas the mills were on strike as workers fought to unionize and teachers whispered in the hall about the threats of violence and the hardships students were facing whose parents were out of work. It was in the auditorium there that I first began to fall for the guy who would later be my husband. We were in a play, “The Boy Next Door,” our eighth-grade finale. He wasn’t the boy next door, but instead the sidekick. I was the girl next door, but had a crush on the sidekick. I especially remember our graduation as we left Canton Elementary behind and headed to high school. There were no middle schools here back then. Our graduation was a big deal, with the girls dressed in white dresses, many wearing heels for the first time, and the boys scrubbed and polished in coats and ties. As we walked out those doors and left those hallowed halls behind, a new chapter in our lives was about to begin in our lives. Change is inevitable. But it is always hard for me. I love the old times, the old memories of places and people. I like to hold them close to me like an old worn sweater. But life moves on. Summer turns to fall. And live in our little community goes on.

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6 NEWS & NOTEWORTHY New philanthropic initiative A group of local women wanting to be involved with supporting the vision and mission of Reinhardt University is doing just that with a new philanthropic initiative. Women with ʼHardt was created under the leadership of Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. “Women with ʼHardt is a wonderful way for women to get involved with helping Reinhardt University as we create a unique experience where every student thrives,” Mallard said. “These women have kicked off this initiative and are moving forward full throttle to support Reinhardt University. I am proud to call them friends and partners.” Founding member and chairman Iris Smith said Women with ‘Hardt is a wonderful way to support Reinhardt, its students, families, faculty and staff. “The organization’s purpose is to benefit current and future students, faculty and family by identifying specific areas or social areas on campus that can be enhanced through our volunteer efforts,” Smith said. “As chairman and a founding member of this group, I am honored to be a part of this organization, to make a difference in the college experience of these students, and to support the university as the valuable community resource it is.” The organization is self-funded and plans to host fundraising events to help the overall cause.

Mazzato Restaurant The name “Mazzato” comes from a traditional Peruvian drink, but chef Jeffrey Del Carpio is looking to bring contemporary cuisine with his restaurant opening in downtown Canton this summer. Mazzato Restaurant, which is scheduled to open in the first week of July, will feature traditional Peruvian dishes including ceviche, rotisserie chicken, lomo and steak — and like the country, blended with influences from other cultures, such as Peruvian takes on fried rice and sashimi dishes. “We have a fusion of different countries, because Peru has a lot of different immigrants with different foods, like Italian, Asian, African-American food, so Peru is a fusion of all of that,” Del Carpio said. Before buying the Canton location, which was the former home of Snug Gastro Pub, Del Carpio was a chef in Washington, D.C., at Latin Concepts and Ocopa Restaurant, which was named to Michelin’s top 100 restaurants in the area in 2016. He previously worked at Fuego de Miramar in Miami. Mazzato will be his first venture as a restaurant owner with business partner Juan Kukurelo. “What I want to do is something new for the town. I want to bring a new experience for my customers,” the chef said.

Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services by Shannon Ballew

Phantom of Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services has had a long career, first in show jumping events, and for more than half his life helping children and adults with special needs. A registered quarter horse, Phantom recently turned 30, and to mark the occasion, BEATS is setting up a fund in his name for older horses’ medical needs. When owner Bethany Nugent founded BEATS in 2003, Phantom was the organization’s first horse, and is the only one of the first three that is still active in therapy rides, Special Olympics and other programs. Specially trained and licensed therapists use equestrian and aquatics programs to help people with disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, Down syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Now, the old horse is still active despite


arthritis, although he lives in a paddock at the front of the facility with a miniature horse, Luigi. “They’re the first horses people see when they drive in front of the farm. They’re a cute little duo,” Nugent said. With the fund, Nugent can have money raised specifically to care for aging equines like Phantom. Most have arthritis, and some require medicines that can cost hundreds of dollars. Bethany’s Equine and Therapy Services is located at Mariposa Farms, 75 Red Gate Trail in Canton. For more information, or to donate to Phantom’s fund, visit


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A herd of cattle gather in the field of the Bear Creek Cattle Company where beef farmer owner Will Beattie cultivates Braunvieh and Brangus cattle raised on an open pasture with rotational grazing and a selected blend of grain feeding.

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9 Farm-to-table enthusiasts like ‘fresh’ concept Story and Photos By: Margaret Waage

It’s easy to talk about fresh food during the summer months. Visit a farmer’s market to see brightly colored fruits and vegetables that tempt buyers with the promise of a healthy bounty of foods and cooking with fresh foods that would rival any dining out special. Restaurants that tout menus with “locally sourced ingredients” advertise fresh food is good for you. And it is. Something to remember in any marketing campaign, is fresh food has always been in favor and delicious when prepared with care. The farm-to-table movement became popularized early on by many influences. Celebrity chef personalities such as Julia Child, James Beard, Graham Kerr, Jacques Pepin and Martha Stewart are just a few of the early culinary experts that inspired audiences to cook. Later, food competition programs on the Food Network helped to reinforce the return to food preparation as a more nutritious lifestyle. Food allergies, vegan and vegetarianism, gluten-free diets and organic food trends may have also contributed to the move away from earlier trends of processed foods, which were popularized during the 1950s. Frozen TV dinners were marketed to appeal to the idea that cooking was drudgery. Farm-to-table vernacular isn’t anything new at all. Utilizing locally sourced ingredients is as old as agriculture and appeals to anyone who likes eating fresh foods. Bringing the “fresh” concept into the restaurant space is an inherent aspect of fine dining, where customers can appreciate the essence of flavors and nutrition at their peak.

Fresh cabbage grows at Freehome Gardens far where CSA shares cost $30 per month for locally sourced vegetables.

The shortest time between fresh to cooked food, the more nutrients the food contains, and while preservatives are viable in extending food shelf life, they diminish the nutritional values. Woodstock’s Freight Kitchen & Tap restaurant prides itself on using local area vendors for beef, cheese, peaches, pecans, apples, Vidalia onions, peas, beans butternut squash, sweet potato, kale, radish, cucumbers, carrots, leafy greens, arugula, turnips, radish, chard, zucchini, beets, cabbage, spring onions and grits are all from Georgia farms. Poultry comes from Coleman Go Forth Farms in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and their beef is from Bear Creek Cattle Company in Ellijay. Freight Kitchen & Tap’s proprietor Robert Morneweck and Front of the House manager Bobby King recently visited BCCC to meet with beef farmer owner Will Beattie, to see the beef farming process first hand. BCCC produces all-natural beef from Braunvieh and Brangus stock where the cattle are raised on open pasture with rotational grazing, then finished on a selected blend of grain. Beattie said he was inspired by the teachings of Temple Grandin, an advocate for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter. “The secret to a finer cut of beef is to begin with the best cattle genetics available, then nurture that beef from birth to production.” While touring the farm, the cattle ran to Beattie on sight, showing their anticipation of treats as they stood nearby. “Their behavior demonstrates how content they are,” Beattie pointed out.

From left, Freight Kitchen & Tap owner Robert Morneweck, front of the house Manager Bobby King and Bear Creek Cattle Company beef farmer and owner Will Beattie discuss beef farming practices during a tour of the farm.


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10 Freight Kitchen & Tap serves up a New York Strip steak from Bear Creek Cattle Company that comes with fresh broccolini, garnished with collard green flowers, drizzled with a bleu cheese and sundried tomato compound butter for $26. To make compound butter to compliment steak, King provided the bleu cheese and sundried tomato compound butter recipe below. Parmesan cheese or other herbs can be substituted when creating compound butter.


Ingredients: One stick of unsalted butter One ounce of bleu cheese crumbles - Freight uses bleu cheese from CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs, GA One ounce of dry sundried tomatoes vacuum sealed variety A quarter teaspoon of kosher salt One foot of plastic wrap • Soften the butter and add in sundried tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles to food processor • Process mixture to become smooth, though some crumbles can remain • Take the plastic wrap and lay it flat on table surface and press wrinkles out so plastic is flat • Spoon butter/cheese mixture into the middle, length wise, covering 2/3 of the center of plastic • Fold the plastic in half and pinch the edges together

• Roll the plastic covered mixture along table to form into roll • Refrigerate the roll • Use about a tablespoon of butter for steak covering • Before serving, place cooked steak with tab of flavored butter into skillet to melt compound butter Cooking times and temperatures may vary depending on preparation, size and shape of steak. Test steaks for doneness using a meat thermometer. King suggested these tips when preparing steak: For medium rare, the internal temperature should be 126°F, for rare or medium, it’s plus or minus 5 degrees. The best way to cook steak is in a seasoned cast iron skillet on medium/high heat, allowing the pan to get hot first. Alternatively, cooking on a grill set on medium/high heat works best. Check the temperature when thermometer registers 5 degrees lower than the desired doneness, as the temperature will continue to rise while resting.

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12 If you don’t have the time to set up a vegetable garden, you can buy freshly harvested foods direct from a Community Supported Agriculture program or at any number of farmers markets that set up shop during seasonal months, typically from May - October. Farmers markets sell products in a ‘same day’ marketplace, whereas buying CSA shares provide customers a regular stream of products over a longer period, usually 12 weeks but will vary depending on the farmer. Buying food sourced nearby means getting fresher food while supporting a local economy and contributing to a lower carbon footprint overall. Harold Carney runs a CSA out of his home farm Freehome Gardens in Canton where he sells shares for $30 month over a ten week period, but harvest length can run longer when weather permits. Carney grows mustard greens, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, turnips, kale, green beans, plums, asparagus, broccoli and chestnuts. “The program starts early April and runs through the fall,” said Carney. Customers pick up their weekly assortment of goods direct from Carney, who greets customers with friendly conversation. Freehome Gardens is a small operation, with about 10 shares a season. Starting the CSA was his wife Mary’s idea, and since she passed away six years ago, Carney has kept it going. The work sustains Carney and he gets to feed people through his CSA business.

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Newly sprouted radish grows at Freehome Gardens farm where CSA shares cost $30 per month for locally sourced vegetables.

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18 Sharon Tomlinson, producer, brings the film industry to Woodstock Article and Photos By Shannon Ballew

Sharon Tomlinson, a producer with a quarter century experience in entertainment, creates independent films and works to give actors, directors and other film makers skills to make movies in the Atlanta area. When she started working in Georgia, she saw that many Hollywood producers were bringing their own talent to the state rather than hiring locally. “They were taking advantage of our tax credit, but they weren’t giving opportunities to the filmmakers, they weren’t giving opportunities to the actors. So they would bring all these reality shows, feature films and shows, they were bringing crew in, they bringing cast in, and maybe sprinkle a few jobs here and there, but nothing significant to say, ‘We’re really hiring Atlanta,’” she said. “So I decided, I’m going to create a production company.” The production company, Studio 11 Films, launched with an ambitious project: create 11 short films with 11 producers, 11 writers, 11 directors, each paired with 11 mentors and released within 11 months. The first shorts in the program, called the 11Eleven11 Project, premiered in 2012 and the project continues to give aspiring filmmakers experience for industry jobs. “They got the full blown experience of what it means to work on a set,” she said. “They went on to get jobs with Tyler Perry, Lionsgate, all of the productions that started coming here. When they applied for those jobs, a lot of them got those jobs.”



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19 Now a Woodstock resident, Tomlinson’s latest feature film, “Masters,” directed by Khalil Kain and starring Terayle Hill with Erica Mena, follows a young man finding his own path after earning his master’s degree. The film is in post-production and set to come out in the fall. The movie is shot primarily in Woodstock at a popular coffee shop in the town that many locals will recognize, the Copper Coin, as well as at Arden’s Garden on Highway 92 and some scenes in Atlanta. Tomlinson says Studio 11 Films is a platform to tell stories with a social message. “All of our movies are movies with messages, movies that matter,” she said. Another Studio 11 film, “Misguided Behavior,” which addresses a school shooting and bullying in a school, released last fall and is in the process of being distributed. In partnership with the movie, there is an anti-bullying campaign called ARM Against Bullying with a goal to visit 11 cities to encourage them to implement actions against bullying in their school districts. In “Skinned,” a young woman experiences health complications from skin bleaching. For that movie, the producer launched a body image campaign called, “Love the Skin You’re In.” “Masters” is “a little more fun,” the producer said. The production team nearly named the “Masters” film after the coffee shop. “Copper Coin is so prevalent in the movie,” she said, “We almost were thinking about changing the title of the movie to Copper Coin. It’s almost a name you’ve never Cheers in Boston.” Tomlinson thanked the owner of the coffee shop, where Hill’s character works in “Masters.” “I love Randy (Altmann). He was so supportive. It is very rare that you find a business owner that is so open,” she said. “I definitely want to give a shout out to Copper Coin for the support.”

Director Khalil Kain, center, with actors Terayle Hill, and Obba Babatunde of ‘Masters.’

Producer Sharon Tomlinson, director Khalil Kain and actor Terayle Hill.


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20 The Miss America Berry Pie submitted by Sherri Cloud of Canton placed in a previous Cherokee Pie Challenge contest.


Contest a slice of summer fun By: Rebecca Johnston • File Photos

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21 Baking up delicious pies and competing for bragging rights has become a Cherokee County summer tradition. Just when local produce is at its peak is a great time to try out a new recipe or an all-time favorite and share the bounty. The Cherokee County Farm Bureau is once again holding its annual Pie Contest at farmers markets across the county in July, with first-place winners from each of the local market pie days competing Aug. 11 at the Woodstock Fresh Market for top honors. Woodstock Fresh Market will also have a pie eating contest for the youth. The pie contests are just some of the many fun activities planned by the Farm Bureau at local markets. “The farmers markets are thriving in Cherokee County. We want to support them by having events and promoting them. We enjoy doing this by our Pie Contest, Watermelon Day, Apple Day and Pumpkin Day,” said Shirley Pahl with the Farm Bureau. Pies were judged on appearance, taste, texture, crust and originality. One local ingredient must be used in each pie entered, Pahl said. Pie Day contests showcase the abilities of local chefs, nonprofessionals and young budding bakers in three categories. The contests at local markets will take place July 14 at Woodstock Farm Fresh Market, July 20 at Acworth Market, July 21 at Canton Market and July 21 at Roswell Market in neighboring Fulton County. The Woodstock Farm Fresh Market is open every Saturday to the end of December. Market Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market is located on Market Street in Downtown Woodstock.

Red, white and blue pie Ingredients:

• 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted • One 9-inch graham cracker crust (about 6 ounces) • 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar • 3/4 cup 2 percent milk • 1 package (3.3 ounces) instant white chocolate pudding mix

Other special events sponsored by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau include Watermelon Day June 30, Apple Day in September and Pumpkin Day Oct. 20. This is the 10th year of the farmers market in Woodstock. The Woodstock Farm Fresh Market has rules to guarantee that it is the best market in the region to get locally grown fresh produce. Produce vendors are required to grow at least 85 percent of the product they bring to the market. At the Canton Market, July 7 is Watermelon Day, September will have Apple Day and Oct. 20 is Pumpkin Day. Stop by each Saturday at the Canton Market through Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the best in home grown produce, fresh baked goods, seafood, meat, pasta, eggs and local artisanal items. Now in its 10th year at Cannon Park in downtown Canton, the market is a Georgia grown, producer-only market, which offers space at no cost to farms within 100 miles of Canton. Your favorite vendors will be returning with several new and exciting vendors this year as well. “The farmers markets are important for the general public where they can shop and know the vegetables and fruit they buy are fresh and local. They are important for our farmers to have a local market to sell the food they grow,” Pahl said. For those who want to enter one of this year’s pie contests, you can register your pie by calling the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Office at 770-479-1481 ext. 0 or you can show up at market the day of contest by 9 a.m. to register your pie. Please bring your recipe with you.

• 1 cup whipped topping • 8 fresh strawberries, halved lengthwise • 1 cup fresh blueberries


Spread melted chocolate onto bottom and sides of crust. Arrange sliced strawberries over chocolate. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth; gradually beat in milk. Add pudding mix; beat on low speed until thickened, about 2 minutes. Spread over strawberries. Decorate pie with whipped topping, blueberries and halved strawberries. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

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Summer activities for kids abound For parents and children looking for some extra fun activities during the last days of summer, Cherokee County has choices galore. Whether it’s a chance to see a play or movie, or to splash in the pool, there are plenty of options around the community.

Movies in the Park

Both Canton and Woodstock are offering outdoor movies this summer. The movies are free and under the stars. Enjoy a historic view while watching an outdoor movie at Movies in the Park in downtown Canton or relax in the beautiful Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater at The Park at City Center in Woodstock. At the Movies in the Park in Woodstock, come out early for kids games provided by BridgePointe Church or to find the perfect spot on the lawn. Movie snacks are available for purchase. July 21 – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” / Movie start around 8:50 p.m. Aug. 18 – Sherlock Gnomes / Movie start around 8:30 p.m. In downtown Canton at Brown Park, family movie night offers a chance to sit back in your lawn chair and enjoy a movie on a big screen with a backdrop of the historic City Hall. While parents enjoy their surroundings, the kids will have fun swinging on the swing set, or climbing on the jungle gym. Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown not dark. Concessions are available before and during the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and bug spray. July 28 – “Ferdinand” / Movie start around 8:45 p.m. Aug. 25 – “Sherlock Gnomes” / Movie start around 8:20 p.m.

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Elm Street Musical

Children will love “Fancy Nancy the Musical,” presented July 11 to 25 by the Elm Street Cultural Art Village. Shows are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. In the G-rated production, Fancy Nancy and her friends are performing in their very first show. Nancy is positive (that’s fancy for 100 percent sure) that she will be picked to be a mermaid. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? Join Nancy and all of her friends as they showcase their fanciest selves. The play will be performed at 8534 Main St. in Woodstock. For information and ticket prices, visit or call 678-494-4251.

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A number of fun special events are planned at the Cherokee Aquatics Center at 1200 Wellstar Way, Canton. Family Fun Night will be held July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening will offer family fun at the Outdoor Oasis Pool with music, games, and contests for everyone. The fee is included in the daily admission price. SPLISH SPLASH Break Camp will be held July 30 and 31. SPLISH SPLASH your way into the aquatic center’s fun and exciting camp. Children must be able to pass a 25-yard, deep water swim test with no assistance to attend camp. Camp includes lots of pool fun, arts and crafts, off-site field trips and more. Drop off is 7:30-9 a.m. and activities are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up is 4 to 6 p.m. For questions and cost call the center at 678-880-4760. Parent’s Night/Afternoon Off offers a fun time for kids and parents. There are nights for children ages 5 to 14 and teen nights for ages 13 to 19. Drop the kids off at the pool so you can enjoy adult time. Drop-off starts at 5:30 p.m. and pick-up ends at 10 p.m. While there, kids will play in the pool, have a pizza dinner, do crafts, play games and end the night Jaydn Elias at the Cherokee with a movie. Ratio of Kids to County Aquatic Center. Counselors is 10 kids to every one counselor. Parents are asked to send the kids with pajamas to change into after the pool. For questions and fees, visit or call 678-880-4760.


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Grab the kids and come downtown to the Historic Canton Theatre’s $1 Kids Summer Movie Series presented by Canton Main Street. There will be two showings each day at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Upcoming movies and show times are: July 11: “Coco” July 18: “The Jungle Book” (1967 version) Day-of-show tickets to individual films are $1 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Historic Canton Theatre Box Office. Also, $1 concessions are available. All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Historic Canton Theatre is located at 171 E Main St. Call the Box Office with any questions at 770-704-0755.

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Paddle Time Local spots, rentals offer plenty of options By Rebecca Johnston

For those looking to paddle down a cool, lazy river or along the lake on a hot summer day, there are plenty of local options just waiting for you to splash in and take off. Michael Murphy, owner of Murphs Surf, paddle board and kayak rental company based in Woodstock, has some great suggestions. The popularity of paddle boarding and kayaking has dramatically increased in the last five to 10 years in Cherokee County, Murphy said. An enthusiast since he was a teen, Murphy designs and builds his own boards and also serves as an instructor for his customers. “I get people from April to October who want to go out, but the summer months, June, July and August are our busiest times,” he said. “The company is open most holidays to deliver equipment to those who want to get out on the water.” Murphy put together a list of some local paddle spots that he suggests. Murphs Surf delivers to the paddle spots, as well as all campsites and other locations. “Just because we do not have it listed in our paddle spots doesn’t mean we won’t deliver to other locations. These are just a few of the most paddled areas we serve,” he said.



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25 ROPE MILL PARK 690 OLDE ROPE MILL PARK ROAD, WOODSTOCK PARK HOURS, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located off Ridgewalk Parkway by The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, this small, slow-moving river leads to the main part of the lake toward Little River Bridge, Murphy said. Known for the local waterfalls this is one of the best paddles in the area. About 35 minutes downstream are a set of waterfalls that make for a great day and reason to get out and hang out with friends. With no rapids at any time and very minimal current, this makes a great place for paddling when the main part of the lake is busy with boats. However, boats can still get to the falls and this area can get very busy on the weekends, Murphy said. Best time to paddle is early morning on a weekday. During the weekend it’s advised if you can’t find parking near the water to park in the overflow parking lot up top. This is a great place to paddle because this river leads out to a larger body of water with feeder streams connecting, he said. The park has picnic tables and a small restroom facility. CHEROKEE MILLS 6900 BELLS FERRY ROAD, WOODSTOCK This area is also known as Little River Bridge or the Ozark paddle. The Cherokee County facility consists of a three-lane boat ramp with a large parking lot and no bathroom. It is located across from the Little River Marina. There is a use fee of $5, which can be paid using their self-service system if there is no one at the park’s entrance booth. Located across from the Little River Bridge is the film set for the Netflix series “Ozark.” Home of the Blue Cat Lodge, Little River area holds a lot of coves and some excellent sunsets, Murphy said.

Boat traffic can be high during the weekends and holidays. Little River is a great mix of open water and coves. If you would paddle from Rope Mill Park in Woodstock it would take you up to seven hours to reach Little River Bridge. Other areas include Kellogg Creek Park, Galt’s Ferry Park, Victoria Park and Field’s Landing. Murphy has several other suggestions for spots around the area. There is also a public canoe put-in spot in Etowah Park in Canton at 600 Brown Industrial Parkway. The park is on 58 acres featuring an amphitheater, public bathroom, two community pavilions, playgrounds, a half-mile concrete walking trail connecting to Etowah River Trail and Heritage Park, recreational field space, bridge crossing over Etowah River and many picnic tables. Group paddles can make for a fun outing and Murphy can help set up a trip for friends and families. He says that he recommends renting both kayaks and paddle boards for groups, so that if some find one difficult, they can switch off. For more information call 678-672-9917 or visit Murphs Surf at or on Instagram or Facebook.

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Woodstock will celebrate the 4th in style with a parade, festival, fireworks and 5K Freedom Run. The day kicks off with the 22nd annual 5K at 7:15 a.m., For more information, visit Woodstock’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the festival will begin shortly after. The city’s festival at the Park at City Center downtown will include live music, food, vendors, games and arts and crafts until 3 p.m. The day will conclude with fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Ga. Highway 92 and Interstate 575. For traffic directions and more information, visit or call 770-592-6000

JULY 5-7 COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED!) History will never be the same! From Washington to Watergate, from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a roller coaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters — it’s what you’ve done with it! Playing at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 111 Elm St., Woodstock through July 7. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on July 5 and 6, and 2:30 p.m. on July 7. For more information email or call 678-494-4251 Classes:

We have several classes and workshops going on this coming year. Please check our website for more information. Digital Photography by Kim Bates Adult Drawing by John Horne Watercolor Classes by Gary Curtis Oil & Acrylic Painting by Linda Maphet Potter’s Wheel & Fun Handbuilding by Barbara Murphy Weaving by Jane Wimmer Teen Drawing by John Horne

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JULY 6 CANTON FIRST FRIDAY Join Canton Main Street for the party in Downtown Canton with live music, car shows, food trucks, local shopping and all that Downtown Canton has to offer from 6 to 9 p.m.! July’s theme is Island Dreams and there will be live music from Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffet cover band. Free Admission and Parking. Blankets and/or chairs are recommended.

JULY 14 LEARN ABOUT BEES Bees keep Gibbs Gardens and the world healthy through their pollination activity. Gibbs Gardens has bee hives on site, whose residents love the millions of blooms. Learn more about bees, their role in the environment and the art of beekeeping and harvesting honey from experts Nancy and Sean Cook from 11 a.m. until noon free with your garden admission. Visit the Gibbs Gardens website www.gibbsgardens. com and click on the events tab to learn about all their upcoming programs. Call 770-893-1881 for information.


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27 WOODSTOCK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES JULY 14 - DEPARTURE THE JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND AUGUST 11 - EVERCLEAR Woodstock’s 2018 Summer Concert Series heats up in July and August with great shows that will take you back to the ’80s and ’90s. Departure, The Journey Tribute Band will headline July 14’s show, and the ʼ90s alternative rock band Everclear will hit the amphitheater stage on Aug. 11. Headliners for the series’ closing show on Sept. 8 have yet to be announced but city officials promised a showstopper featuring a beloved Southern Rock icon. Outdoor concerts are at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater at the Park at City Center at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. Free shuttle service is also available to and from the amphitheater from Northside Hospital Towne Lake Parking Deck, 900 Towne Lake Parkway or Woodstock City Church, 150 Ridgewalk Parkway from 5-11:45 p.m. For more information on Woodstock’s Summer Concert series, including FAQ, visit

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28 JULY 21 ROYAL WOOD CONCERT Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at The Elm Street Event Green, 113 Elm St. Woodstock. Call 678-494-4251 for more information

SEPTEMBER 15 BORN TO RUN 5K Ready. Set. Run. Rain or shine, Reinhardt University will hold its 4th annual ‘Born to Run 5K’ on Saturday, Sept. 15 in downtown Canton. The annual 5K is a part of an annual effort to raise money for Cherokee Scholars (formerly known as ADay for Reinhardt), which aids in the funding for the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant program helps provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University, providing scholarships and pushing Cherokee County residents forward in their future. The race will be located in Cannon Park in downtown Canton at 130 East Main St. Pre-registration is $25, and registration after Sept. 6 will be $30. Registration for runners age 12 and under will be $15. If unable to attend or run on race day, support a student for $25. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Early registration packet pickup will be Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Northside Cherokee Hospital, 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton. “This fundraiser is an excellent opportunity for the community to support Cherokee County students,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations for Reinhardt University. “We have great sponsorship opportunities available and registration is open for the fun-filled, family event. The great part about it all is that it raises scholarship money for students right here in Cherokee County.” To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit



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# C R E AT E V I B R A N C Y SEPTEMBER 22 ART ON THE GREEN The annual celebration of all that makes Woodstock Vibrant. Artists, musicians, vendors, and the community gathered together to enjoy a day celebrating community. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock has its annual Art on the Green, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the event green at 111 Elm Street, Woodstock. Free to the public. For more information email or call 678-494-4251.

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10 Sheriff Frank Reynolds and former Sheriff Roger Garrison annual charity golf tournament 1. Vicki Benefield and Roger Garrison 2. Cherokee County schools Superintendent Brian Hightowner and Chief of Staff Mike McGowan 3. Attorney Archie Speights 4. Teams load up their carts and get ready to head out onto the course 5. Will Rounds and Sarah Hobson 6. Steve Stanfield, Greg Waters and Teddy Duncan 7. Roger Garrison, right, and former DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown 8. Volunteers sold prize tickets to tournament participants 9. Chief organizer Vicki Benefield and Jo Ellen Wilson 10. Otis Brumby, Robert Kelley, Josh Mims and Travis Knight


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Sheriff Frank Reynolds and former Sheriff Roger Garrison annual charity golf tournament - continued from page 30 Sheriff Frank Reynolds & Sheriff Roger Garrison presented the following hardware to these teams and individuals for their outstanding play on Monday May 14th at Hawks Ridge Golf Course 11. 3rd Place Team of Cushing / Eddy / Jacobs / Pinyan 12. 2nd Place Team of Andrews / Gann / Leary / Wayne 13. 1st Place Team of Cooper / Turner / Williams / Worst 14. Women’s Closest to the Pin & Women’s Long Drive Champion to Jessica Haigwood for her shot on #12 as well as her long drive on #7. 15. Jerry Jacobs for the Men’s Closest to the Pin for his shot on #5

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3 WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs groundbreaking 1. Pat Wallace, John Wallace and Pam Carnes 2. Senior Vice President of WellStar Health Parks Administration and Development Joe Brywczyski 3. Holly Springs City Councilmember Michael Zenchuk

2 The city of Holly Springs celebrated the golden anniversary of the founding of its police department on May 19 1. Holly Springs Mayor Steve Miller, left, and current chief Michael Carswell, back row center, with family members of the late Clarence Williams who was the department’s first chief of police 2. Holly Springs’ living police chiefs Charles Allen, Randy Moore, current chief Michael Carswell and chief Ken Ball




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1 2 3 Child abuse awareness luncheon Public Safety Awards 1. Judge Jackson Harris and Zach Blend 2. John Blend, Zach Blend and Marguerite Cline 3. The Rotary Club of Canton recently held its annual Public Safety Appreciation luncheon

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Feeling pretty chuffed By: Carla Barnes


must confess I regularly worship at the altar of the design makeover show. You know the shows – the ones in which the host preaches that the average person can make something beautiful of an ugly duckling – it just might take 100 easy steps. Now thanks to Netflix, our English cousins, have rolled out some new favorites that have brought my imagination to life and introduced us all to the new faces of modern design and innovative upcycles. One in particular, my modern day patron saint – Sarah Moore of “Money for Nothing,” saves items from the “tip,” i.e. the dump, and gives them a new home with a family to enjoy them. Her polite, genuine nature comes out as she engages with everyday people asking them about their rubbish, and sweet talking them into letting her try to remake their item into something of value. I was won over the minute she silver-plated Monopoly game pieces into jewelry charms for a necklace. Along with her personal project, she selects two other designers to take on items each episode. Through their projects we get a bird’s eye view of the creativity and process of these industry stars. All of the binge watching had me completely geared up for my own long list of projects – the largest of which – my grandfather’s metal shelving cabinet which came to roost in our garage a month or two ago. During my childhood these shelves, drawers and cubbies were home to all the workshop notions required to build just about anything a grandchild would like to play with on a visit – a push go kart that could take on even the tightest sidewalk curves. He had solutions for just about everything organized “just so” in Mason jars lined up along its shelves. My father made sure its legacy continued on in his own workshop and shocked us all when he said he might leave it behind in Albany as they pulled up roots to live here permanently in Cherokee County.


I was not so convinced and did some sweet talking of my own – to my husband, Doug, who found the prospect of a rusted piece of metal coming to his garage an unhappy occasion. Well, you can imagine his thoughts when I explained it would go in our living room or foyer. I enlisted the help of friends to help sell the idea who all agreed there was an industrial cool factor to the piece when I showed off the picture. Moving day arrived and it sat in the corner of the garage as we navigated through the spring itinerary to the weekend in which I finally planned to tackle this piece of history and mold it into something that would mingle with our eclectic, English interior. Up until this point I had read at length on rehabbing rusted cabinets and I was prepared with the gear should things not go as planned. We pushed it away from the wall and examined the random paint splatters, and rusted parts which extended down each side of the piece, and the unfortunate curl at its bottom revealing its rough shape. Not deterred I pressed play on my tunes, donned my goggles and mask and started the electric sander. A power tool and positive thoughts. Not soon after I started a small tap on my shoulder indicated my enthusiasm needed to be put on hold. Apparently I was creating a cloud of red rust dust which was coating everything in the garage “workshop.” I was given a no-go from my old man. I moved onto a spray bottle of vinegar. As I cleaned I looked for clues as to its origin in every nook and cranny. Was it in the shop of my great-grandparents’ business in Miami? Or did it have something to do with my grandfather’s work for Pan Am? After awhile, and despite the elbow grease, I admitted to myself that this may be an occasion for P.O.D. – paint over dirt – or in this case P.O.R. – paint over rust. The shop vacuum was slid back into place and the monolith was pushed back against the wall sans the flaking paint and spider webs. I headed back to my tablet in search of rust converters and chic chalk paints that would make my new design idols proud. And, although, I haven’t been able to piece together its story, I am still completely chuffed about how it will house yet more memories as my daughter makes plans for what she is going to store inside.


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