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Cobb Life

April 2013  Volume 9, Issue 3 EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER




Mark Wallace Maguire LAYOUT AND DESIGN

Stacey L. Evans, Mark Wallace Maguire CONTRIBUTORS

Allen Bell, Katy Ruth Camp, Joan Durbin, Stacey L. Evans, Lindsay Field, Kevin Hazzard, Michael Pallerino, Meredith Pruden, Michael Venezia PHOTOGRAPHER

Jennifer Carter PHOTOGRAPHY

Joshua Campbell, Nathan Self PHOTO ASSISTANT


Beth Poirier, Jennifer Hall, Anna Clark A D V E R T I S I N G S TA F F

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acworth Art Festival 9 Alliance Theatre 65 Aqua Guard Basements 64 Arlene McCoy - Julie Fogard - ReMax Around Atlanta 31 Atlanta Ballet 59 Atlanta Classical Christian Academy 57 Atlanta Communities 42 Atlanta Fine Homes - Jim Glover 9 Atlanta Kubota 27 Atlanta Lyric Theatre 58 Big Canoe Tour of Homes 30 Blackwell's Jewelers 42 Bow Wags 37 Broadway Across America 3 Callahan Landscaping 36 Carol Ann King - Harry Norman Realtors 31 Carpet Dry Tech 48 City of Smyrna 43 Cobb Hardware 54 Cochran Shutters 53 Compassionate Care Ministries 38 Cumberland Diamond Exchange 25 David Hylton - ReMax Around Atlanta 31 Debbie Redford - All Around Atlanta Realty 58 Dermatology Consultants 38 Expert Carmedics 12 Fleming Carpet 61 Fresh N Fit 16 Gaines Park Assisted Living Home 30 Gay Locke - Jennifer Prange - ReMax Around Atlanta 31 Georgia Memorial Park 63 Harry Norman 10 Henry's Louisiana Grill 16 Hugh Gilliam - Atlanta Communities 31

Hutcheson Horticulture Joe Hartley - Atlanta Communities Johnson Ferry Baptist Kiss My Grass Life Grocery Marietta Hearing Marietta Podiatry Marietta Power Marlowe's Tavern Mayes Ward - Dobbins Funeral Home Mini Maid Miracle Method Mt. Paran Christian Schoo Next Stage Theatre North Cobb Spine & Nerve Northside Hospital Northside Sleep Center Otter's Chicken Parc @ Piedmont Pinnacle Orthopaedics Plastic Surgery Center of the South Podiatry Group of Georgia Presbyterian Village Robins Realty Roswell Street Baptist Shrine Circus Sterling Senior Living Sue Hilton Sundial Plumbing Superior Plumbing The Bottoms Group The Framery Wellstar West Cobb Funeral Home White Rabbit Winnwood Retirement Workout Anytime Marietta


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features 20 TECH TIME Wristwatches that do more than tell the time

departments 14 SPICE Inside the mind of a green egg guru 22 STYLE Marietta resident leads bowtie trend 56 WINE Fine wines and Hollywood’s leading men ON THE COVER: Cobb Life writer Kevin Hazzard takes some tips on dressing for success.

28 PANAMA BOUND Former resident follows his dreams to Central America 34 WHAT WOMEN WANT Five things that women look for in a man 40 INSPIRING MEN Local leaders share thoughts on what it means to be a man 46 BREW BUDDIES Cobb becoming part of the craft beer community 52 WHAT WE THINK Our staff shares their thoughts on what being a man is all about

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The American Man: An endangered species of a creation of cretins? The inquiries went something like this: “A Man issue? What exactly does that mean?” “A Man issue? You mean like, “Maxim,” “GQ” or a “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition?” “A Man issue? Like the men of Cobb? Is it for single women?” Those were just a few of the questions I was asked when I informed people we were producing a Man issue for our April edition of Cobb Life. But why a Man issue? Now in its eighth year of publication, Cobb Life is a life and style magazine aimed at serving the general public. And while I believe we successfully reach readers across demographics, we had received several requests over the years for an issue especially targeted for men. Well, here we are, and don’t worry women, your turn is coming soon. While assembling this issue, it got me to thinking about the contemporary American man. The concept of a man holds a peculiar place in society and the popular media these days. Just flip on the TV sometime and you can see how men have been emasculated. My wife pointed this out. Take, for example, your basic television commercial or sitcom. In the words of the great, late Larry Munson, get the picture: The dumpy, overweight, poorly-dressed man/husband is too stupid, lazy or preoccupied to realize what is going on in any

given situation. His wife/girlfriend, however, is always supermodel attractive, well-dressed and outwits him and solves the whole situation while his children or friends mock him and roll their eyes at their father’s ineptitude. My wife (yes, her again), calls this “The Homer Simpson” syndrome, where in the past ten years, the ideal of the American man has been reduced to everything short of greatness. Why would this bother my wife? She is a strong-willed, intelligent woman who has nothing to fear or gain from this. And it has nothing to do with me – though I have my share of faults. It has to do with our two sons. As she has said, she doesn’t want our society’s ideal to be the standard that is set for them. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, our society has created the brute ideal of a man – usually the American football player who is brutal, not-too-bright and whose main contribution to the world is his muscles and Neanderthal mentality. These are the chaps that some folks love to demean by equating the talent and discipline needed to play a sport with a lack of intellectual capability or social responsibility. (I imagine most of these critics have never memorized a football playbook, a dozen basketball

plays or called gymnasts or ballet dancers daft for their physical prowess.) In the middle, though, is where most of us men live. The place we call the real world. Here are men who work hard and are good providers for their families. Men who play sports and, yes, are quite bright simultaneously. Men who enjoy reading and history and fishing and hunting. Men who devote time to mentoring others, being socially and politically active and coaching little league. Men who play music, garden, brew their own beer and, yes, enjoy watching sports. Somewhere in the last 30 years, we’ve lost the nobility of the idea of The Renaissance Man. The man who can do everything. I am not a Renaissance Man – my main weakness is my amazing inability at fixing anything mechanical. But to those who are Renaissance Men, well, you would be hard-pressed to find much coverage on them. You certainly would not find one in a commercial or a TV sitcom. In a few of our features in this issue, I hope we’re able to show that we’ve bucked that trend of reflecting the ‘Homer Simpson” syndrome. Best,

Mark Wallace Maguire

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news & noteworthy

[food and dining]

Got a Quarter? Common Quarter coming to East Cobb Woodlawn Square shopping center on Johnson Ferry Road will soon be home to one of east most anticipated new restaurants. Opening in July, Common Quarter will be a neighborhood gathering spot focusing on a celebration of culinary heritage and the more modern influences of Southern dining. This will be the fourth restaurant venture by Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner, along with long-time Muss & Turner’s operating partner Chris Talley. For more than 20 years, Talley has been fine-tuning his vision for a place of his own, and Common Quarter is it. The name is taken from the definitions of “common,” a public place open to all, and “quarter,” four equal parts, in this case, four partners and four concepts. The interior will have a familiar and classic aesthetic of Southern coastal and farm landscapes from the design team at a13 and custom woodworker Lamon Luther. Sourcing locally harvested products whenever possible, Common Quarter will offer organic and sustainable dishes on a regularly changing, chef-driven menu for lunch and dinner daily. A covered patio, full bar, regular wine and beer tastings and occasional live music will round out the laidback, come-as-you-are vibe at Common Quarter. For more information, go to

Tommy’s slated to close, new restaurant expected Tommy’s Sandwich Shop is closing. The business had been on the Marietta Square since the 1970s when owner Tommy Smith opened his doors in 1977. The shop has developed a strong reputation for its food and repeat customers. Smith is leaving due to a raise in rent. One business that could prosper in the spot would be Red Hare Brewery. The brewery which has had amazing success could not only expand the reach of their lauded drink, but also give the square more of a night life ambience.

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The wildly popular Seed restaurant in east Cobb’s Merchant Walk will soon have a companion, Stem Wine Bar. Both are owned and helmed by acclaimed chef Doug Turbush. Stem will occupy the 1507-square-foot space directly next to Seed. The two spaces will share some connectivity, but each will maintain their own unique identities. The space will also accommodate an expansion of Seed’s semi-private dining room to accommodate up to 24 guests. “My team shares a passion for wine,” Turbush said. “We recognized that this market would support this type of concept, and I love the idea of serving creative small plates. We also still turn away a lot of people, that we now can accommodate with a different experience entirely or a place to grab a glass of wine or cocktail while they wait for a table to open at Seed.” Turbush said he expects Stem to open in late spring, and the menu of small plates, priced from $3 to $12, is still being developed. But he shared some of his ideas: Medjool dates stuffed with gorgonzola wrapped in Benton's country ham with pistachios and sherry caramel; warm house-made ricotta cheese with Georgia olive oil and pickled mushrooms on toasted country bread; brandade croquettes with charred Romesco sauce and almonds; and house, local and international charcuterie. There will be as many as 40 wines available by the glass at $7 to $22. Stem will be open for dinner only, seven days a week. The web site, which is still under development, is

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[home and garden] Anne Hathaway Garden Club plant sale on April 17 One of our staff’s favorite events is on tap for April 17. The annual Anne Hathaway Garden Club’s Plant and Bake Sale takes place at the Marietta Educational Garden Center at 505 Kennesaw Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ve been shopping at this event for years and the sale is worth the visit. One of the main advantages is that the club features locally-grown plants. Not only are the plants already accustomed to the weather – unlike some big box retailers that have them shipped in from various hothouses across the nation – they also have a special touch as they are grown by local gardeners. In the past few years, we’ve gotten a range of plants including hydrangeas and cuva that have done very well. If you have a sweet tooth, the event also features a variety of delicious homebaked desserts. Proceeds from the event help fund local and statewide projects, including maintaining the plants at the Marietta Welcome Center. The event is rain or shine.

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[food and dining] Don’t clam up! Here is a recipe for seafood I'd love to claim that this wonderful recipe required hours of arduous research and testing before I was able to settle on the exact proportions of its ideal ingredients. But I'd be lying. In truth, I had almost nothing to do with it. The clams did it. Clams and mussels are especially generous, delivering a one-two punch of taste thrills: the succulent bivalves themselves and the deeply flavorful juices that stream out of them when they're cooked. My favorite way to mess with clams is to steam them, as in this recipe. You toss all the ingredients into a pot, pile on the clams, put on the lid, crank up the heat, and presto! Ten minutes later the dish is done. The only problem is that the clam liquor at the bottom of the pot is so tasty that I'm forced to sop it up with slice after slice of bread. That's why I decided to bulk up this dish with broccoli rabe, a healthy and savory vegetable that absorbs some of the clam liquor as it cooks. As a way of blunting the vegetable's slightly bitter edge, your first step with broccoli rabe is to blanch it. Cut off the tough ends of the stems, then boil it all in a large pot of salted water for two minutes. Next, drain it and transfer it to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and set the color. Finally, chop it crosswise into pieces about 1/2-inch thick. The garlic, chili sauce, ginger and sesame oil in the broth are complements strong enough to stand up to the robustness of the broccoli rabe. ASIAN STEAMED CLAMS OR MUSSELS WITH BROCCOLI RABE Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 4 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon grated or finely chopped fresh ginger 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions (white and green parts) 3 large cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon Chinese chili sauce (or your favorite hot sauce) 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3 dozen littleneck clams or 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed well 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 3 cups blanched and coarsely chopped broccoli rabe 8 thick slices country-style bread, toasted In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high. Add the ginger, scallions and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the chili sauce, white wine, chicken broth and clams. Cover tightly and cook until the clams start to open. As they open, transfer the clams to a bowl. It will take 7 to 10 minutes for all the clams to open. Discard any clams that do not open. Keep the saucepan over medium heat. Return the clams and any liquid in the bowl to the pan. Add the broccoli rabe, then cook just until heated through. Add the sesame oil and stir well. Divide the clams and broccoli rabe, along with the cooking liquid, between 4 shallow soup bowls. Serve each bowl with a few slices of toasted bread and a soup spoon.

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[pets] Time to get your dog in shape Our dogs are often as fat as we are, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Family cats can look like furry ottomans. At Tufts University, they've set up an obesity clinic at the vet school. It's time to get our pets up and at 'em. Dogs and cats love to play, and there are scores of great toys to engage their bodies and minds. Be mindful of your pet's breed and character when choosing games and toys, advises Victoria Wells, senior manager for behavior and training at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' adoption center in New York City. "Scent-oriented dogs will respond best to games that involve seeking out something that has an odor, so hide treats around the house that they have to locate," she says. "Buy toys that you can hide treats inside, and the dog has to tumble it to get at them." Intelligent dogs need mental stimulation just as people do, says Wells. Spot's Seek a Treat sliding puzzle and Discovery Wheel might fill the bill. Company of Animals has a Twister treat-finding game. The Kong line of toys are pack pleasers; the toys have holes at one end to hide treats, and the heavy-duty rubber construction makes them tough enough for larger dogs. (Available at many pet stores, or at ; ) Big, energetic dogs will have fun chasing the sturdy Varsity Ball. And for a little humor, consider Moody Pet's Humunga lips-, tongueor moustache-shaped chew toys that give your dog a hilarious vis-

age when they're holding them. ( ; ) Dogs that love to interact love to tug — and Wells says that, contrary to some opinion, tugging can be a great game. "It's all about who's in control of the game. You decide when you play it, when the toy must be released, when it must be dropped," she says. Teaching these skills early in a puppy's life makes play a lifelong joy. But even a rescue dog can learn, with patience and understanding. Try a tennis ball attached to a rope, which makes retrieving and throwing easy — no slobbery balls to grip. Petco also offers Bamboo's Combat Bone, a soft and floatable bone-shaped tugger, while Homegoods' extensive pet department, HG Pet, has great squeak-and-fetch options too.

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They swear by it. They’re fiercely devoted in their following. Meet one of the


GURUS. For those who haven’t noticed, the world of backyard chefs has rapidly been sectioning off into two categories of people: those who use kamado cookers, and everyone else. These ceramic charcoal heated ovens have been used in China and Japan for centuries but didn’t crack the American market until the mid ‘70s, when the first Big Green Eggs were imported and sold by an Atlanta entrepreneur. Still headquartered in Tucker, the Big Green Egg is the most well-known of the genre, which includes Primo cookers, also based in Atlanta since 1997; Grill Dome, started in 1989 and located in Suwanee; and Duluth’s Kamado Joe, begun in 2008. It’s the Egg that has developed a cult-like following. Devotees calling themselves Eggheads are a tight-knit community with several online forums and special events and gatherings. Midwest transplants Kim and Jeff Castle are fervent converts. When they moved to Marietta in 1983, “with his very first bonus check in 1984 we bought a lawn mower and a gas grill,” Kim said. Thirteen years later, in 1997, Jeff saw a Big Green Egg in action at a friend’s home in Kennesaw and tasted the results. He was instantly and completely hooked. “We bought one and never looked back,” Kim said. “He’s taken over doing all the meat at our house, totally. I don’t have to worry about the turkey at Thanksgiving or the Christmas roast.” By Joan Durbin Photography by Jennifer Carter

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Convenient Fresh Healthy

Spring Into A New You!



Big Green Egg fanatics Jeff and Kim Castle bought their Egg in 1997. Now Jeff devotes hours to cooking meats for dinner most evenings, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Beef briskets are one of his specialties.

Everyone who has ever eaten some of the first-rate barbecue that Jeff makes on the Egg and gets a look at how it works has told him they want one, too. “It’s definitely a guy thing,” Jeff said with a big grin. “We can be out here for hours, doing our thing and drinking a beer. It gets us out of the house and away from the women.” He has speakers hooked up around the pool deck and listens to every Braves game while the Egg cooks dinner. In the beginning, Jeff said he used his new Egg for simple things like grilling burgers and steaks. Searing meat is child’s play for a kamado cooker because it can reach temps of 700-plus degrees, the same as in professional kitchens. “I always used to grill with gas but I very seldom use it now. The charcoal flavor with the Egg is so good and different,” Jeff said. It wasn’t until he went through Pork University, a class conducted by award-winning pit master Sam Huff of Sam’s BBQ1 in east Cobb, that Jeff ventured into more esoteric realms with his Egg. Smoking meats and fish of all shapes and sizes became a passion. “At first I was afraid of cooking things too long because I wasn’t used to let something cook for four hours,” he said. “What I learned was you smoke low and slow, at 180 to 200 degrees. “You turn on electric starter, dump the charcoal on top and let it go for five minutes. Once you get it started, you put some water-soaked wood chips in and put the grate back on top, then put the meat in there and let it go.” Temperature is controlled by vents on the lid and bottom of the cooker. “The main thing is trust,” Jeff said. “You set it right and don’t open and close it.”

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The thick ceramic walls of kamado cookers seal in moisture so there is no need to place a pan of water inside, as is necessary with most metal smokers. Regular charcoal briquettes will work in an Egg, but the best results are achieved with lump hardwood charcoal. The flavor is better and temperature control is easier, Jeff said. And lump charcoal doesn’t burn as quickly or produce a lot of dense ash that needs dumping at the end of the cook time. With the Egg, Jeff said, “when you’re done you just choke out the charcoal and save it until next time. You don’t have to clean it out often, maybe a couple times a year.” In addition to Boston butts, ribs, pork loins and tons of sausage, Jeff smokes chicken and lamb as well as salmon, trout, tuna and walleye. The holiday turkey sits on a beer can inside the Egg and is done in around six hours. “The pan drippings make terrific gravy,” Kim said. Beef briskets, one of Jeff’s specialties, smoke for seven or eight hours. Ribs are good after four.

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Beer can chicken, ribs and vegetables on the Big Green Egg.


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Owner of Castle Benefits Group in Marietta, Jeff was a travel baseball coach for 12 years and helped out with the Blue Devils baseball team at Marietta High. He and Kim have four children: Jenna, 26, Jayne, 24, Judson, 20 and Joshua, 18, all Marietta High grads. “We held a retirement party in 2009 for Jeff Wheeler, then the athletic director at Marietta High School. We had 100 people and I smoked three Boston butts for 12 hours and still didn’t burn out all the coals,” Jeff said. He prefers to smoke with cherry wood chips for pork, lamb and chicken and mesquite or Jack Daniels-infused chips on beef. Onions, peppers, mushrooms, new potatoes, corn and asparagus go in the Egg in tinfoil packets with a little butter, salt and pepper. Would-be Big Green Egg owners will find that the cookers aren’t inexpensive. Depending on its capacity, prices can run between around $400 for a mini to up to $1,200 for the largest in the line. Accessories like a stand and a heat plate are extra but pretty much a necessity. The good news is that a ceramic cooker gives tremendous value for the money and will last for years and years. “In the almost 17 years I’ve had mine, the only things I had to replace were a handle and the temperature gauge,” Jeff said.

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What’s on your

wrist? By Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

On a sunny day at a picnic table in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky glanced down at his wristwatch. He wasn't checking the time, he was checking his email. Glancing up, he grinned. The message was from yet another journalist. In this corner of a world obsessed with the latest tech gadget, Migicovsky is a hotshot as his start-up company rolls out its new, high-tech Pebble smart watches. The $150, postage stamp-sized computer on a band is tethered wirelessly to a wearer's Android or iPhone. With hands truly free, wearers can also read texts, see who is calling them, scan Twitter or Facebook feeds and yes, check the time, while digging in their garden, barbequing a steak or — as he was doing when he conceived of the idea — riding a bike when his phone began to ring. And that's just the first version. Apps are being developed that could eventually bring everything from Angry Birds to eBay bidding onto our wrists. "I like it when I'm running," says Migicovsky, "I like it on the subway, on an airplane, anytime I want to see what's on my phone without pulling it out of my pocket." Pebble, which began shipping in January, is not the first to make a play for the watch market, which dwindled when consumers added smartphones to their purses

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble, displays his company's smart watch in Palo Alto, Calif. This new watch not only tells time, but also connects to smart phones within 10 meters. and pockets. But this little firm of 11 is the most popular in the smart watch sector today, bubbling up amid rampant rumors that Apple has its own iWatch in the works. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison declined to comment, but it wasn't the first time she'd been asked. Apple has several patents for high-tech watches.

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Tim Bajarin, a Creative Strategies analyst who's followed Apple for more than three decades, said he's been waiting for an iWatch ever since the company introduced a tiny Nano in 2010 and consumers began strapping them to their wrists. "I do believe that Apple could potentially disrupt the watch market if they took their innovative design and tied it to their smartphones and ecosystems," he said. "We have no knowledge that they are doing this, but the area is ripe for innovation." Meanwhile, Bajarin has one of the first 6,000 Pebbles shipped out so far, and he was gushing over it. "I love it," he said. "I have four or five people who message me consistently, mostly my wife. In the past, I was always being forced to look at the face of my smartphone to see who it was, now I just glance at my wrist." The next step? He wants a "Dick Tracy watch" that he could verbally order around, instead of pushing buttons. Even without Apple, Pebble already faces serious competition with a handful of other smart watches. The Cookoo, selling for $130, has a battery that lasts a year, compared to Pebble's once-a-week charge. The Sony SmartWatch, at $129.98, has a touchscreen, Motorola's $149 MOTOACTV includes a heart rate monitor and MetaWatch's $299 STRATA has a more feminine design. These newly emerging devices are innovative not only for what they do, but also for how they were funded. Last April, after failing to convince venture capitalists to fund Pebble, Migicovsky pitched it on Kickstarter, a website where any Internet user can support a project. He asked for $100,000. He got $10.3 million before capping his request. Supporters who spent $115 were promised a watch, which means Pebble has already sold about 85,000 watches. Cookoo and STRATA also turned to Kickstarter for start-up funding. Michael Gartenberg, research director for technology research firm Gartner Inc., warned all of these start-ups face major challenges. "There's been a lot of failed efforts to create smart watches and the key will be for vendors to understand the watch isn't just another digital device," he said. "Consumers wear watches for many reasons that have nothing to do with telling time, as evidenced by watch companies such as Rolex." Gartenberg said that so far, none of the

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smart watches are really designed for the mass market. "The real question is will Apple or Google get into this space?" he asked, noting that Microsoft tried some years ago with their failed SPOT watches. Manuel Yazijian, president of The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, said mechanical watches have a mystique of their own. But he said watchmakers may eventually turn their focus, attention to detail and ability to work on small items to smart watches. "It's a different ballgame. I just don't know if they'll need maintenance and repair yet," he said. "Time will tell, no pun intended." And the app Yazijian would like to see? "Our industry likes the old school mechanical stuff that ticks, like a heartbeat, like a live animal on your wrist," he said. "It would be so cool if the smart watch could make a ticking sound, right?"

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By Katy Ruth Camp Photography by Jennifer Carter


Brier and Moss one of the South’s hottest bowtie design companies. And, yes, one of their founders is from Marietta.

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Co-founder Jonathan Snyder inside Hub, in east Cobb, one of the local stores that sells Brier and Moss.

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Snyder with co-founder Nick Barnes, left, during a trip to Nashville.


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take heed: normalcy and predictability in a Southern man’s closet is out. Standing out by embracing the old-fashioned is in. Just ask the two men behind Marietta-based bow tie maker Brier & Moss. “There’s been a Renaissance of the American man over the past five years that they want to dress well again, and we’re excited about that,” co-founder Nick Barnes said. “Especially in the South, because Southern gals love to see their men dressed up.” Barnes and co-founder Jonathan Snyder met at Samford University in Homewood, Ala. when Barnes became Snyder’s Big Brother in the school’s Sigma Chi fraternity. Both had entrepreneurial spirits and shared a belief that the Southern man should always dress well. So when Barnes graduated in 2006 and Snyder in 2007, they began brainstorming ways to merge the two. A trip to a horse race in Kentucky gave them their answer. “There were bowties everywhere,” Barnes mused. “That piqued our interest. All of the girls had spent so much time picking out their dresses, but it was also pretty clear that the men spent just as much picking out their bowties.” Snyder said soon after that, he was at a wedding in Athens where many of the men were also clad in bow ties. One guest asked Snyder where he could find a bow tie dressed in the Unviersity of Georgia red and black. Snyder didn’t know, but he and Barnes decided they could form their own bow tie company and start with a collegiate line.

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Neither is Brier nor Moss, but when deciding on a name, they liked the Southern gentility of Savannah’s moss juxtaposed with the hard, manly thoughts brier (the Anglican spelling of briar) conjured. All bow ties are handmade of woven silk and decidingly stylish. Today, the line includes collegiate options as well as colors and designs that can be worn to the office, a wedding or, yes — even a horse race.


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living the


Former Marietta resident Rob Harper couldn’t resist the call of the clear oceans and blue skies of tropical life

The San Blas Islands lie east of the Panama Canal, along the Caribbean coast of Panama. This pristine archipelago of white sand beaches, crystal waters and vibrant coral reefs is home to the Kuna Indians, who welcome visitors in their traditional dress to share in local customs, music, food and art.

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Rob Harper and Diana Suarez in Boquete, Panama. The region is popular because of its waterfalls, scenic hikes, hot springs, rock climbing, river rafting, zip line tours and dormant volcano.


andy beaches, a tropical climate, a vibrant city and an abundance offshore fishing may seem like an easy dream to follow. But for many, making that leap to move away from family and friends invokes a fear that leaves them stagnant. For Rob Harper, it was a dream he couldn’t abandon. As the son of presidents of Marietta’s local chapter of Sister Cities International, travel to foreign lands was in his blood. He spent semesters as an exchange student in Costa Rica and Germany, and summers living abroad in Brazil and Spain. One particular trip made an impact on him. When he was around 12, his family visited one of the organization’s fellow host families in Germany. The group then drove to Belgium to commune with a former exchange student housed by the Harpers. The mixture of languages being spoken and translated mesmerized him. “All of a sudden I realize there is a big, wide world out there. I thought ‘I don’t know what these people are saying, but I want to learn,’ and that left a lasting impression on me,” he said. April 2013 Cobb Life


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Rob Harper and his mother at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Cathedral of Our Lady of Asunción) in 2009. The cathedral was built in the early 1600s. The former Marietta High School valedictorian enrolled in Spanish class in junior high, and his passion for language grew as he continued courses through college. “I never had a specific plan to use foreign language down the line, I just enjoyed learning new ways to communicate with new people,” said Rob. “As it happens, I speak Spanish on a daily basis now — it ended up opening a lot of doors for me and it helped to jumpstart my career.” Costa Rica is where that journey began. After repeated visits, including one volunteering at a medical clinic, he landed a job as a sales rep for Costa Rican Vacations in 2004 and decided to plant his feet firmly in the sand for a while. He committed to one year. A year and a half later, he moved back to Marietta. But as he tried to readjust to life in the suburbs, the lush green land was never far from his mind. When opportunity came calling, Rob answered with a quick and decisive ‘yes.’ The company he worked for as a sales rep was opening a new office in Panama, and wanted someone with Rob’s passion and expertise to run it. He made the move in 2007, and in 2009 became partner in the company. Leaving the comforts of home and family was difficult, but modern technology keeps them close. “At the end of the day what holds some people back from living abroad is you miss being around your family and people and places you know and that’s the biggest thing I miss, but with internet and Skype and cell phones the world felt like it was a smaller place,” he said. “So I just jumped in and went for it.”


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Like most parents, Marietta residents Judy and Bob Harper were hesitant at first about their son living so far away. But they were also proud of him for following his dream, and excited about the life that awaited him. “I have the most supportive parents on planet earth,” he said. “They are just fantastic people.” The Harpers visit at least twice a year, and along with other family and friends, Rob has been able to share his adventures in a new land. “I’ve been lost on so many backroads in various national parks, rainforests and beach towns that are nothing but a dot on the map — the stories seem to mount over the years,” Rob said. “I’ve been here for almost six years now, so most of the folks that come to visit have been here once before. When I think back to the first time they visited and crossed the Panama Canal, saw a ship travel through the Locks, zip-lined through the rainforest or hung out on an amazing tropical beach, it’s a lot of fun to remember their reaction and to have had the opportunity to share those moments.” Though a tropical life is like a

Rob Harper and his girlfriend, Diana Suarez in Panama.

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dreamland, Rob didn’t leave his Southern heritage so easily. Even with almost 4,000 miles between him and sweet tea, seersucker suits and accents with a slow drawl, Rob hasn’t lost touch with his Southern roots. The avid UGA and Braves fan rarely misses a game and even held season tickets for years. And he always stocks up on grits whenever he’s in Marietta. “You just can’t find that here,” he said. But for now, at least, Rob is happy to call Panama home and doesn’t foresee leaving in the near future. “It’s a lot of fun to be somewhere the weather is fantastic,” he said. “There are two oceans within 45 minutes of each other and Panama City is the most modern and cosmo city for Central America. There are so many things you can do and be involved with. This is part of the world that is kind of happening, that’s very much growing. There’s a lot of expats here, a lot of international business, a lot of growth energy in this part of the world and it’s fun to be part of that movement. I am very happy where I am today.” About Panama Luxury Vacations Panama Luxury Vacations plans custom-made itineraries that tailor the complete international travel experience, including hotels or all-inclusive resorts, adventure tours and transportation for clients’ specific needs. The staff is a team of foreign expats and locals who live full-time in Panama, who will help you plan a trip, meet you at the international airport upon arrival and solve any issues that may arise while you’re in the country. They regularly visit hotels they recommend and can impart all of the 'insider info' that travel lovers seek. The company plans vacations in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Information: or 1-800237-3237.

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DEFINE according to her We’ve all heard the adage, “Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus,” but, as comedian George Carlin famously (and hilariously) retorted, “Men are from Earth; Women are from Earth. Deal with it.” Still, there’s no denying men and women often speak a different language — especially when it comes to relationships. So, for all those guys out there wondering what really goes on inside the minds of ‘the fairer sex,’ we felt a quick peek into the female psyche was in order. Gentlemen, start your engines and get ready for our list of five things that define a man (according, of course, to women).

By Meredith Pruden

Comedy Central You don’t need to have the biting wit or comedic timing of George Carlin to ingratiate yourself to the women in your life. At the end of the day, women like a man who can make them laugh — and a man who knows when it’s okay to laugh at himself. Tell a zinger, execute a prat fall, eat crow when well deserved, but be sure to offer up a bit of laugh therapy on the regular to let the good times roll.

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2Threads It’s no secret women like a well-dressed man, so ditch those sandals and that hemp bracelet you wore to the Dave Matthews concert in 1996. Instead, why not stock your closet with at least one custom tailored suit complete with cufflinks and a tie that speaks to your personal style. Other questionable wardrobe TIP: Head to J. choices after age 30 Lancaster Clothing include your ratty colin East Cobb for a lege sweatpants and wide array of custom tailored suits and acmost pairs of shorts. cessories to make you look like a grown up.

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3G r o o m i n g We’re not sure why so many men are scared of a little manscaping, but trust us when we tell you women like a well-groomed man. We’re not saying you need to wax your chest, but cutting those claws, shaving the unkempt mess on the back of your neck and trimming up that five o’clock shadow really goes a long way to make the special lady in your life happy.

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4 Handy Man There’s just something about a self-sufficient man that makes a woman weak in the knees. A man who can do his own laundry without shrinking a sweater to Ken doll size, knows his way around a kitchen for more than a grilled cheese sandwich and can fix minor problems (like a leaky faucet) around the house without expecting his woman to throw him a parade is a definite keeper.

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Skilled with the skillet? Definitely a keeper!

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Humble Pie Hey Magellan! Women like a man who will ask for directions— whether floundering around the American heartland on vacation or heading to the Square for a night on the town. This isn’t just about pulling over and asking for directions from a roadside fruit stand while grabbing some noms. We women see asking for and accepting help from others as symbolic of how well you communicate in your personal relationships too.

BELLY UP A woman can tell a lot by what a man orders to drink, so think carefully gentlemen! Canned domestic beer: Hasn’t gotten rid of his ratty college sweatpants and hemp bracelet. Cosmopolitan: May take the term ‘manscaping’ a bit too seriously.

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Craft beer: Handy and funny, but probably won’t ask for directions. May be a hipster at heart. Wine: Well groomed and well dressed, but most likely afraid of a little self-deprecating humor. Whiskey on ice: Ah, the whole package—be still our hearts!

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We a s k e d l o c a l l e a d e r s a b o u t r o l e m o d e l s , inspiration and how they define manhood

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or more than 31 years, Powder Springs’ Randy Crider has lived the life of a firefighter. Since joining Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services, Crider has worked his way through the ranks, climbing from firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain to deputy chief. Today, he is responsible for facility construction and maintenance, land acquisition, vehicle purchasing and maintenance, fire and life safety education, uniforms and supplies, contingency planning, training division, honor guard and the critical incident stress management team. In addition to these responsibilities, Chief Crider also is the department’s Health and Safety Officer. Along with his firefighting experience, he also has an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor’s in organizational management and leadership with a focus on Public Safety, and currently is enrolled in the MBA program at Reinhardt University.


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What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you?

Some of the things my Dad said really had an impact on my life. He always told me “anything worth having is worth working hard for.” He’d also told me that,“if you always tell the truth, you would not have to remember which lie you told.”

What inspires you?

One thing is to see young people I’ve had the opportunity to influence grow up to become successful young adults. While working as a Lieutenant, and later as a Captain, in the Training Division at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services, I’d see young


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men and women come to work as a new employee not knowing anything about firefighting or EMS, and after six months of training, leave recruit school with a totally new set of skills.


What calms you down?

By nature, I’m a thinker. I enjoy exercise and running, so quite often I find myself reflecting on life’s issues while I exercise. In my quiet time, I may read a short passage from my Bible, and then meditate on my many blessings. Praying also helps because I’m able to put the worries and challenges of this life aside and focus on my creator.

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What does it mean to “be a man?” Being a man means being able to stand on your own two feet and be accountable for your own actions. It means making sure to provide for those to whom you have obligations. A man must be willing to make mistakes. He must be willing to be wrong. He’d rather try and fail than not try at all.


Who are (were) your role models and why? My primary role model is my dad. Growing up, I’d watch my dad take an interest in the youth in our community by teaching them how to play football and baseball. It was not until later in life that I realized he was teaching more than sports. He was teaching us how to have a strong work ethic and how to interact with others to accomplish a goal as a team. I believe this life lesson motivated me to do the best job possible at whatever task I’m striving to achieve.

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Marietta High School named its basketball court in honor of retired coach Charlie Hood.

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Retired Basketball Coach, Marietta High School


he numbers are more than impressive: 715 wins; 34 winning seasons; 21 playoff appearances; and two state championships (1983 and 1999). For 37 years, you could make a case that Marietta’s Charlie Hood was high school in Cobb County, some may even say the state. When he retired in 2009, Hood coached 999 games and had more than 60 kids go on to play college basketball. One, Dale Ellis, went on to become one of the NBA’s premiere sharpshooters. But it is far more than basketball. Ask any of his former players, and they’ll tell you how Coach Hood turned them into men. His love of the game started early, when he and his brother, Carl, played for Collinsville High School in Alabama, which had only 37 students. He ended up attending and playing for Berry College, where he earned degrees in physical education and biology (he eventually would earn a master’s degree from the University of Alabama). He began student teaching at Marietta High School in 1969. The rest, as they say, is Georgia basketball history.

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What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you? In basketball, he told me to spread my fingers, keep my elbow in and follow through. This helped get me a college degree and lifelong job in coaching. In life, he told me to always do my best. That’s all you can do.

What does it mean to “be a man?” It’s who we are when no one else is around. A man does not make excuses. He has respect for others. The definition has everything to do with character.

Who are (were) your role models? My dad, Paul Hood, a WWII Army veteran and 10-time medal winner. He taught me sacrifice for others and hard

work. My uncles. They all played basketball, including one who was the first team All-American at the University of Alabama. My high school coach, L.D. Dobbins, and college coach Larry Taylor. I learned life lessons from each of them.

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What inspires you? Honesty and effort. There are probably lots of right answers – maybe different things at different times. Inspiration with follow-up action is always necessary.

What calms you down? For me, it’s several things: exercise, some kind of movement, music, relaxation and laughter.

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John Drummond

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n 2006, East Cobb’s John Drummond had a crazy idea. As the founder of, he thought it would be cool to organize a little get together with some of his banjo friends. So, with Turner Field as his stage, he pulled together 240 pickers from around the world and had them play Foggy Mountain Breakdown for 5 minutes, a world record, by the way. The salute to famed picker Earl Scruggs, who was in attendance with his family, is just one of the things that sets Drummond apart from the rest of the crowd. Drummond, who also founded, a site dedicated to all things unicycles, continues to find success doing the things he loves by finding a connection with those looking for a little more than what is out there. Whether it’s unicycles or banjos, Drummond and his team deliver with a level of customer service that is unmatched.



What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you?

My dad grew up during the Great Depression. His dad had to stand in bread lines to feed his family. That’s probably why both became fiscal conservatives. Some of my favorite quotes from my dad are “ Don’t spend money you haven’t yet earned” and “You don’t always get what you pay for, but you always pay for what you get.”


What does it mean to “be a man?”

Being a man is all about wisdom and courage to always do the right thing; wisdom to accept that failure

and success can be temporary conditions; courage to admit when we’re wrong and to say, “I’m sorry;” courage to face our fears head-on; courage to ask for help when needed; and courage to try a new course of action.


Who are your role models and why?

My dad is 82 and mom is 81. They raised five kids in a loving Christian home and made each of us feel special. They’ve never showed favoritism, even to this day. They set a high moral standard as individuals and as parents. We’re all striving to follow their example.


What inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who have overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles. My high school classmate, Jim Robey, has been battling two types of cancer for about five years. In spite of many setbacks, Jim and his wife, Jo, have been steadfast in their Christian faith. Doctors have done all they can. I visited them recently at a hospice care facility. They have accepted God’s plan with grace and dignity. Jim welcomed me by speaking about all his blessings, not about his pain and suffering. That’s what inspires me. We tend to think life is all about us, but it’s really all about serving others. I believe that the more people we serve, the more we’re blessed.


What calms you down?


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Music calms my spirit. I play banjo and guitar a little. Everyone who works at our banjo store is better than me. I’m really a drummer. Drums are the only instrument that comes naturally to me. Two years ago, I got together with friends and started a classic rock-n-roll band. We now have 11 members, including a threepiece horn section. We call ourselves 120 East, named for the road that runs from the Big Chicken to Roswell. We play songs by Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, Santana, and many more. I look forward to rehearsals every Thursday. We play wedding parties, corporate events and fundraisers. Performing is another fun way to serve others.

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a revolution is

BREWING Cobb is not the Pacific Northwest. For all its quirks and festivals, Marietta Square is not Portland. The world does not know us for our eccentricities or bohemian lifestyle. It does not know us for our beer — though, oddly, it is precisely this last fact that has ignited one of the great home brew revolutions of our time. Once the province of small regional breweries, the beer business has endured drastic changes over the last few decades. Smaller interests were bought out or went under and, as the massive breweries took over, beer selection was limited to a small list — the ale, the

light one, the import, the one you jam a lime into. That was especially true in Georgia where the lack of variety became a call to arms and spurred a craft beer renaissance that’s just now in full bloom. “Georgia was a beer wasteland in 2003,” says Tony Simon, an East Cobb native who’d lived in Portland, the nation’s recognized beer capital. “So I started making my own.” Simon unwittingly became part of the movement’s vanguard, home brewing in a time when even making your own beer was no mean feat. Only one home brewing store existed and it was

an hour north of Atlanta, a prohibitive drive given how much time it takes to actually brew the beer. Back then there was little communication amongst home brewers and even less knowledge of what was being brewed or where. All that quickly changed, however. “It’s a cooperative community,” Simon says. “The trading of information is constant. That’s what sustains the viability of the whole endeavor.” Soon brew clubs started popping up, as did informal gatherings of loosely connected beer enthusiasts who quickly formed a remarkably cooperative and welcoming community. Into this mix

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Jonathan Baker holds up a pint from Mondy Night Brewing.

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Monday Night Brewing offers tours and tastings every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. They have three beers on tap, Eye Patch Ale, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale and their newest, Fu Manbrew, which won Bronze in the US Beer Open in its first month.


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came new laws allowing the distribution of growlers and the slow emergence of Georgia’s craft beer market. And then Brew Masters Warehouse opened in Marietta and changed the game for home brewers. “It was a huge coup,” says Simon. “You’ve got a business that can support the entire I-75 corridor. It just opens everything.” So how far can you take home brewing? As far as your talents and ambition will carry you. And for south Cobb native Jonathan Baker, that’s a long way. In 2008 Baker and a group of friends started brewing beer on their driveway. Soon their small Monday night sessions became must-attend events. The group parlayed that early success into a genuine microbrewery, appropriately named Monday Night Brewing. They recently opened a brand new facility in Atlanta where they produce three beers and next month will add six-pack sales to their repertoire. Still, they haven’t allowed success to change their philosophy. “It was very social, very relaxed,” Baker says of the early days. “It’s easy to form good, strong friendships when you have a beer in your hand.” And though they no longer home brew, they have stayed true to their roots, hosting public tastings on Monday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in a facility designed to pay homage to their hanging-in-the-driveway beginnings. It’s still very much a David vs. Goliath industry – craft beer sales make up less than ten percent of the market share in Georgia – yet Monday Night Brewing’s success suggests the state’s craft beer market has plenty of growth potential.

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Though Baker and his colleagues are clearly living the dream, for many, including Tony Simon, home brewing is about more than the possibility of a commercial enterprise. It’s about more, even, than the beer. It’s about learning. It’s about the process. It’s about getting together with friends, making a batch and sharing the end result. That’s why, as craft beer stores and microbreweries multiply faster than yeast spores, Simon still home brews. He, and many like him, enjoy the simplicity of brewing a batch as the sun sets on another week. The obvious next question is how. How do I get involved? How do I brew my own beer? How can find myself on a patio drinking beer with tomorrow’s craft beer wunderkinds? It’s simple. Just visit this generation’s version of the hardware store – your LHBS. “Find your LHBS, or local home brew store,” says Simon, who hosts a home brew podcast at “Walk in and say I don’t know what I’m doing. They’ll walk you through it.” By all accounts, it’s that simple. The community is so user-friendly, so supportive, so collaborative that seasoned brewers understand even a newcomer bringing fresh ideas to the table could, if not revolutionize, then at least expedite the process. “Home brewing takes a lot of handholding,” says Simon. “You have to love it. It requires too much. It almost requires neurosis.”

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Right, co-owner Joel Iverson. Above, bottles on the assembly line.

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MONDAY NIGHT BREWING Though they are in the process of developing a fourth, the brewery currently has three selections – Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Fu Manbrew Belgian-style Wit and Eye Patch Ale. I recently attended a tasting and brewery tour.

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This is my favorite and it’s also the first of their beers I encountered. Employees at Hop City recommended it to me while I was buying growlers and it became an instant favorite. Owing its flavor to cherrywoodsmoked malt, it’s a full-bodied ale that drinks remarkably smooth. It carries 7.2% alcohol by volume.

Eye Patch Ale When you say IPA, many will immediately start talking about it being ‘too hoppy,’ an affront to beer enthusiasts that’s akin to telling hunters their venison steaks are too gamy. Honestly, I generally agree. But not here. Drinkable sounds like a word that lets me off the hook too easily, but that’s what it is. Get a glass, drink it. The IPA has 6.2% alcohol by volume.

Fu Manbrew Belgian-style Wit I wanted to dislike this beer. I don’t care for ginger. Not in cookies, not on salads at sushi restaurants and certainly not in beer. I’m not even sure I like the Belgians. But I do like this beer. It may not be a beer you’d want to over-indulge in, but it’s surprisingly refreshing and eminently enjoyable. The bite of the ginger hits right away, but doesn’t linger. I honestly enjoyed it. Maybe I should give Brussels a second chance. Alcohol by volume is 5.2%.

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Left, Monday Night Brewing co-owner Jonathan Baker. Above left, Thomas Balkcom of Kennesaw and John McDonald of Atlanta enjoy sampling the brewery’s selection. Above right, a patron plays shuffleboard at the brewery.

“It’s easy to form good, strong friendships when you have a beer in your hand.” —Jonathan Baker

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OUR STAFF SHARES THEIR THOUGHTS ON THINGS MEN MUST DO, SHOULD LEARN AND NEED TO REALIZE Being a man is about >>> spending quality time with Dad By Michael J. Pallerino

I can still remember the experiences like they were yesterday. Sometimes, I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but they are the stories that still get circulated during holiday gatherings. Around our hometown, a sleepy little suburb of New Castle, Pa., located a solid 40minutes outside of Pittsburgh, my dad was more or less a legend when it came to all things hunting. That his oldest son eyed the experience with mixed emotions either came as a relief or a sense of dismay to dad, a hand he never tipped. Either way, participating in the occasional weekend target practices when I came of age was something you just did. So I did. Dad always seemed engaged with my presence, even if he had to slow everything down to explain the ins and outs of handling a gun, proper hunting etiquette and the biggest sin of all — interrupting the grown ups while they talked. Years later, when I replaced

hunting with baseball with my own two sons, Andrew, 26, and Alec, 19, the lessons of those days of living up to dad’s expectations have never left me. Traveling from baseball game to baseball game, and then college showcase to college showcase, I realized that it was more about quality time than it ever was trying to be something you are or aren’t. In many ways, being a man — a father — is about teaching your kids to passionately follow whatever it is they love. And if it means showing them how to do that while sitting in a tree stand, coaching third base or being the loudest dad at Cheer Bowl (my six-year-old daughter, Macy, has introduced me to that world), the lesson is one we eventually all learn. So when a clumsy 12-year-old tripped over his “coming-to-gripswith-that-growing-frame” shoes and slid into a semi-frozen creek in the Allegheny National Forest (a painfully true story), my father never bemoaned the fact that he took me along on the first day of buck season. He simply picked me up, wrung me out and explained that crazy things happen to all kinds of people. “Kid, if I told you all the crazy things I did over the years (stories I

eventually learned), you probably wouldn’t even have come out here with me.” Some 12 years into a battle with cancer that he continues to fight off, my father’s greatest gift is the one that, pardon the cliché, keeps on giving. Memories are among the things that we can take with us for now. And when I talk to him several times a week, I still find myself thinking of that little boy trying to play big. And 50 years down the road, I still feel like a little kid trying to impress his dad.

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Every man must >>> become part of the food chain By Kevin Hazzard

Maybe it’s just a possum. You will say this in the dark, when the stars have been blotted out and you can’t see far enough to know where your sleeping bag ends and the great unknown beyond your tent begins. It is a prayer wrapped in a whisper, a childlike hope that what you don’t know can’t eat you. But that tingle in your spine, evolution’s genetic heirloom, disagrees. When you strip away wit, ambition, boredom, hatred of injustice and a love of baseball, you’re simply two hundred pounds of meat. In bear country. Welcome to the food chain. Before you receive a back country pass at Yellowstone National Park you must watch a video on bear safety. The video’s sole purpose is to convince you bears are not like Yogi. It suggests you clap every so often to make your presence known

— pity the fool who surprises a bear. You watch dispassionately until the moment they show you a grizzly, and then you’re frozen in your seat. In abject terror, you’ll take a map from the ranger and ask about bear activity in the area. He’ll laugh and say none has been reported, but how quaint of you to ask. As you hike in — alone because tourists at Yellowstone don’t leave their cars — you’ll clap before entering stands of trees. That evening, having not seen a single bear, you will confidently make a fire, cook dinner, sip whiskey and bask in

the sublime realization that you are miles from anyone. Eventually it’ll be time for bed. Though you went before, you’ll have to pee again. And somewhere in the darkness a creature sniffs your tent. So you tell yourself it’s just a possum. Until morning. When you get up, step out and find your camp dotted with bear tracks. Only then will you admit it wasn’t a possum. That you are alone. In bear country. Just another part of the food chain. A horrifying realization. But exhilarating. Viva Yogi.

Every man should >> learn how to cook By Joan Durbin

I do not have a male child nor do I have a nephew. But if I did, I’d have that kid in the kitchen with me at least a few times a month, because men who don’t have a clue how to make food for themselves are just plain pitiful. I first noticed this sorry state of affairs in college. Not a single male student seemed to know how to fix a hamburger or even scramble some eggs. Takeout compensated for their lack of kitchen skills. Later in life, it was the rare man who offered to cook for me or even join me in the kitchen to split the culinary tasks for a meal we were going to share. Needless to say, any male who displayed even passing familiarity with a chef’s knife earned major relationship points which he could cash in at later dates. Today, I’m lucky to be with a man who has developed a passion for cooking and is willing to experiment with recipes or even just wing it with a few favorite ingredients. As much as I love to cook, it is a real pleasure to eat something I didn’t make myself, something that was put together just for me with love and care. Not saying everything was always perfect, but as in so much in life, it’s the thought (and effort) that counts. The long and the short of my rant is this: Mothers, aunts, grandmothers, please teach your young males basic kitchen knowledge so they can make themselves something to eat if you’re not around. And passing on a few foolproof, easy recipes wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. Someday, when they want to dazzle a date or just save some money by cooking at home, that early training will be invaluable. And maybe they’ll pass on some of their knowledge to their sons. Now that would be a perfect world!

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Every man must >>> hold his wife’s hand

Every man must >>>serve

By Katy Ruth Camp

Every man must serve. Every man must take a portion of his time on this planet and devote it to giving something of himself to others. Where ever your religious or political ideas lie, I believe it is a duty of every man to give outside of himself for a cause greater than himself. I am not advocating one forsake one’s family for service. Family is of the utmost importance in life and should not be discarded for service or work. Nor, am I painting the task of service to be one of epic proportions. You don’t need to smuggle refugees out of Darfur, sneak Bibles into China or die delivering medicine to war-torn Afghanistan. But, I do believe however great or how small, every man must serve. And I mean real volunteering that takes real time and real humility and giving a real rip about others. Like what?

My mother’s parents collected countless memories during their 51 years of marriage, but the one my 5’3” Mama Ruth speaks of the most since my Granddaddy Norman’s passing eight years ago is that this 6’ 5” husband of hers loved to hold her hand. He would hold her hand in church. In the store. In the car. It seemed so normal but yet so important. It is also a memory I have of my mother and father and his mother and father. In my mind, there are no better examples of real men than my father and grandfathers. Their lives and marriages were strong, loving and meaningful, even before death knocked at their doors. Holding hands is such a simple gesture that costs nothing and takes so little effort. But the emotion it conveys to its recipient is oh-so-much.

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Mowing an ill neighbor’s yard. Serving food at a homeless shelter. Volunteering as a coach for a local youth or children’s sports team. Spending time with an elderly neighbor. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteering at a children’s hospital, a hospice, a food pantry, or a special needs school. Serving the Lord’s Supper in prison. The list of examples I could give goes on and on … I believe we are not put here to simply be Materialists: shallow cynics who are only concerned about collecting our wealth and selfpreservation. I believe we owe it to ourselves, to our community and to The Greater Good to do more, to be more and to use our energy and talents to make the world a better place. Whether a man is single or married, a father or childless, it is a man’s duty to serve. Be blessed by blessing others. Use your energy, your talents and your time to serve.

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I know who the top box office attractions and Oscar winners would be on today’s wine scene. Cabernet Sauvignon surely is Sean Connery. He is handsome, well-polished, world traveled and certainly long lived. Merlot would be George Clooney. He is subtle, blends in with all, versatile, soft-spoken and elegant. Pinot Noir is certainly the chameleon like Johnny Depp, ever-changing, never quite sure

which side of his personality will be revealed, but attractive to all who search for perfection. Zinfandel, the adopted American grape would be Tommy Lee Jones, able to easily portray a cowboy, a law enforcement officer or a five star general. They are all popular, easily recognized and enjoyed in all roles and guises.

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What can we say about the supporting actor? How about a grape that has contributed to the success of many wines but has rarely achieved the epitome of success enjoyed by the others in the vitis vinifera family? He has appeared in many wines over the years as a bit player, a key component in the evolution of the plot but has never achieved the role as top dog, the box office attraction. You can quote me here: “change is in the air.” Welcome Petite Sirah, Petite Syrah or Petit Sirah— even his name is an enigma. Petit in the French language means small. How humiliating, for this most masculine of grapes be referred to as diminutive. Neither man nor grape wants to be referred to as petit! In wine speak, especially when referring to red wines, size matters. Often great red wines are referred to with adjectives such as massive, powerful, muscular and even broad-shouldered. To be known as small is downright embarrassing. In the late 19th century a French botanist named Francois Durif discovered the grape in a vineyard near Montpellier in the southern region of Provence. He was able to determine that this new grape was a natural cross between the noble Syrah and a variety called Peloursin. This new variety had smaller berries and simply became known as Petite Syrah. From rather humble beginnings, its global impact has been significant. It was widely planted in California in the 19th and 20th centuries and was a major component found in the regional field blends which were the backbone of the industry long before wines were named for the principal grape variety. Wines were simply blends of many different types, often cofermented and rarely exhibiting identifiable varietal characteristics. Petite Syrah deserves a standing ovation for the role it played in giving body, texture and mouth feel to somewhat one dimensional red wines. The petit Syrah produces inky purple colored wines with firm structure, dense herbal aromatics exhibiting layers of black and blue fruits, dark plums which progress robust tannin. It also can contribute to the age worthiness of the blend. Chances are if you have ever enjoyed a well-made moderately priced California jug wine, it contained a substantial amount of petit Syrah. For

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a long time he was happy to go about his business without much publicity and fanfare. The times, they are a’ changing, and the following producers should be applauded for giving petit Syrah a leading role in their Oscarnominated wines. They are acknowledging that a star has been born and is moving into the spotlight at center stage. In Napa Valley, Stags’ Leap Winery has been a longtime supporter of Petite Syrah and is the acknowledged benchmark producer with a long reputation for achieving greatness from old vine

examples on their estate. Rob Mondavi Jr. is achieving success with a Petite Sirah under the Spellbound label. Both of these wineries are popular in many metro Atlanta restaurants that tend to only carry one Petit Syrah on the wine list. A large producer called Bogle has achieved success in the marketplace and is distributed on grocery store shelves. Dark, brooding, mysterious and a bit threatening quite like Xavier Bardem in Sky Fall, the Oscar for star wine on the horizon in 2013 is awarded to Petite Syrah.


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A closer look at events and activities throughout Cobb County in April

RAGTIME – THE MUSICAL>>At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing, and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, “Ragtime” weaves together three distinctly American tales — that of a stifled suburban mother, an inventive Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. Their compelling stories intertwine to form a rich tapestry of hopes and dreams, struggles and triumphs, rhythm and rhyme, all set to an epic, Tony Award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. A colossal stage show based on the classic E. L. Doctorow novel, “Ragtime” also features a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Ragtime – The Musical” on April 12 to 28, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Call for performance times. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50. Information: 404.377.9948 or www.atlanta FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE>>The new season of First Friday Art Walks on the Marietta Square begins on April 5, and continues on May 3, June 7, July 5, August, 2, September 6, and October 4. Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin from Artists’ Alley at Dupre’s Antique Market at 17 Whitlock Ave. Art Walk informational maps are provided at each participating location. Pick one up to learn about the various locations and artists participating in Art Walk. There is no admission charge. Be sure to visit 2 Rules Fine Art, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, or The Historic Marietta Trolley and register for your chance to win a “Hip to Be Square” $100 gift certificate redeemable at any participating merchant. Must be 18 years or older to participate in the drawing. Information: 770.429.1115 or


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EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL WITH RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC TRIO>>Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell had meant to get around to recording together for a long time – about three decades. Harris and Crowell, who are multiple Grammy award winners in their own rights, finally made the time, and will soon release their first official collaboration, “Old Yellow Moon,” since Crowell played in Harris’ Hot Band in 1975. Crowell compares the sound to the Southern California country rock of Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, and Harris and The Hot Band. Richard Thompson was the recent recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named one of “Rolling Stone Magazine’s” Top 20 Guitarists of All Time for his prowess as both an acoustic and electric guitar player. His music has been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Los Lobos and Bonnie Raitt. His live performances are known for their boundless wit and creativity. Emmylou Harris & Robert Crowell with Richard Thompson Electric Trio perform April 4 at 8 pm. in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $33 to $63. Information: 770.916.2808 or ZEOLA GAYE’S “MY BROTHER MARVIN”>> The musical genius of Marvin Gaye is undisputedly documented in the annals of music history with his continual string of number one and topten hits, unforgettable duets, and larger than life persona. No doubt, from his auspicious introduction to music at an early age, until his premature and untimely death at the age of 45, one fact remained undeniably true – Gaye was the voice of his generation. The world knows his music, but they don’t necessarily know the man behind the music. In this shocking and spellbinding new version of “My Brother Marvin,” audiences will experience the most candid and revealing story of life with this musical icon that has ever been told. Based on the first-hand accounts of Marvin’s sister Zeola Gaye, “My Brother Marvin” pushes the envelope by revealing his internal battles, greatest fears, and most salacious family secrets. Performances of Zeola Gaye’s “My Brother Marvin” are April 5 at 8 p.m., April 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and April 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $38.50 to $43.50. Information: 770.916.2808 ATLANTA BALLET’S CARMINA BURANA>> Dazzling and inventive, choreographer David Bintley provides an exquisite, modern interpretation of “Carmina Burana” that is filled with surprises. Set to the resounding original score by Carl Orff, the ballet follows three seminarians as the pleasures of the flesh lead them to question their faith. It will stun your senses and satisfy your soul. With live accompaniment by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and Georgia State University Singers, Atlanta Ballet presents “Carmina Burana” on April 12 at 8 p.m., April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices start at $20. Information: 404.873.5811 or

THE BIG CHICKEN CHORUS>>The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb County Civic Center presents The Big Chicken Chorus on April 6 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Information: 770.528.8490 or BRITISH ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS>>The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb County Civic Center presents the British Academy of Performing Arts on April 20. Call for times and ticket prices. Information: 770.528.8490 YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN>>Though considered a “good man” by his friends, Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. Nor can his friend Lucy persuade her crush, the pianoplaying Schroeder. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Linus daydream, and the rest of their friends battle with kites, school, baseball, and misunderstandings, before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. Next Stage Theatre Company presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m. at the Alley Stage Theatre, 11 Anderson Street, off

the Marietta Square. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children under 12. Buy two children’s tickets and get one free adult ticket. Information: 678.744.6398 or JENNIFER KOH, VIOLINIST AND SHAI WOSNER, PIANIST>>Closing out the Kennesaw State University Premiere Series will be the violin and piano duo of Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. Violinist Jennifer Koh is known for her intense and commanding performances, which are delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras, from traditional to contemporary. Pianist Shai Wosner has garnered international recognition for his artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. Koh and Wosner have toured extensively both as individual artists and as a duo, and have performed with many orchestras throughout the world. Kennesaw State University presents Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner on April 11 at 8 p.m. in the Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center. Tickets are $25 for adults. Military, senior, and student discounts are available. Call for details. Information: 770.423.6650

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Holly Irwin show reception

dk Gallery in Marietta held an opening reception in March for the show, ‘Body Language’ by local artist Holly Irwin. 1. From left, Mike Mosley of Acworth, Martha Mosley of Acworth and Harry Lembeck of Marietta. 2. Donna Krueger, owner of dk Gallery, and Lynn Colson of Marietta. 3. From left, Clayton Hiatt of Marietta and Jim Warren of Marietta. 4. Ron and Holly Irwin. 5. Don Dougan of Marietta.







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Vinings Rotatary Club

The Vinings Rotary Club presented more than $80,000 to 14 charities at a recent meeting at the Vinings Club. The funds were raised at the Vinings Downhill 5K held in August. 1. From left, Tami Gerke of AGL Resources, Don Barbour of AT&T and Chris Croan of Gas South, all sponsors. 2. From left, Bill Warren of the Good Samaritan Health Center receives a check for $20,000 from Vinings Rotary Club president Casey Patrick. 3. From left, Vinings Rotary Club president Casey Patrick presents a check for $20,000 to the Rev. Snyder Turner of the Calvary Children’s Home. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS HENDERSON



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The Center for Family Resources hosted the only officially sanctioned Oscar party in the state of Georgia at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in February. The event raises funds for the CFR, a non-profit organization based in Marietta that helps homeless families become self-sufficient. 1. Michael and Missy Owen of Kennesaw. 2. From left, Mansour Center Director Pam Brems of Kennesaw, with Center for Family Resources Chief Development Officer Gayle Popham of Cartersville.



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Lingering by the pond with a good ol’ cane pole By Lindsay Field

When most people think of sports, they may think of football, baseball or basketball, but for me it’s fishing. One of my earliest childhood memories was when my daddy used to take me to a family friend’s pond outside Thomasville and we would fish for hours catching anything from the smallest bass ever — and being proud of it — to bream and crappie. In fact, I caught my first fish, which I believe was a bream, there the summer before I started first grade during a coaches get-together for my dad and his coworkers (Side note: my father was a high school football coach). My love for fishing continued through my childhood and my favorite type of fishing is when I can just linger by a pond with a good ‘ol cane pole. I remember sitting on a downed tree by the pond in our backyard the summer before eighth grade and catching dozens of fish from dusk till dawn. I smelled horrible and my hands were rarely clean The author, at right, with her little brother, but I truly enjoyed the peace Blake, at a coaches cookout and fish fry. and full joy I found when I would catch a yellow belly bream that was bigger than my hand or a bass using the latest fad of a fishing lure, which if I recall correctly, was the infamous helicopter lure that year. And while I haven’t been very successful in finding a public or private pond in north metro Atlanta where I can drop a few lines, my family and I do go to the Chattahoochee River from time to time. We don’t usually catch much, if anything, and we always throw it back, but it’s so nice to just spend a little time outside with the Mother Nature. No matter how much or how little time you have, it’s about being with the ones you love and for us, casting a rod into a body of dirty ol’ pond or river water does the trick. When thinking about a recipe to go with my man column, my mind instantly flashed to the fish fries my dad and his football coach buddies would host at least once a month when I was growing up. Just imagine the ever-flowing fried fish, which was typically caught that morning, homemade cole slaw, creamy, cheesy, whipped grits and hushpuppies. I loved it all but probably ate my weight in hushpuppies each time and that’s why, with a dear family friend’s permission, I’m willing to share a hushpuppy recipe from Coach George Bobo — that’s UGA’s Mike Bobo’s dad — which to me should be world famous. Enjoy! 66

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COACH BOBO’S HUSH PUPPIES Ingredients: 1 cup of self-rising corn meal mix 1 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of salt 1 finely chopped onion ½ cup of plain flour 3 Tbsp of sugar 1 egg, beaten ½ to ¾ cup of milk Directions: Mix all dry ingredients and egg in a mixing bowl, and add milk till the mixture is wet but not too thin. Let sit out in the bowl for about 10 minutes to thicken. Heat oil to about 325 degrees. Don’t let oil get too hot. Dipping a tablespoon first in a cup of water then in the batter, add the hushpuppies one by one to the oil. About a heaping tablespoon of batter depending on the desired size you want to make them. Dip the spoon in the water each time before each one. This keeps the batter from sticking to the spoon. Fry until golden brown on each side, remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

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