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Cobb Life

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Trevor T. Starnes, M.D., PhD Pinnacle Orthopaedics welcomes Dr. Starnes as our Hand Specialist. He is a Board Eligible Orthopaedic Surgeon and is Fellowship Trained in Hand Surgery. He also holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His specialities include orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis on hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. He sees patients in the Marietta, Canton, East Cobb, and Woodstock locations.

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20 BONDING BENEATH A Cobb mom on the unique experience of scuba with son 26 ON YOUR TOES! A sneak peek at Atlanta Ballet’s 2011 season 28 SHIFT SENSES Acworth man part of highline motorcycle club

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32 THE AIR UP THERE Cobb hang gliders explain their passion

16 SPICE Come on, come on, get your Ocktoberfest on at Weinerz

38 FAVORITE FALL TRADITIONS Several Cobb residents share their fave memories of football

60 WINE Our wine writer goes to Bordeaux


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Celebrate everything? A few years ago, my mom hung a sign over her kitchen sink that proclaims “Celebrate Everything!” It is a kitschy sign with tin cutouts of smiling pilgrims, tacky Christmas trees, American flags and laughing Jack O’ Lanterns. I never gave the sign much thought, until I realized that, while my parents know how to throw a memorable party, they really don’t celebrate everything. In my home, however, my wife and I and our two sons do celebrate just about everything. And I’m starting to wonder if that is a good idea. Before you cease reading any farther, let me allay any fears to let you know I’m not talking about observing National Rhubarb Week or Paul and Linda McCartney’s anniversary. However, outside of the typical American holidays, we also commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, St. Andrew’s Day, Burns Night, the Feast day of C.S. Lewis (officially named recently by our Episcopal brethren), St. David’s Day, Ocktoberfest, St. Nicholas Day, Summer Solstice, Shrove Tuesday, the first night of Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, and W.B. Yeats birthday. Of course, in the fall, every Saturday is a celebration of sorts if the Dawgs are playing. Toss in birthdays, anniversaries and half-birthdays and I ball-parked that we celebrate roughly 40 to 50 days a year. That’s great. One thing I learned from my dad is you can’t rejoice enough when the occasion calls for it, because it doesn’t happen enough in this life. But herein lies the problem. Most of the holidays revolve around food, music, traditions, drink and, of course, more food. And most of the holidays I mentioned above tend to

be Celtic or Northern European in nature. The food for honoring those days – forgive me my fellow Celtic-Americans, but I must tell the truth – is simply awful. I enjoy a corned beef and a bowl of hearty lamb stew a couple of times a year, but more than one Irish holiday a year and you are up the creek unless you want to consume nothing but potatoes, salmon and Guinness. Plus, have you really ever tried to cook something special Scottish-related? Good Night! It is virtually impossible. We attempted to cook several recipes before I finally threw in the towel last winter and settled on sipping a Scottish ale instead. Then there is English food for crying out loud. Yeah, I read enough food magazines to know there is a nouveau English cuisine movement in London at the moment, but for the most part, you’re out of luck there as well. Make a trip to Cap’n D’s for fish and chips and count your blessings is all I can say. Welsh food? Never heard of any. I always say the only good things to come out of Wales are Dylan Thomas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (and not in that order). My point is, I’ve got to find a new way to commemorate our holidays. It got me thinking. Hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad may not be the most complex fare on the planet, but this culinary trio may be getting serious consideration for our holiday food. And who is to say, I still can’t honor those days by enjoying a Scottish ale whilst thinking of Catherine Zeta-Jones and reciting W.B. Yeats? Best,

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Gabriel’s expands again Marietta’s Gabriel’s has expanded once again, adding another room adjacent to the main dining room. The new area will be used for additional seating during the restaurant’s peak hours but will also be used for special events. Johnnie Gabriel, also known as “Marietta’s Cake Lady” and Ed Gabriel opened Gabriel’s in 1996. The restaurant has become one of Cobb’s top dining spots in the last decade and has earned a couple of Best Of Cobb honors in Cobb Life. Johnnie’s success in the culinary arena has been noted as she has written two cookbooks and cooked with cousin Paula Deen on “Paula’s Best Dishes and Paula’s Party.” Gabriel’s Restaurant and Bakery is located at 800 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. Information: 770.427.9007 or

Egg-cellent new restaurant Marc Taft, formerly the general manager at Pacci Ristorante in Atlanta, opened a new restaurant Chicken and the Egg to rave reviews. Located on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta, Chicken and the Egg focuses on serving farm-totable fare. Joseph Ramaglia, formerly the executive sous chef at Pacci Ristorante, will serve as the restaurant’s executive chef. Look for an upcoming feature in Cobb Life. Chicken and the Egg is located at 800 Whitlock Avenue, Suite 124, in Marietta Information:

Whole Foods opens Well, we guess the marketing gurus liked what they saw at Harry’s Whole Foods in Marietta. So much, in fact, they opened the second Whole Foods store in Cobb this summer. Whole Foods Market opened a new locale in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in East Cobb. The Merchant’s Walk Whole Foods marks the 309th store in the country and the first in Marietta.

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news & noteworthy [food] Former Lassiter student on Food Network The way he tells it, Justin Balmes learned how to put together a meal out of necessity. "Growing up, my mother was the worst cook ever. I really enjoyed eating, so I was drawn to the kitchen," he said. From that early exposure came a lifelong passion for all things culinary, culminating with a shot at the big time as one of 15 contestants angling to become the host of a program on Food Network. Season 7 of the program, "Next Food Network Star," saw Barnes dazzling judges with his food expertise and cooking skills but ultimately losing to contestants who appeared to feel more comfortable in front of the cameras. "This season is very, very different from any other season. The challenges we were put through and the food we had to cook were all very intense," Balmes said. On top of that, the contestants had cameras and sound equipment following them around "24-7," he said. "It's very much a reality show, a lot of drama, a lot of high heat. It's the hardest thing I've ever gone through, just insanity. You never knew what was coming

next." But life prepared Balmes, 33, for tough situations. As a kid, he attended several schools in the north metro area, including Lassiter High in east Cobb. Kicked out of the house at age 16 and running with a bad crowd, at 17, he was in rehab. Ultimately, he earned a GED at Independence High in Roswell and began working in restaurant kitchens, learning as he went along. In mid-2000, he entered the culinary arts program at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He eventually worked at Whole Foods, training as a fishmonger and butcher, skills that likely served him well during the several weeks of competition.

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[people] Church goes ‘Into the Woods’ Moira Church, a senior at Kennesaw Mountain High School, recently wrapped up a performance in “Into the Woods,’ at The Alliance Theatre. The production brought in student musicians to perform alongside The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during each show. Moira is 16-years-old and has played viola for six years, studying privately with Dr. Allyson Fleck. She has performed with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, St. Olaf College Orchestra, School of Rock, various chamber groups, and the Awtrey Middle School and Kennesaw Mountain High School orchestras.

[shopping] New stores open at Town Center Mall Town Center Mall recently added new tenants Jos. A. Bank, PANDORA and Lotus Boutique. These stores join the recently-opened stores Zumiez, Dream Home Interiors, Lowcountry Fitness, Verizon Wireless and New York Nails. Jos. A. Bank, scheduled to open in November, features men’s clothing. The store is located in a 4,000-square-foot space at the main entrance, adjacent to Ruby Tuesday. PANDORA, opening in October, designs and manufactures hand-finished, modern jewelry. The store is located on the upper level of the mall. Lotus Boutique, set to open in October, will be located next to Build-a-Bear on the lower level of the mall. Lotus Boutique carries fashion forward clothing, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories, offering girls of all ages a variety of options to expand their wardrobes.

James Avery opens third location here

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Family-owned jewelry retailer James Avery opened its third metro location at The Avenue West Cobb. James Avery is best known for its unique jewelry designs, which include faith-inspired jewelry and an extensive charm collection. It also offers a diverse selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings for women and men of all ages. Information: 3625 Dallas Highway Marietta, Ga. 30064 678-594-6738

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e had a contest on our facebook page for readers to post their photos of their best school spirit game day gear. Whichever photo got the most likes won a $25 AMEX gift card from Cobb Life. Above far left, Andrea Cartier and the folks at Good Mews Cat Shelter got the most likes with their ‘Bama gear and won the contest. Other contestants included Stephen Frix, center, with a photo of his family in Georgia Tech gear and Christy Rosell, far right, with her daughter showing off their love for the Florida Gators. Follow us on facebook and twitter to get the latest news and updates from Cobb Life and to have an opportunity to win unique contests and get super tips on all things Cobb.

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by joan durbin photography by reid traylor

cut above marietta’s Wienerz Factory makes top rate sausages with a distinct flavor

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pecialty sausages have moved into the foodie limelight, showing up on chef-driven menus and in more grocery cases than ever before. Smoked or cured, grilled or braised, presented simply on a bun or gussied up in stews or casseroles, handcrafted sausages of all kinds are most certainly the Next Big Thing. Fortunately for those of us lucky enough to have discovered his shop on a semi-desolate strip of Atlanta Road, Enrico Gamma has been ahead of the curve for years. But it’s not because he set out to be trendy. Of Swiss and German heritage, Gamma, an experienced chef, joined forces with a German butcher and began producing the Old World sausages and meats of their childhoods. Today, the store, aptly named Wienerz Factory, is a destination for hungry shoppers. So many deli meats, fresh and smoked sausages, baked loaves and smoked meats are displayed that it’s always difficult to limit yourself to just one or two choices. Start with the Hotlanta frankfurter. Longer than average, this dog is made with fine ground beef and pork, spiced with care and then hardwood smoked. It’s probably the best hot dog you’ll ever have. Gamma also makes an all-beef version as well as one infused with cheddar cheese. Other smoked links include spicy country-style sausage knackwurst, andouille, Polish kielbasa and German cabanossi, a lightly spiced dry sausage that can be sliced and eaten as a snack. One of my favorites is debreziner, a reddish-orange link claimed by both Hungarians and Germans as their own. Paprika is its main spice, but garlic and pepper also make their presence known. Double-smoked bacon, ham hocks and beef jerky are among other smoked items. But I can never get past the smoked pork chops known as Kassler ribs. Lean and intensely smoky, I usually grill or pan sauté these chops cut from a loin with just a bit of butter for a soulsatisfying meal. Fresh bratwurst is a treat, and in addition to a traditional German brat, Gamma makes one with chopped Vidalia onion in the meat that is excellent. Next time I’m going to try poaching some of them in beer. Want your brats already cooked? Five are offered here, starting with the traditional Thuringer brat and a few regional

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variations. “Thuringer is the most sold sausage in Germany,” Gamma said. It’s the one most often found at biergartens and is ideal for Ocktoberfest celebrations. There’s also the white Bavarian weisswurst made with veal and pork, and an intriguing Thuringer with curry. German gelbwurst is another sausage rarely found fresh in these parts. Pork, veal and aromatic spices such as ginger and nutmeg give it a memorable flavor. Among the deli meats you can get are three kinds of salami, bologna and the baked loaves known as fleischkase (plain, pizza, olive or liver) that can be sliced and eaten like cold cuts. Ninety-eight percent of what Wienerz sells is made in house with the best cuts of meat and premium spices. “I’m picky about my raw ingredients,” Gamma said. “I use no artificial colors or flavors, no texturizers, no dextrose or corn syrup. It’s almost like going back to European ways.” A trained pastry chef who started his career at five-star properties such as the Waldorf Astoria, New York Hilton and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Gamma moved to Atlanta in 1987 and in the ‘90s, he created the recipes for Atlanta Bread Company. But after selling his interests in the company in 2002, Gamma decided to retire. That didn’t last. “I traveled for a year, then I got bored,” he said. He and an acquaintance, a German butcher, began testing recipes for sausages. Switching his focus from breads and pastries to meats, Gamma said, wasn’t a real stretch. “Meats and butchery are a science, just like baking. The creative part is the recipes, but once you have that, it’s science,” he said. Initially, the business was wholesale and some retail. Now not only has the retail expanded, Gamma has added a small café that offers delectable sandwiches made from his products. Standouts include the Cuban smoked pork loin panini, featuring center cut loin with Wienerz smoked bacon, roasted red peppers and pepper jack cheese, and one of the best pastrami Reubens I’ve ever put in my mouth. Housemade German potato salad or the Swiss bacon potato salad are equally tasty accompaniments.

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Right, Tracy McCord and Markus Rutz, comanagers of the store. Top, the famous Hotlanta frankfurter. Top right, owner Enrico Gamma.

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SCHOOL OF FISH: Cobb Life writer Meredith Pruden and her son Kaine, 12, got scuba certified at Atlanta Scuba and Swim Center in Kennesaw.

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“If I could, by osmosis, give everyone a very small portion of what I’ve seen, it would be like looking at the Grand Canyon times 10, sailing on the ocean when no other boats are around or staring up at stars in the mountains with no other lights in the sky.”


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beyond the shore When my son, Kaine, first asked me if we could get scuba certified together it was 2009. At the time, he was only 11-years-old and not that strong a swimmer. Although I had always wanted to become a diver, and have long been a snorkeling enthusiast, the thought of getting certified with a lackluster young swimmer was, frankly, enough to send a ripple of shivers down my spine. Still, I bought him his own mask and snorkel that year for Christmas with the promise that we would, at some point in future, sign up for scuba certification classes. Fast forward one year to a family vacation on the remote Bahamian island of Great Exuma during which Kaine, for the first time, heard the siren song of the azure blue Caribbean waters. He was testing out his mask and snorkel in the shallow, glassy waters just off the beach when, to my great surprise, it became extraordinarily clear he was quite capable of masterful snorkeling. I signed us up for a snorkeling excursion with a local company called Starfish Adventure Center the very next day, and Kaine handled it like a pro — even diving down to claim conch shells from the depths and clearing his mask upon ascent. I knew it was time to fulfill my promise of scuba certification. Upon our return stateside, I set out to find a local, kid friendly dive shop where we could take classes on

Mother and son delve into the world of scuba diving

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Getting certified at Atlanta Scuba is as easy as ... Almost anyone can get dive certified, including kids age 10 and up for open water certification.

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Instructor led skill lessons in the indoor, heated pool: These can be completed either in group classes or private lessons can be scheduled to fit your lifestyle. An online testing component: This is administered through Scuba Diving International (SDI) and is a series of chapters followed by short quizzes and ending with a final exam. An open water dive to test what you’ve learned: At Atlanta Scuba, these are included in your certification package (except for travel expenses should you choose to complete this portion out of town). Your instructor will accompany you to assist.

Atlanta Scuba and Swim Center 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA 30144 770.579.9700

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our own schedule due to Kaine’s other commitments. After considerable research, I chose Atlanta Scuba and Swim Center, located off Barrett Parkway. Owner Rob Arnold has been diving for more than 30 years and his attentive nature and take on the underwater world resonated with me. Arnold told me that one of his favorite things about diving is that it’s always new; that behind every corner is a new secret and an endless underwater world. What’s more, he informed me that his instructors at Atlanta Scuba and Swim Center teach at the individual’s pace and that there’s hardly anyone (except those with certain medical conditions) who can’t become a diver. “Breathing is easy,” Arnold told me. “It’s something you’ve been doing your whole life.” Despite our enthusiasm to get dive


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certified, it wasn’t until spring break 2011 that Kaine and I were able to dedicate the time. We spent the week in Atlanta Scuba’s heated pool, with instructor Captain Rick Boozer, learning the fundamentals of scuba diving. Captain Rick was thorough, patient and funny, and you really couldn’t ask for a more hands on experience. We headed home to take the online testing component just a little bit sad our pool time had come to a close but also pretty excited at the prospect of the underwater world that now awaited us. For Kaine, the allure is the opportunity to explore a hidden world and its marine life. For me, it’s more than that. Arnold put it best, “Space and time is different under the water. You can’t pay bills and you can’t make money. All you can do is breathe. It’s magic.” Magic indeed sir! Even better? It’s magical time with my son.

SAGE OF THE SEA: Atlanta Scuba and Swim Center owner Rob Arnold has been diving for more than 30 years.




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Scuba diving is a unique way for parents and children to bond Kaine and I are heading south soon to complete our open water dives, the final component of scuba certification, so I stopped in recently to see Atlanta Scuba owner Rob Arnold about scheduling. While there, I ran into another parent-child duo recently certified. Ralph Bard and his 13year-old son, James, were looking for an activity they could do together and, because James wants to be a marine biologist, scuba diving seemed ideal. The Acworth father told me the experience at Atlanta Scuba was great and he couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. And, when I asked young James about the experience, he told me, “It was so much fun but it was also hard work because there are a lot of skills you have to learn. Still, it was definitely worth it!”


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and son James, 13, recently took a scuba certification course together at Atlanta Scuba. Top, Meredith Pruden and her son Kaine come up after a dive.

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Dancers John Welker and Christine Winkler in The Four Seasons. Below, Twyla Tharp instructs dancers during practice for The Princess and the Goblin.

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Acworth’s Dave Snead has been riding for over a decade.


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by M I C H A E L PA L L E R I N O p h o t o g r a p hy by R E I D T R AY L O R

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their perspective They are from everywhere and anywhere. They have different backgrounds. Different political and religious affiliations. Different career paths. But on this morning, as members of the North Georgia Motorcycle Club (NGAMC) meet at Ryan’s Restaurant in Canton, they share a bond like no other – a two-wheeled connection that keeps them returning time and time again to the open road. As an anonymous motorcycle enthusiast once said, “Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.” Acworth resident Dave Snead’s first ride was in 2001, when his brother, who lived in Delaware, purchased a bike and showed Snead how to ride it. After those first couple of solo rides, Snead was hooked. He went out and bought a 1994 Honda CBR 600 in 2002, and followed that up with a 1997 Honda Magna 750. “That first ride was exhilarating,” recalls Snead, an IT business analyst with Mirant Corp. (which recently merged with Houstonbased RRI). “You get a feeling of oneness with the bike and the road. It was much different than riding in a car, where you are just along for the ride. On a bike, you feel the turns as you lean into them with your bike. I knew I was hooked.”

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Snead, who rides a BMW motorcycle, proudly quotes the mantra, ‘Live to Ride and Ride to Live.’

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Snead shares his love of the road with his fellow NGAMC riders, a group that remains faithful to the art of the ride. As the name suggests, the North Georgia Motorcycle Club rides mostly through the area’s scenic and winding roads, meeting on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month to embark on its 200 to 400 miles of daily rides. And potential members take note – this is not a “sightseeing” club. It’s for riders only. “We’re all about the ride and only stop as needed,” says Duffy Elliott, president of NGAMC and a financial planner and investment advisor with Elliott & Associates Wealth Advisors in Marietta. “We avoid highways and seek out winding mountain roads. At the end of the day, it’s all about being safe and having fun.” Every motorcycle club has different requirements. For example, to be a voting member of the NGAMC, you must pay an annual fee of $35. The club, which is open to all riders and all styles of bikes, holds a monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at The Harp Irish Pub in Roswell. Elliott says attendance is encouraged, but not a requirement. The group keeps connected online at The club’s core membership consists of mostly older riders (50 years of age and older), more men than women, and features a mix of bike owners, including Harleys, Gold Wings and Valkyries of all sizes. Along with its bi-monthly rides, the club participates in several charitable rides and an occasional weekend excursion or two. “Riding with friends is better than riding alone,” Snead says. “On many of the rides I discover a new road that I’d never ridden before. Whatever your riding style may be, there is a club out there for you. Just remember to enjoy every moment you take on your rides. Live to ride, ride to live.” 

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“It really is a breathtaking experience – both exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. You feel very connected to the environment and nature when you’re up there.”

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Marietta hang gliders revel in the realm where eagles dare Their language is poetic in a way they understand. “Be the bird.” “Live free.” “Soar high.” “Go far.” Ask those who have taken flight on the wings of a hang glider and they will talk of glorious sunsets and what it feels like to have the ground drop away at your feet as you kick toward the heavens. They are a different breed; these riders in the sky. They are your neighbors, friends of friends and that quiet guy at work who lives for the weekends. They talk about what it feels like to experience the world in a different way – with the earth hundreds of feet below as you soar through the air and carve out turns like a bird. It is a fraternity of adventurers and enthusiasts who live to let it all go. Marietta residents Mario Andreou, a regional manager for Meggitt Aircraft

Braking Systems, and his wife, Alicia Derin Andreou, associate head of school for the Trinity School, are regulars at Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn, Ga., the largest hang gliding school in the country. As a child, Mario dreamed of stretching his arms out, taking a few steps and flying through the air. After a celebrating a friend’s birthday with a tandem hang gliding flight a few years ago, the couple was hooked. Before long, they signed up for lessons. “The hang gliding fraternity is a very cool group of people who look after each other,” Mario says. “The love of free flight creates a strong bond within this community.” To become a pilot, your regimen typically takes several months of weekend training on smaller hills before qualifying for a certificate that enables

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Marietta residents Mario and Alicia Andreou take to the sky often at Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn.

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you to make your first solo flight from the mountain. “The training process is fun and it doesn’t take long before you experience your first flight, even though it will be just a few feet off the ground,” Mario says. “For the first few months, certified pilots fly in very smooth conditions, typically early in the morning or in the evening.” The best way to learn is to get a package that teaches you the ground rules and enables you to fly from a small training hill. Learning packages also can include several tandem flights, which means you can work on your flying skills with an instructor by your side. “The best thing to do is just get started,” says Dan Zink, an instructor at Lookout Mountain. “People procrastinate because the idea is a little intimidating. But once they get started they wish they had done it earlier in life. We are all just normal people who want to get off the couch and live life to the fullest. We are also very welcoming. Anyone that comes out and learns to fly will have about 300 new friends overnight.”

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I flew to 4,000 feet with a golden eagle. We flew wing tip to wing tip, circling around together for about 10 minutes. Zink, who once drove eight hours while living in Indianapolis to take a class at Lookout Mountain, says the actual flying experience is hard to put into words. “It is magical. If you have ever looked up at a soaring hawk and wished you could fly, then you can imagine what the experience is like. Our training program can be life changing. Once you know how to fly and have control over the glider, the task at hand is pure fun. I always feel like that hawk. [Just recently] I flew to 4,000 feet with a golden eagle. We flew wing tip to wing tip, circling around together for about 10 minutes.” To get started, Zink suggests taking lessons at a reputable school that will supply your equipment. Upon completion, you will be certified at a skill level that dictates where you can fly and in what type of weather conditions. At Lookout Mountain, the classes take place outside on bunny hills. Students start off on flat ground by learning how to launch the glider without going into the air. The first flight is roughly 6 inches off the ground, with students gliding with the slope and moving further up the hill as their skill levels progress. “After six to 10 mornings and 40 to 60 bunny hill flights, you’re usually ready to fly off the mountain,” Zink says. “If a student needs more practice time, we give it him. Everyone goes at his own pace. The program is a step-bystep process that helps build on a foundation of skill.” It typically takes several months of weekend training off the smaller hills before students obtain the necessary certificate to allow them to make that first solo flight from the mountain. “The training process is fun and it doesn’t take long before you experience your first flight, even though it will be just a few feet off the ground,” Mario says. “It really is a breathtaking experience – both exhilarating and peaceful at the same time. You feel very connected to the environment and nature when you’re up there.”




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F L I G H T 1. Instruction – Just

get started. Check around for a reputable school that will provide proper equipment and instruction.

2. Certificate – It comes automatically with completion of the training and you’ll need one. Once you are qualified, pilots will open their sites for you. 3. Equipment – Buy or rent. You can spend between $1,500 (used) and $5,000 (new) for all the gear you need. If you’re going to buy used gear, never purchase from a classified ad.

4. Experience – Fly, fly, fly – Live the dream.

5. Repetition – The only way to get better is to do it again and again. 6. Location, Location, Location

– There are a lot of great places to fly once you have been trained. North Georgia offers more gentle air than western states, where the air is more turbulent. There also are great sites in Tennessee and North Carolina.

7. Resources – Check out, Lookout Mountain’s official website. You also can visit, the official website for the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. 36 COBB LIFE October


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Six years ago we published our first Favorite Fall Traditions section, a part of the magazine that pays homage and captures the unique Southern tradition of college football. We not only featured former great players who live in Cobb, but also interviewed former mascots, band members, cheerleaders and coaches. In other years, we’ve focused on the food and tailgating that friends share each game. Each year, this annual feature in Cobb Life continues to grow in popularity and every year, we discover more and more local individuals with great stories. This year we’ve got another stellar class. We’ve got star majorettes from UGA and Auburn. A father and son who both played for the same coach. And a Duke football player who still holds records and also used his athletic talents to clinch a Silver Medal in the Olympics. And these are just a few. You can discover more in the next several pages. Whether you spend this fall remembering special Saturdays of the past, making new memories or just spend time enjoying the game with a good bite, we’re glad we can be a small part of it.

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Acworth resident Kelly Mattingly, who was a majorette and Dance Dawg captain when she attended UGA from 1988 to 1992, is still a major fan of the Bulldogs. She attends or watches every game, and hosts a “Gator Hater” party at her home every year. Opposite page, from left: Mattingly’s home is adorned with Georgia memoribilia. An old photo of Mattingly with Uga. Mattingly performs during Alumni Night at UGA in 2010.


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Former UGA majorette, dance team captain Kelly Mattingly continues to choreograph for the Dance Dawgs and doesn’t miss a single play when her alma mater is on the field.

Dance Dawgs her sophomore, junior and senior years. NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE BRAVE ENOUGH to She’s made a career out her passion, now teaching put on an old college majorette costume they donned baton and dance to kids and adults. She even choreoalmost 20 years ago and let you take photos of them graphs several routines a year for the Dance Dawgs, for a magazine spread. Although Acworth resident and performs with other UGA alumni every homecomKelly Mattingly was nervous about sporting her UGA ing game. uniform, once she began twirling her baton the school “I grew up making up dances. I would lock myself spirit took over. Mattingly transformed into performin a room and dance all the time,” ance mode, the baton said Mattingly. “I just feel the whizzing around her, flying music. When I hear a song, I autointo the air and landing in matically picture a dance that goes the palm of her hand every with it.” time. It’s obvious she loves But Mattingly’s enthusiasm for performing, especially in football season isn’t just related to relation to her beloved alma performing and dance. She’s a dedimater and its adored cated Dawg fan, attending or watchDawgs. ing every game. A ceramic bulldog Mattingly attended her greets guests at the entrance of her first UGA game at age 7, home, and UGA memorabilia is tagging along with her scattered throughout the house she father who worked security shares with husband Ed, whom she at Sanford Stadium. She met at UGA, and their three sons. was enamored with the Like most Bulldog fans, the family twirlers that performed at gets dressed up for the games, halftime, and as a young proudly donning their UGA gear. girl it was her dream to “It’s awesome to feel that camabecome a UGA majorette. raderie,” said Mattingly. “You can Fast-forward ten years be at the football stadium with and Mattingly, who began strangers and you high-five the pertwirling in middle school son next to you when UGA scores.” and was a star twirler at her Though she loves attending high school in Toccoa, not SHE’S STILL GOT IT. Though Kelly games, Mattingly’s favorite part of only made the majorette Mattingly was a UGA majorette football season is the Gator Hater team as a freshman but also almost 20 years ago, she still has party she hosts with her four colthe moves. The cardio fitness was captain of the instructor also teaches baton and lege roommates and their families. majorettes and the UGA dance at Dance Fever in Dallas. COBB LIFE October 2011


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Above, Kelly Mattingly teaches a routine to the current Dance Dawgs at UGA. Left, Mattingly’s family and friends gather for the annual “Gator Hater” party she hosts at her home in Acworth.

“We go all out decorating the house, making Gator Hater goodies, and watch the Georgia/Florida game together,” she said. “We have a blast coming up with fun things like orange gator guts punch, eating red and black donuts hanging off the tree in the backyard, roasting gator hater marshmallows, and allowing the kids the bust through a banner, pretending to be the football team. Regardless of the outcome, we have the best time reminiscing about college days and making new memories.” One of Mattingly’s favorite memories of her college days is 1991 UGA/Clemson game in which the pre-game was dedicated to the majorettes for winning the national championship. The five girls performed their award-winning routine to a roaring crowd, and were presented with a special charm from their director and Vince Dooley after the show. “This game was also special because it was a night game. The Braves had just clinched the division title, and the crowd was filled with excitement,” she said. “I never thought I’d see the entire UGA stadium doing the tomahawk chop, but it was such an awesome feeling. We went on to beat Clemson that night. It was such a special game.”

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The S O N also rises East Cobb Woods’ family has a father-son tradition with legendary Coach Bill Curry

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East Cobb’s Jim Woods played in an era of Georgia Tech football bearing a striking resemblance to the modern day Yellow Jackets. A reserve lineman and long-snapper under head coach Pepper Rodgers, Woods played on Tech teams that specialized in running the wishbone to near perfection and consistently ranking as one of the nation’s top rushing squads. But a particular Saturday during his senior season in 1976 was not so rosy. Tech churned out 400 yards of offense, but put the ball on the ground 10 times in a blowout loss at Duke. Rodgers was already in an ornery mood just prior to halftime when a freak accident did nothing to help matters. Woods and friend Herb Scales were responsible for relaying plays to the offense from the sidelines, and the two men were flanking then-offensive line coach Bill Curry. When Curry urgently sent Scales in with the play, his headset became entangled with Scales’ foot and eventually whipped around his shoulders and up the sideline, where it smacked Rodgers squarely upside the noggin. “He went down like a shot,” Woods recalled. “They brought out the stretcher and took him off the field. I’m just trying to be invisible and disappear and Pepper’s sneaking a peek to see who’s looking at him.”

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Woods’ other top memories include being on the sidelines in South Bend, Ind. on Nov. 8, 1975. That day, former Notre Dame walk-on Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger dressed for his final game as a senior and recorded a sack against Tech. His inspirational story was chronicled in the 1993 film Rudy. Woods and Curry developed a lasting friendship over the years, and 35 years later Woods sent his son, Bailey, to play for Curry at Georgia State. Like his pops, Bailey, a senior, long-snaps for the Panthers and is a key special teams player. Coaching one of his former players’ sons is a special thing for Curry. “It’s the highlight of my career,” Curry said, matter of factly. “The most pleasant surprise of all is that my former player would want his son to come and be on our team, and there’s no higher honor.” The elder Woods agreed. “It’s fitting that Bailey ended up playing for him, because a lot of what I learned about long-snapping, I learned it from Bill,” he said.

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Steve Spurrier laid down the gauntlet. After the iconic coach saw what Virginia and Tennessee did to Duke in consecutive weeks, he gave his Blue Devils a “one in one million” chance of beating Clemson. There’s bulletin board material, and then there’s just plain Spurrier. The year was 1989 – the first time in 10 years the Blue Devils hosted Clemson on the gridiron. As fate would have it, a torrential downpour soaked the field, limiting the Tigers then powerful running game. Duke, on the other hand, came out throwing deep and playing loose. After capitalizing on a slew of Clemson mistakes, they took an early lead and never looked back. When all was said and done, the Blue Devils ended up ACC champs. It’s a season Randy Jones will never forget. The Vinings resident was in his junior year of a collegiate football career that would see the running back and kickoff returner break a number of school records, two of which still stand today, including most touchdown returns in a season (two) and most touchdown returns in a career (three). Jones played from 1987-1992, lettering all four years. The decorated collegiate athlete also ran track, where he participated in numerous races, indoor and outdoor. Jones still holds the school’s 60m record after posting a 6.74 second time. “Being a two-sport athlete was a little tough,” says

Jones, who today is associate director of IT for the Southeast United States and Latin America with OmnicomMediaGroup. “At times I thought I was going to fail out of school. It didn’t help that I was a mechanical engineering major, which made things a little tougher than normal.” But being a part of the college game was what Jones dreamt of when he first put a uniform on at age 9. And after an extraordinary high school career in Kernersville, N.C., in which the standout football and track star helped lead Glenn High School to a state championship in 1986, the college offers poured in. He settled on Duke. “My goal was to get a track scholarship, so I guess you could say I was a track guy who played football. When looking at schools, I decided on one close that was closer to home and would allow me to play football and run track.” Making the transition from high school stud to college freshman is something every player must face, Jones says. How you handle it is the key to your survival, especially in the football fanatical South. “When you are a star in high school, everybody knows your name,” he recalls. “It was hard not to be cocky. But I had older siblings who would bring me back down to reality. You can’t go into it thinking you’re the best player like you were in high school because everybody you’re playing with was the best player in their high school.”

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Jones, far left, was also part of the Olympic bobsledding team.

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Jones quickly made the transition. He still remembers that first experience. “It was exciting. We were home [playing Colgate], so my nerves were high. The butterflies were rolling. I got in as a kick returner, so once that ball was in the air it was like old times. My instincts took over – just try not to get hit too hard.” His instincts, he says, are what drove him. “Day games meant an early start,” Jones recalls. “We always spent Friday nights off campus at a nearby hotel. If kickoff was at 1 [p.m.], we ate breakfast at 7:30 [a.m.]. After the game [and season], we were pretty much free to be regular students again. Playing on Saturday is what every high school player should dream of. It was great to say, ‘I made it.’ There is honor playing at the next level. But for me, it was not only a chance to play at a high level, but to get an education from a top ranking university.” The experience also drove him to even loftier heights. On the prompting from his track coach, Jones tried out for the U.S. Bobsled team. Following several national championship victories, he made his Olympic debut in 1994 in Lillehammer, finishing 13th in the two-man event. After several more Olympic trials and four World Cup medals, he won a Silver Medal in the fourman event in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the first time since 1956 the United States won a medal in men’s bobsledding. Today, Jones, who is considered one of the United States’ most decorated bobsledders, is part of the U.S. Olympic Committee. As for football, Jones still tries to make it back for Duke games when he can. “If I don’t make it back to Durham, I follow on the Internet or on different game trackers,” he says. “My wife [Cheri] thinks I’m crazy, always staring at the computer waiting for it to refresh so I can see what happened. But I love the game and I’m proud of the team that I played for.” 

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By Allen Bell Photography by Reid Traylor



For this Powder Springs couple, their experience in the Auburn marching band proved to be the makings of all the Wright Stuff.

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the vast crowd at JordanHare Stadium, just before the game begins, a video plays on the jumbotron featuring the swing and swagger of the Auburn Tigers Marching Band. As the volume gains and the tension builds, the drum majors step out of the tunnel and jab the mace into the field. The crowd goes wild, the feeling of school spirit is released with grand fanfare, and the excitement of fall’s greatest tradition is put into motion, led by the throbbing rhythm played by a throng of talented musicians adorned in navy and orange. Powder Springs residents Scott and April Wright know this pageant-filled ritual from an intimate perspective. They were both members of the Auburn Tigers Marching Band, as a saxophone player and a majorette. And during the course of their time together with the band, they fell in love. “They called all the freshmen that are coming in RATS, Rookie Auburn Tigers,” April explained. “And they would be paired up with an experienced member of the band. It’s sort of a big brother, big sister program. They set up different events all during band camp, which is two or three weeks long.” Scott and April met one another during the 1991 season while Scott, a Wheeler graduate, served as April’s RAT mentor. “Our first football game was in Tennessee,” April recalled. “It was wonderful people working together to make wonderful music. There was so much pride at Auburn in the band, and I think that pride continues. I’ve never seen another school that takes such pride in the band. It’s really a big part of the game experience.” After becoming close friends, Scott and April began a romance that centered around the passionate experience of playing in the band. In the midst of the music, the excitement of the game and bandmate camaraderie, they started a relationship that would lead to marriage and a daughter, Ava – now 7 - all in the context of the excitement of the Auburn band tradition. “It’s really exciting to see people get so excited about the traditional pre-game roll out so that when the football team comes out, it’s electric,” Scott remembered. “It’s exciting to be there in the midst of all of it.”




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Above, April performing at halftime. Top, at right, Scott with Auburn’s War Eagle mascot.

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Since graduating from Auburn with degrees in communications and establishing their full-service marketing and advertising firm, 524 Creative, the Wrights have used their creative talents to serve the Cobb County community. “We work with the Marietta Visitors Center and Scott’s on their board,” April explained. “We do a lot with the Taste of Marietta, and the Pilgrimage. I’m the co-chair of the Pilgrimage this year. And we’re about to do the rebranding of the Chamber of Commerce. So we have a lot of exciting things going on.” While the couple is focused on raising their daughter and working to make their Cobb County business thrive, they still remember and appreciate their time at Auburn. The Wrights are season ticket holders for the football season and plan to revisit their familiar musical environs this fall as part of the alumni band. “We made lifelong friends being part of this organization because we spent so much time together being part of this group,” Scott recounted. “We stay in touch by Facebook or the cell phone. When we see people talking about Auburn, and they talk about the Auburn family be-ing all in, there really is this family feel when we meet anyone from Auburn. Even when we meet someone who was in the band before, or now, we share the stories and pass traditions down. It really makes for a neat experience.”

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There wasn’t much to be nervous about, really.

Andrew Cole’s first UGA football game was the one where he played solo on the Battle Hymn of Republic during the Bulldogs’ time-honored pregame tradition. There was Cole, whose family ironically grew up Georgia Tech fans, face-to-face with a throng of footballhungry fans draped in black to celebrate the famed “Blackout” against Auburn in 2007. As he raised his trumpet, the announcement rolled out over the PA system: “In the Upper Deck, Southwest corner, today’s Battle Hymn soloist is Andrew Cole from Kennesaw, Georgia.” As the freshman member of the nationally acclaimed Redcoat band processed the introduction, he noticed the crowd had become eerily silent.

And then it happened – 93,000 fans raised their hands and pointed at him. Even today, as he tells the story, he admits to chills and watery eyes. Cole says that while the pressure was overwhelming, he just took a deep a breath and played. Before he finished, the crowd erupted into applause and his 300 Redcoat band mates joined in to finish the song. “I was very nervous, but not in a bad way,” says Cole, who today is the events and bar manager for the Earl Strand Theatre on the square in Marietta. “All the fans were very supportive. There’s this indescribable bonding experience that happens with the crowd. You feel safe, not stressed. As time went on, it was easier to play the solo. But there’s always a nervous anticipation present. I’m grateful for every second I had in that group.” To hear Cole tell it, securing the role as soloist sounds like a scene from NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.” The soloist must win a blind audition held at the end of band camp in which the band directors and two staff members turn away and listen to at least 25 randomly numbered Redcoat trumpets play the solo. Following callbacks, the top three players get to be the soloists for that season. In the world of college football, UGA’s pregame Battle Hymn solo is a tradition like none other. As a University of Georgia student and Redcoat band member, Cole had a front row seat to some of the nation’s best football rituals. He played in the band from 2005-2009, serving as the Battle Hymn soloist his first three years and as a Section Leader (where he oversaw 80 trumpeters) during his senior year. There was nothing like it, Cole said. “[Sure] Saturday’s could be rough,” he recalls. “We had an 8 a.m. call for morning rehearsal – sometimes earlier. We’d warm up in sections on the horn, and then come together and warm up as a band. We’d run through a few stand tunes, and then run through the show at least two times. Depending on the game and/or schedule, morning rehearsal would end at 10:30 or so. We’d typically have a few hours before heading to the stadium in full uniform – a wool uniform, I might add – in 95 degree heat.” And what’s the takeaway? “UGA represents so much more than a football game,” Cole says. “There’s an emotional tie to the campus, the team, the band, to random Bulldogs on the street. It’s home. It was fun to receive that attention and channel that energy to add the overall UGA game day experience for the fans.” 

How big a deal was it? While the photo at the top might not do the situation justice, you can see how big the crowd was for Andrew Cole. Right, Cole with his trumpet on top of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre where he now works.

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There wasn’t much to be nervous about, really.

Andrew Cole’s first UGA football game was the one where he played solo on the Battle Hymn of Republic during the Bulldogs’ time-honored pregame tradition. There was Cole, whose family ironically grew up Georgia Tech fans, face-to-face with a throng of footballhungry fans draped in black to celebrate the famed “Blackout” against Auburn in 2007. As he raised his trumpet, the announcement rolled out over the PA system: “In the Upper Deck, Southwest corner, today’s Battle Hymn soloist is Andrew Cole from Kennesaw, Georgia.” As the freshman member of the nationally acclaimed Redcoat band processed the introduction, he noticed the crowd had become eerily silent.

And then it happened – 93,000 fans raised their hands and pointed at him. Even today, as he tells the story, he admits to chills and watery eyes. Cole says that while the pressure was overwhelming, he just took a deep a breath and played. Before he finished, the crowd erupted into applause and his 300 Redcoat band mates joined in to finish the song. “I was very nervous, but not in a bad way,” says Cole, who today is the events and bar manager for the Earl Strand Theater on the square in Marietta. “All the fans were very supportive. There’s this indescribable bonding experience that happens with the crowd. You feel safe, not stressed. As time went on, it was easier to play the solo. But there’s always a nervous anticipation present. I’m grateful for every second I had in that group.” To hear Cole tell it, securing the role as soloist sounds like a scene from NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.” The soloist must win a blind audition held at the end of band camp in which the band directors and two staff members turn away and listen to at least 25 randomly numbered Redcoat trumpets play the solo. Following callbacks, the top three players get to be the soloists for that season. In the world of college football, UGA’s pregame Battle Hymn solo is a tradition like none other. As a University of Georgia student and Redcoat band member, Cole had a front row seat to some of the nation’s best football rituals. He played in the band from 2005-2009, serving as the Battle Hymn soloist his first three years and as a Section Leader (where he oversaw 80 trumpeters) during his senior year. To hear Cole tell it, there was nothing like it. “[Sure] Saturday’s could be rough,” he recalls. “We had an 8 a.m. call for morning rehearsal – sometimes earlier. We’d warm up in sections on the horn, and then come together and warm up as a band. We’d run through a few stand tunes, and then run through the show at least two times. Depending on the game and/or schedule, morning rehearsal would end at 10:30 or so. We’d typically have a few hours before heading to the stadium in full uniform – a wool uniform, I might add – in 95 degree heat.” And what’s the takeaway? “UGA represents so much more than a football game,” Cole says. “There’s an emotional tie to the campus, the team, the band, to random Bulldogs on the street. It’s home. It was fun to receive that attention and channel that energy to add the overall UGA game day experience for the fans.” 

How big a deal was it? While the photo at the top might not do the situation justice, you can see how big the crowd was for Andrew Cole. Right, Cole with his trumpet on top of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre where he now works.

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Theresa Jenkins: memories of ‘the game’

In January, the Auburn Tigers wrapped up an amazing season by clinching the national title with a 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl. Many fans with Cobb connections attended the game. We tracked down two who give us their accounts of the game of a lifetime.

As executive director at the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau, Theresa Jenkin is very involved in the community, helping the city host a variety of events throughout the year, including the ever-so-popular Taste of Marietta. She is also a proud alum of the University of Auburn where she graduated from in 1968. She and her husband Lon attended the national title game last year. She kept a first-hand account of the trip.

The trip to the BCS National Championship is more than a trip – it feels like a pilgrimage to the Auburn faithful. As Lon and I leave for the airport on Sunday morning, I remove my father’s Auburn Letterman’s watch from its case and put it on my wrist – he will be with us in spirit. We arrive in Phoenix on a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the mid-60s. The feel around here is decidedly like a home game at Auburn. There are Oregon fans, but Auburn is the vast majority, which I find interesting since we had to travel twice as far to get here. We’ve already started calling it Auburn, Arizona. Game day dawns sunny and beautiful. There is a feeling of electricity in the air — it reminds me of the 1989 Iron Bowl, when Alabama reluctantly came to Auburn to play on our home turf. Huge crowds fill the area around the stadium and hotel — impromptu pep rallies break out everywhere. We’ve heard that over 10,000 Auburn fans came without tickets just so they could experience the win with the Auburn family. It’s so crowded that it takes us several hours to get into the stadium. The stadium is split 70 percent Auburn and 30 percent Oregon. The crowd noise is enormous. The game is an exciting one and as Auburn drives in the final minutes for the winning score, Auburn fans are screaming at the top of their lungs. When the winning field goal clears the uprights, the Auburn crowd goes absolutely crazy. Grown men and women cry and hug and kiss strangers. After a big hug and kiss for Lon, I sit for a minute and remember my Daddy, #43, who played on Auburn’s first bowl team in 1937. It was his dream come true and I know he’s smiling from heaven. The party continued for an hour or more in the stadium with the Championship FINE RUGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! WE BEAT ANYONE’S PRICES! HUGE SELECTION! Trophy presentation and then spilled out into the streets. It went on into the wee ADDITIONAL hours of the morning at the hotel and at Westgate. Since we couldn’t be at Toomers’ Corner, the scrawny trees and Mon. - Sat. 10am-8pm • Sun. 12pm-6pm cacti around the area were rolled. When 3335 Cobb Pkwy • Ste. 800 Acworth (next to Best Buy) we finally went to bed in the early a.m., it wasn’t sugarplums, but visions of tal trophies dancing in our heads. I went to sleep with a huge grin on my face and echoes of “it’s great to be an WITH THIS Auburn Tiger” in my ears. This was the Many Sizes, Shapes & Colors COUPON! big number one on my bucket list. It is We Do Rug Repairs now checked off with orange and blue markers!  COBB LIFE October 2011




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Ashlea Draa: memories of ‘the game’ A graduate of Kennesaw Mountain High School, Ashlea Draa is currently in her second year of earning a Master’s Degree in Communicationas and Journalism at Auburn University. She also attended Auburn for her bachelor’s degree and has been a committed War Eagle since she first visited the school as a high school junior. She is pictured her with her father.

Q: Was there one experience or play that really stood out to you during the game? A: I will never forget when freshman running back, Michael Dyer kept running down the field when everyone, including the other players, thought the play had ended. It happened so close to where I was sitting. I just remember being really confused and then everyone yelling that the referee never blew his whistle saying that the ball was down. That was incredible! It was the fourth quarter and I knew that would win it for us. Everyone in the stands around me celebrated more after that play than when we actually won the

game off of Wes Byrum’s field goal.

Q:What was the atmosphere like? A: The atmosphere was awesome in the stadium. I could not believe I was actually there, and sitting just a few rows from the end zone. I remember watching last year’s National Championship game on television thinking that it would be absolutely amazing if I ever got to experience that as a student, and I did! Everyone was hugging each other, laughing with each other. There were definitely some tense moments, but it seemed like both the Oregon and Auburn sides were just really excited to be there.

Q: Who did you go with?

A: I traveled to Arizona with my dad and boyfriend. My old roommate who now lives in California also met us out there and stayed with us. We flew from Atlanta to Pittsburg and then Pittsburg to Phoenix. Both planes were packed out with Auburn fans and as the plane touched down we cheered, “Warrrrrr eagle, hey!” Then inside the airport as we were waiting on our luggage we all started shouting cheer after cheer. It was exciting to see that much pride and spirit.

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ig h lights A closer look at events and activities throughout Cobb County in October

CYNDI LAUPER AND DR. JOHN >>Iconic performer and musical chameleon Cyndi Lauper and New Orleans funk and blues legend Dr. John bring their fall co-headlining tour, "Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John: From Memphis to Mardi Gras" to the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Centre on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Lauper's latest album, 2010's Grammy-nominated “Memphis Blues,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart and held the top spot for 14 weeks. Universally celebrated as the musical embodiment of New Orleans, Dr. John received the ultimate musical honor when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His latest album, 2010’s “Tribal,” garnered worldwide critical praise. Tickets for the Oct. 12 show range from $37 to $73. Information: : 770.916.2808 or RAIN >>Direct from Broadway, Rain performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. From the early hits to later classics, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. As part of the Gas South Broadway Series, Rain performs Oct. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., Oct. 29 and 30 at 2:00 p.m., and Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cob Energy Performing Arts Centre. Call for ticket prices. Information: 770.916.2808 or

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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR >> Lucia’s forced marriage sets off a chain of tragic events that leads to the most spectacular mad scene in opera. Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” reveals chilling tragedy on a grand scale and will leave you breathless. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the Atlanta Opera production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” is presented Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Information: 404.881.8885 or

GSO CONCERT >>The Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus performs “American Medley” by Stephen Paulus, Gwyneth Walker’s “Together in Song,” Samuel Barber’s “A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map” under the direction of Bryan Black on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. at Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Information: 770.429.7016 or

THE PACKWAY HANDLE BAND >> Patrons are sure to enjoy a night of “alternative bluegrass” at The Packway Handle Band show where they’ll hear thoughtprovoking songwriting and clever arrangements of bluegrass traditionals, all delivered with crackling energy. The Packway Handle Band emerged from a small bluegrass scene in Athens, Georgia in 2001, finding national acclaim first as finalists at the Telluride bluegrass competition in 2002 and 2003, and then taking second place in 2004. This show is recommended for all ages. The Packway Handle Band performs Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of. Information: 770.293.0080 or

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GHOSTWRITER >> A fastidious secretary types as the famous author dictates – or does he? But who is she conversing with and who’s doing the writing? “Ghost-Writer” is a romantic mystery that’s clever, witty, and thoughtful, written by playwright Michael Hollinger, author of “Incorruptible,” a Main Stage hit, and Alley Stage’s “Red Herring” and “An Empty Plate in the Café de Grande Boeuf.” Under the direction of Jessica Phelps West, Theatre in the Square presents “Ghost-Writer” on the Main Stage from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30. Call for performance times and admission prices. Information: 770.422.8369 or THEATRE IN THE SQUARE AND THE PIGS >>Theatre in the Square presents “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!,” adapted from the book by John Sciezka and Lane Smith. There are two sides to every story. In this adaptation of the popular children's book, the Wolf has his day in court to tell his side of the story. “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!” is a thrilling courtroom drama and comedy with music, puppets and ham. The Wolf pleads his case to a courtroom full of pigs, and you decide if he's guilty or not. Set to music with a rockabilly score, the show is for audiences age 4 years and older. “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!” performances are Oct. 17 through Nov. 12. Performance times are Mondays through Fridays at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $8 for students. Information: 770.422.8369 or

RHYTHM AND RHAPSODY >> In October, audiences will experience the sensational sounds of an American musical icon with “Rhythm and Rhapsody,” an exciting performance of spirited elegance set to the musical works of George Gershwin. The Georgia Ballet presents performance on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. Ticket prices start at $15. Group discounts are available. Information:: 770.528.0881 or

Milestones Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Bishop of Kennesaw, Georgia will celebrate fifty years of marriage on June 30th. The couple was married in 1961 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A celebration in their honor was held at Winship Farms Community Clubhouse on June 25th. They have three children, Deirdre Ward of Richmond Hill, Georgia; Anissa Oudt of Kennesaw, Georgia; Brad Bishop of Vero Beach, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop also have seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Bishop is retired from Institute Nuclear Power Operations in Marietta, Georgia.

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COCTEAU HOUR >>Set in 1920’s Paris, “The Cocteau Hour” features two short works—“The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party” by Jean Cocteau and “The Veiling Mists, or, More Perils of Photography,” an original response by Michael Haverty. These works explore the mystery of art and its ties to technology and desire. Kennesaw State University presents “The Cocteau Hour” from Oct. 4 through 9, at 8 p.m. Mon. through Fri. and 2 p.m. on Sat., at the Black Box Theatre in the Wilson Annex on the Kennesaw State University campus. Ticket prices are $10 and $12. Information: 770.423.6650 or ART FROM THE KSU COLLECTION >>Curated by Diana McClintock, “Modern and Contemporary Art from the KSU Permanent Collection” is an exhibition highlighting significant modern and contemporary works from the KSU Art Museum’s permanent collection. Represented are paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Thomas Hart Benton, Viola Frey, Michael Goldberg, Everett Shinn, Joe Zucker and many others. Exhibition and accompanying catalog feature research and writing by KSU visual arts students. The exhibit continues through Dec. 5 at Clayton Art Gallery in the Bailey Performance Center. Admission is free of charge. Information: 770.423.6650 or COBB HEART WALK >> The Cobb Heart Walk for the American Heart Association annually brings together communities to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke. The Cobb Heart Walk is Oct. 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Grover Park on the Marietta Square. Call or visit the web site to register. Information:: 678.224.2064 or

CELEBRATING Engagements • Weddings • Anniversaries Cox~Olson

Rachael Katherine Cox and Erik Leonard Olson were united in marriage on June 11th, 2011 at The Park Tavern Garden in Atlanta, GA. The bride is the daughter of John and Rose Cox of Acworth, GA. The groom is the son of Kim and Jane Olson of Beaufort, SC. The Rev Joseph Barta officiated. Allison Cox, Atlanta, GA was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Olson of Washington, DC; Jenna Olson of Beaufort, SC; Kelly Bilbrey of Acworth, GA; Lindsay Dabs of Birmingham, AL; Abby McDougal of Charleston, SC; Jenny Nichols of Suwanee, GA. Ryan Olson, Charleston, SC was the best man. Groomsmen were Jamieson Cox of New York, NY; Michael Liverance of Dallas, TX; Ross Taylor of St Helena, SC; Ross Miller of Charleston, SC; Edward Taylor of Greenville, SC; Pratt Reed of Bluffton, SC; David Stuck of Charlotte, NC; Drew Buchanan of Rock Hill, SC. The bride is employed as an Account Executive by Bluffton Today in Bluffton, SC. The groom is employed as District Manager for Scana Energy in Bluffton, SC. Following the wedding trip to Cabo St Lucas, the couple will reside in Bluffton, SC.

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Swordsman’s Ball


The American Cancer Society helds its 38th annual Swordsman's Ball in August at the Cobb Galleria Centre. 1. From left, Brian Buckalew of Marietta, Diane and Gene Weeks of Marietta and Allan Bishop of Acworth. 2. Eddie Cooper and his wife, Lockheed-Martin Marietta plant Vice President Shan Cooper, along with Hamilton Homes of Acworth. 3. From left, Judy and Robert Young of Marietta and Angie Davis of Marietta. 4. Peggy Cramer of Powder Springs and Jerry Milliman of Powder Springs.








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7 5. From left, Robin Bishop of Acworth, Jim and Amanda Vogel of Kennesaw, Holly Spriggs of Marietta, Dan Archambault of Woodstock and Cassandra Buckalew of Marietta. Cassandra Buckalew and Robin Bishop were two of the event’s co-chairs. 6. Joycelyn Wade of East Cobb and Elin Mazloom of Marietta. 7. Lindsay and Tyler Pearson of East Cobb. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA CAMPBELL

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Claiborne’s Vision Party Fall 2011

Claiborne’s Salon & Spa held a fundraiser for Ovarian Cycle while celebrating their collaboration with Dexter Bernard Couture in a vision for Fall 2011 fashion. The event featured models, live music, makeup demonstrations, beauty consultations, hors d’oeurves, drinks and raffles. Cobb Life sponsored the event. 1. From left, Julie Mcgee of Atlanta, Anita Finkelstein of Atlanta, Rusty Tidwell of Claiborne’s and Bethany Diamond of Marietta, founder of Ovarian Cycle. 2. Rob Fouse of Woodstock and Sue Wooten of Marietta. 3. Becky Patellis of Marietta and Kristy Patellis of Kennesaw. 4. From left, Sasha Bronsted of Atlanta, Rita Claiborne of Atlanta and Rose Brigevich of Vinings. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REID TRAYLOR




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Flournoy art opening

Longtime Cobb artist and arts supporter Linda Flournoy had a show at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre in August. Dozens of residents attended the opening night reception. 1. From left, Jinny Magnuson of Marietta and Pam Phillips of Marietta. 2. From left, Melissa Gilbert of Marietta, Pat Medlin of Marietta and Carole Caras of Marietta. 3. From left, Liz Cole of Marietta, Helen Kreeger of Kennesaw and Rosemary Beggs of Marietta. 4. From left, Bettie Hudson of Marietta and Brenda Holland of Marietta 5. From left, Michelle Reece of Marietta and Susan Niermyer of Marietta. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REID TRAYLOR





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Dogwood Invitational

The Dogwood Invitational took place this summer at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Several Cobb County residents attended the event 1. From left, Danielle Dull of Acworth, Lisa Lindsey of Kennesaw and Kristen O’Hare of Acworth. 2. Matthew Barnett of Macon and Rick Lindsay of Marietta. 3. Ollie Schniederjans with sons, from left, Ben, 16, and Luke, 13, of Powder Springs. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA SHAL





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Time to build bridges, not fences I was recently honored to deliver a guest sermon at our church in Marietta. When I learned the topic was to be Christianity, patriotism and family, I wondered what I could possibly offer to our congregation of strong Christians, veterans and professional orators. But as I started drafting my remarks, the words came quickly The feedback was mostly positive, although I’ll admit to being called Pollyanna by a critic or two. For what it is worth, here are the excerpts from my remarks. I don't know how long it had been, since these neighbors had talked to each other. I think it had been about two years, maybe. It started over the dumbest thing. It was just that stray cat. One of them thought it was theirs and then the other farmer took it in. Each of them thought it was their cat, and every time they'd talk, they'd start arguing about it. And then they just quit talking. And so when the traveler came through looking for work, one farmer said, "You say you're a carpenter? I've got some work for you." “I want a fence - all the way across. I don't even want to have to look at him! Can you do that?" The carpenter replied, "Yeah, I could do that. I’ll need more wood. I’ll get started with what you've got and you go on into town for more." Later the farmer came back and looked out into that field, where his new fence ought to be. But the carpenter had built a ....bridge. And here came his neighbor with his hand outstretched, and a big smile on his face. His neighbor said, "You're a brave man. I didn't think you'd ever want to hear the sound of my voice again. I feel like a fool, can you forgive me?" And the farmer replied, "Awww, I knew that was your cat all along!" As the carpenter was walking away, the farmer said, "Hey! I've got some more work for you …" The carpenter replied, "You'll be fine... I'm needed elsewhere." This story may not seem to have much to do with patriotism. But I believe this message has deep meaning for our community, our state and our country. And if it isn’t taken to heart by our political and civic leaders, then little else that we debate over matters much at all. After 14 years of being married to and working in politics, I have a conclusion: I am convinced that we need more bridge builders. Isaiah called them “repairers of the breach.” Building bridges, or seeking consensus, is not incentivized anymore. The greatest rewards in politics seem to be reserved not for those who reach across the aisle to compromise, but are given to those who level the harshest criticisms. Not only do we not have basic respect for people with different viewpoints, now we don’t even have to listen to them. Conservatives watch FOX, Liberals watch MSNBC. Republicans read the Drudge Report, Democrats read the Huffington Post. We need Repairers of the Breach. We need leaders who will not divide us, but focus on our common ground, and achieve meaningful progress there. Lest you think I don’t practice what I preach, this idea of bridge building is not an abstract thought in our family. In our house,

we’ve turned building bridges into an art form. In 2004, just after I took my dream job as the press secretary for a Georgia Governor, who happened to be the first Republican Governor in Georgia since Reconstruction, I married my husband Rob — a life-long Democrat, who won a seat in the State House. A few months later, he was elected to be a leader within the Democratic Caucus. So, as I served as the Republican Governor’s mouthpiece, my husband was huddling with Democratic leaders to plot our undoing…and vice versa. Probably the trickiest it got was during the Governor’s race of 2006. Instead of lofty philosophical differences, our biggest battle was over something far more basic: Bumper stickers. If I had one for my candidate, then he got one for his candidate. How was I to explain to my boss if we swapped cars and I drove the wrong sticker to park outside the Governor’s Office? And according to his logic…I was driving a car that he paid for, so shouldn’t that car have his candidate’s sticker too? I now work at the Capitol representing the power utility industry. My husband runs an environmental nonprofit. You could say in the interest of protecting our marriage and remaining gainfully employed, building bridges was never optional for us. But we are Christians first, and patriots second. And I think party affiliation comes somewhere down the line after that. Whether you watch Bill O’Reilly or Rachael Maddow, we are the same. We are grateful for a church home, and the experience of watching our kids run through the nursery halls downstairs. Whether you belong to the Chamber of Commerce or the Sierra Club, we are the same. We share those moments when the resounding chaos of kids, work, a heavy travel schedule and family illness are just too much to shoulder. Whether you subscribe to the San Francisco Chronicle or the Marietta Daily Journal, we are the same. We’ve hurried through the airport, only to stop watching a tearful child in a soldier’s embrace. And we’ve turned away and said the same silent prayer that that soldier will return safely to that child. Whether you are for increasing taxes on the wealthy, or slashing spending, we are the same.We stand in awe of those who gave their lives in defense of our country, and we honor those family members that are left with an empty place at their 4th of July celebration. But why, you might ask. Why in the world would I suppress my anger toward my opponent and instead look for common ground? The answer is that while we have adversaries on earthly matters, we share a greater purpose and a more righteous responsibility. We and our rivals are brothers and sisters in Christ. One of the most precious gifts from God is the gift of independent thought. If God had wanted us all to be Conservatives or Liberals, our all-powerful Creator could have accomplished that. But instead, he gave us a brain, and free will, and the ability to blossom in our differences. Surely we should not dishonor His gift with withering criticism of anyone whose opinions are different than our own. In fact, it is our responsibility as Christians to use these diverse gifts for the betterment of His world. This is a great time to start listening, building bridges and repairing the breach. Maybe you’re skeptical. I’m not. I lean to the right. My husband leans to the left. I work for the power company. He runs an environmental non-profit. To the naked eye, we’re completely different. But on almost everything that really matters, we’re the same. We’re the same. All that’s left to do is repair the breach, and build the bridges.

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