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features 14 BEHIND THE SCENES 22 ECLECTIC FESTIVAL Cherokee Heights Arts Festival offers unique experience 28 MEET KEN RODRIGUEZ FOX5’s Sportscaster is a hometown hero 36 REFLECTIONS Cobb’s June Parks reflects on days past 38 GOBBLE JOG Annual run benefits MUST Ministries

departments 18 SPICE Local chef shares a homemade recipe 26 STYLE Camouflage is more than hunting gear 34 HOME New trends in stone accents 62 WINE On the wine road with our correspondent

44 SPECTACULAR! The Rockettes get ready for their Cobb run 48 GIFT GUIDE Get the perfect gift for the loved one in your life ON THE COVER: Ansley Rivers passes through the Marietta Square last year on Thanksgiving Day for the annual Gobble Jog.













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As we enter our tenth year of publication his issue of Cobb Life marks the beginning of our tenth year publishing Cobb County’s premier lifestyle magazine. As we begin planning for 2014, our team took some time this fall to reflect on how we arrived at this point. We are proud of how far this magazine has come since its inception, growing from six issues annually to ten. Cobb Life Director Mark Wallace Maguire, Vice President of Sales Wade Stephens, Creative Director Leigh Hall, their respective staffs and many others have been part of this journey from the beginning. Their hard work, countless hours, and commitment to bringing you the highest quality product is reflected with every issue we publish. Our magazine distribution model gives us the highest readership of any local magazine in Cobb. Cobb Life is inserted into the Marietta Daily Journal, sent by direct mail and available in professional offices, Publix supermarkets and high-traffic Cobb businesses throughout the county. We also have a complete digital version online. Content is one of the major keys to a successful magazine and at Cobb Life we pride ourselves on bringing our readers content unavailable in any other magazine in the Cobb market. Through the years, we have featured stars such as the Zac Brown Band, Ty Pennington, Alton Brown, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzales, HGTV personalities, and NFL, NBA and tennis stars all with Cobb County connections. Plus, our award-winning writers do an outstanding job telling the interesting stories of local residents, events, places and more. As a lifelong resident of Cobb, I still learn something new about our dynamic community with each issue we publish. Without fail, you can’t have an exceptional local magazine without food. Whether it is a unique recipe to try at home, previewing one the hottest new fine dining eateries in town, a holein-the-wall you may never have noticed, or an issue devoted to finding the best biscuits, burgers or pizza pies throughout Cobb, each issue is guaranteed to feature something that will tempt your taste buds. In addition, our wine section provides you with suggestions for highly-rated reds and whites to try and share with friends, while our fashion experts will keep you up-to-date on the latest


trends and styles. Our writing and photography is produced by a local staff that has won dozens of writing awards and whose works have been featured in publications including “Cover” magazine, “USA Today,” “BusinessWeek,” “Rolling Stone” and “ESPN magazine” just to name a few. With a deep stable of talented writers, we pride ourselves on being a “traditional” magazine. Our format is not buy an ad, get a story. We maintain a wall between advertising and editorial. Why does this matter to you? Number one, you know the editorial content you are reading is not part of a marketing ploy. Number two, giving our writers and editors the freedom to seek out the most interesting and unique content makes for better reading. In the end, we believe this model creates greater value and exposure for our advertisers. To that point, our success over the last ten years would not be possible without the support from hundreds of Cobb County businesses. Most of these companies are small businesses, with owners you know, go to church with and see throughout the community. Today, consumers have more choices than ever on how and where to spend their money. When making these decisions, we encourage you to visit our advertisers and support these local business that help make Cobb County a great place to call home. Cobb Life Magazine is just that, a magazine devoted to covering the best Cobb County has to offer. The good news is, in our brief ten year history, we have only begun to deliver the best your community has to offer. So thank you for reading and being part of Cobb Life. We have so much more to cover in the next ten years and beyond. Sincerely, Otis Brumby III



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get to know some of our contributors Atlanta native and long-time contributor

Meredith Pruden is a ravenous technophile, social media fanatic, word nerd, finicky foodie, landlocked surfer and scuba diver, and an avid traveler raising a cheeky, soccer playing teenage son. When she's not busy acquiescing to her wanderlust, chauffeuring her son to games or appeasing her gluttonous appetite (for food and for life), Meredith enjoys getting paid for being herself—a rebel raconteur. She has been an integral member of the editorial launch teams for several magazine startups and has been published hundreds of times as a feature journalist with specific expertise in lifestyle and popular culture. Her styling and writing work has appeared in “Cover Magazine,” “Rolling Stone” and on “,” among others. She has been a part of numerous awardwinning publishing and marketing teams and, in 2011, was named one of “Atlanta's Top Creatives” by “CommonCreativ Magazine.”

Stacey L. Evans was born with a fervent curiosity streak, which triggered her interest in journalism and eventually drove her from a small South Georgia town to the ‘big city’ of Atlanta. With a journalism degree in tow, she jetted off for an escapade in London—which she believes gives her the right to use words such as ‘bloody,’ and ‘knackered’ with authority—and then wandered around the retail and restaurant world until finding a home at “Neighbor Newspapers” and “Cobb Life.” Now she spends her days writing, designing, brainstorming and assisting with photo shoots. She also serves as editor of Cobb Life’s “Brides” edition. An avid nature lover, she spends countless hours trekking or cycling through the wilderness, stretching out on river rocks to read, marveling at whatever creature crosses her path, contemplating the clouds and staring up at the stars. She has an equal affinity for the arts. She regularly gives Tony award-worthy performances in her Marietta home to two unfortunate cats. They abhor her singing and are frightened by her Bollywood dance moves, but love her immense devotion and affection. She has a weakness for chocolate and all things cute and cuddly.

June Parks is a true daughter of the South. She grew up in Griffin and married into a founding family of Marietta. She has lived in Marietta for over 57 years. She has one son and three daughters and the proud grandmother of five. Her varied jobs have included Delta Air Lines, Rich's, owner of Canton Road Florist for 13 years and Realtor for 30 years. She writes memoir and nonfiction with humor, chronicling favorite stories of her childhood and incomparable family.

Katy Ruth Camp is a modern day Renaissance woman (although some might say it is simply a case of too many interests). She has been a contributor for “Cobb Life Magazine” since its inception and has written for multiple University of Georgia publications, the “Marietta Daily Journal,” “Cherokee Life Magazine” and various local and national publications. She is also a ghost writer and editor; the owner and artist of little crow handmade jewelry; co-founder and director of Cocktails Against Cancer, an annual fundraiser benefitting local women in need of breast cancer tests and treatments in memory of her late mother, Valari Camp; and an avid college football junkie with her blog, “Pigskin Peaches.” Her “real” job, however, and her biggest passion is serving as the development director for The Georgia Ballet. Katy Ruth lives in a 1950s cottage in Smyrna with the two cutest dogs in the world (no bias), Grady and Penelope. Michael A. Venezia is the Corporate Director of Education for United Distributors Inc. He is also Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University. He lives in East Cobb with his wife Patti, who recently retired as an ESL teacher at Wheeler High School. His hobbies include collecting wine corks which currently number more than 5,000, and traveling to food and wine destinations in search of those “ gastronomic marriages made in heaven “

Jennifer Carter is a photographer who recognizes roads on a map as “primary-colored possibilities” and odometer miles as “little victories.” She lives to travel, and her favorite thing in the world is waking up on a Saturday morning with a full tank of gas in her car and a fully-charged battery in her Canon 7D. Equally well, she loves putting down roots in her home county of Cherokee with her husband Benjamin, son Xavier, and her true blue hound dog Sadie Sue-Belle. Her photography has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, Woodstock Patch and the city of Woodstock’s tourism brochure.

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Food has been on Joan Durbin’s mind for as long as she can remember. In high school, faced with taking either French or Spanish for a language credit, she opted for French because she thought it would come in handy later for reading menus. Growing up in a Midwestern family in which garlic, herbs and spices other than salt, pepper and the occasional onion rarely made an appearance in the womenfolk’s cooking, Joan was flabbergasted and delighted to discover a whole spectrum of new flavors once she went away to college. She more than made up for lost time by embracing exotic ingredients and foodstuffs that gave her grandmother and mother the vapors. In her 20s, Joan adopted the kitchen as her favorite room in the house and spent ensuing decades attempting and often succeeding in creating edible meals. In the early years, she was the only one of her friends who preferred to throw a dinner party than a kegger. Moving from Ohio to South Florida to metro Atlanta, and traveling up and down the East Coast, Joan has picked up a passing familiarity with a wide variety of cuisines, regional specialties and cooking procedures. Far from a culinary snob, she would just as soon scarf down a well-made Chicago-style hot dog as partake of a luxurious five-course meal prepared by the best chef in the country. She lives quietly in East Cobb with a passel of dogs and cats and one sometimes exasperating but well-meaning man who retired and took up cooking as a hobby.

Michael J. Pallerino is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of local and national publications. Over the past 25 years, he has won numerous awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award, recognized as the Pulitzer Prize for business-tobusiness magazines. While in the sports product industry, his monthly columns generated national attention from “USA Today,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “ESPN Magazine,” “Sports Business Journal” and “BusinessWeek,” among others.

Lindsay Field, who moved to Cobb from southwest Georgia a little over three years ago, has more than 10 years of experience in writing for both newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Marietta Daily Journal and its special editions, as well as other local magazines featuring the lovely men, women and organizations that make Cobb such a wonderful community to live in. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, navigating her way around a tiny kitchen, and finding creative ways to keep a 3-year-old little boy entertained, without breaking the bank.



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Finally, You Can Sleep, Work, An Play Without Pain Again!

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When cushions in your neck joint, called discs, get injured or wear out, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniation's begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniation is surgery. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. In addition, the recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgeries.

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celebrations Congratulations to retired City of Marietta Parks & Rec Director Ron Ransom and wife Evelyn, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in late September. If the name Ron Ransom sounds familiar, it might be because he appeared in the Cobb Life 2009 December issue. He has carved a niche as an artist who hand carves wooden Santa Clauses. “I would like for people to know what a brave soldier Evelyn has been to put up with me that long,” Ron quipped.

celebrations Lillian Cross Lyle and James E. (Jim) Lyle of Marietta celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in late August at a dinner with their children and relatives at compiled by Aspen’s followed by cake and ice Sally Litchfield cream at their home. and staff The couple met while attending Carson-Newman College and married after Jim graduated before entering the Navy OCS in Rhode Island. Lillian retired from Marietta City Schools. Jim served as Headmaster of the Walker School in Marietta, later retiring after 11 years



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Ron Ransom, featured in the December 2009 issue of Cobb Life magazine. with Cobb County Schools and 5 years at Chattahoochee Technical College. The Lyles served 67 years in education. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta.

parties Cobb County native Meg Gillentine Morris felt very much back at home starring as Ullain in the recent Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s “The Producers” staged at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, the new home for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. A graduate of the Cobb County Centre for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, she is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has enjoyed several roles on Broadway. Terry Chandler, the manager of the Anderson Theatre, hosted the cast party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Embassy Suites on Chastain Road in Kennesaw. Brandt Blocker, artistic director and general manager for the Lyric Theatre, the cast and special guests celebrated the successful initial show for the new season for the Lyric Theatre. Spotted among the group of more than 50 people was the new Miss Cobb County, Taylor Voyles and Gillentine Morris (a former Miss Cobb County 1996 who was honored to serve on the Miss Cobb judges’ panel that selected Ms. Voyles last month.) Also seen was Abbey O’Brien, another graduate of Pebblebrook’s performing arts center and seasoned Broadway performer; Frank Timmerman, director of Pebblebrook’s performing arts center; and Bob Adams, Fine Arts Division chair at Pebblebrook and wife Sandy.

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Bill Atkins is 80 years old and still going strong! Atkins celebrated his birthday in typical style with multiple celebrations including an ice cream social with his Sunday School Class at Macland Baptist Church. Bill’s wife, Jennifer Atkins, prepared a special chocolate cake. Next, “da boys of Campbell (High School)” celebrated Atkins at their monthly meeting at Howard’s Restaurant in Smyrna with cupcakes (85 baked by Jennifer). Then he celebrated again



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with his “Soul Brothers” at their The Tommy Nobis Cenmonthly meeting at Longhorn’s ter, in 1977. Through the where they enjoyed fresh peach years it has helped propies. vide training and job asThe family finally got in on the sistance to more than birthday action at Atkins’ home 24,000 people with dewhere a Mexican buffet with all the velopmental disabilities. trimmings was held. Jennifer and “I’ve worked with daughters Paige Post and Stacy (Tommy Nobis) for 37 Yarbrough hosted the party. years and I’ve never Well-wishers included siblings been disappointed in Harriett and Gene Atkins, Charhim, not one single lene Atkins Gill and her husband, time,” said Nobis Works Bob, Ann and Gary Atkins, and President and CEO Babe Atkins-Byrne and husband Connie Kirk. “I’ve Bill. laughed because he Tommy Nobis, with president and CEO of Nobis Works Along with grandchildren Kay was so mean and agConnie Kirk. Above right, Nobis in his Falcon days. and Jim Moss, grandchildren gressive on the football Ari, Ryder and Tanner Post and field but as a leader on their father Dan Post; Justin Yarbrough; and special guest our board, he listens and he believes that the board team is Bill’s mother-in-law Shirley McGahan. wiser than one person.” Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, said Mr. Falcon, aka Tommy Nobis, recently celebrated his Tommy Nobis’ vision and desire to give back to the commu70th birthday at the Nobis Works location at 1480 Bells nity has benefitted everyone. Ferry Road in October with a pizza party. Nobis was nick“By providing vocational rehabilitation and job training, named “Mr. Falcon” in the 1960s and 1970s after being the Nobis Works turns people who would ordinarily be a drain first-ever drafted Atlanta Falcons player in 1966. He played on our tax dollars through public assistance and converts a major role in founding Nobis Works, formerly known as them to taxpayers,” he said.


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BEHIND THE SCENES with Cobb Life 2013

As this month marks another year of publication, we share with you what has become a reader favorite. Enjoy.

Smyrna’s Linda Evans before her photo shoot for our October issue. Backdrop? Check. Ladder? Check. Lights? Check. Light with a British flag on it? Check. Wait, what? Yep, these are just a few of the tricks we use to bring you that perfect shot each issue. Above, East Cobb’s Elaine Sipos gets ready for her photo shoot in our August issue.

Our philosophy is that no one on our staff is above hard work. Proof? Magazine Director Mark Wallace Maguire risks his knees to get that perfect shot of Oliver Persons, while mother Amanda looks on.



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news & noteworthy An alternative to the traditional bulb Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to your garden. With large globes of tiny white, purple, yellow or blue flowers that rise from bulbs on slender green stems as high as 4 feet tall, they look like giant, fluffy lollipops — something Willy Wonka would have planted in the Chocolate Factory garden. Most bloom in late spring or early summer, so they fill the gap between spring bulbs and summer perennials. They're also easy to grow, and resistant to deer and many other pests. "For people who are considering planting them, my advice is, don't think twice. Do it," says Michaela Lica Butler, a 38-year-old mother and gardener in Schweich, Germany, who has planted the giant, purple Globemaster

[gardening] allium for years. Alliums grow best in full sun, though some do well in part-sun or shade, and they prefer well-drained soil. Plant them in the fall as you would any other spring-blooming bulb. Wait until the weather cools to allow them several weeks to develop a root system before the ground freezes, Langeveld says. The bulbs should be planted at least 6 to 8 inches deep, even deeper for the larger bulbs, which can be the size of a tennis ball. "The general rule of thumb is to plant bulbs three times the depth of the bulb itself, and then you just want to make sure that the root is facing down toward the soil," Dube says. She recommends spacing the smaller bulbs about 3 inches apart and the larger ones up to 8 inches apart.

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[things we love] Keep your skin in shape for winter

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[people] Peterson joins Visitors Bureau The Marietta Visitors Bureau appointed its marketing and public relations manager, Katie Peterson, as its new director. She replaces Theresa Jenkins, who retired in June. Board president Dempsey Kirk of Marietta, a retired Pope High School history teacher, explained why Peterson was the person for the job. “She’s young, she’s dynamic. I think she’s going to take us into a new era,” Kirk said. “She is so tourism savvy and also she’s media savvy, so I’m real excited about the direction that I’m hoping that she’ll take us in.” The task of the bureau, which is largely funded by the city, is to market Marietta to the rest of the region and state. Peterson, 28, lives in Marietta and has a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Georgia College & State University.



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Manufacturers rolling the dice on electric cars Judging by the slew of electric and hybrid vehicles being rolled out at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it might seem carmakers are tapping a large and eager market. But in fact, almost no one buys such cars — yet. More and more automakers are coming out with electric versions of existing vehicles — such as Volkswagen’s all-electric versions of its Up! city car and Golf compact — or ones they have designed as electrics from the ground up, like small BMW’s electric city car, i3. Analyst Christoph Stuermer at IHS automotive called Frankfurt “the first full-throttle electric propulsion show” that’s about “getting electric drive cars out of the eco-nerd, tree-hugger segment and into the cool group.” To whet appetites, automakers are making high-performance, luxury versions that give up little or nothing in performance to conventional models. BMW’s i8 goes 0-62

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mph in a speedy 4.5 seconds. Audi’s Quattro sport concept — meaning it’s for demonstration, not for sale — is an aggressive looking sports car with large air intakes flanking the grille and a whopping 700 horsepower from its hybrid drive. The company says it can reach 190 mph. The Mercedes S-Class plug-in hybrid version, meanwhile, has a powerful sixcylinder internal combustion engine plus an all-electric range of about 20 miles. This way, owners could commute all-electric during the week, recharging overnight — but use the gasoline engine on a family vacation. The company says mileage is per or 78 miles per gallon. All this, to cater to a market that doesn’t really exist in mass terms. Only 0.2 percent of all cars registered in Europe are hybrids, which combine batteries with internal combustion engines, or electrics, according to the ACEA European automakers association. In the United States, the Toyota Prius hybrid has broken into the top 10 selling passenger cars. However, electric vehicles have struggled to increase sales numbers because of high prices and so-called range anxiety: buyers’ fear of running out of power.


The 2014 BMW i3 electric car. Analysts and executives say there are several solid reasons to make and promote such cars now. They can help lower average fleet emissions to meet government requirements — in Europe, offsetting increasing sales of conventionally powered sport-utility vehicles. And automakers want to be ready in case governments — perhaps in heavily polluted China — push people into emission-free vehicles.

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Want something different this Thanksgiving? We get an executive chef’s take on his unique seafood stuffing.



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it’s known as stuffing. Here in the sunny south, it’s dressing. No matter what you might call it, this bread-based concoction is a staple of most everyone’s Thanksgiving table. According to Nicholas Walker, the executive chef at Cobb Galleria, stuffing is what you pack into the turkey. Dressing is a side dish, baked in a casserole and served alongside the bird. “My wife likes it with regular bread and just herbs, onion and celery. For me, it’s always purely with cornbread, and the ingredients are more complex,” Walker said. Growing up in a well-traveled family, with parents who loved to cook, good food was a consistent source of pleasure for him. “We didn’t eat out much. We always were a big cooking family. Mom and Dad equally had control over dinners and special occasions, each working on their own dishes.” Walker said. “Big dinners were a norm for us growing up, especially on Sundays. I remember always having 20-plus people at the table.” Naturally, Thanksgiving was — and is — a pretty big deal in the Walker household. “Turkey, lamb and ham were always served. Let’s not forget the Jell-O mold as well. But sides were always my favorite,” the chef said. “Seafood dressing is the one side dish that I always requested from my dad. I love seafood. The one I prepare now is a modification of what my dad prepared.” The Galleria’s kitchen is going full tilt year round, serving multiple meals every day to anywhere from 10 to 4,000 guests. But it slows to a crawl at Thanksgiving, and Walker has the hol-

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iday weekend to spend with his wife, Kathleen, two-year-old son, Ben, and his family and in-laws. “By the end of the day on Thanksgiving I’m in a food coma,” he joked. This year, he and Kathleen will host Thanksgiving for their families at his home in Tucker. Seafood dressing will have a prominent place on the table. “In a way, this is how I tell my dad that I remember the Thanksgivings from growing up, and, through one simple side dish, how much he really means to me,” Walker said. Of course, being a culinary professional who has cooked in kitchens that include the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead, Athens Country Club and Last Resort Grill in Athens and Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Walker has put his own touches on the dressing recipe. “My dad uses mayonnaise, and I don’t. And I use lemon juice and zest, but he doesn’t,” Walker said. Oysters and scallops are his dad’s typical seafood components, while Walker likes shrimp, crawfish and crab. “Basically you can use any combination you like,” he said. “I’d even try adding some andouille sausage.” Walker makes his own cornbread for the dressing from corn meal from Mills Farm in Watkinsville, Ga., but he says cornbread from a mix or even good quality cornbread from a bakery would be fine. A cast iron skillet is his baking container of choice for this recipe, but any rectangular pan will do. The aroma as the dressing cooks is tantalizing, hinting of the rich, luxurious flavor of the finished dish.



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Seafood Dressing Courtesy of Cobb Galleria Executive Chef Nick Walker 1 baked 9x13 sheet of cornbread, or 8 to 10 cups of crumbled storebought cornbread 2 eggs 4 cups chicken stock ½ cup melted butter (and melt more for sautéeing vegetables and brushing on top of casserole) 2 cups diced yellow onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup chopped green bell pepper ½ cup chopped garlic ¼ cup chopped fresh thyme ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 lb. each crawfish, shrimp and crab meat 1 tbsp. lemon zest ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning 1/2 tbsp. of coarse ground salt 1 tsp. white pepper 2 sliced green onions

Directions: 1. In a small pot, heat chicken stock. 2. Sauté yellow onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and fresh herbs in some butter until soft. 3. Add mixture to crumbled cornbread in a large mixing bowl with lemon juice, lemon zest and Old Bay, salt and pepper. 4. Next, pour warm stock over mixture and allow to rest for 30 minutes. 5. After the mixture is allowed to rest, add eggs and melted butter and fold into seafood mixture. 6. Spoon mixture into a buttered cast iron skillet and cover with foil. 7. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for one hour. After the first hour remove foil and brush with melted butter and allow to brown. When the top is a golden brown the dressing is done. 8. Garnish with sliced green onions.

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One of Cobb’s most eclectic cultural events takes place this month in an unassuming neighborhood. Experience

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ucked just off of Cherokee Street near the Marietta Square is a friendly group of streets, filled with homes mostly from the 1920s and dripping with caring, delightful neighbors. In a time when many families live next door to each other for a decade without knowing each other’s first names, residents of the historic Cherokee Heights neighborhood delight in taking their dogs for a walk and stopping to chat with at least three people along the way, or waving and calling out by name to the newest baby of the street, just learning to walk and staring out sweetly from the safe confines of her cozy screen porch. There is no grand subdivision sign, no model homes, no sales office, no swimming pool that requires a code to enter through its gates. And the residents of Cherokee Heights

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would probably tell you they like it that way. Many of them have lived here for decades. Some of them have moved on to other neighborhoods but still stroll the streets from time to time to take in the memories and the love still pouring out of the heavy front doors. The neighborhood has been home to former mayors, current mayors, and even a movie star. But now it is home to artists, many who never knew they were artists until Jim Morris, a resident of Freyer Drive, organized an arts festival inside of the neighborhood five years ago that featured the artistry of the eclectic neighborhood’s dwellers. Today, that festival has grown to host over 30 artists, live music, food and interactive art booths for the youngest of the attendees. And the festival still stays true to itself as only those who live inside the neighborhood or have been “grandfathered” in through their family’s ties to the neighborhood are allowed to participate as artists. Trapp Tischner, who lives across the street from Morris and is the owner and artist of TISCH Jewelry Werks, said Morris and the festival are the reason she found a second career in jewelry making after teaching literature at Walton High School for 14 years. She and her husband, Peter, have lived in their home on Freyer Drive for 22 years. “Jim has this notion that everyone has an artist inside of them so when he pushed me to have a booth at the festival four years ago, I worked with him to find a fabricator to help me create these metal cuffs that I had in mind,” Tischner said of her first jewelry creations. “From there, I started dabbling in making more and different kinds of jewelry and now it has grown to a fulltime business with three part-time employees. Jim either gets all of the credit or all of the blame!” Tichner said, laughingly. Martina Goscha, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1994, makes a Southern statement with her paperwhites. “We were having it in houses that were for sale when it first started but now we block off streets and we had 8,000 people come last year. Everything is handmade and has a special touch to it because it’s all made here.”



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WANT TO GO? Date: Nov. 9, 2013 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Entry is free Parking: Free parking along Freyer and Seminole Drives Location: Etowah Drive, between Freyer and Seminole Drives, one block off of Cherokee Street between the Marietta Square and WellStar Kennestone Hospital Arts and Crafts: original paintings, graphics, photography, jewelry, metal work, bird houses, textiles, baked goods, and local authors and poets autographing their books Information: or Sponsors: First Landmark Bank, Traton Homes, Keep Marietta Beautiful and Nerdy Baby

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Camouflage sweater by Piperlime.

There is no hiding from camouflage. The print that at one time was only a tool for military troops to go unnoticed has become a front-and-center look in fashion. It’s been adapted in luxe fur, sequin sweaters, athletic wear and casual kicks. It’s for girls and boys, women and men. “The irony is that camo is anything but camouflaged right now,” says Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire’s senior fashion editor. She points to recent examples where the runway has led to the trenches, including the oversized version on Michael Kors’ fur jackets, on Christopher Kane cocktail dresses and Valentino shoes. “It comes from the military, but it’s being made now for a night on the town,” she says. Some versions have maintained more utilitarian roots, including vests and parkas at J. Crew and jeggings at Aeropostale. For spring, North Face has camo-inspired workout gear. “Camo is peaking,” according to Emilia Fabricant, Aeropostale’s executive vice president of design, merchandising and production. “It’s hitting everything, from sweaters to outerwear. It’s so graphic. It’s edgy but it’s also completely neutral.” That’s the beauty of it: it dresses up, it dresses down. It is as urban or as country as you want to make it. “Think of it as the non-print print,” says Heather Archibald, director of merchandising at online retailer Piperlime. “It’s like the paisley of a million years ago. ... It has found a way into our wardrobe as a staple.” It’s evolved into something like the cheetah print that was, at one time, considered edgy and a little risque but is now offered in everything from sweet ballet flats to toddler clothes. Camo retains its cool, though, especially when it’s worn with a wink, says Tom Mora, head women’s designer at J. Crew. It’s wearing the print in a feminine fabric — a georgette blouse, perhaps — or something like a parka over slim cargo pants and a lacy tank top or high heels, he says. “I like the sexy take on the classic hunter look.”



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From left, Piperlime’s camouflage cropped military jacket. Aeropostale’s camouflage jacket. A camouflage fur coat from the Michael Kors Fall 2013 collection.

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Mora says he also likes the irony when camo is worn in a slick urban way. He likes to see it mostly in neutrals — maybe a version in makeup colors such as blush and beige — with a pop of navy or yellow. Orange looks good, too, but is maybe a bit cliche. Adding the flash of color, or the glitzy necklace, or the pencil skirt keeps camo from being too serious. Try a motorcycle boot or a “fierce” ankle-strap shoe, suggests Archibald, and accessories in metallic or camel will elevate the look and make it seem more ladylike. Her other tip is a polished beauty look. “Paint your nails, put on your lipstick. You want an amazing look, not be sloppy.” For the guys, it’s about the camo sneaker with dark denim, or a jacket or hoodie over more tailored trousers. Not many prints — a plaid could be the exception — move so seamlessly between men’s and women’s clothes. Either way, camouflage evokes a lived-in look, so don’t be fussy or too polished, advises Fabricant. Even young children can wear it, but while adults and teens can do the muted, more realistic palettes, kids should do almost a cartooncolor version, suggests Roberts Rassi, also a style consultant for Boden. It should be a clear message that it’s about a great graphic, nothing more serious. And, she adds, it shouldn’t be worn head-totoe — and that goes for everyone. The good news, though, is that those single pieces will have a long shelf life. “This isn’t a trend for a single season. It 100 percent transcends time.”

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BONA FIDE HOMETOWN HERO When it comes to sports, there isn’t anything FOX 5 sports anchor Ken Rodriguez won’t try You can ask Ken Rodriguez about his whirling, super-sonic tuck and roll in an F-18 with the Blue Angels. Yes, that’s right it – he did that. But when you ask him about the most exhilarating thing he has ever experienced, that won’t be his answer. The answer the widely popular TV sports anchor gives is the birth of his children, Erik and Kristi, both of whom recently graduated from the University of Georgia. But yes, that Blue Angel thing was very cool indeed. “From the moment we took off – straight up – it was a roller coaster with no coasting,” Rodriguez recalls. “We flew treetop level at near super-sonic speed and whipped around the control tower like Tom Cruise [in “Top Gun”]. They even let me fly the plane for a while [he did a loop and a roll].” Zooming across Cobb County and all points supersonically connected is just another day in the life of one of Atlanta’s most revered TV personalities. The Emmy Award-winning Rodriguez is a bona fide homegrown, former McEachern High School standout product that has become a “must watch” fixture for area sports fans while nightly holding down the sports anchor desk at FOX 5 News at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Rodriguez during his high school days at McEachern when he was a football standout. Right, Rodriguez celebrating one of his many awards he’s earned in the broadcasting industry.

Sports broadcasting always seemed like a natural direction for the former athlete and self-admitted ham. “I was the one speaking in front of the class, even when my teacher didn’t call on me,” Rodriguez recalls. “I’ve always enjoyed mixing information with opinion and entertainment. So sports broadcasting has always ‘scratched that itch’ for me.” The former McEachern High School football standout (he was named to the AllCounty, All-Region, and All-Metro Atlanta teams) accepted a scholarship to play at Furman University, before eventually graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. His 27-plus year broadcasting career started at WAEC radio in Atlanta, where he hosted a Hispanic program for Atlanta’s Spanishspeaking community. From there, he held


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stints at WCNN radio, CNN Sports and the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network, before hitting the road with stops in Lansing, Michigan, Oklahoma City, Montgomery, Houston and Miami. He came back to Atlanta in 1995, and then left to work for FOX Sports in Los Angeles, before returning home for good in 2002. “We have lived in many places as a result of my work in television, but we have always longed to get back home to Cobb,” Rodriguez says, who credits the late Lewis Grizzard’s book, “If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Going to Nail My Feet to the

Ken Rodriguez interviews Bobby Cox.

On the Air with… Ken Rodriguez Sports Anchor, FOX 5 Atlanta Favorite Sports Broadcasters Keith Jackson, Larry Munson and former WAGA anchor, Corey McPherrin Biggest Broadcasting Moment Atlanta Braves clubhouse in 1995 when they won the World Series Favorite Celebrity Interviews Hank Aaron, George Bush, Al Gore, Muhammad Ali, Rush Limbaugh and Neil Armstrong Sports Celebrity You’d Most Like to Interview Jackie Robinson. I wore the No. 42 in basketball because I thought he made it a cool number. I have met his wife, Rachel. Sporting Event You’d Most Like to Cover Daytona 500 Best High School Moment as an Athlete In the first game of the 1977 season, I scored a touchdown to take the lead over Wheeler High School. Wheeler ended up taking the lead back, but as McEachern was driving, the transformer blew and the lights went out. The game, which was never completed, put me on the radar of college scouts.

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Ground,” as his inspiration for coming home. “This is a very tough business — filled with lots of ups and downs. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without my wife and my best friend, Jeanne. She has a calming nature and is a constant reminder of who we are, and the families and community we come from.” Today, Rodriguez channels those families as the inspiration for his work on the “High 5 Sports is IN YOUR FACE!” high school football coverage. For many of us, these were the best years of our lives. I remember what that felt like — most everybody does. Whether you were in the band, a cheerleader, a student, someone working in the concession stand, that stadium was the center of the universe. We try to capture that carefree fun in our coverage. Football is something that brings us together. It’s about the kids and their communities. We try to get everyone involved. It’s not all about football.” And there are those other segments. The Peachtree Road Races. Super Bowls. World Series. Bungee jumping from a hot air balloon. Scuba diving and feeding barracudas. Being dunked on by NBA slam-dunk champion Hawks Josh Smith. Racing around Atlanta Motor Speedway with NASCAR driver Kyle Busch at 185 mph. “It has all been a humbling, satisfying and fun experience all at the same time. And it all happens in Cobb, which is simply home. It is where we went to school, where I met my wife and raised my kids. It is an extension of my living room. When I cross the Chattahoochee going north on I-75, it’s like already being in my yard.”


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SET IN STONE KIM COOK, Associated Press

Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineralthemed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements. In many cases, real rocks and minerals are integrated into the decorative items. Los Angeles interior and product designer Hilary Thomas says she responds to the divergent qualities of primitiveness and sophistication in rocks and minerals. “I find that using pieces like petrified wood and malachite helps a space look more collected and layered,” she says. And the range of colors — the bright agates, the neutrals — is fun to play with. “You can be color-shy and still tie a room together or make a big statement with a finial,” she says. Thomas creates lamp finials out of sliv-

ers of malachite, howlite and agate, as well as unusual specimens like inky iridescent labradorite, creamy bluetinged chrysophase and petrified wood. The colors range from intense purple, turquoise and cranberry to light sunny yellow, snowy white and a range of striated hues. ( Besides aesthetics, some stones have been endowed by various cultures with special properties. The Chinese view jade as a protective stone, and it features prominently in feng shui, the ancient art of harmonizing individuals with their environment. The Vikings



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to show the swirling layers, and left in its natural state on the other. A trimmed mirror adds marble to the wall. And an agate-patterned, glass-topped accent table and turquoise or plum rugs in a marble motif suggest those materials in faux finishes. ( A contemporary space might suit one of CB2’s composite tables made of a marble, granite, stone and fiber aggregate. They have a rugged, albeit honed masculinity. ( ) The convergence of modern manufac-

carried calcite, believing it aided in navigation. Native Americans considered chalcedony — the family of minerals that includes jasper, onyx and agate — capable of imparting strength and courage. “I have a client who keeps a pyramid of lapis lazuli under her bed to ward off bad vibrations,” says Toronto-based mineral and bead dealer David McDonald. Examples of Brazilian agate and onyx cut into bookends can be found at Some have the crystalline characteristics of geodes, while others come in vibrant pink, teal and red hues. ( ) Table lamps are an easy way to add a touch of stone. Arteriors’ Sydney and Herst marble lamps, both at Horchow, have honed and softly buffed marble bases that develop a dreamy translucence when lit. From the John Richard collection, there’s a stacked, square-cut alabaster lamp with a geometric vibe. And the retailer’s River Rock nightlight lamp’s base is a rectangular slab of acrylic embedded with small white rocks; a small bulb fixture is encased in it as well, so you can use both the main lamp and nightlight, or just the latter. ( ) Eduardo Garza’s agate-inlaid jewelry boxes are part of West Elm’s fall collection. Swirls of natural graphic design make a group of agate ornaments intriguing for the holiday tree, or just to hang on cupboards or window latches. ( ) Target’s fall collection includes the Threshold agate bookend, sleekly honed on one end

turing techniques and the intricate, timeless forms of nature is what intrigues New York-based product designer Anna Rabinowicz. She gives a collection of amethyst and citrine table objects a mantle of liquid gold or silver. Her Cielo amethyst lamp combines sleek chrome with the crystal forms, each finished piece unique. And she embeds little chunks of colorful agate — considered long ago to bring owners a peaceful slumber — with small clock faces, ready for the bedside. ( )

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Making memories one Thanksgiving at a time BY JUNE PARKS

Our little family, Mom, Dad,

Betty and me, always had a great Thanksgiving. We didn’t have any relatives to feast with, so we started our own traditions. Each beautiful fall Thanksgiving day we boarded Daddy's old 1936 Ford and headed for Atlanta. At Georgia Tech’s football stadium we joined the throng and cheered for both teams — the Baby Jackets and the Bull Pups. We didn't care which side we sat on — that was our team! When the game ended and evening dropped on Atlanta, we joined the other hungry and possibly relative-free diners at our favorite fine dining restaurant, the S & W Cafeteria on Peachtree Street. One year Daddy let us out front to go inside and get a table while he drove around for a parking space. But he could not find one fast enough. By the time he parked, the doors to the cafeteria were locked. He beat on the door, but everyone, including his family, ignored him. The janitor kept mopping, the waitresses kept cleaning, heads down, and they took up all of the food, so we could not get a take-out order for him. He watched as his little girls enjoyed their dinner. I felt so mean. Afterwards, we caught the nine-cent Shoppers Special streetcar and traveled south on Peachtree Street to stand in the street on the south side of the gleaming bridges that spanned Forsyth Street at Rich's to take in one of Atlanta’s finest Thanksgiving traditions. As dark settled, beautiful choirs in colorful robes sang Christmas carols and the bridges would come alive one at a time with shining Christmas glitter. The carols reverberated through the facade of the

adjoining buildings. With upturned faces we watched and listened with wonder. The choirs, the lights, the glittering decorations would certainly take one's breath. Finally, as the city's “best” soprano on the top bridge hit the crescendo note of “O Holy Night,” the enormous Christmas tree atop the Rich’s building became a gleaming vision. Many spotlighted decorations bounced and danced in the breeze. We joined the crowd and walked back to the fabulous Winecoff Hotel to spend the night. My favorite thing was to lean into the windows high up in the hotel and look to the left and to the right and enjoy the bright lights up and down Peachtree Street. Across the street was the gleaming Loew's Grand Theater. On Friday morning, Daddy would catch the Greyhound bus and travel to Griffin where he would work as a barber. Standing behind his chair, smiling, he would sometimes give the men a very specialized close shave, unknown in our day. My mother, sister and I stayed behind in Atlanta where we shopped at Rich's and Davison's all day, eventually loading up the Ford and hauling bags of happy purchases back to Griffin. We enjoyed Black Friday before it was Black Friday. Maybe ours was just gray, but we did all we could to help the economy at that time. When my friend, with nine siblings, said “But y'all were rich!” I disagreed, but with a smile. On a barber's salary we definitely were not rich, but this was a special time for our family and is still a great memory for my sister and me. I wouldn't take anything for this memory.



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a great feat From its humble beginnings, the

Gobble Jog has continued to grow at an amazing rate. This year, it looks to break into the Guinness Book of World Records and raise thousands

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Allan Bishop still remembers his first Gobble Jog. There he stood alongside 1,200 participants on Thanksgiving morning of 2002 waiting for the starter gun to kick off the inaugural 5K. The story as to how he ended up there is funny, really. Back when race founder and then MUST Ministries’ board member Alexis Amaden pitched the idea as a potential fundraiser, Bishop wasn’t sure what to think about a road race on Thanksgiving morning. Weren’t there too many races out there already? Besides, most first year races are lucky to have 500 runners participate or break even financially, he thought. There were lots of questions. “Luckily, she didn’t listen to me,” Bishop muses. Ten years later, the Gobble Jog has become an annual staple for more than 10,000 area runners and walkers, including Bishop, who has become an avid participant and volunteer. The race exceeded everyone’s expectations. “It was obvious we had a winner and that the event would grow from there,” says Bishop, the executive director of retail operations at WellStar Health System. Today, race proceeds annually help MUST Ministries provide food, clothing, shelter and jobs for some 34,000 people in Cobb and Cherokee counties. And that’s not all. Even the Guinness Book of World Records is taking notice. With the world record for participation in a multi-venue race day set at 116,000, BSX Athletics, a sports training facility in Houston, is organizing some 30 races around the country to make a run at shattering the mark. Gobble Jog organizers expect to contribute at least 11,000 runners to the number, says Kaye Cagle, director of marketing/public relations.


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Bishop plans on taking his annual spot at the starting line on the Marietta Square. Over the years, the Gobble Jog has become both an athletic and volunteer pilgrimage for he and his wife, Robin. The duo have been actively involved in nearly every race since 2002, including serving as race cochairs in 2004. Last year, Bishop served as sponsorship committee co-chair with Amaden. The Bishops will admit to missing the 2005 race. “We had a pretty good excuse – it was the birth of our first daughter, Cassidy, who was born on the eve of the jog,” he says. But take note all you 5K parents, Cassidy and her younger sister, Jenna, both are veterans of the Tot Trot, which was held in conjunction with the Marietta Mardi Gras Run 5K on the Square a few years ago. “They still talk about their ribbons,” he says. “I don’t have any Gobble Jog medals on my wall to talk about.” But it isn’t from a lack of preparation. To get himself in Gobble Jog shape, Bishop runs a couple of times a week as part of his overall workout and intensifies his routine closer to race day. On race day, Bishop tries to maintain an 8-minute mile pace

Eric Connelly of Smyrna and Brian Stewart of Acworth cross the line neck and neck in just over 21 minutes at last year’s Gobble Jog.

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Left, Jean Ross of Marietta hands out food and baby formula at the Food Pantry window. Ms. Ross has been volunteering at MUST for 42 years. Far left, Ruby Berry of Kennesaw organizes baby clothes for distribution.

with a goal of finishing in less than 25 minutes. “I usually end up around 22 to 23 minutes because I go out too fast,” he says. “My biggest challenge with a 5K is keeping my first mile at a reasonable pace. I usually find my first mile is about a minute and a half faster than my training pace – adrenaline, the crowd, etc.” To get better every year requires more frequency and longer distance training to build his base. “Since it is tough to stick to that consistently throughout the year, it’s best to at least mark your calendar six weeks out to get a little more serious about the training,” he says. “I’ve found what helps me most is to plan races throughout the year — it keeps me honest. I don’t participate in many races, but have participated in two ‘mud runs’ this year. I guess that means I’ll prepared if it rains on Thanksgiving Day.”


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Rain or shine, the Gobble Jog continues to attract serious runners and novices alike. Over the years, it has become bigger, better and faster than the organizers could have ever imagined. “There is no particular type of person who runs this race,” Bishop says. “It’s really for everyone.” And that’s where the beauty of the Gobble Jog lies. “You don’t have to be a runner to participate,” he says. “There are plenty of families who come out to walk, have a good time or cheer on a family member. Its success is the perfect marriage of holiday and cause. You can raise money and awareness for an organization that feeds and shelters the homeless and you burn off some extra calories.”

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Acworth residents Erika Elliott and her mom Terry Elliott cross the finish line with at last year’s 5K race in downtown Marietta.

If you're interested in running this year's Gobble Jog, visit Registration fees include: Tot Trot, $20; untimed 1K or 5K, $30; timed 5K or 10K, $35; phantom runner (people who won’t be there but want to help), $30. All participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Prices increase after Nov. 16.

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A LEG UP Rock ettes tak e the stage at the Cobb Energy Per forming Ar ts Centre this November By Stacey L. Evans Photography by Jennifer Carter and coursety of the Rockettes


oanna Richardson and Alina Duncan have been adorned in glittery candy-cane striped, puffy bow-tied, bedazzled tutu outfits for three days straight. It’s the middle of September. But despite admitting it’s a bit different wearing the costumes all day than just a few hours onstage for the Christmas Spectacular, the two Rockettes are as jolly as Whos in Whoville on Christmas Eve. Joanna, who hails from Stone Mountain, and Alina, a Nashville resident, are on a whirlwind press and goodwill tour leading up to their three-week long show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in November. While here, they visited Ronald McDonald House, taught girls at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Hope and made numerous hospital visits. I caught up with them between appearances on WGCL and WSBTV.

Alina Duncan (front) and Joanna Richardson check their makeup and hair in a dressing room at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The Rockettes will take the stage in November.


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Later that morning, they would spend time chatting with troops at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport before flying out. You’d think spreading all that Christmas cheer would have the duo worn down, especially considering they are also getting ready for six weeks of grueling practice. I admit I was expecting veneer smiles and canned commentary about the dance troupe. But the sleek, lithe dancers were genuinely radiant—it was evident they love what they do and sincerely enjoy spreading the joy they feel in being Rockettes. “To be a Rockette you have to have a sense of camaraderie,” said Joanna, who has been with the troupe for eight seasons. “It really is a sisterhood. We have a saying ‘once you’re a Rockette, you’re always a Rockette’ because you’re part of something that’s not just you—it’s bigger and larger than yourself. To be a part of that is such an honor.” That sense of sisterhood has been vital to the show’s 85 years of success, and in keeping the dancers sane through those drilling 8hour-a-day practices and sometimes four-a-day 90 minute shows. America’s sweethearts are famous for their mile-high kicks, but all of the routines require incredible precision. “Every cheek bone has to be just the right way, the right angle, every fingertip has to be in line with one another,” said Joanna. “They will even tell us where we’re putting our eyeball—like look at the exit sign on the second tier. We’re down to the nitty gritty,” added Alina. While performing, they must stay incredibly focused. The stage is marked like a grid system, and they have to hit every point in the right place, at the right time. “We make it look easy but we’re constantly thinking, cheek here, foot here, bevel here … pivot turn and you’re gonna end up at one and a half numbers and toeing the red line,” said Alina. “We’re thinking of all this and we’re smiling and we’re trying to make sure ‘uh-oh my head piece is a little loose so I gotta be super careful’ and ‘oh yeah my boyfriend’s here today, so I gotta give him that extra little sparkle.’ You have all that going on in about four counts.” I ask if all that concentration robs the joy of performing. Not according to Alina. “It actually adds to the fun. We believe as Rockettes that we are better together. We’re a team — it’s like a team sport. Combine our



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love of dance with this athleticism and teamwork and what’s really cool is that none of us are the star. The Rockettes is the star. We are one of 18 women on stage making this production happen and that’s very cool.” Joanna said the rigorous training and year-long focus on health and wellbeing that builds up their stamina and muscles is what allows them to perform with the same energy for every show. And as for enthusiasm, that’s just as important as the precision. “You don’t know who is in the audience — maybe it’s someone’s first time seeing us and it’s a new experience for them, or you have New York grandparents bringing grandchildren to the show because it’s one of their favorite traditions,” said Joanna. “It’s really important for us for not only the choreography to be the same, but to be able to put that joy and love into each show and be able to share that with the audience every time.” So what’s it like before curtain call? Backstage is sometimes a flurry of activity. The women are helping each other adjust hairpieces, touching up makeup, making sure costumes are in-


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tact. Lights flicker off and on as they check that their illuminated antlers are working properly. The director comes in with last minute notes. And there are the rituals. One Rockette may have to wear her glove inside-out because that makes it lucky. For another, it may be two leg swipes before the curtain goes up. “In the entertainment business we’re all very superstitious, so we’ll find the one thing that works for us. Some of us rally backstage before and we have to do the same thing … We all kinda have our own quirky things that we do,” said Alina. But mostly it’s calm. “We just kind of breathe,” said Joanna. “We are so well-rehearsed before we get to the stage, we’re ready to go.” With a cast of 47 including 18 Rockettes, a 50-foot LED screen, a 7ton double-decker bus on stage, and more Austrian crystals than can be counted, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is sure to be a dazzling production. The show will feature new numbers as well as classics such as the wooden soldiers and living nativity Rockettes Alina Duncan and Joanna Richardson at scenes. the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.



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Radio City Christmas Spectacular BY THE NUMBERS ❖Radio City Christmas Spectacular has played to more than 73 million people in 76 different cities. ❖Since 1932, more than 3,000 women have danced as Rockettes. ❖Rockettes must be between 5’6” and 5’10 ½” tall. ❖ It takes a cast and crew of more than 100 people to stage each performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ❖ The cast of 47 includes 20 Rockettes (18 plus two swings), 14 singers and dancers, 2 children, and Santa Claus! ❖ The “New York at Christmas” scene features a double-decker bus that weighs 7 tons and is 34 feet long, 12 feet high. ❖ The Rockettes perform 300 kicks per show. On a four show day, that’s 1,200 kicks! ❖ Wardrobe goes through over 3,000 red dots per season to brighten the cheeks of the Rockettes during the “Rag Doll” and “Wooden Soldier” numbers. ❖ The Rockettes appear in 7 different costumes during the show. ❖ That totals more than 300 costumes and 200 hats per production. ❖ More than 1,200 pairs of shoes are worn per show among the entire cast. ❖A 50-foot LED screen will display breathtaking imagery. ❖ 16 playful teddy bears star in the production’s tribute to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

INFORMATION The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is locally presented by Gas South and will run at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from November 7 to 23. Single ticket prices range from $26 to $97 and can be purchased at the Cobb Energy Centre’s Box Office,,, Ticketmaster or via phone at 800-745-3000. DON’T MISS A special evening honoring Earl Smith: The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation is

hosting “An Evening with The Rockettes” honoring Earl Smith on November 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an opportunity to have a photo taken with one of the Rockettes and the best seats in the house to the 7:30 p.m. performance. Proceeds will benefit ArtsBridge. For additional information contact Barbara Kiss at 770.916.2801 or

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2013 gift guide Compiled by Stacey L. Evans, Meredith Pruden and Mark Wallace Maguire Photography by Jennifer Carter

The holiday season is a truly great time of year for many reasons, including giving gifts to our loved ones. However, what is supposed to be a happy experience can turn stressful if the person on your list is hard to buy for or seems to have everything. That’s why we here at Cobb Life are once

again to present you with some unique options and ideas for your shopping experience. Macaroons $13.65/box of 8 Douceur de France 277 S. Marietta Pkwy. SW, Marietta 770.425.5050 No matter how you spell it (macaron or macaroon), these light-as-air French pastries are sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. But, you’ll be hard pressed to gift them without also getting a box for yourself. Go ahead and treat deserve it after all that holiday shopping!

Boxxle $100 Available at This innovative, stainless steel wine dispenser keeps your wine fresh for six weeks – though we found it lasted longer. It holds up to three liters of boxed wine. It fits on the top shelf of a fridge or conveniently on a counter for parties.

Nike SportWatch GPS $169 Dick’s Sporting Goods 691 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy., NW Kennesaw 770.281.0200 For the athlete in your life, this amazing watch covers every detail, including, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. It also has a USB port so you can download data into your computer.



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Rewined Candles $28 Whimsical Nest 800 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta 30064 770.420.9444 Who knew dumpster diving could be so good! The Rewined team, based in Charleston, S.C., fashions repurposed wine bottles into handmade, all natural soy wax candles featuring custom blended fragrances named for wine varietals. Prepare to be celebrated as an environmentalist with great taste at your favorite wine connoisseur’s next holiday dinner party.

Photo Book From $12.99 In the age of digital, who wouldn’t enjoy the nostalgia of a printed photo? Why not do them one better and give a whole book filled with memories? They come in a variety of sizes in soft or hard cover. You can even choose from one of the preset styles or customize your own.

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iPhone 5c From $99/16GB Your local mobile phone store So. Many. Colors. Five to be exact. This new model has sparked a pricing war at the big box retailers, and it’s no wonder since it has nearly all the great software features of its more expensive cousin but in a sturdy plastic case. Perfect for the kids (or the kids at heart).

Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 $219 Bed Bath & Beyond 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta 770.971.2405 With blending all the rage, this will make a prime gift for anyone in your life. This system does it all from basic juicing to dough mixing with a massive 1,500 watts.


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TechJet Robot Dragonfly From $99 Preorder online at This Atlanta-based startup crowdfunded its first round of capital and hasn’t looked back since. Preregister online for the upcoming release, and the techie in your life can be among the first to experience this lightweight robotic insect. Choose from aerial photography, next gen gaming or home security functions you early adopter you.


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Home Cooked Meals From $125 The Dinner A’Fare Three locations in Cobb

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Ever wish you could give the gift of time? Now you can! Order from The Dinner A’Fare and the lucky recipient will get your choice of six or 12 meals made with fresh ingredients from a chef designed menu. You don’t even have to pick it up; they’ll deliver it right to the door.

Personalized Luggage Tags From $9 Make it easy for the jetsetter in your life to find their suitcases at the baggage carousel. Choose from hundreds of customizable tags in tons of colors and themes or create them from scratch using your own photos or designs. Add some personalization (name, initials, favorite quote) for an extra dash of fun. November 2013 Cobb Life




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Personalized Bath Caddy $49.95 This natural wood bath caddy comes with a built in wine glass holder and book support, so it’s ideal for anyone who likes their “me” time to include a relaxing soak, a good book and a nice glass of vino. Personalize it with a loved one’s initials at no extra charge.

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2013 gift guide Big Daddy Biscuits From $5/bag Cobb Harry’s | Whole Foods Market 70 Powers Ferry Rd. SE, Marietta 770.578.4400 Spoil your four-legged friends with these handmade organic dog biscuits and treats made right here in the ATL (the ingredients are even sourced locally). Founder Lauren Janis makes every morsel with human grade food and has even produced a special holiday themed assortment just in time to stuff those stockings.

Wine Club Membership Includes two bottles of wine each month and free weekly tastings $219 for 6-month membership; other options available The Wine Cellars 1295 W. Spring Street Suite 100 Smyrna 770.437.1753 wineclub.html What’s better than spending time with friends and family? For wine lovers, spending said time while sipping a choice vintage. You can have the best of both worlds with a TWC Wine of the Month Wine Club Membership. Get on board with one of their weekly group tastings or stop in for a wide selection of wines and wine accessories. The Wine Cellars also has weekly game nights and occasional live music.

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GoPro Hero3 From $199.99/White Edition Ambush Board Co., Big Peach Running Co. and Target Several locations throughout Cobb Dubbed the “world’s most versatile camera,” this baby has long been used by adventure seekers to capture expeditions from surfing to skydiving and everything in between. Be sure to pick up a mount (or three) so your thrill seeking loved one can easily document all their escapades for your future enjoyment.


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Chanukah Sweater $68 Especially for Chanukah, our friends at Geltfiend have unveiled Chanukah sweaters. The company, which is online but moving into local retail stores, features sweaters, bow ties and childrens’ wear with a distinct Jewish style. This one, for the man in your life, features driedels in the 95 percent acrylic, 5 percent spandex blend.



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Lily and Laura Bracelets $12/each or 3 for $30 fab’rik 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd. Ste. 564, Marietta 770.509.3444 Every fashionista needs a little bling in her life, and these stackable bracelets really shine. They’re hand crocheted by Nepalese artisans using the finest quality glass beads in the world. Plus, the Atlanta-based company pays its artists above Fair Trade wages, so you can feel as good as you look wearing them.

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Madden Girl Gummiee $89 Famous Footwear locations throughout Cobb The woman with fierce style in your life will appreciate these lace-up combat boots by Madden Girl. The knee-high boots feature a faux leather upper, military-inspired metal eyelets and a back zip closure with blue accent. Tough on the outside and soft on the inside, they are comfortable and durable. They will make a strong statement paired with the camoflauge trends hitting the stores this year, or played down with a flirty dress.


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Dockers Tussock Shoes $89.99 Famous Footwear locations throughout Cobb Shoes for dad or the boyfriend? Maybe not dress shoes, but when it comes to these classic chukkas, you’ve got a gift guaranteed to please. These updated boots are leather, with a threeeye lace up front. They also have contrast stitching, a rubber outsole and a one-inch heal. A cushioned insole creates extra comfort. And the best? They are so classic, they can be paired by denim, khaki or even a pair of dress pants.

Versa Style Iron $159.99 Ulta Several locations in Cobb What do women really want? A magic wand to keep their tresses tame and runway ready. Rowenta Beauty’s Versa Style Iron may just have that power. The 5-in-1 master tool achieves the results of five salon tools – a flat iron, roller set, and three curling irons – in one, easy to use tool. ProCurling™ technology and rounded rubber edges will curl, wave or create incredible root lift on any hair type while ceramic-coated, tourmaline-boosted plates deliver long lasting shine.



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Membership to Smith Gilbert Gardens various prices depending on level Despite earning praise from many publications, including this one, Smith Gilbert Gardens remains one of Cobb’s greatest secrets. The gardens feature the beautiful grounds, 31 sculptures and a musuem inside the historic Hiram Butler Home. It is situated on 6 acres of serene setting with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. United by woodland paths, the Gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. Memberships range from $40 to $150. Each level of membership includes distinct benefits, including unlimited visits to the gardens, guest passes and automatic membership in the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program that provides members with access to more than 270 gardens and arboreta in 44 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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In early September, I escorted a group of 25 food and wine professionals to Northern California wine country. The multi-day agenda included visits to vineyards, tours, tastings at wineries, and encounters with winemakers poised on the verge of the 2013 vintage. In addition, wine and food synergy classes were presented by winery chefs and certified wine educators. Each day we enjoyed lunches and dinners created to accent the characteristics of the wines selected. I was the group counselor for this grueling five-day program. The students came from a variety of wine experience backgrounds, but all possessed the same goal, learning as much from vine to bottle and then applying this experience to the practical aspect of wine marketing and merchandising in our trading region. Napa and Sonoma are particularly beautiful in fall. Ripe grapes hanging on the vine, cool mornings, warm afternoons and the satisfaction of the culmination of a year’s work. The anticipation of the harvest, and the annual ritual played out once again in its unique fashion. Vintage 2013 in Northern California will be highly acclaimed for its great quantity and outstanding quality. A very long growing season with almost perfect weather conditions marks the character of 2013 as a benchmark vintage not soon to be forgotten.



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Our Delta flight and private motor coach placed us at the famous Vista Point in Marin County just before noon. The San Francisco Bay below with the Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog make for a dramatic first impression. And the students will soon learn that the fog protects and keeps the grapes cool in the morning, providing the vineyards with a natural sunscreen to promote longer hangtime. Our first visits included a tour and tasting at a small winery on the Silverado Trail called Luna Vineyards. Well positioned on the valley floor, it has a fine reputation with the production of Pinot Grigio. They were the first winery in Napa to recognize this grapes potential in Northern California. It’s owner, Mike Moone AKA “Luna” and winemaster Tom Peterson are producing fine Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Sangiovese. Campers learned that the pinot grigio (grey pinot) is a dark skinned grape, and by gentle pressing the juice is released from the grapes and producing a light colored, dry white wine. Grapes used for sparkling wine production are the first harvested and the chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier grapes were already fermenting in tank at Chandon when we arrived. Early harvesting assures higher acidity and lower sugars essential for the creation of high quality sparkling wines. Moët et Chandon was the first French Champagne producer to invest in California and they have been consistently producing fine examples since the 1970’s. A tour of the expansive fermenting rooms with their gleaming stainless steel tanks filled with juice, the heady aromas of fermentation and the magical transformation from juice to wine begins. Old World techniques with a modern California attitude. From brut to rose, from blends to single vintage wines they are truly the result of the skilled art of the master blender. Aged in the cellar and released after many months of care before the wine is offered for sale. Cool, refreshing and restorative. Our two St. Helena campsites welcomed the weary band in the early evening. The 19th century Sutter Home Inn and the Vintage County Inn quickly became our Base Camp. St. Helena is a charming town in mid Napa Valley and a better base camp would’ve been difficult to find. Exhibiting the perfect combination of laid back Northern California lifestyle, this elegant small town has many fine retail and gallery options, as well as food and beverage destinations appreciated by both locals and wine tourists. Taylor’s Refresher, a Napa Valley landmark is also known as Gott’s Roadside. Many agree that it is without doubt the best burger destination in wine country. It’s park like picnic outdoor table dining area, unpretentious wine list, as well as several craft beer taps make for a great informal dinner experience. Joel Gott, third generation wine producer and the creator of his eponymous range of varietal wines, joined us for dinner. In addition to tasting his main line varietals, a magnum of Zinfandel sourced from a single vineyard was shared with all to taste. “Old Vine” Zinfandel is a Northern California specialty in the hands of a master of Zin, the wine take on multiply layers of flavor. In addition to their classic burgers, a fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomato sandwich special with Gott’s 815 Cabernet was remarkable.

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Each morning would begin with breakfast prepared for us by the culinary team of the Sutter Home Inn. Options included fresh fruits, yogurt, baked breads, scones, farm butter and artisan jam. Heartier fare such as wild mushrooms and cheese frittata with bacon, sausage and potatoes graced the buffet. When preparing for a full day of wine tasting a substantial breakfast is necessary.



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The art of barrel making was of observed at Demptos, a famed French cooperage company who opened their doors to our class of wine students. We were introduced to the art of constructing casks from air dried staves sourced from the great oak forests of France and the U.S.A. Demptos team members escorted us through the entire process of barrel making, from tree to cask. Witnessing the skilled craftsman aligning the staves, bending and firing the wood to fashion the perfect container was remarkable, Wood, Fire, Water and Man’s energy is fused into each barrel. This additional component is a critical element in the production of the finest aged cabernet sauvignons which the Napa Valley is world renown. Fine chardonnay and pinot noir is often fermented in these barrels, and its aromatic and textural impact on the wine is significant. The Beringer Brothers winery was founded in 1875 by German businessmen Jacob and Frederick Beringer of Mainz, Germany. From a pure historical perspective the property offers the visitor a unique glimpse of 19th century. The natural caves, the original stone winery and the famous Rhine House, the Beringer Family home and showcase Victorian Mansion on the estate’s park like domaine is a registered American Historical Monument. One of the few wineries allowed to continue operation during prohibition, producing wines for religious and medicinal purposes. It serves as a constant reminder that the Napa Valley was the source of fine wine more than 140 years ago. A tour of the original cellars dug deep into the Mayacamus Mountains by the Chinese laborers after the completion of the trans-continental railroad is literally time traveling back to the 19th century. Jerry Comfort, a noted food and wine educator and former executive chef of Beringer Vineyards presented a seminar and tasting tutorial on the synergy of food and wine. Our staff enjoyed a chef inspired lunch with Beringer varietals selected to compliment each course. The Somoma Coast Day Boat Scallops with a vanilla beurre blanc sauce was enjoyed with the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2012. The setting for this wonderful lunch was the restored 19th century Hudson House which today is used as a private special events facility for corporate functions, trade related seminars and food and wine tasting. Surrounded by a stand of mighty red woods they are majestically part of the environment which makes Beringer Estate one of the most frequently visited wineries in the Napa Valley.

The Beringer Rhine House, one of the gorgeous stops on the way.

Next Issue On the wine road to Sonoma. La Crema Crush Pad Kendall Jackson Wine Center Opus One Robert Mondavi Winery

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ig h lights A closer look at events and activities throughout Cobb County this season

GSO JAZZ >> Sam Skelton and the GSO Jazz continue to present incredible big band concerts. Join them at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square for an unforgettable night of music. The GSO Jazz concert is Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students. Information: 770.429.7016 or HOLIDAY POPS >>The Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 annual holiday spectacular features seasonal favorites, and the GSO Chorus and Georgia Youth Symphony Chorus will be there to keep everyone on pitch for the annual carol sing-along. The GSO is conducted by Michael Alexander, GSO Chorus is conducted by Bryan Black, and GYSO Chorus is conducted by Alison Mann. GSO presents “Holiday Pops” on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw. Ticket prices range from $10 to $50. Information: 770.429.7016 or


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I DON’T WANNA BUMP NO MO’ WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN >>Star Struck Talent Agency presents “I Don’t Wanna Bump No Mo' With No Big Fat Woman.” Ricky Jackson returns from the military with his girlfriend, Stella. Announcing his engagement puts his father, Leroy Jackson, in an uproar. In the midst of a bitter argument, Stella accidentally dies. The comedy comes to play when the trio, Leroy and sons, decides to take the dead woman to a faith healer. The plot oozes with one-line zingers and humorous antics as the trio attempts to avoid the police as the body is moved from the home to the church. Will they succeed? “I Don’t Wanna Bump No Mo’ With No Big Fat Woman” appears on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $20. Information: 770.293.0080 or A CHRISTMAS TRADITION >>It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. “A Christmas Tradition” on the Marietta Square will be the winter wonderland spectacular of a lifetime. Grab the family and sit back for a song and dance holiday revue showcasing ninety minutes of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. “A Christmas Tradition” performances are Dec. 6 to 22 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $10 for children, and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Information: 770.293.0080 or



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RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING THE ROCKETTES >> The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes triumphantly returns to Cobb County with an all-new show. It is more spectacular than ever before, featuring brand-new scenes, new sets and costumes, breathtaking special effects, and an unforgettable new finale. The Rockettes perform five new numbers, showcasing their signature eye-high kicks and incredible precision dance style in some of the most challenging numbers ever conceived. Cherished favorites like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” are enhanced, inviting families to experience these marvelous scenes in a whole new way. Don't miss the most spectacular Christmas ever imagined. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre presents the Radio City Christmas Spectacular from Nov. 7 to 23. Performance times vary. Ticket prices range from $25 to $127. Information: 770.916.2808 or

biggest names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. Joining Dave this year are Japanese-born pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui, who has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis; worldrenowned singer Oleta Adams, who first came to prominence when Tears for Fears asked her to appear on their The Seeds of Love album and who has released eight acclaimed CD’s of her own, crossing effortlessly between R&B, Jazz, Popular and Gospel music; and Jonathan Butler, who was the first black artist played on white stations in his native South Africa and has since earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields. Together they will make spirits bright as this cherished holiday tradition marks its 16th anniversary. Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour appears on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $29 to $89. Information: 770.916.2808 or

AMOS LEE >>With his laid-back vocal delivery and acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and '70s folk artists like James Taylor. The Philadelphia native first became serious about performing while attending the University of South Carolina during the mid-'90s. After graduating with a degree in English, he taught elementary school before deciding to pursue a full-time music career. A period of waiting tables and bartending followed as Lee honed his songwriting skills. He eventually landed some high-profile gigs as an opening act, including an extended tour with pianist/vocalist Norah Jones. “Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song,” his latest album, finds Lee in new sonic territory, working with a broader palette of textures and instrumentation, yet retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters and stories for which he is renowned. The album arrives a full 10 years after he first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise. Amos Lee performs Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $25.50 to $43. Information: 770.916.2808 or DAVE KOZ & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS TOUR 2013 >> Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013 is an uplifting, highenergy show the whole family will love. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music's

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THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS ROCKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR >>The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour appears on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $35 to $75. Information: 770.916.2808 or DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR: PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE >>Grab your tiaras and doubloons and enjoy “Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure.” Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats, too, at this never-beforeseen live show featuring everyone’s favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps everyone learn the true meaning of being a princess, with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it's off to Neverland where Jake and his swashbuckling friends, Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It is danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, the whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when “Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure” sails into town. Performances are Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $20 to $80.


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Information: 770.916.2808 or ANNIE >>The Theatre Project: Footlights is a community theatre experience for 9 to 18 year olds, with an occasion to use adults in some productions. The mission of The Theatre Project is to provide a theatrical experience to Cobb County youth with an emphasis on education. This fall, The Theatre Project presents “Annie” on Nov. 8 and 9, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m., at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Tickets are $5, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tables for six are available for $45. Information: 770.819.7765 or ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER >> The magical annual tradition continues with the return of “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker.” This family favorite brings the holiday season to life for area families with exquisite dancing, fanciful characters, and a thrilling trip into the Sugar Candy Kingdom. Perfect for all ages, “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” delights and sparks the imagination of the child within us all. Enjoy an extra touch of magic when Drew Thomas, professional illusionist and finalist on “America’s Got Talent” takes on the role of the mysterious Drosselmeyer during the first two weeks of the show. Thrilling surprises await audiences, so get tickets now. “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” appears Dec. 6 to 29 at the Fox Theatre. Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $20. Information: 404.873.5811 or



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The Cobb County Bar Association had its 15th annual golf tournament in September at Brookstone Country Club. Proceeds from the annual event support the Alexis Nicole Grubbs Scholarship Fund. 1. From left, Jason Graham of Kennesaw, Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge Adele Grubbs and Bob Pierce of Marietta. 2. Allen Vaughn, president at Apogee Packaging, Inc., Will Bernardi, joint venture partner at Carrabba's Italian Grill, Stan Vaughn, director of sales at Phoenix Wholesale Food Service and Mike Schroeder, managing partner at Carrabba's. 3. Tricia Traeger of Marietta, Wendy Portwood and Douglasville and Ivone Hughes of Roswell.



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4. From left, Marietta’s Bill Pardue, chief assistant solicitor general at the Cobb County Solicitor General's Office, Marietta’s Laura Murphree, president- elect at the Georgia State Bar and Kennesaw’s Jimmy Newkirk, deputy solicitor general at the Cobb County Solicitor General’s Office. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER CARTER

5. From left, Smyrna’s Gregory Shenton, founding partner at Shenton & Sonoda Law, Atlanta resident C.R. Wright, partner at Fisher & Phillips and Marietta’s L.A. Paulk, attorney at L.A. Paulk Attorney at Law.

6. Marietta resident Jeremy Abernathy, attorney at the Manely Firm. Abernathy is also a former Cobb Life 20 Rising Star Under 40.


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Kennesaw State University’s annual Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser was held at the KSU Center. All proceeds benefit scholarships for the College of Continuing & Professional Education. 1. Laurie Euhler and Vivian Bonilla of Kennesaw. 2. Barbara and Ron Craig of Marietta. 3. Tiffany and Amos Williams III of Sandy Springs. 4. Steven and Rayla Goldberg of Acworth. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA CAMPBELL





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5. From left, KSU professor and radio icon Rhubarb Jones, Barbara Calhoun, dean of the college of continuing education, Scott Whitlock of Marietta and KSU President Dan Papp of Marietta. 6. From left, Sheila West of Austell, Brenda Lora of Kennesaw, Teandra Williams of Austell and Davia RoseLassiter of Powder Springs. 7. Nicholas Levelsmier of Acworth, Leanne Haman of Marietta, Holly Winlamb of Kennesaw and Anna Tucker of Kennesaw. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA CAMPBELL




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8. Chyra Baits and Shannon Ferketish, both of Kennesaw. 9. Mark and Karen Sanacore of Marietta. 10. Susan Papp of Marietta and Eileen Williams of Acworth. 11. James and Christina Howard of Kennesaw.





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Get in your ‘thank yous’ because life is short “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” This is one of my favorite quotes by the beautiful Mae West and while she had a few bumps and bruises before her death in 1980 at 87 years old, I think she had it figured out. Life isn’t always about making millions, traveling the world or getting gold stars. It’s about doing the things you hold dear in your life well and with a little bit of pride, and I think it’s about having no regrets when it’s all said and done. There have been some rough patches in my life but all in all who hasn’t? We all have bad days, weeks or even years. It just comes down to realizing that you aren’t alone and that there are plenty of people out there to thank, especially during the holiday season, for being your crutch, anchor or shoulder to cry on. With that being said … I’d like to thank my parents and grandparents for teaching me how to love unconditionLindsay Field ally, and with my whole heart and mind. I’d like to thank my cousins, aunts and uncles for teaching me how to laugh, non-stop, and to cherish every second of our time together. I’d like to thank my friends for 2 a.m. phone calls and memories that should make others envious of our awesome childhoods. And I’d like to thank my son for being the greatest gift – and surprise – I’ve ever gotten. You and your daddy make life worth living. Just knowing that each of these people has made me a better, stronger and more loving person is “enough.” Now, go make sure you get all of your “thank yous” in during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe courtesy Anne Marie Tucker Carter, my amazing cousin and the cooking extraordinaire in my family

Ingredients 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 C white sugar 1 C light brown sugar 2 L eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 15 oz can pumpkin puree 3 C all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves 2 C semisweet chocolates chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all wet ingredients together, beating in one egg at a time. Mix all dry ingredients together. Slowly beat dry ingredients into the batter in thirds. Stir in semisweet chocolate chips last. Drop tablespoon of cookie dough on nonstick cooking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cookie edges are browned. Makes about 60 cookies.



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