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Cobb Life

August/September 2010  Volume 6, Issue 6 PUBLISHER

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34 features 16 IS IT REAL OR IS IT MEREDITH? West Cobb artist’s unique style a stunning departure on paintings 22 THE PRICE IS RIGHT Our guide to keeping your kid looking cool without breaking the bank


30 SIP AND SAVOR New band has a distinct Cobb flavor 40 FOR THE DOGS Powder Springs couple debuts new gourmet dog food 45 BORED? TRY THIS 43 things to do in Cobb 74 FROM A READER A special story about a special lady

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How did I live without you?

As a man grows older, he finds certain things are almost indispensable. I can’t function without a minimum of eight cups of coffee each morning. I’ve got to eat red meat at least once a week. And I’ve got to get in a good hike at least every season to refresh my senses. But, in the last year, a new item has been added to my list. He is a long lost friend I had almost forgotten. He made his way through my door near Christmas last year. And while at the time, I was appreciative of him; it is only in the last few months that I’ve realized just how critical he is to my life. We go almost everywhere together. He only leaves my side when I sleep. He is tough, strong and has never failed me or let me down. He is my pocketknife. Yes, I use my pocketknife so often, I can’t fathom how I lived without it before. When I was a young boy, I had several of them. In a drawer somewhere I still have a multi-bladed worn Cub Scout knife whose blades are rusty with neglect. I also recall a single blade thick knife that had a handle crafted from bone or ivory. My father had several. Folks used to give them to him as gifts and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world and often wondered why he didn’t use them more. What exactly he would “use them for,” I really don’t know looking back on it. For me, I used them to whittle, to cut pieces of rope and to take camping. Mainly, as every young boy then knew, it was fun just to have one. But, through the years I forgot about them. If you took a pocketknife to high school you would be suspended and when I went off to college they weren’t exactly at the top of my list of things to carry. It is only during the past few years that I realized I could use one. And that was generally when I was trying to cut a piece of cord, loosen a screw or open a box – with generally a key or kitchen knife – that someone, generally an older gentleman, would come to my rescue. They would flip their knife open, use it and then tuck it back into their pocket. And that is how I stumbled back into owning a pocketknife. Last fall, we were hosting Christmas dinner at our home. Like many family get togethers, it was only at the last minute that

my wife realized we were missing something. Specifically, we needed another table (Her family numbers almost 30). So, like the dutiful husband I am (and relieved to leave the holiday chaos for a while) I ventured to Wal-Mart and bought an inexpensive card table that came neatly stuffed into a cardboard box. I drove back home and brought it through the door, feeling mighty victorious like a hunter returning with food. All was well until I had to open the box. Then jabbing at it with a car key and trying to suppress a litany of curses in front of my sons and in-laws, I heard a calm voice. “Here Mark, use this.” My brother-in-law Lindsay Hathcock, a true Southern gentleman, was holding a Swiss Army Knife in the palm of his hand. I took it, flipped open a gleaming blade and in about a minute had the extra table set up in the den. I told Lindsay thanks and mentioned I had actually been thinking about getting a pocketknife sometime and lamented how it was becoming a lost tradition. “When I was young, we used to trade them,” he said. I had not heard of that tradition, I told him, but thought it was a great idea. “Maybe something to put in a column one day,” I said. Then he did the unexpected and gave me his pocketknife, the fine Swiss burgundy with the umpteen blades and solid design. I told him I couldn’t take it, but it was hard to argue with him too much. After thanking Lindsay profusely, I put it in my pocket. It generally stayed in my pocket, until a week later when I slipped it on my key ring where it now stays close by most of the day. I like having a pocketknife again. I think it is a great tradition for men to carry one. Just don’t bet on me trading it anytime soon. Best,

Mark Wallace Maguire

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AJFF adds new Cobb venue

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is expanding their 2011 festival dates and Cobb County will be one of the beneficiaries of the move. The festival will add the GTC Merchants Walk 12 Cinema in Marietta to its existing screening locations, which include theaters such as Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Lefont Sandy Springs and Regal Cinemas Medlock Crossing Stadium 18. The 11th annual festival takes place Feb. 8 to 27, 2011. AJFF Executive Director Kenny Blank explained the changes: “After record attendance at our



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10th anniversary festival, we recognized the time had come to scale up AJFF for a new decade.” Details regarding the festival schedule, programming and ticket sales will be announced at a future date. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival ranks as the largest film festival in Atlanta and second largest Jewish film festival in the United States. More than 20,000 moviegoers attended the 10th Annual AJFF in January. For more information, visit, call 404.806.9913, or join the AJFF Facebook fan club at

Paula Deen creation available at Leather Gallery and Bedding Center West Cobb is in for a treat. Serta has partnered with Food Network celebrity chef Paula Deen to develop a mattress line that has affordable elegance, style and comfort. Their creation is exclusively available at West Cobb’s Leather Gallery and Bedding Center. The mattresses feature individually wrapped coils, soy-infused cushioning, Serta’s KoolComfort memory foam and a knit fabric that contains Gallery owner silk in the cover. The line has models Sharon Milton retailing for $799 to $1,499 in queen size. "You can definitely tell that these mattresses have been inspired by my life in the South and my home in Savannah," said Deen. Information: 3405 Dallas Highway, Marietta 770.422.4460


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The BBQ article on Sam’s BB1 incorrectly listed the name of the owner and contact information for the restaurant. The owner’s name is Sam Huff. The contact information for the restaurant should have read 4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 770.977.3005 Cobb Life apologizes for the error.

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Magners available here

Au t o • H o m e • B o a t • Cyc l e North Georgia produces some fantastic non-alcoholic cider each fall that you can generally pick up along the roadside as you wind through the mountains. But for a taste of something different, you might want to try Magners Irish Cider. The hard cider, imported from Ireland, is debuting at several places in Cobb, including local Kroger stores. Brewed in the traditional European cider manner, the drink is made from the juice of 17 varieties of apples and has a 4.5 percent alcohol content. It is best served cold. And Magners isn’t a new kid on the block. The company has been serving up their crisp drink since 1935.

Alliance Theatre gets Cobb flavor In July, the Alliance Theatre hosted several Cobb students for its ninth annual Collision Project, a three-week workshop that gives Georgia high school students the opportunity to become immersed in the study of a classic text and develop material for a new play. Participating students were Brandon Brantley and Courtney Caldwell from Campbell High School, Stefany Robinson and JD Woodward from Lassiter High School, Tyler Hayes from Marietta High School and Mariyah Espinoza from Pebblebrook High School. Selected through an interview process, the students worked with local playwright Janece and the Alliance Theatre’s Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth Rosemary Newcott to study the classic text “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Edmund Rostand.

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Winners get signed Travis Tritt T-shirt

Sign up to receive Cobb Life for free and get registered to win a free autographed Travis Tritt Tshirt. That was our magazine’s offer at the Cobb Life sponsored Travis Tritt concert at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in late June. Dozens of residents entered and five lucky readers won a signed shirt.

Carol Bellew of Kennesaw

Janet Nemcheck of Acworth

Michael Payne of Marietta

Doris Holcomb of Marietta

Benita Horan of Smyrna

Pinkberr y opens first Georgia store at Cumberland If you’ve been near the Akers Mill Shopping Center in the past month, you’ve probably wondered what that trendy little shop is that’s always packed with people in the evening. Well, the Pinkberry craze has found its way to Georgia. The frozen yogurt treat has garnered a huge fan base in cities such as New York and L.A.; the cult-like following of “groupies” often refer to the dessert as “crackberry.” Local franchise owner David Beall said he had his first bite of Pinkberry in 2006 while in New York, and he was hooked right away, frequenting the frozen yogurt shop every couple of days. Pinkberry is not your average frozen yogurt. This is premium stuff. With toppings such as fresh, grade-A seasonal fruits, organic gummy bears, all-natural granola, premium Belgian chocolate shavings and more, it’s easy to consider this a guiltfree treat. Stop by the hip little shop and welcome them to Cobb—your taste buds will certainly welcome the flavor. For discounts, become a groupie at Pinkberry is located at 2937 Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Shopping Center; 770.661.2995.

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Robert Meredith’s paintings are so detailed it looks as if you could reach into a cabinet in one of his works, retrieve an antique toy, and feel the texture that has accumulated from age and dust. The artist has made a career of creating extremely lifelike still-life paintings that feature objects – toys, dolls, dishes, sporting goods, hardware and the like – arranged in shelves, boxes, and windows. The technique he uses is called trompe l’oeil. “The word is a French phrase for ‘fool the eye’,” explains the artist. “I don’t like the term photorealistic, because then people think I paint from photographs. I paint from life.” Meredith paints what he sees in the arrangements he creates in his West Cobb studio. But there is more to the composition of his work than meets the eye, something profound that makes his paintings works of art. “There is a deeper meaning,” the lifelong Cobb resident explained. “There are relationships going on in the painting that are above and beyond what you see there. What the artist does with the things that he paints, it’s like the rhyme and meter in a poem, or the rhythm in a song. There’s a rhythm in it that holds the whole thing together. You state a theme and then make variations on that theme, very much like music or poetry.” West Cobb artist Robert Meredith does some touch up work on a painting at his home studio. Meredith is wellknown for his lifelike still life paintings of objects such as toys and hardware. Top, Meredith also paints portraits, such as the one on the right page of his pet bantam rooster, “Little Joe.” BY ALLEN BELL  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN GRAY AND NATHAN SELF

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Meredith received formal training in art during the process of earning a degree in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia, where he studied under Lamar Dodd, the late modern artist and one of the most wellknown painters from our state. Choosing to go in his own direction, however, Meredith taught himself to be a representational painter. “They taught art, not how to paint,” he remembered. “It took me five years to teach myself how to paint after I got my degree in painting. Every artist has to find his own way.” The same determination and commitment that led Meredith to teach himself to create representational art also guided him to establish a career in the field. When I got out of college, I knew that if I ever let go and got a job and had an income, that I would never become a painter,”


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Top, Robert Meredith stands in front of one of his large antique toy paintings. Above, Meredith’s peacock regularly watches him through the window of the studio as he paints.

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Meredith’s “Spring Nymph” was painted in front of a waterfall in Douglasville.

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he confessed. “So I never got a job and just started painting and finding my own way.” One of the most successful artists in Georgia, he has had 45 solo exhibitions in states ranging from Massachusetts to Texas. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including those of Arthur and Stephanie Blank, actor Steve Martin, Tyco Toys, and Jones of New York. Meredith also is well represented at galleries throughout the Eastern United States. His work is currently available in Boston; Charleston, South Carolina; and St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Locally, patrons can find his work at 2021 Collections in Buckhead and at Gallery 4463 in Acworth. The 69-year-old artist credits much of his success to a rigorous work ethic. “I am an early riser and I love to go in at first light,” Meredith said. “I start painting when it gets light and I spend the day painting. If you want to be a professional painter, you have to put in the hours. It’s very labor intensive.” This husband and father of four is a life-long resident of Cobb County where he has a home and studio overlooking a tranquil lake framed by a wooded landscape. “I am one of the most married human beings on the face of the globe,” he said. “I’ve been married 43 years and I have four kids. I’ve raised four children on the tip of a paintbrush. All I’ve ever done is paint.”

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R o b e r t M e r e d it h ’ s w o r k c a n b e f o u n d a t :

2021 Colle ctions 2 309 East Paces Ferry Rd. N.E. Suite 110, Atlanta 404.816.9977 Gallery 446 3 G 4463 Cherokee Street Acworth 404.808.9971

Robert Meredith’s lifelike paintings have garnered much acclaim, making him one of the most successful artists in Georgia. Actor Steve Martin, Arthur Blank and Tyco Toys all own his work. Top, “Fore”; top right, “Bermuda Sloop” and above, “ Yellow Fellow.”

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About the Artist – Robert Meredith


has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 43 years.


have four children.


graduated from South Cobb High School.


about 35 years his former studio was located off of Macland Road in Powder Springs in a pre-Civil War cabin that he restored.


is writing a book on oil painting.


enjoys watching Formula One Grand Prix car races.


has had an exhibition at St. Botolph Club, the location in Boston where America was first introduced to the work of John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet.


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was a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, one of the country’s most distinguished organizations for visual artists.

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Some of us

can still remember the nervous excitement we used to feel at the start of a new school year. After the ritual back-to-school shopping trip with mom, you tried on all your new fall clothes, carefully selecting something special for your first day of school. Even in our crummy economy, every kid should feel confident and special as he or she embarks on a new school year. Luckily, Cobb County parents have a multitude of options for finding back-to-school clothes to put a little swagger in their kids’ step this fall, without emptying the piggy bank. Many savvy Cobb shoppers have found the answer is to reduce, reuse and recycle through consignment and overstock shopping. While we’re finding fashionable steals for our kids, why not save our landfills from filling up with children’s clothes that were outgrown before they were pulled out of the closet? Cobb Life scoured the county’s fall consignment bargains to bring you the details of the largest selection, highest quality and best values in town for the 2010-2011 school year.

SCHOOL HOUSE FROCKS: Top, Sarah Dark,4, daughter of Nancy Dark of Marietta, wears an custom-embroidered dress purchased at "The Divine Consign Show" for a low price of $30. Above left, Sam Tucker,2, son of Mandy Tucker of Marietta gets ready for his new preschool with a consigned outfit totaling $23.

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Divine Consign Show If boutique shopping is your retail therapy, then leave the stroller at home (better yet, get a babysitter) and wear comfortable shoes to the Mansour Center this fall to find beautiful children’s clothes at deeply discounted prices. For 11 seasons, Cobb moms have been lining up at the door to be the first to set foot inside one of the most exclusive consignment and overstock shows in the South. The Divine Consign Show, or DCS, specializes in trunk shopping list show and boutique clothing for kids sizes newborn to 12. Where: Mansour Center If you’re into monogram995 Roswell Street ming, smocked dresses, embroidered jon-jons and hair Marietta, GA 30060 bows, the Cobb Divine When: August 24-26 Consign Show is going to get  Tuesday 8/24: Preview night for volunteers and conyour shopping adrenaline signers, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. pumping. You may not find t Wednesday 8/25: Open shirts suitable for making to public: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. mud-pies, but you will cer Thursday 8/26: Open to tainly find something special public and half off select for the first day of school, items: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. your cousin’s wedding, tailgating in the SEC, the Christmas Eve church service and every other Kodak moment left in 2010. At DCS, rack after rack is stuffed with brands such as Three Mommas, Wish Upon A Star, Mary Michael, Kate & Libby, Strasburg and Vive Le Fete. Overstock outfits that would normally sell for $55 to $85 at a boutique go for $35 or less at DCS. Smocked or monogram-ready consigned clothes (only in top condition) can be found for $8 to $18. Monogrammed bibs, bloomers, shoes and hair accessories are snatched up by early bargain hunters. Another reason to shop DCS is that it’s a homegrown entrepreneurial success story. DCS owners Nancy Dark and Catherine O’Connell are both Cobb residents who started the sale in 2005 in their Marietta neighborhood with only 20 consigning moms. Five years later, DCS has developed a solid niche in the brand-conscious, savvy Southern shopper. Over the years, DCS has added sales in Buckhead, Charleston, Charlotte, Montgomery and Raleigh. “In this economy, shopping at boutiques can be costly,” said DCS’s Nancy Dark. “But moms can shop with us and keep their kids dressed in high style at a very affordable price.” Expecting moms or those with a baby under age one should be sure to check the DCS website for information on early shopping. For more information on the Divine Consign Show, go to


Emma Kate Tucker, 8, daughter of Mandy Tucker of Marietta sports name brand consignment clothing for one of her back to school looks. The outfit is priced at $8 for the skirt, $5 shirt and a stylish $7 jean jacket.

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For almost 20 years, the Marietta First United Methodist Church Lil’ Lambs Closet Consignment Sale is possibly one of the longest-running consignment sales in the area. According to long-time Lil’ Lambs staff coordinator Beverly McCrary, the church has perfected their sales so much that even churches as far away as Alabama are asking Lil’ Lambs to come help them replicate their success. Started in 1990 by three church moms, Lil’ Lambs Closet has grown very efficient at providing high-quality clothes at very low prices, and returning the profits to three

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church projects. Proceeds from the twice yearly Lil’ Lambs sale go to the church’s children’s ministry, the Weekday Program (pre-school) and the Good Samaritan fund, a resource for local homeless families. Lil’ Lambs Closet carries everything from high end brand-name boutique clothing to big-box discount store play clothes, and volunteers are trained to turn away any shopping list consigned clothes that are stained, torn or even out of Where: Marietta First style. Lil’ Lambs carries size United Methodist Church newborn to 16, plus materni56 Whitlock Avenue, SW ty, as well as a huge section Marietta, GA 30064 of toys, books, videos/DVDs and baby gear. When: September 9-11 Smocked dresses or jon Thursday 9/9: Volunteers and sellers jons for $10, rough-and-tumble play outfits for $6, or win- only: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Friday 9/10: Open to ter shoes for $7 are just a public: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. sampling of what you might  Saturday 9/11: Open to find at Lil’ Lambs. public and half off almost Chairperson Mary Watters everything: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. estimates a family might find an entire fall wardrobe for their pre-school or elementary school student for $75, but says the people who volunteer are really what make the sale successful year after year. “We couldn’t pull this off without a team of dedicated volunteers,” said Watters. “I consistently hear from shoppers how nice and helpful our volunteers are.” For more information about Lil’ Lambs Closet, go to


Sam Tucker,2, Sarah Dark,4, and Sean O'Connell,7, all wear consigned outfits purchased from "The Divine Consign Show". Both Sam and Sean's outfits were purchased for a total of $18 while Sarah's outfit totals $25.










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Sarah Dark,4, daughter of Nancy Dark of Marietta wears an outfit including shoes priced at $35 as she plays with her friend Sam Tucker,2, son of Mandy Tucker of Marietta. Sam wears a consigned outfit, $23.

NOWAMOM Tots to Teens NOWAMOM, or the Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples Club, hosts a fantastic “Tots to Tweens” consignment sale twice a year. The club, formerly known as the Cobb Parents of Multiples Club, is a nonprofit organization for parents of twins, triplets and quadruplets in Northwest Atlanta. Parents of the club meet once a month for group disshopping list cussions and guest Where: Sandy Plains speakers Baptist Church focusing on 2825 Sandy Plains Road the unique Marietta, GA 30066 world of raising mul- When: August 21, 9 a.m. tiples. But to 2 p.m. many parents join simply for the privilege of purging their kids’ overstuffed closets twice a year, selling great clothes and shoes for low prices. “We are all trying to save money right now,” says Club President Jacqueline Landa. “Part of it is the economy; but some of it is that as parents we all know that what we save in one area can be put towards sports, vacations, savings or college.” According to club organizers, the sale will carry clothes size newborn


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to juniors, and you can also find Halloween costumes, strollers, swings, bikes, scooters, toys, outdoor play equipment, bedroom furniture sets, books and more. Clothes brands typically found at the sale include Polo, Gymboree, Gap, Hanna Anderson and more. If you’re shopping for matching or coordinating outfits for your kids and their cousins or friends, Tots to Tweens is a great place to look. Many multiples moms sell their matching clothes as a set. Landa says the sale typically draws 600-700 shoppers through the door between the private sale Friday for club members and the public sale on Saturday. For more information about the NOWAMOM Tots to Tweens sale, go to Emma Kate Tucker, 8, daughter of Mandy Tucker of Marietta wears a consigned outfit purchased for $20 with her friend Sean O'Connell,7, son of Catherine O'Connell of East Cobb while he wears an outfit purchased for $18 from "The Divine Consign Show".

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Far left, Sarah Dark,4, daughter of Nancy Dark of Marietta wears a dress purchased for $24 with Emma Kate Tucker,8, daughter of Mandy Tucker of Marietta wears an outfit priced at $38. Left, Sarah wears a custom embroidered dresss, $30 with matching red shoes, $5.

Born Again Blessings Reva Austin, co-chair of the fall 2010 Born Again Blessings consignment sale, says the main item that makes her sale stand out is the sheer size. For 11 years a volunteer army has been converting the entire Cobb Civic Center into a shopping mall. “There’s a whole room dedicated just to kids shoes,” she says. “We have a room just for junior’s clothes. We give out a map when people get here so they’ll be able to find what they’re looking for.” This fall the Born Again Blessings sale will carry sizes newborn to size 20 for boys (up to size 36 waist) and up to size 12 for girls, plus maternity wear for expecting moms. Organizers estimate an outfit for younger chilshopping list dren could be $5 or less, and $30 could buy half a Where: Cobb Civic Center dozen back-to-school 548 South Marietta bargains. Born Again Blessings Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 shoppers can expect to find a good mixture of When: August 26-28 designer and lesser Thursday, 8/26/10: brands in gently used Workers and sellers only: clothing, and some 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8/27/10: 9 a.m. brand-new clothes from to 7 p.m. last season from local Saturday, 8/28/10: 9 merchants. Shoppers a.m. to noon will also find an abundance of toys, high chairs, cribs and other baby gear. All the proceeds from Born Again Blessings go to the Hilda Cagle Foundation, a ministry of the nondenominational Riverstone Church to help members of the community with a financial need. “We’ve had people come to us to express their gratitude at being able to buy clothes for their children without spending mall prices,” said Austin. “The kids can look good and the parents can feel good about themselves. We really feel like we meet a need in the county.” First time moms should be sure to check out the sale’s website for information on special access. For more information on the Born Again Blessings sale, go to 


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The Whiskey Gentry (named after a poetic but pointed jab thrown at the wealthy, whiskey-soaked Kentucky Derby patrons circa 1970 by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson) have fun onstage and are just as determined to take audience members with them. Right, Jason Morrow. Below, Dan Emmett. Below right, lead singer Lauren Staley. Opposite page: The official band promo shot.


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DRINK IT IN To sample The Whiskey Gentry go to Comcast cable’s “Bands On Demand” in the “Get Local” menu. You can become a fan on Facebook or go to the band’s MySpace page for music and touring info: thewhiskeygentry Keeping the groove tight and on track is East Cobb resident and Drummer Price Cannon.


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“You’ll have a good time

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says Whiskey Gentry lead singer Lauren Staley. Her sentiment might explain why, in one short year of playing live gigs, the band has garnered sold-out houses and received a heavy dose of positive reviews. But though they may be called country, it’s not pure country roads they roll down, but also alt-country/bluegrass/punk/ Appalachian mountain roads they travel in their songs. This six-member eclectic circus serves up precise, toe/boot tapping sets headed up by the singing and writing talents of Staley, who is from Kennesaw, and collaborator and song architect Jason Morrow, a native Tennessean who grew up in Cherokee County. The rest of the band is an engaging group: Chesley Lowe (any fan of banjo music will enjoy him – run, don’t walk, to hear him play), bass player Sam Griffin from the UK and drummer Price Cannon, who grew up in East Cobb. Add the deft Dan Emmett on fiddle and despite their insistence on the fun aspect of being performing artists, there’s some serious melding of genres here. This is Grand Ole’ Opry by way of Hee Haw with a stop at CBGBs, the hip New York club where many a punk act achieved legendary status. You are just as likely to see 40-year-olds as 20-somethings in their audience and when talking to Staley, who is 24, there’s a definite feeling of youth remembering yesteryear. Staley speaks with fondness of favorites like Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and perennial punks the Misfits, then in the same breath mentions Allison Krauss and Bela Fleck. An English major in college, Staley’s fascination with old English and Irish folk tales influenced her musical direction and writing and it’s apparent in the juxtaposition of bold subjects and the bright, upbeat quirkiness in some tunes on their first two EPs (titled, simply, “One” and “Two.) 

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Southern Vinings Tour of Homes showcases community



ituated on the southern tip of Cobb County lies one of its absolute gems. The area is filled with bustling business, including some exquisite restaurants and fashionable boutiques, as well as almost any sort of service a resident may require. But, what really sets the Vinings area apart is its array of beautiful homes - spanning nearly every architectural style imaginable - and inherent sense of

community (evidenced by the seemingly endless volunteers who take part in the Vinings Tour of Homes each year, including co-chair Christian Brown and committee members Rebecca and Walker McCune, Debby Bolt, Olivia Holt and Carolyn Lunsford). Now in its fourth year, the Vinings Tour of Homes invites you to experience firsthand the area’s residences and community-centric mindset. “Vinings is like a little village,” said Gillian Greer of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. “It’s

The Thompson homestead will be featured in the Vinings Tour of Homes. Extensive wrought iron detailing, found on exterior window grills, stair rails and prominently displayed in the dining room’s gothic chandelier, is one of the elements which makes this home a standout.

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is an interesting combination of mission revival and neo-Mediterranean architecture, w h i c h m a ke s i t a t r u e s t a n d o u t i n t h e s u b u r b s o f A t l a n t a . T h e ex t e n s i v e w r o u g h t - i r o n detailing can be found both indoors and out, with decorative wrought-iron featuring p r o m i n e n t l y o n t h e ex t e r i o r w i n d o w g r i l l s , as well as inside on the second stor y raili n g a n d s t a i r r a i l s . To f u r t h e r a c c e n t u a t e this architectural detailing, the homeowners chose a gothic wrought-iron chandelier as the focal point for their dining area. Fr o m t h e b a b y g r a n d p i a n o t o t h e a n t i q u e pieces and Victorian-style paintings in this home, it is a truly unique and inspired space rich with interior design hints.

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features some elements of a traditional Nor th American Home and some of the more modern neo-eclectic style. With its awe-inspiring outdoor living space — from the pool to the outdoor l i v i n g r o o m c e n t e r e d a r o u n d a s t a c ke d - s t o n e f i r e p l a c e — i t a l m o s t s c r e a m s s h o w h o m e . T h e b r i c k ex t e r i o r s t a n d s o u t f r o m s i m i l a r h o u s e s w i t h i t s a r t i s t i c placement, lending a striking appeal, and the flagstone staircase leading to a columned entr yway in the front are impressive and grand. Inside, the h i g h l i g h t s o f t h e h o m e a r e i t s s p a - l i ke b a t h r o o m w i t h a s t a n d - a l o n e m a r b l e tub and chef ’s kitchen centered on the range hood.

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very much a community, and the people here are very supportive of the society because there’s so much history here.” To showcase all that’s great about the Vinings lifestyle, the annual Tour opens the doors to some of the area’s most recognizable homes for one day only — this year, Sunday, Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. “There will be five homes on this year’s tour, plus the model homes at the Aberdeen, which is a sponsor,” said Tour co-chair and owner of the Vinings Curves Jane Kennedy. “They’re all different styles, architectures and interior decor, and none of these homes have ever been on the Tour before. It really gives you a feeling of what Vinings is all about.” The Tour of Homes, a project of the society, is the group’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds funding preservation and maintenance of the area’s historic architecture, including three flagship buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets for the Tour of Homes are available online at and at local businesses, including Curves, Fidelity Bank and Antiques of Vinings. 

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Grandma's chicken biscuits are another Bark & Beg top seller. The recipe consists of chicken, eggs, parsley, whole wheat and natural ingredients. Right, a peanut butter carrot cake with banana and carob icing.

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Bark & Beg’s spokesdog and tester, Dodger.


Pampered poodles, spoiled spaniels and coddled collies will rejoice when mom and dad bring home dog treats and toys they couldn’t find at the big-box stores. Bark & Beg at Town Center Mall, a full-scale dog bakery which opened in June, carries handmade collars and leashes, dog bowls, treat jars, dog vitamin water and plenty of snacks to keep Fido and Rex healthy and happy. Owners Jeff and Amy Luce started their business last October when they decided the white-collar life wasn’t for them. “Jeff and I wanted to get out of corporate America and were looking for something that could bring us home and something we could do together,” Amy said. “We work really well together on any project we do.” The couple agreed on a dog bakery business after their daughter, Kirsten, baked homemade biscotti for Dodger, the family beagle.

“We were sitting on the back porch that night, and we were brainstorming,” Amy said. “I suggested that we bake doggie treats, and that was the fire that sparked Jeff. He spent about a week researching not only the craft but how to survive through the recession.” The Luces, both lifelong dog lovers, launched their website, after deciding that the company should focus on being all natural. “We scrutinize over every ingredient,” Jeff said. “That’s why we’re not pumping out all kinds of treats with sprinkles and glues in different colors.” The basic ingredients for the bakery’s treats are safflower oil, pure pumpkin, organic chicken stock, locally harvested honey, ground peanut butter and carrots. According to Jeff, if Dodger, the company’s spokesdog and tester, doesn’t like a treat, it gets thrown out.

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Left, Grab n’ Go dog food along with freshly made pumpkin muffins. Above, carob coated pumpkin bones are a great chocolaty snack for your dog minus the harmful cocoa.

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With products like Peanut Butter Belly Treats, Howlin’ Honey Cookies, Large Sweet Heart Paw and Grandma’s Chicken Biscuits growing in popularity, the Luces decided to move their bakery from their Powder Springs home into a brick-and-mortar location. At their bakery, the couple takes custom orders for birthday cakes, cannolis, carob chip cookies and decorated bones, colored with ingredients like turmeric, beet powder and paprika. The store also provides virtual adoption services from local shelters. Half-pound treat bags are $7.95.

Bark & Beg is in Town Center Mall 400 Ernest W Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, on the second floor near Macy’s, (404) 395-9069,

Dodgers snack pack is a variety of favorite items specially picked out by Dodger the test beagle.


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Jeff and Amy Luce along with the family dog Dodger. The beloved beagle was a key factor in deciding what recipes to market and which to cast away. Bark & Beg carries a variety of items and is equipped with it's own "Barkery" to make fresh treats such as these pumpkin muffins.

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Sometimes the best things to do in life are right under your nose, yet you don’t notice them because you’re too busy or stuck in a routine. Here in Cobb there is a wealth of things to do including dining, sports, recreation, relaxing, culture, arts and much, much more. Just to get you started our staff came up with 43. Enjoy! COMPILED BY CARTEN CORDELL, DONNA ESPY, STACEY L. EVANS, ERIN GRAY, JENNIFER HAFER, MARK WALLACE MAGUIRE AND ADAM MILLER  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN GRAY, ADAM MILLER, LAURA MOON AND MIKE JACOBY


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SPEND A DAY AT LAKE ACWORTH Andrew Moore, 5, son of Kathy Moore of Acworth, enjoys an afternoon in the sun.

Want an alternative to busy lakes or water parks? Check out Lake Acworth. This 360-acre lake offers a placid experience for a “day at the beach.” You get a dose of quiet since the lake bans any personal watercrafts, such as motorboats. The lake offers fishing, swimming and places for the kids to play. The cost is inexpensive as well. During the week it is free and on weekends, non-Acworth residents pay a $10 parking fee. The lake is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information:


A pedi-cab ride? Downtown Marietta? Yep. Earlier this year, the gregarious folk at The Historic Marietta Trolley Company launched their pedi-cab service. The pedal-powered cabs pair on-demand taxi service with charming old-town street vitality and offer a unique view of downtown Marietta. The pedi-cabs are available for guided tours, “hop-on, hop-off” service, dispatch and charter rides. Fares start as low as $1. Information: 131 Church Street, Marietta 770.875.0147


Hot, hot, hot. If you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, you’ve got to check out the live art paintings at the Vinings Gallery. The gallery generally hosts live paintings during gallery openings when the artist who is exhibited will paint while visitors sip wine, dine on delicious hors d’oeuvres and admire the work. Vinings Gallery is a true original, offering an extraordinary mix of nationally recognized and emerging artists and a passion and enthusiasm for great art that is contagious. Information: 4686 South Atlanta Road, Suite F, Smyrna 404.794.7762.

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If you are searching for a new diversion to devote your afternoons to, try Frisbee golf. It is a super way for you, your friends or family to enjoy some fun outdoors, without breaking too much of a sweat. Oregon Park is Cobb’s only Frisbee golf course. However, the county does have its own club that can provide you with all the information you need. Information:

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Army and navy surplus stores were always a favorite for just about any kid to go into, especially boys. Despite the fact that those days may be well behind you, it won’t rob you of any of the excitement of venturing into Hodge’s Army Navy Store. The store not only contains the basics of any army navy store, but also has all the things you can’t find anywhere anymore. Shoestrings, shoe-polishing kits, real wool socks, combat boots and more. They also have great prices on peacoats, caps, pocketknives and more. Information: 507 Cobb Parkway, Marietta 770.427.9331



Five hundred hot dogs. That’s how many hot dogs are sold daily at Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs in Marietta. Owner Brandi Wilson opens her doors Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and watches as her regular customers line up to enjoy those delicious dogs covered with a special sauce. “Everyone comes for our spicy chili,” says Brandi, who has owned the tiny shop for eight years. “That’s the only way to eat our hot dogs.” Oh, they do sell about 75 hamburgers a day, too – but it’s the dogs that bring ‘em in, she says. They also serve fries, slaw dogs and a wonderfully Southern sweet tea. The buns are steamed to make them soft and those $1.85 chilidogs are juicy and cooked just right. But, be forewarned – get there early because the place gets busy and parking is limited. Come a little after the lunch rush – and bring cash. Brandi’s doesn’t take credit. Information: 1377 Church Street Extension Marietta 770.422.3681


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This is the old faithful of Korean grocery stores. Located behind the Dairy Queen on Highway 41 in Marietta, Dong Bang supplies Korean staples to metro Atlantans from far and wide. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. Daikon radishes and cabbages (fresher and less expensive here), green onions, even Asian pears and persimmons are readily available for most traditional Korean dishes. Noodles fill another aisle – ramen, naegmyun, karl kooksoo – even dumplings, and huge bags of rice line the walls. All the basics of Korean cooking can be found in this subtle little shop. They also have a variety of Korean gifts – and even Korean videos. Take a day and stop and explore this “little shop of wonders.” Information: 380 White Avenue Marietta 770.424.7115

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Cobb’s largest food festival features more than 70 restaurants and annually draws more than 70,000 visitors. It takes place in April every year and is hosted by the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the city of Marietta. Bonus: It is free to get in; you just have to pay for what you eat! Information:


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You can dedicate an entire afternoon to Smyrna’s hip Market Village and still not get to experience it all. With several restaurants and dozens of shops, the area is a fantastic pedestrian-friendly mecca of South Cobb. It also features 16 townhomes and several offices. Information:

Kristen Enlow of Smyrna browses the selection of "Lolita" glasses at Pie in the Sky at Smyrna Market Village.

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Tyler Imig of Marietta plunges into the water on a day at White Water.

Visit the parking lot of Six Flags White Water in Marietta on any given day and you’ll see more out-ofstate license plates than in-state. It definitely has become a destination vacation spot for the Southeast – and it’s right here in Cobb! White Water is the largest water park in the South – boasting 50 water attractions.The Cliff Hanger, The Tornado, and Little Squirt’s Island are just a few of the great rides for adults and kids alike. New for the 2010 summer season is Wiggles Water World, an interactive family area featuring the popular children’s TV group, The Wiggles. There is plenty to do at White Water – and plenty to eat. You’re not allowed to bring in your own food, but concessions abound – and you can take a break and go out to your car and have a picnic lunch under a shade tree! And here’s a tip: Overcast and even rainy days are often best to visit because the lines are short and you can ride your favorite rides over and over….you’re going to get wet, anyways, you just may not get a tan! Ticket prices vary and season passes are also available. There is also a $10 daily parking fee. For tickets and more info, visit the website at Information: 250 Cobb Parkway North Marietta 770.590.4067


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Gabriel Quinn, 8, is dressed in full camouflage and decorated with a nametag from his father, Marietta resident Army National Guard Lt. Colonel Peter Quinn, who recently returned after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.

Marietta’s National Cemetery holds one the most poignant Memorial Day celebrations in the South. Following an early morning mass, the cemetery grounds fill with ROTC from Marietta High, older gentlemen and ladies representing an era of sacrifice and children with their many questions about why we celebrate those buried long ago. This 63-year tradition in Marietta brings in a real sense of memory and commemoration and reminds us that the day is more than the kick off to summer. Information: or call Susan Upchurch at 404-510-4668

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Artist Deborah Flack of Smyrna at downtown Marietta’s artwalk.

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Tables and easels filled with paintings, crafts, and business cards are the frequent fare of artists displaying their wares during Artwalk, a monthly seasonal event giving artists and residents a chance to get outdoors and experience great art by local artists. Join First Friday Artwalk, downtown Marietta Square in 2010 for the remaining dates of Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. Information:


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VISIT ANOTHER WORLD AT SMITH-GILBERT GARDENS Kennesaw’s best-kept secret is Smith-Gilbert Gardens. This amazing garden features 16 acres of natural woodland, complete with sculptures, woodland walks, a dwarf conifer display garden, a sunny rose garden, a perennial border, a rock garden, pond and waterfall garden. A true botanical garden, there are over 3,000 varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees.


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Wine and painting go together and painting. Schedule a night out at East Cobb’s Sips and Strokes where you can bring your own adult beverage and take an art class. Taught by a variety of teachers, instructors help aspiring painters from the beginner to the eager amateur. The business supplies all the paint, brushes, canvas and aprons. Most classes are $20 to $35 a person. Information: 3000 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 212 Marietta 678.954.8399



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Want to learn how to dance like your favorite contestants on “Dancing with the Stars?” Then Academy Ballroom Cumberland is the place for you! Each month Academy Ballroom Cumberland offers beginner group classes teaching basic steps in featured ballroom, country and Latin dances. The Academy also offers children’s ballroom classes. The cost is $12 per class, if you purchase the entire month’s series of classes, or $15 per class for drop-ins. Private lessons are also available. Information: 2980 Cobb Parkway, Suite 104, Atlanta 770.272.1331

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Most folks who ride Cobb’s, and perhaps Georgia’s, best bike trail piddle between the beginning of the trail in Smyrna/Vinings and at the busiest stop of all, the Floyd Road marker in Smyrna. While that is a decent ride – or walk - by all accounts, you’re missing out if you don’t push it further. Just about six to eight miles west from the Floyd Road market you can take a left and go ride along the Wildhorse Trail, a verdant 1.5-mile trail that is peaceful, shady and features a wetlands observation tower. If you really want to experience the trail, push it even further. After this mile marker is when the trail’s traffic really thins out and you can truly experience the sublime mix of nature and adrenaline. We recommend going at least to Paulding, and, if you are feeling brave and in shape, go to Rockmart. The solitude is mind bending. Make sure to go with a buddy and to tote along water. Information:


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A Cobb tradition, this year the fair runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3 at Jim Miller Park. The fair features all the traditional fun that you would expect plus a ton more of events, including beauty pageants, car shows and a slew of great concerts. Information: www.northgeorgiastatefair. com

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Spend a day on the fairways of Dogwood Golf Club, established in 1967 in Austell. The club offers public golfing Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to dark, for $60, including the golf cart. Driving range fees are $8 for a large bag of balls and $3 for a warm-up bag. Weekends are reserved for club members, and there are lots of activities throughout the year for youngsters as well, says club business manager Sierra Dekin. Junior golfing camps are available and tournaments are held year-round. Dogwood's original nine holes were designed and built in 1968, with the second nine added around 1971. At 6,480 yards, Dogwood’s course was carefully built to PGA recommendations to ensure an even-putting surface, and was planted with bent grass, which is considered ideal for year-round golf. Information: 16 Dogwood Golf Club 4207 Flint Hill Road Austell 770.941.2202



Those who live outside of Cobb may not believe in the hallowed landmark’s existence so what better way to show them with visual evidence. Take your photo in front of the Big Chicken and then email it to friends or post it on your facebook to prove it. Information: 12 Cobb Pkwy. N Marietta

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TAKE IN A SHOW AT THE COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE If you haven’t been yet, you should. There is a reason this facility garnered major attention when it opened a few years ago. And, yes, there is a reason that it is home to The Atlanta Opera and The Atlanta Ballet. While the exterior and interior are gorgeous, don’t be fooled, the facility is more than just a pretty face. The detailed design from the acoustic tiles to the intricately placed air vents help deliver a perfect sound. The facility might be the best of its kind in the Southeast and hosts a variety of events for you to sample. Information: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway 770.916.2800

PLAY GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MINI GOLF Though a huge grim reaper is keeping watch over the door as you enter, the first impression of Monster Mini Golf is that it’s a fun, magical place. The only Monster Mini Golf in the South, this indoor, glow-in-the-dark course is a must for putt-putt fans or anyone seeking family-friendly fun. The 18-hole course is swamped with “monsters”—some Halloweenish, but mostly of the goofy variety so as to not be too overwhelming for the little ones. To make it even more unique, the course adds a bit of fun to one of the last holes. Each player takes a turn to spin a wheel and then follow directions for their first shot, such as “use the wrong end of your club to hit the ball.” The venue also has two fantastically eerie party rooms available for rent, and a decent-sized arcade, with classics like skee ball alongside newer games such as “Deal or No Deal.” Owner Anna Samimi says mini golf is a great option for a family outing because the whole family can participate. “It’s so family-oriented. It’s not like skating where you take the kids and stand on the side and watch. With mini golf everyone can play. We’re good from four to 90-plus [years old].” Expect to hear “Thriller” at least once during your visit. Information: 2505 Chastain Meadows Parkway Northwest Marietta 770.423.2212

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PICK VEGETABLES AT LAKE LAURA GARDENS Bypass the local grocery aisles or even roadside vegetable stands and get back to the basics. At Lake Laura Gardens, you can walk, or ride a golf cart, through three and a half acres that are chock full of vegetables. Need advice? Feel free to ask 90-year-old owner Troy L. Shelley who has been selling veggies from his garden since 1982. Information: 2430 Burnt Hickory Rd Marietta Need advice? Ask 90-year-old Troy L. Shelley.



Bi-plane rides are truly a unique experience, and we’re lucky to have a company right here at McCollum Airport that provides sky tours. Bi-Plane Adventures, Inc. offers flights for one or two passengers in 1940s vintage open cockpit planes. “There is a sense of freedom in flying in an open bi-plane,” says owner Lee Cougar, who has been flying since he was 15 years old. “It’s like riding in a convertible or motorcycle; you’re closer to the elements. It’s the essence of why I began to fly in the first place.” You can opt for a spectacular tour of the Atlanta skyline, Stone Mountain and Turner Field, an aerobatic thrill ride, or create your own flight path within a 25-mile radius of the airport. Cougar said one of the top requests is residents wanting to fly over their home. Autumn tours let you get a breathtaking glimpse of the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, and sunset rides are also available upon request. If you’re daring enough, you can take the controls and get a mini-flight lesson. Information: McCollum Airport in Marietta 770.364.8746



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Take in Cobb’s first professional sports franchise The Atlanta Beat at the newly built 8,000-plus seat stadium, Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium. The league brings in some of the top talent in womens’ soccer. Information:


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WATCH A RUGBY MATCH Need a fix between football seasons or just looking for something fun to do? Go watch the Life University Running Eagles play a rugby match. The “gentlemen’s sport” will get your blood going. The Running Eagles are part of the Rugby Super League, the elite level of men’s club competition in the nation. Just a couple of years ago, the team played in the league’s championship game, taking second to San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club. The team’s schedule usually runs two seasons, roughly back to back, October to February and March to May. Information: 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta Player-Coach Tui Osborne eludes players during a recent scrimmage.


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You can’t have a bad milkshake, especially at The Marietta Diner in the middle of the night. This Marietta institution has an array of fantastic milkshakes, so go ahead, go in and cool off with a tasty treat. Information: 306 Cobb Pkwy S Marietta 770.423.9390


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The Marietta Pilgrimage is a Christmas Home Tour that takes place in the historic districts around the Marietta Square. The tour, a favorite holiday tradition for over 20 years, showcases 6 private historic homes all restored and decorated for the season. We think it’s a great thing to do, but don’t just take our word for it. Southern Living has named it as a Top 100 Event in North America. Information:



Blow out your taste buds at Wild Wing in Marietta where the restaurant offers more than 30 varieties of wings. Information: 2145 Roswell Rd. Marietta 770.509.WING


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Grab a group of friends and let your inner child run free for an evening at Mad, Mad Whirled. Marietta is home to one of the few venues in the Southeast to feature two whirly ball courts, laser tag, a theatre (bring your own DVD or gaming system to play), arcade games, a bar and several party rooms available for rent. What is whirly ball? Imagine a combination of lacrosse, hockey and basketball on bumper cars, if you can. Still confused? You can watch one of the local leagues play the crazy competitive sport while enjoying a cold one from the bar. Check the website for times. Walk-ins are welcome, but call ahead. The venue books a lot of birthdays, bar mitzvahs and corporate functions. Information: 2854 Delk Road Marietta 770.953.4040

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ENJOY A PROPER TEA IN POWDER SPRINGS Sometimes, you need more than just a quick bite to eat. Sometimes you need nourishment, something to feed the body and soul. Tea At Seven Springs has been providing patrons with such a dining experience since its doors opened in 2004. Though most people think of tea as a formal occasion, owner Joan Evans wants her customers to feel pampered, relaxed and at home. “There’s more to it than just coming to get a good meal. It’s a time people can come and enjoy each other’s company for hours, visiting each other over a cup of tea,” she said. “We have a lot of bridal teas, baby showers and little girl tea parties, but sometimes it’s just two friends needing to spend time with each other.” Despite a décor of fancy doily tablecloths, floral teacups and antique furniture, don’t expect any stuffiness here. Evans welcomes all, and the laughter reverberating on the walls is evidence of a relaxed atmosphere. One guest who had been running the Silver Comet Trail came in to eat, but upon seeing the interior she felt her biker shorts and t-shirt weren’t up to dress code. No worries, Evans told her, and quickly came up with a solution to make her feel more comfortable. “I gave her a feather boa and fancy hat we had lying around and she put it on and sat there in her boa and hat and spandex and enjoyed tea.” The fun of the experience aside, what makes a good tearoom is good food and a respectable tea selection. Tea at Seven Springs has both. Spring for the Full Parlor Tea and you won’t be disappointed. Your taste buds will be delighted with yummy, fluffy scones topped with cream and lemon curd, refreshingly delicious cucumber and cream cheese spread finger sandwiches, savory pimiento cheese and chicken salad sandwiches and quiches—finished by an assortment of rich pastries. And of course, your choice among the 40 varieties of tea. If hot tea is not your style, a refreshing iced peach tea is also a great complement to the food. The Full Parlor Tea also comes with a cup of soup. Maybe it’s the healing waters running through Powder Springs, but rumor has it the cheesy chicken corn chowder is a soothing remedy for the sick. Information: 4456 Marietta Street Powder Springs 770.439.9074 Tea room owner Joan Evans always makes sure her guests feel welcome. Top, from left, Brooke Hicks and Kelley McLendon enjoy a bit of civilility.



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FLY FISH THE ‘HOOCH As part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center, Paces Mill offers 3.5 miles of hiking trails, a picnic area and access to the Chattahoochee River for summer anglers looking to bring in the big fish. The area charges a $3 parking fee, but can put you right in the middle of the casting action, just as the streams warm up. Information: For the Paces Mill info, visit it/pacesmill.htm. For The Atlanta Fly Fishers and Camping Meetup Group, visit FlyFishing.

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East Cobb baseball offers some of the best baseball on its level in the world. Period. The nonprofit East Cobb Baseball has put literally hundreds of players into the college and pro ranks, most recently including Atlanta Braves phenom Jason Heyward. The nonprofit ECB, Inc is recognized nationally as one of the premier youth baseball operations in the country. You can view their home games at The East Cobb Baseball Complex. Information: 4617 Lee Waters Road Marietta 678.238.1032


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CELEBRATE AT CANOE With all the hype surrounding one of Cobb’s most legendary and established restaurants, it would be easy for its dining experience not to live up to the billing. But, it does. Yes, the restaurant where every celebrity who comes through Atlanta seems to go (can you say U2?) meets expectations. The food is impeccable, the service outstanding and the view



Six Flags Over Georgia is the largest regional theme park in the Southeast. For 43 years, Six Flags has been a destination of choice for live entertainment and family-friendly fun. The park boasts 10 roller coasters, including the hypercoaster Goliath, one of the tallest coasters in the Southeast and Mind Bender, the classic triple-looping coaster. Skull Island features slides and splashes for visitors of all ages, while Thomas Town and Bugs Bunny World provide hours of fun for the younger ones. Season passes to the park are available for $59.99, while daily tickets range in price from general admission $44.99, children under 48” $31.99, and children 2 and under are free. One-day parking is $15. Information: 275 Riverside Parkway Austell


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WATCH A RE-ENACTMENT On the site where more than 5,350 soldiers were killed in the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War, visitors to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park can watch and participate in an array of living history programs through November. Artillery demonstrations, guided history walks, hikes and presentations, including comparing and contrasting the lives of Civil War soldiers on Aug. 14 and Cobb County civilians in the Civil War on Aug. 21 are among the park’s many offerings. Nearly 20 buildings, including dwellings, churches and mills existed within the present battlefield boundary in 1864. Only the Kolb house, which has been rehabilitated to represent its historic exterior appearance, survives. Parking and park entry are free. Information: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive Kennesaw 770.427.4686

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With a ton of arts and cultural events occuring yearround, you can basically visit Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts website and find something to do virtually every weekend. From concerts in the Bailey Performance Center to student art shows, the university is a treasure trove of great arts and entertanment. Bonus: It is very affordable! Information:



Total Wine in Kennesaw offers arguably the best beer and wine selection in Cobb County, if not metro Atlanta. Their beer selection alone has earned kudos from beer snobs throughout the area who note their amazing selection of craft brews from small breweries domestic and abroad. But one of the best features of the store is ‘Build your own six-pack’ which allows shoppers the flexibility to add which microbrews they want to try to their purchase, while not investing in a complete six-pack. (A very helpful idea, especially if you are trying out unpronouncable ales from north Belgium or strange sounding brews from southern California). Information: 740 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw 678.354.0168

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Travel back in time as you tour the collection of Dr. Chris Sullivan. You will see items belonging to author Margaret Mitchell and artifacts from the movie such as original costumes, scripts, artwork, personal items belonging to the cast members, and the original bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh in her role as “Scarlett O’Hara.”

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On any given warm day, you’re sure to find herds of folks drifting down the Chattahoochee River on rafts, floats, kayaks, inflatable pools—just about anything that floats—with coolers of drinks and snacks in tow. The cool water offers refreshment while soaking up the sun, and the calm river with only the occasional small rapid makes for a leisurely voyage. In the Cobb area, there are several “islands” and “beaches” to stop and take a lunch break along the way, and a jumping rock for those wanting to add a bit more excitement to the journey. Surrounded by the gorgeous national forest, the river is also populated with plenty of rocks, birds and other wildlife to make for a scenic expedition. You can hop on at Powers Island ( owersisland.htm) and end at Paces Mill ( acesmill.htm) for a 3-mile trip that will take 1-3 hours, depending on currents. Other stopping points are also available for shorter trips. Information: boating.htm



Admire art from local and regional artists at one of North Georgia’s most dynamic galleries. The gallery features tons of art from great artists. Afterwards, you can swing by one of the town’s great restaurants for a bite. Information: 4463 Cherokee Street, Acworth 404.808.9971

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Share the cool of the morning with your pooch at one of Cobb’s many official dog parks. Try Lewis Park, 475 Campbell St,.and Wildwood Park 1050 Barclay Circle in Marietta; Sweat Mountain Park at 4346 Steinhauer Rd in Northeast Cobb; Pitner Park, 2450 Pitner Rd., Acworth; and Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old Hwy 41, Kennesaw.

Michael Schinabeck of Marietta and dog Oreo enjoy a morning at Sweat Mountain Park .

SEE A CONCERT AT THE MHBA We’ve named it one of the best-kept secrets of Cobb County and other regional publications note it as the metro area’s best outdoor venue, beating out longtime outdoor champion Chastain Park. But here’s the kicker. The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre does not only bring in top talent every summer, like B.B. King (above), Travis Tritt and Brooks and Dunn, the facility also offers a ton of free concerts. Yes, free. This past summer alone, the facility held six free concerts. Sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance, the concerts provide residents a super outlet to enjoy the facility without dropping a dime. Information: html




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BREW WITH A VIEW Climb three flights and you’re on the top of the world at Marietta’s historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre. There you can enjoy the work in progress of a local artist, a glass of wine, and an evening view of Marietta’s downtown from the Strand balcony three stories up. To enjoy the next Brew with a View and other unique events at the Earl Smith Grand theater, visit the website or call.

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SMILES AND SCRUBS Readers always post their stories and photos on our website, However, this one struck a special note. Brooke Sproat wrote this story about her grandmother. Dear Cobb Life, When people think of a hospital, they think of the big people, like life-saving nurses and doctors. But folks don’t really think about the little people that make as much if not more importance working at the hospital. When I think of these people I think of my Grandma, Mamo. Mary Sproat volunteers weekly (or whenever needed) at the Kennestone Hospital gift shop. The gift shop is run mostly by volunteers’ hardworking efforts and loving time. Pretty much all

of the proceeds from sales go to the hospital for equipment and other supplies. Mamo not only is the first person to volunteer to push wheelchairs, doing blood drives or find heart-felt gifts for patients, she also makes scrub caps. She spends hours with her sewing machine making scrub caps for the doctors and nurses at the hospital. It makes me smile when I visit her in the shop to see a doctor or nurse wearing a scrub cap with UGA or Bugs Bunny on it. I am sure if I am smiling at those wonderful pieces of fabric, the patients must be smiling too. I am happy to say the profits go to researching the diseases that have run in my family. Diabetes for my mother, cancer for my Granddad and maybe more in the future. This goes to show one little person can make a BIG difference! Brooke Sproat, 11

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Northern California’s famed Napa Valley is the most well known wine-growing region in the United States. Although it represents only four percent of the state’s total vinicultural output, its global reputation is far reaching and praised for the extraordinary quality of its wine. In the late 19th century, grape-growing pioneers discovered that this relatively small valley was a truly magnificent ecosystem for producing world-class wines. Charles Krug, the Beringer Brothers, Gustav Niebaum and a host of European-born settlers established vineyards which continue to thrive and flourish today even after two world wars, prohibition and the current global economic crisis. Formed millions of years ago by tectonic and volcanic upheavals, this idyllic landscape sandwiched between two mountain ranges, the western Maya Camas, and the Eastern Vice is now home to more than 400 wineries. Roughly 30 miles long and no more than four miles wide, the diverse soils, perfect weather and its latitudinal location places it among the world’s most important viticulture areas. When the late Robert Mondavi opened his eponymous winery in 1966, his stated mission was to produce wines to be acknowledged as fine enough to be served with the great wines of Europe, which for centuries graced the tables of wine lovers the world over. Today, in addition to cabernet sauvignon, magnificent chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blank, merlot and zinfandel have made an indelible mark on the palates of millions of wine consumers. It is this diversity that makes Napa Valley unique among its wine-producing peers, as most great wine-growing regions specialize in a few grape varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay in Burgundy, sangiovese in Tuscany or Riesling in Germany. Napa Valley manages to produce


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all of these grapes and many others. To reveal its diversity, American Viticultural Areas were established to identify the environmental differences in the valley and to geographically isolate subregions these characteristics influenced, the grape selection and of course the wines produced. Today there are 14 sub-regions within the Napa Valley. Loosely modeled on the French Appellation Controller Laws, they define styles of wines found in the regions in which they thrive and flourish. From the cool rolling hills of Carneros in the south where the maritime influence of San Pablo Bay moderates the daytime heat and the fog tempers the climate so pinot noir and chardonnay can reach their optimum ripeness, to the warmer up valley regions of Rutherford and St. Helena where cabernet sauvignon is king. Altitude also plays a key role and grapes that are grown in the higher elevations of Mt. Veeder or Howell Mountain produce powerful red wines, which can have long-aging potential. The smallest and arguably most famous region is named the Stags Leap District, and its name is storied in romance, folklore and history. Located east of Yountville, the valley floor and hillside vineyards hug the Vaca Mountains whose jagged cliffs tower over the tranquil valley. Legend has it that the Native Americans who inhabited the region hunted and harvested the abundant fauna that populated the hills and mountains of Northern California. A hunting party was driving a herd of deer toward the edge of a cliff high in the mountains above the valley. As was the common practice, the deer would be forced over the precipes to its death, while waiting below other members of the tribe would harvest its flesh and organs for nourishment and its skin for clothing. The antlers and bones would be used for religious rituals and adornment, as well as for weapons. Once day a magnificent stag, larger than any other ever seen, whose power and energy kept him well ahead of the skilled horsemen, soon was driven to the edge of the cliff. But with an arrogant gesture, his mighty body poised, his head turned, antlers thrust forward and nostrils flared, he leapt across the abyss to safety, leaving the warriors in disbelief. Today this Stag’s Leap cliff is a most prominent landmark which symbolizes the folklore of this wine-growing region. Smallest of the sub-districts, it is distinguished for the production of cabernet sauvignon. Its modern legend grew more dramatic when in 1976 a blind tasting, organized by a British wine merchant, was held in Paris. A selection of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon was offered to a distinguished panel of French judges along with great Bordeaux wine, including the famous Chateaux Mouton Rothschild and Haut Brion. After tasting the flight and not knowing the identity of the wines sampled, the scores were calculated and much to the surprise and horror of the French the declared winner was the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley! Known today as “The Judgment of Paris”, the acclaim and recognition this brought to Napa Valley and to Stag’s leap Wine Cellars changed forever the perception and reputation of the Napa Valley. Today a bottle of this famous wine is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars range of products are available in fine wine shops and in many upscale restaurants. For a truly exceptional wine experience that is not inexpensive, it is a just reward for wine lovers seeking the message in a bottle. Here are a few of my favorite selections from Napa: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Selections: Sauvignon Blanc 2007 This blend of sauvignon blanc and semillion is fermented in seasonal French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Delicious for a summer time meal of grilled prawns and Georgia peach salsa.

oak barrels. It will benefit from decanting one hour before consuming. The dark plum and cherry flavors are framed around anise, nutmeg and allspice. Prime rib will triumph with this award-winning wine. Stag’s Leap Vineyards (S.L.V.) Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Planted in 1970, this is the wine that received international fame in the 1976 “Judgement of Paris”. Blackberry, Bing Cherry and black fruits lead to savory aromas of cedar, truffles and cocoa. Rack of lamb with a rosemary jus will be superb.

Karia Chardonnay 2007 Fermented in French oak barrels it exhibits tree fruit aromas, mingled with floral notes and a creamy texture on the palate. Perfect with roast chicken and cream corn. Merlot 2006 The merlot contains a small amount of cabernet sauvignon and is aged for 14 months in French oak. It has intense cherry and pomegranate aromas. Gracefully structured. Enjoy with barbecued pork ribs. Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 A mixture of estate-grown fruit and contract growers, the black-fruit aro-

mas of plum and currant are intense. Enjoy with grilled beef tenderloin. Fay Vineyard, Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 This vineyard planted in the 1960s by Nathan Fay is 100% cabernet sauvignon, aged for 24 months in French


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A closer look at events and activities throughout Cobb County in August and September ON GOLDEN POND The Mount Paran Players, the same group who presented “Steel Magnolias” last year at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, is comprised of actors under the direction of David Brayfield from Mount Paran Church. They are dedicated to presenting quality theatre productions as an outreach to the general public and a fundraiser for MUST Ministries in Marietta. “On Golden Pond,” made famous by the film starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, is a study in dysfunction and one family’s struggles with age, rage, regret, love withheld, love unspoken, disappointment and, ultimately, forgiveness, acceptance and renewal. The play is equal parts funny, emotional and downright entertaining. Performances are Aug. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Tickets are $18. Information: 770.293.0080 or FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

STEEP CANYON RANGERS From Asheville, N.C., Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for two International Bluegrass Music Awards in 2008, the Rangers were named Emerging Artist of the Year in 2006. The group has regularly performed at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and Rocky Grass. The band’s willingness to bring bluegrass to music lovers worldwide has taken Steep Canyon Rangers to festivals in Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Canada. Kennesaw State University presents Steep Canyon Rangers in concert at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheatre on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for individuals or tables for $75. Information: 770.423.6650 or

The Marietta Square is experiencing an art scene renaissance with First Friday Art Walks. Remaining 2010 dates are Aug. 6, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1. First Friday Art Walks feature a free, self-guided tour of Marietta’s eclectic art scene. Downtown art galleries, museums and merchants host artists within their stores from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each month. This year’s Art Walk features the continuation of Artists’ Alley, an exhibit of juried artists showing a wide variety of styles. Admission to the Art Walk is free of charge. First Friday Art Walks will be held rain or shine. Information: 770.429.1115 or visit MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art presents “Metro Montage X,” a juried exhibition featuring work by Georgia artists, as well as work by members of the Art Guild of Northwest Georgia through Sept. 11. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located in downtown Marietta at 30 Atlanta Street. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, free for children younger than six years old and free for members. Information: 770.528.1444 or

MABLE HOUSE BARNES AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre continues their 2010 Summer Concert Series, including performances by Survivor and Starship on Aug. 13, John Michael Montgomery on Sept. 10, and the Jazz Grooves Atlanta Smooth Music Festival featuring Paul Taylor, Pieces of A Dream, Jessy J, Gregg Karukas, Althea Rene, and Sekou Bunch on September 17 and 18. All performances begin at 8 p.m., except September 18, which begins at 2 p.m. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Tickets are $20 for lawn seats, $35 to $55 for fixed seating. Reserved tables are $350. Ticket prices for the festival are available on the web site. Information: 770.819.7765 or

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NATALIE MERCHANT This summer Natalie Merchant will embark on a nationwide tour in support of her new album “Leave Your Sleep.” Her first major tour in seven years, Merchant and her eight-piece band will perform new material as well as favorites from throughout her career. A two-disc set, “Leave Your Sleep” is a collection of songs adapted from poems selected by Merchant including pieces by both well-known and obscure writers. Featured are works by British Victorians, early and mid-twentieth century Americans, and contemporary writers, as well as anonymous nursery rhymes and lullabies. In addition to this new method of creating lyrics, Merchant also stretches out musically on the album by collaborating with a broad spectrum of artists including the Wynton Marsalis Quartet, Medeski Martin & Wood, The Fairfield Four, The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the Ditty Bops, members of the New York Philharmonic, The Klezmatics, Lúnasa, and Hazmat Modine. Merchant performs Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $28.50 to $44. Information: 770.916.2808 or

32ND ANNUAL GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS SHOW The Friends of Georgia Music Festival announces the new honorees who will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees are: India.Arie, The Black Crowes, industry leader Charlie Brusco, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, classical pianist Charles Wadsworth, and posthumously, singer/songwriter Paul Davis, steel guitarist Pete Drake, blues musician Rev. Pearly Brown, and songwriter John Jarrard. The evening ceremony will include live performances by The Black Crowes, India.Arie, legendary rock band STYX and this year’s Horizon Award recipient, Spanish/Engish singer Tyna Q. The official induction will take place at the 32nd Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The awards show will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting beginning at 8:30 p.m. Call for ticket information. Information: 770.916.2808 or THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS


R&B legends the Temptations have been churning out hit after hit since 1961. With nearly 50 albums over the years, the Temptations have an almost endless list of favorites like “Get Ready,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Cloud Nine,” “Just My Imagination,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Treat Her Like A Lady,” “I Can’t Get Next To You,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Another Motown favorite, the Four Tops produced a hit song almost every year from 1964 to 1988. Members of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Four Tops have earned their spot in American music history with songs like “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I’ve Got.” The Tops and the Temptations have regularly performed together since 1983. The concert is Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $40 to $100. Information: 770.916.2808 or

Shen Yun Performing Arts offers an exhilarating world-class production that celebrates the excellence and grandeur of classical Chinese dance and music. It draws inspiration from the legends, values, and spirit that defined traditional Chinese culture for centuries. In 2009, Shen Yun delighted over 700,000 audience members in nearly 100 cities with more than 300 shows. This year its annual tour will perform all new programs and is expected to have more than 400 shows worldwide. New Yorkbased Shen Yun Performing Arts endeavors to rediscover the artistic and cultural heritage of China. Shen Yun returns to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 21, with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre. Ticket prices range from $60 to $220. Information: 770.916.2808 or

KINGSTON TRIO TRIBUTE Join hosts Glenn Lynn, Melissa Stewart, and the Atlanta Furman Club for an enchanting evening of musical entertainment as Banks & Shane, with Jim Durand, recreate the music of those lively Kingston Trio shows. Take a ride on the MTA, spend a greenback dollar or two, enjoy a scotch and soda, and experience a performance that captures the energy, musicality, and pure fun the Kingston Trio. Proceeds from this performance benefit the Stewart-Collins Memorial Scholarship fund at Furman University and the Friends of The Strand. The Kingston Trio Tribute is Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Ticket prices range from $26 to $33. Information: 770.293.0080 or

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As we move toward the end of the year, we have many exciting features lined up. If you have a story idea, SCENE event or just want to drop us line, please email cobblifemagazine @ or visit us at Here is a look ahead to some of the features we will be running in upcoming issues. OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

Cobb’s ultimate man rooms Thanksgiving tips

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Cobb vacation homes

Do it yourself Christmas

Plan your holiday chillout DECEMBER

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SCENE Cobb Life sponsored Travis Tritt concert obb County native and Country Music superstar Travis Tritt performed at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in late June. The concert was sponsored by Cobb Life.







1. John Salter and wife, Allison Barnes Salter. 2. Marietta resident Kelly Struempf Perkerson and Wendy Vesser of Kennesaw. Kelly was the Cobb Life VIP concert winner and won two VIP tickets and a limo ride by following Cobb Life on facebook. 3. Chris and Dana Ervin of Powder Springs. 4. Cassie and Chad Condra. 5. Brandon and Vanassa Wallace of Acworth. 6. Bob Pierce and Betty Hand, both of Marietta. 7. Heath and Julie Mulkey of Marietta.




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8. Maria Tingas of Kennesaw and Cheryl Draa of Marietta. 9. Steve and Judy Kinney of Dallas. 10. Richard and Cheryl Forrester of Marietta. 11. Lillian and Gene Ansley of Druid Hills. 12. From left, Ross Berry of Kennesaw and Tim Whorton of Vinings. 13. William and Sandra Pond of Marietta. 14. From left, Kennesaw residents Andy and Susan Wing and Mike and Renee Slaughter.

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SCENE Chick Flick Night at the Strand he Strand Theatre held a ‘Chick Flick’ night featuring the movie Moulin Rouge. The party kicked off with an organ pre-show and ended with a cocktail reception of wine and light appetizers.







1. Ashleigh Volker of Kennesaw and Heidi Studier of Smyrna. 2. Marietta residents Susie Tillis and Sheri Patten. 3. Debbie Harris and Linda Bush, both of Marietta. 4. From left, Linda Michell of Marietta, Gloria McGraw of Kennesaw and Candy Norris of Marietta. 5. From left, Joy Belyeu and Melva Uyemura, both of Smyrna. 6. Diane and Keely Naughton of Smyrna. 7. Marietta residents George Smith and Jayne Castle.


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SCENE VHPS golf tournament



he Vinings Historic Preservation Society hosted a golf tournament and fundraiser at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Rica in June. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN GRAY

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SCENE Local author at The Book Exchange he Book Exchange in Marietta hosted authors Wendy Wax of Marietta and Karen White of Alpharetta for a book signing and discussion.






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1. Marietta residents Harriett Gillham and Marilyn Krupilis. 2. Featured authors Karen White of Alpharetta and Wendy Wax of Marietta. 3. Cheryl Arnold of Kennesaw and Leesa Berry of Powder Springs. 4. Idgie Kinah Lindsey of Acworth and Deborah Salter of Marietta. 5. From left, Sue Litzke of Kennesaw with Theresa Duncan of Kennesaw and Roberta Powell of Woodstock. 6. Owner of The Book Exchange Cathy Blanco of Marietta with author Wendy Wax.


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SCENE Brew with a view




he Earl Smith Strand Theatre held another of its Brew with a View events in June where residents can socialize and get a great view of the Marietta Square.

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