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Atlanta Motorsports Park offers a high-end track experience with an all new clubhouse.

On the Cover Food Network television personality and “Cutthroat Kitchen” judge Alton Brown brings his new tour across America.

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There’s a lot to consider if you’re planning on revamping your outside areas.

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Distinguished artist Roseta Santiago tells how her path led her to where she is today.

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Spring where are you? I know you are out there somewhere, even though we had a balmy Christmas followed more recently by icy goodness. I see my daffodils  peeking out from under the mulch. Either way, we can dream of nicer, more normal, weather while flipping the pages of this issue. Our story on Roseta Santiago highlights the role our local arts center plays in creating successful artists. She will be in Gainesville March 3 for the annual Quinlan Gala. If you like fast cars (who doesn’t?), then you will enjoy the story on the latest way to lay rubber in North Georgia. I took my husband there to drive a Ferrari 458, and it was intense. And if you watch television at all, you’ll recognize the face on our cover. We asked celebrity chef Alton Brown a few questions about his tour coming to Atlanta and how he feels about the South. Bon appetit!

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Atlanta Motorsports Park offers a high-end track experience with an all new clubhouse Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson Photos courtesy AMP and Foster Peters Photography

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Every young boy has one. He stares at it while he dreams of owning one some day. That poster of the shiny sports car hangs on his wall well into his teens and even after he heads off to college, he can still see that car somewhere in his future. But for those lucky enough to make that dream come true and buy that shiny sports car, where can a man go to drive it? Really drive it. Well, he set his GPS straight for Dawsonville, home of Atlanta Motorsports Park. Located off Duck Thurmond Road in the foothills of the Appalachians, AMP recently underwent a major overhaul.

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The park offers sports car and super car owners the chance to take their machine to the max. CEO Jeremy Porter likens AMP to a country club, but instead of golf carts and caddies, it’s Ferraris and checkered flags. Porter, who has done business consulting, organization development and team building for various companies, started the club with an ongoing vision: to make AMP the entertainment destination of the region. 10

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“We were just voted one of the top 10 tracks in North America. We were designed by Hermann Tilke, the famed F1 track designer,” says Porter. “This honor is rare, in the sense we are the only country club open that he has designed. This would be like being the Jack Nicklaus course in America.” The track, he says, has many famous turns mimicked on the course and has radical elevation changes that are less common in newer courses.

With 124 luxury garages already leased, the park also has the fastest rental karts in the Southeast on one of the most unique kart tracks in the United States. At nearly a mile long in length and with 43 feet of elevation change, this circuit will challenge all abilities, says Porter. “We offer a kart racing school for ages five and up, an Ariel Atom Race Car School, Stunt School, Taste of AMP in your own car with a private instructor, and a brand new state-of-the-art business and HOME Living

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“We were designed by Hermann Tilke, the famed F1 track designer,” says Porter. “This honor is rare, in the sense we are the only country club open that he has designed. This would be like being the Jack Nicklaus course in America.”

Above: The outside of the new clubhouse at Atlanta Motorsports Park. Top right: Cars line up to take their turn on the track. Right: CEO Jeremy Porter, center right, welcomes guests at a recent tour.

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conference event center.” But what makes AMP stand out most says Porter is their commitment to top of the line service to club members. “The end goal is to be known for

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outstanding service and programs.” AMP offers several events for track enthusiasts of all levels. “Our members are your neighbors that own a sport car, bike, or even go-kart, not just racers per se.” North Georgia is sort of a mecca for racing fans from the NASCAR museum to the annual Petit LeMans held each year at Road Atlanta in Braselton. As far as racing goes, Porter says there is a smaller series running already and they are “in discussion and have a

lot of interest with the larger televisionbroadcasted events.” The world-class road course has lots of challenging turns and drops that will have drivers fighting oversteer and testing their machines to the limit. “The track has many famous turns mimicked on the course and has radical elevation changes which are less common in newer courses. The kart track is the most radical elevation changes of any kart track in the world,” says Porter. In addition to race cars and karts, AMP also offers Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Mclaren and Corvettes to drive for those into hypercars. You can be your own Stig. Porter got into cars himself as a teen.

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Opposite page bottom: Atlanta Motorsports Park holds an event for members. Top right: Cars round the 16th turn on the track. Bottom: A BMW drives across a skid pad during a driving course.

“The first car I owned was a 1969 Firebird formula 400, and then a RX7 as well as motorcycles as a teen. I have owned fast cars, motorcycles, and karts and always had a passion for speed. I have raced off and on for about 17 years from karts to cars.” Having had a nearly deadly accident as a teen, Porter now partners with BMW for a teen driving course. The course helps new drivers learn how to handle a car during skids, rain and sudden stops. “It changed his life and mine,” says Porter about the accident. “My goal was for this not to happen to as few teens as possible.” For a complete list of what the club offers or for more information about Atlanta Motorsports Park www. atlantamotorsportspark.com or call 678-381-8527.

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Landscape redesign? There’s lots to consider Redesigning your landscape space starts with knowing what you are going to use the area for: an outdoor kitchen, outdoor seating, gardens, erosion control, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, walkways and much more. At Pro Touch Landscapes, we like to work with our customer’s specific needs to ensure that we design and build exactly what they want. Once we know a little about the needs and wants for a client’s landscape, we assess the landscape and take note to which areas are partial sun, shade or full sun, and how and where water drains on the property. We also take into account who will be using your landscape; children, pets, will you be doing some outdoor entertaining, adding a pool or other water feature. We also want to make sure of the client’s maintenance budget or how much time they have for landscape maintenance themselves. After you’ve narrow down who will be using the outdoor space, it’s time to decide on a theme. Themes can be anything from an Asian-inspired design, using a certain color palate or recreating a theme in your architecture. Themes are important because it is a starting point when choosing plants, trees, shrubs, lawn decor and much more. Trends in themes right now in landscape design include pergolas and arbors that will anchor an area of your landscape design, black hardscaping

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palettes, water features like wall fountains, fire pits and other outdoor chimneys, container gardening and portable gardens and French drains. Personally, I really like to add an outdoor fire feature to any new or redesigned landscape. Fire features can be enjoyed all year round, from warm summer nights to cold winter evenings, a warm fire always seems to add that touch of ambiance and instantly joins a group together if you are entertaining. To get the most out of your redesigned landscape, we like to create spaces in the landscape and interesting ways to link parts of the landscape. Plants and hardscapes are great ways to highlight certain areas. For example, a grouping of fruit trees, a design with boxwoods or an American honeysuckle on a new arbor can really make your landscape stand out. One wonderful idea for an area of your landscape is a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens beautiful and attract not only butterflies but also help with pollination and encourages the habitats of other wildlife like birds, ladybugs and caterpillar. We also like to structure gardens and others plantings according to our customer’s landscape theme, keeping elements in mind like aromas, when plants bloom or when they lose their leaves. It is becoming more and more popular to plant large areas of aromatic flowers or herbs to add beauty and a great aroma to your landscape. Planting aromatics or herbs in container gardens also is a way to brighten up your landscape and also keep the plants mobile, to move throughout your

landscape or even bring indoors during cold weather. One last consideration is we take into account the future of your landscape when planning a redesign. Thinking about growth rate, life of the plants, maintenance and water use/runoff will pay off in the end. It’s important to know the life and growth rate of plants during planting and spacing out your design. At first, there are times a new landscape looks “bare,” but knowing the future of the plants will ensure a beautiful landscape as the plants grow and mature. Consider installing a type of rainwater system to catch water for irrigation. This could be anything from rain barrels, rain chains or other more intricate systems. With planning, you can even incorporate the system into a feature of your design. After we create the design and plans for a new or redesigned landscape, our team installs the new lawn, plants and other elements. Landscape professionals should be there with the clients, every step of the way. It is always so rewarding to go from concept, design and installation for each one of our designs. About the author: Zack Thompson of Pro Touch Landscapes in Gainesville, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia. Pro Touch Landscapes has serviced Northeast Georgia with landscape design, maintenance, installation, irrigation, lighting and lawn care since 1997. He recently won a 2015 Houzz Award for landscape design.

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A smoking career Chef Matt Albertario turns up the heat at Reunion Country Club

Story by Pamela A. Keene Photos by Scott Rogers Chef Matt Albertario’s culinary journey began with a home economics class in high school. “I was a really bad student, so I took a home-ec class as an elective, basically a coasting class,” says Albertario, who is now the executive chef at Hoschton’s Reunion County Club and Canton’s Woodmont Country Club. “It turned out that I was really good at it.” While still in high school, Albertario took a job at a neighborhood pizza shop. “It was right down the street from our house in a suburb of Chicago and it was close enough to walk to, plus I has my first taste of the restaurant business because I did a little bit of everything there,” he says. “I found out that I really liked the business and the pressure. I’d show up at 3 p.m. and the next time I looked at the clock, it was 11 p.m. and time to close. The time went so fast and I really enjoyed myself.” A two-year associate degree fropm a Chicago-area culinary college put him on the path to practical knowledge with positions at golf courses in Glenview, Illinois, as a line and banquet cook as his day job; he also worked at a private country club at

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night. Soon, Albertario was made an executive sous chef, second in command in the kitchen and overseeing all food preparation and cooking. “I was literally thrown into the fire, but for me, experience outweighs formal education every time.” Albertario’s experience and reputation led him to help open a restaurant in the north Chicago suburbs, and eventually brought him to Georgia, where he opened the Dunwoody/ Perimeter Mall location of Wildfire Restaurant in 2006. When his former boss joined Ray’s Restaurant Group, Albertario became Chef de Cuisine, or executive chef, at Ray’s on the River and Ray’s Killer Creek. He and his wife Michelle live in Canton; she is a manager for Starbucks. After answering an advertisement for a senior executive chef for John Wieland Homes, he joined the staff at Reunion and Woodmont in early 2015. The past year has been a whirlwind of activity, from creating all new

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seasonal menus for both clubs, redesigning menus, developing special events such as wine dinners and overseeing the renovation and redesign of Reunion’s kitchen and dining room, The 19th Hole Bar and Grill. “I have been able to put my name and stamp on the menus, build relationships with all of our vendors, including

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many local farms where we purchase our seasonal ingredients, and develop a from-scratch kitchen where we make everything right here,” he says. “We’ve become a diverse place for people to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.” The breakfast menu includes freshmade omelets, breakfast sandwiches

and fruit. A full complement of salads, sandwiches — including hand-pattied burgers — on several choices of bread, plus nearly a dozen hand-crafted snacks and appetizers is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. “We also offer a choice of several entrees after 4 p.m. each day and these HOME Living

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Chef Albertario also creates regular special dining events, such as his four- to five-course monthly wine dinners, with each course matched with the appropriate wine. Easter and Mother’s Day brunch buffets are on the boards this year and many holidays warrant featured menu items. He says that The 19th Hole will be offering additional dining concepts this year, including a date night concept with different courses, different wines and white-tablecloth dining. Reunion is open seven days a week for the public. “We’re a neighborhood dining option and welcome the public to come and join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” Albertario says. “Come by and experience all that we have to offer. The atmosphere is upscale casual, our menu is local and fresh, and there’s always something special, fresh and new.” For more information and the most current menu items and specials, visit ReunionGolfClub. com.

change fairly regularly,” Albertario says. “Depending on the local seasonal items available, these rotate regularly.” Items that are popular include everything-encrusted salmon with saffron insalata and red pepper vinaigrette, and reverseseared beef tenderloin with wild mushroom and fava bean succotash. The grilled watermelon salad is often on the summer menu.

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2016: A look at the trends for interior design As we turn the page on another year and look forward to new beginnings, the prevalent questions in the field of interior design are: What’s new? What’s next? What are the hot trends? I will share what I am seeing as the top five trends for 2016. 1. Warm metal finishes: The reemergence of warmer, gold-based tones has been making a come-back. These are different than the bright, shiny, brassy golds of the ’80s. Warmer, softer finishes that are antiqued or have copper undertones are appearing in everything from light fixtures to hardware accents on casegood pieces (tables, chests, dressers). 2. Pastel colors: The Pantone colors of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz &

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Serenity. This is the first time that the group that predicts color trends for many industries has named not one but two shades for this year. Both of these colors evoke a sense of peace, harmony and tranquility. The warmer, pinked- tinged tone of Rose Quartz balances with the cooler, blue-based shade of Serenity. They indicate a return to the basics and can create environments that are healing and nurturing. Softer, pastel shades are prominent and can be seen reflected in women’s clothing lines as well. They pair well together with neutral colors such as gray, brown or shades of white for a very soothing effect. 3. Bold colors and prints: Although in opposition to the trend of the softer pastel colors, bolder pops of color and graphic

prints are also a popular theme. Strong shades of tangerine, kiwi and fuchsia also pair well with neutral shades of white, gray and brown. If you are incorporating some of these more vibrant shades into your home, they are best used sparingly. A little goes a long way! Tribal or Moroccan-inspired patterns continue to have a strong presence in area rugs, textiles and other home accessories. The pervasive chevron print also shows up in many home furnishing products. Large floral motifs and vibrant, Caribbean colors reminiscent of the tropics provide elements for a more lively interior or exterior environment. 4. Fringe and fur: These design elements can add a whimsical touch to almost any

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style of interior decorating. A faux leopard or zebra print on an upholstery fabric or rug can be used interchangeably in a traditional setting or a more contemporary home. The popularity of fringe accents is a very strong trend in the fashion industry as well. Using accent pillows or throw blankets with fringed edging is an easy way to add a touch of this design element in any room. This is a great way to keep a room from feeling too serious. 5. Natural elements: The trend of incorporating nature-inspired pieces into our interior environments is not new but rather a strong trend that continues. Driftwood like finishes on tables, mirror frames or lamp bases is just one example. Fish, bird, botanical and branch motifs in textiles and accessory pieces are very prevalent. This is an indication of our continuing desire to bring the outdoors in. The used of reclaimed or recycled materials also speaks to a desire to be more environmentally respectful. The most important thing to remember

when considering the introduction of any interior design trend into your home’s décor is to do what feels right to you. Just because pastels are a strong design trend, does not make them right for everyone. As with fashion trends, just because “skinny jeans” are in, they are not a good choice for

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Go ahead, play with your food.

Food Network’s Alton Brown embarks on his new tour and talks with HOME Questions by HOME staff Photos courtesy David Allen

You may recognize him as the unforgiving judge of the culinary game show “Cutthroat Kitchen” whose wit and tongue are as sharp as his knives. He has hosted numerous series including “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award-winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network. Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown, who created a new form of entertainment with his first live culinary variety show — is coming to Atlanta for the all new “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” tour.

Alton Brown during the “Edible Inevitable” tour. Brown says about the “Eat Your Science” tour to prepare for brand-new food experiments that will “blow the house off – well we hope not, but you get the idea.”

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Alton Brown during the “Edible Inevitable” tour. His new tour, “Eat Your Science,” comes to Atlanta in April.

Beginning in April, the new live show will visit 40 U.S. cities. Brown’s first North American tour, “Edible Inevitable,” was a huge success over two years and 100 cities with more than 150,000 fans in attendance. With “Eat Your Science,” fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings) but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs, bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Critics and fans have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant. “There will be plenty of 24

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new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience,” says Brown. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things that I was never allowed to do on TV.” He also says larger and more protective ponchos will be provided to the first few rows as his experiments have the potential to get messy. Brown answered a few questions about his tour and cooking for HOME Living in North Georgia: HM: What inspired this latest tour

and how will it be different from the last for audiences? AB: Two things inspired it: science, and the last tour. Science is amazing and lends itself well to, shall we say … culinary theatricality. And honestly, the last show set the bar for what I can get away with so it only makes sense to do a show that tries to get away with even more. So, “Eat Your Science” is structured much like the “Edible Inevitable Tour” but all the material is 100 percent new. HM: What is it about how Americans approach food, food preparation and eating in general that makes us such a target for culinary scrutiny (aspiring for the largest burger for instance HOME Living

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instead of aiming for flavor and finesse)? AB: We’re America … go big or go home. Besides, on TV you can’t see flavor, or aroma. You can however see size. HM: You grew up here in North Georgia. (White County to be specific) Is there a particular dish or way of cooking here that you love, miss or absolutely abhor and why? AB: I hate that people outside of the South — especially Georgia — think all we do is fry stuff. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Real Georgian cuisine is fresh, and vegetable-centric. Fried chicken is just the tip of the iceberg. As for actual dishes…I gotta go with Brunswick stew. HM: You and I came through a school system that still had “home economics” that somewhat taught the basics of boiling water and making cookies. Do you feel today’s schools are leaving out something essential when it comes to science and teaching kids how to cook? AB: Cooking is a perfect and practical expression of scientific understanding. I suspect that if more kids took cooking — from a good teacher — grades would go up in physics, biology, and especially chemistry. Cuisine is the connective tissue of science. HM: Final question(s): If you were stranded on a remote island with two other “celebrity” chefs, who would they be and why? If you had to pick one roadkill from a rural Georgia highway what would it be and how would you prepare it? AB: Oh, I’m not about to try to answer that one other than to say I’d pick someone juicy and slow. As for roadkill, I’m going to go opossum which I’d stew with turnips and corn. Brown, author of the James Beard award-winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” is releasing the first of two new cookbooks through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) in the fall of 2016. “Alton Brown: Every Day Cook,” or “EDC” as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. “Good Eats” can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix. Information about the “Eat Your Science” tour can be found on Facebook: /altonbrown; Twitter: @altonbrown; Instagram: @altonbrown; or use the tour hashtag #AltonBrownLive. Those with an appetite for more Alton Brown can find additional show and ticketing information at www. altonbrownlive.com.

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Flock to folk pottery

Sautee Nacoochee museum displays the history of Appalachian artworks Story by Brandee A. Thomas Photos courtesy Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia

When it comes to hidden gems and the North Georgia mountains, most people think of gold. But Chris Brooks believes the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia should be added to that list. Now in its 10th year of celebrating the homespun artistic expressions of the southern Appalachian region, Brooks, the museum’s director, says the exhibits are still a pleasant surprise to many. “We have people here almost every week who are blown away by what they see here,” says Brooks of the museum on Ga. 255 near Helen. “We have some people who keep coming back for the new exhibits, but

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then we also get a lot of new visitors who are shocked to see that there is a museum of this caliber in a quiet, rural valley.” The community where the museum is located is perhaps best known for the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound. A piece of that culture is also highlighted within the pottery museum’s walls. “We actually have a bowl on loan from the Smithsonian that was unearthed in the Nacoochee Indian mound,” Brooks says. The museum was established in 2000 with the goal of highlighting the “handcraft skills of one of the South’s premier grassroots art forms and to showcase the historical importance of folk pottery in life in the South.” The museum’s latest temporary exhibit featuring work by Bill Gordy il-

lustrates the duality of pottery — art and functionality — perfectly. One of the 30 pieces on display includes a very practical churn; however it has been given an “art form” stamp. “The work that he does is very workmanlike. It’s very finished,” Brooks says. “You can look at a piece of his pottery and see that there is a level of care taken with it that you wouldn’t usually see on things meant for utilitarian purposes.” This perfectionism is a combination of skills Gordy learned from his father, W.T.B. Gordy, and honed during the Great Depression. “He was born into a folk pottery family in 1910. He learned the craft of making utilitarian ware for home needs from his father, but then he had to adapt his work during the Depression to include more artistic forms in order to earn a living,” Brooks says. The Gordy exhibit includes decorative pieces as well as more functional items. But what really

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“A lot of his colors are what you’d probably associate with a mid-century color palate — some blues, reds, and turquoise.” separates his work from others are his glazes. “He is best known for his Mountain Gold. It’s a brownish glaze with crystalline inclusions that give it a gold shimmer,” Brooks says. “A lot of his colors are what you’d probably associate with a midcentury color palate — some blues, reds, and turquoise. Most of them have that sort of 1950s and 1960s appeal, but it looks very contemporary because a lot of those colors are now coming back.” Visitors will get the opportunity to enjoy some of Gordy’s work thanks to a loan from a private collector, which is how many works end up on display at the Folk Pottery Museum. “We try to keep our ear to the ground about people who collect different things. Sometimes people will come in and say they’ve collected certain artists for years or people will ask if we have anything by a certain potter. That gets the conversation going,” Brooks says. The Gordy exhibit opened in January and will be on display until the fall, but there are multiple perks to checking it out sooner than later. One being free admission on Saturday, March 12, with a downloadable ticket from the Smithsonian. The early bird perks get even better. “We have several Gordy items available on consignment, so if you see something you like, you could take a piece home,” Brooks says. The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is located at 283 Ga. 255 N in Sautee Nacoochee. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. In addition to the Gordy pieces, visitors will also be able to enjoy the museum’s permanent collection, which includes a selection of face jugs that helped to popularize the pottery of Northeast Georgia. homemagazinenorthgeorgia.com

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“Wisdom,” oil on canvas by Roseta Santiago.

From ‘paintslinger’ to artist of distinction Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson Photos courtesy of the artists

In Asian philosophy there is a process of becoming “new.” This intellectual sensation, says artist Roseta Santiago, has been her best ally. In a state of continual change, Santiago is always developing her technique as an artist. And much of her development took place in Gainesville. “I always dreamed of being an artist. I don’t think A detail from Flight there was any doubt that is Plan, by Roseta what I wanted to do. I never Santiago. thought it could happen,” says Santiago. Having grown up in Washington, DC in a military family with 6 siblings, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville was a place she had heard about and wanted to take a few classes “someday.” “I saw Marc Chatov’s work and the work of his students in an atelier class in a building where I was working one day, Santiago says. She asked about taking a few classes and eventually ended up at the Quinlan. As a single mom , I had 28

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no idea how that would ever happen, but it did.” Santiago says of the many paths she has waked she has always been optimistic of the results. “On some of those paths, I managed an employment agency in Washington DC, designed and sold signage and exhibits, started a graphics design company that led to theme restaurant advertising, an advertising and promotion agency and a design/build career.” Her design company’s success brought her to Atlanta in 1976. In 1994, she was recruited to paint life-size wildlife murals for more than 20 Bass Pro stores in 16 states. This earned her the name “Paintslinger” in New Mexico. Today I realize that these experiences played a major role in this, my final painting “career.” She claims to be a late bloomer in the arts, not taking up fine art seriously until after 2000, when she glimpsed the Chatov class. Santiago took numerous courses and eventually began to teach her own courses to several students at the Quinlan. “I always tell students they are on a learning curve somewhere. Not unlike a merry-go-round, an artist gets on when they do. What they bring with them, as far as life lessons learned, is important.” Santiago says to be an artist today, you need people skills and business skills. 30

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“You start where you are with what you have, and in most cases you have a lot more than you think.” One of her former students, Christopher Sherry, an architect and professor at Brenau University, recalls his time with Santiago in the studio. I”t was at the Quinlan that I first heard of and met Roseta Santiago,” says Sherry. “She was leading a workshop in an adjacent classroom. I wandered in. Roseta kindly invited me to roam through

the classroom with its painters painting in the dark except for minimal dim lighting and a spot light on small boxes filled with ‘junk’. The ‘junk,’ he recalls, was some of many items which Roseta had personally collected, artifacts of significant personal memories. She carted these from Santa Fe, and to this day are still in use by Quinlan art students. “Her generosity was extended to my students. She invited all of them to roam her class and check the paint-

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Jill McGannon, above, and one of her paintings, right. Artist Jill McGannon also has fond memories of working with and learning from Santiago. Having earned a BFA and MFA from the University of Georgia in 1988, McGannon took her first course at the Quinlan in 1997. The Quinlan, she says, filled a gap in realism that had been consumed in the art world by abstract works. “I took a workshop from Roseta Santiago because I had never painted a still life, says McGannon. “She brought all of these amazing props and set them up so that a few artists would be painting each set up so that

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we could get close enough to see well. Then she lit them from the side to encourage chiaroscuro painting.” “Realist painting is much more in vogue now, and I’m thankful for institutions like the Art Students League of New York and the Quinlan in Gainesville for keeping traditional painting alive,” says McGannon. The realistic still lifes and stoic figures in Santiago’s work all have deep meaning. “There is such mystery surrounding our family heritage. This may be a clue to my curiosity about subjects and the lineage of the objects I paint. I am fascinated by mystery,

illusion and the unknown,” says Santiago. “I find many things to admire and learn from. Being a teacher and student at heart, I am always willing to learn.” says Santiago. Her willingness to learn eventually landed her in Santa Fe where she currently resides. Roseta Santiago’s work is recognized and collected internationally. She has successfully exhibited at the The Eiteljorg Museum of Western and Indian Art in Indianapolis, The Booth Museum in Georgia, The Desert Caballeros Museum in Arizona, and most recently at the prestigious Autry

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successfully exhibited at the The Eiteljorg Museum of Western and Indian Art in Indianapolis, The Booth Museum in Georgia, The Desert Caballeros Museum in Arizona, and most recently at the prestigious Autry Museum “Masters of the West” show in Los Angeles. Her biography she says “is brief, a thumbnail sketch if you will, but it encompasses all the experiences that led to my

picking up a brush and beginning to paint my paintings. That is what I am here to do.” “Roseta is the artist embodiment of what the Quinlan is all about: education and exhibition, says Amanda McClure, executive director of the Quinlan. “Not only is she one of the most gifted master artists to ever come to the Quinlan, teaching artists that are all talented in their own right, she is also one of our most successful exhibitors and top selling artists.” Because of this, the Quinlan has chosen Santiago as the Artist of Distinction for this year’s gala.

“I never forget the days of love and support at the Quinlan,” says Santiago. “The experiences I had there are forever a part of my life and future. I feel like the staff and students are like my family. And we all pass on our blessings to the next generation.” The 38th annual Gala Art Auction will be Saturday, March 5 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center and will feature the highest caliber original art work by local, regional and national talents. The evening will feature 100 couples, 100 art works. Santiago will be in attendance at the popular event and at the Collector’s Preview Night on Thursday, March 3. One of her original pieces will be for auction during the GALA at the Quinlan on Green Street in Gainesville. For more information on Roseta Santiago, visit rose tasantiago.com. For more information on the Quinlan, visit qvac.org.

Clockwise: Roseta Santiago painting in her studio. Moose Caller, oil. Santiago in front of a work in progress, photo by Gabriella Marks photography. Morning Meditation, oil.

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Preserving the past Healan’s Mill advocates plan renovation Story by Frank Reddy Photos by Scott Rogers Man can clear a space. He can lay a foundation. He can build a structure of wood, nails and metal. He can scatter gravel along its path. But again and again, nature will take it back. Vines will pull it apart. Rain will rot the wood. Rust will eat the metal. Through neglect, the historical buildings of yesteryear 34

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too often fall victim to the slow but steady hand of time. But an old gristmill in rural East Hall has advocates today, and it’s their mission to keep Mother Nature at bay while they transform Healan’s Mill into something amazing for future generations to enjoy. More than two dozen members of an

advisory committee created for the restoration of Healen’s (or Head’s) Mill met last fall at the nearly 170-year-old gristmill. There, they discussed their plans. Member and architect Garland Reynolds showed the group some blueprints that illustrated some of the top priorities for the mill, which is located off Whitehall Road HOME Living

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Left: Hall County’s historic Healan’s Mill, AKA Head’s Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. Below: Healan’s Mill committee members meet at the old mill site to tour the structure and begin plans on the mill’s renovations.

near Lula. “This promises to be the jewel in the crown. The possibilities are unlimited.” He said one of the possibilities is turning the mill into a nature center with trails. Abit Massey, an organizer of the group, said the restored mill would be “a good place for weddings and family reunions, as well as something that tourists would enjoy. ... I think we’re going to have one of the most popular attractions in Hall County and Northeast Georgia when this is done.” But right now, it’s a matter of getting from point A to point B. Officials are looking homemagazinenorthgeorgia.com

at using proceeds from the five-year special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters last March to stabilize the mill, according to Marty Nix, assistant Hall County administrator. Hall County bought the mill and some 4 acres surrounding it off Whitehall Road at the North Oconee River in March 2003, using grant funding from the Trust for Public Land. Head’s Mill Historic Preservation Trust, a nonprofit offshoot of the Hall County Historical Society, has since rallied for the structure’s preservation. During last week’s meeting, Nix told the group “the county’s resources are committed

to this project. Whatever we have to do to move it along, we’ll do it.” Nix toured the mill with the rest of the committee on a clear September afternoon. As they walked single file past the streetcar rails that support the porch and glanced warily at the “DANGER” and “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” signs nailed beside the door, the group entered the gristmill. The committee marched up rickety stairs that groaned. They crisscrossed one another inside the dark building, stepping over sunken spots in the flooring, eyeing the caked red mud of dirt dauber nests. “There is lots to be done, but there Spring | 2016

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is great potential,” Reynolds said as he stepped into a room with a crumbling chimney and a view of the water wheel, a structure that is 25 feet in diameter and no longer turning. “Back when this was operational, the water would fill up a pan, and the weight of the water would turn it, and it was a very powerful force,” Reynolds said. “The area was very lucky to have this mill. People would come out here and camp out to use it.” Local residents once used the mill to grind crops, manufacture shingles, gin cotton and turn timber into boards. Added Reynolds: “We almost lost it, but thanks to the Healan Family, who got ahold of it and preserved it ... and Hall County, which was able to get ahold of this small piece of property, we’re on our way to making it something incredible once again.” According to Hall County records, the mill was last remodeled during the Great Depression when the wooden water wheel was replaced with metal. By the end of World War II in 1945, electricity had become available throughout rural Hall County and store-bought dry goods became more common, eliminating the need for the mill’s hydraulic power. By the 1960s, the mill was in shambles, rusted and covered in kudzu when thenowner F.H. Turner sold the mill to Fred and Burnice Healan. The Healans fixed up the old building and converted it into an antique store, according to former Times editor Johnny Vardeman. Massey said the fall meeting was “a dramatic step” in restoring the mill’s integrity. “This group of people, it’s a very strong committee,” Massey said. “Each brings unique areas of expertise to the table. We have a long way to go, but this is a big step. I think we’ll all look back and remember this day.”

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“This group of people, it’s a very strong committee. Each brings unique areas of expertise to the table. We have a long way to go, but this is a big step. I think we’ll all look back and remember this day.” Bottom left: Healan’s Mill committee members meet at the old mill as architect Garland Reynolds gives them the latest updates on the mill’s structural integrity. Left: Healan’s Mill dates back to 1845. Water turns the wheel as it pours in from the top through a trough. Below: Healan’s Mill committee members take a quick tour inside the old mill.

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Investment tax— it’s complicated Oftentimes when folks seek retirement planning guidance from me, their initial questions center around investment advice. I try to help them understand that in order to have a secure retirement plan, there are three critical areas that must be addressed: tax planning, income planning and investment planning. In order to appropriately strategize in all three areas, a general understanding of each is imperative. Today, I want to discuss the taxation of investments. I consider this to be such an important part of retirement planning that when I teach courses and educated people, I dedicate an entire section to tax planning. It is important to understand that investments are either tax-exempt or possibly subject to two types of tax, ordinary income tax and capital gains tax. Furthermore, there are two types of capital gains: long-term and short-term. It is important to understand the difference between the two because they are taxed differently. Let me explain how investments can be subject to ordinary income tax. Many sources of income, in addition to wages and salary, are taxed as ordinary income. A good example is interest income. Investment vehicles such as savings accounts, CDs, money markets, bonds, annuities and, in some cases, preferred stock, provide interest income that is taxed as ordinary income. Ordinary income is taxed as ordinary income tax rates and can range from 0 percent for lower income folks all the way up to 39.6 percent for higher income 38

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individuals. (High income and high net worth folks may also be subject to a 3.8 percent net investment income tax, and a 0.9 percent additional Medicare tax, both often referred to as Obamacare taxes, which first took effect in 2013.) Capital gains, on the other hand, are generally recognized and therefore taxed when an investment is sold. If an investment that is sold has appreciated in value since its purchase, that increase, the capital gain, will be taxed as either a short-term capital gain or a long-term capital gain. A short-term capital gains tax is incurred when any investment is sold within a year of its purchase, while a long-term capital gains tax is incurred when an investment is sold after holding it for more than a year. The time during which an investment is owned is called the “holding” period. It is important to differentiate between short-term capital gains and long-term capital gains because short-term capital gains will generally be taxed as ordinary income tax rates, while long-term capital gains will either be tax-free, or taxed at more favorable rates of 15 percent to 20 percent, depending upon an individual’s ordinary income tax rate. We have talked a lot about capital gains, but what if we have a capital loss? Capital losses can offset capital gains. Capital losses from one investment can reduce the capital gains from other investments. A capital loss can also offset up to $3,000 of ordinary income this year ($1,500 for married persons filing separately). Furthermore, capital losses not used this year can offset future capital gains. Schedule D of your federal income tax return is also

used to identify capital losses that can be offset with capital gains. In addition to understanding that investment income can be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, it is important to understand that an investment account can be tax-deferred, tax-exempt or taxable. A tax-exempt investment account can include a Roth IRA or a 529 College Savings Plan. Both vehicles allow tax-free growth, meaning that both the income earned and the capital gains recognized are free from tax. Some examples of tax-deferred investment vehicles include 401(k) plans and IRAs. In essence, any tax consequences from either ordinary income (remember, interest income is treated as ordinary income) or capital gains are “deferred” until some point in the future, in most cases, when it is withdrawn from either the 401(k) or IRA. One last note: It is important to understand that capital losses cannot be used to offset capital gains in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as an IRA. So when evaluating an investment plan, ask why any type of asset that could lose value would be included in a tax-deferred vehicle since you cannot offset losses against gains. Folks, make sure you seek advice that encompasses all aspects of retirement planning because it is not always what you make, but what you keep. About the author: Scott Moore is the founder of Moore’s Wealth Management and has decades of experience in finance and investment banking. HOME Living

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Warmer weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between. Choose the right clubs. There is more to selecting clubs than pulling any old iron out of your golf bag and whacking away. Wind, hazards and obstructions in landing areas should influence your decision of which club to use. Novice golfers may want to rely on their caddies to make club recommendations, and as they become more confident in their abilities they can start to make their own choices.

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Anchor your feet. Anchor your foot behind the ball to drive the ball further. Right-handed players will keep the right foot anchored, and lefties will do the opposite. Do not lift your foot prematurely; otherwise, you can lose power and distance. Identify your weaknesses. As with any hobby, identifying those areas that need the most work can help you become a better golfer. Keep track of each shot you take, and then look at the results to see which areas of your game need the most work. Fix your alignment. Align your shots by assessing the target from

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behind the ball. Then set the clubface behind the golf ball and align it with the target before you enter your stance. Use your torso for power. The torso is essential to a solid swing. Practice rotating from your core to control your backswing and then maintain the same spine angle and posture on the downswing. Use the wind. Not every golf game will be played in perfect weather. A good player knows how to make adjustments for the wind depending on the shot. Use the wind to your advantage when you can, and adjust

your swing when hitting into the wind. Become a better chipper. Many players put so much emphasis on their backswings and putt shots that they fail to devote any practice to chips. All shots are important for golfers trying to shed strokes off of their scores. Keep fit. Maintaining or improving your physical strength and overall health can help your golf game. Exercise and eat right, and you will have more endurance on the links.

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Ongoing Northeast Georgia History Center Family Days 1-4 p.m. Second Sunday of each month through December. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org. Northeast Georgia History Center Forums 7 p.m. Second Tuesday of each month through December. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St NE, Gainesville. Theme differs each month. Admission free for members, $3 for nonmembers. 770-297-5900, www.negahc.org. Bowen Center for the Arts 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. New shows monthly. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N, Dawsonville. Free. 706-216-2787, info@dawsonarts.org. Lake Lanier Rowing Club classes Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clarks Bridge Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $100. www.lakelanierrowing.org, llrc@mindspring. com, 770-287-0077, 770-540-7144. Toastmasters program, improve communication and leadership skills 6 p.m. Mondays. 611 Spring St., Gainesville. Free. 706-265-6710, 2520.toastmastersclubs.org. Square dance plus classes 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 J.M. Turk Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 12 years old and older. 770-965-7140. Library chess club 1-5 p.m. Fridays. Gainesville Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. All ages and levels welcome. 770-532-3311, ext. 114. American Business Women’s Association 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday each month. Recess Southern Gastro-pub, 118 Bradford St. NE, 42

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Gainesville. Dinner, speakers, meeting. 770654-9277, abwallcc.org. The Pilot Club 5:45 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Elk’s Club, 1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. 770-5322528, jlc814@yahoo.com. The Georgia Art League Noon, third Thursday each month. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Georgiaartleague.org. Friday Sketch Club 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. first Friday of the month. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $20. 770-5362575, info@qvac.org, www.quinlanartscenter.org. Hall County Farmers Market 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Through November. 734 E. Crescent Drive, Gainesville. hallcountyfarmersmarket.org.

February

Feb. 5 “Connectability” photo show Dawsonville. Opening reception Feb. 5. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N, Dawsonville. www.dawsonarts.org or 706216-2787. Gavriel Savit author presentation, Athens. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave., Athens. Free. www.avidbookshop.com or 706-352-2060. Feb. 6 Gail Karowski author presentation, Athens. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave., Athens. Free. www.avidbookshop.com or 706-352-2060. Ghost Hunting 101 Gainesville. 5:30-10 p.m. Feb. 6. Hall County Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. $5-$8. Ages 18 and older. Registration deadline 4 p.m. Jan. 29. 770-532-3311, ext. 114.

Clarkesville Mardi Gras, Clarkesville. 6 p.m. Feb. 6. $30. Habersham Event Center, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. For adults 21 and older. 706-754-2220. Evening of Stories featuring Minton Sparks, Sautee Nacoochee. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. $13$15. 706-878-3300 or www.snca.org Extreme midget wrestling show, Norcross. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. $9-$29. www.atlantamidgetwrestling. com or 770-279-9899. Feb. 14 “Love Songs: From the Backwoods to Broadway”With Katie Deal with Chris Wright & Friends Gainesville. 2:30 p.m. Pearce Auditorium, 1 Centennial Circle, Gainesville. $20-$25. www.theartscouncil.net or 770-534-2787. Feb. 7 Eloisa James author talk and signing, Norcross. 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Forum Shopping Center, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5141 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. events@gwinnettpl.org. 770-978-5154. Feb. 20 Movie fest Dawsonville. 1-4 p.m. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N, Dawsonville. Video finalists and awards presentation. www. dawsonarts.org or 706-216-2787. Feb. 22 “Computer Building Basics” classes 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22-23. Lay Park, 297 Hoyt St., Athens. $15-$22.50. Designed for ages 18 or older. www.athensclarkecounty. com/leisure or 706-613-3596. Feb. 23 2015 Georgia author of the year Dr. Carolyn Curry, Gainesville. Brenau University’s Women’s College. Reading at 7 p.m. in Hosch Theater followed by book signing in Burd lobby. Reception 6 p.m. at the North Georgia History Center. Free. HOME Living

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home calendar Trudy Nan Boyce book launch 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23. DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. www. georgiacenterforthebook.org Fletcher McHale author presentation, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Avenue, Athens. Free. www.avidbookshop.com or 706-352-2060. Feb. 25-27 Debra Nadelhoffer studio workshop in oils or pastels Gainesville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $350. http://www.quinlanartscenter. org/debra-nadelhoffer.html or 770-536-2575. Feb. 27 Nicole Castroman author presentation 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave., Athens. Free. www.avidbookshop. com or 706-352-2060. Feb. 29 “Computer Virus Busters” classes 10 a.m. to noon. Feb. 29. Lay Park, 297 Hoyt St., Athens. Designed for ages 18 or older. www.athensclarkecounty.com/ leisure or 706-613-3596.

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March 1 Dan Gutman author talk and signing 7 p.m. March 1. Little Shop of Stories, 133 E. Court Square homemagazinenorthgeorgia.com

No. A, Decatur. www.littleshopofstories.com. March 2 Dan Gutman author talk and signing 4:30 p.m. March 2. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. www.foxtalebookshoppe. com. Harlem Globetrotters 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 5. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. $28.50-$430.50. www.InfiniteEnergyCenter.com. 770-6262464. 38th annual Gala Fine Art Auction, Gainesville. 6:30 p.m. March 5. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $125 per person. www.quinlanartscenter. com or 770-536-2575. Annual book and author luncheon and Tribute to John Kollock Noon. March 5. The Commons Building, Piedmont College, 1021 Central Ave., Demorest. $25, tickets available at Clarkesville Library, deadline March 1. March 12 John McDermott Gainesville. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St., Gainesville. $17-$22, for tickets www.fbcgainesville. tix.com or 800-595-4849. Information, call 770-538-0858. Attack the Castle 5K/10K, 8 a.m. March 12. Riverside Military Academy, $25-$35.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. www.riversidemilitary.com/ NetCommunity/RiversideMilitaryAcademy. March 19 Second annual North Georgia Women’s Expo Gainesville. Time and location TBA. Vendors and sponsorships available. 770-535-6323 or 770535-6304. Flies and Fly Water class 9:30 a.m. to noon. March 19. $10-$15. Smithgall Woods State Park Visitor’s Center, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. www.gastateparks. org/smithgallwoods or 706-8783087. March 22 “The Philadelphia Story” Oakwood. Through April 16.

University of North Georgia Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3850 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. $12-$20. 678-717-3624, www.gainesvilletheatrealliance. org.

April “Culinary herbs, growing and using” gardening seminar 6-7 p.m. April 11. Clarkesville Public Library Community Room, 178 E. Green St., Clarkesville. Free. To RSVP, contact Beryl Alford at 770839-7469 or berylalford327@ gmail.com

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Keep your heart running Heart health should be a concern for people of all ages, but especially so for men and women over 50. That’s because, according to the American Heart Association, even men and women who are free of cardiovascular disease at age 50 are at a significant lifetime risk of developing the disease But heart disease does not have to be an accepted byproduct of aging. For example, a 2014 44

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study published in the AHA journal Circulation found that maintaining or increasing physical activity after age 65 can improve the heart’s well-being and lower risk of heart attack. In addition to increasing physical activity as they age, older men and women who understand heart disease and learn to recognize its symptoms have a greater chance of minimizing its affects and lowering their risk of having a heart

attack.What are the symptoms of heart disease?Heart disease is a blanket term used to describe a host of conditions, so symptoms vary depending on each individual condition. The following are some of the more widely known conditions and their symptoms: Hypertension: Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a largely symptomless form of heart disease. The AHA

notes that the idea that hypertension produces symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, facial flushing, nervousness, and sweating is a misconception. Symptoms typically do not alert men and women to the presence of hypertension, highlighting the emphasis men and women should place on routine visits to the doctor’s office, where their blood pressure can be taken. Heart attack: The sympHOME Living

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toms of a heart attack are different than the symptoms of heart disease that may lead to heart attack. The former can be found by visiting www.heart.org. Signs that you may be heading toward a heart attack include undue fatigue, palpitations (the sensation that your heart is skipping a beat or beating too rapidly), dyspnea (difficulty or labored breathing), chest pain or discomfort from increased activity. Arrhythmia: Arrhythmia means your heartbeat is irregular, and men and women often mistakenly believe arrhythmia only afflicts those who already have been diagnosed with heart disease or have had a heart attack. But arrhythmia can affect even those men and women who have healthy hearts and no history of cardiovascular disease. Symptoms of arrhythmia can vary greatly, from a single premature beat to a series of premature beats that occur in rapid succession. Arrhythmia that lasts long enough to affect heart function may include symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and chest pain.How can I protect my heart?Heart healthy habits take some effort, but men and women can protect their hearts regardless of their ages. Get sufficient exercise. At least 30 minutes of exercise per day can protect against disease. Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk for a host of ailments, including heart disease. Quitting is a great way to start getting your heart and other parts of your body back on track.Include hearthealthy foods in your diet. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in cholesterol, salt and saturated fat promotes heart health. Don’t drink alcohol to excess. Like smoking, drinking alcohol to excess can lead to a host of problems, such as high blood pressure, arrhythmia and high cholesterol, each of which increases your risk of heart disease. Lose weight. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for heart disease. If you have already started to exercise daily and eat a more heart-healthy diet, then youÕre on your way to losing weight. Consult your physician if diet and exercise don’t seem to be helping you to shed pounds. Heart disease kills millions of people across the globe each year, many of whom are over 50. But men and women who learn about heart disease and how to reduce their risk stand a far greater chance of fighting the disease. homemagazinenorthgeorgia.com


home around town MLK Day celebration Jan. 18, 2016

With a banner bearing the words, “We are keepers of the dream,” young students led hundreds of people on an hour-long walk through Ward 3, Gainesville’s historic African-American neighborhood, in memory of the civil rights icon.

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Guest House anniversary Jan. 3, 2016

The Guest House recently celebrated its 30th year providing medical care, food and activities for seniors in Gainesville afflicted with the types of diseases that affect memory loss. Currently serving about 40 area seniors who stay at the facility from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the week, The Guest House was chartered in 1985, and ever since there have been countless instances of what Director Dana Chapman calls “connections made.�

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Interdenominational Black Ministers Association revival Jan. 8, 2016

Each year during the first week of January, the IBMA sponsors the community revival “in order to set the spiritual tone and pace for the new year,” said Minister Michelle Lowe Mintz. She spoke Wednesday from a pulpit in the church’s expansive sanctuary.

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