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Laura and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


esterday was a fitting day to have a pity party. The news came from yet another conversation with my vet about my dog Bam’s chronic bronchial condition. At his age, surgery was not recommended. For the last two months, my dog has seen a couple of vets, been on multiple meds, steroids, and now we have decided to give him sedatives to keep him comfortable and calm. We’ve been through many sleepless nights with his constant coughing and the poor guy is so stressed. I’m praying this might work. He’s been my constant shadow for over twelve years and I’m not ready to lose him. Are we ever? My son, Winston, rescued this funny looking puppy. He had been abandoned in a playground and was found hiding under a slide after a stormy night. We already had two dogs and I told him that we were not keeping him. After just a couple of days I had changed my tune. I was not letting this adorable puppy go. I named him Bam, after Bam Margera, the infamous skateboarder and star of Viva La Bam. At the time, Winston was really into skateboarding. Bam goes by Bammer, Bammy, Squatacus (for his short legs) and BAM when he’s been bad. People have always asked me about his breed. I’m guessing he’s part lab and part chow, which may explain how he can be so easy going and yet fiercely protective. Yes, he’d jump in your car if he could jump, but he’d also Bam’s had his photo in several issues of the magazine, bite your hand if you stuck it in my car including this one from Winter 2011. to pet him. Yet, he looks so cute. When he yawns, he looks like a crocodile with a large mouth and sharp teeth. His fuzzy paws smell like popcorn. Hey, don’t judge. I love popcorn! He also has a peculiar habit. When I wash my face or get out of the shower, he has to have his own wash cloth to wash his face. I put some soap on it and lay it down and he bends down and washes both sides of his face. I am not lying! I need to post it on youtube. To get out of this funk, I decided to make a short list of things that make me happy: • Purple-painted toenails for summer. • The endorphin rush I feel after a Barre3 class. • Shopping for vintage radios at antique malls to add to my collection. • Watching the July 4th fireworks from my backyard. • Binge watching Billions and Outlander with Jerry. • Whipping up a new recipe with fresh herbs and vegetables from our garden. • Sleeping in, just ’cause I can. No more sales meetings for me. 4

• Scaring Jerry with a strategically placed large rubber roach and vice versa. Hide it in the bottom of his coffee cup? Perfect! • When my son calls and I hear him say, “Hey.” • Seeing Bam smile with his underbite shining up at me always makes me smile!

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August 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The band Tribute will be celebrating the Allman Brothers Band at this free outdoor concert. Cartersville Plaza. Cartersville.

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August 11, 7:00 p.m. During the evening’s festivities ten couples will compete for the chance to win the coveted Mirrored Ball Award. Proceeds go to the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. Rome City Auditorium. Rome.

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August 17 – 26 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. We’re in Mineola County again, where the Community Theatre is producing Romeo and Juliet. Even though the

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Simply Summer Workouts By Mary Wannall


or those of us with children, we are excited to be done with homework, arguing with our children every morning to get up and get dressed, and rushing to school and afternoon activities. For those without children, summer is a great time to take a vacation and enjoy the beautiful weather. Just like the winter holidays, we all sometimes change our schedules or relax during the summer. We also take a break from exercising or become less consistent. As a personal trainer, I try to encourage my clients to at least maintain what they have achieved instead of just quitting altogether. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape this summer.


 evelop an exercise routine you can D literally do anywhere and anytime. Here is a simple one I do when I’m traveling or on vacation or even stuck at home with the kids. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how many sets and reps you do and if you need to rest.


I f you are at the beach, spend a lot of time in the water jumping around, swimming, playing games, and walking up and down the beach. Go bike riding on the sand or through the different neighborhoods.


 oin a fitness group. There are J many fitness groups out there like boot camps, cross training, and classes that you can join to help keep you motivated and accountable to work out each week. Not only will you meet lots of people that have the same goals as you do, but the instructor will also call or text when you have not been coming, which will also encourage you to come to classes.

Just because it’s the summer doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your health. Our bodies never have a vacation. We have to live with them every day of our lives, so make exercise a part of your everyday life and enjoy living!

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ere I sit on my back porch with my laptop, connected to the Wi-Fi and working off battery power, nary a cord in sight. To my left, sits my 1st generation iPad, which my 16-year-old nephew would surely see as “vintage.” It still works although it is “too old” to run the latest version of iOS. It is also connected to Wi-Fi, battery powered, and sporting a Bluetooth keyboard. To my right is my iPhone SE, a tiny device with the heart of a supercomputer, pumping out writing inspiration from my library of 80’s tunes that can play for six hours without repeating a song. The irony of sitting down to write an article on the comeback of nostalgia items such as typewriters, record players, fountain pens, sewing machines, books, board games, and Polaroid cameras, with all this technology at hand, is not lost on me. Neither is the fact that these items are woven into the very fabric of my childhood, and that they are now considered vintage. This makes my heart skip a beat. Not only because I feel the years slipping by more quickly the older I get, but also from the heartfelt joy of fond childhood memories involving each of these things. So, why now, I wonder? Why has the clack-clack-clack of typewriter keys and the scratchy sound of a vinyl record suddenly become music to the ears of a younger generation while taking the older generation back to the good old 14

days? I own two vintage typewriters and lots and lots (and lots!) of books. My husband has an ever-expanding collection of vinyl played on a turntable that belonged to his Dad and lovingly restored by Sweet Melissa Records in Marietta, GA. What draws us to these items when we are surrounded by devices that can type letters, play music, supply endless libraries, limitless games, and photos all at the touch of a button or the sweep of a finger? Richard Polt, a philosophy professor and author of The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century, told the Associated Press that the revival is more than just a passing fad. Doug Nichol, director of the documentary California Typewriter, says that “digital burnout” may be the reason. He believes that kids who grew up with digital phones and tablets are excited to see a letter typed in their own hand on actual paper which has a lasting quality and a feel of permanence you can’t get in this day and age of fast-flowing social media feeds. One minute it’s there, the next it’s gone. In an increasingly digital age, a deeper, tactile connection is provided by items requiring a more manual approach. Printed books have recently begun a huge comeback as well. According to the Pew Research Center, 65% of Americans reported reading a printed book in 2016, compared to only 28% who read an e-book. Experts say it could be a trend

in adults trying to limit screen time. A study by U.K. regulator Ofcom found that one-third of adults had attempted a “digital detox” in 2016 by limiting their use of digital devices. According to consumer research group Euromonitor International, sales of e-readers dropped by more than 40% between 2011 and 2016. People seem to be drifting back to the familiar. This resurgence does seem to be a somewhat anti-technology reaction. However, most believe it is a longing to go back to a calmer, slower moving time. There exists a definite yearning for a bygone era, especially among younger people. Perhaps it’s simply in style to be sentimental for things of the past. Or possibly the younger generation are just burned out on being continually connected digitally and are idealizing days when life was sweeter, books and photos were printed, and music sounded rich and warm, although a little scratchy. So, where can one find and purchase the solace of vintage items? If you truly want the retro experience, hitting the pavement, haunting your local antique shops, estate and garage sales, thrift stores, and specialty shops should yield a few good finds. For many, the thrill of the hunt is one of the most exciting parts of the vintage revolution. Imagine striking out on a sunny Saturday morning with the anticipation and rush of finding a gem hidden amongst the ordinary, just waiting to be discovered.

The bargaining and finally the fun of restoration if needed, taking a vintage item from sad and obsolete to new and beloved. You may find a vintage treasure hiding in a relative’s basement, attic, or closet. My husband’s turntable languished in a basement for years until we fished it out and had it restored. One of my typewriters came from the house of a friend’s mom who had recently passed, and she thought I might like to have it. These items hold special sentimental value and are quite often the most precious. For those not averse to using modern methods to find vintage items, a quick Google search for “vintage typewriters” will bring up an astounding 911,000 results. My pink 1950’s Royal Deluxe typewriter was purchased from a typewriter restoration specialist in Pennsylvania on Everyone from eBay to Amazon, Barnes & Noble to Walmart and a lot of independent online dealers are ready to dazzle you with their array of vintage (and not so vintage) typewriters. In the NW Georgia area, there are several stores selling records. I even saw a records section in our local Rome Goodwill! A quick pass down Broad Street in Rome yields Dogwood Books and Alan’s Used Books. A trip to our local Sara Hightower Regional Library location can also help you get your printed book fix.

Now the only thing to decide is which vintage item to collect. If you are a photographer, tap into the Polaroid craze or seek out a film camera and find a course on developing. Vintage typewriters spoke to me as an avid reader, book lover, writer, and I could get one in my favorite pink color. They’re also in my blood. Both my great-grandfather and my father worked as typewriter repairmen for IBM and I learned how to type on a Selectric in high school. So, there exists a personal connection for me. My husband is a musician, so it was a natural choice for him to restore an old turntable and start collecting records. We both love to read, and I’ve always been an aspiring writer, so our house is full of printed books. Find what speaks to you and go discover the vintage equivalent. Whether it is online or on the garage sale trail, everything old is new again. Happy hunting!

“People seem to be drifting back to the familiar.”

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By Tammy Barron

To Be or Not to Be … Tomorrow


t’s a self-deprecating state when you mourn the life you choose. This is not to be confused with the “grass is greener” scenario. The self- defeating patterns of a procrastinator are fit for the bleakest of Shakespearean tragedies; infused with the never realized personal truths and one’s potential always waiting in the wings.


I firmly believe that brilliance thrives in those adrenaline-pumped moments of the proverbial “Hail Mary” of a deadline. All my best academic presentations, professional performances, and creative projects were concocted in the last panicked hours or minutes of a crunch. If I am completely honest, this article was due yesterday. I am a procrastinator. I’m not without ambition. In fact, I’m constantly busy and hard at work, building and creating toward new goals. Though the intrinsic push to finish anything doesn’t happen until it’s almost too late. In my characteristic chaotic whirlwind, I race toward the deadline with careening momentum finishing with a heart-pounding sense of accomplishment. Why? I know there are others of you out there, you master procrastinators. Why do we do it to ourselves? The reasons people procrastinate are often misunderstood. Contrary to common thought, putting off important tasks does not mean someone is lazy or completely unmotivated, nor does it indicate that they lack fundamental time management concepts, as many brilliant overachieving procrastinators will attest. Instead, we look toward two main


reasons we procrastinators stave off living our lives fully. 1. Failure of self-regulation, like other bad behaviors of selfcontrol, such as overspending or overeating. 2. T  he deeper perception of time and the self, this is about the concept of present self and future self. You may think, “What does it matter? I get it done in the end.” What if it’s not a project that is postponed but your actual wellbeing? Sometimes I find that procrastinating pervades my sense of happiness and identity, and that’s a problem. For over a decade, the one thing that is on every lifestyle resolution I have made is Yoga. Since my early twenties, it remained untouched, unexplored, and unconquered. Sure, I’d read a little about it, talked about it, and even blindly recommend it to accident-prone family members and friends as a miraculous panacea. Knowing all the while that it would lead me toward the lifestyle I want for myself in my senior years, a life of agile health and strength. I want to experience the power and longevity in the discovery of my integral joints, muscles, and breath, connected, wondrous, and whole. It is what I would wish for everyone, and yet, year after year, I wouldn’t take my own advice. I separated the idea of my present self and my future self as if the future me is unaffected by the choices I make today.


A few months ago, reeling with a bit of resentment for a surfing trip from which my husband had just returned, I started looking for exotic yoga retreats for my own adventure. Intoxicating images of a yoga class nestled between swaying palm trees in some tropical destination filled my head as I started my Google search. I was sizing up expensive yoga packages when it occurred to me that I didn’t crave a get-a-way as much as I hungered to delve into yoga. I hadn’t resented his trip; I resented myself for postponing something that I had wanted for so long. My ability to put tasks off until the last do-or-die moment has saved my long-term goals for the next act. This isn’t some long drawn out dress rehearsal. This is life, my long-postponed life. That was it. I couldn’t wait another year or another month. The thought of waiting even one more self-defeating day was agony. I picked up the phone, dialed SpringStone Yoga, and embarked on the opening of my longawaited journey right here in Rome.


The next day I began my first six-week session of Ashtanga yoga. Honestly, it was nothing that I had expected. It was unlike the relaxing mystical flow I envisioned from the books I’ve read. It was purposeful. It was precise. It was hard. Ninety minutes were spent covered in glistening exertion while I discovered what thirty-nine years on the Earth has done to my body. I was humbled by my lack of strength and flexibility. Yet, despite the utter physical exhaustion as I walked out of the class, I felt exalted. I had done it. Finally, I decided to do this for myself, and it felt amazing. I was invincible. I am wrapping up my second six-week session soon, and while immersed in downward facing dog, or dabbling in the discipline of the eight limbs of yoga practice, it dawns on me that the only limitations I have are the ones I put on myself. So, I wonder, what else have I been putting off?


What other facets of my life do I postpone? Like leaving dishes in the sink to clean in the morning, or clean socks in the hamper to be matched up at some indeterminate time. These petulant tasks aren’t particularly difficult beyond the mundane. The impact my yoga epiphany is to identify why I am procrastinating.

1. Is it failure to self- regulate? Am I avoiding the dishes because I am not in the mood to clean them? 2. Am I procrastinating because I don’t value my future self’s benefit of starting the day fresh and with a clean empty sink? I know it seems like a lot of thought for a little light housekeeping, but it’s the little things that nag at my self-esteem. For many of you, it might not be housework that gets shoved aside. Perhaps it’s updating a photo album or revamping protocols at work. Worse yet, like my yoga practice, it could be a sense of happiness or success that gets shelved and abstractly bundled with activities or events left for a later date. If I want to change my self-defeating procrastination, I must understand it.


So why don’t I match up the socks? Because laundry is b-o-r-i-n-g.

Action Plan: I remind myself I don’t have to be in the mood to do laundry. I will never be in the mood to do laundry. Just ignore how you feel and get it done. Why don’t I want to tackle the sink? Because I’m tired and it looks like a lot of work. Action Plan: Instead of focusing on feelings, I focus on the next action. I break the task into itty-bitty parts and do one at a time. Rather than do the dishes: • Open the dishwasher. • Put away the cups. • Stack the plates. • Load the top rack. • Place the silverware in the tray. Even these small actions and the little progress help me feel better about the overall task and improve my self-esteem.


Yoga has changed my life. Not because I am now some amazing guru at 13 weeks of practice, but because I learned how to stave off my habits of procrastination to live the life I want for myself today and for myself in the future. I’m exploring my potential through daily yoga practice as an inspired retirement plan that feeds my mind, body, and soul and that can’t wait until the curtain call. Tammy has a B.F.A from the University of Utah

and a B.S. in E.C.E. from Shorter. She taught in Floyd County for many years. Currently, with the support of her husband, George, she has left education to raise their children and develop their Blackberry Hills homestead full-time. 19


The Great

PEACH STATE By Rebecca Pikula


veryone loves a road trip. It means carefully crafted playlists, road snacks (gotta have that white cheddar popcorn), finding great local spots, and the “world’s largest” everything. Most of us think of road trips as crosscountry adventures when relocating or heading to an event, but this summer, make time for a road trip around your very own state. Many of us who live in Georgia have never seen some of the state’s greatest places: natural wonders, historic places, and beautiful coastlines. Since this is Northwest Georgia Living, we’re going to start our trip at the Chickamauga National Military Park. This park preserves the site of two major military battles during the American Civil War. You can tour the park and ride the incline railway in Chattanooga to the Lookout Mountain battle site, the “Battle Above the Clouds.” Enjoy the sights and the locally made fudge and ice cream. When you’ve had your fill of history, we’ll head back to the city, into the heart of Atlanta where you can sample such local favorites as Fat Matt’s barbeque, Vortex burgers, and hotdogs at the Varsity. Check out Criminal Records for some road trip CDs, pop into the High Museum of Art or the Martin Luther King historic home site, and take a ride on the Eye in 20


downtown before we head back out of the city. Pine Mountain is a charming small town with such illustrious attractions as Callaway Gardens and FDR State Park. Pine Mountain boasts a charming downtown area filled with antique stores, boutiques, and a few local eateries. Added to the stunning natural beauty of the area, complete with trails to explore, swimming holes, and remarkable views this is a definite must for your journey around Georgia. About 85 miles south of Atlanta, Macon sits right in the center of the state, leading to its nickname, “The Heart of Georgia.” Some of Georgia’s most famous exports have come from Macon, including Fincher’s Barbeque, which is so famous it’s been sent into space with astronauts, and the Allman Brothers Band, who have a museum in their honor in a house they occupied in the 1970s. You’re really going to want those CDs from Criminal Records once you leave Macon, as it’s then a three-hour drive to the Okefenokee Swamp, down through Perry, where, at the right time of year, you can catch the Georgia State Fair. The Okefenokee offers miles of water trails for kayaking, boat tours that showcase the infamous alligators and other wildlife, and even opportunities to get up close and personal

with some. Spend a night or two in the state park, where you can really disconnect and immerse yourself in solitude because next we’re heading to Georgia’s coastline. Cumberland Island is a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of St. Mary’s on the southernmost point of the Georgia coast. The wild horses and Dungeness Ruins on the island are well worth a day trip. After a night spent camping on Cumberland Island, we’re headed up the coast to Jekyll Island, where we’ll visit the driftwood beach before the trek to our final coastal destinations, Savannah and Tybee Island. Visit the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and Marine Life Center, then hit Savannah’s historic downtown with a number of fine dining establishments, cobblestone streets, and ghost tours. Spend the night in one of Savannah’s River Street hotels, overlooking the river trafficked by cargo ships and paddle steamers. Spend a day or two soaking in the city and getting your fill of fresh seafood, because next we’re headed back towards home through Augusta, another of Georgia’s historic river cities, featuring great shopping and food on the River Walk.

Weird and Wacky Georgia Attractions Northwest Georgia Rock City Fort Mountain Paradise Gardens Ellison’s Cave Fantastic Pit

Favorite Eateries Chattanooga Big River Grille & Brewing Works Atlanta Sweet Auburn Market Macon The Rookery

Northeast Georgia Babyland General Hospital: Cabbage Patch Kids Expedition Bigfoot: Sasquatch Museum Georgia Guidestones Goats on the Roof

Pine Mountain Eatz on the Corner

Atlanta Doll’s Head Trail Krog Street Tunnel The Beltline Center for Puppetry Arts

Savannah Bernie’s Oyster House River Street

Savannah Paris Market Alex Raskin Antiques St. Simons Island Tree Spirits

Athens Dolce Vita Trattoria Italiana

Perry The Swanson St. Mary’s St. Mary’s Seafood & More

Augusta Füse Restaurant

Blue Ridge Fightingtown Tavern

South Georgia Hawkinsville Glow Worms Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village and Discovery Center Fegren of the Air Pasaquan Radium Springs Providence Canyon

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Okefenokee Swamp Chickamauga National Military Park


From here we’re headed northwest to Athens, home of the famous Georgia Bulldogs, the Tree That Owns Itself, great local brews, Pulaski Heights Barbeque, REM, and the State Botanical Gardens. Take in a concert at the historic 40 Watt club or Georgia Theatre, then take a stroll to the famous arches that

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UGA grads proudly walk through to become alumni. Finally, we’ll finish our journey in the Chattahoochee National Forest. With 866,468 acres of national forest, including several waterfalls and dozens of great camping spots, you could spend a few days here alone. Hike one of the hundreds of trails, spend a night or two under the stars, and revel in the natural surroundings of Georgia’s mountains. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, you can hit one of the beautiful historic B&Bs in the area (The Blue Ridge Bed and Breakfast is a staff favorite). Your road home can lead you through the scenic mountains or through North Atlanta.

We’ve been on a trip all around our great state, and honestly only seen a small percentage of what it has to offer. So get out a real map (the old-fashioned paper kind) and a Sharpie and create your own trip to explore your home state this summer. Rebecca Pikula lives near

Atlanta with her husband of nine years. She attended Georgia College and State University. She has visited 14 countries and 36 states, and enjoys travelling and motorcycles, sometimes simultaneously.

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Breweries of NW Georgia

By Kathy Patrick

Rome City Brewing Company photography by Patricia Montgomery. Dry County photos courtesy Dry County Brewing Company.

Dry County Brewing Company

bottled beers for sale. A crowler is a canned-on-demand beer, so you can take a smaller sample of beer home with you and not worry about it going flat. A fun Dry County event to watch for is “Poses and Pours”, which pairs a lively yoga class on-site followed by beer tasting. Dry County works with many non-profits to help with their runs: the brewery recently hosted a kickoff event for Atlanta’s “Shootout for Soldiers”, a non-profit providing assistance for American veterans. Other fundraising beneficiaries include the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation, Foster4Love, and several different animal support/shelter groups. Kennesaw State University is another beneficiary. Dry County offers student internships in marketing, event coordination, and production. The Dry County staff created and taught a Beer Culture class on the KSU campus. Dry County hosts several KSU class field trips at their brewery for the school’s brewing curriculum and KSU garden products are often used in Dry County brews. Certain nights find local food trucks parked outside the brewery; that’s yet another way to help others in the community while providing beer patrons some great eats. When food trucks aren’t on site visitors are welcome to bring food in or call food delivery services. The tasting room is always

Make Your Run That’s the motto for Dry County Brewing in Kennesaw, GA. In addition to being a sly reference to what folks do for beer in a dry county, Make Your Run refers to pursuing the founders’ passion of brewing beer and also inspiring others to pursue their passions, whether beer-related or not. Dry County was started in 2015 by Georgia natives Trey and Cooper, two friends who, at the tender (under) age of nineteen somehow tasted some really great craft beer. Since they couldn’t purchase beer at that age, they began home brewing beer. After college, they launched their careers but really weren’t happy in their chosen fields, so decided to make their run at brewing. That pursuit of their dreams resulted in today’s brewery and tasting room, along with keg and canned beer distribution within Georgia. That’s quite a run they’ve made. The Dry County tasting room is an eclectic mix of industrial style, garage doors that bring the outside in, a dog-friendly vibe, and a Cheers regular bar feel. There’s a pool table, the requisite corn hole toss, some good merch for sale, a growler and crowler station, and specialty Dry County 24

Far left: Shiny metal fermenters at Rome City Brewing Company. Left: Guys playing corn hole at an event at Dry County. Top right: The art of brewing painted on a wall at RCBC. Right: The Tasting Room at Dry County has an industrial design highlighted by bright colors.

dog- and family-friendly, so bring the whole household out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening!

Rome City Brewing Company The Downtown Brewery Rome City Brewing Company founders Jay and Trent both have a love of downtown, which led them to start the first brewery gracing Broad Street in Rome. They’ve been intrigued by downtown’s wonderful history, including its fame as a center for music and entertainment, its vibrant past as a retail hub, and its wonderful architecture. The duo met years ago when their daughters were playing softball; Jay was the owner of 333 on Broad, a restaurant with a small upstairs music venue, while Trent was (and still is) a vascular surgeon then enjoying home brewing. In 2012 Jay renamed his business Brewhouse and moved to 325 Broad Street, the original Rome Opera House built in 1890. The mutual dream of a brewery in downtown Rome came to fruition in 2016. In July of that year, Jay and Trent bought a small brewing system and refurbished Brewhouse to accommodate what was to become the Rome City Brewing Company

(RCBC). In August, Trent enrolled in an 18-month brewing graduate program through Auburn University. On election night, November 2016, they served their first Rome City Brewing Company beers. As Jay said, they wanted to open on election night, “Because no matter the results, folks were gonna need a beer that night!” Demand for RCBC beers quickly grew. Jay and Trent knew they wanted to expand their brewing business and to do so they needed both a larger system and physical space. After a quick business planning session (over beer) they started looking for a larger space to house a bigger brewing system. Lo and behold, the ideal downtown location for a brewery was available: 333 Broad Street! They bought the building, ordered a larger brewing system, and in March 2018 rolled out their first production beers at 333. Resilience and hard work got them to the happy point they are today, and as Trent said, “There was never a time when we said we couldn’t do it.” Future plans for RCBC include keg distribution expansion into northeast Alabama and southeast Tennessee, as well as the distribution of canned RCBC beer. Their canning plans will be fulfilled via a mobile canning line. A canning system within a huge truck will pull up outside RCBC, the beer will be pumped from the brewery holding tanks, and canned right 25

Old-fashioned fun playing foosball, pool, or the pinball machine at RCBC.

Enjoy an ice-cold India Pale Ale at Dry County or at home. RCBC’s Tasting Room is eclectically decorated and has a cool vibe.

there in the truck. The truck will then take the beer to the distributor’s location. Jay and Trent expect the initial canning to start in July or August 2018, with Clocktower IPA and Short Hot Blonde being the first canned beers. Kathy Patrick owns Meals on Heels, a personal chef service. Kathy makes entertaining in your home fun, easy and delicious! Enjoy hosting dinner parties, holiday occasions, and other special events with Kathy’s expertise. Kathy is happily married to Marty Cipollini. She enjoys herb gardening and exercising. Reach her at

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A Picture-Perfect

PICNIC By Kathy Patrick


icnics are just plain fun, there’s no denying it. When I was little, my family loved eating outdoors and we did it as much as possible. Picnic tables, blankets on the grass, our station wagon tailgate, canoes paddling down quiet rivers, and the sandy beaches of Lake Huron are all places I fondly remember as picnic paradises. Picnics are a breeze when the recipes may be made ahead, will travel well, and epitomize cool summer taste treats. Try these picture-perfect picnic favorites and enjoy dining al fresco, wherever that may be.

MOJITO WATERMELON Serves 3 to 4 You may want to increase recipe for a whole large watermelon! A refreshing and different twist on a summer favorite. 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 strips lime zest, sliced, plus 2 Tbsp. juice 1 tsp. sugar Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ½ small watermelon, rind discarded and sliced ⅓ cup torn mint Flaky sea salt

Whisk together oil, lime juice, and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve watermelon topped with dressing, lime zest, mint, and sea salt.

MAYO-FREE POTATO SALAD Serves 12 Skipping the mayo cuts calories and reduces the chance of spoilage as you enjoy your outdoor meal. With no potato peeling needed, this recipe also saves time. 3-lbs. small red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed Salt and pepper ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp. red or white wine vinegar 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced 1 small shallot, minced 1 Tbsp. capers, drained and crushed 2 Tbsp. chopped chives

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup potato water, and return potatoes to pot; cover. Let stand, covered, off heat, until softened, about 10 minutes more. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, mustard, and vinegar. Add a bit of potato water if you’d prefer the sauce to have a thinner consistency. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into quarters. Place in a large bowl and add celery, shallot, capers, and chives. Add yogurt mixture, season with salt and pepper, and gently stir, being careful to not break up the potatoes. 28

CREAMY, COOL, AND CRUNCHY CHICKEN SALAD Serves 8, each serving ¾ cup Another delicious mayo-free recipe. 3 cups ½-inch-diced cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 medium breasts, or use rotisserie chicken) 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved 3 medium stalks celery, diced (about 1 ½ cups) 3 green onions, thinly sliced (about ¼ cup) ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. nonfat milk 2 tsp. honey 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus additional to taste ½ tsp. black pepper, plus additional to taste 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill

To serve: multigrain bread, crackers, or salad greens Place the diced chicken, grapes, celery, green onions, and almonds in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, Dijon, lemon juice, milk, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, sprinkle with fresh dill. Serve as a filling for sandwiches, atop salad greens, as a dip with crackers, or simply enjoy it directly out of the bowl. Leftover chicken salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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CHEESECAKE IN A JAR Serves 6 A no-bake dessert that travels easily in your cooler. Substitute blackberries, kiwi, mango, blueberries or your favorite fruit. 6 pecan shortbread cookies (such as Keebler® Sandies), finely crushed 2 Tbsp. butter, melted 2 Tbsp. white sugar 6 ( ½ pint) canning jars with lids 12 oz. sliced fresh strawberries 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice ½ cup white sugar ½ cup heavy cream, whipped

Stir together cookie crumbs, butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until blended. Divide mixture evenly among jars (about 3½ tablespoons each) and gently press (do not pack) into bottoms. Halve 6 strawberries for garnish and set aside. Chop remaining strawberries. Beat together cream cheese, lemon juice, and ½ cup sugar in bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and chopped berries and divide evenly among jars (about ½ cup each). Top each with a 2 berry halves and cover with lids. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight; serve cold. 29



By Robert Smyth

And Then There Were Three


hen you have kids, you think you’re going to be ready when they grow up and begin the process of preparing to go off to college. You have watched countless movies and commercials of cardigan-wearing fathers watching their child pull out of the drive with Cats in the Cradle playing in the background. The All-American parents are smiling and waving in satisfaction. They have armed their offspring with the gift of knowledge and wisdom that will see them through the next several years of life. One day their prodigies emerge from their chosen institutions of higher learning, having become that person who changes the world. Then reality hits and you realize you have prepared yours for so little. Your kids can barely get themselves up in the morning without coaxing; much less tackle the day to day actions one has to accomplish just to make sure the necessities of life are met. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they come to the realization that the laundry fairy didn’t move with them to college, nor did the mechanic fairy, medicine fairy, food fairy, or alarm clock fairy that made things magically happen at home. I remember vividly the day my parents dropped me off at Auburn University to start life on my own. It was an eye-opening experience. My apartment, with a painted cinderblock shower, looked like something out of a horror film. I lived on Chef Boyardee ravioli and sandwich meat I got from the convenience store across the street. The microwave was not in wide use yet so I 30

had to warm everything on a stove. The only way I had to call anyone was the payphone on the corner. I had no car, no TV, and my only entertainment was my old shelf top stereo. I had to walk about four blocks to do my laundry, so I always waited until all I had clean was an old pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt that would have made a better car washing rag than a garment. I would load up my blue laundry bag, throw it over my shoulder, and head down the street like a dirty Santa Clause. My first time doing laundry was a disaster. It took four quarters per machine and I figured if I stuffed all my laundry into two washers I would have quarters left over for video games. I did know enough to separate darks and lights, but when the washing cycle was done and I went to move them to the dryer, I had packed them in so tight the agitator could not move and the ones in the middle where not even wet. I put them in the dryer hoping that would straighten the funk. I eventually learned the basics and I guess that’s what going off to college is all about: learning how to problem solve and adapt. The hardest part of my son’s going off to school, other than figuring out how to pay for it (OMG), is that now I am the only male left in the house. Even the pets are girls.

I have no backup! The girls have already threatened to turn his room into a day spa the minute he leaves. I wonder if I could go with him for a while, just to help him get acclimated. You know, show him the ropes, scope out what’s good in the dining hall, and make sure he is studying. You think the missus will go for it? Yeah, me either. It’s definitely a bittersweet occasion. You’re proud of them for going out on their own and having the confidence to tackle life, but this is your little one that you have loved and protected for eighteen years. You just hope somewhere along the way they picked up a few things they can use from their parents to make it easier: laundry basics, good study habits, and how to warm a can of ravioli on the stove.

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Northwest Georgia Living - Summer 2018  

Summer 2018 Issue

Northwest Georgia Living - Summer 2018  

Summer 2018 Issue