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POINTS NORTH ATLANTA | ISSUE 165 | FEBRUARY 2014

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{ ON THE COVER } Malvi Marshmallow Confections, photo courtesy of Rob & Shannah Smith

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Saying goodbye to the ‘burbs for a quick getaway is even more relaxing knowing the typical vacay driving, waiting in airports or even much planning are not required. Follow along as we venture into Buckhead for an escape without any of the hassle.

One out of every 3,000 children born is affected by NF, including 9-year-old Jack Burke of North Fulton. Determined to make a difference, the Burke family created a successful fundraising initiative for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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28 DAYS OF ROMANCE Why limit your expressions of love to a single day? Turn here for a different date idea or romantic gesture for each day of the month, from live entertainment and dinner specials to craft beer and sweet marshmallow sandwich sensations.

24 HOME MAKEOVERS S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 30 | Home Interior Professionals 57 | Heart & Vascular Health

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THE CIVIL WAR One hundred and fifty years after the American Civil War, the devastation seems unimaginable. Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial by exploring the North Georgia historic sites that help you comprehend its weight.

48 SAN ANTONIO San Antonio’s Fiesta is a city-wide celebration offering something for everyone. Before you go, use our guide to getting the most bang for your buck.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DAN WILKINS; ANDREW THOMAS LEE PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHN RAMSPOTT

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COMMUNICATION

The editorial team

here at PN recently received a glowing letter from a colleague in Alpharetta expressing how much she enjoyed our January issue. It was moving, and greatly appreciated by a staff that poured a lot of heart and soul into that particular issue amid tight deadlines, the holidays and a crippling cold and flu season. I always enjoy receiving feedback from readers — often positive, but occasionally constructively critical, which is also appreciated and beneficial to the betterment of the magazine. I only wish we received more, so I’m asking for it now. What have you enjoyed reading in our most recent issues? What has resonated with you? What have you liked or disliked? And what would you like

to read about in the future? Perhaps more importantly — who would you like to read about? We’re looking for people with stories to tell, people who are passionate about their occupations or avocations for Untameable, a new editorial series that launches next month. If you’d like to interact with us in any way, we’d love to hear from you. In fact, my inbox is always open. Email myturn@ pointsnorthatlanta.com, or visit points northatlanta.com/untameable to submit your Untameable nominations.

Bre Humphries, Editor

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ABOUT THE COVER: Hand-crafted right here in Cumming by founder Laura Curtis Retana, Malvi Marshmallow Creations are deliciously sweet cubes of molten sugar fluff sandwiched between two shortbread-style cookies, stuck together with organic chocolate and handmade salted caramel. Marrying bold flavors, the unique treats are a modern twist on classic s’mores. Share the joy with your own sweetie this Valentine’s Day by sending Malvi-Grams, 8-pack gift boxes of any one flavor and a personalized note for $12, plus tax and shipping. Choose from five original flavors, including Raspberry Hibiscus, Spiked Espresso and Vanilla Salted Caramel, or indulge in the special Valentine’s Day flavor, Chocolate Kissed Strawberry. Since Malvis are made fresh to order, make sure to place yours by Feb. 9! malvijoy.com

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A PAIR OF 19TH-CENTURY TREE ENGRAVINGS FOXGLOVE ANTIQUES & GALLERIES has been described as the South’s most diverse resource for antiques and unique accessories. Representing more than a dozen international dealers, this Buckhead shop offers French, English, Italian and Swedish antiques, original antique art, stunning jewelry, Botanica fine preserved floral arrangements and one-of-a-kind lamps. There is also a delicious lunch spot — a petite Café at Pharr for quiet dining among the beautiful antiques. Whether you are seeking the perfect period piece for a formal living room or an unusual casual item for a beach or mountain getaway, Foxglove Antiques & Galleries will help you find just the right thing. Their customer service is legendary. 699 Miami Circle, Atlanta, 404-233-0222, foxgloveantiques.com

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One lucky Points North Atlanta reader will win two beautiful tree engravings that are restrikes from the original engraving plate (circa 1855) by J. G. Strutt, a British landscape painter and engraver known for painting forests, especially stately oaks and elms. He was a well-known illustrator of books on trees, such as “Sylva Britannica.” Strutt (1784 – 1867) exhibited at the Royal Academy, The British Institution and the Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street. The individually crafted custom frames by Horton Custom Picture Frames are of Italian burl veneer with gilding on the inside and outside edges of the frames. Framed dimensions are 30 inches high by 35 inches wide. This prize, valued at $1,390, must be picked up at Foxglove Antiques & Galleries before April 1, 2014. Enter to win at pointsnorthatlanta.com by Feb. 28.

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february 2014 Featured designers in this year’s “Make Room” exhibit: Loren Audrey Taylor, William Peace, Chip Cheatham and Jackie Naylor

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Champions OF CRAFT If you have a knack for making things, then make plans to attend the American Craft Council Show for their 25th annual return to Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre on March 14 – 16. With 225 of the country’s top contemporary artists all under one roof, the show is the largest in the southeast. From fashion to furniture and home décor, this year’s celebration of anything handmade also includes two new onsite exhibitions: “Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft — Let’s Entertain” and “American Craft Charm Collection.” Advance tickets are $12 per day, or make more of the experience with a 3-day pass for $26. Entry for ACC members and children under 12 is free. craftcouncil.org/atlanta – Colleen Ann McNally pointsnorthatlanta.com | February 2014 | Points North

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Stylish Gear for the All-Weather Runner Each January, motivated by months of holiday cocktails and pies, we resolve to be the best us in the New Year. For many, though, the drive to fulfill that resolution has faded by February. Running is rough enough on a mild Georgia morning, and nothing makes burrowing under the covers sound more appealing than the thought of icy air. But if we’re honest, we can find an excuse for every season. Norcross-based Caroline and Matt Womack understand. Both active and outdoorsy, he needed a protective neck wrap, and she wanted a functional and stylish headband. Together they created the Cool-Cat Pro, a multi-functional (and cute!) piece of athletic gear. It’s a versatile, adjustable 100 percent polyester microfiber wrap equipped with nose contour and UPF 30. That means it can be used as a sweat-wicking and color-preserving headband, a sun blocking necktie, a pollen and pollution filter, and a windbreaker for your nose and ears. Since it comes in an array of fun colors, it also means that you’re out of excuses. Find them at Go with the Flow Sports in Roswell or online at coolcatpro.com. — Niki Knippenberg

Denim & Diamonds

Cottrell Ranch PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL COTTRELL | COTTRELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Add a little bling to your everyday attire, and join PN for a night of celebration and fundraising benefitting Chelsey Park Health & Rehabilitation, a state-of-the-art, not-for-profit rehab center in Dahlonega focusing on neurological patient care. The fun-filled evening takes place Saturday, March 15 at Dahlonega’s Cottrell Ranch with cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m. and dinner and dancing from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Ticket donations of $250 per person include cocktails, wine pairings, exquisite fare from Chef Kern, entertainment and a special guest presentation. Chelsey Park will serve patients with neurological diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cerebrovascular accident (CVA) stroke recovery. For more information, visit chelseyparkhealth.org.


World-class Cardiac Services Right here in Georgia

Why do people from across the state – and across the nation – come to WellStar Health System for cardiac care and surgery? • Top-Tier 3-Star Rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Only the top 13% of hospitals in the nation are awarded this distinction. • WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone Hospitals are all accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a recognition for facilities that quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes and significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome. • A cardiac surgery program that specializes in innovative, cutting-edge procedures like the minimally invasive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (WellStar Kennestone Hospital is the first non-academic facility in the state to perform the procedure). • A women’s heart program designed by WellStar’s female cardiologists to address the unique gender-specific cardiac needs of women. • An outpatient hospital-based Heart Failure Clinic where patients can be seen when experiencing heart failure symptoms, potentially avoiding the ER and hospitalization.

Heart Screenings available in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Douglasville, Hiram, Marietta & Woodstock. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) for more information.

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CULINARY EXPERIENCE SERIES

TREAT YOURSELF TO THE ULTIMATE DAY of indulgence and leisure with Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s North Georgia Wine and Culinary Experience. Start your Saturday morning at Lake Lanier Islands by boarding a bus at to a local North Georgia vineyard for a tour and tasting of some of our region’s finest wines. A leisurely afternoon at the winery includes an exquisite Southern lunch. Afterwards, return to Lake by 5 p.m. for a few hours of downtime, during which you could book a spa treatment, play some pool, or unwind before dinner. At 8 p.m., a fabulous four-course meal begins in the lakeview Windows restaurant. Each course includes wine pairings created by executive Chef Michael Klein. After dinner, enjoy an overnight stay in deluxe accommodations. The next morning, stroll to breakfast back at Windows any time until 11 a.m. Before departing, each couple will receive two bottles of featured wines to take home. Cost is $365 per couple, and reservations are required; call 770-945-8787. Upcoming Dates: Three Sisters Winery, Feb. 22 Wolf Mountain Vineyards, March 29 PHOTO COURTESY OF WOLF MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

Calling All SUPERHEROES Grab your cape and running shoes for your chance to be a hero to children in need. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Forsyth County, Inc. is holding the CASA Superhero Run, a 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run, on Feb. 22 at Fowler Park. CASA serves abused children by advocating for each to have a safe, loving and permanent home. The event raises much needed funding to train volunteer advocates, which costs approximately $400 each. Last year, CASA volunteers advocated more than 5,700 hours for 229 children in Forsyth County. This year’s theme is appropriately inspired by superheroes, but super-speed is not necessary to participate. This Peachtree qualifier race follows a flat, fast course including the Big Creek Greenway and is perfect for serious runners, families or anyone in between. Along with top male and female runners, the most creative costumes will also receive awards. Early entry fees before Feb. 9 are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K Fun Run, or find some sidekicks to sign up with you — teams of five or more receive a $5 discount per runner. To register or sponsor the event, visit their website at forsythcountycasa.org. – Colleen Ann McNally

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If the winter weather has your mind wandering to warmer months ahead, it’s not too early to plan for wild fun this summer. Registration for Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Camps for kids opens Feb. 1 for members and Feb. 14 for the public. Whether your child prefers digging into history or blazing trails, the Nature Center offers 15 uniquely themed camps between May 27 and Aug. 15 — eight are freshly created, seven are returning favorites. Professional educators lead ageappropriate activities that appeal to different learning styles. Your camper’s knowledge of the natural world will grow wildly from science experiments, visits from musicians, historians, bee keepers, birds of prey handlers and more. Just don’t wait too long to sign up — last summer, camps nearly filled to capacity with more than 700 campers. Find the complete schedule and registration details at dunwoodynature.org/ summer-camps. – Colleen Ann McNally

Untameable We’re looking for individuals with an untameable passion for their occupation or avocation for a new editorial series that will launch next month. If you know someone who strives for success, is passionate about what they do, and lives or works in the northern suburbs of Metro Atlanta, then we want your nominations today! Visit pointsnorthatlanta.com/untameable.

NORTHSIDE To Your Health HEART

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YOU CAN PREVENT HEART DISEASE & STROKE Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. However, through lifestyle changes, regular screenings and monitoring your health care, you can stay heart healthy. What is your risk? According to the American Heart Association, a range of factors can raise your risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack or stroke. The more factors you have, the greater your risk. Although you can’t do anything about your age, gender, heredity and race, there are many factors that you can modify, treat or control. K¥Quit smoking. A smokers’ risk of developing heart disease is 2-4 times that of nonsmokers. Exposure to second hand smoke also increases risk, even for nonsmokers. K¥Lower your blood cholesterol. As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of heart disease. When other factors (such as high blood pressure and tobacco smoke) are present, the risk is even higher. K¥Lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder than normal, putting increased force on the artery walls. K¥Get active. Regular, moderate-tovigorous physical activity helps prevent

heart and blood vessel disease. The more vigorous the activity, the greater your benefits. K¥Lose excess weight. Excess weight increases the heart’s workload. People with excess body fat, especially around the waist, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. K¥Manage your diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even when glucose (blood sugar) levels are under control. A woman with diabetes is 2-4 times more likely to die from heart disease than a woman without diabetes. K¥Reduce stress. Too much stress over time, and unhealthy responses to it, contribute to multiple health problems in some people. Find healthy ways to manage stress—stop smoking, exercise and eat a balanced diet. K¥Limit alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol raises blood pressure, can cause heart failure and lead to stroke. Alcohol also adds calories, contributing to obesity and can make it harder to lose weight. If you do drink, limit yourself to one drink a day.

For more information about reducing your risk for heart disease or about cardiovascular services available at Northside Hospital, visit www.northside.com/hvi

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Local author Rona Simmons has released her latest novel, “The Quiet Room.” Set in Evansville, Ind., a town generations of her family called home, this historical novel follows the steps and missteps of Liese Stephens, daughter of an evangelical preacher, and his ailing, passionless wife. The exquisitely researched novel casts a spotlight on the claustrophobia of small town America, with its farmhands, saloonkeepers, family doctors and abortionists. It also explores the sweeping events of the times and their impact on Liese’s GermanAmerican family. Some of Simmons other works include a ghostwritten biography of a prominent Atlanta businessman and a collection of short stories compiled from interviews of family and friends from the early to mid-1900s. —Tynisha Ferguson

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Cancer was once a diagnosis that frightened patients and medical professionals alike. It was a great unknown, a sickness against which medicine had no weapons. Over the last several decades, however, through relentless research and clinical trials, progress has been made. Now hope is discovered daily right here in Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute has just been approved to join the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. This new partnership will allow Northside to participate in innovative cancer treatment trials in collaboration with the 22 other institutions, among them Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The benefits are not only preventative. Membership in the NCCN will also enable Northside to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care for current patients. This is an incredible opportunity for our local cancer specialists to advance in the understanding and treatment of the disease that touches lives world-

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Finn.” Fry’s intention to delightfully surprise diners with an upscale atmosphere that is more fun than serious is hugely successful. The centerpiece is the 24-foot hearth, the only one of its kind in the city, and an open kitchen, but at the helm is Executive Chef Joe Schafer, whose dishes emphasize bold, smoky flavors you won’t find anywhere else. The dinner menu is split into components such as Bites, Starters, Fish, Fowl and Farm and Share, and constantly changes to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients. At the recommendation of our wellinformed waitress, I ordered a fish spread with watermelon radish, which I tentatively sampled and then unabashedly devoured. And so it went with every bite that made its way to our table, from the perfectly baked popover to the in-house, dry-aged bone-in NY Strip, dirty potatoes, the homemade bacon for which Schafer has already become well known and an incredible dessert. Between pages of the extensive drink menu are quotes from Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell, among others. Top mixologist Lara Creasy drew inspiration from both American history and literature when she created the beverage program. The wine list offers 32 wines by the glass as well as a “library” of more than 200 selections from around the world and includes varieties from the original 13 colonies. Wines with literary references include Faust Cabernet, Kenwood’s “Jack London” Merlot and Arcadian’s “Sleepy Hollow” Vineyard Chardonnay. Not yet ready to relinquish our night on the town, we hopped back into our Uber car and enjoyed having a driver take us around town and ultimately back to the ‘burbs the next morning. PN

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WHY LIMIT YOUR EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE TO A SINGLE DAY? HERE, WE OFFER A DIFFERENT DATE IDEA OR ROMANTIC GESTURE F O R E AC H DAY O F T H E M O N T H .

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MON. 3: OPEN MIC NIGHT

weekend 1 SAT. 1

M A R K E T DAY

Go treasure hunting as the area’s best artists, craftsman, collectors and pickers gather at Woodstock Market. Buy each other fun trinkets. Woodstock, woodstockmarket.com

SUN. 2 Start your day together with seed-to-fork Southern fare in a 150-year-old farmhouse setting. Milton, miltonscuisine.com

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| TA K E A H I K E Bundle up, pack a picnic, and trek your way to the top of Sawnee Mountain for a breathtaking view (and some canoodling!) at the Indian Seats. Cumming, sawneemountain.org

SUN. 9 | M A LV I G R A M S Molten sugar marshmallows sandwiched between shortbread cookies in flavors like Chocolate Kissed Strawberry; each order comes with a customized note. Place yours today to ensure delivery by the 14th! malvijoy.com

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T U E. 4: P OT T ERY PA I N T I N G Express your love artistically at

all fired up;

your masterpiece could double as a Valentine’s gift! Alpharetta, allfiredupinc.com

WED. 5: SKY ZONE Get your adrenaline pumping at the ultimate indoor trampoline park. Roswell/Suwanee/Kennesaw, skyzone.com

B R U N C H AT M I LTO N ’ S

ÉLAN fri. 7 CHÁTEAU COOKING CLASS weekend 2

Serenade your sweetie in an intimate songwriters setting at Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre. Duluth, eddieowenpresents.com

THURS. 6: JAZZ BY GRETEL RODRIGUEZ AT SPERATA Soak up the soothing sounds of piano jazz over dinner of lamb medallions or steak tartare. Buford, speratarestaurant.com

Polish your skills in the Culinary Studio. Tonight’s menu includes sesame tuna and five-spice dessert wontons. Braselton, chateauelan.com

MON. 10 | REMEMBER WHEN

Unearth those old home videos and photo albums, cuddle up on the couch, and take a stroll down memory lane.

TUE. 11 CRAFT BEER BASKET Give your guy a 64-ounce growler, a $10 certificate to fill it up, two cups, a high gravity beer glass, a t-shirt and a candle from Moondog Growlers; $49.99. Dunwoody/ Sandy Springs/Marietta, moondoggrowlers.com

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STROLL the STREETS of historic Roswell for a selfguided tour through the city’s art galleries. End the evening with a fantastic dinner on Canton Street. Roswell, roswellartdistrict.com


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WINE & CHOCOLATE Vino Venue presents the perfect Valentine’s Day pairing: four fine wines with handmade chocolate truffles. Dunwoody, atlantawineschool.com

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FRI. 14 | VALENTINE’S DAY

LOVE SONGS Let the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra regale you with romantic music; tonight’s concert features

pianist Rich Ridenour and vocalist Ashley Brown. Atlanta, atlantasymphony.org

“ B R E A K FA S T AT TI F FA N Y ’ S ”

Catch the classic romantic comedy on the big screen in the glamorous Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Marietta, earlsmithstrand.org

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Have some old-fashioned fun at the Swan Drive-In Theatre. Hit the concession stand before sundown and steal a kiss as the credits roll. Blue Ridge, swan-drive-in.com

Forget the cliché heart-shaped box; pick up artisanal chocolates for that special someone in flavors like Kiss of Pomegranate and Créme Brûlée. Cumming, thechocolaterie.com

TUES. 18 | GAME ON Break out the kids’ board games, and add your own adult spin for a fun night at home. Last player to reach Candyland has to give the winner a massage!

WED. 19: WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY

THUR. 20: DINNER FOR TWO

Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine alongside authentic Argentine cuisine at Pampas Steakhouse. Johns Creek, pampassteakhouse.com

Set the table with candles and serve a special homemade feast. Find recipes at points northatlanta.com. Don’t forget the wine!

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FRI. 21: SPA DAY Ditch work for his & hers spa treatments; Spa Sydell offers a Massage for Two and packages like the five-hour Day with Sydell. Various metro Atlanta locations, spasydell.com

M O N . 2 4 | F R E N C H K I S S N I G H TC A P Shake 1.5 oz Absolut Raspberri, 1 oz pineapple juice and .5 oz Combier Framboise or Chambord with ice; strain into a martini glass with a mint leaf or single raspberry. Cheers!

H I S TO R I C B A N N I N G M I LL S

GET YOUR HEARTS RACING

with a zip line adventure followed by dinner on the tree terrace and a night in one of Banning Mills new tree rooms. Whitesburg, historicbanningmills.com

T U E . 2 5 | S TA R S & S T R I K E S : Challenge each other to a little friendly competition in a private bowling lane; loser has to buy dinner at 710 Grille, the center’s chef-driven restaurant. Sandy Springs, starsandstrikes.com W E D. 2 6 | G A R N I S H & G AT H E R :

B R U N C H AT H U G O’ S

All the raw ingredients you need for a locally grown dinner for two in one gourmet meal kit delivered to a drop site near you. garnishandgather.com

Dive into seafood from the Delta to the Banks; brunch highlights include Eggs Sardou, oyster Benedict and milk punch. Roswell, hugosoysterbar.com

Roaring ’20s romance comes to life in this stage production by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Roswell, get.org

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FRI. 28 ULTIMATE LOVE SPELL End the month with a fairytale evening at Barnsley Resort: dinner followed by a bedroom strewn with rose petals, tea lights and Champagne on ice. Adairsville, barnsleyresort.com PN

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RESOLVING TO LIVEN UP YOUR LIVING SPACE THIS NEW YEAR? CHECK OUT THESE LOCAL PROJECTS FOR INSPIRATION!

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DINING ROOM

A statement piece set the tone of this redesign — an antique French table from The Provence Collection. PHOTOS COURTESY OF IRAN WATSON

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DESIGNER: Anna Braund, annabraund.com LOCATION: Roswell BEFORE: This dated, 1960s ranch dining room — the first room you see upon entering the home — wasn’t going to cut it for the new homeowners. THE GOAL: To create an inviting, timeless space that is not stuffy or formal. AFTER: The walls, trim and ceiling were painted Benjamin Moore’s Kingsport Gray HC-86, a classic color, to create an enveloping effect, Braund said. They also collected furniture and lighting from various manufacturers for a classic design that feels layered over time. KEY ELEMENTS: A statement piece to set the tone of the redesign — an antique French table from The Provence Collection. To complement the table, the team added chairs from Acquisitions Atlanta, a chandelier from Circa Lighting, and drapes from Ballard Designs.


K ITCHEN/ FA M I LY ROOM DESIGNER: Dan Wilkins and Don Hagemeister, Construction Solutions, constructionsolutions.net LOCATION: North Fulton BEFORE: There were too many cooks in this kitchen, as the homeowners attempted to prepare meals together in a tight space; plus, the countertops, cabinets and color scheme were out of date, and the adjoining family room needed a facelift. THE GOAL: To give the rooms a fresh look while increasing functionality and efficiency and sticking to a reasonable budget. AFTER: Construction Solutions updated the kitchen to create a more efficient work area and a more pleasing environment. Rather than replacing all of the cabinets, the team filled, painted and glazed the existing ones — a great money-saving decision. “The homeowners also expanded the range of appliances to facilitate the production of their advanced and more elaborate menus,” Wilkins said. Because the family room is in prominent view from the kitchen, updating this space was key to the overall ambiance of the redesign. KEY ELEMENTS: A new fireplace mantel and hearth in the family room; a few new cabinets fabricated by custom cabinet craftsmen; custom granite slabs for the countertops; Viking appliances.

Because the family room is in prominent view from the kitchen, updating this space was key to the overall ambiance of the redesign.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN UMBERGER

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MASTER BATHROOM DESIGNER: Allison Havill Todd, AHT Interiors, ahtinteriors.com LOCATION: South Forsyth BEFORE: The design of this tired and dated room wasted a lot of valuable space. THE GOAL: To create a spacious master bathroom reminiscent of those in luxury hotels. AFTER: Todd worked with a builder/contractor to redesign the room, expanding the shower and adding a bathtub and custom cabinetry. She also worked with the homeowners to select a subdued and soothing color palette for a touch of luxury. “The wall behind the vanity mirrors was finished with a glass block/stone combination to add texture and a very unique backdrop,” Todd said. They used the same glass block accent in the shower and around the tub. “We selected a thicker style of quartz for the countertop for a more contemporary look and added acrylic knobs and handles to the traditional finish of the cabinetry for a little bling,” she continued. KEY ELEMENTS: Glass block accents behind the vanity, in the shower and around the tub; quartz countertops; a Romanstyle shade over the window; a shaggy area rug for texture and softness underfoot.

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arents will do almost anything for their children, especially when they discover that their child has been diagnosed with an as-yet-incurable disorder. Some parents would stop just shy of running down the street in their underpants, but not Milton resident Jake Burke and his wife, Beth O’Brien-Burke. In fact, that is exactly what the couple will be doing this Valentine’s Day weekend at Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). One out of every 3,000 children born is affected by NF, and half of all cases arise in families with no history of the disorder, like the Burkes. Their oldest son, Jack, now 9, was diagnosed with NF as a toddler. On a Mission to Inform NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and can lead to blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain. “By the time Jack was 6 months old, he had these spots called café-au-lait spots. They look like big birthmarks. Our pediatrician in D.C. would ask, ‘Has anyone in your family had neurofibromatosis?’ and we’d say ‘no,’” Beth said. “It wasn’t until we were down here visiting and we brought Jack in for an ear infection, and the doctor said, ‘You know, if it were my child, I’d see a specialist,’ so we ended up researching it for the first time, and quickly determined that he had it.” “Once we found out, we were monitoring him and

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seeing specialists in D.C. and he ended up developing what’s called a plexiform neurofibroma, which is a more complex tumor, in his left eye socket,” she added. While the neurofibroma is visible, Jack must also be monitored regularly for tumors that may grow unseen. “From age 2 until just now, we routinely brought him in for MRIs, twice a year. This past September was just another routine MRI,” Jake said. That is, until results showed a glioma, a tumor that grows on the brain stem. “There’s no cure or treatment for NF. The range of what can happen to your body is very diverse,” Beth said. “It can be learning disabilities; some people walk around with NF and they don’t even know it. There can be loss of muscle tone that can require certain therapies, cancer, heart disease, and people do die from NF. With the plexiform neurofibroma on Jack’s left eye opening, which extends into his brain, unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about it. The only thing we can try to do is raise the eyelid so he can see, and to take PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN RADA PHOTOGRAPHY

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{ C U R E N F W I T H JAC K } the tumor down a little bit. But it grows back, and it’ll never go away. It’s the same thing with the glioma. It’s inoperable. So we’re hoping with the rigorous, 15-month round of chemotherapy, we will slowly stop its growth.” Jack began weekly chemotherapy infusions after the glioma was discovered. He will continue to receive maintenance infusions throughout 2014, but the family reports that he is a real trooper about it. He looks forward to the extra treats he receives on chemotherapy days and the endless rounds of visitors who come to cheer him up and cheer him on. Jack was concerned about what the kids at school would think when his hair began to fall out, so he gave a presentation to his classmates about NF, complete with a quiz afterwards. “It’s actually the most common neuro-genetic disorder, but nobody knows about it. It’s more common than cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and inherited muscular dystrophy combined. So we’re kind of on a mission to change that,” Beth said. “When [Jake and I] first learned, we were devastated, and we felt alone because nobody had ever heard of

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this disorder. So we kind of kept it close to the vest until we realized that the only thing that could help our feelings of helplessness was to do our part to find a cure. We found a couple of groups, one of them being the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which focuses on neurofibromatosis. Their focus is on the research, which is our passion. We formed CureNFwithJack as its own entity because there are so many people we’ve been blessed with who just love Jack, to make it personal, make it about a person, a little boy that you can point to.” Community Compassion Since moving to Georgia five years ago, the family has been impressed with the compassionate concern and giving nature of the community around them. Every week on Jack’s chemotherapy days, neighbors deliver meals to the family, and when gifts or special treats are brought for Jack, friends and family remember to include the couple’s other children, Luke, 6, and Grace, 2, as well. “There’s no way we could express thanks adequately. Truly. No thank you note could do, even if we could catch up with our thank you notes. No written word could express it. It sees us through the hard times,” Beth said. “Locally, here in Milton, we have a number of smaller events like wine tastings and our neighbors have an annual yard sale,” Jake said. “Our main anchor event is the annual golf tournament at the Alpharetta Athletic Club. We have more than 125 golfers come together for the day, raising money. From that event spawned two other golf tournaments, one up in Washington, D.C. and the other down in West Palm Beach, at Jack Nicklaus’ home golf course. Over the last couple of years, the awareness has been unbelievable, and the amount of money raised has been great as well.” The Burkes began raising awareness and funding in earnest in 2012, and since that time have raised more than $250,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), which operates 44 neurofibromatosis clinics across the country with the mission to advance research toward treatments and eventually a cure for NF. Cupid’s Undie Run, just one of several fundraising events for the foundation, began with a single race in Washington, D.C. in 2010, which raised approximately $10,000 for CTF. The founder of the unusual race, Chad Leathers, came up with the idea after his brother Drew was diagnosed with a rare form of NF called schwannomatosis. Last year, races in 18 cities raised $1.3 million, and this year they hope to pass the $3 million mark with races in more than 30 cities around the world. 38

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“I’m definitely the before picture for Cupid’s Undie Run. Despite that fact, I get in my underwear along with hundreds of other people around the country and we run in this race,” Jake said, laughing. “Beth and I have tried to get all of our friends and family involved in the different cities, and as of today, we’ve broken all of the Cupid’s Undie Run records. We’ve got nine teams in seven cities running for Jack, and we’ll have close to $40,000 raised when it’s all said and done. Just for that one day. It’s an incredible event. It’s my kind of event because it’s only one mile.” It’s about Time, Talent or Treasure The party begins at noon on Feb. 15 at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Midtown. At 2:30, runners take to the street in their skivvies to “put the hilarity in charity.” Because of the venue (and the lack of proper clothing), participants must be 21 or older, but anyone can donate through the website at cupidsundierun. com. One hundred percent of the funds raised through Cupid’s Undie Run go directly to CTF. Adventurous runners may register as an individual or as part of a team. While there is no “winner” for the race (other than CTF and the thousands of families affected by NF), there are prizes for fundraising efforts, including custom undies and embroidered bathrobes. “I said to Beth the other day, ‘If love was the currency that purchased the cure, we’d already have one.’ But unfortunately, it’s not. Money is the currency that will purchase the cure,” Jake said. “We’re asking people to give of themselves. There’s three things: there’s time, there’s treasure, and there’s talent. Many people can’t write a check. But they can give their time and volunteer at the golf tournament. And then there are others who’d just rather write a check. And then there’s people who can use their talent. We have a dentist in our neighborhood who is making sure that Jack’s oral health is taken care of during this time. Or someone writes an article pushing forward the awareness of NF, and that directly contributes in a positive way to what we’re doing here. Everybody can give of time, talent or treasure.” To keep up with Jack’s progress and find out how you can give of your time, talent or treasure to help the Burkes in their fight against NF, visit curenfwithjack.com. To find out more about the work of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, visit ctf.org. PN

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FOR FOUR LONG YEARS, from 1861 to 1865, our nation was torn asunder as a divided America waged a war of annihilation against itself pitting slave states against free states, Rebels against Yankees, and brother against brother. Our ancestors living in that time watched dozens of family members and friends march off to war, never to return. Life was completely surrounded by death as hundreds of bloody battles, massacres, sieges and raids were fought along the hilltops and valleys of the American countryside, leaving thousands of casualties in the wake of war. One hundred and fifty years later, the American Civil War seems unimaginable — simply surreal in scale and loss.

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“I think the most sobering statistic about the Civil War is that it killed two percent of the entire U.S. population as of 1860,” remarked Gordon Jones, senior military historian and curator at the Atlanta History Center. “That’s at least 670,000 soldiers and civilians, and the number has recently been estimated as high as 750,000 or 800,000. The precise number of dead is unknown.” To put the war’s death toll in perspective, two percent of the U.S. population today would be about 6.3 million people. “Can you imagine us fighting a war on our own soil in which more than a million people were dying every year and yet we still keep fighting?” Jones asked. “That gives you some idea of the determination

of both sides to prevail.” The precise number of Georgians killed is unknown, but Jones estimates that at least 23,000 and probably more in the range of 30,000 or 35,000 died as a consequence of the war. At least 100,000 white Georgians fought for the Confederacy, and perhaps 15,000 or 20,000 Georgians, both white and black, fought for the Union. Today, North Georgians are fortunate to have more than two dozen historical museums, landmarks and attractions nearby to help us understand the breadth of the Civil War. These sacred places tell stories of a fractured nation, a resolute president driven by moral obligation, military and political leaders who influenced the course and outcome of the conflict, and

the soldiers who fought, bled and perished for a cause they believed in. According to the Georgia Civil War Sesquicentennial website, gacivilwar.org, created by the Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), six battle sites, eight museums, seven landmarks and historic homes, and five cemeteries related to the Civil War lie north of Atlanta’s perimeter. Our children learn about the epochal War Between the States in their middle school history classes while pondering plans for the coming weekend. Can a teenager truly comprehend the weight of it all from a book or a classroom? Not necessarily. Here are a few places you should consider visiting.

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nion General William T. Sherman was tasked by Grant with taking Atlanta, and in May of 1864, he began moving south with more than 100,000 men divided into three branches — infantry, cavalry and artillery. For two and a half months, Sherman conducted a campaign of maneuvers forcing Confederate General Joseph Johnston to repeatedly fall back toward Atlanta. “This battleground marks the two-week stand by the Confederate Army along the best natural defensive line between Chattanooga and Atlanta,” Jones said. “It’s also the site of the bloody repulse of a Union assault on June 27, 1864 — some of the worst fighting of the campaign. You can still see the trenches where it happened.”



Kennesaw House/Marietta Museum of History is just a short drive from the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield. The three-story brick building was once the Fletcher House Hotel, where Andrews and his raiders (volunteers from the Union Army) lodged prior to the historic Great Locomotive Chase. Disguised as Confederates, James Andrews and his volunteers commandeered a locomotive — The General — and guided it northward, destroying the vital rail artery between Atlanta and Chattanooga. “Also nearby is the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, where the locomotive General is exhibited and the site where the locomotive was stolen — or captured — by the Andrews Raiders in April 1862,” Jones said. “And two historic cemeteries are nearby — the Marietta National Cemetery, where the Union dead of the Atlanta campaign were interred after the war, and also the Marietta Confederate Cemetery.”

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ickett’s Mill Battlefield is my favorite Civil War site,” Jones said. “It’s probably the most pristine Civil War battlefield in the United States — treelines, clearings and other terrain virtually unchanged since the battle that took place there on May 27, 1864. There is a visitors’ center and walking trails, but no monuments, so you see the same things the soldiers saw in 1864.” On May 27, 1864, the Union Army, having been stopped in its advance on Atlanta two days earlier at the Battle of New Hope Church, attempted to outflank the Confederate position. Some 14,000 Union troops were selected for the task led by General Howard. But when Howard’s forces reached the vicinity of Pickett’s Mill, they found 10,000 Confederate troops waiting for them under the command of G eneral Cleburne. The Union Army’s assault began at 5 p.m. and continued well into the night, but the Confederates maintained possession of the field and delayed the Union’s advance to Atlanta. The 150th Commemoration of the Battle at Pickett’s Mill takes place May 31 with real-time troop movements and infantry and artillery firing demonstrations.

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he battlefield is part of Red Top Mountain State Park,” Jones said. “It marks the site of the battle fought on Oct., 1864, after Sherman had occupied Atlanta, and as Confederate forces sought to cut off his supply line. But it’s also the site of a magnificent feat of engineering — a 180-foot deep pass cut into solid rock of the Allatoona Mountains between 1842 and 1845, using slave labor.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF: GEORGIA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES; ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

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The Atlanta History Center is home to the one of the largest Civil War artifact collections in the world, much of which is displayed in the 9,200-square-foot permanent exhibition “Turning Point: The American Civil War,” which includes Union and Confederate artifacts, photographs, dioramas, videos and interactive components. It’s also home to the Kenan Research Center, where visitors can research Civil War ancestors, and the Smith Family Farm to experience life on a typical North Georgia farm during the 1860’s. Here are a few upcoming events and exhibits to consider.



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$5 for members, $10 for non-members The evening features a free-ranging interview in which Civil War Historian and author James McPherson ruminates on the war, its legacy and its changing place in American memory.

Citizens and Soldiers: The American Civil War March 16, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free admission Experience home front activities, encampments, reenactments and demonstrations on our 1860’s farm, and enjoy tours of the award-winning Civil War exhibition. Finding Billy Yank and Johnny Reb:  Researching Your Civil War Ancestor June 7, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. - noon $10 members; $15 non-members Sue VerHoef offers tips, techniques and effective strate-



Aiken Lecture: William Link, Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers Noted historian William Link discusses the war’s aftermath and the transition from Old South to New for whites and African Americans.



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THE SESQUICENTENNIAL: W H Y D O E S IT M AT T E R? “[This year] marks the 150th anniversary of the Atlanta and Savannah campaigns, which effectively sealed the fate of the Confederacy,� said Gordon Jones, Senior Military Historian and Curator at the Atlanta History Center. “Georgia — and Atlanta especially — had been the railroad hub of the Deep South and the chief industrial center of the Confederacy. Sherman’s capture of Atlanta, March to the Sea, and destruction of the railroads effectively wiped all that out. “Most importantly, Sherman’s capture of Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1864 assured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln,� he continued. “If Atlanta and the Confederacy had held out just a few months longer, the course of the war might have been very different.�


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A view from San Antonio's River Walk Facing page: Charro Ranch Charreada; fresh tamales; dining along the River Walk; San Antonio Museum of Art

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FRIDAY Boots on the Ground. The Hotel Indigo is the place to be on the River Walk, the heart of San Antonio, and is in the center of all of the Fiesta action. The Indigo, which is part of a chain of boutique hotels run by the InterContinental Hotel Group, provides comfy rooms and a prime location right on the river. But if you’re part of a family that is interested in taking a side trip to Sea World, you may want to consider staying just outside of the city at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa. The resort is located next door to the theme park and is only 20 minutes away from the River Walk action. (And if you’re in the mood for some spa relaxation, this resort’s Windflower Spa, housed in a shabby chic restored barn, is the place to go — the 90-minute Moroccan oil ritual is a must!) ihg.com; hillcountry.hyatt.com First for Fajitas. For your first Fiesta-filled meal, head to La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar. The restaurant’s claim to fame is that it’s the first American dining establishment to serve sizzling fajitas! But if you’re looking for something lighter, try La Margarita’s oyster and ceviche bar. lamargarita.com

Chiles at Market Square; a San Antonio river cruise; Fiesta is fun for all ages

Shaken, Not Stirred. Before calling it a night, tuck yourself into River Walk’s chic but cozy SoHo Wine & Martini Bar to enjoy a little drinkable dessert (the Chocolate Tini is worth every calorie consumed). Located in the historic Loan and Trust Building, where the original vault still serves as the wine cellar, this drink spot can accommodate everything from martini traditionalists to those looking to try something trendy — Key Lime Tinis, anyone? sohomartinibar.com

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La charreada; a prickly pear margarita; Market Square; San Antonio Botanical Garden

A Pearl of a Farmers Market. From farm eggs from pampered hens (courtesy of Hartman Farms) to mounds of verdant root veggies and greens, the Pearl Farmers Market is the place for any foodie to be on a Saturday morning. Located on the grounds of the old Pearl Brewery, visitors can wander through the food paradise from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. You’ll find in-season produce, honey, fresh beef and pork, and other tasty treats. If you’re in the market for an early lunch, don’t miss the tamales at the La Hacienda Products stand — the veggie version is delish. atpearl.com/farmers_market Viva Botanica! Why not continue the outdoor fun and head to the 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Gardens for the Viva Botanica! celebration? During Fiesta, the flowers are in full bloom, especially the impressive rose garden with its vibrant pinks and yellows. You can spend a day wandering through the sensory garden and the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, and along the Texas Native Trail. Whether you have kids or not, your heart will melt as you watch the Fiesta children’s parade. Give the participants a little wave, and you’ll make their day. sabot.org

SATURDAY Get Pinned. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to collect as many of these colorful trinkets as possible and proudly display them on a sash — or wherever you can find room to pin them. The more you get, the better — think a family-friendly version of the Mardi Gras bead tradition. Businesses and organizations sell the medals throughout the celebration, and people are often eager to trade, so keep your eye out for opportunities to build your collection. 52

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Night at the Pops. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while you take in a concert that captures the flavor of Fiesta. The Fiesta Pops concert features the San Antonio Symphony and an assortment of other musical guests. Your ears will enjoy music ranging from folklorico to tango, while your eyes will be dazzled by dancers performing choreography to complement the sounds. sasymphony.org

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SUNDAY An Array of Art. Kick off your Sunday morning with a leisurely stroll around the San Antonio Museum of Art. Like the Pearl Farmers Market, the museum has done an artful job of repurposing one of the city’s abandoned breweries. The spot is home to an extensive collection of Greek and Roman sculptures as well as one of the largest centers for Asian art in the Southwest. samuseum.org Milkshakes and Frito Pie. Sometimes you just have to forget about calories and order a good old burger and shake — and Cheesy Janes is just the place to do it. Order a chili cheeseburger and fries, both of which are worth every bit of the effort it will take to burn off later. If you’re up for a shake, Cheesy’s has something for everyone, ranging from vanilla to peanut butter and jelly. Want to try something different? Don’t miss the Frito Pie — hot chili over Fritos. A true Texan treat. cheesyjanes.com

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A Day in Old Mexico. There’s nothing like enjoying an ice-cold Tecate beer and watching folks show off their riding and roping skills. The Charreada originated as a Mexican custom for preparing horses and riders for war and has evolved into an equestrian competition — think rodeo. So it’s only natural that as part of your Fiesta festivities, you attend the Charro Ranch Charreada. The arena where the event is held fills up quickly, so arrive early to grab a seat, then get ready to be dazzled by the sights of women riding sidesaddle in ranchero dresses, plus bull riding and roping competitions. Cruisin’. When it comes to taking in the sights and sounds of San Antonio’s River Walk, a cruise by Rio San Antonio Cruises is the way to go. For 35 minutes, you’ll float down the river in an open boat and

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catch a bit of the history behind this public park that is lined with hotels, restaurants, shops and more. If you don’t have time for a tour but wouldn’t mind a break from strolling around the city, catch one of the Rio taxis, which stop at more than 39 stops along the River Walk. riosanantonio.com

MONDAY Feeling Festive. No Feista is complete without experiencing one of the many festivals that take place across San Antonio. For example, the Fiesta de los Reyes is one of the largest free celebrations and is held at the historic Market Square. Rock out to Tejano and country western music while munching on your favorite festival foods such as funnel cakes and Cajun shrimp. Oysters, Anyone? For your last dinner in San Antonio, get yourself to Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa on the River Walk for oysters and an assortment of seafood that will make your mouth smile. Top tastes to try include the tuna tacos, ceviche and jumbo scallops. Another musttry? The sweet potato tater tots, which are the perfect balance of sweet and savory. mokarahotels.com/sanantonio/dining. html

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Rocking on the River. Before you say “goodbye,” cap off your long Fiesta-filled weekend with the annual Texas Cavaliers Riverboat parade. After all, how often do you get to see more than 40 festively decorated boat floats drift down a river? From 7 to 9 p.m., music, celebrities and lights make their way down the water. But the reserved seats go fast, so be sure to snag your tickets ahead of time. texascavaliers.org/river-parade PN

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[Feb. 4 – 9] Kennesaw State University presents “Red Badge of Courage,” a co-production with 7 Stages Theatre. The performance features tabletop puppetry, live actors, projected silhouettes and animation. Kennesaw State UniversityOnyx Theater, 770-423-6000, kennesaw.edu/theatre

[Feb. 8] The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “A Romantic Valentine’s Day” gala. Features internationally renowned tenor saxophonist-James Houlik from Chicago, Mexican guest conductor Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada conducting Tchaikovsky’s romantic “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy,” and Atlanta Opera soprano-Megan Mashburn interpreting two arias of Donizetti. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 770-623-8623, ludwigsymphony.org

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E R I C LIT W I N [Feb. 8] Get ready to sing, dance, laugh and fall in love with books at the interactive performance of Eric Litwin, author of the first four “Pete the Cat” picture books. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

H E A R T TH R O B S [Feb. 14 – 16] The Flying Cat productions and the Lionheart Theatre present a delightful collection of short pieces about the

struggle to find romantic love. Lionheart Theatre Company, Norcross, 678-938-8518, lionhearttheatre.org

TU E S DAYS W ITH M O R R I E [Feb. 14 – Mar. 1] Polk Street Players presents the acclaimed drama, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the best-selling book by journalist Albom. The Stellar Cellar Theatre, Marietta, 770-218-9669, polkstreetplayers.org

S H R E K TH E M U S I C A L [Feb. 22 – March 16] Based on the beloved Dreamworks film character, this performance is part of the Alliance Stage Family Series. Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, 404-733-4601, alliancetheatre.org

LE T IT S H I N E : TH E A M E R I C A N C I V I L R I G HT S M OV E M E NT [Feb. 25] This honest and powerful play brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. Teaching Museum North, Roswell, 770-552-6339, roswellgov.com

LIT TLE S H O P OF HORRORS [Feb. 27 – Mar. 9] Celebrate the 21st season of Jerry’s Habima Theatre, Georgia’s only theatrical company that features actors with special needs. with the charming, tuneful and hilarious, “Little Shop of Horrors.” MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Dunwoody, 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org

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[Through Feb. 22] An exhibition that showcases the talents of Kennesaw State University art students. Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, 770-423-6139, kennesaw.edu

R O M A NTI C P L AC E S [Through Feb. 23] Featured artists Robert (Bob) Hoffenberg and Rosemary (ROMA) Tyler present oil paintings of a variety of romantic places. Gallery 4463, Acworth, 770-485-8554

A M E R I C A’ S M U S I C F I LM S E R I E S [Through Feb. 26] This series offers an educational experience to explore music that is uniquely American in “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Most Popular Music.” University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, 706-864-1807, ung.edu

R E N D E R I N G ATL A NTA [Through Feb. 28] This exhibit features the most detailed and beautiful architectural renderings from Atlanta History Center’s collection. Visitors will see renderings of 27 buildings as well as the tools used to create these colorful illustrations of Atlanta’s homes, schools, churches and other notable buildings and landscapes. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com

E VO LV I N G V I S I O N S : L A R RY WA LK E R A N D C O LLE AG U E S [Through Mar. 29] Features more than 20 works by Larry Walker and is put together along the dual themes of the evolution of the artist’s work throughout his life, and the mentor/mentee relationship in art. Hudgens Center, Duluth, 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org

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WO R K S BY LI LLI A N B L A D E S [Through Mar. 29] Features large-scale multi-media works by Atlanta artist, Lillian Blades. Her assemblage artwork reflects the improvisational compositions, colors and patterns of quilts and the textural qualities of memorial art. Hudgens Center, Duluth, 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org

U N E A R TH I N G TH E PA S T: A R C H A E O LO GY I N C H E R O K E E C O U NT Y [Through Apr. 12] Exhibit will explore the last 80 years of archaeological investigations in Cherokee County, highlight some of the more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the area, and feature rarely

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[THROU G H MAR. 29] Evolving Visions: Larry Walker & Colleagues Hudgens Center, Duluth seen artifacts found in Cherokee County. Cherokee County History Museum & Visitors Center, Canton, 770-345-3288, rockbarn.org

H AT S O F F TO D R . S E U S S [Feb. 1 – 16] Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” with Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat

collection, prints and sculpture. Ann Jackson Gallery, Roswell, 770-993-4783, annjacksongallery.com

B L AC K H E R ITAG E : TH E U N S U N G H E R O E S O F R O S W E LL [Feb. 1 – 28] This exhibit features photographs, artifacts and textiles that highlight the history, impact and influence of


African Americans in the Roswell area since 1839. Roswell City Hall, Roswell, 770-641-3705, roswellgov.com

S H E I L A P R E E B R I G HT: I N V I S I B LE S U B U R B I A [Feb. 1 – 28] This exhibit features fine-art photographer Shelia Pree Bright’s “Suburbia” series, which spotlights middle-class African-American suburban homes, a lifestyle that Bright contends is nearly invisible in mainstream media. Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-992-1731, roswellgov.com

A S E N S E O F P L AC E [Feb. 7] Come meet realist landscape painter, Paul LaJeunesse of Atlanta and view his work. LaJeunesse’s work will continue to be on display through March 1. 2 Rules Fine Art, Marietta, 404-355-6897, 2rulesfineart.com/lajeunesse.php

M I C H A E L H U NT, N AO M I DA LG LI S H A N D H O LLY WA LK E R [Feb. 7 – Mar. 15] This exhibit features the unusual style of pots made from primarily coarse impure local materials by Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish. Also features items from Holly Walker’s installment, “Mazurka.” Signature Gallery, Atlanta, 404-237-4426, thesignatureshop.com

services for home remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and outdoor living. Offers attendees the opportunity to comparison shop and talk to the experts one-on-one. Includes speakers, giveaways, buyer discounts and more. Gwinnett Center, Duluth, 770-813-7500, atlantahomeshow.com

A B E L A R D O M O R E LL: TH E UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR [Feb. 23 – May 18] This exhibition features the photography work of Cuban-born American artist Abelardo Morell from 1986 to present. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 404-733-4400, high.org

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[Feb. 7] LIVE! in Roswell series presents Masters of Soul, a celebration of Motown and soul artists of the 1960s, including The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, roswellgov.com

J E N N I F E R N E T TLE S [Feb. 22] Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for international super duo Sugarland, stops in Atlanta during her “That Girl” national tour. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org

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[Feb. 15 – Aug. 24] Plunge into the mysterious world of whales and meet a culture that has lived intertwined with these majestic creatures throughout history. Fernbank Museum, Atlanta, 404-929-6400, fernbankmuseum.org

[Feb. 8] Help raise funds for Advocates for Children’s many programs and services by taking an icy dip in the frigid waters of the Dellinger Park Pool. Dellinger Park Pool, Cartersville, advochild.org

N O R TH ATL A NTA H O M E S H OW [Feb. 21 – 23] Gather together with more than 150 home remodeling experts for the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show. Features the latest products and

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B E AC H DA Z E [Feb. 21] Celebrate all things seaside with party foods, beverages, dancing and prizes at this benefit for Voices of North Georgia, a group of community singers. Gainesville Civic Center, voicesofnorthgeorgia.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | February 2014 | Points North

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[March 1] Attend NOWAMOM Kids Consignment sale for everything you need for your family from tots to tweens. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Marietta, nowamom.org

[Feb. 9] Learn about the art of falconry with Buster Brown, co-director of the Georgia Falconry Association. A short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, 706-878-3087

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[Mar. 1] Celebrate on the red carpet with Cumberland Academy of Georgia. Features a festive dinner, drinks and dancing with celebrity style along with additional entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Cumberland Academy, a school for high functioning autistic and other special needs students. 650 A Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta, cumberlandacademy.org

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[Feb. 7] Fresh Produce and WomenHeart educate, support and celebrate women as Heart Champions, local heart disease survivors, share their stories and star in a fashion show. A cardiologist will speak about the prevalence of heart disease, early detection and prevention and free hypertension screenings will be available. Fresh Produce, Mall of Georgia, Buford, freshproduceclothes.com

E N C H A NTM E NT U N D E R TH E S E A [Feb. 8] Enjoy a family-friendly Valentine’s Dance Party, the perfect “date night” with your son or daughter, complete with a pirate-themed DJ, character entertainment, dinner and dessert. Ben Robertson Community Center, Kennesaw, kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec

H E M LO C K U P DATE A N D W I NTE R B OTA N Y [Feb. 8 – 9] Botanist Jim Sullivan will demonstrate how to identify plants using clues available in the winter. Includes a short hike to identify nearby flora and a report. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, 706-878-3087

GPS BASICS [Feb. 15] Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and fieldwork will both be used. GPS units will be available for use. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, 706-878-3087

TH I R D A N N UA L C O R N B R E A D C O O K- O F F [Feb. 22] Enter for the chance to win a prize for Best Cornbread, chosen by professional judges and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by attendees. Child Development Association, Roswell, 770-641-3705, roswellgov.com

P E AC HTR E E PA D D LE LE AG U E CHAMPIONSHIPS [Feb. 23] Championships from a winter racket sports league throughout Atlanta and Alpharetta. Email Peter Lauer for details: peterlauer1@gmail.com. Cherokee Town Club, Atlanta, peachtreepaddle.org

H O M E S TR E TC H [Feb. 25] HomeStretch invites guests to its Seventh Annual Peachtree Tea at the Country Club of the South. Guests will enjoy beverages while they peruse mini-boutique offerings then gather for a seated tea luncheon. The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, homestretch.org


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Say Goodnight till It Be Morrow. What better way to celebrate the holiday of timeless romance than by spending it with your Valentine watching the greatest love story in literature? Feb. 7 – 15, the Monte-Carlo Ballet is bringing the classic story of Verona’s star-crossed lovers to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette — a stark, ethereal reimagining — is sure to be a moving journey that will remind you to cherish the one you love. atlantaballet.com Mingle with a Celebrity. In recent years, celebrity chefs have become household names as recognizable as the dishes they create. Alton Brown is one such name. On Feb. 28, the author, “Iron Chef” host, and renowned television personality is bringing his culinary humor to The Fox Theatre with his “Edible Inevitable Tour.” Brown’s performance promises to be a family-friendly evening of stand-up comedy, talk show antics, multimedia lecture and live music. We hear there might even be food. foxatltix.com Celebrate! You are cordially invited to a day of delicious cakes, white dresses and awe-inspiring venues at “Celebrate!” — our very own bridal and special occasions showcase. On Feb. 23, we’re gathering the crème de la crème of Atlanta’s event professionals at Villa Christina to help make your big day magical. Plus, gather inspiration from the latest bridal fashions, perfect your look at our hair, makeup and beauty bars, and take home incredible giveaways! pointsnorthatlanta.com Take Time for Number One. You’ve done girls’ night out on the town, but have you ever done ladies’ night in a mansion? On Feb. 21, gather the gals for an elegant evening of indulgence at the beautiful Taylor Brawner Hall in Smyrna. The Atlanta Pampered Ladies Expo brings together everything you could hope for: shopping, spa services, sultry chair dancing lessons, and award-winning cuisine from Edible Endeavors. It’ll make you wonder how you did “me time” any other way. atlantapamperedladies.com



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