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An Atlanta Ballet veteran, Loveless has had an amazing 25 years in ballet slippers. As she nears her

Atlantans Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter couldn’t figure out why the city never had a food

last curtain call this month, the 28-year-old ballerina reflects on her dance journey with her biggest fan — her mother.

festival to call its own, so they decided to do something about it. The result? The inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, promising a tantalizing journey

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through Southern cuisine with more than 200 epicurean activities in town May 19 – 22.

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THE MOM MONOLOGUES Earlier this year, we asked for essays about motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day, and the response was overwhelming. From humorous anecdotes to heartfelt accounts, maternal readers had plenty to say about life with their little ones. Here, we bring you a few of our favorites. For even more Mom essays,

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NORTH ATLANTA DANCE ACADEMY The North Atlanta Dance Academy, which recently relocated to a 17,000-square-foot facility in Johns Creek, offers beginning to advanced level classes in

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to give something back to the woman who has given you

You know the drill — we’ve got all the action you can handle in these high-flying, adrenaline-pumping

everything. From timeless treasures to unique finds, Points North has perused local shops and the Web to help you show your appreciation on May 8.

escapades. Go grab the reins, a paddle, a boa or the steering wheel for a line-up that will add a little pep to your step.

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POINTS OF VIEW When All Else Fails, Call Your Mother “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” — Washington Irving

My mother is my best friend, but it took me years to truly appreciate it. When I was young, she was my compass who guided me down the honorable path to womanhood. But she wasn’t my best friend quite yet, she was just my, well, my mom. She told me to eat my vegetables, scolded me when I was disobedient and nursed me when I was sick. My neighborhood buddies never did anything like that! In those dreaded teen years, my mom and I would squabble about the clothes I wore, the places I went, and my messy room. My girlfriends were fun and loved that new off-the-shoulder shirt that was so en vogue then. But my mom? Not so much. But then something happened. I grew up. My mom was not my best friend when I was a child and teen by design. She had a job to do, teach her daughter to grow up strong, honorable and trustworthy, not to be my buddy on a Saturday night. And in that process, I became the woman she is proud of today. So, now she doesn’t tell me to eat my veggies anymore, but she is one of the first people I want to talk to when the going gets tough, for she always knows just what to say to make those “clouds of darkness” dissipate. As much as I love my daughter, I have to remember this important lesson. Be a mom first, being a best friend comes later. There will be days when my daughter won’t appreciate that when I say “no” it’s because I love her. But no doubt, one day she, too, will see that all a mother does is for the love of her child. So, Mom, thanks for being tough when it mattered, sweet when I needed it, and the one true friend every child should have.

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While I will confess to plastering a poster (or two) of a unicorn in my room as a youngster, the thought of seeing one up close and personal wasn’t something I ever considered. Recently, however, my kids and I walked among unicorns, dragons, mermaids, sea monsters and a number of legendary creatures whose names I simply can’t pronounce! Whether you’ve ever believed in mythical creatures or not, “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids,” one of the newest exhibits at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, will tap into your curiosity and try to reveal the historical connection between nature and legend. Visitors are treated to a range of fun facts, some of them preserved specimens and fossils of prehistoric animals like the lower jaw of a Gigantopithecus, some of them towering above like the 9-foot-tall Aepyornis, said to be the largest bird ever to have lived, as well as a number of interactive stations. The biggest hit of our afternoon was building our own dragon on the interactive screen where we could choose which head, body, legs, wings and tail we wanted our creature to possess. Featuring the most enduring creatures from across the continents, “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids” will run through Aug. 14. www.fernbankmuseum.org

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IN SEARCH OF UNICORNS AND DRAGONS

AUTISM SPEAKS Ain’t nothing gonna hold down Brookwood High School graduate Cortland Hale — not even his experience with autism. The charismatic young man and former football star has overcome numerous obstacles associated with his disorder to follow his dreams, and he takes every opportunity to speak out about his story, offering inspiration to other families struggling with the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. This month, Hale is joining thousands of walkers in Atlanta to take steps toward raising funds and awareness for autism — and you can, too. The 2011 Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks takes place Sunday, May 22 at the Georgia World Congress Center’s International Plaza. Visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org to join or support team “Cortland’s Walk,” or create your own team to make strides for Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness, funding research, and advocating for individuals and their families.


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SILENCE PLEASE! Sometimes all a Mom needs is a little silence. Want to treat her to some quiet time without giving up your quality time? Head to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. Taking a step back to relive the bygone days of silent cinema, The Strand is featuring a movie series with perhaps some of the best films from that era in one of the best venues, where in addition to the traditional snacks of popcorn, candy and Coca-Cola, patrons can also purchase wine, beer or a mixed drink. Not kidding about the concessions, but of course, I am kidding about the silence. After all, The Strand is one of only four historic theaters in the state of Georgia with the ability to showcase silent films with live organ accompaniment. With The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ setting the scene, classics such as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,” and “Flesh and the Devil,” which went down in the books as Greta Garbo’s first American appearance, will surely delight mom and her movie buffs not only this month but throughout the summer and into the fall. For more information and movie times, call the box office at 770-293-0080 or visit www.earlsmithstrand.org. ptsnorth.com | May 2011 | Points North

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Ballet, the stage, the bright lights, the thunderous ovations, the sense of accomplishment — but she is ready to grow in a new direction.” Necessary never imagined her daughter’s life would unfold in the way it has. “I wanted her to pursue her dreams and be happy in whatever path she chose, and Kristi chose ballet,” she remarked. “I was there at the beginning, and when she dances her final performance in ‘Ignition,’ I will be there watching as I have for 25 years.”

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graphic Voices,” an eclectic amalgam of dynamic and innovative dance that will ignite the soul. Performances will be on the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center, May 13 through 15. For more information on Atlanta Ballet’s current and upcoming season, visit the official Atlanta Ballet blog at www.atlantaballetblog.com.

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This month, the Atlanta Ballet will perform “Ignition: New Choreo-

Becoming a Ballerina Indeed, Necessary has been her daughter’s most passionate admirer, chauffeuring Loveless all around town to literally hundreds of lessons, practices and rehearsals when her young daughter didn’t have a driver’s license. She has attended most of Loveless’ performances showering her with endless encouragement and praise. It seems a fitting tribute to Necessary’s devotion that her daughter’s retirement comes in May, the month the world honors the love and support of mothers. “All that I am today, all that I have accomplished so far in my life, I owe to my mom and dad,” Loveless said. “I started ballet at three, and Mom has always been my biggest fan.” Her mother recalls some of those fi rst days in the studio and on the stage of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. “When she was very young, my husband Steve and I were sitting in the audience watching the performance, and he leaned over and whispered, ‘I don’t think that Kristi has much of a future in ballet. She’s not very good, and she can’t seem to follow the teacher,’” Necessary


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A B R I E F H I S TO RY O F T H E AT L A N TA B A L L E T More than eight decades ago, dance visionary Dorothy Alexander dreamed of delivering dazzling classical ballet performances to the Atlanta arts community. She created the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group and ignited a regional ballet movement that swept across America. Today, the Atlanta Ballet — renamed in 1967 — is the oldest professional dance company in the country and the official state Ballet of Georgia. The Atlanta Ballet consistently wows and inspires local audiences with beautifully orchestrated performances. The company’s eclectic repertoire is punctuated by both inventive original performances and timeless classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake” and “Peter Pan.” Throughout its rich history, the company has toured the globe, captivating audiences with masterful performances in Taipei, Seoul and London. In 1996, the Atlanta Ballet opened its Centre for Dance Education — an instructional institution serving more than 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year through offerings of ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco and hip-hop dance classes. Last year, the company moved into a world-class facility on Marietta Boulevard, a renovated 54,000-square-foot manufacturing plant positioned in the heart of West Midtown’s budding arts and culture district. Under the artistic leadership of John McFall, the Atlanta Ballet remains one of the premier dance companies in the country and continues to play a pivotal role in the city’s cultural renaissance by delivering one riveting performance after another.

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laughed. “I smile when I think back to those days. You just never know what the future holds.” The Necessarys were not overbearing parents and they didn’t have a specific parenting philosophy, but they did believe in exposing Loveless and her two sisters to many different activities. “We did stress work ethic,” Necessary noted. “We taught them, ‘If you are going to do something, then do it right.’” Along with ballet, Loveless tried gymnastics, ice skating and soccer. “I quickly rejected soccer,” she related. “I hated wearing the sporty, red shorts, so Mom made me a red skirt to wear on the field with my uniform.” After a few years, Loveless chose to dedicate her time and energy exclusively to ballet. She was a lump of clay in an artist’s hands waiting to be shaped into something more beautiful. She was physically strong and coordinated and actually listened to her instructors and made corrections without argument. Loveless became known for being easy to work with 18

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and unafraid of taking on exceptionally challenging roles. At 13, the young ballerina suddenly progressed from merely dancing routines to performing brilliant artistry. Teachers and audiences marveled at her polish and vivacious elegance. “We witnessed the transformation,” Necessary said. “She just suddenly blossomed, and that’s when we began realizing her full potential and aptitude.” Two years later, Loveless attended a summer program at the prestigious School of American Ballet, a feeder school for the New York City Ballet. After working with and watching the young dancer for a few weeks, the school extended a rare invitation to her. “They wanted her to stay,” Necessary recalled. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but we said, ‘No.’ We just couldn’t allow our 15-year-old daughter to move to New York without us. God gave her to us to raise, and we weren’t willing to let strangers watch over her and be her parents.”


A Final Bow Though her parents always supported her career in dance, they stressed the importance of a fallback plan and encouraged Loveless to continue her formal education. “I always loved ballet,” Loveless said. “When I was in kindergarten, I told my mom that I wanted to be both a ballerina and a teacher when I grew up. Because of the physical demands of ballet on the human body, dance had to come first.” But she never abandoned her dream of becoming an educator. While dancing, she took classes and received an undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and is well on her way to completing a Master’s degree from Brenau University. In 2004, the ballerina extraordinaire met her own prince charming when her sister dragged her to a party on the campus of Georgia Tech. “I’ll never forget meeting Matt. He was standing outside,” Loveless said. “He was an engineering student and knew nothing of ballet, and it didn’t matter.” Understandably, Matt Loveless’ interest in ballet grew exponentially. He has even performed minor roles in three ballets since meeting his princess ballerina. The two were married in May of 2008, and the newlyweds set out on their own journey toward happily ever after. They hope to start a family soon. Loveless danced her last principal role in February as Aurora in Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and will dance her final farewell this month in “Ignition.” “Watching her dance has been a gift — a true blessing — and we have been thankful for every moment of the adventure,” Necessary said. “I’m certain that Kristi will be a wonderful teacher, too. She will be great at whatever she does. That’s just who she is — beautiful on the inside and out.” PN

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The decision seemed like the end of the world to young Loveless, but it wasn’t. She returned to the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education and studied under and alongside a nurturing network of gifted dancers and instructors — Rosemary Miles, Armando Luna, Sharon Story, John McFall, Christian Clark and Christine Winkler. Plus, Loveless’ two younger sisters, Courtney and Abbie, also danced at the center. “My first principal role was the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Atlanta Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker,’” Loveless noted. “But my most memorable role was playing Juliet in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ I loved performing that role with Christian, my longtime dance partner and friend.” Loveless notes that the performance precipitated her first out-ofbody experience, a state of spiritual transcendence that some dancers and athletes describe as euphoria. “Time stood still, and nothing else mattered during that performance,” she said. “It was as if my body dissolved into the music and stage, and I became part of something bigger. It is an amazing feeling that I have only experienced a handful of times.”

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son, Aiden, is 5 and from his marvelous little boy mind flows an abundance of curious inquiries. He wants to know what makes Jell-O jiggly and if dogs can pray and if belly buttons can be untied. I’ve often scrambled to compose on-the-spot answers and, admittedly, I’ve deferred my fair share of questions with the response, “Go ask your dad.” I love that I have the privilege of watching him wrestle with the literal and the abstract as he figures out language and concepts and life, that sarcasm is wholly lost on him because he chooses to trust people, and, most of all, I love to hear him teaching his sister something as if he’s the world’s leading expert on the subject, though he’s only learned it moments before. Yes, I certainly appreciate his young, eager mind, but, honestly, sometimes I get tired or busy or just plain selfish and I don’t always give his questions the energy they deserve. This happened a few months ago. One lazy evening after supper, I was nose deep in a book when Aiden asked, “Mom, are Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks good for you?” Without looking up, I offered a half-hearted reply, “Ummm ... well, they’re not terrible for you, but they’re not really good for you either.” A while later, noticing that it was unusually quiet, I closed my book and looked at Aiden. Mouth gaping, eyes wide, arms limp at his side, he said, in

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the most astonished, disheartened voice, “You mean ... TV lies?!?” I gave him a consoling hug, kissed his head and smiled at his sweet naivety. After putting him to bed that night, I lingered in his doorway, as I often do, watching the covers rise and fall with his tiny little breaths. My heart felt heavy and sad. I felt like I had taken a hammer and a chisel and carved out a chunk of his childhood. I wanted to be like a sentry standing guard, alert and vigilant, ready to do battle with anything else that threatened to tarnish his innocence. I began thinking about the ways that the world will lie to him, the distorted messages that he’ll receive about what it means to be a man, to be successful and talented and happy and of worth. Genuinely, in that moment, I felt a crushing sense of helplessness. Then I remembered that, for a few more years anyway, Little Man thinks we’re cool. He listens to us, watches us, and, for better or worse, imitates us. What an opportunity! What a responsibility! By fiercely guarding my own heart and mind and choosing to live in truth, I can help my children learn to do the same. I can’t live like I believe that I have to be skinny to be valuable, that financial security brings happiness, or that other peoples’ approval matters most of all. If I do, then my children will, too. Take care, friends, little eyes are upon you! ptsnorth.com | May 2011 | Points North

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and that I’m now considered a “seasoned” mom. If you consider seasoned being able to offer advice on what to do if your child has an “accident” in the Publix aisle or which immediate care centers have the best late night staff, then yes, I’m your mom. A sage mother of six once told me that we’d soon get less social invites as our family grew exponentially in a small timeframe. I have to say that’s probably true and when I do call my in-laws to tell them we’re coming for a visit, the conversation usually begins with something like “Brace yourself….” Some stereotypes of big families are true: We do get seated in far, dark corners of restaurants and I do carry extra shoes in my minivan (a must for us large-family types). But my children do match when they go to school, and to the best of my abilities, their hair is combed. Homework gets checked and the little ones are read to and snuggled with each night. Our routines are the same as smaller families, we just take more time getting it done. Not surprisingly, I never need an Ambien to fall asleep! Growing up as an only child, I missed having fights with siblings and the convenience of having companions on rainy days. I missed … the noise. It’s quite ironic that both of my parents are the eldest of five and they just had me. My mother’s comment was that she didn’t think she could love another child as much as she did me. Well, Mom, I beg to differ and although I may not run to the parenting manuals with my younger children as I did with my first, I’ve evolved through experience as a more confident and relaxed mom. I’m so proud to see them love and take care of each other, especially with our second oldest child with special needs. Their tenderness towards him truly inspires me to be the best I can be. They simply … complete me.

there may be some truth to that, to me, every moment spent with you is a moment of learning, discovering, understanding and realizing a little more about this world that I am a part of and which I now share with you. For me, it is not about what I teach you, but what you, my imp of an angel, teach me. As I watch you breathing, drifting into sleep, I am reminded of how incredibly fortunate I have been. One


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were a baby, a toddler. When you knew no fear. No ego. No embarrassment. You kept it simple. You bore no grudges. You forgave. You weren’t afraid to try or take risks. When your curiosity would lead you to explore corners and do things that you had been instructed not to. You would anyway, never worried that you might get hurt or worse, that I may say, “I told you so.” (Even though, I’m ashamed to admit, I did.) Fear of failure was unknown to you. You were the epitome of “Just being.” Free to explore. Ready to trust. Eager to learn. Open to the world. Embracing whatever came your way. You probably knew boo boos and bandages were part of the deal, but you didn’t stop to think about them or let them stop you from just being who you were or doing what you had to do. Now that you’re 4 1/2 and all grown up, ready for kindergarten, aware that not everyone in class likes you all the time, that not all games are safe and that not every corner of the world around you is worth the risk of exploring, I only hope that your spirit of adventure and your fearlessness are not overshadowed by your knowledge and awareness of the “real world.” As I watch you leave your baby years behind and take on the world in your own wonderful way, I’m proud of you and overjoyed by how much you’ve grown. I hope that fear of the future or concern about what “they” may think never impede your boundless spirit. I hope that your unique and wonderful personality continues to sparkle and shine through all your life, never stopping you from just being you. And even as these thoughts and hopes flood my mind, one glance at your serene sleeping face brings me back to this moment — now. Could anything be more beautiful? Today, my dear M, you taught me to live in the moment. PN


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S T. V I N TAG E D E S I G N S N E C K L AC E S , $ 4 5 TO $ 3 7 5 Looking for beautiful jewelry to show your mom how special she is to you? Then peruse St. Vintage Designs’ stunning collection of beautiful handmade jewelry designed by Atlanta resident Paige Jansen Nichols. Each piece of jewelry incorporates one-of-a-kind antique medallions and artifacts that Nichols has picked up over the years from locations across the globe. And Jansen, a cancer survivor, donates 50 percent of the proceeds to medical research, so you know your purchase goes toward a good cause. Where to find: www.saintvintagedesigns.com

{ { { { { { { { { { { { { { S O U T H E R N M Y WAY C O O K B O O K , $ 3 4 . 9 5 Cookbook author Gena Knox grew up in the small town of Reynolds, Ga., where farming defined the landscape. With that love of the land grew an irresistible pull to the kitchen and a healthy helping of admiration for local farmers and artisans. Dedicated to her mother, “a true Southern lady,” Knox has compiled a mouthwatering masterpiece of Southern-inspired recipes such as pickled shrimp, Vidalia onion soup and flat cornbread brought to life with stunning full-color photography. It’s more than just a cookbook; it’s a visual feast of foods and farm life sure to get your mother itchin’ to get in the kitchen. Check out Mix It Up online at www.ptsnorth.com for a sneak peek at a few recipes! Where to find: www.genaknox.com or Barnes and Noble

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M AG N E T I C P I C T U R E F R A M E S , $1 4 . 9 5 TO $ 3 2 . 9 5 With kids growing so fast, what’s a mother or grandmother to do with all those pictures! How about a picture frame that’s magnetic so you can swap out old photos for new ones with ease? Available in a variety of different styles and colors, these frames are dressed up with flowers, hearts and other decorative magnets so you can create a custom look. Can’t decide on just one photo? Then consider the magnetic photo stick (pictured) that lets you post numerous photos on the wall. Where to find: Gifted! Artist Market & Gift Boutique, 944 Canton St., Roswell, 678-585-0071 and Main Street Art Co., 3005 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta, 770-360-9797

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fumer and English toiletry house, Lady Primrose created a luxury line of products to be used in only the finest hotels — until the word got out, that is, and hotel guests were asking if they could buy some to take home. Twenty years later, Lady Primrose still graces those fine hotels, but it is also available at specialty retailers around town. Our personal favorites are the elegant gift options in crystal jars, such as bath crystals, lotions and bath powders. You can also engrave the bottle with your mother’s initial to add that loving special touch. Where to find: Twigs and Lace, 64 North Main St., Alpharetta, 770-772-5136 and Shoppe of Vinings, 3244 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta, 770-818-0708.

{ { { { { O R C H I D S BY G R E G O RY J O S E P H DESIGNS, $90 TO $1 8 5 Flowers are so beautiful, yet so fleeting. So why not buy your mother flowers that won’t wilt away so she may enjoy it for years to come? Gregory Joseph Designs (GJD) specializes in exquisite, life-like permanent botanicals that are so realistic, even a mom with a green thumb will scratch her head in wonderment. GJD offers a wide selection of arrangements and unique containers, as well as in-house design consultation to make your gift one-of-a-kind. And as a special touch, he can use your own personal containers, making it possible to take that hidden family heirloom and have Gregory work his magic to create a sentimental gift to cherish. Where to find: Gregory Joseph Designs, Atlanta, 404-539-0143

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THE INAUGURAL ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

takes foodies on a journey THROUGH SOUTHERN CULINARY CULTURE

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here in the South (other than Southern hospitality, that is) it’s food. Call me biased, but few other regions in the country have such strong ties to cultural dishes, and here in the South, our food has soul. It’s a point of great pride for epicureans in Atlanta, and locals Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter are no exception. The two co-owners of Corporate Community Outsourcing got connected to the food festival circuit when Food & Wine magazine enlisted their consulting services to create a cause-marketing campaign to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the magazine’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in 2006. “We would walk away from the classic and say ‘This is really amazing, we would love to have something like this in the South. Why isn’t there something honoring Southern chefs?’” Feichter recalled. So the two took their idea to Food & Wine Publisher Chris Grdovic.

SAVOR “She said, ‘I don’t want to talk about a festival. I have no interest in talking about a festival, don’t come to me about a festival,’” Feichter recalled. But the five minutes she agreed to spend listening to their concept turned into more than an hour-long meeting, which ended with support from both Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines for a comprehensive celebration of Southern food, drink and culture right here in Atlanta.

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“It’s something unique in the marketplace. There’s nothing else like this in the country that honors one region’s traditions,â€? Feichter said. The inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine festival will feature more than 200 epicurean activities in Midtown Atlanta and restaurants throughout the city on May 19 – 22, promising a tantalizing journey through the foodways of the South. Prep Work The ďŹ rst step to bring the festival to fruition was to create a Founders Council of culinary professionals from Atlanta and across the entire Southeast — a total of 13 states, plus Washington, D.C. — so that the entire region would be represented. The resulting council members, along with special guests and curators who were recruited later, include a wide range of culinary talent, from award-winning chefs, mixologists and master P R I X F I X E PAC K AG E S t Connoisseur, $2,500o*ODMVEFTGFTUJWBMPQFOJOHSFDFQUJPOFBSMZBDDFTTUP5BTUJOH5FOUT  4USFFU$BSU1BWJMJPOBOEHFOFSBMUSBDLTFNJOBSTBOEEFNPOTUSBUJPOTBDDFTTUP$POOPJT TFVS-PVOHFSFTFSWFXJOF CFFSBOETQJSJUTUBTUJOHTPOF"MB$BSUFFWFOUEJTDPVOUTPO TQFDJBMFWFOUTBOEEJOOFSTBOE$POOPJTTFVSBOEGFTUJWBMHJGUCBHT t VIP, $1,000o*ODMVEFTHFOFSBMUSBDLTFNJOBST QBOFMEJTDVTTJPOT EFNPOTUSBUJPOTBOE DMBTTFT FBSMZ BDDFTT UP TFNJOBST BOE EFNPOTUSBUJPOT 5BTUJOH 5FOUT BOE 4USFFU $BSU 1BWJMJPOPOF"MB$BSUFFWFOUEJTDPVOUTPOTQFDJBMFWFOUTBOEDIFGEJOOFSTBOEGFTUJWBM HJGUCBH t 3-Day, $500o*ODMVEFTHFOFSBMUSBDLTFNJOBST QBOFMEJTDVTTJPOTBOEEFNPOTUSBUJPOT 5BTUJOH5FOUTBOE4USFFU$BSU1BWJMJPOBOEGFTUJWBMHJGUCBH t Foodster, $150 o *ODMVEFT i#SFBL UIF 3VMFTw QBSUZ XJUI $IFG /BUIBO -JQQZ BU UIF 8 "UMBOUBo.JEUPXOIPUFMi"%BZJOUIF(BSEFOwTFSWJDFBDUJWJUZ CBSCFDVFGFBTUBOEDSBGU CSFXTBNQMJOHBU8BOEFSMBOE'BSNJO%FDBUVSBOE5BTUJOH5FOUTBOE4USFFU$BSU1BWJMJPO t Day Pass, $200 - $250o*ODMVEFTTJOHMFEBZBDDFTTUPTFNJOBST EFNPOTUSBUJPOT QBOFM EJTDVTTJPOT 5BTUJOH5FOUTBOE4USFFU$BSU1BWJMJPO t Single Tasting Tent and Street Cart Pavilion tickets, $75 - $125

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ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL sommeliers to barbecue pit masters, fry cooks and local growers. “We didn’t want this to become commercialized ‌ we wanted to recognize Southern talent, and sometimes that means your name’s not on a billboard or you don’t have a television show, but you’re still doing great stuff,â€? Feichter said. This idea was also important to the Atlanta Founders Council members, a group of chefs who hand-selected special guests from states across the South to participate in the festival. “I really wanted to do our best to showcase some of the stars that may not get as much recognition [but] their product is just so good ‌ kind of ‘mom and pop’ people coming from smaller towns, but they’re all sourcing locally and producing seasonally,â€? said Chef Ford Fry, who will be participating in the festival’s fried chicken trail and hosting a Pig Out, Texas-Style dinner at his restaurant, JCT Kitchen and Bar. The Founders Council was also responsible for planning the programming for the event. “Atlanta Food & Wine worked very hard to make sure the voice of the region was heard in every aspect,â€? said Gina Hopkins, sommelier and co-owner of Restaurant Eugene, which was one of the ďŹ rst restaurants to sell out a wine dinner for festival weekend. “I think we wanted to see more of what’s cool and interesting about the South and not what’s clichĂŠ,â€? added Chef Steven SatterďŹ eld, who will be teaching a seminar and hosting a dinner at his restaurant, Miller Union. “Not overcooked collard greens and sticks of butter or anything — more like doing interesting explorations of culinary history.â€? After putting their chef’s hats together in several visionary meetings, three overall themes emerged to serve as the framework for the festival’s events: “Old Traditionsâ€? paying homage to classic techniques and rituals, “New Traditionsâ€? highlighting chefs, purveyors, mixologists and growers who bring innovation to Southern cuisine, and “Imports and Inspirationsâ€? focusing on Southern latitudinal comparisons in spirits, such as wine from South Africa and South America, or south-of-theborder tequilas. Sipping, Savoring, Sampling The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival features a diverse range of programming, from seminars and demonstrations at Loews Atlanta, the festival’s ofďŹ cial host hotel,


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After days of strolling through the tasting tents and soaking up seminars, festival-goers can enjoy A la Carte chef dinners and special events in restaurants throughout the city. “We joke that if you don’t have a ticket with us for dinner that night, you won’t be eating out in Atlanta because we’ve monopolized all the restaurants,â€? Feichter said. Each dinner pairs an Atlanta chef or restaurant with guest chefs, sommeliers or mixologists from another state, making for once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunities. “This is different than anything the city has seen before — it’s not a street festival, it’s a culinary weekend where you can be a real food lover who is into the ďŹ ner details or just someone who enjoys food and wine,â€? Feichter said. And the combination of a continually rising restaurant scene with a renewed interest in our region’s culture made the timing just right for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. “There’s a growing trend, and rightfully so, to explore the history of our culture a little bit more, and discover it again. And Atlanta is starting to embrace that,â€? SatterďŹ eld said. “I think for a long time Atlanta was really trying to be the non-Southern Southern town, trying to be more worldly. And the chefs are pushing to get back to our roots — where is this food coming from and why do people make these things and why is it so good? A lot of us are exploring that in our own realms in our restaurants and I think that’s something that we wanted to bring to the table.â€? “It’s one great big bite of the South,â€? Hopkins said. We can almost taste it now. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival takes place May 19 – 22. Tickets and packages will be available online up until the festival, but you must purchase before the events begin. To learn more, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

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North Atlanta Dance Academy Leads a Private Sector Cultural Initiative in Johns Creek

“On the clear understanding that this kind of thing can happen, shall we dance?” — “THE KING AND I” OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II; RICHARD RODGERS

In this era of budget cuts

throughout our public school systems, cultural arts programs such as music or musical theater are often dropped. In an effort to counteract these cutbacks, a number of entities in the private sector have taken up the slack, and North Atlanta Dance Academy, co-founded by Michael and Kitty Garrison, has proven to be one of the main characters on this particular stage. Stepping up for the Community The Garrisons opened North Atlanta Dance Academy (NADA) in a 7,000-square foot facility off Old Milton Parkway and Jones Bridge Road in 1997. During those first 13 years in business, they provided ptsnorth.com | May 2011 | Points North

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ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and tap dance instruction to thousands of children and young adults with a dozen NADA graduates working professionally. “The public school system’s focus has to be on preparing children for academics. It’s a wonderful ideal if they can provide a good music program or a good musicall theater program, but the reality is that, with budget cuts, they often aren’t able to fulfill it. When times get hard, the arts are going to get cut. I firmly believe that people like us can take up that mantel for our communities,” Michael said. Several former students have earned scholarships to colleges and universities, such as Marissa Pan, who earned a perfect score on her SAT and now attends Harvard University, and Natalie McChesney, who attends Brigham Young University. Earlier this year, NADA moved into a resplendent 17,000-square-foot facility, The Johns Creek Center for the Arts and Design, with six studios and the ability to add new programs for local children and young adults on State Bridge Road. The move was engineered by local commercial developer Penn Hodge, an avid and longtime supporter of the arts in Alpharetta and Johns Creek. “The opportunity came along because of the economy and we are very fortunate

to have a space this large, and a landlord who understands the arts,” Kitty told Points North. “It is nice to have someone who understands and supports what we do and who provided us with this opportunity.” Michael, who began his professional dance career with the Tampa Ballet in 1980, distinguished himself as a gifted character dancer and held principal and soloist roles in many performances during his career. He has been teaching since 1985 and is a master instructor in ballet and modern dance. “Nowhere in our plans did we envision a facility this large,” he said. “We didn’t think it would be realistic but we knew how perfect it could be and what we could do with the space if we could make the numbers work and afford it. Mr. Hodge did make sacrifices to be able to get us in here.”



Raising the Curtain on New Classes NADA offers an accelerated program, a pre-professional program for exceptionally talented students and an open-school program for children not suited for the ballet. The open-school program offers ballet training but is more focused on contemporary dance. “T his prog ram affords the opportunity for all children to get into a dance class with their own age and their own level, and to be able to enjoy the experience without the pressure of making comparisons to themselves and another student who may be on a different track,” Michael explained. North Atlanta Dance Academy “Students increase t hei r s t reng t h a nd

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flexibility, it conditions them physically, and also challenges them psychologically. If you provide them with a good experience, something that they look back on and have enjoyed, then essentially we feel like we are doing the arts a favor because not only do they have an appreciation for the arts but as they progress in life, they will support the arts,” he continued. The additional space enables NADA to expand their pre-professional program, and also to add a new curriculum for its students. “Ultimately, what we would like to do when a parent walks through our doors with a young dancer is to be able to say, ‘Yes, we have something for you,’” he offered. “The expanded facility finally allows us to expand our program to include the musical theater division for any students who wish to pursue that curriculum,” Kitty explained. Students who select the musical theater program will receive instruction in jazz and tap dancing, as well as voice and acting lessons. The program will be directed by Xylina Nuckles and Peter Powlus and will be unveiled this fall. A precursory program is offered this summer. NADA’s summer programs are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays from July 11 – 29. Drop-offs begin at 9 a.m. Students may select from a single week, two weeks or all three weeks, and have a choice of either the dance or the musical theater curriculum, or a combination of the two. For more dedicated students, a performance program will be held during those same three weeks, but they must attend all three weeks and must stay two hours longer each day. On the third Friday, they will provide a performance for parents. Each summer class is based upon age and skill level for children ages 7 to 18. The summer dance program includes ballet and pointe, jazz, modern and a new


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Michael & Kitty Garrison

class on acting for dancers to help them be more expressive. A Window to the Arts Providing full access for parents and a safe environment for their children is top of mind at NADA. “When we opened our school, we made a concerted effort to welcome parents to be able to see the process. We have, and always have had, observation windows so that parents understand the process, glean information from what we are trying to do and as a result have more trust in us,” Michael said. “We have plenty of waiting areas for the parents so that they can be here and we want the parents to see what is going on.” “That’s a key selling point — our big observation windows — so that the parents can stay the entire time. We don’t ask the parents only to drop off and then pick up,” he stated. Parents also learn by observing the classes. “They have a greater appreciation of the difficulty and the challenges of the dance program, and year to year, they can see the improvement their child is making on a daily or weekly basis. This is not just a place where you drop your kids off while

you go to the grocery store,” Kitty said. The benefits of participating in structured programs offered by NADA are plentiful for the students. Classes are limited to 15 students or fewer and foster personal interaction with the instructor and with other pupils. “The students will always discover something about themselves, and if they come away with a sense of achievement, that is good for their self esteem, their confidence, focus and [their] interest. Most of our students in our advanced classes are straight-A students and overachievers,” Michael said. “In order to be able to pursue dance at a high level — every hour of their day is filled — and they have to keep their academics as a priority or they can’t stay in the dance company. Ultimately, the parents will make the decision and we support them.” “The discipline of dance translates to the discipline required for studying,” Kitty offered. And that’s an excellent reason to ask, shall we dance? PN

of educational theater companies, including The Shakespeare Studio, which was founded in 2006 and provides acting lessons and professional production standards for high school and college students. PAN offers weekly themed summer acting camps for children ages 7 to 14. The center’s newest tenant, Musik21, provides individual lessons for those interested in pursuing the piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola and flute with instruction by seven renowned teachers, including Piotr Folkert and Dorota Lato, founder and president of the Chopin Society of Atlanta. Musik21 offers three unique weeklong summer camps for students in grades 1 through 12. Providing voice and choral instruction, the “Classics to Broadway” summer music camp will conclude with a concert repertoire performance by students. Musik21 also sells pianos and other instruments. Gallery Events is an arts event hall with the capacity to serve up to 300 guests for a special event or dinner. Design tenants include Window Traditions, Atlanta Kitchens, Closets & More and Parrott Building Group. Johns Creek Center for the Arts and Design 10700 State Bridge Road www.johnscreekad.com Musik21 770-777-7474 www.musik21.com Performing Arts North 770-781-4524 www.performingartsnorth.org

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managed by the Costa Rican National parks administrator to protect the area’s geologic and biological diversity. In Costa Rica, conservation like this is a country-wide effort and eco-consciousness is the cultural norm; here, the locals are acutely aware of their natural surroundings, so it’s only natural that the mindset would seep into tourism, and sustainable efforts are second-nature. Healing Waters Flow Forth With an advanced recycling program, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system and a dedication to reforestation, The Springs is no exception to Costa Rica’s eco-conscious state of mind. The resort is located in the heart of the Arenal region, approximately 2 hours by car from the airport in San Jose, so we enlisted Swiss Travel for the drive. If you truly want to explore the country, Swiss Travel is an excellent option, as the company specializes in private tours and full- or halfday group adventures, from hiking along hanging bridges in Monteverde’s Selvatura Park to exploring the exotic Carara National Park. As we neared The Springs, our route took a sharp turn upward. Situated 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley, the 165acre, five-star resort has been built into a hill so that each level has an optimal view of the volcano. Though temperatures reportedly reach an average of 80 degrees here during the day, late afternoons are a bit cooler during the rainy season, so we soon set out for the resort’s signature hot mineral springs

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as much for the warmth as for the healing properties they promote, such as improved circulation and stress prevention. The Springs features a total of 18 freeform, landscaped pools, most of which are fed directly by the property’s hot mineral springs, with temperatures that vary from 83 to 103 degrees. Our personal tour of the pools started with a stop at the La Laguna swim-up bar for Caipirinhas to sip as we wandered along lush paths until we came upon the Los Perdidos jungle bar hidden back in the brush, where a waterslide between two of the pools made us feel like kids again. As if the warm waters are not therapeutic enough, many treatments at The Springs Spa incorporate indigenous botanical ingredients for heightened health benefits, and we relished a luxurious couples massage before dozing side-by-side in cozy loungers with yet another view of the volcano. Monkey Business With our minds and bodies utterly soothed, we booked a tour to The Springs’ on-property wildlife preserve, a partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Energy that provides refuge to animals that have been confiscated from poachers or donated by other private preserves. We started by paying a visit to the wild cats — a puma, seven ocelots, two jaguarundis and 23 doe-eyed, docile margays with sweet demeanors. We then came upon capuchin and squirrel monkeys, the latter of which showed off for us, swinging playfully through their cages. We tried to feed them bits of fruit, but one was more


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the beach with his fishing rods, intent on hooking the best catch in Costa Rica. While he set about his mission, I chose a shaded spot by one of four pools, where staff members made rounds to offer cool towels or clean my sunglasses. As I basked in the sunshine, I spotted a few blue jays and wondered what other wildlife I might encounter here. Rumor has it that howler monkeys make an appearance on property from time to time, and I wanted to see one almost as badly as my husband wanted to catch his roosterfish. There’s no shortage of activities at the Four Seasons — guests are welcome to participate in cooking classes and salsa dancing, morning and sunset hikes, kayaking and snorkeling off the beach, and off-site excursions like canopy tours, catamaran cruises and even a trip to neighboring Nicaragua. There’s also a 220-acre championship golf course, which is fun to explore even if you’re not hitting the links. A guided

Above: Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo’s Catch of the Day Outpost Right: Private suite terrace at the Four Seasons

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93rd PGA Championship Returns to Johns Creek THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP and its historic Wanamaker Trophy will return to the Atlanta Athletic Club once again for the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8 – 14, and tickets are now on sale for the Season’s Final Major. Since 1916, The PGA of America has worked to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. In keeping with these missions, there are several ticket packages designed to give more people an opportunity to participate in the 93rd PGA Championship. Admission ticket prices range from $25 for a Monday practice round ticket to $550 for a week-long Wanamaker Club ticket. In addition there are several parking upgrades available that range from $20 a day to $250 for the week. The PGA will continue its tradition of having free parking and shuttle option as well. The PGA Championship also will cont inue its popular junior ticket policy for 2011. Juniors age 17 and under will be allowed access into the Championship Grounds with an accompanying ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be allowed up to four junior admissions to the PGA Championship at no additional charge. Junior tickets must be picked up on site at the Will Call Office at the Championship main entrance on the day of admission. 800-742-4653, http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2011 ________________________________________

Barnsley Gardens Summer Celebration Summer fun begins at Barnsley Gardens Memorial Day weekend. On Friday, May 28, guests will enjoy late night music and cocktails (and swimming) at the

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old. Daily programming offers families a full day of fun learning and play. TEAM Up! Explore Science & Sports opens June 11. Check out the fun and fascination involved in becoming a winning athlete. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org ________________________________________ “Summer Shoot and Scoot” Promotion at Sharpshooters USA and Andretti This summer, Sharpshooters USA and Andretti Indoor Karting and Games have teamed up for a special offer for guests. The Summer Shoot and Scoot offer provides guests the opportunity to enjoy a discounted price at Sharpshooters USA, a state-ofthe-art shooting facility in Roswell, and then take their receipt to race at Andretti, also for a discounted

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Save Room for Dessert Points North Picks for Our Favorite Desserts in the Northside [ WRI TTEN BY T H E ED I TOR S OF P O I N T S N O RT H ]

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, the Points North staff boasts a mighty big sweet tooth, so it was our pleasure to taste test the dessert menus at area restaurants and share the goodies with you. Have a favorite dessert that’s not on our list? Send us your sweet suggestion to editorial@ptsnorth.com, as we would love to go on another sugar tour.

Some ingredients are just meant to go together. Milk and cereal. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter and … chocolate. Seriously, nothing quite beats a peanut butter cup for satisfying a sweet tooth, particularly if it comes from Aqua Terra Bistro. The thin shell of painted chocolate is filled with whipped peanut buttercream, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnished with a caramelized banana and a drizzle of thick caramel sauce. It’s rich, smooth and sweet with a little crunch and the touch of burnt sugar from the banana offers an added depth. Look out, Reese’s!

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Regardless of how big your sweet tooth is, it will be

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no match for a slice of cake from Marietta Diner. The options are incredible and the slices are enormous, which makes them all the more tempting to eat since they also happen to be delicious. All of the desserts are homemade and most are recipes exclusive to the Marietta Family Restaurants, so the options vary. The craziest choice is, well, the Crazy Cake. Designed for those of us who simply can’t decide on one flavor, this treat has layers of carrot cake, red velvet and chocolate suicide. When it comes to picking one flavor though, the most popular is the white chocolate raspberry mousse cake, which was very well received in our house.

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Fleming’s Steakhouse’s chocolate lava cake

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We’re simply smitten with Food 101 Chef Justin Keith’s take on chess pie, a classic Southern dessert – his lemon basil chess pie still has that sugary, custardy quality that characterizes this sweet treat, with the addition of those fresh, vibrant flavors we’re craving this spring. It’s just perfect for an al fresco afternoon at the Sandy Springs restaurant,

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cake – an amethyst necklace. With its $1,000 price tag, this treat is reserved for only the most special occasions, but the hip lounge scene (with creative cocktails

Homemade apple and coconut cream pies

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is quite a feat, indeed – it would be easy to fill up on steaming plates of pasta, super-sized calzones and traditional Italian entrées. The good news is the dessert counter in the bakery greets you as you enter, and once you’ve caught sight of all the fanciful cakes,


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cookies, pies and pastries, dinner time restraint gets a bit easier. You can purchase whole cakes and pies in the bakery, though most are available in the restaurant by the slice or wedge. There’s caramel mocha cake, Death by Chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse pie, apple crumb cheesecake, pastry platters, cookie samplers and oh, so much more. But my personal favorite is the assortment of cheesecake truffles, twobite spheres of creamy, chocolate-covered cheesecake in flavors like white chocolate raspberry, chocolate, coconut cream, New York-style and turtle with caramel and pecans.

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What would you expect from one of the Northside’s fi nest restaurants other than the perfect sweet conclusion? Chef Boyd Rose at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Crabapple serves his carrot cake warm, tops it with buttermilk cream cheese icing, a hint of orange zest and toasted pecans. Even a few friends who don’t normally enjoy carrot cake have called it “awesome.” But, if the carrot cake doesn’t do it for you, try the pecan pie a la

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Cakes are lovely, pies divine, but there is just something about a warm, delicious cookie right out of the oven with a nice glass of cold milk. Heavenly. So, here are few of our favorite hangouts for cookie crunching. Roswell’s Fickle Pickle, housed in a quaint Victorian cottage, serves up some tasty munchies including its famous Cajun fried pickles. But pass the salt at least once, and grab some of their sweet, freshly baked cookies. Made by their in-house pastry chef each day, these cookies are, simply put, scrumptious. From frosted oatmeal, chocolate ginger and lemon poppy to M&M chocolate chip, carrot cake, toffee bars and delicious strawberry lemon bars, you may have to pack up a dozen to go. 1085 Canton St., Roswell, 770-650-9838, www.ficklepicklecafe.com


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late loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delight packed with so much chocolate that mentioning â&#x20AC;&#x153;chocolate chipâ&#x20AC;? twice is no typo. 5815 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta, 678-822-9453, www.wildďŹ&#x201A;ouratlanta.com Blue Moon Pizza in Marietta and Vinings has scrumptious pizzas, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to ďŹ ll up on that doughy, cheesy feast. But show just a little restraint because on its dessert list is a large chocolate chip cookie brought fresh from the oven on a skillet and topped with Blue Bell Ice Cream. Ok, maybe this falls more in the dessert category than a pure simple cookie, but I still have dreams about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that good. 2359 Windy Hill Road, Marietta, 770-984-2444 and 4600 West Village Place, Smyrna, 770-436-4446, www.bluemoonpizzaatl.com If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever stepped foot in Muss and Turners, located in Smyrna, you are not surprised to see this on the list of places to go for a delicious cookie. I mean, any place that makes a double chocolate and pecan cookie called Evil deďŹ nitely knows how to make your mouth water and your knees weak. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even get me started on the white chocolate blonde brownie served here. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Suite 309, Smyrna, 770-434-1114, www.mussandturners.com

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CALENDAR

MAY

[ C O M P I LE D BY A N D R E W N E V E I L S ]

Welcome to the Points North calendar. Events are listed by genre and each listing includes a description, date, a Web address (if available) and a phone number. Calendar submissions should be sent to calendar@ptsnorth.com two months prior to the month in which the event will occur. Please be advised that dates and times might change.

in hopes that she will find a suitable husband. Stellar Cellar at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 770-218-9669, http://stjames-marietta.episcopalatlanta.org

PERFORMING ARTS “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

[Through May 29]

¡Bienvenidos! This production of a classic story artfully blends Spanish and English in a bilingual interpretation. The Center for Puppetry Arts, 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”

[May 6 – 7]

The Shakespeare Studio returns for an encore presentation of this timeless story of adventure. Audiences join Alice on her nonsensical adventures as she meets Lewis Carroll’s characters in the historic Summerour House and its gardens. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 678-366-3511, www.autreymill.org

“THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE”

“THE WIZ”

[May 6 – 15]

Ease down the yellow brick road for this fantastic musical produced by CYT Atlanta. Based on “The Wizard of Oz,” this iconic musical is sure to please your senses with wonderful performances from local students. The Milton Center Theatre, 877-411-4CYT, www.cytatlanta.com

“HAIR”

[May 17 – 22]

Unforgettable songs such as “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning” make grand appearances in this energetic, ultimate American rock musical. Parental discretion advised. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 800-745-3000, www.foxtheatre.org

[May 6 – 21]

The Polk Street Players are proud to present this comedy of misunderstandings about Sheila and Jimmy Broadbent, who have rented a London flat to launch their daughter, Jane, into society

ART EXHIBITS ART ON A LIMB

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[Through May 21]

[May 1 – 31]

It’s finder’s keepers in this month-long event in which two pieces of original artwork are placed along Suwanee’s trails each day. Visit the Suwanee Creek Greenway, Sims Lake Park and White Street Park for a beautiful view of spring and some creative artwork. Suwanee trails, 770-945-8996, www.suwanee.com

CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT

[May 1 – Dec. 31]

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the Smith Plantation will highlight the Smith Family’s activities during the War. Activities surrounding Willie Smith, the oldest son who enlisted in the confederate Army, will be featured. Smith Plantation, 770-641-3978, www.archibaldsmithplantation.org

SMITH PLANTATION SCULPTURE EXHIBIT

[May 8 – 9]

Fine art sculptures made of bronze, clay and metal from local award-winning artists will be on display in the historic home and on its grounds. Smith Plantation, 770-641-3978, www.archibaldsmithplantation.org

Southern Folk Art Exhibit This exhibit showcases works by Southern folk artists and potters, celebrating the life and environments in the South. The Hudgens Center for the Arts, 770-623-6002, www.thehudgens.org

ART EXHIBITS

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GEORGIA ARTISTS: A JURIED ART EXHIBIT

[May 13 – June 24]

This showcase of artists from Georgia has work from established and emerging artists of all sorts of media. Abernathy Arts Center, 404-613-6172, www.fultonarts.org


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[May 1]

Free and open to the public, this concert series kicks off with A-Town A-List (www.atownalist.com) on an expansive lawn. Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 404-851-9111 ext. 203, www.heritagesandysprings.org

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[May 1]

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will feature internationally renowned Brazilian pianist Dr. Sergio Gallo. Guest performing will be local mezzo soprano, Maria McDaniel. This concert is the perfect gift of music to your mother. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 770623-8623, www.ludwigsymphony.org

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tail-wagging good time for manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend and their owners. Come on out at noon and enjoy the weather and the music. Town Center Park, 770-945-8996, www.suwanee.com

THE MICHAEL Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NEAL SINGERS

[May 13]

Singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballads, Blues and Broadway,â&#x20AC;? also known as The Great American Songbook, this symphonic chorus and chamber ensemble will dazzle you with the power of their voices. Roswell United Methodist Church, 770-594-7974, www.mosingers.com

CHARITY EVENTS DERBY DAY

[May 7]

Enjoy live music from BackFlash, a silent auction and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby on large screen televisions along with traditional derby cuisine at this beneďŹ t for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthcare of Atlanta, presented by Johns Creek Friends. Country Club of the South, 404-785-7337, www.choa.org/derbyday

MOTHERS FEEDING OTHERS

[May 8]

To celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, the Southern Trilogy sites (Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation) will waive admission costs in exchange for food donations, which will be given to the North Fulton Food Bank. Southern Trilogy Homes, 770-640-3253, www.visitroswellga.com

MONARCHS & MARGARITAS

[May 13]

View beautiful gardens in full bloom, bid on incredible prizes and services and sip on delectable drinks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all to beneďŹ t the Dunwoody Nature Center. Glenridge Hall, 770-394-3322, www.dunwoodynature.org

THE DRAKE WALK

[May 14]

BeneďŹ tting The Drake House, this walk and festival will help homeless mothers and their children step up in life. The course takes participants through Historic Rowell and features plenty of food and music. Historic Roswell, 770-587-4712, www.thedrakehouse.org

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MAY

NORMAN’S LANDING CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC

[May 16]

This tournament will be held at the Polo Golf and Country Club, with all proceeds going to United Way of Forsyth County. Polo Golf and Country Club, 770-886-0100, www.normanslanding.com

SPECIAL EVENTS BLOOMING ACTIVITIES AT SCOTTSDALE FARMS

[May 16, 23 & 30]

Sundays in Roswell will be filled with the music of Laura Coyle on May 16, Caroline Herring on May 23 and the Dolce Chamber Orchestra on May 30. Roswell’s Historic Town Square, 770-6413705, www.roswellsundaysonthesquare.com

ARTS IN THE PARK

[Through May]

You can make a gift for your mother from May 2 – 8, learn how to prepare a tiramisu dessert and orange Champagne mimosas on May 12, and learn how to grill delicious fare on May 18. Reservations required. Scottsdale Farms Garden Center, 770-777-5875, www.scottsdalefarms.com

CINCO DE MAYO COOKING CLASS

[May 4]

Join the fiesta as Chef John Wilson teaches you more than another Spanish meal to cook, but cooking skills that will enhance any meal. Barrington Hall, 770-640-3855, www.roswellgov.com

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SUNDAYS ON THE SQUARE

[May 6 – 21]

The North Fulton Drama Club will perform “The Taming of The Shrew” on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Barrington Hall, 770640-3855, www.northfultondramaclub.org

A TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

[May 21]

Celebrating art in its entirety, this annual festival offers a unique opportunity to observe artists mastering their craft, plus roving musicians, poetry readings, a chalk art competition and more. Town Center Park, 770-945-8996, www.suwanee.com

MEMORIAL WEEKEND CONCERT

[May 27]

What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than with a musical tribute to our troops? The evening includes a performance by a military band as well as a sky-jumping demonstration. Town Center Park, 770-945-8996, www.suwanee.com

BREW AT THE ZOO

[May 28]

Enjoy samples of award-winning brews, wine tastings, live music performances and more at this signature summer event. Zoo Atlanta, 404-624-9453, www.zooatlanta.org

MOVIES AT RIVERSIDE PARK

[May 29]

Sponsored by B98.5 FM, this free event will show “Fantastic Mr. Fox” beginning at dark. Riverside Park, 770-594-6158, www.roswellgov.com

[May 12]

Sample delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts from more than 60 restaurants. Experience chef competitions, culinary demonstrations, exhibits, live music, an artist market and a Kids Zone. Old Milton Parkway at Willis Park, 678-297-2811, www.awesomealpharetta.com

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[May 31]

Pay tribute to our military service men and women on this special display of patriotism, including the Atlanta Wind Symphony, an armed forces tribute, a 21-gun salute and more. Roswell City Hall, 770-640-3253, www.roswellmemorialday.com

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Dine out for Dimes. Prepare your palate for a philanthropic evening as March of Dimes Dining Out returns to restaurants around Atlanta on May 13. To benefit the organizations’ Georgia chapter, restaurants such as Food 101, C & S Seafood, Canoe and more will serve three-course meals with wine pairings to tables of 10, which may be purchased for $1,000 to $1,500. Visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia for more information. Savor the Flavors. Grab your appetite and make your way to The Avenue Forsyth on May 19 for Flavors of Forsyth, a tasting event featuring the area’s finest restaurants, plus music from Last Five Standing and a fun-filled Kids Zone. As you sample all the fare, be sure to cast your vote for crowd favorite! Food samples range from $1 – $3 with proceeds benefiting United Way of Forsyth. Visit www.unitedwayforsyth.com for more information.

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Let the River Move You. Pull out your party shoes and head to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on May 7 for their exclusive annual gala, “Rockin’ at the River: Come Shake Your Tail Feathers.” The star-lit evening features cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and auctions to benefit the center’s environmental education programs. General admission tickets are $125; to purchase, call 770-992-2055, ext. 226 or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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Art and Design Lovers Unite. This month, the inaugural Art & Design Show House invites guests to purchase original artwork and peruse the latest trends in interior design all under one roof. Located at 21 Whitlock Drive in historic Marietta, this unique show home has actually been designed around the art itself. The house, which benefits the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, is open to the public May 7 through 22. Tour tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For details, including information on a candlelight kick-off event and a cooking demo with Johnnie Gabriel, visit www.artanddesignshowhouse.com. Take a Dip. Hit the WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead for the hotel’s hot summer series, “Poolside on Peachtree,” on Sundays through August. Guests at the fourth-floor, indoor pool parties can soak up food and drink specials from an infinity-edge heated pool overlooking Peachtree Street while a DJ spins tunes that are sure to make a splash. To top it off, pool-level rooms become personal indoor cabanas for a special day rate starting at $69 from noon to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.watlantabuckhead.com.


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