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He may not exactly stand out in the PGA crowd, but Heath Slocum is a talented golfer and devoted husband and father. And with four career wins and a

The days of microwave dinners, pre-packaged desserts and veggies shipped from halfway across the world are finally ending. Now, Georgia wants fresh food — the more local, the better. We’ve come up with a list of some of the state’s best epicurean entrepre-

ON THE COVER: HEATH SLOCUM

passion for his cause, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, he’s worth a second look. Discover this low-profile golf star who lives just around the

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neurs that are bringing homemade and homegrown treats to your area.

LAUGHING PIZZA With bright clothes, big smiles and bouncy beats that’ll make you want to dance along with your kids, Laughing Pizza has made kids’ music fun for both parents and children. Read on to meet “The Pizzas,” and learn more about how this local family of musicians rose to success and what big things they have planned for the future.

On the Cover: Heath Slocum | Photo Courtesy of Karen Nickel Photography

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WEIGHT LOSS Whether you’re trying to lose a few pesky pounds or a significant amount of weight to improve your overall health, we know weight loss is often no easy undertaking. From fitness and nutrition to medically assisted programs and even bariatric surgery, we talked to local experts to offer a few tips to help.

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Nothing screams summer in the South like a thick, frosty milkshake, but it’ll take an extra touch of ice cream ingenuity to become Mayfield’s next Below Zero Hero. The Tennessee-based ice cream company is holding a milkshake recipe contest through Aug. 28. Visit us online for two recipes to get your minds (and blenders!) churning.

Join us for Sinless Margaritas, sweet treats and more as we celebrate the launch of local author Patti Callahan Henry’s new release, “Coming up for Air” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Room & Board in Atlanta. But first, visit us online to read Ashley Brechtel’s book review — and be sure to look for a mention of Points North in the novel!

If you needed an excuse to escape to the crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches of Destin, Fla., this is it — the Sandestin Music Festival returns for its second year to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Aug. 12 and 13. Get the scoop, plus more fall festivities in Amelia Island, online this month.

“I love Laura Carson Miller because she mixes clothing, make-up, health, home, etc. all into a great style/fashion blog. Your personal fashion goes way beyond what you wear, after all. www.lauracarsonmiller.blogspot.com” – Beth Hawks “Tomorrow’s News Today (www.tonetoatl.com), What Now Atlanta (www.whatnowatlanta.com), Daylight to Nightlife (www.daylighttonightlife. wordpress.com) — okay, shameless self plug on the last one. The first two stay on top of new store openings like whoa.” – Lauren Taylor

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N E W ! Hometalk.com Points North is pleased to incorporate Hometalk.com into our home page online. Hometalk.com is a social media network where homeowners can connect with local contractors and experts like Walter Reeves and Joe Washington on gardening, and real estate/lifestyle advice from Tonya M. Williams. Search for answers related to your home beginning in August at www.ptsnorth.com or www.hometalk.com.

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Don’t Rush Growing Up I always look back on my childhood and smile about those good ol’ days. Playing outside with my friends until my mom called me home for dinner, having dinner each night at our kitchen table and then plopping down in front of the television to watch a show or movie the whole family could enjoy. Simple pleasures of youth, I guess. But today, it appears that childhood is anything but simple. I noticed this the first time I went looking in the children’s department for my sister’s child many moons ago, and saw a bikini with a padded bra for 8-year-old girls. It made me angry, but more than that, it made me sad. Childhood is a time when you shouldn’t have to worry about those things. Fashion, Hollywood and the music business, all very youth-focused industries, want to push the envelope further and further and expose children to very adult themes and situations earlier and earlier as a way to grab a bigger piece of the pie, not to mention their parent’s wallets. But what is it doing to our children? I feel it’s robbing them of the joy of childhood, a time when you didn’t worry about whether or not your hair was frizzy, or your nose was crooked or your shoes weren’t designer. That’s why I’m so inspired by the local mother-father-daughter musical group Laughing Pizza, which we feature in this issue. They are trying to bridge the gap between “Barney and Britney” by producing fun, catchy music the whole family can enjoy. And if their success is any indication, there is a league of extraordinary parents and children who want the same thing as I do — to enjoy the sweet innocence of childhood a little bit longer. My daughter is only 1 year old, but I worry about protecting her youthful outlook for as long as I can. Don’t be in such a rush to grow up, sweetheart, because “just being a kid” can be some of the best years of your life.

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Buckhead Pizza Co. Expands Again It’s definitely not just for Buckhead– Buckhead Pizza Co. has opened its fourth location at the Cobb Galleria Centre, just a few blocks from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The new restaurant will join the other three locations — Buckhead, Cumming and Buford — in offering high quality food without the high prices. And when owners Sam Abdullah and Sean Kelly say high quality, then mean it. Their handtossed pizza dough is made fresh daily and is available in regular, whole wheat or gluten-free varieties; even their homemade sauce is simmered and perfected in-house. If you’re craving pizza just reading this description, check out www.buckheadpizzaco.com for info and menus for all locations. — Katie Valentine

Thanks to the intrepid investigations of Master Sommelier George Milliotes, who tastes 50 to 60 wines each week, The Capital Grille boasts an incredible wine list no matter when you dine. There are 250 labels on the restaurant’s core list, plus an additional 200 or so rare selections on a special Captain’s List. But this summer, there’s yet another incentive for wine enthusiasts to pay a visit to this stellar steakhouse in Buckhead — The Generous Pour Summer Wine Event. Now through Sept. 4, diners are invited to explore nine highly allocated wines hand-selected by Milliotes from around the world for a mere $25 per person. The purpose is to compare and contrast various selections with The Capital Grille’s signature dishes to discover new favorites and the pairings that best suit your palate. Favorites include the Chateau St. Jean 2008 Chardonnay paired with prosciutto-wrapped housemade mozzarella and the Chalk Hill Estate 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a bone-in, Kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin. But perhaps the best treat of all is the Tarima Hill 2009 Monastrell from Spain, a velvety red making its U.S. debut and available exclusively at The Generous Pour throughout the event. For more information, please visit www.thecapitalgrille.com.

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As part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign, Coca-Cola is encouraging Atlantans Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville, GA to get outside, play in their favorite park and then vote for it. Developed in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association, the campaign will award recreation grants to the top three parks receiving the most votes by Sept. 6. The winning park not only gets bragging rights of being “America’s Favorite Park,” but it will also receive $100,000 for taking first place, $50,000 for second or $25,000 for third. These grants will help restore, rebuild or enhance recreation areas in our local parks, enticing more people to play and be active. I’ve voted for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Now, it’s your turn! To vote, go to www.livepositvely.com.

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Galerie Boutique has long served funky clothing and accessories to the men and women of Alpharetta, but after 22 years in one place, it was time for a change! The shop made the move to Roswell earlier this summer, and is now located at 1066 Canton St. Kathy An Kessler, Galerie’s owner, seeks out one-of-akind pieces from across the United States and Europe and aims to cater to clientele of all ages and styles. And along with shopping, Galerie plans to hold several special events at their new location, including live music on “Alive after Five Thursdays.” For more information about Galerie, visit www.galerie-boutique.com or call 770-751-9857. — Katie Valentine 12

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS Thanks to Buckhead residents Chandler Powell, Bonneau Ansley and Allison Farmer, it’s gotten a whole lot easier to meet people in your neighborhood. They’ve started a new online social media Web site called Home Elephant to introduce people to their neighbors so they may share community information such as garage sales, lost pets, upcoming parties and even safety alerts. Starting with just three neighborhoods in Atlanta, Home Elephant has stampeded across the globe and covers more than 3,000 neighborhoods worldwide in 38 countries and counting. It’s simple to use and free, plus you can connect with your Facebook account, your browser or your mobile phone. So bring back that old feeling from yesteryear where everyone knew your name and embrace your neighborhood. For more information, please visit www.homeelephant.com.


“THE HELP” IS A HIT We just can’t help ourselves. We are that excited about the movie release of Atlanta resident Kathryn Stockett’s No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel, “The Help.” Since all three Points North editors have raved about the book, we encourage ya’ll to see what has been called one the most important works of fiction since “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Opening nationwide on Aug. 10, the movie stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Academy Award nominated Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny — three very different, yet equally extraordinary women in Jackson, Miss., during the times of segregation. They create a very unlikely friendship while working on a secret writing project that will cross society’s imposed racial lines and put them all at risk. The story is hilarious as it is heart wrenching, and yet ultimately a message of hope and the triumph of the human spirit. As a movie buff myself, I already suspect Oscar nominations on the horizon for these leading ladies. So be sure to grab your ticket or better yet, pick up the novel and see what all the fuss is about for yourself! ptsnorth.com | August 2011 | Points North

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I’m the first to admit how much I love a glass of Southern iced tea so sweet that the sugar almost peels off your tongue. I’m also the last one who will let my kids have a glass of it. At least for a while longer, I’m hoping to instill a few healthy habits in them and finally, moms like myself have a little help. Aptly enough, it’s called Little Me Tea, a blend of caffeine-free tea splashed with organic juice that has less than one gram of sugar per ounce. Faced with a lack of healthy, low-sugar options for their 4-year-old daughter, Melinda Hicks and her husband launched the Lawrenceville-based Little Me Tea. Packed with an all-organic list of ingredients such as white tea, Rooibos (red) tea, sweet potato puree, hibiscus extract, chamomile extract, a blend of seven types of delicious juices and filtered reverse osmosis water, Little Me Tea also happens to be good for big you. For more information including where to buy, please visit www.littlemetea.com.

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“MARIETTA, THE GEM CITY OF GEORGIA” Marietta is known for many things — its lively square, its Gone with the Wind Museum and (of course) its crazy-eyed Big Chicken, but its beautiful historic homes are what make the city truly shine. In celebration of the rich Southern history these homes lend to Marietta, the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society has published “Marietta, the Gem City of Georgia,” by local author and historian Douglas Frey. The book contains more than 400 pages of photos and histories of 50 historic homes in Marietta. It’s a chance to see into Marietta’s past — the beginnings of its stately homes and the families that first lived in them. For more information and to purchase a copy of the book, visit www.cobblandmarks.com. — Katie Valentine Points North | August 2011 | ptsnorth.com


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STEVE CHAPMAN PR E SI DE N T, GE N E R A L M A NAGE R A N D PA R T OW N E R O F T H E GW I N N ET T GL A DI ATOR S

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Steve Chapman oversees all business

is a good brand of hockey,” Chapman offered. “I think anybody that says they can’t watch ECHL hockey, well hockey operations for the Gwinnett Gladiators, an they are just being snobs. College hockey is good hockey ECHL team that plays its 36 home games at the Arena at and this is a higher level than that. That’s like saying you Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The Gladiators have been a can’t watch college football, because in essence, it’s a minor part of the entertainment fabric in Gwinnett since 2003, league sport, too.” playing their first home game Oct. 24 that year, a 5-1 vic“The dynamic [of ECHL hockey] is pretty interesting. tory over the Augusta Lynx. During Chapman’s tenure, the You might have one kid on the team who was a fourthGladiators have enjoyed a playoff streak of six straight searound draft pick of an NHL team, and with his signing sons, two conference championship appearances and one bonus he is making $80,000 per year. He might be playing Kelly Cup Finals appearance. next to a kid who is playing for $500 per week plus a place As an affiliate of the struggling Atlanta Thrashers and to live. Some guys are moving up and some guys are moving the Chicago Wolves, the Gladiators had difficulty maindown,” Chapman said. taining a winning posture during the past few seasons for While ECHL rosters aren’t laden with players with the a variety of reasons. With the Thrashers now exiled to same skill sets that NHL teams have, in the recent Stanley the prairies of Manitoba and playing under a new name Cup Finals no fewer than two (Winnipeg Jets) and a new ownership Canucks players and four Stanley group, the Gladiators are Atlanta’s Cup Champion Bruins spent time lone professional hockey team, with People like to in hockey’s version at the Doublethe same ownership group led by categorize things as A level during their careers before majority owner Toby Jeffreys, the moving up. same general manager and until the good or bad. “I am chairman of the board upcoming campaign, the same head I categorize things of the ECHL, and one thing that I coach. Former coach Jeff Pyle was as the way they are. preach continually to our teams is recently hired as the head coach of that our hallmark should be that we the Texas Stars, the American Hockey Atlanta isn’t a develop kids for a number of things: League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas bad sports town, to move on in the game of hockey, Stars. but it is an to go to the next level, but the other “In my lifetime in this business, side of it that a lot of people don’t our teams have been the affiliate of event town. think about, is that we also prepare five different NHL teams. Sometimes kids to move on with their lives. we’ll get a draft pick that two weeks STEVE CHAPMAN Every once in awhile, we have to tell into the season, and Jeff and I [would] a kid that maybe they should take another job in another look at each other and say, ‘What did they see in this kid?’ field,” Chapman stated. Chapman related. “The challenge for an NHL team is to minimize that as much as possible, and some organizations Shared Experiences do that better than others.” Chapman speaks from experience. He took an interesting Many observers will plainly state that the Thrashers route to hockey team management. Raised in the Boston were never strong in evaluating personnel, but while hockey area, when he was in his early teens his father took a job in is the platform for entertainment in Gwinnett, Gladiators’ Monroeville, Ala., where the closest thing to hockey was fans aren’t exactly clinging to the on-ice results as much as chasing a rat with a broom. With his passion for hockey most fans do at the NHL level. temporarily on hold, Chapman turned to other sporting “We’re not the NHL. We never claimed to be, but it

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pursuits during his adolescence. He played baseball in junior college, attended the University of Alabama and then set his sights on a career in sports management. Soon after graduation, Chapman landed a job as assistant general manager of the ECHL’s Birmingham Bulls in 1992. In 1995, he stepped into the role of general manager with the Mobile Mysticks for six seasons, before the franchise was essentially relocated after a year’s hiatus to Gwinnett, where Chapman now lives with his wife and two children. While Chapman is the first to admit that Atlanta is a tough market for professional sports, he doesn’t subscribe to the notion that professional hockey, even the NHL, can’t succeed here. “People like to categorize things as good or bad. I categorize things as the way they are. Atlanta isn’t a bad sports town, but it is an event town. I was talking to a friend the other day who has had season tickets to the Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Thrashers, and everybody wanted his Thrashers tickets three or four years ago. The last couple of years everybody wanted his Hawks tickets,” Chapman said. Tickets to professional sporting events in Atlanta are like mood rings, where the color changes in response to what’s hot and what’s not. When it comes to discretionary entertainment expenses, nothing is a given. A Sense of Community Nearly one million people have attended Gladiators games during the past five seasons, an average of 5,432 per game. Fans enjoy lower ticket prices and free parking, a concept simply unmanageable or unheard of the past 11 seasons in downtown Atlanta for Thrashers fans. Now, with the Thrashers’ demise, the Gladiators could experience an increase in attendance. What those fans will experience, unlike those who frequented Philips Arena, is a sense of community.

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The Gladiators’ marketing efforts have long been focused on the local community, rather than the “wickedly expensive” mainstream Atlanta media. Roughly 60 percent of the Gladiators ticket buyers are from Gwinnett, with the rest confined mainly to north Fulton, Forsyth, Hall and east DeKalb counties. That geography has expanded in recent years, according to Chapman. The Gladiators are involved with schools, charitable organizations, local youth sports (whether it’s hockey related or not) and their goal is to support those who support them. Gwinnett’s Hat Trick for Reading program rewards kids with a free ticket to a game and discounts offered to family members. Nearly 25,000 seats are sold each year as a result of this grassroots effort, and some attendees exposed to Gladiators hockey for the first time have become season ticket purchasers. Hometown Heroes, the brainchild of a Gladiators season ticketholder and an officer in a National Guard unit that was deployed to Iraq, pays tribute to members of the military at every home game. Chapman engaged in a regular e-mail conversation with the officer while he was stationed in Iraq. “He described how much the Glads meant to him, his family and his ability to connect with his kids at games. The family wasn’t fixated on wins and losses. While he was in Iraq, I asked him if there was anything we could do for him while he was there,” Chapman explained. “He told me that the biggest obstacle our soldiers faced was trust from the local Iraqis. To break down those barriers, soldiers often offered personal items like soccer balls from home.” “We sent out e-mails to our fans and posted notices on our Web site. Our fans donated 500 soccer balls and we shipped them to Iraq,” Chapman said. “It was an unqualified success and we got a lot of photos from the soldiers who took part in the effort.”

Turns out, if you’re looking for an affordable fun night out, a movie ticket isn’t the only way to go. Chapman encourages giving the Gladiators a try. “I have people that stop me all of the time explaining to me that this was their first game and what a great time they had,” Chapman said, adding, “I promise

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The Nearly Anonymous $15 Million Man

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150 pounds, PGA Tour professional Heath Slocum doesn’t exactly stand out in a crowd. On the course, he rarely elicits those tedious and boorish screams of “You the man” because — while very accurate off the tee — there are guys at your local club who can hit farther. Fist pumps? Unlikely. High-fives for oodles of fans around the 18th green? Doubtful. Intimidating countenance? Choirboy leaps to mind. Slocum is simply a very talented professional golfer, husband and father of two young daughters who lives in Alpharetta. He is a former All-American golfer at the University of South Alabama, son of a club professional and high school teammate of 2008 Ryder Cup participant/ cheerleader Boo Weekley in Milton, Fla., a small panhandle town better known as “Scratch Ankle” due to its preponderance of briars.

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“I take medication and I have for more than 10 years. I can’t say that it does or doesn’t do anything, but I can say that I have been very successful on it. I see a doctor every three to six months and have blood work done. They are looking for the effects, not only of the medication and its potential side effects, but also to see if there are any warning signs. I have to maintain and monitor the condition.” Slocum is a national spokesperson for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and uses his golf career as a platform to spread the word about the disease and its effects, and stays involved as much as his schedule allows with fundraising events. From a diet standpoint, he eats healthily and focuses on fruits, vegetables and organically raised meats “just to be on the safe side. I’ve got a pretty good gig going right now and I don’t want to mess it up,” he said.

Slocum has scratched out a handsome living with four career car wins and lifetime earnings of approximately $15 million in 11 years of competing on the PGA Tour. While his earny ings gs aree a galaxy away from some of the Tour’s more visible stars, sta , consider co ide this: In 1997 and 1998, Slocum spent the better part in bed suffering from ulcerative colitis, a art of 18 1 months on debilitating il ng typee of inflammatory bowel disease. “It affected me “I fec m every single day, all day, for one and a half years,” Slocum ea S m told Points North. “But I will say I have been very, and really haven’t had any problems er veryy fortunate, n in the last years. Th The disease can be hugely devastating to a 10 ye some people.” eo

Memorable Wins His PGA Tour gig began in 2001, but it wasn’t until February 2004 that Slocum made a name for himself with his first victory at the Chrysler Classic in Tucson. His second Tour victory came 21 months later in November 2005 at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Annandale, Miss. His caddie that week was his father, Jack, who was Slocum’s idol and mentor during his formative years. “I got to watch him play all of the time and he had a big influence on my game. To win a tournament with him on the bag was unbelievable. Just playing well was good, but then having a week when things went my way was pretty incredible,” Slocum related. “It was one of the greatest things I have done in golf … that win stacks up as one of my best because just having him there going down the stretch fulfilled both of our dreams. He had tried to prepare me for the PGA Tour since I was a little kid and I will say that he did a damn good job.” Jack had a small part in both Boo Weekley’s and Bubba Watson’s careers as well. Both grew up in Milton, and Jack

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Deere Classic in early July provided Slocum reason to believe his form has taken a positive turn. “I am trying to gear my game, not only for the PGA Championship, but for some of the other events, too. I hope to get my game to peak and get ready for the FedEx Cup playoffs,” Slocum related. “I feel like my game is coming around. When the weather heats up, I play some of my best golf, so I have nothing but optimism for the rest of this season. It wasn’t a great start. I obviously Slocum’s wife, Victoria, and daughter, Stella, got an up-close preview of the Masters with would have liked to have done a lot better. Slocum during a practice round in April 2010 It’s a learning experience and has helped me to buckle down and reevaluate the way I have been preparing, caddied for them at the PGA Qualifying School a couple of and now I am just enjoying the process of good hard work.” times. His solid practice regimen prior to the 93rd PGA Champi“He is a very positive influence and that matters a lot,” onship at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (Aug. 11 – the proud son offered. 14) could provide a perfect opportunity for Slocum to prove his Slocum’s biggest career victory came at The Barclays, mettle close to home. In four of his seven career appearances a FedEx Cup Playoff event held in August 2009, in which at the PGA Championship, Slocum has finished in the top 35. he holed a 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole to give him a His best finish was a tie for 22nd in the 2002 event played at one-shot victory over a formidable foursome, Steve Stricker, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. In nine of the Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods. That win 17 major championships in which he has participated, Slocum proved, at least to him, that no matter the course or the field, also has finished in the top 35. when Slocum “is on,” he can compete with the game’s best While he has seen every hole on the Highlands Course players. during two CCFA fundraising tournaments, he had yet to “My job is to be ‘on’ more often. Some of the more play an entire round on the Rees Jones layout. He hopes to successful players, the big names in golf, have learned to do it play a full practice round during an upcoming break in his and are really good at doing it consistently,” he said. schedule. “I have a feeling this is going to be a great test and that A Local Test of Mettle this course is going to hold up [against the world’s greatest That consistency eluded Slocum through his first 16 events golfers]. I know it did in prior years, but they have changed of the 2011 season as he struggled to find the form that he the greens and added a few tees. The PGA of America always displayed last fall. He pocketed $720,000 for his fourth career does a pretty fair job of setting golf courses up, so I think the win at The McGladrey Classic in October, a new event hosted Athletic Club will walk away with its head held high for this by Davis Love III at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf event,” Slocum said. Club, in which he holed a 60-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole that provided some breathing room from his closest On Family, Fishing and Giving Back competitors. For a professional golfer playing 30 events or so each year, conSlocum said he expected more success this season and fidence and momentum are difficult to maintain, but Slocum hoped to capitalize on the momentum he felt he had built late has assembled a great support staff including his caddie of the last season. past decade, D.J. Nelson, a former college teammate. “It has been a slow start and not one that I envisioned “He is an incredible caddie and a great help to my career. coming into this year. Sometimes golf will just jump up and I feel that one of the best things I have done as a Tour player is kick you right in the face and bring you back to reality,” he surrounded myself with and hired the best guys in the business. said. “The good thing is that I have some time left this year I’ve got the best caddie. I’ve got the best coach and instructor to make some noise.” in Mark Blackburn. The best trainer and the best sports psyTwo top-20 finishes at the U.S. Open and Travelers chologist in the field,” Slocum said. Championship in June and a solid performance at the John


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Slocum When not traveling from event to event, Slocum enjoys spending time with his family. His true avocation, and one he hopes to do a lot of when his golf career is finished, is fresh-water fishing. He grew up in bass country, and enjoys tossing a line when his schedule allows. “I have to say my priorities have definitely changed since having my two girls. I actually enjoy spending more time with them than fishing these days, but let me just tell you that every time I get a chance I’ll put a line in the water and try to catch a big one anywhere I can go.” As a member of Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., the pond near Hole No. 3 often yields some nice catches. Slocum said he joined the prestigious club because of the lowstress environment. “The very first time I went, I fell in love with the place. Not only the way they run the place, but all the members themselves, they are really low stress. You go out there, they make you feel at home. And I am not a celebrity there by any means. They just come up to you, say hello, ask how you’re doing and ask if you want to play. All the members are like that and I love it.” And every year, Slocum lends his name and energies to an event hosted by Hawks Ridge for golfers ages 14 – 19. The Heath Slocum Invitational just completed its third year. “Director of golf Chuck Knebels came to me and said that he would love [for me] to become as involved as I can for the event. First of all, I knew that if Hawks Ridge was involved, it was going to be well-run. Even if I can inspire one of these kids, just to go to college and try to play golf, it’s well worth it,” Slocum said. And lending a hand is something that comes naturally for a guy that grew up around the game and has seen the impact professional golfers can have on others’ lives. “I had tons of help along the way growing up. I can give back and I try to give back just as much as those people who helped me. Most of the stuff that my wife and I do, because she is a big part of this, we don’t let it be known what we do or have done,” Slocum said. The anonymous life for a professional golfer who has earned $15 million in his career? “In the five years [we have lived in Alpharetta], I think there has been one time that I have had anyone say anything to me after recognizing me — and I was really shocked. I can go out pretty much anywhere without anyone having a clue. I think it’s wonderful,” Slocum chuckled. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N The 93rd PGA Championship takes place at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek Aug. 11 – 14. For more information, please visit www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2011/. 26

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FAMILY ATLANTA’S OWN LAUGHING PIZZA CREATES CHARMING CHILDREN’S MUSIC THAT ROCKS THE WHOLE FAMILY [ W R I TT E N BY J UL I E H OST E T T E R ]

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uch to their chagrin, every parent knows at least one children’s song that they can’t get out of their head, no matter how hard they try. Catchy, kid-friendly tunes belted out from a purple dinosaur or a red monster may make children squeal in delight, but have parents reaching for some aspirin. On the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of tunes on Top 40 radio that are catchy and hip, yet hardly appropriate for young children. Or worse yet, when more wholesome kid-friendly stars decide they’re not a kid anymore, and go to extreme lengths to break taboos and push the envelope. So where’s the balance? Is there a music group that can rock the house down without tearing the family harmony apart? Thankfully, yes, in Atlanta’s own Laughing Pizza. But just don’t take our word for it; take it from Atlanta resident James Stephens, who’s been a fan of Laughing Pizza for years, alongside his wife and now 8-year-old daughter Helen. “All parents have the experience of finding themselves singing the music their children are listening to and usually that drives you nuts, but [Laughing Pizza’s] music is so good, you’ll like it, you enjoy it, so you are glad you are singing it,”

Stephens said. “Their music is every bit as good as the best stuff on Top 40 radio.” As a mother of a 1 year old, I was intrigued, so I met this adorable motherfather-daughter trio from Smyrna at a local café for a lively conversation about what inspired them to form a band, their mission and their music.

MEET “THE PIZZAS” After meeting Lisa, Emily and Billy Schlosser for the first time, dressed in their signature bright and cheery attire, I can attest that the family members match the kind, fun-loving personas they represent. Incidentally, 15-year-old Emily, a talented teen with gorgeous curly red hair, designs their wardrobe, which they assure me they wear all the time. Their smiles and demeanors matched their clothes to a tee, and I quickly felt as though I was chatting with old friends — musically talented ones at that. Music has been a life-long passion for Lisa, who studied piano at Julliard, and Billy who studied the flute at Berklee College of Music. They met on the set of “Star Search” and the then 17-yearold Lisa admits she was over the moon for Billy. When she later

joined his band, they began dating, and as she likes to say, “I Yoko Onoed it.” The two were inseparable after that. Living in their native New York, they wrote and recorded a No. 1 dance single in 1992 called “Rainfalls” and worked several years as songwriters, even penning tunes for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. “And then Emily came along and we quit the music business,” Billy said. “She came in premature, spent 18 months in and out of the hospital, and we devoted all our energy to getting through that period.” Emily’s bright personality, however, shined through even these dark times. “Emily was a happy baby, even in the hospital,” Billy added.

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But ultimately, that family crisis had a happy ending. “It’s why we moved to Atlanta, it’s why we started Laughing Pizza. I think they are all incredibly interconnected,â€? Lisa conďŹ rmed. That and the national tragedy of 9/11, which stranded Billy in Boston for a week away from his wife and daughter. “Really and truly, it was the 9/11 moment,â€? Lisa said. “Life’s too short. [Billy] came back from Boston. It took him 22 hours to drive home. He quit his job, and that’s when we started Laughing Pizza.â€?

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One day, Emily, a cherub-faced 6 year old at the time, came home from school singing the words to Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave for You.â€? Her mom’s jaw dropped. “I’m like, wait a minute, not only are you 6, but there are only 17 people in your class. How is this happening?â€? she recalled. And then the idea of a band was born. “Our original mission statement was we are ďŹ lling the void between Barney and Britney,â€? Lisa explained. “And there is this incredible gap there ‌ We started it for Emily, out of a need as parents to have something that’s not there. We had no idea that she was going to be not only part of the band but one of the key members.â€? Lisa and Billy went alone to a Wiggles show to “researchâ€? children’s musical groups. “We were laughing so hard, it was like a comedy routine. People kept looking at us and asking, ‘Where is your kid?’â€? Billy mused. Lisa added, “But we got to see parents jumping a child up on their knee, but also [checking their phones and their watch].

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It’s a babysitter, as opposed to the whole family getting into it.” They wanted their band to change all that. “It started out with just Lisa singing, and me producing, and we were going to sell CDs out of the back of a car,” Billy said. “Lisa would go out and perform, and Emily and I would tag along, and we’d play guitar, and Emily would come up for a couple songs. But the comments kept coming in that what was really special about us was that we were a family. When Emily was 9, we did our second video and she became a member of the band and we became Laughing Pizza.” And the most common question they are asked is “how did you come up with that name?” Back when Billy was in a boy band, their phrase when they had to get serious for a show was, “No laughing, no pizza.” Soon it became a family joke. “The one thing we wanted to do was have a party for families all the time. We thought ‘Laughing Pizza,’ and it just felt right,” Lisa recalled. Billy added, “Plus, everyone loves laughing and everyone loves pizza, and they are both best when you share them.” Now their fans just call them “The Pizzas.”

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SINGING THEIR HEARTS OUT Laughing Pizza quickly caught the attention of Atlanta’s PBS station, which asked if they could shrink their songs into 1-minute videos. After ratings skyrocketed in their kid’s programming, other PBS stations took interest. Now, their 1-minute “Pizza Break” music videos are broadcast to 18 million homes in 35 markets on PBS stations and TV On-Demand across the country, belting out songs about doing the laundry, ptsnorth.com | August 2011 | Points North

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months to teens, both girls and boys, and of course their parents, too, thanks to the Top 40 beat with family-friendly lyrics. “We have a song coming out on the new CD called, ‘Holiday,’ which is about how fun it is to go on vacation with your family, as opposed to Madonna’s ‘Holiday,’” Lisa chuckled. “It’s the kind of song you can jump up and down to with your kids.” Emily’s role in the group has grown exponentially and she currently sings, plays five instruments, and has written songs for the band, including “Rock Girl,” which she penned at 9 years old and “Daddy” a tear-jerking tribute to her father. She began playing piano when she was 3, then flute as well as the drums, guitar and bass guitar. And she’s not done mastering musical instruments, as the cello is next on her list. As for their musical inspiration, they turn the dial to the hottest pop hits. “Absolutely, our inspirations are the hottest grooves and latest beats of Pop radio,” Lisa said. “However, what’s really fun for us is that Emily loves country music, and

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playing outside, and making breakfast for the whole family. They’ve been a band now for nearly five years, and they have amassed nearly 50 songs, some of which are not released on CDs yet. They boast two DVDs and four CDs on their label “Little Bean Family Entertainment,” have been featured on the “Today Show,” Fox TV, CNN, and performed at the White House … twice, alongside Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers! They’ve won six Parent’s Choice Awards and their song “On My Way” was chosen by legendary songstress and actress Julie Andrews to be featured in her book, “Julie Andrews’ Collection of Songs, Poems and Lullabies.” But with all this nationwide success, it’s the Northside of Atlanta that gave them their big break. “I would have to say that Alpharetta was one of our first places where we had a fan base,” Lisa recalled. “I really felt that the whole Alpharetta mom group was one of the very first spreading the word.” Now they have fans all over the nation, from “stroller fans” as young as six

G R A B A S LI C E O F PI Z Z A ! Laughing Pizza will be hitting the road in their famed “Pizza mobile” to perform a 12-city concert tour across Georgia through this fall. Since PBS is struggling with cutbacks, Laughing Pizza is dedicated to helping the network that gave them their start by donating a portion of every ticket and merchandise sold to GPB. They are also committed to helping the local community and started the Together Fund foundation, which provides arts and literacy programs for schools facing arts cutbacks. The band is excited to debut their first live album, “Live Pizza” which will be released this month. In the meantime, check out their new music video “Pizza Dance” on YouTube and even get in on the fun by posting your best rendition of the pizza dance. They will then make a compilation of some of the winning families’ submissions and add them to their new DVD. For more information regarding their upcoming concert and music, please visit www.laughingpizza.com.

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has really turned us on to country.” Emily added, “It’s the most meaningful thing that is out there right now. A lot of pop songs don’t ‘mean’ anything. At least with country, there is storytelling and it makes you feel something.” She also puts the naysayers to rest that she will one day “outgrow” the group. “We’re just going to keep going and going and going,” Emily confirmed. “I have no plans for a solo act or to leave. I want to continue writing songs for Laughing Pizza with my parents no matter how old I am because there is no age limit. Plus, I am a songwriter at heart, so I see myself writing songs for other people.” Although, Emily admits to one more passion — she wants to open a coffee shop one day. “When we retire, she can open her coffee shop,” her dad joked. Considering how much positive energy they bring to everything they do, I, for one, am sure this band’s star will continue to rise. “What you see is what you get. When they get on stage, that’s not a persona, that’s who they are. They are just a lot of fun to be around,” confirmed Stephens, who’s been to countless Laughing Pizza concerts with his daughter. “The music is just darn good, but I think the other thing is they have this ability to communicate with kids, with parents, with everybody in a way that has to be seen to be believed,” he concluded. “When my daughter started listening to it, we enjoyed the music and realized after a while the brilliance of it because we were all talking about it together. You don’t really expect to have a conversation about music with a three-year-old. And that’s the thing that started to creep into our consciousness: this is bringing us closer to our daughter. I think that’s one of the amazing things about Laughing Pizza.” PN


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October 8 – 9 & Oct. 15 – 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the art of sorghum syrup making! Arts/ crafts, syrup making, greased pole climbin,’ log sawin,’ live music, face painting. Corresponding events include the Sorghum Parade in Downtown Blairsville on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. and a car show at United Community Bank on Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. (Call Good Neighbors Auto Club for details: 878-8378539 or 706-745-3985.) Meeks Park, 706-745-4745, www.sorghumfestivalblairsville.com

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Sept. 3 – 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mountain arts/crafts, music, living history activities, farm animals and games for children. The Heritage Center, Butt-Mock House, Downtown Blairsville, 706-745-5493, www.unioncountyhistory.org

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Blairsville, Ga. There are plenty of seasons and plenty of reasons to explore Blairsville and Union County, Ga., deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge mountains. Here, you’ll enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as watersports on two lakes: Winfield Scott and Nottely. South of Blairsville, adventurers can explore eight wonderful waterfalls, as well as Petroglyphs left by ancient natives in the soapstone at Trackrock archeological area, just east of Blairsville. Families love festivals, and Blairsville and Union County host many throughout the year with some favorites scheduled this fall.

Oct. 15, noon – 8 p.m. Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a 2 p.m. cakewalk, 4:30 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. chili & drinks for sale, 6:30 p.m. campfire & dancing, at 8 p.m. professional storyteller around a bonfire. Vogel State Park, 706-745-2628, www.gastateparks.org

79th Annual North Georgia State Fair The 79th annual North Georgia State Fair will take place Sept. 22 through Oct. 2 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. The Georgia Lottery Concert Series for the 2011 North Georgia State Fair under the covered arena includes: Colt Ford (Sept. 22), Josh Kelley (Sept. 23), Chris Young (Sept. 28), The Band Perry (Sept. 29), Big Daddy Weave (Sept. 30) and Mark Wills (Oct. 1). All shows begin at 8 p.m. New live shows for 2011, free with paid admission, include Kachunga and the Alligator Show, hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton and Keith King Bike Stunt Show. Old favorites like K-9’s in Flight, Oscar the Robot and Wit Carson’s Petting Zoo return again this season. More than 40 amusement rides and games are available courtesy of the great James H. Drew exposition. Advance tickets can be purchased for $3.50 for adults, $1 for students and $11 for a book of 22 ride tickets, which is 50 percent off. There is a $1 fee for postage and handling. Visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com to order tickets by credit card or send a check or money order to: North Georgia State Fair, PO Box 777, Kennesaw, GA, 30156. Orders must be postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 14. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate at $5 for adults, $2 for students (ages 7 – 18) and are free for children six years old and under. Ride tickets are $1 each, $20 for 22 tickets, and $50 for 55 tickets. Parking is $3. Discounted tickets will be available at all Metro Atlanta


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helping to further enrich Atlanta’s cultural offerings with world-class productions in a world-class venue,” said Kevin Greiner, president and CEO of Gas South. Gas South Broadway series season subscriptions, including Producer’s Club subscriptions, may be made online at www.cobbenergycentre.com/ broadway; charged by phone at 770-916-2852 or purchased in person at the Bank of North Georgia box office at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Purchasers may also download a PDF order form from the Cobb Energy Centre Web site.

The Gas South Broadway Series at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Gas South Broadway Series will deliver a lineup that features award-winning productions, a Broadway musical classic and a current Broadway show with stirring reviews. The series launches in October, with the current Broadway sensation, “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” (Oct. 28 – 30). The holidays bring the classic “My Fair Lady” (Dec. 8 – 11). The new year rolls in raucously with “BLAST!,” a unique explosion of music and theatre (Jan. 19 – 22, 2012). And in the series’ hilarious season finale featuring a loveable monster is Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” (March 29 – April 1, 2012). From poignant and familiar story lines and colorful characters to breathtaking sets and stirring music and dance performances, the Gas South Broadway series offers a dazzling, family friendly lineup for patrons who want to experience Broadway at its most spectacular. And the Cobb Energy Centre, designed with hosting Broadway shows in mind, shines as the star venue that it is. “Gas South is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Broadway series for a second year,

Adairsville’s 43rd Annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 In Adairsville, where the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, this festival celebrates James J. Andrews’ Raiders Civil War Escapade. On April 12, 1962, Andrews, a mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy, and 19 volunteers from three Ohio infantry regiments infiltrated North Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds approaching 60 mph, cutting telegraph lines and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, as the then Western and Atlantic Railroad was a major supply route for the Confederate army. The General’s young conductor, William A. Fuller, chased

the stolen train fi rst on foot, then by handcar, and finally aboard another engine, the Texas. He pursued the General until, running out of wood and water, Andrews and his men abandoned the doomed locomotive, ending the adventure that would soon be famous as The Great Locomotive Chase, which has been called “the boldest adventure of the war.” Enjoy 30 crafts booths, artwork, entertainment and 40 food booths. A street dance is held Friday and Saturday from 8 – 11 p.m., with Gospel music on Sunday. Don’t miss the special festival activities inside the depot at the Age of Steam Rail Depot Museum, which is open for tours Friday and Saturday, including special heritage crafts demonstrations such as chair caning, basket weaving, quilting, beadwork, quilling, corn shuck dolls, nut dolls and drawings of historic Adairsville by parttime artist Skip McNutt. Call 770-773-3451, ext. 26 for more details. Festival hour are 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. www.notatlanta.org

Wolf Mountain Vineyards Celebrating more than a decade of world-class wines and world-class times, Wolf Mountain Vineyards, located in Dahlonega, recently returned with two notable awards from the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition. Their 2009 Brut Rose took a best in class,

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Gold Medal and a 92 point rating, while their Blanc de Blancs Brut also took a Gold Medal with a 92 point rating. Wolf Mountain is raising the bar once again with the release of their Blanc de Syrah Brut, an elegant sparkling wine that is just one more example of their commitment to provide guests with North Georgia’s premiere wine and food experience. Beginning in August, Wolf Mountain kicks of a template full of events that will extend into the cooler temperatures and vivid colors of fall. Join in the fun every Sunday through mid-December for an elaborate Vineyard Gourmet Buffet. AUGUST

Regional Artisan Cheese Month and Vineyard Gourmet Buffet — Experience an array of handcrafted cheeses from Southeastern artisan dairies to complement Wolf Mountain’s family of estate wines paired with delightful summer fare; includes elegant artisan cheese display and brunch. SEPTEMBER

A Celebration of Jazz in the Vineyard — Enjoy live jazz music and country French cuisine. OCTOBER

End of the Harvest Celebration & Bluegrass Brunch — Celebrate the breathtaking fall colors and Appalachian Mountain views with live bluegrass music and the popular Harvest buffet featuring fall favorites. NOVEMBER

Wild Game, Mushroom & Red Wine Festival — Enjoy a sampling of wild game chili, grilled quail, chicken coupage, venison sausage and exotic mushroom strudel created to complement Wolf Mountain’s uniquely blended red wines. Advance reservations required for all food service events, and each of the events are $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seatings are available at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visit www.wolfmountainvineyards.com or call 706-867-9862. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, Ga.

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Aug. 11 – 13 Live mountain music shows, hundreds of hot rods, swap meet, Moonshine Run for Cash, folk show exhibits, Pioneer Village, automotive vendors and an auto auction. Georgia Mountain Fairground, Hiawassee, Ga., 662-587-9572, www.gammoonshinecruizin.com SUMMER’S LAST KISS — AN AFFAIR WITH THE ARTS

Sept. 24 – 25, 2011 A community celebration of creative expression held on the square in beautiful Hiawassee, Ga., just two hours north of Atlanta. The 4th annual festival features art exhibits, music, dance, crafts, food and fun. More than fifty artists will be exhibiting during this great two-day event. Hiawassee Square, 800-984-1543, www.summerlastkiss.com

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APPLE PICKING TIME AT MERCIER ORCHARDS Along the ridges of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Blue Ridge, Ga., there’s a farm with more than 200 acres of fruit including Georgia’s largest apple orchard. Bill and Adele Mercier began planting apple trees there in the 1940s. Now in its fourth generation, the Mercier family is still growing for both Georgians and visitors — apples, peaches, cherries, blueberries, strawberries and more! The Mercier experience includes guided tractor tours on weekends during the season, which includes a brief history of the family and farm. Mercier Orchards is Georgia’s largest apple orchard: they have more than 200 acres of fruit for you to discover. Guests enjoy a tri-state view of Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia from the iconic Old Apple House and this year’s U-Pick apple season kicks off with the “Gala Event” anticipated for Saturday, Aug. 20, and runs through midOctober with the “Pink Lady Finale.” In the market, guests will find a selection of produce, jams and jellies, sauces, meats, cheeses and scrumptious baked goods including cinnamon apple bread, muffins, donuts and their 25 varieties of world famous fried pies. Plan your visit online through Facebook or www.mercier-orchards.com, or call 706-632-3411.

White County’s Colorful Fall Events There are many things to see and do in White County, and its most soughtafter towns, Cleveland and Helen. With more than 40 percent of the area under state or federal management as a park or wildlife management area, outdoor recreation is abundant and popular. The Appalachian Trail starts here. Climb to the top of Mount Yonah and enjoy the vistas. Go mountain biking, horseback riding, feel the thrill of a zip-line, take time to fish, raft or

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kayak on the Chattahoochee River, or visit several nearby waterfalls. In Cleveland, you’ll find shopping, history, Babyland General and small-town friendliness. Sautee-Nacoochee is a magnet for creativity in the area with several art galleries, studios, museums, music, theater and dance. The Folklife Festival, Sept. 10 – 11, provides an unforgettable look at living in the valleys 150 years ago. Revived folk crafts, from wood to metal and fiber, will be demonstrated in and around the Nacoochee Slave Cabin. Every Saturday until mid-November, enjoy the concert series at Unicoi State Park or its Visiting Artist Series every weekend. The premier event in White County is the 41st Annual Oktoberfest, slated for Sept. 22 – Oct. 30 in Helen, featuring German music, dancing, food and drink. PHOTO COURTESY OF WHITE COUNTY

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Seaside Stage, Celebrations and Strolls throughout the Fall As the official provider of Seaside, Fla., rentals, Cottage Rental Agency offers the best beach homes. This idyllic beach community is situated on the Gulf of Mexico and along scenic Highway 30A, amidst the white sand beaches of South Walton County. Fall is the perfect time for a relaxing escape and extraordinary events. The Seaside Labor Day Celebration, Sept. 2 – 4, is a great way to celebrate the end of summer with events ranging from music to movies to crafts


for the kids. First Friday Artwalk at Ruskin Place is held every Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., where guests enjoy live music, the ability to view beautiful works of art and demonstrations. The Seaside Farmers Market is held every Saturday where fresh produce, baked goods and other unique items are offered from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Two very popular events are held later in the fall. The Autumn Playwright Festival is scheduled for Oct. 5 – 15, during which The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents the annual festival as a part of Autumn Tides. This festival celebrates a unique playwright each year with productions, staged readings, panel discussions and more. For many, the best weekend of the year to be in Seaside is the Seeing Red Wine Festival, scheduled this year for Nov. 3 – 6. Vintners from all over the country present their best wines for tasting and discussion. Music, food and fun fills town center and Ruskin Place for several days and Cottage Rental Agency offers free ticket packages for the event. Shopping strolls are enjoyable anytime, but the quaint atmosphere and unique merchants can help avoid holiday overload. Visions of Seaside are held Fridays and Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas. For details about lodging options, availability during Seaside’s premier events and special offers, call 866-348-5139, visit www. cottagerentalagency.com or www.facebook. com/CottageRentalAgency, or stop by during your next visit to the area. 2311 East Scenic Hwy 30-A, Seaside, Fla.

Habersham County Celebrations Whether you are interested in nature, arts and crafts, shopping, dining, recreation or entertainment, Habersham County has it. The 34th annual Northeast Georgia Antique Car Show will be held at the Habersham County Fair Grounds, Aug. 9 - 21. This event includes flea market sales, a cruise-in on Saturday and judging on Sunday. The largest event each year is the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair, Sept. 9 - 17, which is now in its 36th year. The fair features the Miss Chattahoochee Pageant, talent, arts, rides, livestock exhibits, petting zoo, rodeo, motorcycle show and ptsnorth.com | August 2011 | Points North

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special entertainment featuring well-known local and regional groups each night. The Everything Elvis Show, which takes place on Sept. 17, is not to be missed. Other fall events include The Taste of Clarkesville, Sept. 24, which offers food, beer, wine tastings and live music. Cornelia’s Big Red Apple Festival, Oct. 1, with exhibits, booths, entertainment, food and more. The following Saturday, Oct. 8, cyclists will enjoy the Hills of Habersham Bike ride. The 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 19, includes breakfast and pictures with Santa, train rides and more. Eats and treats will be available and as many as 70 vendors are expected to be sell their handmade and handcrafted products. This is a perfect place to get unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas presents. For more information about Habersham County, visit www.habershamchamber.com or call 800-835-2559.

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Uniquely serene, a casual dining experience while overlooking the scenic Toccoa River is available at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant (TRR) in Blue Ridge. Open for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesday, the restaurant offers the ďŹ nest, freshest steaks, trout, seafood and ribs, and features the area’s most extensive salad bar. Lighter fare is available at the River Rest Pub, on the lower level of the restaurant. If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate an upcoming birthday, TRR offers a free birthday dinner (valid I.D. required) with a great selection of selected menu items. For more information, visit www.toccoariversiderestaurant.com or call 706-632-7891. The restaurant is located at 8055 Aska Road in Blue Ridge.

Fall on Florida’s Forgotten Coast When Florida ofďŹ cials forgot to include a unique strip of beaches in northwest Florida on its annual tourism map in 1995, locals began calling Gulf County and Mexico Beach, “Florida’s Forgotten Coastâ€? and the name seemed to stick. These 43-miles of white sand beaches, about a 30-minute drive from Panama City, are some of the most pristine and uncrowded stretches found anywhere. In 2002, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, more commonly known as Dr. Beach, ranked St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park on Cape San Blas No. 1 in the nation for its 50-foot tall white sand

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Check out our championship golf, hiking, horseback riding, ďŹ shing, water sports and tennis. Enjoy arts, crafts, antiquing, concerts, fairs and festivals. From charming cabins to full service conference resorts, this mountaintop is designed to make our getaways always memorable. For more information about the Hiawassee and Young Harris, Ga area contact Towns County Chamber of Commerce at: 800-984-1543.

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dunes and crystal clear waters. Despite the plaudits, the area still remains a quiet family destination and has become quite popular among visitors from the Atlanta area. Families with young children are drawn to the area because the calm waters, the lack of high-rise condos and late-night revelry. The area is best known for its familyfriendly events, great rates and lots of water-based activities! Visitors and locals alike will enjoy the free PoJo Live Music Fest, Sept. 16 - 17 in St. Joe Beach, featuring 14 bands, fantastic food and tasty beverages. Free shuttle service pick-up and drop off at specified locations in Gulf County is offered. Cut a different kind of record, Sept. 23 - 24, by landing the biggest catch in the 2011 Annual Florida Catfish Classic (flathead and channel catfish). Land a state record and win $50,000 cash (see www.floridacatfishclassic.com for details). Register online or at Gaskin Park Landing in Wewahitchka Sept. 23. Florida’s Forgotten Coast also will play host to a group of 15 - 20 musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville, Oct. 14 - 16, during the Third Annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival in Port St. Joe. During the Blast on the Bay, Mexico Beach hosts the 13th Annual Art & Wine Festival Sat. Oct. 15, where visitors enjoy fine wines, great food, music and, of course, art. For details about Gulf County and Mexico Beach activities, events, lodging and more, visit www.visitgulf.com or call 800-482-GULF.

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to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover the authentic history and culture of the Cherokee, brought to life in genuine, ancient Cherokee legends, history, tradition, song, dance, ceremony and fascinating period regalia. Fall is a great time to visit the area with the thrilling Festival of Native Peoples scheduled for Aug. 26 - 27. Indigenous tribes from across the Americas gather for the sixth annual festival at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Considered the finest showcase of native dance, song and art in the Southeast, the event honors the collective history, customs and wisdom of some of the oldest documented tribes. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hosts the 99th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, Oct. 4 - 8. The fair offers top-notch nightly musical entertainment, fireworks, a carnival midway full of rides and games, craft vendors, food vendors, including some featuring traditional Cherokee food, and an exhibit hall displaying the Eastern Band enrolled members’ traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. For more information about Cherokee, visit www.cherokee-nc.com or call 800-438-1601.

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Fall Festival and More With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia mountains in the fall. Each October, the Georgia

Mountain Fall Festival, Oct. 7 - 15 in Hiawassee, features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the everpopular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention (Oct. 14 - 15). Ricky Skaggs, Percy Sledge and Swing South, Gene Watson and Redhead Express, John Anderson and Diamond Rio are just some of the musicians that will perform during the event. Forgotten arts such as moonshine stillin,’ board splittin,’ blacksmithin’ and quiltin,’ singin’ and pickin’ offer visitors a taste of authentic mountain arts, while the Pioneer Village, a re-creation of a mountain town from yesteryear, has a merchantile store, a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, barn, corn crib and smokehouse. Daily crafts and exhibits are available Mon. - Sat. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, visit www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Blue Ridge Blues & Barbecue The Blue Ridge Lodging Association and Mountain Top Cabin Rentals are hosting the First Blue Ridge Blues & Barbecue event, which will be held in the downtown City Park Sept. 10 from 3 - 11 p.m. The four blues bands scheduled to play are The Whistlestop Band, Rollin’ Bones Blues Band with a special guest Francine Reed, Frankie’s Blues Mission of Atlanta and The King Bees of Raleigh, N.C. A People’s Choice award for the best BBQ will be awarded. Stay at one of Mountain Top’s gorgeous cabin rentals where either simple pleasures or upscale getaways are easily found. Call 866-40CABINS or visit www.mountaintopcabinrentals. com for more information. PN

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Celebrating12 years of world class wines... and world class times!

August 2011 Sunday Gourmet Buffet: August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th REGIONAL ARTISAN CHEESE MONTH & VINEYARD GOURMET BUFFET Experience an array of handcrafted cheeses from Southeastern artisan dairies presented to complement our Family of Estate Wines paired with a delightful summer fare $30 per person QMVTUBYBOEHSBUVJUZrSeatings at 12:30 and 2:30pm (Includes Elegant Artisan Cheese Display and Brunch)

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and specialty foods are gaining more and more popularity lately. Perhaps it’s the fresh air and socializing that people enjoy as they peruse vendors for unique products made with the freshest ingredients. With more and more people exchanging their grocery cart and coupons for a wide-brimmed hat and comfy shoes, it’s no wonder retailers are clamoring for a booth at the local market. Candice Reynolds of Woodstock-based Red Queen Tarts is one of those retailers, selling her homemade sweets to passersby as she enjoys the warm breeze. “I like being at the farmers market connecting with people. Sure, you could do this at a retail store, but this is more personal to me. I look forward to seeing

familiar faces that I’ve met in weeks past,” she explained. A former corporate gal, Reynolds was tired of the daily grind when she decided to try her hand at making homemade treats in flavors such as vanilla peach, maple pecan and red ruby marmalade with local and organic ingredients such as heirloom whole wheat and evaporated cane juice. “I need change and variety on a regular basis. Being at the markets provides the variety,” she said. Why not a retail space? Aside from the overhead, she wouldn’t have the freedom she gets from selling at markets. “I would be stuck in the same place every day … that was one of the reasons I had to get out of corporate.” Reynolds also enjoys scheduling her


own hours and making her product as she sees fit, with the highest quality ingredients possible. “I’m doing what I want to do, providing a great product that isn’t full of junk or chemicals, knowing that I haven’t skimped on quality just to make a dime. I worked for a lot of folks that operate this way and it really bothered me. Now it’s my turn to make a difference.” Some challenges with farmers markets include estimating how many tarts to bring, storage, transportation and scheduling. “I can only be at one market a day,” Reynolds explained, which means you’ll have to visit the Brookwood Farmers Market in Cumming to catch her on Friday afternoons and the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Buckhead to find her on

Saturday mornings. She even had to trade in her Volkswagen Jetta for a cargo van, but says it’s been worth it. “It’s been a learning curve but I’m enjoying every step.” Of course, one can’t sell at markets alone. Reynolds also does a lot of out-ofstate shipping, local delivery and special events, which compensates for a bad day at the market. Her best selling tart is Meyer Lemon Curd. “I have been strongly reprimanded for not bringing it to market,” she related. Fellow Peachtree Road Farmers Market vendors David and Leslie Lennox loved sharing their pesto with friends and were encouraged to start selling it in 2007. Since then, their business, Hope’s Gardens, has been a success offering the freshest

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pesto in three flavors — basil, roasted jalapeño and sun-dried tomato — to local retailers and restaurants. Their first love, however, is the farmers market. “Our business was created by our participation in the Peachtree Road Farmers Market from day one. We have a deep feeling for this market and all those involved with it,” Leslie explained. Through markets, they can also experience a more personal relationship with their customers. “We can share our story, our product and talk about ways to use our pesto beyond the obvious,” she said. Perhaps the best reason to sell at a farmers market is that you never know who’s going to pass by. “Our favorite memory is from the early days of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market when a customer tasted our basil pesto and said, ‘This is the most amazing pesto I’ve ever tasted in my life.’ She handed us her business card and said, ‘I am with Whole Foods, please call me so we can get your pesto into our stores.’ The rest is history — we have been selling in Whole Foods since April 2008.” In addition to seven Whole Foods locations, Hope’s Gardens pestos are now available at Lucy’s Market and The Mercantile in Atlanta, as well as at farmers markets throughout the metro area. Find them at the Peachtree Road and Sandy Springs markets on Saturday mornings, the Marietta Square market on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, the Dunwoody Green market on Wednesday mornings, and the Decatur market on Wednesday afternoons.

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Hope’s Gardens www.hopesgardens.com Red Queen Tarts 770-789-5258 redqueentarts@gmail.com

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after her second child was born, Missi Wolf had a wake-up call when a visit to her doctor revealed a weight of 206 pounds on her 5-foot-tall frame. “I said, ‘This scale is wrong, we need to go to a different scale,’” the Atlanta mom recalled. “I had never been a small person … I was very average, [but] it was a big ‘a ha’ moment for me when I stood on that scale,” she continued. “[My weight] had gotten so out of control, I knew that I had to do something pretty severe … I couldn’t catch my breath doing anything. I had two small children, and it took me twice as long as anyone else to walk up the stairs when my baby was crying in her crib … I had to really adjust my lifestyle completely.” With an intense regimen of exercise and healthy eating, Wolf lost 100 pounds during the course of two years, and the knowledge she accumulated about health and fitness during that time led her to create BLAST900, a 60-minute, intervalbased workout combining high and low intensity exercise. As Wolf came to realize, the issues with excess weight are not just skin deep. In fact, individuals who are overweight, particularly those who are obese (at least 20 percent over their ideal body weight), are at a greater risk for health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, among others. “Your body is icing on the cake,” Wolf asserted. “Strengthening your cardiovascular system, getting your blood pressure down, getting your cholesterol down, getting your lung capacity to the maximum it can be, building strong bones — these are the things that are going to keep you going for the rest of your life.” Fitness & Nutrition To succeed with weight loss, Wolf suggests setting a goal and coming up with a plan for how you’re going to reach it. For instance, clients at BLAST start with a complete body profile that helps them determine factors like their target

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heart rate and how many calories they need to burn urn in a day to reach their goal. “People walk in and out of gyms every single day and have no idea what they’re doing,” Wolf said, stressing how important it is to understand your body’s strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve successful weight loss. Regular exercise is a key factor in this success. “A brisk 30-minute walk, five days a week is a great place to start,” recommended Amy Strattner, a diabetes educator at Northside Hospital, which offers a New Start, Weight Smart program to teach clients about good nutrition and behavior change for weight loss. “Exercise burns calories when you’re doing it, and it also increases your metabolism so you burn more calories when you aren’t exercising. Your body can use the food you eat more efficiently so less is stored as fat,” she explained. Of course, proper nutrition is a second element to attaining your weight loss goals. “You need to teach yourself how to eat a healthy diet that incorporates all types of food including high fiber carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats and the occasional sweet treat,” Strattner said. “In general, I would recommend a woman consume between 1,400 and 1,500 calories per day and a man consume between 1,600 and 1,800 calories per day for weight loss … When you try to eat fewer calories than that, you start to fall into the ‘starvation diet’ mode. Starvation diets aren’t maintainable, and they often promote binging at the end of the day due to extreme hunger.” “My number one recommendation is everything in moderation,” she continued. “If you want ice cream, have ice cream, but have it in a nutritious way. Measure out one serving, pair it with a healthy protein like a tablespoon or two of almonds, and stop there.” Medically Assisted Weight Loss If you are truly incorporating appropriate fitness and nutrition

into your lifestyle and still not losing weight, there may be an underlying medical issue. In this case, it may be necessary d to seek medical assistance. In Atlanta, Progressive Medical Center is dedicated to weight loss solutions for patients. “Our physicians ask these questions about every patient who is overweight: ‘Why has their body permitted this to happen? Is it a metabolism disorder? Are they suffering from a thyroid or adrenal disorder? Are they suffering from hidden delayed food sensitivities? Are they nutritional deficient of certain trace elements? Are their neurotransmitters imbalanced?’” said Dr. Gez Agolli, doctor of naturopathic medicine, philosophy and managing director of Progressive Medical Center. By addressing these possibilities, Agolli’s team is often able to find the underlying cause of a patient’s weight problems. “Our specialty is to determine what the root cause is and then support the patient utilizing medication, individualized dietary counseling with a registered dietitian who can recommend foods that are compatible with their unique chemistry, lifestyle and exercise programs tailored-made for them, supplements that will correct the underlying metabolic disturbances and the use of infrared sauna’s and the Zerona laser when necessary to give an edge.” According to Dr. Scott Isaacs, board-certified endocrinologist and obesity specialist with Intelligent Health Center in Atlanta, common hormonal problems include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder associated with weight gain and risk for diabetes in reproductive aged women; Cushing’s syndrome, which occurs when the pituitary or adrenal glands cause the body to produce excess cortisol; and thyroid problems. In addition, a variety of health issues and even a vitamin D deficiency can lead to weight gain. “I don’t think it’s productive or helpful for a patient to go on a real structured, intensive diet if they’ve got some underlying hormonal abnormality that hasn’t been addressed,”

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Isaacs stated. “As a physician, that’s my approach — to take issues so that when we work on nutricare of all the medical med tion and lifestyle with a total weight loss program, they’re on an even playing field.” Once any underlying health issues are being treated, facilities like Intelligent Health Center and Progressive Medical Center can walk patients through a comprehensive weight loss program to help them meet their goals. Isaacs says a key to success is a quick start of weight loss under medical supervision. “It’s well published in medical literature and we see it ourselves, when patients get off to a fast start and lose a lot of weight in the first month, they’re highly motivated and they keep losing weight. Their overall success is much greater,” he said. Medical supervision is important because, as patients who suffer from weight-related conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol lose pounds rapidly, they often need to alter their medications, or, in the best cases, cease taking them completely.

Bariatric Surgery For those struggling with extreme levels of morbid obesity — 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight — bariatric surgery might be an option. Statistics show that patients who undergo bariatric surgery lose, on average, 30 percent of their excess body weight, which is the difference between their current weight and their ideal weight. “The greatest benefit of extended weight loss, or weight loss that we can maintain long term, is an increase in a person’s potential longevity,” said Dr. Robert L. Richard, a surgeon with The Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center. “There have been some pretty good studies that have shown that weight loss surgery patients do indeed do that. They have an increased life

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expectancy compared to patients of their similar weight who don’t undergo weight loss surgery … We’re extending patients lives, we’re hopefully ridding patients of comorbidities such as diabetes, so that’s the real reason for surgical treatment for obesity. I like to think of the way a patient looks and feels as a side effect.” The American Society for Bariatric Surgery classifies bariatric surgery into two categories — restrictive procedures, which decrease food intake and promote a feeling of fullness, and malabsorptive procedures, which reduce the absorption of calories, proteins and other nutrients. Common procedures include adjustable gastric band, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and roux-en-Y gastric bypass. If you think bariatric surgery may be your best option, local surgeons offer the following information to consider: t Do your research. A wealth of information about bariatric surgery is available online, at informational meetings at local hospitals and through consultations with local surgeons. “We want them to learn as much as they can about it so they can commit themselves to it completely if that’s what they choose to do,” said Dr. Dennis C. Smith, a surgeon with Wellstar Comprehensive Bariatric Services. t Address any medical issues before surgery. “Our job is to get [our patients] through surgery as safely as possible, and one of the ways we do that is to [address] their medical problems before we ever operate,” Smith said, noting that sleep apnea is a common issue associated with obesity that must be addressed. “We find medical problems that they may not know they have, and then put things in place to keep control of it so that it doesn’t become a complication.” t Understand necessary lifestyle changes. Bariatric surgery is simply a tool to encourage weight loss; to be successful, patients must implement lifelong lifestyle changes like regular exercise and good nutrition. Post-operative programs at

According to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the statistics are staggering: Georgia has the second highest childhood obesity rate in the country, with nearly 40 percent of our children classified as overweight or obese. Needless to say, the detriments of excessive weight and obesity in children are severe, and Children’s takes the fight against childhood obesity very seriously with Strong4Life, a campaign that promotes nutrition and physical activity for Georgia’s families. One of the campaign’s newest initiatives is the Strong4Life Teaching Garden, which encourages kids to play in the dirt while learning about the benefits of gardening and nutritious living. With this organic garden, created by Atlanta-based Farmer D Organics, kids can take a break from their hospital rooms and learn about caring for a variety of plants as well as the benefits of healthy eating. Classes and activities will be held throughout the year and led by child life and rehab specialists. The Teaching Garden shows that medicine isn’t the only way to nourish a child’s well-being. For more information, please visit www.choa.org. — Ashley Brechtel

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and groggy, I left my room at the Fairmont Royal York with the mission of finding an early cup of caffeine in a city I’d yet to explore. After only two floors, the elevator stopped and the doors split. I recognized the man standing on the other side, and despite my half-conscious state, an internal debate immediately erupted. Should I pretend he’s a normal person or address his obvious celebrity status? Before I could sort out a plan of action, Martin Sheen smiled in my direction and stepped into the empty elevator beside me. Aside from a quick “Good Morning” exchange, we rode in silence

for several floors until a gregarious couple joined us and after a few good nudges between them, addressed his entire résumé to date. Mr. Sheen was affable and gracious, but seemed uncomfortable with their praise. I walked toward the coffee shop with a smirk, proud of my decision to play it cool. Days later, in a very conspicuous manner, I did the exact opposite. Walking through the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, I brushed elbows with Josh Brolin, who was heading to the premiere of “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” with Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins. What happened next is a blur, though flashbacks

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of pushing past security guards like a raving, obsessed fan to snap a photo of the dapper, slick-haired Brolin just before he climbed into the black Cadillac Escalade suddenly come to mind. Welcome to Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, the largest city in Canada and home to the wildly popular Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where bumping into movie stars is a common occurrence and a buzz of excitement fills the streets the second week of September every year. A Cinematic Classic It must have been karma that brought me to Toronto. As a former film editor, I worked on many projects, two of which actually made the festival circuit in their heyday — an independent documentary of a 76-year-old reclusive ballerina and an independent comedy about a woman killed for her valuable collection of plastic storage containers — but while eager audiences watched these films, I was in an editing bay working on the next project. Now, as a writer far away from the Hollywood hoopla, my hours are better and so, too, is my attendance at noteworthy film festivals. Like many award-winning films that have permanently settled into the hearts of movie fans the world over, TIFF is an unforgettable favorite for anyone who has the pleasure of sitting in a dark theater to experience it. Debuting on the circuit in 1976 as the Festival of Festivals, Toronto’s annual fête originally featured the best films from festivals around the world. Renamed the Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, in 1994, this festival, the city’s biggest and most influential annual event, has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious.

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The official schedule, at nearly 93 pages, conveniently lists films in chronological order with each day of screenings occupying two pages and 17 different color coded categories, including red carpet gala presentations, contemporary world cinema, family movies, films that defy convention, provocative stories that challenge cultural and social assumptions, films by first-time Canadian directors, and on-stage interviews with maverick moviemakers such as Ed Norton moderating a conversation with Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. Certainly, TIFF pulls together an incredible roster of stories and experiences from international filmmakers, but what makes this festival so special and such a fun experience is how accessible it is for those of us who love the medium of film as well as anyone just hoping to get a glimpse of Hollywood’s finest. And unlike other festivals of its caliber, TIFF provides the average moviegoer the opportunity to experience


herself and has been an important part of the filmmaking process for more than 75 years. One of the original “talkies” still resides in what was once the hotel’s projector room and is now the balcony of the Concert Hall. Though much has changed in technology since those early days, the hotel’s legendary stories are anything but outdated and the list of movies filmed on location is about as endless as the number of guest rooms, which, by the way, is 1,365! Significantly less royal, but creating an equal amount of buzz are six queen bees and their personal entourage of thousands residing on the rooftop of the Fairmont Royal York. The urban apiary provides Executive Chef David Garcelon and his culinary brigade of 110 with an amazing homegrown ingredient, not to mention proof that there’s much more to experience in Toronto than a dark theater.

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That’s a Wrap Between screenings, I spent quality time in Toronto’s neighborhoods, restaurants, shops and museums. One of my favorite adventures was The St. Lawrence Market, where sampling wares from more than 125-plus purveyors is nothing short of a necessity. Although I tried Toronto’s iconic peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery, I wouldn’t say it was my favorite. Canadian bacon rolled in peameal,

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On Location The city of Toronto’s tale, for instance, has been that of a filmmaker’s dream. Often dubbed “Hollywood North,” the city is packed with versatile urban architecture, enabling it to appear as New York, Boston and countless other metropolitan areas in films. Toronto was even the setting for the Academy Award winning film “Chicago.” As a matter of fact, the only city it hasn’t played regularly is itself, but finding yourself in the middle of a movie set everywhere in town means Toronto is well on its way to the lead role. Waiting for our tour guide to arrive, I marveled at the Canadian National Tower, better known as the CN Tower, which not only has the distinction of being the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere, it became one of the seven modern Wonders of the World in 1995. A self-guided tour of Toronto is the way to go for travelers in search of savings and convenience, as the popular CityPASS offers discounted tickets, and the ability to trim time by skipping most main-entrance ticket lines at top attractions like Casa Loma castle, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and the CN Tower. In search of anecdotes and perfectly useless movie trivia, however, I opted for a film tour that started at my hotel, home to the largest kitchen in Canada. There I stood in the very same spot in which a normally demure Helen Mirren had taken a firm grip on a machine gun and riddled the walls with bullets as a retired assassin in “Red,” filmed on location at the Fairmont Royal York. Aptly known as Toronto’s own Grande Dame, the Fairmont Royal York has hosted illustrious guests since its opening in 1929, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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then sliced, grilled and piled high on a soft white bun tasted ďŹ ne, but couldn’t compete with a Soma chocolate bar. My skepticism of Soma chocolatemaker, as a place “to eat, drink and worship chocolateâ€? turned to serious intrigue shortly after entering the shop located in the historic Distillery District. It’s a micro-chocolate factory, a gelato counter and pure heaven for the senses. I left with several Dancing in Your Head chocolate bars, described as “cocoa from ďŹ ve distinct origins merged into a unique dark bar that will make your neurons boogie.â€? Boogie they did, all the way to the display case full of truffles, cookies, spiced pecans, and thick, melted chocolate elixirs dubbed “drink of the gods.â€? Of course, divine intervention extends beyond the city’s culinary scene into fashion as well. When shopping, it helps to know the neighborhood of West Queen West, considered Toronto’s Art & Design district, is the artsy, edgy alter ego to the sophisticated and chic Bloor Street in Yorkville — home to the luxury fashion retailer Holt Renfrew where the stars shop and Over the Rainbow, a designer denim store with more than 100 brands and

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250 styles. Don’t leave Queen Street West without popping into Preloved, where old sweaters, corduroys, jeans and coats are deconstructed and repurposed into fashionable, one-of-a-kind vintage versions of their former function, and be sure to swing by the Drake Hotel, the epitome of retro cool and a hub of action during the ďŹ lm festival. Regardless of where you go in Toronto, people line the streets waiting to enter theaters and hover around hotels hoping to spot stars, while restaurants offer festival-themed cocktails and night clubs are hotspots for parties hosted and attended by celebrities. Toronto is obviously the ticket for an affair to remember, and as I caught a glimpse of James Franco happily posing with fans before a screening of “127 Hours,â€? I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 8 – 18, 2011 www.tiff.net Tourism Toronto www.seetorontonow.com


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YOUNGSTERS AND TWEENS SAY PRETTY PLEASE

To say Shayla Wingfield opened her children’s boutique in Buckhead earlier this year to rave reviews is an understatement. After all, finding a one-stop-shop like Pretty Please — complete with, well, everything for boys and girls of all ages — is almost impossible, so inevitably when a mom steps into this shop, a smile creeps across her face. And shortly thereafter, the faces of her children, too. “Recently, I was helping a grandmother with her 12-year-old granddaughter. The girl told me, ‘This is my

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favorite place ever! I want this store to be my room.’ And then, ‘Can I work here?’” Wingfield said. While some stores may just focus on furniture and others on clothing, Pretty Please offers a wide array of both, complete with playrooms and oversized dressing rooms that help stir even the most curious child’s imagination. Described in its colorful logo as a “Palace of Precious Treasures,” Pretty Please is certainly not your ordinary children’s store. It has a magical quality inspired by an imaginative interior design plan featuring a custom-built castle as the customer service station,

a playful and vintage carousel display, plus a myriad of other original stagings of clothing, furnishings, accessories, gifts, lighting and art from around the country. “We have become a new convenient resource for our customers to find unique gifts. We do a ton of gifts, from new baby gifts, birthday gifts, christening gifts, etc. We also have been getting excellent feedback about our tween area. Customers constantly tell me how hard it is to find things for that age group, and they appreciate that while we are trendy, we also are age-appropriate,” Wingfield said.


MARMI PUTS ITS BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR FALL

Our fashion scouts have scoured the shelves, talked to fashionistas who know what’s hot and then whispered that Marmi Shoes, with locations at Lenox Square and The Forum in Norcross, has miles of styles. Their whisper is our shout, so listen up when we tell you that platforms are back and Marmi has chic and stylish Van Eli brand pumps in the most flattering fall colors. What a fashionable way to start the season off on the right foot! Or, treat yourself to the exceptional fit and comfort of ballerina flats by Van Eli with the feminine details you crave. Soft nappa leather, a flexible sole and padding where you need it best describe their comfort features. You also will appreciate the look and

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“Our staff is focused on providing a warm personal touch and being enthusiastic with our customers,” she continued. As a mother of a 3-year-old daughter, Wingfield is a seasoned shopper for children’s clothing, but her move into the retail business was guided by her sister Keely Fell, who opened the first Pretty Please store in 2003 in Sandestin, Fla. That makes the Buckhead location truly a “sister store” to the original. Pretty Please is located in the Powers Ferry Square Shopping Center at 3716 Roswell Road. 404-2543187, www.prettypleaseonline.com

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wide range of colors offered by this versatile performer. And, who doesn’t want to take a walk on the wild side? The new fall animal prints have arrived and the excitement is hard to tame! Experience the elegant stylings of this impressive collection for yourself. All these styles are available at both Marmi Atlanta locations. Lenox Square: 404-816-1992; The Forum on Peachtree Parkway: 770-263-9516; www.marmishoes.com

and adjustable shoulder strap. The insulated lunch bags ($24.95) have a zipper closure with two outside pockets. In August, Swoozie’s also will unveil personalized Halloween treat bags for $24.95. Chastain Square: 4285 Roswell Rd., Suite 10; 404-252-7979, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway: 770-263-6441; www.swoozies.com PHOTO COURTESY OF COSABELLA

SWOOZIE’S GETS PERSONAL

Swoozie’s is one of those places where gift ideas flow like the Chattahoochee River after a rainstorm. But the true essence of what they offer at both Atlanta-area locations is an imminently unique personal touch, whether it’s a wine glass fit for those with a little country in ‘em, personalized thank you notes and serving trays, or embroidered back packs and lunch bags for back-to-schoolers. The personalized back packs ($39.95) feature a large front zipper compartment with open pocket and pencil holder, two side zipper pockets, a reinforced bottom

SEXY IN THE CITY

Imagine dressing like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte … underneath it all, at least. The Italian lingerie store Cosabella recently opened its

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first locally owned flagship store in Buckhead at the Shops Around Lenox. This fine intimates retailer, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, created a lingerie line inspired by the HBO hit series, so now you can choose which character suits you best. Will it be Carrie with her whimsical and eclectic floral prints, Samantha with her unapologetically racy lace, Charlotte with über feminine style or Miranda’s chic and urbane look? Founded by the Miami-based husband and wife team Ugo and Valeria Campello, Cosabella’s collections are manufactured in Italy and offer a dramatic array of fine lingerie as well as newly expanded collections of swimwear, apparel and hosiery. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may also follow Cosabella on Twitter at: twitter.com/shopcosabella. Cosabella Atlanta, 3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 216 in Buckhead. 404-869-9622

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ANIS BISTRO FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH AND TEMPTING TUESDAYS

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enjoy light fare with coffee and drinks in the heart of Buckhead, the owners eventually expanded the menu while maintaining the bistro’s warm and genteel atmosphere — both inside and out. Anis is located in a converted house, which was renovated to provide the look and feel of a charming restaurant found in the Provence region in the south of France. Anis is open for lunch and dinner daily, but has broadened its offerings to include a wonderful Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch menu features many of Executive Chef Jeff Gomez’s signature

dishes, including Moules Marinières, Anis’ renowned mussels with white wine, garlic, parsley and cream. The Eggs and Merguez is another popular dish, which includes two sunny side up eggs with merguez sausage, melted tomatoes and sourdough toast. Anis’ version of Eggs Benedict is served on toasted Brioche, while its classic three-egg omelets and the buttery crepes filled with bananas, Nutella and toasted almonds are other scrumptious dishes. For a limited time, Anis also is offering Points North readers a threecourse meal on Tuesday evenings for just $25. Look for our Tuesday Tweets-Tempting Treats notices for details. 2974 Grandview Avenue, 404-233-9889, www.anisbistro.com


URBAN ACTIVE FOR THE FASHIONABLY FIT

A new, innovative state-of-the-art lifestyle fitness center is now open in Buckhead. Located at 3535 Peachtree Road in Lenox Marketplace next to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Urban Active Fitness boasts a 40,000 square-foot facility with the latest cutting edge equipment and amenities. A dynamic training area includes a sprint track, indoor turf track, PurMotion, an elaborate ultra-modern cardio area with more than 115 pieces of the newest cardio equipment with personalized flat screen TVs, a gigantic free weights floor and an indoor cycle studio. Urban Active’s hallmark is its innovative group exercise classes, which includes Urban Yoga, Zumba, Kickboxing and Step-and-Urban Iron. Certified personal trainers who specialize in functional training also are available. Plush locker rooms include steam rooms and dry saunas. Visit www.urbanactive-buckhead.com and register for a free guest pass, or call 404-389-1143 for more information.

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N A M E : JOA NN A NDER SON B LO G : SI DE WA L K CH IC www.sidewalkchic.com — fusion of personal vintage style and landscape photography in northeast Georgia History and Inspiration: As an incoming graduate student of advertising and marketing, Anderson is influenced by old films and ads. “My blog originally was named Sidewalk Chalk, and it was a space where my younger sister and I wrote about our personal styles and things we loved from our childhood (orange soda, sidewalk chalk, etc.).” Though they started the blog together in 2009, it has “kind of evolved into a place for me to experiment with self-portrait and landscape photography. I changed the blog name to reflect this evolution. All of my photos are usually outdoors at

old farms, lakes and historical places around Athens.” On her personal style: “I would say it’s a mix of vintage and thrift items. [Since I] left college and went into the real world, I’ve been more budgetfocused and have really tried to shop for items that I think are classic and [will] last for a while, and so many awesome gems are hidden at local thrift stores. My style is really influenced by old and period-style movies.” Some of Anderson’s favorites are “Strangers on a Train,” “Atonement,” “It Happened One Night” and “The Great Gatsby” for their “wells of sartorial inspiration.” Where she gets her goods: “I’m a big fan of Stefan’s and The Clothing Warehouse for vintage clothing. I

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accomplished designers like Gwen Stefani admit to finding inspiration from fans, and preteen style columnists are sitting front and center at Fashion Week, you can be sure that times are a-changing. Fashion bloggers have become the new supermodels and their voice the new Vogue. So we decided to hit the catwalk and track down some fashion-savvy bloggers in Atlanta to uncover what their fashion inspiration is and what every woman needs in her closet.

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really suggest checking out the Salva-

Anderson notes that a large scarf can

tion Army in Duluth — Wednesdays are half-off days and they have a ton of vintage items … if you have the time

pull double duty as a makeshift blanket at picnics and outdoor concerts.

to look.” Anderson also frequents Anthropologie.

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I believe every Atlanta girl needs: A pretty, bright scarf. “It sounds counterintuitive to use one in the South during the summer, but it doubles as a shawl in chilly buildings

www.asiancajuns.com — lifestyle/ fashion blog

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History and Inspiration: Started by identical twins Cath and Lar as a way

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Maryland in 2007, AsianCajuns has since grown and is followed by thousands of readers in the metro

readers to their favorite local boutiques, restaurants, book stores, cafes and hidden gems in the metro area. On their personal style: “Our styles are similar but there is a discernible difference.” Lar: “I can dress a bit more loosely for work as a graphic designer, so my wardrobe tends to have more color and pattern than Cath’s. I don’t tend to stick with one style; one day will be girly (a dress and boots), the next minimal (clean simple tee and a skirt), and the next bohemian (layered vests and lots of bangles). I’m actually trying to refine my tastes to be a bit more chic and pulled-together like Cath’s closet: buying less, but what I do buy is better quality and less trendy.” Cath: “Lar gives me way too much credit. My closet seems more pulled together because when I shop, I usually look for work-appropriate items like silk blouses and pencil skirts. I tend to stay away from patterns, although I do love a good, classic stripe top. The one thing we do have in common? We almost always wear heels!” Where they get their goods: In Decatur: Rockit Boutique, Squash

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Atlanta area and the world. Cath and Lar chronicle their fashion with Atlanta and Decatur as their backdrop; introducing

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Blossom, Heliotrope, Vivid Boutique, Mingei World Arts. In Atlanta: Evolve Boutique, Bombay Girl Boutique. Everywhere: H&M, Zara, Topshop, American Apparel, Gap, Madewell Fashion must-have: Cath: “I’m always on the lookout for a good silk blouse — something that’s perfect for work, but works well with jeans. Lar found a burnt orange, silk button-up at a thrift store for me that I love.” We believe every Atlanta girl needs: Lar: “In the summer: light layers. I know how miserable it is to wear more than a tank top and shorts when the humidity peaks, but I try to avoid a hohum summer uniform by wearing light scarves and vests. They add texture and interest to an outfit without adding too much weight.”

MORE OF OUR FAVORITE FASHION BLOGS WRITTEN BY KATIE VALENTINE

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Fashion Without Guilt: Style on a Budget

Hiking in Stilettos: Simple and Chic

www.fashionwithoutguilt.com One Atlanta-based, budget-obsessed fashionista posts photos from other

www.hikinginstilettos.blogspot.com This Georgia girl combines fashion with outdoorsy inspiration and

blogs and fashion sites along with personal commentary. Her choices are always inexpensive — red lipsticks for less than $30, lookalike sun-

tales of her latest adventures. She keeps the blog personal, posting photos of herself in outfits she loves along with pictures of her

glasses for $10 and a satchel handbag for $39 are a few of her finds.

last camping trip or yummy new recipes she’s making.


N A M E : J E S S SM I T H B LO G : L A DY F L A SH B ACK www.ladyflashback.com — personal style, inspiration, fashion and home décor History and Inspiration: Smith introduced her first style blog, Hippie Frou Frou, in 2007 as a way of documenting her whimsical ensembles. “About a year and a half ago I changed the domain name to Lady Flashback mostly because I didn’t want to be put into any particular category just because of a name. Back in 2007, there were very few fashion blogs and after discovering the small community, I wanted to join in [and archive] my own looks. My style is forever changing so even looking back just a few years, you can tell I’ve evolved several times.” back Lady Flash On her personal style:

pretty apparent in my daily style. I always appreciate a dress and often realize I wear dresses over any other article of clothing.” Where she gets her goods: “I like to shop at Rag-O-

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Smith describes her style as an amalgamation of dressy and casual. “I’m a huge fan of all things vintage and it’s

Rama for the savings and great vintage pieces. I also do some shopping at America’s Mart because I work there and get wholesale prices. H&M is one of my favorite spots for low-priced trendy finds.” Other local haunts include Highland Row for antiques, Young Blood Gallery for art, and Urban Outfitters on Ponce. Fashion must-have: A pair of well broken-in leather boots. I believe every Atlanta girl needs: “A versatile dress because she can throw it on quickly at a moment’s notice for that unexpected event!” PN Contributing Writer Tamara Smolyansky features “Celebrity Style for a Steal” on her own fashion blog, www.redcarpetbandit.com ptsnorth.com | August 2011 | Points North

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Harvest Wine Classic will be held Nov. 4 and 5. This community-supported event is focused on providing ďŹ nancial support to four Atlanta-area charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia & Alabama, whose mission is to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish joins Presbyterian Homes of Georgia Caring Hands Fund and the Georgia Transplant Foundation as the ďŹ rst three beneďŹ ciary designees for 2011. In this environment of continual needs, the Harvest Wine Classic will provide its support from professionally organized events and live auctions focused on travel, ďŹ ne wine and exquisite food.

AUGUST ’ S F E AT U R E D E V E N T SUNDAY SUPPER at TAVERNA FIORENTINA in Vinings "VHVTUtQN When Sunday was truly a day of rest, families, friends and neighbors in communities everywhere gathered for fellowship and ďŹ ne meals with bounties of the season. Those gatherings are the very essence of Harvest Wine Classic’s ďŹ ve Sunday Suppers. Taverna Fiorentina is Atlanta’s premier Tuscan kitchen and presents time-honored, authentic Florentine dishes created by chef-partner Paolo Tondo and complemented perfectly by wines chosen by sommelier-partner Jasmin Reyes-Scott. Their shared passion for food and wine promises an extraordinary evening for all attendees. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner paired with extraordinary wines. Reserve your spot for this event now by visiting our Web site, www.harvestwineclassic.org. Other Sunday Suppers are scheduled in September and October including: Sept. 25 at Food 101 in Sandy Springs; Oct. 2 at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Crabapple; and Oct. 16 for a special BeneďŹ t Boucherie at the private estate of Richard and Sherri Smith.

The Harvest Wine Classic will feature a number of great events that are sure to captivate both wine and food enthusiasts, prior to and during the penultimate weekend. The Harvest Wine Classic Golf Tournament kicks off the weekend’s events Nov. 4 at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course at 8:30 a.m. Fine cuisine and spirits will be provided to all participants. A special Wines of the World tasting and reception begins the evening’s festivities. It will be followed by an exclusive Cult Wine Dinner featuring the ďŹ ne Burgundy wines of Domaine Jean-Luc Joillot. These events will be held at Heritage Sandy Springs and begin at 6:30 p.m. The schedule of events on Saturday, Nov. 5 begins with two wine and wine-related symposiums at 10 a.m. A wine and food tasting follows at 12 p.m. and includes Harvest Wine Classic’s “Stock Your Cellarâ€? opportunity, which allows guests to order their favorite vintages from the samples they enjoyed. At 2 p.m., the Live Auction Grand Event begins, which offers all guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid on library wines and other rare vintages from participating vintners and collectors, along with sought-after travel opportunities. This event will be complemented by ďŹ ne wine and a luncheon. For details on all special events and a complete calendar of the ďŹ rst annual Harvest Wine Classic, please visit www.harvestwineclassic.org and register for periodic updates and ticket giveaways.

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AUGUST

Calendar submissions should be sent to calendar@ptsnorth.com two months prior to the month in which the event will occur. Please note that dates and times might change.

AC C E S S TH E A R T S OPEN HOUSE

[Aug. 21, 22] If you are looking for a great show or just to meet amazing people, this opportunity is for you as it includes free open house tours and a chance to meet Cobb Energy Centre’s resident companies — Gas South Broadway Series, The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 770-235-3612 www.cobbenergycentre.com

D R A LI O N [Aug. 25 – Sept. 4] Fusing together the fine art of Chinese acrobats with Eastern acts, this Cirque du Soleil experience creates the perfect harmony between humans and nature. Catch the show Aug. 5 – 28 at Philips Arena or at the Gwinnett Center Aug. 31 – Sept. 4. Philips Arena/Gwinnett Center www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion

I NTO TH E WO O D S [Aug. 31 – Oct. 2] Come find out if dreams really do come true and if falling in love really does result in living happily ever after at this heart-throbbing musical in which the possibilities are endless. The Alliance Theater, 404-733-4690 www.alliancetheatre.org

ART/ EXHIBITS SOUND OFF

[Through Aug. 16] Calling all artists! You don’t want to miss out on this rare experience that allows you to see how artists utilize their creativity through a variety of musical elements. Quinlan Visual Arts Center 770-536-2575 www.quinlanartscenter.org

M E M O RY A S M E D I C I N E [Through Sept. 11] Comprising more than 25 works by Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey,

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HEROES OF S A N DY S P R I N G S [Aug. 7] Heritage Sandy Springs welcomes the public to the new historical exhibit that draws on historical photographs, archives, artifacts and film clips to tell the story of policing and fire fighting in Sandy Springs. Williams-Payne House at Heritage Green 404-851-9111 www.heritagesandysprings.org

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E M E R G I N G A R TI S T S [Aug. 19] Presenting an opening reception for up-and-coming artists, this exhibit welcomes young collectors with wine, snacks and works of art less than $1,000. Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery 404-352-1855 www.anneirwinfineart.com

CONCERTS/COMEDY TH E B R E A K FA S T C LU B

[Aug. 7] Featuring five unforgettable performances, this free summer concert series welcomes a smashing ‘80s music tribute band this month. Heritage Sandy Springs 404-851-9111 www.heritagesandysprings.org

B I G B A D VO O D O O DA D DY W ITH A S O [Aug. 13] Grab your dancing shoes and move with the music with “America’s favorite little big band” during ASO’s Summer Classical Concert Series. Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre at Encore Park 404-733-4900 www.atlantasymphony.org

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Dralion SYMPHONY O N TH E G R E E N [Aug. 19] Come relax beneath the stars and enjoy free classical music with your family and friends. Located right near the courthouse in Duluth, this summer concert series concludes in August. Duluth Town Green www.duluthga.net

TH E W H I S K E Y G E NTRY [Aug. 20] From bluegrass to gospel, this band knows how to please the crowd with their range from classic country to old time rock ‘n’ roll. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre 770-293-0080 www.earlsmithstrand.org

VO N G R E Y LI V E [Aug. 27] Currently making their way into stardom, these four talented sisters from Alpharetta have the ability to blend country, pop and rock into a musical masterpiece. The Historic Holly Theater

Dahlonega 706-864-3759 www.hollytheater.com

CHARITY EVENTS END OF SUMMER B O O K S A LE

[Aug. 20] Sponsored by Friends of Roswell Library, this sale features everything from children’s books to classics and everything in between, all priced from 50 cents to $3. Proceeds will provide funds for the Roswell Library such as the Summer Reading Program and Roswell Reads. Roswell Library, 770-640-3075 www.forl.net

B AT TLE O F TH E B AT S [Aug. 27] This softball tournament draws Special Olympics athletes from four different states. Raffle tickets are available to support the competitors, with prizes such as a 40-inch flat screen TV from Best Buy of Cumming, an Apple iPad and two plane tickets from AirTran

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[AU G . 1 4 ] European Style Auction Airways. To purchase tickets, or for information on a corporate raffle challenge, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick at lindafso@yahoo.com or 770-317-3562. Central Park, Cumming www.soforsyth.com

Cinema @ Sol International Film Series 404-984-3999 www.meliaatlanta.com

SUMMER CROP DINNERS

[Aug. 28] Enjoy an elegant five-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment and auctions presented by the best chefs and sommeliers in Atlanta. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Cherokee Town & Country Club 770-436-5151 www.givemefivedinner.org

[Aug. 4, 18] Food 101 Chef Justin Keith pays tribute to sensational summer produce at these themed dinners. Enjoy a selection of house-smoked ingredients on Aug. 4 and several innovative dishes featuring fresh tomatoes on Aug. 18. Each five-course meal is $45 with wine pairings available for an additional $15. Food 101 Sandy Springs 770-497-9700 www.food101atlanta.com

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[Aug. 3, 17] Come expand your horizons with a dose of history in Roswell. Learn about “The Ghosts of Barrington Hall” on Aug. 3 and “The South Secedes, 1860 and 1861” on Aug. 17. Barrington Hall 770-640-3855 www.roswellgov.com

A N I NTE R N ATI O N A L SUMMER [Aug. 3 – 31] What better way to wrap up the summer than to be enriched with other cultures as you enjoy films from around the world? While you’re at it, sample international food and wine at this chic, new hotel in Atlanta. 76

B R I DA L E X TR AVAG A N Z A O F ATL A NTA [Aug. 14] Eliminate the stress of wedding planning as you enjoy couture fashion shows, sample cake and appetizers, meet with vendors, explore honeymoon and destination wedding options and enter to win fabulous prizes for your Big Day. 200 Peachtree Special Event & Conference Center www.bridalextravaganzaofatlanta.com

E U R O P E A N - S T Y LE AU C TI O N [Aug. 14] Bid on exquisite home furnishings, antiques, tapestries, terracotta urns and planters, water features, artwork, lighting, rugs and decorative accessories at this free event. Preview the goods Aug. 9 – 13. Englishman’s Fine Furnishings 404-351-4464 www.englishmansfurniture.com

TR I LO GY TR O LLE Y C R AW L [Aug. 20] Offering a sneak peak into Roswell’s three enchanted historic homes — Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation — this Southern tradition will allow you to enrich your deep Southern roots. Enjoy food,

[Aug. 6] Featuring marching bands, military units, floats, clowns, classic cars and plenty of candy, this 59th annual event honors the memory of “All Veterans of All Wars.” Live music starts at 9:15, with the parade beginning at 10:30 at Alpharetta City Hall and ending at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road. Alpharetta 678-297-6000 www.alpharetta.ga.us

LOV E LE T TE R S F R O M TH E W I LD [Aug. 11] Planning a fun date night? Come mix, mingle and explore the love beneath the animal kingdom. Reservations

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drinks and entertainment at each site. The Historic Homes of Roswell 770-641-3705 www.southerntrilogy.com

P L A N N I N G YO U R FA LL V E G E TA B LE G A R D E N [Aug. 20] Offering multiple series of gardening classes in Sandy Springs, the North Fulton Master Gardeners provide fun and informative gardening advice for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. Heritage Sandy Springs 770-671-8148 www.heritagesandysprings.org

TOT S TO T W E E N S C O N S I G N M E NT S A LE [Aug. 26 – 27] Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples, a non-profit support group for parents, this blow-out sale provides everything you need for your whole family! Sandy Plains Baptist Church Marietta 678-453-6993 www.nowamom.org

G R A NT PA R K S U M M E R S H A D E F E S TI VA L [Aug. 27 – 28] This fun-filled weekend in Atlanta’s oldest park features an Artist Market, food vendors, a 5K run, live performances, a children’s center and the special Corks & Forks event featuring top chefs and restaurants alongside summer’s best sips. Grant Park www.gpconservancy.com

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include beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, admission to the exhibit and theater seating. Zoo Atlanta’s Wild on the Rocks 404-624-5980 www.zooatlanta.org


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Eat, Drink and Help Save the Hooch! What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with good food, good beer and a great cause? Canoe restaurant in Vinings is pairing up with SweetWater Brewery and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to throw an End of Summer Barbecue on Aug. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. The event wraps up the Save the Hooch campaign and will feature dishes made with fresh, local ingredients alongside SweetWater beer. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. To register for the event, visit www.canoeatl.com.

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Cool off with a Childhood Favorite. The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is putting a classy spin on a sweet childhood treat by offering snow cone cocktails from now until Labor Day. Atlanta Grill chef Brian Jones makes these slushy drinks from locally grown fruit and farmgrown honey from Cherokee County, Ga. And forget the classic grape, cherry and strawberry — with flavors like watermelon with lime and Anejo Tequila and bourbon blackberry with honey and moonshine, you’ll be glad you’re not a kid anymore! Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/atlanta for details.

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Hit the Trails in Georgia’s Newest State Park. Don’t just help save the Hooch — go visit it! In July, Georgia welcomed Chattahoochee Bend State Park, the first new Georgia state park to be opened in almost 20 years. The park encompasses 2,910 acres and winds along seven miles of the Chattahoochee River, providing the perfect escape for hikers and paddlers. Go for a day or stay the weekend — the park offers camping areas for RVs, trailers and tents. Visit www.georgiastateparks.org/chattahoocheebend to learn more.

Eat Ice Cream for a Cause. All the homemade ice cream you can eat plus music, games and other entertainment? Yes, please! On Aug. 28, come out to the fifth annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on the Roswell Square, a sweet event that benefits the Drake House. Taste homemade ice cream made by Drake House volunteers, and if you’re feeling lucky, test your skills and stomach in an ice cream eating or stacking contest. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family. For more information, visit www.thedrakehouse.org.

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Celebrate 10 Years of Fine Dining. Aqua Blue has been in business for 10 years, and wants to thank diners for making those years great! From Aug. 1 through Aug. 10, the Roswell restaurant will offer menu specials and free gifts to customers. Come in for a three-course menu for $20.01 and win prizes like a free entrée, free appetizer or even a $100 gift card. On Aug. 10, the restaurant will celebrate with live music, cake and Champagne. Visit www.aquablueatl.com for details.


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fall getaways and signature events FA L L E V E N T S NINTH ANNUAL THUNDER ON THE GULF Oct. 6-9, Orange Beach 251-974-4612 www.thunderonthegulf.com Bhe Gulf Coast Powerboat Association once again will host an exciting week of boat races, parties, The Pleasure Island Poker Run and free concerts. Watch monster race boats and their teams, and be a part of the festivities and entertainment with a spectacular view of the coast. The “Thunder” will take place on the Gulf of Mexico for four days starting Thursday with two days of racing! FALL BIRD BANDING SESSION 2011 Oct. 8-20, Fort Morgan Historic Site, Gulf Shores www.hummingbirdsplus.org The Alabama Gulf Coast is a critical stopover point as migratory birds return from Central and South America. Banding hours are from before dawn to mid-afternoon, depending on the flow of birds. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars and inquisitive mind but leave the pets at home. 40TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SHRIMP FESTIVAL Oct. 13-16, Main Public Beach, Gulf Shores 251-968-4237 www.nationalshrimpfestival.com Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 40th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this fourday event that attracts more than 300,000 people. Peruse through the wares of 300-plus vendors showcasing their fine art and crafts, and kick back to the continuous tunes from the two musical stages. Little ones will love the Children’s Activity Village.

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along a 30,000-acre island on the northernmost coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is an excellent destination for fall getaways and to enjoy several of the area’s signature annual events. Sand dunes covered in sea oats and turquoise waters are the norm on the coast while inland areas feature live oaks and pines. Freshwater lakes, rivers, bayous and coves add nearly 400,000 acres of protected water to the area. This serene coastal landscape offers four diverse ecosystems, all uniquely located within one area. These ecosystems include an ancient maritime live oak forest, wet longleaf pine savanna, fresh water marsh and small stream swamp forest. Located within an easy drive from Atlanta (approximately 370 miles), Gulf Shores and Orange Beach feature an array of outdoor activities, both on- and off-the-beach that will keep you entertained for days or weeks. FISHING One of the Gulf Coast’s finest fishing destinations, the Alabama Gulf Coast proudly showcases the largest artificial reef program in the nation. With about 1,200 square miles of fish habitat, the area is a haven for anglers. Blue marlin, yellow fin tuna, amberjack, cobia, red snapper and speckled trout are bountiful, and fishing charters and cruises depart daily. In addition, educational dolphin sightseeing tours also are offered. For those anglers who would rather stay closer to land, the second longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly one-third of a mile over Gulf waters is now open to the public and is located in the Alabama Gulf State Park..

GOLF Gulf Shores Golf Association showcases 189 holes of championship-caliber golf at nine courses. Kiva Dunes is the No. 1 rated golf course in the state of Alabama, Craft Farms offers two 18-hole courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Soldiers Creek Golf Club in nearby Elberta provides an entertaining layout that winds through rolling hills, lakes and nature trails. Numerous Stay-and-Play golf packages are available at www.golf.gulfshores.com. BACK TO NATURE Get in touch with your wild side on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where schedules take a back seat to sunsets, to-do-lists aren’t nearly as important as

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tide charts and each change of season brings something awe-inspiring. Hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which winds through the rich flora and fauna of Orange Beach all the way to the pristine beach of Gulf State Park. A series of bikeways offers the chance to investigate things up close and get your exercise at the same time. Grab your binoculars and head out on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is a birders paradise, where you’re likely to spot everything from the tiniest hummingbird to the statuesque Great Blue Heron. Rent a kayak and paddle your way through serene back bays, or learn how local shrimpers catch the prized crustaceans we all love!



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