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FITNESS: TO FLY OR STAY GROUNDED

As basic as it might seem, baking cookies — the gooey, chewy, soft and satisfying ones that send us into a tasting tizzy — is not simple. Thankfully, we had a number of readers eager to share their cookies with us, and here, we share the recipes from the finalists of our holiday cookie quest with you.

Who says you have to wait until the New Year to get into shape? Whether you choose to fly through your workouts at Flywheel in Buckhead or to stay planted via Grounded yoga classes in Milton, we’ve discovered two distinct fitness outlets sure to tempt you — almost as much as the holiday treats.

24 BABY, IT’S { ON THE COVER } Holiday Cookies by Bear Maker Bakery bearmakerbakery.com Photography by Rob Smith, robertstevensmith.com

S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 52 | 2013 Health Resolutions 56 | Winter Escapes 60 | Last-minute Shopping Guide

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HOLIDAY COOKIE QUEST

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30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

We know Atlanta isn’t exactly a winter wonderland but, later on, when you conspire and dream by the fire ... well, we’ve found a few fireside hotspots that just might do the trick. Their dancing flames, spectrum of colors, soothing warmth, and perhaps most importantly, congenial tenor among those who are enjoying its elements will surely make these fireplaces memorable.

If there’s one beach locale that beckons time and time again, it’s the year-round appeal of South Walton, Fla. In the summer, it’s bike rides and family-friendly movies on the lawn. In late fall, it’s the 70-degree weather and Seeing Red Wine Festival. And in the midst of winter, when everyone else is hibernating back home, it’s the 30A Songwriters Festival. Tune in for more details.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROB SMITH; POUYA DIANAT | CIRQUE DU SOLEIL; STEVE WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Carl Danbury Jr.

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Bre Humphries SENIOR EDITOR

Heather KW Brown CRE ATIVE DIRECTOR

Robin Harrison

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Shannah J. Smith

MEMORIES

Not too long ago,

As much as I love a perfectly baked, delicious cookie, the best part is slowing down to enjoy the warmth it brings. And that’s exactly what this season means to me. Whether you’re looking to settle down with old friends for a fireside chat at local hotspots (page 24) or you’re in search of that perfect piece to complete your winter wardrobe (page 42), we’ve come up with a few cozy ways to revel in the warmth of the holidays. On my Christmas wish list this year are wonder and happiness. Maybe both will come from finally getting the homemade cookies to come out of the oven right. Maybe not. One thing’s for sure, I’ll probably be dressed as a ninja and surrounded by baby dolls, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wish you safe travels and only the warmest holiday memories.

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I was a ninja named Cole, saving the universe from evil powers. Before that, I was a teacher whose students included seven baby dolls, one Fancy Nancy, a Tar Heel cheerleader, a princess, an elephant, and a dog. Most recently, the action moved to my kitchen, where cinnamon and nutmeg dusted the floor, mounds of all-purpose flour covered the countertop, and side-byside in the midst of it all were both of my children, smiling from ear to ear. Inspired by the cookie recipes in our cover story (page 16), I had recruited a few in-house elves to make cookies from scratch. Dressed in aprons and chef hats, they were obviously excited and up for the challenge. I watched as my son, who only minutes before had learned the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon, measured the ingredients, and as my daughter held onto the mixing bowl for dear life, while she stirred it all together. It was messy. It was fun. But I wouldn’t say I’m any better at baking than I am at being a ninja or a teacher. Luckily, they don’t seem to mind and honestly, neither do I.

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Bypass that dinner-and-a-movie date and go for the Grand Chapiteau, better known as the Big Top at Atlantic Station, where a phenomenal night awaits. Cirque du Soleil is back with “Totem” (pronounced to-TEM), touted as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.” Told through visual and acrobatic language that transports the viewer to another world full of heart-thumping music, energetic performances and pure adventure, “Totem” is captivating from the very first moment, when an acrobat in a disco ball-inspired costume emerges headfirst from the ceiling and spirals down onto the stage. Cirque is a potpourri of dance, acrobatics, comedy and a few spectacles you won’t expect. Watch the characters evolve from our amphibious ancestors to monkeys and from modern-day businessmen to spacemen. The tightly choreographed performances and lushly orchestrated costumes make it nearly impossible to look away, but make sure you don’t miss the stunning live vocal and musical performances going on in the periphery. The overall effect will give you chills. To truly appreciate the grandeur of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem,” make sure to see it for yourself before the end of this month, when the production moves to Miami. Prices vary by seat location; for more information, call 1-800450-1480 or visit cirquedusoleil.com. – Ellie Hensley


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{ COVER GIRL } The editors of Points North need your help choosing the cover for our January issue! Visit our Facebook page, peruse the finalists in contention for the cover of our Annual Guide for the Northside Bride and “like” your favorite. Vote for the image that best portrays romance, love and happiness, but don’t dilly dally – the last chance to vote is Friday, Dec. 7. Editorial discretion will ultimately take precedence.

The LongAwaited LAUNCH

PICTURED: Winner of our 2012 Wedding Photo Contest SARAH CARVER STRZEMIENSKI PHOTO COURTESY OF TESSA MARIE WEDDINGS

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Much like having to circle the parking lot in hopes of scoring a space during the holidays, we have been patiently waiting to finally announce the debut of our brand new Points North website! We’re sporting an all-new look, featuring tons of new content to keep you in the loop on what’s happening around Atlanta’s stylish Northside. If you love freebies — and we know you do — be sure to check out Point Taken, a new section on our homepage where we’ll ask a simple question and once the banter gets going, we’ll pick someone directly from the posts to win a prize. For example, our first giveaway will be the “Peaches and Cream” treatment (valued at $280) compliments of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Why wait? Check it out! ptsnorth.com


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Make Room for Modern Chic and super sexy, Buckhead’s newest beauty is Modern Restaurant + Bar. Located one block north of Terminus, Modern is renowned restaurateur Kane Xu’s first Atlanta concept, but don’t be surprised if his name becomes as popular around town as it is in New York City. When he moved to Atlanta, Xu brought his talent for creating a restaurant space that can appeal to almost everyone. Want to see and be seen? Grab a seat at the bar where plenty of sightseeing occurs over beverages and bites. Groups in search of coziness with their culinary experience at the hands of Chef Mark Alba have three private dining options. Believe it or not, the scene is secondary to the fabulous food. Alba balances fresh local ingredients with high-end menu items like the Hamachi sashimi–yellowtail from Japan served with canteloupe sorbet and lime-mint oil–and New Zealand venison served with a fruit compote of strawberries, blueberries, apricots and cherries. You’ll also find unique dishes like the Sonoma foie gras served with pineapple-upside down cake, ginger snap crumbs and poached pineapple reduction. And don’t even let me start about the dessert. I’m convinced I will dream of the chocolate banana tort for which the world momentarily stopped each time I took another bite — at least, until my next sophisticated seating at Modern. 404-554-1100, modernbuckhead.com 12

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GIVING THE OF LITERACY

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Being able to read is like being able to ride a bike or drive a car — it gives us the ability to change locations, to meet new people and oftentimes, to help others. Thankfully, organizations like Reach Out and Read help to expand early literacy intervention throughout Georgia. An evidence-based, national nonprofit organization, Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at regular pediatric checkups. The model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take home at every checkup from 6 months through 5 years. Along with the free book, doctors and nurses also provide guidance to parents about the importance of reading aloud with their children every day. In Georgia, Reach Out and Read serves 60,343 children annually via 57 program sites. Each year, Reach Out and Read medical providers distribute 88,262 books statewide to the children who need them most. For more information on Reach Out and Read, visit reachoutandread.org

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Mouth Off to Feed the Hungry In the spirit of giving, the easiest way to feed the hungry this season is to join Project 7, a company whose sole mission is to enable consumers the ability to give back and do good with their everyday purchases such as gum, mints, water and coffee found at Caribou Coffee locations as well as Target and Wal-mart stores nationwide. Getting the point across quickly are the Feed the Hungry T-shirts ($25 provides 25 meals) and iPhone cases ($25 provides 10 meals), both of which can be customized to feature “Atlanta.” There’s also The Giving Kit ($100 provides 50 meals). Visit project7.com/feedthehungry/

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On VIXEN Three Southern women recently shook up the booze business with the debut of their delicious vodka, aptly named Vixen Vodka. Talk about girl power! LeeAnn Maxwell, Jenny Policky and Carrie King — all three metro Atlanta residents — were enjoying a girls’ beach weekend when they decided to combine their talents to create a femalecentric spirit made from corn and pure spring water and distilled five times. The result is a crisp, clean, figurefriendly vodka without the burn factor. Perhaps, King, partner and director of marketing, said it best, “We stand for strength and real women, so much so that the legs of the logo are a real woman’s legs. We want our brand to bring out the vixen in everyone, because let’s fact it, there’s nothing wrong with being sexy, sassy and strong.” These gals have just jumped into the ring — both stilettos first! vixenvodka.com

  Holiday Lights of Hope Light up the holiday for others while immersing yourself in the sights of the season. From December 13 – 22, Hobgood Park in Woodstock will be home to Lights of Hope, a large-scale walk through light display with more than 100,000 lights! In addition to a magical mixture of traditional holiday lights and animated light displays from 6 to 10 p.m., there will also be Santa’s Village with a live Santa ready for photo opportunities, a Christmas village with vendor and activity areas, seasonal concessions, bouncers, games and more. All proceeds benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, a 501-c3 nonprofit that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 770-345-8100, cherokeechildadvocates.org

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Victorian House Tour Cookies & German Chocolate Cookies submitted by Karen Christanell

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As basic as it might seem, baking cookies

— the gooey, chewy, soft and satisfying ones that send us into a tasting tizzy — is not so simple. Perhaps this explains why I love to eat them rather than make them. In hopes of continuing my ongoing quest for these sweet treats, we asked our readers to submit their favorite holiday cookie recipes. Thankfully, we’ve got a number of bakers in our midst ... one of which even calls herself Keebler Karen, which coming from the self-appointed Points North Cookie Monster, I found to be quite clever. Turns out, she does have a knack in the kitchen — her cookies were voted as the office favorite. Then again, whether the cookies crumbled or not, we still ate them and here, we share the recipes of our finalists with you. More cookie recipes available online at ptsnorth.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB SMITH | ROBERTSTEVENSMITH.COM

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VICTORIAN HOUSE TOUR COOKIES Recipe submitted by Karen Christanell (a.k.a. Keebler Karen) 2 sticks of butter at room temperature (I prefer salted butter) ¾ cup of granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ to ¾ teaspoon of salt 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour ½ cup of pecan pieces ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ cup of milk chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 F. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until creamy. Gradually add in the flour and salt, mixing well to form the dough. Add both types of chocolate chips and the pecans. Mix together all ingredients. Drop by mounded teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookie dough slightly before baking. Bake cookies until lightly browned, about 14 to 15 minutes. (My oven takes 15 minutes to bake these but we prefer them crispy.)

GHIRARDELLI ULTIMATE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES Recipe submitted by Shelby Marston 1 bag (11.5 ounces) Ghirardelli 60-percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 eggs 1 cup sugar ¹/³ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 bag (12 ounces) Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 1 cup chopped walnuts, about 4 ounces In a double boiler over hot water, melt the bittersweet chips and butter. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick, then stir in chocolate mixture. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder,

stir into chocolate mixture. Gently mix in semi-sweet chips and walnuts. Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough into two logs, each about 2 inches in diameter and about 8 inches long. As dough will be very soft, use plastic wrap to hold dough in log shape. Wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 F. Unwrap dough, then with sharp knife, cut into 3/4-inch slices. Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until shiny crust forms on top, but interior is still soft. Cool on baking sheet. Enjoy!

Ghirardelli Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies submitted by Shelby Marston

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KAREN’S CHOCOLATE BISCOTTI Recipe submitted by Karen Goldstein ½ cup sugar ½ cup oil 2 eggs ¾ teaspoon baking powder 12-ounce bag chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli milk chocolate, or semi-sweet) 1 tablespoon of imitation vanilla, butter and nut flavoring 2 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour Sugar and cinnamon mix to taste

Karen’s Chocolate Biscotti submitted by Karen Goldstein

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Mix together sugar and oil, add eggs and baking powder, then mix. Add chocolate chips and vanilla. Mix ingredients and add unbleached flour in batches until absorbed. Have a mix of sugar and cinnamon available. Grease a large cookie sheet with oil. Have some oil in a small dish for your hands. Grab a large handful of dough and place on cookie sheet. Gently form a loaf about 2 ½ inches wide and ¾ inch thick. Loaves don’t spread, so you can fit a few on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mix. Bake at 350 F for 18 to 22 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. When done, remove cookie sheets from oven, and turn oven down — not off — to 200 F. While oven is still on, let loaves cool for 10 minutes. Be sure to keep oven on, at this point. Now, slice loaves diagonally into pieces about ¾ inch thick. Turn each piece cut-side up and place back on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mix and put back into oven. Now, you can turn off oven and let the cookies dry for several hours or overnight.


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PECAN PRALINE COOKIES Recipe submitted by Kim Brown ½ cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ²/³ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt For the icing: 1 cup packed light brown sugar ½ cup whipping cream 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup whole pecans Heat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 1 ½ cups brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; mix into butter mixture to blend thoroughly. Form tablespoons of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 10 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. To make icing: In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix brown sugar and cream; bring to boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in powdered sugar; stir until smooth. Dip bottoms of pecans into icing and place two on each cookie; drizzle tops with icing.

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ROLLE D SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH Recipe submitted by Bear Maker Bakery 6 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened (using a high butterfat butter like Plugra makes a difference) 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 4 teaspoons vanilla (using a good quality bourbon vanilla like Nielsen-Massey Vanilla makes a difference) Sift together flour and salt to create dry mix. Cream together butter and sugar on medium speed until sugar is well incorporated (about 2 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, to butter and sugar mixture. Add vanilla. Gradually add dry mix until incorporated. Divide dough into four equal parts. Shape into a disc and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and freeze. Cut into desired shapes, place on parchment paper and freeze. Bake on parchment-lined sheet tray at 300 F for 12 to 16 minutes, rotate half way through.

R OYA L I C I N G 4 cups powdered sugar 6 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites 4 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed) 2 teaspoons lemon extract Assorted gel-based food colors Combine sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, and extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for 10 minutes. Divide frosting into small bowls and cover all of them but the one you are working with (it will crust quickly if left exposed). Color to taste. Divide icing. Attach tip to a piping bag and fill with icing. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the remaining icing to thin. Pour into a squeeze bottle. Repeat for each color. Outline cookies with piping icing. Let dry at least 10 minutes before flooding the cookie with thinned icing. Let decorated cookies dry 48 hours before packaging.

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COLOSSAL COOKIES Recipe submitted by Diane Malucci ½ cup butter 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ cups brown sugar packed firmly 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups peanut butter 2 cups rolled oats 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 cup chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat butter and sugars together in a very large bowl. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add peanut butter. Mix well. Stir in baking soda, baking powder, oats and chips. Variation: you can add peanuts, raisins, butterscotch chips, M & M’s, sunflower seeds, peanut butter chips, coconut, etc. Drop by ice cream scoops onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.


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ADD A LITTLE FLARE TO YOUR HOLIDAY AT THESE FIREPLACE HOTSPOTS { WRITTEN BY SUSAN SEXTON AND CARL DANBURY }

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HERE’S SOMETHING ETHEREAL

about a fireplace. The dancing flames, the spectrum of colors, the soothing warmth, and perhaps most importantly, the congenial tenor among those who are enjoying its elements; such a combination exudes relaxation, pleasantness and fellowship. In downtown Woodstock, which boasts many of those same elements, the preeminent fireplace is located in the courtyard patio at Firestone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill. Playing sentinel over guests, the wood-burning fireplace is not only a haven for those enjoying dinner, having a glass of wine or other adult beverage on a cool afternoon or evening, it is thematic for the entire experience at Firestone. Owner David Johnson, who knows a bit about hospitality having worked at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and with James Beard award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi, said the fireplace is more than a conversation piece. “There is something primal about the aspect of fire, the preparation of food and the communal nature of it,” Johnson related. “It also promotes the ability to relax, unwind and converse while enjoying your favorite libation and good food. The fireplace is central to the theme and name of our restaurant and the elements used to create it.” While enjoying the smell and warmth of the fire, enjoy one of Chef Steve Masters’ hearty signature small plates, like crispy lamb meatballs, Guinness braised short ribs and sweet potato mash, wild mushroom risotto or warm up with a bowl of butternut squash bisque. Of course, you also can opt for a wood-fired pizza from one of Firestone’s imported pizza ovens from Tuscany. And for added warmth, don’t miss the chocolate soufflé cake for dessert. 120 Chambers Street Woodstock 770-926-6778 firestonerestaurants.com


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Signature Steaks on Shallowford Road in Marietta is the gorgeous, two-sided bluestone fireplace, which provides patrons on one side a cozy, romantic fireside dining opportunity. On the opposite side, guests can enjoy a glass of wine or one of the many bourbons or scotches from Aspens’ prolific list while seated on a comfy half-moon shaped leather couch. Those seated at the bar, or at the intimate tables surrounding it, can enjoy small plates and a view of the toasty, roaring fire. Part of the Sedgwick Restaurant Group (Vinny’s on Windward, Bistro VG, Theo’s Brother’s Bakery, Pure Taqueria and Aspens’ other location in The Avenue West Cobb), Aspens’ cedar beams, lanterns and fine art exudes the tempting aesthetics of a Rocky Mountain ski lodge. Combined with a deep menu of finely prepared steaks, seafood and other signature entrées, Aspens warrants a visit for special occasions or weekly dinners. Open daily at 5 p.m., plan upon arriving by 6 p.m. to secure a seat at the bar or by the fireplace due to the preponderance of regulars. However, there is a great opportunity to enjoy Aspens’ ambiance on Sundays for their brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Made-to-order omelets, waffles, French toast and grits may be accompanied by roasted sirloin, carved pork loin and peel-and-eat shrimp. Take a seat by the fire for a spell and then circle back around to your table for the glazed beignets bread pudding.

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He m m i ng way a nd f r iends preferred the Ritz, and it’s no wonder, as wonders abound, in this world-class hotel. No matter what year and where in the world, you’ll always be treated like royalty. Cozy up in Old World tradition, at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead where three generations of guests have been spoiled while celebrating the holidays for almost 30 years. Start by relaxing near the 200-yearold wood burning “rouge” fireplace in the Lobby Lounge — it’s one of life’s simple pleasures and perfectly sets the stage for romance. This regal fireplace, imported from Europe and fashioned in Louis XV style, features the hand-carved Acanthus Leaf motif in rich, red and gray marble. ptsnorth.com | December 2012 | Points North

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This Ritz-Carlton remains the traditional star of Buckhead, where over the fireplace, Lord Craven, in an 18th-century oil painting, prepares for the hunt with his dappled gray mare. Definitely the most valuable real estate in the Lobby Lounge, this remarkable fireplace is where fashion sits, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

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AN ANNUAL IMAGINATION PASS to the Georgia Aquarium is a unique gift that’s always in fashion. Good for a year’s worth of visits, you’ll be remembered long after the holidays are over. Shop for yours online today. GeorgiaAquarium.org | 404.581.4000 WHERE IMAGINATIONS GO TO PLAY. |

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Afterward, choose one of the comfy seats surrounding the grand fireplace and settle in with The J.W. Burmester, Port, “Rio Torte”, Late Bottle Vintage, Douro, Portugal, 1900, a very rare selection secured for guests with discerning tastes. This century-old port is available by the glass and can only be found at this Ritz in Atlanta. This month only, enjoy a 1-ounce pour for $90, while it lasts. More indulgences await like the “Hot– Toddy” for the body massage with warm cinnamon, nutmeg and almond available at the Spa and decadent desserts made by the in-house pastry chef. Last year, the hotel served more than 24,000 cookies during the season. Slip away for a spot of tea Thursday through Sunday afternoons, with seatings at 2:30 p.m. and 3. For the little ones, the “Tea with Teddy” is sure to be a hit with caroling by the Dickens singers, and for overnight guests, don’t forget to make an appointment for a special tuck–in with Santa! This Ritz-Carlton remains the traditional star of Buckhead, where over the fireplace, Lord Craven, in an 18th-century oil painting, prepares for the hunt with his dappled gray mare. Definitely the most valuable real estate in the Lobby Lounge, this remarkable fireplace is where fashion sits, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” PN The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead 3334 Peachtree Road Atlanta 404-237-2700 ritzcarlton.com/buckhead

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A SPIN to Remember The cycling workout where time flies { W R ITTEN BY AM ELIA PAV L IK }

urrounded by the eager chatter of spin virgins and triathletes alike, I situated my bike to the proper settings and clicked my cycling shoes into place. I could feel the excitement building in the stadium-style room as the lights dimmed and the “thump, thump” of the music coursed through my body. As the whir of bikes around me grew stronger, the outside world faded away. It was time to “fly.”

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READY, SET ... Welcome to my first Flywheel experience, a stadium cycling concept created by Ruth Zukerman, a New York-based veteran cycling instructor who got an itch to try something new. In 2010, she and two partners opened their first location in New York, which has since multiplied into 14 Flywheels across the nation. “I wanted to create a fun, energetic and welcoming environment where people could come to escape their day, work hard and see real results,” Zukerman said. At this point, I should confess that I am a bit picky when it comes to trying new workout trends. I’ve been a certified group fitness instructor for 10 years and have taught everything from step to cycling. My expectations are high, but

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the Buckhead Flywheel location — currently the only one in Atlanta — did an excellent job of meeting them. Pulling into the spacious parking lot outside of Flywheel, located on West Paces Ferry Road, certainly set the tone for a good experience (knowing you can easily park at a gym is always a plus in my book). After checking in, I was tickled to find cycling shoes — in my size — waiting for me in a designated cubby. On this sunny Saturday, the sitting area and boutique, decorated in whites and the company’s signature teal, was filled with natural light. It’s a warm and welcoming spot where you can have a seat to put on your cycling shoes or chat with a friend after class. Once I’d stowed my gear and filled my water bottle at the nifty purified water station, I strapped on my cycling shoes and toddled into the studio, a terraced room where the bikes are set up stadium-style and the instructor bike is front and center. Although not new to cycling, I was new to Flywheel’s equipment, and the Atlanta Regional Manager Becca McWaters was more than happy to show me how to lock the shoes into place and set up my bike. PEDAL! PEDAL! PEDAL! While 60-minute classes are sprinkled into the lineup for those who want more


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time in the saddle, the majority of classes at Flywheel are 45 minutes, which Zukerman described as being the “perfect amount of time to get optimal results.” “To me, the best part of the whole Flywheel experience is that you don’t realize how hard you are working,” Zukerman said. And I’d have to agree with her — time flew past because I always felt engaged in my workout. My instructor Cara cheered us through a series of climbs and descents set to a soundtrack of everything from classic rock to rap. During the ride, we also used weighted bars to challenge our upper bodies. What truly forced me to actively participate in the workout was the performance tracking system found on each of Flywheel’s unique bikes. The system

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monitors each rider’s real-time stats. For example, Cara would provide a target resistance level (torq) and/or speed (RPM) that provided us with a point of reference as to what we should be doing from song to song. Competitive souls like myself will love the Leaderboard concept in each class. For those who choose to participate, their performance data is displayed on one of the two “Torqboards” — two large flat-screen televisions above the instructor’s bike. I was so busy trying to compete with the other leaders that I barely noticed when 45 minutes had passed. Even if participants don’t opt to compete against others in the class, they can check performance data following each ride to track their progress, once an account at flywheelsports.com

has been established. I was pleased to discover that I had burned an estimated 855 or more calories and rode 25 miles during my first experience. After each class, showers are available along with complimentary bath towels and Bliss hair and body products. So what’s my verdict? Flywheel is a workout that will leave you adequately sweaty and mentally energized. And it left me counting down the minutes until I could “fly” again. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : Flywheel Atlanta 102 W Paces Ferry Road NW Suite A Atlanta, GA 30305 678-702-5684 atlanta.flywheelsports.com


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even girls between the ages of 8 and 10 stood quietly on yoga mats at the Bethwell Community Center in Milton. The whole class moved into the next pose twice — once leading from the front of the body, once from the back. “Which feels more power ful?” asked Amy Haysman, who co-created Grounded with her business partner Cheryl Crawford.

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The girls agreed that the second felt stronger. Haysman beamed, and said, “You see? You are already connected to that power.” Throughout the class, she continued to ask them questions about the poses, their feelings and how their lives outside relate to what they are learning inside the yoga studio. This respect for her students and her confidence in them to discover

these answers for themselves characterizes the entire philosophy of Grounded. Haysman and Crawford, both former school teachers, believe that as much as kids need to play, they also need — and want — seriousness and calm, which is why they now dedicate their time to promoting yoga for all ages.

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to maintain a balance between the silly and the serious. One moment she has the girls loosen up by exhaling silly noises or doing a pose called Laughter Milkshake, and the next, they are perfectly still in silent meditation. The kids understand instinctively when to sit quietly and follow Haysman’s instructions, as well as when it’s appropriate to laugh or crack jokes — and both seem equally fun for them. In a special program called Quest for Elevation, developed by Haysman and Crawford, the students master a series of accomplishments, much like in a martial arts class. By the end of the program, they will become “Certified Grounded Kids,” meaning they will not only have mastered a range of yoga poses and concepts, but they will also be able to teach what they have learned to their friends outside of the class. “We teach them [that] it’s their responsibility to share [what they learn] with others,” Haysman said, adding, “and they want to. Kids that age love teaching

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others … it gives them ownership over what they’re learning.” These girls are already well on their way to that goal. Even those who have only been in the class for a short while have a clear grasp of what yoga gives them. Between school, family, friends and other activities, their lives are very “busy,” as many of the students put it. When I asked them what they like about yoga, they all immediately noted that their classes with Grounded give them a peaceful space away from all that stress. “When I walk out, I feel like the world is so noisy, and this is where I find my peace,” said Kathryn Amstutz, while her classmate Emily Siegel, acknowledged that yoga has taught her a lot about herself. “I’m really not that much of a person who calms down easily,” Emily admitted. “Yoga makes me feel like it’s a good thing to be [less] hyper. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.” The girls agree that yes, yoga can be

challenging, but they know that the challenge also makes them stronger.

Standing Strong The physical benefits of yoga for kids (and adults) are easy to imagine — flexibility, strength, balance and posture — but the emotional benefits can be even more dramatic. “It helps bring kids to a balance of energy, a balance of emotion,” said Haysman, highlighting the benefits of yoga, both for kids who are hyperactive, and those who are depressed, as well as anywhere in between. She also spoke about the ways in which yoga teaches self-confidence and inner strength. “In Grounded, we teach kids to plugin to who they really are at their core. And we believe everyone is good at [the] core, that we have this source of goodness, this light ... [and that] they don’t have to do anything or be anything to be loved and be who they are.” This philosophy not only combats the


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self-consciousness that sometimes leads to bullying, but also teaches kids how to stand up to bullies and other problems in their lives. Grounded teaches them how to stand strong — literally, as well as figuratively. By learning how to stand in a way that feels stable and confident, they also learn the strength to stand up for themselves. “Not from a place of getting angry or yelling,” Haysman clarified, “but from courage and compassion. We teach them how to embody these qualities that sometimes get clouded or hidden. We teach them how to reveal their best self.” In addition to Quest for Elevation, Grounded also offers “Pre-Grounded” classes for children ages 3 to 6, as well as Grounded Tweens (10 to 12) and Teens (13 and up) programs for older kids. Readers can sign students up for classes at Bethwell Community Center (Pre-Grounded and Grounded) and Johns Creek Yoga (Pre-Grounded through Grounded Teens). Many schools in the Atlanta area provide after-school yoga classes through Grounded, and training courses for new instructors are offered throughout the year. Haysman and Crawford also bring this determination for a better self to Grounded for Good, the nonprofit yoga initiative they developed to bring a holistic yoga and mindfulness program to abused, homeless, under-served and other schoolaged youths in metro Atlanta. PN

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As much as I love exploring new travel destinations, there’s one beach locale that beckons me

back time and time again. Perhaps it’s the year-round appeal of South Walton, Fla., with its sophistication coupled with small-town charm. But more likely, I’m drawn to the diverse offerings of the area, which change with the seasons. In the summer, it’s beach time and bike rides and family-friendly movies on the lawn. In late fall, it’s the 70-degree weather and Seeing Red Wine Festival. And in the midst of winter, when everyone else is hibernating back home, it’s the 30A Songwriters Festival.

Taking place each January, the festival features more than 125 singer-songwriters performing in 20 different venues along Scenic Highway 30A, from Santa Rosa to Rosemary Beach. Overall, there are more than 250 songwriter sets taking place during the three-day weekend, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Visit South Walton. These are not loud, rowdy concert settings, but rather intimate, listening room experiences with audiences paying rapt attention. The festival covers an eclectic mix of genres, from country to Christian to Americana, some acoustic musicians and some full bands, some playing solo and others in round, but all displaying their true talent and passion for songwriting. You may hear beloved songs that have become big hits, or discover a few new favorites, but the highlight is often hearing the stories that inspired each song and watching the songwriters interact with one another. While some have worked together in the past, many are meeting for the first time, but that doesn’t stop them from piping in with harmony on songs they’ve never heard.

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VENUES THE BOATHOUSE — This intimate setting on WaterColor’s Western Lake is a popular spot for weddings throughout the year, and one of my favorite festival venues. It’s open-air, but nice and toasty thanks to heat lamps, and the rustic atmosphere is especially appropriate for acoustic and bluegrass sets. A food tent outside serves casual meal options like chili and shrimp baskets.

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You may hear beloved songs that have become big hits, or discover a few new favorites, but the highlight is often

hearing the stories that inspired each song and watching the songwriters interact with one another. CALIZA POOL — This chic venue in Alys Beach offers more seating than many others, and tends to draw a more energetic crowd. The pool itself looks like something you’d find in Miami or Vegas, with modern architecture, lots of sun-facing loungers and covered cabanas. This is a popular spot for the party-loving crowd at night; even during the 10 a.m. sets, many festivalgoers here sip Bloody Marys.


FISH OUT OF WATER — WaterColor’s reputable restaurant, which typically closes for the month of January, opens exclusively for festival weekend as one of the most popular venues for nighttime sets. The trendy indoor space offers rows of seating plus a few coveted tables, and serves a limited version of its fine dining menu (think Gulf coast oysters, fish & chips and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese). Though Fish is larger than some of the other indoor venues, it’s still standing-room only by show time, and a lively crowd often overflows into the lobby, where you can still hear the music and grab drinks from the bar. GULF PLACE AMPHITHEATER — Located in Santa Rosa, this is one of the largest festival venues. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to spread in front of the stage on the lawn, and plan to pick up food to go from one of the restaurants in Gulf Place’s retail section. HIBISCUS — Dubbed the “Backyard of Love,” this expansive garden behind a small coffeehouse in Grayton Beach provides a mystical atmosphere that is especially good for smooth, sultry sounds. Snag a seat or bench by the firepits scattered amid lowhanging trees strung with lights. PIZZA BAR — The incredibly small, intimate environment in Seaside and comfortable cushioned chairs make this another favorite venue, plus, it boasts some of the best food. If you catch a set here anywhere near mealtime, plan to eat — the smell of fresh-fromthe-oven pizza is hard to resist!

WATCH FOR THESE ARTISTS Though the schedule will not be announced until the week of the festival, keep your eye out for these artists. If they return in 2013, you don’t want to miss them! SHAWN MULLINS — One of the most popular acts to play the festival year after year, Mullins specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative and Americana music, and often serves as a 30A Songwriters Festival headliner. ptsnorth.com | December 2012 | Points North

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BILLY MONTANA — With chart-topping hits like Garth Brooks’ “Better as a Memory” and Sara Evans’ “Suds in a Bucket,” Montana’s sets promise country tunes and a healthy dose of his fun-loving sense of humor. EMILY LYNCH — With a sweet, smooth voice that has been compared to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, Lynch is on the brink of success as both an artist and a songwriter. LARKIN POE — These Georgia-bred sisters rock the house at even the smallest venues with pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, energetic instrumental riffs and a funky folkrock style.

WHERE TO STAY WaterColor Inn & Resort, the festival’s official headquarters, is the perfect choice because it’s smack dab in the middle of the venues along 30A (when you fold your venue map list in half, it’s literally in the crease). The resort offers all kinds of accommodations, from single rooms in the inn to condos and rental homes if you come with the whole family or a group of friends. Plus, visitors can also take advantage of additional amenities such as bicycle and kayak rentals.

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Kicking Kidney Stones to the Curb THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF KIDNEY STONES, but all types respond to certain basic dietary changes! To prevent kidney stones, everyone should drink their body weight divided by two in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your normal fluid intake would be 75 ounces every 24 hours. If you exercise more than 45 minutes a day or have a job that keeps you outside most of the time, you may need more fluids. Another tip to prevent kidney stones is to avoid salt! In general, less than 2000 mg of sodium in 24 hours is recommended for most people. There is a lot of hidden sodium in fast foods, restaurant foods and cheeses. Avoiding a high protein diet is another way to help prevent kidney stones. A person who weighs 150 pounds should have around 65 grams of protein in 24 hours. This should be in divided in three to four meals. If you are having more than 65 grams of protein in 24 hours, you are at an increased risk for kidney stone formation. If you are taking Vitamin D, be sure it is under the advice of a physician as taking too much can cause you to process calcium in a manner that can cause calcium kidney stones. Citrate can help dissolve kidney stones! High citrate containing foods are lemons, oranges and grapefruit. The perfect beverage for a kidney stone former is lemon water. By squeezing an entire lemon into 2 liters of spring water and drinking it on a daily basis, you can greatly reduce all kidney stone formation. Please remember, you can drink too much water. There is a phenomenon known as “water toxicity.” So, drink enough, but don’t drink too much! Dr. Martha Boone, 404-705-8366, drmarthaboone.com

Your Children Deserve the Best Dental Care Make a New Year’s resolution to visit Dr. Michael P. Healey’s pediatric dental practice to experience the “Concierge Care” or personalized attention that we deliver to our patients and their families. Today’s lifestyle is very busy for parents and we appreciate your time. We are a solo practice that allows us precise scheduling of appointments and seating our patients on time. We do not see large volumes of patients on a daily basis; therefore, we are able to give quality care and the emotional nurturing that our patients and families deserve. In today’s society, it is important to feel that you are choosing the very best dental care for your children, and parents who put their trust into a business deserve the very best in the quality of care in both the dentist and staff. Make finding a dentist and staff that will take the time to provide topnotch, personalized care for your children in an efficient and pleasant environment one of your best decisions in 2013! Michael P. Healey, D.D.S., P.C, 770-993-9395, dochealey.com

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Bye-bye Belly, Hello Hormone Help DESCRIPTIONS LIKE “MUFFIN TOP,” “saddle bags,” “pot belly,” and “love handles” are funny names for a not-so-funny situation. As you age, metabolism slows down and you’re likely to burn fewer calories, resulting in weight gain that often shifts to the mid-section. Genetics, too, can play a role and for women, menopause causes changes in sex hormones, which only adds to the problem. If diet and exercise don’t give you the results you desire in 2013, make a resolution to visit Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center, where options to reduce these stubborn areas await. Cool Sculpting “Freeze Your Fat” by Zeltiq is a non-invasive, safe and clinically proven procedure that gently cools unwanted fat cells to induce a controlled elimination of fat cells damaged by selective exposure to cold.

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Hit the Ice and then the Shops Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Blue Ridge, just 90 miles north of Atlanta. The newest addition to a long list of fun family activities is an ice skating rink in the downtown Blue Ridge city park! Enjoy skating in the crisp mountain air of a magical winter wonderland. You can experience “Blue Ridge on Ice” now through mid-February. Besides its proud, small-town atmosphere and friendly people, Blue Ridge also happens to be an art town, filled with galleries, antique and specialty shops, and restaurants. So when you’re done on the rink, stroll through the historic streets of downtown Blue Ridge, where the local boutiques will help cross everyone off your shopping list this season. This month, bring the kids to sing Christmas carols and see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves when you ride the holiday train. cityofblueridgega.gov 56

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Advanced tickets may be purchased, $10 for adults and $5 for students. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to celebrate the season! Canton First United Methodist Church, Canton 678-439-8625 cherokeechorale.org

J I N G LE B A LL [Dec. 12] Atlanta’s newest hit music station Power 96.1 recently announced the lineup for its star-studded inaugural holiday concert. With names like Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, Ke$ha and Flo Rida scheduled to take the stage this month, this is one concert you won’t want to miss and the best part is that the concert supports Atlanta Community Food Bank. Phillips Arena, Atlanta power961.com

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[Nov. 30 – Dec. 16] Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will continue the tradition of performing the beloved Christmas favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Tickets range from $13.50 to $29.50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, visiting the box office or by calling. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth 404-249-6400 gwinnettballet.org

BA B E S I N TOY L A N D [Dec. 7 & 8] In this exquisite interactive dance production of a favorite childhood story, families of all ages will enjoy their time together. It’s as magical on the stage as the first time you heard

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W I NTE R P O L A R E X P R E S S [Dec. 14 & 15] The Academy Dance Company presents their 5th annual “The Winter Polar Express,” continuing an enchanting holiday tradition for the Atlanta area. Enjoy being transported to a world full of elves, Santa Claus and the magic of the North Pole. Tickets are $12 for students, $10 for children. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell 770-578-8272 bapa.us

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H O LI DAY P O P S CONCERT [Dec. 8] The Georgia Symphony will join the GSO Chorus and the Georgia Youth Symphony Chorus as they perform holiday hits from your favorite Hollywood Christmas movies. Bring the whole family to a musical event everyone will enjoy. Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw 770-429-7016 georgiasymphony.org

GOOD NEWS A N D G R E AT J OY [Dec. 8 & 9] In celebration of the Cherokee Chorale’s 25th season, they will be performing beautiful festive songs.

[Through Dec. 31] Enjoy magical lights and celebrate the season at Georgia’s Lake Lanier Islands Resort with all the people you love. There will be an old-fashioned ice skating rink, holiday village, vintage trolleys, Nativity Show, Night Light Canopy Tours, Santa himself and much more. Admission is based on the carload. Lake Lanier Islands Resort 770-945-8787 lakelanierislands.com

DA H LO N E G A’ S O LD FA S H I O N E D C H R I S TM A S [Through Dec. 23] For an entire month, you and your family can celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way! With a hometown parade, Santa Claus and all sorts of festive events, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. There will even be wine sampling and live theater ... now we’re talking. Town Square, Dahlonega 706-864-3513 dahlonega.org

S E A S O N A L D E LI G HT S I N D U N WO O DY [Dec. 1 – 31] Shop til you drop, getaway with the girls and deck the halls with the best


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A NTI - AG I N G FAC T S & F I C TI O N [Dec. 5] It could be the most important book you’ll ever read. At this event that combines information about thyroid problems and some of the best doctors in the business, you can learn essential health concepts from the book “Dangerous Medicine.” Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center, Marietta 770-425-7575 dangerousmedicine.org

C H R I S TM A S F O R K I D S AT B U LLO C H H A LL [Dec. 8] The perfect way to celebrate this time of year with your children comes in the form of non-stop fun and all sorts of holiday cheer! You’ll find fun games like the yule log and candy cane hunt, as well as a visit from the famous Mr. Claus. Tickets are $10 per person. Bulloch Hall Roswell 770-992-1731

D E ATH AT TH E D O O - WO P [Dec. 14 & 20] Dust off your penny loafers and don your best poodle skirts for this one! The murder will take place at a 1950s prom with some pretty swell suspects. Tickets cost $60, but mention Points

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[Dec. 15] Barnsley Gardens offers several sweet reasons to celebrate this season with its Cocktails in the Classroom events. Sign up to bake cookies and sip cocktails at the Bake and Take class on December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth or you’d rather pour your heart and effort into liquid treasures, try the Art of Mixology class, where adults can learn how to mix classic cocktails and hot trendy beverages with the Wine Snob on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Barnsley Gardens Resort, Adairsville barnsleyresort.com

F I R S T DAY H I K E [Jan. 1, 2013] Last year, 620 Georgians rang in the New Year with a guided hike through Georgia’s beautiful natural parks. This year, you’ll have a chance to do the same! To help start 2013 in a healthy way, grab some friends and participate in a hike at your closest state park. Various State Parks across Georgia 1-800-864-7275 georgiastateparks.org

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there will also be a kid-friendly area of the exhibit, including train rides and children’s art opportunities. Tickets can be purchased online. Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta 404-929-6400 fernbankmuseum.org

C H R I S TM A S I N CUMMING [Dec. 7 & 8] Celebrate the season with a festive arts and crafts show, where you can purchase all sorts of handmade items for people on your list at more than 100 booths. There will also be Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy,


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[Dec. 2, 9 & 16] At this free open house from 1 to 4 p.m., you can browse through displays of beautiful holiday wreaths and purchase one for your own home. Proceeds from the wreath sales go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, giving you an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer. Barrington Hall, Roswell 770-640-3855

C H R I S TM A S AT TH E TATE H O U S E [Dec. 7-9 & 14-16] Enjoy gallivanting through the decorated halls of a historic landmark in Georgia and imagining what it would be like to celebrate your Christmas in such a breathtaking home. There will be light refreshments included and a tour of the mansion. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army Camp Grandview in Jasper. Tate House Tate 770-735-3122 tatehouse.com

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[Dec. 8 & 9] Ever wanted to have a conversation with a real artist and find out how they create such beautiful pieces? Well, here’s your chance. Chat with artists, watch them create their work and see the final product. Before you come to the Ramble, make sure you stop by the Pre-Ramble Art Party on December 7. Cherokee Arts Center, Canton 770-605-9915 ngaartramble.com

hoods. There will be exquisite architecture, historic homes, holiday decor, caroling and even a few sweet deals from local vendors. Homes you’ll be able to visit include a 1930s bungalow and a 1910 home with original flooring. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 weekend of the tour. Proceeds help support various charities and organizations! Virginia-Highlands 404-805-6363 vahi.org/tour-of-homes/

from light shows to hay rides. Tickets are $1/each and admission is free for children under 12. City of Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming 770-423-1330 billwatson@jrmmanagement.com

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[Dec. 22] The folks behind the nonprofit Lift Up Atlanta organization certainly know how to bring joy to children in need. Their Christmas Carnival and Toy Drive event promises to be filled with cotton candy, clowns, popcorn, live entertainment and all sorts of festivities. The event will benefit the Lift Up Atlanta organization, which assists homeless children and families in need throughout the year, as well as provides toys to the homeless children during Christmastime. Admission is $6 for this fun-filled family day. Lift Up Atlanta 678-245-4622 liftupatlanta.org

NEW YEAR’S EVE A D U LT & P E TIT SOIREE [Dec. 31] Count down to the New Year with a fun-filled evening that’s also for a good cause. Proceeds from this fancy soiree will go to benefit JJ’s Playhouse Children’s Museum & Gym. You’ll be ringing in the New Year and doing a great thing for our community at the same time! Sheraton Suites Galleria 678-557-4230 jjsplayhouse.org

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Revel in Timeless Tradition. What do you get when you add 20 pounds of snow, eight tons of scenery, lighting and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree to young Marya’s story? Presented by Belk, Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition for more than 53 years, comes to the stage. At least 250 of Atlanta’s young dancers will join the Atlanta Ballet professional company for this extravagant production with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir. Performances run Dec. 7 – Dec. 26 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Visit atlantaballet.com.

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Give the Gift of Creativity. Be that person who gives the gift everyone “oohs” and “ahhs” about this year. Glass reindeer beads aren’t something you can find just anywhere — that’s because you have to make them yourself! Sign up for a class that teaches you how to make these cool reindeer, snowman or polar bear beads that can be used for bracelets, necklaces or ornaments. Classes run through December and January at Woodstock Art & Glass. Call 404-806-0448 or visit woodstockartglass.com

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Grab a Date and Skate. One of Atlanta’s most beautiful holiday experiences glides into the picture this season compliments of an enchanting ice rink at The St. Regis Atlanta. Adorned with whimsical white lights and featuring festive holiday tunes, the Astor Skating Soirees promise to be as elegant as they sound. The new adults-only skating soirees take place Dec. 6, 13 and 27 and have packages that include romantic desserts, cocktails or Champagne and plenty of time on the ice. The Astor Holiday Rink will be open through January 2. Skating sessions start every hour and cost $30 per hour for adults and $18 per hour for children under 16. Visit stregisatlanta.com.

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Build Lego Memories. From December 1 - 24, bring your family to the Holly Jolly Holidays at Legoland Discovery Center, which has been completely overcome by holiday favorites, including a giant Christmas tree, jolly Santa and ornament builds. For those with a competitive side, be sure to take part in the Advent Calendar building challenge. Let’s not forget that prizes like Lego sets and Legoland tickets are up for grabs from the Legoland Santa sack. For more information, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com

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Visit Jewels from the Titanic. Atlanta is the first of three cities to debut the largest collection of recovered jewels from the Titanic. In the “Jewels of Titanic” exhibit, an array of 15 treasured artifacts reminds us of life aboard the famous boat that not only became part of history but also inspired one of our all-time favorite movies. The exhibit, featuring jewels such as this pair of 18k yellow gold diamond and black onyx button covers, will be open to the public through January 6, 2013. To plan your visit, buy tickets or find more information, visit titanicatlanta.com.


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