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{ ON THE COVER } Chef Doug Vaughan of Dunwoody’s Goldfish Restaurant with son Alex; shot on location at Goldfish; photography by Jessica Layne | The Photography Collection

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Reflecting on some of his favorite memories as a parent, one dad explains how the “in-between days” rather than the collected moments of a photo album are what truly capture his work as a father, and shares his thoughts on how relatively insignificant things, taken as a whole, become milestones and memories.

Fashion isn’t all about the females; this month we show men how to dress in style with winning combinations, handsome basics and fresh favorites.

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Ready, set ... road trip! Boy have we got a fun read for the beer guru in your household, so fasten your seatbelt for a fun trek to craft breweries across the state of North Carolina.

Well, Pops, this month is all about you! So sit back, relax and enjoy some of your favorite things with some of your favorite people. And if you’re looking for ways to spoil the father on your list, you are looking in the right place. We’re proud to present 13 ways to make him happy.

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THE FEATURED 13: A TRIBUTE TO FATHERHOOD

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MANDY GAWLEY She has two sons, a husband and man, oh man does Mandy Gawley have a beautiful voice! This month, we check in with a local mom about her decision to follow her dream and life with her favorite fellas.

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he was willing to get up early just to spend time with me. A father has so much potential to make his children feel valuable, and my dad did just that on those mornings and throughout my life. In this issue, we celebrate fatherhood with stories about real dads and suggestions for manly gifts and adventures, particularly in The Featured 13. As we enter into our 13th year of publication, we’re introducing this editorial series to spotlight noteworthy people, places, events and attractions in the Northside. What better way to kick off the first edition than with dear old Dad? We’ve also taken this opportunity to freshen up the look of the magazine and a few of our regular departments. I’m particularly excited about Due North, the new and improved version of our former All Points Bulletin. Let us know what you think! I look forward to hearing from you at myturn@ptsnorth.

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week every summer with my family in Garden City, S.C. We stayed in a large, two-story beach house and filled it to the max with grandparents, aunts, cousins and friends. I loved the boisterous nature of these trips, all 10-plus of us trekking across the street to the beach and rounding up for dinner at the local seafood buffet. But I loved the quiet mornings best. Amongst a family of late sleepers, my dad and I would rise early, just the two of us, for a walk on the beach. When we were feeling especially ambitious, we’d be out by sunrise. We would walk at the water’s edge in single file, he in front scanning the sand for sharks teeth, and me close behind, trying to follow in his exact footsteps. Afterwards, we’d relish the rare peace and quiet of the beach house, both of us with our noses stuck in books and, as I got older, cups of steaming coffee. I cherished those mornings alone with my father. What seemed like simple walks on the beach were really so much more. My dad was investing time in me and conveying to me a sense of worth. I’m not sure that he’s even truly a morning person, but

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{ ENTER TO win } A DAY OF GOLF AT NORTH GEORGIA’S CURRAHEE CLUB

the PRIZE One lucky Points North reader, along with three guests, will have an exclusive opportunity to visit Currahee Club before year’s end. Your day includes a pre-round 30-minute “team golf lesson” by Director of Golf Clark Spratlin, free greens and cart fees for a total of four golfers, free lunch for four and free beer for all golfers over the age of 21. To enter this giveaway, visit the “Enter to Win” page at ptsnorth.com. For more details about Currahee Club, see the Father’s Day golf section in The Featured 13, or visit them online at currahee.com.

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CURRAHEE CLUB is a 1,200-acre real estate and golf course development located on Lake Hartwell in North Georgia near the town of Toccoa, bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. The club has already invested more than $100 million in the Jim Fazio-designed golf course, a spectacular 48,000-square-foot club house and club amenities. Managing Director Andrew Ward, who joined Currahee in January, is convinced that Atlanta-area residents will be captivated by the majestic views, the quality of the course’s layout and conditions, and the amenities offered at Currahee Club. “The Fazio golf course is spectacular and the vistas span three states on a clear day here at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. The club house was designed and furnished to look like it has stood here for more than 100 years, and we are about to break ground on a $2-million amenity center with a swim-tennis club and have already commenced work on our Lake Club on the shores of the lake,” he said. To entice those that have never visited Currahee Club, a special “preview rate” is currently offered for you and three guests. Call the club for details at 888-5602582 or send an email to preview@curraheeclub.com. In addition, Currahee Club is offering an incredible deal for a preview membership for the remainder of 2012. New members living outside of a 50-mile radius of the club have the opportunity to purchase a one-year membership for $1,000 plus a $250 fee locker and club amenity fee. Monthly fees are just $225 per month for the first 12 months. At the conclusion of the trial period, conversion to full membership is offered for $7,000, but there is no obligation beyond the first 12 months.


Ladies, June 17 is the day to release the men in your life from their grilling duties and take to the ďŹ re yourselves. For a little help searing up a grilled masterpiece, look to Chef Joseph Trevino, the new executive chef of the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, whose bourbon-smoked trout with edamame succotash is sure to impress. Visit ptsnorth.com for the recipe.

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Philanthropic foodies can satisfy their cravings while supporting a community organization simply by dining out. Dinner & A Cause cards go on sale June 1 and allow diners to receive 20 percent off at more than 85 participating restaurants such as LOGO COURTESY OF DINNER & A CAUSE Chicken & the Egg in Marietta, Food 101 in Sandy Springs and Davio’s in Buckhead. All proceeds from the $25 cards go to Children of Conservation, a local organization that provides education to children of wildlife sanctuary workers in Africa. Cards are valid from July 1 – Aug. 31; to purchase, visit childrenofconservation.org.

SHOW US YOUR SHOES! Yes, you read that right — we want you to show us your shoes. During the next few months, we will be on a mad search for the coolest closet with row upon row of shoes. If you have shoes to show us, we want a sneak peek. Email us at myturn@ptsnorth.com. The winner and her shoe closet just might become our cover for an upcoming issue!

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER AVID FISHERMEN looking to tread new waters will soon be lured to the Lanier Crappie Anglers club, which aims to educate members on emerging techniques in the world of crappie fishing. Guest speakers will also inform members on topics ranging from outdoor conditions to new tackle and bait. No boat? No problem. At 55 members and growing, there will always be room aboard a fellow member’s vessel, giving all the opportunity to learn or to just have fun. Along with involvement in various charitable projects, the club hosts a fishing tournament on the last Saturday of each month, providing members an opportunity to meet fellow anglers and enjoy the outdoors. Annual dues are currently set at $30 and meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hammond’s Fishing Center in Cumming. For more information, call 770-634-6539. — Ryan Phillips

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way to keep kids safe is to educate them. Enter Barri Zehner, a Registered Nurse working at Northside Hospital, who has developed Babysitting 101 Plus, a class that teaches kids everything they need to know about taking care of themselves and taking care of others. Classes will be held throughout the summer in a private home in Cumming where children ages 9 – 15 will get hands-on experience in learning how to be safe babysitters. Classes are only one day and consist of an 8-hour training session. Students enrolled in the class will be trained in CPR and basic first aid and certified through the American Heart Association. Kids will also learn important lessons on how to interview for a babysitting job, stay organized and become good role models. Even if your child isn’t planning on becoming a babysitter, the skills they will learn in this course will help put your mind at ease the next time you leave them home alone. For more information, please call 678-367-1452 or visit babysitting101plus.com. — Taylor Knowles ptsnorth.com | June 2012 | Points North

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NEED A LITTLE personal motivation? Former NBA player Jonathan Bender and his networking group, Pinnacle Connections International (PCI), will host their Atlanta premiere event at the City Club of Buckhead on Saturday June 16 from 8 – 10:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting The Jonathan Bender Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides students the tools they need to identify their gifts, realize their passions and explore the choices available to them for leading a productive, successful life after high school graduation. Bender, now 31, was once one of the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball players, having played at Picayune (Miss.) Memorial High School. 14

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He was selected fifth overall in the 1999 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors, was then acquired by the Indiana Pacers and went on to become the first high school player draftee to score in double figures in their NBA debut. Chronic knee pain cut his professional basketball career short, but Bender accepted the challenges of life after basketball and gained a strong sense of confidence through hard work and determination. Bender learned to apply what had made him successful on the court to life off the court as a prosperous social entrepreneur, humanitarian, mentor, coach, author and inventor. Bender’s inventive spirit was evident when he organized and funded a caravan of semi-trucks transporting non-perishable food, drinking water, clothing and emergency supplies from Indianapolis to the Gulf Region in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Soon after, his passion for helping others continued as he helped improve the housing situation for low-income families in New Orleans, purchasing 38 flood-damaged properties in New Orleans’ 9th Ward and restoring each property by installing hardwood floors, granite countertops, oak cabinets and energy-efficient appliances. PCI is an international high-end networking company focused on connecting entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, CEOs, corporate executives, established professionals and elected officials in an exclusive setting. PCI’s overall mission is to foster professional relationship building, entrepreneurial endeavors and career development while empowering members to be leaders in business and to take part in their local communities. Tickets to PCI’s first Atlanta event are available for $45 prior to the event or $55 at the door. Complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking are included. The full price of each ticket goes toward The Jonathan Bender Foundation and is fully tax deductible. For details or to purchase tickets, visit pinnacleconnectionsinternational.com.


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a father of two, it has been my privilege to participate in many special events in the lives of my children. Photo albums have been fi lled with memories of birthdays, vacations, recitals and other important milestones. As wonderful as those days are, and as much as we celebrated each of them, I don’t believe they truly capture the essence of my work as a father. Sure, photos are great reminders of where we’ve been and what we’ve done, but I hold other memories closer to my heart. Like Forrest Gump wisely said, “You know, it’s funny what a young man recollects, ‘cause I don’t remember being born. I don’t recall what I got for my fi rst Christmas, and I don’t know when I went on my fi rst outdoor picnic, but I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world.” Prior to becoming a father, I remember being amazed that my parents could

A Father’s Perspective on the “In-Between” Days of Parenthood

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recollect the exact time I was born — it just seemed like such a fine point of minutia back then. After being there for the birth of our two children, I don’t see how you could ever forget such a milestone event. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF STEVE TRENTA

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Everything changed at that point in time. Those first helpless cries were, to me, the sweetest sounds in the world. And really, that is the essence of parenthood. Although we try to pass on to our children their significance in our lives, I’m convinced it is impossible to communicate to them how profound our love for them is, how much they mean to us and what it means to be their dad. “Your job as a parent is to love your children deeply and unconditionally, and then lose them to a stranger,” said Alvin Rosenfeld, a psychiatrist and co-author of “The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap.” Whether that stranger is a person or a place, Rosenfeld said, “Separation starts at birth. It’s a constant process, bit by bit they’re gaining independence.” I’ve heard it said that airplanes flying cross-country are typically off-course more than 90 percent of the time. During these flights, it is up to the pilot to make corrections that will keep the plane on course to its destination. Like these pilots, the job of a parent is to provide these “in-flight corrections” necessary to keep our children

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on course. At times, this task can feel more like herding cats, but over time, these constant, often minute-to-minute adjustments begin to show results. It is these “in-between days” that I find especially satisfying. These moments that blur together when I think nothing of significance is happening often begin as a conversation, or an impression of a fleeting moment. After a while, with some reflection, the realization becomes obvious — growth is happening. These “in-between days” are also fi lled with observations that I’ll always remember, no matter how many years pass, like how my son has always been a creature of habit, and even on weekends, would pop out of bed promptly at 7 a.m. Feeling perhaps a bit too insecure to head downstairs to watch TV by himself, he would choose instead to come into our room and climb in bed. Eventually, he felt brave enough to venture downstairs to watch cartoons or play Wii by himself, and although it was a small change, we could see that he was gaining self-confidence, gradually taking the initiative to set the dinner table, take out the trash and put his clean laundry away. How my daughter has always tenderly nurtured her dolls is another example — how she named them, and how, even at an early age, she endlessly attended to their needs. It was neat to see her processing her world through the interactions with her baby dolls. If anyone in our house got sick, one or more of her dolls would contract the same condition and require a visit to the doctor. Countless diapers, band-aids, hand sanitizer and Neosporin were employed to help her baby dolls heal. She has the done the same for me. Walking into the house after a long day’s work, nothing could lift my spirits like my daughter running into the entryway

yelling, “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy’s home!” After I’d pick her up, she would smile at me, and say, “Daddy, how was your happy day?” There was literally no room in that question to explain to her what went on at work. In that moment, it was enough to give her the only available answer: “My happy day was great!” While the days may be long, actionpacked and intense, the years continue to speed by, each one quicker than the last. Luckily, each day presents another opportunity for relatively insignificant things that, taken as a whole, become significant milestones for them and cherished memories for us. As my children continue on their path toward independence and adulthood, I often wonder how long that path will be, and try to gauge how far we’ve already gone. Although there is no way to know for sure, little markers like the lines drawn on the wall recording their height at the start of each school year prove things aren’t standing still. I hope that the journey will continue for a long time. I look forward to the end of another school year and a summer already packed with activity. I look forward with great anticipation to celebrating many more milestones marking their growth — graduations, weddings, the start of careers and every happy thing that comes with adulthood. As much as I already know I will cherish these accomplishments yet to come, it is my prayer that I will always hold closer to my heart all the “in-between days” that made these larger milestones possible. That is my prayer for you as well. That you will cherish all the “in-between days” you spend with your children, working with them in the most mundane ways and forming them into the best people they can become. PN


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hoods number quite a few more, we’ve also discovered that our distribution focuses on 13 key communities in Atlanta’s Northside. To celebrate, we’re introducing this editorial series, featuring a different topic each month, to focus on noteworthy people, places, events and attractions throughout the diverse area we serve. Join us as we make the most of honoring the dads in our lives. From a day in the kitchen with father and chef Doug Vaughan and his son, Alex, to an adrenalinelaced lap around a speed demon’s playground at Atlanta Motorsports Park to an array of suggestions for celebrating Father’s Day on June 17, we’ve got 13 ways to pay tribute to the man we call dad.

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ast Cobb chef and father Doug Vaughan knew he was going to make a living in the kitchen from a very young age. From dishwasher to prep guy across restaurants in upstate New York to a star student at The Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, his experience and reputation eventually brought him to Atlanta, where he went from cooking in many kitchens as a private chef to the kitchen at Goldfish, where Vaughan is now the executive chef. The seafood king of the Here To Serve Restaurant Group, Goldfish is known for its sushi (voted “Best” in 2010), bragged on for its selection of fresh seafood and surprisingly noted for its outstanding turf features. It has also become one of the city’s favorite places to dine. Located at Perimeter Mall, Goldfish is easy access for city dwellers and suburbanites alike, and with such a varied menu, it has something on deck for everyone. But making the grades and coming on board at Goldfish aren’t the only benefits Vaughan has reaped on his culinary journey — it also led him to Ginny, his wife of 12 years, who was working as a pastry chef at 103 West when the two met, and ultimately to the birth of their son Alex. And

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though it’s too soon to tell if he’ll develop culinary aspirations like his dad, Alex does seem to have quite a refined palate for his 11 years. Despite his food-forward father, Vaughan says Alex is still “a pretty normal kid” when it comes to what he eats, but we don’t know many other kids his age who have a hankering for sushi, choose salmon over fish sticks and order fruit instead of French fries. (Well done, Chef!) “His mom really helps out there,” Vaughan admitted, even though his life as a chef allows him to spend plenty of quality time with his son. “There are definitely perks to being a chef and a father,” he said. “For one, I can cater my schedule to my family. We don’t work late nights here and I’ve got a great team behind me.” Of course, the Vaughans don’t have a normal weekday-to-weekend routine like a nine-tofiver would, but they do get to spend a lot of time together. “Alex likes coming in when I’m working and we will eat dinner here together on some of my nights off,” Vaughan said. Otherwise, the chef’s free time is packed with the busy schedule of a pre-teen boy: Alex is a pitcher and catcher on his travel baseball team, a member of a winning Odyssey of the Mind team (they’re going to the World Championship), and a budding violinist with seasonal concerts that the family attends with camera in hand. Maybe being a family man is what contributes to the fact that Goldfish is one big family, celebrating 12 years in business this month with Vaughan anticipating his 10th anniversary with the team in January 2013. “I don’t know if any 11 year old doesn’t think his dad is cool,” Vaughan said, but admits that Alex definitely understands that his dad doesn’t have a normal job. The biggest difference is that most kids look to the weekend for their quality time, where Vaughan gets to spend days with his son throughout the entire week. “He gets it and he’s okay with it,” he said. “And, he definitely lets people know his dad is a chef.”

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ou’ve poured your heart and soul into this car, but the cop in your rearview mirror couldn’t care less. Now, you are left with a fine that could feed a small country. As you drive away from his sight at a turtle’s pace, you think to yourself, “It was worth it.” Yeah, you know who you are, and so does Jeremy Porter, CEO of Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP). For decades, the relationship between man and machine has been an unstoppable force. From speed limits to increased fines, authorities do everything in their power to suppress our desire to go fast. But try as they may, the taste of adrenaline is just far too sweet for some. For this very reason, Porter has set out to create a safe, controlled environment, designed to quench the thirst of motorsports enthusiasts in a lawful way. With 17 years of racing experience behind him, there is no doubt that Porter has a passion for motorsports. His enthusiasm was quite evident as he led me around the extensive Dawsonville facility. By the end of this year, AMP will be a motorsports paradise, complete with tennis courts, kids’ amenities, a restaurant, a putting green and more. While AMP is still a work in progress, plenty of progress has most certainly already been made. Fresh pavement twists and winds for two miles along the tree line, and new blades of grass have begun to sprout. After years of dreaming and overcoming obstacles, Porter’s imagination is becoming a reality, and he is inviting fellow motorsports enthusiasts to share in his bliss. However, the day I visited Porter’s playground, it seemed his bliss was my trepidation. I buckled my seat belt, and held on for dear life. With my window rolled down, my hair went in every direction. As I dug my fingers into anything that made me feel more stationary, Porter gripped the steering wheel and smiled like a child. With quick elevation changes and high-speed straights, Porter’s course feels like a roller coaster. By the end of my “tour,” my legs felt like noodles, and my hair was in dire need of detangling spray. Need I say more? It was awesome! Not only does AMP have the needs of motorsports enthusiasts in mind, the environment and surrounding community have been given much consideration as well. AMP is the only green, sustainable motorsports facility and country club of its kind. From the use of reclaimed water in the irrigation system to the tankless water heaters, AMP is going the extra mile to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its positive impact on the community. After hours, the park will become a public resource for bike riding and running. In efforts to reduce teen driving fatalities, the track will be available for teen driving programs and 10 percent of all profits will be donated to local ministries. With hopes of boosting the local economy and becoming a public resource to the community, it seems AMP is making every effort to be a good neighbor while fulfilling the wants and needs of its club members. According to Porter, membership is for anyone who owns a fast car or motorcycle and wants to drive it. In fact, 75 percent of current members have never driven on a racetrack, and each membership includes coaching on how to do just that. To hold a membership, guests must pay a one-time initiation fee, a monthly fee and daily fee for each visit. Family and friends enjoy unlimited visits to the property, and each guest is welcome to ride along with the member twice a year. While much of AMP is still under construction, the main course and rental garages are already open. AMP’s Grand Opening will be held in July, and the entire facility is on schedule to open within a year.

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here is a gravitational pull associated with some fathers and their sons or daughters as it concerns the alluring game of golf. Fathers typically expose their children to the game in hopes that their heirs can play better then they do, or at least become a comrade for those days when nothing but freshly mown fairways, creatively cast bunkers and slick greens will do. Golf courses are like a man’s favorite movie, the one with all of the memorable lines that occupies a special place in his heart or psyche. Here are a few within a 90-minute drive that elicit those feelings for me, and maybe for your father, as well.

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{Flags of Our Fathers} Reynolds Plantation is certainly not like hitting the beach at Iwo Jima, but your dad will be able to lower and raise 117 different flags at the community located along the banks of Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. The Plantation Course, The Landing, Great Waters, The National, The Oconee and The Creek Club were designed by some of the most respected golf architects in the game. Dad can enjoy Reynolds’ Summer Traditions package beginning at $229 per night from July 5 through Aug. 31, including one round of golf for each night of stay in a cottage or condominium, access to the practice facilities, daily housekeeping and daily breakfast at The Plantation clubhouse. 877-809-3324, reynoldsplantation.com/vacations

{The Best Years of Our Lives} Much like Fred, Homer and Al, who returned home after World War II in this classic, Legacy on Lanier Golf Club’s new owners had to identify the course’s strengths and weaknesses to develop a solid plan going forward. The result: new state-of-the-art MiniVerde Bermuda greens, a daily package void of nickel-and-dime upcharges that includes greens fee, cart fee, gate fee, range balls, food and beverage, and a tempting twilight rate beginning at 4 p.m. The golf course was originally built in the late 1980s and redesigned by Billy Fuller in 2009. With 12 scenic holes on the water, Legacy still provides challenges to all golfers despite the overall length being less than 6,600 yards from the tips. Memorable holes include the third hole, a menacing risk-reward, boomerang-shaped par four around

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a lake cove; the treacherous par-five 6th hole playing to the tune of 519 yards from the blue tees; No. 11 with its stunning views of the lake from atop the elevated tee box; the dogleg-right par four 12th with a menacing tee shot over the lake; and the scenic lakeside par-three 15th hole. 678-318-7861, lakelanierislandsgolf.com

{The Great Escape} Golfers of all abilities will have to conjure some of the inventive escape attempts like Steve McQueen’s character in the 1963 drama if they are not precise with their tee shots at Currahee Club’s 18-hole golf course


Golf courses are like a man’s favorite movie, the one with all of the memorable lines that

occupies a special place in his heart or psyche.

One of 12 holes with views of the lake at Legacy on Lanier

The treacherous 17th hole at Currahee Club

The National Course at Reynolds Plantation

near the Georgia-South Carolina border. Even with its wide fairways, trouble abounds from the 6,665 yard member’s tees. The par-five 1st hole provides a detailed glimpse of what’s in store for Dad and his buddies. A stunning view of Lake Hartwell to the left and a difficult downhill tee shot to the sloped fairway will greet them. The par-four 6th hole is another treasure as is the toughest-rated hole on the course, the par-four 424-yard 7th hole, which is a fierce dogleg right with its green fronted by water. The back nine, however, is where Jim Fazio’s design truly shines. The par-five 10th offers one of the best views anywhere in Georgia

from atop the back tees. The highest elevation on the course is offered on the par-four 13th and 14th holes, which provide incredible views of the Appalachian Mountains. However, it is the par-three 17th hole that leaves everyone’s mouth agape in wonder. Fazio calls it “the best hole I’ve built,” with eight tee boxes overlooking the former rock quarry, which is 40-yards deep with sheer rock face walls and a bunker fronting the green. For a unique opportunity at Currahee check out this month’s giveaway page in Due North. 888-560-2582, curraheeclub.com PHOTO OF LEGACY ON LANIER COURTESY OF LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT; PHOTO OF CURRAHEE GOLF COURSE COURTESY OF THE CURRAHEE GOLF CLUB; PHOTO OF THE NATIONAL COURSE COURTESY OF REYNOLDS PLANTATION

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{LanierSpots Guide Service} — Specializes in

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{Bob Still Trophy Trout Experience} — Offers exclusive access to The Valley at Suches, a highly-acclaimed private trout fishery at the headwaters of the Toccoa River in North Georgia. The catch-and-release operation features 2,000 feet of river frontage, a fly-casting pond and a small holding pond for brood fish. Trips are completely customized to meet each angler’s needs with rates starting at $200 for 5 hours and $285 for 6-plus hours. Anglers may also opt to stay overnight in one of the property’s two suites. 404-538-6096, gatrophytrout.com

{The Field & Fly} — Offers fly fishing guide services in the private trophy waters of the Chestatee River at Frog Hollow Farm in Dahlonega and the Soque River at Brigadoon Lodge in Clarkesville. All trips include rod set-up, flies and waders and can be customized to include transportation, lodging, catering and off-water entertainment. Half-day trips start at $230; full-day trips start at $340. 770-826-3666, thefieldandfly.blogspot.com

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specific spotted bass techniques on Lake Lanier with tackle, rods and reels, live bait and drinks provided. Half-day trips (starting at $225) and full-day trips (starting at $325) launch from Old Federal Park in Oakwood or Vans Tavern in Cumming. 770-356-4136, lanierspots.com

{Shane Watson Guide Service} — Offers seven guide boats with 4- to 10-hour trips available seven days a week. As one of the most reputable guide services on Lake Lanier, Shane Watson trips primarily target striper fishing; all trips include premium live bait, lures, rods, reels, gas and ice. Trips start at $300. 770-235-9829, shanewatsonfishing.com

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— Boasts a variety of services, including trophy trout fishing in private waters throughout North Georgia; drift boat trips on the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge and the Tuckaseegee River near Franklin, N.C.; and public water wade trips on streams in the Chattahoochee, Sumter and Nantahala National Forests as well as Smith Creek and Dukes Creek at Helen’s Smithgall Woods. Rates start at $180 for half-day and $275 for full-day. Anglers can also opt for self-guided fishing in the private waters of the Chattahoochee at Nacoochee Bend in Helen. 706-878-3083, unicoioutfitters.com

For all Dad’s fly fishing needs, consult Cohutta Fishing Company, a full-service fly shop just west of Cartersville. In addition to an inventory of high-quality fishing products, the company offers monthly fly tying classes ($50) and introductory fly fishing classes ($25), guided wade trips in the private trophy trout waters at Tickanetly Creek in Ellijay (rates starting at $250), and float trips for striped and spotted bass on the Etowah River in Cartersville (rates starting at $375). For the ultimate fishing treat, send Dad to Barnsley Gardens Resort for Cohutta Fishing Company’s fly fishing school on June 15 – 16. 770-606-1100, cohuttafishingco.com

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If Dad prefers cruising the open waters to casting a line, consider chartering a boat on his special day. {Lanier Aqua Rentals} — Offers rentals for pontoon and ski boats on Lake Lanier with the option of adding a first mate to handle the helm so Dad can relax. Prices start at $250 for 4-hour rentals and $350 for 8 hours, plus an additional $150 for the first mate — a small price to pay for peace of mind if you don’t have boating experience! Make a weekend out of it by booking a log cabin right on the lake; Lake Lanier Lodges, Lanier Aqua Rentals home base in Flowery Branch, can also arrange catering like low country boils and backyard barbecues. 770-967-1804, lanieraquarentals.com

{Lanier Sailing Academy} — Offers 4-hour skippered sails on Lake Lanier, with upcoming dates on June 17 and July 28. Cost is $65 per person or $225 for a family of four and advanced reservations are required. Sails depart from Holiday Marina in Buford at Dock X. 770-945-8810, laniersail.com

{Lord Nelson Charters} — Offers half-day, full-day and sunset sails with a captain on Lake Lanier, so you can learn the basics of sailing or simply enjoy the ride. Sailing cruises depart from Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Prices start at $299 for a sunset sail, $449 for a half-day charter and $749 for a full-day charter. 770-271-1888, lordnelsoncharters.com

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If one day on the lake just isn’t enough, sign your man up for Freedom Boat Club, a simple alternative to boat ownership that allows you to enjoy your time on the water without the hassles of boat maintenance. The club cleans, maintains and stores a fleet of boats at 60 franchises across the country, including Lake Lanier and many locations along the coast. 770-831-6082, freedomboatclub.com

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An informal poll conducted with the help of 43 fathers yielded not-so-surprising results: More than 90 percent of these dads want steak (and perhaps a lobster tail or crabmeat to go along with it) for their Father’s Day dinner, or at the very least a gift card to one of their favorite restaurants. We’re glad to oblige with a little chew diligence on your behalf. A slight contradiction amidst the chic, fashionable eateries and shops of Historic Roswell’s Canton Street, Little Alley Steak’s masculinity is particularly noticeable, not just from its ruggedly enticing interior but also from its long list of testosterone-infused bourbons and scotches. With the presence of menu items like roasted bone marrow, Berkshire pork jowel and progression of New York strip, at first glance Little Alley seems perfect for the agnatic sect, though the ladies will love it, too. For starters, look no further than the duck confit spring rolls served with Asian slaw and Bing cherry gastrique or the Ahi tuna tartare. The American Charcuterie with local meats, housemade pots and local cheeses offers another intriguing way to begin your meal. Little Alley’s progression of New York strip boasts four ounces of wet-aged, dry-aged and USDA Prime cut with abundant marbling served sous vide style, which is said to provide a fresher, more

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flavorful taste because the method limits oxidation. Served with a unique salt for each of the cuts, this is an interesting way to determine which of the three grades suits your taste buds best. But Little Alley also offers more traditional ways to enjoy steak, too, such as a lollipop-cut, bone-in rib-eye, sensational herb-roasted lamb chops, exquisite fire-grilled day-boat scallops and a crispy lobster tail with yuzu-herb beurre blanc. Recommended sides include creamed spinach brûlée, potatoes au gratin with goat cheese and roasted shallots and the incredible triple cream mac & cheese with mascarpone and black truffle oil. Executive Chef Robert McDonough, who also oversees the kitchens at INC. Street Food and Salt Factory Pub, has created a sophisticated, alluring menu that one might find in dining capitals like Manhattan, Chicago or San Francisco. While there is a certain rattle and hum at Little Alley sure to attract both sexes, your father is sure to enjoy the sips, sights and the bites. 955 Canton Street, Roswell, 770-998-0440, littlealleysteak.com

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Packing Company and Meats by Linz, both based in the Chicago area. The signature cuts of steak he serves are a 32-ounce bone-in Tomahawk chop and 16-ounce dry-aged New York strips and rib-eyes, but he recognizes that his customers also like to expand their horizons. For a perfect Father’s Day meal, adorn any of the cuts mentioned above with one of McKendrick’s seafood offerings. The restaurant uses only fresh jumbo lump crab from the Alabama coast, which Minchella sautés in fresh butter and then tops the steak with it. He adds steamed asparagus and his housemade Bernaise to create an incredible entrée for any dad. In addition, fresh soft shell crabs are in season, which Minchella prepares tempura-style with a tempting jalapeño tartar sauce. These can be ordered as an appetizer but most guests enjoy them stuffed inside a 12-ounce filet. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770-512-8888, mckendricks.com

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While no one would ever classify Milton’s as a steakhouse, Executive Chef Boyd Rose and Sous Chef Derek Dollar have created a wonderful version of New York strip perfectly suited to Father’s Day. The grilled, peppercrusted Black Angus strip is served with roasted shallot and rosemary roasted Red Bliss potatoes, arugula and grape tomato salad, and served with a red wine demi. Another option is the grilled rosemary and basil-marinated filet medallions served with baked bleu cheese mac, sautéed spinach with roasted garlic and golden raisins and a red wine bacon demi. Dad may enjoy starting his meal with sweet potato & shrimp fritters or Charleston crab bisque. 800 Mayfield Road, Milton, 770-8170161, miltonscuisine.com

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Looking for some slow-roasted prime rib? Ray’s Killer Creek is certainly at or near the top of the list for this cut of beef. Chef Tracey Bloom serves it with au jus and a fresh horseradish sauce. Dads can order 12-, 16- or 20-ounce portions for their big day, or choose from 6-, 8- or 12-ounce filet mignon, and 21-day aged 14-ounce cuts of New York strip or rib-eye. A bleu cheese crust, au poivre sauce, a cold-water lobster tail, blackened or grilled shrimp or sea scallops can be added to any cut. And if your dad enjoys wine with his steak, Ray’s has one of the deepest lists in the Northside. 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, 770649-0064, raysrestaurants.com

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Hungry for more? Consider these neighborhood steakhouses for Dad’s big day: * Viande Rouge Steakhouse, Duluth, vrsteakhouse.com * Aspens Signature Steaks, East Cobb and West Cobb, sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com * Pampas Steakhouse, Johns Creek, pampassteakhouse.com

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The man of the house never gets a true break when there is yard work to be done and handyman projects to attend to. For Father’s Day, hide the honey-do list and enlist the services of a local landscape company so he can really relax. Synergy Landscape Group offers clean-ups and one-time maintenance hits that include mowing the lawn, edging beds and hard surface areas, weed eating, general pruning, trash and leaf removal, and blowing. 770-889-4968, synergylandscapegroup.com Let him enjoy his perfectly manicured lawn from the comfort of a brand-new hammock swing. We recommend the Pawleys Island Single Rope Swing or the Curved Arm Double Rope Swing if you or the kids plan to climb in and join him. Find them online at pawleysislandhammocks.com or look for them locally at American Casual Living in Buford or American Backyard in Alpharetta.

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While he’s lounging, wet Dad’s whistle with a growler of his favorite craft beer. Resembling moonshine jugs, these containers can be filled with beer from the taps available at a variety of growler stores popping up across the Northside so you can hand-deliver it directly to Dad.

Cumming Growler Shop (inside Cumming Beverage Mart), 1770 Buford Hwy, Cumming, beveragemart.us Crafty Draught, 415 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, craftydraught.com Moondog Growlers, 688 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, moondoggrowlers.com (Dunwoody location opening this month!)

The Best of Brews, 3099 Main St., Duluth, thebestofbrews.com

Coming soon … Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market, 53 S. Main St., Alpharetta, blindmurphy.com The Beer Growler Suwanee, 1039 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee

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If Dad has a sweet tooth, these masculine truffles are just the cure. The Venchi Cigar Truffle Bar Set ($34.95) is made from high-quality, Italian ingredients. The set includes nougatine, praline and orange ganache truffle bars that resemble hand-made Cuban cigars and pair nicely with Dad’s favorite cognac while he kicks back to relax. Find them at The Chocolaterie at The Avenue Forsyth, Cumming, thechocolaterie.com.

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a bar, it’s pure paradise for beer geeks, offering you’re likely on the riverfront in Historic Downmore than 200 beers on the menu from microtown Wilmington, home of Front Street Brewery. brews around the world as well as in-state Brewmaster Kevin Kozak brought home the Gold breweries. Award at the Brewers’ Association World Beer Cup in San Diego in May for his FSB Spring Brew MOTHER EARTH BREWING, Kinston in the Belgian and French Style Ale category. To If you haven’t yet heard of this N.C. gem, trust celebrate, he’s brewing another batch of FSB me, you will. Right before we went to press, Spring Brew that will be on tap this summer this brewery found local distribution and is now as well as a style of French country ale called available around metro Atlanta! They’re working Biere de garde that is both malty and sweet. Besides the five flagship Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston brews, favorite seasonals include the Swamp Lager, a shout out to Discovery Channel’s locally filmed “Swamp Loggers,” and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Porter, a vanilla java porter that I expect to win its own award soon enough. frontstreetbrewery.com HEADS UP: Don’t leave the coast without stopping at Cape Fear Wine and Beer. It’s a store, it’s

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tables, ping pong table and an outdoor patio. bigbossbrewing.com BOYLAN BRIDGE BREWPUB, Raleigh Less than 4 miles from Big Boss, this brewpub is best known for its view of Raleigh’s downtown skyline at night and the longest beer name ever: We Support Public Transportation By Rail Pale Ale. boylanbridge.com CAROLINA BREWERY, Chapel Hill This happening hotspot is a fan favorite that has garnered international acclaim for their signature award-winning brew including Flagship IPA (Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival), Copperline Amber Ale (Gold Medal, World Beer Championships) and Sky Blue Golden Ale (Silver Medal, World Beer Championships). Order a Downtown Trolley Brown and sink your teeth into the Local LOGO COURTESY OF BIG BOSS BREWING COMPANY

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TOP OF THE HILL RESTAURANT & BREWERY, Chapel Hill Looks alone belie the brewery connotation of this upscale establishment, which could very well be the town’s power lunch spot, but the beer will steer you right back to the task, ahem, in hand.

FULLSTEAM BREWERY, Durham Residents raved. I listened. Eventually spotting the bright red door and the backward F, I walked into Fullsteam Brewery, curious about the buzz behind its beer. I was onboard after one sip of the Carver, a beer made with sweet potatoes ... 250 local ones per batch. Unlike what you might think, it isn’t sweet at all. I think it’s absolutely incredible and what a nod to the South. North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the country and the namesake is attributed to Doctor George Washington Carver. The next beer I tried has more of a celebrity following than most Hollywood stars and just might have been my favorite from the Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem

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Beef Hamburger, said to go from pint to pasture to patty to plate. Beneficiaries of the spent brewery grain, local Lilly Den Farms feeds their herd and, in turn, returns the favor with lean, tasty meat with which the brewery can feed its own herd. Cask beers are tapped in tandem with monthly tours and tastings. carolinabrewery.com

taste of what’s brewing in this part of the state, or better yet, swing by the brewery (located offsite) for a tour and a chat with Brewmaster Jamie Bartholomaus. If you haven’t already heard about the dark chocolate imperial stout with decidedly sensational notes of espresso, molasses, dark fruit and sweet toffee that is always sold out, consider this a brief introduction. The flavors are so incredible, it hardly needs such a seductive name ... alas, the Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout is pure bliss in a bottle. foothillsbrewing.com

BEER CIT Y USA North Carolina has more microbreweries per capita than any other state, and Asheville, consecutively voted “Beer City USA,” is the anchor. Due to the sheer number of breweries here, my advice is to park and stay a few days.

Fans of a strong, hoppy flavor will want to saddle up to the beautiful bar for a Ram’s Head IPA, while anyone who appreciates a beer with a fruity nose this summer should search for blueberries in the brewery’s Blue Ridge Blueberry Wheat. Perched above the collegiate fray on Franklin Street, Top of the Hill promises alumni and (most) basketball fans a memorable march down basketball lane as nostalgic prints serve as a reminder of where you are. My advice? Don’t get lost in the past, get lost in the pints. topofthehillrestaurant.com

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entire trip — Working Man’s Lunch. The love of this brew comes from the familiar flavors of RC Cola and MoonPies guaranteed to have you clamoring to fill the nearest growler. fullsteam.ag FOOTHILLS BREWING COMPANY, Winston-Salem A short, 80-mile drive along I-85 South from Durham will lead you to Foothills Brewing. Pop into the pub in downtown Winston-Salem for lunch and any number of the year-round offerings for a

HEADS UP: Nestled into the nearly 8,000 acres on which the irrefutable Vanderbilt estate sits, The Inn at Biltmore is the quintessential home away from home. Turn your attention to the estate’s latest addition, Antler Hill Village and prepare to spend the day. Extending the Biltmore experience, Antler Village is where you’ll find the winery, exhibits at the Biltmore Legacy and an Outdoor Adventure Center that quite honestly is a vacation spot all its own, complete with Segway tours, carriage rides, biking, off-road driving in Land Rovers, a fly fishing and sporting clay school and horseback riding opportunities — just to name a few. biltmore.com

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ASHEVILLE BREWING COMPANY Call it the ABC of beer if you wish, but nothing about the Ninja Porter or the Rocket Girl Lager here is simple. Both are wonderfully complicated. Sit on the patio with a pint and a slice of pizza in hand until it’s time for a tour with Asheville Brews Cruise. Options include both walking and mobile tours, with many of them starting and ending at the Asheville Brewing Company. Only a handful of Asheville breweries are included in each tour, but it’s a great place to start diving into the local scene. ashevillebrewing.com, ashevillebrewscruise.com CRAGGIE BREWING COMPANY Good luck finding this place if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s a few blocks off the main drag and sans the writing on the door, gives no indication you’re walking into a brewery. Once inside, though, you can’t miss the carbonated concoctions of Bill Drew, who brewed for Atlanta’s Dogwood Brewing Company before it closed. Craggie is small but their approach to craft on tap is anything but, experimenting with unconventional recipes and uncompromising innovation. Burning Barrel, a bourbon chipotle porter, is proof of that, with hints of smoke, spices and nothing but a smooth bourbon ride to the finish. craggiebrewingco.com FRENCH BROAD BREWING COMPANY Just past the cute shops and restaurants of Biltmore Village is a bridge and a set of railroad tracks. Go over both and then immediately hang a right. Dismiss the Discount Furniture sign in lieu of the live music and plenty of people decorated with hues of brews. The tasting room is tiny but big enough to order a flight of the signature staples: Anvil Porter, 13 Rebels ESB, Gateway Kolsch, the Ryehopper and their widely popular Wee-HeavyEr Scotch Ale. frenchbroadbrewery.com GREEN MAN BREWERY It started as a brewpub in 1997 but has since become a bona fide brewery crafting palatepleasing pints like the Rainmaker Double IPA, Black Forest Stout and the Green Man

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Porter, which I ordered at the brewery’s original location that is now a pub called Jack of the Wood. Tons of beer from N.C. breweries plus favorites from around the country are also available. greenmanbrewery.com, jackofthewood.com

HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY Inside Asheville’s oldest and the Southeast’s third largest brewery are picnic tables as far as the eye can see, a stage and a long bar counter separating you and a tempting row of tap handles. Of all the breweries I’d researched and planned to visit, Highland Brewing had already won my heart long before I ever shifted the car out of park — and I owe it all to the Thunderstruck Coffee Porter. As with each of its seasonals, Thunderstruck is named after a N.C. mountain peak, so the beer gets a cool name and the community gets inspired to explore a local landmark with guided hikes. Their latest seasonal to hit the market is the Razor Wit Belgian Wheat, and while you can certainly visit the brewery for a sample, you can also find it around metro Atlanta. highlandbrewing.com THIRSTY MONK PUB AND BREWERY A beer lover’s trip to Asheville just isn’t complete without a decent amount of time spent at the Thirsty Monk. Long before magazines like Draft, Garden & Gun or Paste ranked this pub as one of America’s Top Beer Bars, thirsty travelers and locals alike have made this one of their first, if not most frequent, stops in the city. The bottle menu between the upstairs and downstairs combined hovers close to 200 while the tap count lingers around 40. By the time you read this and plan your own trip, Thirsty Monk will be brewing its own beer onsite as well. To that, I say, Ale yeah! Spoiled. That’s how anyone who enjoys craft beer feels in Asheville, and the rest of North Carolina is catching up. PN

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SURELY YOU’VE HEARD OF BEND, the small-town mountain hamlet in central Oregon, where landmarks like the Cascade Mountains, Deschutes River and Mirror Pond practically beg you to come play and anyone who loves to do anything outdoors almost always finds their way. But did you know that despite its population of roughly 82,000, the town is also home to 10 craft breweries? Technically, nine (and counting), plus one nearby in a town called Sisters. It’s true — whether you’re a beer fanatic or an outdoor enthusiast, Bend beckons and the only way to placate that pull is to give in and go. I finally gave in last summer and in less than 72 hours, I’d ridden a townie bike complete with wire basket in the front to lunch, shopped up and down the main streets in downtown Bend, chased my friend and a group of strangers through the woods on a mountain bike, paddled a canoe on a lake under an incredibly clear night sky and sampled a good amount of local brew.

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Bond Street, where we sampled a few of the brewery’s creative crafts before ultimately deciding on a Black Butte Porter and the Twilight Summer Ale. Ahh ... the beerventure begins here on the Bend Ale Trail. Download the Bend Ale Trail app or go old school by printing the Bend Ale Trail Atlas and Passport; either way is fine because the beer tastes just as good. Although Bend is very walkable, I say up the fun factor by taking the Cycle Pub of Bend! We were walking when we saw this 16-passenger “bike” cruise past and every single person was having a blast peddling their way between breweries. If exerting extra energy just isn’t your thing, you’re still in luck thanks to the Bend Brew Bus, which will whisk you from your hotel to a handful of the local breweries. Regardless of whether you walk, ride or pedal, don’t miss McMenamins. Located in downtown Bend, this property was once a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse. Today, Old St. Francis Schoolhouse is part hotel, part pub and brewery, part

movie theater, part bakery and all kinds of cool! A personal favorite of ours, though, was 10 Barrel Brewing Company, where making beer is taken seriously, as is evident in the S1NIST0R Black Ale, but with plenty of humor. Enter the Mike Saw a Sasquatch Session Ale. Bikes and beer are the best of both worlds in Bend, and we certainly weren’t going to leave without hitting the real trails on a real bike. The time had come to go Cog Wild. From multi-day tours for advanced riders to a singletrack sample half-day tour ideal for beginners and families, Cog Wild just might be your answer for a fun day in the dirt. We rode a fun route with very little climbing and lots of room to let loose. We rounded our action-packed adventures in Bend with Wanderlust Tours, whose relaxing moonlight canoe outing on Sparks Lake proved to be a peaceful peek at why Bend is not just another one of Mother Nature’s playgrounds, but one of her favorites because once you’re here you simply don’t miss wherever “there” was.

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Metro Atlanta’s MANDY GAWLEY is Making Waves with Her Debut Country Album, “LIFE SO SWEET” { W R I TTE N BY AMY ME AD OW S }

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It was January 22, 2012. Surrounded by family, Mandy Gawley eagerly watched the television, tuned to gmc TV (formerly Gospel Music Channel). One after the other, music videos by superstars Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Wynonna Judd lit up the screen. And then

it happened. The familiar melody began to play. The scene opened, and there she was. Bathed in warm sunshine, walking in a flowing white gown, golden curls cascading over her shoulders, Gawley herself appeared and began to sing. “It was one of those surreal moments

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in life,” she recalled of the world television premiere of her music video for the hauntingly mellifluous “Let It Go,” one of the first singles off of her debut album, “Life So Sweet.” The experience of seeing herself alongside some of country music’s biggest and brightest celebrities was the culmination of a somewhat unexpected journey that has turned this devoted Alpharetta wife and mother into a burgeoning country music recording artist. “I could not have imagined getting to this point — only in my dreams could I have imagined it. God’s plans are so much bigger for us than our plans for ourselves,” Gawley observed. “But you have to know that it’s okay to pursue your dreams. To honor your passion and to feed that part of your spirit is imperative. You just have to take a step in the direction you want to go and be open to what comes.” Music Artist in the Making While the success she is experiencing today feels like a surprising turn of events, Gawley can’t remember a time when performing wasn’t part of her life. Throughout her childhood and into her teen years, she took voice lessons, participated in show choir and school musicals and dreamed of having a career in musical theater. She was even accepted to the prestigious commercial voice program at Belmont University in Nashville. However, after the untimely death of her father from pancreatic cancer when she was only 15, being away from her family just didn’t feel right. College also didn’t seem to be the right path toward achieving her dreams. “The big realization was that if I wanted [to be a performer], I just had to go out there and do it,” she said. So Gawley returned to the Peach State and began building her performing résumé. “In one way or another, I’ve always been a professional singer,” she noted. “I’ve done

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everything. I was in choirs. I’ve done weddings. I sang jazz. But what I didn’t realize was that I had never really found my unique sound because I would perform what I was hired to do. I would do whatever the role called for. I’m a mimic, and I tailored my singing to sound like other things. Being able to do that is great when you’re auditioning, but it can also be the death of an artist. If you really want to make it, you have to have a unique sound.” The Start of Something Big By 2005, Gawley had been juggling her musical pursuits with an array of pay-thebills jobs for several years. But it was that year — the year she married her husband, Dale — when things began to change. After the birth of her fi rst son in 2006,

coming to her. “It wasn’t like it was me sitting down and saying, ‘I must write a song.’ It was like it had nothing to do with me,” she remembers. “It was coming through me, and I just felt the need to write [the ideas] down.” What happened next was a lesson in being in the right place at the right time. During a joint birthday party for her boys, Gawley met her friend’s husband, who just happened to be Cumming-based music producer Steve Thomason of Due South Productions. He was interested in hearing her sing, and liked what he heard when she visited his studio. When he discovered that she was writing music, he introduced her to professional songwriter Michael Gleason of Pressure Point Productions, who ended up becoming her writing partner. Together,

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she threw herself into being a wife and mother. When her second son came along two years later, she was fully entrenched in domestic bliss, loving every moment of the time she spent caring for her family. But her husband had a feeling there was something more waiting for her. “Since we met, he [has] always said, ‘When are you going back to [singing]?’ You owe it to yourself and the boys to pursue it one way or another.’ So that’s what gave me the idea that I could do it as a wife and a mom.” At that time, Gawley had been dabbling in songwriting. When her younger son was just an infant, song ideas began

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Gawley and Gleason spent the last months of 2009 writing songs for “Life So Sweet,” which Thomason and Gleason decided to produce when they realized they had the whole package with the budding star. According to Gleason, “Mandy has a very big heart, and she pours it out through a voice that can pack a big punch and deliver an intimate moment. [She] throws herself completely into her performances.” As the fi nishing touches were being put on the album’s songs, Gawley took another leap of faith and decided to cold call one of the music industry’s most wellknown and versatile vocal coaches, Jan Smith, who has helped develop the careers


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of such artists as Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas and Colbie Caillat, among many others. “I don’t know what made me pick up the phone and call her studio,” Gawley mused. With no label backing her, the chance of meeting with “Mama Jan,” as she is known, was beyond a long shot. However, to Gawley’s delight, Smith did call after she learned that Gleason, whom she had worked with 25 years prior, was attached to the project. During a session at Atlanta’s Jan Smith Studios, the recording novice got quite a surprise. “Mama Jan sat back, folded her arms and said, ‘I can tell that you’re passionate about what you do, but you have no idea who you are as an artist,’” Gawley remembered. “Then she said, ‘I can help you with that. How many times a week do you want to come?’” While preparing to record “Life So Sweet,” Gawley trained with Smith, who ultimately became her mentor, twice a week. “In that process, writing with Michael and studying with Jan, I uncovered my true sound, my unique voice,” she noted. “People tell me it sounds soulful or heartfelt, and I think that’s the most important thing to me. I love that feedback because I do pour my heart into every song.” The result of all the hard work is a self-financed, independently released album that’s a little bit country, a little bit pop and entirely sincere. The songs have special meaning for Gawley, as they were written based on her own life experiences. And after launching on iTunes and through Gawley’s website, the album quickly began to resonate not only with listeners, but also with the music industry. Upon its release, “Let It Go,” a track about leaving pain from the past behind, was chosen as the closing song for the gmc TV movie “Trinity Goodheart” featuring Eric Benet. “We instantly fell in love with her song, feeling that it really served as this wonderful, transitional piece, so we made it our end credit song,” said Brad Siegel,


vice chairman of gmc TV. “It’s a perfect representation of where these characters are by the end of their journey.” What’s more, “Let It Go” became the anthem for Cool Girls, Inc., an Atlantabased nonprofit that empowers girls in low-income communities. The song also has enjoyed radio play on 94.9 The Bull with the follow-up release “Little Things” enjoying similar success. Gawley has started performing live at concerts throughout Georgia and the Southeast, and she even nabbed a Georgia Music Artist of the Year nomination. Most recently, the video for “Let It Go,” which was produced and directed by Mil Cannon, has taken on a life of its own. It garnered 13,000 hits on YouTube in just more than a month and was picked up by Great American Country (GAC), premiering during Positively GAC and remaining in rotation — something practically unheard of for an independent artist’s first video. “‘Let It Go’ is one of those songs that nearly everybody can relate to at some point in their lives because we’ve all been there — or will be,” Smith said. “Mandy’s delivery in the video brings a universal message of hope to us all with a Southern charm and certainty that’s difficult to turn away from.” Summing up Gawley’s overall potential as a singer and songwriter, Smith continued, “She writes from the heart ... baring her own experiences to the microphone with the subtle grace that can only come from one who knows. You can feel the heart of an artist beat in the life of this wife and mother as she chronicles her dayto-day lessons in loving no matter what.” The Next Verse Today, what Gawley is doing is personally managing her own music career, handling everything from booking to marketing and public relations. “I prayed a lot, and I feel like things just started falling into place,” Gawley said. “I always prayed for clarity. ptsnorth.com | June 2012 | Points North

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CIRCULATORY CENTERS What Are YOU Waiting For?

Dr. Lisa Perez

BOARD CERTIFIED AFFILIATIONS American College of Phlebology

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CIRCULATORY CENTERS HAS BEEN special-

the comfort and privacy of our office —

izing exclusively in the treatment of vari-

are non-invasive and considered the “gold

cose and spider veins for over thirty years.

standard” within the medical specialty of

We make every step of the experience —

phlebology. Our highly trained and friendly,

from the first telephone call through the

all female staff will provide quality diagnos-

insurance process, treatment and follow-

tic testing and treatment parallel to no other

up — extremely positive and easy for our

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patients.

normal activities after treatment and best

Dr. Lisa Perez, our Atlanta board-certi-

LOCATIONS Perimeter Mall area 1 Glenlake Parkway Suite 950

fied physician and member of the American

303 Bombay Lane, Roswell 1-800-351-5714 WEBSITE VeinHealth.com

of all, 95% of procedures are covered by insurance.

College of Phlebology, meets with all new

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DR. DAVID MASTRO: ALLURING COSMETIC DENTISTRY Cosmetic Dentistry Makes a BIG Difference — Beauty Delivered!

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Dr Mastro is a full service dentist meet-

has lead him into a reputation that patients

ing the needs of those looking for a family

come from all over the world to experience.

dentist as well as those looking for excep-

Dr Mastro’s legendary artistic abilities allow

tional cosmetic work. Among the procedures

him to create beautiful smiles that look com-

offered are tooth colored fillings, crowns

pletely natural!

and veeners, gum contouring, porcelain inlays, bridges, teeth bleaching, realignment

Dr. David Mastro

LOCATION 800 Mansell Road Roswell

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PROFESSIONAL AND

of crooked teeth, root canals, and regular

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS:

dental maintenance.

Dr. Mastro graduated number one in his class at Emory University School of Dentistry. He

SIGNATURE PROCEDURE:

has appeared in multiple publications dis-

Dr Mastro creates beautiful, natural looking

playing his work and was voted Most Painless

770-642-9900

smiles through “instant orthodontics” also

Dentist by Inside Northside. He works closely

WEBSITE AlluringCosmeticDentistry.com

known as crowns and veneers. His unique

with his staff to ensure the most positive

ability to hand carve his crowns and veneers

dental experience possible for his patients. s

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S P E C I A L A D V E R T IS I N G SECT IO N

MICHAEL P. HEALEY, D.D.S., P.C.

Welcome to Our Pediatric Dental Practice

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PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

LOCATION 1145 Hightower Trail Ga 400 & Northridge Close to Roswell, Alpharetta and East Cobb 770-993-9395

is an age-

so nothing has to go in a patient’s mouth.

specific specialty within the American

Young children who lose their front

Dental Association that includes both the

teeth, often from trauma, receive fixed

dental and orthodontic care for children

replacements which look identical to their

under 17. We agree with the academy’s rec-

predecessors,

ommendations that the first routine dental

speech and function. These replacements

cleaning be completed by age 2.

are easily removed when the permanent

restoring

aesthetics

and

We always have parents accompany their

teeth erupt. When an excessive amount

children on their visits, and both the phys-

of dental care is required, or the child is

ical layout of our office and the training of

extremely fearful, in-office

our staff cater to the timid or uncomfort-

sedation is available, along

able child. One unique feature is a playroom

with

downstairs that allows children who are not

anesthesia at the pediatric

being treated to play under supervision,

hospital.

outpatient

Our website includes information about the 1928 Parker Carousel we have restored, which is attached to the office. Carousel parties are given twice a year, and occasionally a carousel birthday party is donated to a local school for their fundraising auction.

general

allowing the parent to devote 100 percent

Your child’s facial and

of their attention to their child who is be-

skeletal growth and devel-

ing treated. The playroom also provides an

opment are standard parts

area where the children can play while the

of each periodic oral exami-

parent has a consultation with the doctor

nation.

and staff.

interceptive and orthope-

When

WEBSITE dochealey.com

applicable,

Although many children avoid the need

dic orthodontics are avail-

for restorative dentistry through timely pre-

able for children with new

ventive care, good oral hygiene, low sugar

permanent

diets, and pit and fissure sealants, there are

and definitive orthodontic

still the unfortunate times where individual

care is available for those

teeth do not form properly, or dental decay

who have completely formed

sets in, in which case we offer as pleasant

permanent teeth. One Sat-

an experience for your child as possible.

urday morning is set aside

Interactive play with Freddie the Frog sev-

each month for cleanings and orthodontic

eral days before the restorative visit en-

adjustments.

incisor

teeth,

sures that the child will not encounter any

Dr. Healey has been in practice here since

new and frightful experiences. Composite

1982. He is a member of the active staff at

fillings (white) are used whenever pos-

both Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses of

sible, and Dr. Healey has not used mercury

Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, and is one

fillings since 1985. Also, Dr, Healey now of-

of the original staff members of North Ful-

fers gag-free xrays using digital technology

ton Regional Hospital. s

Michael P. Healey, D.D.S., P.C.

Get Personal

Why did you become a doctor? In college, I was a Chemistry major with a Math & Physics minor. My dad was vice president of United Aircraft Corporation, and I didn’t want to follow the corporate model. Pediatric dentistry was perfect for me because it allowed me to use my strengths, and at the same time allow me to customize the way I do things and have a large impact on how others feel about themselves. What’s you favorite pastime? My favorite pastime is driving in the North Georgia Mountains, and motorboating. What one thing are you never without? Optimism! To this day I feel most people are good, and if left to follow their dreams will do the right thing and do well.

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NORTHEAST GEORGIA PHYSICIANS GROUP CUMMING Exceptional Health Care Close to Home

Grant Hsing, MD David Moore, MD NGPG Cumming, Suite 100, 770-844-7494

Jan Smith, MD NGPG Cumming, Suite 200, 770-886-7135

LOCATION 2825 Keith Bridge Road Cumming WEBSITE ngpg.org

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NORTHEAST GEORGIA PHYSICIANS GROUP

other clinical staff, at more than 30 locations.

(NGPG) Cumming is a family medicine prac-

NGPG is affiliated with Northeast Georgia

tice providing routine and preventive health

Health System (NGHS), which serves more

evaluations, immunizations, same-day ap-

than 700,000 people in more than 13 coun-

pointments, EKG, physicals and laboratory

ties across the region. NGHS includes North-

services for patients one year and older.

east Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, an

NGPG Cumming consists of two offices

expanding campus in Braselton, outpatient

with three physicians. David Moore, MD, and

rehabilitation centers, a satellite cancer treat-

Grant Hsing, MD, see patients at NGPG Cum-

ment center, hospice services and Lifeline, an

ming, Suite 100. Jan Smith, MD, sees patients

emergency response system.

at NGPG Cumming, Suite 200. Both offices

At Northeast Georgia Physicians Group,

are located at: 2825 Keith Bridge Road in

our patients are our priority. It is our goal

Cumming.

to provide each patient convenient access to

NGPG is one of the largest multi-specialty

the latest services and cutting-edge treat-

groups in North Georgia. NGPG brings together

ment options. To schedule an appointment

more than 125 talented physicians, physician

with Dr. Moore or Dr. Hsing, call 770-844-

assistants and nurse practitioners, along with

7494, and for Dr. Smith, call 770-886-7135. s

LAKELAND CHIROPRACTIC CENTER The Non-Surgical Solution to Herniated Discs, Sciatica & Lower Back Pain

Dr. Burl Buchkowski, Dr. Tracy Maloney with the Lakeland Chiropractic Staff

LOCATION 563 Lakeland Plaza Cumming 770-781-9050 WEBSITE lakelandchiropracticonline.com OFFERING RELIEF FROM: Neck Pain, Headaches, Lower Back Pain, Sciatica, Disc Herniation, Disc Bulge, Shoulder Pain, Knee Pain, Auto Accidents, Sports Injuries

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VAX-D IS A FDA APPROVED, non-surgical

a diagnosis that I had two herniated disc (L4

lumbar decompression system that has prov-

& L5). I opted for Chiropractic treatment given

en to be over 75% effective in the treatment

the non-invasive and drug-free approach. The

of bulging or herniated discs, degenerative

results I got from Vax-D were immediate, for the

disc disease, and sciatic pain! Spinal Decom-

first time in nine years I actually slept more than

pression is designed to relieve pressure off

four hours in a row. Over the next few weeks, the

the intervertebral disc and facet joints al-

lower back pain and more importantly the sci-

lowing the structures to move freely and re-

atic pain lessened. I remain leg and back pain

ducing the pain caused from the compression

free as of the writing of this testimony.”

or degeneration in the lower back.

At Lakeland Chiropractic Center your

VAX-D treatment reduces the pressure

health is in good hands with Dr. Tracy

in the lumbar spine, relieving the pain from

Maloney, who has been involved in the For-

pinched nerves and helps the body heal itself.

syth County community since 1989, and

C. Proctor had this to say about the posi-

Dr. Burl Buchkowski. The center focuses on

tive results he experienced through VAX-D:

your optimal health utilizing chiropractic

“I endured pain for several months and after

adjustments, stretching, diet and exercise,

two ER visits and one MRI later, I was left with

physical therapy and massage. s


S P E C I A L A D V E R T IS I N G SECT IO N

ADVANCED COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY MEMBERS Academy for Sports Medicine

Giving You a Reason to Smile

American Dental Association

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AS A PRACTICE,

Advanced Cosmetic &

Continuing Dental Education. He has the dis-

Family Dentistry is committed to preventa-

tinction of being the youngest member to com-

tive care and education as the keys to optimal

plete the Masters program in The Academy of

dental health. They strive to provide “dental

Dentistry (MAGD) in 2006. Dr. Saltzman earned

health care” rather than “disease care” by fo-

his BA in psychology from Emory College of

cusing on thorough exams, checking the over-

Emory University and his DDS from Emory Uni-

all health of their patients’ teeth and gums,

versity School of Dentistry.

performing oral cancer exams and taking x-

He was awarded fellowships

rays when necessary. They know that routine

from the International Col-

cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride are

lege of Cranio-Mandibular

all helpful in preventing dental disease. In

Orthopedics and the Atlanta

addition to routine dental care, the practice

Craniomandibular Society.

offers specialized dental services including

He also provided emergen-

cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, invis-

cy dental coverage for the

ible braces, endodontics (root canals), TMJ

Olympics, Special Olympics

dysfunction, sleep apnea, facial pain disor-

and the Peach Bowl. Both

ders, headaches, implant restoration, sports

doctors were the official

dentistry and initial periodontal therapy.

team dentists for the At-

LOCATION Gwinnett Place Commons 3800 Satellite Blvd. 678-245-6827 WEBSITE saltzmansilverman.com

Brett S. Silverman, DDS

The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Family

lanta Thrashers from their inaugural season in

Dentistry doesn’t just treat teeth, they treat

1999 until their recent relocation to Winnipeg,

people and think of themselves as physicians

and are SEC Champion dentists through Cham-

of the mouth, the window to the rest of your

pionship Sports Medicine for in-town football,

body. To give patients the best possible ser-

basketball and gymnastics, and provide emer-

vice and results, they are committed to con-

gency coverage and mouth guards for multiple

tinual education and learning by attending

local children’s hockey teams.

dental lectures, meetings and dental conven-

The practice’s dental hygiene team has

tions to stay informed of new techniques,

more than 108 years of combined experience,

the latest products and the newest equip-

and each hygienist is devoted to making ev-

ment that a modern dental office can utilize

ery patient feel comfortable and well-cared

to provide state-of-the-art dental care.

for. Their desire is to partner with each pa-

Dr. Silverman, a fourth-generation dentist

tient to achieve optimal dental health in a

dating back to 1903, has followed his dental

relaxed environment. A helpful administra-

interest since high school working in a den-

tive staff is available to assist patients with

tal lab. He attended Eastern Michigan Uni-

scheduling and insurance needs. The prac-

versity in an accelerated program, earned his

tice’s CreditCare program makes it possible

DDS at the University of Detroit, Mercy Dental

for patients without insurance to afford the

School, and attended the Pankey Institute for

care they want, need and deserve. s

Lawrence M. Saltzman, DDS

Scan this tooth with your smart phone to read more about us!

Get Personal

Why did you become a doctor? Saltzman: My passion for helping others and love of science, math and art led me to dentistry. Silverman: I truly love to help people and get incredible satisfaction making someone smile. What’s the best advice you ever received? Saltzman: Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value and integrity. Silverman: It was to do something you love, so you would never have to work a day in your life. That is one of the reasons I chose dentistry. What one thing are you never without? Saltzman: Curiosity. I am always questioning and searching for answers. Silverman: It would have to, of course, be a smile. Sometimes a smile is all it takes to change someone’s day. What is your favorite book or reading material? Saltzman: I read everything I can. I am a voracious reader. Silverman: I love Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. I love learning about the world.

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DR. DARRELL MORTON: MINT 32 DENTISTRY How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Change Your Life

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“LIFE IS LIKE A MIRROR, we get the best

shapes or an uneven gum line or “gummy”

results when we smile at it.”

smile. Today we provide several different

We should all smile more often. It makes

us and the people around us feel better.

Darrell Morton, DMD, MBA

AFFILIATIONS: Official Dentist of the Miss United States Pageant

options to fix these issues that are both affordable and able to be completed with

Unfortunately, many of us refrain from

fewer office visits by the patient. We have

smiling because we are unhappy with the

been able to dramatically improve many of

appearance of our teeth. More troubling

our patients’ smiles with minimal work —

though, is that these appearance issues are

and in one visit!

sometimes minor defects that can be easily

Take the first step to rejuvenating your

treated by a Cosmetic Dentist. Often small

appearance and giving your confidence a

esthetic changes can significantly improve

boost. If you are unhappy with any part

your smile and confidence.

of your smile, I invite you to contact Mint

LOCATION 3005 Royal Boulevard South Alpharetta

Patients typically have one or more de-

32 Dentistry for a complimentary Cosmetic

fects with their teeth that keep them from

Consultation. Whether it is a quick fix or a

770-410-0100

feeling confident and attractive: stained

full restoration, we will give you the best

WEBSITE Mint32.com

or yellowish tint, chips or cracks, gaps,

plan for a more beautiful smile. Call us today

crooked or misaligned smile, abnormal

to make an appointment — 770.410.0100. s

NATURAL HEALTH ATLANTA Dr. Allison Wildenburg, ND and Dr. Saira Gillani, ND

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NATURAL

HEALTH

ATLANTA,

we

DR. ALLISON WILDENBURG, ND

believe that the body should be treated as

Dr. Wildenburg ND received her B.S. in Holistic

a whole to find the root of the cause of any

Nutrition and her Doctorate in Naturopathic

issue.

Medicine. She graduated both the top of her

We focus on Specialty Nutritional Lab Test-

class. She is also a Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Licensed Neuromuscular Therapist.

ing including: Food and Substance Sensi-

Dr. Saira Gillani & Dr. Allison Wildenburg

LOCATION 5755 North Point Parkway Suite 53 Alpharetta 678-892-6865 WEBSITE NaturalHealthAtlanta.com 60

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tivity, Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies,

Dr. Saira Gillani, ND

Pre-diabetes, Candida, Adrenal Fatigue,

Dr. Gillani, ND received her B.S. in Business

Lipoprotein Particle Cholesterol testing,

from UNC, MBA, and Doctorate of Naturopa-

and many more. We also focus on: Healthy

thy from Clayton College of Natural Health.

Weight Loss, Resolving Digestion Issues

She has been Double Board Certified as a Tra-

including IBS, Evaluating Fatigue, Heart

ditional Naturopath and in Nutritional Well-

Health, Disease Recovery & Support.

ness from ANCB. s


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MARIETTA PLASTIC SURGERY

Secrets to Looking Fit and Fabulous... At Any Age!

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LOCATIONS 823 Campbell Hill Street Marietta 770-425-0118 149 Towne Lake Pkwy., Ste. 104 Woodstock

MARIETTA PLASTIC SURGERY

patented cooling process. Downtime is mini-

678-494-2380

(MPS) is a full service cosmetic and recon-

mal and with proper exercise and diet, re-

structive surgical practice, comprised of five

sults can be long term.

WEBSITE mariettaplasticsurgery.com

highly skilled plastic surgeons. Taking care

Other non-surgical facial treatments, like

of the metro area for over 20 years, their

Botox® Cosmetic and Juvèderm®, are special-

state of the art facilities are conveniently

ties of the group and are performed by the sur-

located to all of Atlanta’s north side.

geons. With cheap deals readily available, it’s

The team of surgeons at MPS has over 60

important for patients to know

years combined experience in all types of

that those procedures may not

breast, facial and body procedures, designed

be performed by a fully trained

to produce natural-looking results. Board

plastic surgeon. Because even

certified by the American Board of Plas-

Botox injections can produce

tic Surgery*, they have been trained at top

unsatisfactory results if inject-

plastic surgery programs, like Emory, Johns

ed incorrectly, the surgeons at

Hopkins and Vanderbilt, and have received

MPS opt to perform all inject-

advanced training in a wide variety of plas-

ables themselves.

tic surgery procedures, ready to perform only

The practice also has a cer-

those procedures that meet their high safety

tified aesthetician to provide

standards and expectations.

customized facials/peels and

The practice has seen an increase in

other facial rejuvenation pro-

breast enhancements and/or lifts, and they

cedures. They also offer laser

are experts in the latest techniques and prod-

hair removal and Fraxel laser

ucts, including breast reconstruction, per-

treatments for facial aging.

forming most of the breast reconstructions

Marietta Plastic Surgery

in Cobb and Cherokee counties. They are also

has two operating rooms

leaders in aesthetic facial surgery, offering

in their accredited surgical

eyelid and face and neck lifting procedures.

centers, for added privacy and security. Ac-

The practice is also part of a select group of

credited by the American Association for Ac-

plastic surgeons in the nation now offering

creditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities

drainless abdominoplasty procedures (“tum-

(AAAASF), they meet the highest standards

my tucks”) that help to reduce recovery time,

in patient care.

discomfort and inconvenience.

Dr. Keith West, MD, FACS*†; Dr. Thaddeus Fabian MD, FACS*†; Dr. John Symbas, MD; Dr. Michael McNeel, MD, FACS*†; Dr. Keith Hanna MD, FACS*†

MPS offers the community highly skilled

MPS also now offers an exciting new body

and experienced plastic surgeons. The Mari-

contouring treatment, called CoolSculpt-

etta location is conveniently located just off

ing®. This non-surgical, FDA-cleared proce-

I-75 and Canton Rd, and the Woodstock loca-

dure provides slimming results, utilizing a

tion is just off of I-575 on Towne Lake Rd. s

*Member of American Board of Plastic Surgery †Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Get Personal

Dr. Symbas: Why did you become a doctor? Medicine is a noble profession that affords you the opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives. Most people remember their surgeon’s name for the rest of their lives. Dr. McNeel: Best Advice you ever received? My father, also a physician, told me to treat every patient like they were my family. It helps me get to know my patients so I can advise them on what to consider when they are struggling with a procedure option. Dr. West: Your favorite pastime? Cycling. The aerobic exercise helps me to think more clearly and maintain a positive outlook. Dr. Fabian: What one thing are you never without? iPhone Dr. Hanna: Your favorite book or reading material? The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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connection. The musical, written by local high school students, recounts the story of a Jewish family that survived World War II without being imprisoned in a concentration camp. Two children of the surviving family live in Atlanta. Act3 Playhouse Sandy Springs 770-241-1905 act3productions.org

A PA S S I O N ATA H O R S E S H OW [June 23] Directed by Scott Faris and featuring an award-winning Broadway creative team, this theatrical event will feature more than 40 horses, including breeds rarely seen in North America. Philips Arena Atlanta 800-745-3000 apassionata.com

[ JUN E 23 ] Apassionata Horse Show

PERFORMING ARTS J E R S E Y B OYS [Through June 10] Take a glimpse into early rock ’n’ roll history. The Tony Award-winning play chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Fox Theatre Atlanta 800-745-3000 foxtheatre.org

RAPUNZEL P U P P E T S H OW [June 4 – 9] Witness the love story of avid gardeners Okra and Romaine, whose daughter Rapunzel is stolen by an evil witch. The show will be presented by

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Paul Mesner Puppets. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 770-594-6232 roswellgov.com

TH E LIT TLE M E R M A I D [June 13 – 27] Meet a mermaid with a beautiful voice who gives it up to be with a handsome prince. The musical is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. City Center Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.org

BY W H E E L A N D BY W I N G [June 21 – July 7] Enjoy a musical with a local

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M I C H A E L JAC K S O N I M M O R TA L TO U R [June 29 – 30] Cirque du Soleil presents the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. The show, written and directed by Jamie King, combines the music and dance moves of Jackson with the creativity of Cirque du Soleil. Philips Arena Atlanta 800-745-3000 cirquedusoleil.com

ARTS/EXHIBITS S K ATE IT O R H A N G IT A R T E X H I B IT [June 16 – Sept. 16] As if art could get any cooler, the Museum of Design Atlanta presents the Skate It or Hang It? The Evolution of Skateboard Art. Learn how skateboard decks are fabricated, design and create your own deck, or view a survey of skateboard art from 1970s to present. Museum of Design Atlanta Atlanta 404-979-6455 museumofdesign.org

F O LK A R T FA M I LY R E U N I O N [June 29 – July 1] Around Back at Rocky’s Place, touted as the ultimate folk art gallery in the South, will be hosting its annual Folk

Art Family Reunion beginning with a preview party on June 29. Visitors will get a chance to spend time with the artists at the event, and a silent auction will be held to benefit local youth art programs. Around Back at Rocky’s Place Dawsonville 706-265-6030 aroundbackatrockysplace.com

CONCERTS/COMEDY S O N GW R ITE R S - I N TH E - R O U N D [June 1 – 2] Home by Dark Productions presents these intimate, listening-room style experiences in the Great Outdoors the first Friday of each month at Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center and the first Saturday of each month at Alpharetta’s Chukkar Farm. This month’s performances feature James Casto, Roxie Dean and Jim Parker. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. Chattahoochee Nature Center/ Chukkar Farm homebydark.com

JAC K I E E VA N C H O [June 3] “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho will be performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on June 3 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta 404-733-5013 vzwamp.com

1 4 4TH S E S S I O N O F TH E J U N E S I N G I N G [June 10] The 200-year-old American style of hymn singing will be showcased at the 144th Session. The singing will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church Alpharetta 770-490-4232 atlantasacredharp.org

A LP H A R E T TA C IT Y B A N D CONCERT [June 10] In celebration of Flag Day and in honor of men and women who serve in the


Heating & Air Conditioning Specialist military, the Alpharetta Golden Age Club is sponsoring this free concert. The Alpharetta City Band will perform a medley of patriotic music. Adult Activity Center at North Park 678-297-6140 alpharetta.ga.us

S E R E N ATA B A N D [June 15] The Latin seven-piece band led by Luis Cordero will open Callanwolde’s 2012 Jazz on the Lawn concert series. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Atlanta 404-872-5338 callanwolde.org

the Jazz on the Lawn concert series. Joe Gransden is renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet. Maria Howell is known for her solo performance in “The Color Purple.” Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Atlanta 404-872-5338 callanwolde.org

JOE GRANSDEN AND M A R I A H OW E LL [June 29] Two jazz artists will combine talents at

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P I N - U P S H OW [June 29 – July 20] This non-curated show features artwork for sale, all priced at less than $100. Abernathy Arts Center Sandy Springs 404-613-6172

M O O N LI G HT & M U S I C [June 22] Enjoy the Motown and Shag sounds of Grains of Sand at this monthly concert series. Free lawn seating is available and blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawrenceville visitlawrenceville.com

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CHARITY EVENTS CHEERS FOR C H I LD R E N [June 9] Presented by Friends Junior Committee, this annual cocktail benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta features live music, an open bar and a catered dinner. W Atlanta Buckhead giving.choa.org/cheers

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[June 15] The tournament will include a fourman scramble, longest drive contest and a closest-to-the-pin contest. Registration is $100 for individual golfers and $350 for a group of four. The price includes green fees, cart fees, range balls, breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will benefit the For the Love of a Horse non-profit organization. Trophy Club of Atlanta Alpharetta 404-680-0392 fortheloveofahorse.org

M UT T S & M O R E F E S TI VA L [June 16] From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Humane Society of Forsyth County will host this annual festival featuring live entertainment, food, vendors and pet

Forsyth Garden Tour adoptions. It will also include the Mutt Strutt, a 1 1/2 mile walk with your dog. You can register for the Mutt Strutt at firstgiving.com/forsythpets. Fowler Park Cumming 770-887-6480 forsythpets.org

W E S TI E C LU B D I N N E R & AU C TI O N [June 24] To support their passion for the West Highland White Terrier, the Westie Club of the South presents its annual dinner and auction. Advanced registration is requested. Mazzy’s Sports Bar and Grill Norcross, 678-493-0559 westieclubsouth.com

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[June 9] Fernbank Museum’s Artemis guild of young professionals host this annual fundraiser, which this year features a Roaring ’20s theme complete with live music, dancing flappers, specialty cocktails, food and more. Fernbank Museum Atlanta 404-929-6404 fernbankmuseum.org

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D O GWO O D I N V ITATI O N A L G O LF TO U R N A M E NT [June 25 – 30] This internationally ranked event was established to promote amateur golf, raise scholarship funds and support junior golf organizations. Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta 404-377-1766 thedogwood.com

SPECIAL EVENTS TH E V I LL AG E F E S TI VA L AT B I G C A N O E [Through Oct.] Every Saturday through the end of

October, Big Canoe welcomes an array of vendors for this fantastic market. Goods include farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, grass-fed beef, fresh shrimp, coffee, fried pies, honey, jams, pottery, jewelry and more. Potts Mountain, Big Canoe bigcanoe.com

F O R S Y TH G A R D E N TO U R [June 2] The “Adventures in the Beauty and Science of Gardening” tour will feature six gardens located in north, south and central sections of the county. The gardens were designed, planted and maintained by Master Gardeners. Forsyth County 770-887-2418 fcmg.sharepoint.com


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[June 9] The Cobb County Daylily Society and the Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta presents this show featuring hundreds of daylilies which is free and open to the public. Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta 770-429-0204 cobbdaylily.com

[June 9] The lake will be stocked with catfish and bream for this derby, with prizes for the youth who catch the longest fish and the most fish. Children ages 4 – 12 are invited to participate, but they must bring their own fishing equipment and bait and be accompanied by an adult. Brookside Office Park Lake Alpharetta 678-297-6133 alpharetta.ga.us

B R O O K H AV E N BEER FEST [June 9] This second annual event boasts one of the largest samplings of beer in Atlanta with more than 150 domestic and international beers, such as Terrapin, New Belgium Brewing and Peak Organic. The day also features an entertainment stage, a little wine and bites from local restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Apple Valley Road Brookhaven brookhavenbeerfest.com

HYDRANGEA G A R D E N TO U R [June 9] The American Hydrangea Society will highlight seven gardens in this special event. Tickets cost $25 for one and $40 for two and include one-year membership in AHS. Various locations in Roswell and Marietta americanhydrangeasociety.org

LO C O M OTI V E C E LE B R ATI O N [June 9 – 10] This annual festival celebrates the powerhouses of the rails with special activities, food and family fun. Southeastern Railway Museum Duluth. 770-495-0253 srmduluth.org

A N I M A L R E S C U E FA I R [June 10] On June 10, there will many furry friends looking for a home. Admission is free. Wills Park Equestrian Center Alpharetta 678-297-6120 animalrescuefair.org

parade. Be sure to pack a picnic and a blanket; must register by June 7. Chattahoochee Nature Center Roswell 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

S T. A I DA N ’ S VAC ATI O N B I B LE S C H O O L [June 11 – 15] St. Aidan’s VBS theme for this year is “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God.” Registration can be completed online and is free. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Alpharetta 770-521-0207 staidans.org

S N A P TE C H N O LO GY S U M M E R C E LE B R ATI O N [June 15] In celebration of its new training center, Snap Technology’s grand opening will feature live music, entertainment, food, drinks and prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian attire. Snap Technology Cumming 678-947-8937 snaptechit.com

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[June 18] Featured speaker Staci Catron will be discussing “Pioneering Atlanta

Women in Landscape Architecture and Design.” A dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting at 7 p.m. Dinner guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Bethesda Park Senior Center Lawrenceville 770-564-4680 gwinnettmastergardeners.com

N ATU R E ’ S H E A LE R S [June 23] Presented by the horticultural department, this fun and interactive class focuses on medicinal plants and aromatherapy for women. In addition to a hands-on presentation, participants will craft floral water, take a tour of the nature center’s healing plants and receive tea to take home. Chattahoochee Nature Center Roswell 770-992-2055 chattnaturecenter.org

ITA LI A N H E R ITAG E WINE DINNER [June 26] Join historic Antonori wines, Michael Venezia, director of corporate education for United Distributors, Inc., and owner Al Bashiri for a journey through Italy’s cuisine and viticulture. Wines will be paired with each of the five courses. Reservations are required. Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar Alpharetta 770-664-8055 altobelis.com

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Immerse Yourself in Lavender. Historic Barrington Hall will be hosting the Roswell Lavender Festival on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy lavender plants, sample foods made with lavender in Barrington’s kitchen, participate in a yoga class and learn how to make lavender wands. The festival’s children’s area will feature games, arts and crafts, and storytelling by the Lavender Fairy. Artists from Ragamuffin Music Hall will provide entertainment. For more information, call 770-640-3855.

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Enjoy Local Goods. The Brookwood Farmers’ Market in Cumming has put on its moving shoes and will begin its third season at Forsyth County’s new Caney Creek Preserve. The preserve, which will feature a dog park, walking trail, shaded playground and pavilions, is only a short distance from the market’s original location at Brookwood Elementary School. The market’s tentative opening date is slated for June 8. Venders include Daisy Cakes Soap, Crave Pie Studio, local farmers and more. For more information, visit brookwoodfarmersmarket.com.

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Jam for a Cause. What better place to hear jazz and the blues than on the riverbank? Ray’s on the River’s second installment of a three-part jazz concert series benefiting local charities will be held June 9 at 2 p.m. on its event lawn overlooking the Chattahoochee. The concert will feature jazz and blues performances by Jon Liebman, Scott Glazer, Joe Alterman and Darren Stanley. Proceeds will benefit the Fragile Kids Foundation. Tickets cost $35. For more information, visit raysrestaurants.com. Feast on Cibo e Beve at Chastain. The next time you are preparing for a trip to Chastain Amphitheatre, you don’t have to prepare your own picnic basket. Cibo e Beve, an Italian restaurant less than a mile from the amphitheatre, will prepare it for you. The restaurant offers a $45 dining package for two and a $100 package for six. An upgraded VIP package includes free delivery to Chastain. Each package includes eating utensils, a Safe Ride coupon, Cibo mints and a Cibo candle. For more information, visit ciboatlanta.com. Relax & Rejuvenate. Invest in your personal wellness at the South Beach-based thinspa, which recently opened in Buckhead’s new BalanceDiet facility. Designed to regenerate your skin’s texture, replenish nutrients and increase circulation, thinspa therapies feature all-natural, plant-based ingredients by Ytsara, an organic line from Northern Thailand. Treatments include an energizing facial with fruit extracts and Tanakura Sea clay and the 7 Flowers Beautifying Scrub with Thai white clay. To make an appointment, call 404-996-1213.


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