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POINTS NORTH ATLANTA | ISSUE 157 | JUNE 2013

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Keep things cool in the Southern heat with swanky, stylish sportswear. From supportive under-nothings to sweat-proof pants, we’ve tracked down everything you need to accessorize your fitness routine with Fashion Police-approved apparel.

Forget the beach. This summer, we’re dreaming of stately manors in the English countryside, boutique hotels with beautiful views of Hyde Park, and restaurants worth flying across the pond to try. Come take a tour of prestigious addresses in London and beyond.

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HIDDEN GEMS: LAKE LANIER COMMUNITIES In the summer, there’s no place we’d rather be than on a dock or boat on beautiful Lake Lanier. But what to do when your sea legs need a break? Check out our picks for dining and entertainment options near the water in the communities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Buford and Sugar Hill. S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 36 | Medical Profiles 47 | Guide to Summertime Fun 59 | Private & Higher Education

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This month we want to get our health and wellness facts straight. We asked local medical professionals to review a handful of health-related declarations and deliver a verdict for each. Their opinions may surprise you.

40 A FATHER/SON FISHING ADVENTURE Writer John Manasso recounts a memorable day on the water with his son — one they will look back on as he transitions into the teenage years ahead.

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Bre Humphries SENIOR EDITOR

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summer BUCKET LIST

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year, my inbox here at the office overflows with information about events and attractions across the metro area and my personal calendar fills quickly with all the fun I want to soak up in the summer months. Maybe all the rain we’ve been getting is giving me cabin fever, but I am particularly excited about checking items off my personal bucket list this summer. Here’s a peek at the fun I have planned: UÊ />ŽiʓÞÊܘʜ˜Ê…ˆÃÊwÀÃÌÊÌÀˆ«Ê̜Ê/…iÊ Georgia Aquarium UÊ >ŽiÊ>Ê /Ê܈̅ʅiˆÀœœ“Ê̜“>̜iÃÊ from Cumming’s Cane Creek Farm UÊ />ŽiÊ̅iÊ œÀ̅ÊiœÀ}ˆ>Ê>À“Ê/œÕÀÊ (June 15 – 16) UÊ *>VŽÊ>Ê«ˆV˜ˆVÊvœÀÊ>Ê`>Þʈ˜Ê-ÕÜ>˜ii½ÃÊ Sims Lake Park UÊ ˆŽiÊ̅iʘ`ˆ>˜Ê-i>ÌÃÊÌÀ>ˆÊ>ÌÊ->ܘiiÊ

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Care to join me? I’ll be chronicling a few of my adventures online at pointsnorth atlanta.com. Here’s to a fun-filled summer!

Amber Lanier Nagle John Manasso Barbara Weide Jennifer Smith Williams EDITORIAL INTERNS

L. Chelsea Greenwood Kristin Hiller Nicole Hohman Emily Anne Jackson Amanda M. Usher

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A GETAWAY TO PALM BEACH So, you’re looking for a new vacation spot and have no place in mind? Try out the Marriott’s newest addition, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. Located on Florida’s Gold Coast between Jupiter and Palm Beach, this grand hotel with one- or two-room condo-style suites offers amenities such as full kitchens, local restaurant delivery, and an outdoor lagoon with slide. In addition to restaurant delivery, guests can enjoy culinary experiences at any of the onsite restaurants, including the Reef Tiki Bar & Grill and 3800 Ocean, a collaborative kitchen at the resort with influences that come from New York, Jamaica, Mexico and many more. 561-340-1700, marriott.com/pbisg

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the PRIZE This month, one Points North Atlanta reader and guest will receive the opportunity to let go of stress and indulge in sweet relaxation for two. This prize, valued at $1,600, includes two nights at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, a tasting at 3800 Ocean’s Kitchen Table and treatments at the luxurious Si Spa. While redemption dates are subject to availability, some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Winner will receive full prize package details and redemption instructions with certificates. To enter, register online at pointsnorthatlanta.com. — Amanda M. Usher


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BOOKS in our

BEACH BAGS

✺ For Our Youngest Readers “ THE ADVENTURES OF MADDIE: MEET MADDIE”

“ BLACKSNOW ZERO” by Lee Gimenez

by Monyetta Shaw

“AND THEN I FOUND YOU”

Monyetta Shaw’s debut children’s book

by Patti Callahan Henry

explores the life experiences of a young girl tackling daily responsibility. The first installment of the eight-part

Packed with mystery, suspense

Inspired by a personal journey

and mayhem, “Blacksnow Zero,”

and her southern roots, Patti

a new release by Atlanta author

Callahan Henry’s latest novel

Lee Gimenez, is an excellent

delves deep into the life of

read. The protagonist in this fast-

a nostalgic young woman’s

paced story of conspiracy and

courage to face her past. When

political cover-up is Erica Blake,

34-year-old Kate Vaughn begins

a determined and feisty FBI

to settle in a new life, her past

agent entrenched in a persistent

jolts painful memories that beg

journey to seek the truth about

confrontation. In a story of new

a series of unusual grim events,

beginnings, Kate struggles to

not excluding a Presidential

face her reality: the daughter she

assassination and nuclear war.

gave up for adoption 13 years

Told through a 30-day count-

before and her one true love

down, the plot moves quickly,

who she gave up to find herself.

speaker and author Zig Ziglar, is intent to enthuse the younger

characters are believable ... and

The distinct, authentic voices

generation about the principles of patience and decision-making.

the ending? You will just have to

of Henry’s characters make this

Inspired to continue her uncle’s legacy, Ziglar’s “Can’t-Wait Willow!”

read and find out. In the mean-

charming story a worthy read.

is the first in the brand new series, Shine Bright Kids, from Ideals

time, I’ll stay on the lookout for a sequel. – Reviewed by Barbara Weide

– Reviewed by Nicole Hohman

series, “The Adventures of Maddie: Meet Maddie” is an energetic, lighthearted read complete with aspects and activities that are relevant to any young child. Maddie’s adventures and interactions give her a chance to learn life lessons and grow as she embarks on her day-to-day journey. Shaw, Founder and CEO of The Evan Grace Group and fiancée to singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, is an Alpharetta resident and mother of two.

“CAN’T-WAIT WILLOW!” by Christy Ziglar Is your child a little leader? Christy Ziglar, Atlanta resident and niece of motivational

Children’s Books. The goal of the book is to instill younger generations with leadership qualities often not incorporated in modern parenting styles. — Nicole Hohman pointsnorthatlanta.com | June 2013 | Points North

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU ÉLAN WINERY & RESORT

MINDFUL DESIGN Château Élan Winery & Resort recently completed a $1.2 million renovation to the Villas at Château Élan, encompassing a makeover of all 24 bedrooms and bathrooms, living areas, kitchens and exteriors. The villas, located on the 15th hole of the Château Golf Course, are perfect for golf outings, but also now luxurious enough for larger family gatherings and particularly perfect for enjoying the “Girls Just Wanna Have Wine” package. The interiors reflect the sophistication, color and style of the Inn and Spa but with all the comforts of home — maybe even a little better. The new bathrooms feature Hansgrohe fixtures including Raindance showerheads for

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a rejuvenating experience. DesignDirections International of Marietta designed the interiors and Braselton-based BM&K Builders led the renovation efforts. A 16th-century style French château on 3,500 acres, Château Élan Winery & Resort is the only resort in Georgia that includes a 200-acre vineyard, a fullproduction winery, 320 luxurious guest rooms and suites, a 25,000-square-foot conference center, a European spa with 14 guest suites, an equestrian show center, tennis center, seven restaurants and 63 holes of championship golf. chateauelan.com

A graduate of The Westminster School in Atlanta, Michael McCord is the CEO of LearnerNation, a cloud-based, cutting-edge platform designed to making e-learning easier. Bolstered by an internationally recognized and award-winning advisory board along with talented performers boasting more than 30 years of experience in recreating education, technology and entrepreneurship, LearnerNation separates itself from the pack thanks to a number of powerful, built-in teaching and learning tools. These tools provide users the capacity to publish and consume media-rich content in a highly gamified and socialized user environment. Setting the bar beyond the norm, this new platform enables users to not only publish their content for any audience, but facilitates the ability for people to immediately utilize learning, training and performance management initiatives. To date, LearnerNation has become an attractive avenue for a diverse group of companies looking to improve employee productivity, decrease training costs and promote business collaboration. Questions? Email chris@learnernation.com

CORRECTION: In May’s “Seasonal Food & Wine Pairing” article, we mistakenly identified the area manager and chef for the Alpharetta and Roswell locations of Pure Taqueria. The correct identification is Guillermo Santana, who created a fabulous conchinita pibil (braised pulled pork) for the feature. We regret the error.


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SPRING FOR NEW SHOES It’s almost Peachtree Road Race time and whether you’re looking to set a new personal record or revel in the glory of crossing your first finish line, you might need a change of pace to do so. Crafted with a patented technology called WaveSpring in the heel and the forefoot of the soles, Spira Footwear provides a combination of mechanical cushioning and energy return unlike any other shoe on the market. Laterally stable, very lightweight and compact, the WaveSpring is designed to provide that “new shoe” feel for the life of the shoes. If the spring doesn’t break down, then theoretically people can run and participate in various activities for longer periods of time with less stress on the body, helping to reduce recovery time and injuries. To find these shoes in Atlanta, sprint to Foot Solutions in Acworth (more stores to come) and “Take the Spira Challenge!” Buy a pair of Spira shoes, pick a timed race, and then place a HealthWager to beat your given challenge time. If you don’t beat your time, Spira will buy back your shoes! spirachallenge.com

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FIRED UP FOR FUN Pack your bags and swing on down to the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation located at Lake Oconee. The Swinging Sunday Concert Series, held on select Sundays until Sept. 1 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., features well-known musical artists ranging from blues to R&B. The Spectacular Fireworks Display, which guests can view from the comfort of their rooms or on the Lakeside Lawn, follow each concert. Also this summer is the BBQ Butler program, available only at the Reynolds Plantation location. This program brings a grilling guru to guests staying in the Presidential House or the cottages to teach them how to grill everything from ribs in mesquite to chicken in hickory sauce to perfection. Costs vary and reservations are required. Find a full list of events at ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ReynoldsPlantation. – Amanda M. Usher PHOTO COURTESY OF REYNOLDS PLANTATION AT LAKE OCONEE

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AURORA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE: Looking for a great place to take the kids this summer? Aurora Children’s Playhouse: Summer Edition might be the perfect solution. Back for its fifth summer, Aurora Theater assembles the best children’s performers in the region, bringing them to Gwinnett County to entertain audiences. The series welcomes local families to attend, and offers special group rates for churches, camps, and daycares to bus in groups. The performances take place on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., lasting approximately 45 minutes. Beginning June 5, children can enjoy five spectacular shows, which will run through July 10. See the full line-up at auroratheatre.com. – L.Chelsea Greenwood

Get Outside! As part of the “ Be Out There” movement, The Great American Backyard Campout is a one-night only event that gets families outside and excited about camping. On June 22, thousands of people will gather in their back yards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for an opportunity to connect with nature. This initiative, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, is especially important for children, who spend twice as much time indoors as their parents did, missing out on the simple pleasures of life and lasting mental and physical health benefits of daily outdoor activities. If June 22 doesn’t fit your schedule, you can still sign up and camp at a later date. The Campout website has everything you will need to enjoy an amazing night under the stars including packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, exploration activities and nature games. backyardcampout.org – L.Chelsea Greenwood

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STYLISH SPLASH Summer’s COOLEST TRENDS Hit the Racks

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STAYING SUAVE AND STYLISH in the good ole Southern heat is as comfortable as it is swanky. From your supportive under-nothings to A-list pairs of sweat-proof pants, we’ve got everything you need to accessorize your fitness routine with the ultimate selection of Fashion Police-approved apparel. Check out our favorite picks, covering you in a cool factor from head to toe. S W I M S U IT + S H O R T S These brand new pieces from the beloved GAP brand boast 50 UPF protection and arrive in Atlanta for the very first time this summer. They’re as classic and comfortable as your favorite jeans. $79/$52; available at Athleta in Atlantic Station

R U C H E D PA N T S B Y G A I A M Whether it’s the gym, your neighborhood or even the mall, this pair of ultra-girly yoga pants makes being seen in public while donning workout gear absolutely justifiable. $78; available at gaiam.com

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S W I M D R E S S BY M OT T 5 0 Made with a 50 UPF protection, this breathable outfit lets you go wave for wave (or cabana to cabana) without worrying about reapplying. It’s also antibacterial, quick-drying and wicks sweat. Plus, it’s cut super feminine and fun, making your dip turn even more heads. $115; available online at mott50.com

E N D U R A N C E TA N K BY M OV I N G C O M F O R T Take charge of your tempo with a fresh, flattering top, made of super soft material for a comfortable workout and a confident fit. Comes in heathered gray, turquoise, pink or purple. $48; available at Fleet Feet in Duluth and online at movingcomfort.com.

U R B A N X- OV E R B R A BY M OV I N G C O M F O R T Ladies, get ready to jump for joy. It’s a workout revolution and you can take it from me – a good sports bra is going to change your life. Luckily, this comes in cool colors and styles. $42; available at Intimacy

CORAL SNEAKERS Swap out your runners for a colorful pair of casual sneakers that are perfect for a gym visit, an afternoon jaunt or just when you need a little extra support. $16; available at Old Navy

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HIDDEN HOMETOWN GEMS

{ WRITTEN BY BRE HUMPHRIES & CARL DANBURY }

LAKE LANIER COMMUNITIES

Scott’s Downtown Finding a good restaurant

SERIES SPONSORED BY VIXEN VODKA

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in the communities that surround Lake Lanier used to be as challenging as crossing the big water in a canoe. Finding one that could easily compete among the finest in metro Atlanta? Simply unheard of! Today, Flowery Branch has the marvelous Antebellum, Lake Lanier Islands Resort now has three excellent chefs at Windows, and Buford boasts long-time favorite Sperata. On the northern reaches of the lake, Gainesville residents seem satisfied with chain restaurants. Therefore, Scott’s Downtown might be considered an oddity — yet refreshingly so. After spending five-plus years at a different location, amiable restaurateurs Scott and Kay Dixon took a chance on a larger venue. Their new digs feature polished hardwoods, private nooks for intimate dining, tables for larger parties, The

Loft for up to 500 banquet guests and The Lounge at Scott’s, which offers live music on select Saturdays. Chef Jeremy Wilkson’s menu includes oysters Bordelaise and warm crab dip served with lavosh, Low Country shrimp and grits, delicate Chilean sea bass, swordfish and roasted chicken with a pomegranatecranberry jus. Scott’s also offers fine USDA prime beef tenderloin filets and ribeyes, herb-crusted rack of lamb, pork saltimbocca and amazing Parmesan risotto. At lunch, diners may enjoy Po-Boys, burgers, chicken salad croissants and the like. This blend of Charleston-, New Orleans- and Buckhead-style dining is well worth the drive even if you aren’t weekending at the lake. (See our full review at pointsnorthatlanta.com.) 131 Bradford St. NW, Gainesville, 770-536-1111, scottsonthesquare.com


Tannery Row Artist Colony

Buford Farm Fresh Market

You can’t see it from the road;

After long lamenting the lack of whole food sources in North Gwinnett, we were especially delighted with this discovery, a community-driven market offering local and organic alternatives to conventional, big-box shopping. Here you’ll find produce from nearby farms, freshly baked goods by local bakers, handmade arts and crafts from local artisans, and even eggs from owner Brenda Mauritz’s own chickens. (Ask about her chick adoption program!) The goal is to create a place where the community can work together to support one another, Mauritz said — “the way it used to be.” Originally located at the corner of Little Mill Road and Buford Dam, the shop doubled its space upon relocating to Downtown Buford last August, and the expansion allowed for the addition of a cooking school with chef-led classes like father/daughter and mother/son date nights. There’s also a nice selection of organic and gluten-free pantry items and a café area where you can enjoy housechurned ice cream in the summer months. 115 E. Main St., Buford, 770-945-9496

Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe If Andy Griffith had lived in Flowery Branch, this is where he would go for his morning cup of Joe. Since opening in 2002, Common Grounds has established itself as a small-town gathering spot, drawing a regular crowd for breakfast and lunch and providing a comfortable space for group meetings and Bible studies. Exposed brick walls are dotted with local artwork, including an exhibition wall for nearby Little Artist Studio, and a community-supported “Lending Library” shelf is stocked with books to borrow and return as you please. Yes, it’s a little like Mayberry — but with lattes. 5510 Main St., Flowery Branch, 770-967-4080

in fact, you’d probably never know it was there if you weren’t specifically looking, but venture down a vine-covered walkway to a discreet corner of Buford’s historic Tannery building and a whimsical world of art awaits at the Tannery Row Artist Colony. Comprised of 17 artists specializing in a variety of media, the colony offers an artistic experience that is unmatched in this area of metro Atlanta. Visitors can take a peek into the working studios of local artists like Sabrina Bland, who draws inspiration from nature and Central American travels in her watercolor and acrylics; Bree Sauers, whose work with acrylic, paper and “repurposed trash” is a sight to behold; and Donna Biggee, whose passion is plein air painting. There’s also a gallery with rotating exhibits — catch “h20” featuring various interpretations of water, from canvas marsh scenes to sculpted bath tubs, June 1 – July 20. Aspiring artists can interact at Thursday Things, free sessions that are open to the public to explore a different artistic topic each week. 554 W. Main St., Buford, 770-904-0572, tanneryrowartistcolony.com

LEFT TO RIGHT: PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTT’S DOWNTOWN; BRE HUMPHRIES; ROBIN HARRISON; CORRIGAN SAUERS

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HIDDEN HOMETOWN GEMS LAKE LANIER COMMUNITIES

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Fish Tales Lakeside Grille Geographically, this gem is hidden in the most literal sense, tucked away in a cove next to Lake Lanier’s Hideaway Bay Marina, but a high-energy crowd in the warmer months makes it a hotspot for summertime fun. The initial appeal of Fish Tales is accessibility by boat, making it a popular dining destination after a day on the water, but its more than novelty that secures its spot on our SERIES SPONSORED list. Unlike some of the BY VIXEN high-priced, touristVODKA driven competition, Fish

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Tales combines a fun atmosphere with the most important element of a great restaurant — great food, of course. Offerings like fish tacos, crab legs, conch fritters and the signature “Fish Tales” (fried grouper fingers) transport your taste buds straight to the coast. A sandy area out back is the perfect place for child’s play and the restaurant brings in live music seven nights a week in June and July. No boat? Take heart — Fish Tales is an easy 1-mile drive from downtown Flowery Branch by car. 6330 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch, 770967-3775, fishtaleslakelanier.com

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overstuffed chair, a softly buzzing coffee shop or a breezy spot on the beach, a good environment enhances a reading experience. The Spout Springs branch of the Hall County library system does just that. Open since 2008, the inviting facility raises the bar on book borrowing. At its entrance is Friends Café, a space rented by the privately owned fundraising and advocacy group Friends of the Library, and stepping inside was a major “ah-ha” moment for us. What better way to draw in avid readers than providing their caffeine fix and a quick bite on-site? Its menu of frappes, slushies and smoothies also creates a great incentive for bringing in younger readers, as does the library’s fabulously creative kids’ corner, which offers weekly activities for little ones throughout the summer. But perhaps the most unique element is a weekly farmers market that sets up shop in the library parking lot on Thursday afternoons throughout the summer and fall, featuring an average of 40 vendors peddling everything from fruits and vegetables to knitted hats and hair bows. 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, 770-532-3311, hallcountylibrary.org


Sugar Hill Bakery & Cafe Sugar Hill may be a mere dot on the map of metro Atlanta, but its little town center is budding with potential thanks to the presence of this quirky café. Opened less than a year, business has gained momentum since the completion of some area construction, and we can see why. The fanciful, country French décor makes this a particularly fun gathering spot for ladies, whether it’s a book club meeting in the comfortable sitting area or a few girlfriends grabbing a glass of wine at the bar or patio on a nice evening. The menu features café standards for breakfast, lunch and dinner — choose from salads and sandwiches along with daily specials (think chocolate chocolate chip pancakes at breakfast and roast or ribs for dinner), and a case filled with sweet treats encourages diners to save room for dessert. Visit the restaurant’s Facebook page for details about upcoming events, like a murder mystery dinner the first weekend in June. (Death by Chocolate, anyone?) 4969 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill, 678-765-8008

BUFORD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES This month, the Buford Summer Concert Series presents local up-and-coming country artists Andy Velo and Jordan Rager. Bring a blanket and the family to Buford Community Center’s Town Park Amphitheater to enjoy the entertainment along with concessions and a kids’ fun zone. buford community center.com

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PRE STIGIO U S A D D RE S SE S I N LO ND ON AND B EYO ND [ W R I TTE N BY HE ATHE R K W B R OWN }

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the beach. And the mountains. When I grow up, the address to my summer home will be found in the fabulous folds of the English countryside. This I professed as I reached for yet another scone, debated between a dollop of compote or clotted cream and sipped a quite lovely spot of tea. Wrapped by windows overlooking a meadow of winsome wildflowers, my girlfriend and I relished the experience of Afternoon Tea in The Drawing Room at Coworth Park, a luxe country house hotel perched on 240 amazing acres of Berkshire parkland. How very British of us, indeed! Lured across the pond for a peek at London’s privileged side, we wasted little time. Over the course of five days, we stayed in three of the city’s top properties, ate in several renowned restaurants, and basked in the bucolic background of an estate manor. Whether you fancy a stay in London’s town or country scene, here are our picks for when you “pop over.”

Georgian neighborhood of Belgravia. Just as upscale as its location, the hotel interior is attractive with polished wood and Asian-inspired black lacquered surfaces that create an unmistakable Zenlike sensibility. We were wowed by the crescent-shaped arc of the halls, where the doors to each room are all but hidden in the clean design. Belying every bit of its quaint public spaces, the 41 rooms are surprisingly spacious, complete with separate dressing area, closet and a large marble bathroom. My personal favorite was the control center, where in my jet-lagged state, I could turn lights off/on, call for the butler, check the weather, and change the temperature without leaving my bed. My laziness lasted only so long. The Halkin is less than a 5-minute walk from Hyde Park and knowing the best way to see a city is before everyone else is up, we laced our running shoes and headed for local landmarks. Our royal run included parts of Hyde Park, past the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, around Buckingham The Halkin Palace to St. James’s Park Chic and discreet is what The Bee’s Knees comes from the English phrase and back. you can expect from a stay the “B’s ‘n E’s” meaning Our search for fabuat The Halkin by COMO. the “be all end all.” lous stops later led us to Said to be one of central dinner in a landmark London’s original bourestaurant. Though the tique hotels, The Halkin is outside divulges little, the book-lined galtucked among the columned residences and lery around the main dining room at The international embassies in the gorgeous

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{ LO N D O N A N D B E YO N D } Right: The Halkin Bar, a fabulous place for afternoon tea; Below: a smiling welcome to The Berkeley; Facing Page: The Blue Bar at The Berkeley is one of London’s hottest scenes; one of many rooms with a view at The Metropolitan.

Cinnamon Club is one of the many original features preserved from its stunning setting within The Old Westminster Library. Since opening the doors 12 years ago, Executive Chef Vivek Singh continues to revolutionize how Indian cooking is viewed. For us, it was a culinary adventure, challenging us to try new flavors then rewarding us with haute cuisine starters like crisp zucchini flower with spiced vegetables and slow cooked marrow, followed by innovative main dishes like Tandoori wild Spencer Gulf king prawns with Goan curry sauce, pandan and coconut rice. The Berkeley It’s true. I do wish I had an English accent. Then I could say things like, “Cheerio!” when departing our first hotel and “no need to cast about” while making our way to the next. Maybe I would even sound like a local when saying The Berkeley, standing sentry in Knightsbridge, is “spot on!” With our luggage whisked away by attentive staff who greeted us by name, we wandered aimlessly, finding copious reasons to love this hotel. The rooftop swimming pool — one of only two in London — is where in hindsight, we should have taken advantage of the synchronized swimming classes available to guests. Alas! The moment was fleeting as we looked beyond the pool at the beautiful solarium courtyard. On days when the sun might not care to share its warmth, guests are unaffected, as the retractable rooftop quickly renews every inclination to linger longer. At a Forbes four-star hotel like The Berkeley, luxury is a standard amenity, and one that, like the ever-changing floral arrangements, continues to impress. When the sun dips behind Big Ben, the Blue Bar downstairs steals the show,

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and considering its undeniable blue color and striking white onyx bar, the David Collins-designed space is hard to ignore. Not that you would want to — the hip and trendy scene at this top celebrity hangout will have your head spinning before you’ve even ordered the first cocktail. I suppose one becomes used to such star-studded sightings at a hotel where the chef is a luminary — with two Michelin stars, Marcus Wareing is the namesake behind the hotel’s restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley — and the afternoon tea has a following of its own. Fashionistas favoring catwalk collections of the edible kind don’t miss the signature afternoon tea creatively called Prêt-àPortea. Imagine runway-inspired cookies and cakes resembling purses and shoes by famed designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin. While its doormen, bedecked in top hats and coat tails, add an air of authenticity to the already decidedly elegant atmosphere, The Berkeley boasts not only first impressions, but lasting ones. The Metropolitan by COMO Although it felt like we were making our

way across the city, our third hotel was a mere 3 minutes and less than a mile away from our first. This sister property to The Halkin by COMO is not tucked or nestled or anything remotely synonymous. In fact, The Metropolitan by COMO is perfectly perched at a prestigious position on Old Park Lane. Here in London’s Mayfair district, Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed all five honeymoons, Prince William had his bachelor party, and The Metropolitan won handsdown for best room with a view.


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BROWN + HUDSON What would you do if you could travel anywhere and do anything? The more impossible, the better. Posed this question during dinner with Philippe Brown, owner of the London-based bespoke travel company Brown + Hudson, I surprisingly stuttered, stumbled and searched to find an answer. It’s one thing to miss a math question, but not using my imagination to come up with the trip of a lifetime? Suddenly, calling myself an adventurous soul seemed like a farce. Then again, bringing dreams to life and crafting an experience that might otherwise go unimagined is what logistically untethered Brown and his team of creative masterminds do for a living. “We are not a standard travel company. In fact, we tend to reject most of the conventions of the travel industry. We know various corners of the world and understand our clients’ world,” Brown said, adding, “The art is in bringing the two together in the best possible way.”

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Over dinner, I heard stories of personal experiences so implausible, I was more impressed by how they did it than what they did or why. For example, Brown + Hudson once took a client fascinated by all things 007 Bond and his wife, who loved playing the piano but suffers from a condition with severe short term memory loss, epileptic seizures and hypersomnia, to Iceland. There, the company arranged for the couple to spend time with the line producer from “Die Another Day” and for the client’s wife to play the piano just for her husband on the main stage of Eldborg Auditorium at Reykjavik’s iconic Harpa Concert Hall (home to Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Icelandic Opera). The whole event was filmed so that the memory could always be recaptured for her. “We understand that the more original thinking we do, and the more original sources we involve, the more creative the result and the less comparable it will be,” Brown said.


After all, life is simply more fun when you walk into a room that welcomes you with an unobstructed view of Hyde Park. Maybe it was the floorto-ceiling windows or the surprisingly oversized room, a rare feat in London’s city center, but it felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. Besides acclaimed greenspace, The Metropolitan is also convenient to shopping on Regent & Oxford, Shepherd Market, Picadilly and to the Burlington and Princess Arcades where cashmere, jewelry, shoes and apparel line both sides of upscale corridors. Tapping into our inner artist, we took the opportunity to balance the mayhem of Harrods with the solitude of the Royal Academy of Arts. Much like its literary and theatrical history, London is replete with highly rated restaurants. We resumed our foodie fest back at The Metropolitan. Here, celebrated Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa opened the expansive see-andbe-seen Nobu as his first European venture decades ago. Still considered a restaurant not to be missed, Nobu is home to Michelin-starred JapanesePeruvian cuisine served in a stylish setting. We unabashedly dove into adventurous small plates and several rounds of incredible sushi, all of which lived up to the hype. Besides pampering your palate, The Metropolitan also sports a spa, better known as COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, to revamp tired souls in the vast medley of Asian-inspired holistic treatments. A little down time is a good idea before donning designer threads and heading to the The Met, the hotel’s decades old bar with a reputation for hosting London’s hottest crowd. Our action-packed agenda, however, called for rest and an early departure from Waterloo to Sunningdale.

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a misleading statement can go viral in just a few minutes, as both information and misinformation are posted and reposted on Facebook, Twitter and blogs. To make matters even more complicated, the more often an assertion is repeated, the more the general public believes it is true. When it comes to health and wellness, a lot of factual information is floating around while many myths are being propagated — all within clicking distance. To sort fact from fiction, we asked local medical professionals to review a handful of health-related declarations and deliver a verdict — myth or fact — for each. Their opinions may surprise you.

THE FLU SHOT CAN GIVE YOU THE FLU.

VERDICT: MYTH “This statement is absolutely false,” said Brian Nadolne, M.D., chair of the Family Medicine Department at Northside Hospital and presidentelect of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. “The influenza viruses used to make the flu vaccine are inactive and cannot cause the flu. The confusion stems from the fact that sometimes people develop the flu after they’ve received the flu vaccine, and they immediately jump to the conclusion that the shot caused the infection or did not protect them against the flu. The reality is that it can take up to two weeks after receiving the shot to develop protection, so if you are exposed to the flu virus just before being vaccinated or while your body is still producing specific antibodies that fight the flu infection, you can still end up with the flu.” Nadolne adds that the nasal

spray version of the flu vaccine is not the same as the shot. The mist, sometimes given to healthy children, is produced from live, weakened influenza viruses and can cause a mild flu-like syndrome.

MEN GO THROUGH SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MENOPAUSE. VERDICT: FACT

“It is true that men go through a process similar to female menopause, but it is termed andropause,” said Ken G. Knott, M.D., a practicing physician in Marietta and author of “Dangerous Medicine: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You.” “Menopause and andropause are similar from the standpoint that both are caused by the reduction in sex hormones, but they are distinctively different processes.” According to Knott, menopausal

women lose their ability to ovulate and without ovulation, no egg is present to be fertilized; therefore, those women cannot get pregnant. Men who undergo the andropausal process can still father children as long as viable sperm exist. “In women, estrogens, progesterone and testosterone all begin their decline typically in the midto late forties,” he continued. “This change can be rather abrupt or drag on for two to three years. Men experience a much more gradual decline in testosterone beginning in their mid-twenties and continuing for the remainder of their lives.”

TAKING ANTIBIOTICS WILL HELP YOU GET OVER A COMMON COLD. VERDICT: MYTH

“Taking antibiotics will not help you get over a cold,” said Peter J. Kaplan, M.D., who is a hospitalist

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board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Gwinnett Medical Center. “Colds are caused by viral infections, and antibiotics treat bacterial infections, so antibiotics have no effect on the viruses that cause colds.” “I think there is a common misconception that taking antibiotics will prevent a cold from turning into a sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia, but there is simply no evidence to draw that conclusion either.”

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) INCREASES THE RISK OF CANCER IN MENOPAUSAL WOMEN. VERDICT: NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION TO RULE

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G. Knott, M.D. “HRT is a term used across the board for replacing declining or lost hormones. But replacing them with what? If HRT means the replacement includes man-made synthetic substances made to act like and look like bioidentical hormones, then that sort of HRT does predispose women to cancer, heart attacks and stroke.” Knott says that a governmentsponsored study from more than 10 years ago known as the Women’s Health Initiative is often misquoted by well-meaning doctors and writers. That particular study concluded that one particular HRT — Prempro, a combination of horse estrogens and a synthetic progesterone look-a-like, progestin — raised the risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes among the participants in the study. “The study was not about bio-identical hormones that are biologically identical to the hormones human bodies produce,” he said. “People have generalized the study to indicate that it was about all hormones when, in fact, it was about one particular product. There has never been a valid study about

bio-identical hormones predisposing any woman to cancer. ”

SPINAL MISALIGNMENT IS NOT A GENUINE HEALTH CONCERN. VERDICT: MYTH

“When the skull, spine, and pelvis are in alignment, the body is in its most optimal health state,” said Russell A. Friedman, B.S.M.E., D.C., owner and upper cervical specialist at AlternaHealth Solutions. “When we are off-center due to injury or stress, our bodies compensate for this by trying to push us back to a balanced state that causes compression of the cells and tissues. This can result in muscle spasms and pain, joint asymmetry and arthritis, and compression of our tissues that diminish blood supply and oxygen, which in turn causes toxin build up.” For patients who may be uneasy about standard spinal adjustments, Friedman recommends


upper cervical work, a measurable and predictable approach that uses extremely light touch — no more pressure than is needed to take a pulse. This approach may be successful in treating chronic conditions such as TMJD, migraines, vertigo, fibromyalgia, sports injuries and unsuccessful spinal surgeries.

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MENOPAUSAL FEMALES SHOULD TAKE A CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS. VERDICT: FACT

“There’s truth to this statement,” remarked Ken G. Knott, M.D. “But the most important part of preventing osteoporosis is to maintain optimal levels of sex hormones because estrogens prevent bone loss while both progesterone and testosterone help bones to re-calcify. With that said, both vitamin D and calcium are important components of bone health and should be supplemented in all menopausal females.”

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two bowel movements each day, and some people go every other day. But there’s nothing abnormal about a person who doesn’t go every day.” Kaplan remarked that a more important concern is whether or not a person is eating a healthy diet with sufficient amounts of fiber, fruits and vegetables that keeps his or her bowel movements regular, without straining and constipation.

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EYES WIDE OPEN

MARC GREENBERG, M.D., Section Chief of Ophthalmology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, weighs-in on three commonly held beliefs pertaining to children’s eye health.

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in routine or pharmaceutical use of fish oil supplementation in prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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S ITTIN G TO O C L O S E TO A TEL EV IS IO N W IL L HA R M A C HIL D’ S EYES IGHT. V ER DIC T: M YTH “The visual work of looking at a television at close distance is no different than the visual task of looking at any other object at that distance, so this statement is a myth,” Greenberg said. “Many children with normal vision prefer to sit close to the television for the same reason their parents like big screen TVs — it’s a more enveloping experience.” Greenberg adds that a child’s eyes may become temporarily red and irritated after watching TV or looking at a computer screen due to a decreased blink rate and a temporary drying of the eyes that occurs when people stare at screens.

C R O S S IN G EYES W IL L HA R M A C HIL D’ S EYES IGHT. IN F A C T, HIS EYES C O U L D GET S TU C K L IKE THA T. V ER DIC T: M YTH “Purposeful crossing of the eyes is usually brief, difficult to maintain, and will not permanently damage the eyes or lead to permanent crossing,” he said. “However, uncontrolled eye crossing may cause visual damage in young children. Essential treatments for such children are often delayed because parents incorrectly assume their children are crossing their eyes on purpose. So purposeful eye crossing should probably be discouraged, and any eye crossing that occurs with any frequency should be evaluated by an eye care professional.”

R E A D I N G I N LOW LI G H T W I LL H A R M A C H I LD’ S E Y E S I G HT. V E R D I C T: M O S T LY M Y T H “The level of light does not affect the health of the eye,” he said. “The notion that reading in the dark is bad for the eyes probably stems from the fact that kids who never put a book down — including sneaking a book in the dark after bedtime — seem to need glasses later in their lives. But it’s the act of reading itself that may actually lead to nearsightedness, as an adaptive change. While this may be worrisome news for some parents, there is really no way to change this, so we just have to let our kids read away. And while reading in dim light will not damage the eyes, good lighting is more comfortable and should be encouraged.”

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“Tanning beds are not safer than natural sunlight, as overexposure to either can lead to certain types of skin cancer, namely melanoma,” said Mike Majmundar, M.D., a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with North Fulton Hospital and principal of Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery. “As a plastic surgeon, we encourage individuals to use a UVA sunblock to minimize UV radiation damage to the skin and to slow down early signs of aging … if a tan is desired, try using spray-on or rub-on tanning agents instead.”

TAKING A FISH OIL SUPPLEMENT IS BENEFICIAL AND HELPS PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE. VERDICT: MYTH

“False,” said Rajesh Sachdeva, M.D., who is board certified in general and interventional cardiology and is the medical director of the Cardiovascular Program at North Fulton Hospital. “Fish oils, derived from the tissues of oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, contain the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Several clinical trials have been performed to examine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular disease, but these have had mixed reviews.”

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Sachdeva noted that the American Heart Association guidelines published in 2011 recommend it is reasonable to consume 1 gram of fish oil daily, preferably by eating fish, for patients with coronary heart disease, although pregnant and nursing women are advised to limit intake of fish to minimize exposure to methylmercury. “In my opinion, the evidence is not overtly persuasive in routine or pharmaceutical use of fish oil supplementation in prevention of cardiovascular disease,” he added.

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“No one has proven that cracking knuckles causes arthritis,” said Peter J. Kaplan, M.D. “When a person cracks his knuckles, he is simply stretching his joints, which causes the formation of tiny gas bubbles [in the synovial fluid],” he continued. “When the joint closes back up, the bubbles escape and make the cracking, snapping or popping sound we hear.” According to Kaplan, Osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with the degeneration of cartilage in joints and occurs most commonly in weightbearing joints like knees and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune-mediated disease in which a person’s own immune system attacks the body’s own tissues that line the joints, causing swelling, stiffness and pain of particular joints. “RA often affects the joints in the hand,” Kaplan said. “But developing RA has nothing to do with the cracking of one’s knuckles.”PN


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AlternaHealth Solutions Upper Cervical Work: Different Chiropractic Care, Better Solutions HILE MANY CHIROPRACTORS twist, pop and crack the back and neck, there is a growing branch in chiropractic that has moved to a scientifically based measurable approach called Upper Cervical work. Russell A. Friedman, B.S.M.E., D.C., of AlternaHealth Solutions is an Upper Cervical specialist who focuses on the upper area of the spine which is closest to the head and the brain stem. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is measurable, predictable and uses an extremely light touch (no more pressure than is needed to take a pulse) without any twisting, popping, or cracking. Upper Cervical measures body misalignment using digital and laser posture diagnostics and 3D opposing x-ray views. The diagnostics allow for corrective results. Not only do you feel better after a correction, you can also see the difference in the pre- and post- x-rays.

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elementary school. The raw anxieties of middle school loom a few months away. At times his moody, adolescent side shows, but it has yet to ripen to the full fury that is sure to erupt over the next few years. For now, Joey still plays with Legos, sleeps with a stuffed tiger he has named “Hobbes” and likes to hug his dad. At 11 years old, he weighs 100 pounds, edging him over the threshold of boyhood physically, if not mentally, and his personality tends more to the brainy side. When The New Yorker magazine arrives in the mail, he snatches it away from me so he can read the cartoons. He likes to throw the football around but has no desire to play football. He likes to watch baseball — loves the Braves — but no longer plays organized baseball. In many ways, that makes him like his father. All of the above made the idea of going on a father-son fishing trip ideal in some respects and ill-fitting in others. Joey thought that missing a day of school represented a spectacular idea while, once on the trip, he steadfastly

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refused to touch any of the fish — either the bait or any of the five he reeled in himself — despite the best efforts of the amiable Capt. Ron Mullins of The Striper Experience, who served as our guide. Nonetheless, the trip proved memorable in a way that ought to endure, even through times when dad will have morphed into a more embarrassing figure. Bait and Wait The day started at 5 a.m. with the unwelcome screech of the alarm clock. Excited, Joey drifted in to my room to make sure that I had awakened. We were out the door 40 minutes later in a vain attempt to reach the boat ramp at Old Federal Park in Flowery Branch by 6:30 a.m. for our Lake Lanier excursion. A diversion to Chick-fil-A for some chicken biscuits left us about 10 minutes late, but Capt. Ron didn’t mind. We grabbed our bag of lunch — the only gear we needed — headed for the 24 ½-foot T-topped boat and were off. It was 59 degrees and when Capt. Ron cranked up the motor to 30 miles per hour for our 6-mile trip, the


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wind chill more than compensated for my lack of coffee. By the time Capt. Ron turned off the motor, leaving us near three small islands at the northern part of the lake, the three of us were the only visible living creatures above the water. Except for the occasional splash of a leaping carp, the honk of a goose and our soft conversation, the atmosphere sat utterly still. Joey approvingly pointed out the sun rising over the treetops. Capt. Ron set up shop at a depth of about 40 feet. He prepared four poles facing the back of the boat. Two directly at the back were flat lines. For the two on either side of those, he used a planer board technique, which kept the 75 feet of line farther from the vessel’s side to avoid tangling. With an expert hand, he scooped up recalcitrant herring and gizzard shad from a tank on the boat and baited the hooks. He scanned his sonar, set his remote control trolling motor for ¾ mile per hour and we waited. About 40 minutes later, we had our first bite on the herring. Capt. Ron called Joey over to the starboard side. We pulled the rod out of the Driftmaster rod holder and the fight began. Joey arrghed and yelped and gritted his

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teeth as he cranked. To help, I put my left arm around him on one side to hold the pole and wrapped my right around him on the other. He needed all of his fifthgrade might. It was one of those bonding moments — not quite a hug but a sort of muscle-clenched embrace. As Capt. Ron instructed Joey to lift the rod to bring the fish to the surface so he could scoop it up with the net, Joey squealed sinisterly at the first sight of its alabaster underbelly. It ended up being our biggest catch of the day: an 11-pound striped bass that Joey proudly posed with, holding it from the scale. Twenty minutes later on the same rod, we caught our next fish, an 8-pound striper. This time Joey was more assertive. “I got it,” he told me. He wanted me to leave him alone. From there, our luck went a bit south. Part of it was our inexperience. We didn’t notice the bites the way Capt. Ron did and in those extra seconds it took to get to the rod, the fish was gone. A Fisherman in the Making With a lull in the action, Joey picked up a spare rod with one of Capt. Ron’s homemade jigs — he pours the


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molten lead, paints them and everything — and began casting. Once, he only missed hooking me on the backswing because the rod hit the T-top. A second time, he got the line caught in the trolling motor on the prow. To free the line, Capt. Ron performed some “surgery,” losing the jig in the process, and, in the meantime, some more fish got away. But Capt. Ron was gracious. Just before 9 a.m., he moved the boat to another spot. As he baited the hooks, Capt. Ron tried to cajole Joey into doing it. Joey recoiled. “We’ll make a fisherman out of you yet,” he promised, good-naturedly. A few minutes after setting up all of the poles, Joey asked if we could put more in. “We could do that,” Capt. Ron said, “Do you want to catch that fish first?” Joey hurried to the pole and reeled in a 2-pound Kentucky spotted bass. It seemed Joey did have something pointsnorthatlanta.com | June 2013 | Points North

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Cast a line with these local guide services to make your Big Fish dreams come true. Chattahoochee River Outfitters Guide service in the greater Atlanta area offering year-round drift boat and jet boat float trips on the Chattahoochee River to experienced anglers and beginners alike. They favor spots around Buford Dam for wild brown trout and hatcherysupported rainbow trout. 770-402-7883, atlantatroutfishing.com

Georgia Lake Fishing Charters Owned and operated by Gainesville native and fish fanatic Capt. Wes Carlton, this guide service offers trips in Lake Lanier, Lake Burton, Lake Rabun and several other Georgia lakes. Ask about brown trout fishing if you’re looking for action. 770-318-9777, georgialakefishing.com

Reel Job Fishing Blue Ridge based fishing outfitter with a special interest in the North Georgia lakes and the Toccoa River. They’ll wade along with you on a fly fishing trip or accompany you on a conventional lake fishing trip. 770-330-7583, kent-klewein.com

River Through Atlanta Chris Scalley of River Through Atlanta in Roswell likes to spend as much time on the ‘Hooch as he can. His familiarity with the ecosystem makes his trout catching tactics extra effective. 770-650-8630, riverthroughatlanta.com

Striper Quest Fully licensed Lake Lanier guide service focusing on freshwater striped bass. 770-897-3474, striperquest.net

Orion Fishing Charters Did you know that June is the perfect time for bream fishing? Jesse Fink and Chris Hughes of Orion Fishing Charters are experts on fishing for all kinds of species in Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River. 770-773-6744, orionfishingcharters.com

Reel ‘Em In Guide Service Established over a decade ago as Elijay’s first fly fishing guide service, Reel ‘Em In knows all the secret small stream tactics. With access to more than seven miles of private streams, they can help you catch a weighty wild trout or some local Elijay brook trout. 706-273-0764, reeleminguideservice.com 44

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Shane Watson Guide Service Third generation fisherman Shane Watson believes that you can catch a big fish without going to the coast. Just head to Lake Lanier and let him show you how to get a large catch using light tackle, live baiting and trolling. 770-235-9829, lakelanierstripers.com

Trophy Trout Outfitter and guide Bob Still provides access to the Valley at Suches, a highly acclaimed private trout fishery in the Toccoa River Valley, as well as a bed and breakfast for unwinding after a day on the water. 404-538-6096, gatrophytrout.com


of an innate sense for fishing. After he began casting about, Capt. Ron grabbed a pole and followed suit. At 9:20, Capt. Ron hooked a 4 ½-pound striper that he let Joey reel in. Joey started to feel bad for me and promised me I could have the next fish. Ten minutes later, I brought in a 4 1/2-pound spotted bass. I held it by its gaping mouth as we posed for a picture. By 10:15, Joey asserted himself even more. As he reeled in a spotted bass, he practically yelled, “Get me the net! Get me the net!” As the day warmed, we took off our windbreakers and put on sunscreen. Again, our luck waned. Capt. Ron moved us back to our original spot. By this time, we had more competition in terms of fishermen, so Capt. Ron moved us again. Joey was playing around with a pole that was rigged for deep-water fishing. Those lines are for the summer when fish take refuge from the heat in the greater depths. Again, Joey’s instinct proved right. That landed us a final striper bass around 11 a.m. Almost simultaneously, one of the other poles felt a tug. Capt. Ron was surprised to see what we had hooked: a catfish. He didn’t want the slimy creature in the boat and the line fortuitously broke before he cut it. At that point, it was time to call it a day. Capt. Ron let Joey, wind pounding his sandy brown hair, steer the boat toward the ramp amid a wide-open stretch. Capt. Ron snapped a picture and e-mailed it to me as a souvenir. As we walked up the dock ramp toward the car, Joey scanned some of the boats in the parking lot. He still had yet to touch a fish, but announced, “When I get older, I’m going to have a fishing boat.” Capt. Ron, mission accomplished. PN

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LOCAL EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS JUNE THE AFFINITI TOUR: THE GEORGIA CLUB June 1: The event will be a two-player team stableford with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun. Cost to participate is $50 per person and includes a sleeve of balls, greens and cart fees, boxed lunch, prizes and a raffle including many great golf items. A verified USGA Handicap is required. Handicaps can be set up at any of the participating clubs. ➧ The Georgia Club, Statham (outside of Athens) | 770-725-8100 | affinitigolfclub.com

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WINE CRUISE SERIES June 2, 30: Interact with winemakers and other knowledgeable wine industry insiders on a two-hour cruise aboard the Island Princess, complete with wine samples and creatively conceived appetizers that pair with each wine. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple, and all guests can order the wines they sampled at the conclusion of each cruise. ➧ Lake Lanier Islands | lakelanierislands.com

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June 8 – Sept. 8: In this new exhibit, visitors will travel to all 50 states to explore U.S. geography, history and culture. Children can pretend to power a riverboat down the Mississippi, hit a home run at Fenway Park and so much more. Visit the web for details, tickets, membership, summer camp and party information. ➧ Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta | childrensmuseumatlanta.org

June 13 – Aug. 8: On every other Thursday throughout the RACE summer season, ON TH enjoy entertainment RIVERE for the whole family while you shop at The Collection (formerly The Avenue – new name, same fabulous collection of retail, dining and services!). Kids activities start at 6 p.m. with a concert from 7 – 9 p.m. Find a full schedule of bands online. ➧ The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming | collectionforsyth.com

ELM STREET TEEN IMPROV CAMP June 10 – 14: Teens can put their improvisational skills to the test at this weeklong camp and improv showcase. The camp includes instruction in comic timing, scene building, group mind, and many other improv games and techniques. Camp price is $125 for the week. ➧ City Center, Woodstock | elmstreetarts.org

BACK TO THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER RACE & FESTIVAL June 15: This paddle race includes competitive and recreational categories for kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. The day culminates with a festival at Roswell’s Riverside

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June 22, July 20: Allow your taste buds to transcend in time as you dine al fresco with a celebration of regional and international flavors. The evenings start with cocktails followed by multi-course dinners with wine pairings. Themes include “Under the Tuscan Sun” (June) and “Bastille Day” (July). ➧ Château Élan |chateauelan.com

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Great South BBQ Co. Nothing ushers in summertime in the South like a backyard barbecue. Craving those slow-smoked meats without all the stress? Don’t sweat it. Great South BBQ Co., a division of Talk of the Town Catering, offers the best quality wood-smoked meats, homemade fi xings and specialty desserts for any event. The company can also offer assistance with your beverage and bar service, tents, tables, décor and any other event services you may require. Choose from finger-lickin’ good options like pulled pork or chicken, “Lonestar” sliced brisket, Memphis-style ribs, cowboy baked beans, jalapeno cheddar cornbread, banana pudding, peach cobbler and more. Hungry yet? Visit greatsouthbbq.com for details.

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July 27: In addition to fulfilling all your back-to-school shopping needs at retailers like Gymboree, American Eagle, and DSW shoes, enjoy kids activities, live music, a fashion show, a magic show and more at this family-friendly event. ➧ The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming | collectionforsyth.com

AUGUST THE AFFINITI TOUR: STEEL CANYON Aug. 24: The event will be a two-person team total with a 2 p.m. shotgun. Cost to participate is $50 per person and includes a sleeve of balls, greens and cart fees, boxed lunch, prizes and a raffle including many great golf items. A verified USGA Handicap is required. ➧ Steel Canyon Golf Club, Sandy Springs | 770-3900424 | affinitigolfclub.com

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June 28 – 30: This year, folk art enthusiasts can participate in this annual event from the comfort of their own homes! For the first time, Around Back at Rocky’s Place will host their annual Folk Art Family Reunion online to coincide with the launch of their new website, AroundBackAtRockysPlace.com. Enjoy special pricing on select pottery and paintings from a plethora of self-taught artists. Any purchase on these dates automatically enters shoppers into a drawing for a chance to win a painting from gallery favorite artist, Cornbread. Of course, you

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can still visit the gallery in person, too! Open Saturday and Sunday. ➧ Around Back at Rocky’s Place, Dawsonville | galleryfolkart.com

JULY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST July 10 – 24: See Belle and the Beast come to life in a stage production of this classic tale. ➧ City Center, Woodstock | elmstreetarts.org

Aug. 25: Celebrate harvest season with more than 100 national and international wines, live music by League of Decency, wine seminars, culinary demonstrations, grape stomping and dancing, a local harvest food tent, and more. All-inclusive tickets are $75 and also include access to Château Élan’s full-production winery and vineyards, wine tastings and tours in The Wine Market and free parking. ➧ Château Élan | chateauelan.com

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AL FRESCO DINING AT NINE STREET KITCHEN Located on Roswell’s historic Canton Street, NINE offers an energetic ambiance and diverse chef-driven menu to create an unmatched dining experience for guests. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients, signature dishes include tomato havarti,

 

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Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest members-only boating club. A simple alternative to boat ownership, Freedom does all the work; just get to the dock and they’ll have a boat waiting for you, fueled up and ready to go. With 65 locations, including Lake Lanier, Freedom offers access to a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a boat. They clean, maintain, store and do all the prep work as well as eliminate hassles like dock fees, insurance or trailers. ➧ 6900 Holiday Road, Buford | freedomboatclub.com

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Pineapple Arnold Palmer Give a classic cocktail a cool summer spin; mix 1 part Bacardi Pineapple Fusion flavored rum with 2 parts lemonade and 2 parts sweet tea. Garnish with a pineapple wedge for the ultimate tropical twist.

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ROCK CITY GARDENS’ SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS Through Sept. 2: Enjoy some toe-tapping music and barbeque with a view at Lover’s Leap on Saturdays and Sundays. Free with paid admission into the park. ➧ Rock City Gardens | 706-820-2531 | seerockcity.com/ summermusic

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET Through Sept. 7: This new market includes live music, produce, artistic vendors and more on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While you’re there, enjoy free yoga sessions for all skill levels. A weekly schedule is available online. ➧ Ross’s Landing | Tennessee Aquarium Plaza | chattanoogarivermarket.com

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PERFORMING ARTS TH E TR U E S TO RY O F TH E 3 LIT TLE P I G S BY A . WO LF

[Through June 9] A family performance by Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, Mo. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3089, puppet.org

DISNEY’S J U N G LE B O O K K I D S [June 12 – 26] This family performance features favorite Disney tunes and follows Mowgli’s adventures in the jungle. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

DR. SEUSS’S TH E C AT I N TH E H AT [June 13 – July 28] This puppet performance is based on the book by Dr. Seuss and was originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3089, puppet.org

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[Through June 30] The exhibit pays tribute to the late architect and his design principles. Also included is information on Saarinen’s little known secret work in World War II. Museum of Design Atlanta, 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org

J I K I TO H A N G A : JA PA N E S E P O R C E L A I N A N D P R I NT S [Through Aug. 25] This exhibition features 49 color woodcuts and more than 30 porcelain and earthenware objects. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, museum.orglethorpe.edu

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Fernbank is having a “Fish Face” photo contest. Send in your best “Fish Face” photo to marketing@fernbankmuseum.org or post to Fernbank’s Facebook page for a chance to win prizes. Fernbank Museum’s IMAX Theatre, Atlanta, 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org

C R E ATI V E P H OTO G R A P H Y W ITH A D I G ITA L S LR C A M E R A [June 8] This workshop is designed to help you feel comfortable using the many features of your digital SLR camera. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 237, chattnaturecenter.org

TH E A R T O F D I G ITA L P H OTO G R A P H Y [June 18 – July 16] Join this five-week digital camera and photography class to improve your skills with the DSLR or other advanced camera. Learn the features of your camera, how to avoid common photography problems, and how to improve composition. Barbara A. Wood Academy of Art, South Forsyth County, 770-205-9221 or 770-664-5850, bawacademyofart.com

C R E ATI V E P H OTO G R A P H Y — G O I N G TO TH E N E X T LE V E L [June 23] This workshop takes photography to the next level, teaching advanced features and controls on the digital camera. Students should have a basic understanding of the digital SLR camera. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 237, chattnaturecenter.org

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[June 1] These free monthly concerts are held from May through October. Featured on June 1 is Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, a ragtime jazz band. Roswell Riverside Park, 770-641-3705, roswellriversidesounds.com

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SUMMERLAND: E V E R C LE A R , LI V E , F I LTE R & S P O N G E [June 1] For this concert, Everclear will share the stage with fellow rock bands Live, Filter and Sponge. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

H O M E BY DA R K CONCERT SERIES [June 1, 7] 8 p.m. This magical outdoor concert series is hosted by Georgia-based singersongwriter James Casto. Shows take place the first Friday of each month at Chattahoochee Nature Center and the first Saturday at Chukkar Farm. Chukkar Farm, Alpharetta; Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, homebydark.com

D U N WO O DY N ATU R E C E NTE R SUMMER CONCERT SERIES [June 1, 15, 29] This year’s concert series includes a partnership with Mother Earth Brewing and Moondog Growlers. Already Taken & The 49 Sound performs on June 1, and The Liberators on June 15. Dunwoody Nature Center, 770-394-3322, dunwoodynature.org

S ATU R DAY E V E N I N G CONCERT SERIES [June 8, 15, 22, 29] Local musicians will perform Appalachian mountain, bluegrass and Southern gospel music. Donations will be accepted. Unicoi State Park and Lodge, Helen, 800-573-9659 ext. 305


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U N D E R TH E P I N E S AT M ATI LDA’ S [June 8, 15, 29] Enjoy live outdoor music at Matilda’s. Bring your own food and drinks, lawn chairs, and even your dog for a laid-back evening of entertainment. Matilda’s, Alpharetta, matildascottagemarket.com

[June 9] Come enjoy some jazz with a southern accent led by Don Erdman. City Center, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[June 23 & 28] This outdoor concert series features Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo on June 23 and The B-52s on June 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org

[June 16] These free outdoor concerts kick off with Robin Latimore and her incredible ensemble. The event has lawn seating, menu options and vendors. Villa Christina, Perimeter Summit, 404-303-0133, villachristina.com

H A N K W I LLI A M S , J R . W ITH S P E C I A L G U E S T G R E G G A LLM A N [June 21] Get ready for a rowdy performance by Hank Williams, Jr. and Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and rock guitarist and keyboardist. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

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F O R E TH E LOV E O F A H O R S E G O LF TO U R N A M E NT [June 7] Play in this tournament to benefit the Roswell charity that works to save equines needing critical care. Trophy Club of Atlanta, 404-680-0392, fortheloveofahorse.org

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C I R Q U E M U S I C A W ITH ATL A NTA S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E S TR A [June 30] This show blends the thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, vzwamp.com

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[Through June 21] Donate your clean and undamaged wedding dresses for local military brides. I Do & I’m Done, Roswell, 678-218-3663

ATL A NTA’ S L A R G E S T B I R TH DAY PA R T Y [June 1] All families of children ever born at a Northside Hospital are welcome to

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WAY LO N A N D W I LLI E TR I B UTE C H A R IT Y CONCERT [June 1] Enjoy this tribute concert to country singers Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Proceeds benefit Save the Horses. Save the Horses, Cumming, 678-294-8559, savethehorses.org

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[June 8] Lost Oasis is Fernbank’s annual fundraising party, benefitting children’s programs this year. The “Wild Safari” theme pays tribute to the museum’s Extreme Mammals exhibition and features live music, exotic cocktails, incredible food and patrons dressed in animal attire. Fernbank Museum, Atlanta, 404-929-6404, fernbankmuseum.org

4TH A N N UA L S TR O K E AWA R E N E S S 5 K [June 22] Anyone who has been affected by stroke is encouraged to participate in this 5K hosted by Northside Hospital to raise awareness of the disease. All proceeds benefit the Stroke Support Groups. Northside/Interchange Professional Building, 404-845-5265, northside.com

O U R C H I LD R E N , O U R F UTU R E B E N E F IT C O N C E R T [June 29] Come to this concert benefiting children and families affected by autism. Performers include Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Karen Clark Sheard and CeCe Winans. Atlanta Civic Center, 404-405-3394, isupportautism.com

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[June 9] This fair, hosted by Save the Horses and Canine Adoption Network, raises awareness for pet rescue. Admission is free, but donations of bags of pet food are encouraged. Wills Park Covered Equestrian Center, Alpharetta, animalrescuefair.org

[June 1 – 29] 5 p.m. Bring your family for free entertainment each Saturday in the summer. Activities include games, snacks, and a movie on the screen. Movies shown in June are “Chasing Mavericks” on June 1, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on June 8, “Parental Guidance” on June 15, “Rise of the Guardians” on June 22 and “Here Comes the Boom” on June 29. The Village Amphitheatre, Mall of Georgia, Buford

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[June 13] These awards will benefit the American Diabetes Association and honor Dr. James R. Gavin, Mr. Percy D. Vaughn and Mr. Dhruv Pandya. Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta, 404-320-7100 x 3057, diabetes.org/foty

[June 3 – 7] This week of VBS is for all children in rising grades K – 6. Adult and youth volunteers are needed. Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770-887-2900, cfumcga.com

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S T. B A LD R I C K ’ S H E A D S H AV I N G B E N E F IT [June 15] Donate to the cause or shave your head to honor children fighting cancer. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. J’s Southern Smoke, Cumming, 888-899-2253, sbinfo@stbaldricks.org

C R IT TE R C A LL [June 7] Corporal Craig Fulghum from the Department of Natural Resources will talk about Georgia’s native mammals, equipped with fur pelts and skulls. Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, 706-356-4362

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accompany children at registration and only a limited number of poles are available. Vogel State Park, Blairsville, 706-745-2628

L AV E N D E R F E S TI VA L [June 8] This festival is devoted to all things lavender, such as lectures, crafts and food samples. Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-640-3855, southerntrilogy.com

TE D DY B E A R P I C N I C [June 8] Bring the stuffed friends for a picnic with games and a Teddy Bear Parade. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

YO UTH F I S H I N G D E R BY [June 8] Children compete for the longest fish and most fish caught at this annual event. Brookside Office Park Lake, Alpharetta, awesomealpharetta.com

CANOEING 101 [June 16 & 29] Learn the basics of canoeing in this introductory course. All equipment is provided. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 237, chattnaturecenter.org

GW I N N E T T C O U NT Y M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S [June 17] Peter Jenkins, aka Treeman, presents “How to Spot a Dangerous Tree.” Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, gwinnettmastergardeners.com

DATE N I G HT C A N O E TR I P [June 21] Enjoy the scenery of the Chattahoochee River with your significant other and bring a picnic dinner to share. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 237, chattnaturecenter.org

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[June 8 – 9] This free festival has children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, musical entertainment, food, a car show, a 5K/ fun run and a pancake breakfast. Peachtree Corners, 770-367-3127, peachtreecornersfestival.org

[June 22] Enjoy water-based activities for the kids such as the Amazing Bubble Show, the ArtBarn’s Good Clean Fun Crafts, the Sprinkler, Bubble Time, Water Olympics and Miss Julia’s Story Time. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

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[June 11] This series, starting on June 11, is for children aged 3 – 4 to explore nature through animal presentations, art projects and natural world investigations. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 ext. 237, chattnaturecenter.org

[June 23] This showcase will feature vendors from Roswell, Cobb and Fulton counties’ leading wedding professionals with all of the latest bridal trends. Roswell Historic Cottage, 678-744-9150, detailseventgroup.com

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B O O K F E S TI VA L O F TH E M J C C A [June 12] Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Devil Wears Prada,” will discuss her new follow up book, “Revenge Wears Prada.” Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Dunwoody, 678-812-4000, atlantajcc.org/ bookfestival

SUMMER COOKING CLASSES [June 25 – Aug. 20] A monthly series of cooking classes will be taught by Roswell’s own Chef John Wilson. Learn how to prepare a full meal from American and international recipes. The June topic is “Tamale Workshop.” Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-640-3855 pointsnorthatlanta.com | June 2013 | Points North

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Redefine Girls Night Out. Leave your men at home; it’s time to pick up your girlfriends and a Girls Nite Out Margarita! Whether you want to slip into that little black dress for a night out on the town or spend an evening in with friends, the Atlanta-based libations are the perfect addition to any occasion. If the thought of a girl’s night out isn’t enough incentive, this budding brand’s ready-to-serve specialty cocktails are made with top shelf Blue Agave tequila and real fruit juice. gnomargaritas.com Explore Atlanta on a Dime. Discover what your city has to offer … for free! “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta” by local resident Sue Rodman provides economical and fiscally responsible families tips to plan outings from a mother’s first-hand experience. For a summer full of frugal fun, learn how to visit Atlanta’s best attractions without having to break the bank. fieldtripswithsue.com/100free Nominate a Neighbor. Celebrating five years of designing spaces for individuals or families in a physical or emotional crisis, AHT Interiors’ non-profit organization, Designing Dreams, is looking for a northern Atlanta resident to grant a charitable makeover. With assistance from donors, local manufacturers and businesses, the design team will create and execute the project before Thanksgiving 2013. The deadline to nominate is July 1. ahtinteriors.com Enter if you Dare. Take a supernatural journey through the second oldest city in greater Atlanta on Gwinnett’s most visited ghost tour. Lawrenceville Ghost Tours return for the ninth year of vivid stories and haunted tales. Produced by Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville Ghost Tours are sure to give you goose bumps. Spooked? The 90-minute excursion through Downtown Lawrenceville tells chilling accounts of haunted places and local history — minus the bloody effects and gore. scarystroll.com Indulge your Taste Buds. Prepare your taste buds to savor the flavors of this culinary treat. The eighth annual Taste of Southern Highlands, highlighting several local establishments, will take place on June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, this “mountain tasting experience” will be an evening of delicious fare and entertainment. Tickets are $20 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under and free for children under 5. For details, email argibby@townscountyschools.org.



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