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17 ANNUAL BEACH PLANNER If you’re ready to retreat to the coast, we’ve got you covered. Flip flop through our annual beach planner for ideas on where to stay and what to do while soaking up the sun and the sand. 18 K I AWA H I S L A N D, S .C . 20 TH E C RYS TA L C OA S T, N .C . 22 B E AC H B R I E F S

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As Old Man Winter packs his wardrobe for a while, we anxiously await the arrival of spring, bringing with it an array of brightly colored clothing perfect for a crisp, cool season of sunshine and simple showers.

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HIDDEN HOMETOWN GEMS: ACWORTH & KENNESAW Forget slowing down to read the sign on a place you’ve been passing for years. Stop. Explore. And check out the gems we’ve uncovered this month.

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Calling all Pinterest devotees! Two local designers are “making room” for modern design at this month’s American Craft Council Show.

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SHAMROCKIN’ FOR A CURE The quest for a cure for cystic fibrosis continues March 9 as this “fun-raiser” returns to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

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entertainment of various “Harlem Shake” adaptations, my husband and I recently came across a truly thought-provoking video on YouTube. In what turns out to be an Australian road-safety PSA, the narrator makes a convincing case for slowing down the pace of our lives. (To watch it for yourself, search “slow down enjoy the ride.”) “If life’s a race, where’s the finish? And who are we competing with? Is there a prize for first place, or do we just reach the end a little quicker?” He goes on to describe the body’s adrenal response to living in fast-forward, from grinding our teeth and sleeping poorly to longterm effects like diabetes and depression. “Humans just aren’t designed to go that fast. Sooner or later, we crash.” “I need to watch this every day,” my husband admitted. Him and just about everyone else I know, myself included. I appreciate quality over quantity, but I rarely

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consider how this relates to my time. “When we slow down, we discover that life has a natural pace, and it’s good… we may do fewer things, but what we do, we do well,” the PSA continues. I tend to forget this in my mad attempt to multi-task, but what if I made a point to soak up each moment? To focus my full attention on my son as I’m feeding him rather than checking Facebook on my phone? To set aside those chores and really listen when a friend calls to catch up? Studies on the human brain show that we aren’t really capable of multitasking, anyway. It doesn’t mean I won’t still attempt it. Even as I write this, I keep breaking away to scarf down a snack and send a few emails. But I’ll keep reminding myself to put on the breaks, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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north { ENTER TO win } A TRIP TO ST. MARTIN Situated in the Anse Marcel National

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Nature Reserve, the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin is an 18-acre first class resort in French St. Martin. Marking the Caribbean debut of the Radisson Blu brand, whose vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can! service philosophy, the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin reopened in December 2011 after undergoing renovations in excess of $10 million. Radisson Blu has an undeniable leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. For guests at this property, that means 1,600 feet of white sand on the property’s beachfront, a 300-foot long beachside zeroentry infinity swimming pool, which in case you’re curious, is the largest infinity swimming pool in the Caribbean! More amenities you’ll love are the Guest Enrichment Program that offers fun and educational activities for adults like Champagne tastings, cooking classes and French classes; and way-too-cool exclusive water taxi service from the airport to the resort’s marina! For more information, visit radissonblustmartin.com.

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the PRIZE One lucky Points North Atlanta reader and guest will win accommodations in a Marina Suite for three nights plus daily breakfast buffet for two. This prize, valued at approximately $2,000, is valid May 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013. Register online at pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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EAST COAST EXTRA VIRGIN As restaurants continue to champion the use of local ingredients, we’re on the hunt for products that will carry the farm-to-fork concept into home cooking. Enter Georgia Olive Farms, the leading East Coast producer and marketer of olive trees. The agricultural cooperative works with local farmers and investors to produce an extra virgin olive oil for consumers interested in buying local. Find it at Roswell Provisions and Elegant Attic or online at georgiaolivefarms.com.

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ARGENTINA WINE DINNERS & TASTINGS Mariano Cebrian, importer of fine wines for four producers in the highly esteemed Mendoza region, will be visiting the Northside for a series of dinners and tastings, March 8 – 12. Cebrian, a native of Argentina, will host a tasting at The Oak Barrel in Acworth March 8 beginning at 6 p.m. He also will be aboard the Island Princess at Lake Lanier Islands Resort March 10 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. for an installment of the popular Wine Cruise Series. Cebrian will join Chef Leif Johnson of Bite bistro & bar in Alpharetta for a special wine dinner March 11 at 6:30 p.m. The finale will be held at Century House Tavern in Woodstock for a special wine-pairing menu on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made through each of the venues individually, and complete details can be found at the Events page at pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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wine cruise DUE TO ITS OVERWHELMING POPULARITY with resort guests and locals, Lake Lanier Islands Resort will once again host its Wine Cruise Series on its 65-foot houseboat beginning March 10 and running on selected Sundays through June 30. Guests will interact with winemakers and other knowledgeable wine industry insiders for a two-hour cruise aboard the Island Princess, complete with wine samples and creatively conceived appetizers that pair with each wine. This unique opportunity to cruise beautiful Lake Lanier with friends and associates costs just $50 per person or $90 per couple, and all guests can order the wines they sampled at the conclusion of each cruise. Some industry professionals and winemakers have already scheduled to attend. They include: Mariano Cebrian of Panoram Imports (March 10), which represents four Argentine wineries; Sarah Holt Mullins, assistant winemaker for Rancho Sisquoc Winery (April 21), Santa Maria, Calif., and Edward Wallo, owner of Yorkville Cellars, an organic winery based in Mendocino County, Calif. (May 19). Other dates for the cruises are March 24, April 7, June 2 and June 30. For details, visit lakelanierislands.com or call 770-945-8787, ext. 6148 for reservations. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE LANIER ISLANDS RESORT

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SHOW OFF YOUR CITY We’re lucky to live in such a sophisticated Southern city, and what better way to share our picturesque local treasures, not to mention learn more about your hometown, than “Atlanta, Georgia: A Photographic Portrait.” Breathtaking photography by Paul Scharff and narrative by Kathryn Witt. Available at local bookstores as well as online retailers and kathywitt.com.

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DRUID HILLS: THE SECOND CENTURY Celebrating the evolution of architecture and design in Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, which was designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, the Druid Hills Home & Garden Tour returns April 19 – 21. In addition to seven featured homes, this year’s event will include a special speaker series on the history of the neighborhood and a classic car show. For tickets, visit druidhills.org.

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Morgan Faith Gabrielle Galloway weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces when she was born on Oct. 19, 2012. When released in late January she weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces.

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memories The Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion

neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is proud to have been the fi rst hospital to offer the therapeutic program Beads of Courage to preemie families, and is the only program to be fully funded by physicians. Beads of Courage is a program that awards brave patients with beads to represent each milestone. These beads are added to help tell a story of understanding, acceptance and survival unique to each child’s journey. Patients or their families wear the colorful beads proudly as a symbol of courage, serving as a constant reminder to take each procedure one day at a time. Neonatal Nurse practitioner Suzanne Tillman, DMP, NNP-BC, who was extremely instrumental in securing the program for Gwinnett Medical Center, said, “The program is at no cost to families and is ... a highly tangible way for parents to remember what they went through when they get the baby home.” For more information, visit beadsofcourage.org.

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l a u n n a r ou ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SPRING FEVER, and nothing cures it quite like a trip to the coast. If the beach is beckoning you, flip flop through the following pages to plan your escape. We’ve got plenty of suggestions for southern beach destinations, special offers and upcoming events. It’s time to play in the sand!

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could keep us away. This point was clearly made as my friend and I, bedecked in mandatory lifejackets, walked onto the floating dock and waited patiently with paddles in tow. The kayaks at Kiawah Island were calling and as our guides nudged us into the calm current of the Kiawah River, the search began. Sure, we’d come for the tranquility of paddling through a maze of tidal creeks, but the two of us were also anxiously awaiting the company oftentimes said to patrol tourists through the property’s pristine marshland. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long before several resident Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins made their highly anticipated debut. Cruising the coastal waters with them ultimately became one of many memorable experiences during our Kiawah stay. And like the five-hour drive from Atlanta to the private South Carolina rental we called home for a few days, it was worth every bit of the wait.

THE PULL OF PERFECTION Blue skies and sandy beaches as far as the eye can see are certainly found on Kiawah Island, but a haven like this surpasses the typical allure of sand between the toes and sounds of the sea. The pull here is different — a sense of belonging and an irresistible urge to stay longer than intended. When I first visited the island years ago, I was initially drawn to The Sanctuary, the resort’s stunning seaside mansion, where service and hospitality ensure a VIP-style vacation for families of all generations. The amenity-laden

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atmosphere, not only within these well-appointed walls but everywhere onsite, is second to none, but what I loved about my visit this time is that we stayed in one of the many private homes on the island. We felt like locals who could enjoy many of the same privileges. The three new resort-owned and operated pools are a bonus for families, but we opted to lounge on the beach, where friendly attendants set up our chairs, rolled out our towels and took our drink orders while the waves washed over our feet and our chairs sank deeper into the sand. Ahhh ... now that’s vacation. As if we needed more reasons to indulge, awardwinning meals abound at restaurant venues such as Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, Tides at The Beach Club and even Hege’s Restaurant in Freshfields Village. We, apparently, have no will power, as we couldn’t resist diving into dish after dish around the island.

REFLECTION ON THE RUN The sun rose only minutes before I did on the last morning of our trip, and yet the welcome was pleasantly warm from the time my running shoes hit the paved trail, to the hard-packed but nearly empty sand and back again. Truth be told, I hadn’t meant to find the ocean. I accidentally detoured onto a portion of the trail that led me straight to it. Known to be directionally challenged at times, I can’t remember the last time a wrong turn felt so right. At one point, I turned off my iPod and sat on the sand, staring into the distance. Mesmerized by the view, I remembered how Abby Welch, the lead golf instructor for Kiawah Island Golf Resort, had graciously agreed to teach


me and my friend a few fundamentals and made it such a fun experience. I smiled, remembering how I had looked down at my feet, waddled a bit, readjusted my hands, and then stared at the hole in the ground as if professional posturing combined with my competitive spirit would somehow enable me to land the golf ball onto the green. And surely I could not forget the incredible massage at Sasanqua Spa, tucked deep into the property, where moss-covered trees and the water wall outside successfully set the tone for

the ultimate pampering that was to come. Maybe I was daydreaming. Maybe I just didn’t want to leave, but when I finally got back on my feet and started running, I realized that somewhere along the way, Kiawah had captivated much more than my attention. PN

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Kiawah Island Real Estate kiawahisland.com

If you’re looking to answer the irresistible call of Kiawah Island, consider calling it home with an address in Indigo Park. As the island’s sustainable new neighborhood, Indigo Park home designs aspire to LEED certification. Included among the many amenities that come with owning one of these amazing homes is a Kiawah Island Club membership plus access to renowned local golf courses, The Beach Club, The Sasanqua Spa and the 9,000-square-foot Sports Pavilion. Kiawah Island is also home to the HGTV Dream Home 2013.

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horses of Shackleford Banks seemed to float on the waters of Bogue Sound, their heads bent as they grazed on salty sea grass. Behind them, Cape Lookout Lighthouse stood like a sentinel, its distinctive pattern of black and white diamonds visible for miles. I admired these iconic images from a small skiff skimming over the sound along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. About 90 minutes north of Wilmington, miles of gorgeous sandy beaches welcome tourists attracted by the area’s serene beauty, natural landscape and affordably priced accommodations. Here, you won’t find crowds of people converging in one spot. In fact, the Crystal Coast features 85 miles of coastline and includes idyllic beach havens like Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and Atlantic Beach, as well as cozy towns like Morehead City and Beaufort. Its vibe is low key, perfect for those who want to experience small-town charm and a restful escape from the hectic pace of life. I had come to do just that and to learn about the proud culture of this place, where watermen have raised their families for generations and still fish the waters of the Atlantic for prized seafood.

M ANE ATTRACTION Aboard the skiff, Carolyn Mason, a local expert, shared her knowledge about the thriving band of wild horses, whose ancestors likely came across the Atlantic on Spanish galleons 300 years ago. We watched as a pair of horses swam from a narrow spit of land back to Shackleford Island, their heads held high, nostrils snorting. It’s a sight you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. “They’re one of the biggest tourist attractions,”

Mason said later as we enjoyed a picnic near the lighthouse. Boats ferry folks over from the mainland to view the horses en route to Cape Lookout National Seashore, where you can spend an afternoon hiking, swimming and bird watching. The National Park Service gives tours of the stunning lighthouse, its 207 steps not for the faint of heart, but the view from the top makes the climb worthwhile.

T REASURED F INDS Outdoor lovers will want to take a tour with Barrier Island Kayaks. For two hours, our group paddled languidly around the sound, ending up at Fossil Beach, known for its abundance of fossilized shark’s teeth. Like excited school children, the other kayakers and I began our treasure hunt. Soon I found one, then another, then another. Those shiny black teeth, barely a centimeter across and purportedly six million years old, are amazing souvenirs I will treasure always. Families will love the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which takes visitors on a journey from the mountains to the sea. Exhibits focus on fish and mammals indigenous to both the fresh and saltwater ecosystems of North Carolina. My favorite exhibit, “The Living Shipwreck,” features a three-quarters size replica of a German U-Boat sunk off the North Carolina coast by a Coast Guard Cutter in 1942. In the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, not far away, you’ll find an exhibit with artifacts recovered from when Blackbeard pirated these waters, and his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. Plan to spend some time in the historic village, recently named “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel.


First, take a trolley tour and learn about the city’s storied past. Then drop in to Front Street Grill, where you can sip a cocktail on their waterfront patio and enjoy their signature baked oysters. Civil War buffs can explore nearby Fort Macon State Park, a pentagonal fort that offers historic exhibits, as well as swimming and fishing.

If local culture is what you’re after, don’t miss the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. Celebrating the “down-east spirit,” the center stands as a tribute to the people who make a living along North Carolina’s coast. More local flavor abounds in awesome restaurants like Amos Mosquito’s, which features the freshest catch and makes everything from scratch. If you’ve been out and about exploring all day, consider having private Chef Shawn Pratt prepare a meal for you. He created a decadent, multi-course dinner for us, featuring sweet freshwater prawns, local collards and rabbit ravioli, all in the comfort and privacy of Breezy Cottage. A gorgeous, five-bedroom oceanfront beach house on Emerald Isle, Breezy Cottage is perfect for a large family. Of course, Crystal Coast accommodations range from hotels and condos to camping and rental homes. Regardless of where you stay, after a few days, like me, you too will understand why folks come here year after year. There’s no other place like it. PN

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PLEIN AIR

invitational

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as scenic beauty in a natural setting. Whether you’re seeking a muse for your own artistic endeavors or simply the opportunity to appreciate someone else’s craft, America’s Great Plein-Air Paint-Out along Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the place to be. Taking place May 2 – 12, artists will capture the coast from Alligator Point to Mexico Beach through the historically European practice of open-air painting. Events include a quick-draw, exhibits, artist demonstrations, workshops, receptions and more. pleinairfl.com Be sure to mark your calendars for even more events on the horizon in Mexico Beach — Best Blast on the Beach brings fireworks and a 5k to the area July 4 and the Mexico Beach Offshore Classic attracts anglers with fishing tournament categories including king, wahoo and dolphin. mexico-beach.com

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RAISE A TOAST

ON THE COAST

The beaches of Northwest Florida’s South Walton area have a long-standing reputation among epicureans as one of the best destinations for food and wine festivals, and this season offers not one, but two opportunities to indulge. Up first is the 30A Wine Festival, an intimate event featuring wine tasting seminars, a grand tasting, a band party and the all-new Rosé and Croquet event March 9 – 10 in Alys Beach. 30awinefestival.com; for accommodations, visit alysbeach.com. Later in the season, the inaugural South Walton Wine & Food Festival takes place April 25 – 28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, boasting more than 800 wines, a culinary village, cooking demonstrations, entertainment from celebrated songwriters and more. Cheers! sowalwine.com

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Oceanfront

FEASTS

If we lived on the coast, we’d host beach bashes with fresh-catch feasts every weekend, but since our days by the sea are limited, we’re inclined to leave our catering needs in the capable hands of local experts. Grayton Beach Catering specializes in quintessential low country boils and beach bonfires (s’mores included!) for parties of all sizes along the Florida Panhandle. graytonbeachcatering.com Need a place to stay? Consider one of Points North’s lodging partners for beach house and condo rentals in Northwest Florida: Dale E. Peterson Vacations, 800-336-9669, destinresorts.com South Walton Beach Rentals, 888-364-6791, brswvacations.com

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PARK & FLY With direct flights from Atlanta to destinations like Panama City, Destin and Charleston, reaching your beach destination can be quick and painless and devoid of the “Are we there yets?” Ease the hassle of airport parking with Points North partner Park ‘N Fly, which offers complimentary, continuous shuttle service from off-site lots, luggage assistance, affordable rates and additional perks like baggage check and car detailing. pnf.com

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Beach BUMS Dress your little beach babe in style with Beach Bums by Baby Aspen, super-cute seersucker diaper covers decorated with all your favorite sea creatures ($38.75 for a set of three). The boutique-quality, online baby gift shop is based right here in Duluth. babyaspen.com

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ROCK ON!

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It’s concert season across the South, and as much as we love a good amphitheater or arena, you just can’t beat a live concert on the coast. Offering a unique entertainment experience, the Hangout Music Festival takes place directly on the beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Shores and brings in an incredible array of musical talent year after year. Headliners for the 2013 festival, May 17 – 19, include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon and The Black Crowes. Snag single tickets or splurge for a full travel package including local lodging and transportation to and from the event. hangoutmusicfest.com

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The Crystal Coast has become one of the hottest beach destinations in the Southeast for family vacations, reunions, weddings, corporate connections and just about anything that has to do with sun and sand. Should you get the notion to host a shindig of sorts, sit back and leave the details to local experts. Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals is the area’s only event rental company with Certified Event Planners on staff. Just thinking about it makes us want to throw a little party on the beach! crystalcoasteventrentals.com GE OF BAL HAR BOU R VILLA PHO TO COU RTES Y

“UNSCRIPTED” The chic destination of Bal Harbour, Fla., recently launched a new public art program called “Unscripted.” This year-round, public art commission was created to support and challenge the artistic talents in South Florida. Artist Christy Gast has been named the second winner of “Unscripted” and her commission, “Self Portrait as Barefoot Mailman” opens this month. balharbourflorida.com/unscriptedartprojects

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It may seem unlikely that architecture could create a destination, but the iconic pastel cottages and white picket fences of Seaside, Fla., have played a large role in the branding and appeal of this popular little town. Learn about Seaside’s world-famous, New Urbanist design on an intimate walking tour with Mark Schnell, a boutique urban designer based in Seagrove Beach, Fla. The 1.5-hour tours are by appointment only. seasidewalkingtours.com. For Seaside accommodations, visit cottage rentalagency.com or homeownerscollection.com.

Outer Banks Outfitter Having lured countless generations of families to its charming, quintessential Coastal Carolina getaway in the Outer Banks, Sanderling Resort is proud to partner with Kitty Hawk Kites, the largest water-based outfitter on the Outer Banks. Onsite activities will include kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, skimboarding, boogie boarding and bicycle rentals. A dedicated representative from Kitty Hawk Kites will be stationed at the resort and all activities are open to guests and the public. To book your adventures, contact Sanderling Resort at sanderling-resort.com 855-412-7866. PN


spring t Wilah Color-Blocked Cutout Maxi We love this floor-length showstopper from BCBG, drenched in to-die-for hues of neon and nude and accented with a Grecian and Aztec-inspired neckline. $368; available at Perimeter Mall

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As Old Man Winter packs his wardrobe for a while, we anxiously await the arrival of spring, bringing with it an array of brightly colored clothing perfect for a crisp, cool season of sunshine and simple showers. This year’s trends include retro pastels, flirty floral prints and a revisit to the tailored era of one Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly — think collars, buttons and lacy, tuckedin tops!

t Pop Art Scarf Warm up a tank or top off something simple with this go-to accessory by Kate Spade. $128; available at Lenox Square Mall

t Gucci for UNICEF Boston Bag Carry your charity: Gucci introduces a sleek and sturdy tote that will turn heads and save lives. This year’s style will specifically benefit the Schools for Africa and Schools for Asia initiative. Shown in Albaster Micro. $1,520; available at Gucci retailers or online at gucci.com

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t Retro Lace Top Show off your shoulders with a swanky tank. The geometric pattern revs up any simple ensemble. $29.99; available at Dress Up Boutique, various metro Atlanta locations, shopdressup.com

t Modern Lace Short Available in sweet sherbet pink or cool mint green, these candy-hued shorts amp up any lunchtime outing and easily own the nighttime hangout. $38; available at francesca’s collections at The Avenue Forsyth, Cumming

t Outlook Oxfords by Steve Madden These laceless flat oxfords sport up shorts, cropped pants or skirts, adding a flirty addition to any outfit. $129.95; available at DSW at The Avenue Forsyth, Cumming PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATE SPADE, GUCCI, BCBG, DRESS UP BOUTIQUE, FRANCESCA’S COLLECTIONS, STEVE MADDEN

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As an Apple Specialist, PeachMac carries iPad, iPod, Mac, Apple TV, and a huge selection of accessories. PeachMac is also an Apple Authorized Service Provider to handle any of your in- and out-ofwarranty needs. No appointment necessary.

Ste. B206, Johns Creek 678-867-0033 piperlillies.com

Visit Piper Lillies Gift Shoppe to find new items in every day! The store now carries Swanky Baby Vintage, Poo-Pourri, Reed & Barton, Bey Berk and CorkPops.

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Atlanta’s largest selection of quality outdoor furniture and outdoor living products, featuring Big Green Eggs, Saber gas grills, Caldera Spas, Sunbrella fabrics and unique outdoor living accessories.

Norcross, East Cobb, peachmac.com

KAREN’S FINE APPAREL 10305 Medlock Bridge Road John’s Creek 770-814-8416

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The Oak Barrel It’s four o’clock somewhere

Nature’s Corner Market Not just another health food store, Nature’s Corner Market is a treasure trove of natural and organic foods sure to excite foodies looking for ingredients that are hard to find at a typical grocery, as well as anyone interested in adding more organic fare to their diet. Though the store claims a Marietta address, its location makes it helpful for Kennesaw shoppers with specific dietary needs. On top of a wide range of vegetarian and vegan items, it’s a particularly great place to shop if you or anyone in your family is on a gluten-free diet. Glutenfree items can be found throughout the store, including an entire aisle dedicated to gluten-free flours, cake mixes and more. Another highlight is their collection of dry ingredients sold by weight. An impressive array

of nuts, grains, candies, spices and loose-leaf teas are stocked in jars along one wall of the store, where shoppers can take home as much or as little as needed in paper bags provided nearby. And it’s not just food — Nature’s Corner Market also stocks a variety of natural and organic cosmetics, soaps and other personal care products that make the store a great resource for anyone trying to reduce their exposure to unhealthy chemicals. After you’ve filled your cart with exciting new products, be sure to check out the smoothie bar on the way out. Their delicious but healthy drinks come in a variety of flavors that varies by season. 3960 Marietta Eliza Trace NW, Marietta, 678-833-5916, naturescornermkt.com

and if you happen to be in downtown Acworth at that hour any day from Wednesday through Saturday there’s a perfect venue to relax, have a glass of wine and become part of the growing family at The Oak Barrel. It’s rustic wine cellar appeal, interesting gift items and intriguing wine selections lead the way to its allure, and the customer experience here is paramount. The Napa Technology’s WineStation, which allows guests to pour a sample, halfglass or even a full-pour of one of many featured wines is conversational in its own right because you are unlikely to find anything similar nearby. The staff changes selections regularly, so sampling varietals that you will enjoy for years to come happens here one sip and swirl at a time. Visit the quaint shop for one of its regular tastings, for ladies night (the last Wednesday of every month) or for special events like the Argentina wine tasting with Panoram Imports’ Mariano Cebrian on March 8. Conveniently located near some of historic Acworth’s finest restaurants, at The Oak Barrel is a great place to begin or end a night out. 4843 North Main St., 770-9747720, theoakbarrel.net pointsnorthatlanta.com | March 2013 | Points North

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unCorked Technically this fabulous find is located in Marietta, but it’s just so close to Kennesaw, we couldn’t resist. If you’re looking for a great new palate pleaser, unCorked just might be where your search ends. Touting more than 250 beers and 500 wines in stock, this fun, hip store is sure to have something for anyone. The wide selection is based largely off of customer requests, so if there’s an obscure brew you just can’t find in Cobb County, just ask store owners Mark and Tonya Hetzel, and they’ll be glad to order it for you. Grab a six-pack of your favorite or get a little adventurous with a mix-and-match collection of craft beer at unCorked, where patrons can also sample new varieties risk-free during weekly wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 – 8 p.m., and beer tastings Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. You can also join their monthly Wine and Beer Club, or sign up for a wine education class to become a true connoisseur. 3901 Mary Eliza Trace, Marietta

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New Pool Technology “We are finding our clients are focusing their dollars on options that can make life easier rather than on sheer size of the pool, such as Infloor cleaning systems that can eliminate the need for robotic cleaners,” said Ron Coker, Jr. of Artistic Pools, Inc. “These systems also heat the pool and distribute the filtered, chemically treated water from multiple floor fittings. Because of this, you save money in both heating and chemical costs. Other options popular today are automated controls using smart phone or iPhone technology. With these control systems, you can monitor, adjust and program applications for your pool. We can even customize some of these apps so that you can control LED lighting and change colors and brightness from the phone itself.” PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN CASUAL LIVING

Outdoor Style “Close your eyes and imagine a sunny paradise where breezy, sun-filled days open and close with inspiring beauty, tranquility and comfort. Create a personal paradise at home with the casual elegance of Tommy Bahama’s outdoor furniture,” recommended Lee Recchia of American Casual Living. “Outdoor living is a natural extension of your indoor style, comfort and design preferences, with built-in features like outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, bars, video screens, and an array of plush seating. Tommy Bahama offers inspiring designs across a range of styles to create an environment that is uniquely yours. The finest materials, meticulous craftsmanship, unlimited customization and unmatched quality are hallmarks of Tommy Bahama style.”

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Landscape Investments “In recent years, we have seen an increase in homeowner landscape investments, partially due to the fact that people are traveling less, staying in more and investing in their homes with the dream to create a personal oasis,” said Samantha Spitale of Outside Landscape Group. “With resort-like landscapes, you are able to truly escape and enjoy the amenities within your own back yard. Such landscapes include everything from lush planting installation to outdoor rooms, kitchens, patios and pools. With a vision and a little creativity, the possibilities are endless.” PHOTO COURTESY OF OUTSIDE LANDSCAPE GROUP

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“Swimming pools have become so much more than just a place to take a dip. They have evolved into an extension of the homes’ living space,” said Evan Horning of Neptune Pools. “In doing so, the technologies associated with pools have come full circle to help eliminate the ‘headaches’ of pool ownership. From more durable materials, energy-efficient pumps, automation and alternative sanitization, pools have become an attractive option for many homeowners. From simple pools to monuments, there is a pool for most any lifestyle and budget. You are only limited by your imagination. If you can dream it, you can build it.”

“You don’t have to sacrifice having a nice yard because you can’t afford to have a landscaper take care of it for you,” said Rusty Collins of Exceed Landscape Group. “Plant smart. There are many options for shrubs that are slow growing and require little or no maintenance. Talk to your local nursery and see what kind of plants they have that will fit your needs.” “Once you have a plan, calculate your costs,” Collins continued. “If you decide to go with a landscape company, ask them about splitting up the install into smaller, more affordable phases.”

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A Sound Structure for Your Pool “Building pools that are structurally sound for local conditions requires attention to many aspects of the construction process, like compression strength of the shell or water-proofing to avoid efflorescence (e.g. calcium deposits),” said John Martinez of Alison Pools. “Following industry-leading standards, like those defined by Genesis 3 Design Group, is what our company strives to achieve in every design and build. There are countless stories of pools in Atlanta that are renovated because of substandard construction methods that could have been avoided if done properly the first time. Once we ensure the structure is built strong, we move our focus to create the visual aspects like vanishing edges and fire bowls.”

Adding Value Outdoors “Hardscaping and landscaping are great ways to increase your home’s value in this economy,” said Shaun Bowker of Synergy Landscape Group. “A professionally installed outdoor living area along with updated landscapes add value to your home and can ultimately help with future resale. Hardscape and landscape improvements also add non-monetary value to a home. Such improvements can add benefits like lower noise pollution, lower heating and cooling costs, and additional entertainment space, and can also block unsightly views and promote the use of outdoor spaces.” “We have been told numerous times that after the outdoor living area is completed, the kids are outside more rather than playing video games,” he continued. “They are actually being kids!”

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Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space Anthony and Dino Luckino from American Backyard suggest thinking about how you will most often utilize your outdoor living space – for dining, relaxation, entertainment or a combination? “The concept of an outdoor room has grown in popularity and some have become as well-equipped as those inside the home and often get more use,” they said. “Planning your outdoor space requires thought and consideration, including layout, design, furnishings, fabrics and incorporating grills and smokers into your plan.” They recommend considering outdoor furnishings from quality manufacturers like Tropitone, Winston and Gensun Leisure, combinations of comfortable deep seating groups with Sunbrella fabrics, coordinating dining collections, and accessories such as outdoor fire pits. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN BACKYARD

3D Pool Designs “Most backyard spaces around Atlanta have many challenges such as up or down elevations, problems with property set backs, tree challenges, or property coverage for pervious soils,” said Curt Cooper of Avalon Pools. “There is a greater demand for us to become more creative in order to accommodate swimming pools, spas, deck spaces, fences and functional landscape areas.” Cooper recommends using a 3D computer program to conceptualize the design. “[This] allows the customer to see their back yard and pool completed to show real elevations and use of space. If the customer wants to change materials, colors, elevations or fence design, this is the time to do it — in the design phase.”

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Visualizing the Bigger Picture A key to pool installation is to consider the final product, said Scott Chatham of Chatham Landscape Services. “If you start with the end in mind, then the landscape architect would be the first guy you want to talk to,” he said. “The risk of not [approaching it this way] is you’re going to miss opportunities for how it feels, how it’s used, how it’s accessed, and how it looks from the outside.” In addition, plan proper lighting. “The right lighting can increase the functionality and can extend the aesthetics of it into the night,” he added, noting such options as incandescent mood lighting for the entire area, LED color lighting for a resort feel, and pinpoint lighting to feature elements like waterfalls or hot tubs. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID MASSENGILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Eliminating Mosquitoes “Good mosquito control practices reduce the threat of mosquito transmission,” said David Touwsma of MosquitoNix. “Because standing water serves as a prime breeding ground for the mosquito, regularly changing bird baths, avoiding using trays to catch water under flower pots, and turning over any buckets or containers in your yard will serve as an important first step in reducing pesky biters.” For the most effective elimination of mosquitoes, Touwsma offered two additional recommendations: repeated barrier sprays and fully automated misting systems. “A barrier spray serves as a temporary relief from mosquitoes for a specific area,” he said. “Fully automated misting systems will repel mosquitoes 24-7 throughout mosquito season.”

Purchasing Lawn & Deck Furniture “When planning to purchase lawn and deck furniture, consider both style and comfort,” recommended Arthur Sweetland of Sweetland Outdoor Decor. “Adirondack chairs are not only comfortable, the look is very much in style. For deck, patio, pool and especially around the fire pit, these are a great choice.” “Even though PolyLumber has a bit higher original cost, it may be the better value in the long run because the color will not fade and they are low-maintenance,” he continued. “PolyLumber furniture can be cleaned as needed with a mild detergent.”

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TWO NORTHSIDE DESIGNERS “MAKE ROOM” FOR MODERN DESIGN AT THIS MONTH’S AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SHOW { WRITTEN BY KATHL EEN STE VE N S MO O R E }

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Below: Roswell’s Rick Bonner selected Starr Table, a one-of-akind coffee table by artisan Derek Hennigar, as his inspiration piece.

Above: Alpharetta’s Loretta Willis designed her space around a balloon vase by artist Michael Frasca

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CALLING ALL PINTEREST DEVOTEES AND CREATIVITY AFICIONADOS! If ever a time to click off technology and party-crash real life originality, this would be it: the American Craft Council Show, coming to town March 15 – 17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Craft, you ask? As in kids’ art projects or grandma’s crocheted ornaments? Not so much. Craft as in fine, one-of-a-kind objects handmade by expert artisans. Several times a year the American Craft Council (ACC) bounces around the nation, conjuring up magnificent juried shows that double as knockout shopping opportunities for Joe Public. This year they’re sidled up alongside the Southeastern Garden Show, creating two marketplaces under one roof. Insider tip: Purchasing advanced tickets online at craftcouncil.org/atlanta instantly enters you into a $250 drawing. For additional spice, 10 Atlanta area interior designers will create a room at the show, inspired by a single piece of craft made by one of the show’s artists. Titled “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft,” the display will help us visualize how to integrate a treasured object into home design. Points North was fortunate to catch up with two of the designers — Loretta Willis and Rick A. Bonner — both from the Northside. Listen to Your Life Alpharetta’s Loretta J. Willis and her interior design talents have been featured everywhere from HGTV’s “Designers’ Challenge” to Southern Lady magazine, but as we shook hands, that’s not what

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raced through my mind. Warm eyes radiated from skin so flawlessly smooth, I was tempted to inquire as to which moisturizer she uses. Whatever her brand, it’s working. Not unlike her business philosophy and a favorite personal mantra: listen to your life. For more than 20 years, Willis has operated within the vision of helping others create beautiful and functional environments that enhance family and individual lifestyles. She described her design style as classic and timeless with French and English influences, humbly omitting that she’s also a successful author and speaker. When asked about starting in the business after graduating from Florida State University and early successes, she again dodged the opportunity to pat herself on the back, citing instead praise for her mother. “She was good with her hands, and gave me a deep appreciation for old things and creating new things,” Willis said. “Mom loved her fabric.” The apple falls not far from the tree, as Willis has built a compelling niche business around her passion for rich textiles, unique fabric and custom furnishings, garnering appreciation from both clients and organizations such as the ACC. Asked if it will be a stretch designing a 10-by-10-foot room around one single piece of craft at the upcoming show, Willis laughed lightly, “Not at all.” Without coaxing, she waxed poetic over the craft item she’s chosen for the project: a large balloon vase by artist Michael Frasca from Harrodsburg, Ky. “Ooooh … it’s beautiful,” she gushed. “The coloring is phenomenal!” Willis is emphatic on the uniqueness of the vase, a hand-thrown stoneware ceramic worthy of museum display. “The type of vase we don’t put flowers in?” I asked open-endedly. Perfectly glossed lips tweaked upward in a kind, bemused smile. “To me, it’s a

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{ MODERN DESIGN MEETS CRAFT } stand alone piece,” Willis gently schooled. She revealed the concept for her space will be drenched in Old World, queues taken from the vase’s shape and wood-ash glaze. Willis explained an elevated craft item this significant would belong in one of the home’s public spaces — not relegated to a back bedroom or enclosed study. Speaking highly of the American Craft Council’s effort to educate the public on fine craft, she admitted when people hear the word “craft,” visions of country and folk art leap to mind. Asked if she personally owns any craft items, Willis turned reflective. “Actually, the first antique I ever purchased could be considered craft.” Recalling early days of getting married and setting up a starter home, she spoke of coming across a hand-carved table. The mahogany’s timeworn patina in perfect communion with its elegant shape stopped

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her in her tracks. Decades later, like countless subjects of lovingly created craft, the piece still remains a beloved treasure. Cosmopolitan but Comfortable Roswell’s Rick Anthony Bonner greeted me with a hug so authentic I wondered if we were BFF’s in a previous life. Clad head-to-toe in black, wearing hipster glasses underneath a shock of trademark spiky hair, Bonner is the very epitome of chic interior designer. He guided us through a show home that he’s working on. As co-chair of the project, his clean, modern aesthetic seems draped over every flawless detail. Peering from room to room, I wondered if he can oversee an entire inspiration home, what amazements will the man accomplish with a 10-by-10-foot space? Flinging wide the historic home’s front door, a magnificent drive and lush gardens

were thrown on display. “Can you imagine living here back in the ‘20’s?” he quipped. “Look at this place! A bucolic existence.” Bonner’s eloquence reminded me of his stated design philosophy: cosmopolitan but comfortable. Curated without kitsch. Referential, not derivative. Never the same twice. Leaning back into a perfectly tailored sofa, Bonner spoke of growing up in Michigan, graduating from Eastern Michigan University and never, not once, deviating from his chosen career path. After gaining additional interior design chops at Polo Ralph Lauren, he ventured south. Quickly, talk turned to craft. When asked about the piece he’s selected as inspiration for the room he’ll create at the ACC Show, Bonner smiled knowingly. Instead of a petite object, he’s selected a sizable piece of furniture.


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suffering from. He was in a lot of pain because most of his symptoms were GI (gastrointestinal) related and sinus. No one put the pieces together,” Pam Baker said. “His main symptom was mal-absorption. He had severe cramping, vomited a few times and passed out a couple of times because of the pain. He was going to the bathroom 8 to 11 times per day. When he was finally diagnosed with CF (at 18 months old), I was actually relieved, because we could start treating him and taking the pain away.” At the time of the Gavin’s diagnosis, Baker was six months pregnant with the couple’s next child. Three weeks later after an amniocentesis, they were told their second son, Jake, also would have the disease. This time she was angry. CF is passed along when both parents have the defective gene (CFTR) only 25 percent of the time. The couple’s youngest two children, Sabrina and Duncan, do not have CF. “I went through a period of time that I was really mad. One day, Jon and I were watching our neighbors’ kids hitting baseballs in their batting cage, and we thought that’s never going to be us now,” Baker


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Getting Active Some CF patients, like Gavin and Jake, take 30 to 40 pills per day. Without adequate medical coverage, parents can accumulate nearly $100,000 in medical expenses per year to treat the disease. When the shock and anger of the diagnosis wore off, the Bakers unleashed their competitive fires on fundraising. This past year, the Baker Boys’ Battalion eclipsed the $1 million mark in total funds raised in 10 years of participating in the foundation’s Great Strides program. “The first year I began running in CF charity races, I called and asked the foundation who the No. 1 team was in fundraising, and told them, ‘O.K., we’re going to beat it,’” Baker said. And they did. Raising $30,000 in a letter campaign, they were the No. 1 team in the country and held that spot for nine years. Two of the Baker’s friends, Chris and Mary Guiney of Milton, wanted to lend a hand in the fundraising efforts for Gavin and Jake, and after witnessing fi rsthand the medicines, treatments and the intricate

breathing apparatuses necessary for the Baker boys’ daily lives, the seeds for a fullfledged local fundraiser took root. “Chris and I found ourselves wishing that Gavin and Jake weren’t sick. Wishing they didn’t have CF. Wishing that there was a cure. Wishing the Baker’s kids were healthy like ours. After a couple of years of wishing, we thought there just has to be something more that we can do,” Mary Guiney said. “We know the research is working. Our whole motive was to raise a lot of money so that the foundation could find a cure before it’s too late. At one time, life expectancy of a CF sufferer was 16. Well, 16 wasn’t long enough. Now, it’s 37, but that isn’t good enough, either. Treatments are great, but they aren’t cures. Because CF is genetic, it’s a control, not a cure. It’s within their grasp but they need research money to speed up the process,” she added.

No strangers to hosting parties, the Guineys held a poker party the first year that raised more than $3,000. It added fuel to the fundraising fire and paved the way for bringing their friends and associates together at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatere. Six weeks later, Shamrockin’ for a Cure was born. Main Stage in March Since 2009, the function has raised nearly $280,000 for CF, including $170,000 last year. ShamRockin’ will again be held on the Verizon main stage this year on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 7 p.m.

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said. In time, they discovered that wasn’t true at all. After seeking counsel and solutions from others in the CF community as well as the CF foundation itself, Baker discovered an active lifestyle is one of the keys that has worked very well for her sons. Gavin is a fantastic wake boarder and plays lacrosse, while Jake plays tennis and enjoys performing.

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Jake Baker

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“I think people are looking for meaning or an opportunity to help others. They can go out to dinner with friends, or go to a club, but really, who is that helping?” Guiney asked. “If you can have fun and help those with this horrible disease at the same time, even better.” “There is something magical about Shamrockin,’” Baker said. “People have taken a vested interest in its success, even though they may have never known anything about CF before taking part in this event. Mary characterized the event perfectly when she said ‘We’re taking the ‘d’ out of fundraising’ a few years back.” “There are enough black-tie events and not all are super fun. Let’s face it, the best times we ever had in our life were in college,” Baker continued. “We want to provide that [college] feeling one night per year, and that’s all we can really handle at this point,” she laughed. “It has turned into something a lot of people were missing in the fundraising and entertainment world.” While a fun evening is at its center, fundraising is the vital component. “We felt very strongly that if people really understood what we wanted to accomplish, and why we wanted to accomplish it, it would be successful,” Chris Guiney said. Tom Murphy of Murphy Custom Builders in Alpharetta was a catalyst for the fun and fundraising at the first event. He contributed to its success with many silent and live auction bids, and according to Mary Guiney, continues to make an impact. “We were fueled by Tom, who made us feel successful that first year,” she said. “Since then, he has contributed more than $50,000 of his time and his services through his construction business.”

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It is contributions like those that enable the Guineys to be hopeful about the future for this event and others that may spawn from it. “We’re not done. We’re not even close to done. What we have done is nothing until there is a cure,” Chris Guiney said. “There are two boys in our lives that we need to save and there are 35,000 others in the United States and several hundred thousand around the world who need us. To stop now or to say that we have accomplished anything is premature — I try not to say this to our committee because what we have accomplished is wonderful — but it’s just the beginning. We need to keep fighting harder and harder every year. Until there’s a press release issued that says there’s a solution to extend the lives of 100 percent of CF sufferers that will have a normal lifespan, we just have to keep going.” “I would like to think that Shamrockin’ could extend to cities all over America. That would help us raise more than $1 million in one day and that’s where we want to go,” he added. Shamrockin’ for a Cure at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre is a nice reminder for the Bakers, the committee and all who are involved in the event that people want to help. “At this time of year, Jon and I get to reflect upon and appreciate the good things that CF has brought us. If my two oldest boys didn’t have CF, we certainly would never have been as philanthropic as we have become. We would not have met those people who have become the most important people in our lives right now. The number of good things that have come about because of CF far outweighs the bad things,” Baker said. PN

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PERFORMING ARTS

MARCH ART MADNESS

[March 7 – 10] Curtain Call Players presents Alice’s audacious trip through Wonderland. The Art Place – Mt. View, Marietta, 404-692-2297, ccyp.org

[March 15 – 16] Browse and buy original artwork to support the 12th Annual Members Art Exhibit and Sale from Sawnee Art Association. Central Park Recreation Center, Cumming, sawneeart.org

A LI C E I N WO N D E R L A N D

M I LLI O N D O LL A R Q UA R TE T

A R T I N B LO O M

[March 12 – 17] In this Tony award-winning musical, rock ‘n’ roll legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley meet up for one of the greatest storefront jam sessions in history. Fox Theatre, Atlanta 1-888-ATL-TIXX, foxatltix.com

[March 21] Enjoy an evening of fresh flower arrangements inspired by fine art along with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and auctions to benefit the Johns Creek Arts Center. Gallery Events, Johns Creek, 770-623-8448, johnscreekarts.org

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[March 15, 16, 17, 22, 24] Elm Street Arts performs one of Shakespeare’s well-known comedies. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[Through April 28] Talented Marietta artist Bayberry L. Shah will show 35 unique floral works of art. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, 404-876-5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org

H A N S E L & G R E TE L [March 22 – 23] Atlanta Dance Theatre presents its spring show, a family classic ballet, followed by “Pairings,” a contemporary dance piece. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, adtshows.com

CONCERTS | COMEDY J E R RY S E I N F E LD

[March 8] One of America’s favorite comedians will perform his signature stand-up routine for one evening in Atlanta. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 855-ATL-TIXX, foxatltix.com

LE O N A R D C O H E N [March 22] Singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen has added a second leg to his popular “Old World Ideas” tour. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 855-ATL-TIXX, foxatltix.com

S L AV E RY AT JEFFERSON’S M O NTI C E LLO [Through July 7] This historical exhibit explores slavery and enslaved people through the lens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com

CHARITY EVENTS G R E AT A M E R I C A N B A K E S A LE

[March 5] Sample sweet desserts made by local pastry chefs all in the name of Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Atlanta, strength.org/bakingcontest

TH E P I N K A F FA I R

ART | EXHIBITS Q U I LT S H OW

[March 9 – 17] Local artists will display more than 200 quilts reflecting the theme of “My Favorite Things” throughout a beautiful antebellum home. Historic Bulloch Hall, Roswell bhog.org

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[March 9] This special dinner and auction benefits TurningPoint, a non-profit healthcare organization that works to improve the quality of life of women with breast cancer by providing specialized rehabilitation. Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, 770-360-9271, thepinkaffair.org

[MARC H 2 1 ] Art in Bloom Johns Creek Arts Center

C I R C LE F O R C H I LD R E N C H A R IT Y B A LL [March 16] Atlanta’s oldest charity group hosts its annual charity ball with a festive Latin theme: “Havana Nights! A Caribbean Casino!” Atlanta Country Club, thecircleforchildren.org

S H A K E IT F O R A C U R E Z U M B ATH O N E V E NT [March 16] Work out for a good cause! Proceeds from a high-energy zumba class will benefit Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. St. Pius X Catholic High School Gymnasium, Atlanta, sarahkerr.zumba.com

TOT S TO T W E E N S C O N S I G N M E NT S A LE [March 16] Shop consignment for everything you need for your family, with proceeds benefitting Northeast Atlanta Moms of

Multiples, a non-profit support group for families of twins and multiples. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Marietta, nowamom.org

C A R E A F FA I R [March 23] This evening of dinner, live music and auctions benefits CURE Childhood Cancer and the Tri Delta Foundation. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, care-affair.com

E A S TE R E G G S TR AVAG A N Z A [March 23] Bring your Easter basket and a donation of diapers or wipes to Northside Hospital-Cherokee for its annual event supporting its Special Care Nursery. Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Canton, 770-720-5474

WO O D S TO C K TR A I LF E S T [March 23] The Greenprints Alliance presents a day filled with food trucks, live

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H I S TO RY O F C H AT TA H O O C H E E R I V E R CORRIDOR [March 7] The Roswell Historical Society presents National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower for an entertaining evening of historical statistics and homespun storytelling. Garden of Great Oaks, Roswell, roswellhs.org

S O UTH E A S TE R N F LOW E R S H OW [March 15 – 17] Enjoy garden-related shopping, guest speakers, ower arranging and cooking demonstrations. Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, 404-351-1074, sehort.org

SPRING GREEN F E S TI VA L [March 16] This event kicks off with the Chick-FilA 5K & Family Fun Run, and continues with inatables, face painting, food and music. Downtown Lawrenceville, springgreenfestival.com

ATL A NTA FRANCOPHONIE F E S TI VA L [March 16 – 24] Geared toward Atlanta’s Frenchspeakers, this multi-cultural event will

[March 17] Ten teenagers from around Georgia will compete in the ďŹ nal singing competition, judged by three music industry veterans, for the chance to win a demo CD, a professional photo shoot and a check for $2,500. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, varietystarsoftomorrow.com

M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S M A R C H P L A NT S A LE [March 22 – 23] The big red barn will hold more than 40 tri-state vendors selling a variety of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetables. Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming, 770-887-2418, fcmg.sharepoint.com

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Interact with the Author. The Roswell Reads committee has selected “Sweeping the Glass” by Carolyn Wall for the 8th annual Roswell Reads community reading program this year. During the week of March 11, meet the author at one of her book discussions, a writing workshop or the Roswell Reads Literacy Luncheon on Saturday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. for community members and students. For more information, visit roswellgov.com. Watch a Classic Musical. Why, it’s Greased Lightning! The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Jerry’s Habima Theatre, Georgia’s only theater company that is directed and produced by professionals and features actors with developmental disabilities, is celebrating 20 years of producing theater with a classic: “Grease: The School Version,” March 7 – 17. General admission tickets are $35. For more information, visit atlantajcc.com/boxoffice. Satisfy your Sweet Tooth. Every Friday and Saturday night in March, Park 75 Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel will offer special “Chocolate Nights.” From 6 – 9 p.m., guests are encouraged to try as many chocolate dessert items as desired, including Pastry Chef Charles Barrett’s signature Chocolate Bomb — a sphere of chocolate melted tableside for a makeyour-own-brownie sundae. Instead of choosing a la carte, a fourcourse chocolate dinner is also available for $55 per person. For reservations, please call 404-253-3840. Taste Test American Craft Beers. Try Sweetwater Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Company and many, many more at the 3rd Annual Suwanee Beer Fest on Saturday, March 16. The festival features more than 200 beers to sample, as well as a variety of food vendors and live music and the return of the Home Brew Contest. The event is expected to sell out, and a portion of the proceeds go to Kingdom Kids to help grant wishes for kids in difficult situations. For more information, please visit suwaneebeerfest.com. Stop to Smell the Daffodils. Actually, you should stop to see them, too — more than 3 million daffodils take residence at the beautiful Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Ga., just an hour north of Atlanta, making this the largest daffodil garden in the nation. Beginning March 1, the daffodil gardens become a popular display, bringing admirers from across the United States to see their colors of yellow, orange, white and pink. For more information, please visit gibbsgardens.com.


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