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Most people stop when they reach a finish line, but not three-time Ironman Triathlon finisher and father of three, David Shoulberg. Combining his passion for sports and children, he looked at the finishing stretch as a new beginning. Spin over to read how he changed gears to change lives.

Turning over a new shell, so to speak, chef-centric restaurants from Rosemary Beach to Fort Walton are refuting the time-honored tradition of serving an updated version of the Fisherman’s Platter.

23 HOT SPOTS FOR SUMMER We’ve dug our toes into a few sandy stops you’ll love. Whether it’s a peaceful ferry ride to North Carolina’s scenic Bald Head Island, an adventure-packed excursion to Alabama’s Gulf Coast or a well-deserved day at the spa in Florida’s St. Andrews Bay, vacation awaits!

54 FINDING A TOP PHYSICIAN Curious what characteristics separate a good doctor from a great one? We posed questions of our own to a panel of six health care professionals. Read on to see if you already have - or need to find - a top physician.

You have the latest issue of Points North Atlanta in one hand ... but what about the other? Cool inspiration can be found in our newly added Summertime Sips. Starting this month and continuing throughout the summer, we’re sharing recipes for a few of our favorite ice-cold drinks. Cheers!

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favorite season. It’s as if the beach somehow slows down Father Time, providing more hours of fun in the sun. And whether randomly tossed together like overstuffed beach bags or purposefully packed like steady sandcastles, the memories of my youth are tied to summer. On the beach in 1978, I caught a “whale.” Technically, it was a baby sand shark … stuck in a tidal pool, but as some amount of skill must have been involved, I count it. My first real catch came years later when my dad took me surf fishing. I hopped in the back of his truck for the short drive and still recall how excited I was when he drove on the beach right to the water. He baited the hook and cast the line, but I was in charge of reeling in dinner. I’m not sure who was more thrilled with that first tug on the line nor does the number of fish we caught come to mind. What I remember is a fun day with dad.

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PRIZE This month, Taylor Kinzel Gallery will gift one Points North Atlanta reader with an original work by talented Southern artist Lisa Moore. The painting “Rush” is a mix of oil, wax and plaster on canvas. Valued at $1,000, it is gallery-wrapped and ready for display. The winner can pick up their prized painting at Taylor Kinzel Gallery in Roswell during business hours. Enter to win online at pointsnorthatlanta.com by June 30. PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA MOORE

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“THE NORTHSIDE VIEW” PHOTO SHOWCASE

It’s your turn. The editorial team of Points North Atlanta invites amateurs and professionals alike to submit original black and white photography capturing their own view of the Northside by July 18*. Selected photos will be published in the August 2014 issue. *Photos can be any size, but must be high resolution with caption and credit. Photos submitted in color will be altered. Considerable submissions received after the deadline may be posted at pointsnorthatlanta.com PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHLEEN STEVENS MOORE

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SUMMER Get yourself something cool to sip on, find a comfy seat with a good view, sit back and relax … Ahh, that’s the stuff. Summertime in the South is about putting our porches to good use. When you’re restocking the bar this season, don’t forget about cute coasters. After all, in the Georgia heat, your drinking glass will sweat as much as you do. Atlanta-based company hi note has got you – and your tabletops – covered. Their handmade wooden coasters are elegantly laser-etched to create fun, unique designs available for purchase via their Etsy shop. Sold in sets of four, each coaster has a unique theme allowing friends to remember where they leave their drink. Whether you pick the mustache-illustrated collection, the various beer glasses or toasting quips like “Sip and Repeat,” these pieces are sure to start a conversation. Each time you raise your glass, you’ll feel good knowing you’re supporting local entrepreneurs. Erin and Michael Palermo, the creative husband and wife team behind hi note, started out with custom wedding stationery for friends and family in 2009. Their designs continue to make good first impressions and have led to international projects including wall and floor graphics, favors or anything you can dream up that deserves a custom stamp. Cheers to that! yourhinote.etsy.com

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Mementos Frozen in Time Behind every personal artifact, souvenir, token or old photograph is a personal story drawn from a fond memory, event or moment in time that’s begging to be shared, discussed and appreciated with others. Points North Atlanta freelance writer Amber Lanier Nagle has done just that, turning a pastime close to her heart into a collection of inspired stories for her book, “Project Keepsake.” The Georgia native chronicles the journey of invaluable keepsakes along with writers Renea Winchester, Audrey Lanier Andersen, Bob Wright, Carmen Slaughter and Anne Elizabeth Cowan. Told through the lens of those who revere their precious sentiments, each of the 55 stories is a firsthand account. In addition to these stories, we love the section that helps readers write their own keepsake stories. If you keep every papered treasure or cherished relic to capture those moments of days gone by and how they affected your life, you’ll find comfort in the pages of “Project Keepsake.” The anthology gives each of these mementos new life and meaning. For more information or to purchase, visit projectkeepsake.com. — LaTonya Darrisaw


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Patti Callahan Henry’s latest novel “The Stories We Tell” dives into deep, dark family tensions that ignite after a Savannah power couple’s daughter gets into a mysterious car accident. The unraveling of a family’s trust in each other — not to mention their reputation among city socialites — is what follows, taking us on a fantastic journey through Southern-bred truth telling, courtesy of one of our most beloved authors. Henry’s book hits Atlanta bookshelves this month alongside fellow writer Carolyn O’Neil in tow with “The Slim Down South Cookbook,” her new collection of recipes with help from Southern Living. Both authors want readers to sink their teeth in right away, so they’ll be at Lucky’s Burger & Brew in Brookhaven on June 24 to eat, drink, sign books and meet fellow foodie and fiction fans. patticallahanhenry.com; carolynoneil.com

When One Door Closes … We Eat! Atlanta-favorite Chequers Seafood + Steak said goodbye to its 31-year-old Dunwoody doors last month, but to the delight of loyal patrons, opened brand-new ones in East Cobb within two weeks. Now, Chef James Dennerline invites diners to enjoy the same seven-day service and Sunday brunch from his relocated kitchen, still firing up favorites like the char-crusted Ahi tuna and his famous USDA prime bone-in ribeye. New space also means new ideas, so the guys on the line introduced a new menu item, a succulent and hearty maple plank roasted salmon which patrons can enjoy inside the new semi-private area, with seating for more than 100, or (since it’s summer and all) on the outdoor, covered patio with room for 65 of your closest friends and family. The new Johnson Ferry Road location only improves the city’s longtime staple for good seafood and great cuts, now just minutes up the road. chequersseafood.com PHOTO COURTESY OF CHEQUERS SEAFOOD + STEAK

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RAVE Reviews AT POINTSNORTHATLANTA.COM Need a recommendation about a new favorite or old stand-by for dinner? A local place to shop around the corner from home? A quaint neighborhood spot to see live performances? Visit pointsnorthatlanta.com every month for fresh reviews, local spotlights and more online exclusives! Here’s a little teaser, just in case you need somewhere to eat tonight.

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Foundation Social Eatery, a new rustic American restaurant, recently opened its doors in Roswell and is now serving lunch. Chef and owner Mel Toledo built his literal foundation with 15 years of experience in kitchens as far from home as New York, California and France as well as in those close to Atlantan hearts like Century House Tavern and Bacchanalia. Now Toledo ties inspiration from abroad with Georgia roots to create a menu driven by local, seasonally Southern ingredients for his ďŹ rst restaurant concept. Read our complete review online. foundationatl.com

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A CURE TOMORROW STARTS TODAY A better chance of finding a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime? Sign us up. And do it with CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization whose motto is just that, as they raise funds for research and support to find a cure. They know that the future for curing children with cancer rests in the hands of doctors and researchers who are being trained right now, so CURE works to fully fund two pediatric oncology fellows at Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine. Drumroll please. This year’s fellows (and tomorrow’s miracle workers) are Dr. Jonathan Metts and Dr. David Siegel, both employees at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Taking it a step further, CURE sets up annual events for parents and families who need support and healing after the tragic loss of a child to various types of the disease. Earlier this year, CURE held a special reunion for families to gather, share memories and join a candlelight vigil. Obviously, fundraisers are a big part of CURE’s quest to cure childhood cancer and there is still time to get in on the game. On June 7 take a peek into an airplane hangar at the Taste of Speed VIP Jet Port Charity Gala. You’ll enjoy up-close-andpersonal views of the world’s most unique brands of luxury transportation. For more information on the gala, visit curechildhoodcancer.org. — Kathleen Sturgeon 14

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PEDALING WITH PASSION David Shoulberg changes gears to change lives { WRITTEN BY COLLEEN A NN MC N AL LY PHOTOG RA PHY COU RTESY O F THE W I L L E TTS | W I L L E TT PHOTO G R APHY AN D S PI N F OR KIDS }

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ccording to Merriam-Webster, a distributor is a person or company that supplies stores or businesses with goods. United Distributors, Inc. doesn’t just fit this bill, they’re one of Atlanta’s top 25 privately held companies and the largest alcohol beverage wholesaler in Georgia and Alabama. However, when I met David Shoulberg, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, I was reminded of the second definition of the word: a device that sends electricity to the spark plugs of an engine. Vice President is just one title to Shoulberg’s name. Additionally as Husband, Dad, Board Member for Camp Twin Lakes, three-time Ironman Triathlon Finisher and DJ Shalom, the multi-talented Shoulberg is the connecting point for many people and ideas. He was also the initial spark behind Spin For Kids, an annual bike race that has raised $2.5 million for the camp since 2006. Despite how often Shoulberg changes gears daily, he transfers the same electricity into each, creating an unmatched passion that extends well beyond the finish line.

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Raising the Bar When it comes to juggling all those titles, where does one start? Appropriately for Shoulberg, one thing simply leads to another. You could even say one person leads to another, as Shoulberg learned from United’s CEO and President Doug Hertz. After volunteering with Camp Sunshine, a free retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, Hertz realized hospital-based programs for special needs groups lacked adequate facilities to hold their camps. To fill that gap, Hertz founded Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) in 1991. As the first fully-accessible overnight camp, CTL is what Shoulberg calls a “Taj Mahal” of summer camps, complete with a state-of-the-art medical lodge, and a wheelchair-friendly tree house and pool. Now in its 22nd season, CTL has expanded to two other campuses in Winder and Warm Springs, offering yearround programs that serve more than 9,100 campers from nearly 60 different organizations. Hertz stated that the growth and expansion


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would not have been possible without the leadership, energy and commitment of so many dedicated people like Shoulberg, who got on board as a junior member in 1995 after he joined United. About this same time, Shoulberg was cultivating a hobby for cycling. Knowing the type of healing that happens at camp is different than the healing that occurs in a hospital bed, the self-described kid at heart found a way to eventually combine the two. The result was Spin for Kids, an annual, premier cycling event that raises money to help send kids to CTL. Rather than another black-tie gala or fancy dinner, Shoulberg wanted a fundraiser that the children would enjoy. The fully-supported bike race takes place at the camp’s original location in Rutledge, Ga., and winds through the rolling hills of beautiful Morgan County. As riders return, they are invited to join in camp festivities including food, beverages, live entertainment and a chance to explore, allowing par-

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ticipants to become advocates, or what Shoulberg calls camp “ambassadors.” Last year, the event rolled in 835 bikers that pedaled 5, 27, 47, 67 or 100 miles, and raised more than $429,000. That sent 537 kids to camp for an entire week, so mark your calendars now for the 2014 race, held on October 19. Miles Ahead A penchant for sports and an intense drive to succeed are the norms, not the exceptions, for Shoulberg, who remembers much of the same growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “I was a very determined long distance runner [and] worked very hard to be competitive,” he said, adding, “I could hold my own, but I did not have a lick of talent. Every medal or honor I earned came from hard work.” There’s little doubt that whether endurance racing


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In the Shoulberg’s Buckhead household, however, it’s not all about sports and individual achievements. Crediting his wife and her family’s philanthropic history as his biggest motivator to “do good,” Shoulberg has made giving back to the community a family affair and has simultaneously made a name for himself instilling the same values in his daughters.

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was in Shoulberg’s future or not, determination and diligence have defined him from even the earliest years. When asked what inspired him to tackle such a huge challenge like Ironman Triathlon competitions, he said, “I always loved watching the competition on ABC Wide World of Sports when I was a kid … [and] stumbled on this event live in Hawaii in 2001.” “I wanted something on my life’s resumé that I could look back on and say, ‘If I can finish an Ironman, there is not anything I cannot accomplish.’” With three official Ironman finish lines (an Ironman distance is 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles biking and 26.2 miles running, totaling almost 422 racing miles, not including the number of training miles) plus a little encouragement on the homefront, Shoulberg said it was time to retire. “One day my wife said she had a new triathlon she wanted me to register for: Carly, Jordan and Casey.” Being on the sidelines while their three daughters, respectively now 16, 13 and 11 excel in their own lives has brought the proud father in him to the forefront. Citing a few of his favorites, Shoulberg said, “How hard [Carly] works and her passion for being the best in the classroom; Casey trains 20 to 24 hours a week in the gym to be the best gymnast she can be; and Jordan has become a charismatic actress. Watching her in school plays and [performances] at the Woodruff Arts Center has been unbelievable.”

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Crossing the Finish Line Enter DJ Shalom. Shoulberg’s rapping alter ego, named after the Hebrew word for peace, made its debut in a rap video for his oldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah montage, but the idea dates back decades. “I always wanted to be a hip hop rap star growing up. My dream was becoming a member of Run DMC,” he admitted. “When we created the first rap video for Carly’s montage, I showed it to one of my customers. As he was dying laughing about how funny it was, he started calling me DJ Shalom.” As part of Jordan’s Bat Mitzvah community service project, DJ Shalom returned. While some may write a form letter with their request and send it out to family and friends, this father-daughter duo found inspiration from a video about an Olympic gymnast during the 2012 summer games in London, set to “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes. Jordan and DJ Shalom made their own YouTube video with request for Spin For Kids donations set to a musical remix of the same song with video footage from the camp (search online for “The Fighters by Jordan Shoulberg” and you can see their lyrical finesse). They spent three days filming the video before sending the link to donors. The first check came from a friend: an astounding $7,500. Jordan completed her project with a donation of more than $46,000. In true Shoulberg fashion, he continues to not only be a top fundraiser but also to raise the bar on his family’s involvement. A video for 2014 is already in the works with a fundraising goal of $500,000. Talk about pedaling an untameable passion into a cause that everyone can spin off of. PN

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WHITE SAND THAT SQUISHES SOFTLY BETWEEN EAGER TOES. Driftwood picket fences draped strategically across untouched dunes. Restaurants, shops and maybe a market or two nestled neighborly along the island. As the beaches of my past started to blend together, the perfectionist in me craved more. Daring myself to find a tranquil escape that transcended its peers, I packed my brood and set my sights on Bald Head Island, a remote but well-dressed resort and residential community accessible only by ferry off the North Carolina coast. A Family's Best Friend Several action-packed days exploring Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and neighboring Carolina Beach drifted behind us as a ferry filled with bins of our belongings pulled away from the dock. Floating on the horizon, a lighthouse lured us closer to what the locals call “turtle time,” due no doubt, to the loggerhead turtles that nest on the beach and the slow pace at which life is celebrated on Bald Head Island (BHI).

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This land of no fast lanes is reserved for golf carts, bikes and your own two feet — no cars allowed on the island. And that was exactly what my family needed: an excuse to relax and enjoy the journey, starting with a short 20-minute ferry ride from Deep Point Marina in Southport, N.C. From the terminal on BHI, we boarded a tram loaded with our luggage and watched more scenery scoot past as a porter drove us to a beautiful, two-story

rental overlooking the harbor on one side and beachfront on the other. Excited to call it home, even temporarily, I flung the sliding glass doors open and sprinted onto the sand, my arms outstretched as if running toward a long lost love. Mixed among the crashing waves were high-pitched squeals in the distance. Realizing my children were laughing hysterically, I turned just as our 6-month-old puppy pounced. Barely settled, our experience had already surpassed beach trips of years past, and now we could share it with the newest addition of our family. Here, dogs ride on the ferry and in a seat on the golf cart. And here, sandy breezes whip wildly through their hair just as often as their human counterparts, engaging two- and four-legged friends alike in tireless games of tag until the sun dips behind the dunes.


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An Old Lighthouse and New Lifestyle Having decided that doing nothing at the beach technically qualified as doing something, I had also come to the conclusion that we could not leave the island without climbing Old Baldy. Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1817, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse is a must visit. Featuring 14 miles of pristine beach, marsh and an ancient maritime forest, the island is only 3 miles in length, so finding our way around proved simple, plus towering at 110 feet, the landmark lighthouse is impossible to miss. Trusting that “it’s only 108 steps to the top,” my husband and I tried to corral the children (or catch our breath, whichever sounds best) by listening to the audio tour on each of the five landings. The climb is steep but well worth squeezing into the lan-

tern room at the very top for an incredible panoramic view of the island. From here, we spotted Delphina, the new world cantina that surprised everyone at our table with creative menu items like the aguacates al fresco, an appetizer made with half an avocado, crab salad, lettuce and roasted red pepper sauce. Our entire meal was so amazing, we vowed to work up another appetite and go back. We biked to the other side of the island in search of the oceanfront Shoals Club, which offers beach access, pools and volleyball courts while The Bald Head Island Club touts croquet, tennis, pool and the $4.5-million, 18-hole golf course by awardwinning architect Tim Cate that winds its way over dunes, around lagoons, along the ocean and through the maritime forest. Both clubs are available to guests with temporary membership.

Other options for burning calories on Bald Head Island, which earned its name from early river pilots who referenced its “bald” headland as a landmark leading to the mouth of the Cape Fear River, include nature-themed programs offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a GPS scavenger hunt, a leisurely stroll along the M. Kent Mitchell Nature Trail, surf fishing, and plenty of popular water sports through the Sail Shop. Double decker cones from Sandpiper’s Coffee and Ice Cream in hand, my family debated our next move as Mother Nature’s playground beckoned. We chose to sit still and enjoy it. The perfectionist was finally pleased. PN

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BEFORE STIR-CRAZY KIDS AND BASEBALL SEASON TAKE OVER your household, hit the road for the Gulf Coast. In fact, with the myriad of activities and entertainment that Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers, Northsiders should leave tomorrow. The sparkling waters of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach make for the ultimate beach vacation. It’s a rare place, where whether sunny and hot or cloudy and cool, there’s something to do, places to eat and a view worth clearing your schedule to see. Rarer still is a clean, classic beach town looking forward to nothing more than hosting metro Atlantans. Where to Eat Small-town stays are famous for the real family recipes lining menus along the coast. We love the fried shrimp and french fries at Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar. They might come piled on Styrofoam plates, but at first bite you know you’re in seafood heaven. The best thing about the beach, for me and my husband, is watching the sun set and your cocktails multiply, so we hit

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The Gulf for Bloody Marys, burgers and a surprisingly tasty homemade hummus snack. Tucked right on the coast before you hit the bridge to Florida, this spot mimics the area’s namesake and won't encourage sharing your grub. We came straight from the beach in tees and flops, but plenty of people made it a stop on the way to dinner. Laid back with high spirits, this is the way to kiss a well-spent beach day good-bye. A weekend trip means limited meal-

time opportunities, but no matter how many days you stay, make sure you find a spot on the patio at Shipp’s Harbour Grille for the city’s best Ponchartrain sauce. We savored the buttery crab and shrimp goodness atop coconut-crusted grouper, but it comes on many different smother-worthy dishes. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, the new, modern and bustling Fisher’s Upstairs is your supreme whitetablecloth-style beach bite. Go big with the fork-filling, mammoth stuffed flounder or simmering bowl of shrimp and okra gumbo. Where to Play Whether it’s fair-skinned friends or a dreary day on the sand, opportunities to sacrifice sun for fun await. Starting the day at The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo provides a little hands-on zoology that’s fun for travelers of all ages. Passionate about


animals and a fireball of personality, zoo owner Patti Hall recently landed in the spotlight when Animal Planet’s “The Little Zoo That Could” told the story of how she loaded up all of her zookeepers, their families and the extensive group of animals (including lions, tigers and bears) to hunker down at her house during Hurricane Ivan. Back at the zoo, which feels more like a neighborhood animal park, Hall wants guests to have a more hands-on approach. If you see her there, Hall just might let you snuggle a baby kangaroo in your arms or (if you’re up for it) let a lemur use your body as a jungle gym. Higher adrenaline adventure awaits at The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park, where trained pros can get you standing on paddleboards, flying through the air on Hummingbird Ziplines or riding low in a kayak. With the family in tow, sign

G OT G E O C AC H E ? Grab your detective tools, your thinking caps and a sense of adventure to join the worldwide hunt for more than 2 million hidden treasures all over the globe. Using the website or the app, simply type in coordinates and follow hints to discover nearby geocaches and document your finds. Vacationing doesn’t require a treasure map, but it just got way cooler to carry one.

up for a nature walk for an intimate look into what’s creepy and crawling around in the woods or on the beach. If you have time, pop into the Gulf State Park Nature Center and say hello to Homer — the center’s pet boxwood turtle. He may or may not give you a hint about the center’s hidden geocache. No one thinks about doing arts and crafts at the beach, but at the new Coastal Arts Center, a fascinating glass-blowing building called The Hot Shop invites budding artists inside for demos and a chance to create their own art. Next door, where we spent the morning testing our forearm

strength and creative prowess, The Clay Studio spins potter’s wheels to create that perfect home accessory. Our finished pieces (however humble they may be) are now proudly on display. Gulf Shores is not a tourist trap, or a commercialized vacation mecca — it’s the beach, as the beach was meant to be. My husband and I think that could be the secret to serenity. PN

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HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS OFFERS SMALL-TOWN CHARM ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF PANAMA CITY BEACH { WRITTE N BY B R E HUMPHR I E S }

IT WAS THE TAGLINE PRINTED ON THE WINDOW THAT LURED me into St. Andrews Coffee House: “A Neighborhood Gathering Place.” The adage proved true, as the few patrons left lingering over breakfast were neighborhood regulars, indeed, and the woman behind the counter excused herself from the small talk to take my order. The “Huge, Hot Cinnamon Roll” on the “Naughty But Nice” breakfast menu caught my eye, but knowing it would spoil my lunch, I stuck with iced coffee. As I waited for my order, I took in the simple but welcoming atmosphere of the space, once a grocery and later a pharmacy before opening as a coffee house in 1998. According to a history lesson on the shop’s website, the owners have been working within these walls for four generations, seeking to provide a refuge where patrons can return to a slower pace of life. It’s a common goal in Historic Downtown St. Andrews, which is experiencing a return to its former economic prosperity after losing business to nearby Panama City

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Beach in the ‘80s. Now, the charming waterfront town seems to serve as the antithesis to all those towering developments and tourist traps, offering an authentic sense of community that is as refreshing as the salty breeze blowing off the bay. As I stepped into the late morning sun, that very breeze drew my attention to the coast, where I passed a Mommy & Me yoga class under a canopy of oaks before strolling down the boardwalk to the water’s edge. On Saturday mornings, the community comes to life with a year-round

farmers market, bringing a variety of local produce, handmade jewelry, art and sundries to town, but an assorted offering of merchants and restaurants offer much to explore on any day of the week. There’s a gallery of local art at Bay Art & Frame, vintage treasures at Bayview Antiques, fashionable finds at BOT Boutique, more coffee and treats at Chez Amavida, 70 wines by the glass at The Purple Grape, seafood and cold beer at Hunt’s Oyster Bar, and oh, so much more. Visitors who want to immerse themselves in St. Andrews’ charm can stay in quaint cottages at the Azalea Court Inn, but to satisfy our beach cravings, my clan and I chose to settle at Bay Point. Offering a variety of condos and hotel rooms in two separate properties — Bay Point Wyndham Resort and Sterling Resorts’ Reflections at Bay Point, all with bay or golf course


views, Bay Point is the perfect respite for families that want the beach experience while remaining on the outskirts of PCB’s crazy crowds. Guests at both Bay Point Wyndham and Reflections have access to two championship golf courses, a private beach, resort pool, water sports, several onsite restaurants and a full-service spa. In an area better known for tattoo parlors than S T I L L H U N G RY ? We know the sun and sand (and spa) can really work up an appetite, so we scoped even farther outside the city limits for more palate pleasers. What we found was the family-owned, and still operated, Thomas Donut & Snack Shop. An easy 20-minute drive down Front Beach Road gets you in line for a five-star morning starter of hot bacon, egg and cheese biscuits or a dozen of their famous blueberry cake doughnuts. thomasdonutandsnackshop.com

pampering, Serenity Spa comes as the greatest surprise, and I could have spent an entire day losing myself in the tranquility of its luxurious treatments. Be sure to arrive early for your spa service to enjoy the sauna, steam room, whirlpool and complimentary glass of wine, or go all out with a spa package combining the best in massage therapy, skin care, nail and hair services. Reuniting with my family after the spa, we headed to Pelican’s Bar and Grill, a water-bound, open-air beach bar accessible via a boardwalk from the main property. We snagged a table just in time to watch the sun sink over the water, setting the sky ablaze in orange and pink as we noshed on fish tacos (and margaritas for mom and dad). Reflections also offers shuttle service to nearby Shell Island, an undeveloped, 700-acre barrier island perfect for snor-

keling, shell collecting and dolphin sightings. Being a boating family, we had come prepared for our own private island outing, so we packed a picnic and set sail for a day. At the end of the day, we navigated back into Historic St. Andrews, docking at the marina for dinner at Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill and Brew House. Located in a two-story, circa-1800s home, Uncle Ernie’s is hands-down our favorite spot for dinner in this area, thanks to a line-up of live entertainment, a selection of homemade beers, and the best crab cakes we’ve ever tasted. After dinner, we took one last stroll through St. Andrews, marveling once again at the unexpected small-town charm of this seaside community.

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Coastal CUISINE { WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY }

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he days of the Fisherman’s Platter are numbered. Not too long ago, when tourists ventured to the Emerald Coast’s beaches from 30-A to Fort Walton Beach, the tempting morsels from the Gulf of Mexico were dipped in batter, fried to a crisp, golden brown, and served with french fries or a loaded baked potato. While you can find many restaurants that still serve this type of fare (leaving some of us inhaling furiously come swimsuit time), the restaurant renaissance along the Gulf Coast has been in full swing for quite some time, and noteworthy chefs, intriguing cuisine and expanding craft beverage lists are as plentiful as the sand dollars.

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Points North Atlanta consulted with a team of three beach locals and quickly discovered that narrowing our hopeful list to just the 10 top restaurants from Rosemary Beach to Fort Walton was a fool’s errand. Demetrius Fuller, music director of Florida’s Sinfonia Gulf Coast and gourmand, Tracy Louthain, old friend and public relations specialist, and Demetria McNeese, owner of McNeese Distributing, a boutique wine distribution company in Destin, joined forces to provide some on-the-ground due diligence during our last two visits. The lesson we learned? Even though vacation after vacation will promise that you’ll never have to eat at the same place twice, it’s okay if you want to.


THE BAY { Santa Rosa Beach } To say Chef Jim Shirley is an icon would almost minimize his influence on the restaurant scene from Pensacola to the Emerald Coast. He is a co-owner of Great Southern Restaurants, which owns The Fish House, The Fish House Deck Bar and Atlas Oyster House in Pensacola. He’s also coowner of the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, and recently unveiled his latest catch, The Bay, which sits at the southern foot of the Highway 331 bridge. His menu features Gulf seafood and sushi, a 12-draft beer system, an excellent wine list, intriguing cocktails and live music on weekends. But it’s the menu boasting interesting interpretations that put this spot on our list, like the Faux Ya Ya, Shirley’s take on shrimp and grits. Grilled polenta cakes with smoked Fontina and Romano cheese are topped with a sauté of pancetta and prosciutto, crimini mushrooms, arugula and cream adorned with spiced shrimp. If you’ve got room, sink your teeth into the rave-reviewed lobster sandwich with lime-tarragon marinade. Sushi fans should order the Bay Roll or the customer favorite, the Hapa Haole Roll. baysouthwalton.com

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BOSHAMPS SEAFOOD AND OYSTER HOUSE { Destin } THE BAY} CAFÉ { Fort Walton Beach

Since 1983, the unassuming café with a lovely view of Santa Rosa Sound has been enticing guests with fabulous French and rustic European fare. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Chef Julien Lorant thrills guests with an authentic preparation of steak au poivre, Duck Montmorency and chicken Florentine, but he truly shines with his interpretative recipes utilizing the coast’s fresh fish and shellfish. His grouper Wellington is wrapped in pastry and served with a decadent lobster sauce, his amberjack comes in a classic Meuniere and the shrimp scampi Provencale is sautéed with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine. In the culture of big, modern, table-turning and often over-the-top options, The Bay Café offers an escape to old world charm with a welcomed, unhurried pace. baycafewaterfront.com

For 17 years, Allen and Dee Dee Phillips provided locals and tourists one of the area’s best fine dining restaurants at Flamingo Café. Now the next generation of Phillips bring back their family’s delicious legacy, opening Boshamps in 2013, with a stunning view of Destin Harbor and likely one of the best locations around for al fresco, coastal dining. Complete with a multi-tier deck, a renovated beach and volleyball court and live music, Boshamps has created a stir with its patrons. Chef Andi Bell’s menu features oysters prepared in countless ways, like our favorite, the Oysters Boshamp that come baked with caramelized Vidalia onions, Feta and house-made bacon marmalade. “The Original” Snapper Destin is a palate revelation that combines jumbo lump crab, Gulf shrimp, mashed red early potatoes, braised local greens, lemon butter Béarnaise sauce and honey roasted nuts. Pair that with the barbequed local butterbeans and you’ve got the reason we included this new spot on our must-list. boshamps.com THIS PAGE: PHOTOS COURTESY OF BOSHAMPS; FOLLOWING PAGE: PHOTOS COURTESY OF CUVEE BISTRO

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Speaking of side dishes, Miller, Ashley and manager Nicky Harvill also conceived one of the most intriguing ideas on the Emerald Coast. Destin Ice & Tackle (DIT) is a floating general store and bait shop, moored northeast of the Destin Bridge near Crab Island. Stocked with a wide array of tackle, live bait, frozen bait, drinks, snacks and miscellaneous convenience items, the 30-by-50-foot marvel provides a welcomed reprieve for anyone short on supplies while on the water. The first of its kind, DIT is no floating relic. Beautifully designed and constructed, patrons can dock their boats, grab their supplies and get back to the fun quickly. destiniceandtackle.com

CAFÉ THIRTY-A { } Seagrove Beach

A mainstay since 1995, this alluring haunt serves up some of the area’s finest and most creative cuisine. Executive Chef Ken Duenas demonstrates an uncommon panache with his use of complementary sauces and spices that thrill the palate. White wine curry coconut cream broth complements the mussels, blood orange or bacon vinaigrette seasons two of his salads, vanilla rum butter sauce makes his almond crusted snapper absolutely sinful and roasted poblano sauce is a nice addition to the wood-oven roasted grouper. He even serves up a piece of home for us with a beautiful grilled Georgia quail, creamy grits and sage fritters. Try the panseared diver scallops served with lobster quinoa, petite vegetables, citrus buerre blanc and chimichurri, or the Maine Lobster in Paradise. It certainly beats a cheeseburger. The wine list is deep and offers an array of excellent vintages. cafethirtya.com

CUVEE BISTRO { Destin } Celebrity Chef Tim Creehan has thrilled tourists and locals alike for many years in the Destin area, and while Cuvee Bistro’s award-winning wine list orchestrated by sommelier-partner Pamela Wellborn, its extraordinarily popular happy hour and house band Space Junkie all combine to attract patrons, Creehan’s Cuvee cuisine steals the show. Regular menu items like Creehan’s famous smoked tomato and shrimp soup, his signature black

pepper yellowfin tuna, seared and served with braised spinach and ginger soy sauce and Grouper Vince (for Vince Gill), pecan crusted and served with honey Worcestershire and mashed Yukon Gold potato cake are incredible, particularly “If You Ever Have Forever In Mind.” Save room for dessert and share a slice of the decadent white chocolate banana cream pie with caramel sauce. cuveebistrodestin.com

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FISH OUT OF WATER { } Watercolor Inn & Resort

Executive Chef Brian Murray has a passion for good food and creating an impeccable dining experience with elegance reflected in even the smallest detail. The setting is unsurpassed, the service is topnotch and the menu features Murray’s mouth-watering, Gulf-inspired cuisine. Roasted black grouper, steamed red snapper, diver scallops and the should-be-world-famous Florida cioppino are just some of the highlights. Also open for breakfast and lunch, this restaurant is the perfect choice for any time of day. watercolorresort.com

GEORGE’S AT ALYS BEACH Opened in 2008 by notable restaurateurs Ann and George Hartley, this spot is the perfect place for sharing. Guests can get started with the signature lobster quesadilla, crispy Gulf crab fritters or Chef Gregg’s (Smith) Southern short ribs. After that, the experience is infamous for making diners choose to behave or misbehave with their entrée selections. Behave with the wood grilled catch of the day, Pollo San Miguel, jerk crusted snapper or bronzed sea scallops. Misbehave with Señora Anna’s fried grouper tacos, Kona-crusted New York strip or the yellow pepper pappardelle with basil pesto parmesan and a side of grits du jour. For this second kind of diner, the dessert menu includes George’s famous key lime pie and peanut butter chocolate ganache topped with caramelized bacon popcorn. georgesatalysbeach.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE { Destin } Sometimes we yield to restaurants that are part of a national brand because they offer something exemplary. Such is the case with Ruth’s Chris in Destin. First of all, the aesthetic appeal of this location is second to none, from the extraordinary Wine Room to the Courtyard Bar and the newly renovated East Bar, this location exudes warmth and intimacy. Chef Ruston C. Johnson’s menu offers plenty of seasonal specials – his appetizer menu alone is nothing short of spectacular. We went straight to the East Bar, 36

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enjoyed a few glasses of wine and sampled Johnson’s chart-topping Oysters Bienville, seared Ahi tuna, veal osso buco ravioli and barbecued shrimp, a quartet that made every one of us hum a lovely tune. To end our shared sampling extravaganza on an even sweeter note, we devoured both the bread pudding in whiskey sauce and the Chocolate Explosion. ruthschrisdestin.com

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD {

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa }

Designed with the best steak houses in mind, Seagar’s has received critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in Destin for many years. Chef Dan Vargo joined the culinary team in April 2012 from the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla., with a resumé that includes The Boathouse Club on Martha’s Vineyard. Myres McDougal is Seagar’s new director of wine, overseeing an onsite list of

approximately 3,700 bottles. Dining at the 200-seat restaurant is an unequaled, elegant experience. Begin your meal with the eggplant and tomato crab napoleon or a three-tiered seafood tower and share the tableside Caesar salad for two. And, since beef

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is king at Seagar’s, plan on the Chateaubriand for two, bone-in ribeye or custom cuts filet mignon. Notable, non-beef entrée options include lamb chops, peppercrusted tuna, seared snapper or sautéed Dover sole filleted table side and served with brown butter, capers and lemon. The pièce de résistance for dessert is the chocolate soufflé. It’s well worth the wait. seagars.com

VIN’TIJ WINE BOUTIQUE & BISTRO { } Destin

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Todd Reber and John Jacob opened Vin’tij in 1998. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the pair created a loyal following that appreciates the complementary aspects of how wine and cuisine interact. Jacob built his menu around seasonal ingredients and fresh catches, providing his guests with what he once called, “unpretentious comfort food.” Tourists gravitate to Jacob’s popular pan-fried oyster B.L.T. or the fresh catch of the day, while the locals – who visit several times in a week – opt for his intriguing daily specials. Reber navigates every menu choice for his staff and the guests to select wines that pair best. Plus, his six-flight, 24-bottle tasting offers a complete education on his in-house repertoire. What you won’t find is a bottle list, and for good reason, because lunch and dinner guests can peruse and purchase wines - to take home or enjoy on premise - from the retail boutique to the left of the entrance. The wine list changes nearly as often as the menu, which means Vin’tij is the perfect venue to explore wine and fine cuisine. vintij.com PN


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A ROADMAP TO ROCKING YOUR OUT-OF-SCHOOL CALENDAR Finally, the textbooks are closed, the grades are in and school is officially out. No more car pool lines or after-school shuttling from club to club for you, and they couldn’t be happier to kiss alarm clocks and school-night curfews goodbye. But, before your kids start bouncing off the walls, get a head start on planning a summer full of fun things to see, yummy stuff to eat and truly unforgettable adventures that you all can enjoy. Points North Atlanta’s local and regional partners offer week-long, weekend or daily activities from concerts, camps and festivals right here in town, to higher-level adventure at the tips of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, with plenty of other notable notches for your summer belt. We’ve already made mental notes on what we’re going to do first, so don’t delay in picking your favorites, getting the whole crew out of the house and launching into a season filled with impressive itineraries.

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Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is proud to announce the arrival of their newest attraction, the XD Dark Ride, opening late June. This interactive movie experience features intense motion, stunning 3D graphics and amazing special effects. Up to eight riders at a time compete against each other for the highest score using their laser blasters to battle on-screen enemies. You’ll literally feel like you’re inside the action! Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is a 100,000 squarefoot entertainment destination featuring high-speed karting, more than 120-game arcade, cosmic rock wall, ropes course, zip line and state-of-the-art racing simulators. ¶ Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, Roswell | 770-9925688 | andrettikarting.com

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ART AND THE ANIMAL Through Sept. 7: Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Visit Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville this summer to encounter animals of all kinds. The Society of Animal Artists has brought the best artwork of animals from around the world to Georgia for the summer and the only place to see them is at Booth Museum. Keep in mind – children ages 12 and under are free. ¶ Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville | boothmuseum.org

CITY OF NORCROSS Find activities for all ages in Historic Norcross this summer with a chock-full schedule of free outdoor concerts. Throughout June, history buffs can enjoy a free exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with authors, storytellers and more. Every Tuesday through August, Norcross’ Whistle Stop Farmers Market offers fresh, locally grown produce and ready-to-eat plat-

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Rafting at Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area ters. Free movies are showing in the community center and in the local parks, and kids can cool off in the splash fountains in Lillian Webb Park. A huge fireworks display and block party is part of the town’s “Red White & Boom” on July 3. If you’re looking for indoor fun, check out workshops in the Lionheart Performing Arts Centre and nearby Kudzu Art Zone, or just explore the town with self-guided tours. ¶ Historic Norcross | 678–421–2049 | aplacetoimagine.com

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO…

Summer vacation gives us a chance to go with the flow, but don’t forget that safety comes first. Always be cautious of rising river levels due to water releases from Buford and Morgan Falls Dams. Check the water release schedule before entering the river. Call 770-945-1466 for the Buford Dam water release schedule and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. More information and safety trips are available online at nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit

CONCERTS AT ENCORE PARK

ERTS Summer’s C N up at CO OWS heating Verizon Wireless H &S Amphitheatre at Encore Park! Head out to the lawn with a blanket or splurge

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on seats closest to the stage this summer for all types of shows. Get tickets to anything from family friendly fun with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate America

on June 28 to classic rock with The Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton on July 17 to country with Keith Urban on Aug. 24. For more concert details and a full concert calendar visit


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Wondering where to eat and what to do in Dunwoody? There’s an app for that. The Discover Dunwoody Mobile App includes the best Dunwoody has to offer, available fast at your fingertips!  Downloading the free app for iPhone and Android helps you find information about hotels, maps, events, attractions and more, plus lets you filter through restaurant and retail categories to narrow down your search — all in one place and available while you’re on the go. Discovering Dunwoody has never been easier or more fun. cvbdunwoody.com/visitors/-mobileapp

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June 21 – 28: Experience why Dunwoody is truly a dining destination during the third annual Dunwoody Restaurant Week. For seven straight days, restaurants around Dunwoody offer prix-fixe menus showcasing their best dishes and desserts for your dining enjoyment. Whether you want to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite, prepare your palate to dine around Dunwoody. Share your stories with us and use the hashtags #DRW12 and #VisitDunwoody when posting your food pictures online to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ¶ Dunwoody | DunwoodyRestaurantWeek.com

their website. ¶ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta | vzwamp.com

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER Get a taste of the outdoors at this summer’s coolest place in Sandy Springs. Float from Morgan Falls Dam to Powers Island in a kayak, canoe or raft. Beat the heat on your six-mile journey of discovery down the Chattahoochee River. Bring your own non-motorized boat or rent from one of the national park’s authorized outfitters. Call the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area or go online for registration and outfitter contact information as well as hotel options and event details. ¶ Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Sandy Springs | 678-538-1200 | NPS.gov/CHAT; VisitSandySprings.org

Horse Painting at Barnsley Resort

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Although school’s out for the summer, you can make time for a history lesson between all the outdoor adventures at Barnsley Resort. Behind its storybook setting is a true legend, filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction, dating back to before the Civil War. Carefully curated by Barnsley Historian and Museum Director Clent Coker, the museum’s home is located within the kitchen house adjacent to the stately manor house ruins and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An extensive display of personal belongings from multiple generations of the Barnsley family brings the colorful story to life, along with a display of Civil War artifacts. Learn more at barnsleyresort.com/history

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Days do not have to be ordinary and boating should be an escape rather than a nuisance. Boating should be a way for people to relax, connect with friends and create powerful memories with family. Enter 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 82 locations, including Lake Lanier, Freedom offers access to a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning your own. They clean, maintain, store and do all the prep work as well as eliminate hassles like dock fees, insurance and trailers. ¶ Freedom Boat Club, Buford | freedomboatclub.com

LAKE LANIER ISLANDS FAMILY FUN PARK Head north to Lake Lanier Islands Family Fun Park, which is a fun way to enjoy your summer. WildWaves is a wave pool unmatched among Georgia water parks. Float into Hollywood at

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Dive-In Movie Night to see a special family-friendly flick on our 200-foot outdoor movie screen. If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, then give the Raging River a try. You can tackle the sharp turns and relentless rapids of the river by yourself or with a companion. In addition to those pulse-pumping adventures, you can enjoy games, classic rides and tasty treats. The grounds are bordered on two sides by boat docks and ample parking lots, making it easy to access the attractions and entertainment. Lockers and tube rentals also are available. Re-fuel at Tad's or WildWaves Refresher, which are two LanierWorld dining venues that offer everything from funnel cakes to char-grilled hamburgers. ¶ Lake Lanier Islands, Buford | lakelanierislands.com

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BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS Combining city sophistication

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When it comes to dining in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, Main Street is lined with new upscale, yet casual, spots to dine. But if you’d prefer to kick back and relax in the cabin or pack a picnic while still getting a taste of the locale, keep an eye out for roadside stands to handpick your dinner. Better yet, head to the local farmer’s market, held each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon beginning in early June in Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Take home heirloom tomatoes, fresh eggs, bread, flowers, handmade pottery, crafts and more. Restaurant guides and various maps of the area are available at blueridgemountains. com/plan_your_visit.html; for up-to-date info about the weekly market, like their page at facebook.com/DowntownMarketBlueRidge

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expect to find cherries in June, blueberries in June and July and apples from late July through fall. While you’re there, stock up on bottles of fresh cider and gourmet treats, stop by the bakery for a famous fried pie or grab a pecan chicken salad sandwich in the deli. The store also features farm toys, kitchen paraphernalia, home décor and more.

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Consider this fair warning: once you visit Blue Ridge, you might not want to leave. In that case, Keith Sumner Custom Homes (keithsumner.com) can help you build your dream home, whether as a permanent or second residence or getaway log cabin surrounded by majestic hardwoods and towering pines. Owner Keith Sumner, an Elijay native, is the premier general contractor, design-builder, construction management and landscape engineering professional in North Georgia and is committed to total customer satisfaction, attention to detail and maintaining long-term client relations.

CELEBRITY CRUISES On a Celebrity Cruises vacation, it’s about more than just a moment — it’s about every-

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RIDGES RESORT & MARINA Located on the peaceful shores of Lake Chatuge and surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, The Ridges Resort and Marina offers a scenic escape only a short twohour drive from Atlanta. Located in the heart of Hiawassee, Ga., this mountain lake resort is intimate enough for a romantic getaway, while providing accommodations that are perfect for a family adventure. The Ridges Resort invites you to come make memories that will last a lifetime. ¶ The Ridges Resort & Marina, Hiawassee | 888-834-4409 | TheRidgesResort.com

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to GOOD GREAT Health Care Professionals Discuss Characteristics of the Best Physicians { WRITTEN BY AMB E R L AN I E R N AG L E }

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few weeks ago, my sister called

and asked me two interesting questions: Do you like your family practitioner? Would you recommend him? “Absolutely! Yes! I adore my doctor — he’s great!” I answered immediately, and then I started a long, emphatic testimonial, as if I were Dr. Sullivan’s publicity manager or press agent. During my monologue, I used words like “smart,” “logical,” “listens,” and “respectful.” Afterward, I realized I had not uttered the words “qualified” or “well-trained” — not even once. The conversation with my sister made me ponder the factors and characteristics that set the great doctors apart from the good ones. Web sites rating and ranking doctors crowd the Internet. On these lists, medical professionals earn the title of “top docs” based on surveys filled out by their medical peers, so we posed our questions to a panel of six local doctors, nurses and health care professionals. We asked the following: What do you look for when considering a doctor to oversee the care of your own family? And, in your opinion, what qualities do the very best doctors possess?


STRONG EDUCATION AND TRAINING The Georgia Composite Medical Board provides free access to searchable database listings profiling Georgia’s 41,000 licensed medical professionals including which school they attended, when and where they completed their residency training, any specialty board certifications, disciplinary actions, criminal offenses and medical malpractice judgments. Mike Lipscomb, MD, an emergency room doctor at North Fulton Hospital and a physician with Apollo MD, believes that doctors at the top of their fields have solid educational and training foundations to draw upon as they practice medicine. But Lipscomb also offered a warning. “I wouldn’t put much weight on the big-name schools,” he explained, noting that tuition expenses at these elite schools can reach more than $50,000 per year, making them unrealistic options for many medical students. “Many state schools are less than a third of this,” he continued. “High price doesn’t correlate to a better education. Some of the best physicians I know went to large state universities for school, and they made the choice to come out with as little debt as possible.” “And I wouldn’t put much stock in research,” he said. “Being good in the lab doesn’t necessarily correlate to being clinically competent.”

"Being good in the lab doesn't necessarily correlate to being clinically competent." MIKE LIPSCOMB, MD at North Fulton Hospital and physician with Apollo MD

APPLYING EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE

"Experience plays a key role when the need is more technical in nature or when decisions need to be made quickly in an emergency situation." ADEDAPO ODETOYINBO, MD, SFHM, Chief medical officer and director of hospital medicine at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

“When seeking a physician for myself or family, I regard credentials as a bare minimum and the physician’s experience as a second layer, depending on the nature of care required,” remarked Adedapo Odetoyinbo, MD, SFHM, chief medical officer and director of hospital medicine at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “Experience plays a key role when the need is more technical in nature or when decisions need to be made quickly in an emergency situation. More important to me than research itself is the physician’s ability to integrate research results and evidence-based medicine into their everyday practice.” Odetoyinbo refers to the doctor’s practical ability to decipher a puzzle — to select pieces of knowledge from his or her education and experiences, then correctly apply them to the situation at hand. In the physician’s pursuit to protect and restore a patient’s well being, knowledge enhances reasoning and rational decision-making. Experts agree that some doctors are simply better than others at applying what they know. pointsnorthatlanta.com | June 2014 | Points North

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“What separates the good doctors from those we consider ‘top docs’ is their ability to listen to patients — to really hear them and respond to what they are saying.” CINDY HARDY Physician relations manager at North Fulton Hospital

EXCELLENT COMMUNICATORS Many of the experts we polled remarked that the best of the best have a toolbox full of excellent soft skills — those personal attributes and qualities that enhance an individual’s one-on-one interactions and performance. “What separates the good doctors from those we consider ‘top docs’ is their ability to listen to patients — to really hear them and respond to what they are saying,” said Cindy Hardy, a former nurse and now physician relations manager at North Fulton Hospital. She noted that master physicians allow patients to set the tempo for the first few minutes of an interaction while listening and gathering valuable information. Only then, do they respond. A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 2005 (Travaline, Ruchinskas, and D’Alonzo) found that in many cases, effective patientphysician communication can improve a patient’s health as quantifiably as many drugs. Patients who understand their doctors are more likely to acknowledge health problems, 56

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understand their treatment options, modify their behavior accordingly and follow their medication schedules. “And the great ones communicate with the patient and the family,” Hardy noted. “The great ones listen to input and speak at a level ensuring everyone in the room understands what’s going on, which is particularly important when a physician, patient and patient’s family are discussing a plan of care.” Dr. Robert Campbell, chief of cardiac services at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center added that great doctors usually surround themselves with staff members who are committed to listening as well. “Good communication helps support our team culture,” Campbell said. “Given high volume, high patient acuity and high patient throughput — both inpatient and outpatient — it’s clear that no one single provider can function alone. Therefore, it’s important that we work as a cohesive team and that requires excellent communication to coordinate our efforts.”


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COMPASSION Esteemed physicians not only maintain technical competence, but also nourish and exercise humanistic qualities — kindness, warmth and compassion — when a patient needs it most. “Again, the credentials are a given,” said Debbie Keel, chief executive officer of North Fulton Hospital. “But when a patient isn’t feeling well, or they are afraid, or they are facing long, expensive care and are concerned about the costs, they need compassion, and the very best doctors have a compassionate presence about them.” Keel, a mother and grandmother herself, encourages her staff to see patients in a different light. “I say, ‘That’s your mother in that bed,’” she added. “Top doctors treat their patients with the same compassion that they would have with their own family members.” But showing compassion is harder today given that doctors are stretched thin and must care for more patients than ever during the course of the day. “We can’t create more hours in the day,” she said. “It is hard to show their caring sensitive sides when they only have a few minutes with a patient, but [the most-respected doctors] do it.”

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THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO FIND THE RIGHT DOCTOR

First of all, ask friends, family members and your other doctors for recommendations. Once you have a few names, review their education, experience and special training using medicalboard.georgia.gov. When you meet the doctor for the first time, ask yourself: Am I comfortable talking to the doctor? Do I feel a connection? Did the doctor listen to me? Did the doctor answer all of my questions? Did the doctor explain things well? Did the doctor seem genuinely concerned about my well-being?

HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS All physicians pledge to promote and encourage the highest level of medical ethics, a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the practice of medicine. Most healthcare experts, however, say that ethics go far beyond a doctor’s moral obligations. Ethics encompass how they perform when no one is looking and how they treat others. “When I interview physicians who are joining us, I tell them they will not survive long if they are lazy or unethical,” said Steve Waronker, MD, department chair of anesthesiology at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “I also tell them that if they cannot live by the Golden Rule and treat the environmental services employee better than the CEO, they need not apply.” Indeed, many doctors — especially the really great ones — view the Hippocratic Oath as a sacred covenant. By reciting it, physicians swear to practice medicine honestly, avoid acts of impropriety or corruption, keep conversations confidential and many other codes of moral conduct. It’s their guide to ethical behavior.

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Among other attributes that transform good doctors into truly great ones is intuitive perception. Yes, that sixth sense does play a factor, along with accessibility, common sense, bedside manner and a doctor’s willingness to be a team player. Perhaps it is this ability to be multifaceted and multidimensional that makes some shine more brightly. “They possess compassion, common sense, command of a large body of knowledge and the humility to ask for help when things get complex and confusing,” Waronker said. “Ultimately, the best physicians have it all.” PN

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GUIDE TOPPING THE LIST OF REASONS why we love living on the Northside is that quaint, neighborhood feel that helps us make confident decisions about where to send our kids to school, what gyms to join, where to get the best margaritas, which greenway is safest for a Saturday morning family bike ride and most importantly – where to get the best medical treatment. At Points North Atlanta, we empathize with understanding the importance of making – and trusting – good, qualified referrals when it comes to our family’s health and wellness, not to mention our own. You’ve read “Good to Great: What Makes a Top Doc.” Now, you have a roadmap to find one that works for you. We’ve got some of the best in their field right here in our community. With national recognition, awards under their belt and a sound reputation among our readership, this elite group of partners is tried, true and absolutely worth the appointment.

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She is also known for her expertise in helping male and female patients with frequency, urgency, incontinence of urine and stool, as well as complex voiding problems. If you have tried “overactive bladder medicines” and are not happy with your therapy, Dr. Boone has many other treatments, state-of-the-art testing, and in-office procedures to help you. We offer in-office Test Stimulation, previously only available in the operating room. We perform Botox injections, Uroplasty, and in-office Urodynamics. Dr. Boone has much experience and advanced training in InterStim Implantation. Dr. Boone is in solo practice of urology. When you come to her office, you will always see her. Her staff is highly trained and compassionate. She loves being a urologist. She com-

GUIDE GEORGIA HIGHLANDS MEDICAL SERVICES Caring for the Community Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc. (GHMS) is a non-profit community health center that has been providing patient-centered family medical services in the North Georgia region since 1979. With more than 30 years of service and a deep-rooted foundation in the region, GHMS is dedicated to rendering care in a culturally proficient, barrier-free, individualized and family-oriented manner, with an emphasis on prevention through education and the provision of state-of-the-art services. GHMS is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NACQ) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level awarded. Their offices are staffed by highly trained, board-certified physicians, family nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nurses and other clinical staff who are dedicated to provide quality medical care to you and your family. Their services include: family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy and laboratory services. After-hours services are available at each of our three locations in Cumming, Canton and Cartersville. Our offices are open to the general public, adults and children, regardless of residence or income. On-site assistance for enrollment in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Plan is available. •

bines great training, enormous enthusiasm, and deep compassion in caring for her patients. Each member of her team has specialty training that is urologic specific. Dr. Boone believes that “Everything in Life Requires Teamwork.” She has taken the time and resources to put together a great team for her patient’s best care. Her office is warm and friendly and the patient is the most important person in that office. If you desire personalized care, numerous non-invasive treatment options, and a kind and compassionate office, search no more. • LOCATIONS BOARD CERIFICATIONS

American Board of Urology AFFILIATIONS

American Urological Association (AUA) Southeastern SectionAmerican Urological Association

LOCATION

3400-A Old Milton Parkway Suite 560, Alpharetta 404-705-8366 WEBSITE

DrMarthaBoone.com

Society of Women in Urology (SWIU) Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology (SUFU) Northside Hospital Staff

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GHMS-Cumming Family Medical Center 260 Elm Street Cumming 770-887-1668 GHMS-Canton Family Health Center 220 Oakside Lane Canton 678-807-1050 GHMS-Bartow Family Health Center 775 West Avenue, Suite A Cartersville WEBSITE

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BLUEWATER SURGERY AND LASER & SKIN SPA

Bring Back Your Inner Beauty BLUEWATER SURGERY is Atlanta’s only

the Royal College of Physicians

multi-specialty cosmetic surgery practice.

and Surgeons of Canada and also

Their doctors are board certified in plastic

a member of the American Society

surgery, facial plastic surgery and oculoplas-

of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He has

tic surgery. Conveniently located in the heart

been a director for the CAAASF Ca-

of Buckhead and the prestigious Northside

nadian Association for Accreditation

Hospital area, BlueWater offers a profession-

of Ambulatory Surgical Centers for

al, friendly and caring environment where

over 10 years where he helped en-

one can be educated about their aesthetic

sure clinics of Canada were held to

needs and review all the available surgical

the highest standard of safety. Dr.

and non-surgical options.

Kaila has performed over 20,000

In addition to the well-appointed offices,

plastic surgery procedures. He has

they have a state-licensed, federally certi-

been a key opinion leader for the

fied and nationally accredited ambulatory

major aesthetic companies and has

surgery center where patients can have their

helped design some of the latest

procedures in a safe, private and specialized

breast implants used in the world to-

state-of-the-art facility.

day. Dr. Kaila has been featured on

Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha

Dr. Sanjeev Kaila

“The Doctors” as well as in the New

is a double board certified Facial Plastic

York Times for introducing innovative new

Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and func-

medical products to the world. Despite his

tional surgery of the head and neck. He has

success Dr. Kaila has kept aside significant

successfully treated thousands of patients

time for charitable ventures, including taking

and is highly regarded and well respected

the entire team of BlueWater Surgical Centre

by his peers in the medical community. Dr.

overseas to perform life changing surgeries.

Sinha speaks at major medical conferences

His philanthropic work has been the subject

and has published articles in both national

of an international documentary film called

and international medical journals. He has

Ganesh, Boy Wonder.

trained many of his colleagues on advanced

Shannon Morey is BlueWater’s talented

techniques in plastic, reconstructive and

Master Medical Aesthetician with over 25

functional surgery of the head and neck. He

years of experience in medical grade skin

has pioneered many of the innovative tech-

care and products. BlueWater also has a

niques used in plastic surgery today such

comprehensive laser center for non-surgical

as fractional CO2 laser resurfacing and ad-

rejuvenation including laser hair removal,

vanced facelift techniques. Dr. Sinha is active

IPL, fractional resurfacing, vein removal, non-

in philanthropy, heading initiatives such as

invasive fat reduction and skin tightening as

Food for Education as well as proudly donat-

well as the only FDA-approved treatment for

ing his plastic surgery services to victims of

stretch marks.

BOARD CERIFICATIONS

American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery American Board of Otolaryngology Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada AFFILIATIONS

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery LOCATIONS

980 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 110 Atlanta, GA 30342

domestic violence and wounded members of

BlueWater Surgery offers a complete ar-

our Armed Forces through national charitable

ray of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures in

365 East Paces Ferry Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305

organizations.

one location. They invite you to call and make

404-842-1000

a personal consultation appointment with one

WEBSITE

of our talented medical professionals. •

www.BluewaterSurgery.com www.facialaestheticsurgery.com

Dr. Sanjeev Kaila, MD, F.R.C.S.C is a board certified plastic surgeon, certified by

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MEDICAL LESLIE S. GASKILL M.D., LLC

GUIDE ATLANTA GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOCIATES

Caring for Your Family’s Needs Dr. Leslie Gaskill and

Dr. Leslie Gaskill

Comprehensive GI Care at Every Stage of Life WHEN IT COMES TO your overall well-being, a healthy

her associates are provid-

digestive system is critical. For nearly 40 years, Atlanta

ers of family, internal med-

Gastroenterology Associates (AGA) has been providing com-

icine and gynecological

prehensive GI care to our patients in metro Atlanta and North

care. She is highly sought

Georgia. With the addition of our new pediatric office next

out for her expertise in the

to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite (CHOA),

detection,

we can now see patients of every age – infants, adolescents,

assessment,

prevention and reversal of cardiovascular disease (i.e. heart attacks, strokes and diabetes).

teens, adults and seniors. In addition to colon cancer screenings for adults, our team

She is the Atlanta leader and first and most experienced

of board certified specialists diagnose and treat a wide vari-

physician utilizing a world-renowned method for cardiovascu-

ety of digestive issues that can affect all ages, including acid

lar prevention. She has patients who seek her care from out

reflux, chronic constipation or diarrhea, inflammatory bowel

of state. While aggressive Western Medicine for prevention is

disease, nausea and vomiting, hepatitis and liver disease.

her passion, she is also well versed, trained and passionate

AGA’s registered dietitian also offers nutrition counseling to

in Eastern Medicine including homeopathic, holistic and func-

help manage food sensitivities like lactose intolerance and

tional medicine. She is a firm believer of getting to the root

celiac disease, as well as symptoms and flare-ups caused by

causes of all diseases and avoiding the “band-aid” approach

digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s

which leads to more chances for more stents, cancers and

disease. For most patients, gastrointestinal problems can be prop-

autoimmune diseases. All of her compliant patients who have participated in her

erly diagnosed and often treated using endoscopic techniques

advanced method of seven years, none have suffered heart

instead of surgery. Our physicians perform most endoscopic

attacks or strokes. If you wish to be placed on her waiting list

procedures – like colonoscopies and upper GI endoscopies

to be considered for her conceirge medical practice, you can

(EGD) – on an outpatient basis at one of our nine accredit-

contact the office for a consultation visit.

ed, state-of-the-art Endoscopy Centers. On the north side of

• She is a native of Atlanta • Received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine • Completed her internship at at the University of Tennessee, followed by residency in radiation oncology at Emory University • Her family medicine residency was completed at the University of Tennessee • Her advanced cardiovascular prevention training is from expert mentors and institutions through the country • She is a trained preceptor for advanced cardiovascular prevention • She has practiced medicine since 1994, and launched her own practice in 2001 • Medical Director for State Farm Insurance for two years • Has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other newspapers for advanced cardiovascular care. • Frequently invited to speak at various businesses

town, these include Northern Crescent Endoscopy Center in Sandy Springs, Northwest Endoscopy Center in Marietta, and Woodstock Endoscopy Center in Woodstock. For our pediatric patients, procedures are currently performed at CHOA. By offering comprehensive and convenient digestive healthcare, the specialists at AGA work to meet their mission every day – providing the best possible care to each patient no matter what age. •

BOARD CERIFICATIONS LOCATION

6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 200, Suite 201 Johns Creek, 770-495-9995 WEBSITE

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Gastroenterology Pediatric Gastroenterology TOLL-FREE NUMBER

1.866.GO.TO.AGA (468.6242)

LOCATION

Nearly 40 locations, including offices in Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock. WEBSITE

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BYRD AESTHETIC AND ANTI-AGING CENTER

Be Beautiful Without Bulges IF YOU WANT A PROCEDURE that is mini-

experiences not only in her

mally invasive without much downtime, then

career but in her life.

you want to visit Marcia Byrd, M.D., the medi-

Dr. Byrd said, “Nothing

cal director of Byrd Aesthetic and Anti-Aging

gives me greater pleasure

Center. She has spent over 20 years in fine-

than to see the smile that

tuning her approach to body sculpting, facial

a patient gives me after

rejuvenation, weight loss, weight mainte-

having had liposuction or

nance and anti-aging techniques. This devo-

a tummy tuck. For many

tion is what led her to winning the “Best Over-

of my patients it’s a life

all Facial Make-Over Enhancement” Award

changing experience and

by the Aesthetic Guide.

a great confidence booster

Her practice offers a comprehensive range of treatments for men and women in-

Dr. Marcia Byrd

and I’m so happy that I am able to do this for them.”

BOARD CERIFICATIONS

cluding cellulite, hair replacement, facial

She prides herself on her trademark ap-

injectables, bio-idenitcal hormone replace-

proach, which she calls “Soft Beatification”

ments, abdominoplasty, breast surgery, face

and refers to customizing a combination of

and neck lifts, brachioplasty, rhinoplasty,

techniques and treatments to best fit a pa-

blepharoplasty and more. Dr. Byrd also car-

tient’s needs and obtain optimal results. Also,

ries the leading anti-aging equipment to pro-

if a patient comes in asking for a certain pro-

vide superior results for both the face and

cedure that Dr. Byrd feels is not the right one,

AFFILIATIONS

body. However, Dr. Byrd’s passion and most

she will advise other options to be as nonin-

American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

requested procedures are for body sculpting.

vasive or minimally invasive as possible while

“I’ve gone around and trained with peo-

achieving the desired results. Noninvasive

ple who are known for developing and in-

body scultpting methods such as Vanquish

venting techniques for body sculpting,” said

are used for the removal of fat and skin tight-

Dr. Byrd. Because she makes it a priority to

ening. When necessary, minimally invasive

remain current in all the latest aesthetic and

procedures like liposuction are an option.

cosmetic procedures, she has received ad-

While her “Soft Beautification” approach may

vanced training and has been certified in

involve multiple operations on a person, she

each procedure that she performs. She has

also believes in advising patients to only fix

studied under and apprenticed with some

what is necessary to them.

of the world’s leading aesthetic surgeons,

“If it’s only lines under eyes, then that’s

including Dr. Giorgio Fischer, Rome, Italy,

what we will focus on. That’s enough,” said

one of the creators of Liposuction, Dr. Roger

Dr. Byrd. “We realize that each patient is an

Amar of Marbella, Spain, creator of the FAMI

individual with individual goals and needs.”

procedure and Dr. Pierre Fournier of Paris,

If a patient is unsure about any proce-

France, considered the father of aesthetic

dure, Dr. Byrd still recommends schedul-

surgery.

ing a consultation. “Talking never hurts,”

It has proven one of the most rewarding

American Board of AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine, 2009 Board Certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery, 2012

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery American Academy of Liposuction Surgery International Society of Cosmetogynecology LOCATION

11050 Crabapple Road | Building B Roswell 770-587-1711 WEBSITE

ByrdAesthetic.com

she said. •

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[JUN E 14] Get Outdoors Georgia Day Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

PERFORMING ARTS

ARTS | EXHIBITS

[Through June 8] Onion Man Productions and Lionheart Theatre Company present a collection of original short plays by local playwrights imagining the world in a completely new light. Lionheart Theatre Company, Norcross, 678-938-8518, onionmanproductions.com

[Through June 5] The opening exhibit of the new Gray Miller West Gallery features the works of Clay Hood, who is known for his use of eyes and his colorful, modern primitive style. The gallery is a collaboration between September Gray and Nic Miller who aim to continue exposing emerging, mid-career established artists. Gray Miller West Gallery, Old Fourth Ward Atlanta, 404-502-3775, graymillerwest.com

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DR. SEUSS’S TH E C AT I N TH E H AT [June 12–July 20] A favorite of the Center for Puppetry Arts Family Series, “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat” returns this summer to take youngsters ages 4 and up on a zany adventure with Thing 1 and Thing 2. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

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F I R S T F R I DAY A R T WA LK [June 6] Take a stroll through the Roswell Art District, home to eight galleries, in Historic Downtown. If you park behind the Shops of SoCa Village,

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don’t miss Muse & Co. Fine Art, Cowgirl Studios and Oak St. Cafe before hopping on the Art Bus between 6 to 9 p.m. for a ride to other hot stops and the restaurants of Canton Street. Roswell Art District, Roswell, roswellartdistrict.com

O UT S I D E TH E B OX [June 14 - December 31] Encouraging children to think outside of the box, this feature exhibit is an interactive adventure full of fun and discovery. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with tons of activities geared toward math, engineering and technology. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org

F O LLOW I N G I N TH E B A R TR A M S ’ F O OT S TE P S : C O NTE M P O R A RY B OTA N I C A L A R TI S T S E X P LO R E TH E B A R TR A M S ’ LE G ACY [Through June 17] If you’re a garden and nature lover looking for an affordable day trip, visit this unique traveling exhibition featuring world-class botanical artwork of plants discovered by colonial explorers John and William Bartram. Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, 404-814-4033, atlantahistorycenter.com

DREAM CARS: I N N OVATI V E D E S I G N , V I S I O N A RY I D E A S [Through Sept. 7] This major exhibition of innovative automotive design brings together 17 concept cars from across Europe and


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CONCERTS | COMEDY

returns to Piedmont Park to perform three concerts this summer as part of the “Performance on the Promenade” series, presented by Bank of America. Admission is free to the general public, but tickets are required and available online. Piedmont Park, Atlanta, 404-733-4900, aso.org/piedmontpark

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[June 7] New Orleans native Kristin Diable will perform songs from her album recorded in the heart of “The Big Easy.” Experience the jazz sounds of Kristin Diable & The City during the Roswell River Sounds concert series. Riverside Park, Roswell, roswellgov.com

[June 13 - August 15] Arriving just in time for summer, the annual outdoor concert series kicks off with a host of local jazz musicians. Get ready for a fusion of live jazz music from Ted Howe, Ike Stubblefield, Diane Durrett, Joe Gransden and Bradford Rogers — all while surrounded by the beauty of Callanwolde’s grounds. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, 404-872-5338, callanwolde.org/jazz-on-thelawn-2014

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[June 7 - July 26] Warm weather is here to stay and there’s no better way to celebrate the start of summer than at this sixth annual cinema and concert fest. After some shopping, live music and dancing, enjoy family-oriented films every Saturday this month such as “Frozen,” “Man of Steel,” “Iron Man 3” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Mall of Georgia – The Village Amphitheatre, Buford, 678-482-8788 simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia

M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S G A R D E N TO U R [June 7] Tour seven gardens throughout Forsyth County to learn how to design, plant and maintain your own garden from gardening experts. Forsyth County, Cumming, fcmg.sharepoint.com

F LY I N G C O LO R S B UT TE R F LY F E S TI VA L [June 7–8] This festival, complete with live music, food trucks and fun, celebrates the opening of “Butterfly Encounter Exhibit,” offering guests of all ages to

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hand-feed more than 200 free flying butterflies. Kids can wear butterfly costumes to join the daily parades and garden enthusiasts can purchase pollinator and host plants to take home. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org

ATL A NTA S O UTH E A S TE R N WO M E N ’ S E X P O [June 7–8] Hey ladies, this weekend is all about you. Shop, learn and enjoy all this Expo has to offer with exhibitors ranging from guest authors and celebrities, financial advisors, life coaching, interior and fashion designers as well

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as areas dedicated to free manicures, demonstrations by yoga and dance instructors, bridal shops and much more. Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta, womensexpoatlanta.com

A N I M A L R E S C U E FA I R [June 8] Rain or shine, Save the Horses and Canine Adoption Network present one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast. Meet purebred, mix breed dogs, kittens, horses, goats and rabbits among others from more than 60 pet rescue and humane societies. Wills Park Equestrian Center, Alpharetta, animalrescuefair.org

T W I LI G HT H I K E [June 13] Take in the sights and sounds on a twilight hike through Amicalola Falls, where you’ll explore the waterfall, learn about the history of Amicalola and hear about the local moonshine lore. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, Dawsonville, 706-344-1500

C O LO R WA R PU B C R AW L [June 14] The Camp Twin Lakes’ Young Atlanta Leadership League (Y’ALL) is hosting their second annual Color War Pub Crawl for young professionals to relive their camp experiences and raise

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DA S H 4 DA D [June 14] Long live Dad! The Men’s Health and Wellness Center presents this 5K race, one-mile Fun Walk, and Kids Superhero Dash as part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, which takes place in 35 cities this year and aims to maintain local screening and patient support programs. The race is also a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs, zeroprostatecancerrun.org/atlanta

G E T O UTD O O R S G E O R G I A DAY [June 14] It’s time to celebrate healthy living and the great outdoors at this family-fun event, where you can spend the day participating in a variety of activities such as archery, kayaking, camping, tree climbing, disc golf and so much more! Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, 770-389-7801

GEORGIA M A N U FAC TU R I N G EXPO [June 13–14] Show your state pride and shop local all month long, as Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed June “Buy From Georgia Month.” Buy into that idea by attending the Expo for direct access to businesses and their Georgia-made products. Admission is free for preregistered guests. Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GeorgiaManufacturingExpo.com

P E AC HTR E E C O R N E R S F E S TI VA L [June 14–15] This fourth annual festival includes plenty of arts, crafts, food vendors, musical entertainment, activities for kids and a bike and car show leading up to Sunday morning’s 5K/ Fun Run and pancake breakfast followed by a nondenominational service. Admission

and onsite parking are free. The Corners Parkway, Peachtree Corners, 770-367-3127, peachtreecornersfestival.org

NIKE JUNIOR G O LF C A M P S [June 23–27] Heritage Golf Links and The Blue Giraffe Golf Institute are now an official site for US Sports Camps and only the fifth Nike Golf School in Georgia. Males and females ages 7 to 16 of all skill levels can improve their game and learn to enjoy golf for a lifetime with half or full programs. Heritage Golf Links, Tucker, ussportscamps.com/golf/nike/ georgia

OV E R 4 0 F E M A LE S [June 24] The North Atlanta chapter invites women over 40 who are in transition, going through a re-invention or re-building their lives professionally or personally, to attend this evening of networking, a speaker, light bites and raffles. Common Quarter, Marietta, over40females.com

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[June 26] In conjunction with the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host bestselling author Jennifer Weiner. The novelist will discuss her latest book, “All Fall Down.” Guests will receive a signed copy along with complimentary wine. A dessert reception will follow the program. MJCCA, Dunwoody, 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org/bookfestival

F O O D TR U C K M O N DAYS [June 30] Food truck night is back with various vendors to wet your palate. Join Paper Mill Village every month for familyfriendly entertainment, live music and an artist market. Paper Mill Village, Marietta, 404-237-7710

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SUMMERTIME

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With rising temps

and deflated energy levels, nothing says five o’clock in June with more gusto than an ice-cold drink. Whether bubbly spirits, fruity concoctions or hoppy brews, there’s a vast menu of lip-smacking libations out there, just waiting for you to mix, pour and savor. Here’s our team’s take on the best bottles to kickstart your summer.

MANGO FUSION Where Tangy and Tropical Make Citrus Magic 1 part BACARDÍ® Mango Fusion™ 3 parts orange juice Pour ingredients over ice and garnish with an orange wedge Enjoy kissing away the afternoon heat

CURIOUS TRAVELER

BY THE TRAVELER BEER COMPANY

A Crisp Newcomer for Summer 1 bottle Curious Traveler Shandy, ice cold Pop the top and open the windows and doors of your palate

PLEASANTLY PEACHY A favorite from Italy’s Amalfi Coast. 1 bottle of Artigiani Pinot Grigio 4 freshly sliced white peaches Combine ingredients in a pitcher and steep for several hours Pour and please any poolside partygoers

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BACARDI; JENNIFER COLOSIMO

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FIVE

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W R IT T E N BY C OL L EEN A N N M C N A L LY

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Take a joy ride. Grab your best getup, bike, helmet and maybe a headlamp for the Atlanta Moon Ride, a 6.5-mile night bike brigade on June 13. This progressive party starts at Park Tavern in Midtown at 7 p.m. and keeps moving — literally — through the night with police and live DJ trucks riding alongside the bikers. All proceeds benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit offering all-expensespaid trips to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. atlantamoonride.com

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Save a life. Did you know that every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and just one donation can help save the lives of up to three people? June 14 is World Blood Donor Day and to celebrate the art of giving, Nexcare Bandages, America’s Blood Centers and The American Red Cross present the “give” Bandage Collection. You can get a free sample of this artwork by registering at facebook.com/Nexcare. For more information on blood donations, visit americasblood.org. Rock your bones. Save the date for Tunes from the Tombs, if you dare. This annual all-day music festival features artists from a variety of genres from 1 to 8 p.m. on June 14 (Hint: Father’s Day Weekend) and is held in Historic Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of 70,000 people, including famous Atlantans. Keep spirits alive in the Bell Tower beer garden and enjoy a complimentary guided mini-tour through the hallowed grounds. All proceeds benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. oaklandcemetery.com

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Be inspired by Dad. In honor of Father’s Day, dk Gallery in Marietta invites the young and old alike to find inspiration from multiple generations of artistic talent with their show “Like Father Like Son” on June 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. Gracing the gallery walls is artwork by Lyall Penley, age 11, as well as brothers Jimmy Arvid, 13, and Christopher Arvid, 11, alongside paintings by each of their fathers, the world-renowned Georgia artists Steve Penley and Thomas Arvid. dkgallery.us Travel back in time. This month also marks the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, an important defeat for the Union army in the Civil War and General Sherman’s last frontal assault of the Atlanta Campaign. On June 26 – 29, you can be part of the 150-year legacy with three days packed with activities for all ages including guided hikes, artillery demonstrations, memorials, live music, keynote speakers and much more. For a complete schedule and to volunteer, visit battleofkennesawmountain150.com PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SARAH ESTHER PHOTOGRAPHY; NEXCARE; KRISTA TURNER PHOTOGRAPHY; THOMAS ARVID FINE ART; KATE BRUN

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