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{ ON THE COVER } Lily, a real sweetheart of an American Quarter Horse, with Hoffman Moore. Photo by Kathleen Moore Photography. “At 16.2 hands high and 12 years old, Lily is a steady, calm spirit, [and] a joy to her owner, Missy Nordstrom of Cumming, and takes to children almost as if they were her own,” Moore said. S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 50 | Springtime in the Mountains 62 | Cosmetic & Dermatology Procedures 4

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14 30 ATLANTA’S HORSE COUNTRY ANATABLOC Across Atlanta’s Northside, equestrian programs of all calibers and levels abound. And though horses and their care can be expensive, it’s heartening to note an impressive number of riding clubs are making a conscious effort to meld passion with the confines of reality.

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HIDDEN GEMS: DUNWOODY & SANDY SPRINGS Take a moment to look a little closer between the big box retailers in these communities, and you’ll find family-owned shops and one-of-a-kind eateries. Spend an afternoon shopping locally made products or stop in for a glass of wine and at one of these gems and you’ll discover why Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are two of our favorite neighborhoods.

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36 GREAT GOLF GETAWAYS For golfers who demand value, the register is laden with fine courses at previously unimaginable rates, and many are just a chip and a putt away.

66 ARTSVIBE With this month’s “Voices & Vibes” event, the Woodruff Arts Center is introducing its Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program and Teen Council, a group of talented Atlanta-area teens charged with encouraging their peers to experience and express themselves through art.

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favorite Saturdays were not spent parked in front of a television watching cartoons, but in a corner booth at Mr. Swiss with my Papa. The hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint has always been an early-morning gathering spot for “old-timers,” but on those Saturdays, it was the perfect setting for our special dates. Papa would proudly introduce me to all his friends, then devote his full attention to me over biscuits and gravy. As the first grandchild, I was never lacking in the attention department, but I cherished that one-on-one time all the same. At 80 years old this month, my mother’s father is a relic from a special generation, a Southern gentleman who loves Jesus and George Jones, who soaks his cornbread in his milk and always says grace. I love to listen to him play the guitar, singing every verse of “I’ll Fly Away” and “Because He Lives,” though my favorite is “Mema,” an original tune he penned for my

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grandmother, who celebrated her own 80th birthday last fall. (Married 60 years this summer, theirs is the great American love story, as iconic as Johnny & June.) Papa has the best sense of humor, both silly and sweet, and he’s not ashamed of his sensitive side, either. My aunt thinks that raising two daughters has softened him over the years, though I can’t imagine him any other way. He always dishes out compliments freely … and fishes for them, too. “Have I told you I love you today?” he’ll ask, and then “Did you dream about me last night?” He’s taught me how to live well and work hard, how to love and to laugh, and even how to dance the jitterbug. He walks the walk and talks the talk, and, personally, I think he walks on water. Happy birthday, Papa. I love you!

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GLAMPING in the CLOUDS

Maybe you’ve heard of glamping but until you’ve spent the night in a yurt, you’re missing out! Part tent, part cabin, yurts are made of canvas and wood, then outfitted with rustic furniture and electrical outlets inside, with picnic tables, grills and fire rings outside. Guests bring their own linens and cooking items. Bunk beds and futons will accommodate six people per yurt — the perfect choice for those who enjoy being in nature, but prefer a soft bed at night. Considered by many to be one of the most scenic places in Georgia, Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain now offers glamping in 10 yurts for guests wanting to stay overnight in the park. Nestled into the forest, the yurts are just a short walk from the West Rim Trail and scenic overlooks. Hot showers, a picnic shelter and playground are centrally located. Yurts rent for $70 each and reservations are highly encouraged. For more information, call 706-657-4050 or visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/yurts. PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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dreams “April showers bring May fashions” just might become a popular saying this season. Dubbed as Dresses, Designs and Dreams, this spring fashion show and luncheon hosted by Allison Havil Todd Interiors is designed to be a fun event that also supports this year’s Designing Dreams charitable makeover. Wardrobe consultant Rachel Collar will be on-hand selecting outfits from Straw Dog Clothing Boutique to outfit models presenting this spring’s fashions. The fashionforward event takes place at the Windermere Golf Club on May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and all proceeds will go toward the 2013 charitable room makeover. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 770-887-7612 or email info@ahtinteriors.com.

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Rockin’ Roswell In a brand-new fundraising initiative, Roswell Woman’s Club (RWC) has enlisted local artists to design and paint beautiful handmade Adirondack rocking chairs. During April and May, the chairs will be prominently displayed throughout North Fulton, but the real fun takes place on June 1. The Rockin’ Roswell CHAIRity Event, held at Nalley Toyota of Roswell, will feature 62 adult rockers and 13 child-size chairs available in live and silent auctions – including a few designed by Points North’s own artistic team! RWC has a long-time record of supporting education in the community. In 2012, the club provided scholarships and educational grants to students, teachers and administrators as well as to local nonprofits. College scholarships were awarded to 20 high-school seniors who have excelled both in and out of the classroom. With your help, RWC plans to keep on rockin’ by supporting local recipients and initiatives again this year. For more information, visit roswellwomansclub.org.

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If there’s one thing we love, it’s a sale! And if you haven’t already heard, ADAC — a community-focused, nationallyrecognized leader in the world of interior design and home fashion — will celebrate 30 years of its annual Sample Sale next month. From May 3 – 5, ADAC’s participating showrooms will offer up to 80 percent off retail prices on high-end furnishings to the public. “The annual sale includes more than a dozen showrooms offering fine furniture, rugs and accessories from top-of-the-line manufacturers,” said Kate Belveal, ADAC General Manager. “Designers and customers have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of high-end pieces at discounted prices and purchase onsite.” The Sample Sale will take place in the lower level parking area at ADAC, located at 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. between Peachtree Street and Lindbergh. The 120,000-squarefoot parking area will also include famous Atlanta Food Trucks. Continuing its tradition of giving back to the community, the Sample Sale will benefit Dress for Success – Atlanta. For details, visit samplesaleatlanta.com; for a full calendar of ADAC events, visit adacatlanta.com/events.

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NEIGHBORFOOD! For a celebration of food, family and community, head down to Decatur for its inaugural Neighborfood on April 27. In one afternoon, ticket-holders will try eight dishes at eight different restaurants that add to the community’s unique identity. Bring a date, some friends or the whole family and come explore this thriving neighborhood that’s known for its small-town feel and big city benefits. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Breakthru House, a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for women. Tickets are $40; to RSVP, visit dishcrawl.com/atlanta.

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Untethered RIDING CLUBS IN ATLANTA’S HORSE COUNTRY

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The famous poet wrote extensively on topics from nature to self-reliance. But to multitudes of Atlanta equestrians, the words that might resonate most soundly are “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.” A true horse lover would nod their head in unwavering agreement. They, more than anyone, know exactly what old Emerson was talking about. A Field of Dreams The equestrian life has many faces. It may be the joy a child feels grooming her horse, or pride achieved from helping around the barn. Showing up on your volunteer day though it’s freezing cold and pouring rain. It can take the shape of hours of focused training. Rigorous “A”-level show programs, travel weekends, ribbons and mounds of check writing. We all know horses and their care are expensive, but it’s heartening to note an impressive number of riding clubs around Atlanta’s Northside are making a conscious

effort to meld passion with the confines of reality. Take Scott Welker, manager of the newly dubbed Woodstock Riding Club, who recently initiated a working student program. Barn work traded for ride time and lessons has worked out well. The kids adore being with the horses and Welker is passionate about offering local children of various means a chance to discover the love of horses. “My vision is to provide the opportunity to create lifelong memories and a quality partnership between you and your horse,” Welker stated thoughtfully. With 75 acres of pasture, a stocked lake for fishing and space for movies on the lawn, the man is nicely poised to execute his dream. Milton’s Keely Ryan, owner of In Your Dreams Farm, is another seasoned equestrian leading the charge to make sure kids who should be riding, are riding. Her passion led to the founding of RIFNA (Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America). That’s a mouth-full. What it means, however, is quite simple. A reasonably priced topnotch show pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2013 | Points North

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{ H O R S E CO U N T RY } Left: Miss Emily Frank rides Queso for In Your Dreams Farm; Below: Thanks to Save the Horses, Lila, a young Tennessee Walking Horse, got a new lease on life.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

program designed specifically for middle and high school students. Interestingly, owning one’s own horse is not a requirement. Young equestrians train astride the farm’s 21-horse arsenal: ponies, quarter horses and warm bloods. Out of that success tumbles EPIC (Equestrian Programs Interscholastic & Collegiate), a force in leveling the financial playing field in the sport. Academic scholarships and discounted lessons currently serve approximately 150 riders around the greater Atlanta area. Striding from her barn with upswept blond hair and knee-high work boots firmly in place, Ryan cracks the mold as a modern-day myth debunker. This woman is on a mission to educate the public that a passion for horses and the dream to show is not only for the Richie Rich’s of the world. Ryan’s handy-dandy spreadsheet comparing youth sports to riding costs proves it. A few examples include one season of cheerleading ranging from $355

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to $1,200, one season of football ranging from $840 to $1,665 and one full year of c omp e t it ion w it h RIFNA falling around $935 to $2,480. This is powerful information coming from one of the area’s premier show barns, a facility located at the epicenter of Atlanta horse country: the intersection of Birmingham Highway and Birmingham Road. Birmingham & Birmingham. Sounds like a law firm, but with loosened tie and actual spring in its step. Saddle Up Across Atlanta’s Northside, equestrian programs of all calibers and levels abound. There are polished riding clubs finer than your best crystal, twice as shiny. Heavyweight facilities with big-name trainers only too happy to assist a rider in her quest for “A”-circuit royalty. But it’s nice to know

the smaller operations are still breathing in and out as well — quiet stables happily existing under the media radar. One such family-owned Woodstock facility actually prefers it that way, incognito-style. The gravel drive of Show Me Farm slides from the blacktop, immediately disappearing under a canopy of green. What lies beyond the street is anyone’s guess. There is no sign. I passed the place thrice. Eventually I figured it out. Curtains of foliage parted, revealing one butter-yellow barn, several pastures and three generations of family members on hand to greet me. Show Me Farm is a hunter-jumper show barn specializing in family feel and individual attention. Owner/ barn manager Hillary Roebuck Blackinton and trainer Karen Boysen run a riding program balanced with expertise, purpose and kindness. Though Blackinton is the energizing force of the establishment, it was her parents who began the endeavor decades ago, quite accidentally. Blackinton’s mother Deb Roebuck explained the only thing their 5-yearold daughter wanted was a pony. “We bought some My Pretty Ponies trying to appease her.” “Didn’t work?” I offered. “No, it didn’t,” Roebuck laughed, gesturing to the barn, the grounds and entire operation that has flourished due to their daughter’s passion. In time Blackinton took over the facility, leaving mom and pop in need of


new digs. Instead of moving someplace sandy and tropical, the Roebuck’s simply purchased more horse property. Located in Ball Ground, Show Me Farms North is now a 35-acre spread where they’ve founded For the Love of A Horse: a nonprofit rescue program for abandoned and tuckered-out horses. Another organization evokes a similar mission. Cheryl Flanagan, founder of Save the Horses, understands a horse-lover’s life can also look like this: caring for an abused animal rendered unrideable by human cruelty. She and her posse of volunteers have gained national attention for their dedication to the rescue and rehabilitation of

Clockwise from top left: The Roebuck-Blackinton family of Show Me Farm; Sami Jackson of Seva Yoga with Patch from Save the Horses; Bree Lake with Switch from the Woodstock Riding Club.

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{ H O R S E CO U N T RY } equines suffering ghastly abuse. You’ve got to hand it to Save the Horses, not just for their righteous efforts, but for the creativity oozing from their programs. Recently launched: You, Yoga and A Horse! Not sure if they’ve officially slapped an exclamation point on the end of that title. If not, they should. How ingenious of them to partner with Sami Jackson

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from Seva Yoga, conceptualizing how to do yoga alongside a horse companion. Relaxed grooming. Meditative walking. Synchronized breathing. Human hands placed across a horse’s soft back as a balancing point. I feel more calm simply writing about it. Both Flanagan and Jackson agree: horse therapy is people therapy.

Trailing an Equestrian Lifestyle In the same spirit, one residential community in Cumming has uniquely incorporated equestrian trails directly into its floor plan. Echoing the streets, mulched riding paths course throughout the Chattahoochee River Club (CRC), eventually disappearing into woods. From there, riders have unparalleled access to more than 12 miles of trails within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Riding enthusiasts may either trailer in their horses, or do it the easy way by signing on for trail rides at Flowered Rock Farm, an independently owned stable nestled at the neighborhood’s entrance. Show up with a nominal $36 and be treated to a glorious afternoon ride. Winding and dipping, the trails offer amazing views of the Chattahoochee River and its wetlands. “It’s fun to see the horses passing by,” said Nicole Solano, a longtime CRC resident. “Reminds me of riding when I was a girl.” Twenty-five years ago equestrian trails also wove through Sandy Spring’s Huntcliff neighborhood. They’ve since succumbed to overgrowth. The Huntcliff Equestrian Center, on the other hand, is still going strong. Perched on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, riders train against a backsplash of natural splendor and waterscape sunsets. Currently, the center boasts four Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) teams. The IEA brings a unique aspect to the world of horse competitions, in that none of the students own their own horses. The idea is for the host team and participating barns to supply mounts and equipment. Before each show, lots are drawn to see which rider gets which horse. It’s the mother of all meet-and-greets. Scores based upon horsemanship and equitation, not the horse. The innovative decade-old program has succeeded in creating both ribbon winners and horse-lovers for life. Shadowbrook Farms is the equine


facility of choice of Forsyth County’s Kim Pate. The avid equestrian has shown hunter-jumper for more than 25 years, and recently added dressage to her repertoire. She looks forward to passing the equestrian lifestyle down to her daughters. “My kids are raised in a barn,” Pate half-joked. “It’s the best thing for them.” Back at Woodstock Riding Club, Bree Lake couldn’t agree more. She boards two horses, and can’t imagine life without them. Years ago after earning a degree in equine studies from Virginia Intermont, she promptly bought herself a graduation gift: her first horse. Most college grads celebrate differently, but that’s the power of horse-love. Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best: “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” More than ever, equine opportunities across Atlanta’s Northside abound; each encouraging the magic, peace, power and healing that comes from loving a horse. PN F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Flowered Rock Farm 678-755-8726 floweredrockfarm.com Huntcliff Equestrian Center 770-552-5583 huntcliffequestriancenter.com In Your Dreams Farm 770-887-7797 rifna.com horse1.com Save the Horses 770-886-5419 savethehorses.org Show Me Farm 404-668-5056 showmefarm.com Woodstock Riding Club 678-653-1708 woodstockrclub.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2013 | Points North

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scene, Hammock’s Trading Company fills a hole for family-friendly dining in this part of Dunwoody. Opened in August 2012, the aqua building with green, coral and purple planters gives a lively first impression that is reinforced with the restaurant’s slogan: “Eat. Drink. Hang Out.” The festive mood continues inside the Mexican-tiled interior with ceilings strewn with hammocks, beckoning you to simply relax. But don’t be fooled by the unfussy atmosphere, because this place takes its food seriously. The menu of Southern coastal seafood meets Baja California cuisine highlights everything from beer-battered fish tacos to roasted quail with wilted greens and sweet potato dumplings. Some of the most popular dishes include the fish soup and seared sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto and melted leeks. The eatery also sells a ton of oysters prepared four different ways. Join in the lively happy hour by grabbing a table on the front deck below a multicolored umbrella and ordering a margarita or sangria pitcher. For a full review, visit us online at pointsnorthatlanta.com. 7285 Roswell Road, Dunwoody, 770-3959592, hammockstradingcompany.com


Wine Xplorer After five years of organizing

CalyRoad Creamery When spring has you pining for greener pastures, CalyRoad Creamery offers a taste of the countryside right here in metro Atlanta. Owner and Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese grad Robin Schick uses fresh, all-natural cow’s milk from an East Georgia dairy and regionally sourced goat curd to hand-craft incredible cheeses in the Sandy Springs facility. Relish a creamy, Camembertstyle Way Point, Mediterranean feta, aged goat cheeses and more at the tasting table, and purchase some for later along with an array of regional gourmet food products. CalyRoad’s customizable gift baskets are great for a spring picnic. Look for the cheeses at farmers markets across the Northside this season, as well as on the menus at some of our favorite restaurants, like Muss & Turners in Smyrna and Roswell’s Little Alley Steak. 227 Hildebrand Drive NE, Sandy Springs, 678-7731629, calyroadcreamery.com

wine tasting social events via Atlanta Wine Meetup, Katt Martin was having trouble finding venues that allowed her clients to navigate the world of wine, so Martin set out to open her own space and bring an educational aspect to the events. In spring 2012, she opened Wine Xplorer. “Our concept is one of exploring and educating the consumer so that they can understand what’s going on in the confusing world of wine when they want to purchase a bottle,” Martin said. Martin hosts events in her nicely appointed digs in Dunwoody Plaza Shopping Center several times each month, where guests appreciate the opportunity to taste six to seven wines, yet do not get overburdened with too much detail. “Our goal is to engage, not overwhelm,” she said. “Our wine presenters provide a baseline education for the consumer, and guide them into choosing wines they will enjoy. We don’t inundate with technical data.” Like a neighborhood gathering, guests are asked to share a dish with others who attend certain Wine Xplorer events. Martin is finalizing plans for a wine club, which include the opportunity to sample and purchase wines from smallproduction wineries from all parts of the world. Wine Xplorer also offers private wine tastings for groups whose members want to expand their knowledge and their palates. 1402B Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody, 404-840-4657, wine-xplorer.com

Spruill Gallery Gift Shop Supporting local artists is easy when you visit the Spruill Gallery Gift Shop. Tucked into an 1840s historic home-turned-gallery with funky wheelbarrow planter yard décor, the gift shop on Ashford Dunwoody Road showcases a variety of unique wares, the majority of which are crafted by the artistic minds of our hometown. Stroll the rooms of this renovated Southern folk-style structure, where giggle-inducing signs like “Stressed is desserts spelled backwards” only add to the fun of browsing the ceramics, pottery and generous assortment of handcrafted jewelry from local crafters like Amy Gresens of element47. This uncharacteristic shopping stop is sure to result in some memorable gifts. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770-394-4019, spruillarts.org

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Kudzu & Company Hearing the name Kudzu

E. 48th Street Market Upon entering E. 48th Street Market, you are greeted with the wafting smells of freshly baked Italian breads, aged cheeses, meats and spices. The family-run Italian market in the Williamsburg of Dunwoody Shopping Center has been creating mouthwatering aromas since 1986, offering specialty Italian foods and prepared meals to take home. Inside the simple white storefront, first generation Italians and owners Charlie and Anita Augello (along with their four children and larger extended family) retail products that run the gamut from antipasti and fresh pastas to traditional Italian cookies as well as a large collection of more than 140 Italian wines. Drawing SERIES SPONSORED from their upbringing BY VIXEN in restaurants and deli/ VODKA bakery operations, the 24

proprietors cook up traditional Tuscan, Piedmontese and Sicilian recipes that transport your taste buds across the ocean to the land of pasta and gelato. Settle in for an espresso and homemade cannoli at one of the cozy indoor tables, imagining you are in the kitchen of an Italian Nona (family pictures and all), or sit al fresco on the covered patio with a glass of wine and Charlie’s “Mozzarella in Acqua.” Just don’t come by on Sunday, as the shop is closed for the Augello family dinner, naturally. Regardless of what brings you through the doors of E. 48th Street Market, you’re sure to leave with a full stomach or bags filled to the brim. Mouthwatering gift baskets, wine tastings and catering for special events are also available. 2462 Jett Ferry Road, Dunwoody, 770-392-1499, e48thstreetmarket.com

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Antique Market recalls the family-owned, 25,000-square-foot warehouse in Decatur showcasing the goods of more than 100 Atlanta dealers. But did you know this established home décor stop with a more than 32-year history now has an outpost in Sandy Springs? Opened in November 2012 in the former Red Baron Antiques location on Roswell Road, Kudzu & Company is similar to its sister shop in size and scale. Mixing antiques, industrial and midcentury home décor with global trade, the eclectic store also boasts special-order sofas and custom furniture as well as a “Design Bar,” where homeowners and decorators can hold interior design court. Although currently the shop occupies 24,000 square feet, owners George and Kate Lawes are planning to expand to 45,000 square feet complete with a café, large group vintage market, living room upholstery area, art gallery and custom design and decorator services. 6450 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-255-2548, kudzuantiques.com


Tryst What better place for a shopping rendezvous than a little boutique tucked into an inconspicuous shopping center corner? As business continues to pick up since its December 2012 opening, we bet the treasures hiding at Tryst won’t be kept secret for long. The shop is simply brimming with fun fashions, first-rate home décor and festive gift items you won’t find anywhere else. In fact, owner Jill Clow stocks her store with one-of-a-kind items collected from her worldly travels, like handmade boots from Turkey alongside merchandise from destinations like Australia and Colombia. There’s also jewelry by local designer Mona Lisa designs and colorful canvas paintings by local artist Debbie Corbo of Flashbox Studio. Check the website for details regarding Tryst’s Spring Fling, featuring new merchandise, wine and food this month. 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive, Dunwoody, 404-561-5884, houseaboutit.com

VININGS Just southeast of the Sandy Springs/ Dunwoody area along 285, Vinings boasts a number of additional gems when exploring this part of town. Fashionable boutiques and specialty stores mingle with unique dining opportunities to create a travel-worthy destination right here in the city. Our favorites? Blackstone Restaurant’s premium steak and seafood, Canoe’s indelible riverfront dining, and CamiCakes artful confections.

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BRIDE BEAUTIFUL Atlanta’s oldest full-service bridal boutique offers more than 40 years of experience in assisting brides. Bride Beautiful carries the major designers of the bridal industry along with many private designers that are exclusive to this store, as well as other services such as bridal shoe dyeing and gown preservation. 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-250-4330, bridebeautifulinc.com

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I knew it had helped Barron’s bout with sciatica, but Gray shared that, in addition to improving aches and pains, scientists had recently presented research touting beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s disease in New Orleans at Neuroscience 2012, the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific meeting dedicated to brain and neurological science with neuroscientists from around the world. Studies with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and auto-immune disorders were also mentioned. The more he talked, the more questions I had. What is in this little lozenge? Is it true that it helps people afflicted with such a wide variety of issues? And if so, is it healthy? Why had no one discovered it before now? Both Barron and Gray, who take Anatabloc daily, have had positive results, but the Doubting Thomas in me needed more information. Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 I’ll be the first to admit that science has always been a field well beyond my grasp, but when I reached out to Dr. Ryan Lanier, Chief Clinical Research Scientist at Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Star Scientific, he graciously took the time to explain all about Anatabloc’s anti-inflammatory potential in a way that even I could understand. It all starts with the Solanacea family of plants, which includes a wide range of vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, tobacco and potatoes. These sources of food,


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spreads,” Lanier said, adding, “You still have the ability to respond to infectious organisms and you still have the ability to respond to injury, but Anatabloc seems to dampen the excessive or prolonged inflammation, which is what is dangerous to us.” Having scraped our knees or bumped our heads at some point in the past, most of us already know the acute response to inflammation is typically described as red, swelling, sore or warm, but according to Lanier, there is more going on beneath the surface. “The issue that causes a lot of problems is chronic — excessive inflammation that goes on for weeks, months or even years and you may not even notice it. If those inflammatory mediators aren’t cut off, they start attacking our own tissue,” he said. And this is where trouble can start. Athletic Ambassadors Lanier listed cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroiditis and arthritis among others as interrelated issues with this excessive or uncontrolled inflammation being the common denominator tying them together. “We have a study that our partners at the Roskamp Institute sponsored looking at C-reactive protein (CRP), which has become a pretty hot topic in the last couple of years. CRP can be measured in the body and is a good indicator of whether you’re in a chronic inflammatory state because it’s only produced in response to something that causes inflammation,” Lanier said. It was this underlying potential for trouble that led professional golfer Fred Couples to try Anatabloc. It’s been documented that when Couples fi rst had his CRP levels tested, they were very high, and after three months on Anatabloc, his levels dropped markedly. “I had known for some time that inflammation was contributing to daily discomfort for me,” Couples said. “I started taking [Anatabloc] to boost my body’s ability to decrease inflammation. I was looking for something that helped

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me feel better overall on a daily basis, and Anatabloc has been part of that solution for me, helping with discomfort in my back, hands and really all over.â&#x20AC;? Does that mean he will come out swinging at Augusta this month? Maybe. For American pro tennis player John Isner, it was only after Anatabloc had been tested for banned substances by HFL Sport Science, a world-class doping control and research laboratory, that he decided to give it a go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a really good ďŹ nd because I know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for me,â&#x20AC;? Isner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taking it diligently for about three to four months now and for me, it was about two weeks before I felt a difference. In general, when I play, my arm starts to get heavy and [previously], I would take Advil, which I generally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to do. Taking Anatabloc takes the place of that in

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a healthy, more productive way,” he said. A quick Google search is all it takes to find threads of blogs on supplements, specific health conditions, sports and investment sites all talking about the pros and cons of Anatabloc. Most of what I was able to find were personal accounts of how it has helped a range of health issues. Okay, so it works for many, but what about the long-term effects?

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All in Good Time The cold hard facts are still developing. After all, Anatabloc first became available online in February of 2012 and hit the retail shelves at GNC two months later. The science behind anatabine is progressing as more human clinical trials are conducted. As of this writing, the studies have shown no significant adverse events, but proof of its true therapeutic effects could very well be on the horizon as both the time and the expense to do so unfold accordingly. I was initially lured as a long distance runner who would like to believe my body can continue to weather the storm of aging with the proper steps. As a journalist listening firsthand to the energy and passion behind this product, I am now that much more intrigued at what the future might hold. What if it works? What if all the people currently suffering are able to resume an active lifestyle and live healthier? “I’ve been very excited about what we’ve been doing with Anatabloc,” Lanier said. “It’s showing a lot of promise ... we’ve put anatabine through a ton of toxicological analysis, more than 20 different tests — just like you would a pharmaceutical.” “[These tests] have to show that compound won’t cause cancer or won’t lead to this or that. We even did a study to make sure it didn’t have addictive properties — and that worked out beautifully because it wasn’t reinforcing.” pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2013 | Points North

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grass lining the lush fairways and green complexes on golf courses throughout the world. It’s also an apt description of the financial aspect of the golf business during the past five years or so. Weekdays once attracted the fat cats of corporate America, day traders, salespeople trying to make an impression on tough-to-close clients and retirees who couldn’t wait to put a peg in the ground. The crews staffing golf courses have dwindled, maintenance crews that once could have invaded and taken over Luxembourg have been cut back in size, and those of us who played up to 100 rounds per year are now lucky to play once a month. Like every gloomy cloud, however, there is a silver lining for golfers who still appreciate the opportunity to play courses that once may have been inaccessible. For those who demand value, the register is laden with fine courses at previously unimaginable rates, and many are just a chip and a putt away.

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A Patriotic Pastime? Charleston, S.C., is surrounded by fine golf courses with impeccable reviews and views. Renowned Kiawah Island has five courses to choose from, while neighbor Seabrook Island has two. North of town, Wild Dunes Resort has two fine courses in Isle of Palms, and Mt. Pleasant’s River Towne Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club and Charleston National Country Club all provide daily fee options and nearby or onsite accommodations. There are plenty of other options in the area, but few provide the overall experience like Patriots Point Links and The Cottages on Charleston Harbor. Patriots Point Links overlooks the harbor on the Mt. Pleasant side at the mouth of the Cooper River. If you can’t make history on the course, not far from the first tee at Patriots Point, you can find plenty. Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown and its Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, the USS Clamagore (the only preserved Guppy III submarine), USS Laffey (which supported the D-Day

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landings in Normandy and was then transferred to the Pacific theater off Okinawa), a Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp and the Cold War Submarine Memorial. Battery Gary, where cadets from The Citadel fired upon Fort Sumter and prevented The Star of the West from resupplying Union troops was located nearby. In addition, the College of Charleston’s baseball (15 home games in the months of April and May, including UGA, May 8, and Georgia Southern, May 16 – 18), softball, soccer and tennis facilities all are located at Patriots Point. The golf course, designed by Willard Byrd in 1979, might be considered tame in some circles due to its length (5,500 to 6,955 yards) and generous fairways, but once the wind starts howling, you’ll appreciate the generosity. Views of downtown Charleston, only 10 minutes away by car, and Fort Sumter (a ferry ride) are scintillating on a clear day. Managed by Alpharetta’s Affiniti Golf Partners, the links course can provide a challenge for golfers of all levels. Playing at 6,393 yards


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Top Left: The 17th hole at Patriots Point. Above: A spacious living area in one of The Cottages on Charleston Harbor. Bottom: The fourth hole at Briar’s Creek shows the Lowcountry feel of the club 17 miles from downtown Charleston.

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from the white tees, golfers will face only three par-4 holes that are longer than 400 yards, and all par-3 holes require midto short-iron approaches. Again, that is dependent upon the winds. The signature 17th hole, which features an island green

with Fort Sumter providing the backdrop, measures just 130 to 150 yards. Some days you might hit a sand wedge, while on others it might require a 5-iron. And that is the beauty of Patriots Point and other links courses, because you never

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Cottage Choice Just a minute away from Patriots Point Links is one of Charleston’s hidden gems for accommodations. Nestled close to the harbor’s lapping waters are 10 wonderfully appointed cottages, The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, that have the ability to mesmerize guests in a variety of ways. While just minutes from downtown, the cottages provide a marvelous view of the harbor and of the historic city, which seems just a fingertip’s length away. Nine of the 1,300-square foot cottages feature two well-appointed bedrooms plus a kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, dishes, glassware, utensils, a coffee maker and bottles of wine for purchase. Heart pine flooring, comfortable chairs and couches, a gas fireplace, flat-screen HDTVs with DVD players, washer-dryer, a Bose stereo radio and French doors leading to a 380-square foot screened porch with a hammock, rocking chairs and tables and chairs facing the harbor make these common areas anything but. The 10th cottage is for nature lovers and includes one bedroom, two-baths and a lagoon view with the possibility of seeing egrets nesting or frolicking nearby. The Clubhouse lounge, which overlooks the outdoor swimming pool and heated spa, offers a Continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the day. A private harbor-front beach with Adirondack chairs and tables is just steps away. A business center and ample meeting space are available, too. The Cottages have attracted scores of weddings and wedding parties, with the months of March through June and August through November comprising the peak seasons. A three-night minimum at a higher rate per night is required on the busy weekends; however, Sunday through Wednesdays are perfect for your golf foursome (one guy gets the couch!), a couple’s getaway or a family retreat. Rather than

booking two rooms elsewhere, a twobedroom cottage can accommodate four guests quite easily. The Cottages has forged relationships with three approved caterers for private functions or in-cottage dining, and can also arrange massage services, personal

concierge services, pre-arrival grocery shopping and water taxi to downtown. For golfers, rounds at Patriots Point are provided at resident rates, which will save you about $35 per person, and replay rounds for an additional 18 holes on the same day are offered at only $20.

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Fore Courses After your round at Patriots Point, dining options are so incredibly rich in nearby Shem Creek and downtown Charleston that a separate publication to list them would be required. In addition to those mentioned in our July 2012 issue (Husk, 82 Queen and Tristan), others deserve consideration. Pearlz Oyster Bar has a weekday Happy Hour menu that both cheapskates and discerning seafood lovers will relish. Oysters, shrimp, fish and a lively vibe are Pearlz’ signature. Bob Carter, formerly of The Inn at Blackberry Farm and Peninsula Grill, opened Carter’s Kitchen at the Inn at I’On in Mt. Pleasant in February 2012, and followed that auspicious opening with a new in-town eatery a few months ago. The Rutledge Cab Co. features an intriguing blend of casual and upscale fare and breakfast is served anytime. Where else can you fi nd corned beef hash, eggs any style and toast alongside hoop cheddar and beer fondue, and chicken-fried sweetbreads or a tempting tuna steak with rice and lemon parsley butter? Add a splendid bar, eclectic drink menu and a nicely structured wine list for a complete evening of food and fun. Mike Lata of FIG recently unveiled The Ordinary, and Chef Kevin Johnson, who began his career in Charleston at Slightly North of Broad, opened The Grocery. The Rarebit on King Street is quintessentially Southern and Hank’s is another favorite and comes highly recommended. A dinner at Steve Palmer’s The MacIntosh is like hitting a 400-yard drive. Executive chef Jeremiah Bacon’s menu is prodigious with creativity and the execution sublime. His flavorful and adventurous dishes like grilled deckle steak with béarnaise and savory bone marrow bread pudding provide a hint of the culinary oddities that are simply not to be believed, in quality of presentation and taste.

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hen The Standard Club, founded in 1867, relocated from its longtime Brookhaven location to the current address in Johns Creek in 1987, it brought its historic and prestigious reputation with it. This private Country Club in Johns Creek, Georgia is nestled on 300+ acres with a highly acclaimed 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills. The Clubhouse and facilities feature indoor & outdoor tennis, itness center, racquetball and basketball courts, a pool complex, superb dining and other amenities that provide an unparalleled life style for the entire family.

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The Road to Solitude Briar’s Creek is a private club community located on John’s Island, southeast of Charleston on the way to Kiawah Island with an 18-hole championship layout designed by Rees Jones and completed in 2001. The golf course is part of an exclusive retreat with ancient trees, rare birds and wildlife. There are no tee times here for the 200-plus members, and membership plans are as varied as the course’s routing, including the Young Professional plan for those under 50 years old, a national plan, international plan, non-resident membership and a corporate program. A marvelous practice facility and gorgeous clubhouse makes this golf club a fanciful escape just 17 miles from downtown Charleston. It’s like going on a vacation every time you visit the club, according to one member. Chris Edwards, formerly of Atlanta Athletic Club, and head golf professional at the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, said the property has a classic Lowcountry feel and members appreciate the bucolic surroundings and ability to relax. The club has been included on many prestigious lists, such as Golf Digest’s Best New Private Courses and America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S. Like many in the Lowcountry, the degree of difficulty depends upon the wind and the direction it’s blowing, as it is situated on the Kiawah River and Briar’s Creek. Jones included six different sets of tees for members to choose from at distances of 4,818 yards to 7,117 yards. In addition to the solitude, one characteristic that shines through at Briar’s Creek is the unblemished condition of the grounds. Despite a relatively small grounds crew, the golf course seems like it just opened for play. During your next visit to the area, arrange your private tour of the property and golf course with Gus Bright at gus@briarscreek.com, 843-296–6454. pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2013 | Points North

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Château Élan Golf Club, Braselton Château Élan’s Preferred Players Program is a great way for avid golfers to enjoy discounted golf year round on the Château Course, one of Atlanta’s premier golf courses. The course offers contoured fairways, thick Bermuda roughs, and strategically placed lakes and ponds. Designed by resident course architect, Denis Griffiths, the 7,030 yard, par-71 layout winds through three lakes and two creeks with water coming into play on 10 of the 18 holes. Newly renovated bunkers add to the definition and character of the course. The non-refundable annual fee for the program is $500, with the option to add unlimited practice facility usage for $100. Golfers then pay $20 for weekday rounds and $40 on weekends, and can sharpen their short game on the par-3 course for just $5. Preferred members may pre-book their rounds up to two weeks in advance, and merchandise and food are available at a 15 percent discount. Château Élan will host its spectacular “Open Day” of play for all golfers on June 12, one day prior to the opening round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf. “Open Day” entitles all golfers to play unlimited golf on the Woodlands or Château courses for $25, which includes greens fee, cart fee and one range token. Beer and drink specials will be offered throughout the day for those 21 years of age and older. Visit chateauelan.com/ energize/golf or call 678-425-0900 ext. 41 to reserve your tee time with a credit card.



Currahee Golf Club, Toccoa Currahee Club is a 1,200-acre real estate and golf course development located on Lake Hartwell in North Georgia near the town of Toccoa, bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca rivers. The club boasts a marvelous Jim Fazio-designed golf course, a spectacular 48,000-square-foot clubhouse and numerous club amenities, which will soon include a $2 million amenity center with a swim-tennis club and a lake park with boat docks. Visitors will be captivated by the majestic views, the quality of the course’s layout CONTINUED ON PAGE 45

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GOLF COURSE LISTINGS BARNSLEY GARDENS RESORT,

SUMMER GROVE GOLF CLUB ,

Adairsville

Newnan

GOVERNORS TOWNE CLUB , Acworth

Barnsley Gardens Resort features a championship golf course, designed by Jim Fazio, that is recognized as having some of the fastest greens in the South. It will dazzle golfers of any skill level and has one of the finest back nines in the entire state. Whether for a round with friends or for organizing a corporate/charitable outing, the layout provides a unique and memorable experience. The course was recognized by readers as the No. 2 Golf Resort in the South in a 2012 CONDE NAST TRAVELER poll. For rates, tee times and overnight packages call 770-773-7480 or visit BarnsleyResort.com.

Designed by two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange in collaboration with architect Mike Riley, the course features dramatic elevation changes, cascading creeks, gorgeous hardwoods and tall pines that create shot values like no other course in this area. The final four closing holes on the well-manicured layout are memorable and include the backto-back par-5 16th and 17th holes. A full-service spa and the amazing tennis and aquatic center provide members incomparable amenities. Contact Beth Gomez about membership opportunities at 678-439-3014 or bethg@kghco.com.

HAMILTON MILL GOLF CLUB , BERKELEY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, Duluth Since 1964, Berkeley Hills has provided a true Southern country club lifestyle with impeccable dining, tennis and aquatic centers, and superb golf facilities. Offering 18 holes designed by Ron Kirby and Gary Player, Berkeley Hills has gained the reputation for having some of the fastest, smoothest greens in the area. Generations have grown up at the club, having fun with their families and friends, while enjoying a host of amenities and activities. To schedule your tour, contact Teresa Sims at TSims@BerkeleyHillsCC.org or 770448-8353. Website: BerkeleyHillsCC.org.

Summer Grove is back! Originally developed and owned by the Jemsek family, owners of famous Cog Hill Golf & CC in Chicago, Summer Grove is back under family ownership. Designed by Joe Jemsek and Jeff Burton, the course offers one of the best golf experiences on Metro Atlanta’s south side with features carved from the surrounding lakes, wetlands and forests. Now open to the public, Summer Grove truly is a special place to spend the day with a charming clubhouse, great membership opportunities and excellent practice facilities. To book your tee time today, call 770-251-1800 or visit SummerGroveGolf.com.

THE MANOR GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB,

Dacula

Hamilton Mill was co-designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates. With its panoramic views, playable Bermuda grass fairways, undulating Bentgrass greens and impeccable yearround conditioning, members and guests are delighted with this world-class Par-72 course. Benefits include: kids play free, $9 Sundown rates, low guest rates, access to 21 other area courses and to more than 450 Private PlayAway clubs across the country (PlayAwayClubs.com). Family memberships are as low as $153 per month, with $0 entry fee and a two-year commitment. Contact Stacey for more information at 770-274-0772, or visit CanongateGolf.com.

Alpharetta

Set among pines and rolling hills, The Manor Golf and Country Club is an exclusive, high-end gated community featuring a breathtaking 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Watson with unmatched amenities. Members enjoy 16 professionally maintained tennis courts, an outdoor junior Olympic competition pool, an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, interactive children’s pool and fine dining facilities. For a limited time outside guests can enjoy the golf course and superbly manicured driving range and practice area when you book a tee time. Call 678-366-3886 or visit ManorGCC.com.

CHESTATEE GOLF CLUB, Dawsonville

THE STANDARD CLUB , Johns Creek

HARBOR CLUB , Set among the North Georgia Mountains, along the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier. Golfers enjoy access to a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course with brilliant water holes and vigorous mountain-like terrain. Designed by awardwinning golf architect, Denis Griffiths, Chestatee has been ranked one of the top 100 courses to play in the U.S. Offering affordable daily fee tee times and membership plans, discover all that Chestatee has to offer. To book your tee time, call 706-216-7336 or visit ChestateeGolfClub.com.

Greensboro

Harbor Club features an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish golf course, a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse with fitness center, golf shop, grill, fine-dining, swim and tennis center, and access to 19,000 acres of freshwater lake. Surrounded by 1,600 acres of wooded hills and bordered by nine miles of Lake Oconee shoreline offering great stay and play packages, as well as individual rounds of golf at selected times. Harbor Club is the perfect place to live or play! Visit HarborClub.com or call 800-505-4653.

Founded in 1867, The Standard Club relocated to its current address in 1987, and brought its historic and well-defined reputation with it. Ranked No. 17 in Georgia by GOLF DIGEST this year, the golf course is a very fair test with seven sets of tees and several dogleg holes that place a premium on control. Originally created by Arthur Hills, the layout was redesigned by Mike Riley in 2005. The club offers a total of 16 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, fitness center, pool and a comprehensive amenities package. Contact Jodi Wolfe for details at 678-638-6425 or membership@standardclub.org.

OLDE ATLANTA GOLF CLUB ,

WATERFALL CLUB,

Suwanee

Clayton

Olde Atlanta Golf Club, an Arthur Hills Signature Design course located in Suwanee is the epitome of a course built upon wild and rugged terrain and then turned into a spectacular and playable golf course through masterful design. The course was built in 1993 but now has new MiniVerde Bermuda greens. Benefits include: kids play free, $9 Sundown rates, low guest rates and access to 21 other area courses and to more than 450 Private PlayAway clubs across the country (PlayAwayClubs.com). Family memberships offered for as low as $153 per month, with $0 entry fee and a two-year commitment. Contact Tom for more information at 770-274-0734, or visit CanongateGolf.com.

Nestled in the North Georgia mountains overlooking Lake Burton, Waterfall Club offers 18 holes of unparalleled views, exquisite dining, and refined amenities. The exclusive private club was designed to be a refreshing retreat from deadlines and responsibilities. The heart of Waterfall Club is the spectacular golf course featuring bent grass greens, fairways and tees, one of only two with that distinction in Georgia. The centerpiece of the course is a waterfall on the second hole that will take your breath away. To learn more, contact Amy Giles at 706.212.4000 or AGiles@WaterfallCC.com or visit WaterfallCC.com.

THE CURRAHEE CUP , Wed. September 25, 2013

Participate in the second annual CURRAHEE CUP, an 8-person team competition event where everyone plays 27 holes in a Ryder Cup, match-play format. Your team faces an opposing team in foursomes, fourballs and singles matches at the famed Currahee Club along the shores of Lake Hartwell. Overnight packages also are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. To receive a registration packet or sponsorship opportunities, send an e-mail to CurraheeCup@gmail.com. Deadline to register is August 1, 2013.

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Crystal Falls Lake & Golf Community, Dawsonville Located in a remote area on 1,400 acres in Dawson County (west of Hwy. 400, south of Hwy. 53 and north of Hwy. 369), Crystal Falls offers one of the greatest values in the extended metro area for golfers. Designed by Dennis Griffiths and opened in 2006, the golf club boasts tall stands of pines, rolling hills and some of the best greens around. The layout has great variety and almost guarantees you’ll use every club in the bag. Individual membership plans are just $125 per month with a 12-month commitment and requires a $15 food minimum per month (not including alcohol). Guest fees, when accompanying a full member, are just $49 weekdays and $65 weekends, which includes the $18 cart fee. For a course overview and more details, visit crystalfallsinfo.com or call 770-894-4972. PN

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C I T Y SOPHISTICATION, small-town charm BLUE RIDGE, GA., OFFERS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS { WRI T TEN BY BRE HU MPHRIES }

Given the choice between a city

and country setting, I typically opt for the latter, yet I certainly appreciate an urban environment for shopping, dining and the arts. It’s no wonder I’m so enamored with Blue Ridge, Ga. This little mountain town has it all — the sophistication and cultural variety of intown neighborhoods like Virginia Highland set against a bucolic background, replete with sweeping scenery, small-town charm and plenty of fresh air. I could imagine a life here — taking my coffee each morning at L&L Beanery Café, entertaining friends at the numerous shops and restaurants in town, and escaping to a cabin in the countryside at day’s end. For now, I’ll settle for a weekend getaway whenever I get the chance. Discovering Downtown On a recent visit, we rolled into town just in time for lunch at Harvest on Main, which warrants the notquite-two-hour drive in itself. Housed in a lodge-like structure in the center of town, the restaurant blends a relaxed, rustic vibe (complete with roaring fireplace, exposed wood rafters and trophy-sized mounts) with elements of fine dining. Manning the kitchen is Chef Danny Mellman, whose classical training and worldly travels translate into exquisite global cuisine with “Southern twang.” The menu changes seasonally and revolves around locally sourced ingredients, including TOP TO BOTTOM: PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOM HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY; FANNIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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products from The Cooks Farm, the restaurant’s own urban farm and learning center. After a leisurely lunch of blackened salmon BLTs with house-smoked bacon and caper remoulade, we hit the streets for some serious shopping. By the end of the afternoon, we had plenty to show for our efforts — crocheted scarves from Posh on Main, specialty spice blends from Out of the Blue Gourmet, ceramic canisters from Wrapsody in Blue and old-fashioned soaps from Huck’s General Store. Gourmands will want to stash the shopping bags in the car to sample all the oil and vinegar pairings in Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company’s cucina-style shop, while anglers should carve out plenty of time to explore Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods, where you can watch owner Bill Oyster handcraft and engrave his casting masterpieces or learn to make your own in one

Clockwise from top left: Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company; French toast & bacon cupcakes at The Sweet Shoppe; Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod Shop and Cast & Blast Inn; hand-engraved reel seat for President Carter by Bill Oyster; Mercier Orchards; Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

CLOCKWISE: PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SWEET SHOPPE; TOM HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Above: Harvest on Main; right: Bill Oyster hand-crafting a bamboo fishing rod

of his classes, which often book up months in advance. Our need for retail therapy duly satisfied, it was time for a little more R&R, so we settled in for a few late afternoon flights of wine on the deck at Tastings of Blue Ridge before dinner at Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille, where fire pits keep al fresco diners nice and toasty on cool evenings. We declined when our server offered dessert, opting instead to stroll across the courtyard to The Sweet Shoppe, which won season six of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” with flavors like French toast & bacon. Wide Open Spaces The next morning, we ventured out early for a healthy dose of fresh mountain air on horseback. Just 9 miles northwest of town, Adventure Trail Rides of Cashes Valley offers leisurely trails as well as more advanced

terrain to accommodate riders of all skill levels, all with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. After a quick and comical introduction from guide Noey Vineyard, we saddled up for a moderate ride on the Cashes Trail. A writer himself, Vineyard’s commentary provided additional entertainment as we traversed the trail. We learned about his special Fairy Cross rides, which double as treasure hunts for staurolite crystals, a natural phenomenon found in this part of North Georgia, and the “Picture-Perfect” botanical rides, which take place only in the spring and include fantastic photo ops with the azalea trees, wild Cherokee roses, wild orchids and lady slippers growing along the trail. After leading our horses back to the stable, we slipped into the Trailside General Store to peruse shelves stocked with old-fashioned food products and country kitsch. It was the perfect precursor to our next great shopping experience — a visit to Mercier Orchards. Though fall is the time for apple-picking in the orchard, Mercier’s store is a year-round shrine to the fruit — you’ll find it fresh in all varieties, covered in caramel and dipped in chocolate, baked into pies, bottled into syrups, ciders and jellies, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The store also peddles more fresh produce, including its own production of peaches, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, every flavor of pie (and fried pie) you can possibly imagine, f udge, handdipped ice cream, gourmet goodies, country-chic home décor, old-fashioned toys, and plenty of trinkets. If you time it right, you can even pick your own strawberries in Mercier’s U-pick fields this season. Now in its 70th year of harvest, Mercier is celebrating the past while plowing ahead into the future with its new designation as a farm winery. With the opening of a tasting room last May, the orchard is now able to serve and sell wine products, so we settled at the bar for a few samples. Currently available are peach and blackberry wine, with plans for more products in the works. Cabin Comfort With so much more to do in the area, it was hard to PHOTOS COURTESY OF HARVEST ON MAIN; TOM HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY

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determine our next move. Numerous trails and streams lure hikers and fisherman back outside (visit Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters for tips and all the requisite gear), while river adventures and canopy tours abound at Ocoee Rafting. In town, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers one of the largest art galleries in North Georgia in the historic Fannin County Courthouse, or you can climb aboard the vintage train for a ride into McCaysville on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. When hunger strikes, Toccoa Riverside provides waterfront dining in its recently reopened restaurant, and the Swan Drive-In Theater plays first-run movies in a nostalgic setting beginning Memorial Day weekend. But a trip to the mountains isn’t complete without adequate time spent cozying up in a comfortable cabin, and our weekend home-away-from-home was awaiting our return. Aptly named River Whisper, our Mountain Top Cabin Rentals accommodation was more like a private lodge, perched high on a hill above the Toccoa River, with soaring cathedral ceilings, two master suites, a game room, a hot tub and a covered porch, where we spent the afternoon in front of the outdoor fireplace with chilled glasses of Mercier cider. Rather than trekking back to town for dinner, we enlisted the services of private chef Douglas Olsen of Cabin Cuisine, who makes it possible to enjoy gourmet dinners in the comfort of your cabin. Olsen arrived one hour before our scheduled mealtime to prepare the food, and the tantalizing scents wafting from the kitchen had our mouths watering well before we sat down to a four-course meal of pan-fried crab cakes, fresh seasonal salads, pecan-encrusted local trout and a grand finale of bananas foster. The dessert course doubled as entertainment, as Olsen dimmed the lights to flambé the dish before our captive audience, then scrubbed the kitchen back to a sparkling clean as we practically licked our plates. His dinners are certainly a special treat, yet he swears his techniques are simple enough for the home cook, and even offers a book filled with recipes to try for yourself. But something tells me they might not taste the same in any other setting. Perhaps I’ll pack up and move to Blue Ridge, after all. PN

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features approximately 50 vendors just south of Big Canoe on Steve Tate Highway. 770-8932733, bigcanoe.com

BLAIR SV ILLE, GA. Head to Blairsville for boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking and camping. Families can enjoy Vogel State Park, hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail, go horseback riding, trek to Helton Creek Falls and view four states from nearby Brasstown Bald Mountain, Georgia’s highest point. Additional attractions include the Misty Mountain Model Railroad, Logan Turnpike Mill, Sleepy Hollow and the Old Courthouse Museum. Upcoming events include the Blairsville Kiwanis Fair (April 9 – 14); Mountain Home Show (April 26 – 27); Butterfly Benefit Bluegrass Festival (May 10 – 11) and Spring Arts & Crafts Festival (May 25 – 26). 877-745-5789, visitblairsvillega.com


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BLUE R IDGE, GA. Blue Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast Built in the 1890s, Blue Ridge Inn B&B is one of the oldest residences in Blue Ridge. Formerly the Kincaid House, the three-story, Victorian inn features 7 rooms, 12-foot ceilings, original hand-carved woodwork and heart pine floors. This North Georgia mountain bed and breakfast is just one block from the antique shops and local restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge. Across the street is the train depot for a day trip into the mountains. 706-632-0222, blueridgeinnbandb.com

Escape to Blue Ridge Escape to Blue R idge is the leading provider of luxury North Georgia cabin vacation rentals. T h roug h our unpa ra l leled selection of mountain vacation homes, world-class customer service, and exclusive amenities packages, Escape to Blue Ridge has established itself as the most trusted and likely choice for your next mountain getaway. When you stay a week, the 6th day is always free. You can fi nd more info about what’s going on in Blue Ridge on the fan page: facebook.com/pages/Escape-to-BlueRidge/87807653921?ref=ts. Give them a call today to help you plan your next fun-filled mountain “Escape.”

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grow its services and programs portfolio through the efforts of parent company HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affi liate. 706-632-7211 The current market conditions in the mountains are outstanding. With low interest rates and low inventory, the buyers and sellers benefit from the perfect storm. An avid hiker, biker and f or mer t r i-at h let e, H a r r y Norman agent Kim Knutzen thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Her 27-plus years of real estate experience have been focused on bringing buyers and sellers of high-end waterfront homes, mountainview cabins, land acreage tracts, investment properties and commercial buildings together to consummate an honest deal. A native of Fannin County, Harry Norman agent Rachel Callihan comes from one of the original families in the area; in fact, a book, two mountains and a creek were named after her family. Callihan combines her knowledge of the area, real estate and construction skills to help her clients make a sound investment.

Keith Sumner Custom Homes If you are looking for the perfect place for a permanent home, second home or simply a getaway log cabin surrounded by majestic hardwoods and towering pines, look no further than the North Georgia Mountains and the team at Keith Sumner Custom Homes, owned and operated by Keith Sumner, a native of Ellijay. Sumner is the premier general


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cont ractor, design-bui lder, construction management and landscape engineering professional in North Georgia. His commitment to total customer satisfaction, attention to every detail, and maintaining longterm client relationships is the foundation that separates Keith Sumner Custom Homes from any other builder in the North Georgia market, which the company has served for more than 20 years. 770-6064439, sumnercustomhomes@ yahoo.com

Mercier Orchards Now celebrating its 70th year, this four-generation, family owned and operated orchard is a treasure to behold. Best known for its apple harvest each fall, Mercier also produces peaches, strawberries, blueberries and cherries. In fact, beginning April 13, Mercier plans to begin their U-Pick strawberries season, inviting visitors to take a tractor ride through the orchard to pick locally grown strawberries. While you’re there, stock

up on bottles of fresh cider, jams, jellies and other gourmet treats, stop by the bakery for a famous fried apple pie or grab a pecan chicken salad sandwich at the deli. The store also features farm toys, kitchen paraphernalia, home decor and more. 706-632-3411, mercier-orchards.com

Mountain Top Cabin Rentals Why Mount ain Top Cabin Rentals? That question is as easy to answer as soaking in the mountain views from one of their luxury cabins. Their local staff and friendly, impeccable service is what truly defines this local company. Each and every member of the Mountain Top Cabin Rentals team is a Blue Ridge native. They know the best mountain trails, the secret waterfalls, the hidden streams and lakes, and the best local shops, restaurants, spas and activities. After all, they’ve spent their entire lives navigating the hiking trails (and making some of their own), swimming at the

base of local waterfalls, tubing and canoeing down the streams and rivers, and discovering the best boutiques in downtown Blue Ridge. At check-in, you will receive the “Blue Ridge Travel Guide,” designed solely for guests. The travel guide contains information and directions to all of the area’s local restaurants, activities, hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing spots and more! 706-258-6220, mountaintopcabinrentals.com

Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals/Reel Job Fishing With a diverse portfolio of properties, Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals offers accommodations for any occasion, from a family getaway to a romantic retreat, plus top-notch customer service so that guests can enjoy everything that Blue Ridge has to offer. Year-round specials and promotions are available to increase value. 866-4CABINS, southerncomfortcabinrentals. com Southern Comfort’s partnership with Reel Job Fishing

(RJF) now makes it possible for clients to enjoy the best guided fishing during their stay. RJF is a world-class trophy trout and bass fishing service with nationally renowned guides who are always up-to-date on current fishing conditions and hatches. RJF uses only the best fly-fishing gear and doesn’t charge for the use of equipment. Their guiding style is instructive and catered to the client’s skill level. Wit h a c c e s s t o more private boat ramps t han ot her guide services, RJF clients are often the fi rst anglers down t he river and can float stretches of water others can’t. 7 70 - 3 3 0 -75 8 3 , kent-klewein.com

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DAHLONEGA, GA. Toccoa Riverside Offering casual family dining overlooking the scenic Toccoa R iver, Toccoa R iverside is located in the middle of the national forest on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Serving since 1992, the restaurant is known for its local trout dishes, hand carved steaks, and fresh seafood. Recently rebuilt after a fire in February 2012, the restaurant offers the same charm with views of the river throughout the new building. Additional menu highlights include ribs and homemade pasta dishes. 706-632-7891, toccoariver siderestaurant.com

CARTERSVILLE, GA. Cartersville offers big-city amenities with small-town smiles. The area is home to the legendary Etowah Indian Mounds as well as two Smithsonian Affi liate museums – the Booth Western Art Museum and Tellus Science Museum – and downtown bustles with restaurants, theatres, galleries and shops. Nature awaits at Lake Allatoona where you’ll find marinas, cabins at Red Top Mountain State Park and a Victorian bed & breakfast. Experience Barnsley Gardens Resort in nearby Adairsville, which offers fine resort amenities in a peaceful, historic, romantic ambiance. On April 13, mark your calendar for the

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Just north of metro Atlanta, Dahlonega is perfect for a quick getaway, and this season is brimming wit h fun events. Mark your calendar for Bear on the Square (April 20 – 21); U.S. Army Mountain Ranger Open House (May 4); Dahlonega Art Trail (May 11); Mountain Flower Fine Arts Festival (May 18 – 19); First Friday Concert Series (April – October); and Applachian Jam Sessions (April 27 – Oct. 12). 706-864-3513, dahlonega.org

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HABER SHA M COUNT Y, GA. Hop up to Habersham County for several great spring events. On April 19 – 20, Cornelia hosts the Apple Blossom BBQ Festival, a KCBS-sanctioned BBQ contest with interactive activities. On April 27, the Town of Mt Airy will be hosting its 12th Annual Mt Airy Nationals Car Show. One of the oldest festivals of its kind in North Georgia, the Mountain Laurel Festival returns to Clarkesville on May 18. Of course, Habersham’s outdoor recreation will be gaining momentum for the summer – zip lining, horseback riding, fly fishing, camping, hiking, and scenic beauty at its best. habershamchamber.com

HEN DER SON V ILLE , N.C. Enjoy the Historic Hendersonville area hospitality, known for its gentle climate, beautiful scenery, richness in culture, history and friendly people. The Historic Hendersonville area has been a popular vacation destination for more than a century. Located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, Hendersonville boasts waterfalls in Dupont State Recreational Forest, the Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Playhouse, historic sites, recreation, family activities, festivals, shopping, accommodations and restaurants. E njoy a un ique ga rden experience at this year’s 20th Garden Jubilee Festival during

M e mor i a l D a y We e k e nd, where you can shop more than 260 garden-related booths on Main St reet. Sponsored by Lowes, the event features Bill Slack, landscape architect and writer for Southern Living and other publications, to give free presentations concerning pertinent garden-related issues. historichendersonville.org

HIGH HA MPTON INN, CASHIER S, N.C. With dogwoods rising up the elevations and the frothy pink of mountain laurels on the way, April 26 marks the start of the High Hampton Inn season. During the spring, many species come into bloom, displaying an array of bright colors that bring one of the South’s most beloved getaways to life. Along with mountain air, delicious dining and outdoor activities, many treats are in store for guests in 2013, including a Wildflower Workshop, Spring Golf School, a Mother’s Day bargain, special House Part y weekends a nd more. 877- 452-1757, highhamptoninn.com

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Ultra cohesive implants have a great number of advantages for certain patients. The form-stable nature helps retain shape better than other implants available and decreases the likelihood of structure shifting, collapsing or folding.

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of these clinical trials of the ultra cohesive implants throughout the last seven years. Ultra cohesive implants have a great number of advantages for certain patients. The form-stable nature helps retain shape better than other implants available and decreases the likelihood of structure shifting, collapsing or folding. In the infrequent case of implant rupture, the ultra cohesive gel remains within the implant pocket, as it is formulated to stay within the capsule, should the shell be compromised. There are also some disadvantages to this implant, including the necessity for a slightly larger incision, and it may be firmer than other types of cohesive implants. Although a slightly

larger incision, it is usually hidden in the breast fold, making it inconspicuous. There is also a slight chance of rotation of the implant. This can be minimized by surgical skill and placement, implant shape, and surface texture of the breast implant. All cohesive gel implants are designed for the specific needs of individual patients. It is incredibly important you work with a boardcertified plastic surgeon that understands the different surgical options available. If interested in learning more about the new “gummy bear” breast implants, contact our office for a complimentary consultation.

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The Exilis Procedure Georgia Dermatology Center is located in Cumming under the direction of double board-certified Alexander S. Gross, M.D., and board-certified associate Henna K. Pearl, M.D. The doctors and well-trained staff blend modern medical techniques and effective cosmetic procedures together to provide patients with a variety of dermatology services that deliver impressive and noticeable results. Among the procedures offered at Georgia Dermatology Center by Dr. Gross are liposuction and body contouring, the S-lift face lift, laser skin resurfacing, vein treatments, laser hair removal, injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra and medical spa treatments such as microdermabrasion, facials and peels.

Georgia Dermatology Center is one of the first practices in Atlanta to offer Exilis, the hottest new non-surgical fat reducing and skin tightening procedure. It has recently been featured on several national television shows such as Kathie Lee and Hoda, Dr. Oz and the CBS Early Show. The Exilis procedure melts the fat by using radiofrequency energy to deliver deep thermal heat into the skin, initiating collagen remodeling, skin tightening and fat loss without the risk of burning your skin. This groundbreaking procedure treats areas of the face and body, including the neck, jowel, arms, love handles, stomach, thighs, back and ankles.

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EFFECTIVE VEIN TREATMENTS An estimated 25 million Americans suďŹ&#x20AC;er from venous insuďŹ&#x192;ciency, which causes unsightly spider veins, uncomfortable varicose veins, and other discomforts such as night cramps and restless legs. While vein treatment may be purely cosmetic for some, for others it can be considered a real medical necessity. At VEINatlanta, we use all modern treatments to treat venous reďŹ&#x201A;ux disease. For spider veins, we use sclerotherapy, in which an FDA-approved medicine called polidocanol is injected painlessly into the vein using a ďŹ ne needle. This causes chemical irritation of the inside lining of the vein and the vein closes down. Another option is surface laser treatment, during which a narrow laser beam is used to ablate the veins. The laser energy is absorbed by the blood in the vein, which causes the vein to close down. For varicose veins, ambulatory micro-phlebectomy is used to treat bulging and visible varicose veins. A series of small nicks about 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

3mm in length are made in the skin along the course of the vein. Using specialized instruments, the vein is carefully removed in small sections with no downtime. A second option, endovenous laser therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure used to correct venous insufďŹ ciency. Using ultrasound guidance, a laser ďŹ ber is inserted into the reďŹ&#x201A;uxing vein via a small nick in the skin. Laser energy is delivered to close the vein permanently. Lastly, radiofrequency closure is a process in which a thin catheter is inserted into the diseased vein without incisions using ultrasound guidance. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall. The vein wall is heated, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close.

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Microcurrent toning therapy has been exploding lately with support from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Williams and Kate Winslet. You may wonder why you need microcurrent if you already use the ďŹ nest anti-aging creams. The truth is, creams donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lift muscles. Microcurrent helps correct the sag that can lead to more wrinkles. Microcurrent is a very tiny current that lifts and tones facial muscles. With this painless procedure, there is no downtime and no recovery period. It plumps the skin, lifts eyelids, jowls, cheeks and leaves the skin radiant.

The popularity of plastic surgery is soaring and the demand for this specialty has become an integral part of mainstream medicine. Plastic surgery is designed to re-create and restore a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance. Procedures used to turn back the eďŹ&#x20AC;ects of time include:

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NONSURGICAL COSMETIC TREATMENTS The most popular cosmetic procedures done these days are liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast implants, nose jobs, facelift and Botox injections. Many of these procedures do not require general anesthesia and have minimal downtime. Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are growing in popularity as well and can achieve amazing results with no down time.

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TOENAIL TREATMENT Onychomycosis, otherwise known as toenail fungus, affects millions of Americans. Treatment of this unsightly, contagious disease can be difďŹ cult. Reinfection is common and treatment can be ongoing. Topical and orals have been used with some success but have their drawbacks. The newest innovation in treatment is the yag laser. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple, quick procedure that actually kills the fungus under the nail. It has been shown to be effective in up to 88 percent of patients treated. North Atlanta Dermatology recommends three to six treatments and continued use of topicals to prevent re-infection.

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years deciding on their purpose and direction in life. Not Casey Wortham. She’s been envisioning her name in bright lights since the first grade, when she discovered the thrill of acting on stage. Nine years later, she’s been in more plays than she can count and plans on applying to the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. “Ever since I was 6, I always randomly break into acting mode — super dramatic, fake tears,” said 15-year-old Casey. “I’m just such a dramatic person that acting is my calling, and it’s what I’m passionate about. I express myself through acting like someone that I’m not. That sounds weird, but it’s fun for me.” Casey, who attends Roswell High School, is a member of the inaugural Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Council, a group of 48 Atlanta-area teens chosen for their talents across a number of artistic mediums, including painting, sculpture, poetry, dramatic and comedic monologues, scenes and skits, dance, and classical and contemporary music. The teen council is the core of Woodruff Arts Center’s Wells

Teens experienced a night of music and art at the High Museum of Art’s Teen Night last August.

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Above: Acclaimed violinist Midori offered an “Access to Excellence” master class to the teens of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra last October.

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Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program, and its job is to help encourage local teens to experience and express themselves through art. It’s a smashing success so far as the goal is to reach 10,000 teens by this August, and they’re already at 7,000. Woodruff Arts Center (WAC), a campus in Midtown comprised of the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences and the High Museum of Art, launched the program last August after Wells Fargo donated a total of $2 million and one creative idea to help inspire teens. “[Wells Fargo] asked the Woodruff Arts Center to design a program with all of its divisions together. We love what they came back with because it impacts three things that are really important to us, and that’s kids, education and the arts,” said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta Regional

Above: Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg met with ArtsVibe teens after his appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra last October.

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{ ARTSVIBE } President of Wells Fargo. “It was our suggestion that they come together, but it was their collaboration and teamwork that designed it. It gave the different divisions a great opportunity to work together to put together a program that was the first of its kind.” Finding a Voice WAC was thrilled about the project, but not confident they could anticipate the wants and interests of mutable teenagers. That’s how the second great idea arose: Why not select a body of already talented teen artists to plan events for their less involved fellow students? “Their role is to be an advisory board for us so we aren’t guessing what they’re thinking,” said Program Coordinator Kaitlin Gress, who works with all four WAC divisions. “They get to be a voice.” To fi nd potential council members, the WAC divisions compiled a list of teens who had been active in their individual programs and reached out to them, which is how Wortham heard of the program. The teen council was chosen based on an application process followed by an interview, and Wortham was ecstatic to hear she’d made the cut — even though she already had lots of commitments. “It’s a lot to balance, but if I’m really passionate about it, like cheerleading, theater and acting, then I definitely want to work hard enough,” she said. She and her fellow council members represent 31 different schools — public, home and private — and nine different counties. “They’re such a diverse group,” Gress said. “We weren’t trying for that, but we were so lucky to get it.” Each member of the council serves on one of six subcommittees: talent scouts, marketing and design, event planning, advocacy, publications and community service. “Casey is very active on the marketing committee,” Gress said. “She gets people really excited through social media.”

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Twice a month, the council meets with Gress and their arts administrators from each of the divisions to discuss what they’ve been doing at school, out in the committee and on the WAC campus. They also talk about their recent art experiences and usually end with an art-related activity. One week they went to the High Museum and recorded their reactions to the works they saw, and another week, they held a Q&A session with guest performers at the Symphony Orchestra. But the most important part of their bi-monthly meetings is to plan the program’s events that are open to all teenagers, like music lessons, poetry slams, behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and productions, themed “Teen Nights,” and performances by the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Alliance Theatre. Events are planned around productions and exhibits on-campus, and at ArTLabs, interactive art exhibits where students recently painted a “Diego Mural” and learned to make corset casts in honor of the High’s Frida & Diego exhibit. Many events are free, and discounted tickets, reduced MARTA rates and waived parking fees are available for some paid events. “[The program] was designed to meet the needs of arts-oriented teens, but also those less familiar with arts,” Donnelly said. “It was really important that this was something that would provide an opportunity to those who maybe didn’t know so much about the arts and didn’t feel like they could afford to be interested.” The Big Coming-Out Years of experience haven’t cured Wortham of shakiness and nerves before auditions, but she says her mind becomes clear once she steps on stage. Then she throws herself so completely into the role that she becomes her character. With similar abandon, she dedicates herself to

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“[The program] was designed to meet the needs of arts-oriented teens, but also those less familiar with arts,” Donnelly said. “It was really important that this was something that would provide an opportunity to those who maybe didn’t know so much about the arts and didn’t feel like they could afford to be interested.” urging her peers to check out the latest Wells Fargo ArtsVibe events, even when they don’t want to hear about them. “Getting teens into [it] that aren’t involved is the difficult thing,” she says. “It’s hard to put yourself out there.” Unlike on stage, she doesn’t have to put on an act when she talks about the council, her love of comedic theater and the arts in general. “When you’re really passionate about it and people see that, it might trigger something in their mind like, ‘Maybe I can do that.’” The program’s next big event, “Voices & Vibes,” will take place on the WAC campus on April 26 and 27 and will serve as both a showcase for local teens and a “coming out party” for ArtsVibe. Friday will be a night of performances that anyone can attend, while Saturday will be a festival with tons of art projects for the

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The program’s next big event, “Voices & Vibes,” will take place on the WAC campus on April 26 and 27 and will serve as both a showcase for local teens and a “coming out party” for ArtsVibe.

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teens to experience and a dance party at the end. “We’re looking for the most talented teens we can fi nd to give them a chance to have the spotlight on the Symphony Hall stage,” Gress said. “We want to see what they bring us, and hope to get a good variety and create a fun atmosphere with kids standing up and cheering, and everyone just celebrating the talent in the Atlanta community.” WAC is receiving the donation from Wells Fargo over a five-year period, meaning the program is funded until at least 2016, though Gress hopes it runs much longer than that. “Teens play such an important role in the future of the arts, and I’m thrilled that ArtsVibe is providing them the chance to explore their passions and to share their voices with the Atlanta community,” she said. PN

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Voices & Vibes festival on April 26 & 27 will celebrate teens who are engaged in the Atlanta artistic community by providing them with an opportunity to perform, partake in workshops, and participate in exciting activities. For details, visit artsvibe.com/voices-vibes-festival.

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to discuss their vision with the community. SpringHill Suites, Alpharetta, 770-751-6900, swiftschool.com

W E S LE YA N A R TI S T MARKET [May 2 – 4] More than 75 artists from across the Southeast will be selling their artwork at this indoor juried show. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Wesleyan School Yancey Gymnasium, Norcross, wesleyanartistmarket.org

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PERFORMING ARTS TH E D R OW S Y CHAPERONE [Through April 14] This Tony award-winning production pays tribute to the Jazz Age shows of the 1920s. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

M A RY P O P P I N S [April 2 – 7] Catch the stage version of a Disney classic featuring unforgettable songs from the film, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stage-craft. The Fox Theatre, 800-4ATL-TIX, theaterofthestars.com

J E K Y LL & H Y D E TH E MUSICAL [April 11 – 27] Act3 Productions presents the story of good versus evil as Dr. Jekyll uncovers his own dark side. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs, act3productions.org

B R E R R A B B IT & F R I E N D S [April 11 – May 26] Enjoy the Southern trickster tales based on a collection of Southern

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African American stories documented by Joel Chandler Harris. The Center for Puppetry Arts, 404-873-3089, puppet.org

S LE E P I N G B E AUT Y [April 20 – 28] A clever princess must overcome the curse of a wicked fairy with the help of some good fairies and a prince with a sense of humor. City Center Auditorium, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

S I S TE R AC T [April 23 – 28] Follow the hilarious tale of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier as she takes up residence in the protective custody of a convent after witnessing a murder. The Fox Theatre, foxatltix.com/sisteract

S H OW S TO P P E R S 2 0 1 3 [May 4] The Youth Talent Show of ARTSSprings features kids from across Atlanta. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs, act3productions.org

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ARTS | EXHIBITS F R I DA & D I E G O [Through May 12] “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, & Painting” represents the largest exhibition of the Mexican couples’ art ever displayed together. High Museum of Art, 404-733-4585, high.org

A P R I L A R T WA LK [April 5] Marietta’s monthly Art Walk expands to include all of the arts — performing, musical, dance and visual — all around the square. Historic Downtown Marietta, marietta.com

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ATL A NTA JA Z Z PA R T Y [April 19 – 21] The Atlanta Jazz Preservation Society presents an exciting line-up including reed man Ken Peplowski, trumpeter Joe Gransden, vocalist Catherine Russell and more. Westin Atlanta North, atlantajazzparty.com

S A R A E VA N S [April 20] The Atlanta Dogwood Festival welcomes award-winning Sony Music Nashville recording artist Sara Evans – free admission! Piedmont Park, dogwood.org

F R A N A LLE N JA M [April 27] Atlanta music icon Mark van Allen has played pedal steel, lap steel and Dobro with Sugarland, Indigo Girls, Zac Brown Band and Blueground Undergrass. The beneficiary of his annual concert is the Longleaf Hospice Foundation. Sawnee Mountain Music, Cumming, franallenjam.com

CHARITY EVENTS F R A N K I E , F O LT Z & FRIENDS [April 25 – May 17] A special exhibition features the works of two renowned painters along with paintings by selected gallery artists. Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, 404-257-0511, huffharrington.com

K N O C K O UT C A N C E R 5 K [April 6] Join the race to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to blood cancer research, education and patient services. Merchants Walk, Marietta, knockoutcancer5k.org

S TU D E NT A R T S H OW [May 1] Students from the Roswell-based Swift School will showcase their original artwork, and will be on-hand

TA S TE O F TH E N ATI O N [April 11] The 25th anniversary of this premier food and wine event includes gourmet


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samplings from 50 of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs along with live entertainment and auctions to benefit Share our Strength. Georgia Aquarium, 770-436-5151, atlantataste.org

MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISER [April 13] Presented by Northside HospitalForsyth’s Special Care Nursery, this benefit for March of Dimes includes a fashion show featuring former preemie babies and a market of local artists showcasing handmade jewelry, artwork, pottery and more. Northside Hospital-Forsyth Women’s Center, Cumming, 770-292-2535, northside.com

G R E ATE R GW I N N E T T CHAMPIONSHIP [April 15 – 21] This 54-hole golf event benefits a number of charities, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and more. TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, 404-405-1403

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TH E G R E AT TU R N A R O U N D [April 16] Whispering Hope presents this national grassroots movement to raise money for pregnancy centers nationwide. First Redeemer Church, Cumming, 770-889-8302, supportwhisperinghope.org

F LI G HT O F TH E B UT TE R F LI E S [April 20] The Atlanta-based Brain Tumor Foundation for Children celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special fundraiser to benefit the young children and teens battling the devastating effects of brain cancer. Summerour Studio, Atlanta, 404-252-4107, braintumorkids.org

TR OT TO C LOT WA LK & R U N [April 20] Help raise money to fund Camp Wannaklot, the only camp in Georgia devoted to kids and teens who have inherited bleeding disorders. Stone Mountain Park, 770-518-8272, hog.org/trot pointsnorthatlanta.com | April 2013 | Points North

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[April 20] Festivities, refreshments and entertainment accompany this 2-mile walk, an annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Georgia. Turner Field, Atlanta, walkforwishes.org

[April 27] Enjoy cocktails followed by dinner and dancing at this premier social event and fundraiser for the Atlanta History Center. The Swan House, Atlanta, 404-814-4102, atlantahistorycenter.com

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[April 20 – May 12] This year’s project house is a grand display of French architecture constructed by William T. Baker. Proceeds support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community engagement programs. 3495 Old Plantation Road NW, Buckhead, 404-733-5000, decoratorsshowhouse.org

[April 29] Participation in this tournament assists Camp Grace in its mission to provide a high-quality overnight camp experience for impoverished youth in Georgia. The Manor Golf & Country Club, Alpharetta, thecampgrace.com

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[April 21] Break out your running shoes to benefit the Cancer Support Community Atlanta. Chastain Park, cscatlanta.kintera.org/ chastainchase

[April 29 – May 6] Join HomeAid Atlanta’s mission by donating essential baby items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula to distribute to local nonprofit organizations serving homeless mothers and their infants. Various Metro Atlanta Drop Locations, 678-775-1401, homeaidatlanta.org/dropoff

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[April 22] Join Atlanta-based Children without a Voice in this nationwide effort to raise awareness about the magnitude of child abuse and to ask lawmakers for tougher sentencing in crimes against children. Fulton County Justice Center, Atlanta, macaatlanta@gmail.com

C E LE B R ATI N G I S R A E L AT 6 5 [April 4, 11, 18, 25] This mini series includes topics such as “The Changing Relationship between the American Jewish Community and Israel.” Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University, 678-812-3723, atlantajcc.org

FA M I LY F U N FA I R [April 27] Hunter’s Helping Hands hosts a day of family fun featuring inflatables, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and more to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Park at City Center, Woodstock, facebook.com/huntershelpinghands

MONARCHS & M A R G A R ITA S [April 27] This annual fundraiser for the Dunwoody Nature Center features food and drink, auctions, a Birds of Prey show and more. South Terraces Atrium, Dunwoody, dunwoodynature.org 76

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AMPHIBIAN M O N ITO R I N G WO R K S H O P [April 5] Listen for frog calls and find other amphibians while learning how to protect local lakes, streams and wetlands. Fowler Park Recreation Center, Cumming, 678-513-5892, forsythco.com

ORGANIC GARDENING WO R K S H O P [April 6] Learn how to start a successful spring or summer organic garden with hands-on activities. Cane Creek Farm, Cumming, canecreekfarm.net


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[April 10 – 11] If you’re staying in town for Spring Break, send your elementary through high school students to this series of one-day improv workshops. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

[April 19 – 21] This free festival includes live musical performances, an artist market, food truck village, environmental workshops, stand-up comedy acts, a Kids Zone and, of course, plenty of craft beer. Candler Park, Atlanta, sweetwater420fest.com

TH E R E V I VA L’ S V I NTAG E M A R K E TP L AC E [April 13 – 14] This fun-filled weekend includes curated vintage shopping, music and vintage-inspired food, plus a vintage wedding giveaway. The Goat Farm, Atlanta, therevivalofvintage.com

GW I N N E T T C O U NT Y M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S [April 15] Mike Francis of Maple Ridge Nursery in Decatur presents “The Latest on Japanese Maples.” Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville, gwinnettmastergardeners.com

LIT & LU N C H [April 17] Enjoy lunch in the Arbor Café’s outdoor dining area as author Patti Callahan Henry shares the personal story behind “And Then I Found You.” Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, 770-893-1880, gibbsgardens.com

B E A R O N TH E S Q UA R E M O U NTA I N F E S TI VA L [April 20 – 21] Celebrate Southern Appalachian music, art and culture through live entertainment, an artist marketplace, Gospel Jam, kids’ activities and more. Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, bearonthesquare.org

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[April 20 – 21] Experience the technologies, people and stories behind the computer revolution through sessions, workshops and exhibits, including an Apple PopUp Museum. Kings Market Shopping Center, Roswell, vintage.org/2013/southeast

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S I M O N FA S H I O N N OW [April 26 – 27] This energetic fashion show features a vibrant mix of accessible, luxurious and affordable style. Lenox Square Mall, simon.com

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[April 19 – 21] One of the city’s favorite spring festivals returns with fine art, live music, cultural performances, a disc dog competition, gourmet and festival food options, children’s programming and more. Piedmont Park, 404-817-6642, dogwood.org

[May 4 – 5] Experience the best in natural health and wellness with samples of natural and eco-friendly products, organic foods, healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations, live health lectures, organic wines, children’s activities and more. Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, aliveexpo.com

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Celebrate Southern Heritage. Take a peek into the past during Georgia’s 5th Annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage, April 18 – 21. During the event, the trail’s seven historical cities, including Athens, Madison and Macon, will offer museum tours, special events, and entrance into private homes. Talk about Southern hospitality! Bonus: Each community boasts opportunities for unique shopping, dining and small-town charm. Tickets are $25. For details, visit atpilgrimage.com.

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Sample Street Food. The food truck trend may be taking the nation by storm, but us suburbanites usually have to make the trek ITP to take part in the fun. Not so anymore — Food Truck Mondays at East Cobb’s Paper Mill Village are bringing the street food to us! Trucks will vary each month, but may include such favorites as Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen, King of Pops and Yumbii along with live entertainment. Dates include April 29, May 20 and June 24.

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Take a Hike. You don’t have to tackle the Appalachian Trail to enjoy a nice hike this spring – metro Atlanta and North Georgia are ripe with opportunities. Not sure where to start? Local authors Randy and Pam Golden provide an excellent resource with “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Atlanta,” featuring detailed descriptions of hikes for all skill levels, whether your goal is to get fit, take in some scenery, or just enjoy some fresh air with the family. Purchase online at amazon.com. Savor Spanish Flair. Kick start a Friday night on the town with Tapas by Meliã, a festive, fun-filled weekly event featuring gourmet small plates, Spanish cocktails, wines and beers, and live Latin music in the lobby of this Midtown hotel. Award-winning chef Joseph Adamo draws upon his European background to craft bite-sized cuisine like Spanish tortillas topped with maple-pancetta jam. For more information, visit melia.com. Embrace EcoSense. In honor of Earth Month, Georgia Public Broadcasting is premiering two new episodes of the educational environmental series “EcoSense for Living.” Founder, producer and host Jennie Turner shares the deeply instilled eco-consciousness of her father, Ted Turner, in each 30-minute segment. This month’s episodes focus on home and body makeovers with quick tips and interviews with environmental experts. For broadcast dates and times, visit gpb.org.


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