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{ ON THE COVER } Local 9-year-old Cody Jackson, the “One Boy USO,” pictured with the American flag that was flown over Afghanistan in his honor by MSgt. Red Delarosa; shot on location at Living Stones Church, Cumming; photo by Rob Smith | robertstevensmith.com

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This month, we are earning our stars and stripes by bringing a variety of topics that will introduce you to people, places and events around metro Atlanta that celebrate our civil liberties, advocate patriotism, commemorate history, and embrace independent thinking. Among our favorites is cover-worthy Cody Jackson who, at only 9 years old, is the epitome of pure patriotism. We are honored to have met him and have no doubt you’ll feel the same. Also on tap is an intro to Burnt Hickory Brewery located near The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, a chat with Freedom Fighter Lee Ellis, and, of course, one more reason to lace up your shoes for the third annual Run for Wounded Warriors 5k/1-mile fun run.

Inspired by our country’s history, we ventured to two historical spots in the Old South this month and came back full of history and fabulous food. Come along as we cruise through Charleston, a harbor city that has survived multiple wars, fires, hurricanes and even earthquakes, and whose residents have been pushing for preservation since the early 1900s. Horse-drawn carriages and antebellum homes can also be found in Savannah, Georgia’s first-settled city. Sure, you could spend weeks tackling Abercorn, Bull Street and get lost in the Spanish Oak shaded lanes spread between its 22 squares but we’re here with a few suggestions to experience the best these two cities have to offer.

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32 Unflappable in our charge to find food that matched our flag this month, we encourage you to pull up a chair for the fine fare at Red Sky Tapas & Bar, The White House and Aqua Blue. Whether you’re looking to feed an army or simply you and a loved one, these restaurants stand ready to serve.

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take my freedom for granted. I knew then that we had to share his story in Points North and am excited for the opportunity to do so in our tribute to freedom and independence in this month’s Featured 13. I have also been personally impacted by the words of local writers and authors in our spotlight on Freedom of Expression. “I think everybody has this inherent desire to be heard … for me, I can express my ideas and my sense of perspective on the world by writing a song,” said Canton songwriter James Casto, whose sentiments really struck a chord with me because I, too, am grateful for the freedom to express myself through the written word. As you light the grill or break out the fireworks this Fourth of July, I hope that you embrace a sense of patriotism that extends well beyond the holiday itself. Happy Independence Month!

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Cody Jackson last Halloween when he rang my doorbell to trick-or-treat dressed as a U.S. Marine. When I complimented his costume, he thanked me politely and then proceeded to tell me that it wasn’t actually a costume, but rather a real military uniform. He then shared a short spiel about his work with our service men and women, handed me his “One Boy USO” business card, thanked me yet again for the candy, and then saluted me before turning away. A bit taken aback by the exchange (I’d spent the past hour opening the door to kids who cared only about snagging some sweets and skedaddling), I immediately logged on to the Facebook page printed on his card. The story I found there about Cody’s intense patriotism brought tears to my eyes. At 9 years old, this kid demonstrates a sincere understanding of the sacrifices made to protect our country in a way that both shames me for my own lukewarm gratitude and inspires me not to

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july 2012 WhistlePig Passionately following in the footsteps of George Washington, who unbeknownst to most was the single biggest rye producer of his time, WhistlePig founder Raj Peter Bhakta is extremely patriotic. Starting this month, Bhakta will launch a “Cheers to America” program whereby $1 per bottle will go to the GoAmericaGo Foundation for fostering entrepreneurship and the American spirit. Bhakta is bypassing the table by leading the “Farm to Bar” revolution and has Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, one of the nation’s preeminent distillers, to back him up. Prior to WhistlePig, Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark in Loretto, Ky. Touted to be the ultimate American single malt, WhistlePig 100/100 is double barrel aged for 10 years (most rye is aged four to six years at best). For more information, visit whistlepigwhiskey.com.

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Schlepping to the city for chic clothing and accessories is becoming less and less necessary for Northside fashionistas as North Point Mall continues to add retailers to its stylish repertoire. This summer marks the opening of a new 2,185-square-foot Michael Kors lifestyle store. This calls for a shopping spree!

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Everything you know and love about Marlow’s Tavern is heading to an all-new location in Dunwoody. Sterling Hospitality is prepared to launch the company’s ninth location of Marlow’s Tavern on July 31, continuing to offer guests a classic American tavern fare with an upscale vibe. The neighborhood restaurant, which seats up to 130, will serve well-loved menu items like the Classic Tavern Burgers and Big Bar Sandwiches, as well as newly added items such as the grilled turkey meatloaf and ahi tuna poke. For more information, visit marlowstavern.com — Taylor Knowles ptsnorth.com | July 2012 | Points North

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Changing the Game Since the 1800s, the game of Bunco has been enjoyed by the masses. This age-old dice game is now being ushered into the 21st century by way of a new scorekeeping application available for mobile devices. Buncolator, created by Catherine Shaw of Brookhaven and Lindsay Forlines of Avondale Estates, gives players the opportunity to keep score on an easy-to-use app that will free up time for the players to enjoy one another’s company without the tedious scorekeeping of the past. This is the goal of the app, according to cofounder Lindsay Forlines. “Now with Buncolator, players can focus all of their attention on having fun,” she said. Available in the iTunes app store for a small fee of 99 cents, Buncolator simultaneously keeps score for two teams while providing an entertaining interface that attributes easily recognizable colors to each team. In addition to the scorekeeping app, there is also a website available, buncolator.com, which will prove helpful for players of any skill set. The site is a onestop destination for anything Bunco, providing players with everything from the simple rules of the game to party ideas. With these technological advances, the possibilities for your next Bunco party are endless. — Ryan Phillips 14

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Looking to start your summer with a bang? Owners of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range are expanding their successful business to the Norcross market. The previous home of American Classic Marksman has been transformed into a new state-of-the-art indoor shooting range. Changes include a modernized retail area, new range equipment and a new ventilation and filtration system. Hobbyists, hunters and those interested in self-protection can sign up for classes of various skill levels while learning proper gun handling. Classes are also offered exclusively for women wanting to learn the basics of firearms in a non-intimidating setting. The new range, offering individual, family and corporate memberships, opened this summer. They will also be honoring the existing memberships held by American Classic members. For more information, please call 770-449-6200 or email norcross@myshootingrange.com. — Taylor Knowles


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In case YOU MISSED IT, last month marked the beginning of our 13th year in publication, and though the individual cities and neighborhoods number quite a few more, we’ve also discovered that our distribution focuses on 13 key communities in Atlanta’s Northside. To celebrate, we introduced this editorial series to focus on noteworthy people, places, events and attractions throughout the diverse area we serve. In honor of July 4, this month’s Featured 13 pays tribute to Freedom & Independence. Inside these pages, you’ll find topics and articles that celebrate our civil liberties, advocate patriotism, commemorate history, and embrace independent thinking. For a list of community events to incorporate into your own celebrations, flip to page 28. Happy Independence Month!

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IS A TYPICAL KID. He’s 9 years old, just finished the third grade, and enjoys Boy Scouts, baseball and spending time with friends. But within the past few years, the young Alpharetta resident has gained something of a national reputation. Nicknamed the “One Boy USO,” Cody is committed to showing his support for U.S. troops. He has thanked more than 10,000 troops in person and sends care packages to bases throughout the Middle East. He’s become so well-known for his patriotism that he’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, CBS and NBC. Cody visits Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, a major midpoint between international flights, at least two to three times a month to greet soldiers both coming and going. When greeting them, he shakes each person’s hand, salutes him or her, and gives each person a piece of candy, a small token of his gratitude. Cody’s mother, Kelly Jackson, said that people from across the United States have asked her son to meet their family members as they pass through Atlanta. “Cody is very popular among the ranks.” As a thank you for greeting them, the soldiers often return Cody’s salute. Some even give him patches or coins they’ve received from their commanding officers to honor their excellence in the field. Jackson said those coins are “something that they will carry in their pocket for their entire deployment. It’s not something that they’ll put away; it’s not a ribbon that they’ll pin to their chest only to wear for special occasions. It’s on them at all times. And you’ll see them just rip open a pocket and hand it out … It’s humbling.”

Asked how he feels meeting these soldiers in person, Cody said, “It makes me feel really good to know that they’re not hurt.” Cody’s mission began years ago when he and his family were at the airport waiting to embark on a family vacation. Curious as to why they were faced with such tight security measures, the then-4-year-old boy asked his mom, “Why is it taking so long to get on the airplane, and why are there soldiers and policemen with guns?” That’s when Cody’s mom explained to him what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. Although Jackson said that while the subject of 9/11 came up much earlier than she expected, she didn’t try to hide the truth from her son. “I mean, you can’t just hide it because it’s not nice,” she said. “Life is difficult, and I try to make sure my children are ready for anything.”

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Cody said he felt really angry about what had happened. That’s when he told his mom he wanted to start thanking the soldiers. A few months ago, long after Cody began his mission of support, a retired lieutenant colonel approached him in the airport and suggested that he write a book. Surprised that he had not thought of this already and eager to inspire others to show their patriotism, Cody and his mom put together “Pint-Sized Patriots,” a coloring and activity book released in May that tells Cody’s story and includes puzzles and activities that teach lessons in American history and civics. Additionally, each book contains space in the back for kids to write their own messages to be included in Cody’s care packages. He’s also written a picture book, set to be released later this summer, which tells his story more in-depth. In writing both books, Cody told his mom what he felt was important and what he wanted to include, and they worked on writing them together. Jackson said that they’ve written these books to raise awareness and gain additional funding to support his mission. “He just wants to send packages,” she said. “A few years ago when we first started doing this, he was using his own cash. He would use his own birthday and Christmas money and it would take a couple of months to save up $100 to send a package. And then it would cost $50 to ship it. So it took a while. Then, last year, a week before Christmas we were interviewed by Dr. Drew [on HLN], and within a few hours he had raised more than $500. It was so exciting!” Jackson said that while, for the most part, this is something that Cody does on his own with the help of his immediate family, he is definitely open to additional support from those who would also like to show their patriotism. She suggests parents begin by purchasing Cody’s books for their children. Not only can they be used as teaching tools, but CODY’S MOM the profits from the books go directly to sending more care packages.

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For more information on Cody, visit his Facebook page (facebook.com/1BoyUSO) or his website, 1boyuso.com. To order his books, visit bqbpublishing.com.

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THE PAST 35 YEARS, DR. TED CARRICK HAS STUDIED neurology, developed pathways, therapies and practical applications for vestibular restoration of his patients and has trained doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, psychologists and chiropractors at 40 extension facilities around the world. However, it was Carrick’s recent treatment of NHL hockey star Sidney Crosby’s concussion that created an upsurge of media coverage for the preeminent chiropractic neurologist and his Life University clinic in Marietta. In light of the media’s fascination with celebrities and their maladies, Carrick has always attempted to keep his patients’ identities under the radar; however, because of the work he and his team have

orchestrated with high-profile professional athletes, anonymity seems less likely to occur in the future. “I think some people get the idea that all of a sudden we are doing things at Life University that are brand new out of the box. It is important to realize that we have developed the therapies and techniques that we are using during the past 35 years of practical application of clinical outcomes,” Carrick said. “We specialize in traumatic brain injuries, and when you injure your brain, there are many different functions associated with it that have to be addressed,” he continued. Sports concussions, particularly those that occur in hockey and football, have taken center stage. Utilizing new technology like GyroStim Balance Training System, independent laboratory research and the development of cutting-edge treatments for his patients, Carrick and his clinic are in great demand. While all of Carrick’s patients are referrals and 99 percent of those are from medical physicians from around the world, some wait for appointments for two to three years, and Carrick’s staff has had to develop an analysis process as to which ones they will treat. “Our criterion for treatment is that patients must have suffered a concussion of significance that has affected their life and performance, that they have gone through some good, standard treatments at reputable institutions and that they are still in need of assistance, that is to say that they haven’t gotten better. As a consequence, we seem to attract

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the worst cases of concussions and that, quite frankly, is what we do best. We have been blessed because that has enabled us to develop an expertise in dealing with problems that are significantly different and more difficult,” Carrick said. “Typically, when someone has a sports concussion, the initial treatment is rest and we ascribe to that. Where we go a little bit further is that we accept patients only after traditional therapies have failed, and that’s a very important distinction,” he continued. Following a comprehensive neurological testing, collecting diagnostic information and conducting a complete physical exam, Carrick and

ING his team utilize the latest technology to look at the human brain in relationship to its functional capabilities, including executive functions of how patients see, think and remember. Treatments aren’t generic and programs are designed for each individual because of markedly different performance levels. Diagnoses usually take about two to three days to determine if Carrick and his team can maximize a patient’s functions. “We have been successful in relieving the headaches, increasing vision and hearing, getting rid of the fogginess and missed 137 of the Minnesota balance issues. The real cherry on Wild’s last 164 games during the the cake is being able to help athpast two seasons due to injury, has letes perform at peak levels again,” gone on record telling Michael Russo of Carrick stated. the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that his treatOne NHL player, who asked that DR. TED CARRICK ment at the clinic was inspiring. his name be withheld for this article, said he “It’s like I never had any concussion,” Latendresse sought out Carrick because, “I felt all other avenues said. “I’m training like before. I can’t even remember when my were closed.” last headache was.” A number of well-respected neurologists had been unable to pinFormer Atlanta Flames goalie Dan Bouchard not only has gone point his problem and the NHL veteran visited the clinic in early June. through the various stages of Carrick’s treatment, but also administers After treatment and analysis with Carrick’s team, the player learned that on-ice drills and physical testing of the hockey players for the clinic. his symptoms could have resulted from an old trauma. “Dr. Carrick knows more about the human body than anyone I have “Given the tests that I went through with [Carrick], he was able to ever met,” Bouchard said. “His ability to assess problems and then propinpoint the problem,” he said. “I still have many things that I have to vide solutions is an amazing process.” do, daily eye exercises and what not to stay stimulated. It’s not like a More of this article is available online at ptsnorth.com. one-and-done [thing] and I am all-good.” Another NHL player, 25-year-old Guillaume Latendresse, who

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successful in relieving the headaches, increasing vision and hearing, getting rid of the fogginess and balance issues. The real cherry on the cake is being able to help athletes perform at peak levels again.”

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THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM MAY through November, a magical aura permeates the pavilion at Alpharetta’s Chukkar Farm. Guests fill tables or scatter across the lawn well before show time, spreading out elaborate picnics often complete with wine and candles to further enhance the ambiance. When the music begins, a hush falls over the crowd as the event facility morphs into an outdoor listening room with the polo fields in the background (and maybe a full moon, if you’re lucky). It is this setting that makes Canton musician James Casto’s Home By Dark Songwriter Series so very special. Casto, who played drums as a kid, taught himself to play the piano and started writing songs in high school, and the pastime turned into a passion. Though he initially entered the corporate world after college, Casto soon left that path behind to pursue music and songwriting full-time. “I think everybody has this inherent desire to be heard,” he said. “For me, music became [that outlet] early on. I could express my ideas and my sense of perspective on the world by writing a song.” “It’s something I don’t take lightly. If you have someone’s attention for that period, you want to take advantage of it and express worthwhile things,” he continued. “I’ve expressed great pain and heartache through music, and it’s been very cathartic for me. I’ve also expressed hope and joy and [memories] from my youth through music.” Casto has found that his music also has the power to connect with his listeners on a personal level. “Although it seems so individualistic, sometimes songwriting has become a way of expressing not just my heart, but a lot of other people’s hearts as well,” he said.

The Home by Dark series started in 2007 with just a handful of people at Milton’s Scottsdale Farms and grew to draw 200 people by the end of its first season. Now, the series offers monthly shows at both Chukkar Farm and the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell. The songwriter’s round format features Casto along with a few of his friends in the music industry playing original music in a casual setting with plenty of improvisation, especially from saxophone player Matt Blanchard and pianist Jim Hettinger, who accompany each song beautifully without any rehearsal. “There are certain moments that come in our shows that will never happen again because we have no idea what we’re doing,” Casto joked. “We’re just trusting our instincts as musicians to play from our heart and our gut. You talk about freedom of expression — that really is the most raw form of it.” Upcoming shows take place July 6 and Aug. 3 at CNC and July 7 and Aug. 4 at Chukkar Farm. For more information, visit homebydark.com.

L O C A L L I S T E N I N G RO O M S For more unique musical experiences, check out Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell and Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega, both of which replicate the intimate, listening room-style atmosphere that is popular in Nashville and various songwriters festivals. Shows may feature single artists from the Southeast or multiple songwriters in the round. For upcoming dates, visit swallowatthehollow.com and thecrimsonmoon.com.

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expression SUMMER READING

Consider the following titles for those lazy summer days. We love a novel with local ties!

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“Whispering Tidesâ€? Lulu.com, Feb. 2012 For Italian writer Guido Mattioni, it was love at ďŹ rst sight when he set foot in Savannah in the spring of 1991. Over the course of many years and many visits, Mattioni was granted honorary citizenship and eventually dedicated this debut novel to the city he so adores. Following 50-year-old Alberto Landi from Milan to Savannah to rebuild his life after the death of his beloved wife, this ode to Georgia’s oldest city will make you fall in love, too.

“Ghost on Black Mountainâ€? Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster), Sept. 2011 This debut novel from local author Ann Hite offers unique insight into the lives of ďŹ ve women whose choices are all interconnected in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression. With strong voices and authentic character development, the story explores how Southern women are viewed in light of their roles in society, marriage and politics and offers an intriguing storyline ďŹ lled with fortune-telling, ghostly apparitions, and plenty of haunting Southern folklore.

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“The River Witchâ€? Bell Bridge Books, April 2012 Heavily inuenced by Southern heritage, Kimberly Brock’s debut novel particularly contrasts the heritage of Appalachia with that of coastal Georgia in this tale of self-discovery. When physically and emotionally damaged ballet dancer Roslyn Byrne seeks shelter from her life on Manny’s Island, she unites with a quirky cast of characters who become intricately entwined in her healing process. Brock’s poetic prose and captivating tale make this a worthy read.

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HER GIRLHOOD DAYS GROWING UP IN THE HILLS of North Georgia, Alpharetta author Kimberly Brock knew she wanted to share her words with the world. Since then, her writing has appeared in anthologies and magazines, but there was still a story inside her begging to burst free. After ďŹ ve years and three versions of her debut novel, “The River Witch,â€? Brock felt a wave of relief when she first saw her story in print. “I was so relieved that [the book] wouldn’t just be in a drawer somewhere,â€? she said. “This story was really something important to me and I put a lot of myself into it. I wanted it to be something that my kids will have and their kids will have one day ‌ something where I expressed who I was and what I thought about things.â€? “I took a lot of things from my life growing up and things that mattered to me, things that were sacred to my family and me,â€? she continued. The main character’s dance background is one element of Brock’s own life that makes an appearance in the novel. Like Brock herself, Roslyn Byrne sees her ability to dance as her own form of expression. “I’ve always been interested in words, and voice and how people express themselves through art,â€? Brock said. “I was a theater major in college, so the acting and teaching — it’s all about expression.â€?

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Celebrate our country’s freedom of religion with a variety of events and initiatives offered by local churches, ministries and religious centers. From mission trips to pool parties, check out these events for July. FLOOD STUDENT COMMUNITY MISSIONS — Offers a short-term Vacation Bible School program for youths that are passionate about spreading the gospel to other children. During the week of July 9 – 13, students will serve food, lead

games and share devotions with children living in a North Fulton apartment complex. The cost of the mission trip is $150 and is open to all middle school and high school students. 770-289-1834, floodstudentmissions.org

ATLANTA GOSPEL FEST — The 7th annual music, health and wellness festival includes three days of gospel music, choir competitions and health and finance workshops held July 27 – 29. Immerse yourself in the spirit of gospel music with award-winning live entertainment and speakers at the Georgia World Congress Center. Tickets start at $25; VIP and group packages are also available. 770-649-1460, atlantagospelfest.com MISSION IN THE MOUNTAINS — Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Fellowship Valley, a non-profit Christian retreat center whose mission is to reach out to those who follow Jesus Christ and individuals that need time to renew their spirits. Over the years, the area has been taken over by small trees, brush and weeds, making it difficult to renovate. Help restore the property and bring its spirit back to life

by joining in the three-day cleanup July 20 – 22. The cost is $10 per person for food, supplies and accommodations. 706-754-4804, fellowshipvalley.org DIVE INTO SHABBAT — Celebrate Shabbat with songs, prayers, blessings and outdoor swimming at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on July 13 and 27 starting at 5 p.m. Bring your own food or share a vegetarian potluck with friends and family. The event is free and open to the community. 678812-4161, atlantajcc.org CHURCH STRE ET PIPES & PEDALS — Enjoy the Pipe Organ series featuring classical, gospel and hymn arrangements performed at the First Baptist Church of Marietta on July 1. Jason D. Payne, a church musician and native of Decatur, will be performing the historical organ at the free concert starting at 3 p.m. 770-424-8326, mfbcworshiparts.org

Send your little ones to explore their artistic sides while learning about the Bible with The Academy of the Arts at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. The Trunk Superhero Drama Camp for Boys held July 9 – 13 allows boys to use their imagination to dive into the world of Biblical heroes with music, sword fights and role-playing battles between good and evil. The event costs $125 for ages 4 – 8 and includes all materials. Daughters also have an opportunity to act out stories in the Bible through dancing, crafts and a play at God’s Little Princess, a ballet camp held July 23 – 28. Registration starts at $50 and is open to girls in pre-K through third grade. 678-405-2396, perimeter.org

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IS A man who always counts his blessings, from something as monumental as his freedom to something as mundane as the temperature of his beverage. The Cumming, Ga., resident is able to go to bed every night with thankfulness in his heart, mainly because of how his life changed when he was flying an F-4 Phantom over Southeast Asia in the Vietnam War, an experience which prompted his book, “Leading with Honor,” about leadership through hardship. On Nov. 7, 1967, Ellis was shot down in enemy territory and was sent to a POW camp shortly after hitting the ground. He described the ordeal from the comfort of his home, sipping on a glass of room temperature water (he still prefers his drinks without ice, after all this time).“All of my training worked

really well, until I was captured. I then had no more options or ideas, except to be a good soldier and try to survive the experience.” Like Ellis, many soldiers captured in Vietnam were held captive for five years or more. “Those first

during that time still stands out in his mind today. “The leaders that I watched daily were the reason why I wrote the book, because they went first and still maintained honor in the way in which they led us.” After a long five-and-a-half

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years in the POW camp were dominated by fear, especially when you could hear the guards’ keys jangling when they were not supposed to be there,” Ellis said. However, he said that one can find routine in any situation, and that is what he and his comrades were forced to do. The good leadership he witnessed

years, Ellis and his comrades were finally freed, and had to face adaptation in a world that had continued to turn throughout their imprisonment. Needless to say, the experience has greatly impacted his life. “I don’t let fear drive me,” he said of how he has been affected. His book is different from other books about

wartime captivity, because it does not just focus on his POW experience. Instead, the main focus of his book is how to find freedom from anything that holds you back in your pursuit of your best self. The No. 1 thing Ellis hopes that readers take away from this book is that you have the power to be courageous in yourself. “Courage is about leaning into the pain of your fears. It doesn’t mean you don’t have any fears,” he said. “Leaders who work through their fears are so much better at leadership because they do not have a fragile ego and are [not] scared they will be outshone,” he continued. Ellis has let his experience define his life, not by living in its shadow, but by using it to encourage others to work through their own hardships and embrace the freedom of being who they were always meant to be.

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The Prestigious Harbor Club on Lake Oconee Enjoys Debt-Free Ownership By Avoiding Unsound Expansion

{ WRITTEN BY CARL DA NBURY, JR. }

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MATNEY OF BRISTOL, VA., HAS INVESTMENTS IN land and other ventures that stretch from Pennsylvania to Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Matney and a business partner were looking to diversify their investments in the early ’90s, and took advantage of a government initiative through the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) to help quell the savings and loan crisis, as the U.S. government had inherited thousands of failed small banks and had to dispose of the real estate assets and mortgage-related loans of the thrifts. One such asset was the Harbor Club community on Lake Oconee. Matney and his partner made the five-hour drive to the property in Greensboro, Ga., and “immediately fell in love with the place,” he said. “It had nice topography changes, the beautiful lake, had the feel of a small town community, was ideally situated between Atlanta, Augusta and Athens, and had enormous potential for growth,” he said. Matney and his family are currently celebrating their 20th year of debt-free ownership at Harbor Club, a testament to his financial conservatism and the lessons he learned during the acquisition. “So many people were over-leveraged then, and our goal was to avoid that situation. There are rainy days in all businesses. We did buy the property at a good value but have invested a lot of additional capital. We believed we were investing for the future of this community and into the area itself,” Matney said.

Harbor Club is surrounded by 1,600 acres of wooded hills and bordered by nine miles of Lake Oconee shoreline. The club features an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish golf course, a 15,000-squarefoot clubhouse with fitness center, grill, fine-dining restaurant, swim and tennis center and access to 19,000 acres of freshwater lake. Harbor Club also recently purchased a lakeside marina, and they hope to partner with a local restaurateur to provide their members a waterfront dining option. Unlike some other Oconee properties, Harbor Club reports that 80 percent of its 450 property owners are full-time residents. “Our goal was to build a more private, non-resort type of community. We did not want to compete in the resort market. That has been a very positive thing that has carried us through this [difficult real estate] market,” Matney said. “We didn’t have any debt, but that was intentional. During the good times, it was easy to go borrow money. Banks wanted to loan it. This was our first residential development and we took the attitude that we wanted the people that were investing $250,000 or $1 million to be comfortable with the fact that the club was not over-leveraged. In fact, it wasn’t being leveraged at all. We wanted to create a comfort level for our property owners that would give them confidence buying into the community.”

The community’s Discover Harbor Club Package is available to couples for up to two nights, and individual rounds of golf at selected times are now offered thanks to Harbor Club’s relationship with Alpharetta’s Affiniti Golf Partners, which is now managing the golf course and club. 866-805-5253, harborclub.com

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LUNGS AND LEGS BURNED as my eyes scanned the trail and my mind raced ahead to the cannons at the top of what is known as Big Kennesaw at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. While I ran, I thought about the times I’ve hiked these trails with my kids and their friends and how each time we reached a cannon, inevitably they fired a barrage of questions, curious why the cannons are on the mountain and how they got “all the way up here.” At 6 and 4 years old, they aren’t quite ready to hear that General Sherman attacked Kennesaw Mountain twice in June of 1864 — first on June 22 in the Battle of Kolb’s Farm and then again, for the main attack on June 27 at Cheatham Hill, a place called The Dead Angle. But I’ve come to enjoy reaching the cannons with them. It’s the perfect time to talk about how people, both then and now, fight and oftentimes die while defending our country. Thanks to countless historical plaques strategically placed around the park’s 18 miles of interpretive trails and the very same cannons the Confederate soldiers used centuries ago to defend Atlanta from Union troops, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is an ideal outdoor classroom. Chief Ranger Anthony Winegar said, “Kennesaw Mountain is the most heavily visited battlefield park in the nation.” While the high visitor count can be attributed to the number of recreational enthusiasts that descend these trails regularly, Winegar was quick to add, “The park is also a memorial, and we simply ask that every visitor take time out of their activity to remember for a moment why they are here and not just turn Kennesaw Mountain into another urban park.” Run and hike until your heart’s content. Just don’t forget to reflect. — Heather KW Brown

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A MOTIF THAT BREWMASTER SCOTT Hedeen described as part Civil War, part biker and part spaghetti Western, Burnt Hickory Brewery adds a healthy dose of history to its hops. “The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was right here and this is a subtle way to pay tribute and reference the people and the heroes that fought on both sides of the war,” said Hedeen, a film/TV major with a minor in history and a passion for beer who couldn’t have found a better spot for his brewery. Inside the Burnt Hickory Brewery, which officially opened about two months ago, beer lovers get to sip on unique beer while learning a little history about the area. The Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout, for example, is made with real crushed graham crackers that are soaked in beer and then injected back into the process to create a stout you won’t find anywhere else and the name, you may or may not know, is the original name of Kennesaw, the city. After the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the city decided to shed the Shanty, so to speak, and change its name to honor the battle that temporarily stalled Sherman. Also on tap are the Old Wooden Head, an Imperial IPA named after General John Bell Hood, who unbeknownst to many, was nicknamed Old Wooden Head; the Cannon Dragger IPA, so named for the soldiers charged with dragging the cannons up Little Kennesaw Mountain; and a green peppercorn Belgian trippel called The Fighting Bishop, an homage to Leonidas Polk, the Episcopal bishop and Confederate general who was killed about a mile from where the brewery is located. “Our deal as a nano brewery is very small on purpose,” Hedeen said, adding, “We’re trying to make a mark by making beer that is different, a type of beer that is more of a gourmet niche.” Swing by the brewery or check out the Burnt Hickory Facebook page for more details. — Heather KW Brown

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IT COMES to war, history books can only reveal so much. They teach the names of battles, strategic moves used, the causes and the resolutions, but one thing Atlanta businessman Tom Beaty felt they are missing is emotions. After hearing a detailed personal experience from a World War II veteran, Beaty felt inspired to create the Norcross-based non-profit Witness to War Foundation to capture and preserve the oral history of veterans for future generations. In 2002, Beaty used audio and video as he set out to produce a collection of tales filled with fear and emotions that veterans experienced during combat in order to make them accessible to the general public and encourage an appreciation of the great sacrifices made by our brave soldiers. Since founding the organization, Beaty’s goal has been to interview 1,000 veterans for his online museum at WitnesstoWar.org, which includes never-before-seen photographs from private collections that reveal what war is really like. The interviews focus on combat and events such as D-Day, air combat and those that have been taken as prisoners of war. Beaty hopes that the foundation will preserve our history while also serving as a reminder of the principles our soldiers fight to protect. For more information, visit witnesstowar.org. — Chelsea Stratso PHOTOS COURTESY OF WITNESS TO WAR FOUNDATION

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Celebrate Independence Day with these events around town. For a more complete list, visit us online at ptsnorth.com.

ALPHARETTA — Inflatables on the lawn of the Alpharetta Community Center, food vendors, music by the Alpharetta City Band and fireworks on July 4 at Wills Park BROOKHAVEN — Moonwalks, clowns, face painting, musical performances, fireworks and more on July 4 at Keswick Park in Chamblee BUCKHEAD — One of the largest fireworks shows in the country, plus a Kids Zone, live music and more on July 4 at Lenox Square Mall

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BUFORD — Musical entertainment, fireworks and Movies Under the Stars on July 4 at the Mall of Georgia CANTON — The Dog Days of Summer parade with prizes for your pets on July 4 at Cannon Park CUMMING — Entertainment and fireworks on July 3 and the Thomas-Mashburn Memorial Parade featuring steam engines, antique cars and fire trucks on July 4 at the Cumming Fairgrounds DAWSONVILLE — Dawson Day Sparks in the Park with children’s activities,

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entertainment and fireworks on July 3 at Rock Creek Sports Complex DULUTH — Live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and fireworks on July 3 at Scott Hudgens Park DUNWOODY — A parade with floats, marching bands, animal units and local celebrities on July 4 at Dunwoody Village KENNESAW — Salute to America celebration with live music, family entertainment and fireworks on July 3 in Downtown Kennesaw LAKE LANIER ISLANDS — The largest firework display in North Georgia, plus entertainment and games on July 4 MARIETTA — A morning Freedom Parade followed by live concerts, carnival

games, fireworks and more on July 4 in the Marietta Square NORCROSS — Fireworks starting at dusk on July 3 downtown ROSWELL — Catering from Shane’s Rib Shack, carnival games, fireworks and more on July 4 at Roswell High School STONE MOUNTAIN PARK — Daytime fun for the family followed by a Laser Spectacular and fireworks on July 3 and 4 SUGAR HILL — Sparks in the Park with live entertainment, inflatables and fireworks on July 3 at E.E. Robinson Park WOODSTOCK — A parade followed by entertainment, food, fireworks and more on July 4 at The Park at City Center — Taylor Knowles


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YOUR SHOES and run for a cause at the third annual Run for Wounded Warriors, taking place on Aug. 4 at 7 a.m. to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists service members that have been severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 5K run and one mile fun run through historic downtown Kennesaw raise funds to aid the project in providing the veterans with programs that are designed to support the mind and body, as well as inspire economic empowerment through combat stress recovery, sports and career training. Registration starts at $25. For more information, visit runforwoundedwarriors.org. — Chelsea Stratso

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YEAR MARKS THE 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and our great state has plenty of commemoratory events in store. A few taking place this month include War in Our Backyards: Discovering Atlanta with historic artifacts, maps, photographs and more at the Atlanta History Center (through December 2013); The Smith Family Civil War Exhibit highlighting the family’s activities and challenges during the war at Roswell’s Archibald Smith Plantation Home (through Dec. 31); and Savannah’s Civil War Experience and Dinner Cruise featuring period music and authentic southern dinner buffet with the River Street Riverboat Co. and a tour of Old Fort Jackson. For more events marking this monumental anniversary, visit us online at ptsnorth.com. PN — Taylor Knowles

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The White House Restaurant’s chicken and dumplings with squash casserole and jr. Greek salad

THE WHITE HOUSE Restaurant,

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the Peachtree Plaza Shopping Center since the early 1970s, serves hearty breakfasts Buckhead and offers a diverse lunch menu seven days a week. Inside the cozy, often jammed interior, pink linoleum table tops with mauve-colored cushioned seats and chairs recall those first days at this location. The restaurant was founded in the same year Truman beat Dewey but moved to its current location before the Watergate scandal forced Nixon’s resignation. I first visited the restaurant during the Ford administration and have periodically visited during the course of the last six presidencies. Regardless of your political persuasion, this White House, owned by Tasso Costarides, delivers upon its promises by providing its guests solid Southern foods and Greek specialties befitting of those meals served at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., yet of course without the glitz, glamour and governance. Breakfast is simple but solid. The “White House Breakfast,” a favorite with regulars, includes two hotcakes or two pieces of French toast, a choice of country ham, bacon or sausage, and two eggs any style. For the more adventurous, we recommend either the Olympic omelette, which includes

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The White House Restaurant’s hearty White House breakfast platter

spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onion, mushrooms and feta topped with tzaziki sauce, or the gyro omelette, which boasts sliced gyro meat, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers and feta and also is topped with tzaziki. The hot cakes, homemade biscuits and the bagel and lox also are very good. It is during lunch, however, that The White House truly shows its presidential seal. In addition to its long list of burgers and sandwiches, the daily specials menu offers boundless choices. Every day, guests can choose from 10 – 12 entrées and as many as 18 side dishes, including a fabulous Greek salad. Our favorites include the meat loaf, baked Greek-style chicken breast, classic moussaka and the chicken and dumplings. All entrées come with two sides and a choice of cornbread muffins or biscuits. Not that you will need it due to the size of the portions, but our own secret service relayed that the banana pudding could even put a smile on President Carter’s face. The White House is convenient to both Phipps and Lenox malls, and both the name and the food will make this Buckhead marvel easy to remember. Stop by and tell Costarides or assistant manager Robert Vardaros that Points North sent you. 3172 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404-237-7601, whitehouserestaurant.net — Reviewed by Carl Danbury, Jr.

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Aqua Blue’s dining spaces are gracious, from the private room to the patio, and from the more casual bar-side tables to the shielded booths and tables hidden by flowing draperies. It is a well-designed gorgeous space promoting both intimate and group dining. Featuring global cuisine, Aqua Blue is noted for its fresh seafood dishes and premium sushi, and my wife and I took the opportunity to dive deeply into the genre. For starters, we sampled Chef de Cuisine Kien Sam’s ahi poke, which features chunks of ahi tuna and avocado served with sweet sesame oil and wasabi soy sauce, and the extraordinary Aqua Blue Roll, a cohesion of blue fin maguro (tuna), kanikama (crab) delight and avocado, which is baked and served with Atlantic sake and spicy mayonnaise. While both are memorable dishes, we agreed that the Aqua Blue Roll might be one of the finest we have ever tasted. It was just one of 14 handmade sushi rolls offered that evening. I enjoyed a glass of crisp, slightly acidic Starmont by Merryvale Sauvignon Blanc, while my wife opted for the spectacular Villa Wolf Pinot Gris from Pfalz, Germany. A great choice! For our entrées, I chose the Maine lobster ravioli served with Portobello, fennel, chives and a luxurious lobster knuckle sauce that enhanced the dish to perfection, while my wife selected the very popular wild shrimp and scallop grits, served with Nora Mills stone ground jalapeño corn grits, roasted tomato buerre blanc, apple wood-smoked bacon and crispy scallion. The shrimp and scallops were prepared just right and the grits added the right amount of texture to the dish. We recommend both highly! During any dining excursion, we always seek a pleasant surprise, and Smedlund came through with flying colors. Our tempting chocolate cheesecake with a ganache icing was paired with a varietal that neither of us had sampled, or in fact heard of before. Chandon’s Pinot Meunier from Carneros is a sexy wine with hints of raspberry and boysenberry that accentuated our shared dessert nicely. The vintner is best known for its sparkling wines, but this vintage has been added to our short list of wonderful yet little-known favorites. If you enjoy a vibrant party atmosphere, Thursdays at Aqua Blue are quite a treat with live music by the American Flyers and dancing beginning at 7:30 p.m. sharp. An appetizer buffet and drink specials precede the fun. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 770-6438886 aquablueatl.com — Reviewed by Carl Danbury, Jr.


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Two Red Truck vintages by winemaker John Allbaugh caught our attention: the 2009 California Red Wine and 2009 Pinot Noir. The Red is a tempting blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, characterized by dark jammy blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of eucalyptus and black tea. This wine is a great value to share with friends, whether simply sipping a glass, or pairing it with something off the grill this summer. The Pinot is a medium-bodied wine with cherry flavors and notes of smooth spices and is another easy-drinking varietal that was softened by other red grapes.

VINA ROBLES WHITE 4

This wine is an unconventional estate blend that combines grapes from Vina Robles’ Huerhuero and Jardine vineyards located in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, Calif. Viognier (53 percent) is combined with Vermentino, Verdelho and Sauvignon Blanc to create a wonderfully crisp but structured and medium bodied wine with a lingering finish. Thinking of fish tacos, shellfish or lemon-pepper chicken wings? Think White 4. Vina Robles Red 4, a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre is no slouch either. Both taste two or three times better than the price.

WATERSTONE WINERY’S STUDY IN BLUE

With its blue hues and pronounced blueberry aromas, this distinct blend (65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Syrah and 10 percent Merlot) from Napa Valley is simply what its name suggests. Wine Enthusiast rated this Phillip Zorn wine with a 93 rating and we don’t disagree. This wine pairs nicely with simple fare like grilled lamb and pork, or try it with pan-seared tuna or a roast duck with blueberry sauce! — Carl Danbury, Jr.

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Red Sky Tapas and Bar’s signature drink has been an East Cobb favorite since the restaurant opened its doors. { Serves 1 } 3 ounces vodka 1.5 ounces peach schnapps 1.75 ounces pineapple juice 1.75 ounces cranberry juice Shake well and enjoy!

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seems untouched by time. Since its settlement as Charles Towne in 1670, this harbor city has survived multiple wars, ďŹ res, hurricanes and even earthquakes, and its residents have been pushing for preservation since the early 1900s. Horse-drawn carriages tote tourists around town and antebellum homes stand majestically on every corner. The cityscape remains devoid of modern-day high rises, dominated only by the church steeples that earned its nickname as the Holy City, and historic district regulations protect historic buildings. There are approximately 3,000 historic buildings in town, and the entire Old & Historic district has been designated a National Historic Landmark. History is most certainly alive in Charleston, yet there is also a modern heartbeat pulsing through the cobbled streets. Today, it is a prominent center for art, music, fashion and festivals, and its dining scene is arguably unsurpassed in the South. Join us as we step back into Charleston’s past while enjoying its present-day charm.


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Where to Stay For excellent access to the city’s best shops and restaurants, consider King’s Courtyard Inn, a Greek Revival-style property originally housing fashionable shops at street level while hosting plantation owners and merchant guests on its upper floors. The inn’s small, efficient rooms and traditional touches make you feel as if you’re one of those early house guests; after all, there is business to attend to in town, so you won’t be spending much time in the room. Each stay includes continental breakfast, an afternoon wine tasting, and sherry at night. For a little R&R, rest your head at Wentworth Mansion. The former private residence of a wealthy cotton merchant boasts immaculately manicured grounds and large rooms with spacious bathrooms,

Jacuzzis, fireplaces and private piazzas. Guests may borrow books and movies from the mansion’s library, enjoy wine & hors d’oeuvres in the evenings and climb to the building’s cupola for a birds-eye view of the city. There’s also an onsite spa and restaurant; located in the old carriage house, Circa 1886 blends past and present with a traditional setting and modern interpretations of Southern cooking. Though the menu changes seasonally, items like teacups filled with chipotle and field pea soup, palate-cleansing smoothies in shot glasses and mini milkshakes with dessert are indicative of Chef Marc Collins’ playful style. How to See it All For an educational yet entertaining

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ON T H E OU TSK I RTS OF TOW N Though the city itself is bursting with history, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the past in Charleston’s countryside as well. Cross over into Mt. Pleasant to explore Boone Hall Plantation, accessible along a majestic Avenue of Oaks. During live Gullah shows, guests can learn about the plantation’s history — the property once served as an indigo, cotton and rice plantation in the late 1600s and later produced brick. (Pay a visit to the Old Exchange building back in town, where Boone bricks make up the arched ceilings of the Provost Dungeon.) With a sweeping garden and view of the tidal creeks that once transported visitors to and from Charleston, this is a beautiful spot for summer concerts on the lawn. Today, more than 100 acres are still devoted to agriculture such as strawberries and pecans; when you leave, head down the road to Boone Hall Farms to purchase the produce. In the opposite direction, Middleton Place on scenic Ashley River Road is worthy of a day trip. Touted as America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the property’s history dates to the late 17th century. Spend a day taking photos among the magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses, exploring the house museum and saying hello to guinea fowl and sheep at the stable yards. While you’re there, dine on Low Country plantation fare at the property’s picturesque restaurant, or plan your visit for a Wednesday evening for a wine stroll through the gardens.

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Charleston, and an unmatched view of the Holy City itself. After you dock, head to Fleet Landing for lunch, one of the historic district’s only waterfront restaurants, which serves exceptional seafood in a retired naval building. Dive even deeper into the local culture with Bulldog Tours, which offers themed adventures like Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Tours and Savor the Flavors of Charleston tours. What to Eat And there are many flavors to savor

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indeed. After much deliberation, I started with Husk, the newest offering from James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock. Husk’s menu, which changes so frequently they print two versions each day, celebrates the South by highlighting regions, cities and farms from which the ingredients hail. If it’s available, try the fried chicken skins with your personal bottle of Husk hot sauce, and don’t feel guilty about indulging in the benne seed rolls with bourbon sea salt and honey bacon butter. Reservations are recommended, but if you have to wait for a table, snag a seat at the Bar at Husk,

a sexy, shadowy spot with “historic” and “modern” cocktail menus, plus plenty of Southern-brewed beer. Located in the historic French Quarter, 82 Queen traces its history back to 1688 and has played roles such as private home, book store and dry goods store before opening as the gracious Southern restaurant it is today. You simply must dine on the patio, a delightful space hidden between buildings, where tables are tucked under gazebos or along short stucco walls as if they were an after-thought in a courtyard garden. Start with Firefly cocktails, featuring Charleston’s own sweet tea vodka, and the famous she-crab soup, but save room for the double chocolate chip bread pudding, too. To veer away from history for a bit, spend an evening at Tristan, one of Charleston’s most modern restaurants, featuring urban décor and a seasonal menu that encourages exploration with unexpected items like popcorn sweet breads with a beef rib loin and Pastry Chef Amanee Neirouz’s passion fruit pudding cake with a lemongrass ginger ale and Thai basil gelato float. If you take nothing else away from your trip to Charleston, you’re sure to leave with your appetite for history and darn good food duly satisfied. PN

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ife may be slow in Georgia’s first-settled city,

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classic colonial square grid with quaint gardens and show-

but Savannah is a far cry from boring. Established in

stopping fountains to the unique, unmatched local artist’s

1733 as the first capital of the state by General James

market and too many tantalizing dinner options to choose

Oglethorpe, it was a city of strict Protestant rules, expan-

from, the big small town owns an overall sense of charming

sive marshland and gorgeous architecture. Today, its pride

cobblestone charisma not found anywhere else in the country.

stems from an avid sense of preservation the city’s inhabitants

Whether it’s touring the history from inside a trolley car,

have maintained for much of its historical footprint. From the

strolling through River Street with a sweet tooth for fresh

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pralines or down Broughton Street with a

You could spend weeks tackling Aber-

twitchy shopping hand, noshing on local

corn and Bull streets and get lost in the

History buffs and literati take note:

seafood or indulging in serious Southern

Spanish oak-shaded lanes spread between

Savannah is packed like your favorite

comfort food, Savannah offers an ideal

its 22 squares before you could start to

library, full of original, haunted hotels and

locale for families, romantics and business

claim you’ve seen it all — but here are our

bed and breakfasts just dripping with his-

people to get away and kick back.

suggestions to experience the best Savannah

tory dating back to the (really) old days.

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House on Habersham Street, built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and voted one of Savannah’s most haunted hotels. Flashback to the Civil War at The Marshall House, the oldest in the city built in 1851 and used as a hospital during the war. Today its accommodations reflect the charm of Savannah’s history with an untouchable modern elegance. Trade in your books to bask in the lap of luxury at the historical Mansion on Forsyth Park, a century-old mansion housing a one-of-a-kind vintage hat collection, more than 400 works of exclusive art spanning the globe and a serene spa. The hotel is attached to the original mansion, now the home of a full-scale cooking school, wine cellar and fine dining restaurant called 700 Drayton. Its eclectic menu sings of wow-your-mouth ptsnorth.com | July 2012 | Points North

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African American Baptist Church (and the Second and the Third) and Georgia’s longest standing congregation, the Christ Church founded alongside the colonial capital. Savannah isn’t just famous on a local level. As a matter of fact, it’s been to Hollywood and back as the set for several notable flicks. See where Forrest Gump contemplated life’s similarity to chocolate on Chippewa Square, and look for sites from Julia Roberts’ “Something to Talk About” and the infamous Clint Eastwood flick, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The stars have lined the streets, sampled the fare and more than added to the reason so many love this city.

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your face at some of its famous nosh spots.

head down to The Candy Kitchen, either on

souvenir stomach with made-from-scratch

Get in line early at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

River Street or in the bustling City Market.

fudge, brittle, cookies and truffles that do

to snag a spot at a table … but make sure

Sample a still-warm, gloriously soft praline

more than tempt your senses during your

you’re in your elastic-waistband pants and

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you save some room for dessert. Keep your

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awaits them. Watch out for the flying taffy,

In a word, Savannah is sultry … but in a

into bowl after bowl of your favorite home-

pulled right off the vintage rolling machine

weekend, it’s breathtaking, enlightening,

cooked Southern favorites like lima beans,

before it’s otherwise sent up a Mouse Trap

romantic, vibrant and sure-fire tasty — all

succotash, black-eyed peas, hash brown cas-

of mechanical conveyors into the fantastical

in the same day.

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PERFORMING ARTS Z A N Y ZO O P U P P E T S H OW [July 2 – 7] Join Lee Bryan, also known as “That Puppet Guy,” for a night of fun all ages will enjoy. Bryan’s entourage of cheerful marionettes includes a frog on roller skates, a weightlifting bear, a juggling dog, a bumblebee ballerina and a belly-dancing bunny. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 770-594-6232 roswellgov.com

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R U M P E L S TI LT Z K I N P U P P E T S H OW [July 9 – 14] This performance, presented by Frisch Marionettes, is a story adapted from the Brothers Grimm. This tale will teach the importance of making promises that one can keep and the consequences of exaggerating the truth. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 770-594-6232 roswellgov.com

A N I M A LY M P I C S [July 11] This Atlanta Puppet classic gives audiences a glimpse at what it would be like if animals had their own Olympics with interactive, comedic performances presented by Aurora Children’s Playhouse. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville 678-226-6222 auroratheatre.com

A L A D D I N A N D TH E M AG I C L A M P [July 11 – 25] Bring your family out for a night of laughs and experience a comic telling of the famous magical tale. Aladdin meets the Genie of the Ring and the Genie of the Lamp while trying to win the heart of the princess. Elm Street Cultural Art Village, Woodstock 678-494-4251 elmstreetarts.org

H A N S E L A N D G R E TE L P U P P E T S H OW [July 16 – 21] One of the most classic fairy tales will be brought to life when The Frisch Marionnettes join forces with Engelbert Humperdinck to perform their

[ JULY 14] Atlanta Street Food Festival adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel.” Enchanting melodies combined with exquisite costumes create a magical show that will present some of life’s most valuable lessons. Roswell Cultural Arts Center 404-594-6232 roswellgov.com

ARTS/EXHIBITS B A S TI LLE DAY E X H I B IT [July 14 – 28] Celebrate all things French at this annual exhibit. Paintings from the gallery’s French artists will be on display alongside American artwork that was inspired by French culture. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and will feature music, light food and French wine. Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta 404-257-0511 huffharrington.com

B UT TE R N UT C R E E K F E S TI VA L [July 21 – 22] Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, this festival features food, entertainment, demonstrations and more than 65 artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry

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and pottery to glass and jewelry. Meeks Park, Blairsville Butternutcreekfestival.com

[July 13] Callanwolde’s 2012 Jazz on the Lawn concert series continues with a performance by Bernard Linnette and the Interactive Sextet. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. This combination of articulate horn arrangements and Linnette’s energetic drum style will create a blend of straight-ahead, Latin and avant-garde jazz styles. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta 404-872-5338 callanwolde.org

A LP H A R E T TA A R T I N TH E PA R K [July 28 - 29] Taking place the last full weekend of each month through October, this event features up to 50 vendors, including local artists displaying their work. Old Milton Park, Alpharetta gallery35.com

CONCERTS/COMEDY S O N GW R ITE R S C O N C E R T [July 6] The Songwriters Tour Concert series, started by Georgia-based singer songwriter James Casto, is bringing America’s best songwriters and musicians to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. James Casto will perform with artists Jill Paquette and John Allison. Guests will hear the stories behind the songs while enjoying music performed by the writers. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell 678-665-0040 homebydark.com

H A N N A H TH O M A S B A N D [July 14] The concerts continue to take place under the sweetgum and magnolia trees of the Dunwoody Nature Center. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, as well as blankets and lawn chairs. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Dunwoody Nature Center 770-394-3322 dunwoodynature.org

C E LE B R ATE TH E B E ATLE S W ITH A S O [July 21] Members of the Classical Mystery Tour join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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calendar to recreate beloved Beatles songs. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta 800-745-3000 atlantasymphony.org

TH E LI B E R ATO R S [July 28] Dunwoody Nature Center ends their outdoor summer concert series with a performance by a local cover band. The Liberators mix up their sound with rock n’ roll, blues and reggae. Dunwoody Nature Center 770-394-3322 dunwoodynature.org

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[July 27] This five-piece band led by Faith Carmichael defies genre by composing an eclectic musical style called “souljazz-folk.” Carmichael and her band will begin making music at 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta 404-872-5338 callanwolde.org

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wedding gowns to military brides. Wedding Angels Boutique, Roswell 770-645-0404 weddingangels.com

a cello and violin duo in the Waterlily gardens, and more. Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground 770-893-1880 gibbsgardens.com

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[July 15 – 18] This stroke play event will feature 60 of the top collegiate women and 30 of the top LPGA Legends Tour Players. The event will honor Jim and Beth Judson, who lost their lives in a private plane crash in 2010. Their daughter, Lauren, is a member of the Southern Miss women’s golf team. Proceeds of the event will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Country Club of Roswell 678-481-8484

SPECIAL EVENTS SUMMER MUSIC F E S TI VA L [July 4] Enjoy live music against the backdrop of 300 breathtaking acres of landscaped gardens, rolling woodlands, natural springs, streams and waterfalls. Take a stroll through the gardens to soak up all the sounds — a flute in the Japanese gardens, a harp soloist in the Manor House gardens,

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[July 7] Earlier this summer, the City of Milton began hosting a series of free family movies on the side lawn at Northwestern Middle School. At sundown, “The Three Stooges” will be shown on Southern Outdoor Cinema’s two-story inflatable movie screen. Northwestern Middle School, Alpharetta 678-242-2530 gamoviesinthepark.com

DATE N I G HT C A N O E TR I P [July 7] Looking for the perfect romantic setting to share with a special someone? Bring a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine to share as you enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the Chattahoochee River. Date Night offers the ideal evening for adults seeking to relax and connect with nature. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell 770-992-2055 chattnaturecenter.com

ATL A NTA S TR E E T F O O D F E S TI VA L [July 14] This inaugural festival celebrates

[July 14 – 22] Atlanta will host the first ATP event of the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series. The Atlanta Tennis Championships announced that 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick, 2010-11 ATC finalist John Isner and US Open mixed doubles champion Jack Sock have committed to play in the tournament. Atlantic Station bbtatlantaopen.com

F LY I N G C O LO R S B UT TE R F LY F E S TI VA L [July 14 – 15] This 13th annual festival will give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with more than 200 free-flying butterflies. Guests will have the opportunity to hand-feed the breathtaking creatures, create arts and crafts and enjoy live music. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell 770-992-2055 chattnaturecenter.com

TH E G O O D, TH E B R I LLI A NT A N D TH E A DA P TA B LE H O S TA [July 16] The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners will host a meeting featuring Master Gardener Jack Driskell. Driskell will speak on why every garden needs a few Hosta. Bring your own dish to share and join the festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. The Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville 770-564-4680 gwinnettmastergardeners.com

D O GWO O D JUNIOR I N V ITATI O N A L [July 16 – 17] The highly ranked Dogwood Invitational presents this tournament for junior golfers and provides the


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E S S E NTI A L S F O R P R E G N A N CY, B I R TH A N D PA R E NTI N G [July 22] The Bellies to Babies Foundation and Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta present this event to provide connections and education for Atlanta’s parents. Proceeds benefit

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ATL A NTA I NTE R N ATI O N A L FA S H I O N W E E K [July 24 – 29] The 6th annual AIFW features five days of “Fashion In the City” with elaborate runway shows from top designers, innovative trunk shows, a premiere fashion expo, workshops and a career fair. Past events have featured fashion favorites like Juicy Couture, True Religion, Roberto

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FA M I LY DAY AT TH E H U D G E N S [July 28] Bring the whole family out to enjoy a free day at The Hudgens Center for the Arts. Admission will be free all day and kids will enjoy an exciting scavenger hunt through the exhibits, as well as guided hands-on art activities from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth 770-623-6002 thehudgens.org

5TH A N N UA L SUMMER SPLASH [July 28] Bring your kayak, rafts and swimsuits to the annual six-mile float down the waters of the Chattahoochee River and enjoy a subsequent festival. Sandy Springs 866-511-7742 visitsandysprings.org

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