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The Atlanta International Night Market (AINM) is a family-friendly, open-air night market featuring 200+ independent vendors selling art, food, and drink. It also features small-scale cultural performances celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of Atlanta. In partnership with a large number of international and local communities and organizations, the AINM was born in order to give performers, chefs, artists, makers, non-profit organizations, and local businesses a platform from which to showcase their remarkable talents, skills, and craftsmanship. With more than 75 nationalities represented in metro Atlanta coming together, this event showcases one of the greatest international communities in the world. North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. Friday & Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. atlnightmarket.org. HAVE A GOURD TIME
Each year, the City of Milton and the Crabapple Community Association (CCA) host their signature fall festival where more than 30,000 festival goers enjoy antiques, arts and other vendors, local food and drinks, children’s activities, and college football on the big screen! Spend the day shopping for one-of-a-kind items and enjoying all Milton has to offer. Parking is free and available at Crabapple First Baptist Church, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, and Milton High School. A courtesy shuttle will run throughout the day from Milton High School. Downtown Milton, 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. cityofmiltonga.us/events/1523/crabapple-fest.
Experience the charm and mystery of the deep south through ghost stories. In their 19th year, learn about Roswell’s deep history from knowledgeable and experienced guides who will lead you on a 2.5 hour tour (one mile of easy walking) through the historic district of Roswell. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Founders Cemetery, the burial site of the founder of Roswell—Roswell King. An experience promised to thrill, educate, and enlighten. Year-round tours run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening (as long as 6 people are registered). During the month of October, tours run every single night! $15 ($10 children 12 and under)—a portion of the proceeds go to various preservation and restoration projects throughout historic Roswell. Roswell Town Square, 617 Atlanta Street, Roswell. roswellghosttour.com. FALL FESTIVAL FUN
Stroll through Scarecrow Village, dance on the great lawn, or sit back and relax as you listen to a storyteller at the 14th Annual Scarecrow Harvest Festival. Alpharetta’s popular fall tradition is returning to an all-new location, Brooke Street Park (behind City Hall). This year’s event will offer more family-friendly, interactive activities and entertainment— including the always popular Scarecrow Village, a bubble artist, fall crafts, face painting, inflatables, mini pumpkin decorating, storytelling, and a live DJ. New this year, the Scrap Exchange invites patrons to create unique crafts from recyclable materials such as foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, test tubes, and more. Schools, families, neighborhoods, and local businesses design and create over 120 scarecrows, which will be on display. The festival is free to attend and designed to delight all ages. Food trucks and vendors will have beverages and seasonal treats available for purchase. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us.
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Randall-Paulson Architects (RPA) is returning as the host of the 7th Annual Creative Mill Art Exposition. As part of their 20th anniversary celebration in 2013, RPA decided to open their doors to friends, family, clients, and the public for an art show featuring staff and local artists. Inspired by National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM)—the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation, a coastto-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America—they were the first creative business to sign up to host a NAHM event that year. Each year since, the show has continued to grow and has tripled in size—now featuring over 60 artists. Pieces displayed range from paintings, photography, drawings, pottery, turned wood pieces, and other creations by local artists and staff members. Historic Roswell Mill, 95 Mill Street, Roswell. 5:00 –9:00 p.m. creativemillexpo.com. AND
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The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival brings together nationally and locally recognized musicians to perform their original songs and give music lovers a behind-thescenes look at the stories that inspired them. The festival features country, rock, blues, Americana, and bluegrass playing multiple stages across the downtown landscape—including main stages on Milton Avenue, at The Green, and a special intimate venue inside Alpharetta City Hall. Additional music stages are being sponsored and hosted by Ceviche, Citizen Soul, and Central City Tavern. The lineup features 25 performers with Maggie Rose headlining Friday night and G. Love & Special Sauce on Saturday night. Downtown Alpharetta. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Food and beverage open at 4:00 p.m.) Frontman G.Love wireandwoodalpharetta.com. AND
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Come celebrate Roswell’s youngest residents at the 69th Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration. Youth Day has been a long-standing tradition in Roswell that began in 1950 when a group of parents decided to sponsor a parade and a day of activities to honor the youth of the city. In 1951, Mayor Ford Rucker proclaimed the second Saturday in October as “Roswell Youth Day,” and each year the tradition grows stronger within the community. Festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. with the 23rd Annual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race. The race (which benefits the Friends of the Roswell Parks’ “Play It Forward Program”) starts at the Roswell United Methodist Church and ends at the Roswell Area Park football field. Register at roswellgov.com/Historic5K. Immediately following the race, at 10:00 a.m. is the 69th Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade, which will begin at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Boulevard and end at Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road. This year’s theme is “Be Someone’s Hero.” After the parade, Smith Plantation will be hosting Fall Farm Days from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This annual family event features artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th century farm, including living history exhibits and activities such as spinning, weaving, and open-hearth cooking. The Roswell Garden Club provides children’s activities including: a farm animal petting zoo, wagon rides, handmade bird feeders, crafts, floral arranging, scavenger hunt, and more! Hot dogs, hamburgers, and baked goods available for purchase. Admission is free. Open house tours of Smith Plantation are $5 per person (children under 12 are free). Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. roswellgov.com, roswellgardenclub.com.
Join Yacht Rock Revue and The Summit Counseling Center for an evening of music and fun. All proceeds from this rocking charity event will subsidize programming at The Summit and provide therapy sessions to individuals and families within our community. General admission seating for this rain or shine, outdoor concert is in designated lawn areas on a first come basis. Bring your chairs and blankets just in case, however, Yacht Rock Revue is bound to have you up on your feet all night!
Get your tickets online now. Free t-shirt with ticket purchase! If you can not attend but would like to support the cause, please visit summitcounseling.networkforgood.com. With your support The Summit Counseling Center will move mountains and save lives. Limited parking at Newtown Park. Overflow parking is off of Brumbelow Road at Mt. Pisgah Athletic Complex. Newtown Park, Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Gates open 6:30 p.m. Concert 7:30 p.m. summitrocks.tix.com, summitcounseling.org. TASTE FEST
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The Chattahoochee Nature Center welcomes guests of all ages to its annual outdoor food and craft beer festival. This event raises funds for the Unity Garden, which supplies nearly five tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. (See page 27 for more.) chattnaturecenter.org.
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Vickery Creek, also known as “Big Creek,” is Roswell’s drinking water source and feeds into the Chattahoochee River, an ecologically valuable waterway that is the heart of the city. Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB) is proud to work towards keeping our waterways safe, healthy, and vibrant. Each October, KRB sends hundreds of specially trained (plastic) ducks down Big Creek in the Great Annual Duck Race fundraiser. The ducks will “paddle” frantically down a short stretch of the creek. The first duck to cross the finish line will earn its sponsor $250 and second place earns $100! Sponsor your duck(s) by purchasing via PayPal. Duck numbers will be emailed to you, and you don’t have to be present to win. Big Creek at Oxbo Road, Roswell. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Cookout/socializing at 11:00 a.m. and race begins at 12:30 p.m.) keeproswellbeautiful.org. FALL INTO ART
Johns Creek Arts Festival
The serene green space across from the Atlanta Athletic Club will come alive with 130 whimsical and fun artisans from around the country. This beautiful and sprawling spot is the perfect venue to showcase the talented artisans who will exhibit their paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry, yard art, and many more goodies. An annual fall celebration of the arts that will certainly be a shopper’s paradise. The artisans are sure to delight festival-goers with their creativity and imagination. And music, there’ll be music! Across the street from the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. splashfestivals.com.
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BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). There will be carving kits and painting supplies to create silly or spooky jack o’ lanterns for Halloween. Also, join in for some pumpkin bowling, storytelling, and more! Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. cityofmiltonga.us. FA-BOO-LOUS
An evening event designed to spook and delight! Join in the Halloween family fun with trick-or-treating in the Heritage Village, haunted house, games and more. There will be a series of stations including a bounce house, craft stations, haunted house, haunted trail, mad scientist, and more. The event is set up carnival-style with tickets for sale ($1 each). If you want to participate in all of the stations you will need 12 tickets. Tickets can also be purchased for food. Entry and trick-or-treating are free for this event. October 27, they offer Jr. Spooky Mill from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with daytime Halloween activities for preschoolers—including a bounce house, craft, scavenger hunt, and more. Entrance to this event is $5 per child/participant or $5 for Autrey Mill Members (children under 2 are free when accompanied by an older sibling). Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. 6:00. – 9:00 p.m. autreymill.org. AND
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Energetic, urban, and contemporary, Cirque du Soleil returns with VOLTA—a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others. Atlantic Station, 241 20th Street NW, Atlanta. cirquedusoleil.com/volta
October 11 –12 on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
It’s that time of year again, time to put on your lederhosen and experience a full weekend of Germanthemed fun! Enjoy a variety of deliciously cold German beer, craft beer from Bell’s Brewing, German food, and live music—featuring authentic German polka music, along with a selection of local acts, and DJ OneNate keeping the party going throughout the weekend. Also, an abundance of games and Oktoberfest themed activities—including a Stein Hoisting Contest, Brawt Toss, Keg Roll Racing, Pretzel Toss, and Dog Parade. Prost! Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas Street NE, Atlanta. Friday 5:00 –11:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. oktoberfestatl.com
The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is proud to present Chalktoberfest, an exciting combination of the annual Chalk Art Festival with their Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy your afternoon sampling craft beers, listening to live music from local artists (both up-and-coming performers as well as established favorites), watching professional Chalk Artists chalk the streets, and eating great food at the beautiful downtown square of Marietta. A fun day out for all the family! Feeling artistic? Join the Community Chalk Competition! The Chalk Fest is free to attend, but you’ll need to purchase tickets for the Craft Beer Festival. All proceeds go to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. Chalktoberfest will take place on Atlanta Street and Anderson Street. Historic Marietta Square, 39-75 East Park Square, Marietta. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Craft Beer Festival 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. chalktoberfest.com
HAUNTED SANDY SPRINGS October 25 at Heritage Green
A night of eerie entertainment! Featuring live music with Dean Drive Five, psychic readings from Phoenix and Dragon, fire pit and s’mores bar, face painting, trickor-treating, and a special movie screening of Beetlejuice. Who doesn’t love a cult classic!? This year’s event will also feature a costume contest with cash prizes in three categories—Scary, Punny, and Family. Costume or no costume, everyone will benefit from the drink and “spirit” specials, handcrafted by J.R. Revelry Bourbon. Beverage proceeds benefit the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. For the most daring of visitors, take a hayride and walk on one of the Haunted Cemetery Tours featuring the talented thespians of North Springs Charter School’s Troupe #4389, in the oldest cemetery in Sandy Springs. All tours begin in the lower level of the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Tickets are $20 per person. Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. heritagesandysprings.org
October 18 –19 at KSU Sports and Entertainment Park
As night falls, hot air balloons provide the beautiful glowing backdrop for this visually stunning autumn event. The annual Owl-OWeen Hot Air Balloon Festival is Atlanta’s largest costume party. Revelers of all ages are encouraged to go all out, and join in the costume catwalk party. There will be live entertainment on multiple stages, hot air balloon glows, trick-or-treating, roving performers, a merchant marketplace, and artist alley. Children will love the activities in the interactive Kids Zone. And, plenty of food and drinks available—giant food court, food trucks, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar, and craft/German beer. Go Owls! Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park, 3200 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. Friday & Saturday 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. owl-o-ween.com
DIWALI—FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, CHOPDA PUJAN & FIREWORKS October 27 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Diwali, the festival of lights, one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar is celebrated with great devotion and splendor every year. On this festive occasion, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Atlanta cordially invites you, your family, and friends to celebrate. Open to one and all, the celebration is an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular fireworks, traditions, and rich culture of the Hindu faith. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 460 Rockbridge Road NW, Lilburn. 5:00 p.m. baps.org
Food & Beverage FESTIVAL Sunday, October 27
1 PM VIP Admission – 2 PM General Admission 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, 30076 Roswell F&B Festival’s focus is on local restaurants and chefs, local breweries, food, wine and spirits. Participating restaurants will offer samples of a variety of menu offerings. Learn about appropriate wine pairings and craft beer. Featuring interactive demonstrations that include ceramic smokers, open fire cooking, mixology, and whole animal breakdown. VIP ADMISSION TICKETS: $125 Exclusive VIP Lounge Avoid The Lines! Early Admission to the Event (1–2 PM Exclusive VIP Entry) Reserved Wine Selections Limited Release Beers GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $75 2 PM Admission Unlimited Food And Beverages A Killer F&B Experience!
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Adele’s on Canton Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar Citizen Soul C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room Gate City Brewing Company Foundation Social Eatery From the Earth Brewing Company Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast Hugo’s Oyster Bar | Kale Me Crazy the grub gastro pub The Mill Kitchen & Bar Variant Brewing | VIN25 And more! Visit roswellfandb.com for a full list.
Purchase tickets online at roswellfandb.com Must be 21+ years of age to attend Net proceeds will help raise funds for HomeStretch, whose mission is to guide homeless families toward permanent housing and lasting stability. *Culinary photography provided by participating restaurants is not a representation of the food samplings they will be offering at the F&B Festival. They were provided to show their culinary expertise.
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By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders
The good news for parents and their college-bound kids: The U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) makes it relatively easy to apply for federal, state, and many college and university financial aid opportunities in a single session. This “one-stop shopping” certainly beats having to submit separate applications for each source of funding! While you are generally required to submit your FAFSA application for the 2020–2021 academic year by June 30, 2020, you are permitted to do so any time after October 1, 2019. If you’re busy with a million other things—and who isn’t?—you might be tempted to let your application slide until, say, after the holidays. We advise against doing so. The sooner you apply for FAFSA after October 1, the more likely your efforts will pay off.
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As reported recently by SavingforCollege.com publisher and VP of Research Mark Kantrowitz, “Students who file the FAFSA during the first three months tend to get twice as much grants, on average, as compared with students who file the FAFSA later” (April 12, 2019). This caveat applies to the federal level on down. “While federal student loans and the Federal Pell Grant function like an entitlement, federal campus-based aid is more limited,” says Kantrowitz. For example, federal funds for work-study programs and other opportunities come from a single “pie,” which can end up being consumed before late-comers arrive at the table. In addition, many states operate on a first-come, first-served basis. These states begin granting their awards after October 1, until the funds are gone. Other states have application cut-offs earlier than
June 30, again warranting a timely FAFSA application to qualify for their funds. Similarly, individual colleges may have earlier deadlines if you would like to be given “priority consideration” for their own financial aid funds. This is one window of opportunity worth leaping through as soon as it opens. To hit the ground running, you don’t even need to wait to obtain or renew your FSA ID, which will facilitate completing your FAFSA application as soon as October 1 arrives. One more heads up—the Department of Education’s FAFSA application instructions emphasize: “One thing you don’t need for the FAFSA® form is money! The FAFSA form is FREE, so if a website or mobile app asks you to pay to fill it out, you’re not dealing with the official FAFSA site or the official myStudentAid app.”
Given the costs involved, a wellcrafted strategy to pay for higher education can pay for itself many times over. Life is a journey. Navigate it wisely. ) Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-9924444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cetera Investment Advisers LLC. Cetera entities are under separate ownership from any other named entity. The views expressed are for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security which may be referenced herein. This information is not a substitute for professional guidance in financial, tax, estate planning or legal matters.
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By Micheal Pardue
ew films can be said to have created their own genre: think The Great Train Robbery, Pulp Fiction, or Star Wars. As a species, we’ve been telling stories for millennia so it’s natural to expect that no one will ever create anything new. But every once in a while, someone melds together storytelling, talent, music, cinematography, technology, etc. and creates something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Look at any list of groundbreaking films, and you’ll see one title over and over— John Carpenter’s Halloween. In 1978, a 30-year-old Carpenter and his co-producer/writer Debra Hill set out to create something new. With a budget of just over $300,000 (most of which went to the cameras and processing), they were able to draft a unique and terrifying script in only ten days. In three days, John had created and recorded an eerie, threadbare score which was incredibly effective at instilling a crawling feeling of suspense and dread. His score has become so buried in our popular culture that it’s instantly recognizable and can instill shivers in people who haven’t even seen the film. With a sensational performance by (then unknown) 20-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis and a supporting cast who all felt real, grounded, and authentic, Carpenter and Hill wrapped principal filming in just 21 days—on time and on budget. The result was visceral and disturbing. Carpenter and Hill had made a masterpiece by slowly taking the
mundaneness of small-town, everyday life and turning it ominous and threatening. In a brilliantly bloodless Hitchcockian film, they terrified us with an unstoppable, unknowable, and often unseen personification of pure evil stalking Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Halloween was something new, something special. It felt real, as if it could happen to any one of us. It went on to earn $70 million worldwide, and it wrote the rules for successful film franchises that followed—Friday the 13th (1980), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984),
Scream (1996), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), as well as an unfortunate plethora of cheap, gory imitations and rip-offs. So, what does this have to do with the new Halloween (2018)? Well, just about everything. There are 11 films in the Halloween franchise, and they have grossed over $1.02 billion worldwide (after adjusting for inflation). However, artistically speaking, the franchise has a troubled history. Carpenter and Hill were not involved in any of the sequels past the second film in 1981, and due to a collection of directors and studio executives, Halloween has been rebooted no less than five times. But the 2018 Halloween returns back to the simplicity and tension of the original. This Halloween has Carpenter back as executive producer and once again as composer, and it atones for all past
sins in a big way. Halloween (2018) takes place some 40 years after the events of that first Halloween night in Haddonfield and is meant to be a direct sequel to the first (and only the first) film. As far as this new Halloween is concerned, none of the other nine movies even happened, and we’re better off for it. As soon as the lights go down, we are instantly present in both today’s growing malevolence and the terror of the original film. We’re not just watching it—we’re in it. We know exactly what to expect, which only serves to increase
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Special thanks to Area 51 owner Micheal Pardue, our guest columnist this month who just so happens to be an expert on the Halloween saga (and also a huge fan!). Britt Argo will return in November. Micheal Pardue is a self-avowed pop culture fanatic who shares an appreciation for high technology, video games, 60s sci-fi movies, and the showmanship of Walt Disney and P.T. Barnum. He is the owner at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf—5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com.
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the ever-suspenseful mood. Forty years have passed. Myers has been institutionalized, and virtually unresponsive the entire time. Laurie Strode (once again masterfully played by Jamie Lee Curtis) has weathered these years with difficulty. You see it in her eyes, stance, and movement and also in her fragile relationships with her daughter and granddaughter. Laurie has lived every minute of these past years in mental and personal torment, unable to let go of her past, and terrified about the present—haunted. She is paranoid and broken (maybe even a little nuts). Gone is the innocent and insecure 17-year-old Final Girl. She has become tough and angry, and we begin to think that maybe she didn’t completely “survive” the events of her past. She is compelling because we know her, and yet, this is not how we expect to find her. I cannot give enough praise to Curtis. Her performance is completely organic and genuine—possibly the finest of her career. The supporting cast is excellent—each character unique, well-established, and believable. Of particular note is Judy Greer (Strode’s daughter). She has lived a fractured life as well, although in a different way, and Greer’s portrayal of a strong, yet somehow hopeless, wife and mother just trying to get through another day is all at once sympathetic, unlikable, and surprising. James Jude Courtney (Myers) is terrifying—lacking emotion, humanity, or reason, and he is shockingly effective in his violence. The script by Jeff Fradley, David Gordon Green, and Danny McBride is taut and delightfully uncomfortable. Carpenter’s score is once again exceptional—strong and modern yet with the same vintage-Carpenter feel. Director David Gordon Green pulls us (reluctantly) into a carefully thought-out homage to the original, paying close attention to each shot and moment. There’s no camp, no cheese. It’s an excellent film. You should watch it, and if you can, watch the original beforehand—you’ll be glad you did.)
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By Tara Gary
Design Ideas Everyone Can Use
Back in August, I wrote about the upcoming book signing of Atlantabased interior designer, Vern Yip. He’s the guy from HGTV and TLC with impeccably good taste who recently finished his second book on home decor, Vern Yip’s Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway. I went to the event at the Marcus Jewish Community Center to hear what Vern had to share about designing any home to make it feel like a luxury retreat. Well, I don’t know about “any home.” I have a few friends (who shall remain nameless) that feel completely comfortable walking into their homes, immediately dropping everything right at the entryway, and tossing this-andthat on the kitchen countertop. They never put anything away, then seem befuddled as to why their house looks like a bomb went off. There are also those who choose to make the first room of the house a playground for their children—with toys, tiny pieces of train sets, and Legos perfectly distributed like land mines. Ouch! No, those homes need more than a few tips from a book. If you’re somewhat organized but stumped as to how to transform your house into the relaxing and welcoming home of your dreams, this book can definitely lead you in the right direction, and if followed properly, get you to that pinnacle of home perfection. Vern’s tips are spot-on and words
I’ve lived by, however, now that I’ve redesigned a few homes for clients myself, I’m aware that his tips are not common sense to a large portion of the population. Keep ONLY what you NEED and LOVE. When he spoke these words, I looked around the auditorium to see if my mother somehow magically appeared and heard him. Sorry mom, but my mother is a collector of well, almost everything. Something I’ve taught myself is that it is more than okay to see something (and even love it), but it’s not necessary to own it. Vern stressed this most important tip for transforming your home into a relaxing environment. Keep items you love (that have special meaning and remind you of some place or someone), but keep in mind, those items do not all need to be displayed. Everything should have a place of its own, and it can always be neatly tucked away in a drawer (hint hint). He also mentioned every space does NOT need to be filled. If there happens to be a bare wall which needs a little something, do not run out and just buy anything to fill the void. Wait to find that perfect something along the way of your life. It will find you or vice versa. Closed storage is your friend. I have always had “hiding spaces” in my home. The entryway has a bench with storage, and my wall units have baskets and bins. Baskets are the perfect remedy for clutter. If you have certain beautiful items on display, that’s wonderful. Just keep it to a minimum—less is more. Wall units with glass show clutter. Instead, choose furniture with drawers and solid doors to keep everything away from eyesight. Boxes with lids are another great
solution for storage. These ideas help prevent, what Vern refers to as, “visual pollution.” I love that term. There is certainly plenty of visual pollution out there, and I’m not only referring to clutter. Minimize maintenance. Performance fabrics are designed to endure everyday spills and messes from the toughest of stain criminals, including toddlers and pets. Investing in stain-resistant furniture yields high returns on your time and maintenance. Vern also suggested quartz countertops, as opposed to marble or granite which need to be sealed and maintained. Quartz can be purchased in patterns that look identical to marble, and it is stain resistant to things like salsa and red wine. Stain-resistant carpets and rugs are also a great investment for your maintenance return. LED bulbs (which last an average of 21-22 years) are also a timesaver, keeping you from changing those pesky, hard-to-reach light fixtures. Use fresh flower alternatives. Among other suggestions, I found this one to be the most satisfying. Back in February, I wrote an article about what not to do for Valentine’s Day. I suggested visiting Trader Joe’s for beautiful
flowers—as opposed to sending a bouquet of overpriced flowers from the florist. No offense, however, I did offend someone. My publisher informed me of a disgruntled reader who referred to me as “ignorant” (among other things) in a complaint about my story, but in my experience, I have seen prices increase from florists on Valentine’s Day. I like florists, I merely suggested Trader Joe’s because they do have a nice variety of flowers at a great price point. Anyway, Vern suggested purchasing an orchid (which produce beautiful blooms lasting up to 8 or 9 weeks) from Trader Joe’s as an alternative to a bouquet of flowers (which tend to need maintenance and have a much shorter life span). Upon hearing his suggestion, a smile of satisfaction appeared on my face, because (in my mind), I heard Vern saying, “Tara, you were right.” His other suggestion to fresh flower alternatives was preserved roses and
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matched the leather autumn-orange chair where he sat. He brought laughter to the room when he admitted that out of 67 episodes of filming Trading Spaces he only slept once at night. Otherwise, he was awake assisting with the “homework” assigned to the show participants. He also mentioned that he was originally a student working to become a doctor, when he looked up and realized the walls were a hideous shade of yellow and the fluorescent lights did nothing to enhance his surroundings. His instinct to create beautiful living spaces certainly provided Vern with a career better suited for him, which is fortunate for us, as well.)
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A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta) brings a prestigious array of authors to the Atlanta community throughout the year. Expanding on the success of the annual November Book Festival of the MJCCA, A Page from the Book Festival events allow the MJCCA to continue fostering a love of reading and enabling interaction with favorite sought-after authors all year long. Visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival for upcoming events.
boxwoods—both very pleasing to the eye. I have used preserved roses in two weddings I’ve planned for clients. They’re a little more expensive, but they look just like fresh roses, come in a variety of colors, and seem to last forever. Vern said he has a bouquet of preserved roses in his Manhattan home that have lasted for several years now. The lady sitting behind me asked him where to purchase preserved roses, and he suggested she find them online. I turned to her afterwards and suggested save-oncrafts.com. They have a nice selection, and the blooms are shipped to you in boxes resembling egg crates, which keep them safe and secure. Vern had many great suggestions for making your home a more relaxing environment. In his book, he outlines and explains his methods (even down to providing a graph to guide you through light bulb purchasing). I found a copy online at Barnes & Noble for $16.11. That’s a very nice price for some very good advice. Of which, the best advice he said he could give was, “When it comes to your home, realize you are the home’s most important guest.” Apart from the book, Vern answered questions from the audience. He was super personable, dressed in a perfectly-tailored blue jacket, and his tie
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H E A LT H & W E LLN E SS WellStar North Fulton Hospital Celebrates 500th Robotic Surgery Procedure On Aug. 29, nearly 200 community members came together to celebrate North Fulton Hospital’s 500th robotic surgery procedure. Guests met surgeons, were treated to a behindthe-scenes look at the da Vinci Surgical System®, and tried their hands at working the robotic arm. Robotic surgery specialties at North Fulton Hospital include colorectal, general, gynecologic, thoracic, trauma and urologic.
Scott Miller, M.D., North Fulton Hospital’s medical director of Robotic Surgery, and Evelyn Reynolds, M.D., who specializes in gynecologic oncology robotic-assisted surgery.
WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar October through December 2019 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Roswell Room. Open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more information. Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at email@example.com or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m., Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363. Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roswell Room. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more information at 404-6262394 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m., Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information. COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Looking through the lens of a high-powered camera, attendees took turns guiding the robotic surgical arm.
The magnified, three-dimensional image was projected on a screen, illustrating the amazing detail da Vinci affords surgeons.
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American Heart Association CPR Classes* Friends and Family CPR Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 10/12, and 11/9, 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register. There is no fee for this class. Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU.
Water Birth Thursdays 10/10, 10/24, 11/7 and 12/12, 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at North Fulton Hospital. $30 per couple. SPECIAL EVENTS Speaking about Wellness for 2019
WellStar’s Annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Town Center at Cobb, Kennesaw Join us to raise awareness for breast cancer and women’s health. Enjoy free health screenings, health and wellness information booths, an interactive photo booth and a fashion show. Laura Pearson, M.D., North Fulton Hospital breast surgeon, will be our special MC! Registration is not required for this free event. Quarterly Seminar Series North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; Program Presentation: 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 per program
SAW for Healthy Aging I Woke Up Like This! Weight Management After 50 (Nutrition and Exercise) Tuesday, Oct. 29 According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult gains 30 pounds by age 50. Join us for a presentation to discuss tips for battling the bulge and how to determine a weight that is healthy for YOU. Lung Cancer Lunch & Learn Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. WellStar Vinings Health Park Hear from lung cancer experts and learn about support programs and resources offered by LUNGevity and WellStar Cancer Network. Registration required: lungevity.org/lunchlearnwellstar. Discount code: WELLSTAR19. Medication Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or sharps for safe disposal. LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed.
For more information on classes, to register or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar. org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month WellStar North Fulton Hospital Offers Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Care From prevention to diagnosis and treatment, North Fulton Hospital offers close-to-home, world-class breast cancer care. “There’s no need to travel across town,” said Laura Pearson, M.D., breast surgeon. “We have everything women of all ages need right here. “Plus, WellStar was the first system in Georgia and the fifth in the nation to be accredited as a Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons, which means patients receive integrated, comprehensive care led by renowned physicians. Additionally, our partnership with Mayo Clinic gives our patients ready access to clinical trials, second opinions and consultations.”
Why North Fulton Hospital for breast healthcare? Prevention: We offer 3D mammography, clinically proven to provide more accurate breast cancer screenings and reduce false-positive call backs. Diagnosis and Treatment: Our Breast Cancer Specialty and Treatment (STAT) Clinic enables patients to start treatment faster, increasing their chances of beating the disease. This innovative concept, unique in metro Atlanta, allows patients to meet with a multidisciplinary team of physicians Laura Pearson, M.D. and specialists in one day, in one setting. Treatment is typically started within days instead of weeks or months. Genetic Tumor Analysis and Counseling: WellStar has one of the most active genetic counseling programs in Georgia. Dedicated Breast Surgeons: Our highly qualified surgeons practice state-of-the-art care, including Hidden Scar and oncoplastic surgery, a full array of reconstruction options, minimally invasive surgery and image-guided biopsy procedures. Comprehensive Support Network: Cancer patients and their In 2018, 1,533 free families have access to counseling, cosmetic support for the side effects of treatment, lymphedema prevention and management, mammograms an oncology registered dietitian and exercise programs designed and diagnostic for better health. procedures were Medical Oncologists: Our physicians have a special interest in breast cancer and provide patients access to advances through provided for lowclinical trials. income patients Radiation Therapy Consult Clinic: Highly advanced radiaacross WellStar’s tion, with treatment customized for each patient. To schedule a mammogram or an appointment with a breast service area. cancer specialist, call 770-956-STAR (7827).)
Among cancers, breast cancer is the second largest cause of death in women. The good news is that it’s highly curable in its early stages, with about a 95 percent five-year survival rate. That’s why early detection is so important. While any woman is at risk for breast cancer, common risk factors include: • • • • • • • •
Having a mother or sister who has had breast cancer Carrying one of two identified genetic mutations known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 Having a first baby after age 30 Being overweight Not breast feeding Consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day Experiencing onset of menstrual cycles before age 13 Smoking
If you are at high risk for breast cancer, talk to your physician about high-risk screening options.
To reduce your risk of breast cancer: • • • •
Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five or more days per week. More exercise may yield additional benefits. Maintain a healthy weight. Limit alcohol consumption. Don’t smoke.
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By Tara Gary
for King & Country burn the ships | world tour 2019 Fabulous Fox Theatre, October 10
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for KING & COUNTRY, the two-time Grammy award-winning Australian duo comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, will be performing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Thursday, October 10. Last October, they released their third studio album burn the ships (nominated for Top Christian Album at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards) which explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope, and love. The album’s Grammynominated song “joy.” held the No. 1 spot four consecutive weeks, marking the Smallbone’s highest debut on three Billboard charts. Their current single “God Only Knows” has accumulated over 27 million streams and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Audience chart.
Based in Nashville, the brothers kicked off their burn the ships world tour performing in their homeland of Australia for the very first time and sold out every show—including the iconic Sydney Opera House. Their songs have been featured on the Emmys, Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, and numerous other high-profile events. They have performed on The Tonight Show and The Today Show, as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! The North American tour will see for KING & COUNTRY perform at the top of the show and bring the bow of the proverbial “ship” to life with a thrilling new stage and lighting setup. For more information, visit forkingandcountry.com and foxtheatre.org)
By Tara Gary
As we grow older our life roles change. The loved ones who once took care of us often become the ones who now need care. Knowing there is an exceptional senior living community nearby is extremely comforting. I recently visited with Arlene Hsu, Executive Director of Historic Roswell Place: Assisted Living and Memory Care. Arlene has proudly been employed with Historic Roswell Place for the past seven years. A wall in one of the hallways recognizes the long tenure many have had—meaning the turnover rate of those providing care is low, and the relationships and bonds are long and strong, which is extremely important.
races, running races, and the neighbors and families strolling the sidewalks. Not only do residents have access to the entertainment near them, they have many annual celebrations within the Historic Roswell Place community. One of those is the Annual Pig Pickin’ which is scheduled for Thursday, August 29. Residents, their families, Resident veterans are celebrated on a gallery wall. and even potential new residents and their families are invited to eat, socialize, and listen to the local band Last Call. Most importantly, their care reputation is unsurpassed with six years of deficiency-free surveys and 24/7 nurses on the Memory Care level. The Health & Wellness Director is an RN, the Executive Director is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and there are onsite therapists for PT/OT/Speech. They provide proper medical and physical care and a family atmosphere for your loved one. While touring the home, Arlene spoke with each of the residents acknowledging them by name and inquiring specific details pertaining to each individually. I was pleased to see a hallway dedicated to the resident veterans. Each veteran has their photo framed and memorabilia honoring their service. The American flag is proudly displayed with the kind words of “Thank You” for their service. Each Veterans Day a full service is held, and the Centennial High School band comes to play for the ceremony. Something that makes Historic Roswell Place the most special is the eagerness of the residents to give back to the local community in a variety of ways through monthly service projects. They knit for children in the hospital, make dog treats for The Historic Roswell Place is unique, especially Humane Society, pack backpacks for local foster considering its location. It is the only senior living children, make lunches for the homeless, and much facility in Historic Roswell, located a block from more. Canton Street and right next to “Church Row.” I’m eager to visit again. Should you need the Residents have walking access to year-round festiservices Historic Roswell Place provides for your vals, restaurants, antique shops, churches, and so loved one, feel free to stop and take a tour. You are much more. The expansive porches provide the sure to feel the genuine commitment to care from perfect vantage point to view the many parades, bike the warm and friendly staff. )
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Diane, the right pair of jeans is critical to your wardrobe.” Leave it to my sister to advise me about what I was wearing. It was the late 1980s, and I was still dressing in baggy Levi’s (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) when the rest of the retail, women’s jean inventory had blown through the roof. “You need to find jeans that show off your assets.” Nicely said in code. A dynamo at five-two, she never pulled any punches with her five-foot-eight sister (me), particularly on the subject of wardrobe. She was the one reading Women’s Wear Daily, while I was reading about the perfect form for bicep curls. She finds the process of shopping to be as good as life gets and finding the perfect deal exhilarating. I rarely shop because I don’t take time to pop into stores to see what’s new. So when my sister spoke, I listened. And, I still listen now. So there she was, in the 80s, lecturing me about jeans. You know what I’m talkin’ about. It was time for me to swap the shapeless, old-school Levi’s for those awesome, ever-evolving, always irresistible fashion statements, wardrobe staples for both men and women, and tight women’s must-haves that make us squeal with delight when they fit our bums just so. Yes, indeed. I decided I better take my sister’s advice, and get on board. I mean, tell me, where were YOU when Brooke Shields (as a young teen in super-tight jeans) was photographed with her legs wide open in a seriously provocative pose? Where was her mother? Oh, she was right there—managing her daughter’s career. “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” said the 14-year-old, softly. Between her billboards and
revolutionary eyebrows (right?), women’s fashion changed forever. I lived in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas during Brooke’s scandalous billboards, doing the two-step. I wasn’t very good at it (mind you), but it was a Texas tradition. We Scandinavian girls really weren’t meant for country-western moves (especially since the “two-step” is really a three-step move done to a traditional four-step beat). Go figure. But my jeans were slim, with a leg width just wide enough to fit over my snakeskin boots. The men wore nice and tight jeans (which they had dry cleaned) with pronounced creases up the front. So where in the heck was I when the jean-e-ology smarts started goin’ ‘round? I recall envying college roommates and girls on campus who could By Di Chapman afford to wear Jordache and Britannica jeans. How did they do that? I was working at Burger King to make sure I was getting a meal every day, along with a few bucks. I think I was clueless until I was about 40, and then God bless Anne Klein and Gloria Vanderbilt. Another upscale brand, Guess appeared on the scene in the 80s, and Hudson in 2002. With higher price tags came more mystique. Nowadays, jean inventories have exploded. Who’da thought the market could’ve gotten any bigger and more creative? There are boot cut, skinny, flare, high rise, mid-rise, low rise, boyfriend, jeggings, curvy, unhemmed, fringed, cropped, cuffed, and ripped. Bell bottoms are back. Target has reinvented itself with burgeoning Denizen and Universal Thread displays. Jean-e-ology is growing.
Skinny, Curvy, Jeggings, Ripped, and Wedgie (Huh?) Come on! Get on board! L I FE AT 5 0 +
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The great, great, (great?) grandfather (I never know how genealogists figure out the number of “greats”) of jeans is Levi Strauss, who immigrated here from Bavaria in 1847 and settled in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Hey, those miners out there in the dirt, mud, (yuck) water, and rocks needed pants that could stand up to the rigors of mining. So, Levi started I won’t say that I’ve warmed up to every style as it’s hit public conscious- making clothes out of tent fabric. It worked. ness. Far from it. I was certain that Now, if you haven’t googled the ripped jeans would be gone in a flash. term “Levi’s” in an online search Who wants to walk around in beat-up recently, your mind will be blown clothing? Well, it turns out—you do, with what you find. How did I miss he does, she does, corporate elites do, this? Levi’s will be at the top of the and my sister does. So, I climbed on jean-e-ology chart with all jeans the wagon. I’m waiting for a complete springing from the loins of the brand. ripfest. Bow down to the almighty of jeandom, In the meantime, CNBC.com reports my friends. You’ll find vintage, wellthat thirty-three percent of American worn Levi’s selling for thousands of workers want to wear jeans to work dollars (no matter what the style). and would forgo raises for it. Jeans can As long as that infamous label is still be a deal-breaker. Really? attached at the waist, you’re golden. One day my sister made another Baggy, tight, skinny, 501, 550, wedgie, pronouncement to me: “Diane, get rid and more. Wedgie? Levi’s defines them of your black jeans. They’re ‘rocker’ as jeans “that lift the bootie by separatjeans, and their moment has passed.” ing the cheeks just enough to give you I thought about the day I saw Joan a wedgie.” Jett at Tower Records in Manhattan. Okay, that falls into the “torturous The tiny woman was indeed dressed in things women wear” category, ladies black jeans. (right next to Spanx). So, let’s trace jean-e-ology back to However, if they’ll give me the 1950s/60s and the olden days. better-looking butt cheeks, I’m in.) The “glam” of jeans started with the bell-bottoms that went with peacoats Di Chapman is an inspirational author in the 60s, especially in Hollywood. and speaker, and a branding consulMarilyn Monroe rocked tight jeans tant. Di’s latest book is Rekindle Your (with photos of her tush that will Purpose: Break through your disapknock your socks off ). There definitely pointments, discouragements, and wasn’t anything that came between detours to resurrect your purpose and live it! her and her jeans. Google it.
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The first promise of cooler temperatures reminds us that it’s time to check on our houseplants and get them ready to travel back in the house (all vacations must come to an end). Allow 4-6 weeks to inspect and rejuvenate tropicals and prepare them for their return indoors. Then you will be set to move your houseplants inside (at least two weeks before metro Atlanta’s average first frost date—November 13). Bring tender tropical and subtropical houseplants back indoors once outside nighttime temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit to protect them from chilling injury, leaf drop, and death. This also allows you to enjoy them throughout late
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w Before transitioning indoors, inspect your houseplants for signs of pests. Use a magnifying glass and look at both top and bottom of foliage; in the whorls where leaves meet the stem and also on the soil surface. w Check for aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, soil gnats, mites, and other houseplant pests. These bad actors arenâ€™t normally a problem outside, but populations can quickly escalate if brought inside to a warm, protected indoor environment. w Fill a large tub with warm water and add a mild liquid soap (no detergent/degreaser) or organic insecticidal soap. To kill bugs, soak the whole plant (pot and all) in the tub for about 15 minutes. w Rinse thoroughly (I like to use the gentle showerhead nozzle on the hose) and drain outside. w Acclimate plants by moving into dense shade while they are still outdoors. This will help them adjust to the new lower light conditions inside the house. w Prep indoor areas by cleaning the windows, lifting the screens, and adding full spectrum grow lights (available in various sizes and can be used in standard light fixtures). w Invest in trays and saucers to catch drips and a How are you doing with your houseplants? Let me precision-tip watering can to deliver water on target. (The watering can is also useful for giving know by posting photos on facebook.com/ CurrentPlus or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. the Christmas tree a drink.))
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By Joe Duffy
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My raison d’être, at least at The Current Hub, is to assiduously keep a dossier of the meteoric rise of Alpharetta from dining irrelevance to the superior half of the imposing one-two dining punch that is AlphaRoz. In the never humble opinion of your infallible restaurant whisperer, the seminal moment that pronounced the beginning of the end of Alpharetta’s Bloomin’ Onion Acres dark days of dining was the launch of Bite.
August of 2011, I was perusing the Alpharetta Patch and found out about a brand-new establishment in Alpharetta, Bite Bistro & Bar. My first meal there personified how owner and Chef Leif Johnson was at the leading edge of emerging food proclivities. Without reluctance, I ordered the lobster roll with a side of Mexican street corn. Though both items are conspicuous on menus throughout the area now, each was a paucity then. Perhaps hard to fathom, but now-ubiquitous
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lobster rolls were quite provincial back in 2011. I’ve had countless versions around town since, but Bite remains the pre-eminent in the area (rivaled only by Kathleen’s Catch). As explained in past ramblings, my modus operandi isn’t to eat at a restaurant and advise on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Instead, I eat everywhere in the vicinity (you think I’m kidding, don’t you?) and focus on the ones that implore me to gush the most vigorously. As is generally the benchmark to get featured, Bite is another locale in which I’ve adored pretty much anything I’ve had. Since my first meal here, I’ve made several voyages to the Webb Bridge Road trailblazer. Apart from the lobster roll, the house-smoked pimento cheese I’m sure would be graded a hole-in-one in Augusta. Johnson is an accomplished chef. Pimento cheese isn’t his most ambitious dish by any means, but it’s all a race for second-best I’ve ever had. Bite raised the bar. The seasonal menu does not currently feature one of his very best masterpieces of scallops and pork belly grits, but it does flaunt a braised pork belly dish, as an appetizer, as well as smoked chicken, shrimp, and grits. To top it off, he also has a diver scallops main course. Whether amalgamated in one dish or distributed over three, Bite eclipses excellence in all.
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Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch has arguably received more national acclaim for their burger than any other GreaterAtlanta restaurant—including being deemed “Best Burger in America” by Alton Brown on the Food Network, among different accolades. There are more grand burgers inside and outside the perimeter than any other food item, and H&F’s is a sensible nomination for the best. Yes, I’ve eaten the burger (at the original location in addition to the outposts at Braves games). Bite’s burger belongs in this conversation. Don’t believe it was intentional, but Bite’s burger mimics Linton Hopkins’ take on it as well as any, straight down to the Holeman & Finch bun employed at Bite. Both burgers are double-patties, American cheese, topped with onions (caramelized in Bite’s case), and pickles. H&F condiments
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are homemade, and so is Leif ’s krussian sauce (his take on Russian dressing). Bite’s burger and thinly cut truffle fries are both cum laude. I’ve articled assorted other excellent burger and fry one-two punches, and Bite is nobody’s runner-up. Several years ago, this Alpharetta trend-setter expanded to the (continued on next page)
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adjacent unit and went upscale. It’s an excellent option for a date or if you are just a regular guy (like me) who has no time for average meals. Johnson was a successful caterer for six years before debuting his standard-setting restaurant. The catering part of the business is still going strong. I’ve always paralleled Bite with Roswell’s Foundation Social Eatery. Bite has been putting out fantastic food, long before Avalon and City Center became enticing synergistic hubs for great dining. You’ve seen me tout said modish axis of eateries too, so certainly no knock on the symbiotic restaurants perfect for commencing a night of bar crawling. If a great meal is your priority, the less alluring location of Bite should never deter. Alpharetta’s first significant dining destination remains one of the best.
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a little café (mostly grab-andgo prepared takeout), but with limited seating capacity. In addition to a few scones, I abducted a shepherd’s pie and heated it up a few hours later. It was terrific. The sisters serve breakfast and lunch, from “sconewiches” to a nice variety of dishes that vary from day-today. Spaghetti bolognese, chicken parmesan, and chicken or cheese enchiladas are just a sampling. I liked my pie more than enough and would certainly like to work my way around the menu. Seven Sisters Kitchen, 6955 McGinnis Ferry Road #107, Johns Creek, GA 30097… I’ve gotten several questions about the best sports bar. I always ask for specifics about criteria. I want multiple TVs with as many different games playing as possible. With those conditions in mind, it’s tough to top Dave & Buster’s on Northpoint Parkway. Week two of the NFL, there were ten early games, and I had nine in front of me—all on substantial high-definition TVs (never having to move). Plus, bartender Danielle is diligent. I do eat beforehand, and the beer selection is not top-tier. However, for multiple game watching, this is the place.) When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts of all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts.
Farm-to-Table Taste Fest Returns By Brandy Rixey
The mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is to connect people with nature. What better way to do that than through food? Visit the CNC and enjoy local brews and food from the best local breweries and restaurants at the 8th Annual Harvest on the Hooch taste fest Sunday, October 13. This event celebrates the vital connection between the garden and the plate and raises funds (and glasses) for CNC’s Unity Garden and programming. In addition to featuring local restaurants and breweries, the family-friendly event includes bluegrass music, farm animals, garden games, and tours of the Unity Garden. About the Unity Garden The Unity Garden has three goals: production, donation, and education. It is a quarter-acre urban farm dedicated to growing fresh, organic, and natural plants and vegetables to teach local school children (and parents) where their food comes from. Everything harvested from the Unity Garden goes to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. To date, CNC has donated more than 35 tons of food to North Fulton’s families in need. Be a VIP As a special treat, VIP guests will experience an intimate and unique private cooking demonstration from a local celebrity chef from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (before the event) at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion, on Kingfisher Pond. This year’s chef is Chef Woolery “Woody” Back, of Table & Main in Roswell and Coalition Food and Beverage in Alpharetta. Back launched his career in the hospitality industry as a host, server, and bartender in New York restaurants. Those positions, coupled with a household understanding of Southern cooking traditions, fueled Back’s passion for the food business and inspired his career trajectory. He came to Georgia, where he worked at Craft (Atlanta), Holeman and Finch, and Restaurant Eugene. Woody Back serves as a role model for responsible food sourcing and agricultural sustainability. He is the President of the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market and an active member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the James Beard Foundation, debuting his skills at the prestigious James Beard House in the fall of 2016. Info and Tickets For more information and to get your tickets, visit harvestonthehooch.com: Prepurchased tickets $50 ($65 day of the event), Children $15 (10 and younger are free), and VIP $100. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. The event is from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (VIP pre-event from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.))
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Roswell Food & Beverage Festival By Tara Gary
From left to right: Ernie Fichtel of Gate City Brewing, Matthew Curling of Variant Brewing, Nathan Schieber of Gate City Brewing, Pat Leonard of Gate City Brewing, Tim Stevens of From the Earth Brewing, Brian Lee of From the Earth Brewing.
What happens when you bring some of the best local chefs, restaurants, wine connoisseurs, and craft beer experts together for a celebration of their knowledge and expertise? I have a few answers (which I will keep to myself, with a smile), but it’s also known as the First Annual Roswell Food & Beverage Festival. These talented individuals will share their knowledge, demonstrating food preparation and the proper/appropriate beverage pairings for their tasty dishes. There will be sample bites from local chefs including those from Adele’s on Canton, C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar, Hugo’s Oyster Bar, From the Earth Brewing Company, Foundation Social Eatery, The Mill Kitchen and Bar, Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast, and more. Most notably, what differentiates this event from typical tasting events
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is that it will feature interactive demonstrations—ceramic smokers, open fire cooking, mixology, whole animal breakdown, and answers to your culinary questions by a field of experts. A special panel, which includes Dana Gurela (owner of Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room), Melissa Harbers (owner of Pinkies Up Beer & Wine), Ethan Craig (owner of Tap & Six and author of The Current Hub’s Crafty Curator), as well as others, will guide you and offer select adult beverages during
I feel compelled on any precipitation-free day to experience the world with the top down. The Porch Song would have been delicious regardless, but it was simply exquisite on this occasion—quenching my thirst with its juicy, tropical aroma and flavor. I highly recommend it. Oh, and then I spoke with Chef Jason as he divulged his contribution for the Roswell F&B Festival, “grilled octopus with cannellini beans and mortadella.” My pen stopped to ask for assistance from my brain’s spell check application (which doesn’t exist). According to Google, mortadella is a specially flavored Italian sausage. I have not had the opportunity to sample this
dish (yet), but I am intrigued and 29 looking forward to it. Let’s see what the panel will suggest as a complementing beverage. I’m thinking maybe a red wine, but I’ll leave that up to the experts. This will be an educational experience I am definitely looking forward to. One of the best things about attending a festival is the good it evokes. The Roswell F&B Festival will benefit the charity HomeStretch. Since 1993, HomeStretch has been guiding working homeless families toward increased selfreliance and stability. They provide supportive housing and programs that equip working families to regain and sustain permanent (continued on next page)
The Roswell F&B Festival will benefit the charity HomeStretch. They provide supportive housing and programs that equip working families to regain and sustain permanent housing.
Ethan Craig of Tap & Six will be on the panel, answering questions and making suggestions on beer selection.
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arms out for a hug. I’m sure he greets everyone the same, but I like to think it’s a selective response. It’s actually very typical of native Louisianans, especially those from New Orleans. Marc and his partner Ruth relocated to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina wiped their home off the map. That being said, Chef Marc is one heck of an amazing bona fide Cajun chef. His crawfish étouffée is lick-the-bowl worthy. I usually order it as part of the Trio, along with gumbo and jambalaya. The latter being the dish Chef Marc will prepare at the Roswell F&B Brewing, Executive Chef Jason Stern of From the evens of Earth Brewing Company. Festival. Attendees will be able to see how he combines andouille sausage, tasso, onion, bell pepper, celery, chicken broth, and a slew of Cajun spices in a black iron skillet to create this authentic Cajun dish. As I was watching Chef Marc in the kitchen, his weekly delivery of fresh meat (which is driven in from Louisiana) was delivered— the perfect example of his dedication to perfection. And, you can taste that dedication in his jambalaya. Now, I’m no beverage expert (although some would beg to differ), but I do know an Abita beer is the perfect complement to his jambalaya, soothing those Cajun spices just enough to take Chef Marc Wegman of Adele’s on Canton. another bite. Maybe I should be 30-minute seminars—connecting on the panel. I was also able to catch you to your inner wine, beer, and/ Executive Chef Jason Stern or spirit connoisseur. I recently had the opportunity, of From the Earth Brewing Company, just long enough to well, I actually called Chef Marc from Adele’s on Canton and asked belly up to the bar for one of their if I could stop by and watch him house draft IPAs, Porch Song. I had just come in from driving in the kitchen. Always a delight my convertible in the sweltering to see Chef Marc. Donning his heat we’ve been experiencing. I trademark baggy chef pants, he know I can put the top on and looked up from the bar with a rev up the air conditioning, but jubilant smile and reached his
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