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APRIL 2017

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The Month in Preview APRIL 2017



Taste Of Marietta

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

April 30 The 2017 Taste of Marietta takes place on Sunday Apr. 30, from 11am to 7pm. The annual event takes place in the historic Marietta Square featuring restaurants and caterers showcasing their best food. Over 75 restaurants highlighted by local favorites like; Seed Kitchen & Bar, Taqueria Tsunami, WR Social House and The Butcher The Baker just to name a few. Tastes range in price from just $1 to $5. In addition, there are five live music stages and a sunset concert on the main stage in Glover Park. The event also features games for the kids in the Kid’s Alley, a sports corner, more than 10 food trucks, and a cooking stage with celebrity chefs’ cooking demonstrations. The Taste of Marietta takes place rain or shine, and admission is free.

April 13

>>BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! Just incase you didn’t get enough from the Taste of Marietta, the folks in East Cobb are not to be outdone, so the following weekend we have the Taste of East Cobb. Held at Johnson Ferry

It’s that time of year again… the food trucks will be out in full force every Thursday beginning Apr. 13 at Alpharetta’s Food Truck Alley. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Old Roswell Street through the summer. Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat Enjoy great live entertainment, delicious food, listen to some the Kid’s Zone with giant great music and kick off the inflatables and hands-on activities, weekend a little early! Please products from local vendors, and a note there will be no Food silent auction. 770-518-6441 or Truck Alley on May 4, due to visit TasteOfEastCobb.com Taste of Alpharetta.

Taste Of East Cobb Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road. You’ll be able to enjoy some music and food from local favorites like Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar and Seed Kitchen & Bar. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Taste of Alpharetta

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 5.0

May 4


Club 201

Weekends Founded in 1946, American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta occupies 13 acres and exists to serve the country’s war veterans. It is home to a memorial that pays tribute to U.S. veterans, family and friends through a walkway of almost 8,000 bricks inscribed with the names of Georgians who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast

Guard. But that’s not all. Club 201 is located inside the facility where they offer dance lessons and open dancing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings year round. On April 29 at 8 p.m., Country River Band takes the stage and they’ll be dancing ’till Midnight! Expect a great mix of music with D.J. Don Arndt providing the music during the bands breaks. The $10 admission helps support both Veteran and Active Duty projects. Club 201 at American Legion is located at 201 Wills Rd. in Alpharetta.

Taste of Alpharetta is an annual tradition featuring over 60 restaurants in one fun night. At the event, held on May 4 from 5 to 10 p.m., you can sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs around. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, but you must purchase food tickets on site for 50 cents each. The music stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in five categories. The Taste of Alpharetta is located in Historic Downtown across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 Park Plaza in Alpharetta. Free parking and shuttle system available.

April 29 & 30 This annual festival will have over 35,000 sq. ft. of displays, exhibits, and interactive entertainment hosted in what was previously a Comp-USA Super Store located in East Roswell near Holcomb Bridge Road and Old Alabama Road. Exhibitors will be attending from all over the region and country. Attendees can operate many of the computers and devices on display, but a few rare computer exhibits will not be accessible for public interactivity. However, exhibitors are often available for live demonstrations of all working devices. For more info visit www.computermuseumofamerica.com.



April 22 Celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores and all things vinyl, Record Store Day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores around the world. Hundreds of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. Roswell’s own Mojo Vinyl will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the event at their store just off of Canton Street at 26 Webb St, Ste 2 in Historic Roswell. For more info see page 14 of this issue, visit mojovinylrecords.com and call 678-534-5042. >>IT’S ALIVE!

Alive In Roswell

Third Thursday Each Month Formerly known as Alive After 5, this free street festival is held on the third Thursday of the month from April thru October and is a metro Atlanta favorite. The event is held along Canton Street and in the Historic Roswell Square. The festival features live bands, food trucks, kids games, face painting, balloons, etc., and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses, and restaurants surrounding the venues.


Roswell Cycling Festival

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April 22 thru 30 Each year the Roswell Cycling Festival gets bigger and bigger with the 2017 version being no exception. The weeklong festival celebrates all things cycling in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation. Recreational rides, educational events, and thrilling races highlight many exciting and action packed events and activities for all ages and skill levels. For a complete list of the various races and events please visit www.bikeroswell.com.


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Want to visit 16th-century England? I mean who doesn’t? Renaissance Festival, April 15 and weekends until June 4. By Tripp Liles

With the season of spring upon us the festival season is right behind. Throughout April there are numerous events geared to get you engaged in the great outdoors and have some fun. No matter the size of your family or your particular desires, there is something for everyone in the metro area. The Renaissance Festival opens on April 15 and runs through weekends until June 4. Want to visit 16thcentury England? I mean who doesn’t? This 32-acre village, located in Fairburn, is filled with over 150 artisan craft shops, ten stages of thematic entertainment, wonderful pubs and taverns, plus food galore. The festival features roaming costumed characters, carnival games and human-powered rides for kids of all ages. Oh yea… the food. Giant roasted turkey legs, fish and chips, hearty ales, mead and more—a feast fit for royalty. Come on, any festival that serves mead can’t be all bad. My family goes every year and the kids love it. It’s a full day of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.

The kid activities are great at Taste of Forsyth. Just a short drive south, the folks in Dunwoody have the Lemonade Days Festival, which runs from Apr. 19 – 23. Featuring more than 30 full-scale carnival rides (wristbands for unlimited rides are available ($20 on Wednesday; $25 Thursday-Sunday), more than 20 fabulous food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, three days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest. For a short ride north you can go to the Taste of Forsyth on Apr. 15. I’ve been the past two years and it’s well worth the short trip. There’s some delicious food to try and live music to listen to as well. Hopefully it will be some beautiful spring weather. The kid activities are great too. You can expect to see the “Touch-A-Truck” exhibit, inflatables, and a kid zone area. It’s held


at the Cumming Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also on the same weekend the 2017 Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will be held on Apr. 15-16. This festival is a two-day outdoor festival bringing art to the streets of the city. The event will include a children’s play SweetWater’s lip-smacking lineup of brews makes this an Experience and area, local musicians, and not just a Festival. interactive art stations, plus If beer is your thing then you’ll not up to 150 arts and crafts participants in want to miss the SweetWater 420 every discipline. The festival location is Festival held on Apr. 21-22. in the heart of Sandy Springs, near SweetWater 420 Fest blends music, interstate access and all things Atlanta. entertainment, art, and culture, all If you have not been to Sandy Springs while respecting Mother Earth, and in a while you should check it out… to has grown and evolved each and every put it mildly the city loves some year since 2004. Yes, 13 years ago this construction. baby was born, at SweetWater Brewery So far in this issue we’ve written as a small celebration and  has evolved about the “Taste of…” for nearly every to  the weekend-long, jam-packed city around us. Well how about a taste Fest  held at Atlanta’s Centennial for the whole nation? Prepare your Olympic Park. This festival features a taste buds for the return of Atlanta’s dynamic mix of live music, comedy, art, most anticipated culinary event of the food, Planet 420 workshops and year, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation for village, 420  Disco, 420 Fest 5K,  and of No Kid Hungry. Celebrating its course SweetWater’s lip-smacking 29th  anniversary, the event will take lineup of brews makes this an place on Apr. 20 in a brand new Experience and not just a Festival. venue, Southern Exchange at 200 Big Shanty Festival returns to Peachtree, featuring more restaurants, downtown Kennesaw April 22-23. more chefs, and more surprises includThis is one of the largest arts and crafts ing an intimate VIP Dinner shows in northern Georgia, offering Experience. All of the proceeds, that’s more than 200 booths of crafters and artisans as well as live entertainment on several stages, children’s activities and more than 40 food options. A parade down Main Street opens the festival on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., featuring local high school bands, colorful floats, and over 2,000 young marchers. Lastly, how about something for free. National Park Week is held Honorary Chef Cat Cora, TV personality and restaurateur. across two weekends (Apr. 15-16 & Apr 22-23) in April where admission 100%, go to support Share Our is free to any of our wonderful National Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign Parks. The fee-free days provide a great to end childhood hunger in America. opportunity to visit a new place or an Leading the 2017 event is  Honorary old favorite, especially one of the 120 Chef Cat Cora, TV personality and national parks that normally charge an restaurateur, and Honorary Chair entrance fee. The others are free all of Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Entertainer, the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our Restaurateur and Partner of Chicken + country’s history and nature. The Beer. For more info visit Chattahoochee River National www.nokidhungry.org/atlanta. Recreation Area is close, check it out! ❍




IT’S NOT YOU; IT’S ME… SIGNED, BIG BROKERAGE Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

Does the image at right look familiar? You may have read the news headlines or received a “Dear John” letter from your financial institution notifying you of changes to their services and your accounts. We’ve had clients ask us why big brokerage is just now realizing putting their clients’ interests first is best?! Our answer: because the government said so. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) so-called “Fiduciary Rule” is forcing most brokerage firms to change the way they deliver advice, along with the types of investments they recommend in retirement accounts and IRAs. Our firm, however, is able to stay the course, because we have operated under this higher standard the past 17 years, as our partners are both Certified Financial PlannerTM professionals (CFP®).

to do business, right? Of course! Although the rule’s scheduled implementation is Apr. 10, the Trump administration asked the DOL to delay the implementation by 60 days to allow time to reevaluate some of the more controversial parts of the rule. This has led to a variety of headlines like “In Your Best Interests? Maybe, Maybe Not” (AJC Mar. 8, 2017) and “How to Protect Your Money Under Trump’s Financial Regulation Change” (AJC Feb. 7, 2017). Big Brokerage Even with the delay, many of the firms are proceeding to implement new The new DOL rule, as it is written, requires financial advisers, brokers, and internal procedures to change the way they do business, and you may be one insurance agents, who provide retirement advice, to act as a fiduciary of those clients who, all of a sudden, receives a letter or phone call from your for their clients. Being a fiduciary adviser suggesting changes to your demands that financial professionals investments. The question you should put the interests of their clients first ask your adviser is—why did you wait and disclose any potential conflicts of interest. This sounds like the right way until the government forced a change

to put my interests first? Shouldn’t you have been doing that all along? Our question for you is this—isn’t it in your best interest to get a second opinion? At Odyssey, we treat our clients as people in pursuit of their goals, not as portfolios with fees. It has been and will continue to be our intent to always put our clients’ interests first. It really is that simple. Life’s 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. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.



come on the market there would be no inventory within 1.3 months. So if you are on the supply side If you own a home within of this (i.e. homeowner) you are in a good position. On the demand side? Expect lots of competition. our coverage area Here’s an example. The Canton Street area in (Marietta/East Cobb, Roswell has seen the biggest leaps in value in the Roswell, Alpharetta & area. Neighborhoods like Minhinette and Legacy Milton) I have some good Village are selling above asking price with multiple news. You own a valuable asset because offers within hours of listing. Some of these are cash buyers coming with offers before homes even we’re definitely in a hot market at the hit the market and, in the area, $1 million seems to moment. be the new $500k. Lots are even trading off the There are 2103 active home sales to date, which charts with the latest being $600k for a 1/3 acre lot includes condos and townhomes. There are on Wood Street. This area shows no sign of currently 1,485 under contract at the time of press slowing. So much for the notion of home values and 1,652 have sold in the first quarter of 2017. being destroyed in the area. What does this mean? If you couple this inventory shortage with the inThe supply of inventory based on the current ab- crease in interest rates, with the warmer weather, sorption rate is just over one month of inventory. 2017 has definitely started with a bang. Local Out of the 2103 homes on the market, a quarter of predictions are that this trend will continue into those are under construction, which give a variant 2018 as investors are seeing strong consumer confito move in date or availability to purchase. This dence, markets are favorable, and new home start means that if no new inventory of homes were to applications are up from this time last year. By Kirsten Ricci

All of this may seem great but in reality some homeowners are pushing the limits on list price and buyers are expecting to get what they are paying for, which is move in, turn-key perfection. Some sellers are also hesitant to sell for fear of finding another home, plus with higher interest rates the return needs to be greater than the risk. Additionally, the empty nesters are giving up the large homes and are turning to more mixed-use walkable concepts. You see examples of this near Downtown Alpharetta and Roswell. These buyers want high-end living with a smaller, more convenient footprint. All in all this is great news for you homeowners. Let’s hope the next three quarters of 2017 are just as great. ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.



Nick Howrey Looks To Step Up And Out



“I’m writing lots of original music in many different forms.” By Tripp Liles

Most folks figure out what they want to do in life fairly late or sometimes never at all. For others it starts at an early age and that passion continues. Nick Howrey has been signing and performing in public since the age of 10. Howrey is from Roswell and attended Centennial High School where at the age of 14 he formed a band called Free Byrds with several classmates. Perhaps you’ve even seen them. They have performed at local spots like Alive After Five, The Roswell Beer Festival, Smith’s Olde Bar and even the Hard Rock Café. After graduating, the band members went their own ways. Nick has picked up guitar and piano skills and is writing original music as a solo act. “I’m writing lots of original music in many different forms. Tons of pieces rather than full songs. It’s always so hard to finish something and make it feel rightfully done,” Howrey stated. “I don’t play originals often. More around friends than in public. I just don’t think the originals can compete in a set list filled with Van Morrison, Coldplay, and Rolling Stones, amongst other bar band favorites. However, on the rare occasion when an original is pulled out, there is a decent crowd response.” This process is not uncommon for young performers looking to gain a foothold in an incredibly crowded music space. The incorporation of original

music into a set that normally features well-known songs is a tricky gig. The ingredients of his original songs come from a wide variety of influences. “Well of course I’d have to pin the Beatles as a major influence. The structure of their diverse musical styles and the quality of which it’s produced is incredible. Other influences include John Mayer, The Zac Brown Band, The Eagles, Alabama Shakes, Oasis, and the list goes on. Hopefully, I sound like me. Words that could be used are diverse, soulful, maybe a bit English,” Howrey said. Howrey is currently a freshman at Kennesaw State University though he’s looking to move closer to the music industry. “The perfect scenario would be meeting the right people in the industry, maybe in Los Angeles, and having them like what they hear. I’d also like to meet with other songwriters to collaborate on projects and ideas. Maybe help finish the many bits and pieces in my repertoire. Lastly, recording this music of mine how I want, and gaining exposure and popularity,” Howrey said. You can see Nick perform regularly at Charlton’s Grill and Tap in Johns Creek with shows every Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. You can also find out more info at www.nickhowrey.com. ❍




Roswell’s Mojo Vinyl proudly celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day on Apr. 22 By Spalding Negron

The 10th anniversary celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores and all things vinyl is April 22nd. Record Store Day is an annual event, founded in 2007, and held locally at Mojo Vinyl Records. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores around the world. Hundreds of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event.

Owner Rand Cabus (pictured at left) says, “Record Store Day is my favorite day of the year. We’ll open an hour earlier than usual with a large crowd waiting to get in. Some of them will camp out in the wee hours of the morning for a chance to buy the exclusive vinyl. It’ll be an all-day party with live music, giveaways and

cardio, it’s rowing—it’s as much as we can do in over the course of an hour to keep you moving.” To optimize fat burning, members wear heart rate monitors during the workout. The 60-minute  intervalbased class is designed to help their heart rates reach the target “orange” zone for at least 12 to 20 minutes. Getting in the orange zone produces what exercise scientists call the “EPOC” effect, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption—known as the afterburn. A study published in the April 2016 edition of the journal PLOS One found as little as one minute of ike many people looking to get fit, 43-year old can expect to spend half the intensive exercise had the same endurance, muscle Sandi, from Roswell, struggled to find a workout time on the treadmill complet- function and insulin resistance benefits as a 45she could stick to. Although she tried to stay commiting walking or running minute continuous workout at the same pace. ted to her health at a handful of trendy studios in the intervals at different speeds and inclines. For the “The Orangetheory Coaches spend time with you area, she was never quite satisfied with the results. weight floor area portion of class, personal stations to make sure you’re doing everything correctly. I can’t “I would join for a couple months, lose interest and are set up with various levels of free weights, tell you how many classes I’ve taken at other gyms then start the next one,” Sandi said. “I had a personal medicine balls, Bosu trainers, Reebok steps, and where I knew I was doing things wrong and no one trainer for about a year, and it was extremely costly, TRX straps needed to complete the block. A certified came up to me to instruct me the right way to do it,” and my friends were telling me that they noticed no OTF instructor demonstrates the exercises, while a Sandi said. “Even though there’s 24 people in class, physical changes in me.” video visual aide is also played on overhead TV there’s always one-on-one time with the coach and Sandi didn’t see a difference on the scale until she screens also demonstrating proper form and the encouragement is just amazing.” discovered Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), an technique. There are usually 3-6 exercises with To experience Orangetheory Fitness for yourself, alternative option for gym-goers who find traditional various repetitions each day. and take a complimentary class, call or visit their group fitness classes unchallenging or ineffective. Everyone goes at their own pace but are locations in Roswell and Suwanee-Brookwood. ❍ At OTF, members move through three different encouraged to reach their full potential, while stations around the studio: treadmills, indoor water monitoring their heart-rate. Roswell Suwanee-Brookwood 625 W Crossville Rd 2615 Peachtree Pkwy rowing, and weight training. The workout changes “It’s 100 percent full-body in nature,” says Kelly #108 #230 daily and emphasizes endurance, strength, power or Becker, an Orangetheory fitness coach. “It’s weight Roswell, GA 30075 Suwanee, GA 30024 a combination of all three. In most classes, members and resistance training, it’s core exercises, its high 770-625-6122 770-688-0622



more.” This year’s entertainment will be provided by local rockers “Project: Detour”, the band (pictured) plays classic and progressive rock. Band members include Steve Adkins, Tut Brown, Kevin French, Robert Gettys, Jason Willard, and Mike Zahariades. “Project: Detour” will get started around one in the afternoon.

This year’s RSD Ambassador is indie artist “St Vincent.” Some of the exclusive releases will include albums by David Bowie, Prince, the Ramones, Def Leppard, Drive-By Truckers, Madonna, Patti Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, the Doors and many more. For a complete list, check the Record Store Day website at: recordstoreday.com Mojo Vinyl Records is an independent record store located at 26 Webb Street #2 in historic Roswell, just off of Canton Street. The store buys and sells new and used records, audiophile quality turntables, art and miscellaneous cool stuff. It’s a great place hang out and listen to some good music. Buy something too. For more info visit www.mojovinylrecords.com. ❍


Start the summer right with cool music on warm nights SUNSET SIPS PERFORMANCES RETURN APRIL –SEPT formances will bring notes of Lucinda Williams, Linda Rondstat, and Bonnie Raitt. From the What better way to spend a summer evening than Southern roots of Georgia comes St. Jane with her by relaxing to great local music? The Sunset Sips own combination of country swagger and music series returns to the Chattahoochee Nature Americana rock. Center starting this month. Come join CNC for this Then, enjoy music from the Electromagnetics, a monthly family-friendly event every month through red-hot blues, jazz and Americana group on Aug. 24. September (except July). Enjoy live local music, a The final performance, on Sept. 28, will include cash bar and great weather all on the beautiful CNC Crooked Wits. The members of Crooked Wits origigrounds, which will also be open to explore during nally met in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian the show. Bring a picnic dinner and make a date College and influences of the band include Van night of it. Morrison, Dave Matthews, and Old Crow The first Sunset Sips event of the season will be on Medicine Show. Thursday, April 27 and will feature Wes Yoakam. Mark your calendars and be sure to join the Yoakam is a local artist who began his career in Chattahoochee Nature Center for some evenings of Athens, Ga. and will be sure to have the audience on Two-piece band Sainte Jane returns to the Chattahoochee Nature Center great live music, food and drink and family fun by the its feet and singing, or at least bobbing their heads June 22 for a Sunset Sips performance. river. The Sunset Sips events are included with along to some of the best acoustic covers of performs on both piano and guitar and is influenced general admission to CNC and free for CNC everything from current pop to classic rock. by jazz, gospel, pop, R&B and country.   members. They run every fourth Thursday of the The performance on May 25 will be by Heidi On June 22, come for Sainte Jane, the two-piece month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., April through Pollyea, an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter who deband of Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell. Their per- September (except July). ❍ scribes her brand of music as “funky folk.” She By Kelsey Hall

Sunset Sips events are included with general admission to CNC. www.chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055







CLARITY FARM IS THE MODERN FARMHOUSE statement in each room throughout the home. The exterior living areas offer incredible views Featuring more than 10,000 square feet of indoor across the homeowner’s 40 acres. There are two outliving space and 5,000 square feet of outdoor living door fireplaces, as well as a fire pit that are sure to be space, the Clarity Farm home was designed to truly enjoyed. Just off the master suite is a secondary be lived in and enjoyed by a large family. You can see outdoor master suite with a custom king-size this home up close and personal by touring it during sleeping swing bed. This room is layered in textiles as the Children’s Charities Designing for a Difference is a cozy sleeping porch and seating area. Clarity Farm Showcase Home being held in Milton This home has so many layers of textures throughfrom Apr. 19-23. out—stone, wood, marble and steel, not to mention Interior designer Pacita Wilson (pictured) from the eye candy of the sprawling acreage to be viewed Pineapple Park in Woodstock furnished the home. in every room. There are touches of equestrian Many of the items featured throughout the house are design and elements throughout the home as an available for purchase, as well as items from artists extension of the property’s three barns, one of which and local boutique shops, with proceeds going was remodeled into a guest barn/studio. The other towards Children’s Charities’ efforts to build one of two barns are working barns built with amazing Georgia’s most inclusive play park. detail. The home’s entire floor plan offers wide-open The Clarity Farm Showcase Home tours are: spaces for family entertaining, while showcasing all Thursday, April 20: 10 a.m. –6 p.m. the wood beams and floors that create warm, cozy, Friday, April 21: 10 a.m. –6 p.m. and inviting spaces. Unique lighting fixtures make a By Spalding Negron

Saturday, April 22: 10 a.m. –8 p.m. Sunday, April 23: 1 p.m. –6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To purchase, visit the nonprofit’s website at www.ChildrensCharitiesGA.org. All ticket proceeds are going toward fully funding the all-inclusive play park design, equipment, and installation in the City of Milton. The park will be the first of its scale in North Fulton County, encompassing close to an acre of city property. The park will provide a fun experience for children with all abilities and disabilities. For more information on this event, please visit www.ChildrensCharitiesGA.org. ❍

We are not stiff because we’re older. We’re stiff because we stopped using something. Our brain maps are out of focus in some area(s). The good news is restoring them is as easy as doing the appropriate drills. Once we re-focus the map, we’re good to go! keep things fluid, we need to use them. In fact, our By Ann-Marie Giglio To learn more about brain-based health and entire body including our brain is wired to use it or Are you feeling your age? lose it. fitness, contact Ann-Marie at CoreMatters, Even before we get out of bed in the morning, our (404) 435-6367. ❍ When you get out of bed brains are scanning our bodies. If we have stopped in the morning, are you using something, a sore shoulder for example, not stiff in some spots or only do we start using our structure differently CoreMatters maybe sore? I often hear (you’ve probably heard it called compensation), 1144 Canton Street but also, we lose a part of our brain’s map. Our people say they “slept Suite 104 Ann-Marie Giglio, brain actually “forgets” the shoulder is there and owner of Core Matters wrong.” Maybe it takes a Roswell, GA 30075 now considers the situation a threat of some 404- 435-6367 few minutes to get things warmed up. degree. Once that happens, all sorts of things rain down on our biomechanics. If the shoulder no longer www.ourcorematters.com Or you don’t feel completely balanced moves freely, our brain will put the safety brakes on when you walk, like your parts aren’t somewhere and our gait will change. Once gait connected for your first few steps. changes, our ability to absorb ground forces from No doubt, you worry about that. But when you ask walking (the activity we do most) is compromised your doctor about your stiff joints or your sore knee, and the ground forces change paths. he or she says, “You’re just getting old. Get used to it.” The short story is at some point, our ankle, knee, Well, technically, yes, we get older every day. But hip, back, jaw, or something else will be drafted for joint stiffness and aches and pains are not “normal”. the task and do it badly. Over time, this becomes a Aging is inevitable. Decaying is not. chronic problem: stiffness, pain, or eventually, arthriAllowing stiff joints to remain locked and less mo- tis, a Latin term which simply means “inflamed bile only leads to more stiffness and less mobility. To joint.”






presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR WITH WELLSTAR By Lindsey Petrini, interim president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

It’s been an amazing year. When the clock struck midnight on April 1, 2016, North Fulton hospital transitioned to become a not-for-profit and is now part of WellStar Health System, the largest health system in the state. Looking back on it, most of us were excited about the future, yet uncertain as to what the future might hold. We’d heard such great things about WellStar over the years, but how would WellStar serve our team members, community and patients? One year later, that question seems silly. Because when I list the benefits that have come this past year from becoming part of WellStar, I see how lucky we all are. In just one year, WellStar has recruited physicians into this community in a big way. Physicians from many different specialties including general surgery, primary care, pulmonology, cardiology, and many more have come here to serve our community’s need. This is quite an accomplishment as many areas of the country are dealing with a physician shortage. WellStar has invested in technology and services within the hospital, including new diagnostic imaging, laboratory and surgical equipment. Renovations and expansion projects are underway to make the patient and family experience better at North Fulton’s Pain & Spine Center and Wound Care & Hyperbarics Center. Soon, we will begin renovations on the Women’s Health unit. WellStar is taking care of our team through new programs like Wellbeing 365 that helps team members by providing education on living a healthier lifestyle and worklife balance. We’ve supported our community through sponsorships and the WellStar Foundation. But most of all, WellStar is committed to North Fulton patients. We have always cared for patients to the best of our ability, but WellStar has given us new tools that allow us to offer the community excellence in every way. Our shared, focused mission “to deliver world-class healthcare” drives us every day. So, as we celebrate our first anniversary with WellStar, I’ll say cheers to our new family and cheers to a healthier community. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar April – June 2017 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group

Lupus Support Group

Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of Stroke Support Group America events. Contact Julie : 404-626Last Wednesday of every month from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. North Fulton Hospital; 2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke Breast Cancer Support Group survivors, caregivers, and families to share First Thursday of every month 10:30 and support one another. The group is a.m.–11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with facilitated by the Stroke Program others who are facing the same struggles. Coordinator, and a Licensed Clinical Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha.Brown@ Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for wellstar.org or call 770-751-2649. location and to register. Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Classroom C. This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION Babysitting Workshop Saturdays, April 22 & June 3; 10 a.m –3 p.m. Teaches children ages 11 –14 how to be prepared and responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday, May 13 CPR course for the community. 9 a.m.-noon – Adult & child CPR, $35 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Adult, child & infant CPR, $45.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Saturdays, April 8, May 13, June 10. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta Look Good, Feel Better Gamblers Anonymous (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Wednesday May 10,. 10 a.m. to noon. Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classrm. C Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes selfAnyone interested in stopping gambling is management skills. Call Anna at A cosmetologist will discuss how to care invited to attend this 12- step program. for skin and hair to combat the 404-527-7180 for more information and appearance-related side effects of cancer Anonymity is the foundation of fellowship to register. in this group. For more information please treatment. Free make-up and skin care Water Birth call David at 770-862-2564. products are provided. Call 1-800-227Thursdays: April 6 & 20, May 4 &18, June 1, 2345 to register. Alzheimer’s Association 15, 29, at 7:00 p.m. Caregiver Support Group For couples desiring to learn about the Epilepsy Support Group option of a water birth delivery. Third Wednesday of every month, 7 –9 p.m. Every Fourth Saturday, 10 a.m.– 11 a.m. Classroom C. Please join our monthly Completion of the class is required to be Classroom A/B considered for water birth at WellStar People with epilepsy as well as their family support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with North Fulton Hospital. $30.00 per and care-providers are invited to attend Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The couple; registration required. this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful support group offers a place to share information and resources from their own information, support each other and learn experiences. Please contact Tim for more about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information at 770-667-9363. information. WellStar North Fulton Hospital

SPECIAL EVENT Free CarFit Checkup Event for 55+ Tuesday, April 11, Alpharetta YMCA. Schedule your 20-minute safety check between 11-3 p.m. by contacting brent.amelingmeier@wellstar.org.

*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 AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour lasts about 1 hour.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital

WellStar North Fulton Hospital

WellStar North Fulton Hospital




Free High School Physicals Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. – noon Students may receive a free sports physical from a team of primary care and orthopedics physicians. No appointment necessary.

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed.

Free CPR class Saturday June 10, 9–10:00 a.m. For those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Registration is required


In their words:

Team members talk patient care at WellStar North Fulton Hospital WellStar Health System became a part of the North Fulton community one year ago. Over the past 365 days, WellStar has shared its vision to deliver world-class healthcare with WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s team members, physicians, patients and community. This unwavering focus on patients is having an impact on the care being provided. Just ask the people at the hospital.

Cardiac program As the medical director of North Fulton’s cardiology program, Hunt Anderson, M.D. has seen significant growth in a short time—at the hospital and in his personal life. Owned by a for-profit health company until a year ago, North Fulton changed almost immediately. A year ago, Dr. Anderson was working almost every weekend, dedicated to saving lives and helping his patients thrive. But he was missing out on spending time with his young son. Things changed when North Fulton joined WellStar Health System. “WellStar has been very proactive in figuring out what the needs are,” Dr. Anderson said. “WellStar came in and did a lot of asking and figuring out how things stand and how to move forward. Everyone is really excited to see an expansion of services here at the hospital.”

Sarah Bentley, RN

Patients who have come through the clinic have been so much more informed about their diagnosis and are less anxious overall.



Hunt Anderson, M.D.

Sarah Bentley, RN

Two additional cardiologists have since joined the team and a new nurse practitioner will start soon. Dr. Anderson can focus on moving the program forward with new cardiac services. He can focus on his patients. And he can come home for dinner with his wife and son. Dr. Anderson is not the only one who has noticed WellStar’s dedication to patients and the team members who care for them.

Bentley has seen the impact of WellStar’s new STAT Clinic at North Fulton firsthand. Upon a breast cancer diagnosis, patients meet with Bentley and a team of specialists at the same time, saving patients travel time and the frustration of having to make multiple appointments. Most importantly, with multiple specialists in the same room together, patients are able to make decisions faster and move forward with treatment within days rather than weeks or months. “The Breast STAT clinic has been such a positive addition for patients in our community,” said Bentley. “Patients who have come through the clinic have been so much more informed about their diagnosis and are less anxious overall. It has really helped them cut down on the time from diagnosis to the beginning of treatment. Having the clinic has helped me as a

Cancer program Sarah Bentley, RN, is a “nurse navigator” for patients with breast cancer at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. As a nurse navigator, she guides patients from diagnosis throughout treatment and is available to patients at no additional cost, serving as a single point of contact for a patient who may have multiple physicians, questions and needs.

“We’ve seen huge changes around here,” said Holli Bynum, lead CT tech at WellStar North Fulton Medical Imaging. “I’ve been here for 1112 years. We have seen more improvement in the year that we’ve been with WellStar than in the rest of my time at North Fulton Hospital.” The highest impact she’s seen has been for patients in the trauma center. After joining the WellStar family, North

World-class healthcare & work-life balance In addition to taking care of patients, WellStar focuses on caring for its team members. “There’s an emphasis that WellStar places on work and life balance and taking care of yourself,” Sarah Bentley, RN said. “They set the example and encourage us to filter it down to our team.” WellStar’s philosophy is to ensure team members are living a happy, well-balanced life so they can put their best focus on patient care during their working hours. Kim Shay, RN, nurse manager of the Medical/Telemetry unit, feels these and other changes will help make the hospital renowned for safety and quality. “I have been at North Fulton for 21 years, and the transition to WellStar is absolutely the most wonderful thing that could ever have happened

Kim Shay, RN

to our hospital,” she said. “WellStar’s leadership team has inspired all of us to work harder, be prouder, go farther and commit more strongly than ever to achieving the WellStar vision of delivering world-class healthcare to our patients every day. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the WellStar family!”

I have been at North Fulton for 21 years, and the transition to WellStar is absolutely the most wonderful thing that could ever have happened to our hospital.

Trauma & imaging

Fulton Hospital purchased a new Philips 128 Slice Scanner. The machine is cutting-edge imaging technology that has allowed trauma patients to get treatment faster—in some cases, twice as fast as before. “Having this new machine has made a huge difference!” Bynum said. “WellStar cares about us and the patients.” The hospital has been a Level II Trauma Center since 1987, and became the first in Georgia verified by the American College of Surgeons in early 2016. A Level II Trauma Center has a surgeon on standby 24-hours, seven-days-a-week, ensuring patients in this community have access to a high level of trauma care close to home.

Kim Shay, RN

navigator as well. I have the entire care team in one room and know exactly what the plan is for each patient. I am more informed and can be a better resource for those patients. I wish every community had access to a program like this.” Bentley has also enjoyed the ability to collaborate with her professional counterparts throughout WellStar Health System’s 11 hospitals. “Collaboration and open communication is highly encouraged,” she said. “Our growing cancer program has so many resources that we never had available to us before.”

Holli Bynum, Lead CT Tech


Holli Bynum, CT Tech


Having this new machine has made a huge difference! WellStar cares about us and the patients.

365 days of WellStar




THE BIG DAY It’s “mom’s way” at WellStar North Fulton Hospital The birth of a baby is a life-changing, memorable, and joyful experience for parents. While the birth plan is a personal decision, every mother can receive personalized quality care in a comfortable and safe environment. “We know that no two births are exactly the same, and we are accommodating,” said Linda Farrow, director of Women’s Health at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “We want women to have the best birth experience possible.” The atmosphere at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s maternity labor and delivery unit is friendly and warm. “We have a small-town feel here at North Fulton,” Farrow said. “Our nurses are happy when our patients are safe and happy. If a need arises, it’s not about when we will address it, it’s about how.” The facility features six private, spacious suites for moms and their families. These suites present all the comforts of home with warm wall and fabric colors, wooden floors, elegant crown molding and sleeper-chairs for dads. Lighting can be adjusted and music can be played. Each room can also accommodate birthing tubs for women who feel more comfortable delivering in water. “At North Fulton, we help moms relax and ease into labor however they choose,” Farrow said. The hospital also houses on-site, 24/7, anesthesia coverage, interpreters, a level 2 NICU with 24/7 neonatologists and perinatologists and lactation support seven days a week. With an attentive team of nurses, moms can expect hands on care when needed.

Because North Fulton Hospital knows the importance of bonding during the first hour of life, healthy babies and moms are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact and breastfeed if the mother chooses, immediately after birth. For babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, lactation support programs can help breastfeeding begin as soon as possible. The hospital’s philosophy is to embrace and empower women by adapting to needs and providing a family-centered environment; an environment that Farrow can attest to firsthand. Farrow’s first granddaughter was born at North Fulton, and she’s excited to welcome her second grandchild who will also be delivered at the hospital. “I have been with North Fulton for 18 years, and I wouldn’t do what I do anywhere else,” Farrow said. “I truly believe in the people who work here. This is the best place and best team to support moms and their babies in their first days of life together.” ❍

Having a water birth is one birthing option offered at WellStar North Fulton Hospital, where the team supports moms so they can have the best birthing experience possible. istockphoto.com/mshallenberg

The truth behind C-sections “We don’t put a time WellStar North Fulton Hospital is well known for limit on labor or excellence in all areas of labor and delivery. By creating rush the process. customized delivery plans for expecting mothers, the We want women’s hospital has lowered their rate of cesarean sections (C-sections) births. In fact, the hospital’s C-section rate is bodies to kick into more than 15 percent lower than the national average. While C-section rates have been on the rise in America, labor naturally.” studies show that if a woman is able, it is both safer and healthier to deliver vaginally. This shortens recovery time and allows more bonding time with the baby initially. It also greatly reduces the risk of infection and after-treatment complications for both mom and baby. “Our ultimate goal is for a healthy mom and a healthy baby,” said Linda Farrow, director of Women’s Health at North Fulton. “We don’t put a time limit on labor or rush the process. We want women’s bodies to kick into labor naturally.”


There are several life skills typically relegated to the menfolk among us. Growing up, I think my Dad always thought that he would be around to take care of them for me forever, or, that some man, someday, would be able to take care of them for me. Now, raising my kids I realize the importance of such Aset of skills. They all involve taking care of things around the house or having to do with the cars I own. Even in this world of feminism, and among some young millennial guys, there seems to be a gap in “do-it-yourself ” life skills in our ironically “do-it-yourself ” culture. From the basic, such as checking tire pressure, or filling a gas can, to more demanding tasks, like changing an air filter or a flat tire, I am woefully inept at performing several necessary skills. So, I have laid out a plan for what I want my children’s father to teach them, as I am unable to do so. I have a good friend, a few years older than I am, who wistfully recalls her childhood—chopping wood, preparing family meals, and mowing the lawn after school. She was growing up in a rural area while her parents both worked. I know it wasn’t fun for her at the time, but she is one of the most self-sufficient people I know, and someone I definitely admire. I want my children to learn how to operate a lawn mower so they can mow their own lawns when they grow up, and mine in the meantime. Mowing grass is a skill that many of us simply do not have, as we’ve never had to do it. And why would we? There are plenty of lawn service companies. For me personally, there would be something infinitely satisfying about being able to mow my own lawn,

though I live on a hill, with a big lawn, and those clippings seem awfully tiresome to clean up. Changing a flat tire is perhaps the most important skill I would like for my children to learn. I’ve suffered a few, and though I can call AAA anytime to come to my rescue, it would be incredibly satisfying to be able to change a tire on my own. A flat tire is one of my worst fears; not only do I have a flat tire, I am late for whatever scheduled event or appointment I’m going to. Not to mention I’m now holding up traffic, making others late, and having to call someone to come to my rescue, like a damsel in distress, a situation us womenfolk like to avoid. ❍

Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb.



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In general, I love surprises. For example, there’s the awesome surprise of, say, the gift of a new car, or a longed-for trip. There’s the shopping spree endorsed by your hubby, and finding the perfect shoes. We all know how surprises come in many different varieties. And so a surprise happened to me recently, it was a doozy, for a woman. This surprise was about as bad as they get: my “fat pants” were too tight to button and my thighs barely made it through the pant legs. I’ve written before about the two types of clothing in women’s closets: the ones that fit, and the ones that are too big or billowy, hung onto for testing whether or not we’ve gained weight. These are the “fat clothes.” Not very scientific, I know, but it must be embedded in the female gene pool. We all do it. And there I was, bursting out of my “fat jeans.” I know the reason. I started a late night bingeing habit last December that still rolls on. Worse than a chocolate habit, I’d start with something small and sweet, then move on to a bag of chips, and finally decide, “Oh, what the heck,” and make a peanut butter sandwich. I top it off with a handful of walnuts—all between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. I’ve kind of felt immune to weight gain because of skinniness due to an enthusiastic nonstop schedule of intense exercise. Don’t throw daggers at me, but I enjoy it. However, my sister warned me that there is a point where too

skinny exists, that Wallis Simpson was wrong when she said, “You can never be too rich or too thin.” Okay, maybe I was “too” too thin, so I cut back on exercise. Then a few weeks ago, it started to happen. My jeans got tight, but let’s face it, tight jeans are one of a girl’s best friends. I vowed to stop bingeing and stay right in the “Gee, your butt looks good!” zone. It was about the same time that, on a whim, I tried on my bathing suit. I’ve had it for a few years but have barely worn it. As I hoisted, pulled, and wiggled



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around to climb into it, I wondered, “What the...?” My beloved swimsuit looked like it belonged on another body, so much so that I wondered if the pod people had stolen my body, and spit another out with my head on it. There are only a few options for me after this surprise, none of them good. Option one is to stop the bingeing, which quickly lead to option two. I throw myself onto the bed, suck in my belly, and tug the jeans zipper into submission. I know many girlfriends who do this to make sure their jeans are so tight they’re auditioning for a Calvin Klein commercial. I try it. I can’t even sit up, much less walk. Spike heels and cute boots would definitely be out. Then there’s the third option. I throw a tantrum. I flail and kick, bellowing “Nooooo, please, why me? Why me?” Finally, after failing options two and three, I realize I must do the right thing and drag myself into dreaded option one. Heaven help me. I make a pact with myself. No more surprises. But I’ll do the thing any self-respecting woman does. I’ll hang out at the refrigerator door 20 times per day, 10 of those after dinner, just waiting for something yummy to magically appear. I’ll peer into the cupboards again and again, fully aware that delectables aren’t to be found, but I just know that sweets

have been growing in them all day long or while I sleep. But this “fat pants” surprise, unfortunately, is one example of surprises that occurred in the last two months. For one thing, the plumbing gods ran amok, wreaking havoc throughout the house. Oh, joy. A toilet had apparently been leaking for a while before I noticed the pooling water around the base, running along the wooden floorboards. On hands and knees, I contorted to look under and around the toilet to the faucet and hose. I had no idea what I was looking for, but figured that perhaps I could assess the magnitude of the situation. Realizing that I had no idea which way to turn the faucet to turn off the water, fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately for me, my husband was home, and I carefully approached him about the needed repair. I braced myself for some bleeping language, then scrambled out of the way of a man with smoke rolling out of his ears, swinging a monkey wrench the size of a gorilla’s arm. Problem solved. With all of my surprises happening within weeks of each other, we must have forgotten a winter sacrifice to the gods. Life itself is really one big surprise, isn’t it? I’m good with it, even if my pants are splitting from the new size of my derriere. ❍




QUICK SCREENS What needs to be camouflaged in your outdoor living space? Surprise yourself with annuals.

Morning Glory Vines are filled with flowers before noon. Photo: PiccoloNamek/Wikimedia by Geraldine A. Laufer

Many gardens can be improved by selective framing or by screening the odd item from view. Does a neighbor’s windows overlook your outdoor living space? Do you want to screen off an unsightly compost bin or piles of used pots? Walls or solid fences are often thought of first: a permanent and costly choice. Evergreen hedges (either broadleaf varieties or conifers) are the next option, but these are too slowgrowing to provide quick screening. Economical, quick and versatile, living privacy screens made of annuals are often overlooked. Fast-growing annual vines or tall-growing annual flowers provide quick screening, long before more permanent plantings can become established. There are plenty of other advantages!

◗ Annual screens can divide a

garden into rooms ◗ Annual screens serve as a backdrop for other plantings

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needed privacy to gardens and backyard retreats Annual screening is economical The temporary or impermanent nature of annual screening becomes a benefit when trying out design options before deciding on a permanent landscape plan “Quick screens” are especially valuable in new gardens adding privacy Months of brilliant color is provided by annuals

Annual Vines Many annual vines grow quickly enough to cover a trellis in a few weeks, and by mid-summer provide shade, privacy, color and even act as a wind block. Myriad choices of annual vines include sweet pea, scarlet runner bean, hyacinth bean, black-eyed Susan vine, sweet potato vine, morning glory vine, moonflower vine, cardinal climber, canary creeper, cup and saucer vine, nasturtium, balloon vine, cypress vine, blue potato vine, love in a puff, daisy

How to Make a Trellis for Annual Vines There are several ways to use annual climbers to make a quick screen. ◗ Temporary uprights can have Annual climbers quickly grow to great heights. plastic netting stapled to them Vinyl fencing, 1 inch by 2 inches, ◗ lasts several seasons, is inexpensive, and the black version disappears from view when in place ◗ Fan trellises, or permanent trellises can be anchored in position ◗ Chain link fences can be draped with annual (or perennial) vines to disguise them ◗ Planters with trellises or tall tuteurs (trainer) can be strategically placed for the maximum in portability ◗ Topiary frames in pots are another choice. ◗ Hanging baskets draped with hanging vines can provide screening from the top down. A few wire twist ties or some soft green garden twine is all that’s needed to get vines started onto a trellis. Corona Garden Snips in my pocket have both sharp shears and a built-in wire cutter for any eventuality. Soon after the vines are initially attached, they take hold and the screen is on its way.

Annual Flowers A patch of tall annual flowers is functional, rewarding and quite an attention-getter as well. The taller perennials give good coverage from summer into fall, adding plenty of flashy color. Quick screens can send you on a trip down memory lane, since typically, it’s the heirloom or old-fashioned annuals grow four to six feet tall. Some gardeners are hesitant to use tall annuals, thinking they will need to be laboriously staked. That may be true for a few flowers such as stately delphiniums, but the majority of these robust annuals make a stand on their own. To provide a bit of extra stiffening, push birch branches down among young plants this month, early in the season, or use tomato cages to provide support that disappears as the plants grow taller. Some examples of tall annual flowers that make an impact include amaranthus, boltonia, cleome, canna lilies, cosmos, flowering tobacco, sunflowers, tithonia, castor bean (dramatic but poisonous), Joe Pye weed, hollyhocks, elephant ears, and Tartarian aster. Good soil prep, lots of fertility, and careful watering early in the season are what these tall annual flowers need to thrive. Fork garden compost or wellrotted manure into the soil before sowing annual seed or setting young plants out in early summer, after danger of frost has passed. Push a few “tree food spikes” down among the roots mid-summer and keep well-watered. Quick screens with annual vines and tall annual flowers become an instant conversation piece and add a vertical element to the garden. Meant to be temporary, they typically do not survive cold winters. Being annuals, most of these flowers and vines are easily started from seeds, often sown in place after the threat of late frost is past. Let a “Quick Screen” be the source of color, creativity and privacy in your landscape this year. ❍


vine and mandevilla. Vining veggies such as pole beans, cucumbers, squash, gourd, pumpkin, watermelon and loofah vines can all be trained up a trellis.




then any grocery market. It’s fresher, it’s better, and I love to meet the person who actually grows it. Stall after stall of the highest quality and the coolest products are out at every market from spring into the fall. But here’s the rub—it’s all useless without you. I ask the folks, what’s missing? What do they need? Their answer is simple. It’s you. The one holding this paper right now. We are the answer. So why not devote a little bit of your budget and vote with By Rev. Frank Mack your dollars, spend them local. Go to your first farmI’ve fallen in love with Farmers’ Markets and every part of the fresh ers market this month if you haven’t been, or if you’re to table food movement. I place it alongside these three words; local, already a regular, take a neighbor who needs converting. I’m begging on behalf of the hundreds of small local, and local, as a core inspiration, purpose, and driver in my life. growers, skilled people, and artisans who get up Milton Ave. and Canton Street. And previously I told before the crack of dawn to bring the very best to Farmers’ markets represent economic engines that are organic, nat- you about the Marietta Square market open year your family, to your table. All you have to do is meet around. These growers, makers, and sellers are up ural, and in every sense of the phrase “All American them partway… at your local farmers market. as Apple Pie”…literally. You want good old-fashioned before dawn setting up their stalls. And that’s the Most of them are up and on their way by 3 a.m. All thing. I promise, the sellers will be there. They need you have to do is get there before midday. Someone Mayberry? I remember it. I grew up in it. I want as much of it back as possible. You want local? I sure do. to be. These aren’t hobbies to many of these folks, it’s will have your coffee and breakfast ready too. It will a living. And I found it. It’s right here. Where we live. We’re be healthier, tastier, and cheaper than the crap in the Had you thought, or did you know, that every little bag corporate muck you are avoiding at the drive truly at the center of some great culinary treats folks. company, every family effort, each person is a lot Many of these markets are beginning their new through. That’s guaranteed. The variety of products, seasons so it’s time to explore. The Roswell Farmers more than a start-up bakery or small farm. They are is a cornucopia of vegetables, meats, sausages, and & Artisans Market and the Downtown Alpharetta your neighbors and they are as local as local gets. I prepared meals from every continent on Earth. I Farmers Market each open on April 15 and will con- love ’em, I support ’em and I do it for the several rea- literally cannot make a list because it would never sons. To begin with, I am a regular, a food critic, and end, but soup to nuts, these guys have it all. tinue every weekend through October. The Roswell picky as all get out. Not to mention always hungry. market is behind Roswell City Hall and the The point I continually preach in this column is to Alpharetta market is on Old Canton Street between The fact is, it’s the best shopping, period. Way better keep every dollar I spend circulating within a few




Kale Me Crazy is excited to introduce Poke to North Fulton. “In keeping with our mission to promote health and wellness to the Community through our fresh and healthy foods options we’re thrilled to offer one of the hottest new food items that’s sweeping the country and ours is one of the best,” says Phil Wahl, owner of Kale me Crazy Roswell. Pronounced (POH-Kay), the Poke Bowl is a raw fish salad that is known by Hawaiian  natives for its unique and delicious  taste and its incredible nutritional value. Not only is it naturally low in calories, but it is also jam-packed  with hearthealthy omega-3 fatty acids that help  protect your heart

keep up with all we have going and reduce the risk of heart on, follow us on Facebook. disease. This is real food; Always remember, “Healthy wild-line caught tuna on a bed Habits start here!” ❍ of organic jasmin rice served with fresh vegetables and unique seasonings. Come into to experience Kale me Crazy’s newest healthy dish. It’s definitely one you’ll want to try! Stop by and see us in the Connexion Plaza at 1570 Holcomb Bridge in Roswell, next to Starbucks. Download our on-line app from the Apple App Store or Android Store, search for KalemeCrazy. You can also call us for your Kale Me Crazy Roswell next catering event. 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. #910 In May we’re having a party! Roswell, GA 30076 The Connexion Spring Festival 678-878-3188 is May 6th, from 3 to 7 p.m., so come out and join your friends roswell@kalemecrazy.net kalemecrazy.net and neighbors for some food, fun, music, and fitness. To

miles of my own home. People used to do this on main street USA. A cobbler had a shop, a tailor had a shop—once upon a time small town streets were lined with shops. Our cities were full of shops that people lived above. My family lived above and in a restaurant, that’s how we made a living. That was where you saw your neighbor and you knew your neighbor. But that was then and this is now. Corporate America has cannibalized itself. One by one these poorly conceptualized strip malls (especially in Roswell) are dying off, which is why our local economies are returning to small restaurants, specialty shops, and frankly local farmer’s markets. Whether it’s Canton Street, Downtown Alpharetta, or Marietta Square, each of these are shining examples of small business done right. It was a better America when families sat on the porch keeping an eye on the streets and the

neighborhood that the children Georgia grown peach with 27 played in. That America is trying berries and cream on it. ❍ for a comeback in the form of walkable cities with bike paths representing a return toward Alpharetta Farmers Market small-town America. That spirit Saturdays, Apr.15-Oct. 28 is there in a local farmers market Old Canton Street in Alpharetta this weekend near you. www.alpharettafarmersmarket.com I’m not talking about having Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market someone in Roswell driving to Marietta or peddling to Saturdays, Apr. 15-Oct 28 Alpharetta. That’s my job. (This Behind Roswell City Hall (38 Hill St.) spring I will hit up the Johns www.roswellfam.com Creek Farmers Market, in Marietta Square Farmers Market Newtown Park.) Weekends year ’round I want you to get up and go to www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com the closest one to you. If you’re reading this then there is one Johns Creek Farmers Market very close to you! I want you to Saturdays May 6 to August 26 experience this and to see what Newtown Park’s Burkhalter I am seeing. Get behind the loAmphitheater cals, the farmers, the bakers, the small industries, the mom and pops, and yes even the government agencies supporting Rick and Ruby of Mostly Mustard is a father- and daughter-owned Custom Art & Printing Boutique located in Roswell and they this. But most importantly—get show their art at the Roswell Famers & Artisan Market. All of their designs are hand drawn with pen and printed in their out there and get a few bucks of printing studio. They use reclaimed screen printing frames and eco-friendly, water-based inks. They also maintain a 2,000 sq. yours behind this. Please… ft. garden and a few beehives while experimenting with designs. To find out more visit their site at www.Mostly-Mustard.com. pretty please…with a fresh



customers and the hundreds of mom and pop businesses that dotted Georgia. We listened and learned.  We visited local breweries, toured wine facilities and drove through the nights to wine and spirit tastings.  We talked to our customers about what they drank, why they bought what they bought and, most importantly, what brews they hunted down. We also wanted to know what a customer’s needs were— beyond the spirits, wines, or beers they sought. What type of establishment did they prefer?  How could our staff better serve their needs, answer their questions or recommend a new shelf addition? Did they like the addition of the TVs, music, and our mascot “Lenny the Lizard?” Had they liked us on Facebook? Did they ever win the $50 a week gift card? Some customers walk into Leaping Lizard Liquors and know exactly what they want.  Or they are hunting down that special yet elusive bottle of bourbon, which we specialize in.  On the flip side, we found that not all folks are wine connoisseurs or spirit aficionados or IPA enthusiasts.  Some want guidance and recommendations and our staff is amazing. They work hard to meet the standards of our customers. 


uying a liquor store wasn’t on my bucket list. Nor would I think it an ideal project for any sane retiree. In fact, taking on another venture was not going to happen as I sweated through yet another home improvement project.  “Scott, I know nothing about running a liquor store!” I protested to my son’s insistent pleas. Scott, my only child and current partner, was relentless.  “Mom, think of it.  Wine tastings. Touring vineyards. Happy people… Hey, everyone’s happy that comes in to buy their favorite brew!”  I was sold.  We purchased Crabapple Beverage on the corner of Highway 92 and Crabapple Road in Roswell, renaming it Leaping Lizard Liquors, after Scott’s boat. It wasn’t long before our dream list took a sleep-sucking smack of reality on the chin. Expansion. Renovations. And of course city rules, county rules, state rules, federal regulations. We faced learning curves on; stocking product; hiring employees; dealing with landlords; leases and contracts.  Yikes, what did we get into? Ultimately, we strode unwittingly and doggedly into one of the most gratifying and fun adventures of our lives. Scott was obsessive about being “Obsessively Local,” which also translated into us being fanatically loyal to our

Leaping Lizard Liquors 10971 Crabapple Rd # 1100 At Leaping Lizard Liquors Roswell, GA 30075 we want our occasional (770) 642-4038 Barb Tobias, Owner/Operator, Joe Burge, Manager, and Kelly Clancy, Senior Sales Associate

customers to become regulars, clients to become friends, and everyone who walks through our doors… to have a pleasurable experience. ❍






By Tricia Morris

SnowVille Shavery opened on Roswell Road near the 120 Loop about a month ago.

EASTCOBB/ROSWELL Atlanta is seeing an influx of Thai-inspired ice cream shops. Seems this is the latest frozen treat craze and East Cobb folks can get in on the craze at a Thai style ice cream shop, Cold Point, that has opened in the Publix shopping center on Johnson Ferry and Woodlawn. Thai ice cream is made by pouring creamy custard with/without toppings on an icy cold plate and then mixed all together. The concoction is then flattened, rolled, placed into a cup, and topped with your choice of sweets and fresh fruit. Just in time for warm weather…yum. Keeping on the frozen treat theme, SnowVille Shavery, a shaved snow shop, opened on Roswell Road near the 120 Loop about a month ago. The concept is also Taiwanese. Shaved Snow is created by shaving naturally flavored ice and mixing it into a base of milk and water. The result is a light, airy texture that melts in your mouth, similar to when you eat snow. They are served piled high on a plate, you can then choose from an assortment of toppings. Muss & Turners in East Cobb opened last month in the former Common Quarter location on Johnson Ferry Road. It is owned by the same parent company that started Common Quarter, instead of closing completely they

decided to try the Muss &Turner’s concept (original location is in Smyrna). The East Cobb location is an original concept featuring some familiar iconic brand influences as well as two massive hand-painted murals by local artist and M&T Smyrna server Rachel Bongard. Ten synchronized televisions play throwback music videos from 19761996 to create a nostalgic ambiance. They offer counter service for lunch and table service for dinner; the chefdriven menu features soups, salads,

sandwiches, and homemade dipping sauces. If you have not been, you must visit Marketplace 120. On April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will have a oneday event featuring local artists in an indoor setting. The event is free and open to the public and will include fashion preview models, complimentary refreshments, hourly raffle prizes, tea tasting, and display of unique gift and handcrafted items. Marketplace 120 is located at 562

suspended from the bridge on 29 Highway 400, which crosses over the Chattahoochee River at Riverside Road. It joins 12 other works of art as part of Roswell’s second ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour, which officially opens on April 22, at 11:30 a .m., with a ribbon cutting and celebration at the heart of Canton Street. ArtAround Roswell is produced in collaboration with the Roswell Arts Fund and the City of Roswell’s Department of Recreation and Parks. This year, the tour is available on the OtoCast app (downloadable free from your favorite app store). More information on ArtAround Roswell can be found at www.artaroundroswell.org or www.roswellartsfund.org.  APRIL 2017 THECURRENTHUB.COM

On April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Marketplace 120 for a one-day event featuring local artists.

Wylie Road in Marietta, for more info visit www.marketplace120.com. The City of Roswell has a great opportunity to receive $20,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to improve a local park. Through the “Meet Me at the Park” initiative, residents can nominate Roswell every day between April 1 and 30 at NRPA.org/BeInspired. The winning city will choose a local park in their district to receive funding for an improvement project. Southern Shorts Awards announces it’s third quarterly Film Festival and Awards Presentation scheduled for Apr. 15, at the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell. Twenty short films will be screened between 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with a Hollywood-style Awards Presentation at 8:30 p.m. where they show clips of nominees, announce winners, and hand out trophies. Aurora Cineplex is located at 5100 Commerce Pkwy, in Roswell. “Sky Maintenance” (pictured at right) is a new work of art that is

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targets only fat cells with cold temperatures and literally freezes them. Summer will be here before you know it and now is the time to get started on that body you’ve always wanted—by removing the fat cells away, not harming the rest of the cells in your body. “Allowing your body to remove these excess fat cells naturally means they won’t come back if you continue to maintain good eating and exercise habits, giving you the long term results with fat removal that you want,” said Karla Villegas of Beauty Time Spa. The procedure is very simple and produces great long lasting results. “We use advanced cooling technology to selectively target fat bulges and eliminate fat cells through a gradual process that does not harm the surrounding tissues. It reduces unwanted fat, when fat cells are exposed to precise cooling,” Villegas

said. “This procedure triggers a process of natural removal that gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer and the fat cells in the treated area are gently eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system, to eliminate unwanted fat.” As is the case with any procedure this procedure will eliminate about 15% to 25% of fat cells but not all of them, therefore it is recommend eating healthy and making lifestyle changes for better results and quality of life. Beyond fat freezing, Beauty Time Spa has several services to help you along


ike most people, you’ve probably tried to lose that excess fat but no matter how hard you try it just doesn’t seem to disappear. To combat this excess fat there are a lot of diet pills and expensive invasive procedures that many people are uncomfortable with. However, there are alternative treatments that are noninvasive, nor do they require any medication and one of them is called below zero fat freeze, body-contouring treatment at Beauty Time Spa. Below zero fat freeze, body contouring is a simple, effective procedure that delivers incredible results without surgery or downtime. Below zero fat freeze, body contouring works by killing excess weight by freezing fat cells and in the process killing them, letting your body naturally remove them. Rather than use needles or surgery, this procedure

Beauty Time Spa beautytimeusa@outlook.com 404.457.5973 the way to rid yourself of those problem fat areas. Those include Laser Lipo, Ultrasonic Cavitation/Vacuum RF fat reduction and Skin Tightening. To find out more about Beauty Time Spa, give them a call or visit their site at www.beautytimeusa.com. ❍


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The North Fulton Master Gardeners will be holding their annual Garden Faire, Apr. 29, at Historic Bulloch Hall in Roswell to support the North Fulton Demonstration Gardens. It is free and open to the public. The Friends of the Roswell Library Book Sale will be held Apr. 27-30 at the Roswell Library, located at 115 Norcross Street, in Roswell. The sale will feature a large quantity of good quality hard cover Garden Faire, and paperback fiction and non-fiction Apr. 29 at Bulloch Hall books organized by category; DVDs, CDs, in Roswell. and children’s books are also available. Cash or checks accepted with all proceeds going directly to the Roswell library for materials and community programs. In some Roswell restaurant news Osteria Mattone has started a weekend brunch service. Enjoy executive chef Eric Sell’s Roman-inspired brunch menu, featuring seasonally-driven Italian classics every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Entrees include brunch specialties, a selection of pastas and pizzas, and signature cocktails, in addition to decadent pastries and sweets from pastry chef Vivian Lee.

JOHNS CREEK/ALPHARETTA It was a great day at Johns Creek City Hall on Friday, March 17 as the Class of 2018 members spent the day learning about the day-to-day operations of local government. Students heard presentations from Mayor Mike Bodker, City Manager Warren Hutmacher, and Johns Creek Advantage CEO Courtney Bernardi, followed by an interactive exercise planning City parks. During the exercise students worked as teams designing parkland in Johns Creek with a budget of $16 million dollars. This was a really great exercise in planning and budgeting within a large city. Student Leadership Johns Creek is a two-year program that involves student leaders from all four Johns Creek High Schools. For more information, visit www.studentleadershipjohnscreek.com. Be a part of the local food movement and shop at the Johns Creek Farmers Market. The market will be starting up at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings starting on May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Each market features local farmers and vendors with organic and/or sustainable foods and produce. We’re a little early with this announcement but it’s for a good cause. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of North Fulton event will be held May 13 from 4 – 11 p.m., at Webb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta. “We raised $215,000 in 2016, and with the addition of Roswell to our event this year, we are gearing up for an even more successful Relay season,” said Jean Mense, North Fulton Event Leadership Team. “There are many different ways to participate, whether you are a corporate Relay for Life of North Fulton, May 13 sponsor, a give-back partner, a group forming a team, or simply someone that wants to attend at Webb Bridge Middle School the Relay itself,” she said. “Now is the time for teams to be raising money, when May 13th arrives we will all celebrate together.” The relay is an open event. Anyone is free to come and go. It begins at 4 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies, featuring guest speakers and entertainers. There will be a Survivors Dinner, to which all area cancer survivors and caregivers are invited. There will also be food, live music, games and activities for all ages, and Relay’s trademark Luminary Lap just after dusk. ❍

The Forest Fairy Houses can be found throughout the woods at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, now through May 31. By Jon Copsey

The Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Forest Fairy House Trail, sponsored by Northside Hospital, is back by popular demand. There is magic in the forest if you look closely; the fairies have been busy building their tiny houses from natural objects found around the nature. Over a dozen whimsical fairy houses line the trails of CNC, and visitors will want to see all of them. Visitors can even get creative and build their own fairy houses in the free play area at CNC. Fairy houses are unique and take many different forms. Generally, they are small, creative structures built in quiet, natural areas and are made entirely of natural materials such as sticks, bark, grasses, rocks, feathers and leaves. Fairy houses by definition are camouflaged by nature. Visitors are encouraged to slow down on their hike and look closely so they don’t miss the tiny structures. “The fairy houses give families the chance to see the wonder and magic in nature,” said Lynn McIntyre, with CNC. “They can be creatively made and encourage that creativity in children as well.” Visitors can come to CNC to search for the tiny fairy houses along the Homestead Trail and the Kingfisher Pond Trail, in the woods surrounding Kingfisher Pond. Visitors can pick up a scavenger hunt from the Nature Exchange and earn Nature Exchange points for each fairy house spotted. CNC’s Forest Fairy House Trail exhibit runs through May 31. Admission for the exhibit is included with general admission and is free to CNC members. For more information about the Forest Fairy House Trail, contact CNC at 770-9922055 x238 or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. The property includes a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. For 40 years, the Nature Center has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world. For more about CNC and its mission connecting people with nature as well as its many events, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍






By Tripp Liles

There was a time when most cities, even the large ones, had one major event facility that hosted the big concerts. In New York it was Madison Square Garden, in Los Angeles there was The Forum, and here in Atlanta there was The Omni. Today, however, concert venues are spread far and wide giving us music fans plenty of opportunities to catch our favorite acts. As the 2017 concert season kicks into high gear there are numerous acts touring to please every set of eardrums around but the overall theme this year seems to have a rather retro feel to it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m good with it, I mean we all know the kids these days don’t know rock and roll anymore… right?

The Great Outdoors Of all the iconic buildings I mentioned in the opening paragraph have one thing in common. They’re indoor facilities. Today the amphitheater is a popular venue with most metropolitan areas having several to choose from. The closest to us is the Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta. This year they kickoff their season with Nashville singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton on May 5 & 6 followed by Zac Brown on May 12 & 13 with the month of May concluding with Dave Matthews on May 31. Beyond that, the Verizon summer schedule offers a wide








variety of acts, but it is highlighted by a host of retro acts. On June 23 Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will provide a double bill of 1970s throwback goodness. Back in—well let’s just say it was a while ago—The Doobie Brothers was the first concert I attended. It was eye opening to a doe-eyed suburban boy, I mean I didn’t even know a doobie was a thing, but I loved their music and the concert was a three-hour hit fest. I’m sure this double bill will bring back just as many memories. In July, the retro feel is in full force with 3 big shows featuring acts that have sold millions of albums. On July 16, Steve Miller Band hits the stage with Peter Frampton. I mean this show screams 1976! I think Jimmy Carter would be the perfect MC. On July 19, Boston will rock with original suffragette rocker Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts. It wasn’t that long ago that a woman playing rock was seen as strange, those days are long gone. She’s still kicking it. On July 23, Styx will be performing with REO Speedwagon, just in case you have not gotten that nostalgia itch scratched. Another outdoor facility that promises a good time is Chastain Park Amphitheatre down in Buckhead. Over the summer they’ll have several great opportunities to see some great

acts beginning with the legendary Paul Simon on June 2. On June 17, they have the Gipsy Kings who I saw at the Hollywood Bowl and they are a great live act. If you have any sort of appreciation of the guitar and world music this is a must see show. Sheryl Crow hits the stage on June 25 followed two nights later by the artist formerly known as John Cougar (John Mellencamp) on June 27. Not to miss out on the retro thing they will have Foreigner and Cheap Trick on July 29.


The Good Indoors Okay, so seeing an indoor show does not quite provide the same festive feel as an outdoor show but we still have some great opportunities to catch a few tunes while not stressing about the weather. On Thursday April 27, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be hitting the stage with the legendary Joe Walsh at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Petty and Walsh are both iconic rock and roll legends who have been cranking out good old fashioned, uncorrupted rock and roll for four decades. I’ve seen each of these acts and can say without hesitation this will be a fantastic show. A highlight of my life was once bumping, literally, into Continues on page 34

HALL & OATES Petty at a used record store in Los Angeles. It was like touching royalty. If you’re my mom (hi mom) you’ll be happy to know Neil Diamond hits the Philips stage on April 30 and yes keeping the retro thing going, Lionel Richie performs on May 24. Over in Gwinnett County there is the Infinite Energy Center and on June 11 they feature an 80s throwback double bill featuring Daryl Hall & John Oates with Tears For Fears. This show screams MTV. My wife recently saw Hall and Oates perform and loved it. Apparently though, Daryl Hall likes a few cocktails before hitting the stage so who knows what will happen. On July 11 my man JT, James Taylor, hits the stage with Bonnie Raitt. Taylor is one of those uncompromised artists who just carry on producing wonderful music. On August 25 Ed Sheeran, who owes a lot to Taylor, hits the stage.

Woodstock days. On April 21-23 Centennial Olympic Park hosts the SweetWater 420 Festival. Also at Centennial is the Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 12-14. This 3-day fest is highlighted by my college favorite the Pixies on opening night. Other notable acts include the xx, Cage the Elephant, The Shins, Ryan Adams and a host of other acts mostly with an alternative feel. If you’re looking for something more subdued then there are two outdoor fests you must attend. The Atlanta Jazz Festival, featuring Freddy Cole amongst others, is held at Piedmont Park. While the main part of the festival is Memorial Day weekend, every day in May they feature a free jazz event at jazz clubs, neighborhood parks and locally owned restaurants as part of 31 Days of Jazz. I personally think we need 365 days of jazz but this is a start. And to keep it local, there is the Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival in Alpharetta. Nationally recognized singer-songwriters gather in October. This fest features veteran songsmiths and local up-and-coming talent, the festival converts the streets of downtown Alpharetta into concert stages. This is of course, just the tip of the “He is the James Taylor to my Carole King and I can’t imagine a time when concert iceberg. We’ll have more on concerts throughout the year. Keeping he wouldn’t be,” says Taylor Swift. with a retro theme don’t forget April I mean if you can’t listen to Taylor 22 is Record Store Day. Stop by Mojo Swift there’s no hope for you. Vinyl in Roswell (26 Webb Street, #2 ) The Festivals and hang out with owner Rand Cabus The outdoor festival scene is waning while all things vinyl are celebrated these days but there are still a few in and remembered. ❍ the area should you want to relive your




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