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Three ways the stay cool this summer at the CNC Quartet will be joined by Asheville singer Amy Pike, and will entertain their audience through rowdy It’s August. The summer is at its worst and the heat tunes and soulful ballads. Tickets are available on can be unbearable. Add to that the start of school and Freshtix.com. the days fill up with things to do. Following the BVQ is the Sunset Sips concert So why not take a break from both the heat and series, a laid-back, family—friendly event is held on the stress? the fourth Thursday of the month and is free for Three events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center members of the Chattahoochee Nature Center or should take care of both the kids and the heat. A included with the price of admission. Family Fun Day dedicated to all things water, and Aug. 25 will feature City Mouse, the collective two of the final concerts of the warm season, offering spirit of Atlanta-based talents Brian Revels and plenty of unique tunes to charm any music-lover. Jenna Mobley. The band is the result of too many First up is “Water Day,” on Aug. 7. It’s what it nostalgic nights for the Americana movement. This sounds like— kids (and adults) can chill out and young Atlanta folk band will make sure you have a splash through H2O-themed activities all As part of the "Sunset Sips" concert series, City Mouse will bring a sense great time, every time. With a mixture of instruments throughout the CNC. Dash through sprinklers, meet of Americana at their Aug. 25 show. including the banjo, guitar, standup bass, and fiddle, water-loving community partners, play water games, City Mouse is a foot-stomping good time. Held on the banks of the ’Hooch, the CNC’s make water crafts, and meet a real mermaid. Hop on The beauty of listening to shows at the CNC is concerts are open-air and are arranged “Chastain a canoe and take a tour of one of the ponds or that, while the music plays along the banks of the Park-style”—picnics can be brought and held on become enclosed in a huge bubble thanks to Bo the ’Hooch, families can meander through the trails and either tables or a lush lawn. “Bubbleologist.” This event is free with admission. scenery offered by the center. First is the Aug. 14 Sundays on the River concert After Water Day it’s time to relax and soak in the For tickets and more information, visit (second Sunday of each month) featuring the heat in a relaxing evening listening to great local www.chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055. ❍ Bonaventure Quartet. With a “gypsy-Jazz” flair, the tunes. By Jon Copsey






Currentchoices The Month in Preview AUGUST 2016 >>27TH SENIOR MOMENT

Ms. Senior GA Pageant

August 21 The 27th annual Ms. Senior Georgia Pageant will be at 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 21, at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The pageant features women from across the state of Georgia who are at least 60 years old. They will compete in the areas of talent, individual interview with five judges, evening gown, onstage question, and written statement of principle. This year’s theme is “Masquerade Ball” and will include appearances by former queens as well as entertainment by the Dazzlin’ Dames Singers, a performing group made up of Classic Club members. Tickets $15/adults and $7/children under 12. Available at the door or purchased in advance. Contact Martha Dudley, Pageant Director at 770-399-6340. >>GREAT IDEA LUNCH BREAK

Lunchbox Gallery with Michael Dillon

August 12 Join local artist Michael Dillon at the Roswell Visual Arts Center for the monthly “Lunchbox Gallery.” In this “lunch and learn” series, you’ll enjoy a simple, free lunch and a look into the process and experiences of the artist who sculpted “Avian,” which sits at the Roswell Area Park Lake. The talk will last about an hour in a very casual and welcoming environment. Great for aspiring artists or those just wanting to learn about how an artist works. No registration necessary, Roswell Visual Arts Center, 10495 Woodstock Rd. in Roswell.


12th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

August 21 The 12th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is the premier event for ice cream lovers and families. Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, dive into ice cream eating contests, enjoy live music, and let the kids work off their energy in the Kid’s Korner. Be on the Historic Roswell Square at 610 S. Atlanta St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $6 per person or $20 for a family up to 6. All proceeds go to The Drake House who provide short-term crisis housing, support, education, and empowerment to homeless mothers and their children in north metro Atlanta. For more info visit missmaryicecream.org.



Aug 13 & 19 The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers Concerts in the Garden this summer with a diverse line-up of offerings at both the Midtown and Gainesville Atlanta Botanical Garden locations. In August Loretta Lynn will perform in Gainesville on the 13th and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will perform at the Midtown location on Aug 19. Gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission, and ticket holders are welcome to bring blankets or low-rise chairs. Cash bars and food purchases will be available. For more info visit atlantabg.org. >>LET IT REIGN

Angela Reign Single Release Party

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Taste Of Johns Creek

August 20 Taste of Johns Creek is returning to appease the foodie in you! You will be able to sample more than 20 local restaurants on the campus of Chattahoochee High School. The Art Walk abounds with shopping. Enjoy live music, local entertainment, kid’s activities, and the taste of some of the best food the Johns Creek-area has to offer. Just make sure you bring your appetite. They are expecting more than 20 restaurants including Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream, On the Border tex-mex, and more to tempt your taste buds and fill your senses. Admission is FREE with food samples costing $1 to $4 each—tickets must be purchased for food and kids zone. Sat. Aug. 20 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chattahoochee High School located at 5230 Taylor Road in Johns Creek. For more info visit www.thetasteofjohnscreek.com.

Our very own Angela Reign will have a special performance at the 120 Tavern and Music Hall in Marietta on Aug 26. This is a venue where Reign really lets it loose so you can expect a great time and some highenergy contemporary country rock. The 210 Tavern is an intimate venue that features a full bar and some pretty good grub so what’s not to like? For more info visit www.120tavern.com. To hear and learn more about Angela Reign visit www.angelareign.com .

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TAKING A BREAK FROM BACK-TO-SCHOOL RUSH activities. This year, on Aug. 13, CDR is hosting the 4th Annual Cool Dad’s Rock Soapbox Derby I know, I know. It’s back to school time. You’re Festival. Amateur drivers aged 4 and up are coming out of your summer daze and wondering invited to register, build a soapbox car, and particiwhere all of the time went. You’ve got a list a mile pate in a downhill race at Historic Old Fourth long of things you need to do, money you need to Ward Park. Dad’s and teams who help their little spend, and reminders you must put back on your racers build the fastest, coolest looking cars will calendar. earn the right to be dubbed an official “cool dad” Honestly! You need something in your day to for the next year, no matter how many times they look forward to and something to reboot your crack the same bad jokes or get BBQ sauce on their energy. You’ve read it in all of the lifestyle shirts. Learn more and get your little speed magazines, right? “Take more time for yourself and demons registered at www.cooldadsrock.com. increase productivity.” Sounds like a trick, but why Space is limited, so be sure to get on it! If space not give it a try? Oprah usually knows what she’s fills up, there is still plenty to do at the festival, talking about. including but not limited to music, good food, and If your kids have ever accused you of being an plenty of interesting cars on display. “uncool” dad, now is your chance to prove them One might think that we would get tired of food completely, irreversibly wrong. An Atlanta based truck festivals… except for the fact that we never organization by the name of Cool Dad’s Rock is will. Food festivals are always a good idea and the dedicated to providing fathers the opportunity to food truck culture is a wonderful creation that has build lifelong memories with their children opened our minds to the endless possibilities of through innovative and entertaining events and


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Marietta Square Artisan Market


Aug. 11 for the final show. Find additional details 7 at www.downtownwoodstock.org/roots. For some reason, it comes as a surprise to some to learn that they need not travel outside the perimeter to keep current with the fine art scene. It shouldn’t. The local art community has been thriving in the suburbs for decades now, and is currently experiencing a boom of activity. Artists, galleries, musicians and other creatives are forming collaborative groups to create events that draw crowds and art lovers outside the city limits and into the hidden gems of the metro area. For example, the Marietta Square plays host to an open-air showcase of local fine art twice monthly, April – November. The Marietta Square Artisan Market attracts local craftspeople of every variety, from painters to photographers, jewelers, woodworkers and much more. Make your way to the Square on Aug. 13 or 27 for your dose of “in town culture, small town charm.” Learn more about the Market at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com. Summer’s not over just yet, so don’t let the backto-school rush ruin your summertime buzz. There is still plenty of fun to be had before the winter chill comes calling. Besides, we live in Georgia. It will probably feel like summer until Thanksgiving. Now go get your homework done so you can play outside! ❍


fused cuisines sold from colorful, mobile restaurants. It’s nothing short of dreamlike when we are able to wander from truck to truck and have immediate access to unique, freshly made food. We don’t even have to go find the food… it comes to us! And then it congregates with other food! It’s a beautiful thing. On Aug. 27, we will celebrate this revelation at the Great Southern Food Truck Rally. More than 40 food trucks will meet at Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park to battle one another for the chance to win cash prizes, trophies, and of course, prestige, among the best food trucks in the southeast. In addition to glorious cuisine, guests Woodstock Roots, a free summer concert series celebrates bluegrass one last time will enjoy live music, lawn games, activities for for the season. Catch the show on August 11. kids, and a VIP craft brew experience. This is the first appearance of the Great Southern Food Truck Woodstock for the very reasonable price of nada, nothing, zilch, zero monies. Is there anything Rally, but it is sure to become an annual tradition. better than free entertainment? The answer is no, Find more details and tickets at particularly when the free entertainment is setting www.greatsouthernfoodtruckrally.com. the mood for a perfect evening in one of the metro If you’re a music lover who’s “in the know,” then chances are you’ve already heard about or attended Atlanta area’s most charming and scenic towns. There’s something uniquely southern about sipWoodstock Roots. This free summer concert ping on sweet tea next to the train tracks, listening series, in our Woodstock not the Woodstock, has to bluegrass and enjoying the summer air. been celebrating bluegrass music with local bands Unfortunately, the series is ending this month, so if from across the southeast. Families, friends and you haven’t had the chance to check it out, now is concert goers of all ages have been able to bring your final opportunity for the 2016 season! A local, their blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy an Georgia band will be performing on Thursday, evening of quality music in beautiful downtown





Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders


re you an investor? We sure hope so, as it is the best way to build wealth to fund your retirement goals. We also realize it’s not easy. It takes time, knowledge, patience, and a disciplined approach. Everyone can do it, but not everyone does it well. Read on to learn how. The Brexit vote on June 23rd reminds us of the old proverb, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Did you follow the market volatility during the days before and after the vote? Did you react emotionally and make changes to your portfolio? Despite the global selloff of stocks after the vote, the S&P 500 index1 rallied as it reached new all-time record highs July 11th, 12th, and 13th (as of this writing), which were the 109th, 110th, and 111th record highs of the current bull market. Did you participate in market gains?

Market volatility can be unsettling, and emotions can wreak havoc on your investment returns if you let them. The stock market is unpredictable, because there will always be a “crisis of the moment”. So embrace it. Accept that your emotions create fear, but don’t react to it (by pulling out of the markets). Investors that attempt to time the markets do so at their own peril. The results above are yet another example of this. The best way to grow your portfolio is to follow a good investment approach and to invest in a proven investment strategy. Here are 7 time-tested steps to a better long-term investment approach2:


Identify each of your major financial goals, and set a deadline for each.


Have a meaningful conversation about your tolerance for risk, so that you can stay invested during the next “crisis.”

If you don’t have an investment strategy, or don’t have confidence in the one you have, seek help! Life’s a risk tolerance, so you can clearly un- journey, navigate it wisely. derstand the pros and cons of 1 Investors cannot invest directly in investing for each goal. indexes. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any Based on the asset allocation you investment and does not take into can develop an “expected return.” account fees and expenses associated This may be 7–8% for long-term with investing. goals vs. 1–3% for short-term goals. 2 All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There Calculate how much you need to is no assurance that any investment save to have a reasonable strategy will be successful. ❍ expectation of achieving each goal. Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Save on a regular and consistent Siders, CFP® own basis, and do not make emotional decisions (as a result of the latest criOdyssey Personal sis of the moment). Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm Review and make adjustments on a specializes in working with people who are serious about makperiodic basis. You can control the ing progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages amount you save and/or change your goals, but you can’t control the portfolios greater than $500,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera investment markets. Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

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LIVE! IN ROSWELL Series Returns With Diverse Lineup By Spalding Negron

Nearly a decade ago there was a push to increase the profile of Roswell’s hidden gem, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. A large part of the effort was the creation of a concert series called LIVE! In Roswell, which is entering its 6th season. Recently the 2016-17 season was announced with three concerts covering the history-making music of the Beach Boys, Temptations, and Patsy Cline. The upcoming season also includes the newly launched “Roswell Family Series,” which features three innovative, educational shows aimed at introducing the youngest audiences to the theatre.

LIVE! Details The season begins in December with a performance of The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album. With loving detail, this concert takes audience members, song by song, through the Beach Boys’ 1964 chart-topping Christmas album! It’s a nostalgic and rockin’ walk down memory lane. In February, A Temptations Revue, featuring Grammy Winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson hits the stage. This dynamic show spans more than a decade of Temptations classics and recreates the great harmonies and choreographed dance steps that made the group famous. Motown’s classic hits will have the audience dancing in the aisles, including favorites like “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Just My Imagination,” and so many more. In June the series features Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline. Georgia’s own Katie Deal will close out the LIVE! in Roswell season with a tribute to one of country music’s most magical performers. The show features a powerhouse singer, a live band, and tight harmonies.The audience members will learn a little bit about

Georgia’s own Katie Deal will close out the 2016 – 17 LIVE! in Roswell season with a tribute to Patsy Cline

Katie, a little bit about Patsy, and a lot about why Patsy’s music is so well-loved.

Family Series In August the new Roswell Family Series begins with Big Bang Boom. These guys will play their original music that mixes alt-rock, hip-hop, punk, and country, along with an array of Big Bang Boom-ified classic tunes. In October, The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will perform Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny that combines innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts. Finally, the series ends in May with the Lightwire Theater performing The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare. This is a stunning interpretation of two classic fairy tales through poignant choreography, glow-in-thedark puppets and dazzling visual effects. For more information on specific dates, times, and tickets visit www.roswellcac.com. Senior, student, and military discounts are available by calling the box office at 770-594-6232 or in-person during business hours. ❍




By Jessica Diamond


s the kids head off to school this year, we like to ask them questions such as, “What would you like to do and be when you grow up?” The truth is, many of us “grownups” can’t answer that question. We still don’t know what it is we want to do and be when we grow up, should that ever actually happen. ¶ As we grow and age, many of us dream about documenting our stories and leaving a lasting impression on the world around us. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to do just that: write our stories. However, the very idea of writing is intimidating to most. ¶ Of those who do manage to put their vision on the page, only a small fraction will produce a finished product that can be published and shared with the world. ¶ However, changing and evolving technology has made it possible for writers and creators to share their content and reach audiences like never before. In the midst of this progress, from the struggles of traditional publishing processes to the rise of the eBook, Kimberly Martin saw a need in the industry that she could meet with a new kind of business. Martin is the founder and owner of Jera Publishing in Roswell, a company comprised of self-publishing specialists who guide authors through the multi-faceted process of publishing their own work. Jera offers services such as cover design, interior layout, eBook conversion, editing, marketing, writing coaching and self-publishing consultation all while allowing authors to retain all rights and profits. Jera also plays host to a number of workshops and support groups all dedicated to supporting local authors and aspiring authors. Martin first saw the need for an organization like Jera about 15 years ago, before eBooks really took off. “I was developing websites at the time, and I was doing one for poets,” Martin said. “They wanted to publish a book of poetry and asked me what to do. I had no idea. We tried to go the traditional publishing route and it was a nightmare. Then, I went and learned everything I could about self-publishing so that I could do it myself, the right way. After that, others came to me and asked me to do their books. It started as an informational website and grew into the services we offer now.” Martin saw the way authors were being treated by the publishers and recognized how little information was available about self-publishing. This was prior to eBooks and before the idea of self-publishing lost its stigma.

“I found that a lot of Kimberly Martin, owner, surrounded by a small selection of works by Jera Publishing. people who wanted to self publish were getting screwed,” she said. “I wanted to make sure those people were taken care of. I wanted to enable them rather than watch them spend a bunch of money unnecessarily.” Jera Publishing has been operational for more than three years now and has helped thousands of writers become published authors. Some have even been picked up by major publishing companies after seeing success with self-publishing. “We have seen some real success stories,” Martin said. “Of course, everyone in this business might define success differently. For some, success is just finishing the one book they’ve been working on for The grand opening of Jera Publishing. ten years. For others, it’s making it big. We’ve seen all kinds of success and each client who comes to us self-publishes. Usually, it takes a few books to start seeing an actual profit, and that can be hard on writers. But I encourage them to stick with it and help walk them through every step of the process.” Martin and her team are always growing and changing with the industry, working to meet the needs of their diverse client base. “It surprised me to see the wide range of writers we have in this community,” she said. “It’s all different people of different backgrounds with ages spanning from teens to 90s. I love this community.” To learn more about the services Jera Publishing offers, visit www.self-pub.net. ❍ Kimberly Martin gets some driving tips from Roswell Mayor Jere Wood.







By Kirsten Ricci

This summer has been one of the hottest ever and the local development news is equally hot! With the economy in full swing home prices are rising and our local market is definitely in high demand. In Roswell, the historic district development continues to be a big topic of discussion. The Groveway District, which is immediately behind city hall, has a multitude of projects happening. There are a couple of residential projects like Forrest Commons (pictured) and Hill Street Commons that feature upscale townhomes. These projects are unique in that they are some of the first to be rolled out under the form-based code adopted by the city. These communities promote high- end design, and being near the historic district, they’ll appeal to folks looking for that walkable/urban feel here in the suburbs. The city of Roswell also understands the need for more affordable housing. Thus the city, Housing Authority of Roswel,l and developers Macauley and Schmit are partnering to produce Veranda at Groveway. The first phase of construction, now underway, includes 102 mixed-income apartments with streetscapes and preserved green space. The overall design promotes a sense of unity with a focus on social activities, education, and well

being. If you have not seen this area in awhile you should check it out. Its truly one of the unique areas in town with regard to the new development taking place. “This is a very important project within the City of Roswell,” said Jere Wood, Roswell Mayor. “This project is a visible demonstration of the city’s commitment to families who live and work in Roswell. It provides a wellplanned, inclusive community with economic development and quality of life solutions.” In Alpharetta, Avalon was recently sold to Prudential Financial. This is no big surprise as it is common for the original developer (North American Properties) to build and begin a project then move it on after opening. In realistic terms this really doesn’t mean much to the average customer. By and large Avalon has been a hit and construction is still moving forward including the construction of a new $26 million conference center. Also in Alpharetta, the city council recently approved Liberty Hall, which is a 4-story mixed-use development for Main Street next to Smoke Jack BBQ. Plans include upscale dining, retail, and well-appointed office suites. In East Cobb there have been a couple of new zoning requests getting attention. The biggest is a proposed 31acre development featuring a mix of townhomes and single-family units. The proposed development is near Shallowford and Johnson Ferry Road. At present this area is surrounded by single-family homes. The petition for this has been moved to September and we’ll keep you updated. ❍





MUSE & CO. FINE ART New Rhythm in a New Space By Jessica Diamond

Muse & Co. Fine Art gallery in Roswell has lifted its roots and replanted in a new space with a new perspective. After more than six years in their old format, owners Donna McDonald, Sheila Grubb and Judy Goldberg are settling into their new space with fresh ideas and renewed energy. The gallery, formerly located on the front side of the SoCA shopping center on Oak St. in Roswell, has made the short yet transformative move to the backside of the same shopping center, hidden from street view. The decision to move into a smaller, less visible space may seem odd to some. However, for Muse, this space is a liberating opportunity and a chance to redirect all effort and energy back into the real passion that these three women share: fine art. “We’ve pared down to a more singular focus,” McDonald explained. “We are focusing on local artists. The events we were doing before were pulling our focus and taking our energy. Now, we want to work more closely with our artists and really market them, really work to get them exposure. Before, we kept work in our space for a long time. Now, we are rotating the work more often. We are working more with designers and we have plans that could open other doors for us. I’m looking forward to being able to really build something with our artists and our clients. We were too scattered before. So I’m definitely excited about that.” In addition to downsizing their physical space, Muse has whittled down their list of artists as well in order to give each one more personalized attention. “We’ve gone from 40 artists to about 20,” Grubb said. “We are focusing more local and doing a much more intimate series with each artist. We will be able to promote each of them so much more. We will bring in guest artists as well, so the art will always be fresh and new.” “This space allows us to have a much more urban feel that appeals more to our artists and our clientele,” Goldberg said. “We bring the finest contemporary work to Roswell. We’re a little slice of ‘in town’ outside of Atlanta. We’re also able to offer so much more to our clients and collectors. We offer in home consultations and help people in the

have thought possible. “It always frustrated me to play to the party crowd,” Grubb explained. “They aren’t really paying attention. We put so much work and attention to detail into our music, but we were too disconnected from the audience. And for the audience, the venues were usually so loud that they couldn’t really hear any of that anyway. There was frustration on both sides of the microphone. So now, we’ve created something to better unite those two sides.” Studio ON uses the gallery space to put on one live show each month with a unique list of services. Chris and his team seek out and invite promising local talent to come and perform for the Studio ON fan base. The shows are intimate and very controlled so as to maximize sound quality. Additionally, the show is recorded on professional grade equipment. A multitrack recording is then gifted to the musicians, something that normally costs thousands of dollars. “It’s not quite the same as a professional studio, but Lauren Betty, El Toro, mixed media on canvas for these bands, it’s worth a lot,” Grubb said. “Ticket sales pay for everything and we are a volunteer force. All of us have jobs, so we aren’t doing this to make money or pay bills. It’s a guilty pleasure. And everyone benefits!” For Grubb, it makes sense to combine this type of musical experience with a fine art gallery atmosphere. “As a musician, in most places, you’re secondary to getting drinkers in the door. But this music is their art. We value that expression, that artistry. It’s also a great way to build connections. We have a close-knit “alumni” of bands who have played for us and they tell their friends. We keep hearing ‘there’s nothing Donna McDonald, Judy Goldberg, Sheila Grubb of Muse & Co. Fine Art else like this in Atlanta.’ We’re very proud of that distinction.” community learn about how to collect art in an Grubb also claims that the new gallery space will accessible way that isn’t intimidating.” benefit his endeavors. “It’s better for the sound,” he The search for new space and opportunity did not explained. “It’s better for the audience as well. I’m so take the ladies of Muse very far in a geographic sense. excited for our first show here on Aug. 6.” They are, quite literally, downstairs from their previTo learn more about Muse & Co. Fine Art, visit ous space. It was important to them to stay in the www.musecofineart.com. For tickets to the next community. Muse is working closely with the Studio ON show and recordings of past Roswell Arts Fund to promote the arts and performances, visit www.studioon.com. ❍ educate the community on collecting original art. “We were worried people wouldn’t find us down here,” McDonald said. “But so far, everyone has been very positive about the move. Best of all, we now have great parking in Historic Roswell. How many people can say that?” A change of location for Muse also means a change for another labor of love that operates in tandem with the artists of Muse. Studio ON is a unique musical experience created by Sheila Grubb’s husband, Chris Grubb. A musician himself in his free time, Grubb has Chris Grubb prepares Studio ON for a performance sought to fill a need that many musicians would not



ASSISTED LIVING LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE The Georgian Lakeside has promised to give each resident an Assisted Living and Memory Care experience like you have never seen before. What a statement to deliver and you may ask the simple question, “how?” It begins with the brainchild of the building that offers amenities never seen before such as our Endless Pathway in Memory Care. This is where residents who walk can have an environment which allows the desire to walk under safe conditions—never leaving the Memory care arena. Yet, it does not stop there. In addition to such opportunities, our Assisted Tammi Moore won the top award unanimously for 2014 Living residents have a Fitness Gym during a competition for Metropolitan Atlanta Assisted and even an Arts and Crafts room to Living and Memory Care providers. indulge their creative lifestyles. She is an ordained minister and went to Bulgaria for a Of course our Nursing, mission trip. Recently, she has been on TV speaking Housekeeping, and Care Specialists as about senior nutrition. well as other departments will all have a hand in building connections with each resident to help them to flourish in their senior years. We are proud to announce that our Dining Services Manager, Tammi Moore, has a long history of success in the Culinary Arts. Tammi has over three decades of experience, which has placed her in great demand in the Senior Living area. In 2014, she competed against other Metropolitan Assisted Living Chefs and won unanimously first place, tagging the great prize of recognition and skills in her field of arts. She has also been interviewed and seen on local television speaking on senior nutrition and Memory Care dining. In addition to her culinary skills, she is also an ordained minister, having held weekly Sunday services as well as Ladies Bible Studies in her previous Assisted Living community. She feels that not only does she feed the residents nutrition but “soul” food as well in her daily actions and interaction with the residents and staff. She is well known to make tableside salads, deli boards and even flambé bars for her senior patrons in her dining rooms. Anything she can conceive that is different yet be enjoyable to the members of the Georgian Lakeside community, she will most certainly attempt! “I enjoy seeing the trends but not every trend is appropriate in all circumstances. My residents, whether in Memory Care or Assisted Living may never again experience what it is like going out to eat for various reasons out of their control.” Tammi stated. “You see, that is my challenge, not only to myself but to the staff that I hire…to give what the residents want and take them to different levels of experiences such as Cruises without leaving the building! My motto is: ‘Keep it fresh’ and I intend to fulfill that driving force. I also will be offering in Memory Care ‘Masterpiece Meals’ that I have created to help those with specific dietary needs. Food is meant to be interactive and fun. We will do our very best to make this Assisted Living like you’ve never seen before!” ❍ PAID PROMOTION



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Now that there is a WellStar hospital (that would be WellStar North Fulton Hospital) in your neighborhood, you will soon see the impact of a local system dedicated to the community we serve. While North Fulton has been in this community and serving it well for more than 30 years, good things have and are coming to our 206bed facility. For example, our Level II Trauma Center, the first one in the state and only one in metro Atlanta to be certified by the American College of Surgeons, is now part of a WellStar regional trauma advisory committee that assists all the system’s trauma centers and hospitals with other special emergency units (WellStar Cobb has one of the few burn centers in Georgia) to become better at what they do and share their best practice and training efforts Also, we are in the process of increasing things that will make a big difference to our patients, like concentrating on and improving the patient experience. We are revamping our coverage and training in an effort to provide true and quick Rapid Response to inpatients that family members or staff believe are about to have a more serious emergency. Additionally we’re working on even faster admission of our newborn babies into the hospital, post delivery, so they can be back bonding with their family sooner. Without a doubt, our equipment “…two new CT and facilities will receive a huge boost with a large influx of scanners (the first one is capital money. That capital will a top of the line 128fund everything from two new CT scanners (the first one is a top slice scanner.)” of the line 128-slice scanner), to 3D mammography, to new blood pressure monitors, to new water heaters—and everything in between. As I’ve often said, we never want you to need our services but when you do, we want to provide the care you need close to your home in North Fulton. Now we want to do it in a way that supports our new WellStar goal, which is to provide world-class healthcare. ❍


WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar August – October 2016 SUPPORT GROUPS

Gamblers Anonymous

Every Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Ostomy Support Group Classroom C Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 Anyone interested in stopping p.m., Classroom C gambling is invited to attend this 12This group is open to anyone who has step program. Anonymity is the or will have an ostomy and any friends, foundation of fellowship in this group. family or supporters. The group does For more information please call not meet July – August but will David at 770-862-2564. resume on Sept. 20, 2016. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register Breast Cancer Support Group or to obtain more information First Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Cope and connect Look Good, with others who are facing the same Feel Better struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, Wednesday 9/13, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 10 a.m. to noon. 770-751-2556 for location and to A cosmetologist register. will discuss how to care for skin and Lupus Support Group hair to combat the Third Saturday of every month, appearance11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal related side meetings to share experiences and effects of cancer learn from others. Guest speakers treatment. Free occasionally present and we also make-up and skin participate in some Lupus Foundation care products are of America events. Contact Julie for provided. more info: 404-626-2394 or Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com..

Epilepsy Support Group

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

The third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Classroom A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Educational presentations by professionals will sometimes be offered. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Every Fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.– 11 a.m. Classroom C. Please join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

Stroke Support Group


Last Wednesday of every month from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. North Fulton Hospital; ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at Keisha.Brown@wellstar.org or call 770-751-2649.

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 9/17 and 10/22. CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to noon; $35. Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45.

HealthcareProvider CPR* Saturday 8/13 9a.m. –1 p.m. AHA CPR course for healthcare professionals. $55.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 8/13, 9/10, and 10/8. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at NFH to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Water Birth Thursdays 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, and 10/20, at 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required.

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 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour lasts about one hour.

Babysitting Workshop Saturday 8/20, 9/10, and 10/1. 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.

Calendar continues on page 20, with Special Events

*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.



Q Awith Dr. Christina Parkhurst Christina Parkhurst. M.D., is a general surgeon at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Parkhurst specializes in robotic surgery, which is minimally invasive and often offers quicker recovery times. In addition to her typical general surgery caseload, she is a key component of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s level II trauma center. Her love of medicine and passion for international mission work show her dedication to health and healing. Her secret love of the arts and commitment to humility and hard work make her an ideal healer and an excellent surgeon.



Originally, I’m from Nashville, Tenn.



I think a specialty chooses you. As for me, general surgery fit my personality. I like to be hands on and I enjoy the technical I did my residency in Augusta, Ga. I took a aspects of it. job in Thomasville after that. When this job came up, I jumped at it. Not only is WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON WellStar North Fulton Hospital a great SURGERIES YOU PERFORM? place to practice medicine, it’s closer to We see a lot of gallbladder removals, home. appendectomies and hernia repairs. Those are the bread and butter of general WHERE DID YOU surgery. And of course, I see plenty of ATTEND SCHOOL? trauma patients with exploratory I did my undergrad at laparotomies and other non-invasive Lipscomb University procedures. in Nashville, Tenn. and medical school at WHAT MAJOR ADVANCEMENTS HAVE Meharry Medical BEEN MADE IN YOUR FIELD SINCE YOU College, also in BEGAN PRACTICING MEDICINE? Nashville. Surgical robots have become a great tool HOW DID YOU END UP IN NORTH FULTON?






for surgeons. I am certified to perform robotic surgeries. I think, in many cases, we can make a big difference in our patients’ lives by providing them with the newest, most innovative care.

Both of my parents worked in the medical field. My mother was a nurse and my father worked in cardiothorasics. I was always around it and its what I wanted to do IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A CAREER for as long as I can remember. I’ve also OUTSIDE OF MEDICINE, WHAT WOULD been doing medical missions in Haiti IT BE? since I was 17 years old. That really solidi- I’d probably be a starving artist. Or, more fied my desire to go into medicine. realistically, I might have gone into engineering.




Humility. No question.



international medical missions. I’m president of a non profit that does medical missions in Haiti. I have also started doing triathlons. These things consume most of my time.

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! 10 non-scale signs of health success By Tracy Stark, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian at WellStar


f I were to ask a room full of people what their main health goal was, I am certain I would hear “to lose weight” more than just a couple of times. As a registered dietitian, one of the number one reasons people come to see me is for weight loss. Losing weight actually involves a relatively simple equation: we need to burn off more calories through exercise than we consume through food. In order to lose one pound, we need to burn an extra 3500 calories (in excess of what we eat), so in theory, burning an extra 500 calories per day will enable a weight loss of 1 pound per week. If the basic weight loss equation is eat less, move more, why is it not so simple? In truth, weight loss is really a multipronged approach, which requires more than just one variable (the bathroom scale) to measure success. So, what should we do with our weight loss efforts when we are consuming less and moving more, but the number on the scale won’t budge? We have done everything right, but the scale says we haven’t? I see it all the time… frustration, disappointment and aggravation, all of which create a “why bother” mentality. No doubt, when we are attempting to lose weight, the scale can be a powerful tool. Being able to see the number on the scale go down is a concrete measure of success and is often the only source of motivation for people trying to lose weight. However, if this is our only measure of success and if it’s not changing despite the efforts we have put forth, it is no wonder people throw in the towel with weight loss. Instead of placing the focus on a number, look for other ways to measure your progress. Good health is not always measured in pounds.

TAKE A TRIP TO YOUR CLOSET ➽ we all have that one item of clothing we are aiming to get into again! Use those favorite jeans or little black dress as a marker of success. If we can get into our old clothing without doing a jig, we are making progress. Feeling more comfortable in our clothing, or perhaps even going down a few sizes, is a sign of fat loss, versus the fluid losses you might see on the scale.


IF YOU LIKE NUMBERS ➽ measure your body composition. Exercising regularly, especially with strength training, will cause fat loss and muscle gain. Since muscle weighs more than fat, it is possible to lose body fat and still weigh the same, thus the reason the scale is not moving as quickly as we would like. There are several ways to analyze body fat—body composition machines, body calipers and body composition scales. Some require professional assistance while others can be done at home. Tracking body fat percentage will help you in documenting progress.



YOU ARE GETTING MORE SLEEP ➽ When we eat healthy and expend more energy through exercise, we tend to sleep better. If you own a fitness tracker for steps, it most likely measures sleep quantity and quality as well. Research has shown a strong connection between adequate sleep and weight loss. Having that visual of sleep patterns will help you make the connection between exercise, good nutrition, sleep and weight management.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A GOAL ➽ What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do? Choose a goal, commit and begin the journey toward TAKE SOME MEASUREMENTS ➽ When you achieving it. Sign up for a 5K, perhaps it’s a 30-day first begin your weight loss program, take squat challenge, maybe it’s time to finally give up measurements of your waist, arms, neck, hips and thighs. Even when we are not losing pounds, we may soda? Be sure to set goals that are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound), be losing inches as our muscle mass increases. Additional numerical signs of progress can be the mo- so it is much easier to track success. Be sure to reward yourself with non-food rewards for goals tivation we need to stay focused when the scale just accomplished. doesn’t seem to budge.



ARE YOUR LAB VALUES IMPROVING? ➽ Losing modest amounts of weight (just 5-10 percent of starting weight) will contribute to lowering blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. When lab values improve, we decrease our risk for chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is a win that cannot be identified by a number on a scale.



TAKE PROGRESS PHOTOS ➽ It’s time to take a SHIFT YOUR FOCUS ➽ it’s not how we look, selfie! Take but how we feel. Of course, this largely depends on pictures of where you started, but try to place the emphasis on yourself wearing acquiring new abilities. For some, it might involve the same being able to climb a flight of stairs without huffing clothing, and puffing. For others, it may be as simple as preferably form crossing your legs or tying your shoes with little effort. fitting. Take front, side and back views and repeat Begin to relish in all the new things you can do now once a month. Pictures allow us to notice changes we and could not do previously. might not see in the mirror on a daily basis.


YOU’RE TAKING MORE STEPS ➽ Tracking steps has become one of the most popular ways to measure daily activity. Whether you wear a step tracking monitor or use a smart phone to count those steps, both are ideal ways to measure progress in our movement throughout the day. Setting goals, adding some friendly competition amongst friends and relatives, and tracking data are all great ways to ensure we get those steps in.


YOU HAVE MORE ENERGY AND LESS STRESS ➽ Try to tune into how you feel physically and emotionally. The hard work of exercising and healthy eating generally come with better focus, enhanced energy levels, a boost in self-confidence and happiness. Are you starting to feel more comfortable in your own skin? Do you have more energy throughout the day? Begin to tap into the signals your body is providing to prove that all your hard work and dedication are paying off. With lifestyle change, exercise and weight loss, the dreaded scale plateau is often par for the course. What we need to remember is that a plateau is not a sign of failure, but progress. In the grand picture of health, weight is only one variable to consider. So, while on your weight loss journey, I challenge you this…take the focus off the scale and tune into some of the other signs that you are becoming healthier. This may be just what you need to stay motivated, reduce frustration and reach those goals! ❍




Rated one of the top allergists in Atlanta and selected for the cover of Atlanta Top Doctor Magazine, Dr. Thomas Chacko is Atlanta’s expert in Allergies and Asthma. With recent speaking opportunities on CNN, HLN, WebMD, and Fox News, Dr. Chacko is sought after nationally for his expertise in all areas of adult and pediatric allergy and immunology. Dr. Chacko has lectured throughout the Southeast on food allergies. He is one of a few allergists offering oral immunotherapy (OIT) for food allergies. WHY DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL INTEREST IN FOOD ALLERGIES? Food allergies can be one of the most scary things for patients and families. This can have a significant impact on their quality of life. For decades, our only recommendations were to avoid the allergen as well as to have an epinephrine autoinjector. Newer data has changed the landscape and allowed us to be more proactive about treatment. WHAT IS ORAL IMMUNOTHERAPY (OIT) ? Oral immunotherapy desensitizes children & adults to their food allergens. By consuming the allergen regularly patients’ immune systems adapt to the allergen that formerly would have caused a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. HOW DO I KNOW IF FOOD DESENSITIZATION IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR MY CHILD? The decision to begin desensitization is based on a variety of factors. These include risk of reaction to accidental ingestion, difficulty in avoiding the allergen, and a number of quality of life issues (anxiety, ability to participate fully in school, sports and family/social activities, etc.). One of my patients had a life threatening reaction to milk and had to have a helicopter take her to CHOA for such a severe reaction. Now, she is tolerating over ½ glass of milk daily. It has made a huge change in their quality of life. WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS TREATMENT? The primary goal of treatment is to be able to consume a full serving of the allergen without experiencing any adverse reaction. 1 glass of milk, 1 egg, a handful of nuts, a slice of bread, etc. Many patients are able to successfully incorporate the food allergen into their diets following completion of the program. DO ALL ALLERGISTS OFFER THIS TREATMENT? No. Only a handful of allergists in the country offer this treatment. There are currently ongoing trials to get FDA approval for treatments for food allergy desensitization. Some are waiting from the data and the recommendations based on those trials. I’ve researched this topic for some years prior to offering this therapy. The data as well as my experience desensitizing patients has made me very excited this therapy for the right patients. To be further evaluated for food allergies and/or to learn more about oral immunotherapy, please visit us at northsideallergy.com. ❍

On Wednesday, July 20, employees and staff at WellStar North Fulton Hospital were treated to a special celebration in honor of the accomplishments, hard work and improvements made during the initial 90 days of the transition to becoming a part of WellStar Health System. Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served, a fun WellStar trivia game was played and WellStar North Fulton Hospital Executive Vice President & President, Deborah Keel, addressed the crowd about some of the exciting improvements and changes that have been made.

WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON APPOINTS NEW TRAUMA PROGRAM MANAGER Aruna Mardhekar, MSN was named the new trauma program manager of the Emergency Department at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Aruna has served trauma patients in her role as nurse in North Fulton’s ER for over 8 years. In her new position, she Aruna Mardhekar, MSN will work with trauma team members to continue offering the community worldclass emergency response at North Fulton Hospital. She will also ensure the hospital maintains the prestigious American College of Surgeon’s Trauma Verification, as well as the state designation as a Level II Trauma Center. As a Level II Trauma Center, North Fulton offers patients who have experienced life threatening trauma access to an attending surgeon 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week. Level II Trauma Centers have the same high standard of care as a Level I, only they do not provide training programs for surgery residents or fellows.❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital

SPECIAL EVENTS Free Stroke Presentation and Blood Pressure Screenings. Sept. 20 Free Stroke Presentation and blood pressure screenings at Roswell Library Tuesday September 20. 1:30 p.m –2:30 p.m. 115 Norcross Street

AARP Smart Driver Tuesday September 20 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital Geared to the safety needs of the older driver. Insurance companies offer a 15% discount for 3 years to those who have completed this course. Registration required; $20 ($15 w/AARP membership)

Free Skin Cancer Screening Aug 18 Appts start at 5:30 p.m.Thurs. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Have it checked out by a dermatologist. Free, registration is required.

By Mark Penstone

For years now I’ve been enjoying riding my new motorcycle and everything was going smoothly until the pain set in. Unfortunately, my favorite pastime had turned into a pain in the neck, back, and shoulders, which meant I was no longer enjoying riding! I was introduced to Dr. Cailen Wells, a Chiropractor who specializes in neck, shoulder, and upper back pain and I thought to myself this may be worth a try. I have to admit that I was suspicious of the whole chiropractic thing, so I went into this with a healthy dose of skepticism. On my first visit I met a fellow biker who was going through the same thing so I figured I was off to a good start. Dr. Wells took the time to learn more about where I hurt, under what circumstances the pain starts and what I have done in the past that has helped relieve the pain. I definitely knew the answer to the last question because nothing I’ve done in the past has worked except a 12-year-old bottle of single malt but even I don’t think that’s a viable health plan! After my initial consultation Dr. Wells performed a thermography evaluation of my nervous system, which showed evidence that my pain was far more than a pulled muscle. My neck was “locked” because the top two bones were not allowing me proper range of movement so every time I turned my neck my pain would start and just get progressively worse. I was experiencing shoulder pain as well. Dr. Wells said everything starts at the neck and the problem is not always where the pain is, which made complete sense to me. That’s when I knew I was in the right hands. A couple of days later I received my first specific adjustment. It was targeted directly to where the thermography had indicated the location of the problem. Dr. Wells then asked me to come back two days later and do

Dr. Cailen Wells, Chiropractor

another exam to see how I responded. Much to my surprise, the second scan showed slight improvement and she recommended that no adjust was necessary. My neck had stayed unlocked and performing an uneeded adjustment may cause the neck to lock up again. I’ve now been a patient of Dr. Wells for over 2 months and have found that her efforts have dramatically improved my condition and now my neck, shoulder and back pain have been greatly reduced. If you’re a biker over the age of 40 and you experience pain while riding then give her a call, you’ll be glad you did! For more information contact : Dr. Cailen Wells, 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 12, Alpharetta, GA 30022 or call (678) 805-7344.

Dr. Cailen Wells, The Specific Chiropractic Center 5755 North Point Pkwy, Suite 12 Alpharetta, GA 30022 678-805-7344 thespecific.com PAID PROMOTION






LIFE… 50+



project when we’re out for lunch. The fact is, this is partly his fault. He’s the one who introduced me to I’ve found a new love. In my this new love. defense, I didn’t go looking for it. However, could I really take the plunge and It kind of found me, and honestly, replace him with a brand new spankin’ experience? it was by surprise. Let’s face it, at Oh, yeah. 60+ years-old, you’re kind of setWell, maybe not replace him, but give him a run tled. You’re thinking more about for his money. retirement, wondering whether I came pretty close about a month ago, with a rush you’ll pursue a second act, than that I knew would be addictive. finding new love. You like your Ladies and gentlemen, I’m absolutely in love with home, your routine, and yes, a certain amount of speed. sameness. Although with me, there’s really no danger You see, my husband is a “car guy.” People often asof that, so let’s scratch that one. sume, when they hear this term, that car guys are But, surprise, surprise. Wow, did this one throw fast-talking used car salesmen in polyester suits, like me off. I’ve got flutters in my tummy with the the characters in 1980’s Used Cars. This over-the-top anticipation of seeing the object of my affection movie parodies the industry, with Kurt Russell, Jack again. I’m finding new ways to do my hair, and Warden, Al Lewis, and more. If R-rated language outfits for new occasions. Oh, l’amour, l’amour, why doesn’t bother you, prepare to be asphyxiated by hast thou chosen me as a victim again? laughter. Naturally, I’m concerned my husband might figure My husband, on the other hand, is a seasoned it out. The ways I sigh when we talk about a friend regional and national professional. He’ll soon who has a new relationship. The looks of longing I celebrate six years with Porsche, in the North By Di Chapman

America office, here in Atlanta. So, one Sunday evening, he took me to the huge Porsche office, situated right off a runway, and I mean, right off a runway, at the airport. The huge avant-garde glass building and its outside spaces give perfect views of airplane takeoffs and landings, which quite honestly, I dig big-time. The evening featured an event with the Porsche headquarters’ own team of race car drivers, who gave a performance of the 2017 Porsche Boxster’s handling and speed, with a choreographed show of cars weaving around the track. (Yes, Porsche has a track at their office. Doesn’t everyone?) They had roared their engines in unison to start, attracting everyone to a balcony above. Darkness was settling in, the moon and stars shone, and airplanes took off over our heads. What a show. My husband took my hand and we darted down a long staircase. At the bottom was a convertible Boxster facing the track. “Sweetie, let’s get you into the car,” he said. As I belted myself in, the driver cordially introduced himself and made light conversation that


GET IN THE SWIM FOR FITNESS Looking for an effective workout that can provide health benefits without all the pounding on your joints? Jump in the pool! Swimming, water walking and water aerobics can provide a variety of body conditioning, from getting your heart rate up and strengthening your muscles to sculpting your body and relieving joint pain. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites water activity as an excellent exercise for people who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. CDC’s statistics show that people who work out in the water have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people. One of the greatest benefits of water exercise is that it works for people of all ages, says renowned aquatics expert and U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she said. “Whether you’re in shape or overweight, young or old, water workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”

Water aerobics increases heart rate and oxygen levels, thereby helping the brain to stay more active as well. Additionally, aqua exercise can help: • Build endurance • Increase flexibility • Relieve stress and decreases anxiety • Increase metabolism and thereby burn more calories • Reduce blood pressure At St. George Village, as part of our commitment

to promoting good health among our residents, we offer regularly scheduled water aerobics classes in our indoor pool. Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the dual benefit of relaxation at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. This is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints. In addition to buoyancy, water aerobics increases heart rate and oxygen levels, thereby helping the brain to stay more active as well. For a holistic workout that enhances the body, mind and spirit, take to the water! Come see how a healthy, active lifestyle— including swimming and water aerobics—is a priority at St. George Village. Call us at 678-987-0402 for more information or to schedule a tour. You can also find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents on our website, www.stgeorgevillage.com. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too!

St. George Village 11350 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 678-987-0402 stgeorgevillage.com


led to “Diane, have you ever done launch control?” He was slowly driving up to the starting line of the track. “What is laaaauuuunnnnccchhh?” Before the question left my lips, my driver floored the pedal and my body was slammed against the back of my seat. What a rush! Blowing down the track, a cement wall came up fast, with apparently no way out, and my stomach was in my throat. “This is it. I just know it!” I was hanging on for dear life. But a sharp right turn appeared to save us. After a hairpin and onto a straightaway, my innards settled down. I made it through the “I think I’m going to hurl!” phase and started lovin’ every minute. We flew around curves, gunned it on straightaways, and entered a circular pad where the car’s back end slid into an “out-of-control” spin. The tires squealed, screeched, and smoked. Awesome! Within seconds, we straightened out, and floored it onto another stretch. Giddy up! When my husband asked me last year to join him at an event at the private Barber Motorsports track in Alabama, he wondered if I’d like to go around the track with a professional driver. Yes, he explained, the speed would be excessive. I responded that I wasn’t sure, because I’d embarrass myself, screaming in fear as we tore up the track. “I scream all the time! We all do!” he answered. I psyched myself up. “I’ll do it, dang it.” Alas, the event was rained out.

At the Porsche track, I whooped and hooted and exclaimed dumb phrases like “Yeeeoooowww!” “Whoa!” and “Woo-hoo!” Then, there was my hair. Ladies, if you’ve got a hairdo goin’ on, take your joyrides in hard tops. My hair flew wildly upward and swirled around, plastering my face. “Sorry about your hair,” my driver apologized, while he squealed the tires into a tailspin. Surely, he utters this routinely. “Hair? “I have hair?” What hair? Who cares!” I swooned. Mess me up anytime! I wanted this ride to go all night. Ahhh, no. I thanked the driver, and stepped out of the car, swaying back and forth with unexpected “sea legs.” Was I high? My husband steadied me to walk back up the stairs. I was acutely aware of my “bride of Frankenstein” appearance. My love of speed revealed itself when I was in driver’s ed. After riding shotgun to three different older brothers, I was ready to go. My “Let’s rock!” expression behind the wheel scared the dickens out of my instructors. I probably shouldn’t have exclaimed, “Yeah, baby!” or “Let’s see what you’ve got!” while merging onto freeways with them next to me. I’m loving being hooked on speed: The track, the driver, the curves, the straightaways, the screeching tires. And let’s not forget the launch control. Now, that’s a RUSH. ❍





TRY AN EASY, ABOVEGROUND WATER GARDEN Even little containers can make a big splash! The Green Scene By Geri Laufer

The serene, still surface of water mirrors the sky, beautifully reflects the surrounding landscape and adds a cooling note on a hot August day. In fact, famous garden writer Gertrude Jekyll called water “the soul of the garden.” It’s easy to bring this lure of water to your deck or outdoor living area without a lot of expense by planning a container water garden. Any container that holds water can become a water garden, from a plastic pot to an iron cauldron, or a half whisky barrel complete with liner to an imported 3-foot ceramic bowl. One caveat; remember a gallon of water weighs a little over 8 pounds, so a large container can quickly become heavy and may require a location on the

ground. Provide a flat surface for your container, so that the water surface is level. When choosing your location, remember that many water plants need lots of sun, although in a pinch, some will grow in shade. Add a solar bubbler or fountain if you choose, enabling gold fish, small koi, mosquitofish or tadpoles to thrive. The more economical direct-solar fountain does not work in cloudy weather or at night, while the kind with a battery continues to work with stored energy from sunshine. You’ll be surprised by one fringe benefit. A large number of butterflies, dragonflies and colorful birds will be attracted to your water garden, perching and drinking, or even bathing in the shallows. Transform your container into a water garden by Columnist Geri Laufer just planted her new container water garden in a 3adding a collection of submerged plants. “Planting” foot ceramic tub from AWPottery in Chamblee. Plantings include vertical could not be easier: simply choose some water plants Dwarf papyrus, two types of horizontal dwarf water lilies, a 4-leaf Water and put their pots in the water. Clover and a floating Water Hyacinth.


lily, sweet flag, canna, arrowhead, cattails or cranberry taro. Carnivorous plants normally grow in bogs and can add another dimension, but may turn into a Science Fair project if you don’t watch out! With the current interest in including edibles in the garden, try an edible water garden using Chinese chestnuts (I’ve purchase them fresh at the farmer’s market and then planted them) or watercress (I look for bunches with some roots still attached). Use heavy red clay in the pots, rather than potting soil that floats, to keep your water clear. Floaters: these floating plants drift along on the water surface, sending finely webbed roots out and down. Water hyacinths offer beautiful lavender flower spikes, while velvety, Pitcher plants grow in sunken tubs kept wet at the textured water lettuce are also a good Chattahoochee Nature Center. choice. Both of these floaters multiply There are basically three kinds of rapidly, providing plenty to share with water plants: marginal, floating, and friends or to add to the compost. Make submerged. In nature, marginals are sure they don’t crowd out the reflective shoreline plants that grow along the surface of the water. edges (margins) of lakes or streams, Underwater: Submerged, underwasome deeper and some more shallow, ter plants are known as oxygenators, ultimately finding their perfect depth. and may be familiar from a fish aquarFor our container garden, we can raise ium. A couple of attractive ones are or lower the height of potted water Parrot Feather or Anacharis. Although plants relative to the water surface by not strictly necessary, they do complete setting the pots on bricks or upturned your ecosystem. clay pots placed on the bottom of the Worried about mosquitoes? container, providing the perfect level of Although I have never had a problem wet feet for best growth. with mosquitoes, an easy fix is every As when designing all kinds of few days overfill your container with gardens, the contrast of low, mounding water to wash out potential larvae. If plants with taller, spiky plants adds in- the water doesn’t get too hot, add a few terest. Mix and match two kinds of goldfish, mosquitofish (Gambusia affimarginals to produce the most nis), or tadpoles that feed on mosquito dramatic displays. larvae. UGA Cooperative Extension Horizontal Marginal: Leaves of Service suggests a larvicidal mosquito these horizontal plants lay on the dunk for landscape water features: a water’s surface, and are perfect for a specially-formulated product that uses container water garden. Dwarf water a bacteria toxic only to mosquito lilies wont’t take over. Try the hardy, larvea, lasts 30 days, is safe to use miniature yellow Helvola with red around pets and birds, and is sold at mottling on the little leaves, or the the hardware. Pigmy, a hardy miniature that is a proIf you choose, you can create an lific and consistent bloomer. Water entire oasis by surrounding your water clover, an appealing 4-leaf “clover” garden with large containers of (Marsilea) also grows flat on the elephant ears, banana trees or palms. surface if submerged. Don’t forget some easy chairs and a Vertical Marginal: Choose from a table for cold drinks. Here’s to you. ❍ wide variety of vertical shoreline Geri Laufer is a horticulturalist and plants, including exotic lotus, dwarf garen writer. papyrus, yellow flag iris, spotted calla






Maybe it’s the heat but I wonder if Roswell’s Canton Street is losing its mojo. Not Mojo Vinyl, that place has become a landmark, but rather the cool mojo. That feeling I had a few years ago when it seemed like there was always something new and amazing coming along. The Canton Street “district” is small, but size does not matter. You don’t have to be an Avalon to succeed Frank Mack with local restaurant legend Bill Greenwood outside of and the reputation it earned didn’t just happen Greenwood’s On Green Street. overnight. there, cool, fun, and inviting. The Square in Marietta Canton Street was cooler when it was alone. In the has tons to offer from dining to theater plus great beginning it was unique and now it’s got shops and it drips history as well. Downtown competition. Woodstock’s walking town center is Alpharetta is really good right now and getting better


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every day. Their food truck alley for instance is a hit every Thursday. So clearly more options have spread the market. Diluted the cool just a bit. That’s part of it. More to the point may be they all have better parking options. Which brings me around to building the connection between City Hall and Canton Street. There are numerous parties all fighting over Alive After 5, City Green, development, parking etc… and all the while Canton Street is being passed by. Beyond that though, the cool I am talking about came from two things mainly. First there are fun folks, great crowds, and a neighborhood vibe, which has made for a great atmosphere on Canton Street for years now. America has rediscovered adventurous, edgy, and great dining. We love our local spots. We love the creative and we love claiming our hometown is great. Cool part number two, and what I think made it

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Table & Main chef Woody Back in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on a world-class burger.

so understated, is in the businesses themselves. This ain’t Avalon! I’m talking about all the unique and very talented people who invented Canton Street and its restaurant district one unique small business at a time. Guys like Bill Greenwood of Greenwood’s on Green Street and Swallow at the Hollow. This guy has been killing it for 30 years. He’s an original, a restaurant guy if there ever was one. Next came Hicham Azhari. He and his team built both Salt and Little Alley Steaks. Literally changing the market and improving it, driving it year after year for a decade now. And more current is the excellent Table & Main and Osteria Mattone, both killer, never repeated, original, one of a kind. Both are from the brain of Ryan Pernice and executed by a remarkable team. And let’s not forget a guy like Andy Badgett, whose Fickle Pickle brings an “A” game every day and his new Sugar Shack is a sweet spot for sure. But recently there have been several less than impressive openings. None of these places are terrible but the word mediocre comes to mind. If these new guys were first then I doubt Canton Street would be what it is... or was. With enforced bland, an aversion to risk and standardizing yourself down you forget food is art. I would rather eat at a greasy dive with heart than any overpriced average place with a cutely worded menu and stupidly overpriced wine and booze. I like meeting the creators or at least knowing they are there on-site and involved. I find that if you can’t meet the creative staff in a restaurant you usually are not in the right kind of place. I don’t want corporate, or even that mentality, taking over what we just rebuilt. Avalon is Avalon. And that’s great. It’s obviously a hit and you can’t argue with that but Canton Street is different. Roswell will never have an Avalon, heck people here would literally explode if it were even suggested. Actually it has been proposed and they did explode…just ask anyone near Martins Landing about the Riverwalk development. Right now the historic district in Roswell is at a turning point and Canton Street is the centerpiece. There are numerous moving parts to this that involve politics, desires of residents, developers and yes the surrounding business models, all eating away at the core of what Canton Street represented. How can you help? Get involved. Don’t think that local elections are of no consequence, and remember every dime you spend is a vote. It tells people what is important to you so when you spend it spend it wisely. For the sake of any Roswell resident lets hope these respective parties come together and remember what started this success was local folks working together, bringing passion everyday to make this a truly unique place to live and visit. ❍





ROSWELL GETS A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Creating Culture and Molding Minds at Vickery Mill Elementary By Jessica Diamond It’s back to school time and Vickery Mill Elementary, named for the historic textile mill on nearby Vickery Creek in Roswell, will open its doors for the first time. The mill was the driving force behind the construction of the City of Roswell and now the school is a driving force in the continued development Principal Adam Maroney in front of Vickery Mill Elementary. of the historic district. “Fulton County students actually voted on the school colors and the mascot,” Principal Adam Maroney said. “We are the blue and lime green owls. The community has had a lot of input on decisions like this and many others. It’s not my school, it’s our school and we all get to write its history together.” When Maroney learned that he would be the principal of Vickery Mill late last December, he envisioned a school that could be a blank slate with the opportunity to create something totally unique. He also committed to gathering input from students, parents, and community members to ensure that the culture of the school reflected the needs and values of its families. “That’s the wonderful thing about all of this,” Maroney said. “We don’t yet have a culture, so we have the ability to define that culture and shape it ourselves. I’ve been working on setting the stage for that culture over the last couple of months. We will establish our own traditions and determine our mission and vision together. We are a blank page right now, apart from our colors and our mascot. This year, we will build our school’s culture and we will show the community what we stand for.” Unlike many brand new schools, Vickery Mill’s new building has already been broken in by Esther Jackson Elementary students who used the facility last year while their new school was being constructed. The furniture is all in place and the maintenance has been done. The new staff has ensured that new textbooks have been ordered and all of the technology has been updated. The building has also received a fresh coat of paint to give the school that “brand new” look, smell, and feel. “I’m so excited for this year to start. We are going to be a community of learners with high expectations for our kids. We want them to learn and achieve on the highest level.” Maroney said. ❍



I find myself in the unique and fortunate position of moving my mother in with me and my children in the very near future. It is unique for us because we didn’t plan on certain circumstances turning out the way they have. It is fortunate because my kids will have all the time they want with their doting and affectionate grandmother, and the benefit is equal for her. Through interacting with her and her friends, I’ve noticed a bothersome trend among my generation, the children of these ladies and gentlemen, that has moved me to express my opinion. It seems as though my generation, “Gen-Xers‚” are dealing with our parents in not such a respectful way lately. Sure, we like to rely on them for child care (guilty) and hosting family get-togethers, using their empty basements or garages for storage space, and reserving time at their lake or beachside properties, but in the day to day, I fear that many of us grown-ups have forgotten what it is to be grateful, to say thank you, and to treat our parents with respect. I’ve watched, on several occasions, friends of our family suffer with medical issues with seemingly no help from their grown children. When accidents happen, as they do, the older woman will be treated as a nuisance by her adult daughter, criticized as though she is the child. I’ve always heard of this role reversal taking place, and I’ve seen it to a certain extent, but in my mind it was a much more loving attitude than that of punishing a naughty toddler. I’ve seen friends of mine clearly take advantage of their parents for “nanny duties” with rarely a thank you to give to their parent, who is tired beyond belief after doing the work of someone thirty years their junior. And when a mistake is made by one of our parents, it seems the first rush to judgment is that they’re losing their marbles. My generation, all nearly middle-aged grownups today, are by far the most comfortable, financially successful, and accomplished people ever. And we owe the majority of our success to our parents, who gave us this privileged life to grow up in, great educations, and have supported us in so many countless ways. It doesn’t seem fair that many people brush their aging parents aside and want them to sit idly by and grow old while we enjoy the very best lifestyle that any culture around the world could offer. I hope that my rant will inspire someone to notice an aging parent, on any given Wednesday at any given grocery store, and cause them to take a moment and be courteous, hold a door open, reach for something they can’t quite reach, or let them ahead in line. Then maybe even go home and call your mom or dad and tell them thank you for paving the way to our enjoyment of these great lives we all have. ❍ 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.








East Cobb A new Baskin Robbins recently opened on Lower Roswell, next to the Papa John’s. This is one of eight freestanding units in Georgia. There is seating inside for about 25 and another 12 or so on the patio. In addition to ice cream, you can order custom ice cream cakes with a 24-hour turnaround. Cherry on Top Delights, a new bakery featuring custom cakes, cupcakes, sandwiches and other yummy goodies, opening on Woodlawn has scheduled their Grand Opening for Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be giveaways, treats, and activities for kids and adults. Sage Social Kitchen and Bar is still Cherry On Top Delights grand opening set for Sept. 10 on schedule to open late in early September. Sage Social Kitchen will be a combination of both Sage Woodfire Grill and Spice Brick Oven Kitchen. Diners will enjoy fresh fish, seafood, handcut steaks as well as tapas and handcrafted, wood-fired pizza. As reported last month, Highlands East Cobb is under new management. The new name will become Red Doorway Restaurant and Lounge. As you enter the “red door”, you will find the best of local entertainment in a “cabaret-type” setting that will include live bands, blues and jazz, trivia, and karaoke. No ordinary “bar” food here, look for changes to the menu to include chef specials such as “spizzghetti,” pork sliders, reuben rolls, and bone-in rib eye. Appetizers will include made from scratch hummus, fresh mozzarella, tomato basil platter, and flat breads. The manager cut her “chops” at one of Atlanta’s iconic rock clubs, Charley Magruder’s, which was known for its quality live entertainment and cold beer. You be assured there will be both at the Red Doorway. The old Pizza Hut, on the corner of Sandy Plains and Hwy. 92, will become a hookah bar called Kasbah Bar and Bistro. The bar, which will be more restaurant than bar, will serve upscale Mediterranean-style tapas and seat about 60 people. Anticipated opening date is after Labor Day. Sorry to disappoint you ladies, but what was hoped to become a DSW in the old Michaels on Roswell Road, will be an American Signature Home Store instead.

Alpharetta/Johns Creek

Architect D. Tracy Ward rendering of Liberty Hall

Let there be liberty or maybe Liberty Hall. Recently the Alpharetta City Council voted to approve plans for Liberty Hall a 4

Roswell There is a big piece of history for sale in Roswell. Mimosa Hall, a 30-acre site with a 6,300-square-foot house is for sale at $7.85 million. The home built in 1847 sits next to historic Bulloch Hall, which is a part of Roswell’s historic Mimosa Hall is for sale at 7.85 million home trilogy. This property features 21 acres of developable woods that wrap around Bulloch Hall and are accessible from Coleman Road. Rumors are circulating as to whether the City of Roswell would purchase the site. While the price is high, the option of it going into the hands of a private owner or developer could present problems. Recently two new websites launched, shocking I know, but these are unique in that they are devoted to issues specific to Roswell. A development site called www.together-roswell.com aims to provide useful information while trying to foster a sense of unity in what is sometimes a toxic online environment, especially where development is concerned. Additionally another site, www.exploreroswell.com, was launched by the Historic Roswell Business Association. This site will feature highlights of “things to do” in historic downtown Roswell. ❍


story mixed-use concept next to Smokejack BBQ. This is yet another piece to the growing and vibrant downtown Alpharetta scene. Plans include dining, retail and office space. The kicker though will be top floor, which will feature The Founders Club offering 19-foot ceilings and roof top access. Chef Mel Toledo of Roswell’s Foundation Social Eatery will be featured at the Salud Cooking School at Whole Foods Market Avalon. FSE features creative improvisation with seasonal ingredients, and craft cocktails, they have quickly become a neighborhood-dining destination. Toledo is one of the best local chefs and this is a great opportunity to see him up close. This takes place on Aug.18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more info visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com. The City of Johns Creek recently passed new noise regulations. The new regulations use a Chef Mel Toledo “plainly audible” standard to determine whether amplified sound from an entertainment venue is violating the ordinance. According to the plainly audible standard, a violation occurs when listener with normal hearing can understand speech, whether the voice is normal or raised, and whether the listener can distinguish repetitive bass sounds and musical 37 Main gets complaints about nosie rhythms without the aid of a listening device at a receiving residential property. The issue was prompted by complaints from residents who live near 37 Main, which is a 17,000-square-foot, 900-seat restaurant, bar and music venue that opened in May 2014 in an adjoining commercial center. There have been longstanding complaints from homeowners in the Medlock Bridge neighborhood about noise during concerts. More specifically, residents have stated that the music is so loud at times that they can hear the lyrics or the bass from their property. The new law also prohibits operation of power equipment for landscaping and yard maintenance equipment on residential between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., not before 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and not before 10 a.m. on Sundays. A Stakeholders Committee of residents and business interests drafted the noise regulations after several meetings.



The Real Farm

Our food chain is sick. The wheels are greased by


evidenced by human obesity and animals raised under

A Tale Of One Man And His Cattle By Frank Mack

waste, pollution and misery. The proof is all around us brutal conditions. All of this leads from a huge trillion dollar industrialized system that goes about feeding over 300 million Americans everyday. Every bit of this is understandable. We have to eat, make a living and survive within the same food chain. I like to believe in human decency and I don’t believe that most folks go into a business to be purposefully cruel to animals. It’s a tough business and like many, operates on slim margins. A solution, however, would be nice. A solution to just a little part of the beef industry would be great. People try. We all see the “farm to table” label these days. What does that even mean? It all comes from a farm somewhere and yes eventually lands on a table so isn’t it all farm to table? I started asking around, to folks I trust, about farm to table, in an effort to understand just what is going on. I followed a lead about a different guy and a world-class steak. I fully expected to find a bunch of bull. And boy did I find it.

The Man

Columnist Frank Mack and Farmer Steve Whitmire visit Ulysses at Brasstown Beef

Meet Steve Whitmire of Brasstown Beef just across the Georgia border in the North Carolina Mountains. He’s a tall, no BS, good ol’ American rancher who talks like Twain, walks like Wayne and invents like Jefferson. He is a man on a mission to reinvent the cattle industry. He’s a man changing how we raise, feed, and care for feed animals from the ground up. His Brasstown Beef is producing world-class beef that we can all buy and enjoy guiltfree. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention he has a pet bull weighing a mere 2,800 pounds. His name is Ulysses and he actually comes when Whitmire calls. The beast is as gentle in his hands as a new puppy. But this story is about the best beef you can buy and it’s being raised just a couple of hours away. At present there are only a few local restaurants and one grocery store


Steve Whitmire is a man on a mission to reinvent the cattle industry. Whatever it is, however it is used, if it (Whole Foods) that carry Brasstown affects this industry it is huge to us and Beef, which is processed in their own even bigger on a planetary scale. family plant and sold here in the Southeast. At the end of this story, and The Formula through it all, you really only need to What goes into the cattle is just half know that it’s about you eating the the story. What comes out and into our most succulent, perfectly marbled, all ecosystem is just as big a story and just natural, good for the cow and you, beef. as important. The science behind this You see Whitmire may have found a is huge. At major universities reports very large part of the answer but first inches thick are coming out but it we need to understand some of the comes down to this. Steve Whitmire problem. A concept like farm to table has figured out the perfect balance of (F2T) is brilliant on the surface. We all what goes into one end of the animal. get it, fresh is best, one taste and no His cattle eat 100% organic without smarts can tell us that. I love the idea drugs, hormones or antibiotics. He of local producers selling to local retailraises the best beef on the planet with ers selling to local residents. Keeping 99% of it USDA Grade A mouthwaterthe dollars local is always good but ing delicious. business is business and it’s hard to Whitmire can see through the hide have serious standards and keep them to tell you what kind of beef is in every away from the accountants. A trillion cow he raises. While they may not live dollar system like the beef industry to see old age the cows are happier and doesn’t change easily, if at all, just healthier than any you’ll ever see. How because we wish they would. Whitmire and Brasstown Beef change Another difficulty in this is that it is the cattle industry is still to be seen but so easy to just BS the whole thing. I let me give you the highlights, which wish I didn’t have to say it but most places will put minimal resources into cannot capture the totality of everything I’ve learned but should give F2T just so they can put a logo on the menu without doing the required work you a taste. ☛Beeves (cows to y’all without poo to truly source their food. To be real on your boots) have several stomachs. F2T you must source, prepare, and Whitmire found a waste product that serve carefully grown, handled and or when added to feed provides an raised products whether they be plant unusual enzyme, which produces or animal. desired marbling and flavor to the beef. Millions of people are involved in The net result is better tasting feed, it’s this. We eat a lot of beef, 28 millions cheaper to use, replaces several suppletons annually. That’s a lot of cattle, ments, saves money, feed, land, hormones, antibiotics etc. Continues on page 34


F2T, continued from page 33


and removes waste from another industrial system. It also cuts down on the methane from the other end. ☛ Grassfed is a myth. No grass by itself carries the nutrition needed to raise a half-ton animal. But if you assist Mother Nature by replanting with the best grasses, weeds, and natural mix available, the animals in return will self- feed the best mix for the best results. ☛ Free range is a myth. If what you want is tender, marbled beef, it is best they don’t have to travel like Gazelles to find food and water. The cattle know where the best feed is and will move along to it by themselves. ☛ Cattle are stupid but like most of Mother Nature’s creatures they instinctively know more then we can understand. Whitmire harnesses the animal’s own instincts to their furthest advantage. It’s what he calls Free Choice Feeding and Free Choice Grazing. I could go on and on but if you add another ten secret feeds that Whitmire has come up with in some wonderful version of Yankee inventiveness and good old boy understanding of the world around him and couple that with his sixth, seventh, and eighth senses about his charges, the world may change yet. Understanding an animal at a deeper level allows your animals to choose by their own senses and intuition. Being able to turn that intuition into measurable science that others can duplicate is both genius and priceless.

You can buy Brasstown Beef locally at Whole Foods stores, and in North Georgia at Ingles. “Serving the best is what our customers expect. It all matters, everything we do, every choice and Brasstown is the best.” But don’t just take his word. In Roswell both Table & Main and Osteria Mattone serve Brasstown Beef. Chef Woody Back at Table & Main grilled us burgers for a talk about all of this. Over dripping hot burgers we went into quality, what it means and how it matters. “The best out of a kitchen starts by letting only the best into the kitchen. Brasstown is the best, hands down, that is easy to say,” Back stated. Quality to me is nice because it leads to consistently great food. But to guys like these, it is way more important. It is their business, their lives, and their The End Result Bragging about a good steak is easy. families depend on their taste. Me? I just have opinions but those opinions I’m not talking about just one steak; are now based on dozens of meals at I’m talking about never having a bad the ranch, out on the town or in my steak again. Now that’s a goal! Locally, you can find Brasstown Beef own kitchen. I can honestly say this is at several restaurants. The Castellucci the best beef on the planet. Whether you grill, pan, stew, pot or burn it, the Food Group serves it, Sugo in Johns Creek, Double Zero in Sandy Springs, beef is all 100% perfectly marbled and flavorful all the way through. The Iberian Pig, and Cooks and Brasstown isn’t just good beef, its good Soldiers in Midtown. These guys run some of the best restaurants in Atlanta ranching and good animal husbandry. and if they don’t know good from great It is great for the environment and your family. I had to convince myself then no one does. first. Now I want to convince you. This “This is the best beef in America. is the real farm in farm to table. ❍ Period,” said Federico Castellucci.

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