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HEALTH p 17
PAIN TREATMENT SPINE HEALTH ARTS p 14
A PATCHWORK OF STORIES
The Abbey of the Holy Goats
MODERN MOM p 16
SWIM MEETS ARE SCARY FOOD p26
OF BISCUITS & BBQ & THE SWEET LIFE
How Kathy Davis abandoned her goat farm fancy and turned a birthday present into a career. p 32
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Author Talk Lauren Weisberger
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
(The Devil Wears Prada)
July 20 at MJCCA The MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta) is hosting author Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada. Weisberger will present her newest book, The Singles Game, a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy—the perfect summer read. The event will be “In Conversation” with Jenn Hobby of STAR 94’s “The Jeff & Jenn Show,” and will take place at the MJCCA at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. A book signing will follow. Ticket prices $10 to $15. Books available for purchase from A Cappella Books on the evening of the event. 678.812.4002, or visit www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival. >>MOVE OVER, JUSTIN
Chukkar Farms TGIF Concerts
July 28 – August 7 at Bulloch Hall Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play Driving Miss Daisy is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man. It has taken the form of a long-run Off-Broadway success and an Academy Award-winning film. Bulloch Hall is located at 180 Bulloch Avenue in Roswell. For specific times and more info visit www.bullochhall.org or call Jeannie Hinds at 770-485-3143.
Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta features concerts once a month April through October that are produced by Atlanta Plays It Forward, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting worthy charitable/community organizations and causes. All concerts start at 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month through October. All concerts are “Chastain-style” so bring your own picnic basket and beverages and come prepared to have a wonderful evening under the stars. On July 15 you can see The Jeff Pike Band, which plays classic rock and reggae from the ’70s and ’80s. This is a great place to take your kids and teach them that’s there’s more to life that Justin Bieber. Chukkar Farms is located at 1140 Liberty Grove Rd in Alpharetta call 770-664-1533 for more info.
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Currentchoices The Month in Preview JULY 2016
>>40 IS THE NEW 30
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40th Anniversary at the CNC
Throughout July The Chattahoochee Nature Center is celebrating their 40th anniversary all year and in July they feature several special events to mark the occasion. On the 14th they have Sunset Sips from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Sunset Sips is a laid back, family friendly evening for you to explore CNC and bring friends for live local music, so bring your picnic to enjoy the evening and remember, there is a cash bar too! July’s performer is solo artist Garrett Douglas. Garrett’s young talent is striking as he expertly delivers originals and covers of bands of today and yesterday. Favorites include everything from Hall & Oates and The Beatles to The White Stripes and Jack Johnson. Garrett’s voice and guitar strumming covers so many genres— he’s bound to strike a chord with you. They also have more music with the Sundays on the River Concert Series. On the 10th enjoy summer sounds from the ’60s and ’70s with Bob Bakert and Friends. They will crank out tunes that you can sing along with—from Eric Clapton to James Taylor and the Beatles, Pop and Blues. And for something a little different how about the Moon Landing Paddle event taking place on the 20th. This is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing so of course a canoe trip is the perfect way to celebrate. For more info on these and other events visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. >>THESE GARDENS ARE A ROCKIN’
Through Aug. 19 Atlanta Botanical Garden Announces a Summertime Concerts in the Garden series with a diverse line-up of offerings at both the Midtown and Gainesville Atlanta Botanical Garden locations. The Midtown location will feature Neko Case/k.d. Lang/Laura Veirs on Friday, July 29. That will be followed by Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson with special guest A Great Big World on July 30th. In August the series concludes with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on Aug. 19. In Gainesville the series features the Indigo Girls on July 16 and concludes with Loretta Lynn on Aug. 13. Tickets are on sale at atlantabg.org and at Garden Admissions. Gates open at 7pm, and shows begin at 8pm. Seating is general admission, and ticket holders are welcome to bring blankets or low-rise chairs. Cash bars and food purchases will be available. >>HOPE IT DOESN’T RAIN
Music At Matilda’s
July 9, 23 & 30 Matilda’s located at 377 South Main Street in Alpharetta, hosts the Music Under the Pines concert series all summer. In July they feature 3 shows with Jennifer Daniels on the 9th, Gareth Asher and the Earthlings on the 23rd and Barry Richman on the 30th. Daniels is a singer/songwriter whose voice is similar to Sarah McLachlan’s. With the kind of voice that stops every passer-by on it’s sheer power and resonance, Gareth Asher’s music has grabbed the attention of some pretty impressive names in the music industry both in and out of the Atlanta area. And be sure to catch
Legends of Jazz: Billy Strayhorn
July 17 at The Velvet Note The Justin Varnes Quartet plays tribute to the music of Billy Strayhorn. As with the entire Legends of Jazz series, Mr. Varnes will guide guests in an engaging, narrative form, through the life of this legendary bassist as well as the impact that his life influences had on his musical legacy. In this show, audiences will find out about the extraordinary life and legacy of Billy Strayhorn. It’s like taking in a concert and taking a jazz history class at the same time, and this will also be a celebration of the Velvet Notes 4th Anniversary. Oh, and these guys also play their behinds off! The Velvet Note is located at 4075 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. For more info and tickets visit www.thevelvetnote.com.
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Glover Park Rocks!
July 29 The 2016 Glover Park Concert Series (Marietta Square) takes place on the last Friday evening of each month through September. Enjoy music under the stars and be sure to bring a picnic and blankets or set up your lawn chairs after 4 p.m. Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 6 p.m., but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concerts take place at 8 p.m., rain or shine. On July 29 they feature Members Only, an ’80s Party Band. Don’t forget to visit the square for Art Walk on the first Friday of each month. Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local original art. Enjoy late-night shopping, patio dining, fine art, and live music around every corner. Local artists are hosted by Marietta Square area restaurants, galleries, museums, venues, and boutiques.
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Richman, as he is one of the best guitarists out there. All shows start at 8:30pm with $20 tickets at the door. You can bring your own food and drinks and enjoy a night of great live music under the stars. Seating is limited so bring a chair. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
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THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF SUMMERTIME By Jessica Diamond
When we think of the seasons that bring people and families together, many people would think of autumn due to the major religious holidays, or perhaps Thanksgiving. As for me, I’ve always been partial to the summer season as a great time to celebrate togetherness. In the summer we have big street parties with delicious grilled burgers and we shoot off ﬁreworks that we probably shouldn’t be allowed to operate. We blast our music too loud and sing patriotic songs that remind us how lucky we are to live and play where we do. This sentiment tends to linger for a while with a kind of balmy, buzzing excitement and energy that is unique to this time of year. My advice? Don’t waste it! There are so many fun things to explore, and Georgia really comes alive in the heat of July. Around this time each year, the restaurants and gardens of Atlanta are ﬂooded with the sweetest,
most beautiful tomatoes you’ve ever laid eyes on. Those suckers are everywhere, and some of us can’t get enough of them. Tomato lovers can rejoice knowing that the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is returning for another year of tomato inspired innovation and sweet treats. Dozens of local chefs and mixologists will convene to offer their most tempting tomato based creations while guests enjoy live music and a beautiful summer day, rain or shine. Proceeds from the festival beneﬁt an organization called Georgia Organics, a non-proﬁt that supports and promotes local organic farms and sustainable food systems while connecting them with local communities for healthier eating and better living. If you are a lover of tomatoes (that is to say a lover of all things good and delicious), then you will not want to miss this annual treat. Get your tickets now at www.killertomatofest.com and make your way to Park Tavern on the afternoon of July 17. Eat the killer tomatoes, before they eat you! Growing up has its perks, to be sure. There’s the independence, the unsupervised eating and drinking, the responsibility, the taxes… wait… but, have you
Chefs will offer their most tempting tomato based creations.
ever looked out the window of your ofﬁce and thought, “Wow, I really miss recess.” If so, turns out you are far from alone. Creative Loafing and Atlanta Sport & Social Club are teaming up to bring back all of your favorite playground games with Atlanta Field Day at Historic Fourth Ward Park this July 16. Relive the best parts of grade school (and none of
followed by a night of debauchery and taunting of the living in Virginia Highlands. Tickets go fast; get yours at atlantazombiecrawl.blogspot.com. How do you draw in a crowd to teach them about health and wellness? You lure them in with ice cream, of course. Get ready, folks, because I’m about justify an entire an entire day of eating ice cream. The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival is celebrating its sixth decadent year July 23 in Piedmont Park with countless ﬂavors of ice cream balanced by a wide variety of wellness activities and free health screenings. The goal is to prove that things like ice cream can be part
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the awkward puberty incidents) with games, tug of war, relay races, obstacle courses and a few new creations designed for adult competitors. Get ready to unleash your inner wild child with none of the playground bullies around to slow you down. Gather your team and get ready to battle for the title of King of the Field! You know it’s a Your inner wild child unleashed. title everyone at the ofﬁce secretly covets. To learn more and register your team, visit www.atlﬁeldday.com. While many cities around the world postulate on what they would do in the event of a zombie epidemic, Atlanta and its surrounding communities have long accepted and embraced zombie culture. Furthermore, natives have deduced that zombies are not only good neighbors (their successful TV show has generated impressive revenue for the state), but they are also excellent drinking buddies. To celebrate this continued peaceful and unnatural coexistence, Diesel Filling Station is hosting the 7th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl on the evening of July 30. Lucky ticket holders will be treated to a zombie makeover,
Make ice cream part of your healthy lifestyle!
Celebrate the peaceful and unnatural coexistence of zombies and humans at the 7th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl.
of a balanced, healthy lifestyle if combined with other healthy choices. Additionally, a portion proceeds and donations from the festival will be given to a mother of two with liver cancer as part of the 2016 Fight Cancer Health Initiative. So, there you have it. Stuff yourself with America’s favorite summertime treat, dance it off to live music and wellness engagement activities all while contributing to the medical bills of a local woman in need. Finally, a day of ice cream reﬂects a day of good decisions. Learn more about the festival and its wellness initiatives at www. atlantaicecreamfestival.com. These are certainly “don’t miss” events, but as always, be sure to get out and explore the greater Atlanta area. There is always something going on. ❍
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goals, and give each goal a deadline. 2) STICK TO THAT PLAN (revise it if your goals change)—Give your plan It was the Chinese philosopher the attention it deserves. Commit to Confucius who said: “Life is really working on each step of the plan simple, but we insist on making it until you ﬁnish it, and don’t let other complicated.” circumstances distract you. Focus Does life sometimes feel on what you can control and make complicated or overwhelming? progress. Celebrate when you What was the root cause? Was it re- achieve your goal! garding your career, family life, or It takes effort to do things well in something else? Were you out of life. Be wise. Start now. Here are sevyour comfort zone or out of time? eral ideas that may help: Through our years of serving oth- • Spend within your means; keep a ers, we have learned that a simple buffer each month and manage approach of building the right plan, your cash ﬂow wisely and having the discipline to stick to • Get organized; keeping your it, is the prudent way to approach ﬁnancial house in order helps alleyour ﬁnancial wellbeing. A life… viate stress simpliﬁed! • Consolidate and simplify; too When it comes to personal much of “anything” is not a good ﬁnances it is highly advantageous to thing do these things well: • Automate what you can to save 1) HAVE A PLAN—This can be as time and resources; save regularly simple as writing down your & use bill pay ﬁnancial goals and prioritizing them. • Have a safety net; save ample Give your financial plan the attention it deserves. Commit to To help make the plan more cash for rainy days—they do working on each step of the plan until you finish it, and don’t let complete be sure to record the steps happen other circumstances distract you. • Save early and often for your you need to take to accomplish the
LIFE IS EASIER WHEN SIMPLIFIED!
Meaningful Conversations About Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders
goals; we’ve never heard anyone complain they saved too much • Diversify, diversify, diversify; don’t keep all your eggs in one basket • Seek qualiﬁed advice when topics are too complex; it’s usually money well spent If you don’t have a ﬁnancial plan or if you lack the time or expertise, seek help! Life’s a journey, navigate it wisely. Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $500,000. www.odysseypfa.com. 770-992-4444, Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.
Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America premieres July 14 at CNC. Produced by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. all the beauty that our great partners at By Jon Copsey the Chattahoochee Nature Center have You can’t keep a good man down. to offer.” Neither can you stop a good song. With Audience members will have the opboth in mind, the Georgia Ensemble portunity to enjoy all of the amenities Theatre is returning with Almost of the CNC and bring a picnic to dine Heaven, John Denver’s America. Back on site. There will also be a cash bar by popular demand, the musical available. Patrons may reserve seating celebrates the work of America’s either at a table under the pavilion, or beloved troubadour, John Denver. His enjoy lawn seating under the stars. The songs make up much of the soundscape CNC will open at 6:30 p.m. on performof the ’60s and ’70s, with their honesty, ance nights for ticketed patrons to passion, and love of nature and enjoy the exhibits and grounds, with mankind. Featured songs include show time starting at 8 p.m. “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on Performances will run Thursdays My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” and through Saturdays from July 14 –30, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” 2016 at the Chattahoochee Nature The show proved to be GET’s best Center’s Ben Brady Pavilion, 9135 selling season opener in 2013. The proWilleo Rd., Roswell, Ga. 30075. duction was brought back in a concert Chris Nelson, Executive Director of format last summer in partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center the CNC for a successful run outdoors added, “We are looking forward to partby the beautiful Chattahoochee River. nering with the Georgia Ensemble “Due to unprecedented popular Theatre again. Both organizations demand, Georgia Ensemble Theatre is engaged new audiences by proud to bring this show back for the collaborating in this venture and bringthird time in as many years this July,” ing this wonderful musical to said GET Artistic Director Bob Farley. Roswell. Holding the production here “There will be some friendly faces in the on the banks of the Chattahoochee cast returning in concert to bring the River adds nature’s atmosphere to the audience their special signature to an show. We are pleased to include this almost endless array of John Denver’s cultural event with our year-long 40th hits. Topping off a great summer Anniversary celebration.” evening of music under the stars, we Reservations are recommended. have the added enticement of enjoying 770-641-1260 or www.get.org. ❍
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Planning for Roswell Plaza will be moving forward in the coming months. By Kirsten Ricci
People often site the parks in Roswell as a great reason to live here and boy do we love our parks! To that end they’re getting even better. In June, the Roswell City Council approved to purchase a large tract of land at the corner of Hardscrabble and Chafﬁn Roads. While every developer has begged and pleaded with the landowners to give them a piece, the City of Roswell has it. No need to fear a large high density development, this land will be transformed into a park probably used as athletic ﬁelds and will likely give a nod to the previous owners, the Spruill family, as it becomes time to name the new park. No timelines have been given as to when the transformation will begin or how long it will take, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available. This is fantastic news for homeowners in that area. The addition of the park will further improve the area from Roswell High School upwards toward Sweet Apple Elementary and create a connected and walkable environment. The Roswell Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently held a “Town Hall” meeting to discuss overall community development and provide some
updated info regarding Roswell Plaza (Southern Skillet), which is starting to gain momentum. The city owns the land, $5 million worth, and will soon be soliciting bids on development. This will be interesting to see what is proposed and what is approved. Most folks know that this is a pivotal time for the historic district and the location has long been coveted. While this is just speculation, it will most certainly be some mixed use and yes, higher density development, to make this a good and proﬁtable business decision for the City of Roswell. This is going to be a high priority for the city council and it could be a complete game changer for local residents. With the wildly successful City Walk Apartments behind it, the area has already seen a big upswing in home prices due to the new school (Vickery Mill Elementary) and of course the charm of nearby Canton Street. If you want to learn more about the DDA visit their site at roswelldda.com. Speaking of historic downtowns, there's an amazing historically themed building proposed in downtown Alpharetta right next to Smokejack BBQ. An entity called 33 South Main Street, LLC wants to redevelop an abandoned gas station into a four-story building with a restaurant, retail and ofﬁce space, and a rooftop social club. Downtown Alpharetta is leaps and bounds ahead with their growth and connectivity. This is a great proposal mixing old and new which sums up the area perfectly. ❍
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BALLET FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY The Georgia Ballet Announces A Family Fun Oriented 2016 – 2017 Season
By Spalding Negron
The Georgia Ballet has recently announced that its 2016-2017 season includes the classics Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty. In this new season, The Georgia Ballet’s focus is on family-friendly stories that we all know and love. This fall, travel along with Wendy and Peter on a magical voyage to Neverland with swashbuckling swordﬁghts, enchanting mermaids, and the colorful escapades of the Lost Boys. Usher in the holiday season with the timehonored winter favorite, The Nutcracker. In late winter, The Georgia Ballet will bring us colorful fairies, a magic spinning wheel, and the love between a prince and a princess in the beloved story of Briar Rose. “The productions we chose are fun for the audience as well as the dancers,” said Artistic Director Daet Rodriquez. “They allow for so much creativity and expression. Our last season was a lot of fun learning with me getting to know the dancers and the dancers getting to know me. While we always continue to learn, I am excited to be working with the returning members and the new dancers we have brought in. Their wide talents and backgrounds bring personality and style that I am excited to work with.” Peter Pan and The Sleeping Beauty will be held at the J. Alton Keith Theater. The Nutcracker will be held at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater. Peter Pan will start the season off Oct. 7 – 9,
The Nutcracker will kick off the Christmas season Nov. 29 through Dec. 8, and The Sleeping Beauty will wrap up the season March 3 –5. “One thing we have learned about our community is how important family is and that is what inspired our next season,” said Executive Director Joy Johnson. “Each production is a familyfriendly story that most everyone
knows. Now it is our turn to tell the story in a way that many have never seen before with ballet. We are very fortunate to have Daet Rodriguez as our artistic director. His passion and dedication can be seen every day he is in the studios. It has been an honor to work with him and have his international experience brought to Marietta.” The Georgia Ballet will also offer ﬁeld trips as part of their Art in Education program. Metro Atlanta school children get the opportunity to attend abbreviated matinees of the season performances followed by a question and answer session with the dancers and directors. Tickets and additional info are now available at www.georgiaballet.org or call 770-528-0881. ❍
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A Patchwork Of Stories Maxine Hess is the quilted storyteller. By Jessica Diamond | All images courtesy of Hathaway David Contemporary.
Local artist Maxine Hess has had an on-again-off-again relationship with creative expression throughout her adult life. Despite her continued pursuit of education, life unfolded in a way that did not create space for her art. For many years, her gifts lay in wait, unsure that they would ever come to fruition. Before ﬁnishing her studies, Hess married, had two children and began a career with the IRS. She returned to her studies upon moving to Atlanta from Boston and fell in love with printmaking. However, after her divorce, Hess stepped away from her art once again and didn’t return to it for many years. It wasn’t until her retirement in 2007 that she began to pick up her tools again. Thankfully, encouragement from a friend and mentor, Michael David, eventually won out and led Hess to a very important discovery. Despite a very traditional education in the arts, Hess found that her true artistic vision lay not in paint or pen, but in fabric. Hess attributes her inspiration to Hannah Baron, a German Jewish artist who escaped Germany during the rise of the Nazi party. “Her father was in textiles, so she started working with old family scraps and clothes,” Hess explained. “Her story really resonated with me. That was the turning point. Every time I think I might paint, something stops me. It doesn’t feel the same. I can create ﬁgures and faces and stories with the fabric that I can’t with paint. It’s my medium.” Each piece that Hess creates is a social commentary that touches her life personally, but also speaks to a few of the most sensitive issues in media today. Her work centers primarily on feminist themes, such as the constant struggle for women to reshape themselves into more objectively attractive forms. She often uses the image of a corset to represent this forced manipulation
“Still Bound By Fashion I” 2012 of the body and takes something heavily associated with women and marginalized people (fabric and quilting materials) and uses them to communicate something very different. Much of the fabric she uses comes from a family scrapbook and carries its own narrative, adding personal depth and richness to the pieces that affects each person differently. Hess also focuses on emotional, politically charged societal ills such as human trafﬁcking, rape and gun violence. Many of her pieces are layered in such a way that the viewer notices different things depending on their proximity. For example, she takes an image of a large assault riﬂe and covers it with layers of pretty, sheer lace. From
“The Corsettes” 2013 far away, the image of the riﬂe is somewhat concealed. Up close, the viewer can see it very clearly and feel a creeping anxiety in seeing something so deadly draped with such innocent looking fabric. The issue of gun violence resonates very strongly with Hess, who lost her own father to unidentiﬁed gunmen in the wake of violent racial tension in Boston. Though the case was never solved, police and the family believed it to be an anti-Semitic hate crime. He
With Hess’s layered pieces, the viewer notices different things depending on their proximity.
was shot in his own store and nothing was taken. Hess clearly remembers seeing the outline of her father’s body in police tape on the ﬂoor and noticing his hat lying nearby. “I’d never really talked about my father’s death before,” Hess said. “I have to thank Michael for helping me pull all of that out. It morphed into other stories and pieces along the way. I want more than a pretty picture to hang on the wall. Even when people don’t know the story, there is more there that causes others to have strong feelings about the work. For me, it is a way of putting it out there, and so it’s cathartic, but at the same time, what happens continues to inspire me. It never stops, because society never stops.” In addition to her visual statements of social commentary, Hess is involved with a number of art-focused organizations in Atlanta, such as the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Fine Arts Workshop. She believes it is particularly important for artists to involve themselves in the local art community in order to foster inspiration and
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Some works are focused on societal ills such as human trafficking, rape, and gun violence.
progress, as well as to make important contacts within the industry. “It’s about getting out of isolation. In my studio, I’m alone,” Hess said. “I like having feedback, and in these groups, we have critiques. My fellow artists and colleagues, they have different mediums and I learn from them. So it’s having that camaraderie and the ability to be inspired by each other.” Hess believes that this type of support is particularly important for young or amateur artists who are working to break into the industry and build careers within the art world. “The fear doesn’t go away. Some
Maxine Hess in her Woodstock studio.
“Children Should Be Seen (and Not Heard)” 2012
days I have to just walk in the studio and just do it,” Hess revealed. “If I had to give advice, I’d say don’t operate in isolation. Engage with other artists. Social media is also pretty important for getting your work out there. Get your work seen. Submit work to shows and get some feedback. And just really, hang in there. Do your work and keep working.” ❍
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SWIM MEETS ARE SCARY By Beth Nitschke
As much as I love the experience my children gain from participating in team sports, I must admit that swim meets, as a parent volunteer, are harrowing adventures that I did not expect could bring so much stress into my life. All parents are required to sign up for volunteer hours, or pay a fee to have teen volunteers (sneer, like they’re going to do anything) take their hours. My least favorite job is timing the swimmers. Timing the swimmers, stopwatch and clipboard in hand, is enough to put anyone in fear of their personal safety, particularly when you get a year-round, competitive swimmer, in whose world timing is indeed everything. Not only does the child want to know their 10th of seconds record holding time, but also there is inevitably a belligerent parent close by, peering over your shoulder to make sure your stopwatch is the most precise stopwatch on planet Earth. Second only to the stress of timing is answering kids’ questions about their event. “Do I do the backstroke ﬁrst in the IM?” Now, fairly, after doing this for 6 or 7 seasons, I should know the sequence of IM events, but I don’t. And then, there’s the medley, equally confusing. My kid just told me, “IM is butterﬂy, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.” You’re welcome, fellow swim meet volunteers. Medley is… she doesn’t even know! Now, onto the dietary dangers of swim meets. These things feature lots and lots of junk food. It starts with pizza, hot dogs, Cokes, and Powerade, then we move into packets of Skittles, M&M’s, Fun Dip, and Ring Pops galore! Chick-ﬁlA is about the healthiest offering there is, but at $5 a pop, the most expensive choice. It seems that there is nothing healthy in sight for all of these athletes. Consumption of junk in the heat of summer can lead to regurgitation, just saying. I’m not opposed to junk food just the consequences after consumption. Then we have the inevitable thunder delay. Surprisingly, June, in Georgia, is the rainiest month, (I checked the Farmer’s Almanac.) This is swim season. Historically, it rains every afternoon, though it hasn’t this summer. Often, we have severe thunderstorm warnings. So, for obvious safety concerns, the swim meet is brought to an abrupt and complete halt. Totally reasonable and understandable. The thunder delay requires all participants and attendees to vacate the pool and pool deck, and hang out until the Doppler weather team deems it safe to get back in the water. Problem is, there’s a thirty-minute delay after each rumble of thunder. So, you can see my nightmare… children jacked up on sugar, frustrated and being naughty. Angry parents who want to pick a bone with you, and another thunder delay, thirty minutes longer to the meet that will never end. Ahhh, the joys of parenting. ❍ Beth Nitschke is a native of the Roswell area. She is a mother of three, a home school mom, and a writer. She lives with her kids and their family dog in East Cobb.
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PAIN TREATMENT HAS COME A LONG WAY By Debbie Keel
Patients often come to the hospital complaining of pain. We ask them to rate it on a scale of 1-10, but sometimes there’s more going on than just the pain, and sometimes patients need specialized care to address these ailments. We have many measures that can relieve their acute episodes of pain for a certain period, including everything from Tylenol to general anesthesia. But many of our patients, even if they visit us for another reason, have chronic pain. That’s the kind of pain that, even though it may ebb and ﬂow, stays with you for more than 12 weeks; maybe forever. Surveys report that 30-40 percent of the adult population, which is more than 116 million Americans, are suffering with chronic pain. Chronic pain is now a disease in its own right, not unlike cancer or diabetes—though it is almost always connected with a diagnosis of arthritis or cancer or another disease process. At WellStar North Fulton Hospital, the community is fortunate to have a distinguished and distinct Pain and Spine Center for outpatient treatment of chronic pain. In short, people suffering from chronic pain have options and can receive high-quality care for their ailments supervised by credentialed and expert Dr. Kenneth H. Joel of the North Fulton Pain and Spine physicians. Center consults with a patient. Pain treatment has come a long way. Treatment of chronic pain involves intense assessment and a broad array of treatments including medication regimens, epidural injections and much more. As the chronic pain specialty grows, a pain center needs to continually implement the newest, most well-tested treatment options available. Recently the Pain and Spine Center at North Fulton Hospital has become one of the leaders in the Southeast in implanting Nevro devices in an outpatient procedure. Nevro is the ﬁrst and only spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system demonstrated to be superior to traditional SCS therapy for treating back and leg pain. If you or someone you love lives daily with pain that limits their ability to live their life, please call the Pain and Spine Center at 770-751-2719. ❍
WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar July – August 2016 SUPPORT GROUPS
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 7/13 RN, Oncology Services Manager, at and 9/13, 10 a.m. 770-751-2556 for location and to to noon. register. A cosmetologist will discuss how to Lupus Support Group care for skin and Third Saturday of every month, hair to combat the 11 a.m. –1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal appearancemeetings to share experiences and related side learn from others. Guest speakers effects of cancer occasionally present and we also treatment. Free participate in some Lupus Foundation make-up and skin of America events. Contact Julie for care products are provided. more info: 404-626-2394 or Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. email@example.com..
Epilepsy Support Group
Saturday 7/30, 8/13, and 9/17. 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.
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 7/9, 8/13, and 9/10. 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 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, and 9/22, 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.
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.Carter@tenethealth.com. or call 770-751-263 1
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR*
Babysitting Workshop Saturday7/23, 8/20, and 9/10. 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.
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. Please call 770-751-2660 or visit www.nfultonhospital.com for more info and to register for classes.
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*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.
SAVE LIVES BEHIND THE FIND THE TIME TO WHEEL FORTIFY YOUR SPINE HEALTH
Doctors are often lauded for saving lives, but one WellStar North Fulton Hospital physician says drivers themselves can save lives. It’s as simple as making better choices that help avoid accidents altogether. Trauma is the number three cause of death overall in the U.S. every year. Emergency physicians note that trauma is often the result of poor decisions behind the wheel and WellStar North Fulton distracted drivers. More than 33,000 accidents a year are Hospital Pain & Spine Center. caused by texting alone. They may be able to determine “Distractions, which include texting, cause many car what diagnostic testing you accidents—the result of a driver taking their eyes off the road will need, as well as treatments for a mere few seconds. Texting is so distracting and therefore and next steps to set in motion. dangerous to drivers, that the State of Georgia has made it illeBack pain is more common gal while driving”, said Dr. Jigar Patel, an Emergency Medicine as we age, but it doesn’t have physician at WellStar North Fulton to be a normal part of life. Hospital. With some preventative action According to Dr. Patel, the number and lifestyle changes, you can of life threatening or life ending traufortify bones and joints- as matic accidents could be decreased well as the muscles significantly if drivers stopped using surrounding your spine- so cell phones, texting and apps while that you can help minimize or driving. avoid these painful issues as Asking ourselves the question, ‘Is you age. this phone call, is this text message, so Dr. Jigar Patel Create Your Recipe for a important that it’s worth risking my Healthy Spine by exercising to life while I’m driving’ is of critical importance, and a great remain ﬂexible, to strengthen habit for every driver to start. muscles and ligaments that It’s not just hospitals taking note of this dangerous habit. support your spine, and to Several years ago, Georgia lawmakers noticed that Georgia is help keep your weight at a suffering from around 1,000 text-related deaths a year. Now, healthy level. Weight-bearing state law prohibits drivers from texting, penalizing offenders exercise such as walking helps with a $150 fine and a point against their driving record. to build bones. ❍ But it’s still happening, landing drivers and their passengers Continues on page 20 in emergency rooms across the state.
From left, Michele Chen, NP; Ravi Dammanna, MD; Kenneth Joel, MD; and M. Shazad Wada, MD.
Did you know that 50% to 80% of people in the U.S. are affected by spinal pain at some point in their lives? And that low-back pain affects 50% of adults over the age of 60? You don’t have to let osteoporosis, arthritis, and resulting back and neck issues limit your ability to savor life. Put together your own recipe for a healthy lifestyle by making small changes in your daily life. When Should You Seek Out Spine Care? If your symptoms started after an injury and you are concerned, or aren’t better within 3 days after your injury. You should seek treatment immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: • Shooting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs • Continuous or severe pain while lying down
• If you are over 50 years of age and have not had back pain previously • Can’t touch your chin to chest or stand up straight • Have difficulty balancing or walking • Have a change in bowel or bladder habits • Have a history of cancer or osteoporosis • Take steroid medication • Use drugs or alcohol heavily • Have unintended weight loss • Develop a fever that does not subside A great place to start looking for answers is with your primary care provider, unless you already have a neurologist, rheumatologist, orthopedist, or physiatrist. Another option that may work for you is a consultation with one of the providers at the
THE NEW AND IMPROVED FOOD LABEL HEALTH
By Tracy Stark, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian at WellStar
For the first time since its origination in 1993, the Nutrition Facts Label is getting an overhaul! For more than 20 years, present day food labels have been the primary resource consumers use to assist in making educated decisions when purchasing food items. While this tool has been helpful, it has not kept up with new information that would help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took major steps in updating Nutrition Facts Labels for packaged foods. These changes were based primarily on updated scientific information, new public health and nutrition research, newly updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as public input. These changes will occur over the next two years and are designed to make it easier for people to make more informed decisions about their food purchases. Let’s take a look at some of the changes. New label features a revitalized design: While the classic look of the original label will remain, there will be important updates to make certain sections of the label more visible to consumers. Some of the changes include: increasing the font size for Calories, Servings per Container, and Serving Size. In addition, the number of calories and serving size will also be in bold. This new format will help draw more attention to calories and serving sizes, two very important elements in making healthy choices.
the amount of calories and nutrients in one serving and in one package. Examples for dual column labels might be a 24 ounce bottle of soda, a pint of ice cream, or a three ounce bag of potato chips. With new dual column labels, consumers should be able to more easily understand the actual amount of calories and nutrients they will consume by eating the entire package at one sitting.
Added sugars are now included! The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans along with other expert groups such as the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization all support a reduction in the intake of added sugars. Research has shown that dietary patterns lower in sugar sweetened foods and beverages are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. It has also been determined that it is difficult to meet our daily nutrient needs and stay within allotted calories if more than 10 percent of daily calories come from added sugars. On average, Americans get approximately 13 percent of total calories from added sugars. No surprise that the majority of these added sugars come from soda, sweetened coffee and tea, fruit juices, sport and energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, desserts, candy, sugars, jams, and syrups. The new label will include grams of added sugars and percent daily which will identify exactly how much sugar has been added to the product.
Change in required nutrients: When the nutrition facts label originated in the early 1990s, American diets often lacked Vitamins A and C. Since deficiencies in these two nutrients are now rare, they will no longer be included on the label unless manufacturers voluntarily do so. In contrast, many American diets are now Vitamin D and Potassium deficient which places them at an increased risk for chronic disease. For this reason, Vitamin D and potassium have been Serving sizes get a reality check: added to the label. Vitamin D is vital for its role in bone health and potasWhat was once considered a single serving has changed drastically sium helps to lower blood pressure. Calcium and iron are presently since the origination of the nutrition facts label. Present-day portion distor- included and will remain. tion along with disregard to serving size has been a large contributor to What about those pesky Trans Fats? overconsumption of food items for quite some time. Serving sizes will now Although trans fats will be reduced, they will not be eliminated from be more realistic in order to reflect the volume people typically eat at one foods as naturally occurring trans fats still exist and are therefore still retime. One thing to keep in mind: the serving sizes must be based on the quired by the FDA to be included. The “Calories from Fat” section has been amounts of food and drink people typically consume, not on HOW much removed as it has been determined that the type of fat is more important they should consume. A few examples: a serving size of soda was previously eight ounces and will be changing to 12 ounces. Ice cream was than the amount. For this reason, along with “Trans Fat”, both “Total Fat” originally set at 1/2 cup and will be changing to 2/3 cup. Nutrient informa- and “Saturated Fat” will remain. tion will also be based on the updated serving sizes so it will now be How about Fiber? reflective of what people actually consume. Percent daily values for fiber have been updated based on the 20152020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and consistent with the Institute Packaging matters: of For packages that fall between one to two servings, such as a 20 ounce Medicine recommendations. The Food and Drug Administration only inbottle of soda, the calories and nutrient information will be required to be cludes naturally occurring fibers as well as added fibers shown to have a labeled as one serving as people tend to consume the entire amount in one physiological health benefit.
note will identify the total amount of a single nutrient per serving of food. The percent daily value will still be based on a 2,000 calorie per day intake, so is simply used for general nutrition advice, since not all people consume 2,000 calories per day.
When should we expect to see these changes? Manufacturers were given two years to comply with all final requirements, with one exception. Smaller manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales were given an additional year to comply. Foods imported to the United States are also mandated to meet the final requirements. The deadline for compliance for larger manufacturers is July 26, 2018. The bottom line is that I hope most people already use the Nutrition Facts label in some way. Perhaps it’s used to check calories, carbohydrate or fat content. I challenge us all to become more familiar with the label as a whole. Use this tool when grocery shopping to compare one product to another. Make smarter choices by learning to choose lower calorie, lower saturated fat, nutrient dense, higher fiber alternatives to some of those old favorites. The Nutrition Facts label was designed to provide consumers with information to assist us in making informed choices about the foods we purchase and consume. The information is available; now it is up to us to use for overall long-term health and nutrition. WellStar Nutrition Network offers a variety of nutrition services for the community, including individual consultations, group classes, weight management programs and support groups. Our providers include registered dietitians, nurses, physicians and psychologists, providing a sitting. Additionally, for products larger than the single serving identified, Percent Daily Value… what does this mean? comprehensive approach to nutrition education and disease prevention. but possibly consumable in one sitting, manufacturers are required to proThe footnote at the very bottom of the Nutrition Facts Label will vide a dual column for the label. The dual column label will provide both change to better explain what the “Percent Daily Value” means. This foot- For more information, call 770-793-7454. ❍
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Save Lives, continued from page 18 That’s where Dr. Patel and his highly-specialized trauma team come in. They work at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s American College of Surgeon’s Accredited Level II Trauma Center, where specialists including critical care physicians and nurses, radiologists, orthopedists, respiratory therapists and many others care for patients who have experienced lifethreatening trauma. “The Trauma team at WellStar North Fulton Hospital provides timely, compassionate and specialized trauma care to each patient. Members of the trauma team have additional training in trauma injuries and are assembled in rapid fashion for each patient arriving in our ER. This team provides a great service to patients in the Northern Metro Atlanta area and parts of North Georgia as well”, said Dr. Patel. Some trauma tends to be seasonal, with a spike in alcohol-related accidents in the spring and summer. Just one drink doubles the risk of dying in a car Ride Marta, take a cab, Uber, or Lyft if you’ve had too much to drink, accident. or if you cannot stay off your phone. But although alcohol is commonly known to cause accidents that lead to trauma and death, that doesn’t stop many people from taking the wheel. Americans get on the road 820 million times per year after drinking. Drinking slows down our reflexes, impairs judgment and decision making which allows the mind to wander. With new car services like Uber and Lyft, it has become easier and more affordable to find transportation alternatives when it is not safe to drive. In a perfect world, making better choices can keep many accidents from happening. It can be as simple as wearing your seatbelt or a helmet on a motorcycle. “It is well known that seat belts reduce deaths and the impact of serious injuries. Drivers should take this simple step to keep themselves and their passengers safe. Remember—always buckle up!” ❍
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SPECIAL EVENTS 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.
“Team Roswell” at the 2015 awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Roswell is named a finalist again this year for The National Rec & Parks gold medal. By Fred Mills
Rio is not the only place handing out the gold this year. For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department has been named as a ﬁnalist for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. No matter where you live, you have to admit the parks in Roswell are some of the best around. Many folks move to the area just to be near them and no matter if you live in East Cobb or Alpharetta at some point you’ve probably enjoyed the numerous facilities. “Each day, we strive to have a positive impact on the lives of those who live in the City of Roswell, and being named to the elite ‘Gold Medal’ category once again is a testament to the hard work of our staff and their commitment to excellence,” said Morgan Rodgers, director of the City’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “This is also a tribute to the continued support of the Recreation Commission, Mayor and City Council, and, most importantly, the citizens of Roswell, who are at the heart of everything we do.” Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal
Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through longrange planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. They are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected ofﬁcials. Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department is a ﬁnalist in the Class III category (Population 75,001–150,000) and joins three other ﬁnalists in the class that will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this year: City of Allen Parks and Recreation in Allen, Texas; Arlington Heights Park District in Arlington Heights, Illinois; and Mountain View Community Services in Mountain View, California. This year’s ﬁnalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the recipient will be announced at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, in October. To learn more about Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, visit www.roswellgov.com/parks. ❍
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ROSWELL PARKS GO FOR THE GOLD
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But that’s just me. Apparently, the number of Americans who practice yoga has skyrocketed since Ah, yoga. That mystical, 2008, when Yoga Journal began studies. Many of us contortionist, Gumby-like who do yoga, or “yogis,” consider ourselves beginners forever. I’ll deﬁne beginners as “yogis who feel like iddiscipline now practiced by iots because of the unnatural nature of the “asanas,” 20 million Americans. It known as “positions” or “poses.” This “beginner-dom” creates lean, supple bodies can last six months, a year, or in my case, permanently. My progress with the crazy movements and simultaneously is challenging. Michelle Pfeiffer once said, when encourages meditation to asked if she did yoga, “No. The human body wasn’t relax our minds, create calm, and conquer meant to move that way.” Thank you, Michelle. Supposedly, yogis can seek inspiration and selfstress. Seriously? transformation during the asanas. I’ll admit to I practiced power yoga every day for two years deﬁnitely being more ﬂexible and stronger the more I straight, and I gotta say it kicked my backside. How in practice, but I’m still the same “Di” who perennially the heck was I supposed to meditate while constantly has little work-life balance, and enters and exits classfalling over in “tree,” “plank,” attempted handstands, rooms the same ol’ me. Self-transformation sounds and “revolved triangle” poses? There’s nothing like watching your arms or legs shake with muscle fatigue marvelous, but it must be with the guy one mat over. There are many courtesies that must apply to yoga and your body literally falling back onto your mat with an audible thump. You just hope everyone else is classes. The ﬁrst is the banishment of gas-creating concentrating on keeping him or herself from thump- foods before class. Doing poses like spinal twists of ing onto their mats, too. the abdomen and bending the body in “forward fold” By Di Chapman
MY Adventures IN YOGA LAND
SUMMER SKIN PROTECTION IS IMPORTANT FOR SENIORS
and 4 p.m. If you do go out in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), making sure to cover the head, lips, hands, neck, and ears. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing. This will this dramatically decrease your risk of skin cancer and help prevent other sun-damaging conditions. 2. While everyone should minimize their exposure to the sun, fair-skinned people, outdoor workers, and residents of sunny climates should use particular caution. If you have any risk factors, such as prolonged sun exposure, family history or a past cancerous lesion, you will beneﬁt from having Dr. Marcus B. Goodman, a Roswell-based your skin checked regularly by your doctor. dermatologist who regularly visits St. George 3. Another effective weapon against skin cancer Village to provide free skin care checks to is regular self-exams of your skin. Get to know the residents, believes that prevention is an important landscape of your skin and take an inventory of all key to maintaining healthy skin. He offers the moles. See a dermatologist if you notice changes. following tips for protecting your skin from the At St. George Village we believe in promoting sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, especially during good health. As part of that commitment, we bring the summer: top-notch health and wellness providers, such as 1. The best protection against skin cancer is to Dr. Goodman onsite for the beneﬁt of our minimize sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. residents and staff.
our skin. It’s your body’s largest organ and a powerful protector— and yet it often goes unappreciated until there’s a problem... like sunspots, wrinkles, or skin cancer. Older adults often have a higher incidence of skin damage than younger individuals simply because they have had more exposure to the sun over their lifespans.
Roswell dermatologist Marcus Goodman, M.D., provides free onsite skin care checks at St. George Village.
Come see how a healthy, active lifestyle is a priority at St. George Village. Call us at 678-9870402 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!
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After a strange breathing exercise, we started 23 poses. He pointed to individuals and hurled insults from his chair. Oh, oh. I knew what was coming. “You! Back there in the pink top. You’re ruining yoga!” Bingo! So much for the protection of the hotel space. I chuckled as I contorted to attempt his asanas, and it became even more insane. Bikram boasted about his abilities to escape Los Angeles’ laws. “I had 52 parking tickets after I opened my studio. I went in front of the judge and said, ‘Judge, your wife takes my classes. Do you think she’d want this?’ I walked away.” The stories continued. Nobody else found this weird but I had to laugh. I was in a classroom taught by Bikram Choudhury himself. Of course his tales of avoiding the law were somewhat foreshadowing future events. That’s the thing about yoga. It’s an adventure. People do stuff like wrapping their legs around their heads, walking on their knees, and hovering like a spider on both hands. And me? I accidentally ﬁnd myself in a classroom taught by the most controversial yoga instructor in the world. That, my friends, was a true adventure. ❍ JULY 2016 THECURRENTHUB.COM
and “down dog,” which push our rumps in the air, can cause embarrassing events that can choke surrounding yogis. In this category is also refraining from being angered when another yogi has taken your self-proclaimed turf, or “spot.” There’s no rule about this, and it’s ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve when you roll out your mat. Arrive early, and you can have your spot next time. Yoga was pretty much the same until a new version spread like wildﬁre: Bikram yoga. We ﬂocked to it in droves. Bikram is “hot” yoga, and studios everywhere started imitating this method involving a 104-degree classroom. I decided, “I’m goin’ in.” My workout in 104 degrees was a comedy performance. I begged my body to hold out until the end of the class, but with 10 minutes to go, I bolted to keep from fainting. No wonder it’s recommended that you get your doctor’s blessing before you begin. Unknowingly, Bikram yoga would create an experience that makes me howl with laughter ever after. I was at a conference in Vegas, and signs appeared throughout the hotel about a yoga class that welcomed hotel guests. I followed the signs in my workout clothes, a full pink top and cropped
spandex pants, walking through the hotel garden to a huge tent. I crept in with hundreds of people all dressed the same way. After a few moments I was approached by a number of women who said, “He’s not going to like what you’re wearing.” He? Who’s “he?” Then it happened. A little man appeared in a Speedo, his hair sticking up in the air in a short pony tale. He climbed up to the chair. It was the infamous Bikram Choudhury, and I was there. Soon, Bikram sat in his armchair barking commands. Turns out, it was a ﬁnal training for yogis who wished to teach his classes worldwide.
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ANNUAL COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE THIS SUMMER The Many Roles of Non-Stop Blooms that are not yet fully grown. Because annual root balls are small they are easy to move, or to add to conAnnual flowers are great tainers and hanging planters. Because annuals grow for adding living color to quickly they can provide almost instant color or the summer landscape. screening in just a few weeks. They bloom continuously There are hundreds of annuals available to the garall season, attempting to set dener, and thousands of varieties within these seed, complete their life species. They’re easy to grow from seed. Easy annuals cycle and then die. They are the type of seeds that classes of second graders provide pollen and nectar sow in time for Mother’s Day plants. In some cases— for pollinators like honey bees and butterﬂies while like Shirley Poppies—just throw seed out on the ﬂowering. And the more you cut annuals, the more they bloom, trying again and again to produce seeds. ground in January and wait for blooms in April. Seeds harvested from towering sunflowers are relished Annuals are economical to buy at the garden center. During this quick lifespan they pack all their by cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches, finches, grosbeaks, Choosing and combining different varieties can energy into ﬂowering, thus adding plenty of color to and even some woodpeckers. change and refresh the look of your garden each year. curb, front door or containers. Versatile annuals are ing a fence, pathway or entryway. Plant a series of For example, try a crisp red and white combination practical to grow. Because they are temporary, they containers or hanging baskets with annuals for a colone year, and a soft pink and silver selection the next. are great used as ﬁllers among permanent plantings Plant a pleasing composition using annuals, enhanc- orful display. Green Scene by Geri Laufer
Bachelor’s buttons, AKA cornflowers, are a true blue. Red wax begonias in full sun are covered with flowers for months.
Concrete containers in a public commons have an overall white and chartreuse theme, and contain coleus, sweet potato vine, fan flower, verbena, creeping Jenny, and petunias.
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driver) so they grow out into the soil • Sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer • Easy to grow (like 14-14-14) when planting • Provide brilliant color for curb • Add organic mulch around newlyappeal throughout summer heat planted annuals • Grow quickly • Inexpensive; easily started from seed • Water thoroughly every day if planting in July (don’t skip even 1 day!), • Charming and great to cut for ﬂower then as needed if it doesn’t rain bouquets indoors • Dead head the ﬂowers: pinch off • Bridge the gap after perennials are dead ﬂowers before they go to seed done blooming or before they start so new blossoms will grow • Perfect for containers: put color • Feed late in the month and again in where you want it August with a liquid, ﬂower7 annuals that are sure winners boosting fertilizer like 15-30-15 • PETUNIAS: Brilliant swaths of color 7 extreme annuals with petunias • TOWERING ANNUALS: sunﬂowers, • NASTURTIUMS: cheerful and edible hollyhocks, cleome ﬂowers with ﬂat, lotus-pad leaves • SWEET POTATO VINE: cascading vines • ANNUALS FOR SHADE: coleus, begonia, impatiens in chartreuse or oxblood • DROUGHT-RESISTANT ANNUALS: • ZINNIAS: cut and come again zinnias periwinkle, fan ﬂower for table bouquets • GROUNDCOVER ANNUALS: • SNAPDRAGONS: year-long color; cucumbers, sweet potato vine, plants bloom in fall, winter, spring petunias and summer • OLD FAITHFUL: geraniums, marigolds, • MARIGOLDS: bright golds chase poppies pests away • ANNUAL VINES: moonﬂower vine, • BEGONIAS: Wax or Dragon Wing morning glories, scarlet runner thrive in sun and heat, with both colbeans orful ﬂowers and leaves • WINTER ANNUALS: ﬂowering 7 tips on how to grow great annuals cabbage, pansies and violas ❍ • Prepare the planting bed or Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where container, adding plenty of soil she, graphic designer husband David, conditioner, humus or porous and English Coonhound Lily are workpotting mix ing on designing and installing a new • Unpot the annual and loosen the landscape for their new old house. roots with your ﬁngers (or a screw
7 reasons to grow annuals
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OF BISCUITS AND BBQ AND THE SWEET LIFE By Frank Mack
Spiced Right BBQ in Roswell is an old school joint that is a straight up winner in the local BBQ traditions and culture. These guys though have a special secret… brisket biscuits. I took a batch of these to the folks at work and that karma is still coming back! These guys do biscuits that are all that and I haven’t even gotten to those cinnamon rolls. It’s all steaming hot, twice as juicy as they look and even more delicious in person. This place is so family, honest, and All American it’s crazy. The young lady in the picture is Christy, the daughter of the owner Rob Holloway, who of course is in the back cranking this stuff out pretty much every day. Ahhh biscuits. A Southern thing to be sure and Spiced Right does ’em right. You may not know this place (635 Atlanta St. near the square in Roswell) no matter how long you've lived here. It’s easy to miss. Nothing fancy at all. But I
Christy Holloway serves up biscuits and cinnamon rolls at Spiced Right BBQ think that’s what makes a great “joint.” These guys do the best $4.95 breakfast around… hands down. They do several variations of biscuits but the brisket biscuit done “deluxe” with cheese, bacon and egg will make you forget about lunch and maybe even dinner. It’s succulent, travels well, eats great and is a honest value and an honest meal. There are zero ﬂaws to report. This is home cooking, by family, in their place. And you know it. You can taste it. No shortcuts, honest and real. From the beat up tables and chairs, old signs, and plain concrete. It’s not about controls. It’s
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oday, sales of alternative milks are soaring and are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2017, with almond milk clearly leading the way. The commercial brands are engineered to be shelf stable for almost 2 months. One week in production and the supply chain, 4-6 weeks in the grocer’s refrigerator and then an additional week once you’ve opened it at home. They can do this through UHT processing, the addition of preservatives, some clever marketing and questionable claims that have convinced consumers that it is “the health beverage.” At Kale Me Crazy there is a much fresher approach because the almond milk is made fresh daily. The process is simple. The almonds are soaked overnight in spring water to leach out the phytic acid. Important to do, as phytic acid impairs the absorption of beneﬁcial iron, zinc and calcium and
Kale Me Crazy features real fresh food and beverage options served in a sleek upscale environment — “Healthy habits start here.” may promote mineral deﬁciencies. The next morning the spring water is replaced with fresh spring water for every cup of soaked almonds, an organic date is added, a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt, and vanilla extract—then the mixture is cold pressed and “real” Kale Me Crazy Almond Milk, with 25-33% almonds, is bottled. It’s delicious on its own and serves as the dairy free base for several of their ﬂavorful smoothies. Because it is fresh and does not contain unnatural preservatives, the shelf life is three days. Kale Me Crazy is all about providing the community healthy options and the Almond Milk is a great example. Haven’t tried it? Perhaps it’s time. Those looking for a dairy-free milk alternative have probably come across
almond milk. After all, almond milk has just as much calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk and about a quarter as much protein. Kale Me Crazy is a local Superfoods Café and Cold-pressed Juice Bar featuring real, fresh food and beverage options served in a sleek upscale environment. Come and visit the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or a mid-day snack. They feature: wraps, salads, smoothies, acai bowls, and juices. Or, try them out for catering your next business lunch or event. There is no better way to tell your guests you care than by serving a healthy alternative. If you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle and want to make a difference in your eating habits, you can learn more about Kale Me Crazy by
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about smile inducing, happiness making home cooking. After these treats you’ll deﬁnitely be back for their BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, Canton Street in Roswell has picked up a new BBQ spot called GC BBQ (Grand Champion BBQ). First of all I see the business model here. It’s a great plan that will make a ton of money. It’s clean, staff well dressed and every plate will look like the one I was served. The process demands it. The food was less than inspiring but their bar and location will serve them well. In my opinion this is for the folks who are just visiting because within a stone’s throw are some real BBQ joints to savor. This being the July issue I thought I’d throw out some of my favorite places to get my pork ﬁx. Beyond Spiced Right we’ve got the legendary Swallow at the Hollow on Green Street in Roswell. Proprietor Bill Greenwood is as hometown as they come and has been doing it right for more years than any man should. Let’s not forget Dreamland for that delicious tangy, almost NC style BBQ sauce that goes so well with their delicious ribs. Over in Marietta the Williams Bros are my spot for a big beef rib that no one else touches, especially when they’re on my plate. These are all places with an actual smoke stack over an actual ﬁre. I love my food that way. With the love and experience of cooking in real kitchens you can over clean and “corporate up” what food is until it stops being real. Now to my favorite meal of the month I had at Made Kitchen and Cocktails in Alpharetta. These guys just knocked my socks off. Of course I shouldn’t be surprised because it’s a Sedgwick creation, the same guys that brought us Bistro VG, Vinny’s on Windward, Theo’s Brother’s Bakery, Aspens Signature Steaks, PURE taqueria and The Union Restaurant. If you did not know or were unaware, yeah, they are that good. Easily one of our regions top restaurant groups. They excel consistently. Made opened about a year ago and it’s a spectacular and gorgeous creation. I spoke with Chris Sedgwick just after it Made Kitchen and Cocktails features industrial décor opened and he said it was a bit of a pet project that allowed him to expand his own sense of design. Hand crafted from century old cotton mill beams, steel and polished concrete, the industrial décor features re-claimed shutters from the Jim Beam Distillery, oiled steel hanging lamps, reﬁned Carrara marble and an open kitchen designed around a hardwood-fueled, stainless steel grill. The patio alone is easily worth the price of a drink. On the right summer evening it should be the ﬁrst place you think of if you possibly can. This place will impress. Food wise I’m not sure what to call the style. Number one it’s full of twists and surprises. Small plate tapas and high quality Spanish ingredients emanate from the hardwood parrilla (grill). Chef Erick Balderama leads the enthusiastic kitchen staff with his passion for all things cured, fresh, and pickled, and the dishes deliver the authentic tastes of Spain. But don’t let me pigeonhole an ongoing evolving kitchen and staff. Let me just say. I like it, tremendously. Made Kitchen and Cocktails is located at 45 Roswell St. in Alpharetta. We are surrounded by superb dining rooms, talented people, and industrious creative small and local businesses. There are feasts and delicacies to be had all around us. It's right here and we are all very lucky to be here, eating this well. ❍
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GEORGIA REALLY KNOWS HOW TO EAT By Spalding Negron
Lists, lists and more lists. Seems like everywhere you look there is a top ten list of something and not to be left out the Georgia department of Economic Development’s tourism division has given us another list—this one featuring the “100 Plates Locals Love” that is a part of its annual Georgia Eats Culinary Guide. Several local restaurants have been Roux on Canton’s Crawfish Risotto was named as recognized in the 2016 guide. One of 100 plates locals love. the highlights is the Crawﬁsh Risotto (normally a weekend special) from Roux on Canton in Roswell. “With over 300 eating establishments, 200 of them independently owned, Roswell has options for every price and taste. Roswell’s dynamic and award-winning culinary scene draws visitors to our city, bringing huge economic impact. In 2015 tourism spending brought $103,176,003 to Roswell. Of that amount, $30,952,801 is attributed to food and beverage. Those ﬁgures do not include spending by our locals or nearby communities, so you can imagine how great the impact truly is,” said Dotty Etris, Executive Director at Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau. Nearly 600 “plates” were nominated via ExploreGeorgia.org. The nominations were collected in November 2015 and evaluated by a panel of judges. Beyond Roux, several other local dishes are featured including: the sweet chili glazed swordﬁsh steak at Reel Seafood in Woodstock, the fried chicken and biscuits at Chicken and the Egg in Marietta, and the short rib torchetti at Bite Bistro and Bar in Alpahretta. In addition to the guide the state is also sponsoring the second annual Georgia Restaurant Week that will take place July 18 –24 at participating restaurants. The event showcases restaurants to consumers and attracts new visitors. Several local establishments will be participating: Abbott's Bar & Grill in Johns “The list of ‘100 Plates Creek, Adobo Taqueria & Tequila Bar in Alpharetta, Common Quarter in East Cobb, Locals Love’ is our way of Drift Fish House and Oyster Bar in East Cobb as well as Seed Kitchen and Bar. providing visitors and As a part of the “100 Plates Locals Love” locals with suggestions, the designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats culinary guide, which is dissame way we would tributed via the 12 Visitor Information recommend restaurants to Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer our family and friends.” tourism website, ExploreGeorgia.org; and on Explore Georgia’s social media channels. “Georgia’s cities, towns and backroads are ﬁlled with authentic restaurants and culinary specialties that visitors love to experience when they travel,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the GDEcD. “The list of ‘100 Plates Locals Love’ is our way of providing visitors and locals with suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends.” The state launched a culinary landing page that features a culinary blogger, the Georgia Flavors videos, ﬂavor tours and more at ExploreGeorgia.org. ❍
COMMUNITY NEWS & NOTES By Tricia Morris
AT&T Is Coming For Your Yard If you live anywhere in the North Metro Atlanta area, and you own a home, your yard may be in for some unwanted changes. Throughout the area crews are laying ﬁber optic lines for a new AT&T gigabit internet service. There was little to no notice in advance of the digging and many residents are not pleased. We made numerous attempts to contact AT&T representatives but they offered no response. According to the City of Roswell they issued permits for the operation throughout Roswell. These lines are considered “public utilities” and as such homeowners have no way of stopping the digging. “Everybody in Roswell is going to have their yard dug for these lines. I don’t care if you’re the mayor of Roswell, this is coming,” said one private contractor who was not authorized to speak on record. Additionally, he added that this is an overall effort by AT&T to beat Google Fiber to the punch in the suburbs. Beyond Roswell, permits have been issued in Alpharetta and according to the contractor some areas of East Cobb may be affected as well. The digging will leave several large holes in each yard as they wind their way through each neighborhood. No word yet on when the service will be available.
EAST COBB Mezza Luna Pasta & Seafood recently opened their second location on Roswell Road in the former Hoof & Ale location. The ﬁrst, opened in Smyrna in Sept. 2013. Owners, Tony Strangolagalli, Pierluigi Tartaglione, and new partner Domenico Furfaro bring their Italian backgrounds to the business offering authentic Italian cuisine by using the freshest ingredients. Everything is homemade from the pastas to the sauces. They feature a nice selection of Italian and international wines for a true Italian experience. With names like Strangolagalli, Tartaglione, and Furfaro how can you go wrong? Continues on page 30
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Local East Cobb mom, Hailey Monette, started her cake business, Cherry on Top Delights, three years ago out of her home. Word of mouth from friends and Facebook has grown her business to a level where she decided to expand by opening her ﬁrst brick and mortar store on the corner of Lower Roswell Road and Woodlawn Road, behind Rescued Too and Niecy’s Café. Opening Sept. 1st, East Cobbers can get their ﬁll of cakes, cupcakes, and pastries anytime they want. In addition to these yummy treats, sandwiches, soups and homemade ice cream cakes and sandwiches will be sold. There will be a small amount of seating inside and on a patio. Chequers Seafood & Steaks closed last month with Sage Social Kitchen and Bar opening in the location probably in September. Sage Social Kitchen will be a combination of both Sage Woodﬁre Grill and Spice Brick Oven Kitchen. The menu will be similar to Sage, serving American cuisine with an international inﬂuence offering market fresh ﬁsh, seafood, hand-cut steaks, and more, all prepared over a hickory oak woodﬁre grill. They will also serve the tapas, hand-crafted pizza made at Spice. Highlands East Cobb on Johnson Ferry has been purchased by a new group of investors. While currently operating under the Highlands moniker, a few changes have been made, one being that smoking is now allowed. The interior has been renovated with new paint, ﬂooring and wall décor. The menu will stay the same, serving bar-type cuisine but a few additions have been added including more burgers and ﬂat breads. There’s live music with Thursday night jazz jams and Friday and Saturday live rock bands.
ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK Roundabouts are a growing trend and recently the Alpharetta City Council approved over $250,000 for design services on two new roundabouts. One will be at Rucker Road and Fairfax with the other at Rucker and Charlotte. No timeline for construction has been set. The Alpharetta Arts Center will certainly be a showcase facility as the city recently unveiled plans on the project. It’s a $2.8 million project that will be located at the corner of Canton Street and Mayﬁeld Road. It will be a combination of artist workspace and ﬂex space allowing for multiple uses. The building is centered by a theatre space and features walls that move allowing for special events, fundraisers, or exhibits. The exterior will feature greenery and sculptures, with the added possibility of outdoor concerts as well. Alpharetta II or as some people call it Avalon recently broke ground on a new hotel and conference center. Developers have the intention of giving this a residential feel that immerses guests into the surrounding community. The hotel will be from the Marriott corporation under their boutique brand of Autograph Collection Hotels.
ROSWELL Historic Barrington Hall has a lot of activity throughout the summer. Their Wednesday Evening Lectures take place on the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of the month in the home’s barn activity room. The series covers a variety of local and historic topics, with each lecture lasting approximately one hour and being followed by a Q&A. On Tuesday evenings they offer cooking classes. These take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the historic kitchen of the home and include complimentary wine and a mini-tour of Barrington Hall. Two newly hired chefs—Chef Wendy Gray and Chef Judith McLaughlin, will teach the classes. On the historical side, Barrington Hall is offering a Civil War in Georgia class on Tuesday nights in July led by author and historian Michael K. Shaffer. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, newspaper columnist, instructor, battleﬁeld guide, lecturer, and author of Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War. A member of the Society of Civil War Historians, he also serves on the board of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Shaffer earned his Bachelor’s and
31 Master’s degrees in Military History–Civil War Studies. Additionally they will be offering a genealogy course led by one of Atlanta History Center’s senior archivists Sue Verhoef—on eight consecutive Thursday nights from July 14 to September 1. Many of these events require fees or registration for speciﬁc info call 770-640-3855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This fall voters will have a TSPLOST referendum on the ballot. The City of Roswell is trying to educate voters on the possible projects that could be brought forward if funding is approved. This referendum would bring a projected $93 million to the City of Roswell for transportation improvements. To prepare for this possible referendum, all cities presented their lists of potential projects to Fulton County to meet the November ballot deadline. There are numerous projects on the table but the largest is the $60 million Big Creek Parkway. This project will construct a new alignment roadway from Old Alabama Road to Warsaw Road. Includes a bridge over SR400, a bridge over Big Creek, and improvements to Old Holcomb Bridge Road, Warsaw Road, and Holcomb Woods Parkway. For more info on potential projects visit the city’s website at www.roswellgov.com. ❍ JULY 2016 THECURRENTHUB.COM
The Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division sponsors a free concert series throughout the summer at the Newtown Park Amphitheater. The next musical act will be “Mothers Finest” on Jul. 22. Mother’s Finest has been described as a pioneering American funk rock band whose music is a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/R&B-style vocals. Their lively music and engaging performance is sure to entertain attendees of all ages. Food trucks will be onsite and beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Outside food and drinks (no alcohol) are allowed inside the venue. For those looking for a little more room, you can purchase round tables, for up to ten people, can be reserved under the amphitheater by calling 678-512-3200. The concerts are free. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the two-hour concert starts at 7 p.m. The Amphitheater is located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek. For a limited time, the Johns Creek Municipal Court is offering amnesty to individuals with past-due traffic citations and/or active bench warrants for failing to appear in court. In July and August, the amnesty program, the Court’s ﬁrst, allows individuals to resolve long-standing violations with the Johns Creek Municipal Court without facing additional related charges, and it allows the Court to clear past-due open cases from its records. Johns Creek Municipal Court has over 1,000 violations averaging $370,000 in ﬁnes that are eligible for amnesty. To take advantage of the amnesty program, visit Johns Creek Municipal Court at 11445 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek, 30097, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1 through Aug. 31.
WHAT IT TAKES TO TURN A DREAM INTO AN ABBEY By Jessica Diamond
“If I could do anything, I think I’d like to brew beer. Yeah, if only I could have my own brewery… that would be the life.” Chances are, you’ve heard someone say this or something similar at a party, a bar or a restaurant some time in the last ten years. It sounds like one of those wistful dreams that dances in the head of every cubicle minion at some point during their career. Brewing beer sounds like a fantastic way to spend the day, particularly for those who enjoy nothing more than kicking back with friends and sipping on a cold, frothy craft brew. Beer as a job? What could be more fun than that? With the craft beer renaissance that has swept the country over the last decade, more beer enthusiasts than ever before are making the leap from connoisseur to professional brewer. However, the reality of owning a living, breathing brewery is rarely the sparkly, sudsy experience that others expect. Kathy Davis, owner of Abbey of the Holy Goats brewery in Roswell, is one of the few who took the dream all the way from conception to successful reality. “Owning a brewery is owning a business, ﬁrst and foremost,” Davis said. “Brewing is probably less than 10% of the work. People think it’s all brewing and
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I didn’t approach this as a ‘woman in a male dominated industry.’ I just did it.”
drinking, but we’re creating a product. We have to do all of the mundane, business minded tasks that go along with that.” In addition to creating a business from scratch, entrepreneurs like Davis are tasked with a creative challenge as well. Not only does the beer need to taste good and make it from the keg to the customer through a very strict, regulated process, but it also needs to have its own unique identity. Abbey of the Holy Goats is unique in two major ways: ﬁrstly, the tasting room is decorated in the style of an old, medieval style abbey complete with heavy iron ﬁxtures, stained glass windows and a long, custom made wooden table down the center of the room. The room is sprinkled with images of goats, paying homage to Davis’s appreciation for the animals. At one point she seriously considered career as a goat farmer. “My parents got me a brew kit for my birthday one year, instead of the goats, and I fell in love with it,” Davis explained. “I think that’s a common story for home brewers. When I started going to competitions and doing well, I could see a future in it. I went to culinary school and worked as a chef in my early twenties. Then I went back to school for business after the economic crash in ’08. I wanted to make beer that paired well with food, so I started making it.”
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That is the other factor that sets the Abbey apart. Davis brews Belgian style beers that are speciﬁcally designed to pair with different types of food. Unlike wine, beer is rarely brewed with food pairings in mind. As a former chef, Davis saw an opportunity for something a bit different. “Our beer speaks for itself,” Davis said proudly. “It’s very different from anything else on the market right now. People seem to like the fact that it’s not typical, and it has been selling well. We have our own lab here and are always working on new ideas. We will be releasing seasonal brews soon, such as a mango wit that will go great with pork. It will be a great summer beer. In winter, we will focus more on things like a chestnut winter warmer. We also have a sour program, but that’s more of a long-term project. It can take up to three years for a good barrel aged sour.” Beer from the Abbey is currently distributed throughout the metro Atlanta area, but Davis would like to see it expand through all of north Georgia by the end of the year. Online reviews continue to reﬂect positive feedback with the only criticism being that the tasting hall of the Abbey is too small. Davis is currently one of few female brewers in Georgia and a minority in the industry, but she anticipates that recent shifts could change that. “There is a perception sometimes that women don’t really drink beer. Which is strange, considering women were the original brewers up through the 14th century,” Davis explained. “There seem to be more women getting into drinking beer, to be sure. With the advent of craft beer, more women want to drink it and pursue brewing. These beers have a depth of ﬂavor you don’t Continues on page 34
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ﬁnd elsewhere. There are plenty of social beer clubs around here, some of which are exclusively women. But I think it’s not necessarily the beer that deters some people, but the idea of manufacturing. It can be backbreaking work. Historically, women were not encouraged to haul kegs around or drive a forklift. Obviously, things are different now. But I can thank my parents, because these things didn’t really occur to me as deterrents. I didn’t approach this as a ‘woman in a male dominated industry.’ I just did it.” Davis was not been afraid to get her hands dirty at any stage as inevitable issues came up and money continued to run out before the brewery got its sea legs. She did much of the build out of the Abbey herself and continuously reached out to friends and local resources for support. “If I could give any advice to other entrepreneurs, it would be these two things: the ﬁrst is more logistical. Reach out to your small business development centers. Get a board of advisors around you that know more than you do. Who you surround yourself with is the key to your success. You cannot succeed alone. The second thing is this: if you don’t do it, you’ll always regret it. Oh, and quadruple your
budget right off the bat.” Davis admits that out of the many things she’s done in her life, creating Abbey of the Holy Goats was the scariest. She admits to thinking about the many other things she could spend her time doing. However, when asked the question “If you don’t do it, what are you going to do?” Davis realized that she would always regret not taking the leap. From that day on she has been a passionate, driven, creative entrepreneur who constantly chases new ideas and challenges. “It gets inside you,” Davis said. “I couldn’t be this passionate about anything else.” Like many home brewers, Davis had a picture in her head of what a career in beer could be like. Unlike many home brewers, she strapped on her boots and made her vision into a reality. Abbey of the Holy Goats continues to draw a diverse crowd of old and new beer lovers from all over the Atlanta area and beyond to its unique tasting hall. In a highly competitive market, Davis’s creation stands out. Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery is located at 4000 Northﬁeld Way in Roswell and they offer tastings on Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more visit www.abbeyoftheholygoats.com. ❍
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