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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

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The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, held in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, was founded in 2010 to highlight America’s Favorite Dessert—ICE CREAM, but also includes a variety of health and wellness engagement activities, fitness routines, food and non-food vendors, live local musical entertainment, and a morning 5k Fight Cancer Walk. Come enjoy America’s favorite dessert, BUT also be ready learn to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle all year long.

July 12-28 Georgia Ensemble Theatre and the CNC are partnering to bring back the music of Johnny Cash with the hit performance of Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash. This show was wildly successful last year and the supremely talented cast is back. From vintage country to rockabilly, and rock-n-roll to searing ballads of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire tells the story of the Man in Black through his music. For more, see page 7.

Tired of people telling you to vote? Well Roswell INC has something more fun than politicians to vote on… your favorite drink! Throughout the month of July you’re encouraged to visit the many restaurants in Roswell participating in the Summer Sippin’ event to judge the best drink in Roswell. For a list of participating restaurants and to download the app visit www.summersippin.com.

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Old Atlanta Classics

Chicago & REO Speedwagon

Summer Adventures

July 14

The new Summer Adventures Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center is a great way to enjoy the wetter aspects of the CNC and test your outdoor skills. Be sure to wear your swimsuit, you’ll get wet on this day filled with adventure, featuring canoeing on Kingfisher Pond, fly fishing, water adventures area, and great activities for kids. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

July 14 & 21


Family Food Truck Fridays at Riverside  Park

July 27 On the last Friday of each month through September you’ll find an array of different food trucks each month, as well as entertainment and fun for the whole family, at Riverside Park in Roswell. Amenities include a spray ground (for a nominal fee) and two playgrounds. You will also want to bring your blankets and chairs along with your favorite beverages for a fun night out to listen to some great music. In July the band Classic Recall (pictured) will be performing some of your rock favorites. Also this month they feature food trucks Cousins Maine Lobster, Deep South Biscuit Co., and more. Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Drive in Roswell.

This event is the first in a series of two United States Equestrian Foundation National rated shows. Riders from all over the United States come to Wills Equestrian Park in Alpharetta, to participate on a National Level. In addition to some of the finest riders and horses competing in their regular classes, they compete in a $10,000 Jumper Classic and a $2500 Derby. Wills Park is located at 11915 Wills Road in Alpharetta. For more info visit www.eliteshowjumping.com.

There is classic rock then there is classic rock and with these two bands performing together, the hits will be full of nostalgia. Fans will be treated to a deep catalog of hits from both bands. Chicago, in a show unlike any other they’ve done before, will perform their historic album Chicago II in its entirety, followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will electrify audiences with hits and fanfavorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Take It On the Run,” and more. Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

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Star Wars, The Last Jedi

July 21 Free family fun at Riverside Park in Roswell: Bring a picnic along with lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening under the stars filled with great music, playground fun, and a free screening of Star Wars The Last Jedi. Food and drinks are available and may be purchased at the concession stand. Movies begin at dark.





ROSWELL’S RECIPE FOR A GOOD TIME oswell has gained an outstanding reputation as a destination for foodies and those who simply enjoy a great meal with family and friends. It has the ultimate “Good Time” recipe for an evening out, date night, or a weekend get-away with numerous opportunities to indulge in decadent delights as well as healthy options that satisfy the soul. Award-winning cuisine from over 200 independently-owned restaurants and a booming craft beer scene combine with history, nature, art, and culture to make Roswell, Georgia a place filled with great experiences. Throughout the town you will find reflections of its modern spirit and southern soul. Continental cuisine, down-home cooking, southern BBQ, farm-fresh foods, and an array of mouth-watering culinary encounters await you, as you gather around a Roswell table. Canton Street, with its vintage storefronts, is bustling with vitality, having among its many awards the designation as a Great Places in Georgia–Great Street. Against a vintage backdrop is a lively dining landscape, where bricked pathways lead to restaurants and sidewalk cafés, a coffeehouse, shops and art galleries, all tucked into period architecture. Here are just a few of the unique eateries awaiting your discovery! Focused on incorporating authentically international flavors into the menu, 1920 Tavern is introducing its creative concept to foodies. Pastis offers diners a taste of fine French cuisine at affordable prices. Roux, a southern-style restaurant and bar with Cajun influences, ranges from fresh seafood and raw oysters to organic salads and unforgettable burgers. For fine Mexican fare, check out Ceviche and be sure to try the famous traditional ceviche, which is their namesake. With a comfortable pub-like atmosphere where friends become family, Salt Factory is a great place for a variety of flavored beverages and contemporary cuisine. In a charming Victorian house lives The Fickle Pickle Café, home to


Gate City Brewing Company? How does the name Variant relate to the concept of that beautiful brewery? And, how does From the Earth Brewing Co. reflect its philosophy? Fascinating stories, all. Filled with so much fun and tasty delights, you might need a bit of exercise from all the enjoyment! Well, we have that covered too. Old Mill Trail takes you on an interpretive hike; the covered pedestrian bridge leads you into the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; the boardwalk that meanders along the river’s edge from Azalea Drive to Willeo Road lets you stroll while enjoying beautiful scenery; Leita Thompson Memorial Park has trails, beautiful plants to observe, and a wonderful dog park. Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at the Roswell Visitors Center and enjoy learning about Roswell’s history as you add some extra steps to your daily routine with this historic district walk. If bicycling appeals to you, check with Bike Roswell for their schedule of challenge to eat in every Roswell tasty comfort food and “dill-licious” rides and events, after all, Roswell was eatery—there’s approximately 200. gourmet sandwiches with a Southern the first Georgia City to achieve status In addition to great dining twist. Just a short drive away, The Mill as a Bicycle Friendly Community. experiences, Roswell Brews! Brews up There’s so much to experience in Kitchen’s menu is indicative of the area... an eclectic mix of American fare, a good time, that is! Three distinctively Roswell, so be sure to stop by the from soups and wraps to entree salads different craft breweries offer a variety Roswell Visitors Center at 617 Atlanta of beers and unique experiences for and specialty dishes. Adele’s offers a Street and let the Visitor Information their customers. While visiting them, New Orleans flair, Mac McGee Irish Specialists help you find more interestPub offers a unique dining experience, be sure to ask what inspired the name ing places to see and things to do. ❍ and Rice excels at Thai cuisine. BistroVG is exceptional and Peach and Pork Chop offers fresh and wonderful food. Table & Main specializes in seasonal and southern fare meaning but the bourbon bar is not to be missed. Over 50 bourbons,ryes, and American whiskies offer a great selection for your sipping pleasure. You may also hear a great bourbon story or two, or perhaps share one of your own. There are so many more outstanding restaurants in Roswell! We can’t possibly mention them all, so please check out visitroswellga.com for additional ones that we haven’t been able to mention. Why not make it a





By Jeff Wode

The month of July is packed with activities to keep us occupied as the summer moves along. I will start with a passion of mine: tennis. The BB&T Atlanta Open is set to take place July 21 through July 29 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. In my opinion, it’s crazy to have a tennis tournament in Atlanta in the middle of the summer, but I’ll take what I can get. This year the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open singles champion and tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios of Australia will return in an effort to steal headlines and perhaps cause a controversy or two. Kyrgios, 23, is currently ranked No. 24 in the world. In addition to his 2016 title in Atlanta, he won the 2018 singles title in Brisbane. In 2016, he also won on the hard courts of Tokyo and Marseille. His career high ranking is 13. “I  look forward to returning to Atlanta for the 2018 BB&T Atlanta Open,” offered Kyrgios. “I was disappointed last year, when I couldn’t defend my 2016 title due to injury, but I look forward to once again seeing my fans and the friends I met during my stay in  Atlanta.” Defending  champion, John Isner (world ranking No. 10) and top American players Jack Sock (world ranking No. 14) and the Bryan Brothers (former world ranking No. 1) will once again return to the event that kicks off the annual US Open Series. They join a new mix of young upstarts  and current ATP World Tour top-60 players for the 2018 event. www.bbtatlantaopen.com. If you are a film buff and are interested in seeing films beyond the stuff playing in the big theaters, then the 15th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival is just for you. Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena.  The AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video. Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated (continues on page 19)



The 2017 cast reprises their roles in 2018’s Ring of Fire. Left to right: Scott DePoy, Christopher Kent, Chris Damiano, Laura Lindahl, and Mark W. Schroeder.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the North Fulton professional theatre company, is partnering once again with The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) to bring great music to summer nights in Roswell. Back by popular demand, GET will remount Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash on the Ben Brady Pavilion stage this summer. Performances will run Thursdays through Saturdays from July 12 – 28, 2018 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The supremely talented cast from last summer’s hit production of Ring of Fire is back. Chris Damiano (Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire 2017), Christopher Kent (Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire 2017) Scott Depoy (Almost Heaven John Denver’s America, Ring of Fire 2017), Mark W. Schroeder (Buddy Holly, Ring of Fire 2017) and Laura Lindahl (Ring of Fire 2017) will perform the rockn-roll concert-version of Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash. From vintage country to rockabilly, and rock-n-roll to searing ballads of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire tells the story of the Man in Black through his music. Over two dozen classic Cash hits including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and of course “Ring of Fire” will all be performed by the cast. With musical direction by Chris Damiano, GET continues its special partnership with The Chattahoochee Nature Center for a fourth consecutive summer. In addition to the show, audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities of the Nature Center and bring a picnic to dine on-site. There will be a cash bar available before and during the show. Patrons may reserve seating either at a table under the covered pavilion, or enjoy general admission lawn seating under the stars. The Chattahoochee Nature Center will open at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights for ticketed patrons to enjoy the exhibits and grounds, with show time starting at 8:00 p.m. (Please no outside alcohol or glass in the nature center.) Tickets are $16.50 per person for general admission lawn seating, $36.50 for reserved table seating under the Pavilion, and $365 for a whole table under the Pavilion (seats ten). Seating is limited, so advance ticket reservations are strongly encouraged. No group discounts available for this venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.get.org or by calling GET at 770-641-1260. ❍






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accounts are subject to required minimum distributions (RMDs). This is when Uncle Sam catches up to you by requiring a withdrawal with taxes deducted. To avoid a hefty penalty, your RMD must be taken from your retirement account on an annual basis, by calendar year-end. But what if you don’t need the income for current living expenses, or taking the income will result in paying higher taxes or increase your Medicare insurance premiums? If you’re over age 70 ½ , you have the option of making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Instead of taking an RMD, a QCD permits a direct transfer of up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified charity or multiple qualified charities. Depending on the amount of your




THE HOUSING MARKET FOR 2018… So far it’s all good By Kirsten Ricci

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is half over and our real estate market is still hot and momentum is not showing signs of slowing. Here is my state of the market update for 2018. While national statistics state that pending sales are slower than expected, the deep dive into the data reveals that lack of inventory is the cause. Home prices are on the rise and in our northern suburbs some areas are seeing 5% …win the beauty increases from January to June. Inside the perimeter the market is experiencing even greater growth in high demand contest, with areas such as ones with beltline accessibility. homes needing to Homes are taking slightly longer to sell in the mid $400s to $650,000 price point, if you fall in that category and are be move-in ready, considering making a move you will need to win the beauty sporting the latest contest, with homes needing to be move-in ready, sporting the latest stylings. That is the key, otherwise, you get lost in stylings. the mix and end up having to reduce the price to win the buyer. There is less than one month of inventory of homes priced under $400,000. This is having a great effect on neighborhoods that were once considered less desirable; they now see real gains in value due to location and affordability. The luxury market with homes over $750,000 has over ten months of inventory, which does not include builder shadow inventory. This is a buyers market for the high end, and represents a wonderful opportunity to move up into this arena. I am asked all of the time about what is driving this demand and if a correction is coming. While I don’t have a crystal ball, there are some facts to consider. We have over 100,000 people relocating to the Atlanta metro area every year, and that trend has been happening for nearly a decade. During the recession builders stopped building and when the recovery began there was a frenzy to purchase and there were low prices, low interest rates and new buyers who absorbed what was available. So now we have thousands of new people looking for homes, people who lost their homes during the recession are now able to purchase again, and we have the two largest population segments of mature adults and millennials in the home buying market. Also, people are more hesitant to move if they have been in a home less than five years, while on paper they have gained significant equity, the trade-up home could erode the gain due to the rise in home values plus rising interest rates, thus leaving the potential seller to stay put longer. So supply and demand continue to be the main headline along with the fact that our homes have been a great investment. Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net. ❍


Jazz Keeps Our Summer Hot By Fred Mills

I can listen to some good jazz just about anytime, but in the summer months it seems a little special. This time of year there are several spots to catch some great jazz. If you want to experience the outdoors and hear some great jazz the Jazz on the Lawn series at Callanwolde is just the thing. Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, salsa, fusion, smooth and blues, in a perfect setting for summer outdoor concerts. This series offers a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the  Callanwolde Amphitheater. On July 13 they have Joe Gransden performing. Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 14 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Additionally, on July 27, the series features Bradford Rogers. As a member of the house band for the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter Awards Series, Bradford has performed with such multiplatinum artists as Michael McDonald, James Brown, Bobby Valentino, En Vogue’s Dawn Robinson, Sleepy Brown, and CeeLo Green. His latest CD is entitled Guiro! For tickets and info visit www.callanwolde.freshtix.com. If you would rather avoid the heat and stay closer to home, the Velvet Note in Alpharetta is just the place. Considered by many to be the top jazz club in Atlanta, The Velvet Note provides a world-class setting to experience some great musicians up close and personal. On July 13 they feature songstress Lisa Chauntel. With undeniable roots in gospel, vocalist and composer Lisa Chauntel explores the diversity of musical genres from classical to jazz. She is influenced by such great musical talents as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Fred Hammond and Kim Burrell, just to name a few. Chauntel’s style and sound are without compromise and her music speaks candidly to the heart of all those who are open to hear. On July 20, Paula Champion & Friends will perform at The Velvet Note. Paula Champion got her professional start singing background for the late great Gerald LeVert. In addition to other credits, Paula Champion continues to tour in the states and overseas with “R&B Diva,” the Grammy-nominated Angie Stone. She has worked with multi-platinum super producers Kuk Harrell, Laney and Tricky Stewart, and Pharrell Williams. Champion appeared on The Mo’Nique Show, The Triumph Awards, and on TV-One’s Verses & Flows with the house band as a background vocalist. For tickets and show times visit www.thevelvetnote.com. ❍







On the second Sunday of each month through September, the Chattahoochee Nature Center features a concert series called Sundays On The River. On July 8 Atlanta native and up-and-coming performer Adron will be performing. Adron’s music is infused with an international texture and a remarkable vintage, yet completely original and personal sound. She playfully blends Brazilian samba, Bossa Nova, and Tropicalia with the sincerity and thoughtfulness of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson, with the full-bodied rhythms of 1970s Pop and R&B. This is perfect feelgood summertime music. Her new album, Water Music, due August 17, features the wistfully romantic single “Your Habitat.” The single was premiered via  Billboard, who said: “The song eases in with a dreamy synthesizer as the singer muses on creating a world just for two and slowly begins to expand as the elaborate production unfolds. It’s an airy trip that fills every space with lush instrumentation while also leaving plenty of room to feel every twist and turn that Adron’s assured hand has mapped out.” In August the series continues with the


He has helped raise his son and support his family with an ambitious tour schedule. This will be one truly engaging performance by a dynamic individual. Doors for these shows open at 6 p.m. and the concerts are set to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at chattnaturecenter.org. CNC has both lawn seats and table seats under their Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion available. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, and a cash bar will be available during the concert. ❍

BEN SOLLEE AND KENTUCKY NATIVE Electromatics on the 12th. These guys are a red-hot blues, jazz, and Americana group from Atlanta that has a fantastic stage show and overall performance. On September 9 the series ends with Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native. Ten years ago, Kentucky native Ben Sollee came to prominence singing Sam Cooke while playing the cello. Imagine that. In the decade following, Sollee has recorded roughly an album a year in a daunting variety of settings. He has composed ballets and music for films and for stage.



AMERICAN PASTA FACTORY OFFERS A NEW TAKE ON PASTA As I’m sure you are well aware, Roswell is home to many great restaurants. Most of these places are closer to fine dining but there is a new restaurant on the landscape called American Pasta Factory. Doing freshly-made pasta in a fast-casual concept, this place is anything but ordinary. Located at 1123 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, American Pasta Factory is operated by Octavio Malheiros, a Brazilian with Italian influences, and his son Victor who bring this innovative concept to Roswell. They make fresh pasta and sauces inhouse and allow you the opportunity to build your own meal by choosing from a variety of toppings. The process starts as you enter and begin to build your meal. First, you

crave. Then, you pick your sauce, each one housemade, they feature Pomodoro (tomato), Bolognese (meat sauce), Alfredo, Pesto, Vodka or Aglio and Olio (garlic and olive oil). From there you can add meatballs, Italian sausage, or chicken to your dish. Once you are finished you see your order prepared right before your eyes. You are ready to experience some of the best pasta you’ve ever had! Beyond the ability to create your own pasta, American Pasta Factory also features an array of house specialties if choose from four types of pasta: you would like them to do their thing. Rigatoni, Fettuccine, Spaghetti or the Two types of Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti house specialty Zoodles. Bolognese, Alfredo Four Cheese Ravioli, At American Pasta Factory, freshness Zoodle Pesto, Spaghetti and Meatballs goes beyond their pasta and sauces, as and the Mediterranean make for easy they also feature nearly two dozen fresh ordering. Should you not be in the ingredients such as baby arugula, mood for pasta there are other options spinach, squash, and green peas, plus on the menu to choose. And don’t forget traditional options like tomatoes, olives, to end your meal with a delicious basil, and mozzarella. With each order Tiramissu or Limoncello Mascarpone you are free to choose up to six cake! ❍ ingredients for the flavor profile you

American Pasta Factory 1123 Alpharetta Street Roswell, Georgia 30075 (678) 599-7301





We have a lot of opportunities to see great music without traveling very far. I love many of our outdoor venues, such as the Riverside concert series in Roswell and at the Chattahoochee Nature Center they do some great stuff at their concert pavilion. Beyond the local spots there are some big shows in the metro area coming up soon that are of note and if you love retro 80s rock, then Chastain Park in Atlanta is going to be your go-to place for concerts in the coming weeks. On July 11 the Retro Futura tour hits the stage at Chastain. This is a tour featuring some of the biggest acts from the 80s such as Modern English, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, and more. On July 18 two legendary acts Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunneymen perform. This will be a great double act as both of these bands contain most of the original members and in all honesty they have aged pretty well. If you went to college in the 80s you still have that Violent Femmes anthem “Blister In The Sun” ringing in your ears. Then on July 22 they feature the Life Tour that has Culture Club and our

There goes a narwhal: The B52s swim the Chastain stage on July 22.

own B-52s performing. I can say that without a doubt the B-52s are still one of the best live acts I’ve seen. Going on four decades now and I dare you to not dance during “Rock Lobster.” But wait there is more! The retro theme just motors along at Chastain. In early August they have the Lost 80s Live tour hitting the stage on August 5. This show features A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, and Berlin. Each of those acts were in heavy MTV rotation back in the day so for those of you over 50, take your vitamins and relive high school. If you want, let’s meet at my house, play some Atari, then head down for the show. Come on, you know you want to. For info on Chastain shows visit www.chastainseries.com. Okay so maybe the 80s

new wave wasn’t your thing. I have options. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden they have an outdoor concert series called Concerts in the Garden. In July they feature a show on the 13th with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. I’m not sure what happened to The Range but I’m sure Bruce will be bringing out all of the hits. On July 27 they have everyone’s favorite Doobie Brother Michael McDonald. McDonald has, of course, produced many hits with both the Doobie Brothers back in the late 70s and then as a very successful solo career. Each of these shows promises to be a great fit for the relaxed setting. For info and tickets visit www.atlantabg.org. ❍

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THE LONG DAYS OF SUMMER By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Remember a few months ago when we had snow on the ground? Remember how beautiful the flakes were as they began to fall outside your office window? Then, you had to drive home in it, cars bumper to bumper because that guy in front thinks he should brake going up a hill! And, I am feeling extra smart for telling my truck salesman that I live in Georgia and could never justify paying more for an All-Wheel Drive. Meanwhile, as I skid down Highway 9, all I could think was, “I cannot wait for it to be hot.” Well, it’s July, and it is hot. And with the change in temperature comes a common health challenge found mostly in the steamy days of summer: Heat Stroke. This is the condition that is most often caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Though all of us are susceptible, it is most common in very young children and adults over 65. Often, physical exertion will exacerbate the condition. Yard work and outdoor exercise are two contributing culprits. So, is a heat stroke dangerous? Yes, very dangerous! Without emergency treatment, your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles can suffer irreparable damage. The longer treatment is delayed, the greater the risk of serious complications or death. By now, I’m sure you are at the point on the article where you are saying, “just give me the bullet points already!” Ok, here are the signs that you may be having a heat stroke:


◗ High body temperature ◗ Altered mental state or behavior

◗ Alteration in sweating (ie, when you should be hot and sweating, you are cool and dry)

◗ Nausea and vomiting ◗ Flushed skin

◗ Rapid breathing

◗ Racing heart rate ◗ Headache

If you or someone you know displays these symptoms, call 911. Until help arrives, move the person to the shade or indoors, remove any excess clothing, and cool them with water, ice, wet towels, or whatever you have available. Focus on cooling the areas of the head, neck, armpits, and groin. Of course, the best way to battle heat stroke is to avoid its causes in the first place. Skip the hottest parts of the day, drink plenty of water, and wear loose-fitting clothing. It’s the summer after all. Take it easy and be thankful for no snow. (For more information, go to www.MayoClinic.org and search for “heat stroke.” WellStar is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families.)

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar JULY through SEPTEMBER SUPPORT GROUPS Lupus Support Group Diabetes SelfThird Saturday of every month, 11 a.m–1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. This others. Guest speakers group does not meet in the occasionally present and we also summer and will resume 9/18. participate in some Lupus The group is open to anyone who Foundation of America events. has or will have an ostomy and any Contact Julie for more info friends, family or supporters. Call 404-626-2394, John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com register or to obtain more information. Alzheimer’s

Ostomy Support Group

Stroke Support Group Association Caregiver Support Group Last Wednesday of each month Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 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 Epilepsy Support each other and learn about Group resources in your community. Call Third Wednesday of every month; Christine at 404-786-3433 for 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People more information. with epilepsy as well as their families and care-providers are COMMUNITY invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide EDUCATION American Heart Association time for attendees to share helpful information and resources CPR Classes from their own experiences. Friends and Family Please contact Tim for more CPR* information at 770-667-9363. Saturday 8/18, 10 –12 p.m. $25 Breast Cancer CPR course for those who do not Support Group need a course completion card. First Thursday of every month, 10:30 –11:30 a.m. BLS for Healthcare Cope and connect with others Providers CPR* who are facing the same Saturday 9/8, 9 –3 p.m. $60 struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services This course is designed for healthcare providers and Manager, at 770-751-2556 for professionals. location and to register. from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708.

Management Workshop Saturdays , 7/14, 8/11, and 9/8 9 a.m.The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Water Birth Thursdays , 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/6, and 9/20 at 7 p.m. Registration required. 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 WNFH. $30.00 per couple. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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FIGHTING FOR TWO Nurse navigator program gives support to cancer patient Keller de Aguero was just celebrating the news of her pregnancy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She saw a couple of doctors until she was referred by a friend to Laura Pearson, M.D., breast surgeon at WellStar Medical Group. “The moment I met her I knew I was in the best hands,” said Keller.

STAT Clinic WellStar North Fulton Hospital has its own STAT (Specialty Teams and Treatment) Clinic, a place where patients with breast cancer can expect to meet with a full multidisciplinary team of specialists and make treatment decisions faster than traditionally possible. The clinic’s goal is for patients to start treatment quickly – in days, not weeks or months. For more information or to get a physician referral, call 770-956-STAR (7827)

Within a month, she had surgery to remove the cancer at WellStar North Fulton Hospital and started chemotherapy treatment at the hospital’s Infusion Center. “The team of doctors and nurses at North Fulton went above and beyond in researching my situation and had a great attitude the whole time, even when we had small setbacks,” she said. “I felt they had an investment in me. I was not a number and we quickly became friends. When you feel that support your body heals faster.” Keller’s case was a special one for WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Infusion Center team members. “All patients are special, but Keller being pregnant was extra special and a little scary too. But we were there to reassure her everything would be alright and we would be with her every step of the journey,” said Sarah Bentley, R.N., who was Keller’s nurse navigator and chemotherapy nurse. Nurse navigators support patients and their families from the initial diagnosis of cancer through post-treatment follow up. Navigators remain next to patients the entire treatment plan, and will often be present during the MRI, biopsy and surgical procedures. On top of this guidance, the navigator often acts as an invaluable source of emotional support. “We are like a hand-holder, someone who’s there all the way from an abnormal result, through chemotherapy, day of surgery, and procedures. We do things like offering information about financial resources or escorting patients the day of their surgery,” explained Bentley. “Sarah (Bentley) and all the team made me feel early on that I could trust them. They respected my desires and they focused on my baby and me getting well,” Keller said. She remembers how after her surgery Bentley

made herself available, offering emotional and physical support. Her situation was unique but she said there was always someone ready to answer her questions and guide her through the process. Along her side were also her two daughters, her family, and her husband, whom she considers her biggest supporter.

A miracle Keller wanted to have a water birth at WellStar North Fulton, but her baby had other plans. She was born a week early, right before Thanksgiving, bringing joy not just to her family but to the clinical staff that had taken care of her mom during her cancer treatment. “Everyone was so happy when she was born. She was perfect and had no issues, which is a miracle. And now everyone is seeing her grow,” said Keller. “The day the baby was born was so special,” said Sarah Bentley. “We develop special relationships with patients. We’re not just hooking up an IV. We also provide spiritual and emotional care. We cry with them, we pray with them, we’re their cheerleaders.” Keller is focused now on her full recovery. She’ll be in treatment until the end of this year and is looking forward to celebrating her daughter’s first birthday. Tessa, whose name means harvester, will be one in November. “How appropriate that we celebrate her life right before Thanksgiving, a time of abundance and joy. Ultimately that’s what she brought to us, abundance in a time when we needed it the most,” said Keller. ❍

Tessa, whose

name means harvester, turns one in November.

How has been your experience working at WellStar North Fulton Hospital? I started here in April and I like it a lot. I live in North Fulton so I have a great commute. WellStar North Fulton has a very nice hospital community. All the nursing staff on the floors is very personable and everyone is working towards serving patients in the best way possible.

What kind of new services are you offering in the area?

Evelyn Reynolds, MD, joined WellStar Medical Group Gynecologic Oncology in North Fulton in April. She brings her expertise in treating pre-invasive and malignant conditions of the female reproductive organs to the North Fulton community, offering world-class care close to home. Dr. Reynolds received her medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She completed a Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and completed a fellowship program in Gynecologic Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Where are you from? I grew up in Rochester, New York.

How did you end up in Atlanta? I have four siblings. One of my sisters moved here 15 years ago. After my residency I lived here from 2005 to 2007 and then moved to the Midwest for my Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. In 2015 I found a job opportunity in Atlanta so I moved back here.

There hasn’t been a full time gynecologic oncologist in North Fulton for about two years. I’m glad we can offer this specialty at this location so patients don’t have to leave their community to access these services.

When did you know you were going to be a doctor? Both of my parents are nurses, but I was the only one of my siblings who was interested in medicine. Growing up, I thought both men and women could be nurses, but I thought only women could be doctors because my pediatrician was a female and she was an inspiration. When I was in high school Dr. Seuss passed away and it wasn’t until then that I realized that Dr. Seuss wasn’t a female.

Why did you choose to specialize in gynecology? In medical school I had to pick my field and I had to decide between pediatrics and gynecology. I liked the surgical aspect of gynecology and I have always been an advocate of women’s health.

And why oncology? During my residency I gravitated towards the surgical aspect as well as chemotherapy. I like the fact that I can create a long-standing relationship with a patient from cancer diagnosis, to recovery, cure and beyond.

You also have a passion for teaching? What attracted you to academia? Most of my career has been in academics. I like to impart what I learn on the field to others. Teaching is very special for me.

What’s your favorite part of your job? Nobody likes to hear about a cancer diagnosis. A lot of patients get anxious when they hear the news. But I like being able to reassure them that there are excellent treatment options and our goal is always to cure. I always tell my patients that we will be together in this journey.

What do you like to do with your family? I have two daughters, one is 3 years old and the other is 6. We like going to the pool and watching family movies.

Do you have any hobbies? I play tennis with a doubles team and I enjoy traveling with my family.

What’s your best advice for women to stay healthy? There’s a misconception that you don’t get gynecologic cancers after reaching menopause. However, uterine and ovarian cancer are more common after menopause. So I always recommend women to continue good gynecological care even after menopause and if they notice something different they should be seen by a doctor. And overall, exercise regularly and have healthy eating habits. ❍

“Growing up, I thought both men and women could be nurses, but I thought only women could be doctors because my pediatrician was a female and she was an inspiration. When I was in high school Dr. Seuss passed away, and it wasn’t until then that I realized that Dr. Seuss wasn’t a female.”






WellStar North Fulton Hospital

SPECIAL EVENTS Introducing the Speaking about Wellness for Women and Healthy Aging 2018 Quarterly Seminar Series

Heart Health Isn’t Just a Man’s Disease: What Every Women Should Know Tuesday, July 10 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and causes 1 in every 4 female deaths. Often, women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. A WellStar Health System Cardiologist will help you understand the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as how eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising you can help reduce your risks. Suresh Ramamurthy, MD, FACC, RPVI WellStar NFH Cardiology Group



Medication Safety: The How, When and Why of Taking Your Medicine Thursday, August 16 Did you know that some medications need to be taken with food and others with lots of water? Or that some medications should not be taken together? Should you take your medicine in the morning or evening? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this presentation to help you make sure that you are getting the best results from your medications and are taking them safely. WellStar North Fulton Pharmacists

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, August 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Give blood and help save up to three lives with just one donation. LifeSouth is a community blood center, which means the blood collected in your community goes to local hospital patients.

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: Do Our Chances Increase with Age? Thursday, September 13 Do you know the difference between Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis? Join us as an Orthopedic surgeon present on the differences including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.   Edward Holliger, MD, Resurgens Orthopaedics

Save Your Brain for the Golden Years Thursday, October 11 Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the United States.. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and what you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke. Blood pressure screenings offered Edna Kennedy MSN, RN Stroke Coordinator WNFH Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: LET’S SOCIALIZE! 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Facebook.com/NorthFultonHospital Twitter handle: @NFultonHospital

WellStar Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony for WellStar Avalon Health Park on Monday, June 4. The state-of-the-art, two-story, 40,000-square foot facility will provide Alpharetta and North Fulton residents with high-quality outpatient services close to home. Once opened, the health park is expected to see more than 80,000 outpatient procedures and patient visits in its first full year of operation. “WellStar is always seeking innovative ways to increase patient access to world-class healthcare, and we have found our network of health parks to be very successful at doing just that,” said Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president of WellStar Health Parks Administration & Development. “We are thrilled to bring this innovative, one-stop shop for outpatient healthcare services to patients and families of Alpharetta as it will complement the variety of WellStar outpatient and inpatient services in the area, including WellStar North Fulton Hospital located just a few miles away.” Scheduled to be completed in summer 2019, the health park will include primary care and specialty physician practices, urgent care, medical imaging, cardiac diagnostics, lab outreach services and OrthoSport physical therapy. Patients will have access to various medical specialties under one roof, including family medicine, OB/GYN, pulmonary, cardiology and pediatrics. “WellStar North Fulton Hospital has been a fixture in this community for years, and the opening of the WellStar Avalon Health Park creates a wonderful opportunity for patients and consumers to experience the high-quality care they have come to expect at the hospital in an outpatient setting,” said Jon-Paul Croom, WellStar senior vice president and president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “And with WellStar Connect, our electronic medical record platform, a patient’s medical record follows them wherever they go across the system, and is available to the patient online and on our mobile app.” One of five WellStar health parks, WellStar Avalon Health Park will be located at 2450 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Additional health park facilities include WellStar Acworth Health Park, WellStar East Cobb Health Park, WellStar Vinings Health Park and WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs, which is currently under construction. Combined, the health parks are expected to treat more than 564,000 patients in 2018. ❍

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Now here’s an interesting one for you: the second annual Atlanta Waiter’s Race on July 15. The Waiters’ Race is a century-old French tradition that tests the skills a waiter

uses every day to provide quality service in a timely manner. The original Waiters’ Race, organized to celebrate the excellence and dedication of the waiter’s profession, started in Paris and takes place in over 52 countries today. The concept of the race is simple: waiters have to race as fast as possible holding a loaded tray without spilling its contents. The best waiter or waitress wins. Okay it’s not exactly the Olympics returning, but you have to admit you’ve probably never seen a waiter’s race… this has to be on a bucket list somewhere. Le Bilboquet

and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta host and it’s produced by The Industry Fund, a non-profit supporting the restaurant industry. Participants will be judged on speed, service, and style. Participants will walk or run, using one hand to hold a server’s tray that will include restaurant-themed items. All proceeds will benefit the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers in crisis through financial assistance and a network of community resources. The race will be held on July 15, 3:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. I will end with the 6th Annual Cool Dads Soapbox Derby Festival, held on August 4 at the Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta. If you’ve never been to a soapbox derby, I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids. Dozens of entries featuring home made “cars” without engines compete as they race downhill to see who has built the fastest vehicle. This is a fun event and Cool Dads Rock is an organization worth supporting. www.cooldadsrock.com.


with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience’s expectations. Not a traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate. At Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta; for more info visit www.auff.org. The Roswell Beer Festival has been one of my favorite events for several years now and in case you have not heard, beer is big right now. On July 28 there is a new beer festival, the Great Southern Beer Fest, being held in Virginia-Highlands. With the South emerging as the next craft beer frontier, the Great Southern Beer Fest combines craft beer, country rock, and Southern food with a dash of soul. The best of the best Southern breweries will be on-site pouring samples of their favorite craft brews. Roswell’s own Gate City Brewing Company will be there and you will have numerous opportunities to taste many different styles from brewers across the region. For more info visit www.greatsouthernbeerfest.com/atlan ta.

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’all, I know it’s a holiday month, but I just couldn’t get the idea of secrets out of my head for this column. You see, I have a little secret. My secret has nothing to do with any tawdry or unlawful activity. That would certainly make this column considerably more exciting. But I still wonder if I’m outing myself a little too much by considering a tell-all. Okay, then, I’m goin’ in. You know, secrets come in all shapes and sizes and can be described in many a colorful manner. Consider just how many different classifications there are for secrets:

They can be “oops!” secrets. I could recite a keister-load of these. I’ve mentioned before that one of my funniest “oops” secrets

happened at home. I accidentally ran over my husband’s toolbox when I drove into the garage. Yes, I pulled up too far, in classic “Lucille Ball” style. I jumped out to see what I had surely wrecked. Oops. I said nothing. One day, he was hanging things for me, and announced he needed a specific tool that was in his toolbox. I sat straight up, eyes wide, and held my breath. I had kept it secret, and I was busted. Slowly, he came up the stairs from the garage. “It appears someone ran over my tool box,” he said. I never did admit I was the guilty dog. They can be in the “oh-oh” category. Ladies, I must out you on the number of times you drop your phones in public toilets. Why are you using your phone in a toilet stall to begin with? Then frantically, you grab any teenager or millennial you can find to save you and the phone. Who else can help salvage the beast? The back comes off and the insides are dried with a blower on the restroom wall. Girl, you’re lucky if you’re in a restroom that has this tool. Now the secret begins. No, you will not tell your hubby about this. He spent plenty on the phone. You turn to the children as well. “Don’t tell your father about this!” Don’t count on this one.

I sat straight up, eyes wide, and held my breath. I had kept it secret, and I was busted.


They can be embarrassing. I have been a speaker for many years, and have had whoppers on stage, along with comedic experiences like my slip dropping down around my ankles from under my skirt (Who knew the elastic was shot?), and hair adornments slipping down my bust line and falling onto the stage. I guess it could be worse. The hair stuff might fall down into my blouse, needing to be fished out. The “don’t tell mom and dad” secrets. Ah, yes. You remember, right? The secrets we had as kids. I remember scaling a third-floor building ledge when I was probably 12 years old, with my brothers. Heaven knows none of us wanted to find out if there would be carnage at home if our parents knew. We’d be sitting on donut pillows thereafter. That would have been more terrifying than looking down at the ground from a 16-inch wide ledge three stories up. This brings us to my secret life. By day, I’m known as a bright lady on the go, and reading books like Talk Like TED; reading business publications that focus on both current and future trends; and keeping up with politics and current events. I still love the “oldie but goodie” book Outliers. As a writer, I harness the words that want to spill out of my brain, sitting at a computer, taking “dictation” from my own head. Yes, it’s “flow.” Imagine reaching out to sentence fragments swirling in the air, and bringing them down to a sheet of paper. I’m a serious exerciser. Great classes abound here, and friendships are made during the torture. I enjoy building relationships with neighbors, merchants, shopkeepers, restaurateurs, and service providers all over town. I’m proud to be someone with whom others choose to spend time. So, here’s my embarrassing secret life: It happens after I prepare dinner and sit down to eat. The intellect in me stops. I morph into a couch potato, a blob, and a vegetable. I become like an immobilized teenager on a sofa, slumped like Gumby. I watch TV every night, anticipating when the killer is revealed, or Jack comes back to Jill in a rekindled love story. I dig watching “seals” blow up stuff. I love British productions, and the original 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still. I’ve flopped on the sofa many a time to watch Gort. I guess my secret is not so bad, after all. Picture yourself watching your favorite TV addiction. I’m slumped on the sofa, feet on the coffee table. And you? What? You use a recliner? Whoa. I’d keep that a secret! Happy July, everyone! Try to avoid the “oops” and the “oh-ohs!” ❍




CRAPE MYRTLE 101 A favorite southern shrub for seasonal interest and summer color.

Green Scene, By Geri Laufer

Need an easy, colorful shrub for the home landscape or a community area? Crape myrtle fits the bill. Classic southern crape myrtle is a useful, drought resistant flowering shrub providing summer color with a minimum of maintenance. Crape Myrtle Features ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗

◗ many varieties in a range of sizes, from 3 to 40 feet tall! ◗ most floriferous in full sun ◗ not bothered by deer

Selecting the Perfect Crape Myrtle Choose one of the new, small-sized foundation-shrub varieties to fit the space as an alternative to continually hacking back an overgrown crape myrtle. The University of Georgia has a great chart listing names and heights long-lived of dozens of crape myrtles. Go to extension.uga.edu/publications and plenty of summer color, from type “crape” in the search box. The watermelon to white, lavender, first result is the article. Or check out red and light pink what your favorite independent brilliant fall leaf color garden center has on hand. handsome mottled bark adds winPlanting Crape Myrtles ter interest Dig a large, shallow hole (think: the size of a hula hoop laid on the care-free maintenance ground) and turn the soil, fluffing and withstands drought aerating it. Unpot and plant the crape

Middle: Particularly horrible crape murder. Do not let this happen to your myrtles! Right: In winter, the handsome mottled bark adds interest to the seasonally subdued landscape. Photos: Geri Laufer myrtle in the middle, at the same level it was growing in the container, and water-in thoroughly. Thoroughly water the shrub each week (think 5-10 gallons) for the first couple of months after planting. Completely soak the soil unless the rain does it for you. After it has been growing and is completely rooted into the soil it will survive periods of drought. Pruning Crape Myrtles Did you know? Crape myrtles never need to be pruned at all, and they still bloom their heads off. Do not commit crape murder! Have you

heard about crape murder? Do not let your landscape crew top off your shrubs/trees with heavy saws, leaving ugly stubs. This horror usually happens in March, so beware. A blog I wrote for metro-Atlanta’s Crabapple Landscapexperts discusses the CSI for crape murder. Visit crabapplelandscapexperts.blogspot.com and type “crime” in the search box in left column. ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.


Left : Crape myrtles bloom their 23 heads off without pruning.





By Frank Mack

The Local Wood Fired Grill is my latest discovery. It’s small, efficient, and the staff is a pleasure to watch. And most importantly, the food is simply superb. Parked at 5315 Windward Pkwy. in Alpharetta, you would never see it— it’s tucked away in a small strip center. In a word, it’s nondescript. Out front they have a little sign and I had not a clue as to what’s behind it, and no reason at all to find it. But I did. The Local Wood Fired Grill has been around for over a year and is owned by local folks Diane and Danny Kim, a perfectly matched pair. These two have the harmony game down pat. And boy does it show. This place is calm, no matter what, because they have got it handled, a system that works. You walk in and

line up and order off the menu that is beautifully handwritten on the wall. They feature very simple choices of grilled proteins and a host of vegetable options that change often, and in my opinion are the real stars of the show. Now stop please and note that this is not you average “grill.” This is real, honest, grilled, and smoked meat on a wood-fired grill. Their day starts at 5 a.m., and that makes all the difference in the world. With cooks that have real skills and work with real food, which is cooked over real wood, means you get real flavor. They feature chicken, pulled pork, and grilled or smoked wings. These guys serve a completely grease-free meal that explodes with flavor. Who knew? The sides, oh my god, the sides. Now here you’re going to call me a liar. Because I am going to call them the best ever! Everything, absolutely

everything, is fresh. That’s the first thing… if it was fresh at the market, fresh when they cook it, and fresh when they serve you… well you get the point. Beyond the freshness it’s the seasoning as well. A quick flip where they add just the right touch, the pow, the wow, and the mmmm oh boy! Is that the secret? I think it’s not a secret exactly. It’s more that they are willing to bring in and train up a staff properly. To do it their way, which is honest cooking featuring real ingredients. I am utterly amazed when chefs get a shot at real food. What happens to corn on the cob when it’s been wood-grilled and perfectly seasoned? It’s like the world ended and it’s just me and that ear of goodness. I go after it with gnashing teeth, like a starving glutton. Their carrots, perfectly done carrots, at a fast food place? And that’s another thing, is this really fast food? I’m confused, it’s fast alright, real fast. But it’s just to darn good to be called fast food. What will the choices be daily? Who knows, whatever is fresh so they change frequently but they feature at least a dozen choices. This place is a

vegans best friend. And that corn on the cob, oh my, I hope it never runs out. Did I mention the corn on the cob? At The Local Wood Fired Grill they also serve wraps and salads to go along with their meals that feature meats and proteins. This is the one place that could drop the proteins and go straight up veggies. It’s that good. But I hope they don’t because I do love the wings. Another great feature is the unique beverage offerings. Take note of the soda machine because it’s an experiment and as far as I know, there are very few like it anywhere. They are bringing back the old time soda flavors. They have also added in some organic sweet tea and you get it. It’s a throwback, brought forward, and they are leapfrogging the grease merchants with freshness. Congrats to the Kims. They have really brought a new style of cooking. They translate their desires, their standards, into action every day, every meal, and every customer. You’ll feel it and taste it. There is something different in what they do, and how they do it. They push every day for excellence. And I am here to tell you, they achieve it. ❍


Woolery “Woody” Back, a co-owner, serves as the After much anticipation, RO Hospitality is proud to driving force in the announce the opening of Coalition Food and Beverage, the kitchen at Coalition third chef-driven restaurant by the team that launched Food and Beverage, Roswell’s Table & Main in 2011 and Osteria Mattone in 2013. offering a contemporary Coalition Food and Beverage offers chef-driven American menu with progressive cuisine and carefully crafted drinks. The restaurant joins and signature interpretaAlpharetta’s celebrated restaurant scene in Teasley Place, a tions of American mid-rise building including restaurants, shops and luxury resiwood-fired classics. The dences by River Rock Development. menu emphasizes Executive chef Woolery “Woody” Back. Coalition burgers are worthy of a second napkin. “We look to bring the vibrancy of the city—the steel, the premium meats, entréenoise, the action, the constant swirl of things—to the suburbs,” At the bar guests may enjoy beverage director and cosized salads, and burgers worthy of a second napkin, such as said Ryan Pernice, RO Hospitality founder and owner. owner Daniel Pernice’s selection of classic cocktails, local The CFBurger, the Blackened Tuna Burger, the Lobster “People should feel very far from their backyard grills when craft beers and an extensive wine list. For more info visit Caesar Salad, and a variety of sausages made in-house by they’re here. They should feel like, ‘This is where the action is!’” CoalitionFoodandBeverage.com. ❍ chef de cuisine and RO Hospitality veteran, Ryan Jensen. The lead in the kitchen at Table & Main, executive chef



IMMERSE YOURSELF In Butterflies This July How many butterflies can you find? Enter the Butterfly Encounter and get counting this summer at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The newly expanded and improved exhibit is open through July 31.

Monarch and malachite Photo: Lexie Newhouse Monarch Photo: Wren Fowler

By Jon Copsey

Have you seen butterflies sleep? They hang upside down under leaves and branches during the night. When the temperature warms up, they unfold their wings and start fluttering.

Experience the flying butterflies all month long at the Butterfly Encounter at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This newly improved and expanded, enclosed space features hundreds of butterflies flitting around the native plants they love to eat. It’s easy to get up close to the butterflies, and you even have a chance to feed them using a nectar stick. Each of the species in the encounter is native to Georgia, so you are sure to walk away more familiar with our local species and Malachite and monarchs butterfly biology! Be sure to bring your camera, the Photo: Alicia Evans Butterfly Encounter is an exhibit where memories are made, and photos that will become your personal keepsakes are taken. The popular Monarch butterfly is just one of the colorful species you will find in the Butterfly Encounter. This butterfly is the only one known to migrate, from northern American down to Mexico, each year. What you may not know is that it only likes to lay eggs on the milkweed plant. If there are no milkweed plants available, the butterfly will not lay its eggs, leading to population decline. Like other pollinators, like bees, butterflies have an important role to play in our ecosystem. The Butterfly Encounter outdoor exhibit is open daily until July 31, and is included with general admission to CNC and free to CNC members. For more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

BABY ANIMALS In Your Yard By Wes Hatch Chattahoochee Nature Center

Do you know what to do with baby animals? Warm weather brings buds, blooms, rains, mean lots of calls about baby animals to the Wildlife Department at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. While they are licensed and trained only for raptors, reptiles, and amphibians, CNC’s wildlife staff respond to over 500 requests each month in spring regarding wildlife babies, and so far this year have taken in nearly 300 cases so far of injured raptors, reptiles and amphibians. CNC’s Wildlife Director Kathryn Dudeck has some help for what you can do for the little ones you may encounter: Baby Rabbits: Did you uncover a rabbit nest while cutting your grass? These nests are simply shallow depressions in the ground with dried grasses and rabbit fur lining. Mother rabbits don’t sleep with their young. Instead, they visit them once a day and once a night to nurse, and then cover them back up. If you have accidentally uncovered one, simply put grass clippings back over the nest, and place a tic-tac-toe pattern of yarn over the area. If the yarn is disturbed the next day, the mother has returned and all is well. If it is still in place, contact a licensed small mammal rehabilitator. Baby Squirrels: By far, our most frequent phone calls this time of year are regarding baby squirrels. Eastern gray squirrels have two peak breeding seasons in the south, and we are right in the middle of the first one. Mother squirrels can have eight to nine babies each litter, and place two to three babies in each nest they have already constructed. Mothers visit the nests in the same order multiple times each day to care for the young. If one of the nests is falling apart, getting cramped, etc., she carries the babies in her mouth one at a time down the tree and leaves them on the ground. She will then carry them, again one at a time, up to one of the other nests. If you encounter a baby squirrel on the ground (the only rodent in Georgia with black toenails), gently place it in a box with some grass clippings and leaves and leave the box on the ground. If neighborhood cats are a concern, you can wedge the box in a nearby tree or shrub. Give the mother four hours to retrieve the baby. If she has not returned by then, call a licensed small mammal rehabber. Please note that she will not retrieve the baby at night You can view the list of licensed rehabilitators at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at www.gadnrle.org, or visit the Animal Help Now website (www.AHNow.org). Animal Help Now even has a handy phone app for locating rehabbers based on your GPS location. For information on the Chattahoochee Nature Center and its wildlife rehabilitation efforts, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.





At The Drake House’s Sip, Savor & Support event.

ing gift basket raffle donations as well as offering business sponsorships. If you are interested in either, please send an email to forpetssakega@gmail.com. The Drake House’s, Sip, Savor & Support event sponsored by AT&T and IHRC, Inc. at the Chattahoochee Nature Center has raised over $30K to support local homeless mothers and children. More than 200 guests enjoyed entertainment by comedian Jamie Bendall, owner of the Punchline Comedy Club, and savored food sponsored by Roswell restaurants. The Drake House next event will be its 14th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on Sunday, August 26, 2 – 4 p.m. in Roswell Square Park. For more information, contact Holly York: hyork@thedrakehouse.org ❍

ICONIC HOLCOMB BRIDGE ROAD PROPERTY GETS MAKEOVER Recently this really kind of amazing thing happened in a happenstance kind of way. A long-standing corporation, Staff Zone, determined their next steps and as a result a building, 863 Holcomb Bridge Road, which has been in the shadow of Roswell for decades is about to become something pretty fantastic. This is history being made as it changes in the hands of classical talent to a new Roswell standard.

Architects David Grace and Joshua Rouland of a Classical Studio have recently located themselves in the heart of Roswell and with tremendous experience they approach this new Roswellian Standard in transforming the space. The Holcomb Bridge corridor has long been a main artery connecting East and West Roswell to one another—only it’s been missing a style period. Historically, it has been developed based on need not intrinsic value and it became a hodge-podge approach to function with form lacking. Both Sam and Sherri Harris, owners of Staff Zone, and longtime Roswell residents saw and grabbed the opportunity to begin speaking another language. When both started their family-centered business, the opportunities began to grow in a balanced long-term way. They will be relocating into the new location. At present the building is a residentially focused real estate office complete with the iconic and bossy columns looming over Brookwood Grill and the suburban sprawl. Moving forward, however, it will offer homage to ‘Historic Roswell’ in an emerging vernacular.  

The new concept for the building offers a place to grow for their thriving business as well as a community that surrounds their vision. Roswell, known for its charm and strong community holds tight to the vision of so many vetted Roswellians and Staff Zone embraces that very vision, offering a new sort of standard for the redevelopment of an area in need of attention. As the project is completed this fall, a few decades of architecture, design and longtime strategy will be applied and we will experience something not seen before. ❍


Cultural Affairs director. Leatherman is currently the Director of Regional Parks for Sacramento County, CA. As Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs director, Leatherman will oversee the operation and management of more than 900 acres of parkland, Jeff Leatherman, Roswell’s historic house museRecreation, Parks, Historic ums, the Cultural Arts Center, and Cultural Affairs Roswell’s trail system, and The Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) director for the city of multiple special events for our will have its annual Garage Sale on Thursday, Aug. Roswell. community each year. 2: 9 –7 p.m. (Early Bird Sale: $10 donation per Leatherman will start in the position early to midadult); Friday, Aug. 3: 8 –6 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4: 8 –2 p.m. The RUMC Garage Sale will take July. For Pets’ Sake 2018 is a crafts show with over 30 place in the church’s fellowship hall and will have artists and vendors hosted at Olde Towne Athletic thousands of items for sale including: furniture, Club in East Cobb on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from books, collectibles, art and frames, jewelry, Noon to 4 p.m. This presents a unique opportunity household items, sporting equipment, seasonal for animal lovers to come together and enjoy meetitems, linens, craft items, baskets, vases, outdoor ing rescue representatives and local crafters while furniture, children’s toys and clothes, and adult raising funds and awareness for causes that support clothes. Credit cards (add $2 fee) and cash are our furry friends. The net proceeds from booth fees, accepted. For more information please visit sponsorships, gift basket raffles and other fundraisrumc.com/garagesale. ing for this event will be divided equally among The City of Roswell has hired Jeff Leatherman Georgia pet-related organizations. They are acceptto be its next Recreation, Parks, Historic and



And The Stories They Tell By Susan Tyser


s many of you know, Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) had a huge loss last year when Bob Farley, their Artistic Director, passed away quite suddenly.

During my interviews for this article, it was obvious that the loss is still felt quite deeply, but the whole company is determined to carry on and expand on his vision for the future of their theatre that is based out of the Roswell Performing Arts Center.

Bob and Anita Farley

children alike. They also have their GET Conservatory, which encompasses summer camps for kids and they do over 150 Arts in Education shows each year at various schools throughout Metro Atlanta. And lastly, they have an Apprentice Company for emerging artists who can study for nine months to hone their theatre skills as profession. It takes a talented team of directors, supported by topnotch board members, to carry out such a wide range of performances and programs. I was lucky enough to interview some of their team to find out their feelings about GET and the upcoming season. Continues on p30

Farley’s legacy will be a lasting one on the local theatre community to be sure. There is no better way to sum up GET’s purpose than by looking at their mission statement: “Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s mission is to provide excellent professional theatre experiences to captivate the current generation of theatre-goers and nurture future generation. We fulfill this mission through the selfless ensemble collaboration of our artists, audiences and students.” This is obviously more than just a theatre company. Farley’s vision was always bigger in that he wanted to reach new audiences. Their goal goes beyond putting on excellent shows for their attendees, but also to educate and nurture the public about the experience of theatre. To accomplish this goal, they offer many different ways to engage our community by doing five seasonal main professional stage productions. They also Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical (Jan. 2018) do summer productions in an outdoor setting such as the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The outreach to expand their audience is accomplished by their Family Stage Productions that are geared to entertain families and

Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash (2017)

Laurel Crowe, Education Director James Donadio, Associate Artistic Director


30 GET continued from p28 James Donadio is a founding member of

Alliance Theatre. It played for over two years and now it’s his daughter’s turn to helm this Director. He will also be directing the production as her directing debut for the comedy, Moonlight and Magnolias this main stage. It’s a 90-minute show with three actors and is about brevity and simplicity. coming season. When I spoke to Donadio, “What we do (in theatre) opens conversahe explained that it’s important to engage tion,” Crowe explained. “Driving Miss Daisy is and develop an audience and challenge about what it means to be human and to care them with great works and stellar for one another, even if you don’t come from performances. the same background or same point of view. “Theatre is a singular, personal experience between the actors on stage and It’s an important idea, especially in today’s the audience,” Donadio stated. “It’s meant to world.” be provocative and to provoke thought and A NEW BEGINNING discussion.” He wants the audience to leave The 2018-19 season theme is “The Stories the play needing to discuss issues, We Tell” and it begins in September with the characters, and feelings that they hit 9 to 5, The Musical, which will run Sept. 13 experienced. He also believes that a good artistic director will want to shape a season through the 30th. Dolly Parton wrote the music and lyrics for this show, which is based and have a vision for the future and what upon the movie version in which she starred. they aspire their theater to become. I’m looking forward to seeing how he will shape Yes, I’m old enough to remember it. It’s refreshing that this musical has three good, the future of GET. solid female leading roles and a huge hit as Bob’s widow, Anita Farley, will be working the theme song. closely with Donadio, as she will be the I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is the next Producing Artistic Director of GET. She has performance and it runs October 25 been the Managing Director since the through November 11. Spaghetti is a comedy theatre started in 1992. based on the memoir of Giulia Melucci and “I’m finding right now that I’m having so will star Jenny Levison (Founder of Souper much fun with the artistic end of it,” Farley Jenny, a collection of four cafés in Atlanta). stated. “I believe that every single night She is a wonderful actress and a fantastic there is a moment and there is a communion cook and will be preparing a three-course between the artist and the audience and meal (with pasta from scratch) on stage. every night is different and it’s always Don’t miss this one! magical.” In the new year Moonlight and Magnolias She is excited for the future because the runs from January 10 through the 27th. This first part of the new season is very femaleplay is based on actual incidents that we centric with interesting roles for women as know about during the making of the movie, they work toward more diversity in their Gone With the Wind. It’s a hilarious comedy shows. Another team member is Laurel Crowe, about the producer, David O. Selznick, director, Victor Fleming and playwright, Ben Farley’s daughter, who is the Education Hecht. James Donadio will be directing this Director. Under her auspice their Theatre show and says that one of the themes he will for Young Audiences had over 32,000 students in attendance this year. She also ex- explore will be the “stages of exhaustion.” Intriguing, eh? plained that she was excited and proud to In February, the aforementioned Driving direct Driving Miss Daisy in the coming Miss Daisy will run from the 28th through season. 17. According to the late Bob Farley March There is symmetry in that performance this is “the perfect play.” It’s written by Alfred because Bob Farley made his mark in the Atlanta area when directing this show for the Uhry and is all about relationships. The GET and will be the new Associate Artistic

Farleys’ daughter, Laurel Crowe, will be directing this show, passing the torch to a new generation. Let’s go see it The season ends with a bang in Bullets Over Broadway, The Musical, which runs April 11th through the 28th. Bullets is a 1920s flapper-style musical, written by Woody Allen. With showgirls, gangsters, singing and dancing, how can you go wrong! While the passing of Bob Farley left a big gap in the local arts community it is nice to know that people touched by his lasting legacy are filling it. In my opinion, after 25 years of performances, theatre education and audience outreach in our community, GET has truly become part of the fabric of Roswell and the surrounding areas. Let’s support them by attending their shows this coming season and participating in their many educational programs. For more info on GET and all their programs and performances visit www.get.org. ❍

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street Roswell, Ga 30075 770-641-1260 www.get.org

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