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>>DOES SHE DANCE?
Music At Matilda’s
June Matilda’s is located at 377 South Main Street in Alpharetta and they offer an outdoor concert series all summer, with three shows in June. Wes Swing on the 10th, is an award-winning cellist and singer who creates an evocative balance of full and stripped down sounds. He’ll perform with his backing band. On the 17th, Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen perform timeless traditions of Americana and Western Swing with a uniquely hot and fresh flavor that transcends genre. And on the 24th, the Breeze Kings, one of the hottest blues band in Atlanta, hits the stage. 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. All shows start at 8:30 p.m., with admission $25. www.matildasmusicvenue.com.
>>TURN THE PAGE
Summer 2017 Author Talks + Signings
June 27 This summer, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is hosting three exceptional Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA Author Talk and Signing events. The first is on June 27 with iconic actor, bestselling author, and book festival fan-favorite Alan Alda. The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others with his trademark humor and frankness. His book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? reveals what it means to be a true communicator, and how we can all communicate better, in every aspect of our lives. At each event, books will be available for purchase from A Cappella Books. For more information on the series, call the MJCCA Box Office at 678.812.4005, or visit www.atlantajcc.org.
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>>DON’T FORGET DAD
Patsy Cline Tribute
Father’s Day Adventure on the Chattahoochee River
June 10 Georgia’s own Katie Deal will close out the 2016–2017 LIVE! in Roswell season on June 10 with a tribute to one of country music’s most magical performers: “Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.” This one-woman show features a live band, tight harmonies, and a powerhouse singer. In this tribute, the audience will learn a little bit about Katie, a little bit about Patsy, and a lot about why Patsy’s music is loved by so many. A seasoned professional and member of the Actors Equity Association, Katie is also an accomplished singer-songwriter who was awarded the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year. She is also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree. Concert is at The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which is located at 950 Forrest Street in Roswell. Tickets prices are $30 and may be purchased at www.roswellcac.com.
June 18 Celebrate Dad, or heck even Grandpa, with a canoe trip for the whole family. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is offering a great Father’s Day special with an adventure on our own Chattahoochee River. On this excursion you can paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park for a little R&R, to make it cool and beat the heat. They will also be distributing water squirters too just to keep you cool. This event is $30 for general public or $25 for CNC Members. Register by June 15. www.chattnaturecenter.org.
>>WHO WALKS ANYMORE?
Roswell Launches Trolley Pilot Program Friday & Saturdays Visitors to the City of Roswell will find it easier to navigate the City’s Historic District on Friday and Saturday nights with the launch of the Roswell Trolley Pilot Program. The free pilot program will run through August 5 on Fridays and Saturdays, from 5:00 to 11:00pm. The trolley pilot program has 10 stops, starting at City Hall (38 Hill Street), then traveling south toward the Historic Town Square and Bulloch Hall, before traveling north on Magnolia Street, Mimosa Boulevard, and Canton Street, and traveling down several key side streets, before returning to City Hall.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Cosmic Perspective
Chicago & The Doobie Brothers
June 15 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Noted author and scientific personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak about science and the cosmos, but also about pop culture, civilization, our country, and our ambitions. The show features a discussion that is inspiring, informing and humorous. Tyson is host of National Geographic’s “StarTalk,” host of the 2014 documentary series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” and an American astrophysicist, author, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
June 23 At Verizon Amphitheatre. Chicago, who celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band this year, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 after receiving their first nomination. The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, rootsbased, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four Grammy Awards. So why not relive your glory days? For tickets visit www.vzwamp.com.
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CNC Evening Events
June >>THEY STILL MAKE CD’S?
The Christian Sands Trio CD release concert
June 9 & 10 With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straightahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from AfroCuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge. That’s impressive for a man who is just 27. Sands has built a stellar trio here, including bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Marcus Baylor. You can see them up close and personal at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. www.thevelvetnote.com.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center has many great opportunities to experience nature and have a great time in an entertaining atmosphere. Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Carol Albert on June 11 with their Sundays at the River Concert series. This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Cadyn Lexa who is just 11-yearsold, and the Velvet Note jazz club’s youngest act to have a sold out a show, will open, her jazz-infused sound will thrill you. On June 22 the CNC has Sunset Sips. Sunset Sips is a laid back, family friendly event where the grounds are open for you to explore. Head over for live local music, cash bar, and feel free to bring a picnic dinner. The program continues on the 4th Thursday of each month through September (except July). For more info on these and other events visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.
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THE MONTH OF JUNE IS ALIVE WITH ACTIVITIES
CREEPERS By Tripp Liles
School is out and in between trips to the beach or mountains we’ll be looking for things to keep us entertained. Of course we have plenty to do in our respective neighborhoods but every once in a while it’s good to explore all that the metro area has to offer. If you are into classic cars the Creepers Car Club Fun Run Car Show is just your thing. On June 10 at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, hundreds of classic cars will be on display. The Creeper’s Car Club is a non-proﬁt organization consisting of folks that have a common interest in street rods and enjoy the fellowship of those interested in the sport. The club was established and incorporated as a nonproﬁt organization in August 1960 in Smyrna by a small group of men who shared similar interests in show cars, drag racing, and rods. This annual event is open to all makes and models and the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Special Olympics of Cobb County. Beyond the classic cars the event features music, prizes, a swap meet, and the 25 Creepers Choice Awards. The show starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Last month Roswell featured the annual Roswell Bike Festival and in the month of June there are a couple of cool events for those inclined to ride on two wheels. On June 9 the Atlanta Moon Ride invites you to hit the
streets for an electrifying evening. The ﬁrst night-cycling event of its kind to be introduced to the city will include a fun and safe, 6-mile bike ride through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods. This event is open to anyone who wants to hit the streets, whether you’ve got a street bike, a mountain bike, a wheel chair or a good ole cruiser. This is a fun ride, and is appropriate for any skill level so come ride and discover new neighborhoods and meet new friends. All of the proceeds from this ride go to an awesome local charity, Bert’s Big Adventure. Bert’s Big Adventure is a nonproﬁt organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, ﬁve-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. So get your bike, grab some friends, and head down to Piedmont Park on June 9 from 7 p.m., located at 521 Park Dr NE in Atlanta. Keeping with the cycling theme there is the Atlanta Streets Alive festival on June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Marietta and Howell Mill Roads in Atlanta. It all starts off with a bicycle parade, followed by fun activities like hula hooping, BIKE PARADE yoga, dancing, biking, skating, and strolling at this community-centered event. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition,
Atlanta Streets Alive will introduce a brand new route in uncharted territory for open streets via Marietta St. and Howell Mill Road, during the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Itching for football season to start? Well how about some football without pads—in the form of rugby. The 12thranked national rugby union team of Georgia will visit Kennesaw’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium for a June 17 test match against the USA Men’s Eagles as part of the Emirates Airline Summer Series. The USA Eagles face Georgia in an international rugby match for the ﬁrst time since the fall of 2013, and for the ﬁfth time overall in Georgia’s 201st test match. Now to be clear, we’re talking about the USA versus the nation of Georgia. And not the Bulldog nation either… there is a country called Georgia… just wanted to be clear. This is a great time to see the sport up close and support the stars and stripes. This is your one chance to go against Georgia so don’t miss the opportunity. The game starts at 7 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit ﬁfththirdbankstadium.com. I sometimes forget about the High Museum but each time I go I think I must do it more often. This summer there is a great opportunity to see some fantastic art and introduce your kids to the museum. Beginning on June 3 the High Museum is the exclusive east coast venue for a sweeping Andy Warhol retrospective featuring more than 250 prints and ephemera. This
comprehensive show is the largest exhibition of its kind and includes such iconic screen print portfolios as Marilyn Monroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup I (1968), Electric Chair (1971), and Mao (1972). The works in the exhibition are drawn exclusively from the collections of Jordan D. WARHOL Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in Portland. Remarkable for their nearly exhaustive range, the Schnitzer Collections offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the breadth of Warhol’s inﬂuential graphic production over the course of four decades. The artist’s fascination with celebrity chronicles American popular culture of the second half of the 20th century and serves as a prelude for considering our current fameobsessed, media-saturated culture. In total, the works on view offer a bellwether of postwar American life and foreshadow our culture’s frenzied obsession with celebrity, fashion, sensationalism, and scandal. To keep up with all that is happening locally be sure to visit our site at www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍
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HOW TO COMBAT ID THEFT AND FRAUD
Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders
My mom received a call a few months ago saying she had to update the version of Microsoft Windows she was using; that security risks with the current version could be ﬁxed if she simply provided her credit card number. Thank God she didn’t. ID Theft is a real concern. With the recent Microsoft Ransomware alert in the news, we must all be vigilant, including the most vulnerable. To get to your money these fraudsters need information about you, including: social security numbers, passports, driver’s licenses, and similar identifying information. Also, your ﬁnancial accounts and credit card numbers, your computer’s or device’s passwords, and details about your life including family names, dates of birth, addresses, emails, etc. What you should do: • Avoid interactions with strangers, especially when they try to create fear to make you act (my
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mother’s example). Avoid solicitations by phone, email or even in person. If the offer is “too good to be true” it likely is. When using email, always be aware of and avoid phishing emails trying to trick you into clicking on bad links or opening infected attachments, and malware, which infects your device with viruses and security breaches. Avoid ransomware too, which locks down your device until you pay a fee. Do not click on any attachments or links within emails unless you are certain of the source. Avoid anyone who contacts you out of the blue claiming to represent a tax agency, your ﬁnancial or legal ﬁrm, or even the police if they demand money or personal information. The IRS only communicates through U.S. mail. Lastly, if you ever have the feeling of being pressured or tricked in any way—STOP. If you sense the situation may not be legitimate, hang up, close the door or delete the email. Then call a trusted family member or friend for help. Steps you should take: Load virus protection on your computer and keep it current! Create strong passwords and periodically change them. Use two-step veriﬁcation or ﬁngerprint access whenever available. Privatize your social media proﬁles and activities
so only those you allow in can see them. • Do not access any ﬁnancial or shopping sites when using public WiFi. • Monitor your credit reports for free at AnnualCreditReport.com. • Consider a credit freeze if you rarely apply for loans. • Secure important items at home or work—lock your desk, ﬁles, car, important documents. • Buy a shredder and use it! If you are ever in doubt—contact your bank or ﬁnancial institution to get validation. Get them involved if there is an issue and contact authorities to report potentially criminal acts—the IRS for tax fraud and the FTC for everything else. Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-9924444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.
NERVOUS CELEBRATIONS ON THE LOCAL HOME FRONT By Kirsten Ricci
Normally when people ﬁnd the right home, especially their dream home, there is a reason to celebrate. In the current market if you can ﬁnd a home, any home, it’s a reason to celebrate or in some cases just be relieved. Inventory or lack of good inventory is driving home sales and prices up higher and faster. I’ve mentioned this several times, that move-in ready homes on the market are at dangerously low levels in our area. For example, I looked at listings for parts of Roswell, East Cobb, and Alpharetta. In April there were 137 homes listed for sale, 123 homes went under contract or were pending and 152 homes closed or sold. That is less than a month’s worth of inventory at face value. There is another story to tell when looking deeper at the numbers. Of the 152 homes that sold, 104 were priced under $500k. Homes that are priced above $500k are selling but have a higher number of days on the market and more instances of price reductions before going under contract. While the fast sales and multiple offers seem to be the norm, it is often the case in homes that are in turnkey condition and priced within the conforming loan limits, which has been increased to $424,100. The slow down, if you can call it that, is in the upper price points and is likely inﬂuenced by tightening of lending requirements in the jumbo loan arena as well as new home construction. Buyers who are looking in the above $500k range are also selective. Generally speaking these move-up buyers are not
in the market for the ﬁrst time and have become unforgiving and ready to sit on the sidelines waiting for the right ﬁt. I’ve also found these move-up buyers are not necessarily looking for the big traditional house with a lot of rooms and maintenance. Generally they are looking for a smaller footprint with simple upkeep and close proximity to entertainment and shopping. Millennials are also now entering the market. At one point it was a concern that home ownership was not as important to this age group as it has been to their predecessors but we are seeing an increase of millennials hitting the buyer pools. This could also explain why home sales in the under $500k category are moving at a rapid pace. Besides affordability, style of home and walkability are drivers for this demographic. The younger set seems to appreciate suburban life but has leaned away from the larger homes that attracted their parents. Lastly, I’ll add that another factor in the shortage of homes on the market is down to apprehension. I’ve seen instances of people wanting to sell but deciding against it due to the fact that they don’t want to be on the other side of the table. This is particularly true for people wanting to stay in our area. The potential for an offer above asking is high at a price point under $500k but if you want a home in our area in the same range… well your choices are slim and becoming slimmer. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FIREWORKS APLENTY THIS 4TH
by watching ﬁreworks, and locally we have plenty of options to see some fanYes, that summer classic celebratastic displays. tion of all things red, white, and For several years, Roswell held their blue is just around the corner. I’ve annual ﬁreworks display at Sweet already got my summer grillin’ Apple Elementary but now it’s back to down to perfection and can’t wait for the original spot at Roswell High the fourth of July and our traditional School. The festivities begin at 5:30 backyard BBQ and neighborhood p.m. with giant inﬂatables, carnival party. Part of that is ending the evening games, food trucks, and live entertainment. Roswell High is in a rather elevated spot—ofﬁcially it’s the highest spot in Roswell at 1,180 feet above sea level—which means you can see the ﬁreworks from many vantage points. The most popular are along Crossville Road, which is home to several retail strip malls close by. For those of you north, Alpharetta has their ﬁreworks display at Wills Park. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the Alpharetta City Band performing traditional patriotic tunes. The music afterward will be performed Zach Seabaugh, a finalist on The Voice will be performing a free concert in Marietta on July 4th. by local band Serious Business, who By Cornelius Fusco
play classic rock and newer country with a rock twinge. For the kids, they will have inﬂatables, face paintin,g and a children’s area with wristbands available for nominal fees. Food is also available from vendors throughout the park who will be serving a wide variety until 10 p.m. Additionally, red, white and blue glow sticks will be sold by Alpharetta’s Police Explorers to raise funds for new uniforms and training materials. Wills Park offers plenty of places for viewing but a lawn chair is a must. If you’re looking for a more full day of activities then Marietta Square is just the place for you. Celebrations begin early at 10 a.m. with a parade and celebration on the square. Over the course of the celebration,s city ofﬁcials anticipate over 75,000 people will attend the festivities that include free entertainment from local talent Zach Seabaugh, a ﬁnalist on The Voice. His popularity continues to ﬂourish as he
begins performing to growing audiences on bigger stages. Opening for Seabaugh is Presley Sullivan, a featured artist on 94.9 The Bull’s “Backyard Country.” The Marietta Independence Day parade is scheduled to include more than 115 entries with more than 40 ﬂoats and approximately 2,000 participants. Entries include marching units from the City of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts, and local businesses. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway. They also have a wide array of arts and crafts, carnival games, and of course the ﬁreworks at 9:30 p.m. Keep up with local events and activities—ﬁnd us on facebook or visit www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍
Afterburn Is The Key To Lasting Weight Loss & Good Health
ike many people, Jeff Kasher of Roswell struggled with health issues and ﬁnding the right workout. Jeff came to the Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) in Roswell after tackling some of his own personal health challenges. Orangetheory is an alternative option for gym-goers who ﬁnd the traditional ﬁtness facilities lacking in inspiration and engagement. “I am 52 years old now, but at age 38, I had a quadruple bypass. About two years ago, I learned that three of my four bypasses were completely blocked again. Upon the recommendation of my doctor, my wife Jori and I decided to try OTF,” Kasher said. Variety is the key at Orangetheory. Members move through three different areas around the studio: treadmills, rowing and weight training. Members can complete the cardio portion of the workout on the specially built treadmills with timed intervals at different speeds and inclines. Members can choose to be a walker, jogger or runner during any class. For the weight lifting portion of class, personal stations are each set up with various weights, medicine balls, Reebok steps, Bosu Trainers and TRX straps. A certiﬁed personal coach demonstrates the
ever-changing exercises while a video visual aide is displayed on overhead TV screens exemplifying correct body mechanics and the number of repetitions. The dual guidance system aims to take the guesswork out of what to do next for the members. During each class, each member’s personal heart-rate is tracked and displayed on large TV monitors throughout the studio. “We initially joined OTF Roswell because of the heart monitors, but we have stayed because the trainers and the staff are simply amazing. They understood that my health situation is a little different and helped modify my workouts, when needed. I still have to have a second bypass surgery, but with the help of Orangetheory Fitness, I will hopefully be able to put if off as long as possible,” continued Kasher. To optimize fat-burning, members wear heart rate monitors during the workout. The 60-minute interval-based class is designed to help each member monitor their personal heart rate and reach the target “Orange Zone” for at least 12 to 20 minutes. Getting in the orange zone produces what exercise scientists call the “EPOC” effect, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption— known as the afterburn. A workout summary, including calories burned is sent
by email to each member after every workout. “I have lost over 20 pounds since I started OTF back in October of 2014, and if anyone asks about my weight or how I’ve overcome my heart health issues, I tell them all about Orangetheory Fitness Roswell,” Kasher stated. To experience Orangetheory Fitness for yourself, and take a Jeff Kasher says, “If anyone asks about complimentary class, my weight or how I’ve overcome my heart call or visit their health issues, I tell them all about location in Roswell or Orangetheory Fitness Roswell.” Suwanee. Roswell 625 W Crossville Rd #108 Roswell, GA 30075 770-625-6122
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Matilda’s Cottage By Fred Mills/Photos by Rev. Frank Mack
The variety of entertainment we have on our doorstep is quite remarkable. Having lived here for a couple of decades, I can say it wasn’t that long ago when seeing a good live band meant going inside the perimeter. Those days are long gone as the northern ’burbs are not wanting for some excellent music venues.
saw Wye Oak at one of these shows and they’ve gone on to national acclaim. On July 1, The Fritz. who are masters of improvisation, with tunes ranging from soul to progressive rock will perform. In August, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley hit the stage, followed by Lera Lynn in September. The series raps up with Normally I prefer the acoustics of in- Southern Avenue in October. door music myself, but I have to admit If you can make but one show in the that in the summer months I do enjoy series, I recommend catching Lera some outdoor tunes. Locally, I’ve Lynn. She’s a very talented singer-songdiscovered several great spots that writer, co-producer, and always provide good entertainment multi-instrumentalist who embellishes and atmosphere. her Americana roots with a mix of I’ll start with the Riverside Concert spacey, left-of-center rock and Series in Roswell. Presented each experimental pop hook. summer by the Roswell Recreation and The last few years Lynn has been in Parks Department, these concerts take a creative whirlwind, with an place at Riverside Park, with free appearance on The Late Show with concerts on the ﬁrst Saturday of the David Letterman and, months later, month starting at 7 p.m. These guys wrapping things up with a 39-date have done a great job of booking some headlining tour. See her now before she fantastic acts. A couple of years ago I goes big time. The shows at Riverside
are free and they have food trucks to keep you fed. This is also a great family atmosphere so bring the kids and introduce them to some good music. If you’re looking for a more adult/date night experience let me suggest The Market at Matilda’s in Alpharetta. By day its an eclectic collection of art and antiques and on weekends it transforms into a music venue. When I ﬁrst discovered Matilda’s it was like seeing an oasis. These guys feature live music via their Under The Pines music series that takes place every Saturday night through October with a few Friday dates as well. In June I recommend catching Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen on the 17th. These guys are indeed the “New wine in an old bottle” that ﬁts the prescription for a new generation of revivalists. They bridge the gap between the music of the old-timey speakeasies and juke joints with the voice of a new generation by blending the timeless
Hear Caleb Warren & the Perfect Gentlemen at Matilda’s on June 17.
traditions of Americana and Western Swing with a uniquely hot and fresh ﬂavor that transcends genre. Their tunes will have you cutting a rug, or in this case, the grass, before you know it. Every chance they get to churn out tunes, they’re always set up and ready to go. They’re a rare vintage ripped, ready, and rarin’ to exercise and celebrate the right to perform their craft. For more info visit www.matildasalpharetta.com and for more info on local concerts visit our site at www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍
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Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy”
ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 2017 SUMMER PUPPET LINEUP Bryan. Bryan is a two-time recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation award for Roswell’s Summer Puppet Series will his solo work on this show. His ﬁlm once again return to the Cultural Arts credits include working with the Center stage this June and July, featurMuppets and The Adventures of Elmo ing a lineup of award-winning in Grouchland. He’s also received an puppeteers from Georgia and around Emmy nomination for his work on the the country. The 2017 Series will PBS series SALSA! include the following productions: Each week, shows will take place Mon. through Sat. at 10 a.m. The matiJune 5–10: Rumpelstiltskin nee performances on Wed. and Fri. will Presented by Frisch Marionettes take place at a June 12–17: The Comical Adventures of new time this Old Mother Hubbard year at 1:30 Presented by Mesner Puppet Theater p.m. The box June 19–24: The Fairy Circus ofﬁce and Presented by Tanglewood Marionettes theater open a half hour prior June 26–July 1: Robin Hood to show time, Presented by Puppet Showplace and shows run Theater approximately July 5–July 8: Beauty & The Beast 45–60 minutes. Presented by National Marionette Individual Theatre show tickets July 10–15: Pinocchio will be Presented by Lee Bryan, “That Puppet $5/person for everyone ages 2 and up. Guy” Summer Passes are on sale now for July 17–22: The New Adventures of Brer $30 and include seven admissions for the price of six. Passes may be Rabbit purchased online at Presented by All Hands Productions www.RoswellCAC.com, by calling Having been to several of these 770-594–6232, or in person at the shows, I can attest to the fact that they Roswell Cultural Arts Center during are enjoyable for all ages. A highlight of business hours. ❍ the series is Pinocchio presented by Lee By Spalding Negron
presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital
RISKY BEHAVIOR Jon-Paul Croom, President, WellStar North Fulton Hospital
Summer. My favorite time of year as a child. I recall watching the second hand slowly tick by as I waited for the last bell of the school year. I was free to do whatever I wanted. For my Jon-Paul Croom friends and me, this included Excited for Summer 1980 riding bikes, climbing trees, shooting BB guns, lighting ﬁrecrackers, and seeing how far we could jump from the rope swing. I won’t even mention the lawn darts. Obviously, most of my activities were not the safest and led to a few unscheduled trips to the Emergency Department. Risky behavior to be sure! But, summer hazards aren’t limited to kids. As adults, we are also prone to getting ourselves in trouble. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, 40 percent of Emergency Department (ED) visits occur between May and August. The National Safety Council (NSC) highlights the most common risk factors for summer: Heat—Each year, we see many patients suffering from dehydration or heat stroke. When playing or working outside, take frequent breaks, wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Water Safety—Never leave your child unattended near water and don’t depend on lifeguards to watch your children. Don’t mix alcohol with water sports. None of us, including adults, are “drown-proof.” Fireworks Safety—Each summer, we see both children and adults with burns and eye injuries associated with ﬁreworks. Only responsible adults (not including my Uncle Bill) should oversee all lighting of sparklers, roman candles, and bottle rockets. I hope you and your family have a safe summer and avoid a visit to the ED. But, should you need us, know you are fortunate to have one of Georgia’s few Level II trauma centers right here in North Fulton. Whether dehydration or a traumatic event, our team of highly skilled professionals is here for you. But please, have a great—and safe—summer! ❍
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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar June–August 2017 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. They do not meet in the summer but will resume September 19. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.
Breast Cancer Support Group
First Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.
Thursdays 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, and 8/24/17 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
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Classroom C Anyone interested in stopping gambling is invited to attend Stroke Support Group this 12 step program. Anonymity is the Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - foundation of fellowship in this group. For 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom Please join more information please call David at Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families 770-862-2564. to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Alzheimer’s Association Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Caregiver Support Group Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Every Fourth Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Brown at 770-751-2631 or Classroom C Please join our monthly email@example.com support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The Look Good, support group offers a place to share Feel Better information, support each other and Wednesday, learn about resources in your 7/12/17; community. Call Christine at 404-78610 a.m.-Noon 3433 for more information. A cosmetologist will discuss how to COMMUNITY care for skin and EDUCATION hair to combat the appearanceBabysitting Workshop related side Saturday, 6/3 and 8/12/17 10 a.m.-3 p.m. effects of cancer Teaches children treatment. Free ages 11-14 how to make-up and skin be responsible care products are provided. babysitters. Bring Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. Epilepsy Support Group $30 Third Wednesday of every month; 7-9 p.m. Classrooms A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* The meetings will provide time for Saturday 5/13 and 8/26/17 attendees to share helpful information CPR course for the community. Adult and resources from their own and child CPR, 9 a.m.-Noon; $35 Adult, experiences. Please contact Tim for child and infant CPR, 9 a.m.-1p.m.; $45 more information at 770-667-9363.
Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Classroom C Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 6/10, 7/8, and 8/12/17 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes selfmanagement skills. Call Anna at 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 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.
SPECIAL EVENTS Free CPR class Saturday June 10 9-10:00 am. For those who want to learn the basics of CPR but who do not need a certification. Registration is required
Free Skin Cancer Screening Thursday, August 10: Appointments begin at 5:30 p.m. Free but registration required. Do you have a suspicious looking spot on your body? Wear loose clothing and have it checked by a dermatologist.
Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshops for Kids Sunday August 20, 2017 K-5th session 1-3 p.m. and teen girl session 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Join the child safety experts from Revved Up Kids for a two-hour workshop to teach your children how to recognize dangerous people, avoid unsafe situations, and escape attackers. These workshops include full-force selfdefense tactics practice. For more information or to register, please call 678.526.3335 or visit www.revvedupkids.org/class-calendar All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
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NEW INFANT SECURITY SYSTEM PROVIDES HIGH-LEVEL PROTECTION
Mother Rhiannon Masterson and Sparvin Briscoe, RN, discuss the new Hugs® infant security system.
WellStar North Fulton Hospital became the ﬁrst System hospital to implement a new infant security program called Hugs® Infant Protection, which provides enhanced infant monitoring, as well as mother-baby matching. State-of-the-art “Hugs” bands are placed on babies upon birth and use a Wi-Fi system to locate the infant throughout the hospital. For example, if a baby has to go to another department for testing, team members can track the infant from a monitoring station. Additionally, if an infant gets too close to exit doors or other locations deemed inappropriate by our clinical and Security teams, monitors will sound. The system also provides an additional layer of protection, called “Kisses,” which ensures that babies are matched with the correct mother. When a baby’s band comes in contact with mom’s, the band plays a lullaby to let staff know it’s the correct match. This audible system enhances the traditional visual matching of moms and babies. The security system, which will be implemented at all WellStar hospitals within two years, was installed at
North Fulton ﬁrst based on an urgent need to replace the current system. “When we became a WellStar hospital, System leaders immediately recognized that we needed support in this area,” said Linda Farrow, director of Women’s Health Services at North Fulton. “In fact, when I met Sandra Lucius at our Day One event, we talked about this; and she and the rest of the team have been instrumental in making this happen.” Lucius, RN, MSN, vice president of IT Applications for WellStar, said that infant security systems in place at other WellStar hospitals will be supplemented with the Hugs & Kisses program. “There’s nothing more important than keeping our smallest and most vulnerable patients safe,” said Lucius. To prepare for implementation, several hospital departments, including IT, EPMO, facilities and the OB team, worked together to highlight appropriate changes and needs to ensure the program’s success at North Fulton. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of our team here and of WellStar as a whole for implementing this program for our patients,” said Farrow.
WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO STATE’S ECONOMY Hospital generated nearly $346 million in economic impact WellStar North Fulton Hospital is committed to delivering world-class healthcare close to home. The not-for-proﬁt hospital plays a signiﬁcant role in bolstering the state’s economic health, generating $346 million in economic impact, per a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). The annual report, which measures the economic impact of health systems and individual hospitals based on payroll and payroll taxes, employee beneﬁts, facility expenditures and community beneﬁt, stated all Georgia hospitals provided nearly $47.8 billion in impact to the state’s economy. WellStar hospitals accounted for nearly 10 percent of that total. “WellStar North Fulton is focused on providing patient-centered care,” said Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “As a not-forproﬁt, we are an integral part of the community and are proud to deliver on WellStar’s vision for world-class healthcare.” In April 2016, six hospitals and their afﬁliated physician networks joined WellStar, creating one of the largest, most integrated health systems in the country. As a not-for-proﬁt community health system, WellStar reinvests revenue into new services, programs, facilities and technology in an effort to exceed the expectations of our patients and consumers. This includes $7 million in community programs, new facilities such as the Vinings Health Park scheduled to open later this year, and the continued rollout of advanced electronic health record technology. Additionally, WellStar continues to provide care for those in need throughout our communities. Last year, WellStar provided $427 million in unreimbursed and charity care to Georgians. “Georgia hospitals are making a positive difference in people’s lives, both at the bedside and in their communities economically,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “In communities throughout the state, hospitals are among the largest employers and are a key component of the infrastructure necessary to attract business to those areas.” As the largest health system in the state with 11 hospitals and more than 250 healthcare sites, WellStar patients have access to a greater level of care from some of the southeast’s most skilled providers. Physicians, caregivers and team members are collaborating across WellStar’s facilities to share best practices and improve the patient experience. ❍
During the month of May WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s team members, families, and community members laced-up their running shoes to participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies and American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. During these events they raised vital funds and awareness to support these organizations.
Event to benefit WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center WellStar Foundation raised more than $800,000 during the ﬁrst private event at The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in the Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park. The Roxy was transformed from an open-space concert hall to an elegant 600-person ballroom where business leaders and community philanthropists across Georgia gathered for the annual philanthropic event beneﬁting vital trauma services for WellStar Health System. The evening started with an exclusive on-ﬁeld experience at SunTrust Park and the singing of the National Anthem by Cobb County native Zach Seabaugh, 2015 contestant on NBC show The Voice. The baseball theme continued with a mid-program seventh inning stretch led by honorary chair Ryan Klesko, former Atlanta Brave and 1995 World Series Champion. Gary Miller, former president of the WellStar Health System Board of Trustees and president & CEO of GreyStone Power Corporation and Pete Quinones, WellStar Foundation board member and president & CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance Services served as Gala Host Committee co-chairs along with their wives Bonnie and Michelle. L to R: Gary Miller and Bonnie Miller (Gala Host Committee Co-Chairs), Candice Saunders (WellStar Health System “The opportunity to be among the ﬁrst at The Roxy reafﬁrms the President and CEO), Michelle Quinones and Pete Quinones (Gala Host Committee Co-Chairs), new partnership between WellStar and the Atlanta Braves,” said Kim Menefee (SVP Strategic Community Development) Miller and Quinones. “This event reiterates the impact both organizations have on the community, while bringing awareness to WellStar trauma services and helping WellStar expand on delivering world-class healthcare every day.” Along with raising funds for WellStar trauma services, the Gala also honored inﬂuential WellStar supporters for their continued support of WellStar’s mission in delivering world-class healthcare close to home. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle shared a personal message with the crowd about WellStar’s prestigious Visionary Leadership Award recipient Bob Prillaman. 2017 WellStar Foundation Honorees include: Bob Prillaman, Visionary Leadership Award; Dana and David Parks, M.D., Philanthropists of the Year; Tiffaney Barber and her therapy dogs, Volunteer of the Year; Tom Gearhard, M.D., Physician of the Year; Rishi Gupta, M.D., Physician of the Year; and Allison Christou, RN, President of Kennesaw State University Caregiver of the Year. Sam Olens and wife Lisa are joined by Christie WellStar is the largest provider of trauma care in the state of and Tom Emerson, M.D., WellStar Health Georgia. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Chris and Jamie Lynne System urologist. Center, WellStar Kennestone Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center Sparkman showed their and WellStar North Fulton Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center support and appreciation for and the ﬁrst in Georgia veriﬁed by the American College of WellStar during the fundraising event benefiting Surgeons. Proceeds from the event will further equip WellStar trauma centers with specialized medical technology, educational WellStar trauma services. trainings, and valuable resources used to treat critical injuries 24 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle poses with Candice Chris, a former WellStar hours a day, seven days a week. Saunders, WellStar Health System President trauma patient, enjoyed To learn more about the WellStar Foundation or to make a contriand CEO, in front of The Coca-Cola Roxy SunTrust Park for the first time Theatre for the first private event in the new during the exclusive on-field bution to WellStar trauma services, visit wellstar.org/give or call concert hall. 770-956-GIVE (4483). ❍ experience.
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WELLSTAR FOUNDATION GALA RAISES $800K FOR TRAUMA SERVICES
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SAVING LIVES WITH NEW CARDIAC SCREENING PROGRAM
ellStar North Fulton Hospital is now offering the “Know Your Heart” program, a screening that can help determine patients’ risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. The WellStar “Know Your Heart” program is a preventive, self-pay screening program that offers two levels of testing performed at North Fulton Hospital. Patients can get basic or advanced screenings depending on their age, symptoms and risk factors. “This is a very successful program offered by WellStar Health System—and we’re excited to begin it here at North Fulton,” said Hunt Anderson, M.D., medical director of North Fulton’s cardiology program. “We know that cardiovascular events like heart attacks or strokes can often be prevented if risk factors are addressed, so it is vital that our community be more proactive.” The screening uses a combination of patient history and laboratory tests, as well as an optional cardiac CT scan; these tests can identify heart disease, possibly before someone shows any signs or symptoms. The laboratory tests evaluate for inﬂammation and cholesterol levels, both of which can contribute to heart disease. The cardiac CT scan is a rapid, low-radiation imaging test that looks for calcium buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply the heart. This calcium is a sign of coronary heart disease; if performed early enough, a cardiac CT scan can help identify disease before a heart attack. “Each screening includes a consultation where we give the patient education on how to improve their risk factors going forward. If there is a speciﬁc risk that needs to be addressed immediately, we then arrange for the patient to discuss these results with a WellStar cardiologist,” Dr. Anderson said.
During the consultation, patients receive risk factor education, diet and exercise recommendations, as well as a personalized report to take home. “Know Your Heart” is one of the efforts of the WellStar Cardiac Network to ﬁght cardiac disease and provide people with the support they need to be successful. Unfortunately, heart disease—already the number one killer of men and women in the U.S—is becoming even more prevalent. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released new ﬁgures showing a decrease in life expectancy for the ﬁrst time since the early ’90s. Experts credit this country’s growing problem with heart disease for these staggering statistics. The “Know Your Heart” screening is available to patients 18 years old and older and is especially good for people with high risk factors for heart disease, such as those with diabetes, hypertension and obesity. To determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment call 770-756-STAR (7827).
Some of the risk factors for heart disease include: Family history of heart disease Diabetes Current or past tobacco use Abnormally high stress Overweight or obese Female age 65 or older Male age 55 or older Types of screenings Basic Risk Assessment – $49 Age 18+ • BMI • Wellness survey EKG (AFib screen) • Blood pressure Blood work (HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, CRP, liver function) Risk Screen Questionnaire (sleep apnea, PAD, AAA, CHF) Advanced Risk Assessment – $139 Age 40+ • BMI • Wellness survey EKG (AFib screen) • Blood pressure Blood work (HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, CRP, liver function) Risk Screen Questionnaire (sleep apnea, PAD, AAA, CHF) CT heart screen (coronary calcium)* 10 year cardiovascular disease risk score
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MOVIE NIGHT WITH A DINNER… OTP STYLE By Beth Nitschke Movie night is always a fun family outing. When the kids are little, it’s as easy as On Demand TV, blanket forts, and staying up past ten—a huge treat for us parents! It seems, however, that as kids grow up, so do their appetites for entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, far from it. Simply stating those as a function of kids growing up fast, so do their expectations when it comes to family movie night. Lucky for us, here in the Northern ’burbs, we have an option that perfectly ﬁts the bill for dinner and a movie—simultaneously. Recently, I took my kids to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the Sandy Plains Road Movie Tavern, one of the trendy ﬁlm/culinary combo theaters. We’re all huge Chris Pratt fans, mostly due to Parks and Rec, and who can resist Baby Groot? Plus, the soundtrack for the movie is hilarious, with nostalgic tunes everyone will recognize and enjoy. Sufﬁce it to say, if you live anywhere close, especially if you have kids, you’ve tried this place out or one like it. If not, you need to explore. Not our ﬁrst visit there, of course, but it was an especially fun movie, and brought forth memories of movie nights past, as well as curiosity about movie nights future. We all had a delightful time, of course. Who wouldn’t? These combo theaters offer a great place to watch an entertaining movie and eat decent food, it’s the perfect way to spend a few hours on a rainy night. But what’s next? Now, we’re being served cheeseburgers, ahi tuna, and artichoke spinach dip with our movies, along with the mainstay popcorn, soda and candy, having it brought to us at the push of a button as we lounge and watch trivia, trailers and a yes eventually the movie. In this mom’s view, I can see a future with screens on the ﬂoor, lying on a massage table in a private room while I sip a mint chocolate chip milkshake. Or maybe just sitting at home, atrophying, but I disagree. Arguably, you get the wearing virtual reality gear to have the same entertainment level, minus some movie theater experience while eating comfort and yes, maybe a few calories. popcorn in my pajamas. Whether it’s old school movie watching Who knows what the future holds? I or the new culinary mode just rememmiss the simpler times when my kids ber to enjoy the simpler side of were happier with movies at the parenting because they grow up all too Picture Show at Merchant’s Walk in quickly. East Cobb. There it’s a movie for just a Beth Nitschke is a native of the buck and a half—now that’s a fun Roswell area. She is a mother of movie night that can be had for around three, a home school mom, and a ten dollars. Some of my friends call this writer. She lives with her kids and type of entertainment “slummin’ it,” their family dog in East Cobb.
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FOR LOVE OF ROSWELL SHOPPING THERAPY LIFE… 50+ (
By Di Chapman
Truth be told, and men, I don’t expect you to believe this, I’m not a woman who engages in “shopping therapy” very often. Honestly? I rarely shop for myself. I’m not a clotheshorse. I ﬁgure I’m good with what’s in my closet. My attire takes me to exercise, and I’m happy in skinny jeans or leggings otherwise. I’ll even accompany friends when they need to shop for something, nodding my head with approval, or giving a thumb’s down in the ﬁtting room
without a twinge of desire. There is one champion shopper in my life who touches down at Hartsﬁeld Jackson once or twice a year. Off the plane she comes, on two missions: ﬁrst to see me, and second, to go shopping throughout town. She’s usually here for about four days, so we carefully plan her visits. We’ll weave into our schedule two days of shopping, including a favorite antique store on Holcomb Bridge Road, ﬁnding delicious goodies, meeting a friend on Canton Street for lunch, and two
LET’S MARK THE OCCASION!
graduations or birthdays instill a sense of reverence and appreciation for the gift of life. 3. Creating lasting fond memories. When we commemorate a special occasion, we are essentially placing a mental bookmark on an experience, thereby making it easier to remember it in the future. 4. Adding fun and excitement to our lives. Celebrations can be incredibly fun and provide us In a blog appearing on Project Happiness, a webwith the perfect opportunity to engage in the joys of site that shares the science behind what makes us life such dance, song, food, play and laughter. happy, Seline Shenoy, author and CEO of The 5. Taking our place in the circle of life. When we Dream Catcher, cites ﬁve reasons why it’s commemorate special occasions, we are essentially important for us to commemorate special connecting with our humanity and the occasions: commonality that we share with all those who have 1. Cultivating a sense of community. Whether gone before us. we come together to celebrate happy occasions or Every season brings a variety of reasons to join more somber ones, we get a chance to connect with together at St. George Village. From holidays and those we love and care about on a deeper and more theme parties to patriotic events and concerts on profound level. the lawn, our agenda is ﬁlled with special occasions. 2. Instilling a sense of meaning and significance Celebrating life is a way of life at St. George to our lives. The unique rituals and practices that Village! Come see all that we have to offer. Take a highlight important milestones such as weddings,
elebrating holidays and special occasions adds to the joy of life. Marking these events instills a sense of belonging and encourages us to bond together as we observe signiﬁcant life events, transitions between seasons and more.
The flags always come out in observance of Memorial Day, just one of many occasions we mark throughout the year at St. George Village.
tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a conﬁdential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍
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the scandal broke about her 1000 pairs of shoes? Well, duh! Inevitably, when in the company of women, familiar or not, a discussion about shoes breaks out. They’re right up there with men, hairstyles, and facial ﬁllers. We were happy, savvy shoppers, who felt like we’d made out with great deals all around, with one confession—the shoes. We more than splurged on those. I felt guilty. My sister assured me that the shoes I tried on were “the next big thing.” Really? I knew that tennis shoes were back in style for casual wear, but ‘tennies’ with ultra-short untied laces worn with no socks? Conﬁdence came as we met women around town, and she was complimented constantly on her own gold loafer-like ﬂats. So, I trust her. Right now, my feet are getting strange looks in restaurants and stores, and even from my husband. But, just wait! I’ll be leading the pack when these shoes become the hottest thing. I hope. Out the door to stroll the street, we ﬁnd another shop calling to us, and another. I raided the cologne counters. Sis power-shopped. Shopping is like a women’s sport. Some of us are benched. (Yours truly!) Some of us are champions. She would be a contender. As our beautiful spring day of shopping was winding down a cup of coffee and people watching sounded perfect. As always, the “watching” was good along Canton Street. Strolling friends, couples, fellow shoppers, and happy pooches with wagging tails passed by. We sipped iced coffee and lattes, while chatting about where we’d wear our new shoes. Ahhh, so nice to just sit. I swear Canton Street can bring your blood pressure down if you let it. Shopping or not sometimes we just need to stop and enjoy the simpler things in life. ❍
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days of hiking on the trails above Roswell’s covered bridge and Vickery Creek. This shopping master is my sister. You know, the one with the bulging closet out in California. No matter where her destination is in this world, her mission is the retail experience. We’ll have lazy mornings of coffee and nights of talking until we can’t keep our eyes open any longer. We love to talk and together we love to shop. Last time she was here, it was all about art. We wondered through galleries throughout the Roswell Historic District. This time, it was all about clothes. And so we set out to Canton Street with our enthusiasm high. After lunch, we strolled to ﬁnd the perfect stores for her to explore. It was just the therapy I needed. I spend far too much time as a prisoner in my home ofﬁce, like Anne Boleyn, only keeping my head intact. Boy, was I revved up for this experience. We started with a shop on the far end of Canton Street. Oh, my, did we ﬁnd some serious goodies. My sister went wild and I found a wonderful pair of embellished leggings, which she encouraged me to buy. “Those are awesome, Diane. They were made for you!” I had to agree and succumbed to her assessment of the ﬁt and all-season fashion. They now live in my closet. She had a dozen pieces of sale clothing over her arm and pranced toward the ﬁtting rooms. As most women folk do when we try on clothes in the same dressing room area, we passed garments back and forth to each other: “This doesn’t quite work for me. You try it.” Over the tops of, and under the ﬁtting room doors, went the clothes, back and forth. And then we discovered the shoes. Oh, my. These weren’t just shoes. They were the holy grail of foot attire, unlike anything we had ever seen before. That’s the beauty of places like Roswell. You can ﬁnd surprising gems everywhere. My sister was swooning, almost in need of smelling salts. What is it about footwear? Why did we secretly envy Imelda Marcos when
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“BLACK GOLD” FOR THE GARDEN Compost is Complete Multivitamin for Plants by Geri Laufer
Looking for an all-purpose soil “multivitamin” that can add all the nutrients and trace elements that plants need for healthy, vigorous growth—and—turn your red clay a soft, rich, dark brown? Want a place to stash those lawn clippings while making an all-purpose soil conditioner at the same time? The best place to start is with homemade compost. Composting is the most important supplement for garden soil.
Advantages of compost; what’s not to love? • • • • • • •
Free and easy to make Conditions and aerates the soil Retains soil moisture Slowly adds nutrients for maximum benefit Offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers Buffers nutrients to reduce burning from chemical fertilizers Allows beneficial bacteria and friendly fungi micro-organisms to flourish Recycles garden, yard and kitchen waste thereby reducing landfill contributions Saves money by reducing the number of garden waste bags Good for the environment; reduces landfill
Easy recipe for homemade compost: 1/3 green, 2/3 brown, plus air and water
Finished compost, or "black gold" for the garden. Photo: Wisemandarine/Flickr
Nitrogen (think moist, green leaves, leafy pruned branches, fresh, chemicalfree lawn clippings, aquatic plants, vegetable peels, fresh manure) and Carbon (think dry, brown leaves, wood chips, sawdust, pine straw dry leaves, shredded newspaper, coffee ﬁlters, straw) must be in balance in the pile. So maintain this balance by using a wide variety of ingredients, and if in doubt, add more carbon.
Compost Needs both Water and Oxygen
Keep the pile moist! Those microbes breaking down the organic matter “Green and Brown” refers to the car- need water to process. Water just like you water newly-planted shrubs. bon to nitrogen ratio. Soil chemistry Don’t drown it! Turn every few decrees that the amount of green, fresh weeks or add plenty of dry material to plant material should be balanced by add oxygen. the amount of brown, dried plant material in order for compost to break GOOD Extras in Compost: down quickly. Add 1/3 green material • Throw in a couple of shovels of soil to 2/3 brown material for a healthy pile from time to time that smells sweet and doesn’t slime up. • Crushed eggshells add calcium
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These food scraps need lots of fallen leaves or straw to be added! Photo:Phillip Cohen/Wikimedia Commons
• Wood ash adds potassium (clean wood ﬁres in ﬁre pit with no ﬁrestarter logs)
NEVER use in Compost Put these items in the trash, never in the compost: meat, bones, ﬁsh, dryer lint, vaccuum contents, diseased plants, weeds with seeds, pet manure, or used kitty litter. Leave out banana and orange peels, they may have pesticide residue. Black walnut leaves have a growth suppressant.
Sure-fire Directions • If your neighborhood association allows composting, start on the bare earth. This allows worms and other beneﬁcial organisms to aerate the compost and later be transported to your garden beds. • If desired, use a circle of wire fencing to enclose the compost. • Lay twigs or straw ﬁrst, a few inches deep. This aids drainage and helps aerate the pile. • Add compost materials in layers, alternating moist and dry. Moist ingredients are food scraps, tea bags, seaweed, etc. Dry materials are straw, leaves and wood ashes. If you
Raw materials for composting. Photo: Ksd5/Wikimedia Commons
have wood ashes, sprinkle in thin layers, or they will clump together and be slow to break down. • Add manure, green manure (clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass ) or any nitrogen source. This activates the compost pile and speeds the process along. • Keep compost moist. Water weekly, or let rain do the job. • Lightly cover the pile—(old carpet, plastic sheeting, brown yard waste bags). Covering helps retain moisture and heat, two essentials for compost. The compost should be moist, but not soaked and sodden. • If you’ve been mixing the green and brown ingredients and your compost is aerated, you are good to go. Otherwise, turn. Every few weeks give the pile a quick turn with a pitchfork or shovel. This aerates the pile. Oxygen is required for the process to work, and turning “adds” oxygen. • Water the heap in dry weather and protect it with a tarp in winter. • Let it cook until done and you have rich, dark brown, crumbly compost! The result will be better than anything that comes in a bag: homecooked by Mother Nature and, from a plant’s point of view, clearly more zestful. ❍ 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.
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Chef Lino Krespo is a madman on a grill and works serious magic on seafood and pork. Photo: Frank Mack Words & Pictures by Frank Mack
When Chef Lino Krespo opened his kitchen, Krespo’s, on Alpharetta Highway two years ago it was instantly obvious that a top class chef with stupendous skills had come to Roswell. Frank Mack and Chef Lino Krespo are both pleased The food was out of sight with the new location. fabulous, unique, and perfect. His Portuguese inﬂuence showed through and his style is distinct with a big ﬂavor proﬁle. A madman on a grill who scallops a potato that’ll make your Grandma holler “I give!” When you go to Krespo’s you will get a real meal. From the opening of his old place the food was brilliant and eating a treat. The location, on the other hand, was about as bad as stacked brick can be. For anything close to ﬁne dining it just couldn’t work. It was stuck between auto repair business and used car lots. Even worse because he was right across from an elementary school wine was forbidden by zoning regulations. I don’t have to tell you, heck read our cover story this month, alcohol is huge to the bottom line of a restaurant. Ultimately he knew a move was in order, so last fall Krespo’s closed and I went into a depressed state because I felt we lost a treasure. I am now reborn and extraordinarily pleased to announce that Krespo’s is back. A great chef, a sweet man, a serious food lover, has returned to us. Serious foodies or casual diners—this is a reason to make dinner plans. Chef Krespo works serious magic on seafood and pork. I take the freshest full-head-on ﬁsh he
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DMZ area between Roswell and Alpharetta. Now this isn’t about food but this is a spot so good I just gotta tell you about Matilda’s Cottage. It is a funky little house that sells art, antiques, and crafty things. But it’s the backyard music venue that will blow you away. You have no reason Krespo’s is rockin’ in the little white and blue trimmed cottage at 108 Magnolia Street, off Canton. to know or suspect has every time. Its superior, unique, and purely what goes on there because it’s just a small building Krespo, with everything his way in uncompromised with a little stage but big entertainment. On fashion. Saturdays in the back they have a music series called The kitchen is rockin’ in the little white and blue Under The Pines and well they’re literal here. In the trimmed cottage off Canton Street (108 Magnolia back, yes under the pine trees, these guys throw an Street ) and is a must try place. They are open outdoor party with cool bands and an even cooler evenings, with lunch on weekends. This is very well vibe. It’s $20, bring your own everything… food, priced menu ($11-$30 entrees) when you compare it drink, and chair. Then all you gotta do is sit back and to other local restaurants and reservations are let the good times come to you. It’s a great place for usually a good idea. the whole family. For more see an article on page 14 So I was driving around recently just looking for of this issue and for a concert schedule visit them at trouble and I spotted a little shack on Hwy. 9 in that
The backyard music venue at Matilda’s Cottage will blow you away.
matildasmusicvenue.com. As long as I am on music Darwin’s Burgers and Blues is back, down in Sandy Springs at 234 Hilderbrand Drive. This will be the best-run dive bar around with fantastic burgers and the best blues OTP, period. If you are a blues lover then this is your place. Plus I love the owners, so please, for music sake support it! It’s all local people and that’s why it deeply matters… all this and an eclipse is coming… what a summer! ❍
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great for weight loss. The beneﬁts of Smoothies are numerous. They are digested slowly and you won’t experience spikes or crashes from the natural fruit sugars! Smoothies can be used as meal replacements for those with busy, hectic lifestyles. So cool off and keep healthy and satisﬁed at Kale me Crazy. Come into the restaurant at 1570 Holcomb Unfortunately, a lot of the time that means ingest- Bridge and chill on our patio or at our bar for some ing high calorie foods such as ice cream or cool vibes. milkshakes that do nothing for your health and Or book your smoothie event and we’ll make them ﬁgure. Instead of considering that scoop of ice cream onsite at your next function. Call now to book in with over 200 calories, substitute your craving with a advance 678-878-3188. Kale Me Crazy smoothie! Be sure to check out our Summer Cherries Not only will it keep you entry in Roswell INC’s Summer Sippin’ contest. cool, it will satisfy that sweet Download the app and vote Kale me Crazy the “Best tooth. Summer Sip”. For more info on the event visit Kale Me Crazy smoothies www.summersippin.com. are high in ﬁber (most Americans only consume kalemecrazy.net half of their daily Kale Me Crazy in East Roswell recommended ﬁber intake). 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd Additionally, drinking a Call: 678-878-3188 or e-mail smoothie will keep you email@example.com ing fuller for longer and it’s
ot temperatures, outings with friends, and days at the pool mean summer is approaching quickly. With summer comes blistering temperatures and a craving for something cold and sweet to keep you cool.
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THIS SUMMER I QUIT… RULES ARE FOR SUCKERS Feel free to leave your stuff wherever you wish. Stinky socks? Between the When I was a kid, I swore I’d couch cushion is perfect. Legos? Oh be the “cool” parent. You know, please do leave them right in the middle of the ﬂoor—for me to step on. the hip dad who just stands Lights on? Yes, all the time, never out from the rest. This has not mind that the sun is up until midnight. really turned out to be the case. The back door? Oh please don’t even think about shutting it. We spend so litIt didn’t take long for me to tle on air conditioning it’s almost a realize we all just turn into our crime and what’s a house without parents. bugs? Here I am yelling at my son for Back from the pool? No need to seemingly meaningless things, worry about wet clothes, they do just according to him, and feeling decidedly ﬁne crammed into a closet. We’ll just un-cool. So as we approach the let mom discover them in the fall. summer months I’m quitting. I fought Let us also not forget about food. the good ﬁght but I’ve decided this will Please don’t worry about meal times, be the summer of anarchy. Our normal coordination is overrated, our kitchen decorum has been thrown out the will operate like a Wafﬂe House. I will proverbial door. Accordingly, here are be open 24/7, with of course full my house rules for a summer of fun. service. I’ve always admired those By Tripp Liles, Editor and Publisher
Wafﬂe House chefs so now’s my time to shine. Should you feel the need to ﬁx yourself something just leave everything out… especially the milk. Remember its just money and the banks have plenty for us to pick up whenever we need some. Of course the neighborhood kids will be here and should something come up, anything, count me in. I’ve got a car and nothing but time on my hands to chauffeur you guys around. Zero need for planning or advance notice either. Just consider me an Uber dad on call. Also, engagement is underrated. Want to bury yourself in the iPad and roll your eyes at the thought of being asked to do something? I love it… immediate feedback. Direct and personal communication is a thing of the past and in all honesty, I’ve grown to love asking multiple times. Also
please let me know how I’m doing. Customer service is big with me and I need to know you’re happy at all times. So this is my plan for a calm and relaxing summer. As a parent I’ve probably lost a few brain cells along the way but at least I’ve still got sarcasm. ❍
WHY DON’T WE TAKE BETTER CARE OF OURSELVES? unless acted upon by an outside force. Our brains simply will not use energy unless it is necessary. Whatever is perceived as necessary for survival, unconsciously or eventually consciously, will be the action we take. Fitness is a service, but it’s unique. Unlike a haircut or a massage, the work isn’t performed for you or on you. You have to do it yourself. You also have to have clarity about what Part of the reason is because our you need and know how to get it, or brains are wired that way. Our brains maybe just know that improvement is are predictive and possible. Our health can decline very always bent on ef- slowly and silently. Most of our ﬁciency. So chronic conditions (heart disease, whatever behavior Type 2, high blood pressure) take 12patterns we have 15 years of poor choices to show up at created for the doctor’s ofﬁce. That doesn’t really ourselves –– like provide that “outside” force to get you being trapped behind a desk for 8 up and running until it’s too late. hours a day –– are the patterns we auIf you have tried to get ﬁt and be tomatically default to. healthier in the past, but slid back to Another part is a simple law of your old behavior, that failure makes physics: a body at rest remains at rest it much more difﬁcult to try again,
Seriously. We get our hair cut every six weeks, change the ﬁlters in our water systems every time the red light comes on, change the oil every 3,000 miles, pressure wash our decks, rotate our tires. We take better care of our stuff than of ourselves.
a one-line prayer I heard years ago: even if the failure wasn’t your fault “Let me not die while I am still alive.” (and it usually isn’t—on average it Change your story. Ask yourself: takes seven attempts before success). Who are you today? Who will you be None of this means we can’t change. It just means it’s tougher than in ﬁve years? The human brain is a we think. When we’re young, we take target-seeking system. If you don’t give it a target, you have nowhere to our strength and ﬁtness and good aim. Focus on change and it will haphealth for granted because our poor pen. If you’d like help with changing choices won’t register for years and we think nothing’s wrong. But sooner your brain, call us at CoreMatters (404) 435-6367. That’s what we do! ❍ or later, if we choose to age well, not simply decay, we have to take action. If you’re ready now to embrace health and wellness, get off medications, get stronger, then CoreMatters this is the perfect time to 1144 Canton Street get started. Understand Suite 104 that it’s a lifetime commitment. Work on Roswell, GA 30075 training your brain with 404-435-6367 new patterns. At ﬁrst, it’s www.ourcorematters.com hard, but it gets easier. To keep myself going, I Ann-Marie Giglio, owner of always remind myself of Core Matters
Visitors can be surrounded by all kinds of butterflies in the Butterfly Encounter, June 5-July 31 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. By Jon Copsey
We’ve all heard the stories of bees dying out in large numbers. It’s a mysterious phenomenon, however our buzzing friends are not the only ones facing difﬁculties in populations. Pollinators of all kinds—including bees and butterﬂies—are relied upon heavily in the plant world to, well, pollinate. The relationship between pollinators and ﬂowers is one that most people understand. Butterﬂies rely on nectar, the sweet liquid found hidden within ﬂowers. As a butterﬂy lands and sips nectar, it does the ﬂower a favor by moving its pollen around the garden and ensuring another generation of blooms. While a butterﬂy may visit a variety of ﬂowers for nourishment, they look for speciﬁc plants called “host plants” on which to lay eggs. A caterpillar is choosy; it will not munch the leaves of just any plant. One famous example is the milkweed species of plant. Monarch Butterﬂies, those bright orange and black butterﬂies, will only lay their eggs on milkweed, making it essential to their survival. However, if the milkweed is not present when the Monarchs make their annual migration to Mexico, they cannot breed. Likewise, the Tiger Swallowtail, Georgia’s state butterﬂy, looks for tulip poplar trees, on which to lay their eggs. Henning von Schmeling, with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, said
planning is needed to invite pollinators into a garden. “Everybody always says that you have to plant ﬂowers since adult butterﬂies eat nectar, but you won’t raise butterﬂies unless you have the speciﬁc host plants that each species of adult butterﬂy needs to lay their eggs on,” said von Schmeling. Even if you live in a subdivision where there are covenants with strict landscaping guidelines, von Schmeling suggests locating a section in the back for a natural garden. Butterﬂies are repelled, and often endangered, by herbicides and pesticides. They prefer overgrown areas, especially with native plants and ﬂowers of the host and nectar plants they prefer and where they can lay their eggs where the caterpillars will thrive. Butterﬂies are all around us this time of year, notably at the Flying Colors Butterﬂy Festival, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, June 3 and 4. Guests will be able to see butterﬂies of all kinds up close, and even walk among them in the Butterﬂy Encounter, a large enclosure ﬁlled with nectar plants the butterﬂies love. The Encounter is open through July 31 and is perfect for learning or just photography. For more information on butterﬂies as well as the Butterﬂy Festival and Butterﬂy Encounter, visit chattnaturecenter.org. ❍
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HEALTHY POLLINATORS BEGIN IN THE GARDEN
THE COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK By Tricia Morris
EAST COBB/ROSWELL The Dunwoody Tavern Restaurant Group who you know as owners of Dunwoody Tavern and The Royal Oak amongst others, is going to open The Black Swan Tavern in the former Churchills Pub location on Roswell Road in East Cobb in Aug. Black Swan will be a neighborhood English pub serving all your traditional pub favorites. Willie Jewell’s Old School BBQ opened in the former Pizza Hut location on East Piedmont Road and Sandy Plains in the East Cobb/Roswell area. Willie Jewell’s serves southern BBQ that is smoked with a dry rub. There is a warm sauce station with four sauces—red hickory, sweet and tangy, mustard, spicy mustard. Sandwiches, platters, salads, sides and several desserts round out the menu. The Avenue East Cobb is offering summer deals with the “It’s In The Bag at The Avenue” event that starts on Jun. 5. You can pick up a complimentary Avenue tote bag ﬁlled with special offers from participating retailers. Bags are available at the main ofﬁce while supplies
last and the promotion runs through Jul. 31. In other Avenue news, Kale Me Crazy, who opened to great success in Roswell last year has opened. Touted as a “superfood café,” Kale Me Crazy serves juices, smoothies, salads and wraps using fresh, organic and raw ingredients. In East Cobb there is a petition (#SavePark 12) to stop the closing of the Park 12 Movie Theater on Shallowford Road and Gordy Pkwy. The surrounding neighborhoods have created the petition to keep Lidl, a German based grocery and competitor of Aldi, from going in this location. The community is invited to attend the proposed zoning case on Wed., Jun. 7 at the East Cobb Senior Center on Sandy Plains Road. The McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA in East Cobb needs summer lunch volunteers. This is a great opportunity for teens needing service hours or families who want to volunteer together. Each day of summer break, over 20 volunteers are needed to ensure lunches are served to kids who may be going without. For more information or to sign up, go to this link http://signup.com/go/VRvtlrH. The annual Down Home Derby event that beneﬁts the children who attend the Child Development Association in Roswell reached an all-time event attendance of over 450 guests in May. This always-popular event was sold out weeks in advance. Attendees were treated to a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby, games, wine tastings by Kaya Vineyard and Winery, photos with the “winning horse”, live and silent Down Home Derby
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A RETURN TO ROOTS… LOCAL DESIGNER CALLS 72 SLOAN HOME
Practicing again after an extended sabbatical, sculptor Chris Rothermel and designer Laura Green have decided to call Roswell home. Green, a Roswell native, and Rothermel, a Mainer from the Mount Washington Valley, have found solitude and a place to grow on Sloan Street near the Historic Roswell Mill. The house was originally built in 1853 and restored by longtime family friends Dennis and Kathleen White in 2008. Perfectly suited for a growing private practice of design and sculpture the couple decided to take a literal leap of faith and call 72 Sloan Street home. Their boutique architectural product company and sculpture practice will be operating 10 months out of the year from this spot. The company CRLG Holdings will be taking on custom projects for architects, designers and developers focusing on classicism as inspiration. Rothermel’s work is collected internationally and on public display in Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, and Maine along with multiple private collectors throughout the U.S. Laura is practicing with WB Interiors in Avalon with longtime friends John Beasley and Lamar Wakeﬁeld. She joined the team of 48 headed up by President Elizabeth Sessions, Studio Director Brian Roberts, and Design Director Tonya Koerner in April as Director of The Specialty Studio at WBI, where she leads a team of designers in both boutique residential and hospitality design. 72 Sloan, an attached ﬁne art gallery, will be hosting quarterly gallery openings throughout the year as well as private appointments for commission work or production. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CRLG opening reception is open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. Thur. June 8th, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.crlgholdingsllp.com.
Alpharetta Parks Design
ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK Two of the public parks, Union Hill Park and Windward Park, in Alpharetta are currently underutilized facilities that the city wants to remake into fun, energized spaces that will attract and serve Alpharetta’s citizens. To do that, they need your help. The city is asking you to join staff from the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs, along with consultants, for a community conversation designed to capture your desires, hopes, and goals for these parks. The conversation will take place on Tue., Jun. 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Alpharetta City Hall. It will be an active event through which you will help to design these spaces into something that Alpharetta’s residents can be proud of. Additionally, Alpharetta’s parks department is nominated as a ﬁnalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This spring, the Johns Creek Public Works Department has launched its third year of repaving the city’s neighborhood streets. Since 2015, the City has repaved 60 subdivisions. The City increased funding for the project from $1.5 million to $5 million in ﬁscal year 2016 in an effort to accelerate the repaving program timeline by a year, completing the originally scheduled 5-year plan in four years. The physical survey of city streets revealed that many of them had a substandard pavement and the City’s plan seeks to bring all neighborhoods in Johns Creek to a minimum requirements by the end of the program. Fro paving schedules visit johnscreekgov.com. ❍
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auctions featuring gifts, dinners and travel opportunities, dinner and signature cocktails and music by Roswell’s own hometown band, Seven Sons. The Child Development Association provides affordable high quality early learning programs loving care for children. The CDA is a 501(c)3 organization. Tax deductible contributions may be made through their website. To learn more visit www.cdakids.org For the seventh 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. Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected ofﬁcials. Winners will be announced in September.
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A Cocktail Rebirth Fuels The Local Restaurant Movement “What you are paying for is not just the alcohol. It’s a matter of producing a fully realized drink.” Jamie McDonugh, Foundation Social Eatery (right).
“The concept is everything you need in one place—sip, snack, shop.”
By Tripp Liles
his is not a typical story of alcohol. You could assume a lot of things about alcohol, but I bet craft isn’t your ﬁrst thought. There has been a movement afoot in the restaurant
Brilliant Story Bar “Red, White, and Mead”
and hospitality business to bring the craft of the cocktail back and locally it has underpinned the restaurant business that brought back the local economy nearly a decade ago. This cocktail rebirth is upon us and the narrative is no longer about putting as
Cover photo: Kelly Price, general manager of Brilliant Story Bar in Roswell.
much alcohol into a glass as possible but rather about putting as much craft into a product as possible. You could say it’s the bar equivalent to the farm-to-table movement in the kitchen where fresh ingredients and strong ﬂavor proﬁles are key.
higher than many people realize.” It’s a trend that has deep roots in American culture. With a new wave of European immigration in the mid-19th century, America’s ﬁrst great restaurants were born by catering to a new clientele with new tastes. Sort of analogous to the new south as we welcome a generation of folks from northern states. Within these new establishments were bars that created individual drinks with fresh ingredients such as juices and bitters. Prohibition obviously killed the business, but even after its repeal the craft was slow to be reborn. In the late 1980s, however, a few bartenders began to revisit their history and decided to revolutionize the American bar by mirroring the past. Shortly after college in the early 1990s I was fortunate enough to work for Marvel Comics and attended an event at pioneering bartender Dale Degroff ’s Rainbow Room in New York City. I was amazingly ignorant. Upon drinking what was probably my ﬁrst proper cocktail my only thought was that they must have forgotten the booze. That was then and now I under-
stand the craft of a good drink and it does require skill. Spirits are elegant and nuanced and should not be masked with too many ingredients. “A lot of the classics have been coming back and there are a lot more bartenders out there that care about their craft,” said Jamie McDonough a bartender at Foundation Social Eatery in Roswell. “As a mixologist I want to make the best drink for our customers. What you are paying for is not just the alcohol. It’s a matter of producing a fully realized drink.”
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Locally, the craft cocktail movement coincided with the local restaurant boom. Chefs like Doug Torbush in East Cobb started Seed, Canton Street in Roswell had numerous new excellent restaurants, and Downtown Alpharetta was also transformed by a growing culinary scene rooted in local ownership, and beyond great chefs, these restaurants have a great spirits program. The movement also coincided with local municipalities loosening alcohol restrictions, allowing more outdoor seating, passing generous carry laws, and the market has responded with a resounding yes. The economic trail created is not hard to follow. “The restaurant industry is one of our largest economic drivers in Roswell,” said Carisa Turner Director of Communications & Public Relations for Roswell Inc. “We have more than 200 independent family-owned or chef-driven restaurants throughout the city, which is one of the largest concentrations in Metro Atlanta. This also accounts for a workforce of approximately 6,000 people, which is
Summer Fun Summer is here and there’s no better way to beat the repressive Georgia heat than a nice cool glass of iced tea. Iced tea is as Southern as it gets and yes it has to have sugar in it—and in the summer mix in a little bourbon. Now that’s a true southern combo. To be clear though, that’s about the extent of my bartending skills. Of course I started mixing drinks in college by pouring grain alcohol into garbage cans with fruit punch, so I’m not exactly claiming some authority. continues on next page
The Mill Kitchen & Bar “Catcher in the Rye”
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Over time our deﬁnition of a cocktail became a glass with as much alcohol in it as possible. It made people forget how amazing a crafted cocktail tastes. With a cocktail rebirth gone are the days of super sweet, sugar-fueled cocktail concoctions. The new generation of drinkers enjoys a refreshing throwback to a bygone era. Drinks like the Manhattan, Sazerac and Pisco Sour never completely disappeared from menus, but they did see a steady decline in the mid to late 20th century. In the last few years, bartenders have begun to take a look at some of the old drinks, speciﬁcally prohibition era cocktails. Classic cocktails are gaining in popularity every day and this summer you can even vote on your favorite. Roswell Inc is sponsoring an event called Summer Sippin’ featuring 25 establishments in Roswell. In its second year, the event runs throughout June Left: “When you get up in the morning to do your exercise routine you’re not going to do alcohol, and July with participating restaurants creating a new specialty drink to be you can come for our summer cherries.” Phil Wahl, Kale Me Crazy. Right: Kelly, Lydia & Bonnie at voted on by the public. You’re encouraged to visit each restaurant, try the drink, Taqueira Tsunami are ready to bring you an Asian Matador for your Summer Sippin’ pleasure. and rate it on the Summer Sippin’ app with a winner chosen at the end of July. “Because of the movement toward fresh, specialty cocktails, in addition to our “Sometimes people think they know what they want city’s growing identity as a food and beverage destination, we believe Summer in a drink,” McDonough said. “It’s common for people to Sippin’ can become one of Roswell’s signature annual events,” Turner said. “The want to change the formula of a drink but we know the app we are launching this year features a detailed description and photo of each formulas. Once you tweak the formula you change the drink, along with a way to rate drinks using a ﬁve-star scale. The drink pages are whole dynamic of a drink. I want to produce a fully realtied to a map location, so you can see where each sip is located and pull up direcized drink with the proper ﬂavor proﬁle.” tions to the restaurants. The app is also set up to send you push notiﬁcations You can also discover unique new places like Brilliant when you are near restaurants with sips and will also give you the option to Story Bar on Canton Street in Roswell. share a photo of your sip to social media once you’ve rated it.” “Brilliant Story Bar is a sister store to a ﬁne and This presents a great opportunity to see some real craftsmanship up close. custom jewelry shop called Brilliant. said Kelly Price, Several of these restaurants feature open concepts with both their kitchens and general manager. “The concept is everything you need in bars. The winner of last years’ event, Foundation Social Eatery, is a great one place—sip, snack, shop. Shop handcrafted jewelry example of art in motion. while enjoying a glass of premium wine on tap or a local This year their cocktail is titled Other Side of 400 and promises to be a craft beer. We’ve also got sweet and savory snacks. Our contender. Summer Sippin’ drink is called Red, White, and Mead. It’s a new, elevated twist on sangria; we use red and white wine together to create the perfect balance of zesty and fruit-forward ﬂavors. We give it an extra kick by adding a shot of delicious Mead. It’s topped with a splash of ginger ale and fresh blueberries.” Summer Sippin’ and to some degree the business overall is not just about alcohol. This year the event sees the addition of non-alcoholic options. There are ﬁve non-alcoholic drinks, along with several restaurants that are offering non-alcoholic versions of their cocktails. The mocktail is a thing and many restaurants are elevating their non-alcohol offerings to same level of craftsmanship. Clearly there is a market for nonalcoholic drinks that goes beyond pregnant women and the under-aged. “We wanted to ensure people could drink all day Top: “Other Side of 400” long,” said Phil Wahl, owner of Kale Me Crazy in by Foundation Social Roswell. “When you get up in the morning to do your Eatery. Middle: “Lemon exercise routine you’re not going to do alcohol, you can come for our summer cherries.” Drop Margarita” by El For more info on the Summer Sippin’ event visit Porton. Bottom: “Asian www.summersippin.com. Of course throughout all of Matador” by Taqueira this remember to enjoy yourself responsibly. Drinking Tsunami. and driving is no longer en vogue and today Uber and Lyft are real things so use them. And hey if you’re along Canton Street over the summer the City of Roswell is offering free trolley rides on Friday and Saturdays. Here’s to a great summer. ❍
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