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Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

Irish Songs And Dance

3rd Annual MacFestivus

March 17

On Friday Mar. 16 The Michael O’Neal Singers in partnership with the Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance will be performing a concert of Irish songs and dance at Roswell United Methodist Church at 8 p.m. The Michael O’Neal Singers are a 155-voice chorus that always produces a powerful performance. Along with “The Wearin’ of the Green,” “Molly Malone,” “The Old House,” and similar familiar tunes, the chorus will reprise Return to Old Ireland by Mary McAuliffe. Roswell UMC is located at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell. For tickets and info visit www.mosingers.com

The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade has 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands in Midtown that go south on Peachtree St. from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE. The parade––started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society dates back to 1858, making it one of the country’s oldest. Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing.” The parade attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.” For more info visit atlantastpats.com.

March 16

March 17 A St. Patty’s Day celebration for the rest of us is at MacMcGee’s in Roswell. On Sat. Mar. 17 they will celebrate 5 years on Canton Street with their annual MacFestivus and half K road race. The area on Elizabeth Way in front of the pub will be closed off for this event that features food, beer trucks, family-friendly activities, Irish dancers and live bands in the park. The event begins at noon and will continue long into the night as the Hudson Dockett band ends the evening with a show starting at 9 p.m. For info on MacMcGee’s and this event visit their site at macmcgeepubs.com.






Shamrock ‘n Roll

Shamrockin’ For A Cure

March 16

March 24

Held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Shamrock ‘n Roll promises to be a fun-filled evening and will feature gourmet food and drinks, music and dancing, casinostyle games, raffle prizes, and a wine/spirits pull. This St. Patrick’s event is being held on behalf of Revved Up Kids, a metro-Atlanta non-profit. The proceeds will help Revved Up Kids continue to carry out its mission of training children, teens, parents, and youthserving organizations on the difficult topic of child sexual abuse and exploitation. As of the end of last year, the organization trained almost 12,000 children and teens to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and people, and escape attackers if necessary. Individual tickets and eventsponsorship packages are available through www.revvedupkids.org/shamrock-n-roll.

Over the past nine years, ShamRockin’ for a Cure has hosted the definitive St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in town. But this isn’t just any ol’ party. It’s a party with a purpose. Their mantra is “eat, drink and cure cystic fibrosis.” This event has already raised over $1,000,000 to help fight cystic fibrosis. Held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, you’ll dine on the best of the best among dozens of restaurants, drink from a cup that never empties, dance to music that moves you and shop among a special auction collection for a rare item or a souvenir. For tickets and info visit shamrockinforacure.eventscff.org. >BLOOMIN’ GOOD TIME

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 16-25 Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival is a week-long event that includes 80 events, a parade, arts & crafts, concerts, food trucks, a street party, and 300,000 flowering cherry trees. The Festival at Central City Park is the heart and hub of the festival featuring 10 days of magnificent midway rides, exciting exhibits, and spectacular shows. For more info visit cherryblossom.com.


Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

March 24 & 25 Not to be outdone by Macon, the fine folks down in Brookhaven have their own cherry festival held at Blackburn Park in Brookhaven. This event has arts and crafts vendors, family activities, live music, a 5K run and a 1K walk on Saturday, and a pet parade and costume contest on Sunday. It also features a food court sitting area, which provides a 360-degree view of the stage; Kid zone and dog show area. The car show will be returning on Saturday and the 5K road race, now designated as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, will take place on Sunday. For more info visit brookhavenga.gov.


March 18 Best Strokes is a one-of-a-kind celebration honoring and demonstrating the resilience of breast and ovarian cancer survivors. Sharing the most private and painful aspects of their respective cancer journeys, 36 volunteer models, all breast or ovarian cancer survivors, revealed themselves from collarbone to navel for body paintings that


Atlanta International Auto Show

March 21-25 The first Atlanta Auto Show was held in 1909. It was the first for the entire Southeast. Its name upon inception was the Atlanta National Automobile Show. After the first Auto Show, Atlanta hosted two more Auto Shows in 1912 and 1917 and then had a long wait of over 65 years before the bright lights returned downtown. Today it is also one of the nation’s great auto shows, attracting many of the world’s major automotive manufacturers during its five day run. There will be over 500 new and pre-production vehicles on display on the 400,000 square foot show floor at the Georgia World Congress Center. For times and info visit goautoshow.com. >>HOME SWEET HOME

Spring Atlanta Home Show

March 23-25 Not to be confused with the fall version, the Spring Atlanta Home Show allows you to take advantage of one-stop shopping for everything for your home, inside and out and talk face-to-face with over 350 participating companies offering you the latest home remodeling products and services. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Atlanta’s largest Home Show taking place at the Cobb Galleria Centre that has exhibits and seminars in a variety of topics, including landscaping and lawn care, kitchen appliances, fixtures, flooring, roofing, siding, concrete, windows, heating and air conditioning, patios, insulation, and a whole lot more. For tickets and info visit atlantahomeshow.com.

were photographed and transferred onto beautiful canvases. For the first time this year, a male breast cancer survivor was also painted. Artists, photographers, and volunteers donated their time and talents to create a day of healing and unique works of art, which will be displayed for the first time and some sold to raise funds at the Mar. 18 celebration of life. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Southern Exchange (the Old Macy’s Building downtown), 200 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets can be purchased online at https:// beststrokes18.auction-bid.org/microsite.


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Left to right: Robert Lee Hindsman Shelli Delgado, Asia Howard, Erik Poger Abrahamsen, and standing, Angelica Spence perform in Miss Nelson is Missing. Photo: Dan Carmody/Studio7

Remembering the World of Anne Frank has one special public performance at eorgia Ensemble Theatre is cel7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. ebrating its 25th anniversary Running until Mar. 18 is Ken season and in March they have Ludwig’s hilarious farce, A Comedy of a new performance in their Family Tenors. Set in a 1930s Paris hotel suite, Stage series with Joan Cushing’s quirky this play features four tenors, two musical Miss Nelson is Missing, wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer adapted from the scholastic classic by stadium full of screaming fans. This is Harry Allard. Also on Family Stage is an uproarious ride, full of mistaken And Then They Came For Me: identities, bedroom hijinks, and Remembering the World of Anne madcap delight. It centers on the Frank, a powerful multi-media concert of the century as long as performance by James Still that tells producer Henry Saunders can keep the story of Holocaust survivors Ed Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his Silverberg and Eva Schloss. Both hot-blooded wife Maria from causing shows are directed by Erin Bushko. runaway chaos. This long-awaited Also in GET’s FamilyStage: AdvenSoutheastern premiere runs on all of ture Series is The Jungle Book, an your laugh-out-loud cylinders. adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling That’s not all that’s happening at classic by Greg Banks. A professional GET, as they will feature another cast runs all three productions in performance in the Joe Gransden Big repertory, and along with January’s Band Series with a show titled The Giver, has toured to over 15,600 Swingin’ At the Haven on Mar. 12. school students so far this year with And in April the GET season continues more to come. Performances of Miss with Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story Nelson is Missing are Saturday April 12–29. For more info on these mornings at 11 a.m. and run March 10 and other performances visit and 17. And Then They Came for Me: www.get.org. ❍

By Fred Mills






WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RISING INTEREST RATES Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

The Federal Reserve sets what’s THE BAD called the Federal Fund Rate. Competi- • Mortgages – The monthly payment tion through normal market conditions on a new mortgage increases as inthen drive changes throughout the rest terest rates rise. This means your of the financial world. Not sure how inpurchasing power is reduced; you terest rates impact your personal fican’t afford as much house. This can nances? Here are just a few examples: slow demand for higher priced savings accounts, mortgages, credit homes (while increasing demand for cards, auto loans, insurance products, mid-priced homes). bonds, inflation, your purchasing • Auto Loans – These loans get more power, and ultimately the stock expensive too. Promotional 0% market. loans are less likely.

THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT RISING INTEREST RATES • Savings Accounts - Rates are going up for the first time in a long time. Whenever the Fed raises rates, you should make more money on the interest in your account.

Interest Rates are climbing across the board. What • CDs and Annuities – Higher rates does this mean to you? How will it mean savers and retirees may see cost you, or more positively stated, more interest income. how can you benefit? Since interest • Loans – Banks may be willing to rates impact your finances in many lend more, which helps individuals ways throughout your life it’s imporbuy more things and/or invest in tant to know how, so you can make their homes or businesses. This wise decisions along the way. helps boost economic growth.

• Credit Cards – The rates on most credit cards are already high and they change when the Fed changes rates. The best strategy is to avoid this type of debt altogether, but if you do have credit card debt, do all you can to pay it down as fast as possible.

AND THE UGLY The global stock market is more volatile this year due to a variety of factors, but investors watch the Fed’s rate changes as a signal about the strength of the economy (and the Fed expects to continue to raise rates in 2018). With

the economy strong and unemployment low, this can create uncertainty regarding inflation. If inflation begins to rise the Fed is likely to increase rates even further (to cool a potentially overheated economy), which incents investors to buy bonds over stocks. All said, this means stock market returns may be lower (than the recent past) and/or more volatile. Key point—this is all part of a normal economic cycle. It’s normally unpredictable. With good information you can make prudent financial decisions throughout your life. If you are unsure of what to do in your situation, seek help. Wise advice goes a long way toward helping your family achieve your financial goals. It begins with a meaningful conversation. Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely!❍ Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, in Roswell. They specialize in working with people who are serious about making progress toward financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.





Eric Alexander By Tripp Liles

I often tell you folks that you need to get out and listen to the great music we have around us. One of my favorite places around is the incredible Velvet Note in Alpharetta. Normally they feature some of the best jazz in the metro area but in March they are mixing it up a bit with a performance by singer-songwriter Camille Rae on Mar.16. Rae has a captivating voice with a dynamic range coupled with her Camille Rae insightful lyrics. She performs in a multitude of genres but country is her sweet spot. In 2015, she released her debut album I Need Me, which included her first single, “Shadows Dance Tonight,” to hit No.55 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart and received strong airplay across the United States and Canada. Her presence on the chart positioned Rae as an opening act for notables like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, American Idol’s David Cook, Maddie and Tae, and more. Rae’s influencers consist of a montage of confident, female powerhouses such as Bessie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, and fellow redhead Reba McEntire. All of whom continuously support a common muse: “The intimate feelings that someone thinks but never speaks aloud.” On the last weekend of the month, jazz is once again the focus at The Velvet Note as The Eric Alexander Quartet performs on Mar. 30 and 31. Alexander hit the jazz scene in 1991 as he competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

Turning Point’s mission is to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and survivors by providing, promoting, and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. Funds raised will support Turning Point’s delivery of reduced-fee and complimentary services, community education, and healthcare provider education. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, who is originally from Marietta, will appear at a Page from the Book Festival where he will present his newest book, The Bishop’s Pawn. A conversational interview will be conducted by Nadia Bilchik of CNN. Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 22 million copies sold in 51 countries. Steve Berry atlantajcc.org/bookfestival. I know it’s a little early, but spring fever is hitting and that means the Fourth Annual Roswell Azalea Festival is right around the corner. Events will take place throughout the month of April as organizers prepare to pay tribute to the beauty of Roswell during the springtime. We will have more on this in our next issue but to get an early preview of what’s coming visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com. And I will end with some more music. Next month our cover article will be on spring and summer music

Jimmy Buffett


Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on Chicago’s South Side, made his recording debut with Charles Earland, and cut his first album as a leader titled Straight Up in that same year. His band now consists of Joe Farnsworth on drums, Kevin Smith on bass, and Kevin Bales on piano. For show times and tickets to The Velvet Note visit their site at www.thevelvetnote.com. One of the more unique music events in March is the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. It returns for its ninth year with a wide array of artists performing all around Atlanta during a three-weekend period from Mar. 8 – 25. This is the largest Jewish music festival in the South and features world music, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and more. For more info on the festival with acts and venue times, visit atlantajmf.org. Having a wife who has survived not only being married to me but breast cancer as well, I can tell you that post operative care and rehabilitation is critical. On Mar. 24 community-based nonprofit Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will be having their 17th Annual Pink Affair fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. The evening will include a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, a raffle, an open bar with wine and beer, and dancing to a variety of music from the festive live band “We Got the Beat.” Tickets are $150 and can be purchased directly at www.thepinkaffair.com. All goes to a great cause.

events, but I have to mention that the concert calendar kicks off in April at the Verizon Amphitheatre with a performance by Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band on Apr. 17. This promises to be a great show as Buffet is digging deep into his catalog performing some old demo and unreleased songs on his 2018 tour titled “I Don’t Know.” Nothing, and I mean nothing, says spring like Jimmy Buffet. Plus mentioning this gave us a great reason to put his picture in, which probably got your attention in the first place. For more info on other events in our area visit our site at www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍





The real estate market right now is in a unique, and in all honesty, precarious position. There is a lot of good news but also some challenges, as multiple economic factors are putting pressure on the market. The yin to the yang is that while mortgage rates are still historically low, they are on the rise, and those entering the market will feel the impact. We have seen the last of interest rates under 4% and those under 5% will likely disappear by years end. That is one of the bigger drivers causing buyers to absorb much of our current inventory in the first two months of 2018. They are tired of waiting for perfect, and do not want to pay more for even less in a few months.

If Amazon places their new headquarters in Atlanta, where are the employees going to live? This movement has put more pressure on the market, resulting in a form of a housing shortage. Simply put, we do not have enough homes on the market. This is not just in our neighborhoods. Nationally, the number of homes available for sale fell for a third straight year in 2017, and there were 10% fewer homes on the market in Dec. 2017 compared with Dec. 2016. New home construction was, at best, sluggish in 2017 as total housing starts rose less than 4%, short of expectations of 6%. New home construction in our area

is tricky and there are really no easy fixes. We have multiple factors at play with limited space to build and opposition to any new large-scale projects leading the way of problems for new home construction. When you bring all of this together plus the rising cost of labor, lumber, and land, we have a continuing price increase with the power clearly in the hands of the seller, at most price points. It is a solid seller’s market for homes priced under $450,000 and a steady seller’s market under $750k with homes being updated to current stylings. American policy on housing has historically been a one-way street. We encourage people to buy, subsidize mortgages, issue tax breaks, have crazy low interest rates all designed to move product and those tricks usually worked as builders swooped in and a steady supply of new houses were the result. Look at how our area has transformed during this century. Now that dynamic is being broken at the local level. Municipalities hold the key over residential construction and local laws are reining in homebuilding rather than accelerating it. There is a strong sentiment of “not in my backyard” opposition and that opposition is often in the area’s most desirable places to live. This is a collision of national policy versus local desires that lead many in the industry to wonder if the micro or macro economy will win. While the metro Atlanta area has inventory challenges it is even worse in places like Seattle or San Francisco. Imagine this… Amazon places their new headquarters in Atlanta. That puts literally tens of thousands of new well-off buyers in our market. Where are we going to put them? ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.




Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, Milton Business Alliance, Milton First Responders Foundation, First up this month I have some business relocation Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, and news to share. Brixmor Property Group, owner of the Rotary Club of North Fulton. the Holcomb Bridge Crossing retail center at Old The Roswell High School Band Boosters Alabama Road and Holcomb Bridge Road, has Association is having a unique way to raise relocated the company’s regional office to Roswell. operational funds. This new kind of fundraising is The move brings 50 employees to the growing designed to give back to the community and lessen Roswell corporate business scene. the impact on the parents. They are doing this by “This project is a great story of finding a creative gathering financial pledges from the community as solution to repurpose big box retail space,” said Steve the RHS Band members do a service working day via Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “We are several community projects that will make a substanthrilled to share this success story and are proud to tial impact to the community. welcome Brixmor Property Group to Roswell as an RHS Band at the Georgia Dome. Each RHS Band and Guard student will commit official corporate citizen.” to collecting a minimum amount of financial donaAlpharetta is an exciting addition to the North Downtown Alpharetta got some new business tions/pledges from friends, families, neighbors, busiFulton real-estate brokerage landscape. neighbors in the nesses and organizations for an 8-hour community “They came here for good reason,” says Tracey form of The workday. All funds raised are tax deductible. They Craft, partner. “Alpharetta is the fastest-growing Craft Dolan also have a new secure credit card payment system large city in Georgia, more people are moving here Team who students can use for donations called PushPay, for recently moved as than to any other city with a population over 50,000,” info go to RoswellBand.com. she said. “Village Realty wants to be a part of that they joined The season of spring launches many fundraising Buckhead-based growth.” initiatives and one that is consistently fun is the The Craft Dolan Team is heavily involved in the Village Realty. Shamrockin’ For A Cure event held at Verizon community, holding membership and Board The expansion Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. This “party with a positions on the Alpharetta Business Association, into downtown Laura Dolan and Tracey Craft purpose” is held on Mar. 24 and continues on page 21



By Spalding Negron


s Gwinnett County’s premier event facility, 550 Trackside has a beautiful, rustic flair and top-ofthe-line services that help clients celebrate their special occasions without a hitch. Voted “Best in Gwinnett” eight years in a row and awarded the Gwinnett Historical Society Preservation Award in December 2012, the facility has become a local institution. After 11 years of leasing the facility, 550 Trackside owners and operators Roger and Cindy Kahn decided to make the leap and purchase the property they have managed. That’s where Renasant came in. Renasant Bank’s SBA Lending Specialist Melanie Brown guided the Kahns through the process of buying the real estate, eventually securing a small business loan with favorable financing. Now they can continue their work in Lawrenceville as owners. It’s the beginning of a new era for the business, as they continue to grow and serve Gwinnett County. Thanks to Melanie Brown and Renasant’s Small

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Business Administration loan programs, 550 Trackside continues to host beautiful weddings, reunions, proms, and other special events—now with the Kahns as proud real estate owners. Check out renasantnation.com to hear more inspiring stories and see how we can build your business. ❍

health&wellness presented by WellStar North Fulton Hospital

MAKING A DIGITAL CONNECTION By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

February 25th marked a special day for WellStar North Fulton Hospital. On this day, we completely transitioned from paper charting to an electronic healthcare record (EHR). This is significant for several reasons: First, it affords healthcare providers the ability to have current and accurate patient information at the point of care, every time. An EHR coordinates more efficient care among physicians across many specialties. This system can also help reduce medical errors and ultimately lead to safer care. Finally, an EHR provides patients with instantaneous access to their information when they need it. Sharing information is nothing new.  The banking industry has been doing this for years.  Think about it.  For decades, we have been able to go to almost any ATM, anywhere in the world, to dispense cash or check our balances.  Banks developed the ability to share information, resulting in faster, more efficient transactions for their customers. The healthcare industry has been a little slower to become fully electronic, but our opportunities are boundless.  Now, when you have an encounter with WellStar, your information can be instantly shared across WellStar’s 11 hospitals, 225 outpatient locations and clinics, and over 1,000 providers.  So, if you go to a WellStar Emergency Department, your WellStar primary care physician will have immediate access to any test or diagnosis you receive.  At the same time, the ED will have access to all pertinent information your WellStar physician may have previously entered into your chart.  We live in a brave, new world.  Investments such as our EHR bring us yet another step closer to achieving our vision of delivering worldclass healthcare.  ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar MARCH through MAY 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. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at 404-229-9639 or keishac@thriveworks.com.

Epilepsy Support Group

Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Saturdays , 3/10, 4/14, and 5/12 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. diabetes self-management skills. Call Classroom C. Please join our monthly Patricia at 404-527-7180 for more support group for caregivers and information and to register. family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

COMMUNITY EDUCATION American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR* Saturday 3/17, 10–12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for information on Heartsaver CPR/1st Aid classes and CPR for Healthcare Providers.

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 & Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Water Birth

Thursdays, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, and 5/31 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to BLS for Healthcare learn about the option of a water birth Providers* delivery. Completion of the class is Saturday 4/28, 9–3 p.m. $60 required to be considered for water This course is designed for healthcare birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple. providers and professionals.

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. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Heartsaver CPR/AED/ First Aid*

Breast Cancer Support Group

Saturday May 19, 9–3 p.m. This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

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

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop

Calendar continues on pages 19 and 20 with Special Events

For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.





Treatments include physical, occupational, and speech therapy A new option for outpatient rehabilitation will be available for the North Fulton community this spring when WellStar North Fulton Neuro Rehab opens its doors. The rehabilitation center will offer specialized treatment to patients recovering from a stroke, brain injury or other neurological disorders to enhance their quality of life. “At WellStar North Fulton Neuro Rehab, we believe in clinical and customer service excellence for our patients. The team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists will work together towards providing outstanding neuro rehab that results in the patient achieving their maximum level of function,” said Niki Groves, director of outpatient rehabilitation. Treatments offered at this new location include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and swallowing therapy and Parkinson’s treatment among others. “Our programs are designed to meet the unique,


Services Offered Physical Therapy — gait training, fall risk testing and treatment, balance training, strengthening and mobility enhancement Occupational Therapy — Focus on restoring functional use of the hands and arms, home management skills, adaptive equipment Speech and Swallowing Therapy — Exercises to improve muscle movement, strategies and positions for swallowing more effectively

WellStar North Fulton Neuro Rehab

individualized needs and goals of each patient,” explained Groves. To schedule an appointment or learn more about WellStar North Fulton Neuro Rehab, please call 470-956-4400. 2500 Hospital Blvd., Suite 225 Rowell, GA 30067

Speech and Swallowing Assessment — Modified Barium Swallow assessment evaluates those who have difficulty with inhaling or aspirating food into the windpipe Vestibular/Vertigo Treatment — Dizziness and balance treatment Parkinson’s Treatment — Speech, OT, and PT help patients regain function and slow deterioration through intensive exercise and empowerment Cognitive and Aphasia Treatment — Restoring and strengthening abilities with strategies or assistive communication technology and family training

LEARN HOW TO LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE WellStar is introducing this spring its Speaking About Wellness series to the WellStar North Fulton Hospital community. The Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Quarterly Seminar Series provides people age 50 and older with the tools to make lifestyle enhancements for their personal health and well-being. The theme for 2018 is “Your Key to Healthy Aging.” The Speaking about Wellness for Women Quarterly Seminar Series focuses on education, prevention and early intervention information for women of all ages. The monthly events take place in North Fulton Hospital and include healthy dinner and dessert, presentation by featured speaker, educational materials and a gift. Participants that attend all four programs in the series will receive a special gift at the end of the year.

Speaking about Wellness for Women Heart Health Isn’t Just a Man’s Concern: What Every Women Should Know

Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Maintaining Your Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Fall and Injury Prevention Strength, balance and flexibility are important at any age, but we have to work harder as we age to maintain it. Join us as a Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton’s Rehabilitation Department will review exercises and activities to help you stay at your best. You will also learn some simple tips to make your home safer to aid in the prevention of falls. April 24 Presented by: A Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton Hospital Rehabilitation Department

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Foot and Wound Care

Your feet are an important part of your body! Learn how aging affects tissue loss on the bottom of your feet and what Heart disease is the leading can happen as a result. This presentation will show you how cause of death for women in the to inspect your feet, what is considered proper footwear and United States and causes 1 in hyperbaric treatment for diabetic foot wounds. every 4 female deaths. Often, June 12 Presented by: Debra Gonzalez, BSN, ACHRN, CHT, women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no CWS, Program Director, WellStar North Fulton Wound Care previous symptoms. A WellStar & Hyperbaric Center Genetic Counseling: What It Healthy Breasts for Life: Health System Cardiologist will Medication Safety: The How, When and Why of Taking Can Tell Us and What It Beyond October and Pink Cannot Ribbons help you understand the symp- Your Medicine Did you know WellStar offers When it comes to your breast toms and risks unique to Did you know that some medications need to be taken a comprehensive genetic risk health, do you know what is women, as well as how eating a with food and others with lots of water? Or that some assessment program to help pa- normal, when to seek medical heart healthy diet and medications should not be taken together? Should you take tients identify possible attention, the latest exam exercising you can help reduce your medicine in the morning or the evening? These are a hereditary causes of cancer, car- recommendations and the your risks. few of the questions that will be answered in this diac conditions and more? A advantages of 3D mammogram July 10 Presented by: Suresh presentation to help you make sure you are getting the best board-certified genetic screenings? Join us for a Ramamurthy, MD, FACC, RPVI, results from your medications and are taking them safely. counselor can assess an individ- presentation on breast health WellStar North Fulton Hospital August 16 Presented by: A Pharmacist from WellStar ual’s risk by collecting a detailed and breast changes across a life- Cardiology Group North Fulton Hospital family history, reviewing time. Osteoporosis and Save Your Brain for the Golden Years medical history and exploring May 15 Presented by: Osteoarthritis: Do Our Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number the possibility of genetic testing Laura Rivers Pearson, MD, Chances Increase with Age? one cause of disability in the United States. Early recognition for various hereditary FACS, WellStar Medical Do you know the difference and timely intervention can sometimes make the difference syndromes. This presentation Group, Breast Surgeon and between Osteoarthritis and between life and death or a full recovery versus permanent will focus on some situations Sarah Bentley RN, Oncology Osteoporosis? Even though the disability. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of where testing may be appropri- Services Manager/Breast names are similar and they both a stroke, what you can do to decrease your chances of having ate and what information can Nurse Navigator affect your bones, they are two a stroke and about the different treatments that may be be helpful to individuals and very different diseases. Join us available. Join us to find out what it means to be a Primary their relatives from test results. as an Orthopedic surgeon pres- Stroke Center and what the advantages of seeking treatment March 29 Presented by: ents on the differences LET’S SOCIALIZE! at one are. Blood pressure screenings will be offered at this Sarah Siddiqui, MS, CGC, including symptoms, risk program. Board Certified Genetic factors and treatment options. October 11 Presented by: Edna A. Kennedy, MSN, RN, Counselor, WellStar Center for September 13 Presented by: Stroke Coordinator, WellStar North Fulton Hospital Genetics and Individualized Edward Holliger, MD, Facebook.com/NorthFultonHospital For more information or to register for these programs, Medicine Resurgens Orthopaedics Twitter handle: @NFultonHospital please call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍


WellStar brings speaker series to North Fulton





New facility will improve access to emergency care

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, state and local leaders, along with physicians, nurses and other staff, as well as hospital executives, were on hand last month for the groundbreaking ceremony of a stateof-the-art, four-story emergency department (ED) designed to serve the healthcare needs of Marietta and metro Atlanta residents. The 162,825 square foot, $126 million world-class facility will increase capacity and access for incoming patients, and include technology that will allow physicians to treat emergency room patients more efficiently. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2019 and patient care will begin in early 2020. The existing ED, designed to treat 60,000 patients a year, has been serving the surrounding community for nearly 50 years. The ED currently provides healthcare to more than 142,000 people annually, seeing more patients than any other hospital in Georgia and currently ranked fifth in the nation the number of patients treated.

Kennestone Hospital’s new ED, which will be connected to the existing hospital by a two-level bridge crossing Church Street, will accommodate up to 185,000 patients in the initial phase and up to 220,000 annually upon completion. “As a not-for-profit health system, WellStar is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of its community and this project is a testament to how we reinvest in the communities we serve,” said Mary Chatman, interim president, WellStar Kennestone Hospital. “Kennestone’s physicians, surgeons and nurses save lives every day through world-class emergency care for even the youngest patients and the new ED will allow us to treat additional individuals in need.” Technological advancements will include four CT scan machines that will be used solely for emergency patients. The ER will also have its own MRI, ultrasound and X-ray departments, instead of having to share equipment with the rest of the hospital. As the only Trauma Network in the state, a major feature of the facility will be improved access for cars and ambulances delivering patients daily. The design will rely on major, high-traffic city roads, rather than local neighborhood streets. Five separate vehicular access points, two for emergency vehicles and three for civilians, will separate ambulance traffic from walk-in patients. Additionally, an onsite underground parking garage allows for quick parking after patient drop-off. Additional features unique to the modernized facility include a dedicated area on the second floor for treating patients with behavioral health needs and the ability to expand medical services into the parking lot to treat mass casualties, if needed. In the event of a hazardous material spill, tents would be erected outside to decontaminate patients before moving them into the ED. Construction of the new WellStar Kennestone Hospital Emergency Department is being funded through a combination of bonds, capital funds and donations from the community. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital SPECIAL EVENTS Personal Safety/Self-Defense unsafe situations, and escape attackers. These workshops include Workshops for Kids Sunday March 25 K-5th session 1-3 p.m. and teen girl 6th-12th session 4-6 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

full-force self-defense tactics practice. For more information or to register, please call 678.526.3335 or visit www.revvedupkids.org/class-calendar

Senior Health Fair with the City of Roswell Wednesday, March 28 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Adult Recreation Center 830 Grimes Bridge Rd. Join us for free health information and screenings.

Introducing the Speaking about Wellness for Women & Healthy Aging 2018 Quarterly Seminars

Genetic Counseling: What Maintaining Your Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Fall It Can Tell Us and What It Cannot Thursday 3/29 Did you know WellStar offers a comprehensive genetic risk assessment program to help patients identify possible hereditary causes of cancer, cardiac conditions and more? Presented by: Sarah Siddiqui, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor, WellStar Center for Genetics and Individualized Medicine.

and Injury Prevention Tuesday April 24 Strength, balance and flexibility are important at any age, but we have to work harder as we age to maintain it. Join us as a Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton’s Rehabilitation Department will review exercises and activities to help you stay at your best. You will also learn some simple tips to make your home safer to aid in the prevention of falls.

Presented by: A Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton Hospital Rehabilitation Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for more information on the series topics See page 19 for more events in the Quarterly Seminar Series.

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Sweet Pops of Brilliance by artist Craig Snyder features man-made materials forged into a whimsical form, then infused with bright primary shades.

Roswell Arts Fund has gifted three sculptures to the City of Roswell. Reception, Sweet Pops of Brilliance, and Sentience will all remain permanently in Roswell thanks in part to generous donations by local businesses and residents. The sculptures will join two other permanent pieces purchased from the 2016 ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour, Smoke in the Historic Roswell Square and Oak Leaf Triptych in Roswell Area Park. “We have seen how the arts transcend our differences” said Rochelle Mucha, Chair, Roswell Arts Fund. “It is a universal language that facilitates connections. We hope and trust that our community will continue to optimize the arts to strengthen and grow the city of Roswell today and in the future. Roswell Arts Fund is extremely grateful to the residents, businesses, visitors and community at large of Roswell who have made these purchases possible.” The Roswell Wedding Showcase was recently held and Marie Ellis won the Honeymoon Grand Prize of a 3night getaway at the Be Live Collection Punta Cana Hotel, an exclusive 24hour all-inclusive 5-star hotel resort in


the proceeds benefit the fight of cystic fibrosis. Over the years this event has raised over $1 million. They feature dining from many great local restaurants, plenty of spirits, and live music that will keep you moving. Not to mention a great auction with the proceeds going to an even better cause. For more info visit shamrockinforacure.eventscff.org.

Left to right: Yaima Castellon, executive with Be Live Hotels; Marie Ellis, and Helen Saraiva, consultant with Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Roswell. the Dominican Republic that has been especially designed for those who wish to get away from it all. Marie and her fiancée, Tim, are planning a May wedding at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Congrats all around! For those of you already hitched and have little ones already then I’ve got good news on a kids consignment sale. On Mar. 10 at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church (2825 Sandy Plains Road, 30066) in Marietta the North West Atlanta Moms of Multiples are having a sale that offers up to 90% retail items on baby and children’s clothes, toys, books, and gear. For more info visit www.nowamom.org. Next month festival season hits us head on and to that end the organizers at the ever-popular Alive in Roswell are giving back to the community. They have donated $10,000 to the Historic Roswell Business Association. Atlanta Plays It Forward, which organizes the event in partnership with the City of Roswell, presented the check to the HRBA at a recent City of Roswell’s Mayor and Council Meeting. The funds represent the remaining proceeds from vendor and sponsorship dollars after the costs of running the event are calculated. HRBA Chairman Rand Cabus, of Mojo Vinyl accepted the check on behalf of the nonprofit organization and said the donation will be vital to the ongoing success of the HRBA’s work to promote the growth and prosperity of Roswell’s Historic District. Alive in Roswell, which covers the Historic Roswell Square and Canton Street begins in April. ❍

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I have this weird hobby. It’s an insatiable urge to crawl around homes, townhomes, and condos as they’re being built. Let’s face it. We’re curious about what happens in town, and new construction piques our interests. Everyone has an opinion about it: good, bad, or otherwise. We slow down our cars to crane our necks and guess what we’ll ultimately see on the property. The north metro area is unquestionably abuzz with new building, and we’re all keeping an eye on it. But with me, I’m not just talking about the rubbernecking at construction sites. I’m talking about poking around all of the building action that’s going on. Actually getting a close-up look. I love exploring construction sites from the concrete foundations, to the lumber going up, and finally to the

No Need to Stress Over Downsizing, Moving



et’s face it. The very thought of downsizing and moving from a home of 35+ years can be daunting. You’ve accumulated a lifetime of memories there that go way beyond simple furnishings, such as photos, books, your children’s mementos, souvenirs of your career and travels and more. No wonder it’s stressful to think of moving to a smaller place!

sorting through possessions and determining their best possible recipients to packing, moving and helping you set up your new home. St. George Village is pleased to partner with Lifetime Transitions, a firm whose mission is to assist seniors by making their move to a new home an easy transition. Additionally, company owners Craig and Anita Reisinger are agents with Keller Williams Realty-Atlanta North and can provide professional real estate services to clients. Here are some of the ways the Lifetime Transitions team helps make the move into St. George Village almost effortless for new residents:

This is where a senior move manager can help. Senior move managers specialize in helping older adults downsize and move to a new residence. They do everything from

• Pre-move sorting of belongings • Furniture selection and floor plan creation for the new home • Hire and work with movers, coordi-

nating the moving day • Pack, unpack and home set-up • Decorative redesign using items from client’s home • Listing home for sale The goal of our partnership with Lifetime Transitions is to ensure that our new residents experience a stressfree process that delivers them to a fully set-up home on moving day. When they walk in for the grand tour of their new residence, everything is already in place, complete with their treasured belongings. In other words, they feel right at home from the minute they arrive! Come see how downsizing and moving can actually be a pleasant experience at St. George Village! Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for more information. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at

www.stgeorgevillage.com. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! Lifetime Transitions, a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist, has earned the A+ Accreditation from the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Learn more at lifetimetransitions.com. ❍

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all over Arizona. Dad knew what was next in the desert. He would stop the car on the side of the road, taking time to point to where future city developments would emerge in the emptiness around us. One day we drove up to a beautiful piece of desert near Scottsdale and proclaimed: “This is going to be a unique community. A huge fountain will be built right there, and a downtown boulevard right here.” He was happily pacing out footage through the sagebrush. Today, the community of Fountain Hills thrives with gorgeous desert homes among canyons and cactus. Dad truly had a vision for land. In my own quiet Roswell townhouse community, we’re experiencing urbanization on both sides of us. We have earth moving on one side, and the construction of a four-story condo tower on the other, not more than fifty yards away. I snooped at this four-story development one evening. I finished a hike with flashlight in hand, and decided to see what in the heck was being built beside us. With my hiking boots on, I hopped the small fence that lined the site. A parking garage already stood beneath the first floor of condos. I climbed up to boards that took me onto the first floor. “I wonder,” speaking to myself, “are there two condos on this floor? This looks like a hallway in between. And is this an elevator space? Cool!” I backed away to keep from falling into the elevator pit. Jumping down through thick mud, I headed homeward, literally right around the corner. After a moment of squish, squish, squish, I climbed out of the new community, and landed in my own. I guess Roswell will be very different as our city transforms into new urban living spaces, which defines part of the future of our thriving community. And doggone it; I want to be the snoop who knows exactly what people are moving into. ❍


interiors. I peek in windows of uninhabited places to glimpse the size, materials used, closets, and kitchens. This is kind of creepy, I know, and I try to do it when the coast is clear. I’m particularly fascinated with Roswell’s new construction of living spaces and the live/work combinations. Do I poke around while the nail guns and buzz saws are active? Gosh, no. My hobby is a weekend or after hours activity. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but people might think there is. Personally, I don’t see any problem for me, a stranger, to pace out a poured slab. I want to know how many square feet we have here. Where are the plumbing parts? Where’s the garage? I love the game of figuring it out. I’m not alone with this crazy urge to roam through home construction sites. When my sister visited last year, as we walked along Oxbo Creek in Roswell, I pointed out the construction of what appeared to be a four-plex of townhouses. We looked at each other, and blurted out, “Let’s go!” My husband, who would never do this, waited at the creek while we ladies climbed all over one townhouse in progress. We scrambled around the floor plan, still in the framing stage, down the stairs, into what looked like walk-in closets in the bedrooms, and guessing the size and shape of the bathrooms. “That must be the master.... Maybe this is an office.... This bedroom is pretty small.... The best light is on this side,” we rambled. We really dig making sense of the puzzle. It comes naturally to us. Our father was a real estate broker in the Arizona desert, and he enjoyed designing and building homes, including ours. I would travel around town with him, pacing out concrete slabs. We traveled




Let Your Imagination Soar with

A SPECIALTY GARDEN Plan, Plant and Enjoy a Specialty or Theme Garden

Fragrant Theme: Oriental lilies fill the air with fragrance in GardenGeri's garden. • A Shakespeare Garden including labels with quotes from the Bard next Want to make better use of your landto the plants mentioned? scape this year? Plan and plant a living • A Secret Garden might be nice, conversation starter? Actually get out hidden away behind an outbuilding and breathe those great negative ions? or an unexpected treat at the back of Consider designing a specialty or a property. theme garden, sure to bring smiles • What about a cool Fern Glade? when you tour your friends through it. • Or transform a playground into a For example, everyone is familiar Children’s Garden with the idea of a vegetable garden. North-Metro foodies can rebrand this GARDENGERI’S TOP 5 FAVORITE, old chestnut as a ‘kitchen garden’ or EXCITINGLY DIFFERENT ‘chef ’s garden’. Butterfly gardens have SPECIALTY GARDENS! been receiving a lot of press lately due to the plight of the native monarch and Fragrance Garden swallowtail butterflies. And rose For me, the number one gardens have been a theme for enchantment of any garden is its centuries. When in bloom, rose fragrance, awakening memories or laygardens are typically spectacular and a ering aroma on the air. There is a frequent location for summer fragrant plant or flower for every weddings, although they look awful season and every landscape need. Tea from November through February. olives provide tall, evergreen screening. But your imagination can soar in na- In early spring, Daphne provides sweet ture. What about a smells. Wild honeysuckle A.K.A. native • Colonial Garden with heirloom azaleas, add both fragrance and orange plants at a historical site like Bulloch and yellow colors to the azalea palette. Hall or the Archibald Smith Tall trumpet lilies are redolent of Plantation Home? fragrance when you walk outside in the Green Scene by Geri Laufer


The fig tree figures significantly throughout the Bible, consider it for a Bible-themed garden. Photo: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons

garden in summer, so plant a dozen lily marbled leaves of caladium a try this summer by planting inexpensive corms bulbs this spring. in April.

Moon Garden

Fill a garden with white flowers that open in the evening and reflect the moonlight on calm evenings. Moonflower vine, night-blooming cereus, angel trumpet, flowering tobacco, and night-blooming jasmine are some candidates for the moon garden. Add a candle chandelier over a table and comfortable chairs and you are good to go.

Bible Garden

Winter Garden Our Zone 7B/8A gardens in metroAtlanta are made for winter gardens! Some plants have flowers or colorful leaves all winter. Grasses turn strawcolor and gracefully bend and wave in winter breezes. Dwarf nandina turns cherry red and hellebores contribute pink or white nodding flowers and rich green leaves. Brighten up the dull time of the year with a winter garden.

Your kids might find it fun to research some of the plants mentioned in the Bible and include them in this theme garden. Of course the lilies would be number one. Many of the herbs such as dill, bay laurel, mint, myrtle, wormwood, rue and hyssop are mentioned, as well as grapevines, figs or even an olive tree grown in a large tub.

Shade Garden Many metro-Atlanta landscapes are shade gardens by default, but by concentrating on perennials and plants that do best in shade you can lighten up the whole look. The greatest combo is the broad leaves of hosta contrasted with the lacy leaves of ferns. Cast iron plant and chines sacred lily are good for dark shade, while nearly everything else can be planted in the light, high shade cast by our predominant loblolly pines. give the giant pink or white

Winter garden theme: hellebores bloom through the coldest weather.

Make your garden distinctive with a theme garden. ❍ 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.





Frank Mack and Lynn Holdridge tuck into the 4 meats and 4 sides sampler at Meating Street BBQ. By Frank Mack

With the Swallow At The Hollow and Greenwoods on Green Street passing into Roswell culinary history, the questions begging for answers are many. Where do we go for barbeque, fried chicken and pie now? Where do we eat? Who will take care of us? Who will feed us now? Great cooks don’t fall out of trees, though barstools are another story. Like most exceptional cooking, the plan is pretty simple. To do great barbeque you’ve got to source the killer fat content meats. The meat at any barbeque joint, worth a grain of salt, does not go from cold to stove. Rather, it smokes for hours, if not days. The sauces are unique and loved into existence from peppers and spice over time and heat. All of this is done slowly, very slowly. The smoke box itself is serious science and it takes years of study to get it right. You have to know it by sight, smell, and ear as you build intuition. Legendary pit bosses swear with enough experience you can hear the perfect sizzle. They cook with amazing patience. Brian Keenan, master smoker of Brian Keenan, master smoker of Meating Street Barbeque Meating Street Barbeque in Roswell, in Roswell. The restaurant features sandwiches to full is a Southern boy born and raised. The racks and they are stunning. Carolinas made him and Roswell has


I’ve never lost a friend recommending good barbeque so here are some of my other favorites in the area: Sams BBQ1 Dreamland BBQ

him. Brian is a totally self-trained smoker, building his craft over the decades. From backyard, to catering, to the new brick and mortar location he’s been honing his skills. I don’t mind saying he ready for primetime. The pictures say it all. The man’s sweet smoky ribs fall off the bone. A mound of his pulled pork is delightful and the brisket goes savory soft and succulent. The sides are not an afterthought either, as the beans are to die for and the slaw is special. To wash it all down they feature local suds, sodas, and the smiles are real. Meating Street BBQ is simply lipsmacking delicious. They feature a custom-built smoke trailer running purely on wood that can feed up to 300 folks in a single cook. They also have a storefront and smiles from ear to ear. Now all the Keenan family needs is you, your family and y’all’s monster appetites. Where is it? Why it’s where Hog Wallow Creek crosses Alpharetta Street in Roswell. I bet you had no idea there was a Hog Wallow Creek… see you learn something every time you read this column. For those of you less adventurous, just put 1294 Alpharetta Street, Roswell into your GPS. Meating Street BBQ features sandwiches to full racks and they are

stunning. It’s family through and through. Comfort food? It is to me. And you know what he doesn’t have? A fryer. That’s right, he’s cut the bad for you fats right off the menu. This is homemade good for you food. It’s natural, no vat of fats to soak your calories in. Now that’s a statement that takes courage! Roswell lost a great one with Bill Greenwood retiring in January. The Swallow at the Hollow was as good and as classic as any restaurant can be and had a national reputation. Bill is simply irreplaceable. That said, he is now history and it’s time to write a new chapter, heck perhaps we need a new book. Meating Street BBQ is today and ten years from now I expect we’ll still be talking about it. I hope we have an answer to the barbeque question. The chicken and pie is one I’ll tackle next month. Somebody somewhere is getting a chicken plucking pie-making award and I have a few ideas. I’m the kind of guy that will always miss a local small family restaurant and personal story such that existed on Green Street. However, my appetite is a forward-looking device. The past is the past and we live in the moment so let’s eat. And let’s eat well. Our Meating Street BBQ neighbors 1294 Alpharetta St. and their businesses Roswell, GA 30075 matter, so 678-878-2006 www.meatingstreetbbq.com please drive past the corporate logo up on the big corner. Eat local, live local, buy local. And locally, we should be ok. ❍

These guys have spots in East and West Cobb. They have been growing for years and it’s transformed into something of an art form. And I am ready to say this is killer, home grown barbeque. They call this Memphis style but it’s Georgia’s own. Keep it to yourselves though. We don’t want it filling up with tourists. Sams BBQ 1, 4958 Lower Roswell Rd. NE, in East Cobb.

It’s kind of local, it’s not big enough to be a chain, but it’s been a favorite of mine for 20 years. Big Daddy’s John Bishop is gone but there still ain’t nothing like ‘em anywhere. The full rack in a box covered with bread and a side of sauce that’s pure Alabama summer. I die for them and they kill as leftovers on day two cold or hot. Dreamland BBQ is located at 10730 Alpharetta Hwy. in Roswell.

The Grub Gastro Pub Before barbeque culture fully migrated north with its shacks, stacks, and rolling smokers, the absolute king in “Yankee Land” was baby back ribs. For succulent fall off the bone fine dining they still rate one of the best meals in town. My local favorite for the one-off award goes to The Grub Gastro Pub in Roswell. Chef Dave does them smoky, sticky, tender and true. They come in a sweet sauce, dry rubbed, and slow cooked. Ah heck, just look at the picture. The Grub Gastro Pub is located at 1090 Alpharetta St. in Roswell.

Chef Dave at Grub Gastro Pub does baby back ribs smoky, sticky, tender and true. Frank and Kim of Grub Pub tear into a batch of Grub Pub ribs.


Other BBQ Spots




NATIVE GARDENING BEGINS IN THE BACK YARD By Julie Hollingsworth Hogg, CNC Gardens and Horticulture Manager

It was the 19th-century lawyer, Daniel Webster, who said, “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” Gardeners know this, of course, and anyone who is being tempted by a shovel and the smell of dirt is acting on their innate human sense that it is the cultivation of a garden, of your own garden, that is the starting point for understanding many things: food, wine; order and art and color and light; biology and botany and physics and chemistry. There is no better place to start (or expand upon) your work in gardening than with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, which exists to “connect people

to nature” and does so brilliantly twice a year by offering a Native Plant Sale. The brilliance is in the fact that it is here, not in a garden center, not at a big box store, that you can choose from a vast array of native plants; plants native to Georgia, to this climate, to this eco-system. With these assets, native plants thrive. They are far more likely to survive our heat, our humidity, our rains, our droughts than their non-native counterparts. Native plants attracts birds and butterflies native to this region that depend upon these plants. This year, our CNC Native Plant Sale is going to give a nod to the fact that many of us have downsized, or are living in homes with smaller outdoor footprints. Perhaps we simply want to garden in a smaller space––a patio or a small patch of dirt near the front door. One of the native Azaleas we will offer this year is “Orange Carpet” Azalea. It is a low-growing native azalea that is perfect for the smaller yard. Have you considered growing native mints, or grasses or black-eyed susans in containers or small spaces? It can be done. And speaking of containers, we will be offering varieties of vegetables––tomatoes, peppers, even okra––that do great in pots. All these things suit the largest of yards and gardens as well. In any case, come discover what native plants have to offer and let us show you some things about small space gardening that you probably haven’t thought of before. The Chattahoochee Nature Center’s 2018 Spring Native Plant Sale for members only will be Thursday, March 29. It will be open to the public Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 as well as Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. For more info visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

Volunteers help in the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s greenhouse, getting plants of all kinds ready for the annual Spring Plant Sale, March 30-31 and April 6-7. Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center




Come on March 25 ready to learn about birds and aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math.

istered for Camp Kingfisher’s Spring Break camp. Get out into nature and Spring is one of my favorite times at learn while having fun and making the Chattahoochee Nature Center. It’s friends. not too hot yet, but also not too cold; Below is a list of events at the CNC the perfect weather to get out and exand there is something for the whole plore nature. This month is packed family. For more info visit with events for the whole family, www.chattnaturecenter.org for including some of our favorite special additional events and registration info. events. SPECIAL EVENTS The Water Drop Dash has always been a favorite at the CNC. Whether Water Drop Dash you are an avid runner or just looking Saturday, Mar. 24, 8 a.m. to get in some exercise, this is the event The Water Drop Dash 5K is a FAST for you. Run this fun, fast course along and FLAT course along the the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Chattahoochee River! Registration is Plus, you are helping the environment limited—please register early to ensure by helping to bring awareness to water your spot! The schedule of events: conservation through the EPA’s Fix a 7:00 a.m. Race Day Registration Leak Week, Mar.19-25, leading up to and Packet Pickup Begins the race. 8:00 a.m. Water Drop Dash 5K If you are interested in STEM, 8:45 a.m. Kid’s Fun Run with “Flying into the Future” family fun day Mascots is the family event for you. Come on 9:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony and Mar. 25 ready to learn about birds and Post-Race Family Water aspects of science, technology, Festival engineering, and math. Families will After the race there is a Family Water also have the opportunity to get up Festival. The post-race Water Festival close with birds of prey. will be full of giveaways, activities and End your month at the Spring face painting from our local water utiliNative Plant Sale. The CNC ties and sponsors. horticulturists and master gardeners will be on site to help you plan a spring Flying into the Future Family Fun Day—Sunday, Mar. 25, 12–4 p.m. garden that you can admire all year. Flying into the Future is where science This is also the perfect time to get regand nature collide to bring you By Jon Copsey


Registration is limited for the Water Drop Dash—please register early to ensure your spot!

activities focused on STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come ready to learn about birds as well as test your tinkering skills with our STEM-themed partners and activities. The event highlight includes a flighted birds of prey show, where visitors will be able to learn about these incredible animals and have opportunities to get up close as well. This event will also kick off the opening of our Eco Tinker Interactive Exhibits, open this quarter.

FAMILY PROGRAMS Wetland Restoration Project Sunday, Mar. 11, 1–4 p.m. The CNC will remove invasive Chinese privet and other non-natives in and around their wetlands to encourage native plant restoration. Please contact them to reserve a spot for your family or group. Ages 5+; Reserve by email: l.lintel@chattnaturecenter.org. Pee-Wee Naturalist Tuesday, Mar. 13, 9:45–11 a.m. You, your budding naturalist, and a CNC naturalist will hike one of the trails on our 127 acres, have fun making nature art, and visit with CNC’s wildlife up close. Your child will learn all about sprouting plants, the lives of baby birds and animals, and how pollinators help crops. Ages 3–4; $60 general public/$45 CNC members (Three-part series price per child; adult helper required and admitted free); Register by March 8.

Georgia Nature Photographers Association Exhibit–Spring Gallery in Bloom—Mar.–May Georgia Nature Photographers present this quarter’s gallery hanging that highlights award-winning photography taken throughout the state. Works are available for purchase. All ages; included with general admission.

ADULT PROGRAMS Basics of Macro Nature Photography Saturday, Mar. 17, 12–4 p.m. Whether it’s a flower, an insect, or a natural pattern, there is detail and beauty in small things that are only captured with a close view. In this class they will discuss macro and close-up techniques, focus, depth of field, and creative options. Professional nature photographer Eric Bowles will lead this half-day class for beginner to intermediate photographers. Ages 16+; $40 general public/$35 CNC members. Nature Club: Native Plants with Julie Hollingsworth Hogg Thursday, Mar. 22, 7–9 p.m. Join CNC’s Manager of Horticulture and Gardens, Julie Hollingsworth Hogg, for an evening of learning all about native plants of Georgia. Learn some unique aspects that make the plants of Georgia so special. Potluck dinner starts at 7 p.m. with the speaker beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ages 16+; $10 general public/$5 CNC members. ❍




Celebrating Great Beer and a Great Cause So we had some snow back in January, which means we officially had winter so you can now declare spring fever and enjoy our great local festivals that will be popping up nearly every weekend. On March 24 the local festival season kicks off with an event that is becoming one of the best and biggest around, The Roswell Beer Festival. The annual event is in its 6th year and is a fundraiser for the STAR House Foundation. The festival was born out of a desire to hold a different type of fundraiser, something that is unique and offers patrons a good time, while also providing a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of beers and enjoy the spring weather. Each year the festival, held on the Historic Square in Roswell, has grown and this year’s event will fill the square with hundreds of attendees. Organizers have set lofty goals. Back in 2013 the event raised $10,000 and now the total is anticipated to be over $200,000. That has been accomplished by a well-run event that is about more than beer. All attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass, enjoy over 300 beers, taste local food from amazing Roswell restaurants and listen to great live music. The live music on offer, I have to say, 2018 RBF Leadership team should not be overlooked. This festival L to R: Dan Lastella, Danny Broadway, Whitney Pyles, is about more than just sampling beer Christine Gryczan, Jeff Bridges and Stephanie Christiansen. and enjoying the weather you will also (not pictured Justin Cherry and Monica Oliveira) have the opportunity to see and hear some great bands. The Highbeams, a trio of local brothers, Adam Pendlington, Ian Pendlington, and Stephen Quinn, are one such band.

They have been at this festival for four years now and will be playing tunes from their latest release You Are My Home. Bands such as the Highbeams deserve to be listened to, not just as background music like most festivals, so take the opportunity to discover some great young local talent. “The Highbeams are returning for the fourth year and are always a crowd favorite,” said Stephanie Christiansen, development director of STAR House. “We have a new band joining this year from Myrtle Beach called Sweet Sweet. Holding true to Roswell’s character, we really spend a lot of time making sure we deliver the best festival food we can at a reasonable price. We are excited to partner with C&S Chowder House, Big Ketch, Roux, Peach and the Porkchop, Grub Gastro Pub, Mill Kitchen, and Andretti’s Grill for 2018.” As mentioned, Sweet Sweet is an American folk duo from Myrtle Beach comprised of Jeremy Dunham (guitar, vocal) and Kerrine Gifford (cello, vocal). Blending the elegance and mood of cello with the rustic roots of acoustic guitar, Sweet Sweet crafts simple songs

filled with heart-felt stories and Southern charm. Both of these bands are good enough to see on their own and at the Roswell Beer Festival you get to see them both while having access to beer from some of the best breweries around. That is by any measure a great deal. All of this is for a great cause too. STAR House is an after-school program that provides at-risk youth with tutoring, mentoring and other enrichment activities throughout the year. The foundation has over two decades of success in serving underprivileged youth in the Roswell area. In total they offer academic, social and leadership skills to nearly 300 children and the festival is the largest fundraiser for this organization with 100% of the proceeds going towards providing programming for hundreds of local students in need. “The Roswell Beer Festival has extended our reach significantly by bringing awareness of STAR House to a different demographic than what has traditionally been our support base,” Christiansen stated. Continues on page 34

34 continued from page 32 “We are able to engage directly with hundreds and hundreds of people the day of the event and share our success story. This festival has become the most important fundraiser for STAR House, generating $200,000 this year.

THE BEER MOVEMENT Another reason for the success of the Roswell Beer Festival is that they have capitalized on the craft beer movement that been growing in this country for several years now. Many refer to the phenomenon of beer flavor and diversity as the “growth of craft beer” or “the culture of better beer.” For beer drinkers it’s simply a journey of pleasure. We live in a golden age of beer and currently it is a good time to be a beer drinker. While Budweiser and Miller are still dominating the grocery store shelves, the craft beer movement is one that cultivates a spirit of independence at the micro level. Local is the key in craft beer and it has become big business and it’s growing. Right now there are more breweries in the U.S. than at anytime in our history. The Roswell Beer Festival capitalizes on this trend by offering beers from a multitude of sources that offer something for every taste bud. One of the new breweries around is Variant Brewing Co. in Roswell and they are one of the main sponsors of the Roswell Beer Festival, which is a clear demonstration of how these new businesses connect with the community. “For Variant we’re excited to participate in a local event that is run by people that share our enthusiasm for craft beer and all the while benefit charity,” said Matthew Curling, owner of Variant Brewing Co. “These festivals are a great opportunity for us talk to many consumers in the same day, expand our reach, and get to know the people who are passionate about craft beer.” Despite its challenges and restrictions, the craft beer industry has wound its way into the heart of social culture in Georgia. The image of craft beer has continued to rise and flourish all across the state and more Georgia natives than ever before are clamoring to support their local brewers in whatever way they can.

In the past Georgia’s archaic beer distribution laws made it considerably more difficult for brewers to get their products into the hands of consumers, which discouraged small batch brewers in the past. All of that changed last year as new legislation went into effect 2018 Roswell Beer Festival allowing breweries to sell March 24 directly to customers and this has given birth to a new Roswell Historic Square industry. www.roswellbeerfestival.com We now have an explosion of local brew pride and this has opened up an entirely new way of experiencing craft beer. Rather than hit the store for a case of the latest brew, consumers can now drive directly to the brewery and sip from a glass that was poured by the same hands that brewed that beer while sitting next to the machines that created Gate City Brewing patrons spill it. Craft beer, like so many things today, outside the garage doors on is no longer just a product for consumpMagnolia Street tion. It is an experience. Roswell’s first brewery was Gate City GUIDE TO LOCAL BREWERIES Brewing, anchored in the heart of As you have probably seen there are a Historic Roswell. Located on the corner several new breweries all around us. To of Canton and Magnolia Streets, in what used to be two Roswell mechanic be clear, there is a difference in an actual brewery and a brewpub. A brew- shops is now a 30bbl brewhouse and pub is a bar that specializes in craft and 3,000 sq.ft. taproom serving up to 20 specialty beers, while also having a food house-brewed beers on draft. They have component. The breweries however just five brews available year-round with their 1864 America India Pale Ale leadbrew beer and offer customers the ing the way. Visit their site at chance to buy beer directly from the www.gatecitybrewingcompany.com for source. All of these breweries feature a full list and more details on their specialty brews that are seasonal but seasonal offerings. each also offer year-round brews that Abbey of the Holy Goats, located at sort of serve as the backbone of their offerings. To help guide you through these 4000 Northfield Way Suite 800, is waters our staff has compiled a brief de- another Roswell brewery focused on scription of our favorite local breweries. brewing gastronomically designed beers that are meant to be enjoyed with favorVariant Brewing Company is a able company and exceptional food. brand new brewery located at 66 Norcross Street in Historic Roswell near Owner Kathy Davis has a passion for incity hall. Matt Curling is the owner and novative Belgian-style beers and she serves four year round. My favorite is brewmaster who started this journey like many others brewing beer at home. The Lazy Goat, which is a BelgianNow it’s a living. They offer four brews American Pale Ale. To find your favorite year round with their Seraphic a blonde check out their site at abbeyoftheholygoats.com. ale being a favorite. Additionally, they Yes, there are breweries outside of have an IPA, stout and farmhouse ale along with a multitude of seasonal offer- Roswell and one that has been around for some time is Jekyll Brewing in ings. For a full list visit Alpharetta. They have a taproom www.variantbrewing.com. located at 2855 Marconi Drive and have

Kathy Davis , Owner of Abbey Of The Holy Goats a multitude of seasonal beers and a high visibility brand that you’ve probably noticed in some area grocery stores. Of all the local places I would say these guys have brews for a wide array of tastes and they even have an American lager. For a full list of their beers visit jekyllbrewing.com. This list could go on but I will wrap it up by giving mention to Reformation Brewery in Woodstock and Red Hare Brewing Company in Marietta. Both of these breweries produce world-class beer and again it’s all local. As you can see we have a multitude of great breweries all around us so get out and explore, it’s hard to go wrong. Though it has always been popular, beer is definitely experiencing a renaissance that is altering the image and perception of beer drinkers and the people who brew them. Let’s also remember that these businesses are owned by local folks who also put back into the community through events such as The Roswell Beer Festival. It is a winning combination of great beer and community prosperity. ❍

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