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>>JAZZ IT UP

Atlanta Jazz Festival

May 26 & 27 >>COOKIN’ WITH GAS

Food Truck Fridays Looking for a great meal with no fuss? You’ll find an array of different food trucks each month, as well as entertainment and fun for the whole family at Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park in Roswell. This event is held on the fourth Friday of each month. Beyond the food trucks, Riverside Park amenities include a spray ground (for a nominal fee) and two playgrounds. Bring your blankets and chairs along with your favorite beverages for a fun night out in the park. Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Road in Roswell.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, will be held in Piedmont Park Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26 – Sunday, May 27. The 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase a variety of jazz acts, from Dianne Reeves to Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, and will include, for the first time in the event’s history, a special lineup of all-female jazz headliners on Saturday. For more info visit www.atlantafestivals.com.

>>SCHOOL IS OUT LET’S PARTY!

Pool Parties

May 25 & 26 Both Alpharetta and Roswell have very popular public pools and it is nearly that season yet again. On May 25 the City of Roswell will be hosting a School Is Out Pool Party at the Roswell Area Pool from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to take a dip and celebrate no more homework… for parents or kids. Up in Alpharetta they have a big reason to celebrate this year as the newly refurbished pool at Wills Park will have its unveiling on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is called Splash-tacular and it features the unveiling of the renovated facility with a leisure pool, competition pool and lots of new amenities. Wills Park is located at 11925 Wills Road in Alpharetta.


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>>Just Clowning Around Shrine Circus

May 19-28 The largest Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 76th year! Packed with more excitement than ever, this year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top presented by the world-famous ringmaster Richard Curtis, and the return of all your favorites including the Shrine Circus Clowns. Fireworks on both Saturdays are sure to amaze and entertain kids of all ages. The circus is held on the grounds of Jim Miller Park located at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta. For show times and more info visit www.2018shrinecircus.com.

>JUST A SHORT DRIVE

>>STREET DANCING

Canton Festival of the Arts

Glover Park Concert Series

May 19–20

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Held in Canton’s historic Downtown on Saturday and Sunday, May 19–20, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., this annual event will offer visitors the rare opportunity to savor the works of some of the most talented artists and craftspeople from across the South and beyond. This year the Artist Market will include exhibitors whose fine art mediums include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, elegant and whimsical jewelry, decorative and functional pottery, sculpture, and hand-turned wood, among others.

Folks in Marietta will again be “dancing in the street” during the Glover Park Concert Series. The series features local and national acts on the last Friday night, April through September, with a special Saturday show by the Symphony on the Square on Saturday, May 26. The concerts are free but if you are looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee. Reservations are on a first-come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month. Visit Marietta.com for more details.

>>LOOK UP!

Good Neighbor Airshow

May 19 There is more than one airport in Atlanta. Sure Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest, but we also have the DeKalb Peachtree Airport and on May 19, from noon to 5 p.m., an open house and air show will give you a behind the scenes look. If you have not been, it is a great place to take kids as they have a very nice playground and an observation deck to watch the planes takeoff and land. There is no charge for the event though parking is $10. The event features a wide array of planes and offers the opportunity to see many up close and in action. DeKalb Peachtree Airport parking entrance is located at 2036 Dresden Drive in Atlanta. www.pdkairshow.com.


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Summer Concert Series

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Monthly Each month, the City of Johns Creek hosts concerts at The Mark Burkhalter Park Amphitheater, which provides a delightful venue for the Summer Concerts. While food and non-alcoholic drinks may be brought in, contracted vendors provide a variety of catered food and beverages, including beer and wine. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on the terraced lawn. The concerts are free. Concerts are held on May 4, June 1, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, and Oct. 6. The highlight will be’90s alt rockers Sister Hazel on Aug 4.

>>NEVER FORGET >>PARK THE ART

Roswell Remembers

Alpharetta Art In The Park

May 28

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This is the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia that started in 1997 when twelve Creativity hits the park in charming patriotic individuals came together to create Downtown Alpharetta. This outdoor artists a truly unique Memorial Day event; a nonmarket features handcrafted work by local political, non-commercial ceremony artists who create masterpieces right before honoring veterans and the sacrifices they your eyes.  Come enjoy the pottery, made in protecting our freedom. That first woodwork, metal work, jewelry creations, ceremony attracted approximately 1,800 handmade children’s clothing, photography, individuals. From that humble beginning, watercolor, oil, mosaic art, soaps and lotions, came the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, and much more. It is held on Corner of Main an event that attracts over 5,000 people Street & Milton Avenue in Alpharetta. from throughout Georgia and the southeast. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and >>PURPLE IS EVERYWHERE concludes at 12:30 p.m. with a military Lavender Festival program at the Roswell City Hall complex.

June 10

The 8th annual Lavender Festival will return to the historic grounds of Barrington Hall on Saturday, June , from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Inspired by Evelyn Simpson, a descendant of Barrington, this celebration of all things lavender will feature the many uses associated with this ancient plant. Experience classes and demonstrations, lavender food samples, arts and crafts, antiques, food vendors, children’s activities, and more. Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Drive in Roswell. Parking is available at Roswell Presbyterian Church, with a trolley providing ongoing transportation between the parking lot and festival entrance. No festival parking is available at Barrington Hall. Free event, small participation fee required for some demonstrations.


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ROCKIN’ & ROLLIN’ BY THE RIVERSIDE

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By Fred Mills One of the best free music series around is put on by the City of Roswell at their Riverside Sounds Series, which begins this month and runs through October. Held on the first Saturday of each month, this series features a wide array of original acts. “We are excited to bring more original artists back to Riverside Sounds this year,” said Beckie Hawkins, Cultural Services Manager of the Recreation, Parks, and Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “This year, we have a great mix of music genres, including Americana, jazz, rock, and funk. Our goal is to provide something for everyone!” The series begins in May with Leah Calvert and Wild Rivers following on June 2. Wild Rivers, a four-piece folk pop band from Toronto, amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify. They effortlessly blend exquisite harmonies that couple nicely with their beautiful songwriting and strong stage presence. Wild Rivers reminds me of Wye Oak, a band that played the Riverside series several years ago; for me it will be one of the highlights of the season. In July the series continues on the 7th with Joe Alterman Quartet and on Aug. 4, Dangermuffin will hit the stage.

Dust Bowl Revival

Alterman is an Atlanta native with degrees in jazz piano and Dangermuffin is a folk/jam act from Folly Beach, SC. The final two shows are The Roosevelts on Sept. 1 and Dust Bowl Revival on Oct. 7. The Roosevelts are an Americana alt-rock band from Nashville and Dust Bowl Revival hail from Los Angeles with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. While all of these acts are worth your time, I mean this is free, folks, I highly recommend Dust Bowl Revival. The band has a broad funky, jazzy, poppy sound that hits many genres. Led by the lead vocals of Liz Beebe and Zach Lupetin, they have a high energy show that led to them being awarded the best live band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, which said: “In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the freethinking local collective Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, AllAmerican sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” The six free concerts will be held at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Rd, Roswell. roswellriversidesounds.com.


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(or a parent) are planning to age in place: ◗ If you have a mortgage discuss the pros and cons of paying it off early (taxes, cash flow, mortgage rate, your priorities). ◗ Be sure to factor in ongoing property taxes (homestead exemptions) and homeowner’s inwere assisting this couple think about surance. and prepare for their future. They like ◗ Consider the relative costs of their current home and neighborhood, maintaining a larger home but don’t want to burden their loved(utilities, cleaning, decorating, ones should they need additional care lawn care). and/or to move to a facility. ◗ Remember to budget for regular An increasing number of Baby home maintenance and repairs Boomers are facing this same dilemma. that may include big -ticket home Those choosing to stay in their home improvements such as a new roof do so for many reasons. Some are stayor windows.  ing to accommodate adult children who have moved back home or to have ◗ Also, discuss how easy or difficult it may be to make accessibility upenough room for extended visits from grades should you or your spouse family and grandchildren. Others simneed them (door openings to ply prefer to remain in their current accommodate a wheelchair, oneneighborhoods or communities where floor to avoid stairs or a bedroom they have strong family and social ties. and full bath on the main floor). Your financial advisor should help To stay or to move is a tough deciyou think through these things if you

MONEY

THE AGING IN PLACE DECISION Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

We recently had a discussion with clients who were contemplating where and how they would live out their remaining years. The conversation turned to the concept of “aging in place,” which means at their home, but we also discussed moving to a continuing care retirement community (a life plan community that has independent living, assisted living, and nursing care on the same property). Although in good health and fully independent, we

sion, but for many retirees, deciding when to move is an even tougher decision than deciding where to move. We strongly encourage our clients who are considering a move to do so when they’re still healthy. You don’t want to be forced into the decision to move under duress, due to a health condition or emergency. The more time you spend planning ahead, the easier and more cost-effective it will be to maintain your preferred lifestyle. Next month, we will discuss the different types of communities retirees are considering moving to, from assisted living to continuing care retirement communities, and the financial implications associated with each option. 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 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.


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Alpharetta’s Western Side Takes Center Stage With Celebrate Freedom Rodeo

It is time to head ’em up and move ’em out! Mark your calendar for May 11 and 12 at the Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta for the Celebrate Freedom Rodeo, hosted by Travis Young in partnership with the City of Alpharetta’s Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services Department and Bar W Rodeo Company. It brings a taste of the west to Alpharetta with fan-favorite, traditional rodeo events and exceptional family-friendly entertainment. A rodeo isn’t something you see every day, especially in downtown Alpharetta! This is an excellent opportunity to witness world-class athletes up-close in an open-air, covered arena venue. “It’s a traditional rodeo,” said Travis Young, the event’s organizer. “It’s got all the events like, saddle bronco riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Our competitors will come from all over the Southeast. It’s a family-friendly place to bring your children, and there is a little something for everybody.” Beyond the standard rodeo competitions, there are highenergy performers like the Wild Together Trick and Roman

Riders, a sister-duo trick-riding act. Mechanical bulls will be on-hand should you feel the need to express your inner cowboy. Bungee jumping, rope climbing, a rock wall and other activities will be inside the gates to keep the little ones entertained. Vendor booths will be selling a variety of western wear for souvenirs. A wide array of traditional fair food favorites like funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and great barbeque, provided by Shane’s Rib Shack, will be available for purchase. At the heart of it all, of course, are the athletes. The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is a

sanctioned event of the National Cowboy Pro Rodeo Association. The NCPRA has made a commitment to maintain the highest standard possible with regards to animal treatment, cowboy personnel, stock quality and fairness to competitors. If you have never attended a rodeo, it doesn’t take long to witness and respect the high-level of skill and bravery that goes into the sport from the competitors. “The performers will give their all. To me, the rodeo is like the original extreme sport… this is the original X-Games,” Young said. “You have the rodeo athlete and the animal athlete…

The bulls and the broncos… they are athletes too. These animals are well taken care of. There is a lot of technology that goes into their care and they get top notch treatment.” The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is more than just a rodeo; it is cultural immersion with a wide range of activities planned over the two-day period. The setting is unique with the equestrian center seated inside the 120-acre Wills Park greenspace in Downtown Alpharetta, providing a beautiful backdrop for the weekend’s event, and close proximity (walking distance, actually) to world-class cuisine and unique shopping experiences along Main Street. The Celebrate Freedom Rodeo is a rain or shine event. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m., with the rodeo beginning at 8 p.m. both days. ❍

May 11 and 12, 2018 Wills Park Equestrian Center Covered Arena 11915 Wills Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30009 $15➛General Admission $10➛Kids 5 – 10 Free➛Kids 4 and Under Rain or Shine


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HOME PRICES ARE FLYING HIGH By Kirsten Ricci

Boy we are a million miles away from the great recession‌ right? Our homes are back to being a real investment and in most cases those investments are working nicely. The housing market over the past few years has been one of steady growth, limited supply and steady demand, all leading to higher prices. Recently the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index indicated U.S. property values in 20 major cities climbed 6.8 percent, which represents the biggest year-over-year gain since June 2014. Government data also reveals a Alpharetta has a faster than projected rate of new home sales so far this much more robust year. Combined with the fact that inventories of market for new previously owned homes are at historically low levels and you get a high price appreciation that also fuels the homes but as soon new home market. This has been a consistent theme in as you hit the this column for some time and it only underscores the Forsyth County line basic economics of supply and demand. Now, however, there is even more pressure on the things are really market in the form of building materials, which are growing. soaring. Large builders such as Pulte, Lennar, and KB are all indicating that they are successfully passing along those increases in the new home market. That means we’re still in a very healthy market and economy, but at the same time, these issues are exasperated at our level. This is high demand territory with limited space to grow so you do the math. In the past year the median home price in the Atlanta metro area rose 7.6 percent with residents in Fulton County getting the most value at a median price of $328,000 and Cobb County not far behind at $292,000. We do have new homes coming into the market but in our immediate area those developments are relatively small. In Roswell there are several developments in construction near Centennial High School and recently a new residential development of 42 upscale townhomes at the intersection of Mansell Road and Houze Road was announced. That project still has to go through the Roswell Design Review Board. There are similar projects in East Cobb as county commissioners recently gave the green light to 100 townhomes in two separate residential developments planned on Windy Hill Road and Olde Towne parkway. These developments are fairly small in scale and represent the size of projects that will probably continue in this area, as residents would be strongly opposed to anything much larger. As you move north, Alpharetta has a much more robust market for new homes but as soon as you hit the Forsyth County line things are really growing. New developments are coming online at an evergrowing rate but so far there has been no negative effect on home prices in this area. â?? 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.


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THE GRUB GASTRO PUB IS INDEED, A NEW RESTAURANT As they say in business,

Everything on the menu is handmade from scratch and the hard work is obvious from the first bite.

location is everything and the grub gastropub, located at 1090 Alpharetta Street in Roswell is in an absolutely beautiful location. “Unfortunately, this had become a drive-by location because of its previous reputation,” says Chef Dave. The first thing to note is that the grub gastropub is a completely new business with no ties to the previous restaurants. To be clear, Chef Dave is back, and if you have not heard, he’s taking his game to a whole new level. Chef Dave is, of course, Dave Fast and he was the previous owner and chef at Phish Phood Cafe in Roswell and his work in the kitchen was legendary. Now his new concept, the grub gastropub, is a perfect mix of bar and restaurant that manages to satisfy everyone with an ambience and menu that fits a family, date, or a good time with friends. Everything on the menu is handmade from scratch and the hard work is obvious from the first bite. The menu’s nomenclature is as adventurous as the chef who makes it come to life, so with names like Tree Hugger salad, Moglie Preferita flatbread, Hoffs Revival, the coffee rubbed Grub-Eye steak or the Country Fried Cordon Bleu, you know you are in for a good time. “I don’t want the customer to experience the same old thing,” Chef Dave said. “I want to excite the palate and that

“I keep an ear out for what people are asking for as well, and I’ll put a twist on that.”

starts with you walking in the door. As for the menu, I think of what I would want to see… what I like. I keep an ear out for what people are asking for as well, and I’ll put a twist on that.” And when you do look at the menu you will see something for everyone. They feature a wide variety of starters and salads, wings and tenders, flatbreads, burgers, and entrees. Some highlights are the ‘Tree Hugger salad’ with chopped romaine, fried Brussel sprouts, sun dried cranberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese, and Vidalia onion vinaigrette. The ‘Bonita Mamacita’ is the grub’s electric neon nacho platter, topped with queso blanco, your choice of protein, all the usual suspects, sour cream and scratch-made guacamole. A few favorites have already emerged in the ‘Hoffs Revival’ and the ‘Country Fried Cordon Bleu’ with freshly made biscuits topped with hand-breaded boneless fried chicken, sawmill gravy, fried eggs, and

“We have something for everyone. With 15 craft beers on tap… and highchairs!”

The Grub Gastro Pub 1090 Alpharetta St. Roswell, GA30075 www.gastropubroswell.com PAID PROMOTION

applewood smoked bacon—it’s the epitome of comfort food. This list could go on, but Chef Dave does not do boring, so beyond the house standards he is constantly looking to push the culinary boundaries with seasonal favorites. He is always looking for new ways to excite your taste buds and some lighter summer offerings are on the horizon as well as a new rotating lunch menu. The grub gastropub, with a completely new look and feel, is the perfect spot for a business lunch or better yet, a party with friends after work. They offer private sections for parties and ample outdoor seating to enjoy the

weather with a cold beer from the full-service bar. This is literally a place with everything going for it. As Chef Dave stated: “I like to tell people we have something for everyone. With 15 craft beers on tap… and highchairs!” ❍


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estimate the enjoyment of seeing grown adults have a great time dressing in costume, with some people even assuming a character’s persona. A great opportunity to see some of these pretend superheroes for yourself is at MomoCon, being held in Atlanta on May 24 through the 27th. With over 80,000 in attendance last year, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all-ages conventions in the By Tripp Liles country. Fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, video The month of May in my house is a sort of limbo month. games, and tabletop games come School is still in but we can see light at the end of the tunnel. together to celebrate their passion by The warm weather is here, the pollen is almost off the cars costuming and browsing the huge exhibitors hall. They’ll be meeting the and yes, summer vacations are just around the corner. So and other delectables to ruin a diet. celebrity voice talent, designers, and And because moms are front and before we take time away from home there are plenty of center, they have a dedicated area for writers behind their favorite shows, activities in the metro area to keep you entertained. games, comics, and much more over kids with rides and activities to keep this four-day event. This is a great Festival. This festival takes place over them engaged. The festival is held at We celebrate our moms, the place for kids and adults to enjoy a original superheroes, on May 13, and the Mother’s Day weekend of May 12 Village Parkway in Dunwoody. and 13 and it attracts artists from in our immediate neighborhoods Back in the day I used to be an edi- different side of life, no matter what across the nation as they showcase there are numerous activities tor at Marvel Comics so I’m somewhat you decide to wear. For more info, highlighted by several great events at their work. Each year over 50,000 are an authority on various comic and visit momocon.com. on hand to absorb the wide array of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. To keep up with all local activities pop culture conventions. There are arts and crafts. Additionally, they have usually two types of folks who attend, and events visit our site at But if you would rather explore a numerous food trucks with the little, take a short ride down to the watchers and the watchees. If you www.thecurrenthub.com. ❍ normal variety of unique fried items Dunwoody for the Dunwoody Art are not into costuming, do not under-

SUPERHEROES SPOTLIGHT MAY EVENTS EVENTS ­ (

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At least that was the experience for the Holtkamps. Matthew and Suzanne Holtkamp started Holtkamp Heating & Air, located in Gwinnett County, over 22 years ago. They purchased land in 2012 with the dream of building their own facility. The Holtkamps worked with several lenders over two years trying to secure a loan but were having trouble because of their unique situation.

Suzanne and Matthew Holtkamp; Melanie Brown, SVP SBA Lending; and Marissa Jordan, SBA Portfolio Manager.

Mike Dominy of Dominy Construction had been contracted to build the facility. After patiently waiting, Mike suggested the Holtkamps reach out to Melanie Brown. Mr. Dominy had previously worked with Melanie and knew if anyone could get the deal done, she could. The project involved two separate tracts of land—one for the owner/occupied structure to be developed and a separate lot which had to be developed at the same time in order to properly complete site work and make the additional tract of land pad-ready for a future user. Understanding how this

was impacting the appraised value, and complicating SBA eligibility considerations, Melanie quickly figured out a way to put the deal together by separating the parcels into two loans so the valuations were not an issue. The Holtkamps are incredibly excited about getting construction underway and moving into their new digs.

Inspiring stories about building your business: renasantnation.com


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READY TO TREAT STROKE PATIENTS By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Each year 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke. That is about the same number as heart attacks. Like a heart attack, a stroke results from sudden decreased oxygenated blood flow to the brain instead of the heart. There are two main types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blockage limits blood to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures and pours blood into the brain. Many times strokes do not kill, they debilitate. As the brain is starved for oxygen, many cells die resulting in a victim’s loss of speech function, mobility, and memory. This often leads to extended therapy and nursing care. The good news is that you can not only limit your risk with proper exercise and diet, but also stop a stroke if you receive treatment immediately. As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, at WellStar North Fulton Hospital we meet standards that support better outcomes for stroke care, with dedicated professionals specially trained to treat patients with strokes. Here, in Georgia, we are in the middle of what is called the Stroke Belt. This means you have about a 30% higher chance of mortality than the rest of the nation. Smoking, high blood pressure, sodium intake, and family

history are some of the primary reasons for our higher risk. So, what about those of us who roll the dice and end up with a stroke? First, call 9-1-1 immediately. First Responders are trained to recognize a stroke and can convey critical information remotely to the nearest certified stroke center. Upon arrival to the emergency room, you may receive TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator), a protein used to break down blood clots. According to the American Stroke Association, if you receive TPA within 90 minutes of symptom onset, you are three times more likely to recover with little or no disability. At WellStar North Fulton Hospital we are proud to achieve the American Heart Association Target Stroke Elite Plus award for meeting the ED door to thrombolytic time of less than 60 minutes at 75% and less than 45 min at 56% of Ischemic stroke patients who are eligible for a clot buster. The acronym F.A.S.T. is used to describe the first symptoms of a stroke: F – Face Drooping A – Arm Weakness S – Speech Difficulty T – Time to call 9-1-1! So, once you recognize the problem, the clock starts. You have a very limited time to receive treatment. Every minute you delay decreases your chances of a positive outcome. Please celebrate Stroke Awareness Month by sharing this information with your friends and loved ones. You may also find more detail and opportunities to become active at StrokeAssociation.org. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar MAY through JULY SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s 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 keishac@thriveworks.com, or call 404-229-9639.

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People with epilepsy as well as their families 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.

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.

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

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturdays , 5/12, 6/9 and 7/14 9 a.m.The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Patricia at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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

Heartsaver CPR/AED/ First Aid* Saturday 5/ 19, 9–3 p.m. This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

Friends and Family CPR*

Water Birth

Thursdays,5/3, 5/17, 5/31, 6/14, Saturday 6/16, 10 –12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not 6/28, 7/12, and 7/26 at 7 p.m. need a course completion card. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for knowledge and proficiency in BLS, water birth at WNFH. $30.00 ACLS and PALS and has developed per couple. instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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DONATED CHAPEL OPENS ITS DOORS WellStar North Fulton patients to benefit from this new space

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ellStar North Fulton Hospital has a new interfaith chapel thanks to donations from the WellStar Foundation and WellStar team members. The chapel, located on the first floor near the main lobby, serves as a peaceful location for prayer and meditation that is easily accessible by hospital patients, visitors and team members. Last year, WellStar North Fulton team members donated $23,000 through the WellStar Foundation’s Team Member Giving program and in Fall 2017, the WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $75,000 to fully fund the project. Furniture and artwork was generously donated by Dekalb Office Solutions. WellStar North Fulton’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) was also instrumental in the planning of the chapel. “The generosity of WellStar team members is inspiring to me both as a member of this community and the

WellStar Foundation Board,” said Carole Kell, WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. “It’s because of their dedication, as well as the support of thousands of individuals who believe in the power of philanthropy, that we were able to fully fund this meaningful project. The chapel at WellStar North Fulton Hospital will be a safe space for everyone in the hospital to decompress and heal – the impact it will have on those who find comfort in it is immeasurable.” In addition to the chapel, WellStar North Fulton recently welcomed The Reverend David Anthony Spencer, Jr. as the new full time Chaplain at the hospital. WellStar North Fulton is part of WellStar Health System, a not-forprofit organization committed to delivering world-class health care through advanced medical technology, patient-centered care, community education, and other valuable resources. WellStar North Fulton is recognized

The new chapel at WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers patients and their loved ones a peaceful space for spiritual healing. The hospital chapel was made possible by donations to the WellStar Foundation.

for its Accredited Cancer Program, Primary Stroke Center and offers a state-designated Level II Adult Trauma Center. WellStar North Fulton’s emergency department provides triage, medical evaluation, stabilization and emergency treatment to all patients

presenting for treatment 24 hours a day. To support WellStar North Fulton with a tax-deductible gift, contact Lori Allen, WellStar North Fulton regional development officer, at 770-751-2868 or email lori.allen@wellstar.org. ❍

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Neuro Rehab opened its doors on April 18. Treatments offered include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, and Parkinson’s treatment, among others. For more information call 470-956-4400 or visit wellstar-orthosport.com.


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Q&A with Dr. Anand Kenia family and cooking. I also play squash.

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WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU COOK?

A little bit of everything! Italian, Thai, Indian…

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WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO KEEP A HEALTHY HEART?

Don’t smoke, do exercise and eat your veggies!

When it comes to the rhythm of the human heart, Anand Kenia, M.D. is an expert. He specializes in electrophysiology, a subspecialty of cardiology focused on the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities. Dr. Kenia has been serving patients at WellStar North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine since July 2017 and has been instrumental in the expansion of cardiac services available in the North Fulton area.

QI’m from Massachusetts, but I went to Emory for college and WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

someone feel better quickly is incredibly gratifying.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

always wanted to come back to Atlanta. My wife has a lot of family in the area, so when we had Procedures are the best part. It is our baby almost two years ago we very rewarding to know that occadecided it was time to come back. sionally we can offer a curative treatment after a few hours of WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU work.

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My parents are both doctors so I’ve always had a great understanding of how satisfying it is to take care of people. I was originally a finance major in college but I missed the human interaction that medicine offered.

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People are very nice, thoughtful, and warm. It’s been a great experience. It’s a privilege to serve this community.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenia, please call WellStar North Fulton Cardiovascular Medicine at 770-410-4520. ❍

Dr. Anand Kenia received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Emory University and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Fellowship as well as his cardiology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Kenia is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and American College of Cardiology. He has a special interest in management of atrial fibrillation, complex heart rhythm disturbances, and device management.

National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2018 “Hats Off To Cancer Survivors” Sunday, June 3, 2018, 2:00 –4:00 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital Atrium Cancer Survivors (anyone with a diagnosis of cancer whether in active treatment or not), their families/friends/caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to wear their favorite or fun headgear. Prizes will be awarded to the best ones. Join us for a celebration of life that includes refreshments, fun activities, and a special presentation: “Paying Hope Forward,” by nationally recognized speaker, advocate and cancer survivor, Heidi Floyd. RSVP requested by May 27. Please call 770-410-4556 and leave a message with the number of people planning to attend.

Speaking about Wellness for Women 2018 Quarterly Seminar:

Healthy Breasts for Life: beyond October and Pink Ribbons Tuesday May 15 Join us for a discussion of breast health and breast changes across a lifetime. Know what’s normal and when to seek medical attention. What are the latest exam recommendations and advantages of 3D mammogram screenings? Laura Rivers Pearson, MD, FACS, WellStar Medical Group Breast Surgeon and Sarah Bentley RN, Oncology Services Manager/Breast Nurse Navigator.

Speaking about Wellness for Healthy Aging Quarterly Seminar:

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Foot and Wound Care Tuesday June 12 Learn how aging affects tissue loss on the bottom of your feet and what can happen as a result. This presentation will show you how to inspect your feet, what is considered proper footwear and hyperbaric treatment for diabetic foot wounds. Debra Gonzalez, BSN, ACHRN, CHT, CWS, Program Director, WellStar North Fulton Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center

Child Car Seat Safety Inspection Saturday May 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. WellStar North Fulton Hospital will co-host with Safe Kids North Fulton Coalition, Roswell Fire Department, a car seat safety inspection to help parents, expecting parents and care givers identify if their child safety seat is installed properly. Roswell Fire Station #4 located at 1400 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk- ins welcomed.

LET’S SOCIALIZE! Men’s Health

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Because the human heart is a fasYOUR FREE TIME? cinating organ. In cardiology we I have an 18-month-old so I don’t treat a lot of life threatening have a lot of free time! But I enjoy conditions and can treat deadly traveling, hanging out with the heart disease. The ability to make

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Facebook.com/NorthFultonHospital Twitter handle: @NFultonHospital

Thursday, June 21 Join Paul Alphonse, M.D., FACS, WellStar Medical Group Urologist in a discussion on issues men face. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. with presentation at 6:30 p.m. Event is free but registration is required.

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A New Beginning WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s stroke protocols and procedures helped save patient’s life

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aura Maddox never imagined a fun night of poker and dinner with her fiancée and friends will end abruptly when she started showing signs of a stroke. ¶ She had a healthy lifestyle, walking three to five miles a day almost every day, eating a balanced diet and had no known issues with her blood pressure. ¶ “Things were wonderful. I didn’t even add salt to my food! That stroke came out of nowhere,” said Laura.

But that night, in September of 2015, for patients suffering a stroke. “We are everything changed. She stood up to go proud to deliver specialized care and are consistently achieving the goals and recto the restroom and she started ommendations established by the Joint vomiting. “I felt that my legs wouldn’t Commission and the American Heart hold me anymore. I remember seeing Association (AHA) for the people from the ambulance coming in and standardized and the smell of coffee grains. evidenced based stroke Four days later I woke up in care,” said Kennedy. the hospital,” she recalled. When a patient Laura had a hemorrhagic arrives with stroke sympstroke. This occurs when a toms, they’re taken weakened blood vessel immediately to the CT ruptures, causing bleeding Scan—a special type of into or around the brain, exX-ray test that produces plained Edna Kennedy cross-sectional images of the body using X-rays MSN, RN, stroke and a computer—to coordinator for WellStar determine what kind of North Fulton Hospital, where Laura was brought in Laura Maddox suffered a stroke stroke they have and how to treat it. the day of her stroke. in September 2015. She was brought into WellStar North Fulton In Laura’s case, the WellStar North Fulton Hospital, a Certified Primary Stroke right course of treatment Hospital is a Certified Center, where she received was to decrease her Primary Stroke Center and immediate attention to stabilize blood pressure, bringing has in place protocols and her blood pressure and it down to the processes that set standards recovered from her stroke. recommended guidelines to bring the best outcomes

Act FAST FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

by the AHA. Her hemorrhage was small and she didn’t need an emergency procedure. However, she had to be monitored closely for any neurological deterioration in the Neuro-intensive Care Unit. After her blood pressure was stabilized and she was out of imminent danger, her road to recovery began. “When you wake up and hear the words brain bleed, that scares you. But I figured if I could hear and see the doctors, I was going to be okay. My main concern was if I was going to be able to see my family again and communicate with them. And that became my main goal,” said Laura. Back to basics By the time she got to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, she was unable to walk, her speech was slurred and she had difficulty swallowing. “The Inpatient Rehab staff was great. They would come in every day and explained why they were doing what they were doing and helped me all the way. I’m not going I HAD TO LEARN to lie. It was tough. TO CRAWL It was almost like BEFORE I going back to being COULD GET UP an infant again,” she AND WALK. recalled. THESE ARE “I had to learn to THINGS PEOPLE chew and swallow. I DON’T THINK had to learn to ABOUT. A crawl before I could STROKE IS A LIFE get up and walk. ALTERING ISSUE These are things people don’t think about. A stroke is a life altering issue,” said Laura. Besides going back home to her family, Laura also wanted to recover to marry her fiancé. “He was the most wonderful caregiver I could ask for. He was there with me all the time and I wanted to be able to stand up next to him and say what I wanted to say,” she said. Six months after she left the hospital they got married and it was just like she

imagined. She stood next to him and said her vows in a very private ceremony. “He taught me so much. He helped me relearn how to drive. I know it was scary for him. It was like he had become my dad all over again,” Laura said.

Before she left the hospital, Laura got involved in the stroke support group and has been a regular participant ever since. She also was trained to become a peer visitor to help others who have been through similar experiences. Laura credits much of her recovery to the care she received at WellStar North Fulton. “Those people at the hospital, they’re like my family. As much as I wanted to go back home and be with my family, I didn’t want to leave them. It wasn’t just the physical stuff. They helped me immensely with my emotional part.” One of the greatest lessons Laura said she has learned is to take one day at a time. Graduations, marriages and grandchildren have brought joy after her stroke and she continues to live with a positive attitude. “I can look forward to the next months. It’s not about what happened to me. It’s about what is going to happen next and how you pull yourself out,” she said. ❍

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Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

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O Pollen, Pollen! Why dost thou make me suffer so? vacation there. In Arizona, it’s the Palo Verde trees, and all the greenery that transplanted For many years, “wanderlust” kept me moving, literally, around the citizens desired from their home states and planted. Y’all, didn’t you want to move to the country. I’ve always been open to new experiences in new places. In desert? In California, it’s when the “Santa every location I’ve called “home,” and in each location where I have Ana” winds blow. I’m clueless why. But, it’s an visited friends and family, I have witnessed allergy seasons. Whether we endless topic of conversation among those call them seasonal allergies, hay fever, or perhaps allergen sensitivities, who are sniveling and sneezing, and yes, I was there with them. I’ve seen folks suffer. And more often than not, it’s not a pretty sight, Then, there’s New York City. While visiting unless you think nose-blowing and snorting is sexy. one springtime, the beautiful cherry blossoms Every place in the country, I’m convinced, mucus, and phlegm. In a nutshell, folks, stuff came into full bloom. It was my first taste of you don’t want to take along on a first date. has their specific allergy “thing.” There is no allergies. Oh, boy. It turns out, those beautiful In Seattle, it’s foxgloves, milk thistle, and garden variety (Excuse the pun!) allergen. It blossoms bring me to my knees. My fantasy grass, among many others. In parts of seems each home-sweet-home has some of exploring Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New Oregon, its field burning, and in Hawaii, it’s identifier for the misery, and cleared store York” dissipated while I laid in bed, shelves of antihistamines and decongestants the burning at pineapple plantations. Yes, I’ve wondering what in the heck had hit me. I had the pleasure of a total allergy fest on for treating sneezing, watery eyes, coughs, went through tissue after tissue for two days, By Di Chapman

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neighbors who share the same interest. She also made new friends within the community by sharing the bounty from her garden. Additionally, she found that starting a garden helped her reconnect with an activity she’d always enjoyed. “I had a garden at my home s the temperatures warm this month, the outdoors before I moved here, and I missed it!” she said. “There’s nothing like a beckons. The sun shines brightly, warming the tomato fresh from the garden.” earth that has lain quiet over winter, and there’s Gardening is just one of the many nothing like planting a garden to connect you to nature activities that make St. George Village a special place with a true and reduce the stress of daily life. A rewarding pastime for all ages, soul and can provide a social outlet. sense of community and fellowship. gardening is especially good for For example, one of the most pop- We invite you to come see how our older adults. Although it’s a low ular spots at St. George Village is the mission statement, “Be Active, Be Engaged, Be at Home,” is reflected impact activity, gardening’s tasks— sunny, serene patch of land in everything we do. Call Stacy at like digging, weeding, and planting overlooking the lake that boasts a 678-987-0402 for more —actually give muscles a pretty good variety of beautiful vegetable and information. workout because they require flower raised bed gardens Find more details about our comstrength, stretching, and endurance. maintained by residents. Laureen munity, lifestyle and residents at In addition to providing physical Johnson, who moved to St. George activity, a connection to nature and Village last year, says that gardening www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us the outdoors, gardening feeds the is a wonderful way to meet on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍

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IN SEATTLE, IT’S FOXGLOVES, MILK THISTLE, AND GRASS, AMONG MANY OTHERS. IN PARTS OF OREGON, ITS FIELD BURNING, AND IN HAWAII, IT’S THE BURNING AT PINEAPPLE PLANTATIONS.

Spiderman boxes, your teddy bear boxes, and your floral boxes. And then there are the ones designed to be artistic enough to add a lovely touch film covered cars parked outdoors, the of art to your room. Say what? Why in tops of fences, and barbeque covers. It the world would these companies was everywhere. One day with a good think that anyone would go nuts over hard rain, I watched as a rainwater their “designs?” Honestly? They offer river rushed down our street, bright the oddest artistry. I’m wondering yellow with thick pollen. You can’t be how I’m going to fit them into my serious! home decor. Ideas, anyone? Perhaps I don’t know about you, but I, for we could consider them worthy of one, have tissues everywhere in my placement next to a Claude Monet or house. When I go to the paper aisle of a Renoir? the grocery store, I invariably stop and I choose the extra soft for my look at all the types of tissues I could nonstop nose, thrilled that today buy. There is no longer one-size-fitstissue is “2 for 1,” and throw them into all tissue. No, just to keep things my cart to move on. Ginger ale awaits confusing, you now have three, four, me. This year, my husband Mark or five different brands, each with at suffered greatly as well, and thought least three types of products, for he was dying. Our bedside tables were heaven-only-knows how many covered with tissues and different types of raw runny noses, antihistamines. As the most functionbursting with red nostrils, need help. ing of the two of us, I did the Here, here! shopping. The ginger ale would give You have your 3-ply, your 2-ply, him a selection of fluids. I was your extra soft, your vaporizer scents, surprised that Miss Kitty, who was your lotion ones, and your “cold” ones nestled on the bed with us, didn’t have to calm down your over-worked, a tissue in her paws. screaming nostrils. You have your Lucky her. ❍

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and soon had a nose that looked like Andy Capp’s. Lovely. Let’s party! When we moved to Roswell, for the first time, I saw “pollen counts” on nightly newscasts, so, hello, I guessed that pollen is a big deal here. Oh, yes, in our first year here, I was told more than once, “Wait until you see the pollen!” Pollen? See the pollen? Why was everyone abuzz about pollen? And then it came. Within just a few months of moving here, thick yellow


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Iris Types and Tips Some Irises grow better than others in Metro Atlanta, so provide each with conditions it needs!

“Irises,”oil on canvas by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/J. Paul Getty Museum Green Scene, by Geri Laufer

The name Iris means rainbow and refers to the many colors available in this flower type. The Greek goddess Iris is the Messenger of Love, and in the language of flowers, Iris symbolizes eloquence. I’ve been growing Irises for decades. There are many types of irises (Wikipedia says 200-300!) and some are well-suited to our Southern climate, living for years and thriving on neglect. Others are more finicky and may be short-lived. The Old-fashioned White Iris or Iris albicans is the first to bloom in the spring; this is your Grandmother’s iris and it has withstood the test of time. They grow and multiply quickly in sunshine and normal garden soil, so if you know of a clump, make sure to trade your neighbor for some. The Tall Bearded Hybrid Iris, Iris germanica hybrids, is the iris that everyone thinks of when you say “iris,” but it does not always do well in the Atlanta area. You can help it succeed

by planting the horizontal rhizomes high and dry, half out of the soil on the surface, and with absolutely no mulch (!) in full sun or in the dappled shade on the edge of a pine island. Try humusy soil with medium moisture and good drainage. The big colorful blossoms are worth a try—there are thousands of named cultivars. My personal favorite is a soft peachy-pink named Beverly Sills after the opera singer.


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Japanese Iris (I. ensata) Japanese Roof Iris, Iris tectorum, is a short clumping iris that prefers it hot and dry. Plant this one in baking sun down by the mailbox. It has “pleated” leaves and either white or lavender flowers with freckles. Once grown in the thatched roofs of cottages in Japan, you get the idea of what good drainage it needs, so add some compost or soil conditioner when planting. Japanese Iris, Iris ensata, produces extraordinary, large, flat blooms that remind me of Gibson Girl hats. These come in the most scrumptious trueblues and are extravagantly beautiful. Southern Blue Flag, Iris virginica, is another common iris, but this one is a wetland species and needs a damp or boggy location. Upright petals (standards) and downward petals (falls) are narrow compared to the big German bearded ones. Another iris with this “wetlands” theme is the Tall Yellow Iris or Iris pseudacorus (the leaves resemble Acorus or sweet flag). Plant this one in a soggy spot, at waters edge, or next to the leaky water spigot. If grown in rich, deep garden soil it will reward you with an ever-expanding clump. Algerian Iris is extremely rare in the trade, but if you should come across Iris unguicularis buy some for the fragile-looking iris flowers that

Algerian Iris blooms in the coldest winter temperatures. bloom in the coldest January and February weather! Care and Feeding of Iris Irises like a low fertility, so don’t push them with too much fertilizer. Divide plants after blooming every 3-4 years, and give them good air circulation and plenty of room to expand. This way you will have plenty to share with neighbors and friends and your Iris will reward you with abundant blooms. ❍ 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 houses.


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THIS CHEF IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN

On Memorial Day weekend last year, Talk of The Town in historic Roswell As a food writer, I normally use burned, and that is when the business end this space to write about of Roswell came together. Brackner received help from local restaurateurs like restaurants. Duh. Well guess Ryan Pernice at Osteria Mattone and Marc what? I found the best chef Wegman of Adele’s, who assisted in keeping around. the business working. There were other There, I said it. And now I have to back folks like Lonnie and Karen Mimms, of it up. His name is Andy Brackner and he Mimms Enterprises, who facilitated a deal doesn’t even have a restaurant. It’s hard to to use Northview Church as a temporary imagine the kind of person that keeps a space. I mean any business is tough, and catering business flowing but this guy this catering thing is a killer, but to jump does it. His business, for which he serves through all of that is admirable. And it is a as Executive Chef, is called Talk of the true story of neighbors coming together. Town Catering and he should, in fact, be But this is more than just a feel good talk of the town. story; this is also about a chef who is very I grew up in the restaurant business so I skilled at his craft. Brackner is putting know the hard work that goes into creative soul, against technical skill. preparing high quality food and I love to Creating everything from teaspoon-sized write about it. The catering business is a delights of creative genius to slabs of succunew one to me, but after learning about this lent red roast beef. The ideas come off him. guy’s work, and the food he produces, I was What makes Brackner remarkable is that completely blown away. I mean this guy is you never see him create anything at all. producing high quality food on the go and You can spend the day with him. And you’ll in a multitude of places. This is a whole new never see him cook. And it’s understanding world to me, and oh let me mention, his this that makes Talk of The Town such a remain kitchen burned last year and he just markable kitchen experience. kept going. Here’s the story.

Andy Brackner, executive chef and owner, Talk of the Town Catering

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To call the catering business fluid would be an understatement. I mean I admire when someone produces a great dish from a kitchen that is a few feet away, but this guy is producing food from miles away, without compromise, and it is a team effort. You can’t do it otherwise. You can’t train it otherwise. You have to trust the people. Really trust them and allow them to do the job and give them space to create and execute. Nothing happens without a plan, and Talk of the Town is amazingly organized. Brackner, with his Chef de Cuisine Trey Gunning, push way beyond creative. They create a dropdead, accurately acting, stream of culinary logistics. It ain’t as easy as Brackner makes it look. This is a symphony of food porn and things run the way Brackner wants them to run. Everything meets his sense of style and there is a wonderful pace to it all.

If you have not been to an event featuring his work then you are missing out. They produce cuisine built around the freshest most seasonal ingredients available for almost any event you can imagine. Because you’ll never see Brackner do so much as break an egg does not mean he’s invisible. He is everywhere but carries a very unassuming presence that could go unnoticed. Andy Brackner is the nicest person you will ever meet and the feel good to this story is well deserved. That’s our Andy, one of a kind, and he is one excellent chef and that is all you need to know. To find out more about Talk of the Town Catering, their site is www.talkofthetownatlanta.com. ❍


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oswell INC is the economic arm for Roswell. They recently released their 2017 annual report and it is impressive. Headed by Steve Stroud, Roswell INC last year generated an estimated $720,000 of annual city revenue and an estimated total of more than $1.35 million in onetime city revenue through their business attraction and recruitment, retention and expansion programs. Some of the bigger projects included facilitating deals with Delta Dental and Kamstrup on corporate location projects and they also paved the way for the soon to begin renovation of Roswell Exchange at Highway 9 and Sun Valley. Collectively these projects help create more than 650 jobs and more than $90 million in capital investment. Another big Roswell INC fingerprint on Roswell is the growing craft beer industry. Back in 2012, after a fact finding mission to Asheville NC, Stroud was one of the local leaders to champion the creation of the city’s first microbrewery ordinance. Roswell is

vibrant destination for visitors of downtown Roswell, activating a premier experience for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Lori Henry. “This welcoming By Tripp Liles pedestrian promenade will provide a brand-new way to access and enjoy Roswell’s businesses and restaurants.” This welcoming new atmosphere will be host to public art, new metered parking, and will allow for easy passage through Canton Street. Now if we could just add a few more hundred parking spaces we’ll all be happy. And I will end this column with more good news for residents of Roswell. The city has proposed leaving the millage rate unchanged for the fiscal year 2018-19. The millage rate is the tax rate applied to property. Each now tied for second place in the state roswellinc.org. mill represents $1 of tax assessment per for the highest number of On April 19, the City of Roswell cut $1,000 of assessed property value and microbreweries, with our original Gate the ribbon on the new East Alley the current rate is 5.455 mills. The city City Brewing Company leading the Pathway in the Roswell historic district. is estimating a 4 percent increase in way. Last year also saw the opening of East Alley is the “L” shaped alley property values.  If there is an increase Variant Brewing Company and From intersecting the west side of Canton in property values once the digest is rethe Earth Brewing Company. If you Street and the south side of Norcross would like to see the whole Roswell leased in July, Roswell may see an Street. INC report, it is available online at increase in property tax revenue. ❍ “The East Alley Pathway will be a

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the pause after a full exhalation; the release of the knot in my spine just behind my heart as I twist. Instead of looking for what feels wrong in a posture, I seek out what feels right and invite that action to ally, the loop becomes endless. By Ann-Marie Giglio expand.” That loop is the reason we We can do this. It’s easy. Do you feel bring about what we think Seek out what’s good, and ask trapped? about. As Henry Ford said, it to expand. Anywhere. In your whether you think you can or For example, I assume if body? Your job? you can’t, you’re right. The you are reading this that your Your life? good news is, we can change house will not be bombed Perhaps that’s because all the currently engraved pattern. tonight. You can turn a knob too often, we focus on what is How? Start a new pattern. and clean—HOT—water wrong. Our thighs are too And then practice. Anne comes out of a faucet. You will thick, our eyelashes too short, Cushman, writing in The Yoga definitely eat dinner today. our boss too demanding, our Journal, says she focuses on And breakfast, tomorrow. You house too small. the good things every day, first sleep in a bed. How many bilIf this is what we fill our thing. “This little [morning] lions of hard-working people minds with, where will we be ritual sets the tone for an asana on the planet today cannot asin six months? You probably practice in which I’m tuned in sume any of that? recognize that often, you’re to countless blessings that I Would you like to expand having the same thoughts, unmight otherwise have your good? Cultivate your bidden. That’s because, every overlooked: The complex, innate quality of mudita, or time we think them, we effortless coordination of mus“joy”—a boundless capacity to actually wire our brains to cles in the simplest forward savor life’s blessings, regardless think them again, and eventubend; the peace that comes in of whether they’re showered on

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you or on others. The Dalai Lama, someone who radiates joy despite the horrors he has lived through, explains the benefits of cultivating mudita: “It’s only logical,” he said. “If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy for other people, billions more chances to be happy!” Would you like to increase your chances to be happy for others and to invite joy into your own life? Join our group KICK START and learn to gratefully nourish your body with the food you are blessed with. We start May 19. Visit ourcorematters.com/food to reserve your place. We can do this if we count our blessings. Feel the joy. Ask it to expand. Wash. Rinse. Repeat! For more information on these and other programs offered at Core Matters please visit their site at www.ourcorematters.com.

Anne Cushman

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Summer Heats Up at CNC The Return of Sundays on the River, Sunset Sips Concert Series By Sophia Niemeyer

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ummer is always a fun time for music. Sitting outside surrounded by nature and listening to good tunes is the perfect way to while away those warm evenings. At Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center, the summer evenings along the river are filled with the return of the popular events and programs, including their summer concert series. The 2018 concert season kicks off with Sundays on the River, May 13 at 7 p.m., featuring Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. If you have heard of Mumford and Sons, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers may just be familiar to you. With his unique take on ragtime and Dixieland 1920s-style jazz, this is a concert not to miss. The concerts return on the second Sundays of the month, May through September. Crimmins is followed by River Whyless in June; Adron in July; The Electromatics in August; and Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native ending the series in September. If you are new to the Roswell area or even to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Sundays on the River is a low-key date night or ladies’ night out that is the perfect way to start any week. Whether sitting at a table in the Ben Brady Pavilion, with a stunning view over Kingfisher Pond, or sitting on the lawn, there is not a bad seat while you take in a summer sunset during the concert. Pack a

MOTHER’S DAY RIVER CANOE TRIP

Sunday, May 13, 1–4 p.m. Celebrate Mom (and Grandma) with an afternoon canoe trip for the whole family. Let’s paddle to the playground at Riverside Park for a little R&R, but be careful: To beat the heat we will distribute water squirters. Ages 6+; $35 general public/$30 CNC members (per person); Register by May 25.

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picnic and take advantage of the cash bar available during the concert. Visit www.chattnaturecenter.org for tickets and showtimes. If a more relaxed and informal option during the week is your speed, the Sunset Sips after-hours concerts return with some new and familiar faces. Mark your calendars for June 14 as CNC welcomes Garrett Douglas back to CNC. Douglas will perform new music off his album “I Always Think of You,” as well as cover popular music. Plus, the famous Butterfly Encounter will be open after hours so visitors can not only take in the music but CNC’s 127-acre property as well. Sunset Sips is included with general admission and free to CNC members. To view the entire lineup for both the 2018 Sundays on the River and Sunset Sips Concert Series and to purchase tickets for Sundays on the River, visit chattnaturecenter.org or find CNC on Facebook. ❍

Friday, May 18, and Friday, May 25, 6 p.m. Get a babysitter and come relax with us on this adults-only evening paddle. We’ll open up the grounds early so you can bring your own picnic dinner, and then at 6 p.m. our canoe guides will lead a 2 1/2–hour sunset trip. Ages 21+; $35 general public, $30 CNC members (per person). Register by the Wednesday before each trip. RECURRING ATTRACTIONS

Trail Hike>>Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Animal Encounter>Sundays at 4 p.m. Story Time by the River>>Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Creature Feature>>Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

(At top) Dance beside the river with Blair Crimmins “The Chattahoochee: Re-Imagine and the Hookers, May 13 at the Chattahoochee our River”Film Showings>>Monday– Nature Center, as they kick off the center’s summer Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 concert series. Photo credit: Blair Crimmins and p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. the Hookers Cool Movies>>Monday – Friday at 3 p.m.

www.chattnaturecenter.org for more events and registration info.


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Roswell-Alpharetta Chapter of National Charity League honored their senior class celebrating six years of community service together.

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Home to some of our favorite places, the Connexion Mercantile Exchange at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell will be hosting a Spring Festival on May 19 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the retail center. If you have not been, this refurbished center has become a culinary hotspot with Foundation Social Eatery, Taqueria Tsunami, and Kale Me Krazy leading the way. There are some new spots to be explored as well. From The Earth Brewing Company is cranking out some crazy good brew and the food is to be experienced… you must check these guys out. At the festival they will have live music, menu items from the restaurants, artists and farmers markets, and plenty of activities for the whole family. Recently, the Roswell-Alpharetta Chapter of National Charity League honored their senior class (pictured) celebrating six years of community service together. The class of 2018 volunteered more than 18,000 service hours since 2012 for the 19 philanthropies the chapter supports, serving our community by working with those with disabilities, babysitting children, staffing summer camps, and ushering for theatrical performances. The evening commemorated the girls’ dedication to their communities with a look back on their years of service. As these seniors enter a new phase in their lives,

they will take with them a deep sense of community, leadership skills, and cultural experiences whereby they can make a greater impact on our society. Two members of Roswell’s Crabapple Middle School staff are being recognized for their outstanding work. Sixth-grade Earth Science teacher Liz Speaks was selected as Teacher of the Year and sixth-grade administrator Eric Casey was picked as Professional Employee of the Year. Each year Fulton County Schools honors principals, teachers, professionals and partners at a special event called the “Legacy of Excellence” Awards. The nominees are chosen by their peers and are evaluated by a committee based on achievements, commitment to excellence, and dedication.  All the honorees will be recognized at the gala later this year. Mrs. Speaks and Mr. Casey will represent CMS. The folks at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, 4205 North Point parkway, Building D in Alpharetta, are holding their third annual day of FREE dentistry event called Dentistry from the Heart. They will be offering free fillings, extractions, and cleanings to the first 50 people. The event will be held on Saturday, May 19. Last year, they promised to help 50 people in need, and with the help of other volunteers, that number soared to over 100. If you know someone in need pass this info along. For more info visit www.acfdga.com. ❍

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Summer The Way By Tripp Liles

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FUN Is On

There is something great about summer that seems to bring out everyone’s good mood vibe. We have scientific evidence that the more satisfied in summer due to better sleeping and eating habits, not to mention sunlight in safe doses gives us a needed boost. All of that means we get out and enjoy what is around us far more often than in winter. night, date night, or a you night, nature will provide the perfect backdrop for the evening. The season starts on May 13 with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. (See page 30) In June folk-rock quartet River Whyless will perform. On July 8 you will see Adron whose music is infused with an international texture and a remarkable vintage, yet completely original and personal sound. She playfully blends Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and Tropicália with the sincerity and thoughtfulness of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson and the full-bodied rhythms of 1970s Pop and R&B. The penultimate show is on August 12 with a performance by the Electromatics who are a red-hot blues and Americana group. The series concludes with Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native. Sollee describes his newest self-titled release, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native as a Sundays on the River bluegrass record, fully aware that Roswell/CNC; Monthly May through Sept. his is not the traditional view. You What better way to wrap-up the can see that unique twist on September 9. For more visit weekend, than an evening under www.chattnaturecenter.org. the stars listening to live music with friends at The Chattahoochee Nature Center.  Live music fills the stage the second Sunday from May through Sept.  Whether it’s a girls’ So our summer is close enough to touch with the outdoor festival and event season kicking into high gear. There will be plenty of backyard BBQs and picnics to be sure, but we’re positive you will not be browsing the internet for ideas on keeping busy, so we’ve created a handy list of our picks for the best events to keep you entertained throughout the summer. It’s hard to beat Atlanta in the summer and you would be hardpressed to find a better place to be than right here. We have access to one-of-a-kind events, and a multitude of wonderful things to eat, watch or simply admire. Music lovers, film buffs, foodies, book worms; whatever floats your boat, feed your passion with a short trip to these local exciting summer events, ranging from the traditional to the eccentric.

Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta’s Piedmont Park; May 26– 27 If you think getting into a music festival is out of your budget this year, check out the cost of the Atlanta Jazz Festival: $0. While the main part of the festival is Memorial Day weekend, every day in May will feature a free jazz event at jazz clubs, neighborhood parks, and locally-owned restaurants as part of 31 Days of Jazz. The Memorial Day weekend events all happen at Piedmont Park. The 41st annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase a variety of jazz acts, from Dianne Reeves to Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, and will include, for the first time in the event’s history, a special lineup of all-female jazz headliners on Saturday. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. For more info visit www.atlantafestivals.com.

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Alpharetta Arts StreetFest Alpharetta; May 26– 28 This 3-day event will host more than 90 colorful artisans from around the country who will showcase their works in Downtown Alpharetta. This much anticipated festival will feature live music, cultural arts performances,


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Helen Balloon Race & Festival

their world and in Columbus’ day the Atlantic Ocean was the “edge of the Earth.” Thus, resident Pete Hodkinson came up with the concept for the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race.  The race begins in Helen and the finish line is I-95 (anywhere between Maine and Miami). The shortest distance is 225 miles and the race usually takes two days.  It has been done in one day, while some races have taken as many as four days. The winner is the first person to cross I-95, or whoever is ahead at sunset on Friday, June 1, and you can witness all of them launch from Helen with your feet firmly on the ground.

Helen, GA; May 31 – June 2

JUNE Sunset Sips Roswell; June through September

The South’s oldest balloon event and the United States’ only long distance hot air balloon race will begin (weather permitting) with a mass ascension of 30 bright and colorful hot air balloons, in North Georgia’s Alpine Village of Helen. The people of Helen believe that Helen, Georgia is the center of

dinner. The program occurs the second and fourth Thursday during June, August, and September, as well as a special performance on July 5. Beyond these events, the CNC has a wide variety of activities on offer all summer long. “The Chattahoochee Nature Center is one of North Fulton’s most popular attractions,” said Jon Copsey, CNC marketing manager. “With 127 acres along the river, there’s plenty to do for families of all ages looking for a day out, or a couple looking for a date night. Canoe trips on the river, hiking in the woods, evening concerts beside the ponds, and our famous butterfly events throughout the summer. We connect people with nature in a fun way all year round.” www.chattnaturecenter.org.

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entertaining children’s activities, and a variety festival cuisine. After taking in the creative side of Alpharetta you can then take a break to enjoy the great food available throughout the downtown area. This event is in its 13th year and keeps getting better. If you have not seen Downtown Alpharetta in awhile you should take a look. The festival is held on Milton Avenue between Main Street and Roswell-Canton Street with parking available at the new City Hall parking deck and Milton Center. For more info visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Roswell Lavender Festival

Roswell; June 9 The festival is a celebration of all things lavender and will feature the many varieties, uses, and folk remedies associated with this ancient plant. This fun event will take place on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Enjoy Demonstrations in the Carriage House, children’s activities, The Zen Zone—yoga, Pilates, aromatherapy, meditation and reflexology, live music, lavender Stop in at the CNC for evening food samples, and a variety of venhours with a side of sunset. Sunset dors featuring fine art, crafts, Sips is a laid back, family friendly antiques, specialty foods, plants, event and the grounds are open for and garden art. There will be food you to explore. Grab a friend and trucks and booths and Lavender head over for live local music, cash Continues on p34 beer—a perennial bar, and feel free to bring a picnic

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north Georgia mountain community of Artists Pavilion, a children’s play area, Hiawassee and is only two hours north. plus festival foods and beverages with Young Harris, GA; June 30 – July 1 www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com. healthy alternatives. For more info visit This will be the first Made in Georgia www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com. Festival on beautiful Lake Chatuge in The BB&T Atlanta Open the Northeast Georgia Mountains and it Summer Shade Festival Atlanta; July 21– 29 will feature over 100 vendors Atlanta is a hotbed of tennis and the Grant Park; August 25– 26 Summer Fun Festival specializing in products made, crafted, Atlanta Open offers a great opportunity For more than a decade, Atlanta art Lawrenceville; June 17 bottled, stitched, or grown in Georgia. to see professional players in action. and music lovers have flocked to  Grant This festival will provide you with the This tournament is the first in the Park  each August to bid adieu to sumopportunity to sample local cuisine, seven-tournament series leading up to mer at the  Summer  Shade Festival. have a unique shopping opportunity, the U.S. Open. The event features a 28- They’ve got two days of outdoor fun and become educated about Georgia’s planned for all  ages, including a  5K history. The event takes place in Young player draw with over $600,000 in prize money on the table. This is an ATP Run for the Park, food trucks, craft Harris and is worth your drive if you World Tour event and it is held at beer, an  entertaining  Kids Zone,  and a want a quick weekend getaway. For music lineup that just gets better  every more info visit www.madeingeorgia.net. Atlantic Station in Atlanta. Former UGA tennis star John Isner took the year. Don’t miss Sunday morning  at title last year and he will be another Grant Park  Farmers Market. You can favorite to retain the title. For more info ride your bike to the  festival and park and tickets visit Georgia Mountain Fair it for free with the  Atlanta Bicycle www.bbtatlantaopen.com. Coalition Bike  Valet. So bring your Hiawassee, GA; July 20– 28 blanket, bring the  whole family, but Bragg Jam 2018 don’t bring any  pets, and spend summer’s final  weekend at the  Grant Macon, GA; July 27 and 28 Join Lift Up Atlanta for a petting zoo, Park  Summer Shade Festival. Visit live entertainment, children’s area, The last Saturday of July is Macon’s games and activities, and more. Held at ultimate summer music festival where, www.summershadefestival.com. the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, the rain or shine, more than 80 bands Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ festival features a petting zoo, magic perform on over 20 stages and put on show, arts and crafts, games, great food some unforgettable shows. During the Roswell; August 26 and live entertainment, children day there are free daytime events where activities, vendor shopping and so much families are invited to create, perform more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and and play in the heart of the city. The enjoy the scenery, music and event features art, food and beverage entertainment. Admission is $5 with vendors, live music and community perproceeds benefiting Lift Up Atlanta, an formances and nature-oriented organization that assists homeless in the activities. www.braggjam.com. metro area. The fairgrounds are located at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

Made In Georgia Festival

favorite! Free parking and shuttle transportation. Free admission. Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Drive in Roswell.

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Piedmont Park Arts Festival

If the mid-summer blues hit you in Atlanta Summer Beer Festival July then perhaps a road trip is in order Atlanta; June 16 and the Georgia Mountains have just This festival, in its seventh year, is the thing at the 68th annual Georgia held at Historic Fourth Ward Park in Mountain Fair, held at the historic Atlanta. The main attraction is the 200 Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. beers on offer from local and national Thousands of visitors from across the breweries. They feature a wide variety of region have experienced the excitement styles and have live music and of course and nostalgia that the event has to offer. great food by some of the best food With first-class musical performances, trucks around. Some of our local guys arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique like Gate City Brewing and Abby of the attractions and a glimpse into North Holy Goats will be there so let’s go Georgia’s rich history and culture, the support our own. This is a 21- and-older Fair provides something for every memevent; for more information visit ber of the family. The Georgia Mountain www.atlantasummerbeerfest.com. Fairgrounds are located along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the

Midtown Atlanta; August 18– 19

There is no better way to end the summer than The 14th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin.’ This is the premier event for ice cream lovers and families. Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream—dive into ice cream eating contests—enjoy live music —and let the kids work off their energy Piedmont Park Arts Festival will fea- in the Kid’s Korner. All of this goes to a ture up to 250 painters, photographers, great cause to benefit The Drake House sculptors, leather and metalworkers, in Roswell. For more info visit glass blowers, jewelers and crafters! The www.missmarysicecream.org. ❍ Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging


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