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First Friday Art Walks
>>HIT THE STREETS!
September 16 & 17 Roswell’s own Ford Smith at work.
Held on the first Friday of each month, the First Friday Art Walks are a great way to explore the Roswell Historic District and see some great art. Roswell is home to many great art galleries with a wide array of styles represented. With over eight of these galleries within walking distance, this is the perfect opportunity to explore and be invigorated by some great international and local talent. Stroll down the quaint, history-laden streets, lined with unique art galleries, restaurants, gift shops, antiques and boutiques and you will feel refreshed. For more information visit roswellartdistrict.com. Also note that the Roswell Arts Fund is having a Party Around Roswell Gala on Oct. 5 to raise funds for art in the parks. This is held at Roswell River Landing from 7p.m.–10 p.m. For more info visit artaroundroswell.com.
The Marietta StreetFest held each September is an annual tradition and fundraiser for the Marietta Museum of History. The festival is a Top 20 Event selected by Southeast Tourism Society and draws an estimated 15,000 people to the Marietta Square each year. ¶ Patrons can browse the arts and craft booths, stroll down auto alley during the Hubcaps and History Cruise-In and enjoy the many free activities in the Children’s Zone. Then plan to spend Saturday evening listening to local entertainment during the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival. ¶ The Festival location provides additional opportunities for guests to take in the rich history of Marietta and tour one of our registered historic districts, visit museums, or shop the unique stores and boutiques. The local restaurants cater to all tastes and styles; in or outdoor café seating is available. Complete your day by stopping by the Marietta Museum of History—admission is free all weekend.
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Concert In The Park
October 5 The Rotary Club of North Fulton holds an annual fundraising event called Concert in the Park, which is held annually at Wills Park in Alpharetta. This fun family-oriented event is a great way to hear good music and enjoy the outdoors rain or shine as it is held under the equestrian arch. This year their volunteer focus is to support families, affordable housing, and literacy. All of the money raised will go to support such great organizations as Relay for Life, Heart for Africa, North Fulton Community Charities, Shepherd Center SHARE Program, The Drake House, Little Free Libraries, and the Child Development Association. A performance of Band X will highlight the night, which also features a silent auction with fantastic items. For more information on tickets or how your business can become a sponsor visit northfultonrotary.org. >>OVER 50 YEARS OF FUN
Roswell Arts Festival Sept. 16
In its 51st year, the Roswell Arts Festival is the grandfatherâ€Ś or is it grandmother? No matter which, this is the original festival that started it all long before most of us were here. The annual event, held on Historic Roswell Square, features artists from throughout the Southeast showing fine arts and original crafts. There will also be plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family. For more info, see this monthâ€™s cover story on page 32 or visit roswellartsfestival.com.
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Grilling and Gridiron
Sept. 9 Come out to the 5th Annual Grilling & Gridiron to benefit The Lionheart School. SEC tailgating is a level above every other conference in the country, and right here in Downtown Alpharetta, you can celebrate this longstanding tailgating tradition on the first day of SEC conference play. At this event you will be mixing it up with all the SEC fans, so dress to impress in your favorite SEC school colors, reserve a table to decorate for your team, or just bring your stadium chairs and come enjoy the southeastern football scene and some great food and libations, all for a great cause. Proceeds benefit The Lionheart School, which specializes in educating individuals on the autism spectrum. For more information, visit thelionheartschool.com.
>>VEGGIES & ART >>ALLEY JAM!
South Main Kitchen and Rock Solid Entertainment presents an evening with Battlefield Collective at SMK Alley in the SMK Alley on Friday, Sept. 15. Enjoy live music starting at 8 p.m. paired with Chef Andy Long’s smoked seasonal bites off of the Big Green Egg and an outdoor bar. Battlefield Collective is the combined musical talents and efforts of Stephanie Caron and Evan Hart. A unique blend of bluegrass, Americana, roots, and rockabilly give the group an unmistakable and unique sound that is as full of energy as it is passion. South Main Kitchen is located at 9 S. Main Street in historic downtown Alpharetta. For more information call 678-691-4622 or visit southmainkitchen.com.
Sept. 9 & 23 Let’s not forget all the great farmers markets held each weekend. Over in the Marietta Square they feature an artisan market that is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays through November from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mill Street. The Marietta Square Artisan Market was created in 2011 as a natural extension of the wildly popular Marietta Square Farmers Market. Enjoy the paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods, including fire pits, cutting boards, terrariums, pens, and fine jewelry. Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park, this art ecosystem connects local fine artists and artisans with the community adding culture and charm to the Historic Marietta Square experience.
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Sandy Springs Festival
Sept 23 & 24 Looking to escape? How about a trip south to Sandy Springs? Okay so maybe it’s not really a trip but if you think our area has been taken over by developers then you need to visit Sandy Springs and this festival presents a great opportunity. The 32nd Annual Sandy Springs Festival offers two exciting days of art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K race, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more. The Sandy Springs Festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 20,000 attendees. And, for the first time ever, the festival is being offered free of charge. The festival takes place in the heart of the city at Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. More at: heritagesandysprings.org.
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School is in, the days are starting to get just a little shorter, and thankfully the cooler temperatures are in sight. For most of us, spending time with friends and family are the highlights of summer and in September there are several events to make the most of what remains of our longer days. A trip to the fair has become a tradition at my house, and the North Georgia State Fair is being held Sept. 21 through Oct.1 at Jim R. Miller Park just across I-75 in Marietta. As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, it attracts nearly 300,000 people every year. The
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fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, ﬂower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. There are also games and rides on a carnival midway featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster, Georgia Mountain Lift, and debuting this year the Mega Slide.
I mean it’s Mega, so we have to go… at least that’s my son’s logic. The fair has some big time entertainment as well. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine, including appearances by Colton Dixon on Friday, Sept. 22; Lauren Alaina on Sat., Sept. 23; Trace Adkins on Wed.,
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Sept. 27; Colt Ford on Thur., Sept. 28; Chris Janson on Fri., Sept. 29; Zach Seabaugh on Sat., Sept. 29. The concerts are included with fair admission. Let’s not forget this is a state fair, so there are, of course, the oddball events that are always interesting continues on page 12
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If you have recently received a bill, pay attention to what was charged. You should even go as far as requesting an itemized statement and reviewing it for accuracy. Errors are common in medical billing—especially with duplication of charges—so knowledge is crucial. Many errors revolve around medical providers ﬁling claims with the insurance networks. The last thing you want to have happen is a surprise bill. Do your homework! Consumerssunion.org is a good resource to understand your protections. You can also try to negotiate, but do this promptly upon receipt of a bill. Your provider may be more willing to work with you if you acknowledge the bill immediately. Try starting the negotiation by asking for a 30% reduction to begin with and negotiate from there. Meaningful Conversations about Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders It is not a good idea to ignore a bill and deal with it later. In as little as 30 Americans are paying more for their medical bills than ever days from sending you the bill, some providers report these bills to the credit bureaus as delinquent—a tactic to prod customers into paying. Fortunately, before as health care costs continue to rise by large beginning this September, all three major credit-reporting ﬁrms—Experian, percentages. You’ve probably experienced this yourself! With Equifax, and TransUnion—will have a six-month waiting period before they report these “delinquent” medical debts on a credit report. As a best practice, these cost increases, it is easy to wind up with unexpected work out a payment plan as soon as you can because medical debt on your medical bills. In fact, the Consumer Financial Protection credit report can adversely impact your credit score. Bureau recently published a study ﬁnding that medical debt The bottom line when dealing with an unexpected medical bill is to tackle it head-on, know what your insurance does and does not cover, and advocate is the most common type of past-due bill. for yourself. Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! So what should you do if you have an unexpected medical bill that you can’t pay right away? Shop around? Question the charges? Negotiate? A recent Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Wall Street Journal article says yes, do all of these, and do them as soon as Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in possible. working with people who are serious about making If your health care need is not an emergency, it may be useful to do some progress towards their financial goals. Odyssey manages legwork and shop around prior to the service. Many out-of-network providers portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities or providers who won’t take insurance may be open to negotiating, even offeroffered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. ing a discount for cash payment.
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DID THE SUMMER HEAT COOL THE MARKET? By Kirsten Ricci
The Roswell real estate market broke below its 12-month average sales volume as sales fell 8.8% to hit 153 homes sold over the last 30 days for the time period ending Aug. 23. In comparison, Sandy Springs had 71 sales in the same time frame, the least of all neighboring communities. If you are looking there are now ﬁve months of inventory available in Roswell and prices have come down slightly with median sales price at $355,000. In Alpharetta the market might be cooling off in the near future. Sales for the same 30-day period stood at 221 homes sold, and there is a budding downward trend in the number of new listings, with 197 going live in the same time frame. While new listing numbers dropped, prices were able to climb. The reported median sales price of $460,000 mean there is a gradual upswing in Alpharetta. In East Cobb I looked at ﬁgures for the 30068 and 30062 zip codes. There was a slight dip in the number of pending transactions in 30068 over the last 30 days ending on Aug. 21, which resulted in the lowest amount since February. And while 29 homes went under contract, there were 137 completed sales, which also extends a six-week downward trend. Just across Highway 120 the number of homes sold in the 30062 zip code market slid to 92 over the same time period. This marks a four-month decrease and another period below the monthly average. Prices were able to climb, however, as the reported median sales price of $369,000 continued an upswing. While these numbers are showing a decrease in sales—it is good to remember that every year we have seasonal downturns. This is especially true during the shorter summer months and back to school. While inventory is likely to remain low, home sales should tick back up in the 4th quarter. If you are thinking about selling—you should not count out the Q4 selling season, less competition from other sellers and still plenty of buyers who need to ﬁnd homes. The key to selling in this market is to be move in ready… turnkey. In development news, the Roswell Village Shopping Center, located at the corner of Alpharetta Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road, is ﬁnally going to be given some TLC in the form of redevelopment. The property, constructed in 1973, is currently owned by The Sterling Corporation who purchased it in 2014. It has been virtually empty for several years after Publix closed their doors. From the initial details it’s mostly a major facelift with some parcels added along the perimeter. No new tenants have been announced. The developer, 1699 Land Company, was seeking permission from Alpharetta to build 62 single-family homes in a gated community north of New Prospect Elementary School. The Alpharetta City Council, however, gave thumbs down to the project and its respective zoning change request. There was a general concern of increased trafﬁc in the area as well as the appropriateness of the development in what is currently zoned as ofﬁce development. 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, email@example.com.
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The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is having a special conversation with NY Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille, presenting his new book The Cuban Affair on Sept. 26 at the MJCCA and the event is open to the public. Appearing in conversation with DeMille is special guest Alan P. Gross, a former Cuban Hostage and Economic Development & Community Engagement Advisor. DeMille’s new novel, The Cuban Affair, features an exciting new character—US Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, Continued now a charter boat captain, who is from page 6 about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. It’s brilliantly written, at a minimum. Some highlights are the Firemen with his signature humor, High Dive Show, and the Kachunga and the Alligator fascinating authenticity from his reShow, wherein someone wrestles an alligator. You have to imagine the gator wins at least every once in awhile. Beyond the sideshows they have shows featuring animal acts, a petting zoo, and even a puppet show. The new Mega Slide stands 50-feet high and will be one of the most iconic structures at the North Georgia State Fair. It is grooved to keep riders going straight and waxed periodically to keep riders from slowing down. This instant classic will be fun for the whole family, at least mine. There is a gate admission and rides cost extra. They offer numerous ways to save on tickets so: www.northgeorgiastatefair.com.
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search trip to Cuba, and heart-pounding pace, Nelson DeMille is a true master of the genre. This is a prologue to the MJCCA Book Festival events that will help kick off the 26th edition scheduled for Nov. 4–20. For times and info visit www.atlantajcc.org. I’m ending with another family favorite that hits me right in the gut every year. It’s the Atlanta Greek Festival and I love me some Greek food. For nearly 50 years, the Greek Orthodox Christian community has opened its doors to host the festival in what is a highlight of cultural experiences. I mean the Greeks invented the wine and food festival concept so who am I to argue? This “Taste of Greece” will provide you a rich menu prepared by volunteers who cook to share their heritage. They always have traditional favorites like moussaka and spanakopita or street food like souvlaki and gyros. Don’t get me started on the various wines, cheeses, and yes—desserts. Beyond the culinary delights the festival is also a host to concerts and dancing. There is also shopping to be done with a wide array of handcrafted pottery, jewelry, apparel, and art from Greece. This event is fun and delicious for the whole family. The festival runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 2500 Clairmont Road in Atlanta. www.atlantagreekfestival.org. Bookmark our site www.thecurrenthub.com to keep up with the latest events and activities to keep you busy. ❍
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SILVER SEASON FOR GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE By Rachael Brice “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time Robert J. Farley plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.” Shakespeare Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) is gearing up for what is sure to be a great season of comedy, drama, and romance,
but this season is extra special. Not only is GET celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary season, but when the last curtain falls, it will pass into new management, as Robert J. Farley, takes his last bow and Alan Kilpatrick takes his seat in the director’s chair. Farley, a co-founder and artistic director at GET leaves behind a beautiful legacy and a career spanning over 50 years in the industry. Kilpatrick, currently an associate artistic director, was brought on board last fall and has been
working closely with both Farley and wife Anita Allen-Farley to continue to mold the theatre and the surrounding Roswell community for this upcoming season and the many more that are certain to follow. As GET, North Fulton’s only professional theatre, aims to provide awardwinning theatrical productions and educational opportunities to the citizens of Roswell, the 2017-2018 season, titled “It’s Your Party!” should be no different. Farley hand picked the shows that hold a special place in his heart and remind him of his past 25 years with the company. On the main stage this season, theatregoers can expect ﬁve dynamic shows, sure to have the audience laughing, crying, and pondering the meaning of life. Once On This Island (Sept. 14 –Oct. 1) tells the tale of Ti Moune, an orphan girl found in a tree, whose life is spared during a storm. With a Caribbean ﬂair, audience members will be singing and dancing along with Ti Moune as she chases the idea and proves once and for all that love is stronger than death. Morningside (Oct. 26 – Nov. 12), a comedy written by Atlanta’s own, Topher Pyne, depicts a sunny spring afternoon in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood, where nine women with secrets are thrown together at baby shower—and a case of champagne. Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Jan.11 –28, 2018) illustrates the life of Hollywood ledged, American singer and actress, Rosemary Clooney. A Comedy of Tenors (Mar. 1 –18, 2018) is Ken Ludwig’s sequel to his Tony-Award winning international hit, Lend Me a Tenor. One hotel suite,
four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium ﬁlled with screaming fans, what could possibly go wrong? Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Apr. 12 –29, 2018) will close out the season and will be Farley’s last production. It tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s career beginnings in the music industry as the lead singer for a country & western band, Buddy Holly & the Crickets and his rise to stardom before his untimely death. On the FamilyStage this season, younger audience members can enjoy performances of The Jungle Book, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Giver, and a powerful rendition of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. To learn more about GET, performance dates, and tickets visit get.org, or call the box ofﬁce at 770-641-1260. ❍ From previous productions, left: Kandice Arrington (Ghost the Musical) Below: Karen Howell (Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required) Photo Credits: Dan Carmody
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ROSWELL ROTARY GOES FOR THE GREEN
By Julia Daniels
Bottom row: Lisa Carlisle, Pres. of Roswell Rotary; Mindy Jones, Co-Chair of the Tennis Tournament Back row: Michael Agurkis, Co-Chair of the Golf Tournament; Danny Broadway, also Golf Co-Chair; and Rich Austin, Co-Chair of the Tennis Tournament.
Broadway, golf committee co-chair. “Last year we had around 55 players The Roswell Rotary Club will be in the morning and afternoon ﬂights. hosting the 39th Aubrey Greenway We expect to well exceed this in 2017. Golf Tournament and 5th Annual Atlanta has the world’s largest tennisHagan Cup Classic tennis tournament based community including 80,000 on Monday, September 11, at the ALTA members. So it only made sense Roswell Country Club. In addition to to give those folks a way to support the multiple divisions of golfers and local charities through Rotary. We’ve tennis players, the day will also include found tennis players to be very dinner, online rafﬂe and casino night, generous with their time and ﬁnancial and DJ/dancing, with all proceeds to support and look forward to another beneﬁt local charities. great turnout,” said Rich Austin, tennis Seeing a need for a community committee chair. fundraiser, Roswell Rotarians Frank New this year is an online rafﬂe Brown, Judge Maurice Hilliard, and open to all legal residents 21 and older former mayor of Roswell Aubrey in the State of Georgia. Rafﬂe Greenway began the golf tournament packages include items such as a South in 1978. In 2013, the Hagan Cup African Safari, lodging in Italy, week Classic tennis tournament, named long stays in Edisto Island, Hilton after Bob Hagan in honor of his service Head, Harbour Island and Bear to the community, was added to the Mountain. In addition are fundraiser. entertainment packages with VIP Morning and afternoon ﬂights of space rental at Gate City for 100 golf are offered with the ﬁrst ﬂight people; a Big Green Egg; Yeti Cooler; a beginning at 7 a.m., with over 250 sports package with tickets to the golfers anticipated to participate. Georgia Swarm Lacrosse home games, “The tournament is one of the the Gwinnett Braves, and the College largest all volunteer community Football Hall of Fame. fundraisers in the Southeast. In 2016 Tickets may be purchased at Roswell the event netted over $202,000 which Rotary or at rafﬂe.roswellrotary.com. goes to the 40 local nonproﬁts that Tickets are $50 each or twelve tickets Roswell Rotary supports as well as internationally. This tournament is our for $500.00. The rafﬂe is open now only fundraiser and our club comes to- and will close on September 11 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit gether as a team so that our legacy of www.roswellrotary.club. ❍ giving continues,” said Danny By Lynne Lindsay
There’s a word for that feeling of wellbeing you experience when you’re happy and relaxed with friends and family, whether at home or out and about—it’s called hygge. It’s an 18th century Danish noun, verb, and adjective that is racing across the globe at the moment. Hygge (pronounced something like heurgah) represents the feeling that makes residents of chilly Denmark and other Scandinavian countries with months of grey skies consistently among the happiest people in the world. So where exactly does all this happiness come from? According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, it’s the incorporation of “authenticity, warmth, and togetherness.” Having a couple of drinks and a lot of laughs over candlelight with a good friend in a wine bar? That’s hygge. Reading a book to your child or grandchild or even just squeezing in a good hug before bedtime? That’s hygge. Having family members over for mac and cheese and meatloaf and a rousing conversation at the kitchen table? Even more hygge! In these situations, where you are, what you’re wearing, the room’s décor (or even tidiness!), or the expense of anything and everything doesn’t matter one iota. What does matter is slowing down and becoming present, which may be easier said than done if you have a hard time putting away the cell phone, not wishing things were different than they are, and not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. Hygge is all about just being with, and being grateful that you’re with, your favorite humans and pets—those
moments of pure pleasure when you’re happy to just be. Even relaxing all by yourself can be hygge. Many people ﬁnd their happy place sitting on the ﬂoor or under a cozy blanket on a cushy sofa. Others prefer heading straight to what they call “my chair”—that wellworn piece that has become their throne in the kingdom. The importance of being able to “chill” in ﬁnding hygge is likely why you choose to sit in an upholstered booth, rather than in a metal chair, when dining in a restaurant. After all, if you can’t ﬁnd a restful spot it is difﬁcult to “be here now” (borrowing from the name of a 1971 book that was very hygge). Although no one but you can make your home or life hygge, you may want to consider the following ideas: turn off the cell phone, bake some mufﬁns, ﬁnd a comfortable chair or sofa, a cozy throw, and an intoxicating candle… maybe even some window treatments if you don’t want your neighbors to know how you hygge—or a rug if you don’t want them to know how loudly you hygge after a couple of bottles of wine. Of course, if you don’t really care about these things, you can still hygge everyday by simply being yourself and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. ❍ Julia Daniels is a Roswell resident and the owner of The Comfortable Chair Store in Roswell, which specializes in upholstered furniture and interior design services. She can be reached at 770-518-8518.
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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Sept –Nov 2017 Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles. Please Ostomy Support Group call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 Classroom C. This group is open to for location and to register. anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. They do not meet in the summer but resume this month, September 19. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more info.
Thursdays 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, and 11/30/17 at 7 p.m. Registration required for couples desiring to learn about the Stroke Support Group Alzheimer’s Association option of a water birth delivery. Last Wednesday of each month from Caregiver Support Group Completion of the class is required to 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. be considered for water birth at ACE Dayroom. Please join Stroke Classroom C. Please join our monthly WNFH. $30.00 per couple survivors, caregivers, and families to support group for caregivers and share and support one another. The Maternity Tours family members of individuals group is facilitated by the Stoke diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related Please join one of our Women’s Health Program Coordinator and a Licensed disorders. The support group offers a nurses in the hospital atrium on Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and place to share information, support Keisha C. Brown at 404-229-9639 each other and learn about resources Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour or firstname.lastname@example.org in your community. Call Christine at of the Labor & Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. 404-786-3433 for more Look Good, information.
Wednesday, 9/13 and 11/8; 10 a.m.–Noon A cosmetologist will discuss how to care for skin and hair to combat the appearancerelated side effects of cancer treatment. Free make-up and skin care products are provided. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.
Epilepsy Support Group
Patients and families of WellStar North Fulton’s inpatient rehab unit gathered to watch the solar eclipse on August 21. Team members prepared a day full of eclipse-related activities, in an effort to provide opportunities for patients to get moving and create a sense of community during their stay at the hospital. The unit treats patients who have suffered stroke, trauma, amputations, neurological disorders and brain injuries, among others.
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.
Breast Cancer Support Group First Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION Babysitting Workshop Saturday, 10/14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Teaches children ages 11–14 how to be responsible babysitters. Bring a doll or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30.
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR* Saturday 10/28 CPR course for the community. Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m.–Noon; $35 Adult, child and infant CPR, 9 a.m.–1p.m.; $45
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 9/9, 10/14 and 11/11/17 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Anna at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.
*AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association. WellStar North Fulton Hospital
SPECIAL EVENT Fall Festival Sunday 10/01/17; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Join us for an afternoon filled with family games, face painting, obstacle course, toddler area, and more! FREE Parking. 3000 Hospital Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30076. WellStar North Fulton Hospital
SPECIAL EVENT LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, October 20; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk- ins welcomed
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GOLD AWARD FOR STROKE AND HEART CARE WellStar North Fulton Hospital recognized by American Heart Association Acting F.A.S.T saves lives When you think you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. The window of opportunity for treating a stroke is short and acting F.A.S.T. increases the chances of recovering with little or no disability. Here’s how to act F.A.S.T: Face: Look for an uneven smile. Arm: Check if one arm is weak. Speech: Listen for slurred speech. Time: If these symptoms are present, waste no time and call 911 immediately.
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ellStar North Fulton Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in conjunction with the American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to provide world-class care for patients experiencing stroke and heart failure. The program helps hospital teams align patient care with the latest guidelines based on scientiﬁc evidence. The quality measures focus on the best outcomes for stroke patients and include aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs; blood thinners and cholesterolreducing drugs; preventive action for deep vein thrombosis; and smoking cessation counseling.
Stroke is the number ﬁve cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Saving Hearts Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Quality measures to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, betablockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before pa-
tients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed die within ﬁve years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than ﬁve million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality. ❍
By themselves, any one sign of heart failure may not be cause for alarm. But if you have more than one of these symptoms, even if you haven’t been diagnosed with any heart problems, report them to a healthcare professional and ask for an evaluation of your heart. Shortness of breath Chronic coughing or wheezing Build-up of fluid (edema) Fatigue or feeling lightheaded Nausea or lack of appetite Confusion or impaired thinking High heart rate
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Schools in North Fulton to receive training and emergency kits
hospitals with designated Trauma Centers who are helping prepare the community to save lives. Trauma surgeons and team members from WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Kennestone Hospital are leading similar efforts in Atlanta, Cobb County and surrounding areas. WellStar North Fulton Hospital is home to a Level II Trauma Center. The center is staffed by board-certiﬁed emergency medicine physicians and nurses with a variety of emergency certiﬁcations. The 15,000 square-foot Emergency Department incorporates 28 patient rooms, including separate cardiac, trauma and orthopedic areas equipped with technology to handle situations from minor emergencies to life-threatening traumas. “Anyone in the community can request training, although at this time, we don’t have the resources to conduct trainings on an individual basis. We’re currently focusing on schools, but I’ve also personally trained other healthcare professionals, police ofﬁcers and emergency responders,” explained Amelingmeier. “These threats to communities are happening more frequently,” Dr. Polite said. “Now is the time to prepare.” ❍
embers from WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s trauma team have been busy teaching school nurses, police ofﬁcers, educators and even Girl Scouts in the area a life-saving skill: how to stop bleeding before professional help arrives. “It doesn’t matter how fast an ambulance gets there; a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss in ﬁve minutes or less,” explained Nathan Polite, D.O., a WellStar trauma surgeon. “If someone were to get shot in a major blood vessel, they could be saved if someone close put a tourniquet on.” These training sessions are part of the Stop the Bleed campaign, a nationwide initiative that helps prepare bystanders to save lives in case of a bleeding emergency, like a shooting or explosion. “The number one preventable cause of death in trauma is bleeding. And since it might take a while for EMS (Emergency Medical Services) to reach an injured patient in the ﬁeld, having trained citizens who are able to render immediate aid until help arrives will dramatically improve a that patient’s chances of survival,’ said Brent Amelingmeier, trauma outreach coordinator for WellStar North Fulton Hospital.
Officers from Dunwoody Police Department learn how to “stop the bleed.”
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WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON TRAUMA TEAM MEMBERS TEACH LIFE SAVING SKILLS
Brent Amelingmeier training Fulton County School nurses on bleeding control at the Fulton County School Administrative Headquarters in Atlanta.
Amelingmeier, as well as other WellStar North Fulton team members, have trained more than 230 people since February, adding to the job done by other hospital workers and EMS agencies. “As the trauma outreach coordinator, it’s my job to provide the people in our community with education that can help them prevent injury, or at least lessen the harm that’s done,” added Amelingmeier. Most recently, Amelingmeier trained 24 Fulton County School District registered nurses and at the end of September he’ll be training the 110 Fulton County School District’s clinical assistants. He is also helping schools prepare for the arrival of “Stop the Bleed” kits, funded by a grant from the state. WellStar North Fulton is one of three WellStar
Schools get ready to Stop the Bleed The Georgia Trauma Commission received a grant from the Georgia State Legislature of $1 million to fund the purchase and distribution of Stop the Bleed kits. The kits are currently being assembled and the plan is to have them distributed to every public school in the state by Thanksgiving. Each school will get approximately 10-12 kits. “Right now, we’re taking a ‘top-down’ approach, whereby we’re training the school nurses and clinical assistants, and they, in turn, will help train the teachers and administrators at their respective schools,” said Brent Amelingmeier, trauma outreach coordinator for WellStar North Fulton Hospital, who is coordinating the efforts in Fulton County.
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PREVENTIVE CARE GOES A LONG WAY It’s good to plan ahead. Whether you’re saving for a big purchase or taking your car into the shop for a tune-up, being proactive can save you a lot of heartache and stress. The same is true for your health. Physicians say you should be proactive instead of waiting until you are in pain or have an emergency. Thinking ahead may just save your life. “I am a big believer in preventive medicine,” said Mitchell Hecht, M.D., who practices internal medicine at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. “For my patients’ sake, I hate surprises.” It is much better to prevent a problem than to deal with its consequences later.” Dr. Hecht, who was recently named to Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors list, recommends his patients take advantage of health screenings when possible, including mammograms and bone density, colonoscopy and PSAs. These tests, and others, are recommended depending on a patient’s needs, age, risk factors and medical history. Heart disease is a particular concern for Dr. Hecht. He pays special attention to patients’ symptoms and behaviors that can lead to heart disease. Heart disease is already the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. and it is a growing problem, particularly in the South where poor diet and other social factors have led to
increased health problems. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released new ﬁgures showing a decrease in life expectancy for the ﬁrst time since the early ’90s. Heart disease was one of the highest contributing factors. At WellStar, heart health programs are making a real difference in patients’ lives. One of the largest programs is called “Know Your Heart.” It’s a heart screening and complimentary wellness consult to help patients lower their risk for heart attack and heart disease. The screening uses a combination of basic labs and a cardiac CT scan to identify heart disease before someone shows any signs or symptoms. The labs look at things like inﬂammation and cholesterol which can be indicators of heart disease. The cardiac CT calculates a calcium score. This low ra-
diation scan looks at the calcium buildup in the walls of coronary arteries supplying the heart. Calcium may be an early sign of coronary heart disease, and if performed early enough, a CT can help identify disease before permanent damage is done. Within a week, patients receive a follow up phone call from a clinical team member with the results and cardiologist’s recommendations. For some patients, a visit with a cardiologist may be recommended. For many others, a free consult with a cardiac wellness coach can show them how lifestyle changes could improve their heart health. The “Know Your Heart” screening is available to patients age 18 and up and is especially good for people with high risk factors for heart disease, such as those with diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Heart screenings are good for anyone 40 and older or younger if there’s a strong family history of premature heart disease in close relatives, like moms, dads, brothers and sisters. “In patients at risk for having coronary artery disease because of a personal history of high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease, I refer patients to undergo a CT coronary calcium score assessment,” Dr. Hecht said.❍
Tips for a healthy lifestyle Michael Hecht, M.D. gives his top ﬁve tips to stay healthy: 1. A heart-healthy diet that avoids saturated fats and is rich in fruits and veggies. But don’t overeat! 2. Weight control. Being overweight or obese carries increased risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers.
3. Don’t smoke or dip. Try and try again to quit. And avoid being exposed to secondhand smoke. 4. Exercise as much as you can. Stretching each morning is very important too. If time doesn’t permit formal exercise, informal exercise like taking stairs instead of elevators, walking briskly everywhere you go, and parking your car farther away are helpful.
5. Stress raises cholesterol and blood pressure and it weakens the immune system. Stress management efforts like deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage and cardio exercise can help.
The WellStar Foundation received a very special donation from Valerie Jackson, owner of the Ann Jackson Gallery, and Michael D. Litten, Founder of the Foundation for Premature Infants, in support of the WellStar North Fulton Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Ann Jackson Gallery donated a very limited edition lithograph from one of Dr. Seuss’s iconic books—Horton Hears a Who!. In addition, the Foundation for Premature Infants presented a donation to be used for continued education purposes for the clinicians who perform lifesaving work in the WellStar North Fulton Hospital NICU every day.
A LIFETIME OF CARING AND CREATIVITY Artist Profile By Tripp Liles
Wendy Wimberly is an artist with notable skill, creative eye and caring heart. She has been painting for many years yet she is deﬁned not by the stroke of a brush but rather her strong desire to provide compassion. “My mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said I wanted to be a mother,” Wendy Wimberly said. “And that’s my greatest gift. And its also God’s greatest gift to me.” Wendy Wimberly wants to do paintings that bring peace to the soul. I discovered her art at The Comfortable Chair Store in Roswell…yes they also sell art. At ﬁrst glance it is immediately noticeable that real talent is in control of the brush. “Wendy is a gifted artist who is able to capture the awe-inspiring moments of just being one with nature,” stated Julia Daniels, owner of The Comfortable Chair Store. “Her use of color and light evoke the essence of the calm and serenity found in our most beautiful mountains, oceans and pastures.” On the creative side, Wimberly is not driven by the same desires as many artists. Some artists, especially the more gifted ones, have a rather myopic view on life. Wendy and Don Wimberley Not Wimberly. She is conﬁdent of her brush strokes and creative vision, but the human side, the caring side, is front and center. She is a breast cancer survivor with a degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Master of Nursing from Emory University. Additionally, she is a certiﬁed perinatal loss counselor. Wimberly has been married to Don Wimberly, a retired Episcopal Bishop known as The Bishop of Texas, for more than 50 years. They only recently moved to the area, residing at St. George Village in Roswell, to be near their two children. As a daughter of an Army ofﬁcer she’s been moving her whole life so the routine is familiar. While art was always a passion she began to take it seriously in 1974, living in Kansas. Her work is in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, and she studied with noted artists like Herb Thomsen, Tony Couch, and William Mart. Her artistic career includes being a volunteer educator and presenter of art related workshops and she has exhibited and sold her art throughout the country. It was after winning an award, early in her exhibition career, that gave her the conﬁdence to push on. Emotion also plays a big part in her work, which is driven by that caring core. “I’m more of a traditionalist. I’m not particularly ﬂamboyant and if I were to say what I wanted my paintings to do for people… I want you to look at my paintings and I want you to be able to climb into the frame and walk the paths… smell the pines… feel and touch the ﬂowers. I think there is so much hatred and anger in our world today. And rather than do chaotic paintings I wanted to do paintings that could bring peace to the soul.” ❍
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LIFE… 50+ (
HIKING + BOOKS = JOY!
By Di Chapman
My husband and I are honoring Heather Kelly. We didn’t know her personally. We know of her because of a wonderful gesture her family has taken to show their love for her in an enduring way. It’s a way that has given my husband and me a project that we’re thoroughly enjoying together and talking about daily. It has given us fun, laughs, and give and take for a good reason. It’s so simple, really, but it’s making us feel great. Why? Read on.
If you’re a regular reader of my column, there are a few things you know about me. First, I love to hike in our beautiful national park right above Vickery Creek here in Roswell. My husband and I see it as a constitutional for us, a necessary part of our lives to help us melt away the daily grind. The forest will do it. Recently, we saw two spotted fawns, two mother doe, and four bucks of all ages among our forest trails. That, my friends, brings pure joy. Seeing these guys never gets old. You also know how I feel about cleaning out clutter, digging through the boxes of olden days yore and tossing stuff. Yes, I love saying, “You’re outta here!” to so much junk that is so history. Time to move on.
Well, guess what? Hiking and decluttering, and letting go of “stuff,” are now awesomely connected, all because of a little wooden box, shaped like a house with a glass door, sitting atop a pillar. We found a simple wooden box a few weeks ago, positioned right at the entrance to Vickery Creek and the covered bridge in Historic Roswell. Inside the box were books. They were there, simply, for anonymous book swapping. It seemed to say: “I don’t know you, you don’t know me, but I’ll leave books in the little house for you to take if you wish, and you’ll leave books I might take.” This is called the Little Free Library, and the philosophy is simple: “Take a book, return a book.”
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BENEFITS of a Strong Social Network
id you know that an estimated one in ﬁve adults over age 50 is affected by isolation? This is a problem, as research has shown that prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day—and these negative health consequences of chronic isolation may be especially harmful for older adults.
Now. If you want to see my husband light up like a Christmas tree, say the word “books.” When we were ﬁrst married he stacked books all over the apartment. Unlike most men I know, my husband’s man cave has no tools to tinker on cars with, and no workshop. It has shelf after shelf of books, with some pretty hot model cars arranged among them. (He’s not totally off.) Like a man’s record collection, I don’t touch his books, for fear of returning them out of order, or moving them slightly to one side or the other on the shelf. Heck no, I don’t touch his model car collection either. I learned about his “book thing” early in our marriage. Getting to know his family, I realized
Here are some simple ideas for avoiding the physical, mental and emotional issues often brought about by isolation: • Nurture and strengthen existing relationships; invite people over for coffee or call them to suggest a trip to a museum or to see a movie. • Schedule a time each day to call or visit someone. • Meet your neighbors. • Don’t let being a non-driver stop you from staying active. Seek out transportation options.
Use social media to stay in touch or write letters. Stay physically active. Take a class. Revisit an old hobby. • Volunteer. Visit a senior or community center to see what’s going on. • Check out faith-based organizations’ groups and events. At St. George Village, we recognize the value of having a strong social network. Part of our mission as a Life Plan community is to encourage our residents to engage fully in life by providing opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities and events they enjoy, strengthen their existing connections and foster new friendships. From ﬁtness classes and planned travel to educational workshops and volunteer projects, there is always something new, exciting and fun to do with neighbors here who share your interests. We cordially invite you to come see why life at George Village is socially satisfying! Experience our warm and welcoming environment, take a tour and stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a conﬁdential appointment. Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.com. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too! ❍
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Di Chapman at the Little Free Library in Roswell.
something. In his family of origin, reading was the favorite activity. Everyone in the house had their noses in a book. An interesting, and quiet, I might add, family hobby. The only sound in the house was that of closing books. My family, on the other hand, was a band of apes, with ﬁve children rambunctiously rolling, jumping, chasing, and pounding on each other. Dinner was lively with all of us processing our days out loud and poking each other under the table. The only truly quiet time was during homework after dinner, with the hum of the dishwasher in the background. Mind you, we had books, and we read. A lot. In fact, our books were not quite the same as most of my friends’ households. There were no romance novels, (not that there’s anything wrong with them), but we did have the Tom Swift series and Mad magazine. Here’s the deal, though. Mom was an erudite high school English and Russian history teacher. We had English classics, biographies, history books, modern tomes, and we had Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago alongside Stalins’ daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva’s Twenty Letters To A Friend. We had Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables in French, which was required reading in my advanced
French class. We had William F. Buckley. We had all of Robert Frost. We weren’t “normal kids.” Mad magazine was our indulgence. God bless it. Somehow, throughout all of our bookdom, my husband and I landed in each other’s laps. We’re having fun together culling through our shelves and shelves of books. We’re teasing each other about what our books say about us. Would anyone want them? We curiously peek into the Little Library every time we hike, and hope we’ve not been rejected. We exchange “high ﬁves.” I laugh at my husband with his huge collection of the likes of Nietzsche, Dante, Homer, Orwell, and Plath. Goodness, what self-ﬂagellation. His literature rounds out with stuff from Christopher Hitchens, Jack Kerouac, and more. We’ve drug these heavy, bulky things across the country more than once. For what? I think we were waiting for an angel, Heather Kelly, who was born June 22nd, 1982, and passed away on January 9th, 2014. Thanks, Heather, for giving us the chance to share our books, and adding more joy to our hikes. Please note there is another Little Library on the Roswell Historic Square and one along Canton Street as well. These things are hidden gems—you should share. ❍
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SEPTEMBER LAWN CARE Different types of turf give different results! by Geri Laufer
What type of turf do you prefer? Are you a barefoot, summertime, wiggleyour-toes type of lawn person, or do you prefer a green, growing lawn to set off your Christmas decorations? Cool season grasses are coming into peak performance this month. They grow best in cooler temperatures between 50° and 70° F. and stay bright green throughout Atlanta’s mild winters. They do struggle when temperatures get too hot, into the 80s and 90s. Think Fescue with individual blades of grass. Warm season grasses grow like a Fertilize cool season grasses in thick carpet and thrive during the September and November, and if we “warm season” of Spring and Summer have a rainy winter, fertilize once when temperatures are between 70° again in January. and 90° F. In winter this turf goes Be sure to use a spreader to even dormant and turns tan. out the fertilizer application and to Think Bermuda and Zoysia, with avoid dark and light green bands in creeping grass that forms a thick car- the turf. pet. These two are the primary warm season turf grasses, although St. Augustine and Centipede also have their proponents. Some commercial establishments (and homeowners) compensate for the loss of the grassy green color in warm season grasses by over seeding the turf with annual ryegrass, which sprouts and grows right over the top of the dormant turfgrass. Others choose to paint their dormant grass green (!). Perhaps you have detected some improbably green wintertime lawns? Think sprayedgreen Christmas trees.
Fertilizing and Liming Lawns It’s best to fertilize right before and during a burst of growth. This means, fertilize those warm season grasses in May and again in July.
Thick green fescue grass. Photo: Geri Laufer
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A beautiful green lawn frames the home.
Metro-Atlanta soils are typically acidic in nature, so spreading pulverized, dolomite lime will help to change the soil reaction to more neutral, and the grass to grow better. Get a Soil Test from your County Cooperative Extension Ofﬁce to know how much lime to apply.
Weed Control in Lawns Lawn Weeds are a hot topic among homeowners. Everyone wants a perfect lawn, but with chemicals, less is more. 1. Non-selective weed killer (herbicide) will kill everything in its path. Agent Orange and RoundUp come to mind. 2. Selective weed killer (herbicide) is smart and can detect differences between weed and grass physiology. You can spray a selective herbicide on the lawn, and it will kill the weed but not the lawn! Broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover are easy to detect and may be eliminated by hand pulling or spraying with a selective broad leaf weed killer. Crabgrass and grassy weeds are a bit harder to notice in the lawn, and are best hand pulled or sprayed after the lawn has gone into dormancy. PreEmergent Weed Killer keeps the weed seeds from sprouting
(emerging) and must be sprayed on the lawn very early in the year, like January or February, to prevent young weeds from popping up. If you miss the window of opportunity and the weeds have already started to germinate, you will need to circle back to the broadleaf or grassy weed killers. And remember, preemergent herbicides will prevent ﬂowers and vegetable seeds from sprouting as well, so keep them out of the ﬂower bed or veggie garden. Read the label (even the mice type) and do not assume that if a little weed killer is good, a lot is better. Precisely follow the directions on the packages. For a great calendar of what to do when, try the University of Georgia’s Turfgrass Management Calendar with hints on what to do each season. http://caes2.caes.uga.edu/commoditi es/turfgrass/georgiaturf/CultPrac/131 0_Calendar.htm. UGA has a lot of information online about lawns. For still more help, there is a nonproﬁt organization called The Lawn Institute, at TheLawnInstitute.org, with answers to many questions. ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.
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LET’S END OUR SUMMER ON A SWEET NOTE By Frank Mack
When it comes to my sweet tooth I have to admit it’s a little harder to hit that right spot. But I’m telling ya we’re headed in the right direction as I discovered a couple of gems recently that deﬁnitely hit my sweet spot. Two new lovely spots have opened that made my summer sweeter. I’ve got a new donut shop and one super cute ice cream joint that will take care of the most vicious sweet tooth. All of this ingestion of sugar caused me to ask a profound question—Can the perfect donut change the world? We may have a chance to ﬁnd out. This new donut spot is on the east side of GA 400 and I have to say this is an area I’m trying to explore, which is to emphasize an underlying philosophy of this column, and that is to get out and explore our surrounding neighborhoods. You never know what is lurking in that next strip mall you just casually pass by. So for many years, we’ve debated the Krispy Kreme versus Dunkin’ Donuts but a couple of years ago I discovered Da Vinci’s Donuts up in Alpharetta, which is a gem of a spot, and that opened my eyes for more. Duck Donuts is a new concept that is in the process of expansion and they have a new location at 3005 Old Alabama Rd. in Alpharetta. These guys do a fantastic made-to-order donut that’ll knock your socks off. And the coffee? Get out of here… the combo is gonna keep you going all day. Duck Donuts began on the Outer Banks of North Carolina just over a decade ago and have been in expansion mode for the past several years. The
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OG Goodness hits the spot!
Made-to-order at Duck Donuts.
hook is this made-to-order philosophy that takes a cue from a great burger joint… you pick the toppings and they do the rest. There is a methodology to the toppings as they build your creation by delicately building a “base” of something like chocolate then building up from there with items like cookie crumbles, various fruit ﬂavors, heck even bacon…that’s right I said bacon. Once you’re done, the end result will be something akin to an ice cream sundae… except replace cold ice cream with beautifully delicious warm mouthwatering goodness. And don’t forget the coffee. My next sweet spot this month is one that’ll cool you off. They have collected a fan club. Proved themselves over tens of thousands of scoops. Convinced me. It’s called Butter & Cream and the concept started over in Decatur about three years ago. They pull at my heartstrings because it’s an ice cream shop with a kitchen as its heart. They make ice cream, sorbet, cookies, cakes, and sundaes with a ton of special toppings that’ll dazzle you. They have a multitude of unique ﬂavors and
Butter & Cream on Webb Street in Roswell.
20 Years of Bagel Perfection By Mark Penstone
Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched between house made chocolate chip cookies.
seasonal favorites to keep the menu fresh and your taste buds on notice. I’ve also gotta mention the ice cream sandwiches. You see these guys bake cookies and when you combine that fresh soft cookie and this unbelievable ice cream the combo is fantastic. Much like a restaurant, they will offer various ﬂavors that are already made but heck buy some of their cookies and couple those with your choice of ice cream and there you have a custom handful of goodness. Did I mention they have a fan club? I don’t always think social media is a true way to gauge popularity, especially with something like Yelp, but man their facebook page is nuts when they post new ﬂavors. I personally love the addition to the Roswell Historical District. Butter & Cream is located at 26 Webb Street in Roswell just off of Canton Street, next to MoJo Records, and right behind The Salt Factory. With this, their second shop, they are expanding and it’s not a bar. Thank you :)
I’ve been going to Brooklyn Bagel for all of their 20 years and I can tell you it’s my absolute favorite bagel deli in Atlanta. And I’m not the only one! Their bagels are freshly baked throughout the day so you’re always going to get yours at the peak of perfection and their sandwiches are awesome, especially their Monster Bagel that has over a pound of meat. Alan Alazdo, the owner, also serves up tasty Salads and Homemade soups. NYC has absolutely nothing on this place! What really makes Brooklyn Bagel the best darn bagel deli in Atlanta is their staff and warm, friendly environment. Alazdo seems to know practically everyone who comes through the doors and they know him. He even ﬁnds the time to talk to the kids and once in a while sneaks them some of his famous mini Cinnamon rolls, which personally have added a few pounds over the years. Not only does the community love this place, the employees love it as well. The longest serving employee is Norma, who’s been there for 19 years; Andy, Santiago, and Oscar have 15 years; and Larry, Diane, and Azam have been there for 5 years which says a whole lot about Allan! Whether you go for breakfast, lunch, or you decide to get your next gathering catered, you’re going to love Brooklyn Bagel. Chances are you’re already a happy and loyal friend of this place but if not then what are you waiting for? Brooklyn Bagel is Located in the Publix Plaza at Haynes Bridge and Old Alabama. 9925 Haynes Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022 770-569-7290. They are open every day from 6 a.m.– 2 p.m.
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owners of the Taco Mac restaurant chain. They feature all wood smokers and everything from beef, pork, and chicken to trout and salmon, By Tricia Morris among other offerings will be cooked EAST COBB/ROSWELL and smoked. For Food is taking center stage at Paper Mill Village with you folks up in Alpharetta they will open a second lothe owners of Moxie Burger, locations in Marietta cation on Old Milton Parkway, in the former Five and Roswell, opening a taqueria named La Novia in Seasons Brewery space, later in the year. early to mid-September. The family friendly How would you like to learn how to alleviate stress restaurant is in the Paper Mill Village in the former Valenti’s location. The menu will include tacos, burri- and anxiety, become more self-aware, reduce fatigue and sleep better, have happiness and well being all by tos, margaritas, and more. In the same shopping center, Sugar Benders Bakery is joining forces with retraining your mind? Lisa Wellstead, an East Cobb mom, and owner of Café at Pharr over the course of the month to East Cobb Yoga & Mindfulness (Olde Towne become Café at Pharr by Sugar Benders Bakery. In Athletic Club 4950 Olde Towne Pkwy.) is offering an addition to the specialty cakes there will be salads eight-week course on the Foundations of and sandwiches. Mindfulness training in October. The course is based After a soft opening for dinner only, Loyal Q and on the highly acclaimed core principles found within Brew located at 4880 Lower Roswell Rd. in East Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Cobb is now open for lunch. The restaurant is owned Reduction course (MBSR) and Mark Williams’ by a group of former employees and executives from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course Atlanta-based Tappan Street Restaurant Group,
(MBCT). For many, the course can lead to immediate and striking results: feeling happier, calmer, more focused, sleeping better, as well as improving connection and communication leading to better relationships. Do you own a business in Roswell and looking for a way to become more involved in the community? The Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau has a Roswell Ambassador program that just may be the ticket. Front-line personnel represent not just a business but the community as well, and the Roswell CVB is looking to engage your employees to help spread the word of all the great things happening in Roswell. For more information call 770-640-3253. The Roswell Rotary Club and the city of Roswell have partnered again this year for the 9-11 tribute ceremony, Monday, Sept. 11 at Roswell Area Park near the lake. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. This year’s guest speaker is Retired Brigadier General Lawrence Dudney, Jr. Brigadier General Dudney was a Commander in the Georgia Army National Guard. He was working at the Pentagon when an
ALL NEW 2018 VOLVO XC60 IS IMPRESSIVE! By Mark Penstone
Volvo continues its assault on the other luxury car brands with the launch of the redesigned XC60. The 2018 XC60 shares Volvo’s new design language revealed in the XC90 but its sculpted lines brings drama and contrast to their signature Scandinavian design. The XC60 T5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0liter four-cylinder engine which gives it more than enough power but I like the 316-horsepower output of the all-wheel drive T6. No matter which powertrain you pick you’ll be more than happy with the overall performance and economy. The award-winning highly intuitive 9-inch portrait touchscreen from the XC90 is standard in the XC60. You can also utilize their voice-activated commands and ﬁngertip steering wheel controls for easy access to all vehicle features. On the safety front, all XC60s are equipped with lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation and protection, oncoming collision avoidance/ mitigation with bike/pedestrian/animal detection,
The award-winning highly intuitive 9-inch portrait touchscreen from the XC90 is standard in the XC60.
driver attention alert, road sign recognition, and a four-year complimentary subscription to Volvo On Call with remote engine start. What I like about these new Volvos is their commitment to luxury, not only are these some of the safest vehicles in the world they are also some of the most reﬁned and their focus on design and craftsmanship is more than evident in their new redesigns. For more information contact North Point Volvo 1570 Mansell Road, Alpharetta 30009. Call 678-365-0600. www.volvocarsnorthpoint.com.
The 2018 XC60 shares Volvo’s new design language revealed in the XC90 but its sculpted lines brings drama and contrast to their signature Scandinavian design.
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The folks at the North Fulton Rotary Club are holding their annual Concert in the Park at Wills Park in Alpharetta on Oct. 5. This fun family oriented event is a great way to hear good music and enjoy the outdoors rain or shine, as it is held under the equestrian arch. This year their volunteer focus is to support families, affordable housing and literacy. All of the money raised will go to support The folks at STAR House in such great organizations as Relay for Roswell have some exciting news. Their 2nd Annual Big Hat Bingo will Life, Heart for Africa, North Fulton Community Charities, Shepherd be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Center SHARE Program, The Drake Roswell Historic Cottage. This event will be a great day, as guests will enjoy House, Little Free Libraries, and the lunch by 1920 Tavern, bingo, shopping Child Development Association. A perand fun! In addition, they are hosting formance of Band X will highlight the night, which also features a silent Swing “FORE” the Kids on Monday, auction with fantastic items. For more Nov. 6 at TopGolf, Alpharetta. This event will not only be a fun day of golf information on tickets or how your business can become a sponsor visit but also a great networking northfultonrotary.org. event. STAR House Foundation is a The Johns Creek CVB was recently non-proﬁt after-school tutoring and given approval for a feasibility study for mentoring program servicing at-risk a performing arts center. The CVB is children. For tickets and info on how pushing for a facility in an effort to you can support this great cause visit increase lodging at local hotels and www.starhousefoundation.org. spur additional hospitality ALPHARETTA/JOHNS CREEK investments. The total cost for the Local singer songwriter Nick study is $50,000. At this point no locaHowrey, who we’ve featured in our tions or speciﬁcs have been announced, publication previously, held a going as those are items to be addressed in away party of sorts recently at the the study. ❍ Velvet Note. Nick and his band played a 17-song set of original “multi genre” songs. Over the 96 minutes, the audience showed appreciation for Nick’s unique vocal style. He has a sound that can only be described as unbelievable for someone his age—a college freshman. Check out the show on The Velvet Note’s Facebook site or visit www.nickhowrey.com. We wish Nick the best as he moves to Los Angeles this fall to further is career. Best of luck Nick!
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aircraft struck it on September 11, 2001. Moby Carney, local retired radio personality, will be the master of ceremonies.
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COOL FALL FUN RETURNS can take from season to season, year to year. Then come back (but leave the kids with a babysitter) for An Evening by the River, Sept. 24. There is no better way to spend fall than along Kingﬁsher Pond at the Ben Brady Pavilion at CNC. There will be a selection of premium wines available at this intimate gathering, the perfect pairing of family and friends. October is another fall favorite month, and just in time for the annual Harvest on the Hooch Taste Festival. This event, on Oct. 15, helps support the Unity Garden, which beneﬁts The Harvest on the Hooch taste fest is a great way to welcome fall, with local food and games, it’s fun for the whole family. The event supports the Unity Garden, North Fulton Community Charities’ which provides fresh produce for North Fulton Community Charities. Photo Credit: Christy Cox/Chattahoochee Nature Center food pantry. This event, said to be a By Sophia Niemeyer Chattahoochee River. To get the most North Fulton favorite, will connect The kids are back in school, which signals summer has out of the changing season, let your hungry visitors with some of the best officially come to an end. The start of fall is one of the best family escape to connect to nature. restaurants in the North Atlanta area. Fall is among the best seasons to get times of the year. With the cooler temperatures slowly For added fun, the VIP pre-event cookout and experience nature around us. returning after the sweltering Georgia summer, it’s time to Start off the new season in September ing demonstration with Chef Doug get out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings along the with Outdoor Skills Day on Sept. 17 at Turbush of Drift Fish House will help the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Are inspire your cooking adventures. You you like so many of us who want to get will leave this event wanting to create your own fall dishes. out and experience the outdoors, but If this summer has left you craving maybe you need to brush up on your cooler temperatures and spectacular canoeing skills? Or ready to go camping but could use a little refresher fall colors, visit your local nature destination. The Chattahoochee Nature on some necessary survival skills? At Outdoor Skills Day, your family will Center is located at 9135 Willeo Rd., in have the chance not only to bond but Roswell. For more info visit also to learn valuable skills that you chattnaturecenter.org. ❍
Brush up on some skills Sept. 17 at Outdoor Skills Day. Learn canoeing, knot tying, fishing, geocaching, and more. Photo Credit: Christy Cox/Chattahoochee Nature Center
HISTORY WILL BE MADE IN ROSWELL’S NOVEMBER ELECTION By Rachael Brice
well as Lee Jenkins, pastor of Eagles Nest Church. 31 Not only will the outcome of the election determine a new mayor, it will also determine four city council seats. This could be a major turning point for the city as far as legislation and projects passing or being rejected. One big-ticket item that will surely be debated in this election is economic development. A healthy tax base is generally considered to be 60 percent commercial and 40 percent residential. Alpharetta is currently living up to this statistic, but unfortunately, Roswell is not, as the numbers are skewed closer to 20 percent commercial and 80 percent residential. If the city does not continue to bring in new money from commercial developments, there will likely be an increase in taxes the taxpayers will have to pay. Though this may not affect many of Roswell’s average active voters, who are over 65 years old, it will affect younger generations. “Our city is going to change and we can’t stop that,” said Diamond. “But which way that change happens will be decided based on voter involvement.” November 7 will be here soon. Visit our website to keep up with the latest info, ofﬁcial list of candidates, and a special letter from retiring councilman Jerry Orlans. Also visit positivelyroswell.org for info on candidate forums and other notices. ❍ SEPTEMBER 2017 THECURRENTHUB.COM
ince 1967, Roswell has only had two mayors, W.L. “Pug” Mabry and Jere Wood, but on November 7, history will be made, as a new mayor will be elected. “This is a pivotal a time in Roswell’s history,” said current council member Nancy Diamond. “With this many seats open, it’s even more important for voters to come out and support their local elections.” However, the odds for a large turnout may be slim as only a small percentage of Roswell citizens actually vote in these smaller, hometown elections. According to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Election, only 56,465 people out of the 94,500 living in the city are registered to vote. Roswell consistently struggles to turn out more than 15 percent of registered voters in municipal elections. Most of us are aware of the unrest surrounding Wood and his ﬁnal months in ofﬁce, and it has been conﬁrmed that he is not seeking re-election, though he recently stated he would continue to serve the city until his term ends or his appeal his heard. Michael Litten, who sued to have Wood removed, alleging he violated Roswell’s charter when he ran for a ﬁfth consecutive term in 2013, has already qualiﬁed as a candidate for mayor. Current councilwoman Lori Henry has also qualiﬁed, and Councilman Don Horton resigned his post August 23rd, to throw his hat in the ring too. Local activist, Sandra Sidhom has also declared her candidacy, as
How to Stop the Madness of Yo-Yo Dieting! By Ann-Marie Giglio
all they have done is balance their food. One challenge is we attach a lot of drama to food. Some of the drama is very positive, like when we celebrate with it, or we ﬁnd simple pleasure in it. Some of it’s not so fun, like when it elicits feelings of guilt, punishment, reward, and more. Actually, food is information that the brain uses to grow, to repair, and to maintain the body. Every single molecule you put into your mouth plays a role in creating your health and your body composition. If something is missing, repairs and growth are compromised. We really are what we eat.
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ou know how people are always on a diet, and the minute they stop their diet, the weight comes right back—with a couple extra bonus pounds? We have a $60 billion-a-year diet industry counting on that. Would it be ok if you never had to diet again? Read on. First thing you need to do is: stop dieting! Food matters. Eating the correct amounts, with balanced macronutrients, at the correct time, according to taste and your body’s size and activity level—not your spouse’s or neighbor’s or Oprah’s—is what’s important. We know, because at CoreMatters, we teach people how to eat, not how to diet. And they report wonderful things: they lose 7-10 pounds of fat their ﬁrst month. They tell us their cholesterol dropped 70 points, or their triglycerides dropped 68 points, or they went from Pre-Diabetic to no signs of diabetes, their pants got too big, their knees stopped hurting, they are sleeping through the night, their blood pressure is down, they are taking fewer meds, they have more energy—sometimes in as little as 28 days—and
You are going to eat anyway, so why not eat correctly? Choices you made 90 days ago already determined the state of your red blood cells today. And the choices you make today are creating your future bones, skin, organs, endocrine system—everything. Food is powerful. Food is you. Eat correctly, and you’ll no longer need “to diet.” Instead, you will have a diet. Get yours by jumping into our 4-week Intro program, KICK START, beginning September 15. Let our Balanced Habits program be the last “diet” you ever “do”: YOURS! For more info, call 404-435-6367. Or visit us online at ourcorematters.com/nutritionkickstart/
Music Leads The Way In Fall Festival Season By Tripp Liles , Editor
The north metro area is gaining a reputation for high quality original music. We have proﬁled locals like Angela Reign, who has won numerous awards and continues to produce some hard rocking country. There are others, like jazz artist Joe Gransden who invokes the stylings of Chet Baker and even old blues eyes Frank Sinatra. ¶ The venues for these performers are also evolving. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center has hosted a wildly successful LIVE! In Roswell Series for several years now and spaces like The Velvet Note or Matilda’s Cottage in Alpharetta offer up some great jazz and Americana fusion respectively. ¶ Another great way to see new artists is through the many festivals held during the fall season. Some of these are speciﬁc to music and some feature a wide array of activities but all are fun and offer great opportunities to discover some local artists.
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THE ART The leader of all local festivals is the one that’s been going for over a half century and that is the Roswell Arts Festival held on Historic Roswell Square, Sept. 16 and 17. Since its inaugural event in 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival has raised well over $1 million and served as the sole fundraiser for the Roswell Recreation Association. The money raised has been used to build the ﬁrst tennis courts and little league ﬁeld, purchase most of the current park land, install playground equipment, build two spray grounds, establish meditative gardens and provide countless facilities and amenities to Roswell residents of all ages and backgrounds. This festival helped build the foundation for the parks of Roswell that are now part of an award-winning system, which serves as a draw for families moving to the area and an economic recruiting tool for businesses. The festival features dozens of local painters, sculptors, craftsmen, entertainers and artists. A highlight of the musical performances will be Roswell’s own Andy Browne (see
sidebar on page 34), who performs on Sunday the 17th. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces as adults shop for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to take home and get inspired. Food and live entertainment will be available throughout the weekend, and as always, proceeds will go to enhancing the parks and recreation programs in Roswell. “This year, we are excited to welcome several new artists who have not participated in the festival before. While we know our many returning visitors enjoy seeing many of their favorite artists each year, we are always excited when we can bring in new artists and new works. Because we now offer a large stage on the street for our great entertainment, we are utilizing the extra space on the square to highlight some of our local arts programs. There will be blacksmith demonstrations each day and the Roswell Clay Collective will be on site showing how to make wheelthrown pottery,” said Valerie Morelli, festival chairperson.
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A festival that is solely focused on music is the annual Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival. This festival started with just a simple ﬁve-hour set on a single Saturday night. That was ﬁve years ago and now it is a two-day festival featuring nationally recognized singer-songwriters. This has been pulled together by Russell Carter, a veteran of the Atlanta music industry, the man behind the careers of the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, and Matthew Sweet, among others. The Friday night festivities are free, and begin at Avalon on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. The main festival is a ticketed event on Saturday in downtown Alpharetta. The ﬁrst note is strummed at 7 p.m. and the music continues until 10 p.m. Performers will be on stage from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There is a retro feel to this years show with Shawn Mullins and Matthew Sweet as headline artists. If you listened to any radio in the 90s, you’ve heard these guys. Mullins has been very active in the local seen doing solo shows, one of which was a sold out show at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as part of the LIVE! In Roswell Series last year. Mullins specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music. He is best known for the 1998 single “Lullaby,” which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Sweet emerged in the 90s as the leading ﬁgure of the American power pop revival. He adhered to traditional song craft, yet twisted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and touches of country-rock. Sweet’s albums: Girlfriend (1991), Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) all reached platinum status with hit songs: “Girlfriend,” “I’ve Been Waiting,” and “Sick of Myself,” to name a few. For tickets and more information visit www.wireandwoodalpharetta.com. The North Georgia State Fair is fun for the whole family and it offers all the traditional trappings of a fair like the greasy food, wacky games, and sideshows. Beyond that they also feature a musical component with a strong emphasis on country. Held at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, concerts take place throughout the run of the fair, Sept. 21 through Oct. 1. Headlining the musical acts this year are two American Idol favorites, Colton Dixon and Lauren Alaina.Dixon will kickoff the fair with a show on Sept. 22. His career is off on the right path by earning four No. 1 radio singles and two GMA Dove Awards for Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the year. Lauren Alaina is having a banner year. Her eagerly awaited Road Less Traveled was selected as one of
Rolling Stone Magazine’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 and she just won the CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. Road Less Traveled recently also hit No. 1 on the country music charts. She performs on Sept. 23. For those of you not enthralled by TV stars there is some old-school country in the form of Trace Adkins on Sept.27. With 13 million albums sold and such time-honored hits as “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Trace is a crowd pleaser. The North Georgia Fair has other acts featuring Colt Ford, Chris Janson, and Zach Seabaugh. For more info visit northgeorgiastatefair.com.
THE SKY A common thread of the previously mentioned festivals is that they’re all on the ground. That can get boring. So if the eclipse did not provide enough looking up then there are a couple of cool events on the horizon to focus on. Owl-O-Ween is an event growing at a rapid pace with over 50,000 attending last year continues next page
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and it’s billed as Atlanta’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival and largest costume party. This is a 2-day family friendly event featuring: balloon glows; trick-ortreating (at the balloons); tethered balloon rides; costume party; multiple entertainment stages; food galore and plenty of children’s activities. If you’re looking for more then you’re being unreasonable. Owl-O-Ween is held Oct. 27 & 28 at Kennestone State University. Visit owl-o-ween.com. Wings Over North Georgia is a fantastic air show held at Russell Regional Airport up in Rome on Oct. 21 & 22. This year’s show features the US SOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Team, current national aerobatic champion Rob Holland, Scott Yoak’s “Quick Silver” P-51D Mustang, and Jim Tobul’s “Korean War Hero” F4U Corsair. And Bill Braack will challenge an aer-
obatic aircraft to a race. He’ll be driving the jet-powered Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car at speeds up to 400 mph. On the ground, you can meet The Sky Soldiers’ Helicopter Demo Team, Buck
Roetman’s Christen Eagle, the local Tiger Flight Team, Bob Carlton’s jetpowered sailplane, and Wild Blue Air shows. If you want to actually go up you can hop a ride on a Huey UH-1 or Cobra AH-1F helicopter. Tickets for the air show are available online at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com. So whether its good music, food or ﬂight, there is plenty to enjoy as the fall season approaches. For more information on other festivals and activities be sure to visit our website at www.thecurrenthub.com.❍
I grew up in the south and while attending college my friends and I would hit clubs from North Carolina through Georgia seeing bands like R.E.M., Pylon, and The Connells in clubs like the famous 688 in Atlanta or the Cats Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. This was a time called the Eighties, when cable TV was the Internet of today and music from the Southeastern portion of the U.S. reigned supreme. Those artists were unique to me because they didn’t hide the fact that they were from the south, heck they were even proud of it, and they inspired me in ways I can never repay. I recently met a legend amongst that crowd of artists, Andy Browne, who lives in Roswell. Andy was the front man for a band called the Nightporters, who were a group of young men from the Atlanta suburbs that rocked this area for most of the 1980s. I saw them many times and while I wasn’t there, they opened for The Clash at the Fox Theater in their last performance in Atlanta in 1984… the man shared a stage with Joe Strummer. To some that could have been a career, but not Andy, he’s still barreling along expanding his music in ways I’m sure his younger self would admire.
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of the southern alternative scene from his past. His songwriting has never been stronger and the musical maturity is showing. The Andy Browne Troupe released a trio of CDs recently under the theme of “Zazel,” a performance name for Rosa Richter, who at the age of 16 was noted to be the first human cannonball in the late 19th century. The CDs represent a clean honest version of good old rock and roll with even a little dose of Americana. It is a sound that is instantly familiar crafted by a true artist. Dare I say that Browne’s voice even evokes Paul Westerberg of The Replacements these days. But Browne is not staying put. The industry has changed a lot over the past three decades and these days the musical influences are varied. Life also has a different perspective and his passion has never been greater. “With this new band I want to make everyone feel like they’re 20 again,” Browne said. “When you started listening to music, when you started to find the bands you loved. How did you feel? It energized you. I can’t sleep because I want to get up and listen to music.” As Browne moves forward he is collaborating with a wide array of artists in the Atlanta area. Those influences are coming from various sources including a healthy dose of soul. “We’re tapping into this new audience now,” Browne stated. “And I love it (referring to soul) because it’s showing me that music boundaries are coming down. I’m out there singling like Smokey Robinson and these people are like… where’d this guy come from?” Well we now know he’s from Roswell and you can see him in person performing at the Roswell Arts Festival on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Additionally, he’s performing at Cherokee Brewing on Sept. 28. His website is andybrownetroupe.net and his music is readily available through iTunes. ❍
These days Browne performs with multiple lineups of his own Andy Browne Troupe and solo gigs with his guitar. At his core Browne is a rocker and punk is in his soul but much like Strummer there is a whole lot more going on creatively than just swinging a guitar around. With his troupe they produce a sound reminiscent