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A Southern Trilogy

Chanukah at the Heart of Roswell Park

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The Roswell Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Historic Homes of Roswell feature a multitude of holiday inspired events throughout December at the “Southern Trilogy” of homes in Roswell, which are Smith Plantation, Bulloch Hall, and Barrington Hall. For the 10th year, the Roswell Garden Club decorates the 1845 Smith Plantation Home. This year’s theme is “Oh Christmas Tree.” Each of the nine rooms and hallways in the home will have a unique tree in addition to fabulous mantels and table arrangements. At Barrington Hall they have an exhibit of antique toys, and at Bulloch Hall they offer self-guided tours of the house decorated for the holidays with each room reflecting the theme of a Christmas song. For more info on these and other events in Roswell visit


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Bring the family when the Historic House Museums open their doors after hours for Ice-skating may be foreign to southerners twinkling lights, greenery of the season, and but to the northern non-natives, it’s a right of sounds of the 19th century drifting about the passage to the season of winter. Alpharetta rooms. Three beautifully decorated homes will offers Avalon on Ice with an outdoor rink in be filled with seasonal music, carols, the heart of Avalon. It’s a family friendly rink; refreshments, and good old-fashioned family there are bathrooms nearby, as well as an cheer! 12 and under are free, but need to be indoor soft playground for the little ones who registered; ages 13 and up, $15 per person. either can’t skate, or get a little too cold. Barrington Hall: Caroling sing-a-long at the Over the river and piano, hot chocolate and cookies, angel dressthrough the woods, the city of Sugar Hill has up photos, and ornament crafts in the barn. what it calls the Southeast’s biggest outdoor Becoming an Upstander Bulloch Hall: Unique decorations, roasted skating rink. The schedule is complicated., marshmallows, mulled cider, cookies, and a ask your kids to decipher. See the site at candy cane ornament craft. Archibald Smith In response to the recent shooting at Tree of Plantation: Hot-spiced apple cider and Life Synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League gingerbread cookies, traditional Christmas >>TAYLOR KINZEL (ADL) has received an influx of people music, and an opportunity to make a Christmas GALLERY wanting to “do” something. People want to be craft. 5 –8:00 p.m. Artist allies for their neighbors but do not know how to do this or what to say. It is also important for >>EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS Reception us to have the tools to address the hateful Runoff Elections rhetoric and incivility that is becoming more Enjoy mimosas, holiday goodies, and commonplace in our society. The ADL is spectacular artwork while meeting the Democrat John Barrow faces Republican addressing this issue head-on with the artists and raising awareness for a wonderful program A Call To Action: Becoming An Brad Raffensperger in the Secretary of State cause! Artist Reception with award -winning Upstander. Your organization is invited to race. The winner succeeds Robyn glass artists Licha Nicholson and Robert Crittenden, appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal partner with ADL for a 2-hour interactive Burch (Blue Wind, by Robert Burch, shown at workshop to bring together people of Jewish, after Gov-elect Brian Kemp resigned left.) 2 p.m. –5 p.m. For every new toy, or $10 Muslim, and Christian faith to examine issues following the Nov. 6 elections. Depending on donation, receive a raffle ticket to win where you live, there may be other ballots to of privilege and bias and gain the skills to original glasswork and more! Multiple consider. [2020 is the 100th anniversary of respond to insensitive or hateful comments. drawings held throughout the day! 3 – 5 p.m., St Mark UMC, 781 Peachtree St. the recognition of women’s right to vote. Just saying, go vote.] NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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GEORGIA’S KATIE DEAL BRINGS CLASSIC NASHVILLE SOUND TO ROSWELL By Donna Clayton, Cultural Arts Coordinator, City of Roswell


f you are looking for an opportunity to get out of the house and ring in the holidays, look no further than Roswell Cultural Arts Center. This charming 600seat venue, located in the heart of the Historic District only a block from Canton Street, is bringing the golden age of country music to Roswell… and just in time for Christmas! Katie Deal, award-winning entertainer and daughter of former govenor Nathan Deal, has cocreated Classic Nashville Christmas with Nashville-based musician Jason Petty and will perform the show in Roswell on December 22. Katie is best known for her authentic country sound, and performed her original show Today, Tomorrow and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline in Roswell in 2017 to rave reviews. Jason Petty is best known for his portrayal of Hank Williams and won an Obie Award in 2003 for his OffBroadway performance as Hank in Hank Williams’ Lost Highway. As a recording artist and singersongwriter, Katie has written and performed with top Nashville songwriters, including Brandon Bush (hit songwriter and musician for Sugarland) and John Driskell Hopkins (hit songwriter and member of Zac Brown Band). Katie is also a frequent soloist for the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. She is the 2016 recipient of the Georgia Country Artist of the Year Award and an honored member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Petty and Deal claim that Classic Nashville Christmas includes the “greatest collection of country

Nashville-based musician Jason Petty and singer-songwriter Katie Deal co-created Classic Nashville Christmas, and perform the show on December 22 at the Roswell Cultural Center.

Christmas songs and the stories behind them.” From Grandpa Jones to Alan Jackson and Brenda Lee to Elvis Presley, Classic Nashville Christmas takes the audience on a walk down memory lane. Dolly’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and Willie’s “Pretty Paper” are featured, along with Gospel favorites “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “O Holy Night.” The show also includes the backstory of how America’s Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry, was convinced to record “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” by his wife, and how the success of that song lead him to record “Frosty the Snowman” and “Up on the Housetop.” Classic Nashville Christmas, on December 22, is the perfect opportunity to meet up with family or friends, enjoy a cocktail or egg nog, and hear some classic country hits! Get tickets at or by calling 770-594-6232.

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Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens invites you to a Great Gatsby themed festive benefit gala on New Year’s Eve, to generate excitement and funding for the upcoming opening of the 1841 historic Roswell property. The 5-acre gardens are expected to open in 2019. The evening of merriment will get started at 8:00p.m. in the DoubleTree on Holcomb Bridge Road. The black-tie New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby event pays homage to a part of the glitzy and exciting bygone era when architect J. Neel Reid renovated Mimosa’s landscape to create formal gardens with a reflecting pool, parterre garden, and 15 garden rooms. To regale the glittering delight of the time, the Great Gatsby Gala will have a live 12-piece brass band to bring cheer as we dance and hail in the new year! Guests donning their snazziest 1920s costumes will enjoy sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres and taking pictures in the vintage-themed photo booth. Each ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, two top-shelf drink tickets, midnight champagne toast, raffle prizes, silent auction, and a photo booth. Friends of Mimosa will present two awards during the gala. The Phoenix Award recognizes exceptional civic involvement by a Roswell individual or institution. This year’s recipient is Ryan Pernice, owner of Table & Main and Osteria Mattone, past president of the Historic Roswell Business Association, and committee member for the Historic District Master Plan. The Champagne Toast recognizes an individual who has performed an outstanding service for the betterment of the City of Roswell.This year’s recipient is Dotty Etris, who will be retiring in December after an outstanding 27 years as the Executive Director of the Roswell Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We can’t wait to celebrate these incredible people and the fantastic energy they bring to Roswell,” says event chair, Michelle Slater. “This event is going to be a blast…” Many guests will keep the party going after midnight by “The exhilarating booking a room in the hotel. Patrons will receive a discounted ripple of her rate for the night: $109 which includes breakfast buffet for two. voice was a wild Use the code “Mimosa” when booking. tonic in the rain.” A drawing to win a hotel night’s stay at the DoubleTree Hotel F. Scott will be part of the night’s events. Tickets for the Gala start at $150, a portion of which is tax deductible. Black-tie. 1920s dress Fitzgerald, The encouraged! Great Gatsby

BOMBAY LOUNGE PRESENTS 2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE Monday, December 31 in Alpharetta

The Bombay lounge in The Hotel at Avalon & Alpharetta Conference Center bills itself as the The Original Bollywood NYE Party. Attendees will enjoy a premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, and complimentary breakfast at 2 a.m. The Bombay Lounge Residents: DJ Rohit B, DJ Teek, MC Koko, and Dholi P will keep the music and excitement going all night. Ten VIP Cabana Packages with private server and lounge seating are available to you and nine of your closet friends. All tickets will be scanned upon entry and ticket holder will be given a wristband.This is a 21+ event. 9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. The Hotel at Avalon & Alpharetta Conference Center, 9000 Avalon Blvd.


THE NYE ROYALTY SHOW: A TRIBUTE TO PRINCE & QUEEN Monday, December 31 in Marietta The Georgia Players Guild will rock you into the new year with a tribute concert honoring the musical legacy of Prince and rock super group Queen at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. Ring in 2019 right with songs like “1999” and “Somebody to Love” performed in the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Musical Director, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Travis Cottle and Production Manager, singer, and guitarist Jacob Deaton carefully curate each concert.They start by selecting the music of two classic bands or artists to feature in each of a concert’s two halves. Past pairings have included The Eagles/Alabama,

CCR/Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Chicago/Boston. Travis and Jacob then join those selections with the best musicians for the task. Their combined decades as leaders or members of countless musical endeavors have afforded them a long list of some of the most talented musicians in Atlanta and

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Ring in the New Year in style at City Springs with an unforgettable evening of music and celebration! The Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra kicks off the evening in the Byers Theatre with a program of orchestral pops favorites, featuring trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and vocalist Francine Reed. Stick around for a late night party in the Studio Theatre with the Joe Gransden Big Band, complete with a champagne toast at midnight. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs, December 31, 2018 8:00 p.m.


Have little ones with early bedtimes? Or perhaps you’d like to be in bed by 10 and wouldn’t mind celebrating at noon, either. Celebrate early at Avalon’s inaugural Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Hotel at Avalon. This family friendly event invites party goers of all ages to ring in 2019 with live music, face painting, crafts, and countdown to Noon when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the New Year. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Hotel at Avalon & Alpharetta Conference Center, 9000 Avalon Blvd. Tickets: Adults & Kids, $15 Under 2, Free.

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A FINANCIAL CHECKLIST FOR THE HOLIDAYS Robert Fezza and Steve Siders The year is quickly coming to a close, and if you’re like us, you are in the holiday planning mood: making your list and checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty and nice… wait a second, that’s Santa’s list. While this is a fun time of year, it’s also a good time to look at another type of list—a checklist to make sure your financial house is to wrap-up 2018. To help you navigate and prioritize year-end tasks, we’ve made it easy, by compiling a checklist of things to consider: ◗ Do you have a balance in your Flexible Spending Account? Be sure to use the funds by year-end, so you

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college expenses? Open an account this year, be sure to take your and/or contribute to an existing GA required minimum distributions Path2College 529 Plan to take advan(RMDs) from any IRA or Qualified tage of state-income-tax benefits. And Plan. IRS rules require this by in case you weren’t aware, December 31 annually with any shortdistributions of up to $10,000 per fall subject to a 50% penalty. Remember, the greatest gift you can year from 529 accounts are now also tax-free for K-12 education expenses give yourself and your loved ones is a responsible and well-thought-out finanin addition to college. cial plan. If you’ve been putting it off, the new year is the perfect time to act. If you want personalized attention to help guide you, call an experienced, reputable financial advisor that emphasizes financial planning and help yourself make 2019 a better year than you thought possible! ❍ Life is a journey, navigate it wisely.

don’t forfeit your money, unless your plan allows a $500 carryover. ◗ Have you met your annual medical insurance deductible? Schedule last-minute medical appointments and/or procedures to minimize your out of pocket expense. ◗ Are you employed? Maximize company retirement plan contributions—increase the percent contribution into your company 401k plan these last two pay periods. ◗ Tax laws are different for 2018. Have you had any major events in your life this year? Be sure to talk with your tax professional for personalized ◗ Have you Inherited an IRA or Qualiadvice to help lower your tax bill. fied Plan? required minimum distri◗ Do you have an individual or jointly butions (RMDs) are the responsibility owned investment account? Consider of the beneficiary, and you should selling some underperforming take any required distributions before positions to offset any realized gains December 31, 2018. Any shortfall is

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Wine Lessons for the Beer Connoisseur

By Tara Gary

I’ve never referred to myself as a wine connoisseur. I know my strengths and I am completely aware that I am challenged when it comes to deciphering whether a wine is compatible with an appetizer, cheese, or meal. Luckily, my friend and owner of Pinkies Up, Melissa, is well versed in the language of wine. She and husband Matthew recently opened Pinkies Up, a sipping lounge for locals to gather, nourish relationships, and enjoy the unique selection of beer and wine offerings. The goal of their establishment is to simplify the buying process of beer and wine and make it an enjoyable experience. Recently Melissa invited me to attend a Thanksgiving Food & Wine Pairing featuring Selbach-Oster Wine and catered by Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events. Who would say no to that? Not me. I’m so happy I accepted her invitation. Selbach-Oster, ranked in the top 100 best wineries in Germany, is situated in the Mosel valley, which is the

oldest wine region of Germany. It‘s known as the world’s largest area of steep slated soil, mostly southern facing, which receives an abundance of sunshine, resulting in the perfect combination of environmental elements to create wines that cannot be imitated elsewhere. Top 100 wineries in Germany? The state of Texas is nearly twice the size of Germany. How many wineries could there be? Well, 69,000 wine makers exist in Germany and of those, 28,000 are professional. And here I thought Germany was all about the beer. I always thought Rieslings were considered a sweet dessert wine. Our first duo consisted of Pinot Blanc 2016 which is “dry”? I never knew a Riesling could be considered dry. Delicious, both the wine and the caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlet. A perfect couple. The pairings continued. Five in total. My favorite was the fifth, Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese wine served with an

apple turnover with spiced cranberry compote. I applaud Talk of the Town for their ability to master the complexity of German cuisine. Having visited Germany many times, I sincerely appreciate the unique flavors exhibited in the country’s flavorful foods and beverages. It’s not an easy task to imitate but you’d never know that after tasting the delectable food I sampled. I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to attend this delightful educational experience. Great food, amazing wine, and a knowledgeable hostess. Pinkies Up prides itself on educating its clients in a comfortable environment. So, whether you are well versed in the language of wine or more of an amateur like me. you will feel more than comfortable attending any one of the many educational and tastefully de- Above: Caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlet is lectable food pairings offered by Pinkies paired with Pinot Blanc 2016. Top: Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese wine is served with an apple turnover with Up. ❍ spiced cranberry compote


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Just as we are recovering from the smorgasbord of Thanksgiving fare (I have a soft spot for pumpkin pie!), the next round of holiday festivities and indulging is upon us. Scientific research shows that the thing people look most forward to this time of the year is the food. Okay, we really just asked some folks at the bar, but it seems accurate, and we agree with them, so consider it valid data. Whether it’s your family’s recipe passed down over the generations or creating a new tradition with those close to you, what comes out of the kitchen and lands on the dining room table is a focal point of the season. When there’s good food, good drink is important as well. It’s common to hear about which wines pair best with different dishes, but beer is often a better complement to your food because of the diversity it offers. Something to consider while pairing beer with your meal are the three C’s: Contrast, Complement, Cleanse. And always be wary of overpowering your palate. Contrasting flavors can be a bit tricky. We want to find a dominant food flavor that won’t get washed away by the flavors of the beer. For example, oysters have a briny flavor, so find something that has enough flavor to contrast the brine without overpowering it. In this case, try out a rich, dark stout. Complementing takes the same approach. A salad with a clean fresh flavor will be overwhelmed by a stout. However, a lighter pilsner or lager will bring out more flavors from the salad. This can also apply to fruit. A sweet dish heavy on fruit may also benefit from a sweeter beer by bringing out the sweetness in both. Sometimes a flavor can be strong enough to linger on your palate and have a negative effect on the beer and food. The carbonation of beer can save

the day and cleanse your palate, leaving you ready for the next sip or bite. My favorite example of this is blue cheese and IPAs. Some love the taste blue cheese leaves in your mouth and some don’t. But a cleansing IPA can help bring out the best flavors of both. Finally, always do what you can to avoid overpowering your palate. A protein like chicken breast won’t pair well with a heavier beer. Having too many competing flavors can have a similar effect. At a paired beer dinner that I attended recently, an IPA infused with curry and spices was paired with a spicy Indian dish. The food and the beer were both so intense that they were fighting each other for my taste buds’ attention. My mouth ended up in intensive care, barely able to taste anything else the rest of the night. Keep in mind the beers that you want to pair with the feast during the coming holidays. I am already planning pairings for my family’s Christmas celebration. For more information on specific beer pairings, drop by to see me at Tap & Six or check out tasting-tools/beer-food-chart. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer bar and market in historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street.


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The holidays are always an exciting time of the year. It is the chance to spend time with family and friends, and enjoy some cooler weather. The Chattahoochee Nature Center has always been a place to bring people together, and with that spirit they have created holiday events that are sure to delight all ages. This year, discover the magic in nature this winter with the holiday favorite day, Enchanted Woodland Wonders Family Fun Day.

See live reindeer Dec. 9 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Enchanted Woodland Wonders day, 2 – 6 p.m.

Held Dec. 9, from 2 - 6 p.m., Enchanted Woodland Wonders invites you to find the magic in nature all around you. Get up close and see live reindeer, who have taken a break in their busy holiday schedule to visit. These holiday favorites return to CNC, but only for the first few hours; come early if you want to catch them. As you explore the wooded trails of CNC, you might just come across a fairy house or gnome home. How many can you find? The fairies and gnomes are hidden throughout the forest. After you’re done exploring the trails, be sure to get your face painted and create some winter crafts in the lakeside pavilion. Of course, no winter afternoon is complete without a campfire and some hot chocolate. If you need a little food to keep you going, there will be food trucks to satisfy any hunger. But don’t think winter begins and ends with just one The fairy houses and gnome homes can be seen at the Chattahoochee day. Every day holds more to Nature Center from Dec. 9 – Feb. 28. see at this exciting time of year. Whether its hikes through the woods, walks on the boardwalk, watching CNC’s local wildlife get fed or learning about the animals of Georgia, there is so much to see. Winter Break Camp, in the days around New Year’s Day, invites children to explore the world around them with their friends. Enchanted Woodland Wonders is Dec. 9 from 2-6 p.m. It kicks off the Enchanted Woodland Trail exhibit with fairy houses and gnome homes, which runs through Feb. 28. Both events are included with general admission and free for CNC members. For these and more events in nature, visit Can you find all the fairy houses and gnome homes in ❍ the woods? Find out Dec. 9 at the Enchanted Woodland Wonder Family Fun Day.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, will remount its 2017 smash hit, the Tony Award-winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the campus of Oglethorpe University. Inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, this production will run December 14, 2018 through January 12, 2019 at a new venue for GET in Brookhaven at Oglethorpe University. Chris Damiano returns as both Director and Music Director of this fastpaced Broadway musical that serves up all the hits we know and love from this story based on true events. Many cast members from the original GET production will return as well. On December 4, 1956, history was made when four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four


Million Dollar Quartet at GET

Ethan Parker, Alison Wilhoit, Chase Peacock, Christopher Kent, Chris Damiano from the 2017 cast. major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Speaking with Producing Artistic Director Anita Farley about bringing back this production she said, “This show was loved by our audience and was one of our biggest hits ever. I’m so glad to be bringing this back to our current patrons but also to new ones as we partner with Oglethorpe University for the first time. As part of expanding our theatre company, we’re excited to work with the Conant Performing Arts Center to offer a fantastic holiday experience with Million Dollar Quartet.” ❍



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WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL OPENS NEW CATH LAB Specialized cardiac care is available close to home WellStar North Fulton Hospital has opened its new cardiac catheterization lab where patients can receive specialized cardiac care without leaving the North Fulton area. A catheterization lab or cath lab is an examination room where doctors perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.

Equipment at the cath lab has been updated to offer a procedure known as cardiac swing. “For our patients, this means less exposure to radiation from the x-ray equipment. It reduces the number of images taken during a diagnostic catheterization from eight to two shots,” explained Penton.

WellStar North Fulton’s new facility includes two cath labs, private waiting rooms for families and state of the art technology. “When a heart attack occurs there’s a small window to clear those blockages. We have the team and the technology to get this done as quickly as possible without having to transfer the patient to another facility,” said Jeffery Penton, director of cardiovascular services at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. The new cath lab also allows physicians to perform electrophysiology procedures to treat abnormal heartbeats. Equipment at the cath lab has been updated to offer a procedure known as cardiac swing. “For our patients, this means less exposure to radiation from the x-ray equipment. It reduces the number of images taken during a diagnostic catheterization from eight to two shots,” explained Penton. Technology for cardiac care WellStar North Fulton Hospital is now offering robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), becoming the first hospital in metro Atlanta to offer the technology

and one of only fifty sites worldwide. Procedures are performed by interventional cardiologists using the Corindus Vascular Robotics CorPath GRX system. The CorPath GRX is the first and only FDA approved medical device to bring robotic-assisted precision to coronary interventions. Coronary artery disease (CAD), characterized by plaque buildup that restricts blood flow in the coronary arteries, is a widespread and life-threatening condition. It is the most common form of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in America. Traditionally, PCI is performed as a minimally-invasive treatment for severe CAD. In this procedure, a balloon is used to physically open an artery blockage and help improve blood flow. The new equipment at WellStar North Fulton improves on traditional PCI by increasing precision of stent and balloon placement, while also reducing radiation exposure. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a WellStar Medical Group cardiologist in your area, please call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍

Patient and Family Advisory Council diversifies A new face is bringing more energy to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Her name is Katie McCroskey, she is 16 years old and has been working hard on different projects to help the council fulfill its mission to advise the hospital on matters that impact patient care and improve patient experience. Katie joined the group earlier this year after completing a rigorous vetting process. She was invited to be the voice of younger patients who didn’t have representation before. “I’ve been very interested in healthcare and after having two surgeries in North Fulton I fell in love with the hospital. I wanted to work here,” said

Katie, who was a patient at WellStar North Fulton. This past summer Katie participated on the Student Quality and Organizing Leadership Academy from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Boston. During the program she learned about improving the health and health care of her local community and what other organizations are doing around the world. She also worked on a project focused in the opioid epidemic in the North Fulton area. “We’ve seen many overdoses in local schools so with my project I want to help regulate Narcan (a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose) in school clinics,” explained Katie, who is

Katie McCroskey has joined WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) The council’s mission to advise the hospital on matters that impact patient care and improve patient experience.

implementing her project with the support of PFAC members and hospital leaders. Even though she is busy with her role with the PFAC, school work and other activities, she says she wouldn’t change it for

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar DEC 2018 Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; Ostomy Support Group 7 – 9 p.m. Classrooms A/B Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 People with epilepsy as well as their p.m. Classroom C. family and care-providers are This group is open to anyone who has or invited to attend this support group. will have an ostomy and any friends, The meetings will provide time for family, or supporters. Call John Dorso at attendees to share helpful 404-630-3293 to register or for information and resources from more info. their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information at Stroke Support Group 770-667-9363. Last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lupus Support Group ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke Third Saturday of every month, 11 survivors, caregivers, and families to a.m. – 1 p.m. Classroom C. share and support one another. The Informal meetings to share group is facilitated by the Stoke Pro- experiences and learn from others. gram Coordinator and a Licensed Guest speakers occasionally Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to present and we also participate in Edna Kennedy at 770-751-2708 or some Lupus Foundation of America or events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394,


WellStar North Fulton Hospital launched the PFAC more than four years ago, with the goal of improving the patient experience. The group is composed of former patients, families and staff members. Working with the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), WellStar North Fulton leaders developed a charter and a formal plan for the PFAC, as well as stringent guidelines for selection of PFAC members.

The value in having a PFAC program is that its members provide non-biased input from different perspectives, which may help identify opportunities for improvement, and in turn, lead to better clinical outcomes and anything. “I’m so appreciative of this opportunity. From the mo- an improved patient experience. ment I started I’ve learned so much and I’ve grown so much. This is 100 percent more than what I expected,” she said. ❍

The PFAC was instrumental in the construction of the new hospital chapel and has been active in different hospital activities like safety fairs and physician training.

For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated. Alzheimer’s 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.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION American Heart Association CPR Classes Friends and Family CPR* Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid BLS Provider Course Look for 2019 dates soon

days at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Thursday, 12/13 and 12/20 at 7p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 12/8 at 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach dia- SPECIAL EVENTS betes self-management skills. Call Look for Speaking about 404-527-7180 for more informaWellness for Women and Speaking tion and to register. about Wellness for Healthy Aging 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series topics Maternity Tours to be announced soon. Doors open Please join one of our Women’s for dinner: 5:45 p.m. Program presHealth nurses in the hospital atrium entation: 6:30 –7:30 p.m. $10. on alternating Tuesdays and Thurs-







Community Notebook East Cobb Santa’s coming to town! Well, he’s coming to the Avenue East Cobb and will be available for photos and visits every Friday in December. You can also enjoy holiday music, horse drawn carriage rides, and shopping deals throughout the shopping center. In what has become a family tradition (since 1989) Life University puts on a grand display of over one million LED lights. Guests drive through the display and are charged based on the car load. As in years past, Santa Claus will be visiting on weekends for photographs. There are also pony rides, train rides and a petting zoo as will a concession stand offering seasonal drinks and snacks for purchase. Red Sky Tapas is hosting “A Christmas Story” themed pop-up to celebrate the holidays all month long. There will be special menu additions and drinks as well as an icicledcovered patio space with snow globes, kitschy holiday photo room, decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, oversized picture frames, themed props, holiday tunes and, of course, the leg lamp all to get you in the holiday spirit. Mark your calendars for December 13th for their Ugly Sweater contest. If you haven’t been to Bethlehem this is a great way to see and experience what it was like back in the day. On December 7 – 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. Mountain View UMC will have a free interactive event where you can walk through the streets of Bethlehem and haggle with the shopkeepers, sign the census, and pay your taxes to Caesar Augustus’s tax collector. You can also sample the fine dried fruits, enjoy a tasty cup of hot apple cider, and try out the freshly made samples of bread at the bakery. At the end of your journey you will find God’s most precious gift.

By Tricia Morris

His newborn son will be wrapped in swaddling clothes and found in the stable on the edge of town. Mountain View UMC has been presenting this since 1992 and it’s become a family holiday tradition.

Roswell Dotty Etris, Executive Director of The Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau has been selected to be honored with The Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens 2018 Champagne Toast Award which recognizes an individual who has performed an outstanding service and accomplishment for the betterment of The City of Roswell. Etris has a long history with the Roswell CVB, the city of Roswell and its tourism program, too much to list here, but we’ll try with some highlights. In October 1991, she served on the Task Force for Tourism, appointed by Mayor Mabry. She began working with the tourism program in 1991 and has served as Executive Director since the Bureau opened in May of 1992. Earlier in the mid-seventies, she was involved in the community movement to start a nature center on the Chattahoochee River. This dream of many dedicated people, including John Ripley Forbes and Roy Wood, became a reality and in 1977, Dotty was asked to become a staff member of the CNC. Thinking she would serve for one year, she stayed for 14. Ms. Etris was instrumental in starting the Roswell Folk & Heritage Bureau, through which she successfully applied for grants to get the Roswell Mills exhibit created in the Roswell Visitors Center. The award will be presented at The New Years Eve Great Gatsby Gala at The Roswell Doubletree Hotel December 31, 2018. See page 6 for more details. ❍

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We’ve rolled into the season with our usual bloated bellies from Thanksgiving, right into ubiquitous tins of cookies, fudge, pecan pies, and if you’re Scandinavian like I am, tasteless lutefisk fondues, which you should not go out of your way to try. We’ve barreled into the season of overloaded airports, collective stress, packed exercise classes, and dreaded family gatherings to stuff ourselves with yet more food. Ah...don’t we love this month of rampant

gluttony, chaos and, barring any ugly sweaters, gift giving and receiving? The giving we do with family can really bring us joy. So does showing generosity, big or small, of any kind to causes throughout our community, nation and world. It’s awesome to bring joy to others by being generous with time, money, or things during the holidays. The joy you’ll feel from giving surpasses the generousness itself, no matter the size or type of contribution. Here are some basics to creating joy through giving, if you’re thinking about it this season like I am: Keep the K-I-S-S in giving. Have you noticed the food donation boxes everywhere? Throw in some canned goods! Simple. If you don’t want to haul them around, keep them by the front door. The post office delivery folks pick up your bagged canned goods right at your mailbox one day a year. As a perennially-

hurried girl, I throw the cans I’ve saved into a bag when I hear the mail truck. I run to the mailbox, usually in bare feet in the ice, snow, rain, or otherwise, and hand it to my mail person. Easy enough! I’m lucky they don’t come early, or I’d be in boxer shorts. Keep the canned goods year ‘round. I like to troll grocery store isles all year and pick up canned foods on sale. It’s a simple routine, and storage just took a cleanout of my cupboards. That’s the agony. You must make difficult decisions about the contents of said cupboards. If they’re like mine, there’s a treasure trove of throw-awayable-junk, like old crackers, and popcorn that drives you crazy when you pop it and all you get are unopened kernels. Ditch near-empty chip bags, and stashed moldy fruit cake. Dump the pile of gadgets and plastic football team cups you’ve never used. Make room for generosity. Generosity can be demonstrated many ways. Heck, you can give money, time, supplies, gifts, and/or com-

T he Holidays Sparkle AT ST. GEORGE VILLAGE Roswell and North Fulton residents, prepare to be dazzled! St. George Village is celebrating the season with our very first Holiday in Lights display. Every evening in December, our grounds will be transformed into a festive, twinkling wonderland, sure to bring smiles to all ages. We invite you to add our address to your list of light displays when you’re driving around town: 11350 Woodstock Road | Roswell, Georgia 30075

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panionship to the cause of your choice. Wounded warriors? Give any of the above! Animal causes? Any of the above. Relieving an Alzheimer’s caretaker for an hour, or a day? Give the time. Helping children? Ditto. I enjoy donating a stuffed animal to children’s hospitals every time I visit the pet store. My Miss Kitty’s spoiled, so I haunt the place often. Give all year round. Drop change in the lucite boxes at grocery stores. Give a buck or two toward children’s meals during back-to-school. Easy. Grocery stores manage the process and record your donation on your receipt. Ditto the pet stores. (I know you’re taking Fido there regularly.) I have a little game I play to donate cash to causes at both. I go to the store more than probably any human throughout history. I have no idea how two slender adults and a kitty go through so many groceries. We tell ourselves it’s all healthy perishable foods, but I know we sneak in ice cream, dairy-free desserts, soft drinks, chips, trail mix and chocolate, all of which go “poof!” into thin air. Every time I’m there, I give a few dollars to an awesome cause. Let’s say I get groceries three times a week. Maybe four. My giving adds up! Clean out your over-stuffed closet. I know it’s there! Take out your spandex

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CHRISTMAS IN ROSWELL and other holiday events

• High Tea • Santa Sightings • Festive Historic Home Events • Holiday Market & Shopping • Enchanted Woodland Trail with Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes • Concerts and Theater for all ages • Cookies, Gingerbread & Baking…Oh My

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miniskirts, ladies, and old Hawaiian shirts, gents. Face it. Your closet is a scary place overflowing with donation potential. Are you frugal? Think tax deductions! Choose to give donations, whether cash or goods. You’ll be rewarded with joy and with deductions. Be awesome and think about it! When you give, you’re in good company. I love the episode of the “Big Bang Theory” where Howard is taken, kicking and screaming, to volunteer at a soup kitchen. He kvetches loudly while washing dishes. Suddenly, in walks Elon Musk in dish gloves and apron, carrying dirty dishes. Trust me, many awesome CEOs are donating time in the trenches. Giving is great “medicine.” One of the best ways to find joy, no matter what your circumstances, is to give anywhere, anytime, any way. Never doubt that your giving touches someone. I had a teddy bear business, and one Christmas Eve an order came in for a sweet pink bear. It was 4:00 and the post office closed at 5:00 sharp. I was ready to close up shop. Surely, nobody expected that I could mail a bear on Christmas Eve. I had friends gathering at my home, waiting for me to join them. All of a sudden, I told the gang to party on, and I wrapped the bear in tissue and ribbon, placed it in an overnight mailing box, and sped to the post office. I tripped through the door at 4:55. While I had my spot in line, I placed the package on the floor, sealed it, and addressed it, while scooting as the line moved. I made it, and it felt so right. Two days later, an email arrived from my customer, thanking me for sending the bear to their friends overnight. “They buried their little girl today,” they explained, “and the bear meant the world to them.” I gave of myself that night, and the reward was priceless. The awesomeness of generosity invigorates us and gives us purpose. It can change our lives. I promise. Happy Holidays, awesome readers! Today, it’s my joy to give you my writing. ❍




10 Favorite Ground Covers For Challenging Spots Solutions to problem areas where turf grass does not thrive or mowing is not practical. Green Scene, By Geri Laufer

This month we cover a number of ground covers well-suited to North Metro area landscapes. Select ground cover plants that will adapt readily to your site conditions, including soil type and the amount of sun, slope and drainage. Ground covers prevent erosion, aid in design considerations, soften hardscapes, fill in under trees, and blanket the ground where turf will not grow.

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main plant and create happy colonies of plants. Beautiful 6-inch spires of flowers in bright lavender blue or white add impact in spring. Try some of the many varieties including Genevensis, Caitlin’s Giant, Purple Brocade, Black Scallop, Burgundy Glow (green, white and pink), Chocolate Chip, Dixie Chip, Golden Glow or Silver Beauty to name a few to investigate.


delightful, colorful leaves year round and small, spurred flowers dancing on wiry stems. Leaves have colorful veins and bronze tints and stay on the plants all winter, while spring flowers range from raspberry to white to yellow. Cut off the leaves in March and mulch with compost, woods soil or leaf mold. There are specialty nurseries such as Garden Vision Epimediums that specialize in these perennials.


1. The Elephant in the Room English Ivy is an evergreen, perennial, climbing vine ground for shade that is ubiquitous throughout Atlanta and the Southeast. It is drought-tolerant, great for slopes, evergreen and easy-care, and by far the most popular ground cover. HOWEVER, English Ivy is not well behaved. English Ivy is included in many invasive exotic lists, although it continues to be sold and marketed as an ornamental plant across the United States. The climbing vine attaches to tree bark, brickwork and other surfaces by rootlike structures that exude a glue-like substance to aid in its climb. It is an aggressive thug that threatens all levels of forested and open areas, on the ground, climbing up tree trunks, blocking sunlight, and adding weight that makes trees susceptible to blow-over during storms. New plants grow easily from stem fragments and new growing tips root along the ground. I’m not recommending it. I think the only case scenario for English Ivy might be a confined area, such as spilling over the edge of a container, rather than

Dwarf Mondo Grass

Asian Ginger

4. Monkey Grass, Border Grass or

Lilyturf and Mondo Grass If ever there was a drought-tolerant, carefree ground cover, it would be Liriope, commonly known as Monkey grass. There are spreading and clumping types with dark green, grasslike, evergreen leaves about 10 inches tall, varieties lined with yellow or white variegation, and a dwarf, 4-inch version called Mondo Grass. They are not actually “grasses” but in the asparagus family. In summer, lavender or white flower spikes reminiscent of Grape being planted in-ground and released to Hyacinths reach 12-inches. Liriope run rampant over the landscape. UGA spreads at a moderate rate and does not recommend English Ivy on its accommodates either full sun or partial list of ground covers online: shade, while Ophiogopogon or Mondo Grass is the dwarf version and grows ublications/files/pdf/B 625_5.PDF more slowly.

3. Ajuga or Bugleweed This low-growing (only about an inch) ground cover for full to partial shade is in the mint family. Ajuga spreads via horizontal rhizomes called stolons that grow outward from the

5. Epimedium, Barronwort, Fairy

Wings, Bishops Hat An elite ground cover, Epimedium tolerates dry shade, a problem situation in many landscapes. It produces

6. Ginger: Native, European and Asian Deer-resistant, southeastern native Ginger or “Little Brown Jugs” is a delightful 4-inch ground cover with soft, heart-shaped green leaves and small brown flowers nestled at ground level. Its European cousin has shiny, leathery green heart-shaped leaves. But the most beautiful of the three is the Asian Splendid Ginger with leathery, arrowshaped leaves marked in silver (like “Naugahyde splashed with metallic paint”). Try the Gingers in full to partial shade and a rich, woodsy soil.


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8. Creeping Junipers Got a hot, dry corner or slope? Blue Rug-type Junipers provide a long-term solution to hot, dry, sunny areas and are long-lived once they are established. Dense, steely-bluegreen scale leaves turn purple in winter. UGA recommends Shore, Sargent, Andorra and several other named cultivars of Juniperus horizontalis or J. squmata.

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Recently, I attended an informal staff assembly for The Current Hub at Joe’s Pizza, the best damn NY style pizza place within many miles. Accordingly, I gobbled a stromboli on the publisher’s dime. Before the gavel was struck for the official commencement of the meeting of the masterminds, the Big Cheese had stern marching orders for me. Hub Head Honcho: I have this new restaurant you need to try. Me (cockily): I’ve probably been. Hub Head Honcho: No, this one is new. I’m certain you haven’t. Me (in a defiant tone): Okay, if you say so. Hub Head Honcho: Trying to remember the name. It’s on Jones Bridge Road by Bonefish... Me: Oh, Hen Mother Cookhouse. Been a couple of times. Hub Head Honcho: Son of a nutcracker!

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Personable chef/owner Soraya Khoury was gifted to the neighborhood via Rumi’s Kitchen in Alpharetta. She was enlisted from the Napa Valley region to launch their second location in the booming success story that is Avalon. The actuality that she was head chef at the consensus best Persian restaurant in

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Melissa Perello at Frances in San Francisco who taught her how to accentuate ingredients with a “gentle touch.” This aptitude evinces itself with Hen Mother’s harvest salad. Yes, you read it right, uOTPia’s most belligerent carnivore is ballyhooing a salad sans any meat or seafood. Furthermore, anything with raisins is on my short list of nonstarters. But there are raisins and then there is Soroya’s house-made version. With shredded kale and cabbage as the main elements, the fruit and vegetable potpourri is perfectly finished with Rome beauty apples. Sometimes known as Red Rome or Gillett’s seedling, said apples are generally considered best as a complementary component rather than devouring solo because the fruit is less tart/sweet than most apple cultivars. They are flawless for this dish in which each item clearly has its own discrete and evident Thick gourmet burgers are still en vogue at Johns Creek function. dining gem Khoury emphatically expressed that metropolitan Atlanta is an impressive though she has seasonal dishes, she entry on her resume, but scarcely can’t eliminate the harvest salad from scratches the surface. the cyclical bill of fare because of its The Johns Creek cafe exemplifies colossal popularity. If it were “mom and pop,” just add a serving of compulsory for me to be a vegetarian for sister to the recipe. Chef husband Jesus a day—for say, charity or something— Loyola joins his bride in the kitchen, I’m heading here for this. while her amiable sibling Sarah takes At this breakfast and lunch harbor, charge of the front of the house. the early morning victuals boast some of The accomplished culinarian earned the thickest French toast and the her chops on the left coast in the Napa thinnest pancakes I’ve had in my 23Valley, land of sparkling vino and plus years (give or take a decade... or gourmet dining. Among her mentors more). The former is brioche baked in a was eminent chef Richard Reddington mini-skillet with seasonal poached fruit at his namesake Redd. Esteemed and packed with flavor. Pancakes may national website Eater described the be a simple dish, but Hen Mother Yountville fine dining establishment as, prepares it above and beyond the “joining the French Laundry as an quality of virtually any competitor. Each elevated dining destination.” of the two referenced breakfast For those who aren’t familiar with the standards is delivered with pure French Laundry, it is a California estab- Vermont maple syrup. lishment universally received as high My family and I have been on atop the great bucket list restaurants in reconnaissance for our numero uno the country. Having a comparable entry burger since Oak Street Cafe closed on her curriculum vitae is an impactful about a year ago. Mind you, there are accomplishment for the young lady that many strong candidates and Khoury’s Johns Creek can now call their own. belongs very much in the discussion. However, Khoury said it was chef For about a 20-year stretch, thick


Not your standard pancakes “gourmet” burgers were all the rage, replaced in the last decade or so by double-patty mania. Hen Mother’s remains in the thicker single-patty corner. You will never hear me assert anything positive about the Mickey D’s Golden Arches burger, except there is something affirmative to state about their short-lived “hot side hot and cool side cool” fad of putting on the cheese after cooking. Hen Mother does just that with shredded cheddar atop of the high-quality (hopefully you order yours) medium rare ground beef. Onward to the brunch menu. On New Year’s Eve I internally recap my uppermost meals of 2018 (yeah, that’s how I subsist. Do you take umbrage with that?) which will include many great meals in assorted states. But I will think fondly of the pork belly hash topped with two organic eggs when we’ve said goodbye to the year’s most unforgettable meals. It is my favorite foodstuff so far at HMC. My wife, youngest son, and I divided the massive cinnamon roll. Upon intaking his first morsel, my son’s eyes lit up

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Don’t dare trying to eat the cinnamon rolls by hand. They are as sticky as they are good and sparkled in a way that only tickets to a marquee baseball game have accomplished before. I’ve never witnessed him so zealously snatch seconds in his 16-years. I will confirm his alacrity was exceedingly justifiable. The experienced chef Anabelle Parry, (most recently of her own restaurant, Anabelle’s Table) left a rousing review on Hen Mother’s Facebook page. She described yet another bell cow item, the bialys, as the “best around” proclaiming the accompanying gravlax and cream worthy “to swoon over.” I’ll add that the gravlax is incredibly fresh and toothsome. I will bestow to our readers what the big enchilada imparted to me at the start of this review. I have a new restaurant you are obliged to appraise. Hopefully, you can also rebut that you’ve already been, more than once. ❍ When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website His bride’s gift site, is the place to go for gifts for all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts.

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First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating!

If there is no snow this year, there’s always Snow Mountain in Stone Mountain and the Magical Winter Village in Alpharetta. As for ice, we’ve got Skate the Station and The Rink at Park Tavern in Atlanta. You can “Skate the Sky” at Ponce City Market, and closer to home, whirl through Avalon on Ice. With the festivities always comes food; Buddy the Elf reminds you to stick to the four basics: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. ¶ If we missed your event, write to us at Visit our website, for other opportunities and hidden gems. The staff at The Current Hub wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year!


Saturday, December 1 in Alpharetta The magic of the holiday season glistens at Alpharetta’s annual tree lighting event on Dec. 1 in downtown Alpharetta. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with pre-event festivities including free visits with Santa, falling snow, marshmallow roasting, free children’s crafts, face painting and balloon art. Festival goers can plan to have dinner or enjoy warm beverages from the downtown restaurants and food trucks. Alpharetta community groups will present festive programs on the large stage which will be filled with great music, exciting performances, and lots of fun for the whole family. At 6:15 p.m., everyone will cheer as the grand 45-foot live spruce tree is lit with 10,000 white lights. Festivities do not end with the tree lighting. Festival goers can cheer on their favorite team as this year’s SEC Championship game will be broadcasted live on the big screen beginning at 4 p.m. on the Village Green.


December 1 and through 31 in Sandy Springs The 2nd Annual Sparkle Sandy Springs is a month-long holiday light and art display the whole family will enjoy. Walk through a wonderland of festively decorated six-foot-tall wooden houses, painted by local businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. The houses, as well as the surrounding area, will be adorned with lights to create a magical, walkable light display. The free event will kick-off December 1 at 6:00 p.m., and the display will remain open to the public through December 31. On the City Green,


Friends for the East Cobb Park, along with other local community organizations, will be hosting a tree lighting, featuring musical performances on the park stage. Don’t miss this magical night where the community will gather to celebrating the lighting of our park tree, enjoy holiday music from local performers, and welcome the arrival of Santa on his light-powered sleigh. This holiday event is free for all ages, and Santa will be on-hand after the musical performances to hear each child’s wishes. Light refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefitting future park improvements. Free.


Now through December 2 in Sandy Springs

Roswell Dance Theatre is thrilled to present its 30th anniversary production of The Nutcracker, directed by Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor at the Byers Theatre. With 350 performers, this Nutcracker is the largest and oldest in North Fulton. Gorgeous costumes, magical scenery, beloved music and exquisite dancing will delight all who enter. The cast includes world-class professionals who have danced nationally and internationally and aspiring young professionals from the Roswell Dance Theatre, the performing company of the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. To commemorate the shows, there is an extensive Nutcracker-themed gift boutique to find the perfect souvenir to take home and enjoy. Byers Theatre at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, 30328. Tickets: $10-$35.

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Enjoy a weekend of holiday fun at downtown Alpharetta’s Village Green. The Magical Winter Village will include visits with Santa, strolling holiday characters, musical performances, snow, free children’s crafts, marshmallow roasting, and festive foods. The surrounding stores will stay open, so everyone can get some extra holiday shopping done, then get their gifts wrapped at the complimentary gift-wrapping station. Festival goers will have the opportunity to give back to the community by donating to the Holiday Food Drive for the North Fulton Community Charities. Bags for non-perishable food donations can be picked up at the Dec. 1 event and brought back on Dec. 8 for a booklet filled with holiday discounts to more than 50 local businesses. “The lighting of the tree has been a long-standing tradition for downtown Alpharetta and it is so exciting to add an additional event to the holiday season,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year, residents and visitors have two weekends of holiday fun to look forward to enjoying. The downtown

Kicks off the Enchanted Woodland Trail exhibit with fairy houses and gnome homes, which runs through Feb. 28. See page 12 for details.


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Alpharetta area will be magical with all the holiday activities, lights, snow, shopping and merriment.” Both events are free. Free parking is available on the street or at the Alpharetta City Hall Parking Deck, 2 Park Plaza.


Fire trucks, Santa and pancakes! If any of these three things interest you, don’t miss the Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 43, located at 750 Hickory Flat Rd. This free event will feature fire station tours, pancakes cooked and served by City of Milton fire fighters, and Santa! Unwrapped toys for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop Toy Drive will be accepted. No reservations are required, and syrup is provided. For more information, contact Courtney Spriggs at 678-242-2533 or

SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM December 1, 8, and 15 in Duluth

The Southeastern Railway Museum will celebrate

the holiday season with special events. The Duluth Historical Society will host its 4th Annual Festival of Trees at the museum. The event, featuring more than two dozen community-sponsored and decorated trees, will be open during museum operating hours now through Dec 31. On Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch with Santa during a meet-and-greet that also includes a craft, a hayride and a train ride with Santa. Breakfast or lunch tickets are $18.


December 7–9 in Roswell After nearly 25 years of the endearing tradition, Babes in Toyland, Atlanta Dance Theatre announces the addition of The Nutcracker, Land of Sweets to its holiday program. This year, the company presents the best of both worlds for audiences; featuring a condensed version of Babes in Toyland, combined with an excerpt of the Land of Sweets from the Nutcracker. This timeless tradition fills the stage with beautiful custom-made and designed costumes, beautiful sets and choreography by Artistic Director Shelley Grames. They’ll be complemented by the

high caliber, professional guest artists Jonah Hooper, Nick Hagelin, Lonnie Davis, Robert Chabot, Erick Jackson, Eric Nash, and Katherine Ricardo. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075


December 8 –24 in Atlanta

The Atlanta Ballet’s first new Nutcracker in 20 years marks a milestone in dance history—with worldclass choreography by Yuri Possokhov, awe-inspiring set designs by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye, groundbreaking projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross, stunning costume design by Sandra Woodall, and imaginative lighting design by David Finn. Be among the first to experience the magic of The Nutcracker for The Next Generation at the Fox Theatre!

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ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed. This performance will entertain the Whole Family. Come out and see this Christmas classic brought to life by Atlanta’s best local actors and stars. 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064.


December 12 –24 in Atlanta Broadway’s Shuler Hensley and Autumn Hurlbert Star in “Elf the Musical.”


December 7 –16 in Sandy Springs City Springs Theatre presents Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley and Broadway’s Autumn Hurlbert in Elf the Musical playing at Byers Theatre at The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Have you seen the movie a dozen times? Then you know the story, but watch it come to life with Georgia native and Tonyaward winning Shuler Hensley as Buddy. “I am excited and honored to be a part of City Springs Theatre’s holiday spectacular!” said Hensley. “It is a wonderful show for young and old and will definitely have you claiming that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Broadway’s Autumn Hurlbert plays Jovie, the tough-around-the-edges target of Buddy’s complete adoration. Hurlbert is best known for her appearance on MTV’s reality competition series “Legally Blonde: The Musical—The Search for Elle Woods,” which catapulted her to the Broadway company of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” At the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre. 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. For tickets and information call 404-477-4365 or

A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 8 –24 in Marietta

Palmer William Jr., from Tyler Perry’s House of Pain and Love thy Neighbor stars as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Marietta Theatre in the Square. Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the

Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. See the Alliance’s 29th annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future—his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—who teach him it is never too late to change. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta Georgia 30339.


December 13 –15 in Roswell All Hands Productions Presents Santa's Missing Mail. Ominous Crook and his sidekick, Skellmutt, are two dastardly bad-guys who are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa Claus' mail. You'll meet some panicked elves, a wise-cracking reindeer, a dimwitted superhero and Santa, himself. The audience will also give David's friend, Fitzgerald, some help in writing a letter to St. Nick. This 40minute show incorporates moving-mouth hand puppets and is guaranteed to bring a smile. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. www.roswell Type puppets in the search bar.

CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS December 15 in Johns Creek

The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will continue its 2018-2019 season by celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Christmas Gala Holiday Pops on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the littlest ticket holders to visit with Santa from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary post-concert reception will follow in the church’s Gathering Room. This family-friendly concert, conducted by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, will include holiday favorites that will be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart. In the Boston Pops style, this performance will include a variety of seasonal, sacred, and secular music, including “Joy to the World,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Festival Gloria,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and much more. Guest artists include soprano Caitlin Hammon Moore, Johns Creek Chorale and Tapestry Women’s Ensemble, both of which are directed by Nathan Frank. This concert will be a drop site for the 2018 Atlanta Toys for Tots campaign. All ticket holders are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance for an Atlanta child in need. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek GA 30097.


December 15, 22, 23 in Marietta A royal Christmas experience for kids filled with decadent sweets, tea and juice, a visit from the Prince and Princess of the Grand Yuletide Ball, and a Nutcracker dance performance by the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s sugarplum dancers. Tickets include a gift bag of goodies for our young guests. Program runs about 45 minutes. Limited space available. Admission: $18. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 117 North Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 or visit



Back by popular demand, Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Francine Reed is ready to get you into the Holiday spirit! Enjoy your favorite Christmas Classics performed by one of today’s top jazz/blues vocalists! Hits like “Let it Snow,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silver Bells,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” are sure to be on the program! 8 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.


December 20 – 22 in Roswell Lee Bryan "That Puppet Guy" Presents Trouble in Toyland. Oh no! It's Christmas Eve, but the toys aren't finished, the elves are on strike, Santa has lost his laugh, and Rudolph has a runny nose! Will we have to cancel Christmas? Of course not! Hilarious holiday hijinks and fun for the whole family. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.


Friday, December 21 in Duluth The vision of this concert is to bring together individuals and church choirs to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through song and music in a Christmas Carol Concert. We aim to honor the birth of Christ while Monica Hargrave helping churches to unite on a musical standpoint, thereby allowing for the reinstallation of hope and the true meaning of Christmas. The following artists have been carefully chosen to

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/1994, wood, mirrors, metal, and light bulbs. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver. Photo courtesy The High. perform at the 5th edition of Emmanuel Cantata: The Chosen Aggregation Choir, Stella Damasus, King David, Abraham Ogunlade, Brooke Alford, Wura Grant, and Monica Hargrave. The Emmanuel Cantata main event is December 21 at the Infinite Energy Theatre, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $69.00 – $119.00.

active in her Tokyo studio. This exhibition previously sold out in cities from Washington, D.C., to Toronto to Cleveland. The exhibition’s momentum and excitement has continued as it finally makes its way to the last stop on its multicity tour at the High Museum of Art.

HIGH MUSEUM INFINITY MIRRORS Now through February 17 in Atlanta

“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the High Museum of Art has sold out. However, a limited number of tickets (approximately 100) will be available on-site at the Museum each day for walk-up purchase. Those tickets will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis and will be valid for that date only. Those who score tickets will be taken on a oncein-a-lifetime journey through more than 60 years of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s creative genius, focusing on the evolution of her iconic kaleidoscopic environments called Infinity Mirror Rooms. Check out #InfiniteKusama for photos of the rooms. The exhibition features six of the rooms as well as additional large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, archival photographs and films from the early 1950s through the present. The 89year-old artist, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is still very

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Now through December 30 in Atlanta

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it! continues next page>>



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The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a wide variety of family fun, including innovative adaptations of classic stories and dynamic new works by the Center’s company as well as other American and international artists. Advance purchase is highly recommended because performances often sell out. Mainstage Theater, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta, GA 30309.

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS Now through January 6 in Atlanta

WINTER WONDERLAND AT FERNBANK Now through January 6 in Atlanta

Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Admission to Winter Wonderland is included with Museum admission and is free for members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Curtain of light at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and fun in the snow at Snow Mountain.

Garden Lights, Holidays Nights brings back its spectacular high-tech display—the world’s largest synchronized curtain of light—when the eighth annual show returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden now through January 6. In the “Nature’s Wonders” display, which debuted at last year’s show, guests will be immersed in cutting-edge technology that allows lights suspended from the grand treetops of Storza Woods to be choreographed to music and sound effects. The symphonic display features a massive stagelike curtain of vertical lights forming a wall of brilliant colors, programmed to music and special sound effects to create illusions of natural phenomena, including Northern Lights, a storm at sea, and a gentle snowfall. This year brings the debut of the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow. See the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is open nightly from 5 – 11 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, 30309. 404-876-5859.


December 22 in Roswell The nutcrackers welcome you at Callaway Gardens.


Now through January 5 in Pine Mountain Treat your family to a fun tradition that’s filled with holiday cheer! It’s Christmas at Callaway, featuring Fantasy In Lights, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the world. Come make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest. Extend the celebration with an overnight stay, enjoy mouthwatering meals or cozy cups of cocoa in our beautiful accommodations, and explore 2,500 acres of stunning natural landscape. Guests can choose to see the lights in an open-air Jolly Trolley, the most popular option and our recommendation, or drive their personal vehicle. Callaway Resort & Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822,

SNOW MOUNTAIN AT STONE MOUNTAIN Now through January 6 in Stone Mountain

Situated on what is commonly known as the “Laser Lawn” throughout warmer months, Georgia’s largest snow park features several feet of actual snow sculpted into 14 single or double rider lanes, plus four family tube lanes that can now accommodate as many as eight passengers in giant 10-foot tubes. Guests 36 inches and taller can scream their way down the Avalanche Alley family tube ride, while those 42 inches and taller can take on a single tube lane. Little Angels , designed for kids 3 and under, is the perfect place for your little angels to find their snow legs with smaller snow hills and SnoBoggans. The Snow Zone area is open for younger kids to tube, make the ultimate snowpeople and snow angels, or throw snowballs in a snowball shooting gallery. All guests must have a Snow Mountain ticket to enter Snow Mountain/Snow Zone area. Children

It's the most wonderful time of the music style! Jason Petty and Katie Deal bring you the greatest collection of country Christmas songs and the stories behind them. See page 4 of this issue for information.


December 14 through January 12 in Brookhaven Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, will remount its 2017 smash hit, the Tony Award-winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the campus of Oglethorpe University. See page 15 of this issue for information.

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