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The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is proud to present Chalktoberfest Chalktoberfest, an exciting combination of their annual Chalk Art Festival with Marietta’s Craft Beer Festival. Spend the afternoon sampling craft beers, enjoying live music from local artists (nine, count ’em, nine performers between Sat and Sun) while Chalk Artists chalk the streets. Enjoy great food, too, at beautiful downtown Marietta on the square. It’s free to attend, and all proceeds go to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. And by chalk the streets, Marietta is not talking about your basic tub of sidewalk chalk and a crude streetscape made for Matchbox cars. No. Take a look at Abraham Burciaga’s 2017 entry, sponsored by Novare Group. Burciaga is a Mexican street painter from Torreón, a northern city of Mexico. See what he and dozens of other artists will paint this year. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. 95 Artists, 40 Breweries, 120+ Beers, 20+ Wines. Photo: Craig Houdeshell.

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October 6 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek. The free concert will feature American music from Broadway to Sousa to Jazz. The orchestra is Metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra. PUBLISHER Mark Penstone


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After a successful launch in September, Roswell’s newest concert series, Music on the Hill, is bringing you another great Friday night of music on Oct. 12. The “Divas,”featuring vocalists Gwen Hughes, Melanie Dobbins, and Pam Cushenan will bring the greatest hits of Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Nicks to the stage from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m on the lawn at City Hall, 38 Hill Street. The musical accompaniment will be provided by quintet the Jazz Jones Legacy. Presented by the City of Roswell, with musical production provided by Atlanta Plays it Forward, Music on the Hill invites concert goers to experience City Hall’s beautiful tree-lined lawn in a whole new way: spread a blanket, unpack a picnic, uncork a bottle, and unwind from your busy week while enjoying some of the best live music in the Atlanta metro area. Have you ever wondered how these free things happen? Drop a post, an email, a tweet, thanking Carl Black Buick-GMC of Roswell, Gate City Brewing Co., TMobile, Vickers of Historic Roswell, Fickle Pickle, and Roswell Court Homes for your lovely evening. Attendees may bring their own food and drinks, but beer and wine will also be available for purchase on site, as well as a limited number of $10 boxed sandwich meals from local restaurant Fickle Pickle.

Tour Bulloch Hall by candlelight and meet members of the Bulloch and Roosevelt families. Participate in a pumpkin race, a ghostly ring toss, goofy golf and other spooky games. Visit our Haunted Graveyard. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, a drink, and roasted marshmallows by the fireplace while listening to Halloween songs and stories. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bulloch Hall Historic House Museum, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. $12 Adults, $6 Children 12 and under. Reservations required. Call 770-992-1731, ext. 2 or register online. Photo: Martha Bulloch Roosevelt, National Park Service.

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October 19 and 20 This family fun event is always a hit. As night falls, 20+ hot air balloons will provide a beautiful glowing and visually stunning back drop. Trick-or-Treating (from balloon to balloon), Merchant Marketplace, and more than 120+ Performing Artists will thrill audiences throughout the park. Fire Eaters! Aerialists! Ice Carvers! There is also food, live bands, sports bar, craft beer garden and a vodka lounge. Adults, $14, Children, ages 3 –12, $6. Under 3, Free. >>FEAST!

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October 19, 20, 26, 27 The Chattahoochee Nature Center is offering Halloween Hikes October 19, 20, 26, and 27. Halloween Hikes is a unique Halloween adventure that will take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events and a very important fundraiser for CNC in its 33rd year! Admission is $12/person (children 2 and under are free.) Save $2 off each ticket for the first weekend (October 20 and 21). Includes all activities throughout the evening (food is an additional cost). Contact CNC (770) 992-2055 for more information.

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he splendors of Africa’s diverse coast unfold on this remarkable journey in April 2019. From South Africa’s Victorian-flavored Durban, sail to East London and Port Elizabeth. In Namibia, explore Bavarian-flavored Lüderitz and the towering dunes of Walvis Bay. Discover the French colonial treasures of Dakar, Senegal. Continue to the Canary Islands, Morocco’s classic city of Casablanca and Vigo, the cultural center of Spanish Galicia. On day one, you’ll arrive in coastal Durban, South Africa, and dock overnight. There you’ll explore the largest city in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Travel by motor coach past the city sights, including the Victorian-style main post office building, originally erected in 1885 as Durban’s first Town Hall. Stroll along the Golden Mile beachfront and through the tree-lined Victoria Embankment, also known as the Esplanade—one of the city’s oldest and most famous streets. As the days go by, you may visit the site of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and scenic Howick Falls on an excursion through the Natal Midlands. Discover African tribal culture as you journey into the unspoiled surroundings of the Valley of a Thousand Hills—the stunning homeland of the Zulu. You may choose to set out in search of big game during an exciting excursion to Inkwenkwezi, a

private game reserve in a 25,000-acre park that is home to a diverse number of species. You’ll discover the charm and heritage of East London—South Africa’s only river port. With its close proximity to wildlife parks and its miles of beachfront, East London is now considered one of South Africa’s emerging travel destinations. Keep your eyes peeled at the Nahoon nature reserve for southern right whales breeching in the bay. Day 18 finds you in Dakar, Senegal’s capital on the western tip of Africa. It’s a bustling, lively, and colorful city with wonderful beaches, busy markets and a bit of French flair. Follow the Corniche, Dakar’s ocean road, cut into the cliff around Cape Manuel, and take in the views as you enjoy the ocean breeze. On day 23, Casablanca lures visitors with its heady mix of neo-Moorish splendor and French influence. Known as “Casa” to locals, its streets exude an atmosphere of bygone days. Made famous

by the 1942 film, today it is one of Africa’s most important ports. Parisian-style boulevards unfold past cafés and colonial buildings. We’ve mentioned but a few highlights of the 29day cruise visiting six countries and eleven ports. When not on tour, your accommodations will delight and soothe. Your private veranda stateroom and the ship envelops you in luxury. Viking’s award-winning small ships are like boutique upscale hotels, where you can unwind in the spa, enjoy the Snow Grotto and sauna, or take a dip in the infinity pool. Try a regional specialty in the restaurant, or take in a recent movie in one of three theaters—two indoor and one under the stars at the Main Pool. On day 29, disembark your ship in the morning as your journey comes to a close, or extend your stay in London or Scotland. Please contact Michael at 770-650-76667 or to help you learn more about this amazing new cruise.

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October: the theater season has just started, fall festivals are ending, and the literary extravaganza continues By Carolyn Kutney

You can join thousands of fellow book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with your favorite authors in a variety of forums, including author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions, and much more. The list of authors is amazingly long. Tom Hanks sold out weeks ago. I picked up his book Uncommon Type because I liked the cover and I like typewriters. The stories? I didn't make it beyond the first one. But since 87% of people on Goodreads liked it, I'll give it another try. I love his movies, and soon we’ll be watching him as Mr. Rogers—more to love. I bet those ticket holders will have a terrific evening. On Nov. 4 try Mike Luckovich instead—you read The Quebe Sisters: Sophia, Hulda, and Grace will perform at the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival October 19. him every day—those who still get the AJC dropped at Much closer to home, Act3 Productions will present ll the way up by the NC line is the little town the driveway at 6 a.m. or perhaps look it up online. of Hiawasee, Georgia. It’s about a two-hour The Graduate, Oct. 12 –28, at Act3 Playhouse in Mike Luckovich says a political cartoon is worth more Sandy Springs Plaza. Terry Johnson’s comedy is based trip; it probably doesn’t belong in “Metro than a thousand words to his readers—some of which on the classic 1967 film. Main character Benjamin Events,” but I couldn’t resist. It’s the site of he’ll say can’t be repeated in polite company! the -day Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, held at the Braddock is a recent college graduate, alienated by his Throughout his storied career, almost 30 years of parents’ suburban life and uncertain about his future. fairgrounds, Oct. 12 –20. Since opening in 1978, the which has been with our fair city’s own Atlanta Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds has been the premier The play follows Benjamin’s journey toward finding himself—with detours event venue for the North Georgia region. It serves as including an affair with host to countless events including art festivals, music older family friend Mrs. performances, conventions, and dance shows. There Robinson and a are 189 camping and RV sites that offer modern budding romance with glamping conveniences such as water, electricity, teleher daughter, Elaine. phone, and cable service, with spectacular views of This is the first play Lake Chatuge. They probably have those modern adaptation of the classic hotels, too, not to mention Brasstown Valley Resort & novel and cult film. It Spa, where you could spend a comfortable three-day. premiered in April With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery 2000 at the Gielgud there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Theatre in London. The mountains in the fall. Each October, the festival performances are features musical performances, arts and craft vendors, pioneer village demonstrations, a flower show, and the scheduled Oct. 12 –27 at 8p.m. Tickets are $15-$23 and may be purchased at ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Journal Constitution, Luckovich has gotten used to Afternoon shows on limited days through the 28th at 3 Convention. This year, the fiddlers begin October 19, ruffling feathers—and doesn’t mind one bit. After all, p.m. Group rates are available by calling 770-241at 7 p.m. Categories include beginning fiddler, that’s what he’s paid to do: draw scathingly funny takes 1905. The play contains adult themes, and is not harmonica, buck dancing, dulcimer, dobro, and oldon today’s headlines using his signature wit, satire, and suitable for children. time banjo. That same day, the Quebe Sisters from a generous amount of hyperbole. Act3 Productions was founded over 15 years ago in Texas take the stage, and when the triple-threat fiddle Mike Luckovich is a Seattle native and has worked East Cobb, and they built their home in Sandy Springs champions start playing and singing in multi-part for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1989. His as a semi-professional theatre company and arts acadclose harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then cartoons are reprinted in newspapers across the counemy. The ensemble of dedicated artists believe that blown away. 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UNMASKING CHILD IDENTITY THEFT Meaningful Conversations About Money By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders With Halloween approaching many of our children are busy planning their costumes. The fun of changing your identity for one day a year is something we’ve all experienced. For children (and even some adults), it’s a nice break from reality. Unfortunately, even though a change in identity on Halloween is exciting, actual identity theft is a real issue not just for adults but for minors too. It’s one more thing parents need to be concerned about related to their family’s finances. A recently published article in The Wall Street Journal (“New on Parent’s To-Do List: Checking Children’s Credit History,” Hayashi, 8/28/18), highlights the fact that this is becoming a growing problem. Criminals are opening credit

files using the social security numbers of a minor and then creating fake identities to open credit cards, take out loans, or apply for public assistance. To help combat this, a new Federal law went into effect last month which allows parents to make inquiries about credit files in their child’s name and freeze a credit file at no cost. This law was in response to the Equifax data breach the occurred in September 2017. We also want to emphasize that the new law also allows unlimited, free


credit freezes for adults. While most young children shouldn’t have credit files, parents can now contact the three main credit-reporting companies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, to check. If you confirm that your child does not have a credit file, you have two options (1) monitor their files on a regular basis, or (2) create a new file and freeze it. Most experts recommend the second option. If you need a how-to on freezing credit or the credit-reporting


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Quarter-acre Feast in Unity Garden Bring your appetite to Harvest on the Hooch

By Jon Copsey

Twenty-two local farm-to-table restaurants and eight local breweries come together Oct. 14 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the annual Harvest on the Hooch food festival.


Meet and milk goats from a local farm, learn about baby chicks and alpacas; there’ll be garden games, face painting, scavenger hunts, and more for families!

hen food is fresh-picked, it just tastes better, doesn’t it? Those tomatoes from the backyard or local farmers market have that warm flavor found nowhere else. Some studies have shown produce can lose as much as 30 percent of its nutrients within three days of picking, and we all know what it does to the taste. We are blessed in the north Atlanta area to have plenty of farm-to-table restaurant chefs who use local ingredients to make amazingly flavorful food. For one afternoon, many of these restaurants will converge in Roswell to share their best meals. Twenty-two farmto-table restaurants, along with eight local breweries, will be at the annual Harvest on the Hooch food festival Oct. 14. The allyou-can-eat event takes over the Unity

Garden at Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC). Harvest on the Hooch celebrates the vital connection between the garden and the plate while raising funds for the Unity Garden and its educational programming. This quarter-acre urban farm has grown over 62,000 pounds (that’s over 31 tons!) of produce since 2010, with everything going to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry, feeding hungry families. Sometimes these families have the freshest food possible, having come straight from the garden only hours before. This all feeds back to the mission of the Unity Garden, to educate the community about food. Many schoolchildren and many adults, as well, don’t know where their food is grown or what it looks like in

the ground. The Unity Garden experience teaches them. “Harvest on the Hooch offers the perfect way for the community to explore and learn where their food comes from and, more importantly, how it tastes,” said DeAnn Fordham, development director of the CNC. “We have some of the best chefs around doing what they do best—cook using local ingredients.” The local restaurants will give out samples of their food—plenty to eat for even the most eager of gourmands. Local breweries will also give out samples, with some beer even made using ingredients from the Unity Garden itself. A special mixed drink will also be available. Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the items on the menu: Sweet Potato Puree

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T H E V I P T R E AT M E N T VIP guests can experience an intimate and unique private cooking demonstration from Chef Daniel Porubiansky, the creative mind behind the famous Century House Tavern in Woodstock. The VIP reception will be from Noon–1 p.m., before the main Harvest on the Hooch event begins. Read his bio below and ask him questions at the demo!

While the main event is food, Harvest on the Hooch taste fest will have crafts, music, and family fun, plus living on the farm experiences such as milking a goat! with Sweet Potato Chips and Parsley from Century House Tavern; Low Country Catering’s sustainable version of the shrimp shooter, a wild shrimp presented on a petite compostable bamboo dish, draped with fresh cocktail sauce and topped with fresh micro greens and lemon zest. Mitch’s Meats & Fish will present Grilled Black Angus “Teres Major,” (part of the shoulder muscle that falls down on the job and is therefore quite tender!) Also: Black Truffle Glace de Viande. Table & Main will be serving up Big Green Egg Pork Shoulder, Shredded Squash and Onions Tossed in Salsa Macha, with Queso Fresco in a Chive Crepe. Tantalized? You can read the full menu (at least, those restaurants that have figured it out) at With a VIP ticket, ($100) you’ll have a glass of champagne at Ben Brady Pavilion while watching an up-close cooking demonstration by local celebrity chef Daniel Porubiansky of Century House Tavern. (Read his bio in the sidebar at right.) After the demo, enjoy a tasting of the prepared dish and personal interaction with the Chef, then head on over to the main event for more delicious food, wine, and beer tastings. Harvest on the Hooch is Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m. Adult tickets are $45 and kids under 10 get in free. For more information, visit ❍

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Chef Daniel Porubiansky came to Century House Tavern in the spring of 2013, leaving the executive chef post at what is one of the most highly regarded restaurant groups in Atlanta, bringing with him a wealth of experience in some of the nation’s greatest kitchens. After a career that has spanned four decades, two continents, a fistful of AAA Diamonds and nearly enough Michelin Stars to require three hands to count them, Porubiansky brought his cuisine home. Its been five years, but the story bears repeating for those who haven’t read it. “The opportunity to be a partner and to have my own restaurant brought me to Woodstock,” Porubiansky says of the move from Atlanta’s Chulio group, the empire that includes Bacchanalia and Star Provisions. “The bonus is that I live here. Everybody talks local, and what could be more local than in your backyard?” A deeply ingrained love of fresh ingredients, personal relationships with farmers, and decades of experience in German and French kitchens will shape Porubiansky’s development of the menu at Century House Tavern, but the basic concept will remain the same. Porubiansky is a protégé of Guenter Seeger, the German chef who helped put Atlanta on the culinary map with his focus on fresh ingredients, masterful technique and a positively Teutonic work ethic. In 1986, Chef Daniel answered a newspaper ad for a kitchen opening at The Dining Room of the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, where Seeger was Chef. “Chef Seeger not only developed me professionally and sent me to New York and Europe,” Porubiansky recalls, “he also left me with the two most important lessons I’ll ever learn in a kitchen. First, he taught me to truly respect the ingredients. Gently handle a vegetable, use a piece of fish immediately. Someone took a lot of time and effort to grow it, raise it or catch it—it’s my job to respect it and let it shine. Second, he taught me to work hard by

working hard alongside me. He was right there sweating with us. Anything we could do, he could do faster and better, but he was always willing to lead by example and always happy to show anyone a new trick.” In 1988, Seeger sent Porubiansky to New York to serve under Eberhard Muller at Le Bernardin,, the legendary French seafood restaurant still to this day ranked as the best restaurant in New York and one of the top 20 in the world. Porubiansky came away with an intimate understanding of the brigade de cuisine, the old French kitchen system developed by Escoffier, with just as much precision and unflinching hierarchy and plenty of sharp objects to boot. Muller put him through the paces as patissier, garde manger, and poissonnier (pastry cook, pantry chef, and fishmonger). Seeger then sent Porubiansky to restaurants in Germany to apprentice for a year and a half, and after another tour with Seeger at The Dining Room, a stint in Dallas and the top job in the Buckhead kitchen at the brand-new Seeger’s restaurant, Porubiansky joined Bacchanalia as chef de cuisine in 2000. There he developed a “fancy” lunch concept and made quite an impression on Quatrano and Harrison, the owners, but the post 9/11 mini-recession put the squeeze on high-end everything. Porubiansky returned to The Dining Room for a fourth tour, and took over as chef de cuisine when Chef Menard left for Japan. He returned to Seeger’s, but Quatrano and Harrison offered him the newly created position of executive chef in 2007, where he led operations and staff at Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, and Quinones at Bacchanalia. “I had been making the trek to Atlanta every day for 13 years,” Porubiansky sighs. “It was time. I can’t thank Annie and Cliff enough. I will never forget my time working with Annie and Cliff.” “What’s telling about those two,” Porubiansky continues, “is how happy they were for me when I joined Century House Tavern. I’m very excited for all the new possibilities of building this great community right here in my town, but I will miss Bacchanalia.” Porubiansky lives in Woodstock and has four children, each of whom at some point or another, worked at Century House. ❍

MITCH, THE FIVE STAR BUTCHER Think about this. A local butcher has that much of an impact on the community. We said the same thing to them when we walked in. Followed by about 5 or 7 other people during our 30 minute stay. Great job and service. The wait is worth it!

The lunchtime menu is incredible. Mitch’s sandwiches are the best in Roswell. Packed high with the freshest ingredients and his custom mayos and sauces—you can’t beat the value or taste. Try the Caesar salad with smoked chicken on top or the Callahan sandwich with bacon mayo—better than any sit-down restaurant. Best Butcher shop in town. Mitch really takes care of his customers. Don’t expect to get in and out though. Quality takes time! Absolutely the best fish, soups, and sandwiches!!!!!! I’m not exaggerating when I say best I have ever had!!!! I wish I could eat

their sandwiches everyday but then I would be 500 pounds overweight (but worth it) Plus they are super duper sweet!

our new smoker.. so excited to come back and tell him how it all goes and get some of that fresh sushi grade tuna I saw. He made our daughter feel comfortable too, I mean seriously folks from the minute we walked through the door to the meat selection to the goodbyes, absolutely the way everyone should be doing business!! Way to go Mitch!! We will definitely be back!! Thank you!!

OMG, if you like bacon, and who doesn’t, buy some of Mitch’s bacon, wow. Do not go to this premium butcher shop looking for cheap meats, he BEST only has to Butcher Shop There are no words quality meats to describe the in Roswell and seafood. quality of the food that Once you taste is available from Mitch’s. You will never be the difference of the best, you will understand. We disappointed in anything you buy or the service you love Mitch’s! receive from everyone there. Absolutely the best!!!!! Uhhhhhhhmazing! Mitch himself helped me out and is an incredibly friendly, informed, and thorough guy. He even gave me a step by step on how to cook the red snapper I purchased. It was amazing by the way! I’m a loyal regular now for all my fresh meats. Mitch and the staff here were incredible! We were amazed at the quality of meat and the personal customer service we received from all of them! Down to the details he told us how to make our first boston butt in

And the sign says, “I take care of each customer personally, your understanding is appreciated.” It should really say, “Your patience will SO be rewarded!” There is nothing that Mitch does that is not world class. His in-house cured bacon is unreal. The fresh in-house sausage is fantastic. The meat and seafood case will have you salivating like Pavlov’s dog. The hidden,

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Spent some time in Mitch’s today to get some pork and salmon. Mitch just came back after a vacation. While in line, just about every customer came in and expressed how happy they were that Mitch and the team were back from their break.


Great neighborhood butcher. Even with his huge selection of seafood & meats I always somehow wander out with slabs of his hand-cut prime NY Strips. Great sides & soups too. Regulars get some slack on ignoring his grilling advice :) but new visitors should take advantage of the free education Mitch can give you on the best way to cook your purchases. Character, quality, great service.  Highly recommend— I love this shop Fabulous selection,endless meat and seafood education and enjoyable banter. Always exceeds expectations and taste buds.

I can’t recommend Mitch’s meats & Fish enough. Mitch is passionate about his food and is very meticulous (OCD). Trust me you won’t want to buy meat or fish anywhere else once you try this place. Unprecedented attention to detail and devotion to his craft.

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Granville Automatic writes songs the Associated Press calls “haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.” They’ve created a one-of-a-kind sound that revolves around their passion for storytelling, with influences as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, The Smiths, and Dawes. You can catch them at Matilda’s (Alpha or Milton!), on Saturday, October 13, at 8 and 10 p.m. The duo shares the evening with The Lonely Heartstring Band, a Bostonbased acoustic quintet that creates an old/new blend, rooted in bluegrass. Wish we had space to detail both bands; see to read about Heartstring. Granville Automatic, comprised of Nashville songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins, is named after a 19th-century typewriter. The band’s devotion to their craft proved a chaotic road of back-breaking touring, interpersonal tension, formerday-job balancing, other-band leaving, and a love-hate dynamic that took them from Atlanta to Nashville. Theirs is a creative partnership reminiscent of Lennon and McCartney: a dreamer/doer, accessible/obtuse, country/rock collision. What the two share, however, is a love for nostalgia: old records and antiques, (hence the name, Granville Automatic) tarot cards and dusty books, ghosts on battlefields, and lost stories from the past. That common ground has produced three historically-minded albums widely praised from The New York Times to an Editor’s Pick in a journal of roots music, No Depression. On November 2, Granville Automatic is releasing Radio Hymns, a 13-track

concept record mining Nashville’s lost history from the two wives of city founder Timothy Demonbreun to the day in 1974 that the Ryman Auditorium was saved from the wrecking ball. The album features guest appearances from Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Ben Fields, and Matraca Berg. Elkins and Olivarez self-produced the record, using some longtime Granville players and some of Nashville’s legendary studio musicians (and studios). The album rocks and rolls, haunts and soars, and pays true homage to the mystery of Music City. “Stories always find their way to us,” Olivarez explained. “For our last album about the Civil War, those stories were usually very sad ones about love and loss. But for Nashville—we kept discovering stories of deception, murder, trickery, drugs, and debauchery. It’s a very different beast, but one often with redemption at the end of the road.” “This is my favorite recording project I’ve ever done,” added Elkins. “The stories are insanely intense—and really reveal the character and heart and depth of Nashville’s past. Much like Music Row has its secrets, the city is full of incredible stories of affairs, God, war, love, and ghosts. We spent hours looking for the greatest stories, many longburied, as the houses or streets where they happened have vanished. I think we found some good ones. “As writers in Nashville, we often write for the radio with hopes to make a living. But we came here because songs are our hymns—they save us. Matilda’s, 850 Hickory Flat Rd, in Milton. ❍ Typewriter Photo:




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THE FIGHT AGAINST BULLYING Jon-Paul Croom president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

WellStar North Fulton volunteers work in all kinds of capacities, including admin, shuttle service, and helping visitors find their way.

BECOMING A WELLSTAR NORTH FULTON VOLUNTEER Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Then become a WellStar North Fulton Volunteer! Volunteers are needed from admissions and registration to women’s health and surgical waiting. Becoming a WellStar North Fulton volunteer is similar to helping a neighbor in need. The most important qualification required is your desire to help someone in need. You don’t need any medical skills. All you need to do is complete an online application or reach out to the Volunteer Services Department at Orientation and trainings are on-going. For more information, contact Kaelin Hill, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 770-751-2884.

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In recent years, national media has brought much attention to teen suicide and its correlation with bullying. If you think this is not also a local issue, you would be wrong. Our hospital emergency department sees far too many suicide attempts and deaths of our young people. I suspect most of us have been bullied at some point in our lives. If you are my age or older, you probably heard “boys will be boys” or “kids just need to work it out themselves” or “it’s all part of growing up.” But, studies show that children being bullied and the bullies themselves are being affected in ways that can follow them well into adulthood. We also know that direct adult intervention to identify and stop bullying can make a significant difference in the lives of our children. Bullying is the unwanted, aggressive behavior that includes two key factors: • An imbalance of power: bullies may use physical strength, popularity, or access to embarrassing information to control or harm another child • Repetition: these behaviors happen more than one time Actions go far beyond the old cliché of being shaken down for lunch money. Bullying may include teasing, spreading rumors, embarrassing someone in public, purposefully excluding someone, or telling others not to be their friend. Of course, it may also include physical behavior such as hitting, pushing, or damaging one’s property. These are all observable behaviors of bullying. But, on top of all that is the new phenomenon of cyberbullying. This destructive behavior takes place over digital devices such as computers, phone texts, and social media applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and probably a dozen other sites I don’t even know exist. The challenge with this type of bullying is that it is not always obvious to adults and can be persistent 24/7. Where we pre-internet children could escape into our homes each day, cyber-bullying does not rest. According to one study, 21% of children 12–18 have been a recipient of this type of bullying.

So, what can we, as adults, do about it? Well, there are four main areas where we can make an impact: > Help children understand bullying by discussing how to identify it, report it, and stand up to it. They also need to know which trusted adults they can go to for help. > Keep lines of communication open by speaking with your children every day about what is going on in their lives. Ask them about their friendships and about bullying. > Encourage children to do what they love. It is important for children to develop relationships with other children who share their interest in hobbies, sports, youth groups or clubs. > Model how to treat others. Children learn how to act by watching our actions. As adults, we must show that we know how to treat one another with kindness and respect. Here is my call for action. Go talk to your children about bullying right now. If you need help, a great website is (and where I found most of the information for this article). Though October is National Bullying Prevention Month, this is something that requires constant vigilance. Each of us can truly make a difference in a child’s life. ❍


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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar OCT–DEC 2018 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.




Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family, or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more info.

American Heart Association CPR Classes

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Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid* Saturday. October 27 9 – 3 p.m. This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

Save Your Brain for the Golden Years Thursday October 11 Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the United States. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and what you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke. Blood pressure screenings offered. Edna Kennedy MSN, RN Stroke Coordinator WNFH Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program. Reservations required

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group 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. Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Classroom C. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394, 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 for more information

Friends and Family CPR* Saturday, November 10, 10 – 12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 10/13 and 11/10 and 12/8 at 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register. Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Thursdays 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13 and 12/20 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

Stay tuned for new topics next year! Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Avalon Wednesday, October 3. 6 – 7 p.m. The Plaza at Avalon. 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Learn more about our Breast Cancer STAT Clinic and other resources for families and patients.

Alive in Roswell Thursday, October 18, 5 –10 p.m.

Visit our tent at this fun family event. Heart of Roswell Park. 925 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075

Trick or Treating at Avalon Saturday, October 27 10a.m. – 12 p.m. 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009 Visit our tent at this fun Halloween event for the family.

Medication Take Back Day Saturday October 27. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or Sharps for safe disposal. LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, November 2 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed.



Mayo-trained Price Slices Into New Surgical Niche At WellStar Dr. Theolyn Price is the new Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery for the WellStar Health System. She has been recruited to build a robotic thoracic surgery program at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. She is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Price specializes in the treatment of lung, esophageal and chest wall disorders, with a particular interest in thoracic oncology (cancer surgery of the chest) and robotic procedures. She did all her surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida, before relocating to Colorado Springs, Colorado. While there, she performed the first robotic-assisted lobectomy in southern Colorado and went on to build a robotic thoracic surgery program as the Clinical Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology. She has been a pioneer in robotic thoracic surgery, having performed more robotic cases than any other thoracic surgeon in Colorado and was the leading female thoracic surgeon for robotic thoracic cases west of the Mississippi.

What do you love about your profession?

patient experiences and the challenges they face during the work-up, hospitalization, and recovery. I also understand the heartbreak that family members feel when their loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer. I am able to not only sympathize with my patients, but I am able to empathize, which develops a very special bond.

I love the personal relationship that develops between a patient and physician, as well as the ability to transform or enhance a patient’s life. Patients and their families present at moments of vulnerability. It is my privilege to plan a course of treatment that will hopefully bring healing You’re among a small group of that will impact the quality and robotic thoracic surgeons. What quantity of their life. It is an to have the opportunity are the benefits of robotic What inspired you to become a honor to make such a difference. The surgery? surgeon? most rewarding part is the lifelong relationships that are Robotic surgery provides the I’ve known since I was 8 formed during the follow-up same traditional surgery years old that I was placed on that is necessary after a cancer through the most minimally inthis earth to make a difference diagnosis, which is truly a gift. vasive approach. Robotic through the gift of healing. An procedures are performed with event at 15 reaffirmed this deci- You’ve had eight surgeries—how less blood loss, less pain, shorter sion. A neighborhood boy was does that help you connect with hospital stays, quicker recovery seriously injured in a lifeand an earlier return to work. It your patients? threatening, accidental home results in tremendous patient shooting. It was in this Not only have I had eight moment, as we were caring for surgeries myself, but I have also satisfaction. WellStar Thoracic Surgery Associates has a robust his needs while transporting been by my mother’s side him to the nearest ER, that I re- during her diagnosis and treat- thoracic surgery program and desires to incorporate this alized my calling was to pursue ment for breast cancer. As cutting edge minimally invasive a surgical career. He was difficult as these times were, I technology into its eventually flown to a trauma truly believe I am a better armamentarium. We at center where his life was saved, person and a better surgeon for WellStar are so excited to bring and they were able to amazingly what I have endured. This this technology to the North reconstruct his face. I knew I enables me to connect with my wanted to spend the rest of my patients in a way that many sur- Atlanta communities at Cobb, life being a part of this miracle geons cannot. I understand the Kennestone, and North Fulton —the miracle of changing lives full spectrum of emotions that a Hospitals. and healing.

How do you incorporate your faith into your work? Being in medicine is very humbling. Despite all the technological advancements available today, there are some things that are still out of our control. In the grand scheme of things, you realize how insignificant you are; therefore, my faith is very important to me. I never walk into the operating room without praying for wisdom. I always pray for my patients, and if they wish, I pray with them. This creates a very special bond between surgeon and patient that brings a sense of peace and comfort. You never know when you may be part of a miracle.

Theolyn Price, M.D. honor to come on board with the WellStar team and be a part of this community partnership. Living in Roswell and primarily working in Alpharetta and Marietta, I look forward to new opportunities to get involved locally and to get to know my new home.

What are you looking forward to at WellStar North Fulton?

It is very exciting to be a part of the WellStar family with a patient first, team centered approach, where we provide top notch, world class care that patients are able to receive from the comfort of their local community. In addition, I am now blessed to be within driving distance to my loving and supportive family. Among What are some of your other them is my grandmother for interests outside of your job? whom I am named, my Another important personal grandfather who just reached mission is to give back to the the milestone of 100 years old, a community. I was fortunate niece and three nephews. enough to serve on five Visiting home more often will philanthropic boards in be a gift of joy. Colorado Springs (Cheyenne To schedule an appointment Mountain Zoo, Goodwill with Dr. Price, please call Foundation, Independent Bank WellStar Thoracic Surgery of Colorado, Penrose-St. Francis Associates (770) 424-9732. ❍ Foundation, Colorado Springs Police Foundation), as well as, serving nationally on the Workforce for Patient Safety for six years through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It is an





Hidden Scar

A One-Stop Approach for Breast Cancer Patients The clinic allows patients to fit many appointments into one A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating for patients and families, but in the midst of bad news the STAT Clinic at WellStar North Fulton Hospital can offer a hope and increased chances of beating the disease. Patients can expect to meet with a full multidisciplinary team of specialists and make treatment decisions faster than traditionally possible through WellStar Cancer Network’s STAT Clinic. “STAT stands for Special Teams and Treatments,” Dr. Laura Pearson, Medical Director of the Breast Program at WellStar North Fulton Hospital explained. “WellStar wants to provide patients with the specialized care using a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses and staff who are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s specific cancer.” Essentially, the STAT Clinic allows patients to fit many appointments into one, saving time, stress and potential confusion. “The healthcare team works together in one location and supports the patient and family from the very beginning of the process,” said Oncology Services Manager and Breast Nurse Navigator Sarah Bentley. “The goal is to really cater to the patient as a whole, understanding their needs and valuing their time. We really want to prioritize that continuity of care.” The Breast Cancer STAT Clinic features a team comprised of a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, board certified plastic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a breast cancer nurse navigator and more. Additionally, each patient is evaluated by a genetic counselor to determine the risk for hereditary cancers. Patients have access to physical therapists, nutritionists, wig and prostheses specialists and other counselors as well. “The typical time from abnormal screening mammogram to initial treatment has always been relatively short at WellStar North Fulton,” Dr. Pearson

said. “Less than 3-4 weeks on average. But, because of the nature of breast cancer treatment, sometimes the time from diagnosis until a patient has met with all the necessary providers can take several months as they sequentially go through the elements of their treatment.” “The huge benefit with STAT Clinic is that a patient and the family meet their entire team on day one. STAT Clinic streamlines their workup, minimizes redundancy in diagnostic procedures, coordinates appointments to minimize delay and keeps the entire team in constant communication. If adjustments need to be made in a plan, it can be done with minimal delay or effort,” said Dr. Pearson. Sara Bentley, the STAT Clinic nurse navigator who helps guide patients throughout treatment, says the patient is at the heart of the one-stop approach. “We want our patients spending less time stressing and lying awake at night. This way they leave the building with a care plan in hand and know exactly what to expect.” For more information about the STAT Clinic please call 770-751-2720. ❍

“The huge benefit with STAT Clinic is that a patient and the family meet their entire team on day one.”

Dr. Laura Pearson offers Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery, an advanced approach to removing breast cancer or the risk of breast cancer. With the Hidden Scar approach, the incision is placed in a location that is hard to see, so the scar is not visible when it heals. “This technology allows surgeons to place the scar in a strategic place where it doesn’t remind patients every day of what they’ve been through,” explained Dr. Pearson. “It’s a great tool to make women feel whole again a lot quicker and get back to living a normal life,” she said.



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ROCKIN’ THE BOOT! with your essentially bare foot, on the metal sides around that shelf thingy on the bottom, where you put kitty litter or a 50-pound bag of dog food? Ooh, that smarts, and it breaks off toenails as well. In fact, I was so busy inspecting my pedicure for damage that I totally forgot the pain in my foot. Fast forward to a few weeks later, and I’m no longer fixated on the toenails and polish, but the incredible pain in my foot, making it very difficult to walk. And so, here I am. A fashionista in the orthopedic devices department. Truth is, I’ve always been ultra-active, moving fast both in fitness endeavors and in regular daily routines, much like the grocery store where I kicked the cart while hurrying down the isles. “Warp speed” is my middle name. I’ve been “dancing on the ceiling” my entire life. It’s actually quite embarrassing the way I ended It’s a source of laughter, because not only was I in up in this incredibly attractive contraption. Ladies, hyper-drive, I was also totally clumsy. I can trip over you’ll understand. Have you ever launched a grocery an object that’s not even in my way, and the shopping cart and whacked your open-toed sandal, accidents abound. There was the time I broke my

“It’s a witch,” (Ahem. So to speak.) I say to myself and my friends. It just so happens I’m sporting a lovely, fashionable (not) boot to meet the needs of a foot with two broken bones. I’m in this thing for eight weeks, unless I drop to six with good behavior. Truthfully, I’ve never been one to behave, so as my husband says, “Hey, you’ll be out of that thing by Thanksgiving.” Holy crap.

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wrist ice skating. I’m sure I was trying to do an elegant move when I fell to the ice. Then there was the broken wrist from volleyball. I was lousy at it, and still am, so you won’t see me on the court any time soon. Speaking of that wrist, I once again broke it while in Italy on our last vacation. Second day no less. That one was accompanied by injured metatarsals that ended up in a cast. Do I know how to do it up, or what? Then there were broken toes from running into inanimate objects that are immobile. You’ll never think about a chair leg in quite the same manner after you hear that crack of a break. As a girlfriend who was present for the carnage said, “Wow, I heard that one!” So did I. It’s crazy when I realize that most of this damage happened after 50 years of age. I’m totally clueless why evolution cannot spare “mature” individuals, or like this column name says, “50+” folks. We’re young at heart, pursue youthful endeavors like bicycle racing, triathlon competing, and mountain climbing, and we’re rocking youthful clothes, shoes

and hairstyles. So I constantly wonder, what’s up with our bodies’ aches, pains, injuries, the expansion of the dreaded abdominal “tire,” and plethora of daily complaints about the state of our swiftly changing bodies? What gives? My own bellyaching revolves around pain in my shoulder and back. I figure that’s enough. My sister, as of this writing, is recovering from the torture of surgery on a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), a critical ligament for knee stabilization. The tear is also plentiful among us 50 plussers. My friends tell me about chiropractic visits, dental conditions, and stomachs that have decided they are not fond of different foods, and said stomachs are constantly acting out. I, for one, finally had to leave gluten behind. I’d had enough with the bloated discomfort that accompanied eating it, and a belly that reacted with a swelling resembling the third trimester of pregnancy. Not cool. I still

I can trip over an object that’s not even in my way, and the accidents abound.

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have belly bloat throughout the day, but without pain. It’s really a hereditary thing. (Aren’t I the lucky one?) Dad unbuckled his pants and undid the waistband after every meal. He was unfortunately one of the first ever to be diagnosed with Celiac disease in the U.S. Mom, on the other hand, never had a stomachache, but had a constant little belly in every photo of her in a swimsuit. Not only did I inherit that little belly, but also her cellulite and varicose veins. Needless to say, I’m not really a swimsuit fan, and insist on wrapping a large, fun, and colorful scarf around my hips. My cellulite, varicose veins, and pasty-white legs will never see the light of day. In the meantime, I’m mostly consumed with my recent foot break. Ouch! I’m not sure I should be doing all of the activities I’m doing, i.e., housework, litter box cleaning, cat feeding, trash collection, laundry, and all the rest. It’s my nature and I’m not sure what it would take to stop myself. So, it’s giddy-up! Exercise class calls. My hiking is on hold for eight weeks, which will surely kill me with longing. So off I go, clomping in a boot, kerclump, ker-clump, ker-clump. My cat runs in terror. In class, as the music and exercises go on, I trip and stumble and do my best with one-legged squats. I flop like a fish out of water on the floor when we do abdominal exercises, and cellulite-reducing moves for thighs, which quite frankly, I think my dimpled fat outruns. I roll out of control on the mat as I try to direct the boot to proper form. My attempts to rise from the floor to standing position are like watching frick and frack (my legs and feet) try to use an over-stuffed chair to raid cookies from an upper cabinet. Hmmm. Now that’s an idea. You know what? A boot won’t stop me from living life. I’m rockin’ it to strut my stuff. ❍





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Have you been planning to add a tree to your landscape? Whether a containerized Japanese maple for the deck or a giant oak to shade the backyard, every landscape can benefit from the prominent role a tree can play in the landscape. October is the optimum time to plant! The leaves are falling, the air is cooling and yet the ground is still warm from the summer sun, so transplanted roots will grow quickly into the surrounding soil. Different from the common perception, spring is not the best time to plant trees, considering the spring nursery frenzy followed by the hot, dry summer.

container for you then look for strong, white roots filling the pot but not circling around and around. Reject root balls with brown, rotten roots or with dead roots in the half of the pot facing the sun. These may have been overheated (cooked) in their black pots in the nursery row. The potting soil should be moist but not soggy and not dry. Bark Examine the bark for a tight and firm fit. There should be no gouges at the base, nor vertical splits in the bark. If balled and burlapped, the ties should not cut into the bark. Leaves Even though leaves are transitory, check for those with brown, scorched edges that may indicate previous drought due to uneven watering. Leaves should be free of spots and insect holes, too. Needle-leaves on evergreens should be abundant and green. Low soil moisture and intense sun cause sunscald, indicated by yellow or half-yellow leaves. Brown dropping needles are perfectly normal once a year, but the tree


typically smaller trees will root-in and grow more quickly, achieving a larger size in less time. Ultimate Size Choose the right cultivar based on how tall or wide your tree will grow when mature. This avoids having to fight nature and prune it back. Single Trunk or Multi-Stem The typical avenue tree has a single trunk that has been pruned up so people or cars can pass underneath, Containerized roots shown here being fluffed with a but the advantage of a multi-trunked cutting knife. Photo: Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State tree is that you can look through it. If selecting a multi-trunked tree, choose one with upright trunks of equal size, Considerations When Buying a Tree resulting in a tree with better shape Size matters! Bigger May Not be and strength. Better Root Condition Although you might be in a hurry Learn to check a plant’s health at to get shade, buying a large tree in a the nursery to ensure you are making massive container might not be the the right choice, because a tree that is way to go. Extra-large trees both are robust from the start is more likely to more expensive and harder to plant. thrive in your landscape. Trees in smaller containers (such as When making an informed 5- or 7-gallon) are less expensive and decision on an important purchase, easier to plant, needing less soil prep take the time to check the roots of the and smaller holes. These factors are tree you are thinking of buying. Ask both great, but the key reason is that an associate to pull it out of the

Strong white roots filling a container. should have enough green needles to outnumber the brown ones. Choose your new tree wisely. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit.” ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape.

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My most repeated gastronomic maxim regarding local dining is that no cuisine has skyrocketed in both quality and quantity in the AlphaRoz megalopolis more than pizza. Tesla didn’t go from zero to 60 as rapidly as pizza options. Kudos to intown dining master Giovanni Di Palma, who introduced world-class Neapolitan pizza at Antico Pizza Napoletana, a stone’s throw from Georgia Tech. He took his second location to Alpharetta’s Avalon, but he is not the first to consign this wondrous cuisine to the immediate area. That distinction belongs to Campania. Occupying 800 N. Main Street, they are about a mile from the downtown Alpharetta’s ever-developing hotbed. Credit pizzaiola master and Naples, Italy native Stefano Rea for putting Campania on the map. He long ago delved into other opportunities, but Campania remains highly atop the list of estimable restaurants. Campania uses the prerequisite “00” flour and San Marzano tomatoes heated up at nearly one-thousand degrees for 60 seconds in their imported brick oven. Having traded notes with fellow food snobs over the years about this local jewel, the only thing devotees can’t seem to agree on is which is their supreme pizza. My nominee is probably the salumi mista with pomodoro, Italian sausage, Calabrese salami, Fiordi-Latte mozzarella, fontina, and fresh basil. But then again, I’m a big, fat carnivore, so why wouldn’t it? The white pizza tartufo is also striking. One could contend that the original Antico remains the emperor of said method of cooking pizza. What makes Campania distinctive from Antico and many other similar meritorious architects of brick oven pie is that


Homemade veal meatballs in a San Marzano Tomato sugo with Rosetta bread. The pie is “Salumi Misti” Pomodoro, Italian sausage, Calabrese salami, Fiordi-Latte mozzarella, fontina, and fresh basil. Campania has a noteworthy entree menu as well. In fact, my absolute favorite item is their veal meatballs. True, some days they are even more tender than others. When on-point, these are some of the tastiest balls of ground meat you will ever gourmandize. I clamor for them as an appetizer. Previously served with pizza dough flatbread as an accompaniment, they now serve it with their own rosetta bread. Frankly, the switchover was to reserve space in the oven for pizza, but both breads are impressive. One can also order the veal balls in a panini. No term is abused in the foodie


25 some.” Thus, I do. Suffice to say, I’ve savored bountiful amounts of the aforesaid dish in multifarious locations. Not on their regular menu, the pollo alla parmigiana at Campania is among both of our favorites. There are seven pasta dishes on the menu, replete with homemade sauces. Obviously, any pizza joint will be vegetarian friendly, but there is also an outstanding tortellini alfredo or basic spaghetti al burro (with butter). There are roughly 30 or so white and red wine selections. The truth remains I’m more of a beer than vino guy. I’m jubilant to inspect an evolving inventory with an amiable coalition of local beers such as Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity IPA from just a few miles down the road to some of the most respected craft offerings from around the country such as Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Goose Island’s 312 Wheat Ale. Very possibly the first and certainly among best options for Neapolitan pizza in the northern suburbs is Vingenzo’s in the heart of downtown Woodstock. (More on Vingenzo’s in a future column.) Everything I’d say about Vingenzo’s is genuine about Campania. Both were pioneers in this cuisine in their respective vicinity, each remaining among the elite today. Foremost, both menus go well beyond the confines of first-rate pizza.

Boscaiola at Campania: fresh pasta of the day with creamy white sauce, Italian sausage, mushrooms, truffle oil, and Parmigiano Reggiano. underground more than “authentic.” Paninis are pressed sandwiches generally on ciabatta, baguette, or michetta bread. Some might asseverate that a wrap, roll, or something else would be a more precise moniker as the balls are ensconced in the house-made pizza dough flatbread. Authentic schmentic. Whatever you want to call them, the veal meatballs, be it as a sandwich or appetizer, will decidedly call your name. Campania has recently improved their social media presence. This resonates well with my wife because she is the quintessential chicken parmesan enthusiast. She says being married to me is the two best years of her life. That’s all well and good, but we’ve been married for 20 years plus two years of courtship. Over that time, this script has been eventuated innumerable times. “How is your chicken parmesan?” I inquire. She responds with a circumspect, “It’s good. Try

Shoutout Chef/owner Jasmin Willis puts out the best homemade biscuits in the area at sensational newcomer Gracious Plenty on Canton Street in downtown Roswell. Initially I sampled their biscuits at Alive After 5. This time I went with the biscuits and gravy, being I’ve been a southern boy for 30+ years now. For those of you Yankees and other heathens who are terrified of sausage gravy, that’s okay. The gravy is very good, but the biscuits are the star of the show. At AA5, she has some jellies and preserves, though not made in-house, they are from a local purveyor. Also, the blueberry muffin is lighter and fluffier than most I’ve had—a bit different, certainly in a good way. They’d even like these babies in Hammonton, NJ, the undisputed blueberry capital of the world. ❍




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Welcome the season (or hang on tight to summertime) at Tap & Six. Autumn’s arrival, the weather apps confirm there’s still time to enjoy a few Fall is upon us. Leaves more IPAs. If you’ve already discovered are slowly changing, Wild Leap Brewing out of La Grange, Halloween decorations GA, then you know what I’m talking are creeping out of the about. Their Alpha Abstraction Vol. 2 closets, and our taste put them on the map in the craft scene, buds are gearing up for the flavors that and we’re eagerly awaiting to see how we often crave this time of the year. Top Vol. 3 compares. If you’re into west of the list… pumpkin beer! coast styles, Atlanta’s newest—and One of my personal favorites is oldest—brewery is back with a great Southern Tier Brewing’s Pumking IPA paying homage to a place we all Ale—not surprisingly, reminiscent of know, Hartsfield. Atlanta Brewing pumpkin pie. Southern Tier has taken Company, formerly Red Brick Brewing, their fall specials to another level with has reinvented itself with Gavin variations containing cold pressed McKenna leading the way as their coffee and another that’s aged in rum director of brewing operations. With barrels. Add these to the list of fall new brewers, new recipes, and a new seasonals like Pumpkin Spiced Latte image, Atlanta Brewing is showing us stout, and you have further evidence how a business can take consumer feedthat there really is a beer for everyone. back and turn itself around. They have On the local scene, Gate City just rereleased over five collaboration beers in leased Gourd Vibrations Chocolate the first month of their rebranding, and Pumpkin Porter. It’s available in their craft beer lovers are taking note. taproom and at a few other locales in So, whether its pumpkin beer, the immediate Roswell area. Variant Oktoberfest, or IPAs, try something new has been a little quieter about what they as we head into the season of special rehave planned, however Matt Curling leases. Cheers! Stop by Tap & Six to find and his fellow brewers have continued some hidden gems. to exceed expectations with the quality Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at and variety of beers they are creating. Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer Get out there and support local, y’all! bar and market located in historic Although the calendar is announcing Roswell at 23 Oak Street. By Ethan Craig


Margaret Garth and Emily Lamos

Fulton Teachers Honored Two teachers in Fulton County Schools were among the ten winners of the 200 public and private school teacher nominees for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Celebrating Teachers Awards 2018. According to the AJC article, Emily Lamos of Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, and Margaret Garth of Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, were selected by a panel of three independent academic professionals who contribute to the Atlanta region teaching community. In its second year, this recognition program honors teachers “in a variety of fields for those who have achieved three levels of excellence”: went above and beyond to educate; encouraged; and inspired. Ms. Lamos is a teacher specializing in autism and behavioral problems, and is in the Georgia Network for Therapeutic Supports (GNETS). She’s been at Elkins Pointe for five years, and her work involves helping students learn life skills, communication, and replacement


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behaviors so they will have opportunities for a high quality of life in the future. Margaret Garth is in her seventh year as an English teacher, specializing in literature and composition. In the school setting, she serves as Senior Class Council Sponsor and Chairperson for Chattahoochee’s School Governance Council. Additionally, she travels to Europe each summer with some of her students. Outside work, Ms. Garth mentors teen girls in a church high school ministry.

Roswell Celebrates “Strong is the New Pretty Day” September 24 is now known as “Strong is the New Pretty Day” in Roswell. Mayor Lori Henry issued a proclamation recognizing this special day at the second regularly scheduled Mayor and Council Meeting this month. Strong is the New Pretty is an international bestseller by author, Roswell resident, and mother of two girls, Kate T. Parker. The book, which can be found in over 35 countries and 10 languages, showcases young girls just as they are: “loud, messy, silly, fearless, independent, confident and fierce.” Over 30 girls were recognized alongside Parker at Monday’s meeting. “This day was so special! It was an honor for me to see these girls celebrated. They were so proud of themselves, and this is the message I wanted to portray in the book,” said Parker. For more information on Kate T. Parker or her book, please visit ❍

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A lone spotlight hovers center stage as Joe Gransden, dressed in a sleek dark suit with a matching pocket square, emerges from the darkness to the growing swell of drums, brass, and saxophones! Gransden and his 16-piece Big Band open the evening with “Sinatra” a song off their new album, Go Getta, released earlier this year, and play into the night, finishing the evening to thunderous applause. pick the piano,” he says. “I needed to pick the trumpet, trombone, or clarinet. I had listened to my grandfather play his trumpet for years, so when the time came, I knew it would be the trumpet.” Vizzutti solidified Gransden’s decision that day. A child of an incredibly talented “When I heard Vizzutti play,” he musical family—his father a success- says, “something clicked, and I knew I ful jazz pianist and singer, and his wanted to play the trumpet for the grandfather a professional trumpet rest of my life.” player—Gransden was destined to As his tenacity and passion for follow in their footsteps. music grew, he attended Fredonia “I didn’t think I’d be a musician,” State University in New York, as a jazz he says. “I grew up in Buffalo [New trumpet major. However, after two York]. I was a sports guy and wanted years, he was offered a full-time job to be a hockey player.” with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, so But as fate would have it, his he packed his bags and hit the road. dream of being a hockey player was “I learned a lot of life lessons while short lived, when Allen Vizzutti, an on tour,” he says. “As a 21-year-old and American trumpeter and composer, a professional musician, you really visited Gransden’s 6th grade band learn how to get along with people, reclass. spect their time and privacy and learn “When it came time to pick an in- how to negotiate on your own. Of strument for the band, I couldn’t course, there were things I still wasn’t

This has been Gransden’s dream for the past 30 years, but let’s revisit Gransden’s youth as a shy middle school band student when he first picked up a trumpet.

Joe’s Big Band album Go Getta featuring Kenny G was recorded last September at Brighter Shade Studios in Atlanta and released in April this year on Cafe 290 Records.

ready to do, but I was making a living at it and loving it!” Gransden’s parents had moved to Atlanta, and after the tour concluded, he joined them to complete his degree at Georgia State University. The day after graduation, he relocated to New York City. However, he moved back to Atlanta after September 11, 2001. “We have an amazing jazz scene here,” he says, “and I was ready to continue growing my business and broadening my fan base.” Little did he know one of those new fans would be Clint Eastwood. Bob Weiner, a friend of Gransden’s, wanted to encourage him, so he recommended Gransden mail Clint a copy of his latest album. “I thought Bob was out of his mind,” Gransden says, “and I was utterly shocked when I received a phone call from Clint’s wife, asking if I’d perform for them in California. I’ll tell you, being on stage and playing my trumpet while I watched Clint

Gransden and his 16-piece big band travel all over the country performing for crowds both large and small. smile and clap and dance with his wife is something I’ll never get out of my head. It was surreal.” Even though Gransden’s fame was rising, he still felt like something was missing. “While on tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, I was inspired to start my own big band,” he says. “It’s something I had always wanted to do, so when opportunity came in 2006, I knew I wanted to make that dream a reality.” Today, Gransden and his 16-

piece big band travel all over the country performing for crowds both large and small. Thanks to The Great American Songbook and Lead Trombonist/Arranger, Wes Funderburk, the band has over 300 songs in their arsenal. “Joe and his band have been defining the jazz scene here for a while,” says friend and record producer Tony Wasilewski. “He is one of the most recognized jazz musicians in Atlanta today and you just feel good when you hear him play.” At 47-years-old, Gransden

has produced 16 albums and admits he still gets nervous before he performs. “My dad taught me to be myself,” he says. “Every night before I step out on stage I tell myself two things: to be myself and that this is what I want to do.” In 2017, Gransden performed 348 different shows. He takes pride in being his own manager, booking all of his concerts and travel arrangements and negotiating contracts with his clients. “I think I have one of the

greatest jobs in the world,” Gransden says. “It’s tiring and taxing, but it’s fun, and I love it.” Gransden and his big band are preparing for their 5th season with the Roswell Cultural Arts Center and Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), which begins in November and runs through April 2019. This season is particularly special as Joe’s sponsors, Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors and Truitt Continues on next page

“Joe and his band have been defining the jazz scene here for a while,” says friend and record producer Tony Wasilewski. “He is one of the most recognized jazz musicians in Atlanta today and you just feel good when you hear him play.”


Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. THE “UNFORGETTABLE” NAT KING COLE CENTENNIAL Jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and the perfect man for a Nat “King” Cole centennial celebration! His “beautiful, velvety voice” and “remarkable stage presence” (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Cole himself.

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8 p.m. I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS WITH FRANCINE REED 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.

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8 p.m. FLY ME TO THE MOON Joe Gransden and His 16-piece orchestra light up the stage at GET. The band’s top soloists will be featured throughout the evening as they perform their award winning show! Get your tickets early to secure a great seat. “This will be a night to really let the guys loose!” —Joe Gransden.

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Joe & His Big Band play to a sold out house at The Blue Note in New York City.


Clint Eastwood tries his hand at Joe's trumpet. Justin Varnes, Tom Gibson, Lee Watts, Wes Funderburk, Kevin Hyde, John Sandfort, and Chip Crotts Joe Gransden, continued from p29 Health, are helping support artists like jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani, Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Francine Reed, and Nashville singing sensation Annie Sellick join Gransden and his band on stage. “I’m excited to be giving back and benefiting the community we serve,” Bryan Fowler, chief executive officer of Truitt Health says. Café 290, Valenza in Brookhaven, and Venkman’s are also venues Gransden and his band frequent. He’s been playing at Café 290 for nine years and is always

SONGS OF THE SOUTH Nashville singing sensation Annie Sellick brings her gorgeous voice and charming southern style to Roswell in “Songs of the South”! You’ll hear a wonderful collection of Southern classics such as “The Tennessee Waltz,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Anywhere I Hang My Hat is Home,” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

M STANDING GIGS humbled by the huge crowd that gathers to show their love and support. “I’ve been incredibly blessed throughout my career so far to collaborate with talents like Kenny G. and play for icons like Smokey Robinson and Freddie Cole,” he says, “and I am truly looking forward to this next season.” If you’re interested in seeing Joe and his big band in concert, see the sidebar at right, and visit his website at for more information. Tickets are on sale now for their upcoming concert series with GET. Visit for more information. ❍

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