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Bid a fond farewell to summer and usher in the new school year with a bang! The City of Roswell hosts its 18th Annual End of Summer Celebration at Centennial High School, on the baseball field. This family-friendly event will feature music, carnival games (with prizes), giant inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, cotton candy, ice cream, food, the annual twist (dancing) contest for kids, and fireworks. Centennial High School, 9310 Scott Road, Roswell. 5:30 p.m. Fireworks 8:45 p.m. roswellgov.com.

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Enjoy a free, family outdoor movie night at the beautiful, open-air Ameris Bank Amphitheater. Secret Life of Pets 2 will be playing on the big screen. Continue the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. Amphitheater seating is available, or bring a blanket and get comfortable as you watch from the lawn. Since it’s a covered venue, the event is rain or shine (let’s hope it doesn’t rain cats and dogs). No outside food except for special needs food and a bottle of water. Concessions will be available for purchase. Ameris Bank Amphitheater, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 8:00 p.m., gates open at 7:00 p.m. georgiamoviesinthepark.com/alpharetta. PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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Fine Art Opening Reception Wild Hope Art Gallery will host a reception for “Party of Five” artists Joel Barr, Emma Bell, Jane Biven, Sherri Richards, and Shanon Schneider on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy original fine art, food, fun, and beverages. The epoxy-resin art at right titled Whole Lotta Rosie is by Jane Biven. Wild Hope is located inside Thompson’s Frame and Gallery at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 127, Roswell/Alpharetta. 678-580-0493. The show runs through Wednesday, September 18. wildhopeartgallery.com. THE CANDY PAR ADE

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Join in for a full day of celebrating with art, music, dance, great food, and more! A tradition for the past 24 years, this special event aims to build a sense of community by giving special tribute to those who contribute to the quality of life in East Cobb. The parade provides opportunities for various groups of the community to interact and celebrates the arts by providing a showcase for local fine arts performers and groups. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., stepping off at 1223 Johnson Ferry Rd., traveling 1 mile south, and ending at Olde Towne Parkway in Marietta/East Cobb. Heads up! Johnson Ferry Road (between Lower Roswell Road and Upper Roswell Road) will be closed to allow 2,000+ parade participants and approximately 110 entries to march in the parade. Stay for the festival, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Located in the south parking lot of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, the free festival features arts and crafts, local businesses, food concessions, carnival games, and an entertainment stage. East Cobb, Marietta. eastcobber.com/parade. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ART DIRECTOR Di Chapman CK Design artwork@thecurrenthub.com Joe Duffy Geri Laufer Send submissions Brandy Rixey events@thecurrenthub.com editor@thecurrenthub.com

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Imaginations kick into gear while exploring vehicles of all shapes and sizes— including a fire truck, limo, a dump truck, school bus, 18 wheeler, and police vehicles. This is a popular family event offered by the Alpharetta Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services Department, which gives youngsters an opportunity to see, touch, and even climb aboard their favorite vehicle. North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us. IT ’S TAILGAT ING T IME

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Come on out to Alpharetta’s biggest tailgate! We all know SEC tailgating is a level above every other conference in the country. Celebrate this long-standing tradition when the University of Georgia Bulldogs take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Attendees will enjoy SEC matchups on the giant LED screen setup in downtown Alpharetta beginning at 12:00 p.m. with the Arkansas State vs. Georgia game. Tailgating bracelets will be available for purchase ($20, kids under 12 are free) allowing you to taste all the tailgating favorites provided by area restaurants and community groups from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. There’ll be $5 Jekyll Brewing beer & wine. Because what would a tailgate be without it? Also, bouncy houses, face painting, and more! Held annually to benefit The Lionheart School + Lionheart WORKS—their mission is to provide a developmentally-appropriate education for children who need a specialized learning environment. Old Roswell Street (Food Truck Alley), Historic Downtown Alpharetta. 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thelionheartschool.com/grilling-gridiron.

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The season comes to a close with one last performance filling the park with live music. Special guests include JP Williams, Jimmie Allen, and Sabrina. JP Williams is a performing songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s co-writer on the no. 1 hit single “Best Shot”—the song that launched the career of country music artist Jimmie Allen. Released in February 2018 as Allen’s first single, the song appears on his JP Williams debut album Mercury Lane. For Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up. Sabrina is an indie artist who moved to Nashville with no idea that it would be the birthplace of her musical path. She currently tours, sharing hope and encouragement through her songs. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy this free, live, family-friendly performance. Brooke Street Park (East Lawn), 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us

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A two-day European-style shopping experience unlike any other. The market is held underneath two large tents that cover the street; local artisans and gatherers create a European marketplace to sell their treasures. An eclectic gathering of merchandise—art, handcrafted jewelry, vintage furnishing and décor, women and children’s fashions, garden whatnots, gourmet edibles, and much more! From the moment you step inside, you feel the thrill in the air. Be prepared to find your senses Lisa of MonaLisa Designs in bombarded with colors, sounds, smells, and activity suggestive of a Sandy Springs uses lustrous marketplace in a distant land. Check out their website to preview pearls, colorful gemstones, the merchants, artisans, and gatherers. Since the market is under sparkling crystals, foreign coins, a tent, it’s a rain or shine event. Hey, that rhymes! Milton Avenue sterling silver, and leather to (between Main Street and Roswell/Canton Road), Alpharetta. create elegant handmade jewelry. Visit her booth at the European Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Market. monalisadesignsatl.com europeanmarketonmilton.com. AND

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Bring your dogs and family for this fun event featuring live music, caricature sketches of people with their furry BFFs, and more. There are contests for Best Dressed Dog and Best Dog Trick. For people, food will be available for purchase, while pets splurge on doggie treats. Pet care vendors will be on hand to demonstrate new products and educate dog owners. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater, Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. johnscreekga.gov.

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L AST CALL Coming to a close this month, don’t miss the last two performances of the season. September 12, Sainte Jane will take the stage of the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. An Americana duo composed of singer/songwriter Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell (frontman of Atlanta band, The Well Reds). Lauren is a little bit country and Jeremy rock ‘n’ roll. Their songs are hauntingly familiar. A class country shot with a modern Americana buzz. September 26, Wes Yoakam, with a bit of pop rock, Americana, and an occasional country twang, is sure to have you on your feet and singing (or at least bobbing your head) along with some of the best acoustic covers from current pop to classic rock. After eight 14-week stints as top-grossing entertainer at the world’s greatest ski bar: “The Club” in Vail, Wes can now be found producing tracks for Atlanta area artists out of FS Studios in East Atlanta and performing around the Atlanta area as a solo and ensemble artist. Head on over to CNC grounds for live, local music and a cash bar, and bring a picnic dinner (Chick-fil-A perhaps). Included with General Admission. Free to CNC Members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/sunset-sips-event.

A yummy soup or chili on a crisp fall or chilly winter evening warms the body and soul. Are you ready for cooler weather? I think we all are! Would you like to learn some new recipes? Then how about a class? Soups 101 with Souper Jenny Levison is in session this month at her new Roswell cafe. Jenny has been serving the Atlanta community fresh and delicious food since 1996, and she continues to work daily creating new and exciting recipes. $55 includes class, plenty of food, and wine. Be sure to reserve your spot online. Also, check out her blog at souperjennyatl.com. We hear our Restaurant Whisperer is well on his way to checking off all 200 soups. (See page 24). Souper Jenny, 589 Atlanta Street, Roswell. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. souperjennyatl.com.

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) will open its 27th season this month with a classic from Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Set in the 1950s, this explosive portrait of a dysfunctional Southern family was said to be the playwright’s personal favorite. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, a wealthy Southern family faces a shattering truth that will strip all pretense away from their lives. Cotton tycoon Big Daddy is dying of cancer, but as the family members gather at the patriarch’s Mississippi plantation for his 65th birthday, they keep the fact hidden from him as they fight for their piece of the family inheritance. Directed by GET Assoc. Artistic Director James Donadio, and sponsored by the Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation. Tickets start at $29. Book early for best prices. (Senior/student discounts for select performances). Groups of ten or more are welcome, with great discounts available. Tickets on sale now at get.org, or 770-6411260. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. get.org.


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Discover the ports, vineyards, farms, and forests of Aquitaine, once Europe’s richest kingdom. See Bordeaux’s fountains and cellars. Hunt for truffles in Périgord, and create your own personal blend of Cognac at the Camus distillery. Savor France’s finest oysters fresh from the bay at Arcachon. Sip SaintÉmilion, Médoc and Sauternes in their own “terroir” on this 8-day cruise through Bordeaux—a region synonymous with fine wine and finer living. Tour the capital of the namesake wine-growing region that, save Paris, boasts more protected buildings than any other French city. Bordeaux is a treasure chest of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through the week, enjoy a walking tour of Cadillac and head across the river for an excursion to Sauternes. View picturesque landscapes where vineyards blanket the countryside hills and visit a château to learn how their prized wines are made. Enjoy a tasting before returning to your ship. There’s a Libourne walking tour, where the Dordogne and Isle rivers meet, then on to SaintÉmilion, one of Aquitaine’s must-see wine-growing towns, an open air museum where it is easy to feel as though you have stepped back in time. Join your guide for a short drive to the hillside medieval village,

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Come out and see some cool cars and hot trucks! Enjoy live music and great food. Admission and kid’s activities are free. Want to show off your ride and drive community change? Registration fee is $20 for the first vehicle and $10 for each additional vehicle. All makes and models are welcome. This annual event is hosted by UPS and GM. GM Innovation Center, 2010 Warsaw Road, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Registration 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.) carshow.unitedwayatlanta.net HEL P THE HOOCH

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Join volunteers of all ages to help clean our north Fulton community! Georgia’s annual river cleanup is brought to you by Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB) and the City of Roswell. Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need your help to stay clean. Individuals, HOAs, scout troops, schools, churches, clubs, and service organizations are being asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter along local roads and in the river (bring your own watercraft), remove privet (an invasive plant species) at Riverside Park, and mark storm drains in surrounding neighborhoods. Awards will be given at the end of the cleanup for the most trash collected and most unusual item found! All volunteers must register by September 20 and have the volunteer waiver form completed and signed before arriving at the event. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. keeproswellbeautiful.org/rivers-alive

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Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams with the ASO

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Experience the family-friendly symphonic event featuring beloved scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and more—all performed by your very own Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Chafetz. Come early and experience fun pre-show activities like picture opportunities with characters and on-site face painters. Star Wars attire is encouraged! However, be sure to leave your lightsaber, blaster, and staff at home this time. May the Force be with you. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. atlantasymphony.org


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September 11 at Atlanta Symphony Hall Zero Mile Presents welcomes to Atlanta one of the most celebrated blues guitarists Buddy Guy with special guest Tom Hambridge. Having just recently celebrated his 83rd birthday, Guy is still going strong. He released his 18th studio album last year The Blues Is Alive and Well (produced by Tom Hambridge). The album went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 61st Grammy Awards. His previous album Born to Play Guitar won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2016. He’s one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and this is your chance to experience a true blues legend in concert. The Woodruff Arts Center (Memorial Arts Building), 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 8:00 p.m. atlantasymphony.org buddyguy.net

City Springs Theatre Company is pleased to announce its upcoming 2019-20 season of musicals. With five fantastic shows—the toe-tapping, roofraising, practically-perfect Disney’s Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical, the regional premier of Irving Berlin’s delightful classic Holiday Inn, the Tony Award-winning hilarious romp A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the feel-good musical comedy smash Sister Act, and the Tony Award-winning hysterical Monty Python’s Spamalot. First up the musical version of the beloved 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins. Based on both the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney screenplay, the story of the Banks family and their magical nanny comes to life on stage in a colorful, sweeping new musical. Co-created by Disney and the legendary producer Cameron Mackintosh, and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical has delighted audiences for over 2,500 performances in New York and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Join in for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious theatrical experience. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. cityspringstheatre.com

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WIDESPREAD PANIC FOR KIDS September 15 at Terminal West

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a monthly family concert series providing kids and parents a place to inspire creativity through music. Created by entrepreneur and owner of The Capitol Theatre and co-owner of the Brooklyn Bowl, Peter Shapiro, and Amy Striem, a certified Early Childhood and Elementary teacher—the idea came to Shapiro, a parent of two young children, after he discovered first-hand a lack of regular programming that combined his passion for live music and his family. Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children ages ten and under games, movement, stories, and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. It is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Little ears are sensitive, so they turn down the volume at the shows. However, all kids experience music differently, and you may find that your child is more comfortable wearing hearing protection earmuffs. What better way to start a child’s concert-going experience than with the music of Athens, Georgia native jam band, Widespread Panic. Makes sense to me. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta Street NW C, Atlanta. Doors 11:00 a.m. Show 11:30 a.m. terminalwestatl.com therockandrollplayhouse.com

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September 24-26 in Buckhead At the ultimate Southeast shopping destination for design—unlock potential, break boundaries, explore new sources of inspiration, reveal unseen possibilities, and create a vision that is authentic to you. Throughout this celebration of design, designers and design enthusiasts alike are invited to experience unparalleled product selections coupled with presentations, book signings, panel discussions, and parties with top talent and industry leaders. Whether you’re an interior designer, architect, builder, specifier, or design enthusiast, ADAC is the place to bring your vision to life. They have shaped an environment where luxury, quality, and diversity are at your fingertips. You can create in ways that are finely-crafted and tailored, uniquely your own, and that stand out from the mainstream. ADAC is your essential design destination. Open every Monday through Friday, shop more than 50 stunning showrooms, visit design studios, explore the campus for inspiration, attend signature events, and dine in one of the two restaurants. You’re welcome to explore on your own or connect and collaborate with top designers and showrooms to create a space that inspires you. ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Atlanta. 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. adacatlanta.com/discover-adac


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September 26 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Kevin James began his career as a standup on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS and garnered James an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. James was the producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2, Zookeeper, and Here Comes the Boom. James also starred in Hitch opposite Will Smith and starred alongside Adam Sandler in Pixels, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Kevin James has had numerous stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. Watch one the next time you need a laugh, or get out and enjoy some live Thursday-night comedy for a change. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta. 8:00 p.m. cobbenergycentre.com

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND September 27 at The Fred

Put on your boogie shoes, and head to The Fred! Nestled in the woods, The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater is one of the leading outdoor entertainment venues in the metro Atlanta area. The venue provides a unique and intimate concert experience where you can (shake, shake, shake) shake your booty all evening long with KC & the Sunshine Band. Throughout the late 70s, KC & the Sunshine Band sustained an impressive run of disco hits and have been entertaining audiences ever since. They’re sure to have you getting down all night as you experience hit after hit. Get your tickets early. In 2015, they sold out (that’s the way, uhhuh, they like it). The Fred, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 8:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.) amphitheater.org heykcsb.com

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September 27-29 at Cobb Galleria Centre The Atlanta Home Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals. Whether you’re joining with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, the local home professionals have you covered. With 300+ booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Atlanta homeowners. Not just about tiles and sofas—the show features numerous activities for every member of your family. With funky playsets for kids, unique workshops, entertaining TV personalities, and much more, the Atlanta Home Show is vibrantly designed with FUN in mind. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta. Friday 10:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. fallatlantahomeshow.com

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Susan’s incredible vision led to CPA offering classes that aren’t offered anywhere else under one roof outside of NYC, LA, or Chicago. company. And alum Noa Erlitzki was the first American to be accepted to the elite Perm Ballet in Russia after high school. Other alumni take different paths and enjoy scholarships to the nation’s top colleges in dance and musical theatre before starting their performing careers, as CPA also assists with college placement, guiding students and parents to find the right fit for their individual needs and goals. Paige’s first Broadway audition was during her senior year of high school and she was hired by Susan Stroman for the hit musical Crazy for You. In Mel Brooks’ smash hit, The Producers, she went on as Ulla, co-starring with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Paige credits CPA training for not only getting her there but keeping her working. Susan’s incredible vision led to CPA Paige Chambers Rutsche, an instructor at CPA and offering classes that aren’t offered anywhere else under one roof outside director and choreographer of musicals for SCDC. of NYC, LA, or Chicago. As an Radio City Rockettes, and the biggest example, Paige teaches a Fossemusical in the history of Broadway—The style class you can take only in Producers.” NYC at Broadway Dance Center Other dance and performing arts or Steps. Students learn from schools tend to focus on one or two top masters with impressive forms of dance, primarily ballet and professional experience and contemporary. Many studios focus on young, fresh instructors in competitions, which are not relevant in classical ballet, musical theatre, the professional world. contemporary, Fosse, At Chambers, the training is so solid Broadway tap, rhythm that in some cases alums can forego tap, jazz, and hip hop. college and move straight to the pros. Students also train Alum Kelsey Wildman auditioned for in weekly scene the Radio City Rockettes as a high study and improv classes schooler and was hired on the spot, then and have both private and group vocal returned for a full scholarship to Point lessons-training, the true “triple threat.” Park Conservatory. Alum Rebekka CPA’s vocal instructor coached children Dizdar began dancing with the Joffrey on the national tour of Les Misérables Ballet in NYC just after high school and and is the director of musical theatre at continues to reside in NYC with the one of the top colleges in Georgia.

CPA also has a thriving children’s, teen, and adult program, as that is where it all begins for so many. The studio encourages and builds a passion for dance in their youngest students taking fairytale ballet classes at age 3, and combination classes at ages 5 – 7. High schoolers in the Teen/Adult classes may be new to dance (but may already be singers or actors) and want audition skills and training so they can successfully audition for high school programs. The wonderful adults dancing at Chambers may be returning to dance after dancing as a child or finally taking time to pursue their passion. There truly is a class for everyone at Chambers.

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mother Violet (Dowager Countess of Grantham) gave up control to Matthew’s mom, Isobel Crawley, and eventually Cora. The youngest daughter, Sybil, eloped, had their first grandchild, and passed away. Middle daughter Edith had a baby out of wedlock and eventually found love and happiness with her wedding to Bertie Pelham (Lord Hexham). Headstrong Mary, eventually married Robert Crawley (again regaining the estate for the family), was sadly widowed when he passed, but found love, marriage, and a baby on the way (with Henry Talbot) in the end. We also saw the toll the Great War took, loss of men, and Downton becoming a convalescent ward/rehab center during the war. The downstairs story With honor, duty, dignity, diligence, discretion, and pride, the staff/servants at Downton give up their own personal lives to run the household and keep the manor working at the highest level of standards. Led by Butler Carson (the beloved Jim Carter), we get a glimpse into the struggles of valets, cooks, lady’s maids, footmen, and staff at Downton. Eager William goes off to war and perishes, Anna marries Mr. Bates after his false imprisonment and they welcome the birth of a son, Carson finds love and marriage with Mrs. Hughes (but eventually must retire for shaky hands), Cook Mrs. Patmore opens her own bed and breakfast, Thomas Barrow (the tumultuous troublemaker) finally gets his chance to come back and take over as the butler in the end, and Mr. Molesley leaves Downton to become a full-time By Britt Argo teacher. Downton Abbey movie ou are cordially invited to bear formerly known as Masterpiece and struggles/responsibilities of the upThe movie delivers new drama, witness to the King and Queen Theatre) their feature film brings the stairs/downstairs players. romance, and family intrigue. The film of England’s arrival at grandeur and splendor back to life. The upstairs story picks up 18 months later in the fall of Downton Abbey. The silver is Downton Abbey television series It began with the sinking of the 1927, with the royal visit of King being polished, linens pressed, and Filmed at the Highclere Castle in Titanic (1912), loss of their heir, and the George V and Queen Mary. The palace crystal glasses and fine china being set Hampshire, England, the cast and crew threat of losing the family home to a has planned a town parade, formal distant relative (Matthew Crawley). out. Everyone is eagerly sprucing up for transported us back to the early 20th luncheon, lavish dinner, and expect an From 1912 to 1925, we followed the the big arrival. The highest honor and century to follow the traditions, elegant, refined sumptuous affair of the lives of Robert Crawley (Earl of most lavish dinner ever thrown by the customs, and pomp and circumstance highest standard. Everyone at Crawley family. Put on your white of the British aristocratic Crawley fam- Grantham), wife Cora Crawley Downton is thrilled and wastes no time (Countess of Grantham), and their gloves, long beaded necklaces, or your ily and their staff/servants at their resuming their roles to put out their three daughters (Mary, Edith, and dapper tweed suits. Pour some tea, Edwardian country manor. If you still best. Even Mr. Molesley returns from indulge in a biscuit (British cookie), haven’t watched the series, but plan to, Sybil) as they dealt with love, loss, teaching, and former butler, Mr. Bates, turmoil, and triumph at Downton and celebrate this enchanting affair. there are spoilers ahead. Otherwise, is called upon to preside. But they all Abbey for 14 years. There were power After six glorious seasons (52 episodes here’s a refresher on the great find a bit of contention when the palace struggles at the hospital as Robert’s from 2010-2015) on PBS (Masterpiece, juxtaposition of the burdens/benefits sends the King’s butler and Royal chef,

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Senior Living in Historic Roswell By Tara Gary

“At Historic Roswell Place, residents have walking access to year-round festivals, restaurants, antique shops, churches, and so much more.

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As we grow older our life roles change. The loved ones who once took care of us often become the ones who now need care. Knowing there is an exceptional senior living community nearby is extremely comforting. I recently visited with Arlene Hsu, Executive Director of Historic Roswell Place: Assisted Living and Memory Care. Arlene has proudly been employed with Historic Roswell Place for the past seven years. A wall in one of the hallways recognizes the long tenure many have had—meaning the turnover rate of those providing care is low, and the relationships and bonds are framed and memorabilia honoring their service. long and strong, which is extremely important. Historic Roswell Place is unique, especially considering its location. It is the only senior living facility in Historic Roswell, located a block from Canton Street and right next to “Church Row.” Residents have walking access to year-round festivals, restaurants, antique shops, churches, and so much more. The expansive porches provide the perfect vantage point to view the many parades, bike races, running races, and the neighbors and families strolling the sidewalks. Not only do residents have access to the entertainment near them, they have many annual celebrations within the Historic Roswell Place community. One of those is the Annual Pig Pickin’ which is scheduled for Thursday, August 29. Residents, their families, and even potential new residents and their families are invited to eat, socialize, and listen to the local band Last Call. Most importantly, their care reputation is unsurpassed with six years of deficiency-free surveys and 24/7 nurses on the Memory Care level. The Health & Wellness Director is an RN, the Executive Director is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and there are onsite therapists for PT/OT/Speech. They provide proper medical and physical care and a family atmosphere for your loved one. While touring the home, Arlene spoke with each of the residents acknowledging them by name and inquiring specific details pertaining to each individually. I was pleased to see a hallway dedicated to the resident veterans. Each veteran has their photo

Resident veterans are celebrated on a gallery wall. The American flag is proudly displayed with the kind words of “Thank You” for their service. Each Veterans Day a full service is held, and the Centennial High School band comes to play for the ceremony. Something that makes Historic Roswell Place the most special is the eagerness of the residents to give back to the local community in a variety of ways through monthly service projects. They knit for children in the hospital, make dog treats for The Humane Society, pack backpacks for local foster children, make lunches for the homeless, and much more. I’m eager to visit again. Should you need the services Historic Roswell Place provides for your loved one, feel free to stop and take a tour. You are sure to feel the genuine commitment to care from the warm and friendly staff. 


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A Message from Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual observance aimed at getting us focused on the positive aspects of growing older. With the coming of Fall, September is a great time to turn over a new leaf. More and more people are reinventing themselves as they age—starting new careers, taking up new hobbies, getting healthier. This brings me to a great benefit that WellStar offers our community members who are age 50 and over: The Good Life Club. This organization is for those who want to learn how to live better, be healthier and stay active. The club’s focus is on wellness, health education, travel and social activities. And there are lots of perks! Are you a member? If you’re not, you should be. Here’s a sampling of the club’s many benefits (all for just a $15 lifetime membership fee): 10% off

• Over-the-counter medications • WellStar Community Education at any WellStar Pharmacy & Outreach programs Network location • Speaking About Wellness Health • Regular-priced items at all Education programs—some WellStar hospital gift shops specifically for women, some about healthy aging in general; • WellStar Bistro locations dinner, an expert speaker, educa• A wide range of classes at tional materials, and a gift—right Kennesaw State here at WellStar North Fulton University/Osher Lifelong Hospital Learning Institute 20% off Parking at WellStar hospitals (North Fulton Hospital parking is always free.) 50% off WellStar Health Place enrollment fee for new members Online retail discount program, Good Life Club Perks, offering discounts on airfare, hotels, restaurants, electronics, shoes, apparel and much more FREE

• Health screenings (at North Fulton Hospital on Sept. 19) • Advanced Care Planning classes

• Classes on healthy aging • Quarterly newsletter

The Good Life Club also partners with a variety of travel companies so they can offer the best prices on social and travel opportunities. In August, members visited the World of Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and picked berries at Lane Packing. Fall trips are planned around the country and across the globe. I hope you will consider celebrating Healthy Aging Month by joining The Good Life Club. Contact them today at 770-793-7141 or email goodlifeclub@wellstar.org and start living The Good Life! 

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar September through November 2019 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Roswell Room. 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. Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9:00 p.m. Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families, and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363. Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Roswell Room. 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 at 404-626-2394 orlupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for info. COMMUNITY EDUCATION Friends and Family CPR* Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 – 12:30 p.m. $25. CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 9/14, 10/12, and 11/9, at 9:00 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 information and to register.

Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Thursdays 9/5, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, at 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at North Fulton Hospital. $30/ couple. Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series—Special Events North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 per program

SAW for Women: Cooking to Improve Your Health Tuesday, Sept. 17 Are you looking for ways for you and your family to be healthier? Cooking at home saves you money, calories, sodium, sugar and saturated fat! Join WellStar for an interactive meal prepping presentation and demonstration to learn tips and tricks for preparing meals at home. Healthy Extras: Bladder Matters Tuesday, Sept. 24 │Presentation 6:30-8 p.m.; Light refreshments 6 p.m. Bladder control issues affect women of all ages. Join us as we talk about ways to control your bladder and when to see a specialist. For Healthy Aging: I Woke Up Like This! Weight Management After 50 (Nutrition and Exercise) Tuesday, Oct. 29 According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult gains 30 pounds by age 50. Join us for a presentation to discuss tips for battling the bulge and how to determine a weight that is healthy for YOU. For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated. *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.


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Advice from Chaplain David Anthony Spencer, Jr.

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SPECIAL EVENTS FREE Skin Cancer Screening Thursday, Sept. 12 Appointments begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration required: 770-956-STAR (7827). Do you have a suspicious looking spot? Have it checked by a dermatologist. Wear loose clothing and report to the hospital front desk for directions to screening room. Advance Care Planning Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learn how to talk with your family about your final healthcare choices, make decisions on specific medical issues and health conditions, legally document your choices, and appoint a healthcare agent. Free but registration required. Medication Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or sharps for safe disposal. LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed.

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Your friend just got a serious diagnosis. You feel helpless and upset, and don’t know what to say or do. How can you make things better for her? David Anthony Spencer, Jr., chaplain at WellStar North Fulton Hospital, says, first and foremost, to remember that you can’t make things better. “You can’t take away her pain,” says Spencer, “but you can comfort your friend.” How?

me if you need anything” response? “When someone is hurting, they don’t know what they need,” explains Spencer. “Be proactive: Take a risk, and make an offer. Most people will take you up on your offer of help, if you’re specific.” Spencer encourages anyone in the hospital at North Fulton in need of support to reach out to him through “Tap into that feeling of distress. It’s their care team. “As an interfaith OK to say, ‘this is awful; I don’t know chaplain, I’m trained to support those what to say.’” That gives your friend an of all faiths, and those with no particimmediate connection, letting her ular faith,” he explains. “We want each know you’re joining her journey, with patient to have a holistic experience.” emotions similar to hers.” Spencer adThough his job is to provide spiritual vises thinking about what you would and emotional support to patients and want if you were in your friend’s situateam members, his role at North tion. “Then take the initiative: Make Fulton Hospital is much larger. that call, send that email, buy a gift Spencer helps patients prepare card, cook a meal. If your friend has Advance Directives, which document children, arrange and supervise a play their wishes for medical care if they date for her kids; if she’s in the hospiare not able to speak for themselves tal, put together a basket of toiletries (see Calendar for a free Advance Care and snacks for her spouse to have on Planning Workshop in September). hand during visits and stays; He connects with community clergy of volunteer to be there when the doctor different faiths so they can be rounds, so you can be an extra set of available for patients requesting ears, and take notes. There are many David Anthony Spencer, Jr., chaplain at WellStar support from their faith tradition; and ways to offer comfort.” North Fulton Hospital. he performs weddings and blesses babies in the hospital. And there are ways to not offer Spencer specializes in meeting comfort. “Because we’re in pain for patients where they are, and doing our friend, we sometimes unintentionally dismiss the emotion,” anything to connect with them and support them during what are often says Spencer. “It’s just too painful for some of the most challenging times of us to dwell on. For example, if a their lives. Sometimes that support couple has lost a baby, we might say, takes the form of playing cards, ‘it’s OK, you can have more.’ Or if a watching a movie or reading a book. “I parent dies, we say, ‘she’s in a better place.’ Instead, we need to mourn with had a teenager who was with us for two weeks,” smiled Spencer. “She our loved ones. Yes, that couple can wanted me to read a book on horses, have more children, but we need to then take a test on it. I made a B. mourn the baby they lost. Yes, a “Our hospital is sacred space,” says parent may be in a better place, but she’s not in this place with the people Spencer. “I’m always humbled to enter that space and be a part of our who miss her.” patients’ journeys.”  And what about that familiar “call

Only 54%-65% of U.S. hospitals employ chaplains, according to a recent report jointly produced by five major chaplaincy associations. David Anthony Spencer, Jr., who joined North Fulton Hospital last year, is the facility’s first chaplain.

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Maccabi Games welcomes young athletes with diverse needs By Brandy Rixey

Atlanta hosted an exciting Olympic-style competition this summer that featured 1,600 athletes. The Maccabi Games are held in a different city each year and bring Jewish athletes ranging from 12 to 16 years old from around the globe to compete in 14 different sports, perform community service, and promote human values. This year, the games were hosted by the Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta (MJCCA) from July 28 –August 2. Maccabi Team Atlanta’s nearly 600 athletes welcomed 1,000 visiting athletes from 35 delegations from across the U.S., Panama, Israel, and Mexico. Atlanta is the first inclusive Maccabi host city that reached out to athletes with special needs to compete in the games. Several months ago, Lori and Kevin Rubin received a call from Atlanta JCC Maccabi Games Inclusion co-chair Tracey Grant, inviting their son, Beck, to participate. Beck is 12 and has been diagnosed with mood dysregulation disorder and significant ADHD, making it difficult to self-soothe or calm himself. He attends The HOPE School in Roswell. “Beck doesn’t play sports because they’re too overstimulating,” said Lori. “But we were told that for Maccabi, each child in its inclusion program would have a buddy during the day and a buddy at the event at night for support throughout the week’s programming. That way, each child could have one-onone care but still participate in the team experience.” “One particular point of pride for our inclusion team,” explained Tracey, “is that in addition to the athletes that received an individualized level of support, there was a social emotional wellness team in place that cared for dozens of athletes, helping them to navigate moments of anxiety and stress throughout the week.” “The experience truly exceeded our expectations,” said Lori, “The inclusion team was so attentive and aware, making sure Beck wasn’t overstimulated or frustrated. He competed in the 14 and under (U14) track & field and ended up winning two medals—one in shot put and another for sportsmanship. “He was so proud of winning these medals,” beamed Lori.

Samantha Kurgan, Atlanta JCC Maccabi Games Inclusion co-chair congratulates Beck Rubin at the Maccabi Games in August. “He wore them to his first day of school; he would not take them off.” “The Atlanta community should be incredibly proud of hosting these inclusive Maccabi Games,” said Samantha Kurgan, Atlanta JCC Maccabi Games Inclusion co-chair. “With the help of The Coca-Cola Company’s sponsorship, the Atlanta MJCCA/Delegation was able to support the inclusive athletes with our buddy program. With the support of Beyond the Playroom, specialists were hired to help build, train, and support our inclusion team. Working together, our buddies, specialists, coaches, and the leadership team ensured success for all the athletes involved in the 2019 Atlanta Games.” Learn more about the games at atlmaccabi2019.org. 


A new LGE Community Credit Union branch has opened across the street from Avalon in Alpharetta.

Better rates and lower fees are just some of the benefits of the new LGE Community Credit Union branch, now open near Avalon. “People often ask about the difference between a credit union and a bank,” said Tim Henderson, Alpharetta Branch Manager. “We offer all the conveniences and services of a bank, but more money ends up your pocket.” While banks are owned by a group of shareholders, credit unions are owned by their members. This means the members share in the profits, in the form of better rates and lower fees. But this doesn’t mean you give up anything in terms of products, convenience or safety. For starters, LGE offers one of the highest paying checking accounts around. It pays a significant 2.00%APY —and the cash goes right into your checking account. Add the companion VISA card, and you’ll earn another 1% back. If you’re raising children, an LGE Youth Savings account is a truly smart choice. It pays 5.00%APY on the first $500, and a highly competitive rate on the remaining balance. This gives kids a real opportunity to understand the importance of saving and how interest compounds. For those who are interested in purchasing a car or a home, LGE offers some of the best rates around. Looking to consolidate debt? Many people carry high balances on credit cards with extremely high rates. At LGE, debt can often be consolidated into a loan at a

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have a weird profession. It’s never been weird to me, mind you, but for over 40 years, whenever I give my so-called “title,” the response is blank stares and “Say what?” Even after I explain it, I must give examples of it. Apparently, I’m one of the few people on the planet who has ever decided to do this for a living. So, here goes. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I am (and have been since I was 23) a working writer. And no, I don’t do fiction. I’m lousy at fiction. “What do you do for your day job?” I’m asked. Writing. You know the cereal boxes you read? (It seems like reading cereal boxes is a universal pastime.) Skincare packaging? Protein bar wrappers? Brochures? Your doctor’s website? Yeah, I’m the one. Not to mention I was considered among the best resume writers in the world. It’s true. Everyone was so surprised because I would greet clients in fishnets and short skirts, about six feet tall in heels. Jaws dropped. “You’re a writer?” They apparently expected a frumpy woman in orthopedic shoes, and told me so. This was during the stone age, when I sent documents via fax for approvals. Back then, there were three things that could throw you into spasms with gnashing of teeth: computers, paper jams, and fax machines. My writing career started with an interview process for my first corporate job. It included a writing test. I aced it. That essay launched my career. I became a corporate writer for five divisions of a huge retail corporation. I was the young woman who wrote pages upon pages every week for training materials, scripts for multimedia productions and videos, and the instructional documents for new processes and procedures. There were perks with the job. I traveled throughout the U.S. as a trainer utilizing the manuals I’d composed. I worked in New Orleans numerous times, Vegas, Salt Lake, Albuquerque,

Houston, and heaven knows how many others. There were good times among grueling work schedules. With manuals in hand for a store opening in New Orleans, I tried my first cigarette to join a store manager who told me, “I only smoke during store openings.” Well, that’s what I was there for, I reasoned. In my novice attempt, I managed to inhale into a coughing fit and light the wrong end of the cig. Experiment over. Back in the office, I was the girl who had the job that nobody could figure out. “What do you do, again?” I was often interrupted for a “special project,” that quite truthfully was dumped on me by an executive who couldBy Di Chapman n’t figure out what I was doing and needed something done that had nothing to do with it. These were the olden days, before desktop publishing. We wrote our compositions in longhand and handed them to secretaries who typed the crude documents into word processing machines the size of refrigerators. We writers worked long hours to meet the perfectionist expectations of our leader. “No carpooling, and no leaving at 5:00,” we were told in no uncertain terms. At 23, I was up for anything, including hours in the “copy center.” (Heard that term lately?) We sweet-talked the ”copy guys” into putting our 1000 pages before anyone else’s when our jobs required documents for the next day. That did not replace the inevitable, “Dang, the boss needs 25 more copies!” that required sitting on the copiers until midnight. I can’t believe we never thought of amusing ourselves by photocopying our butts as the hours ticked by. My business writing segued easily into its own retail writer-for-hire operation, then into health and fitness writing, and ultimately, inspirational and humorous composition. Books awaited me down the path. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised. The talent of writing is one of those things that tugs

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Di is pondering whether to open a new document, rearrange the living room furniture, or take the chips to the kitchen and make another pot of coffee. at you all of your life, and indeed, you are compelled to do it. I, for example, found myself rewriting comic strip dialogues when I was eight. “Peanuts” was a favorite. I cut out the characters, glued them onto construction paper, and made new dialogue balloons. Then, I “bound” the pages into a “book” using a hole puncher and yarn. Voilà! I also found my inspiration in Erma Bombeck’s writing. I studied her work constantly. I definitely wanted to be her. Later, I would always choose essay questions over multiple-choice tests. (Who does that? Only moi.) I’d score 100%. Assign me a paper, and I was golden. When anyone says to me, “I’d like to be a writer, but I don’t have time. How have you found time?” Really? It is how I use my time. If you’re thinking about becoming a writer, consider these ABCs:

A Can you boldly procrastinate?

C Can you be oblivious to mayhem? I once was in a stream of consciousness when a truck crashed through my office window. I didn’t even look up from writing. Until, “What the heck?”

D Can you handle being painfully bloated? In “vintage” times, we saw images of writers at typewriters with overflowing ashtrays and cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. Nowadays, we’re binging on chips, popcorn, nuts, candy, and ice cream. You must break into the M&M’s. Period. It’s mandatory.

E Do you love coffee and/or caffeinated drinks? They’re required consumption. See Point F.

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A butter-gold floribunda rose named for Julia Child takes you back to the dime store or Grandpa’s candy dish with its delicious licorice scent. Photo by Geri Laufer. ◗ Refresh your mulch by reapplying organic mulch as needed for a uniform appearance. ◗ Water thoroughly (2-3 times per week), wetting the soil but avoiding the leaves. This encourages new growth and promotes general health of your roses.


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By using these tips for your late summer garden maintenance, you are primed for a big crop of fall roses. After the last feeding in October, relax until time to | prune them in January-February for the following year of blooms.

Digging Deeper: Have you heard about my friend, Chris VanCleave, known as “America’s Favorite Rose Gardener?” Follow his great personality and tips on growing roses in the south (he lives in metro Birmingham) at RedneckRosarian.com or listen to his podcast at RoseChatPodcast.com. How are your fall roses blooming this year? Let me know by posting on facebook.com/CurrentPlus or email me at geri@gardengeri.com.

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The most delayed premieres in recent Roswell lore are Moksha (which, due to the construction nightmares that engulfed them after they opened never had a chance), Peach & the Porkchop, Ricky’s Fish Camp, and Souper Jenny. The latter has at long last unlocked her Roswell location. Already a megastar ITP, Jenny Levison broadened her mini-empire to 589 Atlanta Street in Roswell near the Roswell Mill. Technically, she moved her Decatur location to the northern section of the dining toothsome twosome of Alpharetta-Roswell. Roswellians may raise an eyebrow upon gathering she departed Decatur because of the parking disaster. As restaurant powerbroker and activist Ryan Pernice, founder of RO Hospitality will be the first to tell us, downtown Roswell isn’t exactly kind to parking. However, the Roswell Mill area is more parking-friendly than nearby Canton Street. Levison is renowned for her turkey chili, “My Dad’s Turkey Chili” to be

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exact. Guess what I tested initially? Duh. This “Souper Jenny tradition for 20 years” is without question signatureworthy and better than most beef versions. With Mitch’s Meats traditional, Never Enough Thyme’s Texas-style, and Souper Jenny’s turkey, AlphaRoz boasts different extraordinary chilis to choose amongst. Fickle Pickle also generates a distinguished conventional beef. All of the above should be invitees to the professional division of all eminent chili cookoffs. Pardon me, while I not only love the chili I’m with but also lament no longer eating one I love. I too miss the Soup Chef on Roswell Road, just north of

Souper Jenny’s crab cake sandwich and cantaloupe gazpacho

Yes, I’ve already been asked to address the elephant in the room. How does Souper Jenny’s match with my alltime favorite soup and sandwich manufacturer Mitch’s Meats & Fish? Though nobody is likely to displace Mitch at the top of the heap, the truth is Jenny’s and Mitch’s are as dissimilar as two soup and sandwich spots can be. I’ve been to Mitch’s hundreds of times and have been peering at Jenny’s daily updates ever since she announced she was disembarking Decatur. I have yet to see one overlapping sandwich or soup. Souper Jenny’s is very vegetarian amiable, though this carnivore always has choices in both soup and sandwich classifications. In the summer months, for example, Jenny’s almost always has at least two gazpacho options, often the non-traditional one being a fruit. Both the restaurant and owner are great additions to the Roz. Jenny is benevolent in the community. In turn, Roswell has embraced the somewhat hidden newcomer. I’ve noted lengthy lines commence not long after their 11:00 a.m. opening. However, the lines move expeditiously at this well-oiled machine. As long-time fan Ming Han Chung sums up the quality and healthy balance, Jenny’s “never fails for a great meal that you don’t hate yourself after.” Souper Jenny’s is the quintessential balance of tasteful and healthy. Even I could pretend I’m a vegan here and actually eat quite well.

Though plenty of vegetarian options, perhaps Jenny’s most famed dish is Dad’s turkey chili. Northridge. They had a fantastic white bean creamy chicken chili. Keeping the restaurant’s demise into perspective, a tragedy, followed by petty business bickering, led to their closing. But if the actual soup chef (part of the business split) decides to return from Florida to North Sandy Springs, I’d be giddy. Appreciate the forbearance, now back to Jenny. I asked Ms. Levison how many soups were in her portfolio. Yowza, she told me about 200. Jenny, I got your number, and I need to make all 200 mine. Speaking of turkey—the turkey burger was better than one would imagine a turkey burger. Of course, as a purist, my favorite crab cakes are jumbo lump. However, Jenny’s Cajun crab cake sandwich added a perfect amount of filler for flavor. I didn’t detect any Cajun kick, but with a tasty remoulade sauce, it reminded me somewhat of my muchmissed crab cake sandwich at Oak Street Cafe, once just down the road. Jenny also has an excellent, daily day by day rotation of salads. Roswell resident Lyndsey Hayes is a fan of the salmon salad. “Everything tasted so fresh,” she said, while also extolling the fact the restaurant has “a little kids Unique and sensational shami burger from Swan section with toys and books.” Café.


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Sound Bites: I say only half-facetiously that I will start commemorating my date of birth when I can start counting my age backward. My single annual requisition for my always low-key hatching anniversary is cupcakes from Cakes by Darcy. Trained at famed Rhodes Bakery, Darcy adds modern capabilities in elevating her creations to the next level. Her resume includes Chicago staples Bennison’s Bakery and Tag’s Bakery… Rabbit cassoulet at Good Word Brewing in Parsons Alley was good. Their Fond IPA and DIPA Sleepwalker elevated the dinner. It’s never easy to stroll past O4W Pizza, but a craft brewery simplifies the challenge… Speaking of Parsons Alley, yet another beautiful score by Alpharetta City, securing Crave Pie Studio as their newest tenant. Their second location is scheduled to debut hopefully weeks before the winter solstice. Crave does both sweet and savory pies extremely well… I made my second trip to Swan Café in the Ellard Village Shopping Center in Roswell. The shami beef burger has Persian spices, wonderfully giving it a unique flavor. Yes, I’m a growing boy, and prefer my burgers heartier. But flat

out, the quality and uniqueness make this among the best of a not-so-small list of best burgers in the area. Nearby Foundation Social Eatery’s mushroom ravioli is one of my fave vegetarian dishes ever. But owner Safoora Kamali puts out a praiseworthy one here. Shrooms are finely ground and ravioli topped with choice of pesto, creamy pesto, or marinara. FSE’s still my fave, but this is a hell of a vegetarian dish too. American Pasta Factory, a good cheap eats option in Roswell, has gotten their liquor license. On October 17, they will be giving away free pasta with sauce to celebrate National Pasta Day. When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts for all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts. 

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As I think back to some of the stories I have written over the past year, I recall sharing my travels to Germany in 2016 when I experienced Oktoberfest first-hand. Stop by Tap & Six sometime, and I’ll tell you a few of the crazy stories. For anyone taking notes, you may remember that Oktoberfest is a twoweek long tradition celebrated mostly in September. The festival starts in September and runs through the first Sunday in October. This year, the celebration is September 21 –October 6 in Munich, and over 7,000,000 people are expected to attend. The closing ceremony is akin to New Year’s Eve on steroids with over 10,000 people partying under one tent. Yes, literally… one massive tent. But while Oktoberfest is world renowned, there is another celebration that overlaps with it that I had never heard of before. German Unity Day is observed on October 3 as a national holiday in (you guessed it) Germany. I recently met with a representative of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, also known as the German Cultural Center, to learn more about it. Tag der Deutschen Einheit observes the anniversary of German Reunification in 1990, when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified. This was the first time since 1945 that Germany was one nation. This was not long after the Berlin Wall came down, and a treaty was signed designating October 3 as the official holiday. On this day, German inhabitants celebrate at festivals that offer various stages hosting live bands and stands selling food, drinks, and sweets. There’s always a big party centered right at the Brandenburg Gate.

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I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to milder temperatures, tailgating, football game Saturdays, fall craft beer, and festivals. Wow, we have some of the most outstanding festivals in our area.

Left to right: Alex Haddad, Larry Florman, Kevin Nolan, Tom Maxwell, Vanessa Campagna, Maggie Rose, Sarah Tomek, Jason Graumlic, Kyle Whalem, Matt Nolan. Photo: Ford Fairchild. maggierosemusic.com.

October 11 –12, Alpharetta will host one of the best festivals around, the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, awarded as one of the “Top 20 Events in 2018” by Southeast Tourism Society. The event will embrace the lyrical souls of local and nationally recognized musicians as they perform their original hits and provide insight as to what has inspired them. The performers will capture the audience with their magnificent voices and expressions through song on various stages throughout the downtown landscape, including main stages on Milton Avenue, The Green, as well as an intimate, special venue inside City Hall. Maggie Rose headlines on Friday evening and G. Love & Special Sauce are featured Saturday evening. Maggie Rose is exceptionally talented. Her versatile songs are known for intricate storytelling, and that’s what this festival is all about— performing original works and raising awareness of the importance of music. Sassy, sexy, and “Smooth” (one of the songs from her album Change the Whole Thing hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “Best Albums of 2018”) describe Maggie’s style. Her fierce, yet soothing voice demands your attention. Strong, shameless, inspiring lyrics: “Change can take a little longer But if you really want it it’s worth the wait And it’s okay, ‘cause even if you never see it Doesn’t mean you can’t be it, either way” “You ain’t gotta change the whole thing You just gotta leave it a little better”

The entire album was recorded live in the studio with a 13-piece band, no overdubs, and no auto-tuning. Pure, raw talent. It’s a blend of blues, pop, soul, funk, and gospel, and her first full-length album released in five years. It’s the kind of music I can see myself listening to on a lazy Sunday afternoon while lying next to my man. Rose stated in a documentary coinciding with Change the Whole Thing, “The whole crux of artistry is being yourself, yet people are telling you who to be. Ten years later I think this record is my undoing of all of that. If you just leave something in a slightly better situation than you found it then I think we’d be in a much better place.” You can see Maggie Rose and over 20 more artists during the two-day festival perform free. Yes, admission is FREE. Visit the website for the full lineup. Food and beverages will be available at 4:00 p.m. and the performers begin at 5:00 p.m. on both afternoons, Friday and Saturday, October 11 –12. Marietta’s popular Art in the Park festival is celebrating its 33rd Anniversary Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 31 –Monday, September 2. I love this festival in the town square. It’s full of children’s activities, live music, great food, and unique items displayed by over 175 fine artists. Many of the artists create pieces during the event. I remember taking my children there many years ago and watching Eric Waugh, a progressive artist, create a modern and playful painting. My daughter Sidney was about eight years old, so intrigued with his painting, she stood there until he finished. Afterward, he handed her his paintbrush as a memento. She still has the brush, 12 years later, and she herself is quite the artist now. This arts festival has been not only locally and nationally ranked but internationally as well. Over 48,000 people visit annually and for good reason. You won’t find the items typically


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Last year, the Milton Wine Festival raised over $10,000 toward an all-inclusive play park to serve children of all abilities and disabilities in North Fulton and the surrounding counties. miltonwinefestival.com.

Milton City Hall hosts the 3rd Annual Milton Wine Festival, Saturday, September 28 from 4:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m. Though voted the “Best Festival in North Atlanta,” the festival’s director Chuck Squires stated, “The “Star-Spangled Barn” is an original oil painting by Larry Smith. The artist saw the landscape while festival is not resting on its laurels.” traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and planned to paint it as soon he got back to his studio in Duluth. The New this year, they’ve improved gallery-wrapped canvas is 36 inches square. Exhibiting at Marietta Art in the Park. artistlarrysmith.com. the event by adding the Taco Mac Beer Garden and Brewniversity. Charles Pinckney, an Athens This event sold out last year so artist, uses forged and welded grab your tickets now. For the gentitanium, sterling and other eral admission price of $50, use metals combined with conceptual your provided, customized tasting design and movement to Artists Hil-Dee and Patrick Bates together form glass to sample as much as you defabricate jewelry. His work is Dirty Dog Pottery, blending water, earth, and fire to sire of the world class wines (check entirely hand-made. The out the long list of wines on their create functional art. The pair will be at Marietta Interruption (at left) is about website) and craft beer. For $75 Art in the Park. dirtydogpottery.com. an event that happened in his life. (only 100 tickets available) you can encountered at some craft shows. The pendant is made from forged, enjoy access to the Children’s You know those booths full of carved, welded, and anodized Charities Hospitality Area. This items bought from a national titanium with carnelian and a area will be air conditioned, with chain store, tweaked by the vendor hand-made titanium chain. The catered food and water, as well as who then claims it’s unique and artist will exhibit at Marietta Art access to private bathrooms (very handmade. Not at this festival. No important at an event of this type). in the Park. charlespinckney.com. manufactured items allowed, only This is a well-organized event. hand-crafted and fine art is Some festivals I’ve attended offer permitted. Art in the Park is held the tiniest pours and long lines, in and around Glover Park (the but that’s not the case here. You historic Marietta Square), from can expect generous pours of 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. delicious world-class wines, and a Admission is free. healthy variety of continues next page>>


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craft beers. Food will also be available from some of the finest local restaurants to accompany your tasty beverages. Not only is this one of my favorite festivals, it benefits one of my favorite charities—Children’s Charities, Inc. Originally, Amanda White and Lauren Holmes founded the group Milton Friends of Children’s Healthcare. They’ve done so much good! Like providing $300,000 for the dedicated Emergency Transport Vehicle for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth, raising money needed for an eye tracking device that can detect autism in children as young as two months old, and much more. Their current goal and vision statement is to provide an all-inclusive play park to serve children of all abilities and disabilities in North Fulton and the surrounding counties. That’s right, “all-inclu-

September 19 — 29 Jim R. Miller Park northgeorgiastatefair.com

sive.” This is seriously an amazing undertaking and one dear to my heart. Can you imagine a child bound to a wheelchair swinging for the first time? I am looking forward to visiting the completed project to witness these little miracles as children have the ability to play in sensory centers, with musical instruments, roller slides, see-saws, and ADA-approved picnic tables. Last year, the Milton Wine Festival raised over $10,000 for this phenomenal park. One more fantastic reason to sample fine wine, craft beer, and mingle with great people. For more information about Children’s Charities, visit childrenscharitiesga.org. Since 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival held in the Historic Town Square has supported over $1 million in projects improving the parks, gardens, and a variety of other projects throughout the city of Roswell. Presented by the Roswell Recreation Association (an all-volunteer group), this year’s festivities, with fine arts and original crafts, kick off on Saturday, September 21 and continue Sunday, September 22. The festival is open on both days from 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Local entertainment will include the Roswell Dance Starz, Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, and a variety of musical talents. Children’s activities include painting, spin art, face painting, sand art, and more. Food trucks will be available on site as well. Admission is free.  Harry Tallman finds vintage, industrial, and everyday items to repurpose into artistic and beautiful one-of-a kind lamps. This lamp has a ten-inch antique brass shade with an Edison-style vintage bulb, multiple antique gauges, a heavy-duty shut-off steam valve, and a brass water spigot. The lamp sits atop multiple transmission parts and a walnut base. At the Roswell Arts Festival and woodmetalcreations.com.

Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

September 21 Atlanta art.beltline.org

October 6 Canton Street roswellwinefestival.com Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival

October 11 — 12 Downtown Alpharetta wireandwoodalpharetta.com Fall Farm Days

European Market on Milton Avenue

September 21 — 22 Downtown Alpharetta europeanmarketonmilton.com Marietta Streetfest

September 21 — 22 Marietta Square mariettastreetfest.com Roswell Arts Festival

September 21 — 22 Roswell Town Square roswelllartsfestival.com

October 12 Smith Plantation roswellgov.com Chalktoberfest

October 12 — 13 Marietta Square chalktoberfest.com Harvest on the Hooch Taste and Beer Festival

October 13 Chattahoochee Nature Center chattnaturecenter.org Owl-O-Ween

Milton Wine Festival

September 28 Milton City Hall miltonwinefestival.com

October 18 — 19 Kennesaw State University owl-o-ween.com

Sandy Springs Festival

Johns Creek Arts Festival

September 28 — 29 Heritage Green heritagesandysprings.org

October 19 — 20 Johns Creek splashfestivals.com

Cumming Country Fair & Festival

IrishFest Atlanta

October 3 — 13 Cumming Fairgrounds cummingfair.squarespace.com

November 8 — 9 Historic Roswell irishfestatlanta.org

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital gains a chaplain. Souper Jenny lands in Roswell, Georgia. Downtown Abbey, the movie. Fall festivals in Johns...

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital gains a chaplain. Souper Jenny lands in Roswell, Georgia. Downtown Abbey, the movie. Fall festivals in Johns...

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