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so much more. The Roswell Azalea Festival Gala will be the concluding event of the funfilled month. Locations, dates, times, and admissions vary. roswellazaleafestival.com. See page 13 of this issue, as well. FRESH FROM THE FARM

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April 13 KICK BACK

Avalon Nights Live

April 5 – Oct 25 Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza every Friday from 6:00 –8:00 p.m. at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away on April 12 when award-winning country music artist and song writer Kurt Thomas plays The Plaza. Kurt has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, and LeAnn Rimes. experienceavalon.com.

At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables, and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods, from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, and soaps. They’ve got a new location on North and South Broad Streets in Downtown Alpharetta in front of City Center alongside the Town Green. April – October. 8:30a.m.– 1:00 p.m. alpharettafarmersmarket.com. MADE IN THE SHADE


Mount Pisgah Community Easter Egg Hunt

April 13 It’s time for the 4th Annual Mount Pisgah Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held at the Patriot Athletic Field, where there will be 36,000 eggs, inflatables, games, and food. Invite all your family, neighbors, and friends to be a part of the fun. Mount Pisgah Patriot Athletic Campus, 9825 Brumbelow Road, Johns Creek. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. mountpisgah.org/hunt.


Roswell Azalea Festival

April 1 – 30 Enjoy the beauty of springtime in Roswell at the 5th Annual Azalea Festival. This 30-day, calendar-packed festival began in 2015 with a gala to benefit The Cottage School, and its focus on building a sense of self for students with special learning needs. The Gala served to generate enthusiasm that would expand community wide and become the Roswell Azalea Festival, encompassing numerous events and activities, presented by nonprofit organizations and businesses. Events take place all month long at numerous locations throughout the city. Enjoy plant sales, art exhibits, live music, Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market, bicycle rides and races, and

and enjoy some great music. Stay tuned throughout the season for events, including free exercise classes and chef demos. Take your kids to join the weekly educational program where they will use a “passport” to collect stamps for completing activities. Once the passport is stamped six times, kids receive a free farm-to-table meal from a local restaurant. Pet approved market with plenty of parking. Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street. April – October. 8:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m. roswellfam.com.

and entertainment, and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses, and restaurants surrounding the venues. Hosted by the City of Roswell and made possible by presenting sponsors: Gate City Brewing Company and Carl Black Buick GMC, this energizing street festival offers unique opportunities for merchants and vendors to showcase their businesses, services, and commitment to the community. It is held concurrently on Canton Street, East Alley, Historic Roswell Town Square, and at the Interactive Zone on the grounds of City Hall. Vendors, live music, food, beverages, and restrooms are available at each venue location. Free regular trolley service connects the venues. The City Hall parking lot, 38 Hill Street, is the perfect location to park. This lot provides a trolley stop and is also the closest walking proximity to the Interactive Zone, Canton Street, and East Alley venues. April – October, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. aliveinroswell.com. ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

Roswell Cycling Festival

April 20-28 This week-long festival celebrates all things cycling and is held in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community (to pg. 4)


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April 13 Come spend Saturday mornings in the shade of the majestic oaks in front of Roswell City Hall where you can shop local, eat healthy, and do something great for your community. You’ll meet new friends, taste great foods,

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designation. There are six events planned. Here are the details on a few: Saturday, April 20 & 27: Bike Roswell! Saturday Morning Ride. Experienced riders will enjoy this popular group ride along the 25-mile route through Roswell. Start/Finish at Roswell Area Park, 10517 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 8:00a.m. Friday, April 26: 7th Annual Bike & Beverage Tour. Approximately 5 miles through Historic Roswell, this is a free casual bike ride where no one will be left behind. Registration required. 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28: Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride. This is the 16th year for the largest fundraiser for Bike Roswell!, a non-profit organization promoting safe cycling. 8:00 a.m. from Roswell Area Park with three ride options : 18, 42, and 64 miles. Registration required, $45/rider and $55 day-of event. Also, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bike Roswell! and the City of Roswell will convert the pavement along Canton Street into a pedal/pedestrian party. Come join in on this innovative experience encouraging people of all ages and abilities to explore the community by dancing, pedaling, rolling, and strolling. Activities will include live music on multiple stages by Atlanta Plays it Forward, sports demonstrations, health and wellness interactive displays, and the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo. A Family Bike Parade will kick off activities at 11:00 a.m., rolling from Heart of Roswell Park to Woodstock Road and back. bikeroswell.com.

help picking them up! Children will collect ten eggs from The Plaza and bring them to the trade-in tent to receive a bag of treats. No registration required. The Plaza, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. Ages 0 – 3: Starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Ages 4 – 7: Starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. experienceavalon.com. ART IN THE HEART

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

April 20-21

Presented by The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, this two-day outdoor festival is organized by artists for artists and will feature up to 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers, and more. The festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, and participate in hands-on arts activities. There will also be artistic activities for the kids. Located in the heart of Sandy Springs. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs. Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m. sandyspringsartsapalooza.com. HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

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Hop-A-Long Easter Egg Hunt

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The North Fulton Master Gardeners, in partnership with Historic Bulloch Hall and the Roswell Azalea Festival, will present the 20th Annual Garden Faire. Whether rain or shine, you will be able to purchase unique gifts, birdhouses, tools, garden decor, and plants from over thirty exciting vendors. The Master Gardeners love to share their plants and will have pass-alongplants available. Children’s Corner, Eco-Corner, and parking available at City Hall, with transportation provided by the Roswell Trolley. Historic Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. nfmg.net/garden-faire.html.


March for Babies

April 27 March with a community that celebrates you, your family, and obstacles overcome. Walk 3.1 miles alongside 600 others celebrating the impact March of Dimes has had on moms and babies. Kids can join the Superhero Sprint, bounce around in the bounce houses, and get their face painted. Live music. Funds raised will help March of Dimes empower families with programs, information, and tools for healthier pregnancies. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Registration 8:00 a.m. Start 9:00 a.m. marchforbabies.org.


Roswell Night of Lights: A Celebration of the Earth

April 27 Join Keep Roswell Beautiful at Riverside Park for Roswell’s first Earth Month celebration! This free, family-friendly event is meant to be educational, inspiring, and inclusive as we celebrate the natural world. The evening will begin with a variety of educational vendors demonstrating with hands-on activities just how easy and fun it can be to protect our natural resources. Several speakers from faith communities in Roswell will then lead in giving thanks to the air, land, and water that sustain us. At twilight, the inaugural lantern parade will commence. The parade route runs from Riverside Park to Don White Park and back, about a mile round trip. Everyone is welcome to participate; please bring something that glows, twinkles, or shines (no fire or flames!). You can create a lantern out of natural or reused/recycled materials, or attend one of the spring lantern-building workshops and

bring your creation with you to the parade. For a list of workshop dates and details, visit keeproswellbeautiful.org/earth-day. 770-641-3742. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. keeproswellbeautiful.org. SAY HELLO AGAIN

Vintage Computer Festival

April 27 & 28 An international In the foreground: CRAY-1 M named for Seymour Cray, father of festival that celebrates the supercomputing. Black box with red lights: Connection Machine 2. history of computing, featuring hands-on exhibits, interactive activities, and speakers. The event is open to all—computer lovers, hobbyists, IT professionals, makers, future inventors, families and children interested in STEM/STEAM, and curious onlookers! A live auction will offer bidders a chance to start or expand their personal computer collections. The Computer Museum of America will be open during the festival in preparation of the grand opening scheduled for July 20, 2019. Roswell Town Center, 5000 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Presented by Atlanta Historical Computing Society. atlhcs.org. Hosted by Computer Museum of America. computermuseumofamerica.org. See page 19 of this issue, as well. LET LOOSE

Sunday Funday

April 28 It’s familyfriendly fun in the park! Bring a picnic and come have some fun with The LooSe ShoEs Band. A Georgia favorite, playing live blues and rock ’n’ roll together since 2001, the five members of this melodic band have a collective 100+ years of performing music. Guaranteed to leave you wanting more, they’ll also be performing in August at Alive in Roswell! loose-shoes.com. Brought to you by WellStar Health System. East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. eastcobbpark.org.

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You’ll walk Avenida Corrientes, the bustling thoroughfare of theaters, shops and cafés known as the street that never sleeps. Buenos Aires is a dazzling feast for the senses. Narrow streets in the city’s colorful neighborhoods reverberate with the intoxicating melodies of the tango. Day three, in Uruguay, where you’ll marvel at the beautiful natural setting, iconic monuments and historic residences of Montevideo. See the Legislative Council, an impressive building made of national marble and stroll through an eclectic mix of architecture and historic sites during a walking tour of Montevideo’s Old Town. More than 300 miles off the coast of South America lies the rugged archipelago of the Falkland Islands. Here, you will find several hundred sparsely inhabited islands with unspoiled nature and diverse fauna. Some 60 distinct bird species breed on the islands, including five different species of penguin and some of the world’s largest colonies of albatross. Visit the world’s most southerly Anglican church and the Whalebone Arch, when you explore the historic streets of Port Stanley. After an ocean cruise, debark your ship in Puerto Madryn, Argentina and head to the Valdéz Peninsula, which is connected to the continent by a narrow strip of land. Enjoy its natural beauty and biodiversity before visiting Caleta Valdés to observe a large elephant seal colony.

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ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL April 4-14 in Atlanta

The 43rd Atlanta Film Festival is the region’s preeminent celebration of cinema. The organization offers entertainment, networking, education, and professional development year-round. The festival itself is one of the largest and longest-running in the region. Over 11 days, the festival will present 180+ feature films, short films, special presentations, and creative media, including an array of music videos, virtual reality, and episodic pilots. This year’s feature and short films hail from over 45 countries across the globe. Among the selected films, 20 percent were born and bred through production or filmmaker(s) from Georgia. In addition to a spectacular lineup of film programming, this year’s special presentations include a live screening of the highly anticipated premiere of the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones on the big screen on Sunday, April 14 at the Plaza Theatre. Be sure to check out the website for the film lineup, venues, and parking. atlantafilmfestival.com

ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE April 7 on Peachtree Street

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars to create a whole new healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city street experience. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is activating 3.1 miles of Atlanta’s signature Peachtree Street for Atlanta Streets Alive - Central, connecting South Downtown to Midtown through the heart of the city. The street will be closed to cars and open for people to walk, roll, bike, and play! The fun kicks off in Midtown, at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 16th Street at 1:30 p.m. where you can join in the official opening of the street followed by a parade of the route. Explore the Open Street from end to end or enter and exit the route at any cross-street at any time during the four-hour activation. Free and fun for all ages. Bring your friends and family and share in the experience of enjoying our city streets as public space! 2:00-6:00 p.m. atlantastreetsalive.com

Atlanta Streets Alive opens the streets to bikers and pedestrians to enjoy life sans automobiles. Photo courtesy Steve Eberhardt. SteveEberhardt.com


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April 7 in Dunwoody Sarge is an extraordinary entertainer. A triple threat. A musical piano savant, amazing improvisational comedian and singer. He is also an author. I’m Still Standing Up traces his hilarious, inspirational life of twists and turns, ups and downs, which will leave you exhilarated and entertained. His sidesplitting comedy and display of dexterity as a pianist have wowed crowds for decades. Two shows only on Sunday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. MJCCA Members: Adult ages 18 and up $25, Community: Adult $36. Not recommended for children. 678.812.4002. atlantajcc.org/sarge

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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts an egg hunt in the spring gardens on April 20. Photo courtesy callanwolde.org. (See page 8).

ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL April 12-14 in Piedmont Park

Spring is in the air, the dogwoods are in bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. There is something for everyone at this Atlanta staple! Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented, with a nationally renowned, juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and much more. A Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts, crafts, and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24foot rock-climbing wall, is sure to not disappoint. Sponsor booths are located throughout that will have everything from live radio remotes to great prizes and interactive games. A wide array of diverse musical offerings will fill the air throughout the weekend! And when you get hungry, follow the delicious smells, of funnel cakes, gyros, crab cakes, onion rings, kettle corn, and much, much more! Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta. Fri. 12:00 –11:00p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. –11:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m. –6:00p.m. Artist market closes at 7:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday. dogwood.org

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA April 13 at The Rock Ranch

Children can hunt for more than 55,000 eggs. This event will include a presentation of the Easter story from the Bible just before the egg hunt. Kids can also get photos with the Easter Bunny at this popular Georgia event. Don’t forget Courtesy The Rock Ranch facebook page. your camera! Concessions available. 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Georgia. 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. therockranch.com

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April 20 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Bring your basket and your camera for a familyfriendly Easter egg hunt across Callanwolde’s beautiful spring gardens and grounds. Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be a face painter, crafts, and a kids’ dance floor. An indoor bar will also be available with snacks, drinks, and more for sale. Tickets are $7.50 online/$10 at the door. Children under 12 months do not require a ticket. Parking is now included in your ticket price, however, arrive early because it is offsite with trolley service running every 10 minutes. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 8:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. callanwolde.org

April 27 – 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway


April 20-28 at National Parks Each April, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area joins with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to celebrate America’s treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events. To kick it off, all entrance fees are waived Saturday, April 20! So get lost outdoors for a while, and if you never have before, be sure to visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs. nps.gov


ANNUAL ART ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE MARKET April 21 at Stone Mountain April 20 in Peachtree Corners

Free and fun for the whole family! Arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, kids activities, chalk art contest, egg hunts, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Jones Bridge Park, 4901 East Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. gwinnettcounty.com

GREAT BUNNY CHASE 5K & FUN RUN April 20 at Callaway Gardens

Festivities begin at 12:00 p.m. with live music and a Bunny Hop Fun Run for the kids. At 12:30p.m., the 5K will begin around Robin Lake and surrounding roads, with 3,000 eggs along the course where the Easter Bunny is waiting to be chased! Choose to chase the bunny or run and collect eggs along the way. Registration required. After the 5K, Callaway Gardens will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Hunts will be divided by age categories, each having designated areas to hunt for eggs. Included in Gardens Admission. Callaway Resort & Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. callawaygardens.com

This massive celebration of anything with an engine, has grown into one of the largest festivals of its kind in the South. From hot rods to rat rods to motorcycles, to monster trucks, there is something for everybody, and then some, at the annual two-day event. Tickets are $15 per day, $20 for a weekend pass, and free for kids ages 12 and under. They include access to all areas of the show including the vendor midway, show car garage, extreme motorsports, and so much more. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. atlantamotorspeedway.com

Experience serenity and peace as the Stone Mountain Sunrise Association presents two simultaneous, nondenominational Easter services at the top of the Mountain and on the base of the Mountain on the Memorial Lawn. The event began in 1944 before the land around Stone Mountain was officially owned by the State of Georgia. Lucille A. Lanford, from Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, suggested that the church’s youth group climb to the top of Stone Mountain on Easter morning to watch the sunrise. The event grew from that one youth group to thousands ascending the mountain every Easter since. 7:00 a.m. (Park Gates open at 4:00 a.m. Summit Skyride opens at 4:30 a.m.) Allow an extra hour or more for large crowds. Parking $20. Church vans and buses enter free. Skyride $15. There are no fees for the walk-up trail to the top of the mountain. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain. stonemountainpark.com

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Step inside the gates of Newcastle and find yourself transported back to 16thcentury England. Our 32-acre village is filled with over 150 artisan craft shoppes, 10 stages of endless entertainment, wonderful pubs and taverns, plus food galore! You’ll laugh out loud at the antics of our costumed characters, try your skill at carnival games, and enjoy humanpowered rides for kids of all ages. Did we mention food? Giant roasted turkey legs, fish and chips, hearty ales, mead and more—a feast fit for Royalty! It’s a full day of fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn. Saturday & Sunday 10:30a.m. –6:00 p.m. plus Memorial Day. garenfest.com


A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta) will present two author events in April. The first features New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. In his second remarkable work of fiction, A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles further establishes his reputation as one of contemporary literature’s most exciting and singular writers. A big novel that embodies the grand style and spirit of Russia’s Golden Age of Literature, A Gentleman in Moscow is a captivating story of personal and emotional discovery that spans more than three decades and takes place almost entirely within the walls of the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR, A Gentleman in Moscow spent 59 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list! “Sly and winning… Listen closely and you might hear a Wes Anderson soundtrack playing… Towles is a craftsman.. he chooses themes that run deeper than mere sociopolitical commentary: parental duty, friendship, romance, the call of home.” —The New York Times Book Review. Tickets: Member $24/Community $30; (all general admission tickets include one trade paperback copy of A Gentleman in Moscow) On Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin, authors of The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals will be in conversation with local media personality Mara Davis.   The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in attractive and easy-to-find ways, and then maintaining the system so you don’t need a do-over in six months. When you’re finished,


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you’ll not only know exactly where to find things, but you’ll also love the way it looks. Clea and Joanna, who made their “orderly eye candy” method famous, will bring their signature approach to decluttering. The book features celebrity spaces of Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Lauren Conrad, Kacey Musgraves, Rachel Zoe, Christina Applegate, and Thomas Rhett. A paperback copy is included with your ticket: Member $30/Community $36. A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA brings a prestigious array of authors to the Atlanta community throughout the year. Expanding on the success of the annual November Book Festival of the MJCCA, A Page from the Book Festival events allow the MJCCA to continue fostering a love of reading and enabling interaction with favorite sought after authors all year long. Purchase Tickets: MJCCA Box Office at 678.812.4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival. Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 30338. ❍

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I SHOULDN’T TAKE MONEY FROM MY RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS I CAN DROP MY LIFE BEFORE AGE 701⁄2… Rather than INSURANCE… Viewing life insurance leaving your retirement account to grow solely as an expense in retirement could into a large balance by age 70½, it may be a mistake. When one spouse passes make sense to draw some money out away, the widow’s Social Security and prior to the RMD to balance your income pension income could decrease, but sources for tax planning purposes. We suggest building these intentions their expenses may stay the same. Life You’ve worked hard for the money, you into your retirement plan—even if only insurance proceeds can help the surviv- should enjoy it when you want. as a contingency. ing spouse pay off a mortgage, medical There is a lot of misinformation out I WILL NOT WORRY ABOUT expenses, or provide for living expense there. We enjoy having meaningful conMONEY… When you’re working, you in retirement. versations about money to help you don’t have time to fixate on economic I MUST CONVERT TO ROTHS… steer clear of misconceptions that could and political issues that gyrate the finanMany worry that the required minimum derail a prosperous retirement. Life is a cial markets. You are busy and have a distributions at age 70½ from journey. Navigate it wisely. ❍ regular paycheck; plus, you know that retirement accounts will push them into Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, your investments have time to rebound a higher tax bracket, so they think that CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial after a market lull. But once you retire, Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite converting the entire traditional IRA those issues may be more top of mind; A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes into a Roth will reduce their taxes. In in working with people who are serious after all, your regular paycheck is contrast, most who convert their entire about making progress towards their coming from your investments. account end up paying more in taxes, as financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than Determining when, which accounts, and $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities the first-year RMD (required minimum offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member how much you withdraw can be FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Cetera distribution) is approximately 3.7% of worrisome. To overcome these worries, IRA at age 70½ and only increases to Investment Advisers LLC. Cetera entities are under separate an we suggest building up at least two years ownership from any other named entity. The views expressed 5% by age 80. This means that most re- are for informational purposes only and does not constitute an of living expenses in cash savings prior tirees don’t experience the jump in taxes offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security which to retirement. When you experience may be referenced herein. This information is not a substitute as feared. down markets, you can draw from the for professional guidance in financial, tax, estate planning or


FOOL ME ONCE… RETIREMENT MYTHS By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders Planning for retirement can be confusing, especially when so much conflicting information abounds about life in retirement. Here are some myths that commonly masquerade as facts.

MY KIDS WILL BE OFF THE PAYROLL… Illness, job loss, and divorce are just a few issues that can derail your child’s financial independence. No matter how old your children are, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect them. Even if they are financially independent, you may want to contribute to big ticket items, such as a down payment on a house, or an annual gift so you can see them enjoying their inheritance now, rather than after you’re gone. If grandchildren are in the picture, nothing will keep you from spoiling them, monetarily or otherwise.

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acerola, graviola, pitaya, kale, coconut By Tara Gary milk, bee pollen, flax seed, fruits and There is something about Spring that vegetables, and other preservative-free makes me want to eat healthier, exercise options. Most of their ingredients are more, and make better choices for my organic and everything is made fresh to wellbeing. There are many of you who order. Bowls include superfood base already do a great job of taking care of blends mixed with frozen fruit and vegyourselves daily, but I think my etables and toppings like nut free incentive is knowing that shorts and granola, strawberries, bananas, mulbershort sleeves are unavoidable. Making ries, local honey, blueberries and good choices and finding healthy Jeff and Paula Sauer, owners of Vitality coconut shavings to just name a few options is not always easy. Some of the Bowls Superfood Café in Alpharetta. from the many options. They are healthiest options don’t seem appealing crafted and targeted for your individual needs such as and buying and preparing healthy meals to please the Detox Bowl, Green Bowl, Immunity Bowl, and the every family member can be daunting especially with Warrior Bowl. Paula’s favorite is the Nutty Bowl which younger pickier eaters. Jeff and Paula Sauer were looking to start a business contains organic acai, peanut butter, almond milk, apple juice, bananas, flax seed, and strawberries, in which they could provide healthy options for their topped with organic granola, almonds, honey, and two daughters and introduce clean eating in a fastcasual setting. They opened Vitality Bowls Superfood fresh bananas. My favorite item on the menu is the Eggnini panini. Café in Alpharetta City Center to offer “clean eating to everyone.” California-based, Vitality Bowls Superfood It’s made with an organic cage-free egg, spinach, mozCafé has more than 50 locations in the U.S. including zarella and nut-free pesto. It’s fantastic. It tastes like you’re being bad when you’re actually eating right. Peachtree City, Dunwoody, Mid-town, and now Soups and salads, a large selection of Smoothies, as Alpharetta. Personally, I wish I could walk into my well as a Fresh Juice Bar offer a variety of fresh and kitchen and order straight from their menu for every tasty options. For the younger customer they offer a meal. The menu is full of superfoods including acai,

Kid’s Bowl, Kid’s Sunsation Smoothie, grilled cheese, and fruit. Notice the taps behind the counter when you order. After realizing it wasn’t craft beer I still decided to try the beverage flowing from the tap, which was Kombucha fermented tea, a natural probiotic. It was carbonated, fruity, and a tiny bit spicy. A very flavorful and satisfying beverage. Once you try Vitality Bowls Superfood Café you will continue to crave it. Eating Vitality Bowls healthy never tasted so good. Superfood Café Vitality Bowls Superfood Café is 364 Commerce Street open Monday –Thursday, 9:00 a.m. –8:00 p.m.; Friday and Alpharetta, GA 30009 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. –7:00 p.m., 770-680-2519 and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – vitalitybowls.com/ 6:00 p.m., and is located at 364 locations/alpharetta Commerce Street in Alpharetta.

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Taste Of Alpharetta Coming Up May 2

The longest running food festival in the South returns on Thursday, May 2, 2019 as Taste of Alpharetta celebrates its 29th year serving up the city’s best tastes from more than 60 restaurants, a culinary competition, live music, and more. This year the city is adding a few new features to the event, including a beer garden full of local brews, and a “locally grown” area of local, foodfocused, agricultural, and educational organizations—always keeping food the main focus of this popular event. Taste of Alpharetta attracts more

than 35,000 patrons between 5:00 and 10 p.m, and takes place in charming downtown Alpharetta, encompassing Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. Local chefs will compete in the Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with select chefs conducting cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Competition Stage. The Taste of Alpharetta culinary competition awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. for the top chefs in five categories: Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation, and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Taste of Alpharetta is in its 29th year. Photo courtesy www.alpharetta.ga.us Vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Culinary Competition Stage prior to 7:00 p.m. The event offers free admission, parking, shuttles and is open to all ages. Event attendees can purchase food and activity tickets, priced at ten tickets for $5, and redeemable at the event’s restaurant and activity booths. Over 60 of Alpharetta’s best-loved restaurants will serve up their signature dishes including appetizers, entrees and desserts. The diverse menu of taste options will range from one to eight

tickets ($.50 –$4) per sample. Tickets can also be redeemed in the family friendly “locally grown” and “fun zone” areas for a variety of activities including engaging educational experiences, face painting, inflatables, and a variety of children’s activities. This year's event will feature multiple music vignettes throughout the streets of downtown and feature a variety of music genres. Enjoy Alpharetta’s premier dining experience on May 2. Learn more at alpharetta.ga.us and awesomealpharetta.com. ❍

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Rev. Jeff Mosier and Friends perform at From the Earth Brewing Co. Photo: Andy Estes Photography By Danielle Purdie The Roswell Azalea Festival is celebrating its 5th year! A month-long celebration during April, the Azalea Festival showcases the beautiful azalea blooms all over Roswell. Top seven reasons to attend: So Many Events Throughout the month, there is absolutely an event for everyone to enjoy—kids, adults, history buffs, plant-lovers, and art enthusiasts. If you fall into any of these categories, see what’s in store in April because you’re not gonna want to miss a thing! Live Music You can catch multiple nights of live music during the month at From the Earth Brewing Company. There will also be a special musical performance at the Azalea Festival Gala that benefits The Cottage School. Learn Something New If expanding your cooking skills has been on your list of things to try, sign up for the cooking class at Barrington Hall. If you’re a history buff, attend Barrington Hall’s eight-week class covering the Calvary Operations in the American Civil War. Techies will want to explore the Computer Museum of America to learn about the history of computing through interactive activities and speakers. Get Your Green Thumb There is nothing more spectacular than a gorgeous garden. If you are looking to update your garden, you are in luck! At the beginning of the month is the Spring Native Plant Sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Once you stock up there, hang on until the end of

the month when you can attend the Garden Faire at Bulloch Hall from the North Fulton Master Gardeners. Your garden will look the best it’s ever looked! Enjoy Nature With many events happening at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, you can get out and enjoy the 127 acres they have devoted to nature and wildlife. If you’re feeling extra active, run in the Choate Construction Run the River, and get your steps in early while soaking in the views of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. This event benefits HomeStretch’s mission of helping homeless families. New Events New to the lineup of events this year is Roswell’s Night of Lights: A Celebration of the Earth. Presented by Keep Roswell Beautiful, join in the parade of lanterns along the Chattahoochee River. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lantern. There will be two lantern making workshops available this month before the event. Visit keeproswellbeautiful.org. Explore Roswell Last, but certainly not least, is simply the opportunity to explore everything that Roswell has to offer. Be sure to download our Historic District map, and discover the history all around you as you take part in the many events throughout the month. After attending one of the events throughout the Roswell Azalea Festival, enjoy dinner at one of our great restaurants. Experience why this town has a Modern Spirit with a Southern Soul. Connect with Visit Roswell on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! ❍

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By Jon Copsey

Adventures in nature await!

The weather is getting warmer, the days longer, kids are getting antsy, and the need for activity is growing. With the weather comes plenty to do outdoors. In Roswell, the city is blessed with easy access to the Chattahoochee River, which means plenty of outdoor adventures right at your fingertips. Riverside Park, Shoot the Hooch and more offer great ways to interact with Atlanta’s biggest river, but to truly enjoy it, visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Surrounded by 127 acres of forest and river, CNC is the best way to connect with nature in Roswell and surrounding cities. New this summer at CNC is the Screaming Eagle Adventures ecocanopy walk and zipline. Located on the CNC property, this tiered course is designed for adventure-seekers ages 8 and up and encourages them to see nature from a different perspective, getting a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center from the tree canopy. Operated by American Adventure Park Systems, the same company at the Guinness-record holding Banning Mills, the eco-canopy tour at CNC allows guests to spend as much as three hours on the course, enjoying a total of 40 adventure and challenge elements. Soar up to 55 feet in the air on one of the 14 ziplines that stretch up to 500 feet and trek across 26 sky bridges. It includes Atlanta’s only zipline across water, at one of CNC’s ponds. Find out more and book yourself a zip-trip at cncziplines.com.

Whether it’s a date night or family time, canoeing down the Chattahoochee River is always a good choice. Guided trips run weekends from April through August at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photos: Chattahoochee Nature Center

If a slower adventure is more your speed, every weekend from AprilAugust, CNC offers guided canoe trips for all ages on the river. Whether it’s a fun outing with the family, a trip with the girls, or a date night at dusk, these trips are the perfect outing to experience the natural world that’s so close to home. Each trip has knowledgeable guides leading the canoes on a one-and-ahalf hour trip down the river, looking for birds, animals and just enjoying some moments of peace away from the hubbub of city life as you float down the ’Hooch. Canoe trips run every weekend, from April through August. Check chattnaturecenter.org for availability and booking as well as many daily activities in nature. ❍

Soar through the tree canopy with the new Screaming Eagle Adventures zipline and canopy tour at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Footprints in other centuries By Caroline Smead, CNC Naturalist Exploring the Chattahoochee Nature Center isn't only about discovering natural wonders but following a historical journey through time. CNC was founded in 1977, but the land has been here for millennia. Come journey our six hiking trails and follow the footsteps of the people that came before us. Before Europeans settled in the Americas, two groups occupied the area, the Creek and Cherokee people. Artifacts found along the Chattahoochee River illustrate the use of trade and travel routes utilized by the native people. Maps preceding the 1800s indicate major land routes known as the Etowah, or Hightower Trail that cut through the property. As you continue exploring CNC, step away from civilization and follow the red blazes for the Forest Trail. When the City of Roswell began to flourish due to the booming mill industries, families built houses in the surrounding area. The Kelpin Family Farm was located on our present-day land. When the Civil War began, many men in the Roswell area were exempt from enlisting so the mills could continue to make goods in support of the war effort. Charles Kelpin, the second-eldest child, joined the Confederate Army on August, 11, 1863. Private Charles Kelpin, age 17, died in Augusta, Georgia, before seeing battle. If you continue along the Forest Trail, you will find three out of eight family members' graves, including that of Charles Kelpin. About a century later, the land changed even more. In 1967, Horace Holden founded a camp later known as American Adventures; you can still see remnants on the property on the Stone Cabin Trail and at the CNC Greenhouse. As time progressed, CNC was formed by citizens to conserve the land where we are today. CNC not only educates and provides opportunities to explore nature, but rehabilitates native raptors and reptiles to be released back into their natural habitats. Whether you are retracing the footprints of Native Americans or are an adult walking down memory lane from previous childhood visits, Chattahoochee Nature Center has something to offer everyone. ❍



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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar April through June 2019 SUPPORT GROUPS



Ostomy Support Group

AHA Friends & Family CPR*

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 information.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 –12:30 p.m. $25. CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card.

No One Fights Alone-Updates on Women’s Cancers and Treatments.

AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR*

Stroke Support Group

Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $60. This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals.

Please join us for lunch, informative presentations and “Ask the Expert” interactive health and wellness information booths. Learn about the Breast and Lung STAT clinics and the Radiation Therapy Consult Clinic at North Fulton Hospital and the latest treatments in the fight on cancer. Friday, April 26. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.at Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Georgia. Cost: $10.

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 or lupusgroup4roswell@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 more information.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 4/13, 5/11, and 6/8, 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 more 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.

WellStar North Fulton Signature Event

Good Life Club An organization for people 50+ who want to learn how to live better, be healthier, and stay active. We focus on wellness, health education, travel, and social. Lifetime membership fee $15. At WellStar, we believe in life well-lived!

Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series North Fulton Hospital Classrooms . Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 –8:00 p.m. $10 per program Healthy Aging: At a Loss: Am I losing my mind or just being forgetful? Dementia is an umbrella term describing the symptoms that people with brain disorders or damage may have with memory, thinking and language. Join us as we learn more about the disease and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and preventions. Tuesday, April 30 Registration is required for this event!

Medication Take Back Day Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. – 2p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or sharps for safe disposal.

Water Birth Thursdays 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6 and 6/20, 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. *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.

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.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab recently opened, complete with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. Celebrating were City of Roswell dignitaries, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce members and North Fulton Hospital team members.

(Ah-Choo!) Ahh, spring in Atlanta. Or more appropriately, ah-choo! Though the dogwoods and daffodils are beautiful, the pollen can be a pain in the nose. According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. But you don’t have to be one of them—there are ways to manage your allergies. We spoke with Jignesh R. Dholaria, M.D., with WellStar Medical Group, Family Medicine, to get some tips. How can I tell if it’s a cold or seasonal medications have risks and side effects; allergies? specific treatment depends on your A cold usually begins with symptoms of symptoms and should be discussed with nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, a dry or your doctor. scratchy throat and, later, a Do sinus rinses work? cough. You might also Salt water nasal rinses do experience sneezing, fatigue, help clean the inside of nose and headaches and rid it of pollen. They can be pressure/discomfort in your helpful; there are many effective ears and face. Symptoms of a devices to help rinse the nose. cold usually start about 24 to Should I stay inside when 72 hours after exposure and pollen counts are high? How can persist for three to 10 days. can I reduce my exposure? With seasonal allergies, you Limit your outdoor exposure can have attacks of violent if possible and be sure to avoid sneezing, thin nasal mucous, opening your car and home Jignesh R. Dholaria, M.D. nasal obstruction, windows. If you must be itching/tearing/burning of the outside, and you have allergy symptoms, eyes, postnasal drip, cough, irritability and wear a dust mask. fatigue. The symptoms can start suddenly Are allergy injections effective? How and last anywhere from a few days to do I know if I need them? several weeks or longer. Allergy shots are usually given by an Every spring I suffer with sneezing, allergy doctor who determines if they are congestion, a runny nose and itchy eyes. the right treatment for you, based on How can I minimize these symptoms? specific criteria. Given every week or If these symptoms occur around the monthly, the injections usually contain tiny same time every year, you could benefit amounts of allergens. People find that this from starting medications a week or two treatment reduces symptoms, but can take before then to minimize the symptoms. months to work. Do over-the-counter medications How do I know if I should see a work? Are they safe? What are the best doctor? ones? It’s an individual choice, but your physiThere are multiple treatment options cian is a good resource for information depending on the symptoms you are expe- about the most appropriate medications to riencing. Over- the-counter (OTC) nasal use for your symptoms. You should decongestants can help reduce swelling in certainly see your doctor if you are the nose. OTC steroid nasal sprays, which experiencing symptoms that you have not usually take a week to start working, are ef- had before or if you have symptoms that fective in treating congestion and are not resolving. ❍ post-nasal drip. Oral antihistamines will Dr. Dholaria practices family medicine at help stop itching, sneezing and runny nose WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine, symptoms, while oral nasal decongestants 260 Rucker Road, Suite 400, Alpharetta, help reduce stuffy nose symptoms. No spe30004. (470-956-4540). cific brands are superior. Of course, all

OUR TRAUMA TEAM IS STANDING BY! By Jon-Paul Croom, president, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, senior vice president, WellStar Health System When people learn that WellStar North Fulton Hospital is the only Level II Trauma Center in north metro Atlanta, they often ask, “what kind of trauma do you see?” I always answer, “just about anything you can imagine!” Last year, we activated our trauma teams 889 times. That is about 2 ½ times every single day. With the heavily traveled roads all around us, you might think motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) account for most of our trauma. Well, they don’t. MVAs are only about a fifth of our volume. Our highest? Falls. In fact, falls represent the #1 trauma category nationwide. For us, it is about a third of our volume. Our senior community comprises most of this number and we dedicate much time to fall prevention education with our neighboring nursing homes and assisted-living communities. But, people of every age fall off ladders, roofs, trees, curbs and down stairs and hills frequently. As I write this article, my next-door neighbor has propped a 32-foot ladder against his house to do a little gutter cleaning. I will keep you updated as to the outcome. We also see quite a few cycling injuries. As you know, cycling is one of the most popular amateur pastimes in our community. Unfortunately, no amount of road skill or helmet technology can sufficiently protect you from a 16-year-old driver focused more on returning a text than on watching for you in the bike lane. And, we see random accidents. Chainsaws pop back on their owners and miter saws do not know the difference between wood and fingers. We see burns caused by fire, electricity, and boiling water. We have our seasonal traumas as well. Leading up to July 4, we see our share of fireworks injuries. And, certain concerts at our local amphitheater guarantee post-party ER visits. For all these maladies and more, our teams are standing by 24/7.

As I mentioned at the top of this article, we can do all of this because we are the only Level II Trauma Center due north of Atlanta. (The next closest Level II is WellStar Kennestone Hospital; Grady Medical Center and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center are the only two Level I centers in our vicinity). This means that when EMS notifies us of an inbound trauma, our trauma surgeons and their teams are often in the ER before the patient arrives. Our trauma team also does much work outside of the hospital. One of our largest initiatives is a nationwide program known as “Stop the Bleed.” We provide training to local schools, churches and any organization that wants to learn skills to quickly reduce blood loss until a patient can reach a trauma center. Because seconds count. If we can teach someone to apply pressure or tie a tourniquet in the field, it can make all the difference in survival. Oh, and in case you are worried about my neighbor, he made it down his ladder safely… another crisis averted. Until I see you again, be safe! ❍ If you are interested in learning more about your community’s trauma program at North Fulton Hospital or having us host a “Stop the Bleed” program at your school, church, or organization, please email Kathie Hamby, our trauma program manager: kathie.hamby @wellstar.org.





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By Britt Argo

Awesome for April!

If you want to save the world, the magic word is SHAZAM! And if you want to start the month with a bang, catch Shazam! in theaters April 5. Amid larger-than-life superhero movies, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, and the upcoming Avengers, it’s refreshing to enjoy a lighter, zanier comic book caper. Shazam! is for everyone (No April Fools)! Admit it, when you were growing up you wanted to be a superhero—wanted to fly, be fast, walk through walls, be invisible. That is why we go in droves to watch these heroic characters on-screen now. We want to relive a part of our childhood for a bit, live vicariously through them, and pretend we would do that too if we could. What it’s about: After shuffling from house-to-house in the foster care system, street-wise teen Billy Batson, is befriended by his new, eager foster brother, Freddy. He brings up what all kids wish for, “If you could have one superpower, what would you pick? Everybody chooses flight—because heroes fly.” When bullies pick on Freddy for wearing arm braces, Billy fights back to save him. Karma rewards his act of bravery when an ancient wizard transfers his powers to Billy, who then becomes the new adult superhero, Shazam. Billy confides in Freddy, who reacts as most typical 14-year-old boys would. First of all, “way cool and awesome” and “what are your superpowers?” Freddy puts him through a hilarious string of superpower tests: super strength, flight test, hyperspeed, electricity manipulation, and bullet immunity. Just like Tom Hanks in Big, Billy wants to try out his new adult body—he goes to a convenience store to try to buy beer without being carded. Happily, it works, but he ends up thwarting a burglary and his superhero presence alerts the evil villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Why this version is worth seeing: Perfect casting. Zachary Levi (Shazam) brings the same lovable,

gullible, childlike enthusiasm he portrayed in Chuck (NBC) to this role. Unlike many of the superhero movies, Shazam doesn’t instantly have it all together. This origin story is similar to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, struggling for a while to figure out his powers, Billy (Shazam) delights more in all the fun and cool things he can do versus wanting to save the world. The kids who play Billy (Asher Angel) and Freddy (Jack Grazer) also shine as the goofy, fun-loving duo. Of course every superhero needs a super villain, cue seasoned actor Marc Strong (Kingsman, KickAss, and Green Lantern) who plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in his fifth comic book feature. Shazam! doesn’t take itself seriously. Its best parts are the comedic fails, we laugh when he gets it so wrong and cheer when he gets something right. If you loved Big, Spider-Man, The Flash (The CW), or Chuck, then you are in the right mindset to enjoy Shazam! I give it a big, lightning bolt of a YES! Britt Argo, an avid movie fan, sees an average of 150 movies a year in the movie theaters. She is the marketing coordinator at Aurora Cineplex at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf—5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com and a51fun.com.

Community Notes

Brittany Crooms, founder/owner and Jeris Hollander, partner/director of marketing (pictured below left) are aiming for a space that is distinctive, energetic, and comfortable, while lending itself to an optimal music and entertainment experience. Additionally, Gypsy Rose is a full service event facility and is available to accommodate parties of up to 150 people. At 964 Alpharetta St., they’re nestled on East Alley in the heart of Roswell’s historic district. gypsyrosemusic.com.

also knew the city’s strong culture for supporting small businesses. “I've always admired Roswell’s southern hosFrom Sir with Love, a custom gift and pitality and friendliness, which made it the perfect place to set up a shop for my stationery store, opened its doors in Roswell on March 19. It’s named for its curated and personalized pieces,” said Ellison. She further stated that Roswell owner, Sirmantha Celesta Ellison (and with a small nod to the classic movie To Inc helped her navigate city hall and in making necessary business connections. After 40 years of collecting Sir With Love). Ellison began her “Roswell Inc was my biggest cheerleader technology and four years of temporary business in 2011 out of a love and exhibitions, the Computer Museum of passion for creating elegant and tasteful and played a vital role in opening my storefront.” See fromsirwithlove.com. America will open a permanent home gifts and memories. What began as a in July. Volunteer opportunities abound, studio called Paper Parfait grew over the Gypsy Rose and those who sign on will play an inteyears, causing Ellison to rebrand and to Music also look for a brick and mortar space. opened in March, gral role in laying the foundation. All Hands on Deck meetings take place Located on the east side of Roswell’s and with a sellmonthly the first and third Wednesday historic town square at 585 Atlanta St., out show. They from 6:30 –8:30 p.m. at the museum. the shop offers unique gifts and have an eclectic stationery services for weddings, corposchedule coming Join the effort to make history together and create a powerful cultural and rate clients, and individuals. up in April, including Alex Guthrie, economic resource. Information With Roswell ranking number two in Breeze Kings, Wasted Potential Brass about  various opportunities including the State of Georgia for wedding Band, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, education and programs, event destinations, Ellison strategically chose Chris Stalcup Band, The Wax planning, fundraising, information techto open her business in Roswell. She Throwbacks, and Abbey Road Live.

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The Current Hub staff would like to congratulate our publisher, Mark Penstone and his lovely wife Patty, who were married on March 5, 2019 in Roswell. We wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness as you begin this new journey together with your pride and joy pup, Ellie Mae. ❍




By Di Chapman

Renovation, Renovation!

Why dost thou drive me crazy? Heaven help me. I’m in the middle of household renovations. Again. Somebody, please, put me out of my misery. We’re all in love with renovations right now. Fess up. You’re glued to the fixer-upper shows just as much as I am. I dream of having the “big, open concept.” We lust for the barn door, even if we can’t think of one dang place to put it. We’re hanging antler chandeliers. We’re putting real wood on kitchen walls and fake wood on the floors. But unlike on the ubiquitous reno shows, renovations are like Pandora’s box. What will you find when you start them? Rotted wood? Unknown leaks? Cockroach communities? Ant farms? Termites? Ahem. Ad nauseam. Sure, they show the demise of these in the superfast format the shows use to make us all want what they have. But, where is the true reaction to this news between two homeowners? Where is the “Bleep, bleep, bleep, and bleep!” conversation out of earshot? Where is the “Seriously? More money? Seriously?” I know my angst about my current reno is because I thought I had mentally prepared myself for the layer


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Mental preparation for renovations anywhere is a eeting joke, laughing at us, and certainly, not with us. I recall the master bath overhaul a few summers ago. I wanted to plunge a knife into my chest. I ailed. I threw tantrums. The shower, tile oor, and bathtub were demolished. “Di, do you need this old bathtub?â€? the plumber asked. Really? Why in the heck would I use that old bathtub? Perhaps for a campy piece of furniture in the living room? “Ladies and gentlemen, here we have the latest piece of furniture art! This is a lovely, neutral beige. A few pillows will give it some vibrant color. It’s perfect for leisurely reading.â€? He had a special power tool and revved it up. I gave the tub last rites. With a few swipes, it was in pieces and hauled away. (P.S. Ladies, if you’re into men with big tools, I highly recommend doing a reno. To each of us our own, girls!) The list of my renovations goes on and on. I try to space them out over time, a reno here, a reno there. Cleaning up for a friend’s visit the day after the completion of the bedrooms and guest bathroom, I had the munchies something ďŹ erce. I did what any red-blooded, American woman does while she’s vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning oors after a bomb blast. I prowled for corn chips and found some fresh out of the bag. That would do. I chomped and chomped on chips, digging in the bag and popping the crunchy critters in my mouth. Who knew that chips could taste so good when you’re cleaning oors? From the stair landing, into the master and guest bedrooms, I swiffered and mopped the oors and dusted furniture into the night. Morning light shimmered into the bedroom, and I arose earlier than usual to delight in my newly renovated rooms. Then I saw them. Chip crumb after chip crumb had made a trail across the oor. Like Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs, the straight-line of a corn chip highway took me down the road into the bedroom. I had to laugh. In all of the madness, I might just be crazier than renovations. Di Chapman is an inspirational author and speaker, and a branding consultant. Contact Di at diychapman@icloud.com


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upon layer of dust, on every surface, of four rooms. For the ear-splitting noise of sledge hammers, power tools, and hammers pounding the walls. For the renovation team’s paint cans, cast-off ceramic ooring pieces, and drop cloths everywhere underfoot. For the slip and slide on the drop cloths, every time I need to go from one room to another. For trying to avoid falling, headďŹ rst, into the power tools and open, paint buckets, when I trip over the broom and dustpan. For my clumsiness, as I accidentally kick everything of importance to the workmen, and jump around on one foot, trying to maintain composure when a toe has been whacked into said stationary objects. For trying to keep my compulsions under control, like a need to take out the garbage when I see a bulging bag. Trash bags, with 50 pounds of sledgehammered tile, call to me. It would be a long haul dragging that bag of garbage down to the can. I let it be. For schlepping gobs of stuff from one room to another, and back again, as work progresses. How did we collect all of this junk anyway? For telling the guys to feel free to pile all of my ofďŹ ce furniture on top of my desk. It stood in the middle of the room, looking like bonďŹ re material, covered with a clear tarp. “It’s not a problem,â€? I said. “There’s nothing on the desk I need to see right now.â€? One hour later, I needed something on my desk. I crawled through the plastic tarp and onto furniture and papers. Uffda! And, ďŹ nally, for the inevitable, “We’re gonna need more time.â€? Why doesn’t the crew say WAY more time? It’s a hair-pulling, head-banging experience, and this girl is great at foot-stomping. They’ve met their match. The fact is, this is not my show. It belongs to the contractor, the painters, the tilers, and the oor guys. I’m trying to feign a sense of humor, but that’s a cover for losing my mind. “Why am I doing this to myself?â€? I wail. “Did this room really need it?â€? I must admit that it did and does. The late 1990s and early 2000s are just that, only without the vintage vibe. They have to go the way of avocado carpet and yellow refrigerators. I’ll bet, like me, you were happy to see them go. How do dumb trends like that get started anyway? (If you are someone who loved them, oops, my bad.)




Green Scene by Geri Laufer

Indispensable Azaleas for North Metro Landscapes

Azaleas practically grow themselves in Georgia’s acidic soil. Durable shrubs, their vivid colors in spring (and sometimes summer and fall) make azaleas one of the most popular choices for Atlanta landscapes. The fact that we have soils that test acidic (blue litmus paper; blue hydrangeas), a requirement for ericaceous plants like blueberries, mountain laurel, rhododendrons, and azaleas, make these the natural choice for landscapes. Azaleas do so well that our local chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is known as the “Azalea Chapter.” It meets at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell the third Sunday of most months at 2:30 p.m. The Society has scheduled events and field trips during summer so the next meeting at CNC is September 16.

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Types of Azaleas


All azaleas are rhododendrons, although in common usage “rhododendron” mostly refers to plants with large, leathery, evergreen foliage, while azaleas have smaller, thinner leaves. Both need the same conditions to do well. Asian azaleas are the typical evergreen shrubs available everywhere for as little as $1 and come in shades of hot pink through lavender and white. Kurume hybrids are the familiar solid sheets of color, while Southern Indian hybrids have larger flowers and leaves. Reblooming azaleas like Encore and other brands have an advantage for the landscape because they bloom 2 –3 times each year, particularly when planted in some sunshine and fertilized with compost after each bloom cycle. Native azaleas are both fragrant and deciduous! These are a bit harder to find at the nurseries and come in yellow, orange, and red, along with pink and white. About a dozen species of azaleas are native to Georgia and the Southeast. Although they are often recommended for shady conditions, they bloom more profusely with plenty of sunshine. Did you know? The Callaway Gardens’ logo is a native red, Plumleaf azalea. Hybrid native azaleas with selected forms and crosses have produced the big-flowered hybrids that have stolen my heart away. I have about five-dozen native azalea hybrids in our home landscape, and we throw parties at the beginning of April just because

they are so beautiful! Look for Aromi, Dodd, Transplant Nursery, or Galle hybrid crosses that have outstanding, large, colorful, ruffled, fragrant blooms and can withstand our hot weather.

Where to Site Azaleas As you might expect, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has great information on azaleas and can answer lots of questions. Visit their site at extension.uga.edu. Please note:

• Azaleas can be planted any time. Fall planting is easier due to falling temperatures, but spring planting allows you to choose the colors you want while they are flowering. • Azaleas thrive and will have more flowers in more sun than usually advised (although not total, baking sun). When planted in shade, they have to compete with trees for water. • Azaleas will die in wet, poorly-drained, or heavy clay soil, so don’t try it.

Overview of some of the native azaleas in bloom in the author’s back garden in April.

How to Plant Azaleas

surface but a couple of inches away from the trunk of the shrub.

A great (and local) website is the Azalea Chapter of the American • Azaleas must be watered-in immediRhododendron Society. You can check it ately and then twice a week for 3 –4 out at azaleachapter.com. They give months while establishing. detailed info on exactly how to plant an Don’t miss the Chattahoochee Nature azalea slightly above ground, including a Center Spring Native Plant Sale in diagram involving a shallow, hula hoopRoswell, April 5–6 from 10:00 a.m. to sized hole filled with ground pine bark. 5:00 p.m. In Decatur, the Azalea • Examine the roots before you buy an Chapter of the American azalea; they should be fibrous and Rhododendron Society’s Annual Plant creamy, filling the pot, but not black, Sale is scheduled April 12, 4:30 –8 p.m. not root bound. and April 13, 9:30 a.m. –4:00 p.m. Do you have photos of azaleas from • Make four cuts into the root ball and your home landscape? Let me hear plant with the bottom flared out in from you by posting on our Facebook your planting hole so the roots will page at facebook.com/CurrentPlus or grow outward. email me at geri@gardengeri.com. • The planting hole should be wide Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she and shallow because azalea roots and her graphic designer husband, David, and English Coonhound Lily are working grow near the surface.

• After planting, mulch with organic mulch like pine bark, pine straw, compost, or shredded leaves on the

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By Joe Duffy

Best Bar Food in Atlanta is at Chase’s

Social media is abounding with solicitations for recommendations for best (insert cuisine or menu item). Invariably, there will be responses accompanied by an assertion of “it’s not even close,” “easily the best,” or something along those lines. In most instances, the opiner is correct. Their reply generally isn’t even close to being accurate. No human being eats out as often as I do, nor should any rational and prudent person do so. The more one does, the more one discovers there rarely are leadpipe cinch answers. In Current Hubville, the only slam-dunk winners would be Mitch’s Meats & Fish for soups, O4W for pizza, Big Dave’s for real Philly cheesesteaks, and Chase’s Grille and Wingery in downtown Norcross for wings. Concealed between the Norcross police and fire stations in the Old Cotton Gin of Historic Norcross, Chase’s is the best bar food in Metro Atlanta. Owner Chase D’Anella learned the trade at Clay’s Sports Cafe in Sandy Springs. Not ironically, Clay’s is the second-best wing spot in Metro Atlanta. In the name of fairness, I am mindful of two credible foodies who select the Sandy Springs forefather, Clay’s, and another who seems to spread his fondness equally. My taste buds detected a lot of similarities in the flavors of the sauces between the two shops. The differencemaker is the superior quality of the meat at Chase’s. However, Chase assured me he did not duplicate the sauces of his former employer. “We use our own homemade sauces,” said D’Anella. “They are not a copy.” Though the sweet, spicy, and sticky Maui Waui flavor is their top seller, there are several sauces I’d endorse over said flavor. One could assert the lemon pepper takes top billing, made with real butter. Skip the too-salty, double lemon

pepper though. Much like their forefather Clay, Chase’s honey mustard is packed with taste. I can’t imagine there is any other honey mustard sauce in the same sentence with the Big 2. And yes, they do the most basic of them all—Buffalo wings better than everybody in the metropolitan area. Chase disclosed another determinative element that sets him apart: the unfiltered oil used to fry these fowl limbs. “It is pumped out and easily pumped in with an Oilmatic System,” explained the proprietor. His product proves his claim that “Clean oil makes a huge flavor difference,” is not mere bluster. But notice above, I didn’t just declare that Chase’s had the best wings. I pronounced Chase’s has the preeminent bar food in Atlanta. The pretzels with pimento cheese dip is a must-have. Make sure you request extra pretzels. The allotment served isn’t equivalent with the portion of the southern spread staple. Regardless, it would be deserving to serve the first full week in April at Augusta National. The Buffalo muffins, super-soft, gooey, and cheesy, served with Buffalo sauce, is as praiseworthy as it is basic. They are doughy in the most positive way, comparable to the garlic rolls at both Bella’s in East Cobb and the unrelated LaBella’s in the western part of the county. Those pizza shops produce perhaps the best of the doughy, garlic rolls. Chase’s malleable muffins set the same bar.

Though wings are the No. 1 item to order, the Cotton Gin burger holds its own. Buffalo muffins among a short, but great list of appetizers.

All ingredients at Chase’s are top shelf. When I compose my infallible list of cheesesteaks, I put them in two categories: Philly and not-a-Philly cheesesteak. Mitch’s Meats has a

tremendous “not-a-Philly” cheesesteak, but Chase’s is in my “Big 3” in the authentic category, behind abovementioned Big Dave’s on Winters Chapel and big city boy, Fred’s Meat & Bread with locations at Krog Street Market and The Canteen. The reality that Chase’s serves it on a French roll makes it slightly less typical than what one would find on the streets of South Philly. Still, it’s a genuine and quality take—a rare combination here in the hub of the south. I was disappointed to see the removal of arguably his best sandwich, the roast beef po’boy. It didn’t resonate with customers as well as it deserved. The unappreciated Gulf Coast specialty showed that “The folks in Atlanta just do not prefer their sandwich with gravy,” maintained the Boss Man.

You can catch Joe’s archived columns at TheCurrentHub.com, just click on “Columnists” in the left-hand menu. It’ll bring up our Food, Garden, Life, and Money columns from the past 8 months.

Excellent burgers are not lacking in Metro Atlanta and Chase’s hold their own. There is also pizza on the menu. As stated countless times, the pizza options have increased exponentially in the last eight years or so. Hence, I haven’t gotten any at a spot most famed for wings. Secondhand reviews have been positive. A modest but high-quality beer list focuses on the

25 prospering local breweries. It would be a stretch to call it a sports bar, but there is a decent television setup. Let me say it one more time—This place is the best bar food for many miles. ❍ 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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Having demolished many sandwiches at sundry of the highest-rated restaurants around town, I struggled to come up with a notable exception. Chase is correct about that statement. Sadly, it’s our loss. To paraphrase an underappreciated song from the New Radicals, someday we’ll know why this great sandwich wasn’t meant for Norcross. Instead, he made his twiceweekly burger a daily item.


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smoother (and more dangerous) and some have a bit more of a bite, depending on your taste buds. In addition, some breweries are offering other warm weather options. M.I.A. Beer Company has released HRD WTR, a flavored, carbonated water with 5% alcohol. The blueberry option is a personal favorite and has been popular at Tap & Six. Trending towards a slightly sweeter side is the Devils Backbone Hibiscus Hard Lemonade which balances sweetness with a nice dryness that makes it incredibly easy to put down. Ciders and meads are never to be forgotten, while they tend to be on the sweeter side, they can hit a widerange of flavors to match any palate. So, if you aren’t someone who likes to drink stouts and porters all year round, or find that IPAs don’t fit every occasion, no need to fret. There are plenty more out there in the craft world to satisfy your needs. Enjoy the weather! ❍ Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer market and bar in Historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street. tapandsix.com.

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Spring Festival Time Has Arrived! By Tara Gary

Break out your short sleeve shirts, shorts, and flip-flops. Spring is finally here! One of the best things about springtime in our area is the abundance of festivals and events that entice us to leave our dreary winter blues behind. Atlanta is full of events celebrating the vibrant blooms of the many dogwoods and azaleas that line our streets, parks, and yards. It’s nearly impossible to stay indoors when there is such a huge variety of outdoor activities and events to attend. One of my personal favorite outdoor activities is enjoying a nice cold craft brew while listening to live music and soaking up the sun. The Brookhaven Beer Festival Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. entails all of those things. With over 150 beers, wine, tasty food from local food trucks, and live music, it sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, which means you’ll be giving back while indulging your senses.

“Lady with the Red Umbrella” by Emily Vickers, one of the contributing artists at Festival on Ponce. When a house in the neighborhood burned down and the homeowners survived, they permitted neighbors to take anything they wanted. Vickers picked up burnt books and the pages of Western became the inspiration and medium for artwork. The torn pages create the movement of a woman walking through the rain, thinking of the book she was reading.

If you’re looking for a familyfriendly event, a short drive to the Festival on Ponce Saturday, April 6Sunday, April 7 may just be your answer. The festival will be held at Olmsted Linear Park. Designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Frederick Olmsted Sr., enjoy strolling through this beautiful area and visit the arts and crafts market with 125 participating artists, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. You know you won’t leave emptyhanded, and with a children’s park, food, and live entertainment, everyone in the family will be happy. Now for this one, you’ll want to wear your most comfortable shoes. Plan on spending the day, or entire weekend, to walk through one of the largest festivals in the ATL. In its 83rd year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Friday, April 12 –Sunday, April 14 is not to be missed. This thing is huge! Thankfully, it’s three days long, so you’ll have plenty of time to take it all in. Hundreds of artists from around the country line the walkways of Piedmont Park. There is a kid’s village with huge inflatables, face painting, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, and midway rides. It makes me want to be a kid again. As if that’s not enough, the festival has two stages for your entertainment. The Main Stage music entertainers include The Jake Bartley Band and Jacob Bryant on Friday night. Saturday’s lineup includes Wren & The Ravens, Blood on the Harp, BJ Wilbanks, The Wesley Pruitt Band, Jessica Meuse, and Stone Senate. For Sunday, Community

Dianne DaLee and the rest of the Chequered Blue band perform at 1:00 Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Photo:chequeredblue.com.

Music Center of Atlanta Showcase, Chequered Blue, and PreacherVan (The Georgia Flood) play, with Clay Shelburn wrapping it up that evening. The International Stage, located on the Lake Clara Meer dock, brings hundreds of performers both professional and amateur to the stage representing countries throughout the world. Dancers, singers, martial artists, and many more acts will delight the crowd while representing the many international communities that live in Atlanta. Of course, there will be plenty of food, and you know the beverages will be flowing. I highly suggest taking Marta, Lyft, or Uber. Parking is not an easy task on a typical day around Piedmont Park. If you are looking for a no-kids, nopets, 21 and up festival on the same weekend as the Dogwood Festival, head down to Historic Fourth Ward Park. The Atlanta Spring Wine Festival Saturday, April 13 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. will have 50+ wines and also beer and ciders available for you to quench your thirst. There will be live music and a DJ. The park itself encompasses 17 acres of greenspace and a world class skate park. Spend the remainder of the day checking out how the area has redefined itself in recent years to become a hip community with incredible dining, bars, and nightlife. Now if you still don’t think there is enough to keep you busy, I’ll offer up a

Siblings Sean and Sami Michelsen form the duo Alchemy. See them at the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival on April 13. Photo by Cindy, courtesy pleaserock.com.

cheesy option, the Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival Saturday, April 13 in Atlantic Station. I mean seriously?! How can you go wrong? There is even going to be a Bloody Mary garden, and you can order a Bloody Mary flight. Frosty, seasonal craft beers and cocktails will also be available to tempt your taste buds. If you don’t like grilled cheese sandwiches (we probably couldn’t be friends), a variety of food trucks will be there as well. Did I mention they will have an adult game zone? I’m in and assuming it’s probably located next to the Bloody Mary garden. Also, no festival is truly a festival without music. The lineup consists of DJ OneNate, Alchemy, Citizen Gold, and All the Locals. There are two sessions to this event: 11:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m. and 2:30-5:30p.m. If you’re looking for a festival that is OTP and on that same weekend, you can join the over 70,000 people expected to attend the Big Shanty Festival Saturday, April 13 –Sunday, April 14 in downtown Kennesaw. This event will have more than 200 arts and crafts booths, food, and entertainment on two different stages. I am amazed, and somewhat intrigued, at how many arts and crafts vendors could actually exist. There are so many festivals on the same weekend, and they all have a large number of vendors. Anyway, this festival kicks off with a parade Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., that starts at Adams Park and ends in downtown Kennesaw, and closes Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Sunday it’s open from 12:00-5:00p.m. There is another huge festival opening this month that will run every weekend, 10:30a.m. –6:00p.m. through June. It’s that festival with the jingle that I just can’t get out of my head, “Robin Hood, a merry queen, something, something, juggling, men in tights who like to fight with sharp things in their hands.” Yes, it’s time for the 34th season of the Georgia Renaissance Festival Saturdays and Sundays, April 13-June 2, as well as Memorial Day in Fairburn. Giant roasted turkey legs, a 32-acre 16th century English

Every aspect of this elegant 1908 American four-square offers a glimpse into Inman Park’s history. The wrap-around front porch provides a broad perspective of Elizabeth Street, affording views of the original homes planned by Inman Park founder Joel Hurt. See it at Inman Park Festival Tour of Homes. Photo: Jenny Levine. Village, 150 artisan craft shoppes, carnival games, 10 stages of entertainment, and yes, men in tights. I’m sure there are even more festivals around us on the 13th, but I feel like I’ve given you plenty to choose from, and there are still more April festivals to cover. For instance, the following weekend, Art on the Chattahoochee Saturday, April 20 will be held from 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Food trucks, live entertainment, an artist market, art demonstrations, a kid’s chalk art contest, and photos with the Easter Bunny will fill the Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners on the Chattahoochee. Keep in mind, the 20th is also Free National Park Day, and a great time to visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area. continues next page>>

Alt pop/rock indie band PreacherVan takes the Dogwood Festival Main Stage at 3:00 p.m. on Palm Sunday. Enjoy them before the world ends.



For a two-day event that same weekend, check out Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21. This festival brings art to the streets of the city with over 150 artists participating and local musicians entertaining the crowds. A children’s play area will be available to keep the little ones busy, and there will even be interactive art stations for the artist within.

Inman Park Festival Tour of Homes artwork by Sara Lehtman.

Coaster at Lemonade Days in 2018. Photo courtesy of Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Now the last weekend of April packs more festivals in than you may be able to attend, unless you just feel like running a marathon of festivals! Lemonade Days Wednesday, April 24-Sunday, April 28 at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody runs for four days! This festival is a biggie. It features more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, over 20 food and beverage vendors, a 5K run, three days of center stage performances, and the everpopular Dunwoody Idol contest. During the week the festival is open from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Widely regarded as Atlanta’s most spirited and eclectic neighborhood festival, and in its 48th year, is the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28. (Tour of Homes begins Friday, April 26). What’s interesting about this festival is the Arts & Crafts Market consists of a jury selected group of more than 150 artists. The Street Market houses more than 250 booths of vendors selling antiques, handcrafted items, clothing, and a unique and large variety of other items. Every year artwork is selected to represent the festival. This year’s

Interior, Tour of Homes. Photo: Jenny Levine chosen artist is Sara Lehtman, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), who now calls Inman Park home. She created the piece to represent her love for Inman Park and the neighborhood mascot, the butterfly. The Festival is free; you’ll need to purchase tickets for Tour of Homes. The Tour of Homes is selfconducted and features some of the beautiful homes and buildings in Inman Park. See inside some of the glorious old Victorian homes and check out the beautiful remodeling jobs neighbors have completed on their houses. The home preview starts on Friday, April 26, 12:00 –4:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 –6:00 p.m. Also on the last weekend of April is a festival for artists by artists, the Duluth Arts Festival Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28. Located in the culturally diverse, fun, and vibrant

community of Duluth, it allows the artists to have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature about 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, and more. Music, food trucks, and performances will fill the town center Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Yes, there are even more festivals! The Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28 is also a great choice. Located in downtown Smyrna, with over 175 arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, an entertainment stage, and 15 food vendors, the event will run Saturday, 10:00a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 –5:00 p.m. Personally, when I drink water, I prefer it to be filtered through a brewery first. The Fifth Annual No Water, No Beer Festival Saturday, April 27 will be held from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at The Garage at Monday Night Brewing, 933 Lee Street SW, Atlanta. Proceeds from this event will help to provide clean water to people in developing countries as well as helping efforts to keep our water supply clean right here in Georgia. Great food, music, and of course some of the best beer, make this an event to look forward to attending. John Howell Park in Virginia Highland hosts the Great Southern Beer Fest Saturday, April 27 with two available sessions: the early session 11:00 a.m. –2:30 p.m. and afternoon session 3:30 p.m. –7:00 p.m. This event is a huge contender for my Saturday entertainment, with over 75 regional craft beer tastings, live music with DJ OneNate and Moontower, food from Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles and The Deep South Biscuit Co., and backyard games—including cornhole, giant Jenga (one of my personal favorites), and life-sized Connect Four. Just up the road from Virginia Highland, let’s not forget about the Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival Saturday, April 27 being held this year at the Historic Kennesaw Church parking lot, while Depot Park is being renovated. This festival will feature more than 100 beers and over 25

wines, a bunch of ciders, and small samples from Lazy Guy Distillery. There will be live music on the main stage by Atlanta’s party rock heroes, The Geeks, a pop, rap, rock group. This event is from 1:00 –5:00 p.m., meaning you’ll have to choose which event to attend. So many choices! All of these amazing events in one month and guess what… I haven’t even mentioned the 5th Annual Roswell Azalea Festival Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30. Yes, this festival spans the entire month of April! Events take place at numerous locations and on a variety of dates throughout the city. Included are a lantern parade on the river to celebrate the beauty of our local ecosystem, native plant sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, craft beer, musical performances, Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market, The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0, Invitational Art Exhibition Reception, and so much more. One of my favorite events is the returning of Alive in Roswell Thursday, April 18. This free, family-friendly festival is held the third Thursday of every month April –October from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Town Square, Canton Street, East Alley, and City Hall Lawn are filled with live music, food trucks, vendors, family-fun activities, and craft beer. I counted over 45 events on the Roswell Azalea Festival website. So many fun activities to participate in and celebrate the beauty of spring in Historic Roswell. For details visit roswellazaleafestival.com. As I have said before, there is no excuse to sit idly at home when you live in and around the ATL. Every community seems to have more than its share of events to keep us entertained, bring us together, and provide opportunities for us to give back to those in need. Enjoy the sunshine and gorgeous blooms, and just try to avoid the yellow snow (pollen). Good luck with that! ❍ When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.

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The Current Hub April 2019  

2019 Spring Festivals in Atlanta: Brookhaven Beer, Festival on Ponce, Dogwood, Big Shanty, Lemonade Days, Azalea in Roswell and about a doze...

The Current Hub April 2019  

2019 Spring Festivals in Atlanta: Brookhaven Beer, Festival on Ponce, Dogwood, Big Shanty, Lemonade Days, Azalea in Roswell and about a doze...