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Special Showing of Discover Roswell’s The Notebook African American History

Through February 28 One of the largest celebrations in Georgia of Black History Month is held within a series of entertaining and unique events in Roswell. Included are Southern Soul Fixins, to be held on February 10, a Southern Soul Food cook off, exhibits highlighting black artists, a book reading by Joe Barry Carroll (pictured above) storytelling, music events and much more. See the article on page 12. IT WAS ONLYONE SLICE OF SALAMI

Stories By Eric Carle

February 15 Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, awardwinning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a tiny and hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark, and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with its life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, it emulates the beautiful animals it sees, eventually seeing the value in being oneself. Tickets $10, Ages 2 and up. >>>

February 14 and 16

Don’t say you’ve never seen the movie The Notebook, based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. You know, the one released in 2004 starring Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachael McAdams as Allie? The teenagers meet, fall in love and her influential parents insist he is not good enough. Sound familiar? Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this movie depicts innocence, spontaneity, recklessness, resilience, passion, and every other adjective that could be related to love. Impress your significant other on the “Day of Love” and you’re sure to score an “A” if you suggest attending this special showing of the notoriously romantic film. Tickets include every lady receiving a beautiful flower as well as a delectable treat baked by the theater’s in-house chef. Show times are Feb. 14 at 7p.m. and Feb 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9. Aurora Theater, 5100 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell. auroracineplex.com. Photo courtesy New Line Cinema. Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at the RCAC, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Photo by Margo Ellen Gesser. roswellgov.com

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Saturday, February 16 Looking for some exotic, head nodding, jazz, gospel, R&B unlike anything you’ve experienced music? Gullah music is derived from the descendants of enslaved Africans from the Southeastern region of the U.S. Low Country and the band plays its interpretive and modern version. $30 Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street Roswell. Photo Peter Frank Edwards. See article on page 4.

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Saturday, March 2 Carnevale CARNEVALE, A Night in Venice is the theme for the 4th Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball presented by the Viola Foundation. An online auction as well as a live auction will include jewelry, artwork, travel experiences, gourmet baskets, and much more. Tickets start at $150. (See article on page 18).

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In its 26th season, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre is pleased to present the beloved Driving Miss Daisy, set in 1950s Atlanta. It’s the story of an unlikely friendship formed between an elderly Jewish widow, Miss Daisy, and her chauffer, Hoke, whom her son hired as a driver after Daisy’s car accident. Miss Daisy is determined to maintain her independence and stubbornly resists the services of gracious and dignified Hoke. The story is full of laughter and maybe even some tears. Tickets range from $26 – $34. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St. Roswell. get.org.

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Get Funky with Charleston’s Ranky Tanky

by Donna Clayton, RCAC Cultural Arts Coordinator

Every so often, a band comes to town that you just have to see live. This year, that band is critically acclaimed quintet Ranky Tanky, who will perform at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on February 16. With a sound that has been called “soulful honey to the ears” by NPR and an album that reached the number one position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts, Ranky Tanky takes their name and their inspiration from the timeless music of the Gullah culture born in the southeastern coastal region of the United States. “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” and “Gullah” comes from West African language, meaning “a people blessed by God.” Ranky Tanky has toured extensively over the past year, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues, Carnegie Hall Presents, Lincoln Center Education, and the World Music Expo. Each member of the quintet is an accomplished musician in their own right, and they have worked with such artists as Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Cyro Baptista, and René Marie. The band’s dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler rose to national prominence after her success on the 2003 season of American Idol. From there, she toured and recorded alongside Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, and David Foster, with performances featured on national broadcasts like NBC’s TODAY, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the American Music Awards. Ranky Tanky’s rousing performances celebrate the unique music of the Gullah culture that introduced such indelible parts of the American songbook as “Kum ba yah” and “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, updated with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet solos, and an R&B rhythm section, this one-of-a-kind performance is not to be missed! Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at RoswellCAC.com or by calling 770-594-6232.

Left to right: Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, Clay Ross, and Quentin Baxter. Photo: Peter Frank Edwards


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Sunday February 3, in Dunwoody The largest monthly car show in North America now in its 13th year regularly hosts over 2,000 vehicles and 15,000 fans. Held on the first Sunday of every month rain or shine, car enthusiasts are sure to find something they’ve never seen before. Check your local cable listing for the Caffeine and Octane TV Show filmed live at the event held at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. The gathering invites all makes and all models of vehicles from across the U.S. Family friendly and educational, you truly never know what you will see and learn. Caffeine & Octane, Perimeter Mal,l 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, 30346. www.caffeineandoctane.com

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Atlanta Park Tavern will be hosting the Oysterfest with Spiral Entertainment. The fest includes freshly flown-in steamed, fried, and raw oysters along

with a full bar of beer and signature cocktails. If you don’t like oysters, no worries, they’ll have plenty of Park Tavern signature fried shrimp. (You like shrimp, right?) Bring cash as the ticket includes admission and entertainment only. Performers include Zack Falls, Georgia Mountain String Band, Velvet Runway, Georgia Soul Council, and How & Why. Don’t worry if the weather is frigid, the space will be heated if needed. This is an adult only, 21 and up, no pet event. Tickets for general admission are $12. Doors open at 1 p.m. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, 3030. parktavern.com

ALL YOU NEED IS LAUGHS WITH JEFF DAULER Friday, February 15 in Sandy Springs

Regardless of the outcome of the previous day, (Valentine’s Day) Jeff Dauler will certainly make light of it. Whether you’re in a serious relationship or seriously doubtful about them sometimes all you can do is laugh. Jeff has worked full-time in the radio industry since he was a teenager and now he’s doing standup comedy. Tickets are $25. Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Studio Theater, 1 Galambos Way Sandy Springs. citysprings.com

ATLANTA BALLOON GLOW

February 14 – 17 in Piedmont Park Hot air balloons will take over the sky of Piedmont Park in mid-February. The event will also feature food and retail vendors as well as children’s activities. The balloons will be in The Meadow located in the southeast area of the park near Park Tavern. Romantic balloon rides for couples allow you to enjoy the skyline of Atlanta for a few moments with your significant other. The 20-dollar rides are sold out, but if you spring for $50 VIP tickets, you’ll also get access to a VIP seating area, climatecontrolled restrooms, a champagne toast, and ticket for a tethered balloon ride experience. If you’re just going to watch, it’s free and sure to be a spectacle. Atlanta Balloon Glow Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 17, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Piedmont Park, 1215 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta 30309.

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Saturday, February 16 in Atlanta Join the largest pantless party and mile(ish) walk/run in the nation with 100% of net proceeds benefiting Neurofibromatosis Research. Those affected with Neurofibromatosis can’t cover up their tumors so you have the ability to make them feel more comfortable by walking/running in your undies and contributing to the cause. Take your friends, comprise a team, or go alone and make new friends. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. This collaboration of Cupid’s is Saturday, February 16 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Big Sky Buckhead, 3201 Cains Hill Place, NW Atlanta, 30305. cupids.org


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Marietta’s New Theatre In The Square presents a foot stomping musical revue that takes you back to Harlem in the 1930s and 40s. Under the direction of Emmy nominated producer/songwriter, Stepp Stewart, New York’s historically famous night club comes back to life. Outstanding choreography, music and costumes will delight you as you envision the original club and listen to songs like “Take The A Train,” “A Tisket A Tasket,” “Hi Dee Ho” and more. General admission tickets are $30, $25 (Seniors/Military) Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta, 30060. Call for more info, 770-426-4800. theatreinthesquare.net

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Do you have affection for aviation and our hometown Delta Airlines? Delta has been serving Atlanta for nearly 90 years now and the Delta Museum preserves its heritage, provides interactive exhibits, and enlightens visitors with an innovative focus on the future of aviation. The second Friday of every month the museum hosts a sale of retired and vintage Delta Airlines items that are not available for sale in the museum store. Items range from photos and artwork to galley carts and metal storage containers and even seats from aircraft. The cool stuff sells fast so arrive when the doors open at 9 a.m. The sale takes place in the museum support building across from Hanger 1 beside the Delta DC9 and B-747 parked next to the museum gate entrance. Friday February 8, 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Surplus Sale, Delta Flight Museum, 1060 Delta Boulevard Atlanta. www.deltamuseum.org

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Alpharetta has a new place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge and Ice Cream Shop, located in Alpharetta City Center, is luring shoppers’ taste buds with beautifully hand-crafted treats. Todd Bridges decided to leave the corporate world and pursue his passion for Kilwins, which he now owns and operates with his wife, Irina. We should all be thankful for his life choice. Kilwins is one of those shops that takes you back to your childhood. Your senses are overwhelmed upon entering the shop. Your eyes widen at the sight of so many delectable choices. The sweet smell of fudge and chocolate entice your taste buds. I couldn’t help but get excited over the many choices of handmade chocolate goodies. Fresh Granny Smith Apples are hand dipped in Kilwins famous caramel; some are drizzled with decadent chocolate, pecans, walnuts, or m&m’s. Giant pecan, caramel, chocolate clusters (aka Turtles), line the shelf. Just as in the 1800s, thick slices of creamy fudge are hand paddled and loafed on a marble slab right before your eyes. The treats that line the display shelf

are beautifully packaged, making them the perfect gift for that special someone or as a reward to yourself for just being you. As if that is not enough, 32 flavors of original recipe ice cream are served in freshly-made waffle cones. One of my favorite flavors was limited edition “The Perfect Apple Pie” ice cream. You know “limited edition” in just about any market makes it considerably better and the same is true with this perfect concoction of apple, cinnamon, pie crust, and creamy delectable ice cream. Other flavors include Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino Chocolate Chip, Dulce De Leche, and Butter Pecan, just to name a few. Kilwins, founded in Michigan in 1947, has a reputation for serving high quality products from the finest ingredients and providing excellent customer service. The same holds true today. With their values being as simple as; “Treat others the way you want to be treated, Do your best, and Have fun!” Watching owner Todd Bridges skillfully and passionately prepare the hand-crafted treats makes one appreciate them even more. Todd’s enthusiasm

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Saint it Up a Notch By Tara Gary

Brace yourselves, the day (you know the one) that many of us dread is nearly upon us. A day of expectations, heightened awareness for singles, false admiration for the over indulged high maintenance co-worker who is the recipient of the most thoughtful Valentine’s gifts ever, cheesy balloons and giant teddy bears that will end up in the attic because they are too big to fit anywhere else. I was told I wasn’t the most qualified individual to give advice for Valentine’s Day. It’s true. I prefer not to recognize it in the generic, mushy card, expensive flowers kind of way. I personally would be delighted to stay at home and grill steak on the Big Green Egg and a super thoughtful addition to the steak dinner would be a variety six pack of craft beer from my significant other. I know, that’s not what most women want thus the reluctancy by the publisher for me to share my advice for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m so excited about Valentine’s Day!” Nope, never. I completely get it. If you’re a guy with a significant other you’re stuck in a catch 22. If you ask, “what would you like for Valentine’s Day?” you’ll most likely get a response of “oh, nothing really.” Personally, my opinion is not to ask. If you’re in a relationship you should know what she is interested in and what she might be expecting. If you don’t know, you may not be in the best relationship but then again who am I to say? Either way I’d just like to share a few ideas and give some hopefully helpful advice. Please do not buy those preassembled bouquets full of carnations at your local grocery store. It’s cringe worthy to see a man show up with a bouquet wrapped in that awful plastic and those large price stickers still attached on the side. It screams, “I knew I needed to get you flowers but I put absolutely zero thought into it.” And while I’m on a roll, “Here. I grabbed a cheesy heart-shaped box of chocolates that taste like the cardboard they are wrapped in.” You know what I’m talking about. The chocolates that haven’t changed since the early 70s. The ones that you bite into and spit out only to find the one or two that you will actually consider eating.

Instead of the thoughtless lastminute grocery store grab, consider this. Trader Joe’s or The Fresh Market. Yes, I know they are grocery stores, but their flowers are significantly nicer and last longer. Purchase a bouquet with some greenery, like eucalyptus, take off the plastic wrapping and rubber bands and wrap them in a piece of tissue paper. It’s a little more time consuming than the alternative, but the presentation will suggest that you took the effort to buy her a thoughtful bouquet and you didn’t break the bank either by ordering flowers on the biggest flower-giving day of the year when the prices are inflated. Trust me, if you are gifting a level-headed individual, they will appreciate your price consciousness as well. If not, you may want to reconsider your partner. My opinion, just saying. As for the chocolates. Say no to the cardboard box. Again, “thoughtless” comes to mind. Find a specialty store for sweets. I discovered Kilwins located in the Alpharetta City Square on my way to my weekly cornhole game last week. As I was walking by the store, I noticed a former college fraternity brother (I was a little sister). We laughed and reminisced as Todd eagerly shared samples of his handcrafted chocolates, fudge, confections, and ice cream. Consider purchasing a mix of

Trader Joe’s and Fresh Market have a more interesting selection of flowers than a basic grocery store. Buy the flowers, some greenery, and tissue paper to wrap it, she’ll love it more than the overpriced arrangement you can send by clicking around on your phone. goodies or one of the Valentine boxes of chocolate. I can assure you the recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the chocolates won’t end up in next week’s garbage pick up like the box the guy picked up in the grocery store. Find something out of the ordinary realm of what you typically do as a couple. Most of us

tend to entertain ourselves with Netflix and other cable options so how about going to a special showing of The Notebook? Ha, I know I just lost the majority of male readers but trust me, it really is a great movie. Can you imagine the gratitude you might receive for being so thoughtful?! Aurora Cineplex in Roswell will be showing The Notebook

Thursday Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The ticket price is $9 and includes a flower and Aurora Bakery Treat, which I can tell you from experience is absolutely delectable. If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you bring tissues. You may think you’re tough enough to avoid shedding a tear, but I dare anyone to watch that movie in its entirety and make it through the last ten minutes without having you’re “eyes water” because you “accidentally” got salt in them from the popcorn. If you feel the need to eat out, please make a reservation before the 14th. Nothing is worse than endlessly waiting for an overpriced dinner and then being told there’s nothing available because you forgot to make a reservation. If you decide to stay in, which I do, make a nice dinner, hire a baby sitter if you have kids, and give your loved one the night off. Put down the electronics, cuddle up and spend time together. Sadly, this should happen on a regular basis, not just one day of the year. Which leads me to this piece of advice. If you are the fortunate recipient of considerate efforts and gifts, RECIPROCATE! Valentine’s Day should not be one-sided. If it’s about “love” then MAKE it about “LOVE”. ❍


Three Chef’s President’s Day Breakfast February 18, Monday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gracious Plenty and Mitch’s Meats & Fish have teamed up for a day. Chef Jasmin, Chef Conner, and Chef Mitch will be your hosts. They will each be featuring a Special Menu Selection on top of Gracious Plenty’s outstanding regular menu selections.

Mitch’s Way Over The Top Eggs Benedict Seared Wagyu New York Strip, Poached Eggs, Lobster & Black Truffle Hollandaise, served over ‘The Jasmin’ fresh-baked English Muffin (Seared Scottish Salmon can be substituted if you’re not a meat eater) $ 19

Jasmin’s Lox On A Biscuit

Dill Cream Cheese Spread, Salmon, Cucumber, Red Onion, Fried Capers and Herbs Served on an Everything Biscuit $ 12

Conner’s Carnitas & Queso Hashbrown Cabbage, Avo, Cilantro, and Lime $ 12

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ROOTED IN HISTORY

Southern Soul Fixins Feb 10 Roswell’s First Soul Food Cook-Off welcomes community and professional cooks competing in four delicious categories! Come out and vote for your favorite dishes and enjoy live music, storytelling and culture! The food categories include meat-based side dish, vegetarian side dish, breads/cornmeal, and desserts. Storyteller Babatunde will engage the audience at 1 and 3 p.m. with creatively woven tales following the cultural storytelling practices of the indigenous natives of the Americas and those found in traditional African tales. A People’s Choice Award in each category will be given to the participant with the most votes from guests. February 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Roswell Area Park in the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building.

Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations of black history and culture in the Southeast. The community-wide festival strengthens community ties and helps cel- Ranky Tanky at RCAC Feb 16 ebrate Roswell’s culture both past and present. Presented by LIVE! In Roswell on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. The City of Roswell hosts the festival through Feb. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center Tickets: $30 Senior, Students, Military $25. Phone 770-594-6232 28, in conjunction with Black History Month.

Open Hearth Cooking Feb 9

or visit roswellCAC.com. See article on page 4 of this issue.

Clarissa Clifton, Living History Interpreter and Soul Food Cypher Feb. 22 Open Hearth Cooking Expert will focus on foods comSoul Food Cypher combines freestyle rhyme and mon in the slave community and the differences in wordplay with a mix of audience participation and food by levels of the slave community: house, skilled, and field workers. Smith Plantation, 10 a.m.–3:00 p.m., positivity to generate momentum for social consciousness and storytelling expression. Soul Food Cypher at Free. 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.

Red Door Playhouse is open to all ages to attend, but space is limited. Advanced RSVP encouraged. Doors open 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. 587 Atlanta Street, Roswell, 30075.

Roswell Roots Arts Festival Feb 23 Roswell Roots Arts Festival celebrates black history and culture. Join in the warm, wonderful, cultural celebration through art and creativity. February 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, 30076. Free admission and parking. Phone: 470-358-3611. Presented by Sharon Crumley Studios, LLC and Roswell Roots Arts Festival Committee.

Reading and Book Signing Feb 23 Retired NBA All-Star, Joe Barry Carroll, will read from and sign his book Black American Voices, Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions. This collection of

Sometimes, Life Comes Down to the Millimeters Millimeters matter when an interventional cardiologist is opening blockages in your coronary arteries. The new CorPath Robotic Angioplasty puts the precision of a robot in the hands of your physician, often resulting in a quicker recovery. We are the only hospital in metro Atlanta offering this technology — it’s part of our commitment to offer the latest in cardiac advances to help you return to the people that matter most in your life.

Robotic Angioplasty — close to home

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Cover art for “Black American Voices” by Joe Barry Carroll. Photo courtesy Joe Barry Carroll. uplifting narratives, and striking photographs of Black Americans and African art draws an indelible connection between the American experience and African culture. East Roswell Library, 2:00 p.m. 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 30076

Art and History Exhibits Through Feb 28 Roswell Historical Society presents: Black Heritage: The Unsung Heroes of Roswell, a photographic exhibit of the story of the everyday heroes of the Black community and their labors from the days of slavery and Reconstruction, through the trials of segregation, to their efforts to create a vital and influential community for future generations. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 9 a.m. –5:00 p.m.,Monday-Friday, Free. 950 Forest Street, Roswell 30075. City Hall Gallery Highlighting Black Artists Artwork in various genres including oils, acrylics, photography and more. Art will highlight local black artists and original artwork from students at Hembree Springs elementary. Roswell City Hall, 9 a.m. –5:00 p.m., Monday –Friday, Free. 38 Hill Street, Roswell 30075. Share in Roswell’s diverse history while discovering

“Blue Shield” by Sharon Crumley, more about African American heritage, art, food and Roswell Roots Arts Festival at contributions. For a full list of Roswell Roots DoubleTree Hotel on Feb. 23. events, visit www.roswellroots.com.❍

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STAY HEALTHY IN MIND & bODY THIS wINTER – GET OUTSIDE By Jon Copsey

ore than any other season, winter is the time when we become aware of the natural cycles that guide our lives. The northern hemisphere tilts away from the sun, and daylight becomes limited. As a result of this shift, a myriad of changes cascade through the natural world. That sleepiness you feel in the winter is not just your imagination. Our waking and sleeping patterns are dictated by our circadian rhythm, and this rhythm is guided by natural light. In the morning, when our eyes are exposed to sunlight, our temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure rise, leading to higher levels of alertness. When the sun sets, our body temperature drops and sleep inducing hormones are released. With many of us waking before dawn, spending our days inside, and getting home after dark in the winter, our bodies may have trouble recognizing distinct differences between day and night. This leads to more sleepiness during the day and fewer restful nights. Natural light is a critical component of our health, so make a point to spend time outside this winter to help your body remain on track with its natural rhythms. Humans are not the only organisms affected by the changing seasons. The milkweed plant, a primary food source for monarch

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gration of the monarch butterfly. This migratory behavior is under threat though, as milkweed numbers in the United States are dwindling. The horticulture team at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell is working with groups like The Ray to help grow and disseminate these vital plants throughout the entire state of Georgia. Other insects may migrate like the monarchs, hibernate, or simply die off. Regardless, winter means Many plants, such as this swamp milkweed, go fewer insects, and this means less dormant over the winter, forcing the animals that food for birds. Most bird migration rely on them to migrate. Photo: Chattahoochee in the northern hemisphere is Nature Center linked to the rise and fall of insect populations. Birds move south toward warmer climates in the winter, where they will still have access to food. In the spring they travel north, following the emergence of new plant life and the insects that feed on those plants. Take time this winter to observe the cycles and changes happening around you, and make sure to take Many animals change their habits during care of your own health and wellbeing by spending time outdoors. winter. Sleeping longer and eating less are Walk along the river, take a hike, or common, even among humans. Rabbit get your garden ready for spring. Tracks Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center You can do all these activities and butterflies and caterpillars, is one of more at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Encourage your family to the many plants that becomes get out and experience the magic in dormant during the winter. This change, combined with colder tem- nature with daily activities and a fairy trail in the woods. Learn more peratures and shorter days, stimulates the annual southern mi- at www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

CNC General Admission: $6 for Children, $10 Adult, $7 Seniors 65+, $7 Students 13-18, Free for CNC Members and Children 2 and under. www.chattnaturcenter.org Enchanted Woodland Trail featuring Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes open until Feb. 28, presented by Northside Hospital. Included in General Admission. For the Birds February 18 – 22, 11 a.m. daily Get crafty and help migrating birds by making a pinecone bird feeder. Amazing Migration December-February. Visit our Migration

Making the Move by Kim Ellis, CNC Naturalist

Animal migration and their patterns have always fascinated us as the seasons change. Animals travel some tremendous distances, often not stopping, even to eat! All different kinds of animals migrate—insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals—and they migrate for many different reasons. Some migrate in response to availability of resources like food and water. Others leave town for more favorable weather conditions or for the temperatures of distant waters. To navigate during migration, animals use topography, light patterns, and/or olfactory cues, as well as stars and Earth’s magnetic field. Many have instinctive movements that follow the same patterns that generation upon generation traveled before them. Some of Georgia’s animals travel thousands of miles during their lifetime. Soon the hummingbirds will be returning from Mexico or South America. Broad-winged hawks will return from the Texas coast.  Northern Right whales will pass the Georgia coast as they swim up from south Florida’s warm waters. The manatees, too, will return from the warmth of Florida. Our monarchs will soon begin their long trek from Mexico. In a journey called natal homing, one of the most loved and protected animal species, mature female sea turtles, head back toward the beaches to lay eggs where they themselves hatched!  The Sea Turtle Conservancy and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are currently monitoring several subadult and adult Green and Loggerhead species. The organizations collect amazing details and real time data about these sea turtles and many other species around the world. What is amazing is that some stay in a general area and some travel great distances! Although scientists continue to study migration patterns, we may never fully understand the drive to migrate. Oh—to be in the mind of a sea turtle! Learn more about a migrating species you are passionate about  and discover how you can help. To find migrating species that call Georgia home for a period of time, start with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Wildlife webpage: https://gadnr.org/  

Map and try your hand at following the course of migratory birds to and from their warm and cool season habitats. Indoor and Outdoor Scavenger Hunt December–February. Head outside this quarter to search high and low for answers to our Cyclical Scavenger Hunt. STARLAB Sunday, February 16, 12:30 p.m. CNC’s inflatable planetarium gives you a front row view of the winter constellations.

Many more programs and ideas for winter at www.chattnaturcenter.org.


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

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

SPECIAL EVENTS

Ostomy Support Group

American Heart Association CPR Classes*

Look for Speaking about Wellness for Women and Speaking about Wellness for Healthy

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

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708.

Friends and Family CPR Saturday, February 23, 10 –12:30 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid Saturday, March 9, 9 – 3 p.m. $60 This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

Lupus Support Group Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Classroom C Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more info 404-626-2394, lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Every Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. Classroom C Please join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. The support group offers a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433 for more information.

LifeSouth Blood Drive Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcome/

Good Life Club

Saturday 2/9, 3/9, and 4/13 at 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Offered through the WellStar Health System, this is an organization for people 50 and older, who want to learn how to live better, be healthier, and stay active. Our focus on wellness, health education, travel and social activities, along with providing valuable membership benefits, affirms our commitment to healthy aging in our community. Our life time membership fee is $15 per person. At WellStar, we believe in life well-lived and Good life Club members are evidence of this belief.

Maternity Tours

Request WellStar to be at Your Event

Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

If you are interested in submitting a request for a sponsorship, speaker, worksite wellness or community event, please visit wellstar.org. Click on the “Contact Us” at the top of the page and then Sponsorship & Event Requests on the right side of the webpage. Create an account and submit. You will be contacted by someone in Community Education and Outreach at WellStar. For more information, call 770-793-7373

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; 7 – 9 p.m. Classrooms A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Aging 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series topics to be announced soon. Programs will begin in March. Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

Water Birth Thursdays 2/7, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11 and 4/25. 7 p.m. Registration required. $30/couple. For couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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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 Now Offers Increased Range of Cardiac Procedures

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ith the expansion of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, cutting edge heart procedures are close to home. A catheterization (“cath”) lab is an examination room where physicians perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. WellStar North Fulton Hospital now provides not only coronary procedures, but diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances and peripheral abnormalities, such as arterial blockages of the legs. “We’re excited to offer high-end, super-specialized treatments to patients with heart rhythm disturbances right here at North Fulton Hospital,” said Anand Kenia, Hunt Anderson, M.D. and Anand Kenia, M.D. M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine electrophysiologist. The hospital’s capabilities now include the full spectrum of the latest treatments to normalize heart rhythm, from radiofrequency ablations and implantable cardioverter debrillators (ICDs) to pacemakers, including leadless (or wireless) pacemakers. Leadless pacemakers, appropriate for patients who need a single-chamber, right ventricle pacemaker, are implanted directly into the heart instead of under the skin, minimizing the risk of infection and speeding recovery.

North Fulton Hospital is the first in metro Atlanta to offer robotic-assisted coronary intervention using the Corindus CorPath system, which increases precision and decreases radiation exposure to physicians. “With the robot’s assistance, our physicians can place a stent exactly where they want it, with onemillimeter-increment precision,” explained Jeffery Penton, director of cardiovascular services at North Fulton Hospital. And for patients who require diagnostic caths, interventional cardiologists at North Fulton Hospital now offer methods which are safer and more accurate, including rotational angiography, which substantially decreases the amount of radiation and contrast material. “We are thrilled with the substantial capital

However, there are times when waiting can mean life or death. A heart attack, for example. Last month, WellStar North Fulton

February is Heart Month Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S.; an irregular

heartbeat can lead to stroke. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined. You can reduce your risk for heart disease by not smoking, staying physically

WellStar North Fulton Hospital is the first in metro Atlanta to offer roboticassisted coronary intervention using the Corindus CorPath system. Shown are the robot’s arm, which connects to wires, stents and balloons, and the cockpit where the physician controls the robotic arm.

active, maintaining a healthy diet and body weight, and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Source: American Heart Association

Cardiac Swing: This system has dramatically reduced time in the cath lab through faster imaging of the Hospital opened a new cardiac heart leading to the cardiologist’s catheterization unit (for those that do ability to make a quicker decision. In not know, this is the place where a addition, a much lower radiation cardiologist can run a catheter to dosage is required compared to the break through the clot causing your traditional method. heart attack). This new lab more than Electrophysiology (EP) Lab: We now offer doubled the size of our former a wide range of EP procedures from cardiology space with two new procecatheter ablation to pacemaker inserdure areas and seven new recovery tion. In fact, WellStar North Fulton rooms. Hospital recently scheduled its very In addition to space, we also introfirst leadless pacemaker. Smaller than duced new, state-of-the-art a thimble, this device has a built-in equipment:  battery, can be adjusted by WIFI, and Cath Lab Robot: One of only two is inserted directly into the heart.  robots in the state, this system brings Apart from the latest technology, computer-guided catheterization, reour number of cardiologists has sulting in more precise catheter almost doubled in the past two years. insertion and faster procedures. As our community continues to

NO WAITING NECESSARY I dislike waiting. Waiting for traffic to move. Waiting for my week of summer vacation. Waiting for my sister to return my call. Waiting for my dog to do her business so I can get out of the rain. Of course, these examples are just inconveniences.

investment by WellStar at North Fulton Hospital,” said Hunt Anderson, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine interventional cardiologist and medical director of Cardiology at North Fulton Hospital. “This multi-million dollar expansion illustrates WellStar’s significant commitment to our community.” To schedule an appointment with a WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine physician at North Fulton Hospital, please call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍

demand fast, world-class service, we can expect this number to grow. When you need cardiac services, you should never have to wait. Whether you’re getting a stress test or receiving a stent, WellStar North Fulton Hospital is just minutes from your home or office, offers the very latest technology, and partners with some of the most highly trained cardiologists in Georgia.  So, next time you are waiting in traffic on Georgia 400, take two deep breaths and consider getting your heart checked. Also know that should you unexpectedly suffer a heart attack, we are here... no waiting necessary.  ❍ Jon-Paul Croom President, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, Senior Vice President, WellStar Health System

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ROSWELL MARDI GRAS BALL GOES ITALIAN

Left to right are board members for Children’s Charities of Georgia at the 2018 Roswell Mardi Gras Ball. Megan Jamison, Sarah Bailey, Marty Juravel, Mandy White, Micah Keith, and Lauren Holmes.

The Voilà Foundation will whisk you away to Venice, Italy to celebrate Sabato Grosso (Fat Tuesday) a few days early at the 4th Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball on March 2.

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The theme is CARNEVALE—A Night in Venice! The Voilà Foundation, a Roswellbased nonprofit, holds the Ball each year on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. This year’s event will take place at the Country Club of Roswell on March 2 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy an open bar and dinner with the flavors of Venice. The Ball will feature both a silent and an exciting live auction. Powered by tuba goodness, Wasted Potential Brass Band will keep you dancing all evening with their second line street beat, southern horn section, blues vocals, and sousaphone. The Off Centered Project performers will bring art to life throughout the night while cirquestyle artists Shannon Stanley and Daniela Caldwell show off their highflying skills. Our very own live event painter, Ann Bailey, will paint the

winning bidders into a one-of-a-kind portrait to commemorate the event. The Roswell Mardi Gras Ball will raise funds for two incredible organizations. One beneficiary is Children’s Charities, whose mission is to inspire community volunteerism with a focus on helping children with special needs. Their fundraising efforts will provide an all-inclusive play park that will serve children of all abilities and disabilities in North Fulton and surrounding counties. The Kyle Pease Foundation raises funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their needs through sports. CARNEVALE—A Night in Venice promises to be Bellissimo Divertimento! To purchase your tickets and find out more about the 4th Annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball, visit roswellmardigrasball.com. ❍


295 E. Crossville Road Roswell, GA 30075

By Joe Duffy

PAID PROMOTION

Has Anyone Seen My Sweet Vickery Rose??? Vickery Rose is a new high-end luxury retirement resort on Crossville Road in Roswell. When Current Hub Publisher Mark Penstone conversed with several residents who told him that the dining options were significant factors in choosing this retreat to spend their golden years, I was ardent to scout. Veteran Executive Chef Jeff Freehof, a Johnson and Wales graduate, has 35 years of experience in both the kitchen and management. Each day residents select from a main dish, two vegetables, and a starch. Sundays, prime rib is carved to order with both a medium rare and more well-done option obtainable. Of course, I sampled the redder option. Lean, yet enough fat for taste, the prime rib should be a lure for potential residents. I especially enjoyed the three-cheese macaroni and cheese with cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan, constructed with the more traditional elbow macaroni. Should patrons not fancy the daily offerings on the hot table there is a pizza and sandwich

station in which custom-made selections are available. Highlighting the salad bar was a delicious tuna and macaroni salad. Those of us who prefer generous portions of tuna fish will be quite gratified. Other offerings included three-bean salad, and coleslaw in addition to make-your-own tossed salad options. Chef offers two soups. I craved for a second bowl of the turkey stew. The lemon pound cake was my preferred dessert, though I overheard some residents

raving about the pumpkin mousse. Several tables had two, three, perhaps four generations present. “We are not trying to make a profit off guests,” Frehof explained referring to the nominal fee that’s “less than any restaurant in town,” for residents lucky enough to have family nearby. Best of all, for those inhabitants who hunger at non-traditional hours, a grab and go option is open around the clock. I may or may not be at peace with the fact that my birth certificate says I will soon be eligible to move into a retirement community. But if this is what I have to look forward to, then all is good.

Join us for lunch to learn more about the Vickery Rose difference. 470-550-5200

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DIGGIN’ ❤ MY ROOTS It’s last November on a cold morning. Temperatures were 18 to 24 “above.” Snow began to dust the ground. I patted myself on the back as I handled the temperatures in boxer shorts, sweatshirt, and socks. (I’ve never said I make any fashion statements in my version of pajamas.) I decided to video the snowfall outside from an excellent vantage point on the sidewalk. I left the door behind me and stepped out into the cold. Annie, the resident kitty and escape artist, was thrilled to sneak outside, no doubt gleefully singing “Free again!” Oh, oh. I couldn’t let her run amok in the snow on my watch. My camera continued rolling, recording the blur of my running legs in the snow, boxers, socks and all. I just knew the neighbors were probably watching, “Well, dear, Yvonne and George, (my aunt and uncle) have another nutty visitor.” I finally made a leaping tackle, grabbing Annie’s hindquarters to a seriously loud meow.

I was visiting the place of my birth, Park River, North Dakota. It’s a town of 1508 people, established in 1884, about 40 miles from the Canadian border. The folks are salt-of-the-earth, the fields extend for miles, and the highways feature little to no traffic. Most everyone is surprised when I tell them where I’m from. I mean, who knows anyone from North Dakota? I might as well say Tanzania, Liechtenstein, or the Galapagos. Are there really people in North Dakota? Yup. Look at me. Look at Josh Duhamel, Peggy Lee, Angie Dickinson, and Lawrence Welk. You didn’t know? There are farmers, universities, merchants, and fast food. And, yes, there are town post offices. As my Aunt Yvonne once said, “We have U.S. mail delivery. It’s not by Pony Express.” My heritage is sometimes a hoot. Yours probably is, too. North Dakota had a Homestead Act in the 1800s, to bring in settlers. Never mind the wicked winters. They were given 160 acres free, with mandatory tree planting on 10 acres. Voila! Settlers came from Iowa, where land for new folks was gone. My people, like my maternal grandfather William Skjerven, a Norweigian, came. Icelanders came through Canada. Some snuck illegally over the Canadian border, like my grandmother Gudrun Thorstiensdottir, from Iceland. (Never say I don’t have interesting party material!) The French, Swedish and Scottish came from Canada as well, and

settled in towns with their own countrymen, as did the Slovakians and Bohemians. Grandpa Chapman, a Brit, came from Europe after WWI, in 1915. Grandma Chapman, originally a Kohnen, was of German descent. Whether I share any blood with Kaiser Wilhelm, I know not. I’m talkin’ about, you know, the kind of ancestry info that everyone wants. We’re all on a mission to find out if we’re related to historical folks like Ghengis Kahn, George Washington, Pancho Villa, Charles De Gaulle, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, or any others, good, bad, notorious, jerks, geniuses or otherwise. Admit it. If you volunteer DNA for a look at your roots, you secretly hope you’ll find somebody famous, right? In my case, so what if my lineage does go back to Eric the Red, the red-haired, firey-tempered Viking who was banished from both Norway and Iceland because he couldn’t help killing people, so he ended up in Greenland??? I have gutsy ancestors. North Dakota is where they all come together. When I was a child, we moved to Seattle, and traveled back to Park River each summer. With my mom riding shotgun with dad, we five kids tussled over the backward-facing third seat of our nine-passenger station wagon. We’d hang our feet out of the open window. Dad’s love of speed meant we traveled like lightening from rainy Seattle, traversed the Rockies

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Call Sarah Reese @ 404.921.0064 The author laughs at the cold in a North Dakota cornfield. with white knuckles, and with “pedal to the metal” in Montana. We cruised through Badlands, wheat fields and on empty highways, still the norm in North Dakota. Park River gave us a sunny place to run free, frequent the Dairy Queen, and play barefoot in the warm, soft black soil of the fields. Amusingly, the Icelanders had settled on a tiny mound outside of Park River and called it “Mountain.” My mother’s Uncle Ole lived there, and we kids visited him every summer. Uncle Ole was an eccentric bachelor in his 70s or 80s, and we could never understand a word he said. He lived in an Icelandicstyle home, basically a box with a funky severely slanted roof sticking up on one side. Scandinavians are a very practical people, but what in the heck…? And there was Concrete, a town about 15 miles from the Canadian border, housing another Icelandic relative in what was essentially a doublewide and an old country store. Imagine, this little place became home to an anti-ballistic missile underground command center in about 1962, overseeing 50 missiles, part of an installation of 150 silos from the Canadian

border to the southern border of North Dakota. Park River had its own silo just half a mile away. Live on top of a nuclear missile launcher, anyone? Anyone? Ancestry knowledge is fascinating and useful. I really dig this stuff, and you probably do, too. I’m lucky I don’t have to throw my DNA into the pool with millions of others. We’ve talked about our ancestors all of our lives. I take my roots wherever I go— Midwestern by birth, Northern European and Scandinavian by heritage. In the 80s, I contacted the little Park River hospital where I was born to ask for a copy of my birth certificate. Could they send me one? The woman who answered the phone exclaimed, “Diane, I remember the day you were born! You are Blair and Donna Lou’s girl!” No DNA needed. So, this Valentine’s Day, I’m going to do something unconventionaI and corny. I’m writing this Valentine’s column dedicated to my home town, a place dear to my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! Contact Di at diychapman@icloud.com

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TREES THEN & NOW Green Scene, By Geri Laufer

The Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora has gorgeous flowers and makes a great hideout for kids. Photo: Geri Laufer I’ve been thinking about trees. Trees are phenomenal organisms (I nearly wrote creatures). Their magnificent size and longevity dictate the scale of the landscape. Generations of people have discussed policy and sheltered under the spreading limbs of Meeting Trees (does “Home Tree” in James Cameron’s movie Avatar immediately come to mind for you, too?). More than any other type of vegetation, trees are the most important natural element in landscapes. Who doesn’t love a tree? Trees bring pleasure to all of the senses: the sight of a tree in full autumn color, the feel of cool shade, the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze, the taste and nutrition of fruits and nuts, or the smell of a pine tree. 200,000 flowers on one cherry tree can perfume the air in spring. Trees provide habitat for a wide variety of living creatures. As living placeholders, trees also help record history, and pretty much everyone has personal memories linked to trees. As a girl, I used to read in our neighbor’s old cherry tree in Ohio, and a generation later, my boys turned our Southern Magnolia into their Georgia hideout. To encourage tree planting and care, Arbor Day was started by J. Sterling Morgon back in 1872. The Arbor Day Foundation celebrates the planting of trees in many ways. Of course there is National Arbor Day on the last Friday in April (April 26 in 2019). Or earlier in southern climates (like ours in north metro Atlanta), since trees are best planted earlier in the spring (e.g. the third Friday in February: Feb. 15 for Georgia). Check the interactive map for Arbor Days around the country at arborday.org/celebrate/dates.cfm.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Evergreen Holly ilex ‘Emily Bruner’ Photo: Michael Rivera/Wikimedia Commons

Peeling or exfoliating bark on Paperbark Maple Acer griseum for winter interest. Photo: Derek Ramsey/Wikimedia Commons Evergreens remain green year-round, and can have either needle leaves or broad leaves. For an ideal, native, broadleaf evergreen, consider a specimen ‘Emily Bruner’ holly, or one of the dwarf southern magnolias with dense upright branching and huge (six- to eightJapanese Flowering Apricot Prunus mume inch), fragrant flowers borne from May through Nov. For an ideal narrowleaf evergreen tree, try the slowPhoto: Fumihirokato/Creative Commons growing, multi-trunked Hinoki False Cypress When deciding on a tree for the north metro home (Chamaecyparis), with lovely, evergreen, scalloped folandscape, the first thing to consider is mature size, so liage, or a Dwarf Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria) to add it won’t outgrow the space intended for it. Once the a summer green to your landscape. size has been determined, there are two basic leaf A container-grown tree can be a “Valentine’s Day types to choose from: evergreen or deciduous. gift with roots;” it is more permanent than transient Deciduous trees change color and lose their leaves flowers. February is not too late to plant a tree; just in the fall. Some are blessed with flowers or exfoliating make sure it is thoroughly watered once a week bark. Although common deciduous trees include large through next November. Really! shade types like oaks or maples, there are also smaller What is your favorite small ornamental tree? Let me varieties such as dogwoods, Japanese and paperbark know by commenting online at thecurenthub.com or maples, redbuds, and flowering apricots that are used email me at geri@gardengeri.com. ❍ as ornamentals in the landscape.


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LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE wITH By Joe Duffy

“Katz’s Deli Syndrome” is a term of no-so-endearment I coined years ago. Once upon a time, in a cyberland a long time ago (meaning before crowdsourcing sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor overtook the regular guy review existence), restaurant posting boards were the place where food nerds confabulated on crossreferencing endorsements concerning area restaurants. Be it to impress fellow nerds with one’s worldliness or simply spewing genuinely unrealistic expectations, a common damning-with-faint-praise synopsis would include something akin to, “It’s good for Atlanta, but not nearly as great as the top-rated places in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles” etc. The most common fill-in-theblank paragon mentioned was New York’s Katz’s Delicatessen for corned beef and pastrami. And hence the origin of the phrase. Oh, I’ve thoroughly rejoiced in both corned beef and pastrami at Katz’s, not to mention Hershel’s East Side Deli in the foodie promised land that is Reading Terminal in Philadelphia. Add to that several other rightfully touted in-house meat Nirvanas in the northeast. Expecting every sandwich to be the peer of the bellwethers of Manhattan isn’t a realistic yardstick. Be that as it may, this area has a flourishing number of corned beef and pastrami vendors who gratify those who can’t eat at the Manhattan deli they love, so they love the corned beef sandwich they are with. Sans pleasuring those wreaked with Katz’s Deli Syndrome, here is an impressive catalog of corned beef or pastrami sandwich outfitters.

Mitch’s Meats & Fish is a high-end butcher with a sensational takeout only lunch menu. To the left is the pastrami. To the right, corned beef. Good luck finding better quality plus quantity sandwiches anywhere. Corned beef (or pastrami) on rye,

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Chipper’s Club smoked pastrami would do well even in the streets of New York. The Roswell newcomer is quickly becoming a local favorite. Golden Reuben

CHIPPER’S CLUB, ROSWELL: The pastrami gets smoked in-house (as are their other meats) and parallels the Big Apple’s most exceptional much more than New York apologists would like to acknowledge. Yes, I did correctly affirm in the Roswell Restaurant Week article last month that nearby Gracious Plenty was Roswell’s most outstanding new restaurant, but newcomer Chipper’s Club, in the location best known as previously home to the Roswell Kitchen is also a worthy Rookie-of-the-Year entrant.

Roswell’s soup and sandwich thaumaturge* Mitch Manoloff proves variety is the spice of life. Most northeasterners favor said meats on a Reuben, or with brown mustard, or perhaps supplemented with coleslaw and Russian dressing. All the above are great elsewhere but Mitch’s ensures getting out of one’s comfort zone is worthwhile. You will cherish corned beef topped with his homemade creamy bacon and sweet onion dressing. Both his corned beef and pastrami are leaner than conventional while still exuding flavor. *If you stumbled on this 25-dollar word, as I did, a thaumaturge is a worker of wonders and performer of miracles; a magician. –Ed.

The opening of Bite was the turning point in Alpharetta becoming a dining hotspot. This sandwich is among the reasons. more meat would make their somewhat bantamweight sandwiches better. Stick around for the best beer selection this side of Decatur. Pastrami Reuben

BITE BISTRO & BAR, ALPHARETTA: Possibly still Alpharetta’s best restaurant, Bite also deviates from the usual Mid-Atlantic formula, rounding out house-smoked brisket with their house-made kimchi, smoked gouda, and signature “krussian sauce,” which is essentially Russian dressing. Bite remains Alpharetta’s answer to Roswell’s Foundation Social Eatery. Both have addresses that predate the alluring Avalon and downtown nexuses Each remains perched high atop any casebook of the premier restaurants in the AlphaRoz environs. The Garr-O

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PEACH & THE PORK CHOP, ROSWELL: Another house-made

creations by co-owner, famous charcuterie The Spotted Trotter. Avalon’s top rooftop bar and restaurant finalize their interpretation with gruyere cheese. A little

corned beef provider, ironically the most traditional Reuben with Swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing, and sauerkraut can’t just be named a Reuben. Despite curtailing portions in recent years, this is the second largest rendition on the list behind

BARLEYGARDEN KITCHEN, ALPHARETTA: The meats are

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BUTCHER AND BREW, ALPHARETTA: B&B was at the forefront of the house-made meats explosion in the area. The pastrami has unique accompaniments— giardiniera and remoulade. The influx of New York emigrants has undoubtedly had a positive effect on area dining. No cuisine has advanced further in the last six to ten The Fickle Pickle has been serving up the Southern years than pizza. In the even shorter range, the lunchmeat fortes of corned Reuben since 2003. beef and pastrami have erupted onto Ryan Pernice’s newest restaurant, Coalition Food & Southern Reuben the dining scene. Hopefully, intown Beverage puts out a praiseworthy Reuben. THE FICKLE PICKLE, ROSWELL: big wig Todd Ginsberg will eventually The Reuben Fickle Pickle was putting out be enticed to expand his Jewish deli COALITION FOOD AND excellent food on Canton Street long concept the General Muir (corned BEVERAGE, ALPHARETTA: Ryan before it became the area’s first syner- beef ) or sandwich king Fred’s Meats “The Garr-O” The most traditional local Reuben, Pernice, owner of Canton’s Street’s gistic destination stretch. “Southern” & Breads (pastrami) a few miles to with Swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing, and top two restaurants, Osteria Mattone because it is topped off with coleslaw the north. Regardless, the options are sauerkraut is at Peach & The Porkchop, where they and Table & Main, has expanded into rather than kraut. plentiful. Now if only the Empire name the sandwiches after family members. Alpharetta’s flourishing downtown, as State can export us an NHL team. Reuben anchor of Teasley Place, one of the Mitch’s. Or better yet, get the 50/50 When he’s not eating, which is rare, the FANCY PANTRY, ALPHARETTA: latest walkable communities. Also with half pastrami. Owner and author is CEO of Sports Handicapping “Senator” John Kennedy has packed website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s Pittsburgh native Chuck Staley incor- made with house-smoked pastrami, them in forever at this lunch-only gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go add Coalition to the gruyere cheese porates said staple meats into other cafe. Accordingly, his recipe is the for gifts for all occasions from My Thirty bandwagon. laudable creations as well. classic with Swiss cheese. One Gifts. 

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When I think about Roswell, the word “community” is the next one that pops into my head. We see that in action every time we open the doors at Tap & Six. People of all ages and walks of life gather to catch up with friends, network, play UNO with the kids and grandparents, or to discuss issues that impact the our communities. We are a passionate bunch, as reflected in the packed house turnout at Gate City in January for the 2019 kick-off event for Roswell NEXT and Positively Roswell. We come together over drinks and food out of a deep human need to connect. We are fortunate to live and work in a city where opportunities abound for our community to come together. Roswell Restaurant Week is just one example with the dinner table representing the quintessential symbol of friends and family coming together. Monthly, we host North Point Community Church’s NP Nights podcast for young adults to “create community experiences where people are empowered to become more alive.” The Drake House YPAC (Young Professionals Advisory Council) was created to support the nonprofit’s mission of providing housing and education programs for homeless single mothers. And then we have numerous organizations such as the Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens who bring together community volunteers to help preserve the rich history of our city. In March, we have another awesome opportunity at the seventh annual Roswell Beer Festival to gather, socialize, and support the STAR House Foundation with 100% of net proceeds going directly to the charity. The months of planning alone bring together so many individuals and businesses from all around our community before the gates are opened at the festival. And since we

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Revelers at the 2018 Roswell Beer Festival know beer-themed shirts are always welcome, and these fashionforward festival patrons like to accessorize, especially with a pretzel necklace. Palate cleanser? Please, we just like how it looks, and might wear one to work on Monday.

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The Roswell Beer Festival is celebrating its seventh anniversary this March 23 with an event that is self-described as “not bigger, just better!” This year’s event is expected to sell out yet again, but the beer fest does not plan to increase its headcount in 2019. Rather, the event is kept intentionally intimate and exclusive to maintain quality of experience and keep visitors returning for years to come. ¶ Ticket revenues completely cover the cost of the event, so 100% of donations from sponsors and other sources will go directly to the STAR House Foundation, a nonprofit after school program for at-risk youth. Continues on page 30 >


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The STAR House team has diligently recorded feedback each year and made adjustments to the festival to ensure a top-tier experience. Based on said feedback, this year’s festival will feature food from C&S Chowder House, 1920 Tavern, Peach & the Porkchop, The Mill Kitchen, Roux, and a handful of other Roswell favorites. The festival boasts 400 different kinds of beer, two live bands, and an opportunity to purchase the VIP Experience with access to an exquisitely furnished tent with unlimited food and drinks as well as access to private, luxury restroom facilities. What’s more, some of the featured beers are exclusive local brews that can only be found at the event. Back by popular demand is the selection of beer fest merchandise, such as t-shirts, growlers, hats and more that can be purchased with festival tokens. In many ways, the beer fest has stayed true to its roots, resisting the urge to conform to similar events in other areas that often stretch resources in an effort to pack in as many guests as possible. This small but mighty nonprofit team is determined to make the most of their success and optimize the reputation they’ve built to protect the longevity of the beer fest as a fundraiser.

the area. At the same time, we need to balance our primary goal of earning as much money for our STAR House kids as possible. We do this for them, and each dollar we earn will go directly into the program.” The event is run entirely by STAR House board and staff members with help from more than 350 volunteers, amassing over 4,000 hours of service. This year’s festival is expected to raise $230,000 through generous sponsor support, which will provide hundreds of students with new program materials, computers, staff and more. STAR House provides afterschool mentoring and summer camp for at-risk children throughout North Fulton County. Our mission is to promote academic success and empower lifelong achievement for children in need. We currently serve over 300 children within four Title 1 North Fulton schools, with a growing unmet need. “We already see a huge amount of community support for the STAR House program,” Bridges said. “But the great thing about this festival is that it draws in those who may have never heard of it. We are appealing to a whole new audience each year, many of whom come from outside the community. This allows us to expand our reach. Also, it’s “Our goal is always to be a pretty good bargain! You’re strategic about this event,” fesgetting to try a lot of beer, tival chair Jeff Bridges said. much of it local craft beer and “We want to provide the best some of it exclusive to the possible experience to event, for a very reasonable maintain our reputation as price.”To learn more about the one of the top beer festivals in

Kids In Need

3,514 Kids live in poverty in North Fulton, despite being one of the most affluent areas in Georgia.

$82,150 The median household income in Roswell.

$33,485 The median household income in Star House families.

300,000+ Children in Georgia are unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m. (Juvenile crime peak time).

STAR House Provides Highbeams (above) is a band of brothers: Adam Pendlington, Ian Pendlington, and Stephen Quinn. It’s their fifth appearance at this festival and with good reason, they’ve captured audiences all over the Southeast with their warm, personable stage presence and rich three-part harmonies. The band has performed hundreds of shows every year; including opening slots for acts like Vertical Horizon, Chase Bryant, Col Bruce Hampton, and the Grammy nominated duo, Brothers Osborne. Give a listen to their latest record, released in Ocober of 2018, “Keep Meaning It.” ¶ Sweet Sweet (above, right) an American folk duo, hails from South Carolina and is comprised of Jeremy Dunham (guitar, vocal) and Kerrine Gifford (cello, vocal). The elegance and mood of her cello with the rustic roots of his acoustic guitar, combined with foot-driven percussion textures that range from gentle to raucous, are the foundation behind the singer-songwriters’ gorgeous lead and harmony vocals. Sweet Sweet crafts hard-hitting songs filled with heartfelt tales and whimsical Southern Charm. It’s their second year at Roswell Beer Fest. Roswell Beer Fest and purchase tickets for the event, visit roswellbeerfestival.com. To find out more about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, email

info@roswellbeerfestival.com. To learn more about the STAR House Foundation, see sidebar at right and visit www.starhousefoundation.org .

Coaching: Coaches help with homework and test preparation to foster good study habits. Safety: Students have a safe place to build relationships with educators and peers. Guidance: STAR House provides students with key skills to help them make positive life choices.

Impact Growing Reach: We serve 270 at-risk children in four Title 1 North Fulton County Schools. Better Grades: Our kids increase their academic performance and attitude towards learning. Nourishment: For body and mind— we provide over 37,000 snacks to our students each year.

How To Help Give your time, money, or resources to STAR House. Read more at: www.starhousefoundation.org


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The Current Hub February 2019  

The Current Hub is a monthly newsprint magazine for Roswell, East Cobb, Milton, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek, Georgia. Roswell Beer Festival...

The Current Hub February 2019  

The Current Hub is a monthly newsprint magazine for Roswell, East Cobb, Milton, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek, Georgia. Roswell Beer Festival...

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