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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) returns for its 19th year, February 6 through 26. Featuring a diverse collection of accomplished international and independent cinema, the festival takes place across 21 days at six metro Atlanta locations, including a new anchor venue at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The full film lineup and official schedule will be announced on Thursday, January 10, and tickets will go on sale via AJFF.org beginning January 28.

From seasoned sailors to amateur anglers, Avalon on Ice there will be boats, education, and fun for guests of all ages at the 2019 Atlanta Boat Learn the basics of figure skating on Avalon’s Show. You’ll see nearly 700 boats, including picturesque outdoor rink in Alpharetta. They houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and activities for families, boaters, and will teach you how to get started: gliding anglers of all experience levels. The 57th across the ice forward and backward, oneshow features the new Touch-a-Boat Tour: foot glides, stopping, the proper way to fall and get up, and beginning jumps and spins. If Junior skippers can tour the show floor, climbing aboard a variety of boats along the you are more advanced, they can teach more way. Kids can talk to captains, snap a pic at sophisticated skills. Private lessons, by the helm and learn the ropes of life on the appointment, are taught by professional water. Each skipper-in- training will receive figure skating coaches (members of the an Atlanta Boat Show passport with prizes Professional Skaters Association and U.S. for those that collect all the stamps. ¶ Fishing Figure Skating) and follow U.S. Figure gear, accessories, fishing and watersport Skating’s Basic Skills Curriculum. Group boats, yachts, pontoons, paddleboards, kayaks, lessons, no appointment necessary, are held personal watercraft and more. on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. All lesson fees AtlantaBoatShow.com. include coach fees, rental skates, and extra skating time to practice your newly acquired skills. To inquire about the private lessons, email sk8coach.avalon@gmail.com. You can skate daily through Jan. 21; the times vary for each day, and change on holidays. 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. $18 for general admission, $14 for children (9 and under) Rental skates are included with admission. experienceavalon.com

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Wednesday Night Blues

January 30 Delta Moon is a roots rock quartet from Atlanta, featuring the unique double slide guitars of Tom Gray on lap steel and Mark Johnson on bottleneck slide. The Velvet Note, doors open at 6:30 p.m. See page 10 for more on the band and the show. PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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MLK Day Celebration of Service

January 20 & 21 Hands on Atlanta will honor Dr. King’s legacy and vision for peace and equality with the Signature Sunday Supper, which convenes 200 corporate and community leaders for a close look at the intersection of sport and protest in a panel discussion from civil rights leaders, activists in Atlanta, and professional athletes. On Monday, MLK Day of Service, Hands On Atlanta will mobilize 1,500 volunteers at 25 service projects across Atlanta. To learn more about volunteering for or sponsoring, visit www.handsonatlanta.org >>EVERY STEP FORWARD


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Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, founded upon Kingian Principles, celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy with the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March. The march begins at 1 p.m. on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta and will conclude with a rally celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The GASJ works to empower and mobilize the people of Georgia towards justice and equity for all. www.gafsj.org.

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Moonlight and Magnolias

January 10 – 27 The year is 1939 and Hollywood producer David O. Selznick is trying to make the over-sized movie that is Gone With The Wind. It’s been cast with stars and the cameras need to start rolling but there’s one major hiccup—he has no script! 8 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. get.org. See page 12 for the full story, by Rachael Brice. The CurrentHub aspires to communicate in a way that’s useful, engaging, enjoyable, and unique. We strive to reflect the full range of what the area has to offer, also advocating positions that strengthen unity and continuity.

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MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS: A Behind the Scenes Look at a Classic American Movie By Rachael Brice

This year, the cinematic motion picture Gone with the Wind celebrates its 80th birthday and Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) in Roswell is commemorating the occasion with a production of Moonlight and Magnolias, a great comedy and fictional farce that recounts the story of how the iconic film’s script was created.

James Donadio, Director

The show tells the story of producer David O. Selznick, who has just fired the director of Gone with the Wind and is in desperate need of another. To exacerbate the problem, the movie doesn’t have a working script and Selznick’s first choice for a screenwriter, Ben Hecht, hasn’t read the classic novel. The deadline for a new script is five days away. So, Selznick calls director Victor Fleming, pulling him off of The Wizard of Oz to direct his new movie. Then Selznick does what any sensible man would do—he locks the three of them in his office for five days, living on nothing but bananas and peanuts, as they toil away acting and writing the script to one of the greatest American films of all time. Director of Moonlight and Magnolias and Associate Artistic Director at GET, James Donadio, finds the show amusing and believes that any tale that begins with its basis in a true story is always compelling. “Even though the play is almost all fictional, the story is composed of elements that were true within the storylines of what we know from the characters in real-life,” says Donadio, “but there is more to the production than meets the eye.” The show is only three scenes, but it spans five days, and by the end of those five days, the set is in disarray—covered

Left to right: Googie Uterhardt, William S. Murphey, Bart Hansard, and Mahalia Jackson (front) in peanut shells, banana skins, and paper wads of rejected script pages—and the characters are exhausted, most of them clothed only in a T-shirt, socks, and underwear. Donadio describes it as a scene from The Walking Dead. “One of my favorite parts of the play occurs towards the end of the second act when the characters go to desperate lengths to finish the script,” says Donadio. “These men are sleep-deprived. They’ve eaten nothing but bananas and peanuts for five days. They’ve had no contact with the outside world, except Miss Poppenguhl, Selznick’s secretary. They’re frantic. They start out strong, ready to seize the challenge before them, but by the end of the show, they are sobbing in a corner, just wanting to go home.” Moonlight and Magnolias offers audience members a rare glimpse behind the proverbial curtain into a world they rarely get to see, as some theatre patrons are often unaware of the amount of work and time that goes into making a movie or production, not to mention the challenges the actors, director, and production crew must overcome. “This show is fascinating to me,” says Donadio “and I want audience members to be delighted when they see it and really enjoy themselves. There may even be a few surprises audiences can learn from the show that they may not know

from the movie, like the fact that 1,400 women were interviewed to the play the role of Scarlett O’Hara.” A professional director and actor, Donadio is putting his own spin on the show, meticulously thinking through every word and movement to make it unique. Even before rehearsals began, he had already read through the script at least 12 times, each time learning something new about a character or adding new directorial notes. “Directing is very stimulating,” he says. “When you’re a director, the audience sees your overall purview of everything. Good shows, especially comedies, require musicality. It must be well orchestrated, and when it is, it’s a thing of beauty.” Moonlight and Magnolias will run at GET from January 10- 27, 2019. Come out and support the arts while taking a look behind the scenes of one of the most beloved films of all time. To purchase tickets, visit get.org. ❍ Cast Photo: Daniel Parvis Photography

Empires of Antiquity in the Quiet Season Thessaloniki, Greece: Greece’s second-largest city offers an exhilarating mix of ancient culture and modern life. While in port, guests can walk the vibrant waterfront promenade with its many cafés and restaurants, or venture outside the city to the remains of the ancient Macedonian kingdom of Alexander the Great. Nafpilo, Greece: Set between breathtaking mountains and the Bay of Argos, Nafpilo is one of Greece’s most beautiful and romantic port cities. Guests can discover the charms of its Venetian Thessaloniki Church of St Paul the island of Crete, home to the mysterious Minoan homes and Byzantine churches, take a drive to Palamidi, an imposing fortress towering over the civilization. Highlights of the new Greek Odyssey city, or travel to the nearby Peloponnese peninsula, itinerary include: an ancient area rich in history. Ephesus (Kuşadasi), Turkey: One of the bestScenic cruising: Mt. Athos: During the one preserved cities of antiquity in the world, guests can sea day on this itinerary, guests will sail past the mavisit the remains of the Byzantine Basilica of St. jestic slopes of Mt. Athos, a UNESCO World John, take in sights such as the massive Great Heritage Site and the spiritual capital of Orthodox Theater and the magnificent Library of Celsus, or Christianity. Called the “Holy Mountain,” the peninsee the modest home where, according to legend, sula’s soaring peaks are home to 20 monasteries the Virgin Mary lived out her final days. whose monks work to preserve and catalogue a vast Volos, Greece: Now a modern, cosmopolitan collection of liturgical works and art. port city, this region was once thought of as the Channel your inner explorer while traveling in playground of the gods. Guests can experience the the comfort Viking’s serene small ships. Please constunning scenery of Meteora, where medieval tact Michael at 770-650-76667 or planmycruise.com monasteries stand precariously on hilltops, or explore the ancient religious center of Dion, located to help you learn more about this amazing New on the foothills of Mt. Olympus. Greek Odyssey cruise.



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Saturday, January 26 in Atlanta

During the course of his 50-year career in music, William “Smokey” Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school in Detroit. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal band, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first numberone hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” and “I Second That Emotion.” In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years. John Lennon made countless remarks regarding Robinson’s influence on his music. The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” in 1963 and in 1982 another popular British group, The Rolling Stones covered the Robinson and the Miracles’ hit “Going To A Go-Go.” See him at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, 30305 at 8p.m. $55-150+ www.foxtheatre.org

In honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Park Service sites will have free admission on Monday, January 21, as the first fee-free day of 2019. Visit parks connected to the life of Dr. King: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Georgia Walk through Dr. King’s neighborhood in Atlanta and visit his birthplace, home, church, and gravesites. The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available. Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, Alabama Retrace the steps of the 1965 Voting Rights March led by Dr. King on this 45-mile long trail. On four other days in 2019, National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission, April 20: First day of National Park Week; August 25: National Park Service Birthday; September 28: National Public Lands Day; and November 11: Veterans Day. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. www.nps.gov

CALLANWOLDE ARTIST MARKET January 25 – 27 in Druid Hills

The Callanwolde Artist Market is a unique winter indoor art festival at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta’s historic Druid Hills neighborhood. The Market features over 80 artists working in a variety of media. Artists will have display spaces throughout the 1920 Callanwolde mansion. The Market brings artists from around the Southeast and from Callanwolde visual arts programs. The Market is geared toward sophisticated patrons interested in original, yet affordable art in a wide variety of media. Jurors will be very selective to ensure the highest quality of work. Proceeds from booth fees and tickets support Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the Callanwolde Estate and to be the premier public participatory arts and cultural organization. Founded in 1972, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center serves over 11,000 people per year through arts classes, community events, and outreach programs. Preview Party: Friday, January 25, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 980 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, 30306 callanwolde.org/events-calendar/artist-market


The Here We Go Again Tour travels up from Florida on January 25, with a stop in Duluth. Cher is expected to perform songs from her ABBA tribute album, in addition to her own singles. (She was inspired to do the album of covers after starring in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.) Cher was nominated as Best New Artist in 1965. Now 72, she is the only artist to date to have achieved a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, The co-founder of Chic, Nile Rodgers, is just back from Europe and the UK to join the tour. He has written, produced, and performed on records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Known for his “chucking” guitar style, Rolling Stone wrote in 2014 that “the full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom.” Here We Go Again, at Infinite Energy Arena, tickets $47.95 - $500.00. Doors open 7:00 p.m., show at 8. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, 30097. www.infiniteenergycenter.com/events/detail/cher


Headlining at the Red Clay Music Foundry is guitarist and singer/songwriter Daniel Hardin from Athens, Georgia, playing electrifying rock and blues reminiscent of John Mayer or Joe Bonamassa, with a touch of alt-rock influenced playing. Daniel Hardin is home-grown; he spent most of his high school years in Alpharetta, learning the craft of building guitars from scratch, recording and mixing music, and songwriting. By his senior year, he took a


Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center and Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Featuring special programming highlighting the contributions and stories of African-Americans in Atlanta, Atlanta History Center guests enjoy immersive museum theatre performances and inspiring activities for all ages. A highlight is a 3:30 p.m. talk by Adam Parker, author of Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. Fifty years ago, Sellers, the program director of Atlanta’s Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, was the scapegoat for the Orangeburg Massacre in South Carolina, one of the bloodiest civil rights events of the 1960s. Sellers served time for the incident, was eventually pardoned, and went on to become a college president. 10:00 a.m. –5:30 p.m. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. atlantahistorycenter.com


Daniel Hardin plays the Red Clay Music Foundry on Jan. 18. Photo: Molly Ewing.

few handmade instruments and recorded a selfproduced album. He formed a band, and it wasn't long before he began to play local venues, most notably selling out The Velvet Note in Milton four times before leaving for college in Athens, Ga. Influenced by such artists as John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr,. and Collective Soul, his songwriting fuses tasteful melodies to irresistible grooves to form his unique spin on the rock genre. In March of last year, he released a six-song EP, titled “The Road Less Traveled,” that showcases six completely different sides of his songwriting ability. The first track, “Miles Around’’ is filled with slap guitar, slap bass, and a punchy rhythm section that drives the emotive vocals and lead guitar, while the fourth track, “So Easily” is a slower, fan favorite that explodes into incredibly dynamic choruses and melodic guitar solos. Everyday Dogs is an alternative rock band founded by Julian Inglima, Jesse Inglima, Lucas LoPiccolo, and Jack Gregg in Athens, GA. With a sound that is undeniably indebted to the likes of Audioslave, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band uniquely blends raw rock ’n’ roll energy and alternative spirit with inescapable melodies and hard-hitting grooves. January 18, 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7. $15.00 general admission, $20 day of show. 3116 Main Street, Duluth, 30096. eddieowenpresents.com



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Delta Moon is a roots rock quartet released in 2018 and hitting the Top from Atlanta, featuring the unique Ten on the Blues Chart, is the band’s double slide guitars of Tom Gray on 10th studio album following the lap steel and Mark Johnson on bottle- award-winning release,  Low neck slide. They started playing Down,  named one of the best blues together—Mark on bottleneck slide records of the year by and Tom on lap steel—first in Tom’s both  Downbeat and  Blues Music studio, and then in clubs, coffee shops, Magazine.  and barbecue joints around Bassist Franher Joseph Atlanta. The name Delta joined Delta Moon as a perMoon came to Mark on a manent member in 2007, pilgrimage to Muddy adding rich bass vocals, Waters’ cabin near keeping the groove Clarksdale, Mississippi, consistent and never losing when a brilliant full moon timing. Vic Stafford took rose over the highway. They possession of the band’s sprang on the national drum throne in 2015. scene  winning the 2003 Delta Moon tours  extenInternational Blues sively in North America Challenge in Memphis  and and Europe. Their music have toured hard worldwide has been featured in TV ever since.  Lead singer Tom shows on Showtime, Gray has major cred as a suLifetime, the Food perb songwriter (notably he Network & more. penned the hit  “Money Wednesday Night Blues Changes Everything” at The Velvet Note, recorded by Cyndi Lauper) January 30. Doors open at and writes much of the 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30. band’s material. Jam session to follow. Hittin’ the Note Babylon is Falling, $30. Magazine

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What Benefits can you expect from your Cleanse? • Weight loss • Elimination of toxins and sick and morbid cells from your body • Less inflammation (inflammation signals your mind and body that a reset, and perhaps a new health regimen, is needed) • Help in eliminating bad eating habits, smoking, and alcohol addictions • Clearing of your mind • Resetting of your digestive system • Greater energy • Clearer skin, hair, and eyes

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To optimize detoxification, do gentle exercise. Go for a walk or do yoga to stretch the organs, muscles, and tissues to release more toxins. Use the time you normally would for meals or social activities to treat yourself. Get a massage or go to a sauna.


Every time you feel hungry, drink lots of water, or more juice, and your body will start feeling full again. Remind yourself why you are cleansing—for a clearer mind, more energy, no more sickness, and a ho,er body, of course!


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Roswell Sets the Table Jan 24 – Feb 2

As a means to celebrate the city’s finest culinary experiences, Roswell Restaurant Week runs Jan. 24 through Feb 2. For the fifth consecutive year, the event will be presented by Roswell Inc, the economic and business development organization for the City of Roswell.

Left to right: Deccan Spice Authentic Indian, bistro VG, and Crazy Love Coffeehouse are participating in the 2019 Restaurant Week. Photos by Angie Webb Creative.

sexy location of Canton Street, Alpharetta City Center, or Avalon but there is not a better restaurant in my home chomping grounds of AlphaRozJohns. FSE perfects fine-dinThis year’s Restaurant Week includes showcases the diverse dining the city has to offer while inviting foodies from ing in a casual atmosphere, albeit an 50 participating establishments from uber cool interior.” all over to enjoy Roswell’s regionally around the city, making it the largest “Osteria Mattone may be the best restaurant week in the metro Atlanta recognized restaurants.” Prix fixe date night place in the area. Though area. All restaurants will serve individ- menus will be announced early this ual prix fixe menus featuring signature month; look for them at roswellrw.com. higher-end, the make-your-own pizza bar is an economical alternative. Their When we asked our Infallible favorites and original specialties. sister restaurant, Table & Main, has the “Our restaurant community is at the Restaurant Whisperer, Joe Duffy, to best fried yardbird within many miles. center of Roswell’s economic vitality,” weigh in, he said, “Glad to see the top said Steve Stroud, executive director of three restaurants in Roswell are partic- The rest of their southern-inspired menu is outstanding as well.” Roswell Inc. “Roswell Restaurant Week ipating: Foundation Social Eatery, “Along with previously reviewed supports one of our top five Osteria Mattone, and Table & Main. Hen Mother Cookhouse, Gracious industries—hospitality and food—and Foundational Social Eatery lacks the

Plenty is tied for the best breakfast in AlphaRozJCMilty. I need to try the steak and eggs, but so far biscuits and gravy and hash brown bowls have had me returning and groveling for more. It’s the best new restaurant in Roswell.” The staff at The Current Hub wishes to give shout-outs to a couple of good spots that help keep our magazine on press and in the mail with their advertisements: Wild Slice Pizzeria, Crazy Love Coffee, Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast, Deccan Spice, bistro VG, and, not on this year’s participating list, but in our hearts: Mitch’s Meats & Fish. ❍


At Wild Slice Pizzeria, you won’t find a separate childrens’ menu. No second-rate food items for the kiddies. All items on the menu are offered in a kid-sized portion at half the price. And yes, they’ll cut the crusts off the grilled cheese. Photo by Angie Webb Creative.

Roswell Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants Follow Roswell Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using #RRW2019. 1 9 2 0 Ta v e r n Adele’s on Canton Alessio’s Re s t a u ra n t & Pizzeria Amalfi Ristorante A m e r i c a n Pa s t a Fa c t o r y

Foundation Social Eatery

Pe a c h & T h e Po r k c h o p

Fresco Cantina Grille

Pizzeria Lucca

From the Earth B rew i n g C o m p a ny

PURE taqueria®

Fú Express

Gracious Plenty Bad Daddy’s Burger Baker y & Breakfast Bar H O L A ! Ta q u e r i a & Bar b i s t ro VG B o n e Ya r d K i t c h e n & H o u c k ’ s G r i l l e Hugo’s Oyster Bar Ta p

Plum Café S a l t Fa c t o r y Spice of Thai Ta b l e & M a i n Ta q u e r i a Ts u n a m i The Big Ketch Canton Street The Fickle Pickle The Gaslight

Brookwood Grill

India Chef

C&S Chowder House

Jerusalem Chef

the grub gastro pub

Chipper ’s Club

Krespo’s Seafood House

Crazy Love Coffeehouse

Lazaro’s Cuban Cuisine

Deccan Spice Indian Cuisine

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Lucky’s Burger and B rew

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Moe’s Original BBQ

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

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Enchanted Woodland Trail Exhibit Now through Feb. 28, Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. Included with General Admission, $10, adults, $7 seniors (65+) and students (13-18), $6 children (3-12) Children 2 and under, free Chattahoochee Nature Center Members, free

Baby, it’s cold outside! Dont let that stop you, don your warm coat and get out in nature. Head into the woods at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and keep a weather eye out for fairies and gnomes.

Can you find all the fairy houses and gnome homes on the wooded trails? Now through Feb. 28 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Nature and whimsy collide this winter at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. More than a dozen Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes will line the woodland trails at CNC from now through February 28 as a part of the Enchanted Woodland Trail special exhibit. These tiny structures await the curious visitor who will discover them tucked up against the trees and hidden amongst the fallen leaves. CNC’s mission is to connect people with nature, and the Enchanted Woodland Trail provides an opportunity for visitors to make that connection through imagination and a little bit of magic. The fairy houses are built by local artists with an emphasis on the use of natural material in the design. Families and children can study the natural elements incorporated into each house while engaging with the fantastical stories behind each creation. In previous years, the exhibit has included a candy cave constructed by goblins, a fairy wishing well where visitors can make their own wishes, and a retelling of the Three Little Pigs story with fairies and a gnome in place of the pigs and wolf. Visitors are invited to slow down, enjoy the outdoors, and notice the little things as they search for these tiny dwellings. If you feel inspired, create your own house in the free play area on CNC’s grounds. And if you feel like dressing like a fairy when you come, don’t worry; we won’t judge. For more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar January through March 2018 SUPPORT GROUPS



Ostomy Support Group

American Heart Association CPR Classes*

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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.

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.

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.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 1/12, 2/9 and 3/9 at 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

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

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.

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

Good Life Club 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.

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Water Birth Thursdays 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/28, 3/14 and 3/28. 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple.

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

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.

Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy recently joined WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine. Her office is located in WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s campus and she’s accepting new patients. Dr. Sunkireddy is a Board Certified family doctor who enjoys spending time with her family in the North Fulton area.

Where are you from? I am originally from India. I went to med school there and after getting married I moved to the United States. I did my residency in Louisiana State University and lived there for three years. We moved to Georgia in 2016 because my youngest son needed a transplant and we wanted to live near the hospital where he was being treated.

Why is it important to have a primary care physician? Primary care doctors have a comprehensive approach when they treat patients. We take the time to learn about their lifestyle and what’s going on in their lives that can be possibly affecting their health. We can create plans based on each patient’s circumstances and establish a longtime relationship.

When did you know you wanted to be a What do you like to do in your free doctor? time? Initially it was my mom who suggested I should go into the medical field. She does a lot of social service and she thought that if I became a doctor I would be able to touch the lives of many people and make a difference. Once I started med school I saw she was right and my interest in medicine kept growing from there.

What’s your favorite part of your job? Being able to talk to people and getting to know them. When I see a patient I not only treat a disease. I see the person as an entity, I want to know about their family, their emotions, their environment… I try to find out what is going on in their lives and establish a connection with them. As a person I have gone through difficult times due to my son’s medical condition. That has made me a better person and a better physician. I know what it is to go through chronic pain. I can sympathize and empathize with a patient who’s facing a difficult situation.

I like spending time with my family. I have two kids so I’m busy all the time! But in my free time I like cooking.

What do you like to cook? I’m good at making Indian food and Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy and her family paid a visit to Santa last month. Italian food.

Do you live in the North Fulton area? Yes, and I love living here. I live in the great community and the schools in North Fulton are awesome. Living five minutes from work is also a great advantage.

Any favorite spots in the area? We like going to Main Street in Alpharetta. We go to the farmers market and festivals in the area. We also enjoy going to Main Event. ❍

Dr. Sunkireddy is accepting new patients. If you want to schedule an appointment, call 770-740-1753 WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine 2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 130 Roswell, GA 30076-4919

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Tips from the Doc Dr. Sunkireddy offers some tips for those who want a healthier lifestyle in the new year.

positive attitude, live in the moment, practice

Have a gratitude and mindfulness.

stick to it

More important than making a resolution is to . To accomplish this, do everything in moderation. If your goal is to lose weight, instead of cutting all the food you like from your diet, start eating smaller portions and being mindful of what you eat.

Any kind of exercise is good. Do

Exercise regularly. it at least 30 minutes, three times a week.

avoid an excess of carbohydrates

Stay away from fast food, and include protein in your diet.

Visit your primary care doctor at least physical exam.

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Rotary Club Of North Fulton Awards Two Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships

Website Ranks Cambridge High School Among Nation’s Best

Fulton’s Cambridge High School has been ranked among the 100 Best Public High Schools in the nation, according to TheBestSchools.org ranking website. Cambridge High joins two other Georgia public high schools on the list, which ranks schools based on criteria that includes students’ performance on Marissa Fish and Kaitlyn Camera were awarded the state proficiency tests and SAT/ACT Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship from Rotary Club of scores, graduation rates, percentage of North Fulton students who go on to college, student The Rotary Club of North Fulton is reviews, and participation in Advanced proud to announce that it has awarded Placement and International two prestigious Rotary Youth Exchange Baccalaureate programs. Scholarships to Kaitlyn Camera and At its place at number 42 on the list, Marissa Fish of Centennial High Cambridge High is recognized for its School in Roswell, GA. These broad range of career pathways, includscholarships, each valued at over ing broadcast and video production, $24,000, covers room, board, tuition, computer science, law and justice, and and a monthly stipend for the 2019veterinary sciences. The school’s college 2020 academic year. credit dual enrollment programs are In August 2019, these outstanding also mentioned, as well as their 40 perstudents will begin their role as global cent participation rate in the Talented ambassadors when they depart for their and Gifted program. year-long exchanges: Kaitlyn in France TheBestSchools.org is an and Marissa in Italy. Between now and independent organization comprised of their departure, they will attend North educators, researchers and business Fulton Rotary meetings and participate professionals. For more information in extensive Rotary sponsored training and a complete list of the rankings, for resiliency and cultural adaptation. visit: thebestschools.org. Kaitlyn and Marissa will also study their new languages and research their coun- Alpharetta tries to prepare for their Rotary Youth Annual Holiday Outreach Exchange year abroad. Annually, 9,000 students worldwide, Senior Services of North Fulton is over between the ages of 14 to 18 years old the moon with gratitude to Odyssey participate in the Rotary Youth Personal Financial Advisors and The Exchange Program. The global program Honey Baked Ham Co. The two began in the 1920s and its primary mis- companies joined forces to show North sion is to work towards peace and Fulton seniors that they were not understanding the world. Rotary Youth forgotten this holiday season. Odyssey Exchange Georgia District 6900 is in its Personal Financial Advisors raised third year of sending local students funds for the Meals on Wheels Program, abroad and hosting international and connected them with The Honey students here in Georgia. Baked Ham Co., which donated 50 Honey Baked hams to our most in-need The Current Hub is always looking clients. Together, the companies for tips and leads on stories. Got personally delivered the hams right to something you want to share? Write our client’s doorsteps! to events@thecurrenthub.com

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THE HOLIDAYS AND THE EXCUSES ARE OVER By Don Rizzo Di Chapman will return next month. While she’s away, get pumped up with Don Rizzo, author of Confessions of a Grumpy Old Man—How to make a mess of your life in 80 short years. Available at Amazon, it’s a great read. —Ed.

Okay people… the holidays and the excuses are over. It’s January. Time to shed the blubber and flex the flab. Lurking inside you, just a pushup away from revealing itself to the world, is a buff, sculpted, Greek statue-like body. Okay, okay, so maybe being able to see your shoe tops without bending over is your ultimate fitness fantasy. Gotta start somewhere. With those thoughts in mind, I resolutely headed for the gym the first week into the New Year. After all, what could be so difficult about doing a few jumping jacks, pumping a little iron, and miraculously returning my body to its 18-year-old perfection? ¶ Found the place. Things are going well. I burst through the door with a manly swagger. O! M! G! An entire continent of torture devices confronted me, disappearing off into the distance as far as the eye could see. Was this a gym or an interrogation nightmare from the KGB? Trapezes, hanging bars, monster bar bells, bizarre machines with enough handles and levers to send a commercial pilot into a tailspin. ¶ I pivoted quickly, trying to do a 180 out of there. “Hi, and welcome to the gym!” Apparently, an iron vice had grabbed me by the shoulder. Unable to shake it off and bolt to the door, I turned and was confronted by a twenty-something bundle of wiry muscle. Too embarrassing to run now. Besides, no way could I loosen his grip. “Hi,” I muttered weakly. I felt like Mr. Magoo in a face-off with Michelangelo’s David. After a spirited sales pitch I was intimidated into signing up. “Let’s get right at it,” Adonis says, his eyes glinting like a psychopath sizing up his next victim.



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“Torture devices confronted me, disappearing off into the distance as far as the eye could see.” But guess what? Turns out he is a pretty gentle guy. Respectful of my aging, mushy body. Patient. Nice. And he had some wonderful little pain inducers I had never thought of. For example, holding all your weight up on one elbow as you rest on your side. How easy is that? Give it a try. In 15 seconds your whole body is vibrating. Good for “the core” he says. Turns out the guy is obsessed with “the core.” I didn’t even know I had a core. Turns out an apple has nothing on me. So, anyway, I recommend using a trainer to get you over the “I despise every minute of this” hurdle. If you sign up for five or ten sessions, then you have a commitment. You either show up for your session or admit that you’re a pathetic loser who can’t take it. I don’t know about the ladies, but that logic works for most men. A few sessions went by, and I was actually getting more comfy about the whole thing. If nothing else, I could strut around feeling superior to those undisciplined beer bellies in the outside world who didn’t have my iron will and rapidly firming abs. The only other adjustment problem that plagued me centers on the clientele at the gym. Categories seem to emerge. Most noticeable are the iron-bodied twenty-somethings; guys in Stanley Kowalski muscle shirts with rippling biceps and an in-your-face strut; the women in skintight body outfits that are totally distracting. At the other end of the spectrum are the

chubbies—panting men and women in baggy warm-ups looking totally lost. You usually see them once or twice and they disappear. That’s because they either graduate to another group—or they opt out. I religiously avoid eye contact with the extreme groups. I’m in the middle group. Middle-aged to advanced age, looking to stay in some kind of reasonable shape, recognizing we’re never going to be a rippling pile of percolating protein. We slink in, do our thing unobtrusively, and slide back into the world of the anonymous milling about the malls. But, believe it or not, two good things have resulted for me. I have actually reached the point where I enjoy my workouts— and they make me feel really good mentally and physically. Great result for a small sacrifice. As I read somewhere there are positive addictions and negative addictions. Positive addictions feel terrible while you’re doing them and have a great result. Negative addictions feel great while you’re doing them and have a terrible result. Take your choice. ❍ Don Rizzo is a Roswell resident who wasted promising career possibilities, opting to spend his time cranking out press releases and inane advertising copy. He is continuing that trajectory in retirement—he now keeps busy playing mediocre golf and hiding in his man-cave to avoid vacuuming and yard work.

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TIME TO MAKE GARDEN RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR! How you can put more into and get more out of your landscape

Green Scene, by Geri Laufer

DYK? Gardening tones muscles and burns calories. Assuming a body weight of 150, Live Strong (a website for healthy living) suggests you can burn through a good number, just doing the things a gardener needs to do. See the list to the right and some resolutions for 2019.

Calories per hour 272 General Gardening 141 Light Gardening 306 Weeding 29 Hand Watering,

Standing 306 Pruning Trees or


434 Turning Compost,

Soil 301 Shoveling Mulch 238 Cutting Brush 306 Mowing with a

power mower

Resolved! I resolve to garden more I resolve to look at my yard as a stranger might, to assess its strong and weak points I resolve to draw up a master plan with the help of a landscape architect I resolve never to pass up a new plant I see in a nursery I resolve to dig the holes before I go to the annual plant sale I resolve to join a garden club or plant society I resolve to weed religiously I resolve to organize my tools I resolve to rescue plants from markdown racks at big box stores because I have green fingers

Geri’s got a new friend in the Tree Guy. Photo: Lori Huster. Other photos: Geraldine A. Laufer

340 Digging

I resolve to get timers for both hoses

I resolve to plant 1000 daffodils per year I resolve to plant every plant I purchase immediately after I get home with all of them I resolve to label every plant I resolve to weed occasionally

spade and garden fork after each workout

I resolve to re-read all the gardening books I already I resolve to make friends with the Chipper/ have Shredder Tree Guy who I resolve to subscribe to a has free woodchips for new gardening magazine mulch I resolve to divide my I resolve to swap plants hosta and iris with friends I resolve to sharpen my I resolve not to buy any ratchet loppers more plants unless I know I resolve to mark where specifically where I will the bulbs are already plant them in the garden. How many daffodils are in your resolutions? planted so next fall I won’t Ha. ❍ plant over top of them Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic I resolve to weed if desperately needed I resolve to clean my

designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a neverfinished landscape. You can read her columns online at thecurrenthub.com and connect with Geri at facebook.com/gerilaufer or gerilaufer@gmail.com.


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to local non-profits and charities for a second use. Anything that cannot be donated is carefully broken down and recycled, if possible. Junkluggers of North Atlanta is dedicated to making the planet healthier and the community happier. “The benefits we foresee for our community and our environment are immeasurable, and a big reason why we chose to be a part of The Junkluggers,” says Tenuto. They look forward to providing you the best service for all your junk removal needs. Junkluggers of North Atlanta provides receipts for any items donated to local charities. They have price assurances so that there are no surprises when they come to pick up. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an always-on-time guarantee. Call 470-260-7128 or visit junkluggers.com/north-atlanta. com to book an appointment.❍


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ment to enhancing lives, communities, and the environment by donating, recycling, upcycling, and supporting local charity partners. The Founder and CEO, Josh Cohen, advocates for making a positive impact on the world. One of the goals Junkluggers has as a company is to reduce waste added to landfills and to be a completely landfillfree company by 2025. The company’s passion for protecting the environment lead friend, Carson King, joined him Tenuto to start his franchise. The old cliché is true—one The amount of waste that ends person’s trash is another’s treas- on this new venture. As a family with strong ties to up in a landfill on a daily basis is ure. That’s reason enough not to astronomical. Junkluggers beNorth Atlanta, they want their send your junk to the landfill, lieves that a substantial amount business to have a positive imbut there are so many positives is avoidable, and with just a little with regard to the environment pact on the community and are attention and a lot of love for our that throwing things away is just looking forward to delivering on planet, we can help reverse this not something anyone should, or the eco-friendly commitment of mounting problem. The Junkluggers. needs to do anymore. Junkluggers of North Atlanta To give you some background, provides eco-friendly furniture Keith Tenuto is the owner of Junkluggers of North Atlanta, a The Junkluggers is approaching disposal along with small and its 15-year mark. They are a car- unwanted items of all kinds. franchise of the national coming alternative to traditional pany. His parents, Lori and Vic Professionals will remove your Tenuto, as well as his close junk removal with a commitjunk, refurbish it, and donate it





While Roswell’s City Council continues stuck in neutral when it comes to encouraging sufficient parking, Alpharetta has upshifted and passed their neighbor as the epicenter of uOTPian dining by juxtaposing plentiful parking to live/work/play walkable developments. Enter Alpharetta City Center, the latest mixeduse complex, adjacent to City Hall in the heart of downtown. Unlike nearby Avalon, which had scheduled grand openings for each of their two phases, City Center is debuting piecemeal. Neck-and-neck with neighboring Restaurant Holmes, the co-leader among the newcomers is Citizen Soul. Indeed, the sister restaurant of Roswell’s Vin 25, Phillip Cooper’s newest eating house appears to be cash-cow, already playing to capacity crowds, even on a Monday night. Many restauranteurs when opening a new shop, fancy menus different than their established siblings. But Coop and his chef Sean Clark consigned many of Vin’s staples such as housemade pimento cheese fritters, short rib stuffed piquillo peppers, and duck con-

fit to their new business. Similarly, while each enterprise has a different cut of steak as well as a scallop dish, albeit with slightly different accompaniments, the menus are much The pimento cheese fritters have a perfect balance of flavors and texture, a crisp and slightly crunchy alike. Citizen Soul is described as a Pacific outside, with inner goodness (much like our infallible restaurant whisperer). The health conscious can Northwest style tavern. As a northeast order their butter lettuce, though there is bacon mixed in with the rabbit food. transplant of a certain age, “tavern food” connotes to me big sandwiches and big beer. #FakeNews. “Inspired by pubs and taverns in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington” Citizen is not that old soul we seasoned Yankee expats knew. The menu correctly describes the cuisine as “fine fare” and definitely in an upscale casual atmosphere. My foodie underground has touted


Short rib piquillo peppers are one of the top starters at any restaurant.

The steak and potatoes person won’t feel disenfranchised with strip steak on the menu.

the short-rib stuffed pepper first course as much as any food item. Short rib is a luscious cut of beef. Okay, well pretty much all parts of a cow are savory. Thus, the piquillo pepper is the perfect enhancement for this shining star appetizer. It is a variety of chili pepper that packs no heat and is

slightly sweet. The subtle taste is perfect to add just enough flavoring while allowing the meat to be spotlighted in its own juice. Intrinsic to my glutton haughtiness is the yearning to distinguish items as “best.” Assuredly, those stuffed peppers are a formidable entrant. Then again,


The duck confit was so popular at Vin 25, Coop brought it over to Citizen Soul. the pimento cheese fritters are equally prodigious in the vegetarian bracket. They are crisp, with just enough crunch on the outside and mouth-watering gooeyness on the inside. What Clark has down to a science is allowing the main ingredients to sparkle, while amalgamating the corresponding parts. The sweetness of the house red pepper chili jam perfectly offsets the salt of the cheese. Last month, I professed how my family is carrying out research (with many deserving combatants) for a favorite burger in the post-Oak Street Cafe era. Especially when the accompaniment fries are considered, Soul may have the foremost burger and fries entree. Oh, the fries. The secret is in the oil—duck oil. Intown chef (and now Avalon power broker) Shaun Doty is perhaps the forerunner in making duck fries a thing in Atlanta. But Doty would be dazzled with the pommes frites here. And yet again, Clark’s choice of Port Salut cheese is no accident. It’s tasty yet mild enough to allow the Angus beef to shine. Ditto for the oregano aioli, which is flavorful, but in a tender way. Lesser chefs often blunder by overpowering a dish with sauces, Citizen Soul or other 60 South Main St. spices, components. Alpharetta, GA Clark indubitably 30009 takes great caution in 678-317-3232 ensuring he

empowers, not overpowers a dish. Master Sommelier Cooper built the appropriately named Vin 25 into the area’s most revered wine powerhouse. His Alpharetta outpost showcases a mostly domestic wine register. Likewise, on the current beer draft list, I tallied 16 beers, 12 from Georgia. Thank goodness (literally), you will find none of those “for the many” slopsucker swills. All draughts appeal to discerning gustatory organs. Take your dilly dilly elsewhere, Bud. Citizen’s Soul’s adult beverages are to dazzle dally. Our well-versed waitress Amber said the 60 South salmon is their most popular item. The fish originates from Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina in isolated, pure waters, producing the highest sustainable salmon. With the most excellent suppliers and a chef adept at ensuring each aspect component completes, not competes has Citizen Soul as a serious player in the never-ending dining dynamo that is Alpharetta and Roswell. Oh, I’m looking forward to the impressive dossier of restaurants coming in early 2019 to Alpharetta City Center. Still, I need to find my way inside Citizen Soul’s doorway on a regular basis. ❍ 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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Go to your local supermarket and you will find more than the ordinary domestic beer we are used to seeing. More and more beers are flooding the market from our local breweries and from breweries out of the state. This is because of the increase in Georgia Breweries as well as the demand for more craft beer. In fact, not only are more breweries opening in Georgia, they are incentivized to release more specialty beers. As a response to consumer demand, breweries are releasing beers at an unprecedented pace, sometimes with a new beer coming out on nearly a week to week basis. Variant Brewery puts a new beer on every Wednesday, along with any other special releases they decide to do. At Tap & Six, we have 40 taps behind the bar; I do keep a Pilsner, a Golden Ale and a Root Beer on all the time, however, everything else we carry rotates through. This means that when I run out of one beer, I have a completely different beer ready to go on right after it. As I am writing this, I am also contemplating three new beers I want to go on next. Because so many breweries are coming out with beer so frequently, we now have Facebook groups, websites, podcasts, and more content all discussing new beer coming out on a weekly basis. Personally, I have my favorite beers that I always keep stocked in my fridge; One is “All I want for my Birthday is a Big Booty Baltic Porter” by Blue Tarp, all right, you got me, I got this one first because of the name… and now I just can’t get enough. If a brewery makes a great beer that I enjoy, of course I will still buy it, but I’m not going to stand in line or savor every last drop, because I can always get more. On the flip side, when I pay over $20 for a bottle, I want it to last, I want to share it and I am drinking to take in as much flavor as I possibly can. Yes, beer can be expensive, and I have bought multiple bottles for over $50. Because I want to taste as much as possible out of these expensive

All I want for my Birthday is a Big Booty Baltic Porter from Blue Tarp Brewing in Decatur (soon relocating to Tucker) is one of our curator’s current favorites. beers, they are going to be the first ones popped open, followed by one of my goto beers to finish off the night. All these new beers mean that it is more difficult than ever maintain a good reputation in the beer community, they cannot simply brew one beer that everyone likes, they now have to compete against themselves and consistently create and replicate great beers or else risk their consumers getting bored. My job is to keep up to date with all of these new and special releases in order to make sure we have the best selection available to us. Stop in to see what’s new on tap.❍ Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer bar and market in historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street. tapandsix.com

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Considering that Mother Nature forgot to bestow a proper season of autumn, and NOAA predicts our area will have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation this winter, you may be as excited about the prospect of spring as I am. Believe it or not, it’s time to schedule and book your spring break vacation. If you have children in the Fulton County school system middle school age and up, you are likely familiar with the mass exodus of many such families in that category leaving Atlanta and congregating in the panhandle of Florida. Spring break is scheduled Mar. 30 – Apr. 7. 30A stickers are abundant on the family roadsters in our area. Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, and Seaside being some of the most popular destinations on 30A. Sandestin also stands out as a top contender for families of tweens and teens. Pensacola Beach is my personal favorite because it is the home of the Navy’s Blue Angels. I am an aviation, and beer, enthusiast and The National Naval Aviation Museum sits at the end of the Blue Angels practice runway. You can watch them practice and on certain days they sign autographs in the museum. Afterward, you can hit the beach or sit at

the bar of Red Fish Blue Fish and have nice cold beer and fresh oysters. navalaviationmuseum.org. All of these destinations are more than lovely for a spring getaway. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the beaches of the Panhandle in Florida I highly recommend it. Endless biking and hiking trails. Unique restaurants and shops. Crystal clear waters and snow white sand. Rental properties are abundant but they do sell out quickly, so research now and book one. If you’re not headed to one of the beaches I just mentioned and you decide to keep the family in town, Atlanta offers countless experiences and activities. Many who live in our area have never visited the famous attractions nearby. Be

a tourist in your own home town and go to: The Georgia Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the United States and hosts over 100,000 animals, is one of my favorite sites to visit in Atlanta. If you go, plan to spend the entire day there. The 6.3 million gallon tank located in the Ocean Voyager section is by far my favorite experience. I can gaze for hours at the four whale sharks, manta rays, and various sea creatures that gracefully glide in that enormous tank. A few years ago I received a call that I had won the “Grand Prize” from a local television station. I’d never won anything before and I was hoping it was an exotic vacation or a giant jackpot. No. The voice on the other end of the line exclaimed with excitement that I had won the


Centennial Olympic Park and Skyview Ferris Wheel Photo: Georgia Department of Economic Development. www.skyviewatlanta.com The National Naval Aviation Museum sits at the end of the Blue Angels practice runway in Pensacola. Depositphoto.com Green Sea Turtle, photo courtesy Georgia Aquarium opportunity to swim with sharks in the largest shark tank in the world. I thought I was being punked. What?! What kind of “prize” is that? I thanked the individual, put on my big girl pants and decided to go for it. I invited my mother as my guest considering she was the only person willing to actually do it with me. What an unforgettable experience. The professional, educated, and hospitable staff from the aquarium had our scuba gear sized and ready in our personalized lockers and then we submerged ourselves into a magical and beautiful ecosystem. It’s one thing to view the sharks from the carpeted theater steps outside the tank but to actually have these gentle giants swim beneath and graze your body out of curiosity is exhilarating. We swam a figure eight configuration over the football field-sized water. The experience was unforgettable. You too can swim the sharks as it is one of the many interactive experiences the aquarium offers. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, make your reservations now and know that they do have age requirements that vary. continues next page>>

The author’s son was 10 years old at the time of this photo at Lookout Mountain. She was apprehensive to watch her children dangle above her at 3000 feet, but had every confidence in the experienced instructors.



If you have a high-schooler between the ages of 15 –17, the Beginner Environmental Leadership Program is a great opportunity offered by the aquarium. The program empowers those interested in aquatic ecosystems to become leaders in future environmental conservation. Volunteer hours can be accumulated during school breaks, including spring break. It’s an amazing opportunity for young adults. Details can be found at www.georgiaaquarium.org. Some other attractions in the downtown area include the SkyView Ferris Wheel that overlooks Centennial Olympic Park. The World of Coca-Cola, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and the College Football Hall of Fame are all in walking distance of one another. Another one of my favorite attractions in Atlanta is the Fernbank Museum of Natural History located at 767 Clifton Road NE. Fernbank is host to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s largest movie screen, 75 acres of outdoor nature adventures, interactive exhibits and much more. You walk through time on a journey of Georgia’s natural history as well as the development of the planet. Growing up, my kids loved that section of the museum the most. They loved seeing the dinosaurs looming above them, seeing the various creatures that used to, and those that still inhabit our state. These are the ecological variants that sum up Georgia. It is a great educational experience masked in fun. If you like amusement parks, like my 20-year- old daughter and I do, plan on visiting Six Flags Over Georgia. With 11 rollercoasters, a wide variety of shows, a section dedicated to little riders, and Hurricane Harbor, a large in-park water park, this 290-acre park has something for everyone. Our favorite ride by far is Goliath. This hypercoaster drops you from 12 stories high at 70 MPH and you experience 4Gs! We always choose the front seat for the best viewing experience and we typically ride this mammoth at least four times per visit. This ride is not for the faint of heart. Six Flags has special spring break hours so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance and plan accordingly. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia Our local area is filled with fantastic outlets for the outdoor enthusiast. There

and brewery located in the town of Stone Mountain. For the dare devil thrill seeker drive two hours east of Atlanta to Durhamtown Off Road Resort. The largest in the southeast, this resort sits on 6,000 acres and offers over 150 miles of one way tracks for dirt bikes, ATV, and SXS trail riding. They have 15 unique racing tracks, shooting ranges, and hunting memberships for day hunts. I’ve been meaning to take a trip there with my 18-year-old son to show him up on a dirt bike. Well, it’s been about 25 years so we will see how that goes. durhamtown.com Atlanta is centrally located in the midst of day-drive destinations that are definitely must see. A two-hour drive lands you in Chattanooga. While there, make a reservation to go tandem hang gliding at Lookout Mountain. This is one of the most invigorating experiences I’ve shared with my kids. A certified instructor by your side talks you through your choice of an altitude of 1,500 or 3,000 feet. We chose 3,000 feet and I truly felt like an eagle soaring freely over the beautiful surrounds of Lookout Mountain. I was apprehensive to watch my children dangle above me at the Bear Hair Gap Trail within Blood Mountain Wilderness is hands of a an instructor we had just met a scenic, stream-filled forest hike. The dog-friendly path but after flying myself I felt I could not allows the fur one to come along, too. Photo courtesy of deny them the experience. I also had ImagineCamper.com every confidence with the well is certainly no lack of light to vigorous experienced instructors. Afterward, visit hiking trails, water sports, biking, and downtown Chattanooga and stay camping available. I love to drive a few overnight in one of the cars of the hours north to climb Amicalola Falls or famous Chattanooga Choo Choo. There Blood Mountain. The views from both are fantastic and the hikes are well marked. Amicalola Falls also has zip lining, archery, and rock climbing walls. Visit www.atlantatrails.com for guidance and to find the perfect trail to suit tour needs. For a spectacular view of Atlanta, take the family for a hike up Stone Mountain. Picnic on the massive quartz stone while taking in the view. Make it an overnight visit and rent a yurt, RV, or safari tent overlooking the lake. Play a round of golf or take a ride on the duck boats. There are plenty of options to choose from. I have a year parking pass to Stone Mountain and I often like to make the hike to the top of the mountain and then cool off with a good German brew from The Village Corner, a great little German restaurant, bakery, 1939 delivery truck at The World of Coca-Cola museum.

Durhamtown Off Road Resort is two hours east of Atlanta. Let ’em get dirty. Photo: Georgia Department of Economic Development are so many unique shops and activities to take advantage of there. So whether you decide to drive to beautiful Savannah and explore Tybee Island, visit the beaches of the Panhandle, or any of the destinations I suggested, you’re sure to find something to delight everyone in your family. There is no excuse for you to sit idle over spring break and listen to complaints of, “I’m bored!” ❍ 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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Spring Break Planner: Tara Gary takes you on a tour of 30A and ideas if you're staying put. Roswell Restaurant Week begins. Moonlight and Ma...

The Current Hub January 2019  

Spring Break Planner: Tara Gary takes you on a tour of 30A and ideas if you're staying put. Roswell Restaurant Week begins. Moonlight and Ma...