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Summer Puppet Series

June 3 – July 20 This beloved Roswell tradition returns with shows that are sure to delight audiences of all ages. In June, check out Jungle Book, The Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty, and Rucker, Go Home! Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St, Roswell. See p. 12 for the full story. TIME FOR GHANA

River Run for Hope

June 8 The 10th Annual River Run for Hope 5K/10K/1Mile takes place on a mostly flat, certified course along the scenic Chattahoochee River. Come join in on one of Georgia’s top family-friendly races. Awards for overall and masters male and female winners, plus awards in twelve age categories. Everyone will enjoy a fun-filled post race party with food, music, and prizes. Riverside Park is right next door for picnicking afterward and features a great playground and sprayground for the kids. Baby strollers and walkers welcome. St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Rd., Roswell. Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. with races beginning at 7:00 a.m. riverrunforhope.com. ALL THINGS LAVENDER

Lavender Festival

June 8 The 9th Annual Roswell Lavender Festival is returning to the historic grounds of Barrington Hall. Inspired by Evelyn Simpson, a descendant of Barrington King, this celebration of all things lavender will feature uses associated with this ancient plant. Experience classes and demonstrations, lavender food samples, arts and crafts, antiques, food vendors (lavender beer!), children’s activities, a Zen Zone devoted to the healing properties of lavender, guided meditation, crystal bowl PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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healing, and outdoor yoga classes. Live music all day by local musicians: Battlefield Collective, Davin McCoy, and Highbeams. Create whimsical habitats with natural materials from the property at Enchanted Fairy Hollow. Parking available at Roswell Presbyterian Church and Roswell City Hall, with trolleys providing transportation. Email Michele Glazer at mglazer@roswellgov.com. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. roswellgov.com. OUTSIDE ON THE BIG SCREEN

Movies at Newtown Park

June 8 Head to Newtown Park in Johns Creek for free familyfriendly movies presented on a huge inflatable screen. Pre-show activities begin at 7:00 p.m. and include a moonwalk, face painting, children’s activities, giveaways, and music. Food trucks are scheduled for each of the events. Movies will begin at dusk. The movie titles are announced a week prior. Bring a blanket, relax under the stars, and enjoy a movie in the park. No alcohol or pets please. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Saturdays: June 8, July 13, August 10. johnscreekga.gov. BALSAM BRINGS THE BLUEGRASS

LIVE! in Roswell

June 8 Concluding its 8th year, the popular LIVE! in Roswell concert series presents Balsam Range with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble. See page 13 for the full story.


The Greatest Showmen

June 9 Presented by Atlanta Vocal Project featuring world class quartets Boardwalk and Category 4, this is a musical celebration of the most charismatic and memorable performing personalities throughout history, featuring radio hits, Broadway tunes, unforgettable classics, and yes, even songs from the recent hit film The Greatest Showman. Under the direction of Clay Hine, Atlanta Vocal Project is an Atlanta-area a cappella chorus specializing in the barbershop style. Their vision is to enrich lives in every generation in our surrounding communities through performances, music education, school system programs, and community activities through the lifelong benefits of a cappella harmony singing and performances. For tickets and more info visit atlantavocalproject.com. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 3:00 p.m. atlantavocalproject.com.

Roswell. Doors open by 6:30 p.m. Event runs until 9:30 p.m. The 2nd and 4th Thursday, June through September. chattnaturecenter.org, rubyredsband.com. TUNE INTO AWARENESS

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Sunset Sips

June 14 & 27 Returning this month to bring you evening hours at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a side of sunset, Sunset Sips is a laid back, family-friendly event where the grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for some live local music, a cash bar, and bring a picnic dinner to dine on during the show. On June 14, the Ruby Reds Band, which may be the longest tenured jazz band in Georgia, will perform, and on June 27, the finest collection of bluegrass musicians from Decatur, Decatur Bluegrass Association, will have you tapping your fingers and dancing on your feet. Included with general admission and free to members. Chattahoochee Nature Center,

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Jive Revival is a group of Forsyth county rockers who recently released their debut, self-titled album. Alpharetta PopFest is a free, family-friendly outdoor music festival that is aimed at raising awareness and funding for the research of Alzheimer’s disease. This year’s event will feature music from four artists: MYFEVER, Beach Tiger, Jive Revival, and Sailing To Denver. Before the festival, be sure to check them out and support these talented musicians by following them on social media. Then head to the show to enjoy them live! To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit alz.org. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Parking available at the City Hall parking deck. alpharettapopfest.com. 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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Evening in the City

June 27 The last Thursday of each month join City Antiques 6:00 – 9:00 p.m, as they host an open house for customers, friends, and dealers. Come enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine. The dealers that join in also bring dishes and goodies for their booths. There will be varying themes throughout the year providing for fun shopping experiences. June 27 they will have live music by Craig Gleason as part of the kickoff of the inaugural 2019 Live Music’fest. City Antiques & Interior Arts, 700 Holcomb Bridge Rd, #100, Roswell. cityantiques.com.


Tickets are complimentary but necessary to ensure seating and are available in the RUMC Main Office, Worship Arts Office, via tickets.com (with a small service charge), or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below (be sure to specify the date of the concert you wish to attend and number of tickets you would like). Complimentary child care is provided. For more information contact Ann Moore at amoore@rumc.com or 770-261-1719. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, 30075. Friday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 p.m. rumc.com/music.


Live Music’fest

June 27–30 Roswell Magazine presents Live Music’fest with 20+ venues featuring an expected 50+ local and regional bands, musicians, duos, trios, orchestras, and ensembles. Gwen Hughs, left, performs Sunday, June 30, 2 – 4 p.m. at Ann Jackson Gallery. A general admission wristband, $36, includes entrance to all venues all 4 days, special perks and enticements from each participating venue only offered to festival attendees, festival t-shirt (limited), festival bag (limited), reserved Roswell Trolley seats, hotel packages through Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau, and a $1 donation to local nonprofit Klaasical Music. myroswellmagazine.com/lineup. GOD BLESS AMERICA

38th Annual Patriotic Celebration Concert

June 28 & 30 The 110-voice Roswell United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir and the 50-member Atlanta Wind Symphony partner to present a musical tribute to our great nation. Program highlights include choral performances of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” and other favorite patriotic classics. With attendance annually numbering in the thousands, these themed concerts have become a notable event in the metro Atlanta area.

reservations (seating for 8) are available for purchase online. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. johnscreekga.gov. RED, WHITE, BLUE & YOU!

Fireworks at Wills Park

July 4 The City of Alpharetta is excited to host July 4th festivities at Wills Park. The event will take place in three different areas of the park that will be identified with red, white, or blue balloons. Providing three events in one, each will have its own entertainment and music supplied by a family-friendly DJ. Food trucks and other vendors will serve festive fare. A variety of foods including favorites such as hot dogs, barbecue, pizza, ribs, burgers, and cool summer treats will be sprinkled among the choices. Parking is available at the Alpharetta Community Center, Wills Park Recreation Center, and near the Wacky World Playground. Old Milton Parkway between Hwy. 9 and Wills Road will close when lots are full. Wills Park, 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The fireworks show is a rain or shine event. alpharetta.ga.us.


Independence Day Walking Parade

June 29 Join in as a long-standing Crabapple tradition grows. Milton and Crabapple Community Association (CCA) have partnered to make the annual Independence Day Walking Community Parade & Celebration bigger and better. Dress up your wagons, carts, bikes, kids, and even pets to walk or ride in the parade, led by the City of Milton Fire Department. Following the parade, CCA will have prizes for the most spirited family, individuals of all ages, dogs, and wagon/stroller. Stay to enjoy the games, popcorn, crafts, fire truck, police car, face painting, Kona Ice Alpharetta, and more! Broadwell Pavilion, 12615 Broadwell Road, Milton. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. cityofmiltonga.us. LET FREEDOM RING

Independence Day Celebration

July 3 Celebrate our country’s independence at Newtown Park with live music by Crystal Clear Band, activities, food, and fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and grab a spot on the terraced amphitheater lawn with a home-packed picnic or pick up some delicious food from the food trucks. Cold beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Please no outside alcohol, pets, or personal fireworks. Table


Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4 The 20th Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Roswell High School on the front lawn. This wonderful Roswell tradition is a great family event filled with live stage performances by Last Call Band and Party Nation, a Kids Zone, and great food. You won’t want to miss Roswell’s largest community celebration! Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and the entire family, however, dogs are not allowed at this event. Roswell High is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free school. Roswell High School, 11595 King Road, Roswell. Begins at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. roswellgov.com.

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Get ready for some fun! Grab a chair, a cooler, and friends, and enjoy downtown Norcross and the sweet sounds of summer. The concerts are free and local restaurants are happy to create the perfect picnic. June 7, Liverpool Legends, The Beatles Tribute Band handpicked by George Harrison’s sister, Louise Harrison, will take the stage. Don’t miss the only tribute band with a direct link to the original Fab Four! June 21, The Rupert’s Orchestra will be performing. Come see this twelve piece entertainment group who became nationally known for their exciting performances at Rupert’s Nightclub in Atlanta. Each event will serve as a collection site for the CAN Do food drive, a county-wide effort to fill the shelves of local food pantries. Donations of canned food and non-perishable items can be dropped off in bins during each concert. Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, Norcross. June 7 & 21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. norcrossga.net


PEACHTREE CORNERS FESTIVAL June 7 – 9 in Peachtree Corners

Relax and celebrate June with arts and crafts, live music, fun for kids, and a performance car show for all ages. At this year’s Kids Korner all attractions are free to ride! There’s music lined up all weekend. June 7, don’t miss a concert with Atlanta’s Rumours—A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, with special opening guest Runnin’ Down A Dream. British motorcar day is Sunday with the British car show from 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Free parking at 6234 Crooked Creek Road. The Corners Office Park, 6025 The Corners Parkway, Peachtree Corners. Friday concert 7:00 –10:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 –5:00 p.m. peachtreecornersfestival.com and rumoursatl.com


Blueberries are what started it all, so go ready to taste some of the best blueberry treats! Vendors will have blueberry goodies for all members of the family. An exciting line-up is in store for this year’s festival. With bands coming in from all over Georgia, you don’t want to miss this year’s performances. Georgia-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is one part soul singer, one part rockin’ roadhouse mama, and one part gifted songwriter. The Cazanovas, Real Deal, Red Sugar Blues, and Cody Matlock round out the performances. Held Father’s Day weekend each year, bring dad and see what this Norcross tradition is all about. Betty Mauldin Park, 65 L’ville Street, Norcross. 3 –10 p.m. bluesberrybeerfestival.com.


June 8 in Duluth

Bring your friends and family, and share in the experience of enjoying our city streets as public space. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is activating their longest route yet. Combining the Eastside and Westside routes into one slightly audacious and delightfully cohesive Atlanta Streets Alive CrossCity, activating DeKalb Avenue and Decatur Street all the way to Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road. Not to miss out on the fun and connectivity, the City of Decatur will launch its first Open Streets by adding West Howard Avenue to the mix, bringing the newest edition of Atlanta Streets Alive to almost 10 miles. Roll or walk all the way from Underwood Hills to Decatur! You’re going to need more time for this one so it’s been extended to six hours. Enjoy open streets from 2:00 –8:00 p.m. atlantastreetsalive.com/cross-city

I was talking with a friend of mine, she is heading out to the Duluth Town Green for a good time with live music, games, and more. The PettyBreakers, a premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band, will be performing all the classics. Bring blankets and chairs, however, tents are not allowed. The concert is open zone which means you can bring your coolers, and food and beverage vendors will be on site. Duluth Town Green, 3167 Main Street, Duluth. 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. www.duluthga.net and thepettybreakers.com.



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DECATUR BEACH PARTY June 23 in Decatur

Celebrate the kick-off of summer Decatur-style. This is truly where the beach meets the street with pop-up performances, a DJ, live music, a sandy beach, and more. That’s right, a sandy beach on the street. So gather up those sand toys and come ready to play as this year there will be even more beach than before, with 80 tons of sand hitting Ponce De Leon Avenue! Kids’ activities will line the boardwalk area and for the older kids a rock climbing wall and other exciting games. Enjoy entertainment by a variety of musical and dance acts. The food court will include food trucks, boardwalk fare, and a selection of local Decatur beers. All of the restaurants will be open for business and many will be serving special beach party menu items. Downtown Decatur. 5:00 –11:00 p.m. decaturdba.com/events/decatur-beach-party


races. There will also be a free kids race! Family and friends are welcome to watch from the start at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. New for 2019, the race is now open to additional watercraft (prone, surfski, outrigger canoe, and kayaks) for the long course only. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs. 7:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m. highcountryoutfitters.com


The Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade is an annual July 4th tradition in the City of Cumming where thousands of people line the streets to celebrate Independence Day. With a wide variety of floats you’ll see local businesses, sports teams, dance academies, antique cars, tractors, steam engines, and much more. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and travels south on Tribble Gap Road, starting at Forsyth Central High School and ending at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Once you’ve made it to the fairgrounds, enjoy a funfilled day and evening of entertainment, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display. The celebration includes live music, games, a Kids Zone, and various contests throughout the day. Don’t bring your cooler, but you’ll be able to buy a beer and food. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. 10:00 a.m. –10:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. $5, kids 12 and under free. cummingfair.squarespace.com/july-4th-celebration

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The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam is part of Make Music Day—an international celebration of music. Launched in 1982 in France, it’s now held on the summer solstice every year in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. The first Make Music Day event in Georgia, Summer Porch Jam evokes the feeling of an old-fashioned summer block party, with food trucks, beer and wine, and musicians playing outdoors at multiple venues throughout Old Town Suwanee. Bring a chair or blanket, and go strolling from venue to venue for free. Parking is available at Suwanee Town Center. Old Town Suwanee is a quick tenminute walk or plan to take the shuttle. Shuttles will run from 5:30 –10:30 p.m. Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee. 6:00 –10:00 p.m. suwanee.com and makemusicday.org

Join in for a free concert at the all new Town Green at Town Center. Enjoy lawn games and a variety of food vendors beginning at 5:30 p.m. or visit one of the many restaurants located within Town Center and bring food over to the Town Green. There will be a concert opener at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. rock with Queen Nation, a tribute to the music of Queen. Formed in 2004, they have been amazing audiences ever since. Go and see for yourself! The all new Town Green is located off Peachtree Parkway directly across from the Forum in the Town Center shopping center. Town Green, 5140 Town Center Boulevard, Peachtree Corners. 5:30 –9:30 p.m. peachtreecornersga.gov & queennation.com


It has become a much-anticipated tradition to gather on the Concourse Corporate Center lawn to celebrate the nation’s birthday and watch as fireworks illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Music from the band Bogey & The Viceroy will begin at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. Concourse Corporate Center, 5 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs. sandyspringsga.gov



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The 2019 Roswell Summer Puppet Series includes three Roswell premieres and one world premiere show—Rucker, Go Home!. Set in Roswell and based on the children’s book Rucker The Lost Country Dog by Elaine DeNiro and the Roswell Historical Society, it follows the adventures of a real dog who lived in Roswell at the turn of the twentieth century. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center (RCAC) received a $7,000 grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts and $7,000 in matching funds from the City of Roswell to create the Roswellspecific show. “We were fortunate to assemble an outstanding team of talented artists to collaborate on Rucker,” said center coordinator Donna Clayton. “The show features a set that includes animation and projection of scenes from Historic Roswell.

We hope kids and families will be inspired to learn more about the historical treasures in our city.” The RCAC is close to home, and it’s nice to just hop in the car and be able to see live theater shows without worrying about traffic! There are always familiar show titles on the list and sometimes they have twists from the original stories. The kids love the interaction with the puppeteers—it really gets their imaginations going. My oldest daughter said she liked the shows because “they were funny and they were great stories.” When I asked my youngest, she got all excited and with a big smile started telling me about how fun they are and a part she remembered from one of the shows. As a bonus, adults can enjoy the talent too. Two of the puppeteers are local, both with over 20 years experience. From Atlanta, Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” combines live vocal characterizations and songs with innovative puppet designs for an enjoyable show. He will be putting on two shows this summer—Rucker, Go Home! and The Giant, The Beanstalk & Jack. David Stephens, founder of All

Hands Productions in Decatur, is another one-man show you don’t want to miss! He puts on an entertaining presentation for all with his handmade puppets, incorporating his talents as a songwriter and banjo musician. Be sure to see his Roswell premiere, The Pied Picker, the first week in July. New for 2019, King of Pops will sell popsicles at the RCAC bridge from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays June 5 –19. The RCAC will offer puppetmaking workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays immediately following select performances. Each of the six workshops feature a different style of puppet. Tickets are $5 per participant and can be purchased at RoswellCAC.com or by calling 770-594-6232. Accompanying adults do not need a ticket but must stay for the workshop. For ages 6 to 8 who want a more in-depth exploration of the many styles of puppetry, the RCAC is offering a week-long puppetry camp July 8-12. The puppet shows will take place Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. with matinee performances Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. (Closed July 4.) The box office and theater open a half hour

prior to show time, and shows run approximately 45 minutes. General admission tickets are $5 per person, required for everyone ages 2 and up. Summer passes available at a discount. Purchase online at RoswellCAC.com, by calling 770-5946232, or in person at the RCAC, at 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Come out and enjoy professional, live puppet shows in a nice, cool theater with a laid back atmosphere for only $5 a ticket all summer long. Wish the Roswell library renovations were finished so we could go after the show but King of Pops will do! ❍

June 3 – 8: Jungle Book Presented by Frisch Marionettes (Ohio) June 10 – 15: The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House (Roswell Premiere) Presented by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre (Vermont) June 17 – 22: Sleeping Beauty Presented by Tanglewood Marionettes (Massachusetts) June 24 – 29: Rucker, Go Home! (World Premiere) Presented by Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” (Georgia) July 1 – 6: The Pied Picker (Roswell Premiere) Presented by All Hands Productions (Georgia) July 8 – 13: The Giant, The Beanstalk & Jack Presented by Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” (Georgia) July 15 – 20: The Fairy Tailor (Roswell Premiere) Presented by Puppet Showplace Theatre (Massachusetts)






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Balsam Range will perform June 8 with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. From left: Caleb Smith, guitar; Darren Nicholson, mandolin; Marc Pruett, banjo; Buddy Melton, fiddle; and Tim Surrett, upright bass. Photo courtesy David Simchock.

The five musicians who comprise the band Balsam Range are passionate about preserving the traditional art form of bluegrass, while also breaking boundaries to keep the music fresh, relevant, and appealing to the novice and the devotee alike. This urge to experiment and put their own stamp on the genre led the band to undertake an ambitious partnership with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, with whom they have released two albums. Their most recent collaboration, Mountain Overture, features an astonishing and original sound by pulling together both the rustic and the symphonic. The pairing seamlessly combined Balsam Range’s traditional approach to bluegrass with string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections. The band’s penchant for taking risks and creating new sounds has paid off. Since forming in 2007, the group has garnered 13 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and released a succession of critically-acclaimed albums. Aeonic, the band’s ninth studio album, debuted at #1  on the  Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart  in January of this year. David Menconi, Rolling Stone magazine, writes, “Balsam Range crosses

plenty of boundaries, hitting a deft balance between the revered traditions of old-school bluegrass and the hoppedup eclecticism of contemporary newgrass.” Whether headlining a major festival or performing at the Grand Ole Opry or venues from coast-to-coast, Balsam Range regularly leaves audiences spellbound by their dynamic performance and mastery of their craft. Their well-known showmanship earned Balsam Range the top honor of Entertainer of the Year at the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Metro Atlanta audiences can experience the timeless music of Balsam Range, enhanced by the depth and fullness of the orchestral arrangements of the Atlanta Pops, in a unique concert experience at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on June 8. Tickets for this onenight-only event are $30 and may be purchased online at RoswellCAC.com or by calling 770-594-6232. ❍

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The world’s not gonna save itself—be sure to check the driver’s side before getting in the car. What it’s about – The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the alien scum of the universe. The formula works. The Men in Black (MIB) franchise emulates that cool 1960s style of popular G-Men in suits ridding the world of crime (Dragnet, Get Smart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible). We loved all these tales of serious investigators going after the criminal element. When MIB launched in 1997, we got to see the fun that director Barry Sonnenfeld had in taking this classic formula and spinning it with the extraterrestrial element. It worked for us having a newbie apprentice, Will Smith (Agent J), learning the gadgets and blasters alongside a stoic, serious Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K). They did it again in Men in Black II and even traveled back in time to the 1969 Moon launch in Men in Black 3 (with a younger Agent K, Josh Brolin). When

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar June – Aug 2019

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Note: This group does not meet June through August but will resume in September. Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Roswell Room. Open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more information. Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about resources in your community. Call Christine at 404-786-3433

COMMUNITY EDUCATION American Heart Association CPR Classes* BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $60. This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals. Friends and Family CPR Saturday, Aug. 17 10-12:30 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card. Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 6/8, 7/13 and 8/10 at 9:00 a.m.

The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for information and to register.

Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9:00 p.m. Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families, and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU.

Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 Water Birth Thursdays 6/6, 6/20, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, and p.m. Roswell Room. 8/22 at 7 p.m. Registration Informal meetings to share experiences and required. For couples exploring learn from others. Guest the option of a water birth speakers occasionally delivery. Completion of the class present, and we also participate in some Lupus Foundais required to be considered for tion of America events. Contact Julie for more info at water birth at North Fulton 404-626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. Hospital. $30/ couple. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

SPECIAL EVENTS Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series North Fulton Hospital Classrooms Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 per program

SAW for Healthy Aging: Know Before You Go: Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit Tuesday, June 25 Do you need to see a doctor? Not sure whether to see your primary care doctor, see a specialist or go to an urgent care center? Join us as our healthcare team offers some guidance with these dilemmas. Regardless of which doctor you see, we will offer you tips for getting the most from your appointment and help you determine the types of questions you should be asking your physician. SAW for Women: Stress-Less Wednesday, July 31 Stress: We all experience it. Not all stress is bad, of course. Training for a marathon, preparing to defend your dissertation or working toward any other big goal can be a form of healthy stress. However, unmanaged day-to-day aggravations and major life upheavals can eventually take a toll on your health. Join us to learn the difference between good stress and bad stress, and how to control the stressors in your life and keep them from affecting your overall health. SAW for Healthy Aging Use It or Lose It: Maintain your mobility Thursday, Aug. 29 Some of our greatest fears are tied to our loss of independence due to the inability to remain active because of conditions that often accompany aging. Mobility problems can cause depression, anxiety and other issues. Though you can’t stop the aging process, you can definitely take steps to preserve your mobility—at any age. Learn how to increase your balance and flexibility as well as how to decrease your risks for falls.

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State-of-the-Art Cancer Care for Women, Close to Home

Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your own backyard. That was the message a panel of top-notch oncologists delivered on April 26 at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Speaking about Wellness for Women Signature Event, “No One Fights Alone—Updates on Women’s Cancers and Treatments.” When it comes to women’s cancer care, there’s no need to travel across town or across the country for diagnosis and treatment. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers state-ofthe-art care, close to home. Did you know North Fulton Hospital: • Offers 3D mammography, clinically proven to provide more accurate breast cancer screenings, and reduce false-positive call backs • Uses the most up-to-date robotic equipment to exceed the national quality benchmark* stating at least 80 percent of endometrial cancer surgeries should be minimally invasive • Has a partnership with Mayo Clinic, giving patients ready access to clinical trials, second opinions and consultations

• Is home to two Specialty Teams and Treatment (STAT) clinics, one for lung cancer, and one for breast cancer, enabling patients to start treatment faster, increasing their chances of beating the disease. This innovative concept, unique in metro Atlanta, allows patients to meet with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in one day, in one setting. Treatment is typically started within days instead of weeks or months. The concept was created at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in 2006, and expanded to WellStar Cobb, Douglas, and North Fulton hospitals. • Has highly qualified physicians, who have practiced at large, well-known institutions and strongly believe in collaboration and communication • Offers genetic tumor analysis, the latest treatment technology, counseling and an oncology registered dietitian • Has a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Consult Clinic “At North Fulton Hospital, we’re small enough that we can see you quickly,” said Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist. “We get your treatment started within days, and we have a team that truly cares—no egos here. Plus, you don’t have to pay to park!”

The event, held at the Country Club of the South, drew more than 70 community members who enjoyed lunch, informative presentations from five physicians and interactive health and wellness information booths. Shown are, from left, presenters Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; Laura Pearson, M.D., breast surgeon; Evelyn Reynolds, M.D., gynecologic oncologist; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; and Sarah Bentley, RN, oncology services manager. (Not pictured: Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon)

Here are a few interesting facts discussed by WellStar physicians at the Speaking about Wellness for Women event:

Margie’s Law, HB 62, signed by Governor

Lung cancer is the number-one cancer

Kemp on May 2, requires women to be informed of their breast density after their mammogram; 37 other states have similar legislation. Dense breasts could increase the risk for breast cancer; breast density is important for women to be aware of so they can discuss preventive measures with their physicians. The law takes effect July 1, 2019.

killer in women (and men); prevention and screening are key

Older women are more at risk for cancer; after menopause, it’s still important to visit your doctor and keep screenings up-to-date

Radiation is highly advanced today, with treatment customized for each patient, and minimal side effects; technology is currently being developed that will enable physicians to provide radiation treatment during surgery



For information on upcoming programs at North Fulton Hospital, or to schedule an appointment with a cancer clinician, call 770-956-STAR (7827). *Established by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American College of Surgeons

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A Woman Driver

By Di Chapman

My Life on Wheels

Behold a woman driver—me. After I traumatized my car recently by deciding to use a curb as a right lane, I started thinking about my life on wheels—the adventures, dumb things I’ve done, and miles I’ve racked up. My husband cringes when I back out of the garage with a five-inch clearance on either side. He has good reason. I’ve had girlfriends take off half the car trying to negotiate their garages. I once banged into a cement barricade in a parking garage as I attempted to make a tight turn. I’ve tried to sneak my car into the garage many a time with some kind of infirmity, I hope he won’t notice. Fat chance. It became evident that he does a once-over with my car every day. I’m dead in the water. A study was done several years ago where men described their biggest fears about their relationships. Ready for this? They agreed that once their ladies got

behind the wheel with them, they feared for their lives. One night, I was the designated driver after a party. My husband literally held on with white knuckles thinking he was going to die. Him: “The light’s red, the light’s red!” Me: “Yes, I know.” Him: “There’s a stop sign! There’s a stop sign!” Me: “Yes, I see it.” Him: “Be careful, be careful on the turn!” Me: “Yes, Honey.” Mind you, had we been on the freeway, he would have fainted. We made it home. He kissed the ground. I remember watching a journalist’s interview with leaders in Saudi Arabia. The subject of the ban on women drivers came up. “Women are not allowed to drive here. They shouldn’t drive.” My husband agreed. “He’s right, you know.” Guess what? Out of the city, they interviewed women who were bombing around driving cars. “We don’t let that stop us out here.”

My life on wheels started on my 16th birthday. I had license in hand. I picked up girlfriends and cruised the city streets of Seattle and surroundings, getting stuck on steep hillsides and revving up for freeways. We were a Dodge family then, with Darts, Coronets, and a ninepassenger Wagon. A few tiny British and French cars dotted the inventory. (Dad liked those.) Shortly thereafter, my family moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was 1972. The desert highways were picturesque, wide open, and serene. I cruised them as a teen, feeling lucky to experience such beauty. Las Vegas and Mexico were both three- to four-hour drives. Vegas was small then, with one shopping mall and a few hotels. Its airport was a trailer. I’d grab a girlfriend and we’d jump into my dad’s huge Chevy boat and drive to Vegas on the roller coaster highway created by washes. With Nevada’s no speed limit, we flew 90 miles an hour. (We didn’t tell mom and dad.) The border crossing at Yuma, Arizona was easy, and



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A SUCCESSFUL SALE FOR YOU, ENGINEERED BY ERIN. Call her at 770-294-1878 to take the first step. Expertise in East Cobb, North Fulton, and Forsyth Planning her next road trip: racing and pacing and plotting the course the streets there were safe. (I know, right?) A girlfriend and I still laugh at one trip when we crossed back into the U.S. and saw a building up ahead and a roadside sign: Army Officers Stop. You know, like Army officers were supposed to stop. We looked at each other. “We’re not Army officers.” We blew on through, waving at soldiers. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw one jumping up and down, waving his arms. Hmmm. I backed up. We, two blonde teenage girls, giggled as we looked up at the soldier. Honest to Pete, we explained, “We saw the sign but didn’t stop because we’re not Army officers.” He laughed and waved us on. We gave him a great blonde story that day. I’ve driven cross-country, up, down, and sideways. I’ve sweet-talked my way out of tickets, except with CHIPS in California. (Remember Erik Estrada?) My brother once warned me that I could cruise through the desert of Arizona at 75 MPH but only until the California border. “Immediately, when you cross it don’t go over 72.” I don’t know how he always knew these specific numbers. I didn’t ask. One day, I sailed into California going 75. Out of nowhere appeared a CHIP Mustang, lights flashing. The patrolman was direct. “Driver’s license and registration, please.” I gave him my most chipper response. “Here’s your ticket. Have a nice day.” He was gone. Driving always brings excitement.

There was the time I drove over my husband’s toolbox in the garage. And the time I forgot to close the gas cap after I finished at the pump. It bounced and bounced as I drove away. There was what I call the curb hangup, where my front end got caught on a cement curb. My husband arrived from his office in suit and tie, pulled some gym towels out of the trunk, and slid the car down. How do men know how to do these things? There was the time I spilled a smoothie all over the car interior. I spent $85 plus tip on a car wash and detailing. And the time I “mis-negotiated” that right turn and traveled around it on the curb. I limped home on an injured tire. Oh, then there was that time I had a flat tire on the San Diego Freeway. Fortunately, I was wearing a short skirt, fishnet hose, and high heels. Yes, my flat was fixed in five minutes. True story! I figure it’s a God-given right for women to ding their cars, flatten their tires, and mess up their interiors with kids, dogs, crumbs, and drinks. But you know who impresses me? Amazing women school bus drivers. With me driving a bus, children would be on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I’d be taking out mailboxes and telephone poles. I tip my hat to you, ladies. Nobody can call you all women drivers. ❍


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repellents. While scientists don’t really understand the mechanism, catnip, Nepeta cataria, is very easy to grow. This low-growing, lavender-flowered perennial herb is related to mint and grows easily as a cultivated perennial in metro Atlanta. Citronella/Lemongrass—Citronella is in the same genus as lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), used in Thai cuisine. When purchasing lemongrass, look for the true varieties,  Cymbopogon nardus or  Cymbopogon winterianus. Other plants may be sold as citronellascented, but they do not have the mosquito repelling When is the Effectiveness of Repellent Reduced? qualities of true citronella. It is a tender perennial, so bring it indoors in winter. • After you add a layer of sunscreen Six Most Effective Mosquito Repelling Plants Citronella-Scented Geranium—Garden  centers • Dilution from rain, swimming pool, or any splashes often sell these plants in place of citronella. These Certain easy-to-grow herbs and flowers have some of water tender perennials are offered in pots ready to effect in repelling mosquitoes from areas of homes, • After absorption into skin transplant to a larger container or to in-ground beds. condo communities, picnic areas, playgrounds, and • Evaporation off the skin from wind, sun, or high landscapes. Be sure to stroke or bruise the plants to re- Occasionally they will winter-over in metro Atlanta if temperatures temperatures do not fall below about 20 degrees lease the essential oils that are actually the repellent Personal mosquito repellent products are gaining in element. Fahrenheit. Once established, new plants are easily popularity due to all the publicity about West Nile propagated by cuttings and shared with friends and Marigolds—Ubiquitous yellow- and orangevirus. DEET is one effective ingredient, but there are family after rooting. flowered annuals, marigolds are tough annuals for medical concerns about its potential toxic effects, espe- flower borders with a distinctive smell that mosquitoes The essential oils from lots of other aromatic herbs cially when used by children. Check with your doctor. (and some people) find offensive. Marigolds contain repel mosquitoes including: lavender, lemon balm, There are  DEET-free  bug sprays on the market that pyrethrum, a natural pest control compound used in sage, pennyroyal, lemon thyme, basil, rosemary, offer some relief to those venturing outdoors during many organic insect repellents. Grow marigolds in con- tobacco, and lemon eucalyptus. mosquito season. tainers or at entrances, screened windows, and decks or Bee Balm—Also known as horsemint, oswego tea, patios. or bergamot, bee balm is an adaptable perennial plant Tricks to Repelling Mosquitoes Ageratum—Blue floss flower or annual ageratum is in the mint family that repels mosquitoes much the Reduce the population by removing standing water a low-growing, ornamental plant that reaches heights same as citronella. It gives off a strong incense-like —upturn flower pots, buckets, and watering cans. of 8 –18 inches and is easily recognized by its lavender- odor that confuses mosquitoes by masking the smell of Drain puddles so mosquitoes are not able to breed by blue flowers. Ageratum secretes coumarin, a smell that its usual hosts (warm people). Bee balm is a fast-growlaying their eggs in water. ing, shade-tolerant, and drought-resistant perennial. It mosquitoes dislike and an ingredient widely used in Place biological mosquito dunks in ornamental commercial  mosquito repellents. Although the leaves of grows 2 –3 feet tall and wide with pink, red, rose, water lily ponds or water-filled ditches. This is a ageratum can be crushed to increase the emitted odor, white, or lavender flower heads that attract bees, product with Bti, a bacteria toxic only to mosquito it is not advisable to rub the crushed leaves directly on butterflies, and hummingbirds. It grows in sun or larvae, that lasts 30 days. It kills mosquitoes before the skin. This plant will thrive in full or partial sun and shade. Mature clumps can be divided in spring and fall they are old enough to bite, in a few hours, and is easy does not require rich soil. Taller, wild ageratum blooms by lifting the plant and cutting into small sections for to use and safe for humans, animals, and plants. transplanting to permanent spots. The leaves can be in late summer or fall. However, Bti works only in standing water and does dried and used to make herbal tea. Catnip—In August 2001, entomologists at Iowa not work on adult mosquitoes. Do you have photos from your home landscape? State University  reported  to the American Chemical Stick a fabric softener sheet in your pocket or up Share them by posting at facebook.com/CurrentPlus Society that catnip is ten times more effective than your sleeve. Bounce fabric softener sheets contain or email me at geri@gardengeri.com. ❍ DEET, the chemical found in most commercial insect According to Orkin’s annual ranking of America’s top 50 mosquito cities, the 2019 Top Mosquito City has been awarded to Atlanta—for the sixth year in a row. In case you’d like to attract some to your personal space, here are few tips. Wear dark clothes and exercise to get your lactic acid going. Exhale carbon dioxide (always!) and wear a floral or fruity scent to increase your attractiveness. Do you keep your skin temp about 98.6 and have type O blood? You’ve probably noticed your popularity. Or maybe you just live in Atlanta.

linalool, naturally found in lavender and basil and considered toxic to some insects, and they also contain beta-citronellol that is found in citronella. Blow tiny mosquito bodies away from the picnic table with an oscillating fan on the deck aimed at you and your guests. Neem and tea tree sprays are non-toxic and have been used extensively in tropical communities for protection from mosquito bites. Neem tree spray can also be used against insect and diseases by spraying on garden plants. Burn candles or dried herbs as fumigants.


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My veneration for Alpharetta’s City Center is not exactly a closely guarded secret. With more restaurants scheduled to premiere before long, three obvious standouts have emerged: the previously reviewed Citizen Soul, the newly-launched Lapeer Seafood Market, and Restaurant Holmes. Let’s talk about the latter. One-time St. Cecilia Chef Taylor Neary is the chef/owner of the upscale newcomer located inside the century-old Jones House. Though small plates oriented, Restaurant Holmes has shifted focus a bit more toward large plates. With a hat tip to the bacon broth, the icy-blue mussels instill delectation as few analogous dishes could. Our waiter supplied my eldest son and me two soup spoons, a must for the bouillon infused with bacon, poblano, and lemon. Do not waste one drop of this transformative sofrito. Cookie-cutter poke shops are the craze of the last two years in Alpharetta environs, but it’s tough to settle for the clones after sampling RH’s slightly spicy tuna version, replete with jasmine rice, avocado, and ponzu sauce. My son raved over his upscale grilled cheese, with provolone, cheddar, bacon, and apple butter. You’ve read this from me before—tons of burger options, but at some point, I am going to give the burger a venture at a high-caliber restaurant. In my several years of pretending to be a food critic, I’ve found restaurants are always enthusiastic to get back to me with answers to basic questions. Holmes is the outlier, so I was ineffective in confirming, but the unique taste appears to be from woodfire or possibly charcoal on the grill. It is better than most I’ve had, and this growing boy has sampled countless. Holmes has an evolving menu so the most venturesome among us can enjoy the replenished possibilities.


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sensation “is leading the pack with fresh, inventive dishes.” The house-made Cacio e Pepe, a modern Roman pasta dish, is his most beloved thus far. It was only a few years ago that Alpharetta’s topshelf dining options were scarce. Fast forward to today, where the barely-getting-started City Center has more strong date night options than the city combined flaunted a half-dozen years ago. The best so far? One could contend there’s no place like Holmes.

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The gourmet grilled cheese craze needs to live on forever, at least at Holmes. Desserts are in the highly capable hand of Jasmin Willis of Gracious Plenty. She knows Neary from their days of employ with Ford Fry’s restaurants described above. Among the growing number of enthusiasts is Alpharetta resident Kevin Phelan, who celebrates no longer having to transport with his wife intown for excellent cuisine. “Now, a pleasant walk to downtown Alpharetta is all it takes to experience an everchanging seasonal menu that keeps us coming back for more.” Initiated by Avalon, City Center has gravytrained the walkability craze with Holmes playing a leading role. Though expressing admiration for other nearby options, Phelan emphasized that Neary’s

The fast, casual poke clones may be good in a pinch, but Restaurant Holmes takes tuna poke to a new level.

Soraya Khoury, the extraordinary culinary artist and proprietor at Hen Mother Cookhouse, who was entrained here as the head chef at Rumi’s Kitchen Avalon, agreed with me that Noosh Kitchen is at least among the best if not the most excellent Persian restaurant in metro. Of Jordanian-Iranian descent, highly qualified, she declared the “A-word”—said it’s the most “authentic” Persian in town… Though Noosh sets a high bar, I need to get back to this super casual joint, Taaj Kabob & Grill. Ensconced within Taaj Persian market at Spalding and Holcomb Bridge, it is terrific hole-in-the-wall Persian. Speaking of that excellent foodie junction, I was enthralled by the fact Four Seasons Asian Cuisine, not I reiterate, not to be muddled with the unrelated Four Seasons Wings two miles down the road, had some real Chinese on the menu. Mei fun, ho fun, and a small offering of Sichuan dishes leapt from the otherwise Americanized menu. Boiled fish was excellent. Not the best I’ve ever had but easier travel for me than the Johns Creek gems. Warning: no-frills, mostly takeout, counter service type place. Definitely good enough to try more of the above, and if I sanction those alternatives, I’ll seek my American-Chinese yardstick item of pepper steak. Again, it’s at Spalding and Holcomb Bridge Road in the Publix shopping center… When BB’s Bagels on the Alpharetta/Cumming boundary opened a pizza parlor right across the street, the family and I rushed to try it. I mean BB’s is widely and accurately accepted as the best bagels for many miles. Vincenza’s Pizzeria (not to be confused with the excellent Vingenzo’s in Woodstock) was endorsed with one accord, though short of mine or my family’s top dog. Verra-Zanno (not to be confused with Varasano’s) and Joe’s New York Pizzeria (not to be confused with Brooklyn Joe’s) remain the big cheese (pun intended) purveyor of NY style. No longer under the BB’s ownership, Vincenza opened a second spot on Jones Bridge. I mean, did you really suppose I wouldn’t try it?


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everyone else showing faith this area would sustain quality restaurants. With Thai Emerald, M Thai Street Food, and Royal Thai, there are various good alternatives in AlphaRoz. But this higher-end place is as right as any. Glad to see most of the dining room occupied… A-Pollo & Taqueria specializes in pollo a la brasa. That’s charcoal-broiled chicken for those of you not bilingual (well at least when it comes to food) like your intrepid Hub correspondent. The newcomer serves Peruvian/ Mexican food in a no-frills atmosphere. The pollo is substantially superior to the supermarket rotisserie stuff you pick up on the way home from work. They have an extensive Mexican menu, in fact: menudo, pozole, and even fajitas for the irresolute Tex-Mex crowd. Get you some pleasing, cheap eats at 10479 Alpharetta Street #1, Roswell, GA 30075 in the old Leito’s, for those in the know… Dominated by regional ones, my index of “gold chains” is scanty. Georgia’s own Chick-fil-A is the only sizeable national example. Chicken Salad Chick is a good case provincially. South Jersey/Philly-based PrimoHoagies is indubitably on the checklist. The first GA franchise in Sandy Springs, is not far from the King and Queen buildings. It’s the first location I’ve been to with cheesesteaks. Meh, skip that item. But the sharp Italian hoagie was pleasing. The roll wasn’t as fresh as I’ve had in NJ or even Florida, but even with growing pains, it’s still much better than any “sub” at a Florida-based supermarket chain. It’s reasonable proximity to GA 400 and Hammond Drive: 6115 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Suite 125, For most Americans, pad Thai is the staple dish of Sandy Springs, GA 30328. ❍ said cuisine. Nahm does the chicken version as well Disagree (how dare you!) or give kudos to Joe at OffshoreInsiders.com

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Indisputably superior to most; however, Joe’s on Mansell Road will remain our chief go-to place for NY style pizza. Ditto on Vincenza’s stromboli. Alpine Bakery & Trattoria gets top billing, Joe’s second, but V’s a solid third among pizzerias. However, Plantation Italia Market makes the best of them all… Good Americanized Asian at Vuu Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar in West Roswell. Thai pho, tuna tartare, and avocado fries were all virtuous. I sampled wife’s pepper steak, which was also proper though with broccoli and mushrooms a divergence from most of the other Americanized places with hackneyed menus of varying quality. Kids enjoyed their sushi rolls. It surpasses most Asian-for-Americans restaurants in class… I had the delight of dining with a long-time comrade and fellow chowhound Milton Hill at Nahm Thai Cuisine. It’s the first time in years I’ve been. We partitioned pork massaman curry and pad Thai. Grant owner Chef Nahm Thongyoung acclimation. Twelve years ago, as Alpharetta was shedding the Bloomin’ Onion Acres typecasting, she was well ahead of just about

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Tap & Six is a family business. I’m there most days managing the store. You’ll find my brother Elliot picking up dishes or washing glasses behind the bar. Holli manages social media and special events. She is also known to come in during off-hours and clean to a level that I can’t even fathom. The people who work with me and keep the business going every day (Khalil, Michael, John, Jeremy, and Amy) are just like family. And then there’s my dad, permits, worked through a deDavid. sign, and built the place out. At We started working on Tap some point along the way, it & Six together over three years went from just a fun idea to ago. At first it was just an idea “wow, this is actually going to that he had for a craft beer bar happen!” It took a village, but that felt more like a coffee we got there and opened in house. Then the idea began to November 2017. Throughout the process, my turn into something real. We dad and I worked together worked with the City of every day to make it happen. Roswell to change the laws so I’ll pause here and say that this we could operate with our hasn’t always been easy. We unique business model, came have a good relationship, but up with a name, got our

David and Ethan receive their first delivery at Tap & Six. he is my father and I am his son. We are family. When we started Tap & Six we added a whole new dynamic to our relationship. We became business partners! In the beginning, our comfort zones were tested as we worked through the dynamics

of being business partners while maintaining our father/son relationship at the same time. It took a while but along the way we began to figure it out. For example, at Tap & Six, I call him David instead of Dad. This allows us to operate on a level playing field. I

run the business day to day, but I like to talk through issues with him on a regular basis. And when the occasional crisis occurs, we tackle it together. We’ve learned more about each other over the past three years than we did in the decades before, and we’ve formed a new, and I would say stronger, relationship because of it. I think we get each other better now than we ever have. We have new war stories that we’ll be able to laugh about for years to come and a camaraderie that comes with building something together. Now that it’s June, I’m thinking about Father’s Day. David is into IPAs these days. So on June 16th, I’ll find something unique and share it with my dad. Happy Fathers Day! ❍ Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer market and bar in Historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street. tapandsix.com.

By Tara Gary

Jekyll Brewing is adding a second location moving into the Exchange Building in Alpharetta City Center. It will feature a restaurant, tasting room, and a 2,500 square foot rooftop deck making it destined to be one of my favorite rooftop patios. A good patio combined with a great beer or beverage and good companions make summertime sippin’ that much sweeter. I love a beautiful summer day ending on a patio of a local watering hole amongst friends. It’s just synonymous with southern nights. Luckily, we are surrounded by these outdoor oases. The area surrounding the new location of Jekyll is abundant with outdoor dining options. Driving north starting at the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and South Main Street you pass Crust, Salt, Citizen Soul, Restaurant Holmes, Chiringa, Smokejack BBQ, South Main Kitchen, Butcher & Brew, and Currahee Brewing Company, all of which have amazing outdoor seating available, not to mention incredible menus. I must give kudos to

The Breezeway at Adele’s.

Citizen Soul and Restaurant Holmes for having what I believe to be two of the best upscale, outdoor spaces to dine on Main Street. Once you’ve had a chance to discover them all, turn onto Milton Avenue to discover Ceviche, Truck & Tap, and Coalition Food and Beverage which all offer fantastic spots for relaxing in an outdoor space while sipping your favorite beverage. Truck & Tap’s rooftop bar is a favorite of mine. It’s the perfect casual atmosphere to enjoy one of their amazing drafts. Even Kale me Crazy and The Nest Café offer inviting outdoor seating. I stopped by Kale me Crazy the other day and owner Phil Wahl was working on his gorgeous planters and informed me he plans to add a tranquil water feature soon. One of my favorite spots just a short distance away is PURE taqueria on Roswell Street. Their location in Roswell, on Alpharetta Street, is also a fantastic outdoor option, especially the upstairs bar. Their margaritas are phenomenal, and I suggest ordering them by the pitcher because it’s impossible to drink just one. And by the way, PURE is participating in Roswell Inc’s Summer Sippin’. In its fourth year, Summer Sippin’ is an event where various Roswell establishments create a completely new specialty drink and patrons vote to decide which one is the best. The cocktail they have created is called Little Sweet & Tangy. Sounds intriguing and delicious. Once you’re finished with your meal in downtown Alpharetta, a short and for me much needed walk to Kilwins, the chocolatier, is a must, and yes, even Kilwins has outdoor seating. Although downtown Alpharetta is one of my

Adele’s on Canton in Roswell has a lovely patio. favorite places to dine outdoors because I find the atmosphere to be unique in the sense that the buildings are more nostalgic and pleasing to the eye, another great place to unwind outdoors in Alpharetta is Avalon. Once you find a parking spot, which can often be a daunting task but well worth it, stroll through the many shops and businesses to some of the best restaurants with fantastic outdoor seating, perfect for socializing and people-watching. Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar is definitely one of those places. Thoughtfully located in the center of





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Barley Garden in Avalon is a two-story open-air beer-lover delight. Enjoy people-watching from the roof. Avalon Boulevard, this two-story open-air beer lovers delight serves exciting beers from both close to home and around the world. They serve handheld, delicious food that pairs perfectly with the handcrafted brews. Relax on the patio or at the rooftop bar. If you’re not into beer, no worries. They have an extensive menu of flavorful cocktails and wine. Bocado Burger, also located in Avalon, has a clever outdoor space that makes you forget it’s located next to a busy road and bustling parking lot. It is actually quite serene. Bocado Burger is also not your typical burger joint. A rotating, seasonal menu, intense, ever-changing cocktail program, and seasonally minded craft beer and wine make this a top choice on my list. Avalon has many outdoor dining options available and these are two good reasons to check it out if you haven’t already. Alpharetta is also home to a serious gem in the patio and outdoor dining category. Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails has an absolutely lovely tiered patio. They also have a garden for larger groups and parties. Twisted Taco in Johns Creek has a super large rooftop patio. What a great way to take a reprieve from the ever-congested intersection of Medlock Bridge and State Bridge Roads! Live music and the rooftop bar are the perfect combination for a relaxing evening enjoying the savory menu items. I have a difficult time keeping myself from overindulging in the chips, salsa, and queso, and let’s not forget the margaritas. I love exploring options outside of my “pebble’s throw away” area, but one reason I live where I do is because of the incredible, close proximity of my front door and downtown Roswell. Where to begin with the outdoor dining recommendations is really too easy. Start on one side of Canton Street and just work your way up, but don’t forget the places on Alpharetta

Osteria Mattone sits as if nestled in a Maxfield Parrish painting in this photo by Haigwood Studios.

Citizen Soul (left) and Restaurant Holmes have two of the best upscale, outdoor spaces to dine on Main Street. Street. Too vague? Well, there’s Adele’s on Canton which has a quaint patio and a lovely breezeway dining area. If you like Cajun, you’ll love Adele’s. I’ve been dining here for years, and it’s still one of my favorite places to dine especially with my 18- and 20year-old children who are always in the mood for crawfish and anything special co-owner Chef Marc is willing to spoil and appease them with. My favorite beverage is what co-owner Ruth refers to as a Barney. It’s a mixture of Abita beers, Andygator and Purple Haze. I pair a Barney, a bowl of the crawfish etouffee, and the patio, and I’m in heaven! Another one of my favorite patios is found at the grub gastro pub. They have live music several nights a week, some of the best nachos I’ve ever eaten, and a great selection of beer, wine, and delicious cocktails.

It’s a Southern Thing is the name of the drink they created for Summer Sippin’, and I know it includes Southern Comfort. It’s super yummy! Grub is the perfect place to gather with friends. My friends and I usually start here before Alive in Roswell, and well, we usually end up here afterwards too. If you enjoy the action of watching the hustle and bustle of Alpharetta Street while listening to live music on a patio, where dogs and children are encouraged and welcome, Standard at Roswell and Lucky’s Burger & Brew are the perfect places. The atmosphere for both is completely casual and laid-back. Lucky’s burgers are fantastic. I never knew there could be so many varieties of toppings! Their drink for this year’s Summer Sippin’ is Lucky’s Botanical Breeze. Sounds refreshing. Standard has delightful cocktails and an


extensive variety of local craft beers. My favorite item 29 on the menu is the meat-lovers pizza. It’s hand-tossed with homemade marinara sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, capicola, and prosciutto. The owner is creative in the kitchen and often shares his noteworthy creations with his patrons. I love the fried meatballs which I haven’t seen on the menu, yet. About a block away from Standard and centrally located in downtown Roswell is Roswell Provisions, designed to transport you into another place and time. Comfortable and rustic, the charming atmosphere has a French provincial feel. A few seats, tables, and benches right outside of the market provide the perfect outdoor experience for friendly gatherings and people watching on lovely Canton Street. Select from over 100 wines and 125 cheeses from around the world and pair them with the fresh breads, crackers, crostini, and jams available in the market. On nearly any given evening I know I can stumble upon a group of my friends who enjoy congregating on the benches in front of the market. I recently asked co-owner Kelly Smith-Blacha for a favorite summertime beverage and she immediately suggested the Frosé, a frozen Rosé. We bought a round for our table and after one sip we all agreed it is definitely a delightful and refreshing beverage for the summer, and it complimented the charcuterie board we shared perfectly. For another lovely outdoor dining experience, head upstairs to the Le Bistro balcony. The view is the best on Canton Street, and the food is outstanding. Bouchée à la reine is my favorite dish. A puff pastry filled with chicken, mushrooms, onion, and béchamel sauce. While dining on the balcony, explore your options for more outdoor dining experiences across the street at 1920 Tavern and Roux on Canton. The drink 1920 Tavern is featuring for Summer Sippin’ is Effen Blossom. Both restaurants have cozy, outdoor seating perfect for a date. I may have had a first date at Roux that apparently went very well considering two years later we celebrated by dining at the same table. Both have delicious beverages and delectable dishes. It would be a disgrace not to mention the absolutely gorgeous outdoor dining space at Table & Main, the sophisticated cottage serving farm-to-table southern fare. Offering over 50 varieties of bourbon and rye to sip while you relax outdoors on the patio that was nominated as one of the “Best Patios in Atlanta 2019” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, makes this a not-to-be-missed experience. With accolades from Conde’ Nast Traveler to Cooking with Paula Deen, to name a few, Table & Main is a seasonal, southern gem of a dining experience. They are also participating in Summer Sippin’ with their cocktail Milltown Local.

From the balcony of Le Bistro during Alive in Roswell.

Chiringa lights up the night on Main Street in Alpharetta.

Tara and crew enjoying a Frosé outside Roswell Provisions.

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The flowers enhance the patio spaces. Phil Wahl tends to the planters at Kale me Crazy. More options on Canton for outdoor dining are the fabulous Osteria Mattone, whose Summer Sippin’ drink is Ciao Bella, The Big Ketch who created Barely Peach Tea, NOCA with It’s Peachy Keen, Zest whose beverage is Spiked Blueberry Lemonade, Ceviche, Little Alley Steak, Carlisle’s Pizza Tavern, Plum Café who created a Strawberry Mojito Mocktail, and Local on North whose cocktail is Blackberry Bonnet. Another of my personal outdoor favorites is Vin25. Their outdoor space is inviting and invokes a sense of calm and relaxation. Nestled between Green and Canton Streets on Plum Tree Street, this bistro and wine bar is a hidden gem. An approachable menu, craft cocktails and brews, and separated spaces intentionally created to provide its guests with an intimate experience make this a destination where I can kick my feet up after a long day and enjoy the ambiance. Their specialty drink for Summer Sippin’ is Vin Paloma. A few blocks away down on Atlanta Street is Chipper’s Club with a large, outdoor deck and live music every weekend. They want every patron to feel like family and you definitely do. I love the shrimp & grits and fried green tomatoes with habanero apricot jelly. I’m eager to try the cocktail they created for Summer Sippin’ called The “Impeachment”. Another great thing about Chipper’s is their large parking lot!

Three of the best places to drink beer, in my opinion, are Variant Brewing Company, Gate City Brewing Company, and Tap & Six. Gate City has such a large area to congregate, listen to live music, enjoy food trucks, and drink beer. Their Summer Sippin’ beer is Lavender Ale. A few blocks away, Variant has a nice patio and some great beer as well. Mai-Tai Gose is their Summer Sippin’ brew selection. That’s one I definitely want to try. Well, I want to try them all. Tap & Six has created Double Tap as their entry for Summer Sippin’ and you can enjoy this blended brew beneath the trees in their outdoor seating area. It’s a good thing we live in an area that has for the most part good weather. Great outdoor drinking and dining are all around us. Skip the dishes and dine outside. You have plenty of choices! ❍

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A good patio combined with a great beer or beverage and good companions make summertime sippin’ that much sweeter. Follow Tara Gary through...

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A good patio combined with a great beer or beverage and good companions make summertime sippin’ that much sweeter. Follow Tara Gary through...