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The Johns Creek Wedding Expo returns to Johns Creek March 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at St Ives Country Club. Discover the best wedding venues and event services in Johns Creek at this boutique wedding show! Attendees will learn about some of the top wedding venues, caterers, rentals, stylists, DJs, and other wedding day services located in Johns Creek. The event is free and open to the public. Expo participants will also have an opportunity to meet representatives of all Johns Creek hotels, who will be on-site providing brides and grooms with options to reserve rooms for family and friends staying in-town for their special day. Registration is required. Presented by the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau. 1 St. Ives Country Club Drive, Johns Creek johnscreekcvb.com.

Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We are all about forward-thinking at this Family Fun Day! Come ready to learn about flying animals as well as test your tinkering skills with our STEM-themed partners and activities. This event will also kick off the opening of our Eco Tinker Interactive Exhibits. Fee is included with General admission $6 for child, $10 adult, $7 seniors 65+ and students 13-18, Free CNC members and kids 2 and under. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. chattnaturecenter.org.


Water Drop Dash 5K

March 23 The Water Drop Dash 5K is a fast and flat course along the Chattahoochee River. Register early to ensure your spot. The 5K course starts and ends at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. It will be out and back on Willeo Road and Azalea Drive. Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:00 a.m. Water Drop Dash 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. The Kid’s Fun Run with mascots begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony and post-race Family Water Festival at 9:00 a.m. Limited parking will be available at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Access to this parking lot will close at 6:45 a.m., or when it becomes full. Willeo Road will close at 6:45 a.m. Participants parked in this lot may not be able to exit the lot during the race. Additional free parking is available at St. Francis Day School, 9375 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075. Participants parking at St. Francis Day School must walk the one mile from the parking area to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. waterdropdash.com.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure returns to Alpharetta to rock your night with great food, amazing bands, and of course dancing. Come eat, drink, and help cure Cystic Fibrosis with a night filled with music that will rock the stage while you dance the night away to the high energy

sounds of Breakfast Club Chicago. An ’80s tribute band, every song is a hit that brings the house down with spontaneous, exuberant ‘I know this song!’ singalongs. Moonwalk down memory lane with as the band spins you around to all the radical sounds of the ’80s. Regular tickets include food, beer, wine, cocktails and fun. The long list of great restaurants includes Duke’s Bar and Grill, reviewed in KEEP WARM this issue on page 24. Exciting live and Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show silent auctions will be packed with something for everyone-trips, dining, The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild hosts its annual exhibit of quilted art this month. This exciting 2019 adventure, jewelry, gift certificates and a raffle. 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Ameris show features over 150 unique, antique, traditional, and art quilts made by local artists and displayed throughout antebellum Bulloch Hall. A beautiful raffle quilt, sewn by members of the Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta, 30009. guild, will be on display. Tickets for the raffle are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Exhibit included shamrockinforacure.com. with regular admission. 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, 30075. bullochhall.org. Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



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Going native provides a wealth of benefits to your space, including privacy, beauty, blossoms, food, and homes to our wide diversity of animals. Over 120 species of plants available at the Spring Native Plant Sale will help you attract butterflies, pollinators, birds, and more to your garden. Horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers on site will help you introduce or add native plants to your yard. Herbs and veggies also available. Free admission to the garden area, plant prices vary. Become a member and you get in early: Mar. 28, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., for first pick! Otherwise, the sale to the general public begins Mar. 29, 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 30075. chattnaturecenter.org.


Roswell has a new hot spot. The highly anticipated opening at Gypsy Rose, “where music lives.” is March 9. The bad news is the event is sold out. There is always a chance you’ll be able to score tickets via social media. The great news is a high-quality live music experience awaits you in this venue created with the music lover in mind. Delicious food, a stocked bar with local brews on draft and a lively atmosphere ensure a memorable time. The Randall Bramblett Band performs May 3. $20 and on sale now. Gypsy Rose, 964 Alpharetta St., Roswell gypsyrosemusic.com. SAMPLE BEER/HELP A KID

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March 23 Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, local food and live music under 200-year-old oak trees at the Historic Roswell Town Square, at 610 Atlanta Street in Roswell. Saturday, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. VIP ticket-holders can enter at 1:00 p.m. The food is provided by amazing Roswell restaurants and there’ll be 400 different kinds of beer. Live music by Highbeams and Sweet Sweet. 100% of the net proceeds from this event will go directly to the STAR House Foundation, a nonprofit after-school program for at-risk children. roswellbeerfestival.com.

Driving Miss Daisy

Through March 17 Set against a beautiful, historical backdrop of Atlanta’s development through the mid-20th century, the story of aging Southern matron Daisy Werthan, her long-suffering son Boolie, and her Jill Jane Clements and Rob Cleveland perform the roles of chauffeur Hoke Colburn Miss Daisy and Hoke. Photo by C. Bartelski, courtesy of unfolds over 25 years of Aurora Theatre. friendship, loss, racial tension, and ultimately love. This much-beloved story of an unlikely friendship is the play most associated with Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s late Artistic Director and Co-founder Bob Farley, and this production, directed by his daughter Laurel Crowe, is a tribute to him. The cast of Driving Miss Daisy features Jill Jane Clements as Daisy Werthan, William S. Murphey (My Fair Lady and Moonlight and Magnolias at GET) as Boolie Werthan, and Rob Cleveland (A Doll’s House Part 2 at Actor’s Express & Aurora and Homers at GET) as Hoke Colburn. Ticket prices start at $29. (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). Groups of ten or more are welcome with great discounts available, call 770-641-1260. get.org,

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In Montmarte, walk up the hill to the majestic Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Take a self-guided tour of the interior, then head to La Crémaillère in vibrant Place du Tertre for a coffee. After free time to explore at your leisure, walk down the hill. Board a Metro train for Grand Palais, where you will meet your coach and return to your ship.

Château Gaillard seems to beckon from atop its high hill. You will tour the exterior of this fine example of medieval siege warfare construction, built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart of England, who was also Duke of Normandy. His structure is considered the most dramatic sight anywhere along the Seine between the coast and Paris.

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Get ready to enjoy all those pleasures that true Southerners live by—Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass, and Smoked Beasts at the 5th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. Admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all you can taste sampling of the 60 beers on tap and 40 bourbons. The selection of BBQ has doubled with everything from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage, and any fixin’ you can imagine. The portions will be heavy, and the prices will be low. Tickets range from $25 –$85. Atlantic Station, 241 20th Street NW, Atlanta. 12:00 –6:00 p.m. atlanticstation.com

The second annual Atlanta United Block Party, Atlanta’s biggest openstreets celebration of all things Atlanta United is upon us. Edgewood Avenue will close while celebrating with giveaways, live entertainment, and raffle prizes on the block as Atlanta United preps for the first home match of the season. Plus—the event is partnering with the local pubs to offer exclusive drink specials for Atlanta United fans during the event. Atlanta United Block Party is a 21+ event. Tickets are $20 and include one complimentary drink, entertainment and live music, exclusive drink specials from our partner bars, and special promotions and giveaways throughout the event. Saturday, March 9, 12:00-6:00 p.m. 431 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. bigtickets.com/events/assc/atlanta-united-blockparty

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SUWANEE BEER FEST March 16 in Suwanee

The annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest is recognized as one of the biggest craft beer festivals in the Southeast. In its ninth year, it attracts people from all over the country to claim their share of unlimited tastings of over 350 craft beers. The event offers live music, games, local food vendors and a home brew contest in Suwanee Town Center Park. Proceeds from the 2019 Festival will support Cooper’s Crew. Cooper’s Crew is a Suwanee-based organization that was created in honor of Cooper O’Brien, who lost his battle to a rare form of cancer, clear cell sarcoma, at the age of 14. Tickets range from $50 to $60, plus a designated driver ticket for $15. (VIP tickets are sold out). 1:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. suwaneebeerfest.com

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CABOOSE DAYS & STEAK COOKOFF March 23 – 24 in Duluth

The Southeastern Railway Museum will celebrate cabooses, the crews that called them home and their role on the railroad during Caboose Days. Celebrate spring and one of the icons of the railroad Sat. and Sun. 11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. The Caboose Days event is fun for the whole family. New for 2019, the event will include a Steak Cookoff Association sanctioned steak cookoff on Saturday. To sign-up to compete in the Steak Cookoff visit www.steakcookoffs.com. Young Again Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Atlanta-based group performs songs written and inspired by legendary singer Neil Young. On Sunday, singer/songwriter Todd DeFeo will perform sardonic and topical folk songs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His set will include the debut of several new railroad-inspired songs. Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. train-museum.org



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March 23 – 24 in Atlanta

What better way to see Atlanta than by foot? Whether you are running or walking, you’ll go by some of Atlanta’s most iconic sites, Freedom Park, Piedmont Park, Inman Park, and Little Five Points, to name a few. With a new name and a new course for the marathon and half marathon  in 2019, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K will show participants from near and far why Atlanta is truly one of the country’s great running destinations. Join the Atlanta Track Club and Publix for this huge event. Register by Mar. 13. 265 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta. atlantatrackclub.org

Pretty Princess Parties is coming to Atlanta, featuring a high-quality princess cast, magical music, and magical staff. Join them on the dance floor, share treats at the candy buffet, create a princess tiara or wand,  enjoy enchanted  storytime, and get to know your favorite fairytale friends. This fairytale event is full of magical moments geared for children ages 3 –7. Tickets for the Fairytale Ball always sell out—so get your tickets soon. Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta. prettyprincesspartiesmn.com

Join us for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade at the 30th Annual American Craft Show in Atlanta. Come meet and shop craft like you’ve never seen before, from more than 230 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists, including some of the country’s top emerging artists! Stop by the Hip Pop emerging artists’ booths on the show floor to see their contemporary pieces ranging from sophisticated elegance to cutting-edge. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Mar. 15, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Mar. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mar. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. craftcouncil.org.

ANASTASIA AND PETER PAN March 23 – 24 in Sandy Springs

Your ticket will take you to far away lands in this double-bill extravaganza. Atlanta Dance Theatre will present a one-hour production of Peter Pan, and after an intermission, Roswell Dance Theatre will present a one-hour production of Anastasia. Guests of all ages will love the adventures of Anastasia and Peter Pan. In these exciting productions, watch the stage come alive with pirates and pixie dust, a princess, and a music box full of memories. Roswell Dance Theatre presents the incredible journey of Anastasia as she travels across the globe to find her family and herself. From the faraway corners of Russia to the bustling streets of Paris, treasured memories come to life with engaging dances and vivid stories of long ago encounters. Atlanta Dance Theatre takes you on a high-flying Peter Pan adventure, in which the Darling children meet Tinkerbell and Peter Pan who fly into their nursery and sweep them away to Neverland! Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook all await them for many adventures. So much color, so much action comes to life in the form of dance.  Believe, believe in the magic!  Performances are Saturday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m and 5 p.m. For questions about this performance call the City Springs Box Office at 770-206-2022 during the box office hours: Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m and  Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. cityspringstheatre.com

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL March 30 – 31 in Brookhaven

An all-star music lineup for this twoday event! Performing Saturday is headliner Smash Mouth along with the Spin Doctors and The Romantics. The Wallflowers will headline on Sunday, with supporting acts to be announced. There is something for absolutely everyone, including the opportunity for you to doll up your pooch for the Pet Parade. The festival will include an artist market, Kidz Zone, food court, and Saturday’s Classic Car Show. Gates open Saturday 10:00 a.m. –7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. brookhavenga.gov/festival

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Who will stop to help? COMMUNITY

By Joe Duffy

I’m proudly into year three as a volunteer and evangelist for STAR House. Located in Roswell, we are a non-profit organization that assists and tutors at-risk children with schoolwork. “Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed” is the motto of the STAR House. There is no dispute that success begins in the classroom.


“STAR House provides after-school mentoring and summer camp for atrisk children throughout North Fulton County. Our mission is to promote academic success and empower lifelong achievement for children in need. We currently serve over 300 children within four Title 1 North Fulton schools, with a growing unmet need,” says Executive Director Stephanie Christiansen. After-school volunteers read and listen to a child read, help students review for tests, teach good study habits, check homework for accuracy, tutor a child in a favorite subject, or assist with special school projects. STAR House will match you with the program that best meets your expertise, interest, and availability. In addition to staff, dedicated volunteers enable STAR House to reach each student in a more meaningful way, encouraging their academic potential. You can stop to help. To learn more, visit starhousefoundation.org or call 678-384-4550.

I gild the lily not in the least when I say the hardest I’ve ever laughed at the STAR House was at the first words any child said to me, other than introducing ourselves. “You look like a white guy,” she declared. That works out well, because most of my life I’ve identified as one. I had no response, but I did guffaw. She then observed, “Did you know when you laugh your entire head turns red?” The STAR House kids are like kids everywhere. They have that universal gaze of longing to learn. I’ve observed it in their eyes and in their faces. Last year, upon telling me she was going to retire after 16 years as Site Director, Ms. Noura (Noura Abdi-Tabari) asked me if I planned on volunteering the next year. “Definitely,” I said, in expressing my desire to continue to support the students. In a somber tone, she responded, “Good, because I worry about these kids.” I do too. Among the reasons is because not enough people are concerned about them. I believe they should be. We could use a lot more people to become one of the thousand points of light. Volunteer, donate, help at StarHouseFoundation.org. There are countless times when I have to peel myself away from trying to squeeze out every last dollar of revenue at work. There is sacrifice involved. I hope the great MLK would not object if I paraphrased him to reflect on how his quote (at right) resonates with me concerning STAR House. Instead of asking, if I stop to help these children, what will happen to me? I’d rather reverse the question. If nobody stops to help these children, what will happen to them? ❍

I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’Martin Luther King, Jr.


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At left and above: “There are countless rewarding moments at the STAR House. But my favorite days are when my son Jordan is able to join me in helping out the kids.” —Joe Duffy

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LEAKS CAN RUN BUT CANNOT HIDE Fix-A-Leak Week, Water Drop Dash return to Roswell


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Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during the EPA’s annual Fix-a-Leak Week; this year it falls March 18 – 24. The average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. Part of the annual campaign to fight this rising tide of leaks is the Water Drop Dash 5K race and Water Festival, March 23. This event, presented by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, is held at Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center, and is consistently one of the largest events for Fix-A-Leak week. The race is held along a beautiful, flat, and scenic stretch of the

Every year, the Water Drop Dash 5K and Water Festival is held on the banks of the Chattahoochee River to promote wise water usage. The event is March 23 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photo: Chattahoochee Nature Center. Chattahoochee River, starting and finishing at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Kids Fun Run gets youngsters outside while learning about conservation, too. The post-race Water Festival is full of giveaways, activities and face painting from local water utilities and sponsors—along with free admission to the nature center. All 5K registrants will receive a race number with a chip time that lets them qualify for the following year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. 5K runners will also receive free race photos from True Speed Photo as well as free admission to the Nature Center on race day. DeAnn Fordham, Senior Director of Development and Marketing, for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, said, “We are collaborating with the

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to help increase awareness about the importance of water conservation and the valuable resource the Chattahoochee River plays in the lives of all of us across the region.” Water conservation is important. Metropolitan Atlanta gets nearly 70 percent of its water from the Chattahoochee River. While the city’s population is expected to grow dramatically over the next decades, the amount of water from the ’Hooch will not. Fixing those leaks is good for the ’Hooch and for the wallet. Learn more about the race and water conservation at www.waterdropdash.com. For more about the Chattahoochee Nature Center, visit chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

MAJESTIC KING OF THE RIVER By Elizabeth Royeton, CNC Naturalist

CNC has the distinct honor of having one of the most fabulous bodies of water at our back door, which provides a year-round ecosystem for thousands of wild animals as well as resting spots for migrating birds. The open waters of the Chattahoochee River make great hunting grounds for many large birds that love fish. The king of these is the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle has made an historic come-back from near extinction in the 1960s to growing numbers today. In 1969, Congress imposed a ban on DDT, an insecticide used on crops, to turn around the downward spiral in their population. In 2007, the Bald Eagle was removed from the

endangered and threatened list for the lower 48 United States. Today we’re able to see these majestic wild eagles along the river year-round. Southern eagles do not have to migrate since the seasonal temperatures do not have wide swings as they do in northern states. They can be seen and their chirping whistles heard as they canvass the watershed. Even though they are one of the largest raptors, they are not the aggressive hunters you might expect them to be. They would rather steal prey or scavenge instead of going after prey that might fight back. The Bald Eagle depends on the large, mature stands of trees in our Chattahoochee watershed for nesting. At this time of year, nesting pairs are sharing parental responsibilities of incubation and feeding their young. It is not unusual for a pair to have a nest larger than a king-size bed, as they return each year and add to it in preparation for the new hatchlings. Keep your eyes up and be watchful as you pass along the Chattahoochee River. ❍

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Come away to a lush, remote island in the South Pacific during World War II where U.S. Navy officers, Seabees, and nurses discover and embrace unfamiliar people and cultures in a place so very far from home. Cockeyed optimist Nellie Forbush, a nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas, falls deeply in love with Frenchman Emile De Becque, a widowed plantation owner who has lived on the island for many years. But their enchanted love story is threatened by Emile’s mixed-race children, and Nellie’s racist roots that she so deeply wants to outgrow. Ivy League educated hero Lt. Joseph Cable must also face his own moral compass when he becomes enraptured with Liat, a young Tonkinese woman. “South Pacific” is studded with the most unforgettable songs of all time, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” The glorious score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II will be brought to life by the 18-piece City Springs Theatre Orchestra led by Conductor Brandt Blocker. The original 1949 Broadway production, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, by James A. Michener, garnered 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. The 2008 Lincoln Center Theater production received seven Tony Awards, the most of any musical revival. The City Springs production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® recipient and Kristine Reese will perform as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Broadway legend Baayork Lee. William Michals plays the role of Emile de Becque. Photos William Michals, a veteran of courtesy City Springs Theatre Company the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific, returns to the role of Emile de Becque. Mr. Michals made his Broadway debut as The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and later returned to play Gaston in the same production. Ensign Nellie Forbush is played by Kristine Reese, who made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables. Ms. Reese appeared as Catherine in the first national tour of the Tony Award® winning revival of Pippin, as well as in the first national tour of Finding Neverland, and as Nessarose in the second national tour of Wicked. Atlanta’s Maxim Gukhman, who has appeared onstage at Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, and Georgia Shakespeare, plays Lt. Joseph Cable. Flat Rock Playhouse veteran Resa Mishina plays Liat, and mezzo-soprano Yvonne Strumecki reprises the role of Liat’s mother, Bloody Mary, which she played in the Lincoln Center Theater national tour. Rounding out the principal cast are Atlanta’s Bart Hansard as Capt. George Brackett, Steve Hudson as Cmdr. Bill Harbison, Chris Saltalamacchio as Seabee Luther Billis, Haden Rider as “Stewpot” George Watts, and JD Myers as “Professor.” March 8 –10 and 15 –17, Fri. and Sat. at 8:00 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m. Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre at 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Tickets are $30-$62, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. Call 404-477-4365 or visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com. ❍

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Michael O’Neal Singers and Georgia Philharmonic Photo courtesy Michael O’Neal Singers. By Carolyn Kutney

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Our area has no shortage of things to do on March 23. Here are some highlights; pages 2 through 7 have details. Try Shamrockin’ For a Cure in Alpharetta if the Roswell Beer Festival is sold out. If you’re an early riser, cheer on the Water Drop Dashers at the 5K along the Hooch. It’s all about cabooses at the Southeastern Railway Museum, princesses at the Fairytale Ball, and Anastasia and Peter Pan at City Springs Theatre. If none of those suit you, The Michael O’Neal Singers and Georgia Philharmonic join together in a concert that features well-known pieces from choral/orchestral masterworks. The program will include magnificent selections from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Orff, with Maestros John Morrison and Michael O’Neal conducting. The concert is a celebration of Georgia Philharmonic’s 35 years and the 30th anniversary of The Michael O’Neal Singers. Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. at Lassiter High School Concert Hall in Marietta. Tickets $25/$20. Visit mosingers.com for a full list of the program and to purchase tickets. If you’re not in the mood for choral/orchestral (are you sure? they’re performing “Triumphal Scene” from Aida by Verdi), Red Clay Music Foundry has Banks & Shane at 8:00 p.m. There’s not a bad seat in the house, as they say, at Red Clay, although if you’re a bit full-bodied (much like a fine Irish ale!) it’s awkward edging into the seat with that big gulp cup holder on the armrest. When Eddie Owen presents, you never know what will happen. At the Suzy Bogguss concert in February, Owen managed a ruse about a grand giveaway for a lucky ticket holder, and then we witnessed a surprise wedding proposal on stage (she said yes). But to get back on track, the concert on the 23rd. Old-time rock ’n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, and country band Banks & Shane will play the Foundry. Billed as Atlanta’s most popular band for the past 45 years, Banks & Shane includes Banks Burgess on banjo and guitar, Paul Shane on guitar and trombone, Chuck Shane on drums and bass, Jim Durand on electric and acoustic guitars, and Dennis Law on drums. Reserved tickets $22 and $27, higher at the door. You can park by the Norfolk Southern tracks and you’ll see a train coming and going, not to mention you’ll feel the rumble of one more during the concert. No doubt the beloved Banks & Shane knows a train song or two. ❍


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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar March through May 2019 SUPPORT GROUPS


Ostomy Support Group

American Heart Association CPR Classes*

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.

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

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

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


Friends and Family CPR Saturday, April 27, 10:00 –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 3/9, 4/13, and 5/11, at 9:00 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes selfmanagement 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.

Speaking about Wellness for 2019 Quarterly Seminar Series North Fulton Hospital Classrooms . Doors open for dinner: 5:45 p.m.; program presentation: 6:30 –8:00 p.m. $10 per program Women: Creating a Wellness Plan that Works for You. Thursday, March 28. Looking to make some changes in your life? A wellness plan may be just what the doctor ordered. We’ll kick off the year learning how to create a wellness plan. Take that first step to a healthier you! Healthy Aging: At a Loss: Am I losing my mind or just being forgetful? Tuesday, April 30. Dementia is an umbrella term describing the symptoms that people with brain disorders or damage may have with memory, thinking and language. Join us as we learn more about the disease and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and preventions.

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for K-5th Grade

Water Birth Thursdays 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9 and 5/23, at 7 p.m. Registration required. $30/couple. For couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

Sunday, March 10, 1 – 3 p.m. Participants will learn to recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations and escape attackers. Includes full-force self-defense tactics practice. Parents are required to attend with children. $30 per child (no tuition for parents).

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for Teen Girls (11 and older) – Sunday, March 10, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn their risk of attack from strangers, acquaintances and dating partners; learn to reduce risk by incorporating personal safety into all decision making; learn to use voice and body with power to deter a threat; and learn and practice simple and effective self-defense tactics. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend with their daughters. More info and registration: revvedupkids.org/class-calendar or call 678-526-3335. $30 per child (no tuition for parents).

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.

Save the Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

No One Fights Alone—Updates on Women’s Cancers and Treatments. Please join us for lunch, informative presentations, and “Ask the Expert” interactive health and wellness information booths. Learn about the Breast and Lung STAT clinics and the Radiation Therapy Consult Clinic at North Fulton Hospital and the latest treatments in the fight against cancer. 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek. Cost: $10. Call 770-956-STAR (7827).

For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated. *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

When lung cancer is diagnosed or suspected, North Fulton Hospital is the place to turn for a quick, comprehensive treatment plan. The new Specialty Teams and Treatment (STAT) Clinic, which opened in January, enables 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 now North Fulton—hospitals. North Fulton Hospital is also home to a STAT Clinic for breast cancer, which opened in 2016. The North Fulton Hospital STAT lung clinic team includes Sachin Lavania, M.D., pulmonologist; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology certified nurse navigator. “They work collaboratively to develop

At left: Celebrating the January opening of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT Lung Clinic are, from left: Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; Carey Baumann, RN, lung cancer navigator at WellStar Kennestone Hospital; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology navigator at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

Lung Cancer Early Detection Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer for both men and women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. an individualized treatment plan for each patient in one visit, as opposed to having the patient make multiple visits to each physician’s office,” said Sarah Bentley, RN, oncology services manager, North Fulton Hospital. “Pam, our nurse navigator, will be available to patients and their families during their visit and while receiving treatment, providing information, resources and support.” WellStar also offers genetic

tumor analysis, the latest treatment technology, counseling and an oncology registered dietitian. The STAT clinic is taking appointments for the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Physicians may refer or patients may self refer. To make an appointment, please call 770-410-4556; fax referrals to 770-410-4557. ❍

out of 200 liters of blood, regulate your salt content, remove drugs, help regulate blood pressure and produce Vitamin D. As you might imagine, you put those guys through the paces, so it helps to have more than one. Kidney disease, also known as renal disease, can be In healthcare, we have a month for caused by many factors, but often results in the loss of every disease, organ and profession. As kidney function or complete kidney failure. Causes insuch, most months celebrate or observe clude diabetes, diet, high blood pressure, infection, more than one topic. So, among the Lupus, and long-term use of lithium or analgesics candidates for this month, I chose to (pain medication). About 10 percent of Americans (30 bring your attention to the twin organs million) suffer from kidney disease, although most are better known as your kidneys. Not only unaware until symptoms appear in later stages. is March Kidney Awareness Month, but Untreated, this disease can lead to the need for dialysis the National Kidney Foundation recognizes March 14 or a kidney transplant. as World Kidney Day. Currently, there are about 100,000 Americans waitMany of you may not have thought much about ing for a transplant. Of those, only about 17,000 will your kidneys since that spring break in Panama City, receive the lifesaving operation this year. To put this in but you might be interested to know that those two perspective, each month about 3,000 people are fist-sized organs in your lower back do a lot of work to added to the transplant waiting list. During this same keep you healthy. Each day, your kidneys filter waste period, about 400 patients on the waiting list will die.


As a national leader in lung cancer screening, WellStar is doing all it can to increase survival rates in its communities.

Early detection is critical. For questions, or to schedule a lung cancer screening, call 470-793-4AIR (4247).

If you think you don’t need to worry about kidney disease, consider that nine out of 10 of those 30 million Americans with the disease don’t even know they have it. But, you can do something about it. During your next clinic visit, ask your doctor three simple questions:

• Have I been tested for kidney disease? (this can be achieved through a simple blood and urine test) • How often should I get my kidneys checked? • What should I do to keep my kidneys healthy? As with all your organs, it never hurts to get a regular checkup and follow a healthy lifestyle. (For more information about Kidney Awareness Month and kidney health, check out www.niddk.nih.gov and www.kidney.org) Jon-Paul Croom President, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, Senior Vice President, WellStar Health System


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DUMBO, Disney’s live action remake of a beloved classic, soars onto the big screen March 29. Disney has been having great success reviving their classic animated tales recently with Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and has more to come with Aladdin, Lion King, and Mulan. Dumbo is coming at the perfect time, fresh off the release of The Greatest Showman, and the recent closure of Ringling Brothers Circus— everyone longs for a time to travel back to an era where the circus was the best show in town! Why this version is worth seeing? We grew up with the classic beloved tale of a shy baby Dumbo, who discovers his big floppy ears give him flying powers in the Circus. Now in this live action retelling, the magic comes back to life in a visually stunning new way. We are transported back to a vibrant circus world and meet a new cast of characters helping Dumbo along the way. This version keeps the heart of Dumbo—and shows us why we love him so, but also weaves a more detailed story of what is going on around him. The sets, the costumes, and all the detail help us see and experience this circus world like never before. It is such a visual movie, meant to be seen on the big screen. But most importantly, you’ll have an emotional connection with all the characters, and root for Dumbo to succeed. It’s why we love to go to the movies. What is it about? Struggling circus owner, Max (Danny Devito) is not sure what to do with this new baby elephant with oversized ears, who has lost his mom. He enlists the help of another lost soul, one-armed war veteran Holt, (Colin Ferrell) and his children Milly & Joe to care for Dumbo. The children become his new family, discover he can fly, and encourage him to soar in the circus. Unbeknownst to them, the new success also brings the wrong attention from aerialist Colette (Eva Green) and exploitive entrepreneur V.A. Vendevere (Michael

Keaton). He promises Max riches and stardom “You have something very rare, you have wonder, mystique, magic. Come with me to Dreamland. We can soar on elephant wings.” Holt and the kids discover the promises are more than what they seem, and vow to save Dumbo and reunite him with his mom. Disney wisely chose Tim Burton as the director to take us on this journey. Burton is a master of creating magical fairy tales, and sympathetic characters we empathize with (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Frankenweenie). He enlists an allstar veteran team, many he has worked with in the past. Micheal Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns), Danny Devito (Batman Returns), and Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Dark Shadows). Colin Farrell, new to Tim Burton films, brings his fantasy film chops as well (Fantastic Beasts, Winter’s Tale, Ondine). I hope you enjoy DUMBO on the big screen when it opens March 29. Join the Dumbo Fun Zone & Carnival at Aurora Cineplex on Saturday, March 30 noon to 3 p.m., with games, balloon artist, mini golf, an arts & crafts fair and more. ❍ Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing coordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf—5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-518-0977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com.

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

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

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

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holiday or birthday, or when you miss the trash pickup? Gentlemen, I believe this is a right of passage. Dads and husbands must clandestinely sneak to a dumpster where there might still be room after every other man has snuck over and secretly deposited his trash under the cover of night. You probably line up with every other dad in the area, giving each other a nod, as you throw in boxes, old furniture, and trash, when it’s your turn. Every American with a Y chromosome knows his job. I dare to guess that boys ride along, encouraged to accompany their grownups to apprentice for their own future duties. These are downright All-American prerogatives. Yes, ’tis I who holds that title in our little enclave of townhomes here in Where do I fit into this narrative? No, not the dumpster run. I don’t have that Y “dumpster-some.” Historic Roswell. Like a school hall monitor who is endowed with the Here’s my story: responsibility based upon good behavior, I have proven my value when it It all started last Thanksgiving. I live in the gold comes to the management of trash collection. I feel honored to be the standard of neighborly neighborhoods. We enjoy chatting with each other in the street and cooing over garbage crier, monitoring crazy pick-up schedules; and running after neighborhood canines in our little dog park. We watch emptied trash cans that roll downhill and rest smack dab in the middle of the street. over each other’s homes on vacations and assure that Fretting over packed cans that have been knocked over, spewing forth (come on, the garbage goes out to the curb. There’s no fear of snooping, digging around, or raiding anyone’s can. I’m there’s no room for delicate language here!) contents none of us really want to see. just sayin’. “Not delicate” describes this topic, but fess up, y’all. contents so nothing will spill? Haven’t you stomped in So, it’s Tuesday morning before the holiday. I’m havYou’ve undoubtedly had the pleasure of these a tantrum when garbage pick-up missed your can? ing coffee and get a text from my neighbor. experiences. Haven’t you chased your trash can as it Haven’t you tried everything to get your old recliner to “Di, everyone has their garbage cans out, and it rolls down the driveway and into the street? Haven’t fit into that thing? looks like the truck has already been here!” Did we you sat on your can (both of them!) to smash down the How often have you done the “dumpster run” after a miss the memo?”


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At St. George Village, we have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages engagement with families, friends and neighbors. It’s not unusual to see family members and friends of all ages spending time at St. George Village every day of the week. Our residents experience a true sense of community through these relationships. Our mission statement, “Be active, be engaged, be at home,” is intentional. We encourage our residents to invite their families and friends to visit often and become part of the fabric of our community and part of the St. George Village family. Sign up for one of our Life Plan workshops and learn more about what it means to be part of the St. George Village family. We’ll share important information about our community and assist you through the process of determining which entrance plan is right for you. And, of course, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch while you’re here! Call Dawn at (678) 987-0409 to reserve your space. 11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075 (678) 987-0410 | stgeorgevillage.org

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“What the heck,” I texted back. Our garbage day is Wednesday, and honestly nothing ever falls on a Wednesday, so garbage day has never changed, even with holidays. So we both had bulging containers in our garages, desperately needing to be emptied. Ewwwww. But how and what did our neighbors know? “I’ll research this,” I texted back. Sure enough, Roswell garbage collection has a website with all kinds of information, including contact info. Who thought garbage cans could be so complicated? I dialed the number for the department, convinced that I’d get an answering system. “Roswell Solid Waste Division.” A human! I immediately dove into my name and where I live and questioned, “I’m confused. Our normal collection day is Wednesday, but you collected it today instead. Even in a holiday week, you’ve never done that before.” Him: “Well, ma’am, Thursday is Thanksgiving. We always move pick-up days based on holidays.” Me: “But you’ve never done that for Wednesdays, not since I moved here nine years ago. How were we supposed to know that you’d do it this year?” Him: “Ma’am, we always move collection days during a holiday week. Your Wednesday moved to Tuesday, and Thursday moves to Wednesday. Friday stays the same, Tuesday moves to Monday.” (OOOOkay then. “Who’s on first?” Anyone?) Me: “Why didn’t you send out a written notice?” Him: “It costs too much money.” (Oh.) Me: “So, how was I supposed to know this?” Him: “Ma’am, you need to follow us on Facebook.” (Say what?) “If you don’t want to do Facebook, you can follow us on Twitter.” (I have entered the Twilight Zone.) Me: “Sir, I rarely use them. It never occurred to me to follow our garbage services that way!” Him: “Ma’am, stop yelling at me.” (Oh, dear. Wasn’t me! Wasn’t me!) Me: “I apologize, sir. Thank you for your time.” Him: “Ma’am, wait! We expected to miss people, so we’re sending the trucks back out this evening. Put out the garbage.” (NOW he tells me?) Folks, nobody is happier than I am that we can put a bunch of junk on a



I was surprised and more tickled than I ever thought I’d be to come home one day last November and find the ‘Yard of the Month’ sign in my front yard. So I got to thinking about how to share the wealth and came up with three steps to make your landscape noteworthy.


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Neatness Counts • Staying ahead of yard chores is one key to keeping the landscape neat. A schedule helps with efficiency and keeps autumn leaves or summer weeds under control. • Edges are another important key to any landscaped space. They delineate boundaries between different areas such as sun and shade, woods and lawn, lawn and driveway. Humans navigate by edges, so crisp, well-maintained edges promote a feeling of well-being and safety. • Mulch suppresses weeds while it unifies the landscape. Choose an organic mulch like ground pine bark, pine straw, or compost that will help replenish the soil and repeat the same mulch throughout your yard for continuity. This will help the eye move around your landscape.

Feature a Focal Point • A welcoming front door and entryway is perhaps the most logical spot to emphasize. Improve the walkway from street or drive and keep it level and clear for curb appeal. • Elevate the architecture on your home with detailing to open it up. • Make the point of entry pop and add personality with paint and accessories to invite people in. • Light the way with low voltage land- Top and right, the author’s home received Yard of the Month in fall of last year. Above, a neighbor’s home is scape lighting for beauty and safety.

planted with a variety of perennials, creating something interesting every month of the year.

Color is Appealing On morning walks with my coonhound, Lily, we often pass a neighbor that has planted colorful flowering ornamentals for every month of the year. Daffodils beginning in early spring, followed by several clumps of iris, through Atlanta’s azalea season,

roses and daylilies midsummer, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums in fall, and finishing up with holly berries and hellebores over winter. Each of these are permanent and do not need too much attention. There is something going on each and every month, and it is fascinat-

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By Joe Duffy

Who wants to be all chic, all the time? Respect the old school.


I was a faithful groupie of one-time Atlanta Chef Richard Blais previous to his ascension as a celebrity via Top Chef. My grubbing Golden Rule is, if I claim I don’t like something, you know I’ve tried it. Blais’s inventiveness and cutting-edge creations, such as the famed foie gras milkshake, paired perfectly with my adventurous wheelhouse. However, there is ample space in my heart and stomach for familiar, well-executed, timeless dishes. Enter veteran Chef Todd Hogan. The James Beard recurring guest chef, DiRona award winner and Johnson & Wales-trained master chef isn’t endeavoring to reinvent the wheel. He’s too occupied with perfecting it. I’ve delighted in at least six of Hogan’s current and former restaurants. Even including his brief stint at the incompetently-managed, squandered potential of Slate, all of his enterprises have demonstrated that Hogan cooks both comfortable, American casual and fine dining as well as anyone. Going from one extreme to the other, Hogan transformed high-end, specialoccasion restaurant Indigo (the second incarnation) into his most casual concept—Duke’s Bar & Grill. “I overdid it with design,” Hogan said, in confirming the high-end Indigo redux limited patrons in family-oriented Crabapple to being only a special occasion place. “If I can only see you on your birthday or anniversary, that’s not what I want.” Pat & Gracie’s in Columbus, Ohio tops a short list of restaurants rivaling Hogan’s tater tots as the best I’ve ever had. Duke’s version incorporates cheddar cheese, trotting them atop the tot lot. Yes, I’ve supped ITP’s Fox Brothers, Roswell’s Lucky’s, and Alpharetta’s The Nest Cafe. All are credentialed nominees, but Duke’s is peerless this

side of the Buckeye State. Also quintessential are his humongous onion rings, drizzled with spicy honey and topped with white cheddar. But the topmost appetizer may be his lightly fried lobster poppers. Frying a delicacy is a risky proposition. Deep frying is always the first option for masking lower-quality fish like catfish and tilapia. Mind you, I love fried catfish (you can keep the tilapia) but there is the inherent peril of the unintended consequence of concealing the greatness of lobster. Then again, the fried lobster tail at McKendrick’s ranks among the greatest foodstuff I’ve ever had. Clearly when well-executed, high-quality fried lobster has a high payoff. Oh hell, Hogan has already proven at sister restaurant Branch & Barrel at Avalon that he knows exactly what he’s doing with the corn fried lobster sandwich. He successfully administers the embodiment of fried marine life with the mentioned small bite at Duke’s.

We southerners love our fried chicken. Hogan’s is among the best. All photos by Joe Duffy. sister restaurants, Branchwater in Cumming and the aforesaid Branch & Barrel, Hogan has the loftiest beer pretzel OTP. Oh gosh, procure that horseradish sour cream dip if you are keyed up by life-changing eats. At his three currently open restaurants, Hogan parades many contenders for the best American staple dishes I’ve ever had. In saying Duke’s fried chicken is a slight notch below Table & Main’s as my bride’s and my favorite is hardly damning with faint praise. It’s merely an homage to another of the Every appetizer at Duke’s is praiseworthy, including area’s restaurant giants. Hogan’s fried fried pickle green beans. yard bird is better than 95 percent Wife’s monthly gossip… err I mean you’ll find. That’s serious acclaim in book club members report, Duke’s these parts. fried pickled green beans should be on Duke’s pecan crusted grouper is lusmy bucket list. My wife is obsessed cious. This Milton/Crabapple eating with fried pickles, giving two thumbs house also outperforms most with up on the closest plate at Duke’s to family-friendly comfort food such as said infatuation. meatloaf, rosemary roasted chicken, Todd’s record shows he formulates burgers, and salads. first course items skillfully. At his Yes, sous vide, nitrogen food,

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LUCK OF THE IRISH Growing up here in Roswell, St. Patrick’s Day was never much of a big deal for me. Sure, we had fun wearing green for a day and making leprechaun jokes, but the celebration moved on pretty quickly. For Holli, my business partner at Tap & Six, St. Paddy’s Day is quite a different story. She was born and raised in Savannah where there is a higher level of appreciation for celebrating the Irish and their patron saint.

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Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry rivals New York City and is one of only two places in the United States that celebrates March 17 as a legal holiday, Suffolk County, Massachusetts being the other. Hundreds of thousands of people gather and celebrate the annual parade. Holli’s dad, family, and friends gather on the evening before the parade and strategically position themselves along the parade route waiting until the police give the okay. With that signal, there is a mad rush to claim a space on one of Savannah’s many squares as they stakeout their territory for a party that will include hundreds of people coming and going throughout the day. The celebration includes a massive spread of food, Bloody Marys, green Krispy Kreme donuts, and a wide selection of beer. St. Patrick’s Day is a reminder of the many Irish-style craft beers that are available this time of year. For those of us who are looking to celebrate closer to home, I’ve got a few suggestions that will allow you to support your local brewer as well as enjoy the luck of the Irish. ◗ Irish Red I Jedeye from Cherry Street Brewing is a dark, ruby red Irish red ale with a light body and slight malty, crisp finish. ◗ Nitro Dry Irish Stout from Breckenridge Brewery is jet black and true to style. The malt and an English ale yeast bring complexity to an otherwise simple, yet traditional beer. ◗ Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing is a roasty Scotch ale (not Irish, but pretty close) with a hint of smoke. Here’s what Monday Night has to say about it… “Full-bodied, but not overpowering. Smokey, but not in a creepy bar kind of way. Sweet, but not

Tap & Six co-owner Holli Hutson with her dad, Ernest Hutson, at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah. obnoxiously so. Sound like your ideal mother-in-law? Fair enough, but it also is a pretty dead-on description of our Scotch Ale.” And of course, there’s always a Guinness Stout to be had. Wherever you are on the 17th: May the luck of the Irish lead to happiest heights and the highway you travel be lined with green lights. We’ll toast to that! ❍

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.


The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable has been wowing spectators in parades, concerts, and festivals since 1974. The band supports events and fundraisers of all kinds. Photo: Alan Sandercock/Creative Commons

By Tara Gary

I view it as an excuse to wear green, drink beer, and pinch people who forgot to wear green. Wherever did I get the notion to do these things on the 17th of March each year? I’m sure if I took a random poll of St. Patrick’s Day patrons, the majority of individuals wouldn’t know why they are gallivanting through Irish pubs wearing t-shirts that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish.” I decided to do a little research to figure out how it all began and here’s what I found, while


Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a secular holiday was an American tradition before it spread to Ireland. Historically, Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day. (You may want to check with your parish priest :) 13 million—the number of estimated pints of Guinness to be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day. 45 pounds of environmentally-friendly powder are used to turn the Chicago River green. Savannah tried it too, back in 1961, but the tide dissipated it too quickly to be worthwhile. Now they dye the water in their famous fountains instead. So, how should you spend your time on St. Patrick’s Day if you’re not planning to travel to celebrate near any green rivers or fountains? How about Shamrockin’ around ATL to some of the many local celebrations! It’s never too early to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day especially since the day of green falls on a Sunday this year. Start the weekend Friday, March 15 at the 5th Annual LUCK OF AVALON celebration. The King O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance kicks off the festivities at 5:30 p.m., followed by a proper bagpipe and drum introduction performed by the North Georgia Pipes and Drums, who will continue to parade through the streets of Avalon while the plaza transforms into a dance floor. Enjoy the live music, dancing, Irish flair, and green beer during this family-friendly event. If you’re planning on heading downtown for the festivities, start with the GREEN MILE BLOCK PARTY in Midtown. I suggest taking Marta since it starts at 7:00 p.m., and 2,000 party-goers are expected to attend. That’s a ton of green! There are 20+ establishments involved so there will be plenty of food and beverages for everyone to overindulge in and kick-off the holiday weekend. Wake up Saturday morning and run or walk those calories off at The Junior League of Atlanta SHAMROCK ‘N ROLL Arrive early at Luck of Avalon in Alpharetta for a ROAD RACE in Atlantic Station. The 5K and 10K are special Irish performance from King O’Sullivan AJC Peachtree Road Race School of Irish Dance at 5:30 p.m. qualifiers. You can bring the

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Pipers Kari Olsen of Milton and Mark Lamont. Photo: Raftermen Photography Both exciting and mournful, there is nothing quite like the sound of the bagpipes to stir emotions. That’s why North Georgia Pipes and Drums is hired for events ranging from parades and parties to funerals.They’ll perform at Luck of Avalon this year on March 15. When asked about performing for St. Patrick’s day with Scottish bagpipes, Tom Crawford, Pipe Major, replied, ”The bagpipes are indeed Scottish. The full name is the Great Highland Bagpipes. However, Scotland and Ireland are very close neighbors and cross migration was common. So the Scottish pipes are used in Ireland as well. It’s all Celtic, so we celebrate that.” For a dozen years, North Georgia Pipes and Drums have held true to their philosophy: Good Music, Good Will, Good Fun! Members hail from all corners of the North Atlanta/North Georgia region, including Alpharetta, Athens, Buford, Covington, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Johns Creek, Woodstock and beyond. “We have ten pipers, seven drummers, and one drum major, said Crawford. “We're always looking for new members, too.” The band was founded in 2007 as North Atlanta Pipes & Drums, by four seasoned musicians: pipers Brad Beaton, Mark Blihovde, Robbie Rogers, and drummer JJ Hayden. Their vision was, and remains, to bring together a core of accomplished pipers and drummers who love to play, who are ready to compete, and who will welcome and nurture developing players. In 2016 they changed the name of the band to North Georgia Pipes and Drums to better reflect its burgeoning and wide-ranging membership. The band uses competition as a motivation tool to improve their playing, and has taken many first place wins. They perform for the public at reasonable rates in order to subsidize the costs involved in maintaining their organization, a charitable 501(c)3 organization. They practice weekly at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church and they welcome visitors to come and observe at a rehearsal. Contact them at the website to be sure that the rehearsal is on the calendar. Look for them at Luck of Avalon and visit their website, nogapd.com to learn more or call 678-718-KILT (5458). ❍


St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish, it is believed he was born circa 386 in Roman Britain, an area that included England and Wales.


30 kids, strollers are welcome, and furry friends can participate as well. After the run, cross over the 17th Street Bridge to see one of the South’s biggest and oldest celebrations of its kind, the ATLANTA ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE in Midtown. The familyfriendly parade features more than 2,000 Irish dancers, musicians, balloons, floats, local and Irish dignitaries, the Clydesdales, and the world’s largest Irish walking flag. What’s not to love about the world’s largest flag?! The IRISH LIGHTS PARTY is just down the road at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. It’s an all-day festival featuring the band Lost Kings with several different areas of entertainment. It’s an adults only party so leave the little leprechauns with a sitter. Not done yet? Take a breath, refuel, and head on over to paint The Battery green at Live! at the Battery Atlanta. The ST. PATRICK’S DAY LIVE! TAKEOVER features live bands all afternoon, Irish cocktails, green beer, and plenty of games. If you’re looking to stay further north of town, head over to the SUWANEE AMERICAN CRAFT BEER FEST from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. happening in Town Center Park. Unlimited tastings of over 350 beers! There’s even a home brew contest for those of you brew enthusiasts. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I will be attending Mac McGee’s MACFESTIVUS March 16 in the heart of Historic Roswell. When this

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The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band struts its stuff in the St Patrick's Day Parade in midtown Atlanta. Photo: Alan Sandercock/Creative Commons. section of Canton Street shuts down you can let your inner leprechaun shine. Proceeds benefit Roswell’s The Cottage School, which is a great reason, as if you need one, to have a convivial experience while giving back to the community. This is another family-friendly event with live music beginning at 1:00 p.m., Irish dancers, balloon artists, and all the fun you can macmuster. Early risers, if you’re up or rather down for a Pub Crawl Brunch Party, head to Virginia Highland for KEGS AND EGGS March 17. If you don’t know by now you will… Virginia Highland has some of best brunch spots in Atlanta. Participating bars and restaurants are Limerick Junction, Diesel, Bar-Bacoa, Tiki Iniki, George’s, Moe’s & Joe’s, Fontaine’s, Dark Horse Tavern, Neighbor’s Pub, and The Warren City Club. There is no excuse for being unable to find something to do the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day. It would be impossible to list the endless number of events surrounding the

Saturday night and all-day Sunday. So, for a Leapin’ Leprechaun, Shamrockin’ good time this St. Patrick’s Day, you need not search for the end of the rainbow when you live around ATL. The pot of gold is right at your feet. ❍

Joyful family on St. Pat’s Day at Luck of Avalon in 2018. Photo: Raftermen Photography. Metro area. I did a quick search for “Irish pubs near me” that resulted in Photo: Raftermen Photography. a flood of options including: Mac McGee Irish Pub, Harp Irish Pub, When not writing, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Keegan’s Roswell resident Tara Public House, Royal Oak Pub, Gary is busy making Meehan’s Public House, Johnnie industrial furniture, MacCracken’s, Tilted Kilt, Fado Irish charcuterie boards, Pub, and Ri Ra Irish Pub which are and local art. Most all located in various areas within nights she can be reach. You know each of these estabfound with her friends lishments will have numerous festivities. I know Keegan’s will be at local breweries and pubs drinking hosting live music Friday and craft beer.

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