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The Big Chicken Chorus, the Marietta Daily Journal, and the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre have come together to present Veterans Day Salute, a program celebrating and members of the armed forces at The Strand on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Features a patriotic barbershop music concert, a film screening of Memories of War, a documentary featuring interviews with local World War II veterans. Patrons will get a rare opportunity to hear experiences from before, during, and after the war directly from those who lived it during a live Q&A talkback with local WWII veterans. A celebration of our veterans and invaluable insight into WWII from those who experienced it first hand, this event is a mustsee for any supporters of the men and women who gave everything for their country and anyone with an interest in WWII history. All active duty military and veterans get in free to the Veterans Day Salute program. Free tickets must still be reserved through the box office at 770.293.0080. Tickets to the program are $10 for the general public. VIP tickets $25. VIP tickets for active Brodie, Howard, Artist. Sketched duty military and Pvt. Merle "Judge" Hardy tired & hot coming in from a patrol at the veterans $15.  front. [Between 1942 and 1943] 117 North Park Photograph. Library of Congress. Square, Marietta.

Back in the late 1700s, when the colonists were fighting to break from the rule of Great Britain in North America, their main complaint was taxation without representation. They won the war, but forgot to include men of color and all women in their newly formed republic. It was left up to the individual states to decide whether or not anyone besides property-owning white men could vote. It’s amazing how the rights trickled so slowly into our American lives. About a century later, the 15th amendment prevented states from denying the right to vote on grounds of "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." However, former Confederate states passed so-called Jim Crow laws and amendments to effectively disenfranchise voters who were black or poor. (Assume voter means men, of course.) Black males in the Northern states could vote, but the majority of African Americans lived in the South. Attempts to include women's suffrage provisions in amendments began in 1878, but it was not until three decades later that the 19th amendment was passed. In 1920 women faced the same barriers to voting that men of color experienced earlier, such as literacy tests, long residency requirements, and poll

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Bugler Rose Sanderson, head of Washington volunteers/Votes for Women. Photo: public domain, LOC.. taxes. Our country continued to extend voting rights: to native Indians (1924), Chinese immigrants who had become citizens (1943), and yes, even those residing in Washington D.C. got the vote (1961). The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to prohibit racial discrimination at the polls. As recently as 1971, the 26th amendment passed in response to the argument that soldiers old enough (18) to fight for their country in Vietnam should be able to vote for their representatives. The story continues, because change doesn’t happen without vigilance. Arm yourself with knowledge and exercise your right. The ones who came before you had to protest, be jailed, and even give their lives to be able to vote. It’s a good “thank you” to them if you study up, and vote your choice on Nov. 6.

(Tours on the hour; last tour at 3) For the 10th year, the Roswell Garden Club decorates the 1845 Smith Plantation Home. This year’s theme is “Oh Christmas Tree.” Each of the nine rooms and hallways in the home will have a unique tree in addition to fabulous mantels and table arrangements. The inspiration for the decorations come from the woodlands, bejeweled elegance, and floral uniqueness. With something for everyone, visitors will love seeing the rooms come alive for the holiday season with the creativity of Roswell Garden Club. 935 Alpharetta Street (Parking at Roswell City Hall) Admission: Regular tour prices $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 children. Or purchase a Trilogy Pass to see all three homes. 770-641-3978 www.southerntrilogy.com

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November 12 “The Unforgettable Nat King Cole” Roswell Cultural Arts Center season opener. Jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani joins Joe Gransden and his big band in “The Unforgettable Nat King Cole.” Thoroughly rooted in jazz, Sachal has the swagger to front swinging big bands and the vulnerability to present definitive takes of classic ballads. Get your tickets for this Nat “King” Cole centennial celebration. Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8 p.m., RCAC, 950 Forrest Street. 770-641-1260. www.get.org

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November 29 GOOD FOOD AND BAD BOYFRIENDS

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

Closes November 11 I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends, is a saucy, one-woman show detailing the trials and tribulations of Giulia, a single New Yorker navigating the minefield that is the New York dating scene. She serves a complete Italian dinner, highlighted by spaghetti made from scratch right on stage. Read more on page 12. Tickets are available now online at www.get.org, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. ANGST AND ANXIETY

Book Festival

November 11 Anna Quindlen in Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs comes a provocative novel that explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband lead a charmed life—and why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end

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what they have in common and celebrate our uniqueness. The first celebration was held in Ecumenical Thanksgiving 2005 when Temple Kol Emeth's Rabbi Celebration Lebow, The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration's Monsignor Patrick Bishop and the Islamic Center of Marietta's Iman Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the Amjad Taufique responded to localized priest and the imam? You’re invited to an religious strife. The interest and support has inspiring and uplifting community grown each year, replacing strife with Thanksgiving celebration of music and awareness, friendship, and trust. 7 p.m. reflection, with a healthy dose of humor. This Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, annual celebration brings together clergy, Marietta, GA 30062. 770-973-3533. lay leaders, and choirs from more than a dozen different religious beliefs to recognize www.kolemeth.net/

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block has become a safe harbor amid the urban craziness. The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot. Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable deadend block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. 3:30 p.m. Member: $26, Community: $32. All tickets include a paperback copy of the book. Book Festival of the MJCCA www.atlantajcc.org

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Impressions of the New World

November 17 Georgia philharmonic will feature the popular symphony “From the New World,” Symphony No. 9, which combines native Indian and African American spirituals into one seamless impression of this country. 7 p.m. Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Rd., Marietta, 30066 . See article on page 9 of this issue.

performing in various combinations and permutations as part of an ongoing series of open tribute jams. A graduate of the School of Music at Georgia State University, artistic director and bandleader Adrian Ash has

The jolly old elf himself makes an early appearance at this festive party highlighted by the traditional lighting of a giant dreidel and 30-foot Christmas tree at Newtown Park. Children can give Santa their holiday wish list and participate in a variety of kids’ activities. Hot chocolate, holiday treats, and live music make this a fun family event. Boxes for the “Toys for Tots” annual toy drive will be on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys or games. 6 to 8 p.m. at Newtown Park, Park Place event lawn and clubhouse parking lot, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Free. HANDMADE BUT NOT BY YOU

Dec 1 Back to Nature Holiday Market Face it, youre not going to get around to actually creating anything remotely resembling a present. Nevermind! The Chattahoochee Back to Nature Holiday Market has you covered. 40+ local vendors will be selling their handmade and/or ecofriendly goods. Purchase unique presents and embrace the community. 9135 Willeo Road 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free. 770-992-2055 ext. 238. chattnaturecenter.org been active as a bassist and percussionist in the metro-Atlanta area for over 25 years. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Georgia 7:30pm $29. (855) 583-5838. thevelvetnote.com


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island and meet its famous residents— Shetland ponies. Perhaps visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof—evidence of a thriving Viking presence. Or, sail the seas on board a replica Viking longship and try your hand at rowing for a true Viking travel experience. Day four finds you in one of Europe’s most sparsely populated regions, the famed Highlands, where you’ll enjoy a scenic drive into their splendor, stopping to view Loch Ness, legendary home of the elusive monster, and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s largest, perched on a ledge overlooking the famous lake. On one of the many optional tours, you will travel to Cawdor Castle, reputedly Macbeth’s castle, where the murder of Duncan took place. The

14th-century residence of the Thanes of Cawdor is home to the Cawdor family to this day, and features a fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture, as well as lovely gardens and manicured grounds. At the famous battlefield of Culloden, you will learn about the 1746 battle that took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland. You can even walk out onto the actual battlefield for a true taste of history. On days five through eight, you’ll take in the medieval and neoclassical beauty of Scotland’s capital, gracefully set among rocky hills and gracious green ribbons of park. In the Orkney Islands, you’ll see the Standing Stones of Stenness, a 5,000-year-old circle of stones, and explore this ancient monument.

You’ll cruise through the stunningly scenic Western Isles and anchor in the pristine waters of Loch Broom to explore Ullapool, situated in a spectacularly remote area of the United Kingdom. The cruise ends with Belfast, an historic city that has undergone a renaissance, bolstering its economy and its culture. Witness a unique blend of British-influenced Victorian flair in its stately public buildings and an authentic Irish charm in its pubs and shops. See the quaint Cathedral Quarter, the majestic City Hall, bustling St. George’s Market and the poignant murals recalling its past turbulence. To immerse yourself in the British Isles, call Michael at 770-650-76667 or planmycruise.com and be on your way in 2019.

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Events East of the Chattahoochee

FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT: THE GRAINS OF SAND

Friday, November 2 in Norcross Formula Fords in the esses at Road Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Road Atlanta

The fall festivals have come and gone, and the colder weather is setting in, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! We’ve compiled some of the greatest events happening in November east of the Chattahoochee River to keep you and your family entertained all month long. Whether you’re into live music, food, or road racing, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy.

SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA Friday, November 2– 4 in Braselton

Start your engine and put the pedal to the metal because Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is in town. During this three-day event, you’ll see races with production-based cars from the smallest commuter vehicle to firebreathing Corvettes and Vipers, single-seat formula cars from 40 hp VW engines to winged monsters that resemble F1 or Indy Cars. There will be multiple races throughout the weekend, sometimes as many as eight in one day, so you can be sure to check out the cars and races you want to see! Track tours will also be offered on Saturday during

lunch, so come on out and share your passion for auto racing. Visit www.roadatlanta.com/scca4 for more details and ticket pricing. www.roadatlanta.com/scca4

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Pack a picnic supper, your favorite beverage, and call your closest friends to start your weekend off right with a concert in Norcross. The Grains of Sand will be your main source of entertainment at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center from 7 –9 p.m. With deep roots in soul, Motown and beach music, you’ll be taken on a musical journey with hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  It’s an instant party! Your table is waiting, but seating is limited, so reserve yours today by calling 678-421-4028 or 678-421-2049 or visit aplacetoimagine.com/events/concerts

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TASTE OF GWINNETT

Saturday, November 10 in Duluth Calling all food lovers! Gwinnett County is hosting the first ever Taste of Gwinnett at the Infinite Energy Center on Saturday, November 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Come sample some of Gwinnett’s finest signature dishes from restaurants including Eagle’s Landing, graft, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Fumi Hibachi and Sushi Bar, The Local Pantry, and Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano. There will be giveaways, live jazz performances, and a live streaming of the Georgia vs. Auburn game. All proceeds go toward Relay for Life to help fight cancer. www.tasteofgwinnett.org

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS

November 9 – 11 in Lawrenceville Log out of Amazon, turn off the computer, and visit Vintage Market Days® of Greater Atlanta, November 911 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. An upscale vintageinspired indoor-outdoor market, Vintage Market Days® features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more. Each day, vintage artisans, craftsmen and artists display their talents and passions in creative venues for customers to select their new treasures. Enjoy live music and delicious food while browsing the artist’s latest creations. www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/greater-atlanta


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NORTH GEORGIA WINE TOUR Saturday, Nov 17 in Dahlonega

Enjoy a leisurely day of wine tasting in the heart of Georgia wine country. Visit some of Dahlonega’s best wineries on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., including Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery, Montaluce Winery and Restaurant, and Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery. The tour includes luxury roundtrip transportation from Atlanta (pick up locations include Perimeter Mall & North Point Mall) to Dahlonega and back, complimentary breakfast and tastings at three wineries. workhardplayhardatl.com/ngwinetour

MACY’S GREAT TREE LIGHTING

Sunday, Nov 18 in Atlanta Snuggle up under a warm blanket with your family and friends and a cup of hot chocolate to experience the magic of the holiday season with the lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Mall, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18. While you wait for the tree to be illuminated, write your letter to Santa to help make wishes come true and enjoy free entertainment by singers, dancers, orchestras, choirs and celebrities. Don’t forget to take a quick ride on Priscilla, the Macy’s Pink Pig and say hi to all of her friends too. From her debut in 1953 as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store to her engagement at Macy’s Lenox Mall, Priscilla has become an Atlanta tradition for multiple generations. www.visitmacysusa.com

Nov 23 – Dec 22 in Lawrenceville, GA

We all know the tale of old Mr. Scrooge, but few have seen the exhilarating oneactor adaptation. Rediscover the timeless classic presented as a solo stage performance as one actor, Tony Brown, skillfully brings to life the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time. A story of redemption and forgiveness, this imaginative version of A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season—the joy of giving. Tony is a senior company member in his 26th consecutive season with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. He’s also acted for Georgia Ensemble Theatre and acted and directed for Art Within. For details and tickets, visit the website: www.auroratheatre.com

EDDIE OWEN PRESENTS: SCOTT AINSLIE CONCERT AND BLUES/SLIDE GUITAR WORKSHOP Saturday, November 17 in Duluth

Red Clay Music Foundry will host an “Acoustic Blues & Slide Guitar Workshop with Scott Ainslie” November 17, 2:00 p.m. Doors Open: 1:00 p.m. Concert: 8 p.m. Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia. General Admission $20 advance tickets ($25 day of show) Workshop: $35 Concert and Workshop: $45. eddieowenpresents.com

On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops, and school residencies, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews from presenters, audiences, students, and teachers, alike. He is an accomplished and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

PEACH STATE CHILI COOKOFF Saturday, November 17 in Suwanee

No dishes to clean today because lunch is served at the Peach State Chili Cookoff at Suwanee Town Center Park at noon. Bring your appetite, your friends, and your family, and join 5,000 other chilienthusiasts in tasting over 50 different kinds of chili. Vote for your favorite as the People’s Choice competition winner will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize, a one-of-a-kind trophy, and of course, coveted bragging rights. All proceeds benefit the Gift of Adoption Fund. While you chow down on some delicious home-made chili, enjoy live music, craft vendors, and even an area for the kids to play. peachstatechili.com


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DISTANCE At Tap & Six, we don’t brew our own beer, but instead support numerous At Tap & Six on Oak breweries around us. We love Street in downtown showcasing how much the beer scene all Roswell, Variant and over Georgia is growing… even in some Gate City Brewing are unlikely places like Carrollton and La within a half mile from Grange. In addition to regional beers, us. That should provide we have some hidden gems from our fafor some intense competition, right? vorite breweries around the country like Not so! There’s a misconception that beHourglass Brewery in FL, Carolina cause we are all located closely Bauernhaus Ales in SC, Grassroots geographically, we must battle it out for Brewing out of VT, and Une Annee hailpatrons. In truth, we are all in this for ing from Chicago. Have you heard of the same reasons: sharing our passion Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale for craft beer and bringing together Project? Although they aren’t in community! Each location offers someGeorgia, they are making some incredithing unique that contributes to the ble beer providing inspiration for our atmospheres they have created. local brewers. Gate City Brewing at the corner of As the holiday season approaches Magnolia and Canton Street has plenty and friends and family come to visit—or of open space and a wide variety of you hit the road to visit them—is there brews. With up to 20 beers on tap any better gift than beer? There are too consisting of many local favorites, they many to name for sitting around a fire, regularly create small seasonal batches plenty for pairing with a big ole’ juicy to keep things hopping. They are also turkey, and let’s not forget a beer for known for the many ways they give back that completely unexpected warm day and support the Roswell community. in the middle of December… because Variant, just up the road on Norcross let’s face it, we live in Georgia. Street, has quickly made a name for If you’re looking for a gift card, sixthemselves. Their head brewers release packs or growlers to go, or a few places new and innovative beers every around town to relax during the colder Wednesday—sours loaded with fruit, weather months, please consider your IPAs using new methods, and dark local Roswell beer scene. Better yet, look stouts. As a testament to the mutual refor the Gate City Brewing/Carl Black spect between the two breweries, in Roswell sponsored trolley to take you August, they collaborated on a beer around to all of your favorite watering appropriately named Walking Distance, holes. Until next month… cheers! ❍ highlighting the fact that the two brewEthan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap eries are just a hop, skip, and a jump & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer bar and from each other. market in historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street. By Ethan Craig

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IMPRESSIONS OF THE NEW WORLD

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The Czech composer Antonín Leopold Dvor^ák lived in America for only three years, but they are regarded as the three years at the height of his musical arc, as he experienced the North American continent with fresh eyes, authoring works such as the “American” string quartet. In the winter and spring of 1893, Dvor^ák was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to write a symphony, Antonin Dvořák, from which premiered to thunderous applause. an original image in The New Student’s Reference Work, 1914, in the public domain. Wikipedia Commons.

On November 17, the Georgia Philharmonic will feature that symphony—Dvor^ ák’s best known and certainly most popular, Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” which combines native Indian and African American spirituals into one seamless impression of this country. As one might imagine from his music, Dvor^ ák had a pleasant personality. He was a humble and deeply religious family man of simple tastes and a great lover of nature. Accordingly, the November 17 Georgia Philharmonic concert of lush music will paint a gorgeous landscape of the land we love. The Georgia Philharmonic is philharmonic in the truest sense of the word: local musicians unite and perform out of their love of music. They create classical music experiences that not only rival those of professional orchestras, but also delight and inspire audience members. They perform in Marietta, at the Lassiter Concert Hall, which was specifically designed for instrumental and choral concerts. It boasts Greek style columns, 1,000 plush cushioned seats, and professional acoustics which are generally regarded to be superior. Conductor John Morrison has served as music director of the Georgia Philharmonic since 2010. Mr Morrison pursued his conducting career at the Festival at Sandpoint as a principal conductor for two seasons, conducting the Spokane Symphony under the tutelage of Gunther Schuller. He previously served as Music Director of the Atlanta Community Orchestra for five seasons and conducted the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra at the Ferst Theater. For more than a decade, John Morrison has been the executive director of the Georgia Academy of Music, also conducting the chamber orchestra. Impressions of the New An accomplished trumpet instrumentalist, John Morrison studied with three principal trumpets of the World Boston Symphony: Rolf Smedvig, Roger Voisin, and November 17, 7 p.m. Armando Ghitalla. He spent three summers at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, and has Lassiter Concert Hall played under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji 2601 Shallowford Road Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, and Sir Colin Davis. Mr. Morrison is co-principal trumpet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Marietta, GA 30066 and performs periodically with the Atlanta Opera and 404-500-9276 Atlanta Symphony Orchestras and is the founder of the georgiaphilharmonic.org Paramount Music Festival. ❍


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MONEY

Chicken Little or Rose-Colored Glasses? By Robert Fezza and Steve Siders

August 21st marked the longest-running S&P 500 rally, followed in mid-September, by the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis. Tariffs and trade war threats remain wild cards in the financial deck. A Brexit looms nearer and scarier. Emerging markets struggle while global leaders squabble. And, historically, many of the worst days in the markets have arrived in the fall. When it comes to market forecasts, will the sky be falling soon, or are we set to soar some more? Here are three compelling reasons to avoid trying to time the market in this manner.

1. Markets (Still) Aren’t Predictable Before you decide you’d like to stay one step ahead of a market that seems certain to rise, fall or head sideways, consider this quote from The Wall Street Journal personal finance columnist

Jason Zweig (8/21/18): “Yes, 2018 is full of uncertainty and teeming with hazards that might make the stock market crash. So was 2017. So were 2016, 2015, 2014 – and every year since stockbrokers first gathered in New York in the early 1790s.” The most dangerous words in finance are, “it’s different this time.”

2. Economists Aren’t Wizards A day rarely goes by when you can’t find one respected economist suggest we’re headed for a financial fall, while another opines that we’re going to keep going like gangbusters. Which is it this time? Market volatility and gaps in

predictive patterns, even where none exist, and it’s all too easy to talk yourself right out of any carefully laid plans you’ve established for your wealth. For these reasons and more, we’re here to advise you: Your financial plan doesn’t eliminate uncertainty. It counters the temptation to succumb to it. As financial author Tim Maurer likes 3. You Can’t Depend on Your to say, “personal finance is more personal than it is finance.” We couldn’t Instincts agree with him more. Life is a journey, Still thinking of trying to sell ahead of navigate it wisely. ❍ a fall? For this, and any other investment “hunch” you may have, your Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun best bet is to assume it’s a bad bet, driven by your behavioral biases instead Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious of rational reasoning. For example, loss aversion can trick you into letting the about making progress toward financial goals. potential for future market losses Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. frighten you away from the likelihood of 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities long-term returns. Couple that with offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, investors’ oversized bias for seeing member FINRA/SIPC.

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I LOVED, I LOST, RUNS THROUGH NOVEMBER 11 Casting I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends was easy, according to Producing Artistic Director Anita Allen-Farley who said, “Right from the start, I knew that if I was going to choose this play for the 26th season, that Jenny Levison was the perfect and only choice. I’m so glad to be working with her again.” An actress and public speaker, Jenny Levison is probably best known around Atlanta as founder and owner of the “Souper Jenny” restaurants. She has her fifth store on the way in Roswell, due to open late fall. Levison last appeared on the GET stage in the runaway hit Calendar Girls, still one of GET’s most-loved productions in its 25-year history. Based on Giulia Melucci’s 2009 book of the same name, the show had its premiere at

TheaterWorks in Hartford in 2012, quickly becoming one of their highest grossing productions. This saucy, onewoman show details the trials and tribulations of Giulia, a single New Yorker navigating the minefield that is the New York dating scene. Throughout the production, she serves a complete Italian dinner— chopping, assembling ingredients, and other prep work through to plating the antipasto, and making bolognese sauce and pasta from scratch. She even serves up the results to eight lucky audience members, all while regaling her “guests” with tales from her doomed dating life. Ticket prices for  I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti start at $29 for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and matinees; Friday nights  start from $37, and Saturday nights start from

“I’ve come a long way in the past two decades. I went from hoping to kiss boys on my father’s stoop to kissing men my father’s age on my own stoop.”

Jenny Levison plays Giulia, a New Yorker navigating the minefield that is the New York dating scene. $38. (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances.) Tickets are available now online at  www.get.org, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. On the FamilyStage, Nov. 3 and 10, is the FamilyStage series production, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook.

Someone took Junie B.’s new black furry mittens! The new boy in school thinks Junie B. is a nutball just because she was laughing at recess! Junie B. is on a mission to prove she's not a nutball, avenge her black furry mittens, and maybe get a great new colorful pen, too. Take your kids, they’ll love it.


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Community Notebook

By Tricia Morris

Editor’s Note Small businesses keep our communities interesting. They hire us, serve us, and save us when we need saving. They’re what give a town its character and sense of place. What would we do without shops, restaurants, salons, pubs, theaters, and the rest? Patronize them whenever you can.

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he City of Roswell Roswell has hired Tunnell-Spangler & Associates, Inc. (TSW Design) to work with the City in developing the Historic District Master Plan. TSW Design has a proven track record in working with communities to develop and implement historic district master plans. They have worked with Decatur, Alpharetta, Milton, Lawrenceville, and Atlanta. Walking Tours As part of the City of Roswell’s efforts to gather public input on the Historic District Master Plan, the Community Development Department will be hosting three walking tours of the Historic District for the public on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the main stairs in front of City Hall. During the walking tours, the City will ask participants for input on the aspects of the Historic District they like and what they would like to see changed in the district. The walking tours will take two separate routes. The goal of the Historic District Master Plan is to develop a vision for Roswell’s Historic District and to develop the tools to achieve those goals and vision. The focus will be Bulloch Avenue, Canton Street, Mill Village District, Mimosa Boulevard, and Highway 9. In addition to the walking tours, the City is planning additional public input through work sessions, a charrette, and a survey. Information and maps about the Historic District Master Plan are available online at roswellgov.com. Please contact Jackie Deibel at jdeibel@roswellgov.com for more information. ❍

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ext to diamonds, a cute pair of shoes are a girl’s best friend. DSW is reportedly going to be moving into Merchants Walk in the empty spot next to Office Depot in 2019. The space was made available after they downsized and rebranded from OfficeMax about two years ago. Sadly, the locally owned The Cook’s Warehouse, also in Merchants Walk will close this month after being in business for seven years. The closing comes from lack of customer traffic in the shopping center. Just a few doors down the clothing boutique, Collage, closed its doors late last month. Zeal, the American fare restaurant, located on Johnson Ferry next Merchants Walk, has closed its doors. The five-year lease ran out and rather than renew, the owners have decided to open a new concept in Roswell in 2019. A Los Bravos Mexican restaurant will be moving in to this space. Currently under renovations, a late 2018 or early 2019 opening is anticipated. Fans of Jason’s Deli will be happy to know that the East Cobb location has opened. This family-owned, and community focused restaurant serves guests at 275 delis in 28 states. What makes them stand out… they’re one of the restaurant groups to remove artificial trans fats from the food they serve. That means no processed MSG, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, artificial colors, or flavors. They serve vegetarian and gluten-free options in addition to their deli menu. There’s something for everyone. Lastly, another closing to report. Breathe Beauty Bar, off Johnson Ferry behind Chick-fil-A, closed September 30 after three years of business.

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN ROSWELL

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Remember the Christmas it snowed? No, not the one in 1882, it was 2010 and Barrington Hall was wrapped in white beyond its columns, into the surrounding gardens. Photo courtesy of Mark Walter, mrmarkphotography.com The holiday season is approaching quickly and Roswell is celebrating throughout the months of November and December in a big way. Roswell sets a very charming scene during the Christmas season with quintessential events to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Visitors and residents alike will find the town, historic houses, restaurants and stores festively decorated with seasonal offerings. Call your friends and family and head out to make some lasting holiday memories. Take in high tea at a historic house while also enjoying a reenactment of some interesting times in history, sip hot chocolate walking down Canton Street, listening to some favorite holiday tunes from carolers, meet a live reindeer and go on the hunt for fairy houses and gnome homes, celebrate the season with theatrical performances and concerts, and of course get a chance to see Santa (maybe even take a photo with him). There’s a lot to choose from and here’s just a small sampling: Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall and a Formal Tea Visit thecurrenthub.com Enchanted Woodland Wonders Family Fun Day and click on “calendar” The 1853 Living History Wedding of Mittie and Thee for more details on all Classic Nashville Christmas Caroling on Canton Street Roswell has to offer. And, of course many Santa sightings “Roswell has a lot to offer during the Christmas season with many events for residents and visitors to enjoy. Since I’m still new to Roswell I’m really looking forward to experiencing this festive time of year and all the events to take part in,” says Danielle Purdie, Advertising and Marketing Coordinator at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau. Start off with a visit to the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 617 Atlanta Street to see the vintage train and village surrounding the Christmas tree. Pick up a Christmas in Roswell brochure while visiting to know when all the events take place or check out www.visitroswellga.com to plan your trip. ❍


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How can ribbons fluttering in the wind help convey wishes or dreams? Through the Naturally Artistic exhibit at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, they can. Open now through Nov. 30. Photo by Nicole Thurston

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he natural world can be one in which you pause and reflect. With just the wind in your ears, rustling the brightly-colored leaves, or the sounds of small animals around you, it can be a peaceful setting in which to calm down and get centered. To help encourage this experience, the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has opened Naturally Artistic, a seasonal exhibit now in its second year that connects people to nature through art. It will be open through Nov. 30. “Naturally Artistic encourages visitors to think of nature in an artistic way,” said Alicia Evans, Visitor Experience Manager at CNC. “It invites them to slow down and notice their surroundings – the colors, the textures and the sights.” There are four stations to experience, inspired by the ancient four elements – earth, wind, fire, and water. How can you see the air? With the Windy Wishing Wheels, visitors can watch the ribbons attached to wheels sway in the breeze. If they write their wishes, poems and dreams on the

ribbons, visitors can watch them take to the air in the wind. Everything from desires of new toys to heartfelt dreams is written for all to read and contemplate. Zen Water Painting encourages a moment of serenity with paint and water. Inspired by the art of calligraphy, those learning to write would practice over and over using water and brushes to perfect their strokes. Guests can paint on slate easels and then see their words fade away as the painting dries. Do you know what a mosaic is? It’s a collection of small stones or other objects that, together, create a larger image or pattern. Earth Mosaic allows visitors to make their own mosaic using colorful rocks and shells. How can the sizes, shapes and colors affect the design? Finally we have Shadow Play. Using light, cast shadows on the walls of a tent. Puppets, objects or even your hands can cast fun and surprising shadows. Naturally Artistic is open until Nov. 30 and is included with admission to CNC and free for CNC members. Visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. ❍

Small objects, arranged just right, can make large designs. Photo by Nicole Thurston

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar NOV–DEC 2018 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.

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Ostomy Support Group

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LifeSouth Blood Drive

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

Friends and Family CPR*

Friday, November 2 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed.

Saturday, November 10, 10 – 12 p.m. $25 Last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CPR course for ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, those who do not and families to share and support one another. The group is need a course comfacilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Lipletion card. censed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna.kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708.

Stroke Support Group

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

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

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

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday, 11/10 and 12/8 at 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

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

2018 Good Life Club Screening Events Wednesday, November 7, from 8 –10:30 a.m. by appointment only Cost: FREE (You must be a Good Life Club member to participate) Screenings Available: • Blood Pressure • Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessments • Bone Density Scans (a quick and painless ultrasound of the heel bone) • Cholesterol Panel Fingerstick (HDL, LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol) • Glucose Fingerstick Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827). *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.

Water Birth 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13 and 12/20 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple.

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ung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. With over 155,000 deaths per year, lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Lung cancer can be highly curable when found early, but it has been historically difficult to detect, that is until now. Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. Early stage cancers can be more easily treated and more frequently cured than later stage cancers. Screening for lung cancer is not a one-time test, but a process that involves a periodic evaluation of your lungs over time to look for newly emerging cancer. The capability of CT scanners to detect tiny lung nodules and to compare the nodules for changes in size over time is critical to the screening process. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers cutting-edge technology and premier programs to fight lung cancer, providing patients the best of care from diagnosis to supportive services.

Is screening right for me? If you have a history of heavy smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke, it could be. The data from a national screening trial found 20% fewer lung cancer deaths among heavy smokers ages 55 to 75 screened with CT scans compared

to those screened with chest x-rays. Anyone concerned about lung cancer and considering a screening CT can speak with his or her physician about the risks and benefits. Since the results are new, some physicians may not yet be aware of the benefits of a screening CT exam.

I’ve never smoked or quit years ago. Am I at risk for lung cancer?

Former smokers represent 60% of all lung cancer cases. The longer you have stopped smoking, the lower your risk of lung cancer relative to someone who continues to smoke; however, smoking does Who is eligible for this screening? permanent damage to the lungs, so the increased risk of lung cancer The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a network never totally resolves. Yes, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer; of some of the world’s leading cancer centers, recommends screen- however, it is not the only cause. Statistics show one in five women ing for those: and one in 12 men diagnosed with • 55 and over with a 30 pack lung cancer have never smoked. year* smoking history and if Never smokers represent former smoker, must have quit approximately 18% of people • 50 and over with a 20 pack diagnosed with lung cancer. Second year smoking history or 20 hand smoke exposure increases year exposure to secondhand your risk. Other risk factors include smoke, plus one of the exposure to cancer causing following additional risk substances also called “carcinogens.” factors: You may also be at increased risk if a 1. You have a close blood relative with lung cancer; or close blood relative has had lung cancer or if you have been 2. You have a history of diagnosed with a previous cancer or pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, a lung disease known as pulmonary cancer (excluding nonfibrosis or COPD (Chronic melanoma of the skin), or Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). ❍ exposure to cancer causing agent. *A pack year does not mean the EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE number of years you smoked. It is SYMPTOMS AND RISK FACTORS the number of packs smoked per day OF LUNG CANCER. multiplied by the number of years. For example, 2 packs a day within the past 15 years equals 30 pack years.

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In studying the symptons, it is important to note, that many lung cancers do not cause symptoms and are often found during the course of diagnosing another illness. To learn more about lung cancer screenings or schedule an appointment please call 470-793-4AIR (4247).


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New Era of Fashion and Fitness Using 3D Infrared Technology By Mark Penstone

An off-the-shelf garment is a often not a good fit no matter how many you try on. DuziScan brings highend technology, usually only used for elite designers and their wealthy clients, to the average shopper.

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Kathy Anderson, Judi Aultman, and Jennifer Deaton in front of their mobile 3-D Scanner. Judi, a fashion designer, found the 3D body scanner and the trio decided to make it mobile by having it installed in a customized bus, expanding their business plan into several phases.

DuziScan™ offers a Fitness scan showing BVI and BMI which helps accurately measure fitness goals, or a Fashion scan for affordable custom clothing and accurate sizing for over 200 retailers.

rustrated with not being able to find stylish clothes that fit an autistic daughter made family members realize just how the fashion industry’s ready-to-wear, mass-produced sizing no longer works. Most women (and men) do not fit the ‘mold’ of this 200-year-old system, so they waste time and money returning much of what is bought on-line and in stores, or clutter closets with clothes they don’t wear (or don’t enjoy wearing). It was the frustration in finding clothing that fit Jennifer’s daughter properly that led Jennifer and two other family members, Kathy and Judi, to found DuziScan™ . DuziScan™ is located in the Atlanta Georgia metro area. At first their focus was a line of swimsuits and foundation garments for specialneeds women, but as they researched, they realized fit is a problem for everyone because industry standard sizing is limited and varies so widely, no one knows their true size. One of the biggest issues the fashion industry discusses is fit. Judi, a fashion

designer, found the 3D body scanner and the trio decided to make it mobile by having it installed in a customized bus, expanding their business plan into several phases. DuziScan™ is starting out focused on promoting the new technology to the fashion and fitness industries, then in-house clothing designs, and finally data collection to help bring fashion design and manufacture back to a local level. “Once we started contacting prospective clients about our services, we realized that using fashion tech when it comes to fit is so ahead of the industry, we have needed to take time to educate industry insiders,” says Jennifer. She also states, “The fashion industry knows that fit is their biggest problem, but they keep trying to fix it on a mass production level. We see it like a franchise model: start in one area and use ongoing data to begin branching out.” The fitness portion comes with the scanner and plays right into the fit of clothing since most people are seeking ways to get healthier and lose weight. DuziScan’s fitness portion shows BVI and BMI, which gives a more accurate

uniforms and costumes, manufacturers, and even individuals, virtually eliminating returns and alterations.” Bringing this high-end technology, usually only used for elite designers and their wealthy clients, to the How does it work? average shopper helps to Climb aboard the custom bring clothing designing and Mobile 3D infrared body manufacturing back to a local scanner and avatar level while eliminating technology. Choose a Fashion inaccurate industry-standard or a Fitness scan, step into sizing. DuziScan™ stands the fully private scan room, ready to “Fix the Fit” in and in three seconds your Fashion. scan is complete. In the Fitness industry, DuziScan™ is fully bariatric doctors, fitness and customizable to offer either a weight loss professionals or Fitness scan showing BVI individuals wanting to track and BMI which helps their weight loss goals can accurately measure fitness use their services. They’ll do a goals, or a Fashion scan for package of three scans over affordable custom clothing 6 –12 months to offer and accurate sizing for over baseline, progress, and 200 retailers. And because results. DuziScan™ can come they are mobile, DuziScan™ to your location for an event, can come to your location or wellness programs or just to your client’s location. scan clients for an afternoon. We are helping revolutionContact duziscan.com for ize sizing in the Fashion more information or if you’re industry,” says Kathy. just curious to see the “DuziScan™ is the only technology at work. Kathy, mobile 3D scanner Judi, and Jennifer would love technology and can be used to show you the future of by high-end clothing design- Fashion and Fitness. ers, bridal gown designers, www.duziscan.com ❍ home sewers, groups needing picture of how a person’s weight is distributed. Fitness professionals don’t have to purchase their own scanners or try and use the inaccurate personal device scans; DuziScan will come to them affordably.


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A THANKSGIVING “THANK YOU” TO AMERICA! LIFE AT 50+

my food intolerances, is plastering fat on my body. And Thanksgiving is nearly Happy upon us. I have always had the inability Thanksgiving, to say “no” to candied yams, pumpkin everyone! pie and fudge. I can never be trusted to eat just one piece of anything, whether it I stand agasp on be flourless chocolate cake, said candied the scales today, mortified by what yams, that pumpkin pie, or even peanut this Thanksgiving butter on a rice cake, a.k.a. particle dinner could mean board. I’ll come clean, and admit that for all to me in terms of poundage. Still immobilized by my bro- of my kvetching and moaning about my ken foot, I have watched as the pounds recent weight gain, I probably won’t have steadily appeared on my hips and stop indulging. Yes, ladies and tummy. You see, my lack of willpower, gentlemen, I won’t lie. With my sweet when it comes to food, even with all of tooth and appetite, I’m a goner. By Di Chapman

Nonetheless, my admitted lack of self-control is accompanied by many things I do take control over, and one of those is simply being thankful, not just at Thanksgiving, and throughout the holidays, but every day of the year. Although daily bread is, and truthfully always will be, perhaps higher on the list than other things, like you, at the top for me are family (I count pets as family, too), friends, health, and work. Wanna know another one? Give thanks for America. I think there’s plenty to be thankful for in that huge meal and gathering of friends and family. For Mark and me, we’re thankful for our Roswell community as we eat yearly at a restaurant that cooks up Thanksgiving fixin’s for those of us who choose to forego hours of clean up. Let’s remember to give thanks to America and to voting . As always, I have stories to tell about my lifetime love affair with voting. Y’all, if the Chapman children had gained their enfranchisement by 1960, I have no doubt that at age six I would have been on my tiptoes reaching up to pull the levers behind the voting curtain.

I’m fairly certain that the kids in my household were taught about the importance of voting since we were in the crib. Even then, I started “peripheral civic duties” as a youngster, and when I say that, I mean as a child. Mom and Dad were the children of immigrants, and were ardent believers in the importance of voting. Their entire families were as well, with my father, aunts and uncles serving in the military as proud soldiers, WACs, and in country war effort support. Even my immigrant grandparents served in support of the war effort. Ladies, my Icelandic grandmother, who was an illegal alien, even ran guns in North Dakota for America under the darkness of night, so as not to tip off our enemies. For any of you who wondered about my personality, well, I didn’t fall far from the tree. It was inevitable that at family get-togethers the conversation always managed to turn to politics and “God bless America.” Politics aside, though, they felt strongly about their civic duty to go to the polls, whenever called, at whatever cost. I remember my dad, a traveling salesman, speeding home from business

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Flex your biceps and be a part of something bigger. trips to rush to the polls. He never missed a vote. My mom, too, who was a teacher, was usually right in the center of the action, as schools were usually the polling places. She, too, never missed voting day. Consequently, yours truly has always had a fire in the belly for the privilege of voting. I really dig it. Those were the days when political campaigns started after party conventions, where the choice of a candidate was a white-knuckle process, with unknown outcomes until the stateby-state roll call vote by convention delegates. It was an honor to be among the delegates, and the convention halls buzzed with excitement. We were on the edge of our seats then, because you honestly didn’t know whom your party would choose as the presidential candidate. I remember how, in our household, we were glued to the black and white TV set during conventions. I loved hearing the state delegates one-by-one boldly pronouncing their pick of candidate, after starting with, “Mr. Chairman, (Where’s the “Madame Chairwoman,” even now, I wonder?) the great state of blah, blah, blah, casts its vote for so and so!” I still love this. So, enter the presidential races of 1960 and 1964, and you might not be surprised. The Chapman children passed out fliers for the candidates of our parents’ choice door-to-door in our little neighborhood. I knocked on doors

as a six- and ten-year-old for presidential candidates. The neighbors were exchanging glances, and commenting to their spouses, “Look, honey, Blair and Donna have their kids on the campaign trail again.” Voting gave me a freedom to create my own voice. I set out to witness the freedoms of others. My own curiosity took me to marches on 5th Avenue in New York City, and in our Capital. It took me to a Ku Klux Klan rally to observe them. It put me at the center of a violent clash with them, much like what happened in Charlottesville. I volunteered for a presidential campaign in Washington, DC, and experienced the energy created by it. I’ve worked a Congressional race in California, and went door to door once again. I proudly wear “I voted” stickers, and give high-fives to others who wear the same, one of whom was a tatooed, bearded Harley fan, with a big smile. America can be pretty darned exciting. Get caught up in it, and feel your strength in the voting booth. Then flex your biceps and be a part of something bigger. Happy Thanksgiving, America! And to you, dear readers, I give thanks as well. ❍ Di Chapman is an inspirational author and speaker, and a branding consultant. Di’s latest book is Rekindle Your Purpose: Break through your disappointments, discouragements, and detours to resurrect your purpose and live it!

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• Supply a visual design element in the landscape. By repeating the swathes of the same ground cover, the landscape is visually unified. Ground covers make an interesting tapestry and boost curb appeal. • Reduce maintenance. Maintenance is not eliminated; it is simply lessened. • Act as a weed block. Weeds spring up in open soil, but the leaf cover provided by dense ground covers reduces weed growth.


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THAI STREET FOOD IN ALPHARETTA

Noodle green is not only demonstrative of Chef Lisa’s culinary skills but her artistic presentation as well. By Joe Duffy Photos by 24/7Photography, LLC When I moved to Roswell more than 16 years ago, my only grievance was the lack of first-rate restaurant selections. Fast forward to about a half-dozen years bygone, at any given point on the calendar, there are more dandy restaurants less than six or so months old than there were viable alternatives in total during those “Bloomin’ Onion Acres” Dark Ages. Among the uppermost dining rooms in the jam-packed current freshman class is M Thai Street food. Better known as “Chef Lisa,” mega-talented chef/owner Sripapa Oyanontaruk has an impressive resume having toiled in the kitchens of some of the best intown and suburban restaurants including Tamarind Seed, Nahm Thai Cuisine, Satay House, and Kokai Thai Bistro. The single mother of three moved to the US from Thailand in her twenties in search of a better life. She is certainly improving lives of others at lunch and dinner time with her newest “baby” in downtown Alpharetta. I won’t feign that I’ve roamed the streets of Bangkok. Perhaps that’s why

both the interior of the restaurant and the menu itself are a bit more upscale than I’d expect from a restaurant with “street food” in its moniker. However, while gathering details via a Facebook conversation, I was assured, “you can easily find 90-percent of the food on the menu on streets in Bangkok.” When a restaurant recognizes an item or two as “house specialties” or anything comparable, my decision on what to order has been made for me. As an appetizer, Jeeb “grandma style” shrimp and chicken dumplings were characterized as “award winning.” If one is a fan of Chinese dim sum, you will love these as the Thai version does trace its roots to the Chinese delicacy. Similar to shamai, with the caveat that chicken replaces pork in Chef Lisa’s creation, these meat wontons are categorically remarkable. My shrimp-loving daughter and I contested it out to devour our fair share. The only other item on the menu with the distinction of “award winning” is Nua Masaman (usually with two m’s but only one on the menu) AKA the beef short rib masaman. What really stood out with this plating was the diverse convergence of flavors. Masaman curry generally incorporates spices that are uncommon


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in other Thai curries with more traditional ones such as I was assured the grub is as good as any on the streets coriander, cumin seed, cardamom, tamarind... well you of Thailand. “Many of our customers who have been to get the point. That’s a lot of flavor packed into a curry. Bangkok guarantee that.” That was the most credible Still, the short rib, diced potatoes, avocado, and and least surprising claim I’ve heard in a long time. ❍ cashew nuts maintain their unique flavors in the strong and flavorful sauce. Clearly Chef Lisa has learned a trick or two in 30-plus years working in the trade. With the advent of social media, it’s not uncommon to see a foodie source ask what the best combination of two ingredients is. My rejoinder is that it’s curry and coconut milk. Anticipatedly, I adored M’s beef panang coconut milk curry. I’ve gulped my share of panang curry infusions heretofore, but as with everything else Chef Lisa generates, this one is among the elite. A couple of decades ago, I conceived the appellation of “grubber” to describe my subculture of food snobbery. I simply desire splendid food. Fancy or chic interiors are a nice bonus, but completely irrelevant unless the food is grand. I’m here to eat, not to “dine.” Good presentation? Gosh, I don’t want to look at my dish, I want to dive in head first. Yet even I am impressed with Chef Lisa’s artistry. Her courses look oh A tip of the hat to hard-working Chef Lisa. The rising star is on fire so purty that I almost don’t want to eat them. Yeah right. Still, they are picturesque, yet taste much better M Thai Street Food than they look in every instance I’ve sampled. Even the simplest menu items excel. There was no 875 N Main St #301 way I was going to let my daughter have shrimp fried Alpharetta, GA 30009 rice without pilfering some. Not since long-gone Xian 770- 864-5651 China Bistro has this area had a version belonging in mthaistreetfood.com the same discussion as M Thai Street Food’s.


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Amaze Balls 16oz.$28.00 STEEL & COTTON

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Bed|stu Barra Handbag $269 13 HUB LANE

get any better? I spend several hours a day visiting businesses and forming new relations with our neighbors and communities. I sit at Joe’s Pizza enjoying the house stromboli and local craft beer with my boss. Now he’s asked me to go shopping? The nerve of some people!

San Saba River Pecan Co. Preserves $6 PIPER LILIES

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I know, I know, you haven’t even had your Thanksgiving meal yet and thinking about the idea of holiday shopping can be overwhelming and tedious. Well, I am about to make it very simple for you. I’ve compiled a gift guide of items from a variety of my favorite locally owned shops. Once this time of year rolls around your inbox gets inundated with invitations to events you may or may not be looking forward to attending. When you receive an invitation to such a gathering, as per Southern protocol, although not everyone will agree, you should arrive with a hostess gift. The perfect store to find hostess gifts is PIPER LILLIES in Johns Creek. They have “a gift for everyone… for every occasion.” It’s even written on their business card. Piper Lillies is full of those whimsical gifts perfect for administrators, teachers, and anyone you may want to acknowledge during the holidays. I found these super adorable jingle bell bottle openers. The tag reads “get your jingle on.” Attach one to the top of a gift bag with your beverage of choice and voilà, you’re finished! They are about the size of a tennis ball and come in gold, silver, or a multiple cluster. $11.99 each If you need to bring an appetizer to a gathering, just pick up some of these San Saba River Pecan Co. Preserves. I chose the Cranberry Chili Pecan and the Jalapeno Peach & Pecan preserves, sweet with a kick. I bet these would be amazing served over various cheeses with crackers. $5.99 for the 5oz. jar These linen hand towels are a tastefully festive gift for the person who has everything. There is a large selection of patterns and themes at the store. I love that the Hanukkah towels are in these beautiful earth tones that would match any décor. $13.99-$14.99 each. The extremely helpful sales associates led me to this candle. One of the most popular items and now I know why. After removing the wrapping the aroma of the candle completely embraced my senses into the spirit of Christmas. They come in a variety of these celebratory wreaths that measure about 5” in diameter. The scent of this one is Siberian Fir and smells like a fresh cut Christmas tree. $13.99 each. Piper Lillies gift shoppe is located at

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11705 Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek, GA 30009. Phone 678-867-0033. Have you been to STEEL & COTTON yet? It is one of my absolute favorite shops. They have so many unique items to salivate over. Yes I salivate as I wander through that shop dreaming of a home large enough to accommodate everything there that I would love to purchase. From gifts for the home to furniture and light fixtures, they carry a little bit of everything. If you like the industrial farmhouse look, you will definitely love this shop. Not only do they have gifts for the home but they carry a wide variety of gifts for babies, children and teens.

Jingle Bell Bottle Openers $12 PIPER LILLIES

Vikira Kidd, shown, and husband Steve own Steel & Cotton on Canton Street in Roswell. The couple created the store to assist you in celebrating your home and those you love. Originally from Georgia, the couple believes that your home is your sanctuary. They offer design, décor, and staging options for your home to help you achieve your own personal sanctuary. Browsing through Steel & Cotton is truly an experience that can’t be rushed. It is obvious that every item has been thoughtfully selected to adorn your home and to give it that special “wow” touch. If you’re looking for a unique gift or just something personal to lift your own spirit you will find it here. I guarantee you’ll catch yourself smiling at some point and time during your visit. This is one of my favorite items on this list. This clever aluminum and brass pencil holder has a super retro appeal. It really has an authentic look and feel to it. Steel and Cotton carries this unique line of whimsical nostalgic objects. Microphone Aluminum Pencil Holder $65.00. Need a gift for someone who’s constantly and fashionably on the run? This 30oz. copper water bottle is not only practical but it also makes a statement. One version comes with the word “LOVE” imprinted on it, $52.00, or you can choose the simpler and classic version with no imprint for $48.00. Steel & Cotton carries a sweet assortment of baby and children’s gifts. How adorable is this outfit?! For a brief moment, it makes me want to have another child, or maybe I’ll just wait for continues next page>>

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28 Coconut Exfoliating Sugar Cubes $26 STEEL&COTTON

UNO de 50 Silver Bracelet $145 13 HUB LANE Amaze Balls 16oz.$28.00 STEEL & COTTON

Top $20, and Pants, $22, by Oliver and Rain. STEEL & COTTON

Mountain Khakis Button-Down $85 United Blue Weekender Bag $168 CLOTHES HORSE MEN’S APPAREL & GIFTS

a grandchild. Either way, “the snuggle is real!” This made of organic textiles duo is touchable soft and I love the tiny wooden buttons on the sleeves. Baby-friendly and earth-friendly, made by Oliver and Rain. $20 for the top and $22 for the star print pant. These coconut exfoliating sugar cubes will be going home with me. If you know someone who enjoys a hot bath like I do, these are the perfect gift. Nothing is better than soaking the day away and adding this to your bath or shower will help nourish that dry skin we tend to get when the weather turns. $26 for a 16oz jar. Speaking of nourishing your skin… I found these Sweeteepie Facial polishes (page 26) in Cucumber Fresh and Juicy Pomegranate varieties. They feel and smell amazing! What I really love about these products is that they are made in Roswell! The 4 oz. container is $13.50 and the 8oz. container is $27. Want to give a gift that will coax a child to bathe? These creative Amaze Balls were created by two teenage girls and are handmade in the USA. Once these bath bombs dissolve in water they reveal a toy surprise suitable for any gender. Genius! Amaze Balls 16oz. container is $28.00 Steel & Cotton is located at 1116 Canton Street in Roswell, GA 30075. Phone 678-404-8989. One of my interior decorator friends highly recommended me paying a visit to 13 HUB LANE. I am so glad I did. This store is a decorator’s dream! If you are designchallenged you can rely on any of the sales associates who are all design consultants. The store has a unique mix of home décor, furniture, gifts, jewelry, clothing, and even baby items. I was immediately drawn to the contrasting stitch detail on a full grain leather Bed|Stu handbag. (Page 26). This bag is the perfect accessory to complete a casual yet sophisticated look. You just can’t go wrong with it. In Teak Driftwood Bone Glove (no I can’t take credit for the name of the color written on the tag) it will complement nearly every casual outfit and only get better with age. Bed|stu Barra Handbag $269.00 Business or casual, I have found the belt that will never go out of style. Handmade in the Netherlands from soft Italian leather, this 2” wide belt (page 29) is sure to please. The oval buckle adds a feminine touch. Amsterdam Heritage Double Side Wide Belt in Camel $95.00 I love a simple piece of jewelry that can be worn with my everyday casual outfits and I definitely found one. This handcrafted rigid silver bracelet is Boho chic for a woman who loves simplicity but stands out for having great taste. UNO de 50 Silver Bracelet $145.00 13 Hub Lane has four different locations. The only location in Georgia is in Roswell Marketplace 10800 Alpharetta Hwy. Suite 402 Roswell, GA 30075. Phone 770-802-5740. For the man in your life, I highly suggest stopping by CLOTHES HORSE MEN’S APPAREL & GIFTS which was voted The Best Men’s Clothing Store in North Atlanta 2017. Charleen, along with her husband John, have truly created an unparalleled men’s shop. Don’t be fooled by the size of this storefront. From the street it looks very small but once you enter you will discover that the store continues like a maze and eventually you may be able to take in all of the merchandise cleverly displayed on industrial hooks and furniture. The clothes are high quality, durable, yet super soft. They also have a great selection of men’s gifts ranging from watches, sunglasses, belts, and accessories to overnight and weekender bags. Did I mention that the shop smells great? It smells like what I imagine Ryan Reynolds would smell like. Charleen helped me assemble a casual Fall/Winter ensemble. I was especially pleased with a plaid shirt that is made by Madison Creek Outfitters headquartered here in Georgia. A plaid Garnet & Pine button down screams to be worn by a


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masculine outdoor enthusiast or even the guy next door grabbing a beer and watching a game. Madison Creek Outfitters Button Down Shirt $99.50 We paired the shirt with khakis of course, but not just any khakis, johnnie-O Khakis. These durable yet comfortable pants make you look like you went the extra mile to look good. johnnie-O pants $125.00. To top it all off, I couldn’t resist this Mountain Khakis plush button-down. I wanted to cuddle with it so I can only imagine wanting to melt into the man’s arms who’s wearing it. Mountain Khakis Button-Down $84.95 To complete the look for the man who may be spending the weekend roadtripping we selected this canvas with leather trim bag. Made by United Blue, a company that removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways for every product sold, makes this bag even more appealing as if you needed another reason to love it. United Blue Weekender Bag $168.00 Clothes Horse is located at 28 Milton Avenue Alpharetta, GA 30009. Phone 770-905-6089.

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Amsterdam Heritage Double Side Wide Belt $95 13 HUB LANE

Now that I’ve assembled the perfect men’s casual outfit I’ll share my favorite men’s boot source… RED WING SHOES. Since 1905, Red Wing has been producing their high quality leather boots which were originally intended to meet the needs for those in specific occupations. Today the shoes and boots still meet the high standards of those made over 100 years ago, but the modern versions are really good looking boots. Part of the Heritage Collection, there is no doubt that they will last forever with a little TLC every now and then. The helpful sales associates at the Mansell location in Roswell will help you select the perfect style and fit and they will also be happy to help with preventative maintenance. Men’s Iron Ranger Boot $319.99. Woman’s Clara Boot $359.99 Red Wing Shoes is located at 875 Mansell Rd Ste B1, Roswell, Georgia 30076. Phone 770-558-4400. If you are planning to find a gift for me personally, or the craft beer lover, look no further than Oak Street in Roswell. TAP & 6 could possibly be a second home for me. With 40 continuously rotating beers on tap and 200+ singles, ciders, and craft sodas to choose from you will definitely find something, if not everything, to like. Currently, my favorite Fall beer is #38, a chocolate pumpkin porter called Gourd Vibrations by Gate City. You can fill a 32oz growler for $12, or a 64oz. growler of Gourd Vibrations for $24. I asked Ethan, the General Manager, to assist me for a suggestion of available tastes in December. He suggested and I couldn’t agree more, Hardywood Park Craft Breweries Gingerbread Stout which is spot on for the perfect craft beer lover’s holiday gift. No explanation needed here. It tastes just like it sounds. Intriguing flavors of ginger, cinnamon, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of honey leave your taste buds longing for more. So when you’re headed to that holiday party or to my front door, please remember the craft beer. 64oz Growler of Gourd Vibrations $24.00 With that beer, you’ll need something to munch on. If you have a grill lover, want to-be-chef, or an amateur cook on your list, stop by MITCH’S MEATS & FISH to grab the perfect gift. Mitch has his own array of sauces, spices, and seasonings sure to make any meal a hit. One of the best things about this place is the personal attention Mitch pays to each of his customers. I learn something every time I visit Mitch and watch him carefully instruct each customer how best to season and cook the meat he has just hand selected and cut for them. Locally owned by Mitch Manoloff, this butcher shop is the place for fine quality—everything from prime steaks to the freshest fish from all over the world. I almost forgot…the soups. You must, must try his homemade soups! Chunky spoonfuls of tender meat drowning in the best soup I have ever had. He sells out daily so take my advice and be there early. Mitch’s Meats & Fish is located at 30 E. Crossville Rd, Ste 160, Roswell, GA 30075. Phone 678-878-2922. Hot Spicy Peanuts $7.99, Ketchup $7.99 Hot Sauce $5.99, Grilling Sauce $10.99

Ketchup $8 Grilling Sauce $11 Hot Sauce $6 MITCH’S MEATS & FISH

32oz Growler $12, 64oz. Growler of Gourd Vibrations $24 TAP & SIX

Hot Spicy Peanuts $8 MITCH’S MEATS & FISH

Men’s Iron Ranger Boot $320 Woman’s Clara Boot $360 RED WING SHOES

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Photos contributed by Scott Antiques Aquamarine 45 CT ring with diamonds $14,000 Vintage Toy Drums $100 each 1960s toy tractor $40 SCOTT ANTIQUES

If you’re looking for rare or unique wine or beer, PINKIES UP is the place for you. Pinkies Up has 22 beers on draft. These are no ordinary beers. Every time I stop by the store they have something new on tap. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they will do their best to find it for you. The owners, Melissa and Matthew have poured their hearts and soul into this local hangout/tasting room. I have yet to meet anyone more educated on rare wines than Melissa. Their tagline is “Simplifying Sophistication” and their goal is to make the process of purchasing beer and wine as simple and enjoyable as possible. On my last visit, Melissa introduced me to gifts from Babylonstoren’s winery in South Africa. Only 12 bottles of Sprankel Méthode Cap Classique 2012 were released to Georgia and guess where you can purchase them? The wine, made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, will maintain a refined finish and freshness for years to come. Pair this wine with the Babel cookbook which pays homage to Babylonstoren and the Babel restaurant. This is an absolutely beautiful cookbook for the wine enthusiast on your list. Babylonstoren Sprankel Method Cap Classique 2012, $65.00 Babel Cookbook $50.00, Babylonstoren Olive Oil 8oz. $12.99 Babylonstoren Honeybush or Rooibos Tea 4oz. $8.99 Pinkies Up is located at 30 East Crossville Rd, Suite 180 Roswell, GA 30075. Phone 770-676-7101.

Do you have a furry, fluffy friend on your list? If so, JC PET SHOPPE, locally owned and operated by Carol Starke, is the shop that truly cares about the natural wellbeing of your cat or dog. Carol was quick to inform me of her emphasis of natural pure ingredients and remedies. She has a vast knowledge as well as a wide variety of gifts and items sure to please any four legged recipient. I found this great looking 6ft. durable nylon and leather leash made in the U.S.A. If you need an Babylonstoren Honey unusual gift for the dog lover pick up this crafty and industrial aluminum paw print Bush and Rooibos Tea leash holder. It’s useful and thoughtful. Let’s not forget our feline friends. What cat 4oz. $9 doesn’t like a furry mouse that imitates mouse noises when touched? I especially PINKIES UP found this cat food bowl amusing with its three dimensional mice cleverly placed in and around the bowl. 6ft. Black Dog Leash $17.49, Dog Leash Hanger $13.99, Animated Mouse $7.99, Cat Food Bowl $8.99 JC Pet Shoppe is located at 9925 Haynes Bridge Road John Creek, GA 30022. Phone 770-664-5700. If you have that certain someone that appreciates antiques and unique items that have lived a former life and can almost tell a story about themselves take some time and wander through the aisles of endless possibilities at SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKET. You can find everything from collectors’ items to useful things such as clothing and linens, often at prices lower in price and better in quality than new ones. Scott Antique Markets are located at 3650 and 3850 (both North and South buildings) Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA 30354. Phone 740-569-2800. Aquamarine 45CT gemstone ring with diamonds, 1940s, $14,000 Boy scout drums and patriotic children. Approximately 1910s to 1930s. $100 each Vintage 1960s International Harvester diecast tractor with rubber tires, $30-40 THECURRENTHUB.COM There are so many great local places to shop this holiday season. I couldn’t list all of them here, but we are working on a linked list at our website, to give you more ideas for shopping in town. Let me know if you have a favorite gift shop, and I’ll be sure to include it. tara@thecurrenthub.com. Many thanks to all of the shop owners who loaned me these amazing items. I sincerely appreciate your trust and generosity. Ethan, I’m sorry I wrote my name in permanent ink on the growler so you’ll only see it again when I stop by to refill it. With the exception of the Scott Antique photos to the left, our Gift Guide was photographed by ALEX MASLAROV in his studio, Alex Pro Photo. The cover photo was shot on location at Steel & Cotton. To contact Alex, email info@alexprophoto.com.


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The Current Hub November 2018  

Tara Gary takes you on a tour of shopping in town in the November issue's cover story "Holiday Gift Guide to Shopping in Town. The Current H...

The Current Hub November 2018  

Tara Gary takes you on a tour of shopping in town in the November issue's cover story "Holiday Gift Guide to Shopping in Town. The Current H...

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