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September 13 & 27 On the 13th, don’t miss Sainte Jane, an Americana duo with singer/songwriter Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell (frontman of Atlanta, Georgia band The Well Reds). As September comes to a close, settle in to Wes Yoakam, with a bit of pop rock, Americana, and an occasional country twang. After eight 14-week stints as top-grossing entertainer at the world’s greatest ski bar: “The Club” in Vail, Wes can now be found producing tracks for Atlanta area artists out of FS Studios in East Atlanta and performing around the Atlanta area as a solo and ensemble artist. Head over to CNC grounds for live local music and a cash bar, and bring a picnic dinner. Included with general admission and free to CNC members.



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Fall is the perfect time for planting! A long cold winter enables plants to develop dense root systems for strong healthy growth in the spring. Native plants adapt easily, require less maintenance, and exhibit lower pest loads. All proceeds support gardens, education, and conservation by the Horticulture department. Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on site to answer all your plant questions.  Purchase beautyberries, azaleas, hazelnuts, buckeyes ferns, foamflowers, groundcovers, evergreens, and a variety of butterflyattractors in full bloom plus veggies for your winter harvest. The Fall Native Plant Sale takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Admission is free to the horticulture area. (Members-Only Sale: Sept. 27, 4 – 7 p.m.) General Public: Sept. 28 and 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Follow the signs to the greenhouse. More details at:

Shanon Schneider, Roswell artist, is featured in the Wow x 6 Art Exhibit at Wild Hope Art Gallery located inside Thompson’s Frame and Gallery on Holcomb Bridge. Participating artists include Christine Bray, Buckhead, Bob Cargill, Dunwoody, Michael Heffernan, Vinings, by way of Ireland, Kay Hunt, Decatur, Amanda Lovett, Gainesville and Shanon Schneider of Roswell.

The opening reception will be September 22 from 4 to 8 pm., and the show runs through October 6. Diane Buffington owns Wild Hope Art Gallery. She says “I am very excited about this event because it exemplifies some of the highest quality work from local area artists and encompasses a broad array of styles from abstracts, impressionism and representational work as well as original watercolors.” 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Roswell. >>A GOOD HEART NEVER GROWS PROUD


The Ugly Duckling

Roswell Arts Festival

September 15 and 16 The Roswell Arts Festival returns for the 52nd time with fine arts, original crafts, a fun lineup of entertainment and children’s activities, and a healthy dose of small town charm. See page 28 for our guide to fall festivals. (Photo: Lainey Daly, glass art.) PUBLISHER Mark Penstone

EDITOR Carolyn Kutney



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North Georgia State Fair

September 20-30 Going on its 86th year, the annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town! The largest fair in Atlanta, it has been a Cobb favorite among guests who look forward to it every year attracting more than 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, blue ribbon competitions, flower shows, live farm and exotic animals, dancers and performers, fun food, and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition—one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S. The fair offers free concerts with big names hitting the stage which this year include Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, and Riley Green, to name a few. A covered arena guarantees concerts rain or shine. Check the concerts and daily specials tab at the website for a plethora of free, dollar off, trade you for some canned goods specials, and such like that. JR Miller Park, Marietta. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance. With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography, and the creative use of music, ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light. 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre $12 – $16. The CurrentHub aspires to communicate in a way that’s useful, engaging, enjoyable, and unique. We strive to reflect the full range of what the area has to offer, also advocating positions that strengthen unity and continuity.

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2ND ANNUAL MILTON WINE FESTIVAL By Carolyn Kutney Where can you sip fine wines and meet some wonderful people on a aromatic and fruit-forward September afternoon? Try the beautiful Milton City Hall Courtyard, where Children’s Charities, along with Pinnacle Beverage will host the Second Annual Milton Wine Festival on September 23. You can taste over 100 wines from around the world and discover your favorite regions. VIP starts at 2 p.m. and general admission begins at 3 p.m. General admission ticket holders will receive unlimited wine sampling, live music, and a commemorative glass. The beer will flow from four craft breweries. Food will be available for purchase from Dukes Bar & Grill, Olde Blind Dog, Cousins Main Lobster, and featuring Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in the VIP area. Enjoy live music by the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, a high-energy, harmony-driven, folk-rock sound. Derived from tightly grained oak barrels that highlight savory notes. In the mix, look for aromas of citrus, pear, and green apple with a hint of bubbles. This year there is an added event with a wine dinner in The Garden at Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails

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ATLANTA HAS IT ALL Cultural Celebrations, Serious Book Events, and Funnel Cakes treat you with a variety of Japanese music, theater, and dance, chosen with This issue is our Fall Festival Guide the seasons in mind. The featured (see page 28), many of which take place performer is the Nomura Kyogen in the summer, because the equinox Group, master Kyogen performers who doesn’t happen until the 23rd. But the will be making their American debut at kids have been in school for several JapanFest! Kyogen is a traditional weeks, the exhibition games are over. performing art that developed alongside Let’s call it Fall already. Noh theater. While Noh is solemn, You can take on the entire year, and Kyogen is comical. learn about the importance and beauty See information about the entire perof the four seasons in Japanese culture formance lineup, tickets and other at JapanFest. You’ll find the flavor of essentials at each season to enjoy at the Infinite From Japan to Greece you’d travel Energy Center in Duluth on September across Asia and Europe, but try just dip15 and 16 as JapanFest celebrates its ping down inside the perimeter late in September. When your lunch mates go on and on about the marvelous moussaka they had at some sublime restaurant in Athens, (the Grecian Athens, not the Georgian one) regale them with the few hours you spent once in Greece. Head down to the ATL for the annual Atlanta Greek Festival September 28 through 30, and on Monday you’ll relish telling the tales of the bounty of the Mediterranean, which you complemented with a complex red. Not to mention world-class cheeses such as mizithra, feta, and haloumi; top pasta dishes and Greek salads; small bites of delightful appetizers, paired with lighter wines and aperitifs. Nod The Nomura Kyogen Group, master Kyogen wisely and reveal that the acidity of performers who will be making their American debut lemon, oregano, and garlic balance the at JapanFest! richness in chicken, lamb, and vegetable 32nd year. Each season has its own disgreek dishes. tinct food, flowers, and festivals, and The annual Atlanta Greek Festival attendees can sample seasonal foods presents “Atlanta’s Taste of Greece” this from over 15 different authentic Japanese food vendors and sake vendors. The Children’s Area and Ginza Street will offer an array of games, activities, and other opportunities for children and adults to experience Japanese holidays and festivals that are deeply rooted in the seasons. Workshops in Haiku and Ikebana, as well as seasonal japanese fashion will be scheduled throughout the festival. A full lineup of guest performers will In costume at the Atlanta Greek Festival By Carolyn Kutney

fall at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. At 44 years, the festival is one of the oldest food and wine festivals in the metro area. It features authentic Greek cuisine, decadent desserts, live music, entertainment, dancing, kids activities, and handcrafts, all set in an authentic Greek cultural experience. It’s a favorite of our former publisher and editor, Tripp Liles. So that’s reason enough to go. Free parking and shuttle buses to the festival are available at at 1800 Century Center Blvd. NE. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is at 2500 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta 30329. $5.00 per person; Free admission for children 12 & under; be sure to peruse the money-saving admission and food packages on the website. In October, The Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 27 years of  bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community This year’s Book Festival repertoire of 45+ authors will bring 13,000 people from across the Southeast to engage with and listen to their favorite local, national, and international authors. The festival opens on October 30, but there are four prologue events, the first of which is September 20, when Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow will discuss his book Rising Out of Hatred. The book  tells the intensely personal saga of Derek Black, who eventually disavowed everything he was taught to believe. Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. In college, Derek’s ingrained white nationalism began to fall apart when some students

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Finally, if you are not able to make the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, head way the heck down south to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. (What, it’s no further than all those softball tournaments your girls are in). On September 28 through October 7, you’ll find all the traditional trappings—greasy food, wacky games, carnival rides, and sideshows at the Georgia State Fair. Pig Racing? You betcha. Three or four times a day these world famous pigs will tear up the track as the crowd cheers but don’t confuse it with Churchill Downs, the pigs are somewhat smaller than horses and a lot funnier. Next door, they have pony rides, a 100animal petting zoo, and a giant pig. The Strangest Show on Earth, White Tigers, Puppetone Rockers, Thrill Show, Hollywood Circus, and more. ❍

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COMING ON FALL Entering its 8th year, the popular LIVE! In Roswell Series returns in October with its season opener, a new solo concert by Terry Burrell. Terry is a Roswell resident and hugely accomplished Broadway musical actress. Her vast Broadway credits include starring roles in major productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dreamgirls, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Eubie, and Swinging on a Star. She will premiere her show, Backstage and Other Stories at Roswell Cultural Arts Center on October 13. Backstage and Other Stories is a show you can subtitle “confessions of a Broadway star.” After all, audiences usually experience a production that seems flawless, but like life, things can and do go wrong.  Scenery falls, actors forget lines, fail to show up for a scene, or get the lyrics wrong.  Even the antics of an audience member can stop a show cold.  In this delightful evening of memories and melodies, Terry spills the beans and then some!  This rare and candid glimpse of life as a performer on the “Great White Way” will include special vocal arrangements from Terry’s illustrious career—songs that hold special meaning for her as well as tributes to the legendary singers who inspired her —from Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand to Ethel Waters, Eartha Kitt, and Judy Garland. Part of the LIVE! In Roswell series,

Terry Burrell in Theatrical Outfit's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, photo by Christopher Bartelski. October 13, 8 p.m., $30, season tickets available. 770-594-6232. Let’s travel from Broadway to a Middle Eastern-Americana mashup that grew out of Brooklyn and is settling in Dunwoody for an evening. Sandcatchers is a Middle EasternAmericana band comprised of experimental guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter, Michael Bates, an accomplished jazz bassist with a punk rock background, Myk Freedman, a pioneer of modern lap steel music, and drummer/percussionist Tim Keiper. The quartet explores the unprecedented combination of the oud, an instrument with centuries of history beginning in pre-Islamic Persia and Turkey, and the lap steel, a more recent invention with roots in the American South. Together with guest cellist Erik Friedlander, these musicians bring their varying backgrounds, specialties, and improvisational voices together to create a vibrant new sound. Their debut LP What We Found Along the Way will be released on November 3. (Chant Records). Catch them on The Falling Rocks Tour at the MJCCA Morris & Rae Frank Theatre on September 15. $15 – 20. ❍



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Bus drivers and cafeteria workers are an important part of the school day for little kids (big ones, too). In December, long ago, as Christmas and Hanukkah approached, all the elementary school children on our street stepped off the bus with a gift from the driver, Mr. Snow. Each one held an orange, bigger than his or her hand. A simple gift, a traditional gift, and memorable. Learning to read is helped along by a good memory, and literacy is always a high priority for Fulton County Schools (FCS). The Transportation Department, eager to help the district meet its goals, has developed an intriguing new “rolling classroom” approach. The literacy goal supporting the Student Achievement pillar of FCS’s Strategic Plan is for third-grade students to recognize 250-300 words by sight by the end of third grade. For the new school year, School Nutrition and Transportation have started a sight word program to help boost students’ reading ability. Each week, a new sight word will be chosen from a list suggested by High Point Elementary principal Carrie Pitchford, and signs will be posted. Magnetic signs with the week’s word will be posted at the front of the bus for each week, then moved to the ceiling of the bus as the next week’s word is posted. The same sight word will also be

posted in cafeteria serving lines. Bus drivers and School Nutrition staff will interact with students on sight word recognition. The weekly sight words are broken up into three 12-week periods, with the words getting slightly more complicated as the year goes on. Sight words at the beginning of the year include the, and, it, you, and me; the final 12-week period includes words like walk, above, mother, and think. “The sight words are good, especially for the younger students. But it’s also a good way for the older kids to prove what they already know,” said Samantha Thomas, FCS bus driver. For now, this pilot version of the program covers four elementary schools: High Point, Esther Jackson, Mimosa, and Asa Hilliard. A survey will be done in November to get feedback on the program from teachers and students.   Vickie Cross, Director of Transportation Operations, was inspired to start the program while reading Nancy Drew with her granddaughter, and the idea was quickly embraced by her colleagues. “Buses are the hallways to the classroom,” said Sam Ham, Executive Director of Transportation Services. “This initiative dove-tails naturally with student achievement.” ❍


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You remember the story, right? Perhaps you are living it? Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) will open their 2018-19 season with 9 to 5 the Musical. A heart-warming comedy of friendship and revenge, the musical is based on the hilarious hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and features Parton’s famous musical score. The book is by Patricia Resnick with GET’s production directed by Shelly McCook, music directed by S. Renee Clark and choreographed by Jennifer Smiles Plumley. Three very different women all employed by mega-company Consolidated are pushed to the limit by their terrible boss, Franklin Hart Jr., (Brian Kurlander) who is better at harassing his secretary than running the business. Violet Newstead (Jill Hames), a strong-willed longtime employee frequently passed over for promotion because of her gender, Judy Bernly (Wendy Melkonian) a divorcee

entering the workforce for the first time, and Doralee Rhodes (Alyssa Flowers), sassy, southern, and totally misunderstood by her coworkers. The trio reaches their limit with the boss, as we all do, but when they “accidentally” kidnap Franklin, they have the chance to take over their office and turn around their lives. Dolly Parton's snappy musical score takes center stage, led by the best-selling title song. A silly, sincere, empowering story of women in the working world. Ticket prices for 9 to 5 the Musical start at $33 for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and matinees; Friday nights start from $40, and Saturday nights start from $43. Book early for best prices. (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). Tickets are available now online at, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260. ❍



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Rehabilitation Garden Patients, families and team members are already enjoying WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s new rehabilitation garden. The garden features interactive elements for stroke and other therapy patients to utilize as part of their physical recovery. It is also made available to hospital guests as an outdoor respite area with walking paths to patio tables, benches and flower beds. WellStar North Fulton team members were the primary contributors and several individuals and hospital volunteers also gave in support of the garden.

PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

September. Truly one of the best months in the South: the kids are back in school, college football starts, prostate exams, a few cool days, and fall festivals. That’s right, I snuck “prostate exams” in there. I know you were hoping for my prediction of UGA’s chance at national championship, but this is still a healthcare article after all! And, it just so happens September is “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.” Prostate cancer is preventable with early detection. As of now, that early detection can only be made through a blood test known as a PSA (prostate specific antigen) and an oft-maligned DRE (digital rectal exam). Maybe one day we will have a non-invasive Star Trek tricorder to detect prostate cancer, but until then the PSA and DRE are our gold standard. For most men, this is not a common topic of conversation. When it comes up, we go into “earmuffs” mode and change the subject. But, that bravado can get us into trouble. Consider the following facts about prostate cancer: • Nearly 200K men in the U.S. are diagnosed each year • 30K men in the U.S. die each year • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime • 1 in 41 men will die of prostate cancer

• By age 50, 1 in 4 men have some cancerous prostate cells • 95% of prostate cancers are slow-growing; if caught before it metastasizes to other parts of the body, prostate cancer is highly curable • African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer have higher risk factors

So, here is my ask: Assuming you are male, have a discussion with your family physician about when you should have a prostate exam. The American Cancer Society recommends age 50, unless you have a risk factor, such as a direct family member who had prostate cancer. If your physician recommends an exam, comply by accepting some brief discomfort, and with the knowledge that early detection saves lives. Here’s to a Happy September and my wish that you will have many, many more! For more information about Prostate Cancer and how you can become part of the solution, please visit ❍

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Sept–Nov 2018 For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated.

XX SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group 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 678-694-8726 to register or for more info. Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and support one another. The group is facilitated by the Stoke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday of every month; 7 – 9 p.m. Classrooms A/B People with epilepsy as well as their family and care-providers are invited to attend this support group. The meetings will provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Please contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363.

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

COMMUNITY EDUCATION American Heart Association CPR Classes BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR* Saturday September 8. 9 – 3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals

Water Birth Thursdays 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, and 11/29 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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Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid* Saturday October 27. 9 – 3 p.m. This course is for the community and will provide a card upon completion.

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

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.

Friends and Family CPR* Saturday, November 10. 10 – 12 p.m. $25 CPR course for those who do not need a course completion card Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Saturday 9/8, 10/13 and 11/10 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.

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis: Do Our Chances Increase with Age? Thursday September 13 Do you know the difference between Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis? Join us for a discussion on symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.  Edward Holliger, MD Resurgens Orthopaedics Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Reservations required Save Your Brain for the Golden Years Thursday October 11 Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the United States. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms and what you can do to decrease your chances of having a stroke. Blood pressure screenings offered. Edna Kennedy MSN, RN Stroke Coordinator WNFH Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Reservations required

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for K-5th grade Sunday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. 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. Call 678.526.3335 or visit $30 per child (no tuition for parents).

Personal Safety/Self-Defense Workshop for Teen Girls (11 and older) Sunday, September 30, 3:30 – 5:30 pm. 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 the session with their daughters. Call 678.526.3335 or visit $30 per child (no tuition for parents). Medication Take Back Day Saturday October 27. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or Sharps for safe disposal. LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, November 2 9-4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk-ins welcomed *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.



WellStar North Fulton Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital is one of only three state-designated Level II trauma centers in metro Atlanta. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT’s Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process. “Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma,” said Freda Lyon, vice president of emergency services at WellStar Health System. “I’m very proud of our team at WellStar North Fulton who work tirelessly to reduce the incidence and severity of injuries and improve health outcomes for those who are injured.” The ACS Committee on Trauma’s verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the function of local, regional, or state health care systems agencies, such as the local emergency medical services (EMS) authority. “Following a trauma, we understand that every minute matters,” said Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital and senior vice president, WellStar Health System. “Our high-level trauma program is designed to ensure superior services are available to North Fulton residents and we remain committed to serving patients who are in dire need of medical care.”

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Committee on Trauma There are five separate categories of verification in the COT’s program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification. Each hospital has an on-site review by a team of experienced site reviewers, who use the current Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. ❍

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s the summer winds down and we start getting ready for the fall, we make a pause to remember those who have battled different forms of cancer. In September we think of those who have fought against prostate cancer, an illness that will affect one in nine men during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. And although it is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, the number of deaths from prostate cancer continues to decline. There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Study results often conflict with each other and most studies aren’t designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged, according to the Mayo Clinic. In general, doctors recommend that men with an average risk of prostate cancer make choices that benefit their overall health like eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising frequently. In terms of diet, the Mayo Clinic suggests choosing a low-fat diet, eating more fat from plants than from animals, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day, eating fish and reducing the consumption of dairy products.

Prostate cancer tips from the doctor Scott D. Miller, MD, medical director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital and leader in the field of laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgeries, gives some recommendations to men who want to stay ahead of prostate cancer. Scott D. Miller, MD

• Screening with the PSA (prostate-specific

antigen) blood test is the best way to catch prostate cancer before it spreads beyond cure. • Starting at age 40, all men should learn how prostate cancer can affect them. • Don’t wait until symptoms develop; at that point the cancer has most likely spread beyond cure. 

• The earlier prostate cancer is treated, the lower the likelihood of side effects from the treatment. • Your doctor will not mind if you seek a second opinion prior to deciding on a treatment. 

By the numbers

164,690 Men in the United States who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

66 Average age of diagnosis.

74% Higher risk of prostate cancer in black men compared to nonHispanic white men.

91% Of prostate cancers are found when the disease is confined to the prostate and nearby organs.

Nearly100% 5-year survival rate for most men with local or regional prostate cancer. Source: American Cancer Society

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Miller please call WellStar Medical Group Urology in Roswell at 470-956-4230.

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TOPLESS IN ROSWELL den before we run out the door; or if we accidentally put on two different colors of blush: one cheek pink, “Are the guys looking you over in and the other cheek deep cherry. We’re good. that thing? A beautiful blonde at But, I understand completely that young men are the wheel?â€? My husband is so cute. driven by an evolutionary mandate. In monkeydom, I’ve just pulled into the garage in males want female monkeys with the most colorful my new convertible sports car. ared rumps. The are indicates fertility and is a total “Sweetie, blonde or otherwise, I’m a 63-year-old woman behind that “Come hither, young monkeyman. Let’s do this for our tribe.â€? wheel! Botox or no, I don’t think We “matureâ€? women, on the other hand, might no anybody is looking at me. They’re lookin’ at the car!â€? longer have the ability to â€œďŹ‚areâ€? amingly, and Somewhere along the path of life, we mature women kind of become invisible to men. Ladies, am I perhaps that’s where the irresistible desire to score a convertible sports car comes in. Hey! Guys have been right? We don’t turn heads, younger men’s eyeballs never connect with ours, and no, they’re deďŹ nitely not aring themselves with cars since the ďŹ rst one came interested in the “beauty of women of a certain ageâ€? off the line over a century ago. Ladies, if they can do it, and experience. From our perspective, most of us we can set aďŹ re to the are of an engine. Why, a adopt the “I really don’t care what anybody thinks of girlfriend and I recently ared as brightly as hot coals meâ€? syndrome. This collective mindset of 60one beautiful evening with the top down. We relished something females is the reason many of us don’t care the lushness around us, the breeze, and the stars. We if we’re wearing plaid pants with a owered top; or if cruised Canton Street chuckling together with “Yeah, we’ve created a teased hairdo shaped like an animal’s everyone, we’re cruising, and you’re not!â€? By Di Chapman

There’s something about getting a convertible that changes things around you... it’s hard to explain, but people are fascinated by them, and perhaps jealous of the driver. I admit they do look fun. And when I’m opening the top in 11 seconds I still marvel. And perhaps I swagger a little at the wheel. I can go topless while waiting at a stoplight. I really don’t know what the convertible mystique is, particularly the sports car version. I’ve never needed a slammin’ set of wheels for deďŹ ning myself or creating an image. I’m comfortable in my own skin, as they say, but I know it’s hard to believe that I’d be okay with driving a dented Celica. It’s true. I’ve never “deďŹ ned myself â€? by the car I drive, which, by the way, was quite unheard of in Southern California. It’s kind of a “It’s not who you are, it’s the car you drive. Who cares who you are?â€? place. I recall one embarrassing moment years ago when I borrowed my little sister’s cute, but aged, sporty little Japanese car. Earlier, it had been one of the “itâ€? cars. I was visiting her in California, from Texas, and she

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When you see Di around town, be sure to give her a nod and a wink. offered those wheels to get around. She was making the leap to driving a lovely sedan. In the meantime, I was sputtering around in that cute little road weary car, very much aware of the “image” I was projecting. I pulled into a gas station, and a nice man offered to fill ’er up, but not before I managed to rip out the parking brake handle from under the dash. With a flushed face, I explained. “It’s my sister’s car.” Uh huh. I held my head high as I squealed out of the gas station. My first look at a convertible was in the 60s, when my car salesman neighbor brought home a big cruisin’ Pontiac Bonneville with the top down. It was Seattle, for crying out loud, but that did not deter him and his family from having fun in that boat-sized convertible. That vehicle had panache. I remember his wife laughingly cozying up in the front seat, with the standard convertible women’s wear, the scarf that preserved her ultra-bleached beehive hairdo. Cloudy skies didn’t deter their fun. Driving a toll road on an unusually rainy day in Southern Cal, my sister saw the craziest convertible story yet to be told. Driving beside her was a mature woman, convertible top down, singing with the music at the top of her lungs, ignoring the rain that pelted her. Now, that was a woman enjoying her convertible, weirdness aside. All she needed was Gene Kelly dancing on the hood.

When you climb into a sports car convertible, it indeed changes the way you see the world. I can’t believe my first convertible arrived when I turned 63. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year (No way!!), and he announced it was time for me to have a hot car. Even then, I wasn’t sure. Who needs a hot car? I honestly said, “Sweetie, I’d be happy to drive a used something.” The conversation continued over the next few weeks. We both agreed that, although Georgia’s 85- to 95-degree summer daytime temps might kill the top-down activity, a convertible sure would be cute to drive. I caved. Why not? I’m revving around town, doing nothing exciting but hitting the gym and the grocery store. I’m having fun. The upside of being a 60-something woman driving an awesome convertible is that, even though she knows the young men who stop beside her are thinking, “What a waste to have that woman driving that car,” WE get the last laugh. We’re stepping on the accelerator in that baby, and they’re not. ❍ Di Chapman is an inspirational author and speaker, a branding expert, and an executive coach. 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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TULIPS FOR METRO-ATLANTA LANDSCAPES Tulips bring color to the early landscape


NOW OPEN ‘Angelique’ is a soft and luscious apricot-pink double late tulip. Photo: Auli Nikkanen, Creative Commons Green Scene, by Geri Laufer Who can resist tulips with their energetic burst of color in Spring? Tulips are both the most colorful and the easiest flowers you will ever grow. All you have to do is plant the bulbs this fall and the flowers will appear in March, April, and May. You may have heard of “pre-chilling” the bulbs, but in metro-Atlanta this is not necessary. Prepare the soil and plant about 4 inches deep, “pointy side up.” This is an ideal project for school children, pre-schoolers, and even 2year-olds. Where to Plant Tulips Tulips will be contributing color to your landscape before most other garden plants. They provide curb appeal in mass plantings; containers and window boxes; entryways and borders. When summer annuals need to be replaced in the fall, plant tulip bulbs underneath those pansies, violas, parsley, and wall flowers for a warm welcome.

Types of Tulips Since there are so many types of tulips, the International Register of Tulip Names published by the Royal General Bulb Growers has developed a classification system. In broad strokes, there are early and late tulips and single and double tulips. Single Early Tulips I find early tulips are the most welcome. These include the kaufmanniana tulips with striped leaves. These reliably came back for four years (!) at my mailbox when I lived in Roswell. Double or Peony Tulips Double early tulips are short with large, double blooms that resemble peonies. while ‘Angelique,’ a soft and luscious apricot-pink, is the most famous of the double late tulips. Lily Tulips Lily tulips are the ones that look like childrens’ drawings of flowers, with pointy petals. They add a grace note to the garden. Multiflowered Tulips Each stem branches and has four to six full sized flowers, creating a spectacular display that lasts several weeks.


Where to Get Spectacular Tulip Bulbs 23 Caution: If you leave your tulip-buying until the last minute and pick up a bag of discount mixed bulbs from a big box store, they will be smaller and less reliable. Some may never come up. Instead, if you mail order some tulips, you will 1.) learn a lot, 2.) be able to choose a color scheme, 3.) get a wonderful box of tulips to open and plant, and 4.) be more successful with larger diameter, healthier bulbs. The four mail order sources where I buy tulip bulbs and many other bulbs, from narcissus to lily to grape hyacinths to ipheion (spring starflower). Brent and Becky’s Bulbs (delightful & reliable) Van Englen, Inc. (wholesale, but that’s ok since you will need a lot) Tulip bulbs should feel heavy for their size, have no fungus lesions, include the brown tunic coat and may show green sprouting. Van Bourgondien (also wholesale, with lots of enticing perennials, too) Parrot and Viridiflora Tulips These both have McClure & Zimmerman (great streaks of green along with their colors, and in the bulbs, great learning tool) case of parrot tulips are fringed and “whipped” and Caring for Tulips look like exotic orchids or fiesta pottery opening flat. Fork some soil conditioner into the beds where Species Species tulips are small and the most like wild tulips. A number of these repeat in our area. Try you will be planting tulip bulbs for better rooting Geri’s favorite species tulip, Lady Jane clusiana. Photo: Geri Laufer and more vigorous, long-lasting flowers. Then forget T. saxitalis, T. sylvestris, T. clusiana, T. clusiana Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic chrysantha and T. bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’. A favorite them until next spring. After flowering you can leave designer husband David, and English Coonhound of mine is ‘Lady Jane’ Tulipa clusiana, a small, slen- them to try again, or pull them up and compost Lily are working on designing and installing a der red and white striped beauty. You can find these them, loosening the soil for summer annuals as the never-finished landscape. mail order. cycle begins again. ❍





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If one wants to start a hullabaloo among suburbanites, the topic of high-density neighborhoods will get the sparks flying. Many uOTPians favor the live, work, and play (LWP) multi-use complexes, while others bemoan the main reason they fled to the bedroom communities is to flee such overdevelopment. Love them or hate them, North American Properties was well ahead of the curve with their trailblazing concept Avalon in Alpharetta. They’ve been a massive player in the Alpharetta/Roswell explosion as an epicenter of Greater Atlanta dining. Some may even provoke the city slickers and assert that it is the nexus of grubbery in the metro area. One of their biggest coups was getting intown player Alex Kinjo to not only open a northern outpost of his enormously popular sushi and Japanese restaurant MF Bar in Phase 2, but also a Vietnamese concept right next door—District III. Despite reaching stardom with his mastery of Japanese cuisine, Kinjo is in fact Vietnamese. The menu at District III is inspired by the French Colonial influence in his hometown of Vang Tau in Vietnam.

Two of my kids love mussels. When dining out as a family, we fought over our share of countless mussels appetizers at highly-rated restaurants in numerous states. My daughter and I agree MF’s baked green mussels, with Japanese mayo, eel sauce, scallion, and masago, is as good of said dish as we have ever devoured. It rivals Foundation Social Eatery’s Spanish octopus for best seafood first course in the immediate environs. When I finally get that $2 million inheritance from the rich Nigerian uncle I completely forgot about, I’m not going to necessarily travel the world, though the thought of eating around the globe is tempting. I certainly won’t being sporting any Armani threads. Nope, I just want to spend the rest of my life scoffing lobster rolls and toro. No silly, toro is not named after


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Avalon’s mastermind Mark Toro, the Managing Partner and co-founder of North American Properties. At least I don’t think so. It’s simply the Japanese name for the fatty part of tuna in the belly portion. MF’s toro is absurdly fresh and succulent. Unfortunately, this is why I fear walking into a topshelf sushi provisioner. I have the appetite of three mortals combined, and the mouthwatering savory excellence of MF’s toro makes it impossible to control my champagne tastes. I could easily run up a bill over $100 a sitting… if I could afford to blow $100 on meal on regular basis. Yes, I mean on just the toro, pre-tax and tip, without breaking a sweat. Plus, the not-so-well-kept secret about Avalon is that one does pay a premium for pretty much everything there. Sure, NAP successfully recruited Chick fil-A to open a store fronting the Old Milton border of Avalon. However, the Atlanta-based chain is the only thing resembling cheap eats in the high-end walkable community. A bit easier on the wallet is District III, right next door at the eastern end of Avalon Boulevard, or as it’s colloquially referred to as simply, “the Boulevard.” I will be forever grateful that District III is a place my least adventurous eater child and I can still bond over great food. Somehow I convinced my chicken noodle soup loving son to sample D3’s chicken pho. We hit the jackpot. He is hooked. For the uninitiated, pho is simply the Vietnamese version of soup, made with thin rice noodles and always fresh herbs. While my beloved offspring sticks to the chicken, I prefer the pho combo of rare beef, brisket, and meatball. Not since Saigon Café had just one location in Duluth have I had a version around town this good.




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September is here, and that means it’s time for Oktoberfest! Wait, that doesn’t sound right, does it? The belief that Oktoberfest is held in October is only partially true. The tradition began in Germany in October 1810 during the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12. Ludwig’s Dad, Bavaria’s King Maximilian I Joseph threw a two-day event with food, drinks, and a horse race. The festival was so enjoyable, it became an annual event. Two hundred years later, the event hosts around six million thirsty visitors who consume over 6.5 million liters of beer in a span of 16 days. Eventually, the festival start moved into September to enjoy the warmer nights. Oktoberfest is a popular tourist attraction and something everyone should experience once. Locals from Munich and Bavaria flood the city each year for their share of eating, drinking and dancing on tables. Concerned about not understanding the traditional German drinking songs? Fear not. While attending in 2016, one tune rose above the noise of the crowd as a result of loud voices, beer flying out of mugs, and festival goers climbing on tables to get their share of the spotlight (including me!). That song… Y.M.C.A.

In Germany, six breweries are authorized to brand an Oktoberfest beer. In Germany, only six breweries are authorized to brand an Oktoberfest beer. This restriction isn’t shared by U.S. breweries. As a result, craft brands both large and small release their own variations every fall. Samuel Adams OctoberFest was the first seasonal to hit the shelves in 1989 which started the craze for many local and regional craft brands. Fall seasonal beers are typically named Oktoberfest, O’Fest, Festbier, or in the case of Currahee Brewing, Der Betrunken, which translates to “be drunk.” While many of these brews are readily

available, there are traditional German beers and special release U.S. beers available if you know where to find them. Spaten, a German Oktoberfest is available at Tap & Six and other specialty beer shops, as well as Hofbrauhaus Freising, a brewery that has been distributing beer since 1160. Tap & Six is celebrating Oktoberfest September 28 –30. Stop by for a taste… but no guarantees of a Y.M.C.A. sing-a-long! Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer bar and market located in historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street.



Thank a Georgia Vet Simpson & Simpson Accounting, a local CPA firm, recently gave back to two local veterans who served combat tours in Afghanistan and continue to serve in the military. Sergeant First Class Darrell Shelnut and Staff Sergeant Trey Wright each received a $500 gift from Simpson & Simpson. “I love the military and this country,” said Josh Simpson, CPA, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom III. “Though I’m not in the military anymore, I want to give back to those who are currently serving and to display my continued support. I want these warriors to know they are appreciated.” Both sergeants who received gifts served in active duty combat units. After leaving active duty service, they transitioned into the Army National Guard of Canton, Georgia. SFC Darrell Shelnut thrived as an infantryman in the Marine Corps with the 3rd battalion 6th Marines, deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, received the Governors Twenty Tab, Air Assault Badge, and many other awards. SSG Trey “Billy” Wright excelled as an Army cavalry scout in the 25th Infantry Division, earned the Army’s Parachutist Badge in Airborne School, performed various counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan, and gained many achievements. Simpson pledged to donate 2% of proceeds to honor local veterans or active military throughout the year to thank them for their service. He especially enjoys working with entrepreneurial-minded veterans when they launch their own businesses. “Starting a business can be really complicated,” he said. “We look at making adjustments to help companies be as profitable as soon as possible.” Simpson returned from active duty to start accounting school at KSU, where he met his wife, Monica Simpson. She’s the other half in the Simpson & Simpson name. They launched their firm in 2010,

Above, at left, SFC Darrell Shelnut and SSG Trey “Billy” Wright. Below, Josh Simpson hands SFC Darrell Shelnut a 500-dollar check. which has grown to include two CPAs and three accountants.

East Cobb The owner of the Avenue East Cobb’s Olea Oliva, Smita Daya, has written a An Odyssey of Flavors, which details Smita’s culinary journey through food using extra virgin flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars and super spices. The book releases in September. Stop in at Olea Oliva., they have a large selection of gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars and specialty spices. Plus, there are monthly food workshops. Great American Cookies/Marble Slab Creamery is opening this month in the Providence Square shopping center on Roswell Road. Great American Cookies is known for its assortment of different flavored fresh-baked gourmet cookies, brownies, cookie cakes, and Double Doozies cookie and icing sandwich. Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is made from scratch in the store, as well as an assortment of milkshakes and handmade ice cream cakes. The two together under one roof make for a great treat! ❍

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Festivals, Fairs, Fall, Fun

Some argue it’s the music, and many go to a festival just for food and brew. Others are shoppers, looking for the latest artisan, silly, useful, or beautiful artwork to buy. Some are out for the stroll, some are people-watching, some are towing kids to the children’s activities, making memories and taking them home tired. Whichever group you fall into, pick a few and plan on going.

Roswell Arts Festival

Marietta StreetFest

September 15 and 16 Historic Town Square The Roswell Arts Festival returns for the 52nd time with fine arts, original crafts, a fun lineup of entertainment and children’s activities, and a healthy dose of small town charm to capture the interests of everyone on the square on the third weekend in September. A variety of food trucks will park to satisfy hungry appetites. Access to the festival is easy and Lainey Daly works in repurposed glass art visitors are encouraged to take on canvas to create coastal to abstract advantage of the free shuttle themes. running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have space for your purchases. Presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, an allvolunteer group, the festival Marci Scharko is back with truly natural raises funds (over $1 million so skincare products made with pure essential far) that benefit the Recreation oils and plant botanicals from & Parks programs in Roswell. So Turnrow Bath Body & Home. if you’re feeling the stress leave you at Serenity Garden (2016), enjoying the shade covers at the sprayground (2010), or remember the construction of Waller Park in 1967 (wow, you’ve been kicking around awhile!) just know those projects are a couple of the dozens of ways the Festival funds have benefited recreational needs in the area.

September 15 and 16 Marietta Square The 26th Annual Marietta StreetFest, held  September 1516, focuses will boast free family activities including arts & crafts booths, the Hubcaps and History Car Show  on Saturday, a kid-friendly activity zone and Tiny Tot Town. Ten bands comprise the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Each year, the festival draws more than 21,000 attendees to the Marietta Square, amid a variety of local shops, dining options, and historic sites. The Marietta Museum of History will be open with free admittance.

Painting-watercolor/pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Wood and Jewelry.

Fall Folklife Festival Saturday, September 22 Atlanta History Center Celebrating our exhibition Barbecue Nation, this year’s Fall Folklife focuses on barbecue traditions of Native Americans, African Americans, and European Americans. Smith Family Farm provides the ideal backdrop for exploring our Southern foodways traditions with chef demonstrations and discussions in our open-hearth kitchen. Hands-on demonstrations explore Southern crafts such as corn husk dolls, blacksmithing, pottery, food preservation, and candle dipping. Sip local brews while listening to the sounds of Georgia folk musicians, visiting with regional folk artists, and exploring signature exhibitions, and the fall foliage in our Goizueta Gardens.

Scarecrow Harvest

September 29, 2018 Milton Avenue Alpharetta Milton Wine Festival Alpharetta will come alive with September 23 colorful and creative life-size scarecrows at the Scarecrow Harvest. K-5 schools design and Fundraiser for Children’s create over 120 scarecrows each Charities with 100 wines to try. year which are displayed (See article on page 4 in this throughout downtown issue of The CurrentHub. Alpharetta. Businesses, nonGibbs Gardens Arts Festival profit organizations, civic Sandy Springs Festival groups, neighborhoods, families September 22 and 23 September 22 and 23 and individuals also design and 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ballground Heritage Green and the surrounding display scarecrows. The festival streets includes live music, hay rides to 50+ select artists and artisans the Log Cabin, quirky face will offer their work for The Sandy Springs Festival painting, festival food, artsy purchase during this two-day offers two days of art, live music, arts festival. Visitors will have a cultural performances, a pet pa- activities, stimulating storytelling, inflatables and the unique opportunity to stroll rade, chalk walk art aforementioned scarecrows! through 220 acres of competition, 10K and 5K race, spectacular gardens and attend children’s programming, classic North Georgia State Fair the Arts on the Great Lawn. The rides, gourmet and festival food juried show includes 2-D Mixed options, and much more.  What September 20–30 Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Clay, started as a picnic is a major Drawing, Fiber/Leather, Glass, event. 20,000 people can’t be The artistic, craft, baking, and Metal, Painting-oil/acrylic, wrong.


but no sampling please! This reproduction of a turn-of-theOctober 4 – 14 century town is complete with a 235 Castleberry Rd one-room schoolhouse, a workCumming, GA 30040 ing post office, barbershop, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, Heritage Village, a living history Baptist and Methodist exhibit, will feature working churches, and a quilting house. demonstrations of authentic Plus, the general store will be farm machinery such as a stocked with homemade items cotton gin, saw mill, corn mill, to enjoy! syrup mill, grist mill, blacksmith shop, steam engines Cherokee Indian Village, Olympic High Dive show, Lady exhibit center, cider press and chicken house. Even the forbid- Houdini and other daily attractions round out the carnival den moonshine is on display,

Cumming Country Fair

rides and food. Concerts are Confederate Railroad on October 9, and Trace Adkins October 11. Admission fees, see website.

Crabapple Fest Oct 6, 2018 The first Saturday in October in Milton means festivals, football, food and fun when you head to Crabapple Fest. This arts festival featuring over 100 juried, local continues on next page

in Historic Downtown Roswell


with a Saturday morning parade through the streets of Duluth (more than 3,000 participants!). The parade is followed by an opening ceremony with entertainment taking over the two stages for the rest of the day. With more than 375 booths, the life of the Festival is found on the streets of Duluth. You will find Contemporary Christian artist Crowder handmade crafts of every will hit the stage at the North Georgia description, including clothing, State Fair, Friday, September 21. linens, fall and Christmas decogardening talents of local rations, furniture, jewelry, and exhibitors will be on display in toys among others. Sponsors true fair fashion, in youth and adult entries. Maybe you’ll wit- present services for improving ness the phenomenon known as your life, home, and family. the Walking TreeMan! See our Separate areas contain kids’ write-up on page 2 in “Choices.” games and rides, a full-fledged carnival, and a Man’s Corner, to Duluth Fall Festival boot. In Man’s Corner, (women September 29 and 30 are welcome too), don’t miss (Carnival only on Sept 27 and 28) live college football games broadcasting under the tent. It’s The Duluth Fall Festival begins guaranteed…no lace!

Fall Festivals, continued from p28 antique and art vendors, kids’ activities, local musicians, fantastic food, and more, is brought to you by the City of Milton and Crabapple Community Association. Spend the day shopping for one-of-akind items and enjoying all Milton has to offer! The Fest will take place in the heart of downtown Milton at 12650 Crabapple Road. Parking is free. Shuttles will be available all day from Crabapple Robert Randolph and The Family Band will First Baptist Church, 12760 perform at Wire & Wood Birmingham Highway.

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival October 19 and 20 KSU Sports + Entertainment Park, Kennesaw The 5th Annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is Atlanta’s largest Hot Air Balloon Festival and costume party. Save the date and check back with The CurrentHub in October.

Chiaha Harvest Fair

Ridge Ferry Park, Rome Georgia October 27– 28 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Chiaha has grown into a juried Songwriters Festival show of artists and craftsmen Downtown Alpharetta from all over the country, October 12 and 13 including many demonstrators, sharing the skills of their craft Nationally recognized singerthroughout the weekend. The songwriters will gather together festival is known for its stellar to perform their original songs, entertainment, featuring musigiving music lovers a behindcians from far and near, the-scenes look at the stories including Cornbread Killers that inspired country, rock, and Tina and the Goose. Also blues, Americana, and on hand, the offerings of an bluegrass songs. Attendees will unduplicated variety of local experience nationally food vendors, many of whom recognized veteran songsmiths raise money for their own good and local up-and-coming talent causes through the event, which Barret and Maison R., enjoying will satisfy your craving for deliFall Farm Days at the Smith Plantation. as music fills the streets of downtown Alpharetta. cious, hand-prepared treats. Don’t miss the cider pot, Annual Fall Farm Days at Smith Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Glen Phillips of Plantation Toad the Wet Sprocket, Davin October 13 McCoy, Hannah Thomas, The Presented by Roswell Garden Club & Mosleys, Chasing Lovely (on the Archibald Smith Plantation cover) and others await you at the Wire & Wood Songwriters Fun for the whole family featur- Festival. ing artisan exhibits & demonstrations of life on a 19th century farm. Free activities provided by Roswell Garden Club including handmade birdfeeders, crafts, scavenger hunt, floral arranging, petting zoo with farm animals, wagon rides and more! Hotdogs & hamburger lunches as well as baked goods available for purchase. Free. Open house tours are $5 per person (children under 12 are free). Davin McCoy will perform at Wire & Wood

brewing throughout the weekend, with free cups of cider for all in attendance! The mission of the Chiaha Guild of Arts and Crafts is to support arts and art education in the Rome/Floyd Community. Admission fees, Free parking.

Johns Creek Fall Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 27 Newtown Park The Fall Family Festival at Newtown Park features music, games, carnival activities, arts & crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Dress up the kids (age 12 and under) for the Costume Contest during the festival, which will be held at noon under the large City tent on the field!

Cornbread Killers (above) and The Strange (below) perform Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Chiaha Harvest Fair.

P U B L I S H E R ’ S N OT E

My good friend and partner Tripp Liles has moved on to the next exciting stage of his life and I want to personally thank him for all the amazing knowledge he’s passed on to me. We all wish you and Laura the very best with your new business. A hearty welcome to Joe Duffy, our new Restaurant Reviewer and local expert on anything food. Many of you already follow him online, so if you found us by way of Joe, welcome to The CurrentHub. We’ve also added Ethan Craig, Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six in Roswell. He really knows his stuff and we look forward to learning more about the history, business, art, and science of craft beer. Tara Gary is our new Director of Sales but Tara’s skills go far beyond having the ability to talk with anybody she runs into, she’s also a custom furniture builder, craft beer expert, and wedding/event planner. We’re thrilled that she’s agreed to join our happy family and we look forward to all the great things she’ll bring to The CurrentHub. Last by not least I’d like to congratulate our designer and now editor, Carrie Kutney, who for some reason has started going by Carolyn. Carrie has been with The CurrentHub for six years, copy-editing along with designing, and I’m just thrilled she agreed to take the job because she’s one of the major reasons we’ve been able to flourish over the years! I wanted to say more but I was told by Carrie to keep this short and she’s the boss! Until next month, Mark Penstone Publisher

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