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As the school year is winding down and kids are restlessly anticipating their summer break, it’s fun to plan some exciting adventures with family and friends! Our Summer Adventure Guide has great ideas in Suwanee and the surrounding areas that will keep you busy and creating lasting memories! We had a number of heartfelt and touching submissions for our Mother’s Day contest. Check out the winners on page 10. Before and after photos from the makeovers will be included online and in the next issue. It was very difficult to chose, as every mother and grandmother submitted were deserving! We have included all of the submissions on our website at Suwaneemagazine.com. On a final note, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those touched by the tragic events in Boston. The Big Peach running group ran a silent mile in commemeration which was attended by one of our staff who commented that it was "the most significant mile I'll ever run." From one community to another, God bless.

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SBA Member Comments: SBA has provided me with many valuable connections, mainly with local business owners who are striving for success the same way I am. I don’t feel like just a small number in a large pool of people, kind of like shopping at a large supermarket versus the local mom and pop shop where you will get some TLC with your experience. The casual atmosphere really allows me to position my company(s) to members and approach others without the need of a strict business environment. While professional demeanors are definitely valued, we are allowed to loosen up and talk on a more personal level to understand each other’s business practices and find out the ‘whys’ rather than just the ‘whats.’

- Pete Patel, Lab Testing Solutions

We joined SBA to meet other business owners in the Suwanee area. It has been great for me because the Suwanee Business Alliance really believes in using other members for business. We go to as many meetings as we can. My wife and I have only missed one in 18 months. We love the business and social aspects of the group. And it’s well worth the $60 per year.

John Ferroni

President IPS Agency

SBA meetings afford me the opportunity to see some of my financial planning clients on a monthly basis, and to just enjoy new and old friends among the membership, all in a relaxed setting.

- Barry W. Calano,

Financial Advisor Level Creek Wealth, Inc.

We joined the Suwanee Business Alliance to build business relationships and friendships within the local community. We love going to the meetings to hear about upcoming events in the community and what opportunities might exist to give back. We were welcomed with open arms when we first joined, and obviously the more involved you become, the more opportunities present themselves. It is definitely an association that is worth way more than the small annual fee to join.

- Bob and Starla Pellegrino Owners of Pooch-N-Paws

I'm a member of the SBA because it allows Quantum National Bank to support the small businesses in our community and to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with them. I enjoy our meetings because that's where the relationships blossom. It's always fun to mingle with business owners who are also friends and neighbors. We all share the mutual goal of building strong businesses to help strengthen the Suwanee community.

- Dana Litman

Chief Financial Officer & SVP Quantum National Bank

The SBA is a great way to get involved in Suwanee. I have been a member of the SBA for over ten years. I meet people from many different businesses, find out what they do and have to offer me and the community and how we can help and their businesses grow and prosper.

- Richard Trice

Former Mayor of Suwanee/Current SBA President

No wonder this group has grown from a small handful of business folks to over 200+ members. You should try it and find out why comments like those above are just a small sample of what we have to offer you, your business, and our community!

- Ed Szczesniak

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According to the Oppenheimer Mutual Fund Company, over the past 15 years Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have experienced a 17 percent annual average rate of return, compared to 7 percent for the Standard & Poor’s 500. Cumulatively, that computes to 938 percent for MLPs compared to 157 percent for the S&P 500.  While not appropriate for everyone, we feel every investor should at least assess the potential of MLPs for their portfolios. MLPs own the backbone of America’s energy infrastructure (drilling, transporting, storing and ultimately delivering capabilities) for oil and gas products.  This is so important that Congress created a special tax status and corporate structure (MLPs) to promote the production and delivery of these critical resources.  In the past few years, the U.S. has discovered huge deposits of both oil and gas which may soon turn our country into an energy exporter instead of an importer.  The technology to extract these vast new assets is already available, but the transportation and storage capabilities (“midstream”) are currently the weak links in the energy chain - and may offer the biggest investment opportunities. Many stocks or mutual funds are purchased primarily in hopes of selling them later for a higher price – a capital gain.  While this is also a goal for MLPs, their main focus is to generate income by owning and then leasing pipelines and storage tanks to major oil and gas companies. The long-term leases can provide a steady income – which is impacted less by the current price of oil or the gyrations of the stock market.   The investment world is constantly changing, and your portfolio should Send us your adjust accordingly. Like all equities, investment MLP’s are not guaranteed questions to by FDIC, may make or lose answer: info@ money, and may raise or lower suwanee the amount of interest they pay. It is always important magazine.com to obtain professional advice before investing. ■ The views expressed in this article are not necessarily that of Suwanee Magazine.

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Suwanee Wellness Center offers safe, non-surgical, multi-disciplined approach to the treatment of neck, lower back and other neuromuscular injuries BY: Amy Wilson ith today's focus on convenience, more businesses are offering a variety of services under one roof. Apex Healthcare in Suwanee is no exception. Located next to Gold's Gym, the wellness center offers medical and chiropractic care, physical therapy, interventional pain management, massage therapy as well as supervised weight loss programs and allergy testing and treatment programs. "Our location allows our patients to be able to go to the gym to work out, leave their kid in daycare next door, pay a single co-pay and get all of the services we offer in one trip,” Dr. Curtis Pierce said. “It is a very The decision to become a doctor rewarding feeling to went hand in hand with Pierce's love of sports. Extremely active in sports as a help a patient get past Left to Right Back: Dr. Brian Guetter, Opal White NP-C, child, Pierce said he played soccer and an injury or out of pain Candace Cooper, Christy Smith, Charles Williams PT, baseball at the collegiate level. And, as a David Murray. Front: Dr. Curtis Pierce and enjoy their life to sports fanatic, he also suffered his share of injuries. the fullest.” "I had a great amount of respect "The end result was the amputation of my left - Dr. Curtis Pierce for the physicians, chiropractors and physical leg below the knee, to save my life." therapists who helped me get back on the playing This happened about ten months before the field,” Pierce said. “In addition, my mother was a critical care Suwanee office opened, so Pierce's recovery process was nurse so I was always around health care. I always wanted to intense and opening the Apex office was a driving force that got help as many people as possible, and being a doctor allows me him back on his feet. to be a part of that each day. It is a very rewarding feeling to "I take great pride in this office, as it is a special part of what help a patient get past an injury or out of pain and enjoy their kept me going after an unfortunate event," he said. life to the fullest." And giving back to the community also remains important. Suwanee residents since 2004, Pierce said he and his "Suwanee has a great sense of community and strong drive to wife found the decision to open a practice in Suwanee to be be great,” Pierce said. "We’ve always tried to take an active role an easy one. in helping the city by sponsoring local youth sports teams and "Chris Palmer, the owner of Gold's Gym, had let us know attending as many community events as possible. We were that they were opening a new facility in Suwanee and wanted honored to be able to step up and donate our time and services us to be a part of their building," Pierce said. "I also wanted to to the members of the Get Fit Challenge." be close to the area where I worked so I could give back to the For more information about Apex Healthcare and Rehab, community in which I live, to help friends, neighbors and people visit the website at www.apexhealthcare.net. ■ I would meet out and about in Suwanee." Opening the practice was not without its challenges, though. Shortly after moving to Suwanee, Pierce broke both bones in his Apex Healthcare & Rehab lower left leg while playing baseball. 245 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Ste 100 "What should have been a quick fix turned into a month 678 541-0777 and a half in the hospital and two weeks in critical care due to apexhealthcare.net complications and infection from the fracture," he said.

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Suwanee Couple Shares Simple Message: Less Judgin' More Luvin' BY: Amy Wilson

aking the decision to have a positive outlook may seem simplistic, but that simple step can be life-changing, as one Suwanee couple has discovered. With their website and product line, Less Judgin' More Luvin', Chris and Georgianna Shumate are sharing this philosophy with the world. Chris Shumate has always been a straightforward person, but he says he began to realize a couple of years ago that his tendency to say what was on his mind—good or bad—wasn't always received well. "Although people seemed to appreciate my sincerity, my delivery made me seem unapproachable” Shumate said. “I began to evaluate how I interacted with people and realized it was time for me to make a change." He expressed that realization in four lighthearted words: Less Judgin' More Luvin'. The basic idea began around May of 2011, but it wasn't until September of that year that Shumate and his wife decided to build the idea into a brand. Spending the next year developing the website design and the look they wanted, the site went live in December 2012. The Less Judgin' More Luvin' website currently offers products such as t-shirts, hats, koozies, and cups, all of which feature their message. In the future they hope to expand their apparel line to include fleeces, loungewear, and holiday-themed items, and they are also looking to add more accessories like bracelets, mugs, and bags. Long-term goals include a children's book and stuffed animals. They are working on expanding into retail markets, as well, and plan to have their products in gift shops and boutiques as well as at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. Friends and family have helped them to spread the word and the line of products has been well received. "From our analytics, we know the response has been from people all over the world,” Shumate said. “We are receiving very good feedback. They like the look and feel of the shirts and the message is resonating with people. They seem to recognize how substantial the positive applications can be, and many like the concept as it applies to them personally. Many [people] have also suggested buying the shirts for children in school as an opportunity spread a positive message among the students and help instill values.” Local support and feedback have been important, too. Originally from Snellville, the Shumates moved to Suwanee almost four years ago. "We moved to Suwanee in September of 2009 because we knew it would be a great place to raise a family,” Georgianna Shumate said. “Our friends in the community have been extremely supportive, from helping to spread our website on social media to wearing the shirts where they work and around town. It is exciting to hear the feedback they receive when someone sees the shirt." That positive response is something the Shumates hope that everyone takes away when they see one of their products. "However they might interpret it, we hope that it inspires a positive emotion and prompts that individual to pass that feeling along to those around them," Shumate added. To learn more, please visit www.lessjudginmoreluvin.com. ■

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ith Mother’s Day falling on May 12, we asked readers to share with us why their mom is the “Best Mom in Suwanee.” Suwanee We had a number of great submissions and wish we could honor all of the amazing moms in Suwanee and surrounding areas. Visit us at www.suwaneemagazine.com to read all of the entries. Our top picks are listed below. Winners receive a complimentary complete makeover from Salon Greco European Day Spa, Suwanee Magazine goodies and the top 2 entries receive a $50 Sugo Italian Restaurant gift card.

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My mom is the bes t mot her in Suw ane e bec aus e she sac rific es any thin g and eve ryth ing she has for her child ren, whil e also bein g an awe som e pers on hers elf! My mom , Jan e Hun t Puc kett has a lot to offe r man y indu stri es with her arti stic tale nts . Of cou rse, bein g the bes t mom , her tale nts are ofte n not read ily visi ble, as they are filte red into eve ryth ing she has give n to and doe s for her 4 child ren. My mom is esp ecia lly ama zing bec aus e she has an 18 yea r old son who she still car es for aro und the cloc k due to his disa bilit ies and med ical ly frag ile stat e. My mom taug ht us to hav e com pas sion and help car e for my brot her and any one else in nee d who can not help them selv es.

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How is the Suwanee Housing Market?

BY: Andrea Wright OF COLDWELL BANKER ave you been wondering what is going on with the Real Estate market in Suwanee? Are values really going up, and are houses really selling again? These are the right questions to be asking right now! Things are changing, and we are in the perfect location to see these changes. Yahoo! Finance conducted a study of the “Top 10 Moving Destinations in the U.S.” and Atlanta was the country’s most popular place to move to last year, Suwanee being third out of all the cities in Atlanta.

We know people are moving here, but what is going on with today’s housing market? ◆ Home prices bottomed out the first quarter of last year. ◆ New construction and resale homes are up year over year for 12 months straight. The last time that was true was back in 2006! ◆ The inventory of homes is so low, meaning that there are fewer homes on the market than back in the early 1990s when there were half the people living in Atlanta, 3.4 million, compared to today’s 6 million and counting! ◆ At the rate homes are selling, Gwinnett County’s supply of homes will be gone in 2.6 months. At the peak of the market in 2007, Gwinnett County had a six month supply of homes. This correlates to how fast homes are selling now, quite a few sell within three to four days of being listed, instead of the six to 12 months we saw in the past few years. What a huge market shift!

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Does this mean we are moving back to a seller’s market in our area? Yes! In addition, new home builders in Suwanee are seeing something they have never seen, an increase in sales during a time of year that is generally considered slow. For example, Baxley Ridge in Suwanee sold eight homes in February. The onsite agent, Dwayne Hanks, explained that he has been an onsite sales agent since 2003 and he has NEVER seen this many sales at this time of year before, and I have heard similar comments from a number of agents in the area.

Atlanta was was thethe country's Atlanta country's mostmost popular place popular place to move to last year, to move to last year, Suwanee being third Suwanee being third all cities the cities out ofout allofthe in Atlanta. in Atlanta. So, at the end of the day, with interest rates hovering around 3.8 percent, there has never been a better time to buy, but more importantly, a better time to sell your home. For more specific information on buying or selling a home, consult a real estate professional. ■


The Best Culinary Experiences Suwanee Has To Offer

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BY: Amy Wilson & Tana Christian Suggs

o matter where a business owner decides to open and operate a business, some make it a point to get involved in the community where their business is located. Dick Cunningham, owner of Ippolito’s in Suwanee, is one of those business owners that choose to be involved. And it’s a two-way street. Cunningham credits Suwanee and the surrounding communities as a big part of the restaurant’s success. In fact, he likens the regular customers to an extended family, and said they feel blessed to have such enthusiastic support. Cunningham and his wife, Penny, opened Ippolito's in the Dean Taylor Kroger shopping plaza on Oct. 31, 2000. Cunningham said even though the initial restaurant location was not in the Suwanee city limits, they participated in all the community and Suwanee Day events. Then in January 2007, they relocated the restaurant to its current location at Town Chicken Francese Center in Suwanee. And while the Cunninghams reside in nearby Alpharetta, they are both active in the Suwanee community, where they spend most of their time. Founded by George and Toni Ippolito in 1989, Ippolito's Italian restaurant offers casual neighborhood dining in a friendly atmosphere and emphasizes excellent service, with a dedicated and experienced staff. Menu items include sandwiches, pizza, calzones, strombolis, and specialty chicken, veal and seafood dishes, all in healthy portions. They also offer a wide variety of wines and desserts, and carryout is available. Cunningham recalled when they opened in Suwanee, Toni Ippolito's father, Bill Simon, was there to welcome them. "Bill Simon was a resident of Suwanee and a neighbor of then-mayor, Nick Masino and his family,” Cunningham said. “Being a very enthusiastic resident of Suwanee and a big fan of Ippolito's, Bill persuaded Nick and Suzanne (the Masinos) to participate in our grand opening and cut the ribbon." Decorated in traditional Italian décor with the smell of garlic rolls and homemade sauces, the restaurant provides a comfortable and friendly, neighborhood restaurant feel. Patrons can dine inside or dine alfresco on the patio adjacent to Suwanee’s premier property, Town Center Park. Ippolito’s can also accommodate private parties.

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Patrons can dine inside or dine alfresco on the patio adjacent to Suwanee’s premier property, Town Center Park.

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food Cunningham said they take great pride in being a good corporate citizen. Over the years, he said, they have been a member of the school board at Walnut Grove, Taylor Elementary and Creekland Middle School, for a total of five years of service. As graduates from the initial Suwanee Citizens Police Academy, the Cunninghams continue to lend their support to each graduating class. In addition, Ippolito's is a member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and in July 2012, the business was honored as the chamber's Small Business of the Month. "We have been very fortunate to secure the support of the residents of Suwanee and the surrounding Gwinnett communities," said Cunningham. "We feel we have been blessed with an extended family by the support of our regular customers." Other locations include Roswell, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Norcross, and Sandy Springs. For more information, visit the website www.ippolitos.net, or Facebook at facebook.com/ IppolitosItalianRestaurant. "We always welcome you to a great meal and lots of fun," said Cunningham. â–

Ippolito's Italian Restaurant 350 Town Center Ave. • Suwanee, GA

678.985.4377 www.ippolitos.net

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Organizations & individuals Who are Giving Back BY: Amy Wilson

Rock 4 Robert Benefit Concert for North Gwinnett High School Graduate

n enthusiastic crowd of about 600 filled the North Gwinnett High School gymnasium on March 21 to show support for a Bulldog alum. “Rock 4 Robert,” a concert staged to benefit 2008 NGHS graduate Robert Pritchard, was headlined by country artist and North Gwinnett graduate, Andy Velo, and also featured American Idol contestant and current NGHS junior, Alexa Gilomen. Pritchard, who played football at North Gwinnett, suffered from seizures and a stroke last July and subsequently was diagnosed with a condition called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (or CVST), which is a rare form of stroke that results in a blood clot on the brain. Proceeds from the benefit go to help Pritchard with rising medical costs and expenses. "My idea was not just to raise money but to raise awareness, and let Robert and his mother, Natalie, know that the North Gwinnett community cared about and supported them," said community coach Mike O'Rouke, one of the event's organizers. And he knows Pritchard well, having coached him in youth football, too. O'Rouke credits one of the football team's trainers, Mackenzie Heck, who suggested last fall during one of the football team's Monday night Bible study meetings at Level

Creek United Methodist Church that the team should participate in a service project. While trying to decide what to do, the group saw an article in the local newspaper about Pritchard's condition. O'Rouke, who also owns Peach State Audio and has been associated with the music scene in Atlanta and the Southeast since 1976, decided to put the two together and hold a benefit concert. "I felt a concert could really pull the community together and show Robert how much he meant to us,” O’Rouke said. “Andy Velo, who is a North Gwinnett graduate, signed on immediately to perform. Once Live Event Solutions agreed to provide the stage, lights and sound, we were ready to move forward." O'Rouke said that between their sponsors, ticket sales and donations, they are pleased with the results, and that the support of the North Gwinnett community has been outstanding. "I can't say enough about the effort and support the school and its administration, the Touchdown Club, the football program, and the sponsors gave to make the concert for Robert a success." The Stroke Awareness Foundation is still accepting donations on Robert's behalf, and on July 13 they will be hosting a gala for Pritchard in Orlando, Florida. To donate, please visit their website at www. strokeawarenessfoundation. org/Donate_Now. Please visit MORE PICS the Rock 4 Robert Facebook @ Suwanee page at facebook.com/ Mag.com Rock4Robert. ■

North Gwinnett High School Alumni Andy Velo and Robert Pritchard

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founder of the festival. “We feel privileged to know housands of people donned green shirts, and be able to work with Kingdom Kids. They are an St. Paddy’s Day hats, accessories, and amazing organization that give families facing really there were even a few kilts at the 3rd annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest. The tough circumstances something to look forward to.” sold-out festival took place on March 16th, St. For more about Kingdom Kids, visit Patrick’s Day weekend. The beer fest included supportkingdomkids.com. ■ more than 300 craft beers to choose from, a Home Brew contest, live music, games and a variety of food from Suwanee and surrounding areas. A portion of the beer festival proceeds as well as money raised from the Home Brew contest, presented by Brew-Depot, went to Kingdom Kids to fulfill wishes for kid’s facing challenging circumstances. The check was presented to Kingdom Kids in April, at a party given to thank the volunteers that helped make the Suwanee Beer Fest possible and to honor Kingdom Kids. “It’s really touching to hear about the wishes that will be granted with the money given from the Beer Fest. It makes you feel good to help something nice Veugeler Design Group and Brew Depot present Kingdom Kids with happen for someone that could really use a check from the 2013 Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest. some good news,” said Randall Veugeler, Lt - Rt: Kingdom Kids founder Kevin Ford, Jodi Ford, Brew Depot's Bob Carlton,

Veugeler Design Group’s Angela and Randall Veugeler, Kingdom Kid's co-founder Justin Hutchinson

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Summer Camps

Full-day Camps from $125/week*

Arts  Music  Athletics Outdoors  Martial Arts  Dance Theatre  Science Sign up online at gwinnettparks.com or call 770.822.8840 *Higher non-Gwinnett resident fee applies


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ummer is the perfect time for an adventure! Whether it’s an imaginative art class, a train ride, a North Georgia Mountain getaway, some high jumping at an indoor trampoline park, a wildlife safari, or saddling up for a ride, there’s something for everyone this summer. And to help you decide the perfect adventure for you and your family, we have compiled a list of places sure to make your summer fun and adventurous...

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SUMMER Looking for a getaway for the day? Visit Wild Animal Safari! You will find animals from 6 continents roaming across the Georgia countryside. More than ‘just a zoo’, Wild Animal Safari is one of the only parks of its kind in the southeast. You can get up close with hundreds of animals in the Serengeti Adventure. Wild Animal Safari is home to some of the rarest animals in the world, such as Ligers, Gaur, Giraffes, and Siberian Tigers. Bring a picnic or dine at the Safari Grill. Check out Wild Animal Safari at www.animalsafari.com and on facebook. Get your wild life on!

The Broad River Outpost uses one of Georgia’s best kayaking and canoeing rivers. SlowWater or beginner WhiteWater, the river is perfect for every group. $20 Weekends or Holidays - $15 weekdays per person boat rental. Camping for groups or individuals - $1 per person donation. Bring your Club, Class or Church Group for recreation, fellowship and or education. Groups of 10 plus, 10% discount. Two day rental, 10% discount. Hiking available at Broad River Natural Area. For info or reservations call 706.795.3242 or email info@broadriveroutpost.com. You can also connect to Broad River Outpost on Facebook and Google Map! Helping to protect the Broad River since 1980.

1300 Oak Grove Rd. • Pine Mountain, GA 31822 706-663-8744 AnimalSafari.com

7911 Wildcat Bridge Rd. • Danielsville, GA 30633 706-795-3242 BroadRiverOutpost.com

One of the top 20 guest ranches in the US (according to Travel + Leisure magazine) is a little more than an hour’s drive from Suwanee! The Southern Cross Guest Ranch, just outside of historic Madison, welcomes guests from around the world to their 230-acre facility with 16 guest rooms and more than 200 horses. They offer horseback rides twice daily on their wooded trails, as well as delicious home-cooked meals. Come for the day, a few days, or a week (or more). It is truly a horse-lover’s paradise… a place to ride, relax, experience nature, and make new friends.

The Perfect Georgia Mountain Getaway! From private hot tub cabins with fireplace for getaways and honeymoons to 8 or 16 room group lodges with meeting space for retreats and reunions. Walk from your cabin, suite or room to the Relaxing Spa, Restaurant, Outdoor Pool, Riding Stables, Fitness Center, Gift Shop or Walking Trails, all on the peaceful 140-acre resort. Forrest Hills Resort also offers affordable, all-inclusive elopements plus Wedding and Reception services for 25-200 guests with outdoor wedding gardens, chapel, horse-drawn carriage and more! In Dahlonega call 706-864-6456, visit the website, www.forresthillsresort.com or “Like” on Facebook today!

1670 Bethany Church Rd. • Madison GA 30650 (Just an hour's drive from Atl) 706-342-8027 SouthCross.com

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GEORGIA GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Join with the marauding crew as you pillage and plunder or will you mutiny against the legendary pirate? Equipped with laser and vest, your adventure begins. Navigate fog filled passageways and make your way up to the main deck through a maze of plank board partitions, hidden rooms, around crate clusters and gunpowder barrels. Beware the skeleton pirate captain waiting for you at the top. Steady your feet aboard this mighty sailing vessel and prepare to experience a thrill that you can't find anywhere else...Call today for Birthday Parties, Fundraisers, Team Events and Corporate Parties! Like Laser Voyage Cafe on Facebook!

Join Georgia Gymnastics Academy for a summer filled with fun, friends and fitness. Learn gymnastics skills, climb the giant cargo net, enjoy the trampoline and foam filled pit, indoor and outdoor play, open workout and more!

Buford Highway • Duluth, GA GA30097 79111866 Wildcat Bridge Rd • Danielsville, 30633 678-514-3430 LaserVoyage.com 706-795-3242 BroadRiverOutpost.com

Suwanee: 145 Old Peachtree Lawrencevil e: 98 Patterson Rd 770-945-3424 770-962-5867

• Boys & Girls • 4 yrs old- ½ day only • 5 and up- ½ day or full day • Open to 3 yr old during select weeks • Summer Classes also available!

GGAcademy.com

Looking for art adventure? Check out Anita’s ArtsCool! Visit any of the ongoing classes for 1/2 price for your first day only! Offer good until August 1. Anita’s ArtsCool teaches drawing, painting, clay, fashion design, cartooning, and enrichment and encouragement to expand your creativity while developing your own style. There are many classes set to meet your own goals within the group. There’s experienced art instruction for children, teens and adults! They love to host art birthday parties, Ladies' Night Out, Step by Step Painting events for groups of mixed ages and scout groups, and summer art camps! Goal: Art fun while learning.

Durhamtown is America's largest Off Road Park. With over 6000 acres of adventure, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Explore over 150 miles of trails, race on 9 motocross tracks, practice your aim at the outdoor gun range, and MUCH more! ATVs, Dirt bikes, SxS, Jeeps, & 4x4s welcome. Rentals available. Come for the day, or stay for a week! Durhamtown has cabins, RV hookups, and campsites. Moonshiner's Festival and BBQ cook-off May 17th-19th. Meet the cast from Discovery Channel's Moonshiners! Enjoy moonshine, beer, barbecue samples, live music, games, FMX shows, and more. For info and tickets visit www.durhamtown.com

4264 Sudderth Rd Suite B • Buford, GA 30518 678-230-4937 AnitasArtsCool.com

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Treetop Quest, Gwinnett’s self-guided Treetop Obstacle Course and zip-lining. This Outdoor Adventure will bring your Family together, right in your backyard. Starting at 4 years old, swing, crawl, zip, jump, soar through more than 70 obstacles divided in 6 levels for different age ranges! Bring your picnic and enjoy an afternoon in Nature! Better yet, plan your children’s birthday party in the trees! For directions, hours and pricing, please call 770-904-3547, visit www.treetopquest.com, or email info@treetopquest.com

2020 Clean Water Drive • Buford, GA 30519 770-904-3547 TreetopQuest.com

Climb aboard for fun and adventure! The Southeastern Railway Museum is the place to be! You’ll explore historic train cars and locomotives, plus vintage buses, fire engines, a restored 1871 passenger depot, and more. Want to ride a vintage caboose behind an antique locomotive? Take a trip on a miniature park train? Looking for a great summer camp, or want to hold your next birthday party in a restored railroad car? It’s all here! Find out how much fun history can be at the Southeastern Railway Museum! Open 10am-5pm. Days of operation are seasonal; check website for current schedule.

3595 Buford Highway, Duluth, Georgia 30096

770-476-2013

SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.org

9th Annual Summer Horse Camp Come enjoy a week long horse camp at Lake Lanier Islands Resort including English and Western riding techniques, trail rides, riding to music, arts and crafts, horse body painting, horse grooming, and swimming at LanierWorld! Camp is recommended for beginner and intermediate riders, ages 7-13. Reserve your spot for June and July Summer Camps today by calling 1-800-840-LAKE, 678-318-7886 or emailing bpedaggi@lakelanierislands.com.

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway • Buford, GA 30518

1-800-840-LAKE LakeLanierIslands.com

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INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK

SkyZone indoor trampoline park is a true adventure. Imagine a seemingly endless sea of trampolines, all connected to form one massive trampoline surface. Now, imagine that surface enclosed with angled trampolines that allow you to literally bounce off the walls! It's a playing court so original and unique! This is a brand new way to move, compete and get fit!! But beyond the unique courts, Sky Zone is the Ultimate 3-D Play Experience and unmatched high-flyin' FUN... and it's not just for kids either! Sky Zone is enjoyed by people of all ages, shapes and physical abilities. From open jump, 3-D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes, to birthday party packages, group events and corporate team building outings, there is truly something for everyone!!

560 Old Peachtree Rd. NW • Suwanee, GA 30024

678-745-9900 skyzone.com/suwanee

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GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION The award-winning, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation offers a neverending source of fun activities any time of year. From a stroll on a trail, to playing a sport, to fitness or pottery classes, there is something for everyone! Gwinnett boasts year-round recreation classes, special events, summer day camps, skate complexes, leisure activities, art classes, swimming pools, tennis courts, disc golf courses, sports fields, and much more! Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation strives to meet the recreational needs of every resident, so come enjoy your parks and experience the best Gwinnett has to offer! Visit www.gwinnettparks.com for more information on locations, special events and recreational activities.

75 Langley Drive • Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770-822-8866 GwinnettParks.com

Send your child on a one-week adventure that will open their eyes to the world of dance and drama! Cinderella Camp for ages 3-5, and Coppelia Camp for ages 6-8 will give your child an appreciation for the art of ballet and opportunity to express their creativity. Drama Camp for ages 5-10 includes dance and acting classes culminating in an end of camp performance. Enrollment for weekly classes and Intensive is also open. Please visit http:// corneliaschoolofballet.com/summer-camps/ for more information or call 678-386-9429 to visit the school and register.

Roller skating is fun! It’s exercise, it’s great social interaction and most of all, fun for the whole family! Come Skate with your friends, classmates and family. Enjoy pizza, hotdogs, pretzels, popcorn, nachos and Pepsi products at the snack bar. Skate Country is proud to serve the community by providing clean, modern facilities where parents can feel confident in bringing their children to skate. The summer schedule includes matinee skates Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm. Come to Skate Country and enjoy the cool air, great music and fun for everyone.

425 Buford Highway Ste. 208 • Suwanee, GA 30024 678-386-9429 CorneliaSchoolofBallet.com

2700 Buford Hwy • Buford, GA 30566 678 546-1547 Skate-Country.com

Come on an adventure with Eye Candy Art Studio as they celebrate the 4th year of Art Camp! There are weeklong and daily drop-ins available that are full of fun artistic mediums for the whole family, ages 5+! Enjoy Glass Fusion, Pottery, Canvas Painting, Sculpture & More! Need some Adult Art Therapy? Eye Candy Art Studio has evening events such as Wine & Paint classes!! Mention Suwanee Magazine for $5 off your purchase of $20 or more!

3127 Main Street • Duluth, GA 30096

678-714-LOVE (5683) EyeCandyArtStudio.net

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BOATING

Having a Fun and Safe Time on the Lake this Summer

BY: Jeff Pruitt, Jr.

Attorney at Law, Pruitt Law Firm

iving close to Lake Lanier can provide an added dimension to summer fun. Many area residents pack a lunch, a cooler full of cold beverages and take the short drive to spend the day participating in a number of recreational activities and water sports on the lake. And now that Lake Lanier has reached full pool, more people may be taking a dive or making a splash. Whether one is beating the heat at the lake swimming, skiing or boating, having fun is a top priority. If boating is your summer recreation of choice, then you need to be aware of the new Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law set to go into effect on May 15, 2013. The Georgia Senate Bill 136 was approved by both the House and the Senate and was signed by Governor Deal at a ceremony at Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier in April. Everyone is still encouraged to have a good time while boating; however, the new law seeks to make it a safer experience for all ages. The “Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law” seeks to align the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for BUI and DUI. Previously, Georgia was one of the few states in America that had a higher BAC for boating (.10) verses driving (.08). Before, one could legally drink more while spending a day at the lake operating a vessel, yet once they got behind the wheel of a car or on a motorcycle they were legally intoxicated. Now, both charges have the same legal limit of .08 and have similar penalties. One can be charged with BUI if he or she is less safe

to operate a moving vessel due to the consumption of alcohol, drugs, or the intentional consumption of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor. Also, one can be charged with a BUI if you have a BAC of .08 or more if over 21 years old or a BAC of .02 if under 21 years old at any time within 3 hours after operating a moving vessel. For a first BUI arrest, you can be charged with a misdemeanor punishable with a fine up to $1,000.00, jail time, community service, completion of a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction program, subject to a clinical evaluation, and probation. Also, you can have your boating privileges revoked for a year. Being on the water is not the same as being on the road. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not need a reason to stop you on the water. The DNR can perform safety checks at anytime without probable cause. However, it is not illegal to have an open container on a vessel nor is it illegal for a person operating a vessel to have a drink. Even though the presence of alcohol can lead to a more stringent safety check, it does not mean you are violating any laws. It is only a violation of the law, if you are over the legal limit. It is important to take into consideration there are other factors on the water, such as engine noise, heat, sun and waves, which can contribute to impairment when combined with the consumption of alcohol or drugs. To be on the safe side, try to plan ahead and take necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day on the water. ■

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Snap Suwanee Winning Photos Now on Display

The 2013 Snap Suwanee winning photographs are now on exhibit at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue. Ten winning photographs were selected from among 66 entries received from 18 photographers. The annual exhibit includes photographs of Suwaneerelated people, places, and scenes. The 2013 Snap Suwanee exhibit will remain on display at least through the end of the year.

Suwanee's Super Incredibly Fun Race Returns to Town Center Park The City of Suwanee brought back its award-winning, super incredibly fun Super Incredible Race on April 20. The race is a scavenger-like hunt, a la Amazing Race meets small-town America in which teams of two or teams of family members receive a series of clues that require them to complete a variety of high-energy mental and physical challenges. During last year's event, contestants slurped spaghetti noodles, danced, raced on hippityhops, solved a multi-step math equation for which the answer was 30024, and told a joke, among other activities. The city extended the fun this year by The inaugural presenting its spring Suwanee's Super concert immediately Incredible Race following the race. was recognized as Departure, a Journey Best New Event tribute band, by the Southeast performed at Town Festival and Events Center. The concert Association. was free and open to the public.

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Fourth Annual Blue Jean White T-Shirt Benefit 2013 Miss Suwanee benefit pageant hosted It's Fourth Annual Blue Jean White T-Shirt Benefit Pageant for RELAY FOR LIFE, Saturday, March 30th at North Gwinnett High School. Over 100 contestants brought in $20,000 to compete for the coveted titles of Miss HEART and SWEETHEART of Suwanee.

Jade Yebon, after competing 4 years straight has finally captured the 2013 Miss Suwanee title.

The Sweetheart titles are distributed in 3 different divisions: • DIVISION #1 AGES UP TO 5YRS.: Addison Hayes of Sugar Hill with $500 • DIVISION #2 AGES 6 TO 11 YRS.: Grace Shugart of Suwanee  with $2,500 • Division #3 ages 12 and up: Christine Albright of Suwanee with $2,000

Hundreds Join the Herd

On Tuesday, April 16, Chick-fil-a Race Series attended the Tuesday Night Big Peach run where it promoted their “Run with The Herd” Gwinnett Life Run benefitting the Pregnancy Resource Center of Gwinnett. After the run, they served 200-plus runners chicken nuggets, gave out coupons for CFA sandwiches, and minimoos (miniature cow toys). The race will be held on Saturday, May, 25 at 8:00 AM. For more information or to register, please visit their website at www.cfaraceseries.com.

Miss Heart of Suwanee goes to the girl with the highest amount of sponsorship money and that title now belongs to Kailey Landress of Suwanee who raised $3,000 for RELAY FOR LIFE. The Miss Heart of Suwanee title (the competition's highest title) goes to the girl who has gone above and beyond and exemplifies what a true beauty queen is. Kailey has already started her journey and taken the first steps with her actions and shows commitment and dedication. These title holders will be busy this next year going places they've probably never been before as they represent our great community of Suwanee. They will reach out beyond Suwanee into organizations like Special Olympics, Feed My Starving Children, Operation Christmas Child, Gwinnett County Food Bank, Toys for Tots and many other charitable groups.  They will even meet the Mayor of Suwanee and Governor of our great state of Georgia! 

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Father & Daughter Cross Finish Line Together

The morning of March 5, 2013 was a special morning for Cindi Porter and her father, Bill Porter. Cindi Porter received official notification that she had been awarded the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner, and a few hours later, her father, Bill Porter, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at The George Washington University and officially became Dr. Bill Porter, CLU, ChFC. Cindi’s daughter Alexis, who was with her grandfather in Washington DC, received the good news from her mother in a text as they walked to the GWU campus for Bill’s dissertation defense. This father/daughter team of financial planners have worked as a team for the past 12 years at Aileron Investment Advisors, in Suwanee, Georgia, and they have also co-authored two books together: The New Rules and Tools for a Secure Retirement and 24 Investment Strategies.

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City Purchases Gateway Property

Superheros Converge on "Hall of Justice" On Saturday, March 23rd, a number of Suwanee’s own superhero’s braved the weather for a photo shoot in front of The Hall of Justice (Suwanee City Hall). The photos are being used in the City’s new ad campaign, “100 Reasons to Love Suwanee”. The full list can be found on www.suwanee.com. One of the reasons is “Our City Hall really does look like the Hall of Justice”.

Local Group Brings Easter Joy to Children in Need Members of the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club donated personal care items and candy (of course) for 24 Easter baskets to be given to youth currently residing at the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. The shelter is a residential care facility that provides both long- and shortterm services to youth ages 12 to 21 who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, or are in need of supervised care. A global community service organization, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club meets weekly at noon on Wednesdays at the Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway.

Suwanee Author Asks “One Question”

As part of its ongoing, longterm efforts to improve the Suwanee Gateway, the City of Suwanee closed recently on a 3.4acre tract at 2955 LawrencevilleSuwanee Road. The property currently houses the former May Queen Hotel, which has been closed for approximately a year for safety reasons. The city purchased the property from First Intercontinental Bank for $1.25 million with immediate plans to demolish the dilapidated buildings, clean up the site, and land bank the property for the future. One of the top community goals identified through Suwanee’s 2020 Vision strategic plan, in which some 800 community members participated last year, is improving the Suwanee Gateway, the city’s oldest commercial area, developed largely in the 1960s and 1970s after I-85 was extended to Suwanee. Recent improvements in the Gateway include the opening of the new Suwanee police training facility, extension of McGinnis Ferry Road, the recently completed streetscaping project around the interstate interchange, opening of Movie Tavern, QT, and other businesses, development of Northolt Parkway, and construction of 335 apartment units.

On April 2nd, Suwanee resident and radio personality Ken Coleman hosted a book release party at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. His Book, “One Question”, features a series of interview questions asked by Coleman. The book features “Life-changing answers from today’s leading voices.” Mark Burnett, creator of The Voice, Survivor and The Apprentice reviews the book, saying “Ken Coleman has a gift of asking the questions we should all be asking. One Question gets to the heart of the most important issues in our lives and taps into the wisdom of some of today’s most admired achievers.” Coleman can be heard on The Ken Coleman Show weekdays at 5-7pm on WDUN – AM 550/102.9 FM out of Gainesville.

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Happenings In The Suwanee School Clusters

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Charity Basketball Game Raises Thousands for Injured Suwanee Police Officer BY: Amy Wilson arch Madness broke out at Lanier High School on March 15 when Suwanee police officers took on some Lanier High School teachers in a basketball game to help out a school resource officer injured while on the job. Officer Rolando Jimenez was seriously injured Feb. 13, when he was struck by a car while directing morning traffic. Suwanee police officer Rob McCoy wanted to help the family as Jimenez focuses on his long road to recovery. "I have worked in law enforcement for eleven years, and I have seen officers in financial need when hurt on the job," McCoy said. He added that the basketball game was inspired by the annual excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament.

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Approximately 200 people attended the game, which included a charity raffle where they raised close to $8,000 to help the Jimenez family. "We were very pleased with the turnout with such short notice," McCoy said. And he attributed the night's success to the support of the Suwanee community, in particular the Suwanee businesses who donated items for the charity raffle. McCoy is currently planning a second event in conjunction with North Gwinnett High School, where Officer Jimenez also helped out from time to time. In the meantime, donations are being accepted on Officer Jimenez's behalf through the NobleHeroes Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that helps police, firefighters, and EMT personnel when they are injured or disabled. To make a donation, visit www.nobleheroes.org. â–


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The Latest From The Suwanee Art World

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North Gwinnett Arts Association’s

isual and performing arts will be showcased at the fourth annual Arts in the Park celebration, which takes place 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. May 18 at Town Center Park in Suwanee. With artist demonstrations and live performances throughout the day, there will be plenty to see and do for everyone. This year's theme--Art Splash!--will lend a relaxed, funfilled beach atmosphere to the festivities. Take a break from the sun beneath an umbrella, say hello to Captain Jack and the Little Mermaid as they walk around the park entertaining guests while listening to beach-themed musical performances. As in previous years, booths will circle the park; thirty artists are currently set to participate, in addition to the live entertainment. A high school booth will feature artwork from young, talented artists, and there will be information about the North Gwinnett Arts Association's Student Art Scholarship Award. If you're feeling creative, there will be a community art project for the public to participate in as well. Arts in the Park is organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association and is co-sponsored with the City of Suwanee with the purpose of celebrating local artists. "There’s nothing better than sharing the arts in a community that enjoys and appreciates what we do,” Vickie Johnson, president of the NGAA, said. “The fact that the City of Suwanee is so supportive of the arts plays a huge part in the growth and encouragement for all of the art forms in this community." The North Gwinnett Arts Association has more than one hundred active members and continues to grow. Membership Chair Brandy Posey also spoke about community.

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Suwanee A Celebration Brirt n the Beach to gs Town Center Pa rk on May 18th

"I have been with NGAA since July 2011 and have seen some amazing events and met some great artists,” Brandy Posey, membership chair for the organization said. “With every new member, I really try to stress the importance of arts in our community and how it’s important that we (NGAA members) interact with the community using our talents. An event like Arts in the Park is a great example." Among the types of visual arts represented will be painting, jewelry, elements-wood, metal, glass, pottery, and photography. Live performances will include music, magic, and acting. The Collins Hill Orchestra, James Erl Jones Band, Billy Jonas, and the Zephyr Brass Quartet are scheduled to perform. And don't miss the Zumba flash mob! There will also be several food and beverage vendors on hand, including Dunwoody Café, Taste Jamaica, Hobie Pop Kettle Korn, Jo Jo's Gourmet Lemonade, The Healthy Nut Food Truck, Big Boys' Smokin BBQ, Fatty's of Atlanta and more. ■

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he weather is heating up and summer is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to start picking out the best beers to match this wonderful weather. Some of you might be afraid that all craft beers are heavy and not the best choice for being outdoors in the sun, and will turn to lighter mass-produced alternatives. We will discuss some lighter craft beer options and a few particular brands of each you should try next time you are looking to try something new!

Lagers and pilsners are great options for most seasons, and summer is no different. With most variations having a biscuitlike, malt profile and a crisp clean finish, these are “go to” beers for many patrons. Lagers and pilsners are meant to be enjoyed at a temperature between 39-45 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can drink these beers nice and cold without worrying about the loss of taste…great for a summer day. Some brands to consider are Brooklyn Lager, Lefthand Polestar Pilsner, Gaffel Kolsch, Great Divide Nomad and New Belgium Shift Pale Lager (available in cans!). If you are looking for a local craft beer option, the Red Hare Long Day Lager is a perfect fit and is available in cans. My favorite lager at the moment is the Brooklyn Lager, and my favorite pilsner at the moment is North Coast Brewing’s Scrimshaw Pilsner. Try these out and see if you agree!

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Pale ales are another great option when you are reaching for a summer beer. I’m sure many of you have tried a Sweetwater 420 or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, so you are familiar with the style. If you aren’t, pale ales generally have a nice balance between hops and malt. Some are more citrus-like or piney and carry a bit of bitterness, and others you will find to be a little more on the malt-like side and have the hops f or more of a balancing act rather than a main component of the flavor profile. There are a huge variety of beers in this category and some definitely find themselves on the heavier side, probably a little more so than you are looking for on a warmer day so be careful. If you want to stick with a lighter pale ale try


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and find one that has an ABV (alcohol content by volume) lower than 6 percent. Some brands to try: Great Divide Denver Pale Ale, Victory Brewing Headwaters Pale and 21st Amendment Bitter American, which is available in cans. For some local options, give Terrapin’s Rye Pale Ale or Wild Heaven’s Let There be Light a try. I have to admit, having gone to The University of Georgia in Athens, I am quite partial to Terrapin’s Rye Pale Ale – So if you haven’t tried that yet, you should give it a go!

Finally, we come to wheat beers in our short review of summer beers! As with pale ales, there is a large selection to choose from. Wheat beers are easy to drink, very refreshing, and typically don’t have flavors that will overwhelm your palate. Blue Moon is a great example of a summer wheat beer; it is wildly popular with its refreshing citrus-like flavor. It is hard to say no to a pint of Blue Moon adorned with a slice of orange on any day, much less a nice summer day. So to put a style to the name, Blue Moon is considered a Belgian-style Wheat beer. These typically have notes of orange peel, citrus, and coriander. If you like this particular style, try Avery White Rascal, Ommegang Witte, or my local favorite, Monday Night’s Fu Manbrew! If you are into more of a traditional German-style wheat beer that brings subtle notes of banana and clove you definitely need to try Weihenstephan Hefeweiss, Konig Ludwig Weissbier or Lagunitas Brewing’s A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. American blonde ales are a variation of a wheat ale that came along with the rising of the American Craft Beer scene. Blondes are a little lighter and have a clean mouth feel with a touch of malt sweetness. Try out Atlanta’s own Red Brick Brewing Blonde ale if you are in the mood to try one!

Let this brief guide be only the beginning to your craft beer adventures this summer. Unfortunately we were only able to scratch the surface of these beers here, and it is up to you to go out and try these for yourself and see what best fits you!

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Brett Harrell, Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, Debbie Williams, Former Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams & Suwanee Councilmember Dick Goodman

2nd Annual Home Brew Contest Best Of Show Winner, Tim Lewis.

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The Veugeler Brothers: Phil, Randall and Paul

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Annandale Village’s 20th Annual Jazzy Thing APRIL 27th, 2013 WILD BILL'S

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The Suwanee Mayor's Club: Chris Yoder, Jerry Brown, current Mayor Jimmy Burnette, Richard Trice & Nick Masino

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Upcoming Suwanee Area Events

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May 2013 Monthly Events: Farmers Market

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Art on a Limb Daily through May Suwanee Creek Greenway, Sims Lake Park & White Street Park

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