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Cinco Mexican Cantina, Friends American Grill, Taco Mac, and Cheeky Crafty Cantina delivered delicious tacos to our office to compete for the title of “BEST TACO IN SUWANEE”. Turn to page 40 to find out how it all went down.

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A Georgia Summer Road Trip

From indulging in good Georgia barbecue and witnessing wild horses to braving an 80-foothigh suspension bridge, we’ve highlighted 10 fun things to do this summer in your own backyard!

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Exclusive Interview: Easton Corbin With seven Top 10 hits, two No. 1 singles, and performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. We had the chance to catch up with him ahead of his recent show in Sugar Hill.

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Cinco Mexican Cantina, Friends American Grill, Taco Mac, and Cheeky Crafty Cantina delivered delicious tacos to our office to compete for the title of “BEST TACO IN SUWANEE”. Turn to page 40 to find out how it all went down.

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The Best Taco in Suwanee entries photographed at Suwanee Magazine HQ on June 1st by Karl Lamb.

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Four of the six tacos that competed for Suwanee’s Best Taco. Find out who won Judges’ and People's Choice on page 48.


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Back-to-School Stories Here at Suwanee Magazine, we love encouraging students to write. We asked students of all ages to submit a fun and creative story about a time where summer had ended, and they had to return to school. Meet our guest writers for this issue.

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2018 Best Taco and Margarita in Suwanee Contest

This year, we took on the challenge of finding the best taco and margarita duo in Suwanee. We discovered that Suwanee has some of the best taco and margarita options in the area but only one could be named the winner!

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What 's Brewing: Atlanta's New Realm Brewing Company Located on the Atlanta Beltline, New Realm Brewing Company opened its doors in January of this year. Learn about the incredible experience they are bringing to Atlanta’s craft beer community.

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Henry at Sugar Hill Animal Hospital helps to answer all your pet-related issues.

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RLB Landscape Group If you are on a quest to find a trusted and experienced landscaper this summer, learn why RLB Landscape Group, North Georgia’s trusted landscape and design company, could be the best fit for you.

17 Investment Strategies Aileron Investment Advisors answer the following question, “How much risk is reasonable for my portfolio?”

29 Family Matters

Licensed Family Therapist, Laura Lebovitz, gives tips for helping your child beat the back-to-school blues.

34 High School Valedictorian Spotlight

2017 Suwanee Wine Fest Exclusive Pics

They may have come from various walks of life, but Jenna, Peter, and AnnaBelle all share one thing: they are some of the best and brightest students in Gwinnett County.

in every issue: 8 Editor’s Letter 56 The Buzz 64 People & Places 70 Event Calendar

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a note from our editor-in-chief

Telling the story of Suwanee his issue is always bittersweet as it spans the second half of summer break in Gwinnett County as well as the first several Angela Veugeler weeks of the new school Editor-in-Chief year. We have kept that Angela@suwaneemagazine.com in mind and are excited to bring you some great spots to visit right here in Georgia with our “Georgia Summer Road Trip” feature on page 18. Hopefully you will find some destinations you haven’t visited yet and can plan a day trip (or longer) and make some new memories. And don’t forget all of the fun things we have going on in the greater Suwanee areacheck out our calendar on page 70. As most everyone gets that uncertain feeling in the pit of their stomach as the first day of school grows closer, we have asked students to share a memory from when they went back to school a previous year. We have several in this issue (and more on our website!) to help our students realize that they are not alone. Laura Lebovitz also shares some great tips on getting adjusted before the school year begins. July/August has also marked our food issue for the last few years. This year we went on a search to find the best taco and margarita in Suwanee. Six Suwanee restaurants put their best food forward - to be judged on presentation as well as taste. It was a tough choice, but flip to page 40 to find out who came out on top. The people and businesses in our community make me feel grateful to call this area home. Our goal at Suwanee Magazine is to give you a glimpse into the

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heart of our community by telling the stories of the amazing people and businesses that live and thrive here. We take pride in representing our community and want to thank each and every one of our advertisers for supporting our publication. If you enjoy reading Suwanee Magazine, please explore and support our advertisers' businesses. They are awesome and we would not exist without them! One of our readers said it best recently and I wanted to share part of his email about our May/June issue: “Loved it. Real people, real stories, with a little glitz. Something to appeal to everyone which I know is hard to do. I am attracted, like I think a lot of people are, whether they want to admit it or not, to something I can relate to. Your publication nailed it. So, with this, I respect the advertisers that support this publication and am likely to pay them a visit when I'm looking for their service, product or eats. Looking forward to your next publication. Thanks for keeping it real.” -G. Brown Enjoy the rest of your summer with a margarita and a taco or two and happy reading!

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IF YOU DON’T SEE HOPE AND WILL,

IT’S NOT CHILDREN’S

ORTHOPAEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE We would like to welcome the more than 30 orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians, surgeons and advanced practice providers formerly of Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta family. Remember, if you don’t see Hope and Will, it’s not the Children’s expert orthopaedic care.

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Business Spotlight

RLB LANDSCAPE GROUP North Georgia's trusted landscape maintenance and design company treats every yard like it is their own BY:

NATALIE STUBBS / PHOTOS BY: WALT WOODEN

f you are on a quest to find a trusted and experienced landscaper this summer, look no further. Locally owned and operated, RLB Landscape Group’s Robbie Blankenship kicked off his landscaping interest at the young age of 13. With hard work and the curiosity for the potential of a business in this industry, his hobby turned into a means to earn extra income, which has now evolved into a successful company staffed with 15 full-time technicians. 12

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on paper won’t work on the ground, they will involve the client on the decisions of reworking the plan. If a tree is destined to grow 20 feet, but the customer prefers the current height, they’ll make them aware of the additional RLB Landscape Group maintains the turf, fertilization and flowers for clients year-round so that maintenance the tree will require their yards remain attractive and properly treated. moving forward. This transparency has led to gaining trust in the beginning, which they have found makes a significant difference in the long-run. But, caring for their customers certainly doesn’t stop there. RLB Landscape Group has always worked hard at With the priority of building relationships and upholding a status of good standings and rapport with connecting with clients, Robbie and his team go out of their vendors so they have the privilege of incurring lower their way to keep the customers’ best interests in mind. costs, which they pass along to their clients. Robbie also His philosophy: “We don’t plant for today, we plant for shares the imperativeness of investing in proper insurance: tomorrow.” They look ahead 3-5 years and decide what “We are fully insured – it’s very important to us. It protects needs to be done today to allow room for appropriate us and the client. The homeowner becomes liable for growth and ensure the materials they’re installing are a anyone working on their property if they are not insured. right fit for the location, now and in the future. If the plan That’s a factor that people often don’t think about.”  Established for 18 years without any advertising (until joining Suwanee Magazine in early 2018), RLB Landscape Group’s reputation speaks for itself. They pride themselves on treating each yard like it’s their own, which is proven through their wordof-mouth and referral-based clientele. When you initially reach out, someone on their team will be in contact within 24 hours to schedule a meeting at your home. One of the technicians will then visit your property and perform a walk-through to discuss all of your ideas and needs so that a personalized quote can be developed following the meeting.

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Robbie and his team not only want to serve you seasonally; they’re committed to year-round maintenance. They create ways for you to bundle and save so that they can maintain all of your lawn needs and monitor exactly what services are being completed and what products are being used. Despite the cost, RLB Landscape Group always uses quality-assured products and wants to ensure your lawn is consistently benefitting. Their fertilization technicians are also all licensed, providing you and your lawn the best possible care. Each customer has a designated maintenance day so you always know what to expect, but year-round maintenance also comes with the advantage of flexibility. Robbie and his team are able to adjust schedules as needed to accommodate you and your lifestyle, or special plans (like hosting a party) that might affect your needs. This also guarantees that Robbie can keep his staff employed fulltime, another privilege not all landscaping companies have. As the future and fate of RLB Landscape Group has emerged, Robbie’s wife, Carrie, has become an integral part of the process. In addition to serving as a strong support system for her husband and his team, she’s behind the scenes handling all of the administrative and bookkeeping business on the backend. She speaks humbly and highly of their team: “Robbie and his guys go above and beyond. They won’t finish a job until it’s done right and will fix any problems that may arise right away. Robbie coordinates and oversees the jobs, but isn’t afraid to pick up a shovel and work directly alongside his guys, which has really made them feel like a family. We are very fortunate.” One of Robbie’s favorite aspects of owning and operating a landscaping company is the challenge of a blank canvas at each property: “The jobs are rewarding and meaningful. We always learn from our mistakes and carry that with us to each new challenge. People are also using their homes for entertaining now more than ever. Landscaping used to just be sods, trees and shrubs - now it’s hardscape, outdoor living areas (like kitchens & fire pits), retaining walls, lighting – it’s totally evolved.” To stay up-to-date on this evolving market, Robbie attends trade shows to discover new trends. His attitude of being open and ready for change provides him with the adaptability to incorporate these new trends and stay a step ahead. “Keep up or get left behind,” he jokes. Whether you’re interested in lawn maintenance for your personal or commercial property, RLB Landscape Group takes pride in serving as a resource and is ready to build more connections in the community. They service locally in Suwanee, Buford, Sugar Hill and Hamilton Mill, as well as extending to Decatur, Brookhaven, Woodstock, Braselton and Gainesville. Considering Robbie still sees landscapes he began working on at age 13, you can trust he and his team will be by your side for the long-haul! ■

“Landscaping used to just be sods, trees and shrubs - now it’s hardscape, outdoor living areas (like kitchens & fire pits), retaining walls, lighting – it’s totally evolved.”

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I N V E S T M E N T S T R AT E G I E S BY: Bill and Cindi Porter, AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS

Q: How much risk is reasonable for my portfolio?

A: There are many different kinds of risk to consider and each should be assessed separately. Risk of principal: Can part or all of the original investment be

lost because of risk factors such as stock market and real estate setbacks? In your quest for higher returns, you should consider what percentage of your portfolio can you comfortably invest into assets which might incur a substantial reduction in value? Your emotional risk tolerance (not your friends or co-workers) must help guide you. Some people are comfortable with the roller coaster effect of risk taking but many are not. Are you?

Risk of losing purchasing power: If you have money in the bank earning 1% but inflation is 3%, your money is losing 2% of its purchasing power each year. How much of that kind of “safety” can you afford? Risk of inconsistent liquidity: Stocks and mutual funds are usually liquid and available at all times, but always at ever changing values. If your account is down significantly when you need money, can you afford – or are you willing - to access funds that might only be obtained at a substantial loss? How many of your assets are liquid and accessible only if the market is up? Risk of out-living your money: Americans are now living much longer, and at a time when the markets are very volatile and highly unpredictable. Many retirees have already run out of money and many more will follow. Without a plan, the possibility of such a nightmare is very real. Do you have a plan? Risk of “money muddle”: An unplanned and uncoordinated portfolio may result in unintended consequences. It is best to discuss “risk” with your trusted advisor before you invest. Securities and advisory services offered through Madison Avenue Securities, LLC (MAS), member FINRA/SIPC and a Registered Investment Advisor. MAS and Aileron Investment Advisors are not affiliated entities. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual’s situation.

Send your investment questions to: submissions@SuwaneeMagazine.com All the information in this letter is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information is strictly at your own risk.

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FROM C OAS T TO M OUNTAINS, YOUR G UIDE TO THE P ER FEC T P EAC H STATE SUMME R ADVE NTURE

A Georgia Summer

ROAD TRIP We’re lucky to live in a state that’s home to both sandy beaches and gorgeous mountains – with a lot of fun to be had in between! The summer months are the perfect time to hop in the car for a short road trip to take advantage of all of the exciting things the Peach State has to offer. From indulging in the best Georgia barbecue and witnessing wild horses to braving an 80-foot-high suspension bridge, we’ve highlighted 10 fun things to do this summer right here in the great state of Georgia! BY LIZZY KIDNEY.

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VOGEL STATE PARK A HIDDEN GEM located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park makes for a perfect weekend retreat. Whether you bring your own tent or RV, or rent an on-site cottage, this 233-acre camping scene is a onestop-shop for outdoor adventure. With an assortment of lake activities including fishing, paddling, and kayaking; a range of trails to fit a beginning or advanced hiker; and a playground and miniature golf course to keep the kids busy, summer fun (and views!) in the North Georgia mountains are hard to beat. gastateparks.org/Vogel

DRIFTWOOD BEACH ON JEKYLL ISLAND JEKYLL ISLAND HAS many hidden treasures, including what many refer to as the “Tree Graveyard.� With miles of incredibly shaped trees, Driftwood Beach is the perfect setting to enjoy a family picnic and let the kids explore. It also serves as an ideal backdrop for any picture! jekyllisland.com/activities/ driftwood-beach

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SOUTHERN SOUL BARBEQUE ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND AFTER RELAXING on the beach all day, take the family to eat at Southern Soul, which Southern Living Magazine crowned the Best BBQ in the South in 2018. We suggest ordering up a big plate of pulled pork with a side of old-fashioned potato salad and Southern fried okra. 2020 Demere Road St. Simons Island. southernsoulbbq.com Southern Soul has also been featured in Garden & Gun Magazine and was a Flavortown hit on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.”

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 Anna Ruby Falls is one of Georgia’s most popular hiking trails for a reason.

ANNA RUBY FALLS IN HELEN LOOKING FOR A FUN outdoor adventure? Take the dog and family to hike North Georgia’s Anna Ruby Falls Trail near Unicoi State Park. The half-mile hike follows a paved trail that ends with two twin waterfalls plunging more than 150 feet!

PHOTOS COURTESY LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH / WILLIAM H. ROBISON, INC.

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OLDEST BOAT COASTER IN THE U.S. AT LAKE WINNIE WITH UNLIMITED ride bands starting at only $25, the Lake Winnepesaukah amusement and water park is a fun and inexpensive day out for the family, where visitors can enjoy the thrill of amusement rides or cool off from the Georgia heat on one of their waterslides. Guests can leave the park saying they rode the Boat Chute, the oldest boat coaster in the United States! lakewinnie.com

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HISTORIC BLUE RIDGE RAILWAY

TALLULAH GORGE’S SUSPENSION BRIDGE EXPLORE TALLULAH GORGE State Park in Rabun County by hiking the nearly 2,689 acres that surround six different waterfalls. Connect with your inner thrill-seeker and venture out across the suspension bridge that hangs 80 feet above the gorge. Trust us, the breathtaking views are worth it! gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

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WANT TO EXPLORE the Blue Ridge Mountains, but hiking isn’t your thing? Climb aboard the Blue Ridge Railway for a 26-mile round trip train ride stretching from the historic depot in the town of Blue Ridge all the way to McCayseville, Georgia, and Copperhill, Tennessee. Take in views of the Toccoa River and Chattahoochee National Forest from vintage, climate-controlled or open-air rail cars. brscenic.com


CUMBERLAND ISLAND TAKE THE FERRY to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest barrier island, and experience a rare private, non-commercialized oasis! Check out Carnegie Mansion and most importantly, witness nearly 200 wild horses roaming freely throughout the island. cumberlandisland.com

 Rent bikes at the Sea Camp Dock on Cumberland Island and explore 17 miles of untouched beaches.

ROBIN'S LAKE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS GEORGIA’S “LITTLE GRAND CANYON” IN LUMPKIN KNOWN AS ONE of the Natural Wonders in Georgia, Lumpkin’s Providence Canyon looks like a miniature version of the real Grand Canyon. Visitors can snap pictures in front of the fantastic orange, purple, pink, and red colors that line the canyon. In addition to the Instagram-worthy backdrop, Providence Canyon is also a great place for hikes, camping and climbing. gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon

CALLAWAY’S 14,000-ACRE landscape on Pine Mountain is perfect for a romantic getaway or a fun family day trip. After strolling through the gardens, end the day at Robin’s Lake, the largest man-made beach in Georgia, with water skiing, tubing, and the action-packed Aqua Island. callawaygardens.com

? Did we miss your favorite spot for a Georgia road trip? Let us know on our Facebook page! Facebook.com/ suwaneemagazine.

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HENRY ANSWERS ALL YOUR PET-RELATED QUESTIONS...

ASK HENRY @ SugarHillAnimalHospital.com

Q: As my allergy symptoms increase

in the spring and summer, sometimes I notice the same symptoms in my dog. Could my dog have allergies just like I do? - Laura, Sugar Hill

A: Yes, your dog could be suffering from allergies!

There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, they are probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. But if their symptoms continue year-round, it's more likely their sensitivity is to something more constant in her environment or diet. Unlike humans, whose allergy symptoms usually involve the respiratory tract, dog allergies and cat allergies more often take the form of skin irritation or inflammation; a condition called allergic dermatitis.

If your pet has allergies, their skin will become very itchy. They will start scratching excessively and may bite or chew at certain areas of their body. They may rub themselves against vertical surfaces like furniture, or rub their face against the carpet trying to relieve the miserable itchiness by any means possible. Pets with allergies also often have problems with their ears - especially dogs. The ear canals may be itchy and inflamed as part of a generalized allergic response, or they may grow infected with yeast or bacteria. Signs your pet's ears are giving him or her problems include scratching at the ears, head shaking, and hair loss around the ears. If infection is present there will often be odor and a discharge from the ears. While respiratory symptoms aren't common in pets with allergies, they do occur. A running nose, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing are typical allergic symptoms in both two- and four-legged allergy sufferers. Typically pets with seasonal allergies to ragweed, grasses, pollens, molds and trees also develop sensitivity to other allergens inhaled through the nose and mouth. Animals with weaknesses in their lung fields can develop sinusitis and bronchitis, just as people do. Another sign to watch for if you suspect your pet has allergies is generalized redness. Allergic pets often have puffy red eyes, red oral tissue, a red chin, red paws and even a red anus. If you suspect your pet is suffering from seasonal or diet-related allergies get him or her to your veterinarian to discuss the many different treatment options that are available. Your pet doesn’t have to suffer, so schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so more serious conditions do not develop!

Your pet could be suffering from allergies just like you! In addition to environmental allergies that arise during the warmer seasons, there are many signs to watch for year-round that might reveal certain food allergies.

Henry’s helper for this issue was West Hamryka, DVM. Dr. Hamryka is the Owner and Medical Director of Sugar Hill Animal Hospital. His special interests include geriatrics and orthopedics.

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FAMILY MAT TERS

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By Laura Lebovitz, LMFT, Grow Counseling

Beat the “Back-to-School Blues” The fresh smell of new sharpened pencils, the sound of school bells ringing in the halls, reunions with friends you haven’t seen all summer, cracking open new binders for the first time… it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait, your kids aren’t actually excited about returning to school? They might be dealing with a bad case of the back-to-school blues! It is normal for both kids and parents to experience some sadness when the break from school is coming to an end. Returning to school can be a difficult experience for kids. By being proactive, you can help your kids alleviate those feelings of stress, dread, and sadness that sometimes come with the beginning of the school year.

Here are some easy ways to beat the back-to-school blues! Make an end-of-summer checklist for your kids. Kids sometimes feel sad about going back to school because they worry that the fun times of summer are over. Find exciting ways to end the summer break with a bang. Have each person in the family write down things they want to do to celebrate the end of summer and start the school year off on the right foot! Think of fun things you’ve never done around Atlanta before and try to check a few of them off of the list.

Ease into the transition. Big changes can sometimes feel overwhelming and difficult for kids. Try to ease into the new routine instead of jumping in right before school starts. Slowly adjust to the new sleep and breakfast schedule of the school year. Practice finding their new classrooms at school or making their way to the bus stop to help soothe any nerves. Also make sure to schedule some fun

activities even after school starts to make sure the fun of summer doesn’t end once the school year begins. Schedule some extra outdoor play time for the first week of school or a little celebration to help your kids feel excited about being done with the first week of school. Even something like a special dinner out or a family movie night could help your kids ease smoothly into the school year.

Reacquaint with old friends. Summer can get so busy with camps and vacations. This may mean that sometimes kids don’t see their friends until the very first day of school. Getting back together with school friends can help your kids focus on the exciting aspects of school instead of just thinking of the upcoming stress or change in routine. Schedule a play date or a BBQ get-together with old friends so they can get reacquainted with each other.

Create new goals for the new year. Find new ways for your kids to get excited for the school year. Have them pick a new school club to join, a sport to try, or even a local charity they could help. You could even create a goal for the entire family to try to accomplish like saving money for a special dinner out or even a vacation activity! Goals can help everyone feel less stagnant and more refreshed and ready to make the new school year a success! ◆

LAURA LEBOVITZ, LMFT Laura is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works in the Suwanee area at GROW Counseling. She received her Masters of Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families dealing with a variety of concerns. She specializes in working with anxiety, autism, selfharm, life transitions like divorce, and building healthy relationships within families.

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news from the suwanee schools universe

BACK-TO-SCHOOL STORIES Here at Suwanee Magazine, we love encouraging students of all ages to write about things they are passionate about. Our team asked local students to tell a story about a time when summer had ended and they, some very unwillingly, had to go back to school. We loved all of the submissions we received, but these three students stole the show! Read the submissions from our student authors for this issue:

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Is Middle School Really That Bad? Emily DiMaggio, 12

Buford Middle School kay, I’m not a little girl anymore. I’m just going to middle school, no big deal! Come on, Emily! You can do this!” Yes, I do speak to myself in the mirror, but you would too if you were about to be going to middle school for the first time! Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself, a lot of people have already been through that. I’m Emily DiMaggio, and I’m going to the sixth grade, my very first day of middle school! I’ve heard that in some schools, you go to middle school in fifth grade! Can you imagine, me, a fifth grader, with eighth graders in the same school! That would be intimidating. Wow, and I used to be intimidated by fifth graders! Okay, I’m hyperventilating. I can do this! The truth is, I’m afraid if you can’t already tell. “Come on Emma! Time to go!” My mom was shouting from downstairs. Oh, and Emma is my nickname by the way! Okay, I can do this, let’s go. “Coming!” I grabbed my bag and rushed down the stairs! My mom had my breakfast, an egg with toast. We eat our breakfast in the car because my brother, Evan, has to get to school way earlier than me. He’s now in tenth grade. He was standing there, a beast, he was. He’s a tall football player with bulging biceps. “Aww! You two look so cute! Here’s your lunchbox!” My mom loves us, and we love her! We have a tight relationship, “Come outside and stand there, between the two trees!” “Okay, Mom, just as long as you don’t post it on Facebook!” I don’t mind my picture being posted, but the thing is, my brother can’t smile for a picture! He thinks he has to be big and tough! Now don’t get me wrong, he is, but every girl would love a tough guy with a good sense of humor! Snap! Hopefully that turned out okay. “Okay, the picture’s done! Let’s go! I don’t want to be tardy for my first day of middle school!” We jumped in the car. On the way there, my stomach got butterflies, what if I mess up when they call each of our names! What if I get picked on? What if my teachers don’t like

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me? BEEP! I was so wrapped up in my thoughts, I didn’t notice that we were already at Evan’s school. “Bye, Evan! Love you!” We shouted our farewells. Now it was my turn. As we got closer to the school, I felt my heart skip beats, my hands getting sweaty, and I started biting my nails, I always bite my nails when I’m nervous. We made it. Everything around me seemed to slow down. All I heard was me breathing. I was floating. I went numb, but somehow my hand grasped the door handle, as if it had a mind of its own. “Bye, Emma, have a great first day! I love you!” “Bye Mom, see you after school!” The door is open now. I see one of my friends. “Hey Emily!” That was my friend Hannah. She’s so sweet! I met her at open house. “Hey! We really are sixth graders, huh?” “Yup!” The bell rang. We could now go inside. Me and Hannah went to the gym and talked until the next bell rang. I had to go to my first period. Mrs. Baker is my math teacher. “Welcome to math!” She sounded like she was nervous too, and her classroom smelled like honeysuckle. I took my seat. Third row, not bad! Class went by fast, and soon, the bell rang. Now we go to flex, whatever that means. I got a piece of paper that said my flex teacher, Mrs. Dodrill, and where her class is. I found her room and sat down. “Okay everyone! I’m Mrs. Dodrill and I’m your flex teacher. You don’t get a grade for this class, all you do is read or do IXL.” IXL is a website that helps us “learn” (more like rip our hair out). I hate IXL! It is super frustrating. Wow, I never really noticed this, but everyone looks different from last year. Everyone had acne, and a lot of people now have braces. Everyone’s taller and I see a lot of bleached hair. Everyone seems to fit that description. Well, everyone except me. I already had braces


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last year, luckily, they’re off now! I pulled out my book. It was a Warriors book by Erin Hunter, she’s my favorite author! I started reading. I was so wrapped up into my book that I didn’t notice the bell ringing. Everyone got up. I jumped. I grabbed my stuff and rushed out the door. Now, time to go to P.E.! I got to the gym just in time. “Let’s go ladies! Hurry up! We’ve got push-ups to do!” Our coach was yelling at a group of boys. In P.E., we ran, did push-up, squats, and I can’t even remember what else we did! I was too tired. At the Academy, we only played games! Once P.E. was over, I went to Chorus. Yay! I love singing! I met my teacher, Mr. McQuade. His smile was kind and he seemed like he was actually happy to teach! Class was amazing! We sang, and we already learned so much from him! He was so much fun, and I think he thinks I’m a good singer too! The bell rang, and I grabbed my stuff and headed for the door. Maybe I will get a solo! I can just see it! Me, a star! I ran into the door. I guess I was so caught up daydreaming. I went to my third period, my language arts class with my teacher, Mrs. Brown. I sat down at my seat. As soon as she came into the room, she started yelling at us and saying corny jokes. Finally, lunchtime! I sat and ate with my friend, Lauren. We had a blast playing “try not to laugh”! When we came back, I had to go to the bathroom. I got Mrs. Brown to sign my agenda so I could go. I came back. Class was now over. I went to my locker and I got my binders for fourth and fifth period. Then I went to my science class with my teacher, Mr. Buice. Class was fun. I’ve never been so excited about learning! Class went by fast, and before I knew it, I was in my fifth period class with my social studies teacher, Mrs. Upshaw. My friend Dany is in that class too! Mrs. Upshaw is very nice, and I think we will get along just fine! The bell rang for us to go to our lockers. The school day was finally over! I got my bag and I went to car riders with Lauren. I saw my mom’s car. I hopped in the back (Evan was in the front). “So, how was your first day?” my mom has kind eyes, and a sweet, calming voice. “Good. And you know what? Middle school might not be so bad after all!” My mom smiled. “That’s good! Why don’t we go get a blizzard from Dairy Queen to celebrate?” “Yes please!” I smiled as I took a bite of my ice cream. It was going to be a good year!

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Level Creek Elementary School Offers Spanish Program When we are young, our minds are programmed to subconsciously take in information that will help us to grow and develop. Language is a big part of the information we absorb, making it significantly easier to develop language skills in our early years. As adults, we have to consciously work to learn a new language, making it much more difficult to pick up quickly. Between the ages of 8 and 12, children lose the ability to hear and reproduce new sounds like they could before, contributing to the increase in difficulty toward learning a new language. For many different reasons, as we grow older foreign language acquisition, while not impossible, becomes increasingly more difficult. Gwinnett County, however, is taking steps to increase the exposure young students have to foreign language. Eight Gwinnett elementary schools - Annistown Elementary, Baldwin Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Camp Creek Elementary, Ivy Creek Elementary, Meadowcreek Elementary, Trip Elementary and now Level Creek Elementary have begun to offer an optional foreign language inclusion program for students beginning in kindergarten. The schools are using a program they call GSPS’ 50/50 Model, which calls for at least 50% of the daily curriculum to be taught in a foreign language. Two teachers, one who is fluent in the foreign language, will team teach math and science in the new language, while language arts and social studies will continue to be taught in English. With this collaboration, students will grow to develop proficiency in both English and the new target foreign language. Students are expected to be fully bilingual by the time they graduate from high school. Enrollment in this program is voluntary and begins when the student enters kindergarten. Besides the obvious learning of a new language, the benefits of participating in this program are never ending for the students. With the students graduating bilingual, they will be prepared for the growing and evolving business world where it has become essential to be able to communicate with people from every part of the world. Knowing multiple languages has achievement, cognitive, and linguistic perks. In addition, language learning has been shown to correlate with higher academic achievement on standardized tests, better problem solving and memory skills, and overall higher intelligence. This growing program will continue to better the education of Gwinnett County Public School students and ensure that these children are possible. For receiving the best education possible more information on program details and how to register, visit gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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HIGH SCHOOL

VALEDICTORIAN SPOTLIGHT

They may have come from various walks of life and have had different experiences, but Jenna, Peter, and AnnaBelle all share one thing: They are some of the best and brightest students in Gwinnett County. We had the opportunity to sit down with them and learn what it’s like to be their school’s 2018 valedictorians. INTERVIEWS BY LIZZY KIDNEY.

Suwanee Magazine: How does it feel to be awarded valedictorian? Jenna Jibreen: It’s an incredible honor to be this year’s valedictorian. I have worked really hard through high school to get the best grades possible and being valedictorian is kind of the icing on top. It is a testament of what I have accomplished for myself more than anything. SM: Can you tell us what your speech was about? JJ: My speech was about the importance of leveling the playing field for people who are often neglected, and urging my classmates to take notice of the people around them. Our school is incredibly diverse, and I feel we take that for granted. I have something to say and I wanted to use this chance to try and inspire my classmates.

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Valedictorian Collins Hill High School

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SM: Who has been the most influential person in your life throughout your high school career? JJ: My mom and dad for sure. They immigrated to America a few years before my sister and I were born, and they have always put us way ahead of themselves. They worked incredibly hard to establish themselves and give us a better life, while also making sure we stay in touch with our roots. I look up to them a lot.

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SM: What else were you involved with on campus? JJ: I was the President of Beta Club and the French National Honors Society; Treasurer of the National Arts Society, Key Club, and Collins Hill Leadership Team; and a member of TORCH. SM: What are your plans after graduation? JJ: I plan to attend UGA as a Foundation Fellow, where I will study international affairs with a minor in French. Foundation Fellows allows me to travel and learn the dynamics of the world. I hope I can take what I learn from there and ultimately go to law school to become a human rights lawyer to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. SM: What is your favorite memory of high school? JJ: Recently we had senior week and we all dressed up in costumes for different themes. This was the first time my friends all participated in something together at the same time, and it was also the first time I realized that my friends were all separating soon.


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SM: What kept you motivated to do well in school? JJ: Freshman year I came in full steam ahead because I had heard that freshman year was the most important year in your high school career. I didn’t fully understand what that meant, so by the end of the year I didn’t want to lose steam and fall below the standard I set for myself. I wanted to see where a work ethic could take me. Hard work always got me somewhere so proving that to myself was the most important thing. SM: Did you experience senioritis at all? JJ: Absolutely. I didn’t so much at the beginning of the year because I still wanted to figure things out, but the minute I heard from colleges and knew my plans it hit so hard. SM: What’s one piece of advice you can give underclassmen? JJ: Whenever you’re in a rut or things seem hard, you should take the time to reconvene with yourself and remember the things that motivate you the most. It is important to step back and give yourself a break and realize nothing is that serious. It is hard to cherish high school when you’re going through it, so instead I think it is important to give cherishing moments a chance, because one day you will realize that it went by way too fast.

PETER JANG

Valedictorian North Gwinnett High School

SM: What else were you involved with on campus? PJ: Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Freshmen Mentoring, Science Olympiad (Building Event Coordinator), Academic Team (Vice President). The Academic Team has won the Gwinnett Scholars Bowl and qualified for “High Q” on WSBTV for the past two years. We also won first place at the Varsity State Championship and will be attending the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta. SM: What are your plans after graduation? PJ: I will be attending Georgia Tech where I hope to study artificial intelligence and machine learning. SM: What will your college major be? PJ: I will be majoring in computer science.

Suwanee Magazine: How does it feel to be awarded valedictorian? Peter Jang: When I moved to North Gwinnett High School during my sophomore year, I had no expectations for class rank because they didn’t report it at my previous school. When I first found out that I was valedictorian, it was hard to believe. There are so many talented and intelligent students at North and it’s really special to know that I earned this honor. SM: What was your speech about? PJ: As strange as it sounds, I told a story about how I received a zero on a 55-question multiple-choice test on the first day of freshman year. SM: Who has been the most influential person in your life throughout your high school career? PJ: Without a doubt, it’s my dad. He’s always emphasized the need to put forth my best regardless of the situation, and this advice has stuck with me throughout the past 12 years as I’ve enrolled in eight different schools.

SM: What is your favorite high school memory? PJ: My favorite memory of high school is playing in Quiz Bowl tournaments for the Academic Team. There’s no better feeling than when you buzz in and give the correct answer only a few words into the question. SM: What kept you motivated to do well in school? PJ: Everywhere I look there are people who work just as hard if not harder. These people are extremely talented and gifted, yet they strive to put forth even more effort. I was motivated to do well in school because I knew there were other students working just as hard and if I stopped putting forth my best, I wouldn’t be able to keep up. SM: Any senioritis? PJ: I’ve definitely experienced senioritis these past couple of months. I procrastinated so much that at one point, I had to finish 26 free response questions for my AP Statistics class in one evening. SM: What’s one piece of advice you can give underclassmen? PJ: My best advice for underclassmen is to never underestimate the impact of hard work and dedication. While it may seem cliché, there’s no better substitute to completing your homework on time, paying attention in class, and taking notes when needed in order to succeed in high school.

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Valedictorian Greater Atlanta Christian School SM: Who has been the most influential person in your life throughout your high school career? AH: Two of my teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, have been super encouraging throughout my time at school. They have given me a lot of confidence and courage. I love them and am very grateful for them. SM: What else were you involved with on campus? AH: I played cello in orchestra, I was the vice president for our school’s Habitat for Humanity program, and I did Envirothon all four years of high school. SM: What are your plans after graduation? AH: Next year I will be going to Georgia Tech where I will be majoring in biomedical engineering.

Suwanee Magazine: How does it feel to be awarded valedictorian? AnnaBelle Hellinger: It has been a long four years, so it is almost like a relief in a way. At our school they don’t post rankings during the year, so you have to wait until the end of the year to find out where you ranked. When I saw my name as valedictorian it just proved that my hard work paid off. SM: Can you tell us what your speech was about? AH: My speech started out thanking my parents and everyone who has helped me get to this point. I then went into talking about community and the students in my class and traits that I admire from them. I wanted to make it more about all of us.

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SM: What is your favorite memory of high school? AH: During a chemistry project, a friend of mine used thermite to make a mini-explosion in the classroom. SM: What kept you motivated to do well in school? AH: I've gotten this question a lot and the best answer I have is that it just seems right. Being productive and doing well just seems easier than not doing it. I want to be able to go to bed at night and feel like I have done well. SM: What’s one piece of advice you can give underclassmen? AH: I would say that the most important thing to remember is to keep a balance between school, your family, and your friends.


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ith seven Top 10 hits, two No. 1 singles, and performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. Corbin is known for his signature hits including “A Little More Country Than That,” “Roll with It,” “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “Baby Be My Love Song” from his No. 1 debuting album, About to Get Real. “Are You with Me” was also the most played song on the radio the day it was released. Corbin’s most recent single and title of his current tour “A Girl Like You” is out now. We had the chance to catch up with Corbin ahead of his recent show at The Bowl at Sugar Hill.

You grew up in Trenton, Florida. What kind of influence do you think your hometown had on your music career? When I think of my hometown I think of my friends, family, and the overall way I was raised. All of those things definitely help to embody who I am and have shaped me into the person and musician I am today. How do you think you have grown since first starting out in the music industry to now? I would like to think that I am a better entertainer on stage since I have had a lot more experience. I have been able to go on tour and watch people like Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood do their thing, and everything I have experienced throughout my career has helped me to write new music and become a stronger musician. You have toured with some big names in country music (Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood). Do you have any fun tour stories? It wasn’t fun at the time… but I literally walked off the stage during my first headliner tour with Blake Shelton. He and I were doing an encore together and I remember it was so dark in there that I could barely see, so I ended up actually walking/falling right off the stage! Luckily, I was able to play it off and land on my feet.

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What has been your most memorable career moment? Probably playing the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. I grew up watching the Opry with my grandparents every Saturday night and getting the opportunity to actually perform with them in the audience was definitely a full circle moment for me. What is something that is still on your “country music bucket list”? I definitely would love to work and perform with George Strait! What do you look forward to most about performing? I love playing for a live audience and watching them sing along with me. It’s a great feeling knowing your songs have made an impact and people are really enjoying them. Do you have any pre-performance routines? I always warm up with the guys beforehand and we say a little prayer because I need all of the help I can get! With such a busy schedule, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? We are always on the go, so whenever I get the chance I love to go fishing, hunting and even ride motorcycles from time to time. Out of all of the songs you have released, do you have a personal favorite? “A Little More Country Than That” was my debut single and I love it because I feel like it really helps to describe who I am and where I come from.

Easton Corbin performed at the Bowl at Sugar Hill on Saturday, June 2, 2018 as part of his “A Girl Like You” tour.

Your newest song, “A Girl Like You,” was released last year and was in the Top 5 on the Billboard Charts; it is also the name of your tour. What’s the story behind that one? Well first of all, it’s a huge honor and dream come true in itself to have a song in the Top 5. As for “A Girl Like You,” you never know when a song is going to speak to you. I remember sitting and listening to it in the studio and really enjoying the message of the song. I kept going back to it thinking, “I can really make this my own,” and I feel like that’s what we did. ■

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Each restaurant prepared a taco of their choice to be presented to the judges and scored both on taste as well as presentation for the contest.

Last year Suwanee Magazine took on the challenge to find the Best Burger in Suwanee. This year we continued our foodie adventure and tasked ourselves with finding Suwanee’s Best Taco. But the search didn’t stop there! We took the contest one step further and asked ourselves, “What goes best with tacos?” Our answer? Margaritas, of course! We are pleased to announce that we’ve found what we believe to be the best taco/margarita duo in Suwanee. Cheers! 41


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We invited Suwanee restaurants with a taco or margarita on their menu to participate in our contest this year. In the end, six local contenders delivered a variety of delicious tacos and boozy margaritas to our office. We then invited four distinguished individuals from the local culinary community to judge which one was the best. We also gave our staff members the incredibly difficult task of voting for the “People’s Choice Award” winner. In the end, we discovered that Suwanee has some of the best taco and margarita options in the area - but only one could be crowned the winner!

CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF GOZA TEQUILA

SKYE ESTROFF

MARKETING & MEDIA MANAGER, TASTE OF ATLANTA

 Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest and longest-running food festival, Taste of Atlanta. Skye manages all television, radio and print media relationships in addition to strategizing and planning all social media. She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food. Taste of Atlanta has been Atlanta’s premier food and beverage festival for 16 years straight, featuring more than 90 local restaurants. This year’s festival is set to take place October 19th-21st in Historic Fourth Ward Park.

 Adam Hirsch is a Producer and Director for Cabin 40 Productions and the Co-Founder and Creative Director for GOZA Tequila. Adam has won an Emmy Award for Best Sports Director in Short Form, Silver TELLY Award for Directing, “Best Sports Reporting Award” by the Society of Professional Journalists, and Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Adam brings his unique experiences and creativity to the Goza Tequila team. Goza Tequila is an Atlanta-based tequila company and has been on the market since 2015. Goza has already won several awards such as the Brand of Promise Award (Tequila Aficionado) and “Best in Category” at the prestigious Spirits of Mexico competition. Goza is a premium, craft tequila made from hand-selected Blue Agave grown in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, and offers three “Best in Class” award-winning expressions: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. Goza is currently available for purchase in Georgia, South Carolina, and New York, as well as online.

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ERIN ADCOCK GENERAL MANAGER OF PURE TAQUERIA DULUTH  Erin Adcock is the general manager at PURE Taqueria in downtown Duluth. PURE Taqueria is a popular Mexican restaurant with killer margaritas and a big, creative menu filled with the fresh, authentic taste of Mexico. Erin’s experience in management and customer service allows PURE Duluth to excel in pairing a great atmosphere with even better food.

Shumake is the brain behind some of Atlanta’s hottest food festivals. From food truck festivals to taco festivals, Shumake has tried it all. The Atlanta Margarita and Taco Festival recently completed its second year, with more than 40,000 guests and 30 restaurants coming together to celebrate taco love in one of Atlanta’s hottest parks, Historic Fourth Ward Park. Shumake also takes festivals on the road to other cities like Chattanooga and Savannah. Shumake’s newest festival is the ATLCLUCKFEST, Atlanta’s Fried Chicken Festival, taking place Oct. 6 in Candler Park.


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ď ´ The Suwanee Magazine team serves margarita samples and displays the actual margaritas so they can be judged on taste as well as presentation.

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Taco Mac General Manager, Steve Helms prepares tacos to be delivered to the judges.

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CINCO MEXICAN CANTINA

SHORT RIB TACO

Filled with braised short rib, crispy bacon, chopped onions, bell pepper, American cheese and salsa verde, served in a flour tortilla. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This had everything I would want in a taco!” “This taco looked so amazing I couldn’t wait to try it!” “The bacon and brisket made the taco taste indulgent!”

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CHEEKY CRAFTY CANTINA

AHI TUNA TACO

Cajun sesame seared Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna over lettuce and cucumber salad. Topped with house mango pico, sliced avocado, homemade chile sesame sauce with a hint of Sriracha. Spicy but cool while hitting every corner of your palette. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This was a beautiful taco and felt very tropic!” “This taco was beautiful, fresh, and had the perfect level of spice!”

TWISTED TACO

THE SMOKEY PICANTE Smoked brisket with a spicy coleslaw. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This taco was presented beautifully.” “The coleslaw added a nice touch with the brisket.”

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TACO MAC

ROASTED WING TACO* FRIENDS AMERICAN GRILL

BAJA FISH TACO

Hand-breaded tilapia, shredded red cabbage, homemade slaw, in-house Friends' zesty sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, all topped with lime. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This taco looked great and the fish was cooked perfectly!” “Great presentation and showcase of bright colors, the breading was a perfect complement to the fish!”

Jalapeno cilantro slaw with roasted wings, toasted in 3 Mile Island sauce with 3 Mile Island blue cheese drizzle, garnished with celery and green onions and served in a flour tortilla. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This was like a buffalo wing and a taco had a baby! The color and crunch were on point!” “This lovely taco had all of my favorites!”

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CARNE ASADA TACO Thinly sliced, grilled, marinated steak, white diced onions and chopped cilantro. The salsa is made with dry guajilo peppers to be very hot but delicious in moderation. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This taco is hot, authentic, and leaves you wanting more!” “Traditional and authentically pleasing!”

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Centario Plata, Grand Marnier and fresh ingredients made from scratch. Served on the rocks.

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JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “Pretty presentation and loved the glass!” “A very authentic and traditional margarita!”

CHEEKY CRAFTY CANTINA

CADILLAC MARGARITA

Starting with Cheeky's Lime Mix (using only fresh unpasteurized lime & lemon, cane sugar, and water), they add Herradura Reposado Tequila, Patron Citrange, and a splash of Grand Marnier to finish this Suwanee-born classic. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This margarita looked simply pretty and tasted delicious!” “It had a great refreshing flavor that kept me wanting more!”

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“THE 5” MARGARITA TACO MAC

MARGARITA PERFECTA

All fresh ingredients: lime, lemons, oranges, Taco Mac’s exclusive Double Barrel Reposado Herradura Tequila, Grand Marnier, Herradura agave nectar and fresh cilantro with salted rim. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This margarita is so refreshing! I want to drink it all summer long!”

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Roca Patron Silver, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, Chambord, agave nectar, fresh blueberries and lime juice. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This margarita had mystery and intrigue all over the place!” “I love the color and passion that went into this marg!”


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FRIENDS AMERICAN GRILL

FRIENDS HOUSE MARGARITA Freshly squeezed lime juice, orange liqueur and tequila. Served on the rocks. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This tasted like a traditional margarita!” “This margarita looked great!”

TWISTED TACO

SMOKEY MARGARITA

Grilled smokey fruit, marinated in mix and tequila. JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “This margarita was refreshing, and I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day!” “This margarita was presented very well! The glass and color were very pretty!”

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ROASTED WING TACO PEOPLES’ COMMENTS:

“This taco has a perfect balance of spicy and sweet!”

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People’s Choice for Best Margarita was also Taco Mac's Margarita Perfecta! PEOPLES’ COMMENTS: “Loved the taste! Had a great balance of flavor and tequila!” “Very smooth and refreshing!”

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The Taco Mac team traveled to Herradura, Mexico to hand-pick their own tequila! They got to sample and select the best quality tequila with the master distiller himself. Out of the nine barrels sampled, the team chose three that they wanted to bring back to local Taco Mac restaurants. Each bottle of tequila is double barreled, meaning that it spent 11 months in one barrel and then was transported to a different barrel where it spent an additional month. Each of the bottles that were brought back are labeled with the bottle and barrel numbers that the tequila came from! Taco Mac’s Herradura Tequila is available only in Taco Mac restaurants!


PHOTOS COURTESY NEW REALM BREWING COMPANY

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We selected Atlanta because it’s a young, progressive, multicultural city with a small, but thriving craft beer scene that we are excited to be part of.”

NEW REALM BREWING COMPANY INTERVIEW BY ANGELA VEUGELER

LOCATED ON THE ATLANTA BELTLINE, NEW REALM BREWING COMPANY OPENED ITS DOORS IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. FOUNDED BY CAREY FALCONE, BOB POWERS AND MITCH STEELE, FORMER HEAD BREWMASTER FROM STONE BREWING, THE TEAM TURNED A 20,000-SQUARE-FOOT SPACE INTO A 40,000-SQUARE-FOOT BREWERY AND RESTAURANT, COMPLETE WITH ROOFTOP BARS, EVENT SPACES AND A NEARLY 500SEAT RESTAURANT. WE ASKED THEM SOME QUESTIONS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE THEY ARE BRINGING TO ATLANTA’S CRAFT BEER COMMUNITY. How did the co-founders come together to start New Realm?

Bob Powers, Co-Founder and CCO

BOB POWERS, CO-FOUNDER AND CCO: Combining a collective passion for beer and a desire to create and build something new in dining and craft beer, the trio (Falcone, Powers and Steele) teamed up in 2016. Carey and I have worked together on and off throughout our careers and we have a long-standing friendship. Together we curated a list of top brewmasters throughout the world and Mitch was at the top. The rest is history… 

Why Atlanta and why the Beltline? BOB: We selected Atlanta because it’s a young, progressive, multi-cultural city with a small, but thriving craft beer scene that we are excited to be part of. Our CEO, Carey Falcone, also resides here and is proud to support his city. There is also great opportunity here; Georgia has relatively low craft beer industry development and Atlanta is the least saturated major market in the entire Southeast. In regard to the Beltline, we knew going into this that we wanted to be in, what we believe to be, the best location in Atlanta to showcase our vision. The Atlanta Beltline is uniting neighborhoods. It is a living, breathing part of the community; not simply a means of getting somewhere, but a destination unto itself. We love that people from all over enjoy exploring the city in this unique way.

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Where does New Realm fit into Atlanta’s beer scene? BOB: We feel fortunate to have put a team in place that has a collective love and passion for great beer and food. We are doing things the way that we want to do them with a departure from what is typical. At the end of the day, we all want to create exceptional beer and food, and share it with beer consumers far and wide.

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How has the response been after opening? BOB: We are thrilled with the success of our taproom and facility, Atlanta has really embraced us.

What’s the story behind the name? BOB: New Realm speaks to our desire to create a new realm in brewing and dining experiences, and to support an outstanding and dynamic local craft beer community.

What’s unique about New Realm beer? MITCH STEELE, BREWMASTER, COO AND CO-FOUNDER: I think the fact that we can take any beer style and put our own spin on it and make it taste great. We want to be able to brew any style very well and have a lot of variety available at our restaurant. Also, I like to make our beers bold in flavor. I’m not timid with malts or with hops. And finally, our beers tend to be on the drier side. Drier beer ultimately provides more refreshment and prompts the drinker to take another sip.

Mitch, what excites you most about brewing? MITCH: Three things: 1. Seeing people enjoy our beer. That’s why we’re in this business. When people enjoy what we put our heart and soul into, there’s really nothing more gratifying. Walking out into our restaurant after a long day and seeing all the people drinking our beers and having a good time means everything. 2. Brewing a beer we’ve never brewed before and nailing it — tasting the finished beer for the first time and getting tremendously excited because it came out exactly

how we envisioned it. 3. Being able to see our brewing team succeed — whether it’s coming up with great recipes, learning something new and excelling at it, or becoming recognized in our industry for our accomplishments.

What is your biggest seller in the taproom? BOB: It depends on the day, but we find that our Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia Pilsner are very popular at the brewery. They were also our first cans released to market and are sold in many parts of the state.

Are you involved/active in the local community? BOB: We’ve already supported several local charities, events, and festivals in the short time we’ve been in business. We are committed to having a positive impact on the community.  

Where can Suwanee/Gwinnett County residents find your beer other than the brewery?

BOB: Restaurants include Tannery Row Ale House in Buford, Taco Mac Suwanee and Buford, Cheeky Suwanee, Anatolia Café in Suwanee and Local Republic in Lawrenceville. You can also typically find it at Mega Package Store and Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee.

Will you have any special events throughout the year? BOB: Yes. We currently have Monday “sunset beer” yoga, Tuesday night (Geeks Who Drink) Trivia, and we will also be a part of a cornhole league soon. We have enjoyed hosting events with the Atlanta Humane Society and much more. Our Facebook page is the best way to keep up to date on special events and new beer launches. ■

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uwanee Performing Arts (SPA) brings back Disney’s Aladdin Jr. for its 12th annual production, taking place July 27-28 in Suwanee Town Center Park. SPA will also produce the opening show, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a fun-filled original one-act musical. ■ Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. is about a “diamond in the rough” street rat named Aladdin, played by Ryan Cruz, who learns his true worth lies within him. The story many know and love has been given the royal treatment with expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills. “The last time we performed these shows was back in 2008, and this year’s production features new characters and music from the Broadway production,” says director Patty Etherton. “We are thrilled to bring all of the swashbuckling, magic, and adventure to the Suwanee community for two thrilling Arabian nights!”

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■ Gwinnett County was founded December 15, 1818, and was named after one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett. As the second largest county in Georgia, Gwinnett has a lot to celebrate and will be celebrating all year leading up to December 15. While the history of

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Additionally, SPA will once again sponsor the annual Broadway in the Park 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, July 21. New this year will be an option for “virtual runners” as well as a 1-mile timed run for younger runners. Participants at the 5K and Fun Run will be greeted by characters from the upcoming shows, and are encouraged to embrace the spirit of those shows by dressing in costumes themselves. This event will serve as a fundraiser for the performance groups supported by SPA as well as the community kick-off for a week of show preparation at Suwanee Town Center.

Gwinnett is a big part of this celebration, the 200-year birthday celebration includes many events aimed at honoring the past community members who made the county what it is, while also celebrating and having fun with the community that makes Gwinnett great now. For more information, visit gwinnettcounty.com.


Nonprofit Accepting Applications to Nominate a Deserving Family for a Magical Experience

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is Making a Splash ■ Lanier Islands has taken on a new partnership and has officially received a Jimmy Buffet makeover. The new partnership between LLI Management Company, LLC and Safe Harbor Development, LLC is bringing the world famous Margaritaville right to our own backyard at Lanier Islands Resort. With millions of dollars already invested in renovations during the first phase, guests can expect the full Margaritaville experience at the adult-oriented LandShark Landing (formerly Sunset Cove), or enjoy the slides and attractions, beaches, and food at the Paradise Beach & Water Park family fun area. They Margaritaville Boat Cruise have added over 1,200 lbs. of white sand to the beaches, doubled the size of the Aquatic Adventure obstacle course in the lake, brought affordable new food and beverage concepts to the water park and made safety and having fun their biggest priorities. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands offers a large variety of boat and water sport rentals as well as Margarita and Wine Cruises. The LandShark and Margaritaville 850-foot redesigned excursion yachts sail around Lake Lanier with specialty drink tastings and paired appetizers. These are only the beginning of the changes visitors can expect to see. Long-term plans the team hopes to bring include a Margaritaville branded hotel and convention center. “Over the last 11 years, the Williams family has been committed to elevating quality, product and service standards at Lanier Islands, in order to create a venue that Georgians can be proud of,” said Virgil Williams, chairman of the board for LLI Management Company, LLC during an event celebrating the opening of LandShark Landing and Paradise Beach. “We have been searching for a long time to find a creative financial and operations partner who shared our vision of what Lanier Islands could and should be. Darby Campbell and his team at Safe Harbor not only share that vision, but also our passion for providing an unsurpassed guest experience,” he said. Safe Harbor Development is one of the Southeast’s largest developers, private owners, and operators of marinas. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company has built or renovated more than $300 million in entertainment and retail venues, mixed-use developments, hotels, restaurants, spas, RV resorts and more, and has made Lake Lanier its newest undertaking. “Everyone wants to go to Margaritaville and everyone wants it to be 5 o’clock somewhere every day if they can get it, which is why the brand is perfect for this type of venue,” Margaritaville CEO John Cohlan shared. “So as we say here in Margaritaville - fins up and let the fin begin!”

■ Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is now accepting applications and nominations for children to join the magic on their 2019 trip! In order to qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and have never been to Walt Disney World®. The family must prove financial need and live in the radio listening area of The Bert Show, a nationally syndicated morning radio show based in Atlanta. The complete application and nomination forms are now available online. All applications must be submitted by Monday, September 10, 2018. Only one nomination per child will be accepted. Families who are selected will be notified no later than January 10, 2019. For more information on how to nominate a child and/or family or apply for your own family, please visit bertsbigadventure.org/nominatea-child-or-apply/.

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NGHS Students Presented with Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Award ■ Kevin, Donna and Parker O’Brien presented four North Gwinnett High School graduates with the Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Award during the Senior Awards Night on May 21st. The award is given to seniors from North Gwinnett each year in honor of the O’Brien’s son, Cooper, who lost his battle to Clear Cell Sarcoma on July 5, 2014, at the young age of 14. The students were interviewed by Kevin and Donna O’Brien along with the scholarship committee. The $3,000 scholarships were awarded to each student for facing adversity or hardship with perseverance.

The O'Briens with Kevin Duran, Samantha Dudley, Kevin Lowe. In front: Ashley McCormick. Not pictured: Scholarship recipient, Lyla Gomez.

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Suwanee Magazine gets a baking lesson from “MasterChef Junior” Finalist ■ Quani Fields of Lawrenceville loves soccer, but he loves cooking more, and that’s one reason he made it to the finale on Season 6 of Fox's "MasterChef Junior." Although he’s only 13 years old, Quani is very comfortable in the kitchen. So much so that he’s even created his own baking company, Quani’s Baked Goods, in which he sells cookies, cupcakes, soft pretzels, and more at soccer games and online. We had the opportunity to meet Quani at our office, where he taught us how to make a Strawberry Mango Trifle Bowl and answered a few questions about his time on the show and his upcoming plans:

Suwanee Magazine's Lizzy Kidney and MasterChef Junior Contestant, Quani Fields at Suwanee Magazine HQ on June 6th.

Q: What made you want to be a part of “MasterChef Junior”?

I had watched the show a lot and I love to bake, so I wanted to give it a shot.

Q: What was your favorite challenge on the show?

Definitely the challenge where I made my squid ink pasta. It was very scary because it could have been my last challenge, but it is actually what got me through to the finale.      Q: Is there any type of food you wish you had the chance to make this season?

The Tilly Burger looked so cool and fun to make! But although I didn’t get to make it, it was still awesome to get to meet Gordon Ramsay’s daughter. Q: Was Gordon Ramsay as scary as he seems?

Gordon was actually super nice and helpful! At times he could be a little scary, but he was also really funny!

Catch an exclusive video of Quani cooking with Suwanee Magazine at facebook.com/ SuwaneeMagazine

Goat Yoga Takes Over Suwanee Town Center Park ■ On May 20, Suwanee Town Center transformed into a goga studio. Yes, goga! After the incredibly successful introduction of Goat Yoga in the Park on April 29, the city partnered with Red Wagon Goats to bring Goat Yoga back to Suwanee. Goat Yoga combines the widely known stress-reducing benefits of yoga and the light-hearted playfulness of goats. The classes are often the same as other fairly traditional yoga classes, except with the added bonus of goats casually roaming around and climbing on participants as they work out. The experience began with a 45-minute family-friendly yoga session and ended with a 30-minute “Meet and Greet”

where attendees could ask questions, receive goat kisses and, of course, capture those Instagram-worthy selfies. The city also held a 21-and-over class for adults, in which participants had the opportunity to do goga while enjoying alcoholic beverages purchased from Town Center vendors. Participants at the session also received an unexpected surprise as one of the goats gave birth to not only one, but two babies in the middle of Town Center. All of the proceeds from the event went to Suwanee Sculptour, an annual art installation in Town Center Park featuring a self-guided walking tour of sculptures made by artists from across the country.

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S&S Ace Hardware Opens New ■ Our friends at S&S Ace Hardware have opened up their brand new location in Buford! The new store is now located off of Highway 20 at 4160 Buford Drive and offers just about everything you may need for home and garden improvement! S&S originally opened its doors in 1987 under the ownership of Spencer and Jean Snedecor, but after Jean’s passing in 2002, the family has become a three-member unit with son, Scott Snedecor, and

Friends American Grill Moves to a New Suwanee Location ■ Friends American Grill in Suwanee has officially opened its doors in its new location! Owner and Operator, Ray Stanjevich, says that the new location better fits their customers’ needs. With a bar that fits over 20 bar stools, the space is bigger and a lot more welcoming. The new location has a little more “funky” interior, and the management brought in local artist and Gwinnett County school teacher, Chad Buice, to paint artwork on the interior and exterior of the building. The restaurant also made sure to move over all of the customized ceiling tiles that were hand-painted by their customers in the original location. Friends made the move at the end of June and is now located next to IHOP at 3463 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. The restaurant will keep the menu and prices the same, as well as the hours of operation.

North Metro Baptist Church to Host Georgia Bulldog Great, David Pollack ■ North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville is hosting former

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Georgia Bulldog great and current ESPN college football analyst, David Pollack on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm. The All American (20022004), SEC player of the year (2004) and former Cincinnati Bengal will share about his experiences on the gridiron as well as his faith journey. Pollack graduated from Shiloh High School in Snellville where he starred in football, basketball and wrestling. North Metro has invited twelve local high school football teams and their coaches to this event. They are anticipating at least 800-1000 current players to attend, and are looking forward to a wonderful evening of bringing the local teams together for inspiration and motivation before the fall season begins. The event is open to everyone, and $5 tickets may be obtained through the church website at northmetro.net/ davidpollack.


Location in Buford his wife, Cathy, stepping into management roles to help out Spencer. On an average day at S&S Ace, you can find Scott handling the day-to-day activities and Cathy handling everything that goes on behind the scenes. S&S Ace prides itself on having a team that is dedicated and knowledgeable, and currently has over 30 full and part-time employees who have helped to make customer service a main priority for over 30 years of business.

Chick-fil-A Awards Scholarships ■ It is no secret that Chick-fil-A goes above and beyond for its customers and employees. That is why the company began giving out ‘Remarkable Future Scholarships’ to its team members in 1973. To this day, the company has given over $61 million in scholarships to its employees who help make the company so special. This year, Chick-fil-A awarded $14.5 million in team member scholarships. 13 team members received $25,000 scholarships, and more than 5,700 team members received $2,500 scholarships. The scholarships can be used at any accredited two or fouryear college, university, or technical/vocational school. In addition to academic achievement, the scholarships were awarded based on community involvement and team member character. “At Chick-fil-A, investment in our team members goes beyond wages,” states local Chick-fil-A Owner/ Operator Brad Williams. “We want to help team members accomplish their dreams, whether that is staying with Chick-fil-A or embarking on another career. We want to provide them with not only essential job skills and leadership development in the restaurant, but also help them receive the best education to support their career whatever they choose to do in the future.” On Sunday, May 20th, Brad proudly awarded 48 of his outstanding team members from Chick-fil-A Moore Road, Sugarloaf, and Duluth with over $120,000 in scholarships. This was the second year in a row that some of his team members received the $2,500 scholarship.

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Georgia Passes New Distracted Driving Law â– Gov. Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 673, a new distracted driving law that takes effect in Georgia on July 1. The new law states that drivers are now required to use hands-free technology while operating a moving vehicle. The new law prohibits the writing, sending, or reading of any sort of message including text and email while driving. This rule applies even if the car is stopped at a red light, street sign, etc. It is also prohibited for anyone to watch a video or movie, unless it is related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your GPS screen). In addition to texting and video watching, it is now against the law to hold or support a phone or electronic device with any part of the body while operating a moving vehicle. Hands-free calling and messaging will still be permitted, however, as well as the use of GPS, smartwatches, radios, and an earpiece for phone conversations. It is the hope of government officials that this new legislation will help make Georgia roads safer for everyone.

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Hi-Hope Roast & Toast

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Larry Enterline and Kathy Richards

Jennifer and Rob Mottola

Anthony Rodriguez and Nicole Love Hendrickson Peggy and J. Michael Levengood

Rachel and Vince DeSilva

Nancy Fenton and Sandy Weaver

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Gwinnett March for Babies Sunday, April 28th TOWN CENTER PARK

PHOTOS BY: KARL LAMB

SBA Golf Tournament Tuesday, April 24th TOWN CENTER PARK

PHOTOS BY: JULIE PERDUE

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Suwanee Skyline Soiree Saturday, April 28th TOWN CENTER PARK

PHOTOS BY: VICKI GREGORY

Fran and John Turpen, Berney and Michael Kirkland

Suwanee Magazine's Julie Perdue and Angela Veugeler

Vicki Gregory, Ziggy Warfield, Denise Brinson and Cherie Heringer

Jackie Frye and Mary Brundage

Susan and Keith Costley

Suwanee Mayor Pro Tem, Dick Goodman and Louise Goodman North Gwinnett Arts Association President, Keith Nabb and Leyla Salazar Keri Ireland and Suwanee City Councilmember, Doug Ireland

Barbara and Rick Vanlenten

Gregory and Denise Warfield

Dave Patel and Steve Chapel

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Judy and Jeff Frazier

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Woofstock

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Arts in the Park

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PHOTOS BY: JULIE PERDUE

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Good food, live music, the annual parade along Hwy. 53, and a big fireworks show.

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Duluth Town Green

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES _______________________________ 5:00pm _______________________________

Mall of Georgia _______________________________ Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi will be showing.

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McDaniel Farm Park

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Infinite Energy Center __________________ For tickets visit InfiniteEnergyCenter.com.

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ATLANTA UNITED 2 VS. BETHLEHEM STEEL __________________ 7:00pm __________________

Coolray Field __________________ More info at AtlUtd.com/2.

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Bowl at Sugar Hill ____________________ For more info visit TheBowlatSugarHill.com.


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Coolray Field ______________________ Info at milb.com/gwinnett.

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BROADWAY IN THE PARK 5K AND FUN RUN __________________ 7:00am __________________

Town Center Park __________________

More details can be found at SuwaneePerformingArts.org or by calling 678-482-6333.

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Town Center Park ____________________ 7:00pm: Coco 8:45pm: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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BROADWAY IN THE PARK’S ALADDIN JR. AND ALI BABA _______ _________________

7:00pm _______________________

Town Center Park _______________________ More details at SuwaneePerformingArts.org or by calling 678-482-6333.

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BICENTENNIAL BUS TOUR: EXPLORING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN GWINNETT COUNTY _______________ ___________

10:00am _________________________

Lawrenceville Female Seminary _________________________ Pre-register online or call 770-822-5178.

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SAVE THE DATE!

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LOVE ROLLS WALK/FESTIVAL __________ ________________ 8:00am _________________________

Town Center Park _________________________ Benefiting the nonprofit organization, Love Rolls.

SUWANEE WINE FEST NOV. 3RD

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SUWANEE WINE FEST TICKETS ON SALE

__________________________________ Tickets on sale at NOON! __________________________________

More information and to purchase tickets, go to SuwaneeWineFest.com.

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HOOFIN’ FOR HABITAT 5K & FUN RUN

_________________________ ____ 7:30am ______________________

Town Center Park ________________ 5K benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

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MICHAEL BOLTON LIVE AT THE BOWL

_______________________________ 8:00pm __________________________

Bowl at Sugar Hill _______________________

For tickets visit thebowlatsugarhill.com.

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AUGUST CONCERT AND WING FESTIVAL

__________________________________________ _______ 5:00pm ____________________________________________

Town Center Park

_______________________________________ Suwanee’s free August Concert & Wing Festival will feature opening bands starting at 5:00pm, all leading up to the Gin Blossoms taking the stage at 8:00pm.

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Suwanee Magazine July August 2018  

Suwanee Magazine is a magazine for Suwanee, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Suwanee Magazine July August 2018  

Suwanee Magazine is a magazine for Suwanee, Georgia and surrounding areas.