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Beto's Tacos One of Suwanee’s newest restaurants serves up authentic Mexican street-style tacos, tortas, soups, burritos, salads and more in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

62 StillFire Brewing Suwanee’s first brewery sets its sights on building an iconic craft beer brand that is synonymous with quality, loyalty and community in the heart of downtown Suwanee.

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Suwanee Fest Guide The Greatest Festival On Earth returns to Town Center Park September 21 and 22 and we have all the details!

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Fall Festival Guide 2019 Fall ushers in one of the best times of the year: fall festival season! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best local festivals to fill your calendar.


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Extra Credit We reached out to local high schools to shine a light on some of the MVPs of their under-the-radar sports and activities.

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C.C. Liquidations Suwanee’s premier discount furniture shop just might be Suwanee’s best kept secret — until now.

18 Suwanee Business Alliance News

The SBA provides members networking opportunities to help grow their business while making a difference in our community.

19 Investment Strategies

Suwanee’s Aileron Investment Advisors, a comprehensive financial planning firm run by father-daughter team Bill and Cindi Porter, has the tools you need to invest in your future.

47 Effectively Treating Hearing Loss

Suwanee ENT explains why hearing loss is like any other important health-related issue and it should not be neglected.

51 Family Matters

Grow Counseling’s Laura Lebovitz shares tips on how to inspire your kids’ love of learning.

68 Back-toSchool Pics

Readers submitted adorable photos of their kids’ first day back at school!

70 College Bound?

Greater Atlanta Christian School suggests seven things you can do now to strengthen your college application.

73 The Big T’do

North Gwinnett Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser impacts local students in a big way.

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Highlights of the Season

The team behind Beverage SuperStore highlights five must-try wines at the 2019 Suwanee Wine Fest.

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Into the Netherworld

With Halloween right around the corner, we met up with Netherworld Co-Founder, Ben Armstrong, for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top haunted houses in the nation.

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a note from our managing editor

Autumn Greetings! the beginning of my favorite time of year, when we finally get a break from the blistering Georgia heat (even if it’s only a small one), when the neighborhood carnivals start to pop up around town, and when the outdoor color palette turns from bright colors to the comfortable embrace of dusty oranges, warm browns and burgundies. Speaking of burgundy, fall also marks the return of the beloved annual Suwanee Wine Fest, which sets up in Town Center Park on November 2 with unlimited samples of more than 150 wines from around the world. Read more about what you can expect at this year’s event on ON THE COVER: p. 25. For a full Team StillFire: Lori and John Bisges, list of fall festivals Phil Farrell, Walt Wooden, Aaron Bisges, Angela and Randall Veugeler taking place photographed at StillFire Brewing by around town this Karl Lamb on August 12th. year, head over to p. 20. Here, we compiled a list of some of our favorite events of the season, from the annual Duluth Fall Festival, Suwanee Fest and Suwanee Fine Arts Festival to the Gwinnett County Fair and more. There are so many ways to fill up your calendar with good oldfashioned family fun this season! While our fall festivals section lists plenty of family-friendly activities everyone can enjoy, turn to p. 52 for something a little spookier. Our resident content writer (and reluctant thrill-seeker) Lizzy James met up with the Ben Armstrong, cofounder of one of the most heralded haunts in the country, Netherworld EPTEMBER MARKS

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Haunted House, to talk about their recent move to Stone Mountain as well as all of the work it takes to get the haunt ready for the public each year. They’ve even got a few new tricks up their sleeves, including a new year-round laser tag attraction and a tiki-themed escape room. Fall may be known for cool air and hot lattes, but its most anticipated output has to be football. From high school teams going head-to-head under the Friday night lights to the Saturday tailgate parties and in-office fun of fantasy football, there’s certainly no shortage of football coverage. That’s one reason we wanted to take a different approach this year. We didn’t fully sideline football, though. On p. 77 we caught up with the championship girls flag football team of Peachtree Ridge High School to see how it felt to lead the pack and break down barriers on the football field during their inaugural season last year. We also chatted with members of other off-the-radar sports and activities, including Collins Hill’s water polo team and North Gwinnett’s equestrian team. We’re also excited to announce the grand opening of Suwanee’s new hometown brewery, StillFire Brewing, on p. 62. After years of planning and months of construction, StillFire announced that its grand opening celebration will take place on September 28 with music, food, and plenty of good beer! The hard work is paying off as the brewery readies itself for the big reveal, and the public will finally get a taste of what they’ve been brewing up. Flip over to p. 67 for more information about the brewery and to read descriptions of the beers they’ll have available on tap.

In each issue, we seek out local people and businesses to highlight. Roberto “Beto” Correa opened Beto’s Tacos in May, and ever since has been busy serving up delicious street tacos, tortas, and other Mexican specialties at his popular Suwanee restaurant (p. 57). Nearby, C.C. Liquidations Home Furnishings and More carries an impressive selection of home decor and accessories for in-the-know local homeowners (p. 13). It’s known as one of Suwanee’s best kept secrets, so hurry over to beat the crowd because the secret’s out! Perhaps my favorite part of this issue, however, is on p. 68. Our back-to-school section is filled with adorable smiling faces of local kids as they prepare to head to their first day of school. Maybe you’ll spot your little one? Whatever your plans are this season, we hope you have a wonderful fall.

ALICIA CARTER, MANAGING EDITOR Alicia@suwanee magazine.com

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BEST BLT

I visited Café Amico at Suwanee Town Center on a recent weekday afternoon and while the café is known for its coffee drinks, I decided to indulge in one of the sandwiches on the brunch menu. The BLT was served on a big, buttery croissant and came with a nice side salad with balsamic glaze. It was delicious! Facebook. com/CafeAmicoUSA - Julie Perdue, Executive Sales and Business Development

Snapshots of the food, shops, events and more we’re loving around town.

Crazy for Crazy Dough! Known for their delicious crust, Crazy Dough's pizza dough is aged a minimum of 48 hours, hand-stretched to a giant 20 inches, and then brushed with infused olive oil and lightly chargrilled. Their Cray-Zee-Rita pizza can be purchased as a whole or by the slice and features a housemade red sauce, roasted tomato bruschetta, fresh mozzarella, aged Parmesan, and fresh basil. The next time you're looking to grab a pizza for the family, I definitely recommend giving Crazy Dough’s a shot! CrazyDoughs.com

What’s Brewing

- Lizzy James, Contributing Writer

I’m a huge fan of sour beers, so when I heard the buzz surrounding Indio Brewing’s Sour Patch Sour, I knew I had to try it. The brewery favorite features hints of mango, guava, and other tropical fruits and is super refreshing! The best part is that you can grab one to go and take advantage of Sugar Hill’s open container policy. IndioBrewing.com

BEST SOUR BEER

BEST PIZZA

- Lizzy James, Contributing Writer

Perfect Fall Weekend Escape Our amazing team gifted my husband and I a night’s stay at The White Birch Inn in Clayton, Georgia. Not far from Tallulah Gorge, we took off after work one Friday night when my parents were keeping the kids. We had the best time in downtown Clayton and absolutely loved The White Birch Inn. It is a very quaint boutique bed and breakfast located within walking distance to all of the cute shops and restaurants. It has a very charming and upscale yet rustic lodge feel. Each of the six guest rooms is unique and the breakfast was unbelievable! We spent the next day hiking at Tallulah Gorge. The White Birch Inn makes a perfect fall weekend escape! TheWhiteBirchInn.net - Angela Veugeler, Editor

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Grow suwanee business community news and info.

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C.C. LIQUIDATIONS B U S I N E S S

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This premier discount furniture shop just might be Suwanee’s best kept secret — until now. BY ALICIA CARTER PHOTOS BY KARL LAMB

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f you haven’t been to C.C. Liquidations Home Furnishings & More, then you better run, not walk, to perhaps one of Suwanee’s best kept shopping secrets. The discount home furnishings store, opened by Kim and Skip Douglass in 2017, has quietly grown into a shopping destination for in-the-know, local homeowners, movie set designers, multi-family communities and more. In fact, the shop’s inventory is so popular, C.C. Liquidations outgrew its first location after less than two years in business, and celebrated the grand opening of its new, larger location on Satellite Boulevard this past July. Even though it measures in at more than 17,000 square feet, the new location is already bursting at the seams with an impressive selection of couches, tables, chairs, lighting, area rugs, artwork, bedding, and pretty much everything else you can imagine, including the kitchen sink — literally. “We actually sell kitchen sinks,” Kim says with a laugh. “We get a lot of kitchen sinks — the big farmhouse sinks. We also get faucets, ceiling fans. I don’t get to pick and choose what is coming, but I do know it’s coming by the truckload.”

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Left to right: Maricy Fernandes, Kim Douglass, and Maria Fair create a fun and comfortable shopping experience at C.C. Liquidations.

C.C. Liquidations offers a great selection of furniture and home décor at 20-70% off retail prices.

➽ BEFORE OPENING C.C. Liquidations, Kim enjoyed a successful career in corporate America, but decided to leave it behind to pursue her passion for interior design and home furnishings. The corporate contacts she picked up along the way, however, afforded her a first-line connection to many popular online furniture retailers. Through these connections, she is able to stock (and restock time and again) the floors of C.C. Liquidations with modern, beautiful home decor. “I have a connection with famous online furniture retailers, which gives me access to the pieces that I have in my shop,” Kim says. “My passion for unique interiors and beautiful homes has made me want to help


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“It’s fabulous furniture pieces, decor, rugs and more at 20% to 70% off retail prices. Our inventory is always changing, and new selections are delivered weekly.”

ON-STAFF INTERIOR DESIGNER

➽ In addition to the vast and ever-changing selection of home furnishings and accessories, C.C. Liquidations also boasts an on-staff interior designer to help customers choose the right pieces for their home. Maria Fair of Interior Innovations takes the time to help customers design the living spaces of their dreams while keeping budget top of mind. “Maria is really good at using your existing home and helping you to update and refresh it without spending a fortune,” Kim says. “She’s down to earth and can help you find what you’re looking for without intimidating you or pushing you to purchase things that may be out of your price range. She can help put the pieces in the store together with existing pieces in your home, freshen your room, or update a room without starting from scratch.”

“IT’S FABULOUS FURNITURE PIECES, DECOR, RUGS AND MORE AT 20% TO 70% OFF RETAIL PRICES.”

give people better access to that. Here I can get ahold of beautiful online pieces that are sometimes out of reach for individuals — the prices would be pretty expensive and they would have to wait weeks and weeks for something that I get in directly.”

MAJOR DISCOUNTS

➽ That inside connection not only gives Kim direct access to an array of fashionable items, but she also gets those items at a major discount, and in turn passes the savings along to customers. The deals are so good that the inventory tends to turnover quickly. In fact, Kim says one of the big reasons they decided to move is because they sold out the former location nine different times in less than two years — quite a feat for a relatively new business. “It’s unique and there is nothing like it around,” Kim says.

THE TEAM does their best to foster a comfortable shopping experience for everyone who comes through the door. “It’s like shopping with your girlfriends here, and we get that a lot,” she says. “We make it fun, there is no pressure. We just really want to help create what you want in your home.” With a selection of items to fit most everyone’s style and budget, one question remains: How has C.C. Liquidations managed to fly under the radar for so long? “We’ve been told before that this is the best kept secret in Suwanee,” Kim says. “It’s kind of cute because I get that a lot. People will walk in here and say, 'Wow, I just ordered that online and it’s 40% off here. Why didn’t I know about it before?’”

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Considering that C.C. Liquidations carries just about anything you could ever need for your home, and the selection stays fresh with new stock delivered weekly, it’s only a matter of time before word-of-mouth spreads. “I just had a woman come in and buy seven area rugs for her home,” Kim says. “Her friend brought her here because it is known that the prices are going to be phenomenal and the quality of what you’re looking for is unbelievable.” So, if you’re looking to decorate a new home, freshen up an existing one, or maybe just add a little pizazz to your favorite room — run, don’t walk, to C.C. Liquidations. Suwanee’s best kept secret won’t stay a secret for much longer. ■

C.C. Liquidations Home Furnishings and More is located at 105 Satellite Blvd. N.W., Suite A, in Suwanee. The hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. They’re closed on Monday. For more information call 678-541-5515 or visit CCLiquidations.com.

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SUWANEE BUSINESS ALLIANCE:

CONNECTING, GROWING, AND CARING By JULIE PERDUE, Suwanee Business Alliance President

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he Suwanee Business Alliance is an awesome group of motivated and involved business people from all walks of life who are interested in growing their businesses, meeting new people, building relationships, enjoying fellowship and making a difference in their community. We meet monthly at different locations for good food, refreshments and networking

and always welcome guests and new members. We raise money with our annual golf tournament in the spring each year so that we can donate to local charities and families who need our help. In 2019, those recipients included Rainbow Village, Suwanee Performing Arts, Collins Hill Athletic Association, Nothing But the Truth, The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Kicks for Kids, and The Gwinnett Stripers’ Kids Night Out, just to name a few. We would love to meet you! Feel free to come as our guest for two visits and find out what it’s all about. Bring your business cards, a friend, a big smile and great attitude! We will see you there! ■

Meetings take place the second Wednesday evening of each month. Visit Suwanee.org for meeting locations.


INVESTMENT S T R AT E G I E S BY: Bill and Cindi Porter,

AILERON INVESTMENT ADVISORS

HOW CAN I BE PHILANTHROPIC IF MY ASSETS ARE SOMEWHAT LIMITED? One possibility is a charitable gift annuity. It may help provide benefits for you and for a charity of your choice, a possible win-win.  If you still need income during retirement

but are willing to leave some or all your remaining assets at death to a charity, there are some lifetime benefits you can receive now. For example, let’s suppose either the Red Cross, the Humane Society, or your alma mater are organizations you would like to help but you still need the income from your assets to live every month. Using a gift annuity, you could gift some assets to the charity and receive a partial tax deduction now yet continue to still receive the income from those assets for the rest of your life (and your spouse’s life if married). After you (and your spouse) have passed, the remaining assets would then be retained by the charity. You would retain your income, get a new tax-deduction, and your charity would eventually receive your donation. There are some real benefits. However, there are also a few potential drawbacks. The arrangement is irrevocable and cannot be changed in the future. Your payments would be taxable. Investing in an annuity that was not a gift annuity might pay a higher income. The payments are fixed and not adjusted for inflation. Like all things on planet earth, nothing is perfect. However, many people have used gift annuities to improve their own financial situation while also setting up a future charitable donation. That combination of giving while receiving has made many investors feel better about their portfolio as well as themselves. A conversation with your trusted advisor can help you decide if adding a charitable dimension to your portfolio would be a good option for you. Source: https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/guidance/philanthropy/charitable-gift-annuity.html

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. Annuities are insurance contracts designed for retirement or other long-term needs. They provide guarantees of principal and credited interest, subject to surrender charges. Annuity guarantees and protections are backed by the financial strength and claims paying ability of the issuing insurer.

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Georgia State Fair

ith fall right around the corner, we’re finally getting a reprieve from the hot Georgia summer days. Along with the crisper air, fall brings with it back-to-school shopping, hot lattes, football, and one of the best times of the year: fall festival season! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best festivals in the metro area — from the beloved annual Suwanee Wine Fest to local fairs, food fests and more, our annual guide to local fall fun is jam-packed with ways to fill your calendar all season long. BY MADISON COATS & LIZZY JAMES

The Georgia State Fair is back at Atlanta Motor-Speedway in Hampton with good old fashioned family fun. There will be rides for everyone in your family as well as a variety of animals, including a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, a white tiger display and even a butterfly exhibit. Not into rides? Enjoy a wide range of entertainment and endless fair food. September 2-October 6, hours vary each day. georgiastatefair.org

Yellow Daisy Festival

The Yellow Daisy Festival is a four-day event that features hundreds of artists and crafters with tons of unique items at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy live entertainment and fantastic food as you browse vendors and watch craft demonstrations. There is also a Children’s Corner, with activities that your kiddos are sure to enjoy. Vehicle entry into Stone Mountain Park during this festival will be $20 (unless you have an annual permit), which includes access to the festival. Check out the website for details on early bird pricing and more. September 5-8, hours vary each day. stonemountainpark.com/Events/ Yellow-Daisy-Festival

4th Annual Taste of the Ridge

Peachtree Ridge High School brings local restaurants and vendors to its common area to participate in Taste of the Ridge. This year’s vendors include Tequila Mama Taqueria, Marlow’s, Arena Tavern, The Meat House, and Chick-Fil-A, among others! Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased from band students; this ticket will provide admission, as well as samples from the participating restaurants. This annual fundraiser is hosted by the PRHS Athletic Department and Band Program. September 7, 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rock N’ Ribville

The City of Lawrenceville hosts various “car-b-ques” and brews on the Lawrenceville Lawn every year for the Rock N’ Ribville festival. The festival brings together live entertainment and delicious Southern food, along with fun games, classic cars, and various vendors as Lawrenceville continues to promote local businesses and encourage community engagement. September 14, 1-8 p.m. rocknribville.com

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Gwinnett County Fair

The Gwinnett County Fair is packed with fun events for the whole family including free concerts, pageants, rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, vendors of all kinds, various competitions and much more. The Gwinnett County Livestock and Fair Association will also provide different experiences with livestock as it educates people of all ages on agriculture and its future. September 12-22, hours vary each day. gwinnettcountyfair.com

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival

The Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival is back this year with new immersive areas, brighter themed displays, and a family-friendly nighttime experience! During the day, enjoy games, park attractions, character meet and greets, a variety of live shows, food, and beautiful autumn colors throughout the park. The “Glow by Night Experience” will begin at dusk and continue until 9 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your costume for up to $10 off an All-Attractions Pass. September 21-November 3, hours vary each day. stonemountainpark.com/Events/Pumpkin-Festival

Oktoberfest in Helen

Helen’s 49th annual Oktoberfest brings people together from all over the country and is listed as one of the top Oktoberfest events in the U.S. because of its authentic atmosphere. This festival is all about German traditions with German-style bands from around the country along with authentic food, drinks and dancing fun for the whole family. This Oktoberfest is the longest running in the United States. Thursday-Sunday throughout September and daily from September 26 to October 27, hours and prices vary each day. helenchamber.com/OktoberFest.html

Suwanee Classic Car Show

PRESENTED BY THE NORTH GWINNETT ARTS ASSOCIATION  This favorite Suwanee event showcases more than 150 classic cars lining the entire Suwanee Town Center parking lot and more! Come paint-a-wreck, join artists in a speed paint-out plein air, take your chance at a 50/50 raffle, and place your bid for the silent auction for some great finds. Take part in a moving ceremony with a special Master of Ceremonies to honor soldiers from the Georgia State Defense Force and veterans from around North Atlanta. ​ Admission is free to the public. To register a car the cost is $25 per vehicle which can be done online at ngaa4arts. com or on the day of the event. This is a rain or shine event. Trophies will be awarded for Best Paint, Engine, BPOC, Chevy, Ford, Exotic, Import, Mopar, Muscle, Orphan, Street Rod, Truck, Top 20, Mayor's Pick, Best in Show, and People's Choice. Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cumming County Fair and Festival This year the Cumming County Fair and Festival celebrates its 25th year! Stop by this 11-day event full of exciting attractions, shows, live music, fair food, carnival rides, historic heritage, and family fun. Check out the website for a list of rates, discount days, and ride specials. October 3-13, hours vary each day. cummingfair. squarespace.com

Ride Away Music Fest

A day filled with live music, food, a pet costume contest/parade, a jam tent/drum circle, Imagination Station and face painting, among other activities in Suwanee Town Center Park! Ride Away Music Fest was created in honor of Parker Killian Moore, who was tragically killed while working at a restaurant. The family of Parker wishes to remember him in a positive light by hosting this event and awarding scholarships for the areas of Photography, Vet Tech and Nursing. October 19, 2-10 p.m. rideawaymusic.com

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Duluth Beer and Wine Festival

The Duluth Beer and Wine Festival will take place at Duluth Town Green with samples of more than 75 craft beers and more than 25 wines, featuring many local breweries and wineries. There will also be live local music, food trucks, a variety of vendors and artists, and an adult game zone. This is a 21+ event. October 6, noon-5 p.m. duluthbeerandwinefest.com

Good Taste Gwinnett

Suwanee Taste of BBQ Festival Suwanee Taste of BBQ Festival returns to Town Center Park for its third year on October 12. Suwanee Taste of BBQ Festival, formerly the Alive! Festival, is a community event featuring local vendors, an artist market, live music by local and regional up-and-coming artists (sponsored by ARN - All Right Now Entertainment), a Family Fun Zone with activities for children of all ages, and of course, a Taste of BBQ! At the Taste of BBQ area, you’ll be able to buy sample tickets for food purchase at all participating vendors. This year’s bands include Riot Band, Vintage Vixens, Big Foot Rooster, Jeff Robinson and Friends, South Rock, The Way Back Band and Rival. The festival is free to attend and is a fundraiser for Project Green, a local kids charity that sponsors kids to summer camps. October 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information about being a sponsor or vendor please contact: 770-806-7492 or kim@aliveexpo.com. AliveExpo.com/alive_festival

Foodies, grab a friend or make it a date night for dinner, demos, drinks and more at Good Taste Gwinnett, a cooking showcase taking place October 17 at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. Enjoy restaurant tastings from local establishments to fill you up, live chef cooking demos to entertain, drink tastings with Slow Pour Brewing Co., a free swag bag full of goodies, vendors, giveaways and more. Presented by the Gwinnett Daily Post and Powered by Jackson EMC. October 17, 6-9 p.m. goodtastegwinnett.com

Lift Up Atlanta’s 2019 Fun Fall Festival

Lift Up is a family-oriented festival with a petting zoo, magic show, live entertainment, games for all ages, kids’ zone, vendor shopping, arts and crafts, and of course, food! This festival will be held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds with free entry and parking; all proceeds from the booths within the festival will be used to help the low-income families and the homeless in the metro Atlanta area. October 19, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. liftupatlanta.org

Duluth Howl on the Green

This event is meant for the whole family — even your dogs — and will be filled with lots of entertainment, food, and sweet treats! As it gets dark, watch for fire dancers, mystical creatures, and even breakdancing werewolves. October 25, 6-10 p.m.; duluthga.net/ community/howl_on_the_green.php

Jonny & Xena 5K & Free Pet Adoptions Jonny and Xena are committed to making a difference in our community with their fifth annual 5K fun run and free pet adoptions at Suwanee Town Center. The event supports autism programs and animal rescue, and features numerous pet-related vendors, food trucks, and live music. All pet adoptions must have an approved application, visit their website to view this application. October 26, check-in begins at 8 a.m. xenathewarriorpuppy.com/ #row-jonnyxena5k

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Taste of Atlanta 2019

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 Starting October 18, thousands of hungry food aficionados will swarm Historic Fourth Ward Park to eat their way through the Taste of Atlanta Festival. Celebrating its 18th year, Taste of Atlanta is the city's premier food and drink festival showcasing the local restaurant scene and attracting food lovers from the region and beyond. From live music to amazing food, fun workshops and much more, Taste of Atlanta is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. Throughout three days of bites and bevs, more than 100 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants will show off their most craveable dishes alongside live onstage cooking demos from top chefs, the 11th annual Bartender Competition, and an Opening Night Party on Friday with outstanding food and music. Food lovers of all ages are invited to join in celebrating the dynamic energy and variety of the local restaurant scene while savoring what makes Atlanta the food capital of the More than 100 South! of Atlanta’s General best restaurants Admission tickets will show off their popular start at $25 and dishes alongside get you 10 Taste onstage cooking Points to be demonstrations redeemed at any throughout Taste of station. One bite Atlanta’s threecosts 1-3 points, day event. but your wristband can easily be PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCIANA CARNEIRO reloaded at multiple stations throughout the festival. For the true foodie, there is the VIP tasting experience, where for $75 attendees get 20 Taste Points, main festival access, and entry into the Grand Tasting Experience tents for tastes from additional restaurants served alongside beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Opening Night Party (October 18): 7:30-11 p.m.; Main Tasting Events (October 19-20): General Admission: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; VIP Experience: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday night concert featuring Yacht Rock Review (October 19): 7-11 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, visit tasteofatlanta.com.

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Duluth Fall Festival The largest festival in the Southeast with no paid staff and more than 400 volunteers, the Duluth Fall Festival has won numerous awards including Best of Gwinnett and Reader's Choice this year. The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 28th in downtown Duluth with a huge parade (10 a.m.), followed by more than 350 booths of arts and crafts, food, and sponsors, plus Man's Corner, entertainment on two stages and more. There is a full-fledged carnival, which is also open Thursday and Friday nights, 6-10 p.m. Sunday begins with a Peachtree-qualifying road race at 8 a.m., followed by Worship on the Green by Duluth First United Methodist Church, then there is entertainment, booth shopping and food. Plan to ride one of the free 12 large shuttle buses from three area schools so you won't have to worry about parking. September 28-29. Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. duluthfallfestival.org

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia mountains in the fall. Each October, the nineday Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features exciting musical performances, arts and craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show, and the everpopular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers' Convention. October 11-19, hours vary by day. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

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Suwanee Wine Fest  Fall is finally here, and with it comes the return of some of our favorite fall festivals! With events like Suwanee Fest, the Duluth Fall Festival, and Taste of Atlanta, there is something happening in and around our community almost every weekend. However, there is one festival in particular that warrants a special place on your calendar: the seventh annual Suwanee Wine Fest on November 2. Truly a wine lover's dream, the festival features unlimited samples of more than 150 wines from around the globe, the majority of which are carefully hand-selected by the wine experts at Beverage SuperStore. Organized by the team behind the awardwinning Suwanee Beer Fest, this festival offers a wine experience for novices and experts alike.

SIP, STROLL, AND SHOP!

Recognized as one of the premier wine events in Georgia, Suwanee Wine Fest gets bigger and better each year. As festival attendees sip their way through Town Center Park, they have the opportunity to shop from local vendors, taste delicious food from some of the area’s most popular food trucks, participate in backyard games like giant Jenga, and listen to live music from local bands.

BEER, BOURBON AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE CRAFT BEER TENT!

Beer lovers in the crowd can make their way over to the beer tent sponsored by Taco Mac, StillFire Brewing and Slow Pour Brewing. J.R. Revelry will be pouring bourbon samples for

liquor lovers in attendance. Here attendees will be able to enjoy a few brews while watching the University of Georgia take on the Florida Gators. Once the festival is over, head across the street to StillFire Brewing for a Wine Fest after party!

GEORGIA WINE TRAIL PASSPORT

Making its return to the festival this year, the Georgia Wine Trail allows participants to visit local wineries throughout the festival to get their “passports” punched after trying exclusive wine samples brought just for them! After visiting all the wineries, take your passport to

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DRINK FOR A CAUSE

The event organizers are committed to continuing to create the best winetasting experience while also giving back to the community. A portion of the Wine Fest proceeds will be donated to Annandale Village, a Suwanee organization that provides care and life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries and enables them to maintain their independence in the least-restrictive environment possible. Early bird ticket prices start at $49 per person and feature unlimited samples of wine and beer in the park from 1-4:30 p.m. with the prices increasing to $55 on October 13, or $60 the day of the festival if still available. Purchase tickets now at SuwaneeWinefest.com.

FEATURED GEORGIA WINERIES AT SUWANEE WINE FEST: CENITA VINEYARDS, WINERY AND TASTING ROOM

KAYA VINEYARDS

Kaya’s Winery and tasting room are located in Dahlonega, built atop a ridge that is 1,600 feet above elevation and offers the most panoramic mountain view in North Georgia. All Kaya wines are made exclusively from estate grown grapes produced from their property. The vineyards are planted with classic European, Italian and American varietals. Their techniques are meticulous; the secret lies in the management of the vineyard. The Kaya team loves to produce handcrafted complex wines that cater to the serious enthusiast. Their tasting room goal is to provide an educational experience for those with a passion to learn about wine. 5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533, kayavineyards.com, 706-219-3514

CeNita vines are planted on the site of the family's first dairy farm, so the soil is perfect for growing balanced wines. Their families have been farming for four generations, and understanding the soil, climate and growing seasons is paramount in the making (growing) of wine. CeNita produces 1,000 + cases a year from their estate vines and is continuing to grow every year. Their Handcrafted Estate Wines are made from the finest of Vinifera & Hybrid Vines, including Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, etc. and flourished in the rich North Georgia soil. Greg and Carol Crumley strive to grow the finest fruit and let the vintage speak for itself. 591 Dock Dorsey Road, Cleveland, GA 30528, cenitawinery.com, 706-865-7478

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SHARP MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

In Jasper, Georgia, lies one of the oldest vineyards in North Georgia: Sharp Sharp Mountain Mountain Vineyards was established in 1995 and has been producing award-winning wines since 2004.  Eleven varieties of European Vinifera are all produced and bottled on-site. The family owned business prides itself on the personal attention they give to every vine, wine, and most importantly guest. Drink in the beautiful scenery of rows of espaliered vines with a commanding view of Sharp Mountain. Browse the tasting room and gift shop while enjoying the pavilion, patio, live music, and a bottle or glass of wine. From start to finish, SMV wines are handcrafted in the Old World fashion. It’s more than a wine: it’s an experience. The winery is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays. 110 Ratheb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143, sharpmountainvineyards.com, 770-735-1210


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Sweet Acre Farms Winery is a small husband and wife run farm located in the beautiful foothills of the Northeast Georgia mountains. After growing blackberries and keeping bees for some time, they have turned their u-pick farm into Hall County's first winery. They specialize in fruit, or "country wines," that are reminiscent of those our Southern families used to make. They honor our state's agricultural diversity by using the finest ingredients from their farm and farms alike. All of their fruit wines are 100% all-natural fruit; and never use any flavorings, coloring or concentrates. 7584 Bill Wilson Rd, Alto, GA 30510, sweetacrefarms.com, 678-769-5335

THREE SISTERS WINERY

“Thar’s WINE in Them Thar Hills” ™ at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery! Celebrated as “Dahlonega’s First Family Farm Winery,” Three Sisters holds the distinction of being Dahlonega’s first bonded farm winery since prohibition and the first of the five vineyards established in Lumpkin County proper. The estate is located in the “Heart of Georgia Wine Country” and situated on 184 acres between Dahlonega and Cleveland. Laid-back and fun, Three Sisters small farm agribusiness is dedicated to growing the finest grapes that Georgia can grow and making beautiful handcrafted wines. They invite all wine lovers to come and taste for themselves! 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533, threesistersvineyards.com, 706-865-9463

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Suwanee Trek or Treat

Suwanee’s annual Trek or Treat offers a fun afternoon filled with Halloween-themed events and festivities for children. The event takes place at Sims Lake Park and is geared toward children ages 10 and younger. Families are encouraged to dress up in costumes and can participate in fall-themed games, contests, music, inflatables and more. October 27, 2 p.m.

Bridge the Gap 5K

This family-friendly run/walk supports organizations that help to “bridge the gap” for individuals with special needs as they transition out of the school system and into adult services. The 5K starts at Suwanee Town Center Park. All of the proceeds from this event will go directly to one of the three groups: The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta, Friends U Need Club, Inc., and The YALLS Group of Special Needs School. Each organization offers day program services in a safe and supported environment where adults with developmental disabilities have opportunities for socialization, recreation and community service. Bridge the Gap 5K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifying event! October 19. Registration: 8 a.m.; race starts at 9 a.m. runsignup. com/bridgethegapga

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PRESENTED BY THE NORTH GWINNETT ARTS ASSOCIATION Savor the flair d’art at the Suwanee Fine Arts Festival. With a bit of a French twist, enjoy the unexpected at every turn — fine artists showing and demonstrating their works, mouth-watering food, wine and craft beer, buskers milling through the crowd, an emerging artists tent, the Huddle Up Hub for the Georgia/Tennessee game, and plenty of hands-on projects, like the now famous Chalk Walk! C’est la Vie! October 5 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and October 6 (noon-5 p.m.). For more details, sponsor information, and a chalk walk application, head to ngaa4arts.com/fineartsfest.


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Our annual two-day celebration of community returns to Town Center Park September 21 and 22! Nearly 200 vendors and exhibitors, 15 entertainment acts, and one amazing parade are just some of the highlights of this beloved fall tradition. ★ Usher in the weekend by joining us in the traditional one-mile parade down Main Street and into Town Center Park! Cash prizes are awarded each year to floats and participants in a variety of categories. Even if you aren’t marching as part of a club or organization, you can join the Red Wagon Brigade!

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FATWOOD FIRE STEELS ★ Booth R21 ★

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The idea for Fatwood Fire Steels first formed when creator Jeff Harrelson accidentally took a dip in the 43° Tennessee River on a fishing trip. Realizing that, in the event of an emergency, he had no way to easily build a fire to warm and dry himself, he began researching bushcraft wilderness skills, and the idea was born. Stop by to hear more tales from this avid outdoorsman, and check out his truly unique (and possibly lifesaving) creation.

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TAG UR IT

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– If you’re a girly girl (little, full grown, and everything in between), be sure to check out Tag UR It for all your tutu, hairbow, tulle wreath, sassy vinyl, and scarf needs. Bonus items: If you’re headed to Disney World in the near future, this is the place to stock up on your amazingly beautiful mouse ears at a much friendlier price than you’ll find in Orlando.

SUWANEE CREEK ROASTERS ★ Booth R18 ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– What happens when one of your Suwanee Fest committee members switches to the vendor side? Well, you lose a great volunteer, but in this case, you also gain custom, fresh roasted coffee! Our good friend and Suwanee Fest Volunteer Extraordinaire Eric Wolman turned a hobby into a small business, and now you'll be able to sample and purchase Suwanee Creek Roasters’ small-batch roasted coffee beans at Suwanee Fest. Suwanee Magazine

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– You’ve gotta love a young entrepreneur. Local high school senior Sydnee Crawford hand makes jewelry in brass, sterling silver, and gold, filled with beads from various gemstones, wood, vintage and some recycled materials. Serious about her creative and philanthropic endeavors, some of Sydnee’s beads are handmade out of recycled cereal boxes by people from the Haitian village where she volunteers. A portion of sales goes toward supporting the mission organization.

ROVER FARMS

★ Booth B36 ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– An avid hiker, Cheryl Rocha found it difficult to find packable, lightweight foods made without objectionable preservatives or ingredients, while still being at an affordable price point. She began Rover Farms in Covington in 2018 with the sole goal of filling this marketplace niche. Rover Farms begins with fresh, quality ingredients that are freeze dried in small batches, ensuring that each batch meets high standards for their fellow hikers, backpackers, campers, and doomsday preppers.

COVE LEATHERWORKS ★ Booth R5 ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Looking for a bag that literally no one else has? Cove Leatherworks hand crafts leather bags, cuffs, and tassels, and also turns wood and acrylic for bottle stoppers and pens. All items are handcrafted by a local Flowery Branch craftsman out of unique materials, such as vintage cowhide, water buffalo leather, copper hardware, and more.

DAEDAL JEWELRY ★ Booth B4 ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Artisan Caitlin Galvin fell in love with metalsmithing after taking a fabrication class while living in Tuscany. Inspired by the ancients, but created for the contemporary, Caitlin launched her first line from her studio in Charleston in 2016. Caitlin designs and crafts each piece by her own hand, creating a true custom statement piece, inspired by her emersion in European architecture.

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S A T U R D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 2 1 ALL STARS PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY ★ 10:30 AM ★

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– All Stars Performing Arts Academy is an award-winning high performance studio that elevates the spirit while delivering high technical training. Voted Best of Gwinnett for the past six years, all instructors are, or have been, professionals in the industry.

5678 DANCE ACADEMY ★ 11:30 AM ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 5678 Dance Academy of Performing Arts offers a fun and rewarding opportunity for toddlers through adults to learn and grow through the discipline of dance and the total performing arts experience. The professional and dedicated staff provides quality dance education and organized, professional performances.

ROYAL DANCE ACADEMY ★ 12:00 PM ★

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MYSTERY PERFORMER!

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SCHOOL OF ROCK ★ 2:00 PM ★

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Twenty years of experience and hundreds of thousands of students have taught the School of Rock that playing music with others results in stronger proficiency compared to conventional music education. All students in the Performance Program auditioned for a spot in the group, and House Band members perform at local rock venues.

SAUTI YA AFRICA ★ 2:45 PM ★

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Swahili for “Voice of Africa,” this trio from Uganda with silky harmonies has performed for everyone from the British royal family to French and German Ambassadors and President Bill Clinton. They were even crowned Commonwealth Music Ambassadors by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Prepare to be wowed by this amazing international, classically trained, pop-operatic trio.

DISTINCT GRACE ★ 4:00 PM ★

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Distinct Grace is a Southern rock band that was formed when two Air Force veterans decided to raise money for widows and children who lost loved ones in combat. The band has raised over $40,000 for veterans’ charities, playing events from New York City to Atlanta. The band recently released their third studio album and a music video for their hit "Take Me Back."

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QUEEN NATION ★ 5:30 PM ★

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There is little doubt among the pure rock community that the legendary band Queen and lead performer Freddie Mercury earn high ranks as one of the most powerful and iconic groups in rock history. Formed in 2004, Queen Nation’s mission is to carry on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts. Their production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen, amazing audiences with their accuracy and live retrospective journey. Suwanee Magazine

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S U N D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 2 2 ACADEMY OF BALLET JAZZ & TAP ENSEMBLE

DANCE FLIX ACADEMY

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Academy of Ballet Jazz & Tap Ensemble has been a top destination for dance instruction for the past 20 years. Voted Best of Inside Gwinnett and selected for the Norcross Small Business Excellence Award, the studio boasts a 5,200 sq.ft. studio with professionally sprung floors, a faculty with professional backgrounds and dance degrees, and programs for everyone from baby ballerinas to pre-professionals.

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dance Flix Academy unites every form of dance into one platform. A cultural melting pot, DFA’s goal is to bring cultures, traditions, and values from around the world together for students to learn dance from professionals, create friendships, and advance each student to the level of certification so they can carry the same values into their future endeavors.

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15 MIN. OF FAME: SUWANEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS ★ 1:30 PM ★

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The North Gwinnett School Foundation annually auctions a coveted “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” performance slot for Suwanee Fest as part of its annual fundraiser. This year the Suwanee Elementary School Chorus will perform on the stage at Suwanee Fest courtesy of Penelope Williams, who donated her prize to the group.

MIXED GENES ★ 2:30 PM ★

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The musical marriage of a classically-trained rock and blues guitarist and a folk and jazz-influenced singer (who happen to be married in real life), Mixed Genes performs with the seamless chemistry of partners who have spent decades writing and playing music together. Expect originals, along with favorite covers, from this acoustic duo with a pop indie flair.

THE TONE TWISTERS ★ 4:00 PM ★

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FAMILY FUN ZONE CIRCUS PERFORMERS

★ Saturday: 11:00 am & Sunday: 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm ★

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THE GREATEST FESTIVAL ON EARTH KICKS OFF WITH THE GREATEST PARADE ON EARTH! The annual Suwanee Fest Parade will roll through the streets of downtown this year on Saturday, September 21! The traditional kick-off to the two-day celebration of community, the parade begins at 9 am on Main Street, then travels along Suwanee Dam to Buford Highway, passing in front of the judges’ station at Town Center Park.

Want to be part of the Suwanee Fest Parade, but don’t have a large group?

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Join the Red Wagon Brigade! Open to anyone, community members and families are welcome to deck out wagons – as well as bicycles, unicycles, strollers, wheelchairs, golf carts, etc. – in circus finery and be a part of the strolling celebration! Those interested in participating can find more information and register at SuwaneeFest.com/parade.

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THESE FOLKS MAKE IT HAPPEN! BIG, HUGE NEW ADDITION TO SUWANEE FEST! MUSTARD SEED TINY HOMES Georgia’s premium tiny house builder is bringing one of their tiny homes to Suwanee Fest! Located just outside of Atlanta, Mustard Seed Tiny Homes are high-end yet affordable, and built with quality materials, modern designs, and excellent craftsmanship. Founders Clint and Haley Gooch met in 2010 doing global mission work, living primarily out of backpacks and learning to live very flexibly and simply. After returning to the Untied States, they discovered the ‘tiny house movement’ and knew they had to be a part of it. Clint’s decade of construction and carpentry experience allowed the couple to launch Mustard Seed, with Haley handling the creative marketing and aesthetics of the homes.

A volunteer committee works hard all year long to make sure that Suwanee Fest is the best that it can be, year after year. Thank you, Suwanee Fest Committee members, for your time, enthusiasm, creativity, energy, dedication, and hard work!

Sponsorship - Paul Beavin Entertainment - Michelle Budd Family Fun Zone - Donna Copeletti Parade - Kate Fanale, Matt Savitt Vendors - Janis Beavin, Cathy Karlick, Robin Sullivan Food Vendors - David Sullivan Transportation - Mauro Marcillo, Kate Fanale Volunteers - Tracy Mason

STOP BY THE SUWANEE TENTS IN FRONT OF CITY HALL! ★ Suwanee Fest t-shirts! ★ Redesigned car magnets! ★ Brand-new stickers! ★ Festival info! ★ Suwanee swag, including those awesome tote bags! (while supplies last)

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FA M I LY F U N Z O N E

Amazing Sideshow Spectacular for the Entire Family! SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 10 AM – 7 PM • SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 NOON – 5 PM C’mon kids, let’s run away and join the circus! The Family Fun Zone midway will feature games such as ring toss, can smash, and troll toss for fun prizes! Kids ready to start their circus training will have the opportunity to complete four death-defying challenges: ★ Tightrope Walk – an incredible show of balance and poise! ★ Hoop of Fire Jump – a courageous leap through flames! ★ Stilt Walking – awe-inspiring skill! ★ Muscle Man Weight Lifting – astonishing fits of strength! Those who successfully complete the challenges will earn their very own clown nose, and be well on their way to joining the circus! Other Family Fun Zone activities include: ★ Circus photo booth ★ Popcorn wagon (Sunday only) ★ Caricature artists ★ Roaming circus performers ★ Balloons artist ★ A living statue! *Activities in the Family Fun Zone are complimentary.

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!

C H I L D R E N ’ S A REA SCH ED ULE

SATURDAY • SEPT. 21

Rides open at 10 am and close at 7 pm Ticket sales end at 6:30 pm

SUNDAY • SEPT. 22

CHILDREN'S AREA

Rides open at noon and close at 5 pm Ticket sales end at 4:30 pm

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RIDES & GAMES Suwanee Fest also features a massive ride and games area, providing non-stop fun for kids of all ages (not to mention childfree shopping time for mom and dad!). Tickets are available for purchase at the festival for inflatables, small rides, and carnival-style games.


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PARKING & SHUTTLES

★ Red Lot – Shadowbrook Church, 4187 Suwanee Dam Road *This lot features wheelchairaccessible shuttles.

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Parking is unavailable at Town Center during Suwanee Fest, and traffic in the Town Center area can be congested throughout the festival weekend. Please plan on utilizing the free shuttles for a hassle-free Suwanee Fest parking experience. Offsite festival parking and complimentary shuttles are available at three convenient locations:

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HEARTIS SUWANEE LIVE INSPIRED • LIVE WELL!

INDEPENDENT LIVING, ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE IN SUWANEE

At Heartis Suwanee, we’ll change the way you think of senior living. But more importantly, we may just change your life. For the better. It all starts with our perspective. We believe that moving to a senior living community should be something we appreciate for all it brings to our lives. Offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Heartis Suwanee provides the support you need to remain living as independently as possible, plus everything you want to continue to lead a full, active and enjoyable life. It’s the perfect balance of 24-hour support and an engaging lifestyle. Heartis Suwanee includes 175 spacious independent living, assisted living and memory care units in a single-story, two-story and three-story building totaling about 187,375 square feet on a 10-acre site on the northwest corner of Suwanee Dam Road and Brogdon Road.

With our variety of services, amenities and enriching Montessoribased programming, no two days are the same. Residents are free to spend each day just as they choose. Each day is filled with possibilities. Heartis Suwanee offers a wide variety of first-class amenities, including spacious accommodations with cable TV; large, secured courtyards; beautifully landscaped grounds with walking paths; game and activity rooms; a beauty and barber shop; large, inviting restaurants serving home-cooked meals; social and recreational activities and religious services; and relaxing common areas. Special services will include nurse-supervised staff; 24-hour emergency call system; housekeeping and laundry services; and assistance with personal activities, memory care services and medication supervision. Heartis communities provide high quality, high-value services, programming and amenities; on-site personalized support; and inviting, caring home-like environments.

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FAMILY MATTERS: INSPIRE YOUR KIDS’ LOVE OF LEARNING 5 1 // INTO THE NETHERWORLD 5 2

EFFECTIVELY TREATING HEARING LOSS Hearing loss is like any other important health-related issue — it should not be neglected. Did you know that hearing loss is one of the most common health problems in our country, affecting 30 to 48 million Americans? It is estimated that one in three people older than 65 are affected by hearing loss. BY RACHEL SPINUZZA SUWANEE ENT AUDIOLOGIST

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EARING LOSS can be caused by noise, aging, disease, ototoxic drugs, or it can be hereditary. Several common risk factors of hearing loss include smoking, cardiovascular events, hypertension, and diabetes. Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common types. However, the majority of people with hearing loss are actually below retirement age. Hearing loss is most often caused by damage to the cochlear hair cells. Over time, the aging process and chronic noise exposure can cause the hair cells to degenerate and auditory sensitivity is permanently lost. Consider the following: Are you withdrawing from conversations? Do you feel frustrated trying to communicate in group situations? Are you beginning to limit or modify your social activities? If so, you may be experiencing the negative effects of hearing loss. Frequent symptoms of hearing loss can include tinnitus (ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, whistling, roaring, etc.), having trouble hearing over the telephone, difficulty following conversations with two or more people, often asking people to repeat what they are saying, needing to turn up the TV volume, difficulty understanding women and children speaking, and difficulty in background noise situations. Several studies link untreated hearing loss to negative effects on the human brain, particularly as people age. The John Hopkins School of Medicine conducted a long-term research with hearing loss. Their studies showed a correlation between untreated hearing loss and early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that adults with hearing loss are two times more likely to develop dementia, adults with moderate hearing loss are three times more likely to develop dementia, and adults with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia. Participants from the study reported that with the use of amplification, quality of life and overall rates of happiness improved. Perhaps you think that hearing instruments won’t help you or that they are too expensive. Today there are hearing instruments designed to help all degrees of hearing loss. The technology is designed to help reduce unwanted noise, help you focus on sounds of interest, and locate where they are coming from. According to

a report in 2012 by Healthy Hearing Magazine, most adults wait an average of 5 to 7 years before seeking help for hearing loss and tinnitus. Researchers have also concluded that the longer the delay, the harder it may be for the brain to adjust to hearing aids due to long term auditory deprivation. Making the decision to have your hearing tested is the first step towards improving your quality of life. Treating hearing loss begins with a comprehensive test to determine the severity and type of hearing loss. From there, hearing aids are recommended based on the individual’s hearing needs as well as listening preferences, budget, and lifestyle needs. Call us with any questions you have about the topic, or to schedule a hearing evaluation. We can help you find a solution that best suits your hearing, lifestyle, and budget. ■

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can have a negative effect on one’s health, even resulting in stress, depression, isolation, and reduced earning power.

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By Laura Lebovitz, LMFT, Grow Counseling

Inspire Your Kids’ Love of Learning t is so great to see your kids light up with joy when they master a new task or figure out why something works for the first time. When you see your kids get excited about learning, you can’t help but feel excited, too! However, it can sometimes be hard to keep the enthusiasm for learning going throughout the entire school year. It can be especially hard as the novelty of a new classroom and teacher start to wear off and busy schedules and assignments start to settle in. The focus can quickly shift from the fun of accomplishing a new task or reading a new fact to getting the right grades as the school year progresses on. But there are many things parents can do to help their kids nourish a lifelong love of learning that help kids go beyond simply good grades in school.

Start young. All kids start out with an instinct to learn, explore, and discover. Nurturing that instinct when kids are young helps keep their interest as they get older. Mirror your child’s enthusiasm about new things and ask them questions to help them notice more details. Try to build opportunities for them to encounter something they have never seen before by taking them to museums, getting out in nature, or even just visiting new places around town. If schedules make it too hard to get out of the house, make sure they have easy access to new and interesting books. Reading is such a great way for kids to explore and learn about the world around them.

Share with them. Talk about the interesting things you like to learn about or what your passions are. Opening the door for conversations about your passions may help your kids to discover their own passions and interests. Being able to

engage them in an active conversation helps them push themselves to find new knowledge instead of sticking with what they already know.

Learn with your kids. Don’t feel like you have to have all of the right answers! It can be so much fun for kids to feel like they are learning with their parents instead of feeling like you are the expert on everything. If they stump you with a question, encourage their observations and do the research on the answer together. Find ways to deepen conversations by asking more detailed questions, examining other points of view, or find connections to other points of knowledge. It can also be fun to create opportunities for learning by doing a project together around the house like building a new piece of furniture or making a new recipe.

Focus on the process. Too often we can get stuck deciding if something is a success or not based

upon the end result. While it can feel great for your kids to get praise when they accomplish something, it is also important to highlight all of the hard work along the way. Try to highlight the perseverance it took to keep going, the new strategies it took, and how good it feels to do something new. If they make a mistake, talk about how they could have gone about it a different way and find ways to praise them for continuing to persevere. Focusing on the process can help highlight how good it feels to learn something new instead of just completing a task. Learning is not a means to an end. It is a lifelong experience of discovering new things about the world around us!

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, self-harm, life transitions like divorce, and building healthy relationships within families.

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With Halloween right around the corner, we met up with Netherworld Co-Founder, Ben Armstrong, for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top haunted houses in the nation. BY LIZZY JAMES / PHOTOS COURTESY OF NETHERWORLD HAUNTED HOUSE

OR MORE than two decades, Netherworld Haunted House has

remained a rite of passage for thrill seekers throughout Gwinnett County and beyond. After all, the huge, fear-inducing attraction is consistently voted one of the top haunts in the nation, and rightfully so. Even after packing up and moving its reign of terror from Norcross to Stone Mountain last year, one thing remains the same: On any given night in October, terrifying monsters, haunting special effects, and blood-curdling screams can be found at “the scariest place on Earth.� Featuring over-the-top special effects, transformative make-up, elaborate costuming and skilled stunt actors, Netherworld upholds its legacy as a tried-and-true Halloween destination thanks to the hard work of founders Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina.

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“I have a background in TV production and when I made the move to Atlanta I connected with Billy,” Armstrong says. “He has a background in the film industry and special effects, so we decided to team up and bring the idea of an unconventional haunted house to life. And now we’ve been doing it for 23 years.” Even after two decades, the duo still works year-round to create an immersive experience that’s unlike anything guests have seen before. From building ever-more-complicated sets to investing in new technology and special effects, Netherworld has evolved into a Hollywood-like production with approximately 20 full-time employees working throughout the year to bring the haunt to life. When the doors open for the 2019 season on the weekend of September 27th, more than 400 seasonal actors and employees will invade one of the most highly acclaimed haunted houses in the world with the common goal of terrifying hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting souls. “It takes a variety of people to carry out these productions,” Armstrong says. “Returning actors, of course, get

more complex roles, but since we open almost every night in October we need a lot of people. Every year we rely on our casting director to discover great new talent.” The majority of the actors who take part in scaring the pants off of visitors go through auditions with casting directors, training with professional stunt teams, and even take classes on how to effectively scare guests. This year's actors went through puppeteer training in order to handle the giant puppets that will be present throughout the haunts. Hundreds of thousands of horror fanatics will visit Netherworld this year in hopes of leaving with an adrenaline rush, and Armstrong promises this season’s production will do just that.

The New Haunts

“This year’s main house is titled Night of the Gorgons, a take on the Medusa legend in which a female icon character has managed to get a magic mirror that shows the image of a gorgon and turns people into stone,” Armstrong says. “The second house, Cold Blooded, will feature a Jurassic Park-like science

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Netherworld’s new yearround laser tag arenas offer an added thrill beyond the Halloween season.

fiction theme. Here scientists are splicing the DNA of reptilian aliens and creating dinosaur hybrids. The house is going to be overrun with lizard people and isn’t for the faint of heart.” On top of its seasonal haunted houses, Netherworld has expanded to offer four year-round escape rooms and a laser tag arena giving guests the opportunity to have a thrilling Netherworld experience beyond the Halloween season. “Our plan has always been to own a bigger venue and create an ever-growing entertainment complex for our guests. Now that we’ve been in our space for a year, we have been able to expand our year-round activities and offer even more options,” Armstrong says. “We saw the massive amount of space and thought it’d be perfect to create the ultimate laser tag arena. There’s everything from complex mazes, abandoned buildings, video gamestyle reward boxes and a huge variety of different battle modes that visitors are going to love! As we near haunt season, we just might add some of our live monsters to the mix to up the scare factor. I think it’ll truly be a great addition to the Netherworld experience.” The new Laser Adventure Battle Arena will be open every Saturday night and is available for special advanced bookings and events seven days a week. During haunt season, the hours will shift to be the same as those of the haunted house, and there will be a shorter 15-minute version of the laser tag attraction, which will be first come, first served. The post-apocalypse themed game will feature advanced laser tag battle rifles and a complex outdoor arena complete with mazes, forts, and other interactive elements designed to challenge players. Each battle can hold up to 24 participants

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and competitions will primarily be held in the evening, which will enhance the eeriness and add to the thrill of the game. This past August marked the official opening of a brand-new escape room at Escape the Netherworld. The new experience, Tiki Island: Attack of The Shark God!, will be the fourth escape room at the venue and joins the trio of award-winning rooms that have already become highly respected in the escape game industry – Sasquatch: Bigfoot’s Revenge, Nosferatu: Van Helsing’s Secret, and Haunted: Curse of The Night Hag. In Tiki Island: Attack of The Shark God!, participants will forget they’re in Georgia as they’re transported to a beautiful island paradise, perfect for anyone who wants a different way to experience the retro tiki resurgence that has been growing throughout the country. Players will have one hour to solve uniquely themed puzzles and discover the many secrets of Tiki Island. With each passing year, Armstrong and Messina have worked to expand the footprint of Netherworld’s offerings, creating the ultimate horror destination. “With all the new creatures, all the new scares, and everything you can experience at Netherworld, I think guests are going to be blown away by the number of things to do here,” Armstrong says. “The haunted house is incredible, but there is also so much more entertainment and activities you can do.” Just be sure to not fall prey to the lizard people lurking around the corner. The Netherworld Haunted House season kicks off the weekend of September 27th and 28th and runs through November 9th. For more information and the full schedule, visit fearworld.com or call 404-608-2484. ■ Follow Suwanee Magazine on Facebook for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Netherworld Haunted House.

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BETO'S TACOS R E S TA U R A N T S P O T L I G H T :

AUTHENTIC MEXICAN STREET-STYLE TACOS ON THE STREETS OF SUWANEE By Natalie Stubbs

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THERE’S ONE word to best describe Roberto “Beto” Correa – and that’s passionate. Beto, nicknamed by his parents, is the owner and executive chef of Beto’s Tacos in Suwanee. Beto’s experience in Mexican cuisine and hospitality is anything but minor as he also owns Fusion Catering, where his team caters up to 35 events each week. Back home in Mexico also exists two more restaurants owned by Beto for 30 years now — Tex Burger and Tex Jr. — which are currently being managed by his two sons. Beto’s Tacos serves as his newest business venture, which officially unlocked its doors on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on May 28 and has been excelling every day since. When considering opening a restaurant in Georgia, Beto asked himself how he could share a piece of his culture and achieve a sense of “street tacos,” just like the individual taco stands traditionally situated on the streets of Mexico. In an effort to replicate this authentic style of selling tacos, Beto decided to maintain a very open atmosphere, particularly including the kitchen, so customers could Roberto “Beto” Correa be a part of the experience. “I want people to see us cook and prepare. I want people to see their food and smell it. And if we’re doing something wrong, I want to fix it,” explains Beto.

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 Beto’s passion for food stems from his appetite (no pun intended) to never stop learning about the craft and cuisine. He originally moved from Mexico to build on his culinary education, but still invests time to travel back to Mexico (and all over the United States!) so he can continue learning new trends, techniques and to try new things. Guests of the restaurant benefit from his research and experiences as they have a vast menu of items to choose from, including 16 different tacos, a significant assortment of tortas (sandwiches), nachos, soups, burritos, and traditional main dishes, such as enchiladas, quesadillas, and loaded tostadas (toasted tortillas) to name a few. All of which can, of course, be paired with sides, queso, and a few of Mexico’s favorite desserts. You’ll also find that all of the ingredients are made or delivered fresh daily, and you won’t find a freezer or microwave on site — which is evident when you take your first bite! If you ask Beto what he recommends trying, he’ll encourage you to taste one of the tortas as it’s something he promises you won’t find anywhere else! These sandwiches begin with your choice of meat: carne asada (grilled steak), pastor (marinated pork), chorizo (Mexican sausage), carnitas (pork), jamón (ham), pollo asado (grilled chicken) or vegetarian (queso fresco and avocado). Then, they’re piled high with lettuce, white American cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickled jalapeños, chipotle mayonnaise, and a refried bean spread before being sandwiched between two pieces of toasted bread. The dish is a handful (quite literally), but you certainly won’t regret the incredible combination of flavors these ingredients bring together!

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To top off your meal, Beto will then guide you over to a self-serve area where you can choose from four different salsas, with flavors ranging from mild to smoky to extremely hot. There are also additional toppings available in this area, just in case you’re missing a touch of sour cream, pickled onions, or slices of lime or cucumber. To wash it all down, Beto has made sure to offer more value and authenticity to your dining experiences with five different aguas frescas (fruitbased refreshments): strawberry, pineapple, tamarindo, mango and horchata (made of rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon). If you’re looking for more of an American staple, you will also find a soda machine, sweet and unsweet tea and six local craft beers on draft. You can bet that Beto’s passion absolutely does not stop at food. You can see it beaming through his welcoming smile as you walk through the door, and you can feel it radiating through each of his staff members. He proudly enlightens: “Business is more about people. Every night I think about what I can do better the next day and I get excited to get up again. Every morning I get to work and inject a good feeling into my team — positive energy. My workers

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are engaged and having fun with the customers. I empower them every day and instill value into them. I tell them, ‘You’re alive, my friend; you have another chance. Let’s make it count.’” As part of the overall experience, another one of Beto’s main priorities is to offer a space comfortable and inviting for anyone and everyone, whether you’re eating lunch alone during the work week, coming with friends to watch a big game on the weekend, or enjoying a casual dinner with your family. He’s proud of this environment he’s created and is overjoyed with the overwhelming amount of positive response from the community. His enthusiasm and appreciation are not only humbling, they’re also encouraging for customers and fellow business owners in the Suwanee area. “I’m really happy. God put everything in line and made my dream come true,” he says. “When managers from competing restaurants come in for lunch three times a week and say they enjoy the food, when we show the Atlanta United game and it’s packed, when we make 6,000 tacos because the grand opening is so busy, I ask myself, ‘Is this true? Is this still a dream?’ I don’t want to wake up from this dream. I’m still super, super excited.” ■ Beto’s Tacos is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is located at 3463 LawrencevilleSuwanee Road. Visit BetosTacos.com for more information.


Highlights of the Season

5 Must-Try Wines at the 2019 Suwanee Wine Fest lock out your calendar, because Suwanee Wine Fest returns to Town Center Park on November 2nd, and the wine experts at Beverage SuperStore have hand-selected more than 150 wines for attendees to try at the seventh annual event. Festival organizers are working hard to curate an incredible wine list featuring an array of this year’s most popular selections, and have highlighted five wines ahead of this year’s festival that we are sure will become some of your new favorites.

SLO JAMS Sauvignon Blanc

WASHINGTON

A real showstopper that showcases the beautiful fruit of Washington. This delicious white wine is 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Marsanne from Destiny Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation of Washington State. SLO JAMS opens with aromas of key lime and lemongrass followed by light and fresh flavors of cut pineapple, ripe oroblanco grapefruit and stone fruit.

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Volats Priorat SPAIN

This vibrant red wine is made from old vines from the regions of Gratallops and Vilella Alta and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. A balance of mineral harmony pegged to the Llicorella backbone opens to spice, ripe fruit, herbal notes, and consistent freshness.

Proemio Grand Reserve Winemaker’s Selection ARGENTINA

Spicy, mossy aromas are cool and herbal, and with that, there are grapy, toasty, and chocolatey oak scents. This Malbec blend is tight and rugged, with clampy red-berry flavors resting on that same chocolatey oak. Drying tannins make for a hard finish that should mellow in due time.

Eleven by Eleven Chardonnay CALIFORNIA

A light straw-yellow in color, the 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a beautiful wine with an elegant nose revealing hints of honey, hazelnut, and stone fruit with tropical notes. It is rich and mouth-filling and shows real finesse, silky not creamy, and beautifully integrated with terrific balance.

Andis Painted Fields Red Blend CALIFORNIA

A delicious red blend made with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, and 10% Petite Sirah. Aromas of pomegranate, coffee, and a burst of black licorice lead to flavors of raspberry, cherry and a juicy, lingering finish.

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STILLFIRE BREWING

SETTING THE GEORGIA CRAFT BEER SCENE

SUWANEE'S FIRST BREWERY SETS ITS SIGHTS ON BUILDING AN ICONIC CRAFT BEER BRAND THAT IS SYNONYMOUS WITH QUALITY, LOYALTY, AND COMMUNITY IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN SUWANEE. BY LIZZY JAMES / PHOTOS BY KARL LAMB THERE’S A NEW REASON TO SAY “CHEERS” IN SUWANEE. THE MUCH ANTICIPATED DEBUT OF SUWANEE’S NEW HOMETOWN BREWERY, STILLFIRE BREWING, IS SET FOR THE END OF SEPTEMBER. THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WILL FEATURE A SELECTION OF 18 ORIGINAL CRAFT BEERS ON TAP AND AN OUTDOOR STONE PATIO WHERE PATRONS CAN PLAY GAMES AND ENJOY LIVE MUSIC. THERE WILL BE FOOD AND FUN FOR EVERYONE!

The brewery will feature 18 beers on tap with a wide selection of offerings ranging from IPAs and traditional styles to barrel aged, fruit and sour beers. With Brewmaster Phil Farrell manning the tanks, patrons are sure to find their new favorite beer at StillFire Brewing. The world-class brewer is excited to bring his brewing expertise and creativity to the residents of Suwanee. “Preparing our beer lineup is like preparing for the Super Bowl,” says Farrell. “We have scripted our first 18 beers, but we want the others to be community-driven, and hope that people aren’t afraid to offer us feedback on new beers they want to see here.” The brewing team, which includes head brewer, Walt Wooden, will kick off the brewery with a lineup of thoroughly good beers, including their aptly named Thoroughly Good Scotch Ale (which made its debut in the VIP tent at the 2019 Suwanee Beer Fest and recently won a gold medal at the 2019 Can Can Awards in Atlanta) and Midnight Voyage, a cuban coffee stout that offers an intense espresso-like flavor of roasted

› The StillFire Brewing team officially announced their plans to open in Suwanee back in March, and the 20-barrel brewery and taproom has been under construction ever since. Beer lovers got a first taste of what StillFire Brewing will have to offer at the 2019 Suwanee Beer Fest, and as the tanks arrived and the hiring signs went up, the anticipation from the community only continued to grow.

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coffee balanced by chocolate with just the right amount of sweetness to make you crave more. Tropical Dropout IPA has delicious citrus flavors and aromas as well as a complex array of exotic guava and passion fruit notes. Other standouts include Orange Diva, a blood orange wheat beer, and Bingo Mango Bongo, a mango tart ale. “Eighteen taps plus canned beer for purchase through our to-go window gives us a lot of room to experiment. All of our brewers have that creative spark and enthusiasm for creating unique offerings. With

literally thousands of fruits and spices as well as hundreds of hop varieties to choose from, we will never rest. No beer we brew will ever stagnate at ‘that's good enough.’ Making small batches allows for those one-of-a-kind beers that are both surprising and delicious. In the first year you can expect to see a chocolate cherry porter, a baked apple glutenfree beer, a coconut cream stout, a honey nut ale, and barrel-aged anything you can imagine,” says Farrell. By developing a portfolio of the world’s most innovative craft beers and offering a

FIRESTARTERS FOUNDERS CLUB VIP PROGRAM › Crafted for those who have a strong passion for beer and the community, the Firestarters Founders Club is a select group of people who have joined the StillFire team in an effort to create a brewery and taproom that Suwanee can be proud of. A Firestarters' membership offers exclusive, founders-only benefits such as: being the first to sample new releases before the general public, discounts on merchandise, first opportunity to purchase limited release beers and much, much more. Oh, and your first beer in the taproom is always on the house! StillFire introduced the opportunity for the community to join their Founders Club back in July, and the response has been astounding. “We are so grateful for the way the community has welcomed us,” says Co-Founder John Bisges. “We can not wait to start giving back to the community that has helped to bring our vision to life.” This 10-year membership is an exclusive, one-time-only offer and is only available to the first 200 community members. To learn more about how you can become a Firestarter, visit: stillfirebrewing.com/firestartersfounders-club.

TEAM STILLFIRE: CEO, John Bisges, Brew Master, Phil Farrell, General Manager, Aaron Bisges, Head Brewer, Walt Wooden and Chief Marketing Officer, Randall Veugeler

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customer-centric destination, the team's goal is to become more than just a resident watering hole, but instead, a treasured local institution.

AHEAD OF THE GRAND OPENING, WE’VE HIGHLIGHTED EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUWANEE’S NEW HOMETOWN BREWERY:

Enjoy local food truck offerings or have food delivered to the taproom

Food trucks will be a staple at StillFire and will be on-site to serve up pizza, tacos, BBQ, and more. The trucks will be parked alongside the building and the taproom will feature a garage door that can open to allow patrons to stay inside to order. The food schedule will vary, offering something new to try almost every week. The brewery has also partnered with neighboring restaurants to offer an abundance of delivery options. The best part? Guests can call in their order at the brewery and have their food delivered straight to them!

Take a beer to-go

Located at the front of the brewery, the to-go window will be open to walk-up customers who are looking to grab a beer and take advantage of the city’s open container policy. Package beer and swag will also be available to purchase. There will be an additional serving window located on the outdoor patio side of the brewery for patrons who are spending time out by the fire pits or in the adjoining green space.

Book an event

StillFire’s event spaces offer an ideal venue for corporate outings, birthdays, holiday parties, and more. From renting out the taproom to hosting an event on the patio and adjoining green space, there are several different options that can be catered to fit your specific needs. You can learn more about booking an event by visiting: stillfirebrewing.com/book-an-event.

Enjoy live music

Music and beer are the perfect combination, so it makes total sense that StillFire will host local bands on its outdoor patio almost every weekend. Local artists can submit their bands for a shot to play at the brewery by visiting stillfirebrewing.com/book-your-band.

Choose to spend time indoors or outdoors

B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pup) If you are planning for a fun night out, but don’t want to leave your pup at home, StillFire is dog-friendly not only outside, but also inside its large taproom. The swag shop will even be stocked with apparel for both you and your four-legged friends!

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StillFire Brewing Founders, John Bisges and Randall Veugeler

Whether you’re looking to spend some time outside or wanting to escape a rainy day, StillFire will serve as a perfect hang-out spot for you and your crew. StillFire will offer an assortment of games both inside and outside the brewery. Nothing beats a nice sunny day playing outdoor games with an ice-cold beer in hand. Grab a friend and play a board game or giant connect four under the outdoor umbrellas or take the party inside for a game of shuffleboard!


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5 MUST-TRY BEERS AT STILLFIRE BREWING

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE BEERS THAT WILL BE ON TAP AT SUWANEE'S NEW HOMETOWN BREWERY:

THE FIGHTIN’ 13

GLORY HAZE

ORANGE DIVA

7.13% ABV

6.9% ABV

5.3% ABV

To show appreciation for the many men and women who have served the community, StillFire Brewing is dedicating their first beer ever brewed on the property to the Firefighters of Station 13. Titled the “Fightin’ 13,” this Red IPA honors their service and harkens back to the original craft brewers. A hint of caramel without being sweet makes it red in hue (fire engine red would be crazy), and uses 13 additions of Centennial hops for that classic "C-Hop" pine, resin, and grapefruit.

A favorite of many Suwanee Beer Fest attendees, this Hazy IPA offers a huge aroma of citrus, passion fruit, guava, and even lime that carries over into an explosion of juicy deliciousness. The aromas and flavors overlay a delicious malt base amplified by the creamy and silky texture that only an addition of oats can deliver. This is still an evolving style, and unlike more traditional IPAs, the bitterness is intentionally subdued and smooth, rather than firm or even biting. If classic IPAs have let you down, this new twist will surprise and delight you!

This beer is a nod to a classic, starting with the original revival base of white wheat, Pilsner malt, and oats. Curacao orange peel and coriander are lightly added for complexity, and a Belgian yeast completes the profile for a fragrant, delicate, refreshing summer beer. StillFire's twist is the addition of Blood Orange in just the right amount to amplify and add to the delicious orange character in a very pleasant way.

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THOROUGHLY GOOD SCOTCH ALE

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BOURBON BARREL AGED SCOTCH ALE 12.0% ABV

Bringing home a gold medal at the 2019 Can Can Awards, this delicious Scotch Ale is taken to another level from the time it spends on bourbon-soaked toasted white oak. It is everything you could ever ask for in a beer, hops not included. You will spend so much time enjoying the aroma of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sherry, and dark fruit you might forget to take a sip. The sweet, complex malt will explode on your palate, present a wide array of flavors, and warm your soul. Your experience will confirm that the inspiration was spot on: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.

WHY GEORGIA RYE RYE PALE ALE 6.1% ABV This Pale Ale has a very pleasing orange citrus, floral and pine aroma, and the flavor doesn’t disappoint. A delicious balance of malt and spicy rye as well as lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus reward you from start to a very pleasing finish. As you ponder the next sip, a slight caramel reminder tells you there is more where that came from.

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COLLEGE BOUND?

7 things you can do now to strengthen your college application BY ELISA RESTEA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL PHOTOS COURTESY OF GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

MAKE EVERY GRADE COUNT

t’s that time of year when seniors are busy putting the final touches on their college applications. With a simple click, they’ll hit “submit” on the culmination of years of preparation. For their fellow underclassmen, it’s never too early to think about your “next step.” As your time to apply is still a little time away, Greater Atlanta Christian School’s Counseling Office has tips to help you plan ahead and strengthen your applications, giving you the best possible personal profile! Stand out by using some of these helpful ideas.

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➤ For many colleges and universities, including our own state universities, grades as early as freshman year are used to calculate admissions GPA. And for good reason. According to a 2017 study from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, how students perform academically in ninth grade can predict their future success. Students can recover from a less-than-perfect academic performance, however, and most colleges will appreciate an upward trend. You might even be able to turn a lower than hoped for semester of grades into a comeback story in your admissions essay. Bottom line: Don’t miss the opportunity to make every grade count in your favor.

YOUR COUNSELING OFFICE IS YOUR FRIEND ➤ Take advantage of your school’s counseling office. They have a wealth of knowledge and can guide you to finding your right-fit school, including schools you might not have otherwise considered. But counselors also do so much more. They help you strengthen your profile and put forth the most rigorous application possible, adding that allimportant counselor’s recommendation to your application package.


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LEADERSHIP MATTERS ➤ Colleges look at your leadership as a reflection of how you will also serve at their school. By demonstrating leadership potential, you become a much more attractive candidate. And whether it’s serving as a mentor or holding an office in the drama program, you can show servant leadership through everyday activities you are involved in. Find something you are passionate about and lend a hand!

RIGOR MATTERS ➤ An A in an easy course will be a lot less impressive than a B in an advanced class. In a survey from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, results show that over half of admissions officers will factor in the applicant’s strength of curriculum. A challenging course load shows that you are willing to work hard, which is an indicator of future success in college. Pursue more difficult courses in areas that you think you will enjoy, but what you do, you want to do well.

SERVE WITH PURPOSE AND FOCUS ➤ Contrary to popular opinion, colleges care less and less about one-off community service. Ian Fisher, former admission advisor at Reed College, states, “there is nothing extra special about community service.” But this is not true for students with a passion or cause who have shown commitment over time. According to a survey by Dosomething.org, 70 percent of admissions officers prefer students who work consistently on just one issue or project — and are “more impressed by long-term local grunt work than a summer of volunteer work abroad.” Spend two hours a week serving at the local animal shelter or visiting residents at a nursing home. Find a cause you care about and start now.

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APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS EARLY AND OFTEN ➤ The only thing standing in the way of you and a smaller tuition bill is time, dedication, and some writing. You can start applying for awards and scholarships as early as freshman year in high school. Many of them will ask you to write a brief essay on a particular topic. Some scholarships, such as the Horatio Alger Scholarship, for example, provide scholarships to students who match a certain profile (in this case students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives). Find scholarships that you qualify for at LifeLauncher.com, Scholarships.com, and Unigo.com. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you’ll probably become a stronger student with all of the writing practice you’ll be getting.

START YOUR SAT OR ACT TEST PREP ➤ It’s probably a no-brainer, but you will definitely want to practice for your standardized tests which are typically taken the semester before applications are due, in the spring of your Junior year. Whether it’s taking an online prep course, engaging a test prep tutor, or simply using a prep book and flashcards, find the way to study that works best for you. ■

Want more tips? Read a longer version of this article online at SuwaneeMagazine.com.

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NORTH GWINNETT SCHOOLS FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IMPACTS LOCAL STUDENTS IN A BIG WAY BY ANGELA VEUGELER

SUWANEE consistently tops national lists as one of the best places to live or raise a family (Money Magazine 2014, Kiplinger.com). With the many parks, Suwanee Town Center, Suwanee Creek Greenway, affordable living and proximity to Atlanta, it’s no wonder our city is so attractive to families (and constantly winning awards). It also has some of the best schools in the area, with every school in the district rated a 9 or 10 (out of 10) on GreatSchools.org. Not only are the schools filled with wonderful, talented teachers and administrators, but one of the reasons many of the schools are so great is the North Gwinnett Schools Foundation (NGSF). The foundation was established in 2001 by Cecil and Gay Gober as an “academic booster club” for the six schools in the North Gwinnet Cluster: Suwanee Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Roberts Elementary, North Gwinnett Middle School and North Gwinnett High School. The NGSF aims to foster student success by providing funds that enrich and extend educational opportunities through grants and scholarships.

Organized and run by board members made up of volunteer parents and community members, The Big T’Do is the one annual fundraiser for the NGSF, held each October. This year and the past several years, The Big T’Do will be hosted at The River Club in Suwanee on October 19th and includes a fun evening for parents, administrators and community members who are looking to support these schools in offering additional methods of learning not funded by the county or state. Over the years, this fundraiser has raised more than $700,000 for the schools in the North Gwinnett cluster and gives funds in the form of teachers’ grants. These grants enable the schools to take education to the next level in preparing the students for the future. Jacqueline Huffman is a Technology Education teacher at North Gwinnett High School who has seen firsthand how the funds from the Big T’Do can have an impact on the students. Noticing a need for signage in the schools, she submitted and received a grant from the NGSF for a digital printer. The grant along with additional funding from the foundation and proceeds from the school store helped create North Ink. This student-run printing business produces staff shirts, inspirational posters, club announcements, congratulation yard signs for graduates and sports teams, and most recently “Fatheads.” They are continuously expanding their catalog. Huffman is grateful to the foundation for its support through the years. She says, “When they graduate, our students will have already gained ‘real world’ experience in running a school-based enterprise and in print production.”

Principal Daniel Skelton from Level Creek Elementary School applauds the foundation for embracing the needs of all students. “North Gwinnett Schools Foundation/Big T’Do grants have helped provide LCES with tools for students with developmental delays. Our sensory room helps students regulate their sensory systems throughout the day so they are prepared to learn. Our community and the NGSF have made this happen!” This year's Big T’Do features an 80's prom theme and includes a dinner, cash bar, live auction as well as a silent auction, with auction items donated by local businesses and community members. There is also an online auction at NGSF. givesmart.com where even those not attending can bid. Auction items include a wide range of items and services, including gift certificates to local restaurants, businesses and resorts, tickets to popular events, autographed sports memorabilia, gift baskets and more. Board member Tiffany Belflower, and past PTA president at Riverside Elementary, now serves the foundation as a fundraising chair. She helps set up and manage the online auction items, market the event, and works with local businesses to request donations. “I am so grateful for the wonderful schools we have in this area,” she says. “The funds raised through the Big T’Do really help give our students an edge. The list of grants funded is long and the impact is amazing.” ■

To purchase tickets, view the live auction or learn more, visit NorthGwinnettSchoolsFoundation.org.

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WE REACHED OUT TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SOME OF THE MVPS OF THEIR UNDERTHE-RADAR SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES. BY LIZZY JAMES AND MADISON COATS

ASKETBALL, football, baseball — oh my! These universally known sports tend to dominate conversations surrounding high school extracurriculars, but what about the hundreds of other after-school activities offered at schools in and around Gwinnett County? With the arrival of fall — and with it the inevitable football coverage — we decided to change the game by featuring sports and activities at local high schools that may not be as well known, but are equally worth talking about. We reached out to coaches and sponsors from local high schools to interview them and students of their choice to gain more insight into these off-the-radar activities. From North Gwinnett’s Equestrian Club to Peachtree Ridge’s championship girls flag football team, we hope you are inspired to take up a new hobby … or at least attend a new event. 54 74

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WATER POLO GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL water polo had a slow start in

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We caught up with Paul Jenny Jr., head coach of Collins Hill's boys water polo team, along with senior player Hunter Hall to learn more about the sport and the team's upcoming season. 

PAUL JENNY JR., BOYS HEAD COACH

Tell us a little about the game of water polo. Water polo is a fast-paced game played in an all-deep pool. It is kind of a cross between swimming, soccer, and wrestling. There are six

field players and a goalie in the pool at a time for each team and only the goalie is allowed to have both hands on the ball at once. In Georgia we play four seven-minute quarters, each quarter is started by a swim-off for the ball, which is basically a race from each side of the pool to see which team can get to the ball first and pass it to another player.

telling me hello and asking me questions about myself and my family. They even went over to get Coach Jenny Weaver to come talk to me when they found out I had a son moving up the next year. They showed that they had a family atmosphere and that’s why we chose to play for them. I started out the 2011 season taking stats for the team, then in 2012 I offered to help Brian Collins, head coach at the time, as an assistant coach. In 2015 Brian moved to California and I was asked to take over. Since 2010, our two teams have grown into five (Girls A & B, Boys A, B, & C), yet the family atmosphere still exists.

How do you prepare your team for games? The biggest thing we need to do as coaches for water polo is make sure the team is in great condition. Standing or hanging on the wall in the games is not allowed, so you have to be ready to swim. I spend my off time going to clinics and camps, and watching videos to learn new drills that I can use to teach my team. I’ve also been known to go

How long have you been coaching and why did you decide to coach this group? I moved to Atlanta in 2010 from Florida, and I spent that season going to a couple of games to see what the competition was like and how each team was coached. I went to several games and each time Collins Hill was playing I had parents

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scout upcoming opponents to see what we need to do defensively to shut down their best player or play. One of the biggest things I tell my team at practice is that I can give them the tools, but they are in the pool without me when it is game time and they need to know when to use what tool based on what the opponent is trying to do.

Is there a try-out process students have to go through? No, we do not have tryouts or cuts like a high school team would, however, we do use practices to assess which team the students will be on. Anyone in middle and high school who is interested in playing is more than welcome to hop in the pool with us and try it out once or twice. I also do youth classes in the spring at CHAC for 10- to 14-year-old kids who want to come and try the sport. These classes are three to four weeks long and give you an overview of the game. We have had several players move right from these classes to the club team.

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What gear do you have to bring with you daily?

HUNTER HALL, SENIOR DRIVER

One of my favorite things about water polo is that all I have to bring is a swimsuit and a towel. Balls and caps are provided to us at practices and games.

What made you start playing water polo?

What does a normal game look like?

I started competitively swimming when I was 9 and a lot of my older friends on the team played water polo. I thought water polo was a very unique sport that would challenge me.

We typically have two to four games every weekend, each one consists of four seven-minute quarters. The gameplay is most similar to soccer with the constant movement and passing, but it is far more physical underwater where the referees can’t see.

What does a typical day of practice look like? Our practices are two hours long. The first hour we do very intense conditioning, focusing on our legs, then we do passing and shooting drills for the last hour. I have played nearly every sport and water polo practice is by far the most challenging.

What has your experience on this team taught you? It has taught me that I have to be dedicated, how to overcome adversity, how to be a team player, and how to handle pressure. These are traits that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.


PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL

WOMEN IN sports

have always had an uphill battle, but times are changing, and female athletes in Gwinnett County are leading the pack and breaking down gender barriers on the high school football field. Gwinnett County Public Schools announced last year that it would team up with the Atlanta Falcons and the Arthur Blank Foundation to provide a flag football league for female students in their school district. Last fall, the program provided female Maddy Bondon students the opportunity to participate in what is historically known as a male-dominated sport in an effort to increase their interest in football. Marking the first school district in the state to offer a sponsored female flag football program, Gwinnett County set itself up to be a model

for other NFL cities, as well as other groups who wish to lobby the Georgia High School Association to sanction flag football as a sport in Georgia. “This partnership provides an opportunity for our female students to play flag football,” Steve Flynt, GCPS associate superintendent for school improvements and operations said. “The NFL has wanted the opportunity for females to get involved in football in a number of ways in their NFL cities. The Falcons wanted to get out in front of this and wanted Gwinnett County Public Schools to be a part of it.” At the end of last year’s successful inaugural season, the girls flag football championship was held at Mercede-Benz Stadium in the form of a final four tournament. Teams from North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Collins Hill, and Grayson competed to bring home the season’s first championship, which marks a historic step forward in the way of local female athletics. In the end, the

Peachtree Ridge Lions brought home the 2018 championship title. All of the girls flag football teams of Gwinnett have inspired other counties in the

We recently had the chance to catch up with head coach, Ashley Douglas, and senior Maddy Bondon about what this experience has meant for the team. 

ASHLEY DOUGLAS, HEAD COACH

state to petition to get a female flag football league brought to their school, and we’re excited by the momentum the sport has gained at home.

How did the flag football league get started? Arthur Blank decided that he wanted to fund a female flag football league in Gwinnett County and have it serve as a pilot for other school districts. Right now, it is a club sport that is hosted by the Arthur Blank Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons throughout the season. They wanted a way to get girls involved in football and we all believed this was a great way to reach out to the community and start that.

What made you want to coach girls flag football? I am one of two girls in my family, and I grew up going to football games with my dad. I then went on to marry a football coach and when this opportunity arose, it was a dream come true. I had the chance to get involved in a

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sport I loved but was only able to watch from the sidelines before. Once the season began, seeing the girls’ passion was something you couldn't help but be drawn to and want to get behind.

How does flag football differ from traditional football? We only have seven girls on the field at a time. The games are super fast-paced with no time stoppage. There is also no tackling, and the girls are not supposed to do any pushing or be overly physical. The field is shorter and narrower and a lot of specifics, like passing rules, are a little different. The only equipment the girls need is cleats and flags, so there are no pads or helmets.

What was it like winning the inaugural championship? By the time we got to the final four, everything was still brand-new to all of us, so we weren’t really sure what was going to happen. We knew we were going to be playing at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and that really amped up the girls. Our first game in the tournament was against Grayson, and they had beat us earlier in the season. When we went on to get redemption, I think the girls realized that they could win this. We played an undefeated North Gwinnett in the final game, and the girls really rallied together to bring home a championship.

At the time, Nike was also doing a documentary on girls sports and had been following us throughout the final four. Seeing the positive attention they were getting along with having the support of their friends and family was incredible. Coming home, they just couldn’t stop talking about it. They were calling each other and hanging out and they formed such a bond. It really was more than just a championship.

Do you have any stand-out players returning this season? All of our girls shine in their own way. Maddy Bondon is a returning senior and is committed to Auburn to play soccer. She is one of our girls that plays both offense and defense, and is definitely one to watch. We also have lots of younger girls stepping up into bigger roles so we are really excited to see what this season holds.

What type of goals do you have for this season? I think the bar has been set so high after last season. The goal is always going to be to defend that title. We want to find girls who can love and support each other because without that nothing is going to be possible. My goal as a coach is to find girls who can be supportive and love each other throughout the process.

“...Seeing the girls’

passion was something you couldn’t help but be drawn to and want to get behind.” - ASHLEY DOUGLAS, HEAD COACH

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MADDY BONDON, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER, RUSHER

What made you want to start playing flag football? I have always been interested in football growing up and I really wanted to be a part of a family-style team. I actually wanted to try out to be a kicker for the boys football team my freshman year, so I was so excited when they announced they were adding a girls team in Gwinnett County.

How did it feel to win the championship game last year? We knew that if we advanced to the final four we would have the chance to play in the Benz. Our team had gotten really close and our coach had a big emphasis on how we needed to be playing for each other. As the season went on, we became more serious and we never even thought about losing. We went into the championship knowing that we were going to play our hearts out and win no matter what. We are a diverse team and for us to come together and win something so significant was pretty insane. It was incredible to bring home a championship in a brand-new sport.

How do you feel about playing a traditionally male sport? It has been amazing. You watch all these girls do well in other sports like track, lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading, etc., and here we are now playing a traditionally male sport and excelling at it. It proves to not only ourselves, but for other women as well that we can do anything guys can do.

What advice do you have for other girls who may be on the fence about participating? I would say definitely go for it and strive to accomplish your goals. Prove to yourself you aren't who everyone defines you as. A group of girls can do what they want to do when it comes to athletics. You just have to get out there and take a risk, because without that risk there are no rewards.


Claire Matheny, Emma Maleski, Riley Pickett, Gabby Fiveash, Madison Lindenberg, Ellie White, Abby Simmons

NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL

EQUESTRIAN TEAM NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL students in grades

9-12 can pursue their love for horses by joining the equestrian team. From learning the proper care of their horses to correct form, jumping and a variety of exercises, students get hands-on experience and foster a lifelong love of not only the sport, but also of the majestic animals.

Where do students practice riding? Do they own their own horses or does the club provide them?

We met up with the North Gwinnett Equestrian Team’s head coach, Sarah Dubois, and senior rider Claire Matheny to learn more about the dedication and care it takes to be a part of the team. 

SARAH DUBOIS, HEAD COACH

Tell us a little about the equestrian club and why you decided to coach this team. I actually hosted the team when it first began in 2006, but over the years I branched out on my own.

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Three years ago, the team at NGHS came to me and asked me to coach and I gladly accepted. Riders who join the club are required to ride with me one day a week. The lessons usually last an hour, and our competitions are through the IEA association, in which we compete against other high schools and teams within the country.

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The students come to my break-away training arena at WindCrest Farms in Gainesville for practices. We provide all of the lesson horses as well as the horses they compete on. At the shows, riders draw for their horses, meaning they usually go into a competition not knowing which horse they are going to ride. The goal is to make it look like you’ve ridden this horse before, even if

you haven’t. We offer both jumping and flat classes, and the riders are being judged on proper riding technique — heels down, shoulders back, hands correct, etc.

How many students are currently on the team? We currently have 11 students competing with us. Our season starts Sept. 1 and nationals take place the end of April, so we ride pretty much the entire school year.


Are there any opportunities after high school for your students to continue riding and competing? A lot of colleges offer both varsity and club equestrian teams. Varsity teams recruit and offer scholarships while most clubs do tryouts on campus.

What would you say to a student who is considering joining? You need to have experience in riding, and make sure you know how to walk, trot and canter on your own. It is a very expensive sport so it is important that you stay committed to your sessions and your team.

CLAIRE MATHENY, SENIOR TEAM CAPTAIN

What does a typical day of practice look like? A typical ride requires you to be at the barn around 30 minutes before your scheduled lesson to brush off your horse, tack up, and prepare yourself with boots and your helmet. Once getting on, we warm up with the horse by walking, trotting, and cantering around with guidance from our instructor, Sarah. There are many different exercises you can perform during this time — you can do figure eights with different gaits, work on equitation (the perfect and most effective positioning of your body), etc. After warming up, it is typical to begin jumping. Usually, this starts with just one or two jumps, and as the lesson moves forward the jumps can increase in height and different courses (a combination of jumps to be memorized in a certain pattern and performed) can be set up. After the successful completion of a few courses and the satisfaction from Sarah and myself, we make sure to cool down the horses by walking multiple laps to ensure they remain healthy and properly taken care of.

What made you interested in joining the Equestrian Club?

Riley Pickett and Gabby Fiveash

My mother always rode and I grew up riding. Once I started middle school, I was made aware of the middle school team and was excited to join and take my riding into a team setting. Riding can be a very competitive and cut-throat sport, but getting to experience competitions with friends really adds another layer of teamwork. At our competitions, we not only get individually judged, but our team acquires points, and at the end of the day, teams are awarded placings based on how well our riders competed. Getting to ride for a team is one of the main reasons I joined and continues to bring such pleasure to competitions.

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What does a normal event look like? In our circuit, IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association), riding usually begins at 9 a.m., but our team arrives to the venue at about 6:30 a.m. to check on the horses, warm them up, and walk the course with our trainer

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your own teammates when they go in the ring. Once judging is concluded, my team loads the trailer with the tack and feed that we brought, and finally we load the horses. My trainer brings the horses back to the barn and my team takes a photo and heads home typically around 4-6 p.m.

What has your experience in this club taught you? This club has taught me so much about teamwork and what it means to be a friend, competitor, and leader. Getting to work with my friends toward a common goal while also competing as individuals has taught me the trust and friendship that comes along with team sports.


What would you say to a student who is considering joining the club? The club is all about having fun while doing something that you love. A lot of times students can be scared to join because they think they have to be in a show, but this club is about experiencing theater in other ways.

LANIER HIGH SCHOOL

WILL TYSON, SENIOR CLUB PRESIDENT

DRAMA CLUB CELEBRATING ITS 10th year, the Lanier High School Drama Club offers students an

opportunity to explore their creativity and learn about the world of theater outside of school. In fact, Lanier’s drama club is so much more than acting techniques — the club gathers together off the stage, too, by going to see productions, holding workshops, and even participating in community service.

We had the chance to talk to members of the club, as well as the club’s sponsor, Teri Lance, to learn more about why so many students love theater and the community built around it. 

TERI LANCE, CLUB SPONSOR

Tell us a little about the drama club and why you decided to be a sponsor. At Lanier, there wasn’t a way for students to get involved in theater unless they took the theater class at school. Drama club was created for students who love theater and want to participate in it in some way outside of the classroom. The club goes to see shows, holds workshops, and participates in family activities like Friendsgiving, as well as doing community service. I wanted to sponsor because I wanted to give students who are

not in a drama class the opportunity to explore the world of theater.

How often does the club meet? The club meets every third Tuesday of the month. Students who are interested in joining the club simply scan the QR code that can be found throughout the theater and then show up at a Tuesday meeting. We participate in things like movie nights, fine arts tailgates, and even go see other school’s productions. The club also holds a fall play and a spring musical that's open to the whole school.

What made you want to join the drama club? I heard about drama club when I got to high school and decided to attend a few meetings during my sophomore year. By my junior year, I had fallen in love with the club and decided to become a member. Here I am today as president of the drama club!

What does getting ready for a show entail? We have an audition process that we go through with each of our shows. This year we are trying to host more and more auditions in an effort to teach everyone about the audition process because it is an essential part of theater. If we have choreography involved in the shows, we usually have a choreographer come in and teach the students who are auditioning. We usually do callbacks and then once we officially cast a show we read through scripts with Mrs. Lance, the cast, and the tech team. Then it is just rehearsals all the way up to showtime!

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Sugar Hill’s Perazim Clothing + Lifestyle Boutique is Designed with Women in Mind THE LATEST FROM IN AND AROUND SUWANEE

Perazim Clothing + Lifestyle Boutique opened its doors to local style enthusiasts in may. Perazim is conveniently located in downtown Sugar Hill’s E-Center and features exclusive clothing, handcrafted jewelry, ethically made leather goods, and heartfelt gifts.

BEAR’S BEST ATLANTA CHARITY CLASSIC TO BENEFIT ALS CURE EACH YEAR, Bear’s Best Atlanta takes part in the ClubCorp’s charity classic by hosting a golf event. This year’s event will benefit Augies Quest to Cure ALS, ClubCorp’s Employee Care Foundation, and The First Tee Metro Atlanta. The event will include three-person teams playing in a shamble (modified scramble format) and a golf and cornhole competition. The entry fee ($99 per player) will include golf green fees, tee gifts, on-course events, dinner, and a cocktail reception. If you would like to participate in dinner only, the fee is $50. This event will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 at noon at the Bear’s Best Atlanta, located at 5342 Aldeburgh Drive in Suwanee. For more

SUWANEE’S DKS ESTHETICS OFFERS SKIN CARE AND MORE FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN DKS ESTHETICS is a Veteran-ownedand-operated, appointment-only solo spa located in The Crossing office park off Suwanee Dam Road behind Sushi Nami. This convenient location allows clientele to enjoy the quiet serenity of the space. DKS is focused on clinical esthetics, addressing aging skin, acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and sensitive skin for both women and men. Many other services are offered, including makeup and group instructional classes. Denise Gray, esthetician and founder of DKS, knows that great skin is rarely achieved with a “one size fits all” approach. With 28 years of hands-on experience in the medical field, she has developed a keen ability to analyze clients’ concerns and create treatment plans that deliver results. Want to look and feel your best? Book now and get your skin on track to a healthier, younger you. Book online at DKSesthetics.com.

information and to sign up, visit classic.als.net/register.

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Sheila and Lora, a mother-daughter team, created the store with the purpose of empowering women with confidence to look and feel beautiful every day. The boutique was designed with all mothers and daughters in mind, providing them a space to shop and enjoy time together. Perazim has a unique selection of modern, beautiful styles designed for your everyday lifestyle, special events, and beyond. Shoppers enjoy a personal retail experience in a warm atmosphere. The styles at Perazim are personally curated to create a signature collection for every woman. 5019 W. Broad Street, perazimshop.com.

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Indio Brewing Celebrates Grand Opening

Art for All Campaign City Seeks to Fund Public Art Pieces for Expanded Town Center Park

THE CITY OF SUWANEE does not hide its passion for the arts. In 2008, the Public Arts Commission was adopted and since then the city has gained over a dozen artworks, which developers have placed on their properties. Taking it a step further, in 2015, a public master art plan was adopted, which committed Suwanee to bringing in public art to improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses within the city. Now, the City of Suwanee has gone even further to prove their passion for the arts, and has announced its first capital campaign for public art. The Art for All campaign seeks to raise $1.25 million in private donations. This money will be used to purchase three new public art pieces in Town Center Park as it undergoes expansion.   The expansion of Town Center Park will transform this space into one of the largest urban parks in metro Atlanta. The three art pieces will include “an interactive, signature installation, a gateway entrance piece and an installation in the railroad underpass.” The city believes that the addition of these pieces will transform the space from an ordinary park to a unique place full of art and culture where people will visit and businesses will place their roots.

JONATHAN MARTINEZ and his wife have officially made their dream of opening a brewery a reality in Sugar Hill. Indio Brewing celebrated its grand opening on July 21 with live music by Blue Mischief, delicious homemade empanadas and quesadillas by Frita Kale-O, and of course, plenty of beer! The beer menu features a 19hour yogurt sour with wild strawberry and raspberry called Sour Patch, a double dryhopped IPA with Idaho 7 and Citra called DDH, and a Mexican IPA called Frida that mixes a traditional German lager malt with flaked wheat, orange spice, and white fruit plus several other rotating options. Martinez says he wants to keep the brewery community-oriented and envisions it as a location where homebrewers and beer enthusiasts can come together to connect, share, and hang out. Indio is located next to Central City Tavern and overlooks the pond behind the E Center and the Bowl at Sugar Hill. Learn more about them by visiting IndioBrewing.com or following them on Facebook and Instagram.

B-Spectacled to celebrate first anniversary SUWANEE'S NEWEST luxury eyecare center, B-Spectacled, will celebrate its first anniversary on September 14 from 2-4:30 p.m. As the sister store of Sugarloaf Eyecare, which has been providing exceptional service to Duluth for 20 years, the team decided Suwannee would be a great community to expand their business. Stop in and check out their great selection of eyewear and completely updated and modern facility. Dr. Gurvich is the optometrist at this location and proudly provides top-notch care using the latest high-tech equipment. There will be food and refreshments at the anniversary celebration, as well as door prizes. B-Spectaced is located at 91 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 114, in Suwanee. For more information call 770-904-0883 or visit suwanee.b-spectacled.com. JOLIE LOREN PHOTOGRAPHY

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C.C. LIQUIDATIONS MOVES TO NEW, LARGER LOCATION IN SUWANEE

ECLECTIC JEWELRY  In addition to home goods, C.C. Liquidations also carries an eclectic selection of jewelry at equally unbeatable prices. Local jewelry designer Maricy Fernandes sells her custom pieces in-house. “We carry the fun costume, boho-chic pieces, but Maricy’s pieces are special,” CC Liquidations owner Kim Douglass says. “She actually has a kiln — it’s artwork. She can do custom pieces for your children with their names, sports-related pieces, things for your Apple watch — you name it. She just does beautiful work that is really unique.”

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➽ C.C. Liquidations Home Furnishings & More’s grand opening took place July 12, 2019, at its new, much larger location! The best kept secret in Suwanee for home furnishings, decor, area rugs and so much more for your whole house, inside and out, has almost doubled in size — over 17,000 square feet. C.C. Liquidations receives hundreds of brand-new furnishings, decor, rugs and more from all the famous online furniture retailers and offers it at 20-70% off retail! Hurry in to find your perfect piece before it is gone. There are new shipments weekly!  C.C. Liquidations’ new store is located at 105 Satellite Blvd. N.W., Suite A, in Suwanee. It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. (Closed on Mondays) For more information visit CCLiquidations.com.


Suwanee Family Physicians have been helping families live healthy lives for 20 years SUWANEE FAMILY PHYSICIANS, owned and operated by Dr. John Y. Shih and Nina Shih, is starting its 20th year in practice in Suwanee. When Dr. Shih was just 6 years old he knew he wanted to be a doctor and by high school he knew he wanted to go to medical school. “I feel lucky and grateful that I am practicing in a profession that I love in a community that I love.” Suwanee Family Physicians is unique by design and is a true family practice. “We talk details all the time,” says Nina, Dr. Shih’s wife and office manager. Pictures of their daughter can be found all over the office from infancy to high school graduation. Dr. Shih is board certified in both Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine, focusing on prevention and caring for acute and chronic illnesses. He is on staff at both Emory Johns Creek and Gwinnett hospitals. Suwanee Family Physicians offers extended hours after 7 p.m. during the week and on Saturdays, too. “I know my patients live busy lives, so by offering after hours and weekend appointments they save the huge urgent care copay. They just have their family medicine copay which is much, much lower. It’s a win-win. Urgent

care services without the urgent care copay!” This allows him to maintain continuity of care and he gets to know his patients’ special circumstances. You won’t be a stranger or just a number with Dr. Shih. Many of his patients have been with him since the doors opened. “And I have the most caring and friendly staff. They always go out of their way to help the patient. It’s just what they do.” If you are looking for a practice that is centered on its patients and still answers the phone when you call, Suwanee Family Physicians is the right place for you. Suwanee Family Physicians is located at 960 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. For more information call 770-831-8191 or visit SuwaneeDoctor.com.

Shadowbrook Church offers Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

SHADOWBROOK CHURCH is offering Upward Sports this winter with a mission to connect families and the community through their love for sports. Registration for basketball ($125) and cheerleading ($80) will begin on September 1, and the season will wrap up at the end of February. All ages will be part of the same league, however, Kindergarten through third grade games will be played at Shadowbrook Church while fourth through sixth grade games will be played at North Gwinnett Church. To register, visit Upward.org/find-a-place-to-play and use ZIP code 30024.

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PANACHE CONSIGNMENT NEW OWNERSHIP ON JULY 1, 2019, Nichelle

Level Minds CBD Health Club opens in Suwanee LEVEL MINDS CBD was established in 2015 by Shiloh and Nelson Bigles, a local Gwinnett husband-and-wife team. They are both alternative health business owners and were ecstatic when Hemp CBD became legal in January 2015, and they began research and development for Level Minds CBD. Fast track to 2019 and they have now opened Level Minds CBD Health Club in the heart of Suwanee. Hemp CBD has been shown to help with pain relief, reducing inflammation, reducing anxiety and depression, overcoming PTSD and so much more. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have about CBD. Level Minds CBD is located at 3550 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suite 108, in Suwanee. For more information call 678-765-2228 or visitlevelmindscbd.com.

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James-Mickens became the new owner of Panache Consignment Boutique located in Suwanee Town Center. Nichelle says she is extremely delighted to become a new member of Suwanee Town Center and the amazing community. Nichelle has been a Suwanee resident for more than 16 years and frequently visited Panache, which is why she jumped at the opportunity to purchase the well-established business. Panache’s hours of operation will remain the same (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Nichelle says she looks forward to continuing the partnership with existing customers, as well as meeting and establishing new relationships, and she welcomes everyone to come by the boutique to check out its new monthly specials and to meet the new team.


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Leaving its Marc Château Élan’s Southern-inspired bar and chophouse, Marc Bar & Restaurant, gets a revamp By NATALIE STUBBS / Photos courtesy of Chateau Elan

Beautifully nestled on 3,500 acres in Braselton, Georgia, lies one of metro Atlanta’s most treasured destinations, Château Élan Winery & Resort. Open to the public since 1985, Château Élan has been pleasing the palates of wine lovers with its award-winning wines and creating a unique experience for visitors near and afar. As part of its currently ongoing multi-million-dollar renovation, the resort recently celebrated the opening of Marc Bar & Restaurant and welcomed new Winery Chef, Jarad Blanton, who eagerly brings more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to Château Élan. Part of the restaurant renovation focused heavily on completely refreshing the Marc menu. Chef Blanton meticulously updated the menu until it had the seamless selection of hand-selected premium aged steaks and Southern-inspired dishes, spread across both small and large plate options. He also takes great pride in the assortment of artisanal cocktails (and mocktails!), invented and handcrafted himself, along with a divine selection of beer, wine and champagne. Our team at Suwanee Magazine had the exclusive opportunity to visit the restaurant and indulge in its Grand Opening Tasting Event this past July – and it was an indulgence like no other! The evening began with scrumptious hand-passed amuse-bouche: smoked salmon mousse on brioche, a pimento cheese crostino topped with bacon jam, and an olive tapenade with goat cheese on a glutenfree cracker. We then transitioned to four plated features: a refreshing watermelon

salad made of arugula, feta cheese, and a peach vinaigrette; the most tenderly braised Kurobuta pork cheeks accompanied by pepper jelly, farmers cheese, and pickled fennel; hearty shrimp and grits paired with a twist — Southern succotash; and perfectly prepared filet mignon with foie gras butter and leekwhipped potatoes and asparagus on the side. To end on a sweet note, we relished a rustic triple berry tart filled with vanilla pudding and sautéed Chambord berries. Along with this abundance of savor, we also tried a variety of beverages ranging from spritzy cocktails to wine to robust cocktails. The other part of the restaurant renovation focused on the setting, an undertaking led by Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop. Designed to complement the winery’s spacious property, the restaurant effectively eludes a comfortable yet intimate atmosphere. Boasting ornate details such as industrial lighting, French oak accents, local artwork, and a grand entrance from the winery’s immaculate tasting room foyer, BLUR succeeded in its task of leading this remodel into an ambiance filled with upscale and luxurious Southern hospitality. Guests can find themselves socializing over libations around the lustrous soapstone bar located toward the back of the restaurant or situated in one of the nearly six-foot-tall booths for a more romantic and private affair. To assist in overseeing the overhaul completion, and to carry out the restaurant’s

new legacy, Marc also welcomed Ed Walls as general manager to work alongside Chef Blanton as they pour their dedication into this accomplishment. “Known for being one of the most awarded wineries on the East Coast, Château Élan has an established history for creating exceptional wine. As we continue to excel in this area, we’re pleased to revive the former Marc Bar & Restaurant and invite guests and locals alike to shake things up and go beyond the vine,” said Walls. “With our modernized design, combined with Chef Blanton’s revamped menu and craft beverages, Marc sets the tone for a true destination dining experience.” Marc Bar & Restaurant is open daily to locals and hotel guests for dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy lunch service Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bar service is also open daily beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Groups, happy hours, private parties and business mixers can also be accommodated. For more information, visit MarcRestaurant.com.

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CityBuzz The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Fall is on the horizon. Luckily, Sugar Hill has you covered for every season! THE RAPIDLY growing downtown is the perfect place to watch games this fall, be entertained by touring and local performances, and connect with friends and family. Sugar Hill’s SHINE District, including downtown landmarks like the Eagle Theatre and Bowl amphitheater, offers the opportunity to enjoy a to-go beverage from local restaurants. The E Center’s beautiful brick promenade is also in the SHINE district and offers a chance to enjoy your drink outside in the final warm days before the gas fireplaces get turned on for the fall season. Fall Saturdays in the South (whether cheering on your team or strolling through downtown) mean looking your best and Perazim Clothing and Lifestyle Boutique will help you do just that. The boutique offers apparel in classic, effortless silhouettes designed for your lifestyle as well as accessories, leather goods, gifts, and home décor. Sugar Hill’s growing restaurant scene offers plenty of opportunity to rest and recharge as you enjoy a variety of cuisines. Central City Tavern combines an upscale sports bar feel with an upgraded lunch and dinner menu. Their creative cocktail list and extensive tap selection along with large screen TVs and outdoor dining space make it the perfect place to watch your favorite team this season. Central City Tavern

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Next door, Sugar Hill’s very own Indio Brewing Co. offers up craft microbrews with unique flavors including Tangerine Haze and Country Cider. Dedicated to serving a diverse selection of great craft beers, Indio’s changeable menu offers plenty of opportunities for brewing enthusiasts and novices alike. The brewery hosts regular events, including Thursday night trivia. Just around the corner, Crazy Dough’s Pizza offers up artisan slices that pair perfectly with craft brews. For a more upscale experience, visit Rushing Trading Co. for desserts and cocktails in the evening or a delicious lunch or breakfast, including homemade biscuits and gourmet coffee and creative sandwiches. Your new downtown favorites are great anytime, but being part of the excitement before a performance in downtown Sugar Hill makes the experience even sweeter. The award-winning Eagle Theatre plays host to a (sold-out) Marshall Tucker Band performance in October and just a few concerts in The Bowl amphitheater remain, including Trace Adkins and the Commodores at the end of September. You can also drop in for $2 Tuesday movies at the Eagle and be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Sugar Rush Festival on October 19. This annual event draws thousands to downtown Sugar Hill to celebrate the arts and community. Sugar Rush is artfully festive, combining culinary and visual arts with activities for kids, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a juried art show and more. 

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Broadway in the Park 5K

Saturday, July 20th TOWN CENTER PARK

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Broadway in the Park

Friday, July 26thSaturday, July 27th PHOTOS BY: KARL LAMB

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Summer Porch Jam

Friday, June 21st OLD TOWN SUWANEE

PHOTOS BY: JULIE PERDUE

SBA July Meeting Wednesday, July 10th

WATER STORE/KINGS VIEW ASSET MANAGEMENT

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FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY___ ___________________

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 _p.m. __________________ _____

Suwanee Town Center Park __________________ ______ Trucks open at 5:30 p.m.; Music begins at 7 p.m.

GWINNETT COUNTY FAIR

_____________________________ ___ Hours Vary. __________________ ____________

Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville_____ __________________ GwinnettCountyFair.com.

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ANNANDALE VILLAGE PRESENTS: THE EXTRA MILE WALK/RUN 5K _____________________ 8 a.m. _____________________

Suwanee Town Center Park ___________________ ___

ROCK N’ RIBVILLE ___________________ 1___________________ p.m. - 8 p.m.

Lawrenceville Lawn ___________________ For more information visit RocknRibville.com/home.

DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL ___________________ ___________

Sat: Booths and Carnival at 9 a.m.; Parade at 10 a.m. Sun: 5K at 8 a.m.; Booths open at 9 a.m. ____________ __________________

Downtown Duluth _________________________ _____ For more information visit DuluthFallFestival.org.

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___________________________ ___ 11 a.m. - Midnight _______________________ ________

For more information visit annandale.org/extramile5k.

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*Pending construction delays.

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GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR _______________________ Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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TASTE OF BBQ BENEFITING PROJECT GREEN ___ ___________________ For more information visit AliveExpo.com/alive_festival.

SUWANEE FEST

______________________________ ___ Saturday’s Parade begins 9 a.m. / Booth and entertainment Sat: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun: noon-5 p.m. _____________________________ ______

Peachtree Ridge High______ School __________________ Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a PRHS band student.

Suwanee Town Center Park

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For more information visit SuwaneeFest.com.

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October 5th from 10 a.m6 p.m / October 6th from 12 p.m - 5 p.m. _________ __________________

Suwanee Town Center Park __________________ ______

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. ______ __________________

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SUWANEE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL ___ ________________________

10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ______ __________________

4TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE RIDGE (PEACHTREE RIDGE BAND BOOSTER) _____________________ ___

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GOOD TASTE GWINNETT ___________________ ___

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. ______ __________________

Infinte Energy Center______ __________________ For more information visit GoodTasteGwinnett.com.


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TASTE OF ATLANTA

__________________________________________ ___ Hours vary by day _____________________________ _____________

Historic Fourth Ward Park

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DULUTH HOWL ON THE GREEN ____________________________

For more information visit TasteofAtlanta.com

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. ____________________________

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Duluth Town Green

SUGAR RUSH ___ ___________________

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. _____ __________________

Downtown Sugar Hill_____ __________________

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FREE CONCERT & FREE PET ADOPTIONS

JONNY & XENA 5K RUN/WALK/ FUN RUN & FESTIVAL _____________________________ 9 a.m. _____________________________

Suwanee Town Center Park __________________ ____________

For more information email jonnyandxenaspreadthewords@yahoo.com

The SWEETEST event of the year with live music, food trucks, art, desserts, carnival rides & more!

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BRIDGE THE GAP 5K RUN/WALK/ROLL

___________________ ___ 9 a.m. __________________ ______

Suwanee Town Center Park

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RunSignUp.com/bridgethegapga.

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LAWRENCEVILLE BOO FEST/ TRUNK OR TREAT _________________ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. _________________

Lawrenceville Lawn

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SUWANEE’S TREK OR TREAT ____________________________ 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ____________________________

Sims Lake Park

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SUWANEE WINE FEST

_________________________________ 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. _________________________________

Suwanee Town Center Park

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Purchase tickets at SuwaneeWineFest.com.

SUWANEEE CLASSIC CAR SHOW ____________________ ___ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. _____ ___________________

Suwanee Town Center Park

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Profile for Suwanee Magazine

Suwanee Magazine September - October 2019  

StillFire Brewery Grand Opening/Suwanee Fest/Fall Festivals

Suwanee Magazine September - October 2019  

StillFire Brewery Grand Opening/Suwanee Fest/Fall Festivals