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The Smithgall Woodland Garden promises to be an extention of the Atlanta Botanical Garden that will put Gainesville on the map.

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Phil Sutton and John Ferriss are keeping Hall countians afloat with the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. See what this nonprofit has to offer lake enthusiasts.

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Charles and Lessie Smithgall have given 168 acres plus their homestead for the enjoyment of the community.

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Lessie Smithgall Preserving our heritage

Atlanta Botanical Gardens to keep community woodlands ‘in perpetuity’

On the Cover Lessie Smithgall is keeping her late husband’s dream alive with the gift of nature to the Gainesville community. Smithgall Woodland Garden will be a place for all people to come and enjoy the great outdoors courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. What is in store for the future of the Smithgall preserve? Becoming a tourist destination for future nature lovers.

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Taste of HOME 28 Pastry Chef Camilo Aguirre talks about his passion for all things culinary and what it takes to be a really great chef. He also gives us his recipe for Red Wine Poached Pear with Almond Cake and Whipped Cream.

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From the Editor Publisher Dennis Stockton

The future is now This issue of HOME takes on a topic that is very near and dear to my heart: Conservation. As a child growing up in rural South Georgia, I spent many days playing in fields, woods, creeks and the like. My brothers and I thought nothing of traipsing off for a few hours just getting lost in nature, pretending to explore some undiscovered land. Fewer folks have access to that kind of enjoyment these days. More kids than ever are stuck inside classrooms, living rooms and cyber space. The reasons are myriad. With the generosity of those such as Charles and Lessie Smithgall, more regular folks — you, me and everyone living here in Northeast Georgia — will have nature right at their finger tips for generations to come. I can’t think of many folks who would leave all they worked hard amassing over nearly a century to the common good. Thousands of acres of natural habitat, an entire ecosystem, has been preserved thanks to the Smithgalls. And now, 168 more acres will be left untouched by developers of strip malls and condos. Through the efforts of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, these 168 acres will be around for years to come to provide hours of joy and wonder for inquisitive young minds. They will provide relaxation and peace for the everyman and a place for wildlife to flourish. As the powers that be continue to battle over the fate of our precious resources, we should count ourselves lucky to have such a wonderful treasure in the Smithgalls. What better way to show our appreciation than by getting out and enjoying the gift. Whether you’re rowing on the lake with Lake Lanier Rowing Club, or just strolling through your backyard, take a moment to be thankful for the beauty that surrounds us all and pledge to do your part in keeping it pristine for those who will follow.



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Lake Lanier Rowing Club John Ferriss, left, president of Lake Lanier Rowing Club, and Phil Sutton, a founding member of the club, pose for a photo in the club’s boat house with some of the oars painted in club colors.

Story by Brandee A. Thomas Photos by The Times With a boost from the 1996 Olympics, the Lake Lanier Rowing Club went from a fledgling group of rowing enthusiasts to a grounded nonprofit capable of hosting world-class athletes for races and training sessions. July 1994 is the club’s official “birthday,” but the groundwork began in 1993 when a group of rowers and rowing fans would strap their shells — or rowing vessels — to the roof of their cars and head down to Holly’s Landing on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. “Dr. Jay Gaspar was the one who really taught us how to row,” says Phil Sutton, one of the club’s founding members. “He was a coxswain at Yale (University). He is still with the club. He’s our main coxswain.” Other key community members who helped to get things off the ground were Jack Pyburn, Judy Bishop and Jim Mathis. Thanks in part to a vote of confidence from the late Bill Fields, Lake Lanier was selected


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by the International Olympic Committee to host the rowing, canoeing and kayaking events for the 1996 summer Olympics. “Bill Fields is famous in rowing circles because he was a member of ‘The Great Eight,’ the U.S. rowing team that won gold in the 1952 Olympics. They weren’t expected to

win,” Sutton says. “They were a very famous crew and he was a very famous rower. If he said something to the Olympic folks, they would listen because (Fields) was an authority. “He told the committee he had the best place in the world (literally) in his backyard

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and that they ought to come take a look at it.” Before the committee officially chose Gainesville as the host, the group first required that clubs be formed — one for rowing and another for canoeing and kayaking. “Participation wise, rowing isn’t a big sport worldwide, but it’s a very important Olympic sport,” Sutton said. “The committee wanted to leave a legacy here, so they said one of the requirements to hosting is to continue the sport here after the Olympics leaves. “ And that’s just what the group has done. From recreational to competitive rowers, the not-for-profit truly has something to offer for all skill and age-levels. For the unskilled, the club offers multiple “Learn to Row” classes each year. These classes don’t require any previous rowing knowledge or special talents — just a willingness to learn. “We have to remind people when they’re starting that it looks easy when you watch someone doing it well, but it’s a bit clumsy until you pull all of the pieces together,” said John Ferriss, president of the rowing club. “There are two kinds of rowing, sculling and sweeping. With sculling, each rower holds two oars — one in each hand. With sweeping, they hold one oar with both hands. We do both. Most people eventually learn how to scull and sweep row. It’s not easy, but everyone eventually masters both.” The classes are open to ages 14 and older. The fee for the classes is $100 for seven, 2-hour sessions. “Because it’s not a lot of impact, you can row until your joints wear out,” Ferriss says.

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For someone who has never set foot on the green (not counting that time I had a little too much at the Masters) I would like to think I have a pretty good chance at being, well, pretty good. My experience with the sport of golf can be summed up in two words: Bob Barker. I learned most of what I know watching him make that always-successful putt for the Hole in One game on the Price Is Right. Oh sure, I’ve put my share of day-glo balls through the clown face during rounds of putt-putt. But I’ve never really golfed. Which is a shame because you can’t swing a club around Northeast Georgia without hitting a golf course. This part of the region has natural rolling hills with a nice amount of woodland and pretty decent weather throughout the year. That makes for more time on the course!

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Royal Lakes golf instructor Vic Wilson discusses the difference in clubs in relation to trajectory.

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After a while, I began to at least top the ball. I looked at that pyramid of balls seemingly mocking me. I asked Vic if I had to hit all of them today. Somewhere, Bobby Jones rolled over, I could feel it. I struggled to keep my knees bent during my swing until just the right moment. All that flexing would tell on me the next day as I slathered my lower back in IcyHot. But in the end, it was all worth it when at last I nailed the ball with the “sweet spot” of my club and it sailed through the air past the first flag for 110 yards. Vic cast a suspecting glance my way and asked if I was sure it was my first time golfing. I promised, this was no hustle. He was right. When you nail it, you can hear it, smell it and even taste it. I’m definitely hungry for more.

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Conservation for community Story by Savannah King Photos by The Times

With more than a century behind her, Lessie Smithgall is still looking forward to what the future holds. In her 102 years, she’s earned a reputation as a community leader, philanthropist and conservationist — a reputation she shared with her late husband Charles Smithgall. The pair met shortly after she graduated from the University of Georgia’s journalism school in 1933 and started working at radio station WGST in Atlanta. “Charlie was in the radio business and he used to have a morning program,” Smithgall said smiling at the memory. “That’s how we met. I wrote copy after I graduated from the university’s school of journalism. ... and he was an announcer.”


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Lessie Smithgall and her late husband Charles Smightgall donated 168 acres within the Gainesville City limits to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, who she feels will keep the land in perpetuity for future use by the local community.

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They were married by October the next year. The couple moved to Gainesville where Charles Smithgall purchased a radio station. Smithgall said at the time the community had no daily newspaper. So in 1947, the couple bought the weekly “Gainesville Eagle” and started “The Gainesville Daily Times.” The Smithgall’s owned the paper until 1981. It is now “The Times” owner of “Home: Living in North Georgia.” Smithgall closed her eyes softly and recited the words her husband wrote on a plaque that hangs outside of The Times building on Green Street in Gainesville. “It says ‘Mindful of the constitutional principal of the people’s right to know, we dedicate this building to the enlightenment and the freedom of the people of Northeast Georgia.’” Smithgall said. “Don’t you think that’s powerful. I think so.”

Above: Lessie Smithgall speaks with Connie Propes at the site of the future Smithgall Woodland Garden. Left: Friends of Smithgall Woodland Garden gather at the site of the future botanical gardens. The group helped the site reach its fundraising goal.

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A magnolia tree blooms at the Smithgall Woodland Garden.

She laughs and said her husband “was not an eloquent man” but she has always been very proud of him and those words. Indeed, there is plenty to be proud of. In Northeast Georgia, the Smithgall name is everywhere. In addition to the Smithgalls’ support of the arts and community programs, the couple established a legacy of nature conservation in


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1994 with the donation of more than 5,600 acres to the state for the creation of Smithgall Woods State Park, located near Helen. Then in 2002, the couple donated their 168-acre Gainesville homestead to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to be held in perpetuity. After more than a decade of waiting, their shared dream for their home has finally begun to materialize.

Shortly after celebrating her birthday in April, Smithgall participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithgall Woodland Garden in Gainesville. Smithgall said it was important to her husband to provide a community space within the Gainesville city limits for people and families to come to, reconnect with and appreciate nature. HOME Living

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An artist’s rendering of the Smithgall Woodland Garden.

be more naturally kept, with hiking trails and mountain views. Matheson said the major difference between the two gardens will be the large amphitheater, which will be built on a natural

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The trailer that served as the office and visitor center of the Atlanta Botanical Garden at its beginning. Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden

Mark Fockele during a ground-breaking ceremony at Smithgall Woodland Garden.

“In the late ’70s and early ’80s there was literally a trailer on the property. ... I still have the photograph outside of my office. It’s good to remember your roots.” Mary Pat Matheson, CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, on the garden’s humble beginnings

Benatar, Boz Scaggs and the B-52s played in this year’s concerts and equally “big names” will be booked for future events. The regular exhibits held at the Atlanta garden will be incorporated into the Smithgall garden on some level as well, so members who are unable to visit the Atlanta facility will still be able to see the exhibits. Matheson said she’s already planning the grand opening ceremony for the garden in Gainesville and the amphitheater will provide a perfect venue for musical concerts. “It’s going to be a grand occasion,” Matheson said. “I think it’s going to change the community. It’s going to become one of the leading cultural organizations in Gainesville.” If becoming a cultural destination is the goal of the Smithgall Woodland Garden, it’s in good hands. Smithgall said her husband knew that leaving their home to the botanical gardens would ensure that it would last forever because the organization is so strong. In just the 30 years since the Atlanta Botanical Garden began, it has become one of the top 10 in the United States. Matheson keeps a photo of the garden’s humble beginnings outside of her office. “In the late ’70s and early ’80s there was literally a trailer on the property,” Matheson said laughing. “It was the visitor center, the office and a tiny little gift shop. It served all those purposes. I still have the photograph outside of my office. It’s good to remember your roots. That’s been only 30 year ago, so the development of the Smithgall Woodland Gardens could go quickly. I think the community will be

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“The garden will represent something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the whole eastern United States. It’s a major economic draw for this community and a major educational draw.” John Burd, fundraising consultant for the Smithgall garden

surprised what a major woodland garden it’s going to be in the next 10 to 15 years.” Matheson said the phase the Smithgall Woodland Garden is in now is the hardest to get off the ground because people in the community don’t yet understand what the garden actually is. “That goes away after the first phase,” Matheson said. “Because then we start having concerts and families have their children get married there. They have their children go through our summer camps and visit the garden and all of a sudden people start to understand what we’re doing. It makes it that much easier because then they’re vested in it and they feel like it’s a part of their community.” But many people in the community are already well aware of the benefits the garden could bring to the area. John Burd, president emeritus of Brenau University and fundraising consultant for the garden, said though the fundraising campaign for the garden took place in one of the most difficult economic periods in recent memory, the project was always met positively. “The garden will represent something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the whole eastern United States,” Burd said. “It’s a major economic draw for this community and


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Protect yourself from the harmful rays of summer Story by Shannan Finke Nothing says summer quite like picnic lunches in the park, long afternoons spent relaxing by the pool and evenings spent grilling on the barbecue for family and friends. But regardless of what time of day your activities send you outside, you’ll likely be exposing your skin to what can be the season’s best friend and worst enemy: the sun. And as much as everyone loves to give their skin a sun-kissed glow after a long winter spent indoors, it’s important to take necessary measures to keep your body’s largest organ healthy, both now and in the future. Most everyone has experienced painful sunburn after spending too much time in the sun or not applying enough sunscreen while being outside. When too much of the sun’s ultraviolet rays access your skin, the result is damage to your skin layers in the forms of first, second or third degree burns. As the immune system attempts to heal the skin, an increased blood flow moves toward the damaged skin cells, and capillaries around the area begin to dilate. The result is that red, painful skin so commonly associated with sunburn. But where do you begin when it comes to learning what’s best when protecting yourself from the sun? For starters, Dr. Karen Maffei of Athens Dermatology Group in Watkinsville believes educating yourself on the basics of skin and sun health is vital to preventing permanent sun damage to the skin. “Thirty minutes to an hour (of exposure) during non-peak hours, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. would be ideal,” says Maffei of how to get a healthy dose of sunshine during the summer. Because the sun provides the body with the essential vitamin D, it’s important to safely exposure your body to some sunlight. But if you’re outdoors during peak hours 24

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(between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) in particular, make sure to use sunscreen. “Use at least an SPF 30,” recommends Maffei. “Apply adequate sunscreen to the entire body, the equivalent of a shot glass worth of sunscreen, 15 minutes prior to going out in the sun. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.” And because a sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, only refers to guarding against the sun’s UVB rays, it’s important to find a protectant that will also block UVA rays, which are known to cause even deeper

sun damage to the skin. “Try to use a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, which will be clearly stated on the tube,” advises Maffei. Although it might not be difficult to find sunscreen at your local store, picking out the right type to slather on your skin may prove more of a challenge. While there are many different types of sunscreens, lotions and other protectants, Maffei says some are better than others. “I only recommend using spray sunscreens for reapplication after a good base of cream HOME Living

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home health sunscreen. The spray screens don’t seem to provide as much coverage as creams,” says Maffei. “And avoid tanning oils as these will accelerate skin damage from UV rays.” Want other good practices to make into habits? Avoid indoor tanning, including tanning beds and sun lamps, and try to wear sun-protective clothing, such as long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, as you go outside. And when it comes to the kids, sun protection takes on a whole other meaning. Because the skin of babies and children is more sensitive than that of adults, it’s particularly important to begin sun-protecting practices early. “Parents and caregivers need proper steps to protect children,” says Dr. Garrick Bailey from The Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Pediatrics in Gainesville. “The little ones can sunburn so quickly, and babies you have to be especially careful with.”

Bailey recommends for babies under 6 months of age to avoid direct sunlight altogether. Parents and caregivers should make sure children have access to plenty of shade and wear cool and comfortable clothing that covers the body, along and a hat with a brim that covers the face. And like adults, children and babies should be wearing sunglasses with UV protection in the lenses. “Sometimes they don’t like it, but it’s important to start them early,” says Bailey. Of course, sunscreen is the best protection for children spending their summer outdoors. And as the kids are jumping in and out of the pool, Bailey says to be sure and reapply their protection every two hours. “There’s no such thing as waterproof, only water-resistant, so you have to keep reapplying,” says Bailey. “And the face, nose, ears, feet and hands are sensitive and common areas to get burned, so make sure to pay attention to those.”

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Local chef shares his take on the culinary world Story and photos by Phil Yazzie, sous chef at Big Canoe In 2012, I had the privilege to work with some great culinary talent. But one chef in particular made an impression on my career far more than anyone else. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Camilo Aguirre had already taken his first steps toward the “American dream”. Bringing with him to the United States his grandfather’s spirit for high-end cooking in Colombia, Camilo finished his degree in Above: Chef Camilo Aguirre sits in baking in pastry, ushering him one of his favorite pastry shops, Paris Village Bakery. Below: Chef Camilo’s through reputable hot spots deconstructed Lemon Tart. such as Pricci’s, Vidi Vicci’s, Nava, Kyma, Alon’s Bakery, Chops Lobster Bar, Atlanta Athletic Club, and his recent tenure at Le Vigne as pastry chef. We recently sat down for a discussion about food at Sodeulnyuk, a little Korean restaurant located in Suwanee. I was embarrassed when the server did not understand my English. Immediately I was impressed when chef Camilo began translating for me in Korean, and if my mind serves me correctly, I believe he speaks French, as well. Our vast spread of dishes that stocked the table included Galbi, Bulgogi, Dak Gui, kimchi, egg soufflé, a wonderful onion salad, and other little intense morsels. It was here where we effortlessly started to discuss food, its future and “chefing.” The main characteristics of being a certified culinarian is creativity and selfless work ethic. 28

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Chef Camilo’s Red Wine Poached Pear with Almond Cake and Whipped Cream For pears 4 Bosc pears 1 bottle of red wine 2 cups of sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 5 cloves Peel and core pears and let them sit in a bath of lemon water to avoid oxidations. Mix all other ingredients in a large pot and bring to simmer. Add pears and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until tender. For cake 7 eggs separated 1 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 8 ounces of almond flour Beat egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla in an electric mixer until doubled in volume. Fold almond flour in gently and set aside. Whip egg withes until stiff peak form and fold into egg yolk almond mixture. Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake a 350 for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean Serve pears when cake is cooled with whip cream and some of the wine cooking liquid as sauce.

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Chef Camilo explained to me his philosophy — Bushido. He called it “the way of the blade;” the practice of perfecting his craft to the highest degree of professionalism. Not producing another nonchalant dish just to get through the day, but to invoke a degree of accountability that would make you feel proud to stamp on your family’s crest. History does repeat itself, and in this sense Camilo’s bloodline shines through with an archive of pastry dishes that look originally stunning. He says "I cook food that I like" and it was evident when he shared his creations with me. We have seen huge leaps and bounds with the farm-to-table movement, and chef Camilo wants this trend to stay put. As I wrap some Galbi and kimchi into a crisp green leaf, I ask “what makes a true chef?” Camilo responds, “A true chef doesn’t intimidate with loud reactions, he intimidates with skill and deep knowledge.” He adds, “This can only come from experience. If you’re closed-minded you only hurt yourself.” Profound statements indeed, but I believe this advice is pivotal for the aspiring chefs of the future into mastering their craft. In the coming decade, Camilo hopes to relocate over seas to continue developing this concept. As we leave the restaurant he takes me to his other favorite place in town, Paris Village Bakery. Pastry is clearly dear to his heart. He orders me two choux puff (pastry cream puffs), himself a

Chef Camilo Aguirre preparing his deconstructed Lemon Tart with brûlée housemade marshmallows, lemon squares, dehydrated sugar lemons and raspberry sauce.

mini tiramisu, and two green teas. In a town full of Asian-owned shops, Camilo has definitely immersed himself in a mixed bag of culture that he appreciates whole-heartedly. I begin to wonder if I had only scratched the surface of chef Camilo’s potential. He says, “If you’re going to do something, you need to do it right! You go pass the passion. ... It has to be ingrained in you.”

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Have a blast in Braselton Story by Shannan Finke

Nestled away among the hills of Northeast Georgia and a stone’s throw from Lake Sidney Lanier sits the not-so-small town of Braselton, whose city limits sprawl across four bustling counties yet still maintains a small-town feel and local charm unique to its more humble beginnings. Since its official incorporation as a town in 1916, Braselton has grown by leaps and bounds in both its abundance of businesses and resident population. For many, the town’s very own chateau serves as a convenient way to experience life on a French vineyard, while others may choose to stroll among Braselton’s historic streets. Whether for business or pleasure, the choice to visit or call Braselton home provides plenty of opportunities for work and play. Aptly named for its founder, William Harrison Braselton, the town was first settled in 1876 and quickly became a hub for farming and commerce for the surrounding counties. When John Oliver Braselton, son of Braselton’s founder and wife Susan Hosch, decided to open his own country store on his father’s land, customers came to shop for everything from dry goods and shoes to gifts and toys. As the country store grew into more buildings and additional merchandise and services were offered, Braselton’s country store became an establishment for customers around the region to take care of all of their errands in one place, making the draw to visit and even live in the area an enticing option. In 2013, many of the old buildings from Braselton’s early days still stand and house businesses ready to serve their modern day 30

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customers. And because the incorporated town is located in Barrow, Hall, Jackson and Gwinnett counties (only one of two Georgia towns to claim such fame), residents from all over Northeast Georgia have the opportunity to take advantage of Braselton’s unique offerings. “Braselton’s downtown is virtually unsullied and almost completely restored. It gives a glimpse into a small-town mercantile past with new developments that enhance rather than detract,” says Jennifer Dees, Braselton’s town manager and clerk. “We also have no city property tax and never have had a city millage rate billed to our property owners.” With a unique combination of local history, booming business, accessibility and numerous opportunities for fun, Braselton has seen an incredible amount of growth. From 1990 to 2000, the town’s population grew by almost 180 percent to over 1,200 residents. In 2010, Braselton was home to 7,511 residents, and population estimates today are at over 8,000 Braselton residents. Dees attributes Braselton’s location and long itinerary of to-do’s as a couple of reasons as to why the town has lured so many to this area of Northeast Georgia. “We have an amazing amount of activities available in town. (People love) having the small-town charm and friendliness so close to big city amenities,” says Dees. “We have fabulous geography.” Because its historic center is located just a mile south of Interstate 85 and approximately 45 minutes from Atlanta, Braselton is home

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to an ever-growing number of corporate facilities. Companies including Mayfield Dairy, Haverty’s Regional Distribution Center, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Whole Foods, PetCo and Panoz Automotive Development Company, among others, have set up shop in the Braselton area, and each year seems to bring in more booming business. The town of Braselton also offers an array of free activities and festivals. Movies on the big screen in Braselton Park are shown six times a year, and festivals are held each July, October and November. The Celebrate Braselton Festival & Parade, a beloved event at Braselton Park held for the past 10 years, occurs each Fourth of July and serves as the ideal holiday outing for numerous residents and visitors to the town. With a culmination of music, vendors and a patriotic parade, Celebrate Braselton lays the groundwork for the perfect Independence Day. A dazzling display of fireworks in the downtown area concludes the night with a shimmering show that makes for a memorable finish to the festivities. Whatever your reason for frequenting this town, be it business ventures, festivals, a charming chateau or just the love of a growing community retaining its quaint charisma, life truly is better in Braselton. HOME Living

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Conditioned Air keeps life cool Story by Brandee A. Thomas Since the dawn of air conditioning systems, generations of children have heard some version of “Shut the door! I’m not cooling off the neighborhood!” They may not yell out instructions from kitchen tables or living room sofas, but the team of experts at Conditioned Air Systems, Inc., on Hilton Drive in Gainesville is just as focused on your family’s cooling Photo courtesy Conditioned Air needs. Conditioned Air is no fly-by-night business. It has been serving residential and commercial clients in the greater Hall County area for decades. “We’re a family-owned business. My dad, Doug Magnus, founded the business in 1983,” says Brooke Kalinauskas, public relations director. “He’s still the president and CEO.” With so many years of experience, it’s no surprise that they have amassed numerous tips to help you keep your AC in tip-top shape all summer long. “The most important thing is to make sure you have a clean filter. We recommend that you change it every three months,” says Andy Kalinauskas, service and sales manager. If you have indoor pets or children coming in and out frequently, which lets in pollen and other outdoor contaminants, you may need to change your filter more often. You should also conduct a visual inspection of your cooling system before things get too warm. Make sure the outdoor components are free of debris and that the electrical connections are tight. Should you notice that your cooling unit isn’t providing the relief you’re expecting and you think your unit requires more Freon, chances are the problem is a bit more complicated. “Freon is never just used up,” Andy Kalinauskas says. “If the Freon is low, that means there is a hole somewhere in the system that is allowing the Freon to escape. That needs to be repaired before Freon is added back into the system. We can put more in without repairs, but that isn’t fixing the problem. You shouldn’t have to add Freon every summer.” If you don’t want to work your wallet as hard as your HVAC system this summer, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. “About 50 percent of your power bill is related to your HVAC system. If you keep your thermostat at 78 degrees during the (warmer months), you could save about 7 percent on your energy bills,” Andy Kalinauskas says.

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Story by Randall Murray Not satisfied with besting some of California’s finest red and white wines in a stunning blind tasting three years ago, Bob Miller decided to test one of the basic axioms for people who produce wine. “How do you make a small fortune in the wine biz? Start with a large fortune,” he said. Miller, a retired financial services executive, is pouring about $2 million into a massive reconfiguration of his highly regarded Yonah Mountain Vineyards outside Cleveland. How big is this project? Miller is tripling the size of his existing tank room to 17,000 square feet. That’s where the wine sits waiting to really become a gem in your glass. He’s also had a second “cave” constructed … a man-made affair, true, but it does the job. The cave is 32

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where the barrels sit, waiting for the wine to be bottled. It’s dug into the earth and the temperature and humidity are nearly constant — perfect for wine storage. With all the new space and equipment, Yonah Mountain will ratchet up production from roughly 3,000 cases to about 5,000 cases – a significant jump. “And if they want to get married in the vineyard, we’ll do that for them,” said a smiling Miller. He has every right to smile. If you missed the story from January 2010, Miller arranged for a jury of Atlanta wine experts to head north to compare Yonah Mountain wines with three top Californians. The judges knew not what they were tasting. At the end, Yonah Mountain’s Genesis, a $40 merlot-

cabernet sauvignon blend, bested long-time Napa cabernet champ Jordan, and cult wine Ghost Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s not all. The judges declared Yonah Mountain’s Chardonnay superior to the revered Kistler Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, with a retail price of $100 and up. Miller and winemaker Joe Smith still beam over that triumph. About a mile off Route 255 near Cleveland the previously quiet Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a huge construction site these days. Growling pieces of heavy equipment rip into the soil for the

building project and creating an additional five acres of vineyard. The framework of the main building is nearly complete; Miller’s hoping for a soft opening date of Dec. 1 for public tours and tastings, with a grand opening in early 2014. At present, tastings are conducted at the winery’s facility in SauteeNacoochee, a cozy little place where for a small price folks can sample the fine wines from Yonah Mountain. Will that facility stay open once the sparkling and spacious new digs are completed? “We’re still talking about that,” HOME Living

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Yonah Mountain in 2007, and also offers his consulting knowledge to other wineries. He focuses on Italian-style reds, such as his cabernet sauvignon-sangiovese blend. And he is very proud of Serenity Cellars’ Traminette, a fruity white that took a double gold medal at a prestigious competition in San Francisco. As for the Yonah Mountain expansion, Smith observes, “This will give us the tools and capability to make great wines and a lot of room for growth in the future.” And speaking of changes … The vineyards and winery at Château Élan, that sparkling resort center near Braselton, are undergoing transplant surgery. Convinced that climate change eventually will affect vineyards and vines, Château Élan winemaker Simone Bergese is doing something that may make many wine purists gasp. He’s replacing the vinifera grape vines — those with classic European heritage — with native American muscadine vines. And the Chateau is spending $160,000 for new winery equipment to help the conversion. Bergese, whose origins are in Italy’s revered Piedmont region, is convinced that ongoing research and tinkering with technology will allow him to scale the steep slope that has challenged winemakers over the ages – create premium table wines from muscadine grapes. He came to Château Élan in August 2012 after four years making award-winning wines at Virginia’s Potomac Point Winery. His resume boasts stints at wineries in Italy and Australia. But in all those places, Bergese worked with vinifera such as sangiovese, merlot, cabernet sauvignon — names that today’s knowledgeable wine buyers recognize and buy. Not so well known are the muscadine varieties carlos and noble, the only two grapes Bergese will be nurturing. “With climate change we’ve discovered Pierce’s disease in 85-95 percent of our vineyards,” Bergese told me recently. And that’s bad. Pierce’s disease is spread by an insect

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called the glassy-winged sharpshooter. It causes vines to wither and die … and there is no cure. Bergese is convinced the more hardy American vines will put up a successful fight against this bug-borne plague. “We’ve replanted with all muscadine grapes. We will in the future replant 5-10 acres with hybrid vinifera grapes,” Bergese explained. Those are Pierce’s-resistant. But don’t fret; Château Élan will still offer merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and other classic table wines. But the fruit will come from elsewhere, as it does now with many of the Élan wines. “I’m starting a new premium wine program featuring chardonnay, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc for the whites and a red blend involving sangiovese and syrah,” noted Bergese. There also will be a super premium Bordeauxstyle blend involving the traditional red blending grapes from that legendary region. As for the muscadines, Bergese is working hard on research and connecting with colleagues to begin production of dry, foodfriendly muscadine table wines. “I’ve never worked with muscadines before,” the winemaker admitted, “but right now I’m about to send 50 cases of my muscadine wines around the state to my colleagues. These wines are very smooth and not at all musky.” He added: “I’m sure they will be a success.”

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Let’s face it, planning for a summer vacation can be more stressful than the everyday realities that you’re hoping to take a break from. But it doesn’t have to be. Keeping it simple is the name of the game and it doesn’t get much simpler than our sand-and-surf summer vacation survival guide: Bag it up: Before choosing your all-important tote bag, consider its purpose. If there are going to be wet towels involved, you’ll probably want to choose a breathable mesh bag. If you’ll be using the bag to carry snacks and books to the beach, opt for a plastic tote or a lined straw one to keep the sand out. No matter what material you choose, remember that bigger is better! The larger the bag, the fewer carry-ons you’ll require. (Mesh tote, Target $10 ) Refreshments anyone: Instead of trying to lug a big cooler down the shore, you may want to invest in an insulated tote or picnic basket. A thermal bag – which keeps cold foods cold or hot foods hot – is another option. You can slip the thermal bag inside your beach bag and eliminate carrying two separate items. While you’re downsizing, consider opting for refillable drink bottles with a frozen core for everyone in your party instead of a cooler filled with drinks. You’ll cut down on waste and the need for a cooler filled with ice. (EZ Freeze Bottle, Target $7.99; Thermal bag, Dollar Tree $1) Shady baby: Beach umbrellas have come a long way. These days, function and fashion are playing well together. Some models even provide UPF sun coverage, which works out well if you happen to doze off under its canopy and miss your appointed time for reapplying your sunscreen. And don’t forget to pack a widebrimmed hat for a mobile shade option. (Umbrella with UPF 50+ sun coverage, Target $20) Cop a squat: More often than not, folks are using a beach towel to lay claim to their chosen beach territory. Woven beach mats are a great alternative that can be shaken out, wiped down and tucked away until you need it again. Should you need, or just desire, a little back support, sand chairs are good to have around. (Beach mat, Target $11.69; Sand chair, Target $11) 34

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home fashion Easy breezy: Although the goal is to soak up some sun, that doesn’t mean you want sweat pouring down your face. If Mother Nature won’t provide a cool breeze, you can make your own with a portable fan. If you opt for a motorized version, don’t forget to pack extra batteries. If you don’t want one more thing to remember, bypass the battery-operated fans and seek out a manual one. (Portable misting fan, Target $8.99; Bamboo fan, World Market $4)

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Beach babe: Relaxing doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy and being fashionable doesn’t mean you have to spend all day primping. What better way to announce to the world that you’re in vacation mode than with a summer-fun mani-pedi? Popular colors this season are poppy red, apple green, lemon zest yellow and nectarine orange. And don’t forget a little something to pamper your pout. If you’re going to be out and about for most of the day, you may want to skip your usual lipstick and opt for a lip stain with a longer wear time. Longer wear equals fewer touch-ups. It’s also worth shopping around for a balm or gloss that has SPF protection. You can never be too cautious when it comes to protecting all of your skin from the sun! (Nail polishes, various locations $1.74-$6; Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother with SPF 20, Ulta $6.99; Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm, Ulta $6.99; Sunglasses, Gateway Thrift Store $1 each) Swim statements: You may not be able to find as many one-piece options as you would like, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “We sell more separates than one-pieces. Separates are easier to get off and you can really customize the fit of your suit when you have two individual pieces,” says Diane Taylor, swim, active wear and coordinates buyer for Belk. Buying separates also gives you the option to have more versatility with your swimwear. Discover The Holbrook You can buy one bottom, but of Gainesville, Georgia... multiple tops to give your Small Town Delights. wardrobe more variety. Big City Sights. Two pieces doesn’t automatically equal string CHANGE YOUR LIVING ENVIRONMENT... bikini. You can still be as CHANGE YOUR LIFE. modest — or bare — as Where is the best place to live? Lots of folks, including national news you’d like. sources, will tell you that place is Gainesville, Georgia. Gainesville is small enough to know your neighbors, yet large enough to offer the services, “It’s all about the tankini,” medical facilities and cultural experiences more typically found in larger cities. Home to Georgia’s Taylor says. You can find those tops with leading hospital for cardiac care, gastrointestinal care and pulmonary care; one of the state’s arts, civic, and recreational communities, Gainesville is hailed by Barron’s Magazine, AARP tummy-control panels, uplifting underwire and bust minimizers. leading and others as one of the best places to retire in America. Although swim skirts and dresses were once considered to be Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by Lake Sidney Lanier, The Holbrook independent living community offers retirees the choice to have it all...small town on the bottom of the fashion totem pole, these days they’re more delights and big city sights. Best yet, our living environments were created with all of the details proven to produce outcomes in the health and lives of seniors. fashion-forward and appropriate for all ages. Come by and meet your new neighbors. Let them tell you how The Holbrook is more than a great “There are always customers who want longer skirts and to place to is the place where they can live life, even better than before. cover up more, but there are also some who want something shorter A Better Living Environment Leads to a Better Life and trendier,” Taylor says of their modern, Southern-style customers. “There’s also what we call the circle skirt, which is a little longer, but we’re also seeing shorter skirts maybe with a ruffle on the bottom or a little split w w w. h o l b r o o k l i f e . c o m on the side. There are a lot of options out there.”

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July July 1-7 Fourth of July Celebration Babyland General Hospital. Costumed characters, candy. 706-8652171, July 3 Northwinds Symphonic Band Concert 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $18, student and seniors $15. 770-534-2787, July 3 Sparks in the Park, July Fourth celebration 5-10 p.m. Rock Creek Sports Complex, 445 Martin Road, Dawsonville. Live entertainment, fireworks, children’s activities, souvenirs, concessions. Free admission, parking, shuttle service., 706344-3646 ext. 224 July 4 American Legion Post 7 50th annual fireworks display Laurel Park Lake Lanier, 3100 Old Cleveland Road, Gainesville. Food vendors available. Park opens at 9 a.m.; fireworks at dusk. $5 parking. July 4 11th annual Fabulous Fourth Spectacular 2 p.m. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Celebrate red, white and blue at Mall of Georgia with free concerts, fireworks and a free family-friendly movie. July 4 Red, White and Luau 4th of July Celebration 11a.m.-7 p.m., live entertainment, food, drinks, and fireworks after dark. Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-945-8787, www. 36

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July 4 Celebrate Braselton Festival & Parade Braselton Park.

July 5-6 Peach State Shooters Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. 770-5316855,

July 9 Helen Arts & Heritage Center Second Tuesday Get-together History of Helen event, ART-y Party followed by a shared supper. 706-878-3933, July 10 Summer Soul Jam in the Park The Stylistics, The Manhattans, Heatwave, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Peaches & Herb, Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, Sr., Atlanta. Delta Classic Chastain, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. $25-$60.

July 8-19 Art Around the World class 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 6-10 July 8-12, ages 10-15 July 15-19. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165. www., 706-216-2787

July 10-13 “The Music Man” 7:30 p.m. Gainesville High Warehouse, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Adults $17, children, students and seniors $12, children 2 and younger are free.

July 5 First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the Porch 6-9 p.m. Sautee Village. Local musicians performing acoustic music, free food. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144

July 4 Fifth annual Classic City American Music Festival 4 p.m. The Melting Point, 295 E. Dougherty St., Athens. $20-$25, children 12 and younger free. 706-254 -6909.

July 9 History Forum: History of Foxfire 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 for nonmembers. 770-2975900,


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Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. $15-$1,000. July 16 Contra Dance Music by Cage Free String Band with Walter Daves calling. 7:309:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-878-3300, www. July 18 “Hot Hot Hot” gallery exhibit. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 706-878-3933, www.helenarts. org July 18 “Treasure Island” 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. 770-781-9178,, July 19 Moonlight Paddle 7:30 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Trained instructor will lead group paddle. $15. 770287-7888, July 19 Friday Night Flicks Clarkesville. Dusk. 706-754-2220 July 19 Boz Scaggs 8 p.m. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Parking $10. 404-8765859, July 20 The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 7-10 p.m. 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. 770-534-2787 July 20 Movie Under the Stars Braselton Park. Dusk. July 20 Summer Sprints Regatta 8 a.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. HOME Living

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music, demonstrations of spinning, candle dipping, blacksmithing. Appalachian and old-time mountain music, games, dancing. 800-5739659, July 26 Cornelia Summer Concert Series Gasoline Brothers, 8 p.m., Cornelia Depot. 706-778-8585,, www.

July 20 Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals 8 a.m. to noon, third Saturday each month through September. Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen. Fish caught can be kept; bring bait and rod. No registration required. 706878-3087 July 20 Swinging in the Vines Music Series

2-5 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards amphitheatre. Complimentary wine tastings. 706878-1056, www.sauteenacoocheevineyards. com July 22 Green Art Camp Through Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Ga. 9 N., Dawsonville. $165., 706-216-2787 July 23, 25, 29 Adult Kayak Class 6-8 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $75. 770-287-7888,

July 26 An evening with Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group. 8 p.m. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Parking $10. 404876-5859, July 27 Adult Kayak Class 10 a.m. to noon. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $75. 770-287-7888, July 27-28 Amicalola Summer Arts & Crafts Show 45 juried artists exhibit paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass jewellery, yard art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Amicalola Falls, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. 706-897-6179.

July 25 “The Croods” outdoor screening 7:30 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $7, students and seniors $5. 770-534-2787, www.TheArtsCouncil. net.

July 29 to Aug. 2 Summer theater camp Presented by the Sterling on the Lake and community theater Fifth Row Center. Youth from 6-17 years old. Registration forms are online, or can at the Sterling on the Lake clubhouse, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch.

July 26-27 Folk Life Festival Unicoi State Park. Mountain skill displays,

July 30 Waltz Workshop with live music 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sautee-Nacoochee Community

Through Aug. 17 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Summer Exhibitions “Cruising Southern Waters” American Society of Marine Artists, “Exploring Acadia” by artist by Debra Nadelhoffer, “Making Waves” by artist Judith Surowiec, “Light in the Landscape” by artist Amanda Carder Lovett. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Free.


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Aug. 2 “TREEmendous Show:The World of Wood /Against the Grain” Featuring Sheila Wood Hancock paintings and SNCA Art Studio students and instructors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 3. SauteeNacoochee Community Association gallery, 706-878-3300,

Aug. 1, 3 Adult Kayak Class 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $75. 770-287-7888,

Aug. 3-4 Peach State Shooters Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. 770-5316855,

Aug. 2 First Fridays Music Pickin’ on the Porch 6-9 p.m. Sautee Village. Local musicians performing acoustic music, free food. Donations accepted; proceeds benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144

Aug. 3-4 National Auto Sport Association Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 800-849-RACE, 770-967-6143, www.

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Aug. 2-4 Seat Weavers Guild, weaving classes Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association community hall, 706-878-3300,

Aug. 8-25 “Smoke on the Mountain” Georgia Mountains Center Theatre, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. A presentation by the Georgia Mountain Players. Adults $17; seniors, students, children $13. Call 770-536-4677 for times,

Aug. 9 Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin 8 p.m. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Parking $10. 404876-5859, Aug. 10 Touch-A-Truck 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. City Park, 525 Prior St. NE, Gainesville. Free. Aug. 10 Back in Time: Beach and Soul 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $18, students and seniors $15. 770-534-2787, Aug. 10 Back in Time: Beach and Soul 8 p.m. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. Adult $18, student and seniors $15. 770-534-2787, Aug. 10 Featured Artists Series 1-4 p.m., Braselton Gallery, Downtown

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home calendar Aug. 31 Crush Fest 2013 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Serenity Cellars, 1717 Ga. 255, 5 miles east of Cleveland. $5 general admission, $25 for wine drinkers, ages 16 and under and parking free. Contact: Eric Miller, 706-878-5522, www.yonahmoun, ym.vineyards@gmail. com. Braselton. Artists will provide demos, meet visitors, including Lillian Hicks, Astra Graham, Stephanie Phelan., Aug. 10 Back to School Bash 3-6 p.m. Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, Clarkesville. Free. Swimming, bounce houses, food, school supply giveaways, movie. 706754-2220, 706-778-8585 Aug. 10 Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers with Railroad Earth 8 p.m. The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Parking $10. 404876-5859,

Aug. 10 Shine and Swine Festival 11 a.m. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, downtown Dawsonville. Hosted by KARE For Kids, Inc. Barbecue cook-off, car show, moonwalks, motorcycle ride, bluegrass music. info@kare Aug. 13 Fall season of the BBI Junior Olympic Program 7 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Introductory program to flatwater sprint canoe/kayak for ages 10-15. $95. 770-287-7888, Aug. 13 History Forum, “Thunder Road:The Movie and the Car” 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 for nonmembers. 770-297-5900,

Aug. 16 Sunset Jazz Festival Aug. 16: Will Downing, Atlanta. 7 p.m. Aug. 17: Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, Rachelle Ferrell, Hiroshima. 6 p.m. Delta Classic Chastain, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. $25-$89. deltaclas Aug. 16 Moonlight Paddle 7:30 p.m. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Trained instructor will lead group paddle. $15. 770-2877888, Aug 16 GTA SouthernStage presents “LOMBARDI” Through Sept. 1. Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford. gainesvilletheatre Aug. 18 Family Day, “The 1980s: A Big Decade in Northeast Ga.” 1-4 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center,

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home calendar 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900, www.negahc. org. Aug. 17-18 “Johnny Cash-Now” 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. $20 adults, $15 students, seniors, veterans, groups of 25 or more. 770-781-9178, www., info@ Aug. 17 Habersham Music Festival Sam Pitts Park, Clarkesville. Free. 706-754-2220. Aug. 17 Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday,12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Wineries taking part include Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars–Vineyards & Winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. $25, Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 13 South Park St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3513, 800-231-5543, Aug. 17 Swinging in the Vines Music Series 2-5 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards amphitheater. Complimentary wine tastings. 706-878-1056, www.sauteenacoocheevineyards. com Aug. 17 Wabi Sabi Dance Company Contemporary modern dance team, 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association gym, 706878-3300, Aug. 17 Movie Under the Stars Braselton Park. Dusk. Aug. 24 “The Chuck Wagon Gang” 3 and 8 p.m. Cumming Playhouse,

101 School St., Cumming. $20 adults, $15 students, seniors, veterans, groups of 25 or more. 770-781-9178, www.playhouse Aug. 26-30 “Happy Birthday INK” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. Make fun birthday crafts to hang throughout the museum. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members free. 770-536-1900. Aug. 30 Northeast Georgia History Center’s Taste of History 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. $50. Call 770297-5900 for reservations, www. Aug. 30 Cornelia Summer Concert Series The Dirty Guv’nahs., 8 p.m., Cornelia Depot 706-778-8585,, www. Aug. 24 Gold Fever 9 a.m.-noon, Smithgall Woods. History of gold mining with local historians, guided hike to Martin Mine Trail. Register in advance. 706-878-3087 Aug. 30 Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off Music Pickin’ on the Porch 6-9 p.m., Sautee Village. Local musicians performing acoustic music, free food. Donations benefit Charles Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-0144 Aug. 31 GarlicFest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Loganberry Heritage Farm, 2660 Adair Mill Road Cleveland. Cooking demos, tastings, live music, creative food. 706-348-6068 www.loganber

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home around town Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Networking on the Lake May, 20, 2013 Business After Hours was held aboard a Lake Lanier Islands cruiser as area business professionals enjoyed the sunset over Lake Lanier. Left: Val Perry, far left, tells the crowd about the changes around the lake in 2013 and the news that Gainesville was recently featured as one of the top 10 most boat-friendly towns in America in the June-July issue of Boat U.S. Magazine. Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson

Above: Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kit Dunlap, second from right, said it’s wonderful for Gainesville to be counted among other great boating destinations.


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Left: Drew Gann of Lake Lanier Canopy Tours talks about the success of the recreational business during the Business After Hours event. Above: Prizes were given away including golf packages, Family Fun Packs to Lanier World and dinner at an area restaurant during the Business After Hours Networking on the Lake event.

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Quinlan Visual Arts Center summer exhibitions opening reception June 13, 2013

Above: Anne Brodie Hill addresses the visiting members of the American Society of Marine Artists during the opening for “Cruising Southern Waters.” Several artists came from across the country to Gainesville for the exhibition featuring all things water and sea. Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson

Above: Quinaln Visual Arts Center volunteer Al Harriett, center, talks with Quinlan visitors about the latetst exhibition, “Cruising Southern Waters.” Also opening were “Exploring Acadia” by artist by Debra Nadelhoffer, “Making Waves” by artist Judith Surowiec and “Light in the Landscape” by artist Amanda Carder Lovett.

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Gainesville Rotary Club’s Derby Party May 4, 2013

Sandra and Jack Bailey make their way to accept the "Colt and Filly" award at the Gainesville Rotary Club's (Kentucky) Derby Party at the Elks Club on May 4. Photo by Nat Gurley


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Northeast Georgia Medical Center annual volunteer appreciation and awards luncheon April 30, 2013

Northeast Georgia Medical Center President Brad Nurkin serves hospital volunteers at the Medical Center and Medical Center Auxiliary’s 2013 Volunteer Appreciation and Award Luncheon at First Baptist Church. Volunteers pictured above are, from left, Charline Shanks, Meg Inglis and Margaret Frissell. Photo by Nat Gurley

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My Sister’s Place Sunset Soiree April, 25, 2013

The dinner-dance at the Chattahoochee Country Club is the annual fund-raiser for the Gainesville-based nonprofit that provides shelter for homeless women and mothers with children. Far left: Georgia senatorButch Miller, left, and Gov. Nathan Deal pose for a photo at the soiree. Left: Deborah Mack smiles for the camera.

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Left: The staff of Moore’s Wealth Management pose for a photo at the soiree before dinner service. Below: Music for the evening was provided by Peggie Hoskins and the SoulShine Band.

Right: Select items were auctioned off to benefit My Sister’s Place during the annual fundraiser. Darla Eden graciously played Vanna White for the evening.

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Brenau University’s Fifth Annual Barbecue Championship May 24-25, 2013

Top: Thousands of people filed through the campus of Brenau University campus for the Fifth Annual Brenau Barbecue Championship. Above: Friday evening entertainment featured the legendary local band Riverstreet, which had old and young alike on their feet. Left: Hillbilly Bob’s homemade sodas kept the crowd refreshed between bites of ‘cue. Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson


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Far left: The guys from Blaker’s BBQ had the smokers hot and ready the evening before the big contest at the Fifth Annual Brenau Barbecue Championship. Left: Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ was selected to serve up dinner for ticketholders Friday evening. Winners of the competition received automatic bids to compete in the World Barbeque Championship finals Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 in Las Vegas.

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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 105th Gala May 9, 2013 The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce celebrated local business at its 105th Chamber Gala and annual awards ceremony at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. Left: Jay Kelley, center right, and his family members accept the Small Business of the Year award from chamber Chairman-elect Dixie Truelove. From left are Truelove, Michael Kelley, Kari Kelly, Jay Kelley and Janet Kelly.

Right: Brian Daniel, left, of Carroll Daniel Construction Co. got the biggest laugh of the night while accepting his Family Business of the Year award. From left, Carroll, Carole Ann Daniel, Kristin Daniel, Steve Hix, Callie Martin and chamber President and CEO Kit Dunlap. Photos by Nat Gurley

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