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The Lake Issue

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Every woman dreads it — swimsuit season. But 2017 brings a lot of new looks from sporty to sweet. Expect to see lots of ruffles, straps, boy shorts and high neck lines.


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Health & Fitness 12

The kids can’t wait to get out on the water for summer vacation. This means extra caution from mom and dad when it comes to water safety. Follow a few simple tips to keep your kids safe around pools and on Lake Lanier. Did someone say life jackets?

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Don’t take chances when it comes to your skin. During this lake season, stay covered up, slathered up and away from the harmful effects of UV rays. Besides, there’s nothing worse than a bad burn to ruin the best vacation!

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Food & Drink 14

When you are out on the water and looking to nosh, look no further than Skogie’s on Lake Lanier. With a new beer garden and bigger menu, it’s the perfect place to dock and dine.

Home & Garden 18

Modern meets traditional when AHT Interiors redesigns the main floor of a home on Lake Lanier. The cove-nestled house looks like an English manor from the front, but now the inside is anything but.

On the Cover A palette of pale blue, creamy beige and gold keeps the master bedroom of this Lake Lanier home light, airy and ready for relaxation.


Ever wonder what beautiful garden sits behind a neighbor’s fence? Wonder no more. The Hall County Master Gardeners will host a garden walk showcasing six gardens in the community.

Inside Every Issue Photo by Michelle Jameson

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Loving lake life We are so blessed in North Georgia to have Lake Sidney Lanier in our backyard. Each lake season brings about the possibility for sensational memory making, whether on the beach or on the water. There is just about something to do for everyone (bring a Kindle on the boat bookworms!). This year we have been dealing with a bit of a drought and lake levels are somewhat lower than most of us would like. But the lake is still a stunning backdrop to a summer full of sun and sand. If you are looking for something to eat, you can still take to the water. Skogie’s on Lake Lanier offers waterfront dining — literally, you can pull up on your boat or Jet Ski. And make sure you have the right swimsuit for the right activity. We’ve got you covered on page 8. Speaking of covered, make sure you load up on sunscreen and get plenty of shade. But most importantly, let’s make sure we all stay safe out there this year and always, always wear a life jacket. Take the time to enjoy this Lake issue of Home Magazine and get your season off to a great start.



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Stay cool with fresh summer styles Story by Steven Welch It’s been almost 60 years since Brian Hyland first introduced America to the “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” but a love for the perfect swimwear still burns strong in most people’s hearts. As the weather warms and vacations are planned, finding the perfect outfit for the beach can turn into a mission for both men and women. While comfort is important, most shoppers will be on the lookout for the hottest trends, to make sure they turn heads and make a splash in the summer sun. Lisa Lassiter, Belk store manager at Lakeshore Mall, says most women are going to be on the lookout for some

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specific trends this summer. “It’s the halter top; mix and match, especially for the young girl, contemporary customer; It’s all about solutions for the more curvy woman looking for a top that fits her well,” she says. Mix & match With all of the styles and colors available, Lassiter says most customers have begun to mix and match their swimsuits instead of going for a more monochromatic look. While coming up with good color and pattern combinations may seem daunting, some brands make it

24th & Ocean Paisley Park printed tiered tankini top & swim skirt $44. Anne Cole Cactus floral-print high-neck tankini top & bikini briefs $44. Calvin Klein embellished tankini top & side-tie bikini bottoms $68. macys.com

Urban Sea Paisley ruffle top, $24.99, matching bikini bottom, $24.99. belk.com Photo by Trenton Storms

easy by pairing several choices together. “We have a couple of vendors that are specifically mix and match. … that come in the solids for the bottoms and tops in prints,” Lassiter says. “So it’s already there, you just have to pick out what you like best.” With almost limitless patterns to choose from, Lassiter is confident shoppers will find the perfect suit to match their personalities as they soak up the sun. All about the one piece Two-piece suits usually reign supreme when it comes to preferences for the season, but Lassiter points out the rising popularity of one-piece options, of which her store has more options to choose from than the bikini styles. She points to the ability of a one piece to make customers of all ages feel confident as the reason for the style’s increase in sales. Details, details, details Belk visual manager Jerry Orr says more customers are looking into suits with details, such as ruffles, high neck/halter top, different lengths and lace up. These features add an extra aesthetic to a bathing suit’s overall look, without taking away from its intended purpose. He also says there’s also been an increase in customers wanting a longer bikini style, most often called a “tankini,” which has a longer top that comes down closer to the waist. “It’s really more of a detail than a function. It’s suits with the corset lacing you see on the fronts

and backs of suits,” he says. “Ruffle bottoms are quite the deal now. You used to just see older people wearing them, but everyone wears them now. They’re very flattering for everyone.” When it comes to the more detail-oriented suits, Orr recommends customers find materials that can dry more quickly, as the ruffles and lace tend to hold more water. For the fellas While women hold a monopoly on styles and choices for swimsuits, there are still a lot of options out there for the guys as well. Various lengths, colors and patterns allow men to choose something that fits their style and personality, so they feel their best on the beach. Jessica Mobley, store manager at J.R. Crider's Clothing & Apparel in Gainesville notes a guy should think about many things when choosing a suit. “You have some who come in and want the shorter, 7-inch length, and some who want more coverage,” she says. “Then there’s color, pattern and texture to think about as well.” Mobley says while patterns and details are more popular with women, she’s seen men go more toward solid and neutral colors this season, with red, black and gray being the ones guys flock to more. Function also plays a key role in men’s swimsuits, with everything from pockets on the side to water-resistant options available. “The water just slides right off, it’s kind of interesting how it works,” Mobley says. “It’s good for those days when you’ll be at the beach or a pool party for an extended period of time and might not want to be wet all day.”

option. Mobley notes some customers come in and buy three or four different suits to allow variety during their vacations. Lassiter echoes her sentiments, with three being a good number to have. “If you wear a suit one day, and you’re going to be at the beach the next, it allows that one to dry,” she says. Then if you’re going to do something active like kayaking, you’ll want one fitted for that.” With so many choices, Lassiter, Orr and Mobley all agree the best thing a customer can do is try on suits until they find something they’re comfortable with. While this could mean research and lots of time spent in fitting rooms, the end result will be worth the effort. “I think you have to get in and try. There’s a variety of swimsuits, don’t be afraid to try different things and see what works, and just be patient,” Lassiter says. Tropical Tendencies push up one-piece swimsuit $119. belk.com Photo by Trenton Storms

Finding ‘the one’ (or ones) If your summer includes lots of fun in the sun, buying more than one swimsuit is always an

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Prepare to PARTY! Oakwood Occasions makes event planning easy Story for Home Magazine | Photos courtesy Oakwood Occasions Dannella Burnett has been planning events since 1993 when she started catering at age 15. A love of working directly with the clients on their vision paired perfectly with her love of being behind the hospitality scenes. HOME Magazine sat down with Dannella to find out more about event planning: How many events has Oakwood Occasions done? We do 25-30 major events per year and anywhere from 75150 smaller events. I haven’t counted from the day we started nine years ago here, but it’s been a lot. We bring a lot of experience and ideas to each event. What type of events do you help plan? Personal events include weddings, reunions, birthdays and celebrations of life. Corporate events include employee and client appreciation events, galas and fundraisers. We also love to work with clients on vendordriven events such as marketplaces, expos, parades, festivals and concerts. When should someone consider an event planner instead of trying to do it all themselves? An event planner will ask you questions to get your vision and help you find the right vendors to execute your vision and be mindful of your budget. They will navigate the flood of information that's available out there on the internet and locally and make your event far less stressful. If they are onsite for your event as a coordinator, you will be free to actually enjoy your event. What should you think about when planning an outdoor event, especially for summer (like July 4 or Labor Day)? Back-up plans and guests comfort. With an outdoor event, you have Mother Nature to consider and must have a backup plan to put in place if you get rain or other

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inclement weather. Have shaded areas with a tent or other structures and add fans or cooling tents depending on type of event. Remember the wind and secure table coverings, signs and backdrops accordingly. An outdoor event also may be affected by outdoor bugs and

creatures, so you may want to treat the area for mosquitoes or other insects a few days before an event and have areas landscaped. What should a client expect on first consultation? We do a complete top-to-bottom run down of an event and ask a lot of questions to get

the snapshot of where we are beginning. We try to make our first proposal very accurate and filled with various options that may be needed so our brides and clients can make good and informed decisions from the beginning. No one likes surprise add-ons and big changes to prices because the right questions and options weren’t discussed. How much time should they give themselves to plan before the event? General rule of thumb, I would say six months to one year for weddings and other major events, two months to six months for smaller celebrations. We have, of course, helped create events with much less time, but you lose options when you don't have time or you may spend more for expedited options. What kind of budget pitfalls are common? Not planning for the incidental costs of taxes, gratuities and delivery fees and only planning for the "menu" price of options. Just not knowing how one decision may impact the rest of your decisions. Not all vendors can be compared apples to apples. Like venues — some include set up and linens and other items that you have to pay extra for at other venues. A planner will help you look at potential hidden costs that you may not be aware of planning your first event. Another big issue is not working with a realistic guest count. If you are working off a budget with too few guests, you’ll be hit with much larger costs with the accurate, larger number of guests added in. And working with a number too large may mean that you let go of elements you really want because you think its not in the budget and then find you could have made that choice. We talk to brides about three lists — the big list,

Opposite page: The staff from Oakwood Occasions at the 2016 Gainesville Civic Center Bridal Expo. Dannella Burnett at a luauthemed event planned. by Oakwood Occasions.

“No one likes surprise add-ons and big changes to prices because the right questions and options weren’t discussed.” the working list and the real list — to avoid budget surprises! What is your favorite kind of event to plan? Corporate events that have a ton of fun included and weddings. I have a client that I’ve planned their employee appreciation for the last five years and it includes food and fun snacks — popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice, frozen drinks, bouncies and slides, face-painting, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, music, balloon art, entertainers, gifts for the employees, as well as the logistical needs of tents, tables, chairs, stage, audio visual, photography. It’s a complex planning job for 1,500 guests,

but the magic of simply fun for the employees and families is one of my favorites. Weddings are also loved. To work with a bride and hear her vision for her perfect day and help execute that and see the joy on her face throughout the day is priceless. We've started doing more expos and speaker events and really enjoying the elements of business and sales promotions while bringing great content and information to entrepreneurs and business owners. In all, I love all the events we get to be a part of and love the diversity in what we do. For more information visit www.oak woodoccasions.com or call 678-677-3858. HOME Living

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tips to keep kids safe on the water

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Few things are as much fun as splashing around at the beach or in a backyard pool, but not every child is confident about taking the plunge. “For some children, the idea of getting in the water and trying to swim can be a bit frightening,” says K.J. Hales, author of “It’s Hard to Swim,” the second and most recent addition to the Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog educational picture book series (www.ellietheweinerdog. com). “But with the proper positive reinforcement, they can overcome their fears and discover just how much fun swimming can be.” May is National Water Safety Month, a good time for parents to consider teaching their children how to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older Water safety classes can also reduce the risk of drowning in younger children, the pediatrics group reports, but advises that because children develop at different rates, not all will be ready to swim at the same age. Hales, who offers teachers’ guides and educational activities to go along with the lessons in her books, says she chose swimming as one of Ellie the Wienerdog’s adventures because it’s a valuable skill that all children should learn.

“Most children are around water in some form, whether it’s a pool, a river, a pond, a lake or the ocean,” she says. “So learning to swim isn’t just for fun. It’s also important for safety.” The Pediatric Academy cites nine water-safety tips for parents, including: • Never – even for a moment – leave small children alone or in the care of another young child while in bathtubs, pools, spas or wading pools, or near irrigation ditches or standing water. • Empty water from buckets and other containers immediately after use. • To prevent drowning in toilets, young children should not be left alone in the bathroom. • Closely supervise children in and around water. With infants, toddlers and weak swimmers, an adult should be within an arm’s length. With older children and better swimmers, an adult should be focused on the child and not distracted by other activities. Bath seats cannot substitute for adult supervision. • If children are in out-of-home child care, ask about exposure to water and the ratio of adults to children. • If you have a pool, install a four-sided fence that is at least 4-feet high to limit access to the pool. The fence should be hard to climb (not chain-link) and have a self-latching, self-closing

gate. Families may consider pool alarms and rigid pool covers as additional layers of protection, but neither can take the place of a fence. • Parents, caregivers and pool owners should learn CPR. • Do not use air-filled swimming aids (such as inflatable arm bands) in place of life jackets. They can deflate and are not designed to keep swimmers safe. • All children should wear a life jacket when riding in a boat. Small children and non-swimmers should also wear one at water’s edge, such as on a river bank or pier. “When Ellie finally swims, she realizes that learning something new is wonderful and if you give it a try, you can do anything you wish,” Hales says. “This is a lesson I hope all children will take to heart, not only when learning to swim, but also when facing any challenge that comes their way.” About K.J. Hales K.J. Hales (www.kjhales-author.com) is author of the educational children’s books series, “Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog” (www.elliethewein erdog.com). The latest book in the series is “It’s Hard to Swim.” The purple wiener dog character is based on Hales’ own dachshund by the name of, you guessed it, Ellie.

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Skogie’s offers waterfront Benedicts and beer Story by Pamela A. Keene | Photography by Scott Rogers Skogie’s on Lake Lanier’s summer salmon salad. Opposite page: Diners can anchor up to Skogie’s for a respite from the sun and a few refreshments.


Don’t worry. The famous Benedicts are still on the menu for weekend brunch at Skogie’s. This year, owner Tony Jonovitch is kicking it up a notch on holiday Sundays. Plus, the restaurant has new décor and some upgrades. “We’re offering an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on the Sundays of holiday weekends, including Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th weekend and Labor Day Sunday,” Tony says. “We’ll have our classic and Southern Benedicts, French toast, waffles, sweet potato pancakes, chicken and fish fingers, sausage, grits, bacon and even an omelet station.” Over the winter, Skogie’s remodeled the restaurant, putting in new flooring, new décor and new booths. He has also applied for a beer and wine license. “We won’t have BYOB anymore, once we get

the license,” he says. “But we’ve added a beer garden and expanded the restaurant.” Tony and his wife, Heather, purchased the eatery at Gainesville Marina in 2011, bringing their years of restaurant experience to Lake Lanier from Florida. Over the years, the menu has evolved, but from the beginning it has become known for its variety of Benedicts served on fresh-made cathead biscuits. Choose from grouper, fried chicken, steak, Canadian bacon or crab cakes with housemade Hollandaise. Open Wednesday through Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, then seven days a week through Labor Day, Skogie’s serves Asian grouper seven ways, peel-and-eat or coconut shrimp, fried oysters, crab balls, plus homemade mama’s meatloaf, pulled pork and six different signature chicken breast entrees. And there are sides like

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sweet potato and hand-cut fries, from-scratch macaroni and cheese, sweet potato tater tots, steamed corn in the husk and broccoli salad. Seafood jambalaya with shrimp, chicken Andouille sausage, grouper and crag is a house specialty. This year, Skogie’s has added fried Oreos to

the list of homemade desserts including peach pie, Key Lime pie and banana pudding. Entertainment Fridays through Sundays at Skogie’s adds to the atmosphere. Boaters can park at Gainesville Marina’s courtesy slips, or drive to the restaurant off Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway. Call 678-450-1310 or visit www. skogies.net. Intown Dining Over the past 12 months, Tony has ventured into Gainesville proper, last spring opening Midland Station Coffee Co. in the former location of Turnstile Deli at 109 Green Street. Midland Station serves hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, wraps, 10 different kinds of salads, soups and combo plates. It has become a popular gathering place for

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locals. Side items include broccoli-raisin salad, cucumber salad, homemade macaroni and cheese, and Southern potato salad. It’s open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 678-971-5330 or visit www.midlandstationcoffeeco.com The Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy is his newest venture. Located at 631 Broad Street, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers free delivery within a 5-mile radius. With extensive breakfast and lunch menus. Cathead biscuits with sausage gravy, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, shrimp and cheese grits are served until 11 a.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers Philly cheesesteak, pastrami on rye, grilled or blackened fish, grilled crab cake and tuna or chicken salad sandwiches, salads and cold plates. Call 770- 534-3231 or visit www.gainesville coffeeshop.com.

Opposite page: Skogie’s owners Tony and Heather Jonovitch. Above left: Fried zucchini with Parmesan cheese and ranch dipping sauce. Left: Skogie’s fried grouper sandwich with broccoli salad.

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dmittedly Tim spends most of his time in his favorite room — the back porch. Roomy, plenty of light and complete with a fireplace, the porch is where he does a lot of his work and reading. But he knew it was time to update the main floor of his six-bedroom, six-bathroom (with three half baths) Lake Lanier home.

Photo by AHT Interiors and Ulrich Brinkman The master bedroom, dining room and great room all have lots of natural light, which allows for a muted palette with colorful accent pieces to tie everything together. AHT Interiors in Cumming provided the update for homeowner Tim. AHT Interiors 770-887-7612, info@ ahtinteriors.com www.ahtinteriors.com.

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With three mostly grown daughters, Tim decided he wanted a fresh look. What started as a farmhouse in 2006 now looks like a stately English manor with a six-car garage. There’s also a small gym, bar, entertainment room with pool table and, of course, a pool. Nestled in a cove with lots of natural light, the house has a view of the lake from nearly every bedroom. So when it came time to redecorate, Tim wanted a marriage of traditional and modern without over doing a lake theme. After reading an article about AHT Interiors in Cumming, he gave AHT president and director of design, Allison Havill Todd, a call. He had the great room, dining room, master bedroom and foyer completely redone in a matter of months. “She’s good at presenting choices and I’m good as saying ‘I like that one,’” Tim says. Allison matched Tim’s needs perfectly he says. “He went to our website and said he ‘liked what he saw,’” Allison says. “We first met in April of 2016 and started working on the project in May. The great room and adjacent dining and breakfast areas were completed before Thanksgiving and the master bedroom and other areas were completed the beginning of December.” The great room has a blend of muted tones with pops of blue and orange. The blue color is carried into the master bedroom. “He wanted a cleaner, more transitional look with the understanding that comfort is key,” Allison says. She says they started with establishing a color palette first. Tim shared that he liked blues and since the home has a fabulous view of Lake Lanier, she decided to pull the colors of nature (blues, creams, sandy beige) as the primary foundation for the color scheme and added pops of brighter accent colors in pillows and artwork. She also incorporated a few of the latest trends into the overall design. “Cleaner lines in upholstered furniture, mixture

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of warm metals in softer gold tones in accent pieces, wall hangings, tables, etc.,” Allison says. Large pieces of abstract art that embody water help tie together colors while bringing the very large space together. An oversized, two-story great room, such as this one, says Allison, can often be challenging in ensuring pieces are the appropriate proportion and scale for the space. Keeping the room light and airy was important to Tim. “It is also difficult to make rooms of this size feel inviting. But I feel we were successful in doing so by creating the two different seating areas backing up to each other in the great room,” Allison says. Sourcing the furniture and decor is Allison’s strong suit. “I work directly with vendors and manufacturers to source all the furnishings and artwork. The pieces of art are all one-of-a-kind, HOME Living

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Photos by Michelle Jameson This Lake Lanier home nestled on a cove may say English countryside on the outside, but the inside has a fresh, contemporary feel.

“Hire a good designer to help you develop your own look that reflects your personality, tastes and lifestyle. No two are alike.” custom pieces. I don’t work with any local retailers to source products for my projects. Everything is ordered directly from our trade resources.” And for someone wanting to recreate this design? Well, she says, they can’t. It’s is custom after all. But her advice to anyone looking to take on such a project: Hire a good designer to help you develop your own look that reflects your personality, tastes and lifestyle. No two are alike. Her favorite aspect? “I love the custom artwork over the fireplace that we had commissioned for this project,” she says. “Mostly, I enjoy working with clients, like Tim, who

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understand that their physical environments impact how they feel and appreciate quality. Tim was great about communicating his preferences and then relying on me to steer things in the right direction and make appropriate product selections.” Tim agreed that Allison made the project so easy and go smoothly. Even though he loves his porch, and his bar complete with a backlit onyx panel (a mate to the sink at right) he and his daughters can enjoy and still be comfortable in a home that feels more 2017 instead of 2007. “This is home for me. The sun rises right over the water. I love it here.”

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Toward the Caribbean Story by Pamela A. Keene Photos courtesy SunRise Sailing Club There’s a new stay-cation on Lake Lanier. SunRise Sail, based at Sunrise Cove Marina in Gainesville, just added a cruising catamaran to its fleet. But there’s more; learn to sail on Lanier then picture yourself cruising in blue water anywhere on the planet. SunRise Sail’s 2014 Gemini Legacy Cruising Catamaran is the latest addition to the membership program that also includes five Hunter sailboats, ranging in size from 31 to 41 feet. The boat, named the Nancy E. III, is suitable for overnights, weekends or week long cruising. At 35 feet, it is air-conditioned, heated, has full instrumentation, GPS, TV/ DVD, three cabins, two heads (bathrooms) and a rollerfurling jib. It’s one of 12 boats offered through SunRise Sail and FreeTime Sailing Fleet. “It’s the only cruising catamaran on Lake Lanier that we know of,” says SunRise Sail owner Dan Kingery. “Just like the ones you would charter in the Bahamas or the British Virgin Islands, it’s got plenty of room for six — the perfect stayHOME Living

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cation without having to pay airfare or take your passport.” Kingery, an avid sailor who has logged many hours in blue water, knows about people’s passion for the sailing life. That’s why he started SunRise Sail fractional sailboat ownership and the FreeTime Sailing Fleet. Both offer opportunities to enjoy time on the water without the expense of boat ownership. “With fractional membership, a half-dozen people share the boat and we work out all the details to give them plenty of on-the-water time convenient to their schedules,” Dan says. “The concept has been around for a number of years, but it’s really catching on at Lanier where people who are busy can see the benefits of fractional ownership.” SunRise Sailing Academy offers American Sailing Association training including Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bare Boat Cruising and Basic Coastal Navigation, as well as Cruising Catamaran certification in classes taught on Lanier. After basic certification, members can

join FreeTime Sailing and have access to the fleet’s seven boats from 27 to 28.5 feet long. The 31- to 41-foot yachts and the cruising catamaran in the SunRise Sailing Club’s Fractional Fleet include all the training and certifications needed to use and sail the big boats. “It’s worry-free sailing,” Dan says. “We pay all the insurance, fuel and slip fees. Through online reservations, members can book their times to sail on specific boats based on their membership tier, show up and enjoy.” The addition of a cruising catamaran to the Lanier fleet was a deliberate strategy on his part. “So many people dream about cruising in the Caribbean and, by far, chartering a bare-boat catamaran is the best option, but reputable companies require certification to rent any cruising sailboat,” he says. “We teach people how to handle a catamaran, and when you become a fractional member of the Gemini, your training is included.” Catamarans have advantages over monohull sailing vessels, especially for cruisers who want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

“They’re roomy, comfortable and very stable,” Dan says. “The heel of a monohull puts some people off, but on a catamaran, the cruising is much more level. It’s perfect for families, even with young children, because of the extra space. And the cockpit can hold six people comfortably, so everyone can spend their days together enjoying the wind and the water.” Dan opened the SunRise Sailing Academy in partnership with the American Sailing Association several years ago. He also brokers sailboats, yachts and sailing catamarans. “Sailing can open a whole new world. And with SunRise Sail, you can learn to sail a cruising catamaran in your own back yard, get comfortable and confident, and become certified,” he says. “Then you’ll have the skills to be able to bare-boat charter your own catamaran anywhere around the world. Think of the vacation possibilities.” To find out more, call 770-271-7444 or visit www.sunrisesailingclub.com.

SunRise Sail offers a chance for individuals and parties to gather for a lesson on Lanier in one of several different types of sail boats, including the latest addition: a 2014 Gemini Catamaran. Dan Kingrey, far left, opened Sunrise in partnership with the American Sailing Association.

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Keep your skin healthy by protecting it from UV rays Sunburn can be a painful, unsightly consequence of too much unprotected time spent in the sun. But sunburn is more than just a temporary nuisance. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn can cause long-lasting damage to the skin and increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. Sunburn tends to be so common, particularly during the warmer months of the year, that many people may consider it a relatively harmless byproduct of spending time outside under the sun. But the United Kingdom-based charitable organization Cancer Research UK notes that getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple a person’s risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. A better understanding of sunburn and its relationship with skin cancer may encourage more people to prioritize protecting their skin when spending time in the sun. What is sunburn? Sunburn occurs when the DNA in skin cells has been damaged by UV radiation. Many people associate sunburn with skin that peels or blisters, but any skin that turns pink or red in the sun has been sunburnt. Am I always vulnerable to sunburn? Though many people may only get sunburns on hot days, that’s not because the skin is not susceptible to sunburn year-round. In fact, sunburn can occur any time of year because it’s caused by ultraviolet radiation, which has nothing to do with the temperature. Many people only spend time outdoors on hot days; hence, the reason they may only suffer sunburn in late spring and summer. Since sunburn can occur at any time of year, it’s imperative that skin is covered up and sunscreen is applied regardless of what time of year a person is enjoying the great outdoors.

Am I out of the woods once my skin peels? People who have experienced sunburn may have noticed their skin peeling in the days after they were burned, though not every sunburn victim’s skin peels. Peeling is how the body rids itself of the damaged cells that can lead to cancer. But just because a sunburn victim’s skin peels post-sunburn does not mean that person has necessarily dodged the skin cancer bullet. Some damage may remain after skin peels, and that remaining damage can still make sunburn sufferers vulnerable to skin cancer. I’ve been sunburned. Now what? A sunburn, even a particularly bad sunburn, does not guarantee a person will develop skin cancer. But frequent sunburns increase a person’s risk of the disease. So people who have been sunburned, whether it’s just once or several times, should revisit what they’re doing to protect their skin before going back out in the sun. Wearing protective clothing, including long sleeve shirts and protective hats, and applying strong sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 are just a couple of ways to protect skin from sun damage. More information about sunburn and skin cancer prevention is available at www. skincancer.org.

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Our own backyard Garden Walk takes a look at local landscapes Story by Pamela A. Keene | Photos for HOME Magazine Ever wished you could get an up-closeand-personal glimpse at gardens created by Hall County Master Gardeners? Just mark your calendar for Saturday, June 3, when the group’s biennial Garden Walk, “In Our Own Back Yards,” offers tours of five private residential gardens and one public garden in Hall County. “This year’s Garden Walk has a number of surprises and special features that our members are eager to share with the public,” says Irene Michaud, co-chair of the 2017 “In Our Own Back Yards” event.

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“From fairy houses and wildlife habitats to mini-greenhouses and koi ponds, these gardens are excellent examples of the potential of residential gardens. We hope that visitors will take away new ideas for their own gardens and landscapes.” Here are descriptions of this year’s gardens: The gardens at the home of Terri Andrews feature a 12-foot by 20-foot koi pond with double waterfalls, a potting shed/conservatory and natural woodland area for horseshoes. The Flowery Branch resident also has a backyard with a fire pit and a turf area for croquet, plus plenty of perennials, a raised bed vegetable garden and colorful window boxes. Liz Dietz in Flowery Branch scaled back her

garden when she moved into a subdivision four years ago, but she hasn’t cut back on her gardening. With a portable greenhouse, a composter and raised flower beds, the garden continues to evolve and demonstrate that bigger is not necessarily better. Gainesville’s Tammy Dellinger has a garden that feature edibles — peaches, blueberries, blackberries, vegetables and herbs — that she uses as the basis for many recipes. The soil is made rich by an onsite composter. Her butterfly garden is punctuated by fairy houses and native plants. Chris Michael of Gainesville has tackled shade gardening on his wooded lot, capitalizing on varied textures to create interest. As a regular

volunteer at the Atlanta Botanical Garden/Gainesville, he’s also learned how to incorporate rare and unusual plants into his landscape. With the state champion Kwanzan Cherry and the Hall County champion Savannah Holly, Gainesville’s Bobbett Holloway has a showcase garden. Her landscape includes shrubs, bulbs and perennials that provide “a bloom a day” all year long. Roses, hydrangeas, a certified Natural Habitat, a native garden and shade garden complete the setting. Additionally, Gardens on Green, adjacent to the Hall County Board of Education, is part of this year’s Garden Walk. One of its newest features is the Literacy Garden, which opens in May and focuses on children’s reading and gardening activities. Hall County Masters Gardeners is a 150-member volunteer organization that focuses on education, gardening best-practices and community service. It sponsors spring and fall Garden Expos, youth gardening projects and the everyother-year Garden Walk. Members also staff Ask-A-Master-Gardener booths at public events and provide garden information via the Hall County Extension Office, where they regularly volunteer. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available for purchase at www. hallmastergardeners.com or the Hall County UGA Extension Office, 734 E. Crescent Drive, Gainesville. On the day of the event, tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at any of the gardens. For more infor-

The home garden of Gainesvillle resident Terri Andrews, one of six stops on the 2017 Hall County Master Gardeners Garden Walk.

mation about Hall County Master Gardeners go to www.hallmastergar deners.com or call 770-535-8293.


in the community Lake Lanier Association membership meeting Pelican Pete’s at Port Royale Marina was the site of the 2017 Lake Lanier Association annual membership meeting March 25. The group welcomed hundreds and enjoyed a fish fry, drinks and discussed the latest news about Lake Lanier.

31st annual John Hunter Regatta

The 31st annual John Hunter Regatta — known as “The Hunter” to those in the rowing community — was held March 25 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Center. Nearly 1,600 rowers competed in the college race event, which has drawn crowds of more than 3,000 for past editions. The event is named after John Hunter, who founded the St. Andrew Rowing Club and was a major benefactor to Georgia Tech’s rowing program. Hunter died in 1999.

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Inaugural Good News Clinics Run for the Roses The “Run for the Roses” fundraiser drew about 260 attendees and benefited Good News Clinics. The “Run for the Roses” fundraiser kicked off at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in downtown Gainesville March 25. Each person received $10,000 in “funny money” to bet on horses. Most people wore their Derby finest, including large decorative hats and seersucker suits.

Quinlan Spring Exhibition More than a hundred artists are featured in the Quinlan Visual Arts Center’s 2017 Spring Exhibitions in Gainesville. The exhibitions will include artwork from Fran Geiger, Jim Stallings, members of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Ocmulgee Painters Society. It will be on display until June 3 at 514 Green St. NE in Gainesville.

Third annual Mutts on Main Dog lovers descended on downtown Gainesville March 25 for the annual Main Street Gainesville Mutts on Main event, which featured pet vendors, a fashion show, pet contests, pet adoptions, pet vaccination clinic, live music, demos and more. The event raises money for the Hall County Animal Shelter.

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May May 5 Rubber Duck Derby, 5 p.m. Clarks Bridge Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $5 per duck. 770-532-8102 orchelsea.bgchc@gmail.com May 6 Toast of Toccoa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Doyle Street, Downtown Toccoa. Free. 706-2823309 or scrosby@cityoftoccoa.com May 6 through Oct. 29 ‘The Curious Garden’ outdoor installation. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $21.95 adults, $15.95 children 3-12, free to children younger than 3 and garden members. 404-876-5859 or www. atlantabg.org May 8 Beginner’s Square Dance Party. 7-8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church’s gym, S. Enota Drive, Gainesville. Free. 678-9560287 or www.lakeshoresquares.com May 10 Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike. 8:20-9:50 p.m. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-7547981 May 11 Annual Toast to Braselton, 6-9 p.m., Braselton Stover Event Center, 5257 Ga. 53, Braselton. $55 per person or $500 for a table of 10. 706-654-0369, apinnell@braselton.net or www. DowntownBraselton.com May 12 Relay for Life of Hall County, 7 p.m. University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 770-297-1176 or rena. pendley@cancer.org May 12-13 Drift Atlanta Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. $30-$150. www.roadatlanta. com/drift-tickets May 13 34 May 2017 HOME Living In North Georgia

Meaders Pottery Spring Fest. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 9401 Skitts Mountain Drive, Lula. Free. 770-540-5505 May 13 Benefit Bicycle Ride for Alex Speir and Lucy. 8 a.m. 639 Main St., Clermont. $25 in advance; $30 day of event. teamgivebackga@gmail.com or 678-2340046 May 13 Evenings of Intimate Jazz featuring Lynne Arriale. 8 p.m., The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. $30. 770-534-2787 or www. theartscouncil.net May 13-14 Annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Self-guided tour of private home gardens in metro Atlanta, including Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Midtown. $28 in advance or $22 garden members and $35 days of tour www.atlantabg.org May 13 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 6-9:30 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville. $20 nonmembers, $15 members, $10 student and senior 65 and older and $5 children in advance; $5 increase at door day of event chattahoochee.org/wildscenic/ May 13 Dawson Community Chorale concert 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, 900 Ga. 9 N, Dawsonville. $10 adults, $8 Bowen members and free students. 706-216-2787 or www. bowenarts.org May 15 and 22 Make a Handle-Less Face Mug. 1-4 p.m., Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen. $30 class and $20 supply. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org or helenartshc@helenarts. org May 20-21 Women’s Wilderness Weekend. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls. $75 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981

May 20 Actor’s Express 2017 Gala featuring Nik Walker from ‘Hamilton.’ 7 p.m., Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means St. NW, Atlanta. $85 before April 15, $125 VIP, $1,000 table for eight. 404-607-7469 or email tickets@actorsexpress.com May 20-21 Paso Fino Horse Show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free. www.hallcounty.org/Facilities/ Facility/Details/Chicopee-WoodsAgricultural-Center-4 May 20-21 Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hancock Park, 13 N Park St., Dahlonega. Free for arts, craft and jazz jam and $30 for wine garden with commemorative wine glass. www. chestateeartists.org, chestatee.artists@ gmail.com or 706-867-8059 May 26 Comedian James Gregory. 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC. $17-$20. 866-273-4615 or info@greatmountainmusic.com

June June 10 Run 4 Hunger 5K. 6 p.m. race packet pickup and family and health festival, 8 p.m. kids fun race and 8:30 p.m. 5K. Atlanta Motorsports Park, 20 Duck Thurmond Road, Dawsonville. $25 for 5K run and $5 or five non-perishable food items for kids fun run More info: 706-216-3080, office@warhill. com or www.run4hunger5k.com June 17 Lavender in the Mountains Fest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lavender Lamb Farm, 176 Bugle Drive, Cleveland. Free but a charge for some activities. www.lavenderlambfarm. com, susan@lavenderlambfarm.com, www.facebook.com/thelavenderlambfarm or 706-865-0510