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32 | Experiencing Venice & Florence Chuck and Barbara Cleveland’s picturesque journey to Italy.

38 | In The Good Old Summertime Newnan and Coweta residents

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42 | Tina’s Tips Celebrate Independence Day with sweet and simple yet beautiful tabletop decor.

46 | Local Heritage McRitchie-Hollis Museum recreates lush 1940s world.

52 | Saddle Up 22 miles of equestrian trails planned for Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

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Conner Jackson takes a slide into the water at Willie Lynch Park pool, located just west of downtown Newnan at Richard Allen Drive and Wesley Street. Photo by Jeffrey Leo

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There are plenty of opportunities for cheap, and even free, fun in the sun close to home this summer. From picnicking to hiking to cooling off by getting wet, there are opportunities in Coweta and even more in surrounding counties — all at low, low prices. Written by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Photographed by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL and Jeffrey Leo

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To get wet and cool off in the hot Georgia sun, try Newnan’s Willie Lynch Park Pool or the fountains at Carl Miller Park. The Lynch Park Pool at Wesley Street and Richard Allen Drive opened in 2010, and features a 4,200-square-foot, zeroentry pool with a large water slide, water mushroom, and splash fountain. The zero-entry pool is especially great for younger children, as it goes gradually from a few inches deep to the maximum depth of 3.5 feet. Though there are swimming lanes, lap swimming can sometimes be difficult because of the shallowness of the water. Pool hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2 per person or $25 for the season. The splash fountains at Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road are free and operate on demand during summer hours when there are no drought-related water restrictions. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter. There is also a wooded walking trail and Kids Castle play park. A new “splash park” is currently under construction in the south Coweta city of Grantville, and is expected to be open this summer. There are also two splash parks nearby in Carroll County — one in Whitesburg and one at McIntosh Reserve

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Little Trista Gaddy has fun with her uncle Dustin Spates at one of the water features of Newnan's Willie Lynch Park pool. Previous page: Swimmers enjoy Willie Lynch Park pool. Photos by JEFFREY LEO

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just south on Highway 5. The Whitesburg Splash and Play Water Park is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $1 per day or $5 for a season pass. The McIntosh Reserve splash park, located inside McIntosh Reserve Park, is $1 for Carroll County residents and $2 for non-residents. The splash park was being renovated as of late May. Plans were to have the facility open this summer, but an opening date was not available. Call the park office at 770-8305879 to make sure it is open. Slightly farther away are John Tanner Park and Midtown Water Park in Carrollton and Liberty Bell Pool at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain. Tanner Park features a swimming lake with beach, a second lake for fishing, some nature trails, miniature golf, paddle boats, camping and picnic facilities. Midtown Water Park includes a zero entry pool, kiddie slides, and 150foot slide, and splash park features. The giant Liberty Bell Pool is made entirely of local stones, in the shape of a bell. FDR State Park also features miles and miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, picnic areas and overlooks. Pool admission is $5 per person, plus a state park parking pass.


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Carroll County's John Tanner Park (formerly Tanner State Park) features a swimming lake with beach, paddleboats, a vast array of picnic areas including several pavilions with grills, fishing, minature golf, camping, walking trails and a group lodge.

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the Chattahoochee. The park is open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day-use areas and trails close at dark. Admission is $5 per passenger vehicle.

The Brown’s Mill Battlefield site south of Newnan on Millard Farmer Road is set to open July 27. A small portion of the battlefield site has been developed, with three-quarters mile of walking trail, interpretive signage, and a “parade ground.” A large portion of the walking trail is wheelchair accessible; the trail is 10 feet wide and topped with crush slate. A portion of the trail is more rugged, but the areas near the parking lot are smooth and easily accessible by those who are mobility challenged. There will also be multiple benches along the trail.

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Just outside Coweta County are McIntosh Reserve in Carroll County, Cochran Mill Park and Cochran Mill Nature Center in south Fulton County, and Line Creek Nature Center in Peachtree

Awaiting visitors is one of the many picnic spots at McIntosh Reserve on Highway 5 south of Whitesburg in Carroll County.

City, Fayette County. The Battle of Brown’s Mill occurred during the Civil War on July 30, 1864. It was one of the few Confederate victories of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. Interpretive signage describing the battle will be placed along the trail, and those with smart

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phones can scan QR codes for even more information. Park hours have not been set yet; admission is free. At the Coweta County Fairgrounds, there are some short trails surrounding the Jim McGuffey Nature Center. There is a short paved trail

for wheelchairs, as well. A small lake is on the property; fishing is only allowed during special events. The trails at the nature center are wide and easy, and are great for small children. There is signage along the trails describing the plants and


various ecological areas. The openair nature center has informational displays about wildlife and plant communities. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset on Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. to 30 minutes before sunset on Sunday. Admission is free. Just outside Coweta are McIntosh Reserve park in Carroll County, Cochran Mill Park and Cochran Mill Nature Center in south Fulton County, and Line Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City in Fayette County. McIntosh Reserve is a 527-acre park along the Chattahoochee River, just outside Whitesburg. The property was once the home of Creek Chief William McIntosh. McIntosh was

Photos by Sarah Campbell

Above: This is one of many great views of the Chattahoochee River from the banks at McIntosh Reserve park south of Whitesburg off Highway 5. Left bottom: A cabin on the property is reminiscent of the one Chief William McIntosh may have lived in.

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Remnants of the old grist mill can be seen in several areas of Cochran Mill Park in the Chattahoochee Hills area of South Fulton County near Palmetto.

Coweta County’s name. The park

reminiscent of the one McIntosh may

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have lived in.

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Cochran Mill Park is a large park with several creeks and small waterfalls and miles of trails, including horse trails. There is also a playground and pavilion.

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across the street from the parking area. The bridge across the main creek was closed several years ago because of its dilapidated condition. Instead, head down the left side of the bank to get across. In the warm weather, the easiest way to get across is to take off your shoes and walk through the sandy park of the creek. Or you can pick your way across the rocks; over time, various park goers have added rocks to make it a fairly easy crossing. If you head up river, you’ll go up to several rock outcroppings that provide overlooks, and you’ll see remnants of the sluiceway from the old mill. The trail continues for a ways along the creek bank. Or you can head left, where there is a network of trails, which will eventually lead up to the old mill pond and another large waterfall and, eventually to the adjacent nature center. Cochran Mill Park has seen its share of vandals and litter bugs, so look out for possible broken glass. On the playground side of the road, there are also some trails, down the gravel road, a small creek a few inches deep where kids can splash and a large field. The city of Chattahoochee Hills instituted a parking fee at Cochran Mill May 1. Proceeds will be used to improve the city’s parks. Parking is $5 per vehicle, $10 for vehicles towing trailers, and $25 for an annual pass. Just down the road from the park is Cochran Mill Nature Center,

Hidden behind the retail centers just inside Peachtree City off Georgia Highway 54 is Line Creek Nature Area.

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FUN which is not affiliated with the park. The nature center is a non-profit, environmental education center with several reptiles and birds of prey on display. The center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 per adult and $2 for kids 2 to 12. Just across the Coweta/ Fayette county line in Peachtree City is Line Creek Nature Area. The 70-acre public preserve features two miles of trails along picturesque Line Creek, areas for wading, picnicking and fishing in a small pond. Trails lead past two historic areas — the ruins of a Civil War era bridge and the mysterious Mule Rock carving. There’s no trespassing on the other side of the creek, as it is private property. The nature area is open

from dawn to dusk, every day, and admission is free. Line Creek Nature Area is managed by the Southern Conservation Trust. The Trust also manages the Flat Creek Nature Area near the PTC Amphitheater, the Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary on Old Senoia

Road south of Fayetteville, and Morgan Grove near the Flint River in east-central Fayette County. In addition, there are miles of paved golf cart paths in Peachtree City that can be used for walking, jogging, skating and bicycling, and the trails connect to numerous parks.

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Half a millennium ago, give or take a few years, summer

Complex, better known in Monroe as “the Rec Center.”

arrived as a season of respite from

After lunch, which might have

the cares of school. Way before the

included a few garden vegetables

time of required summer reading,

that I fished up for Mama during the

travel sports, and organized activities,

morning, my childhood gang, almost

the life of a teenager of the 1950s

daily to include my two closest

seemed aimless. Like the boy in

friends, Brenda Breedlove and Judy

Dylan Thomas’s salute to youth and

Oakes, would gather at the pool.

innocence, “Fern Hill,” “Time let me

I would have been satisfied to just

play and be golden in the mercy of

sit by the pool sunning so that I might

his means.”

discreetly stare at the lifeguards, who

In my small central Georgia town,

would have laughed had they thought

daily plans revolved around manning

a young teenager might dreamily

my Roadmaster bike, its basket laden

regard them, college guys who were

with a swimsuit encased in a towel and

home for the summer.

a bottle of Coppertone oil. The basket

Of course we would dive badly off

might have included my turquoise

the small board we thought wonderful.

tennis racket in its wooden press as

Red Cross swimming lessons were a

I headed to the Nowell Recreation

summer event, and I proudly sewed

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An elegant, yet casual summer meal on the porch — yellow summer squash casserole joined by meat loaf, mashed potatoes and green beans with a cornbread stick. Adams notes that the French silverware with decoration on the back is placed upside down.

the red badge on my favorite green Jantzen one-piece suit. In meriting senior status with the badge, I came close to ending up on the bottom of the pool — so determined was I to drag the specified weight from the

center of the pool. The instructor took pity on my failure and gave me a passing mark. Even in stifling weather, the tennis courts beckoned. Most of the time, no serious game was played; we simply

enjoying hitting the ball. If we had a poor shot, laughter ensued. Sometimes we opted to play tennis at night, with the hidden reason of hopping into Nelson Garrett’s smooth Chevy and his even smoother driving style for a

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night ride. A most understated guy,

for work, and I finished some of the

Nelson could handle a steering wheel’s

dishes; that she turned me loose on

turn with the palm of his hand. Until

the range always surprises me.

his death, he cared for my cars while I lived in Monroe.

In summer, our lunches, like those of most people we knew, centered around

their cornmeal bath. Today, I never tire of squash casserole. We had the dish yearround and Mother canned and later froze unending bags of it. Nowadays,

Most mornings, my mother had a

the garden. Tomato sandwiches suited

list of chores for me. If rain came, I

me just fine for days on end, but

could gladly read. Sometimes I could

Mother demanded more complicated

catch an hour to lie in the sun and

fare. In early summer, we seemed to

find as they give a more concentrated

read, my small leather Philco radio

have beans and squash or squash and

flavor without the seeds. Currently, I

was always a fine companion. Mother

beans daily. My favorite preparation

steam rather than boil the squash to

often started our lunch before she left

was the frying of slices of squash after

make them less water logged.

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Above: A view of vintage Venice

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Written by Chuck Cleveland Photographed by Barbara Cleveland


The allure of Venice begins with the picturesque Grand Canal, and we will always remember how initially infatuated we were with the sun-drenched display of pastel-colored buildings at water’s edge as various-sized crafts cruised the city’s bustling “Main Street.”

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Speaking of Venetian travel, a gondola ride remains a wonderful introduction to the world’s most unique city (118 islands in a lagoon connected by 416 bridges). If you only visited the area most frequented by tourists (i.e., Piazza San Marco, which features the Byzantine Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Bell Tower), you might reasonably conclude those impressive attractions comprised the essence of Venice. However, having done just that during a day trip, we took an alternate approach this time and discovered the soul of the city. After a night at the splendid Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, we crossed the congested Rialto Bridge into the San Polo neighborhood and entered an altogether different environment. Only then did we sense why Venice is Gliding the Grand Canal in Venice

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called La Serenissima (the most serene). Instead of crowds jostling you on narrow streets leading to the Piazza, there were young children chasing blown bubbles on a quiet campo. Instead of merchants busily hustling the latest products, there were people drying their clothes the old-fashioned way. Simply put, the locals we witnessed were undergoing life as practiced for hundreds of years, and observing them was a delight. Later, as we consumed delicious pizza and salad at a quaint sidewalk cafe, wandering minstrels played for our pleasure. Suddenly I realized

Simple pleasures in San Polo

we were experiencing “la dolce far niente,” an Italian phrase which literally means the sweetness of doing nothing, but is better understood as enthusiastically embracing the present moment. Rather than race off to the next “must see” location, we lingered at the cafe, valuing that lovely feeling of repose and tranquility.


Brunellesschi’s Dome

In contrast to Venice (where we found the city's personality separate from its most acclaimed sites), the focus of Florence is definitely the Duomo (cathedral), which dominates the City Centre. Filippo Brunelleschi completed its massive brick cupola in 1436, and his remarkable architectural accomplishment was to build the largest dome of his time without scaffolding. Some have suggested the immense size was in keeping with Florentine aspiration to be superior in all things. If that were Brunelleschi's motivation, he surely succeeded, and I think this and the other amazing artistic achievements during the Renaissance period (e.g., Michelangelo's David, Botticelli's brilliant paintings at the Uffizi Gallery, and Ghiberti's glorious East Doors of the Baptistery) established a heritage of greatness which still hovers over the historic district — invisible yet evident, like Hawaii's "aloha spirit." Today, Florentine excellence

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is represented by a small gelato (ice cream) parlor so famous that a postcard from America addressed only to "Vivoli, Europe" was successfully delivered. Filippo would have been proud of that, not to mention Florence recently being chosen by Travel and Leisure Magazine as the world's second best city. Returning to the Duomo (actual name Santa Maria del Fiore), it is constructed of white, pink and green marble, and the church's exterior beauty continually evokes reverence, even among the non-religious. One night while strolling through the piazza between the Cathedral and the Baptistery, we perceived a peace there that pervaded the surrounding area, and it was a joy to savor.

Chuck and Barbara Cleveland at LaGiostra

Enhancing our comprehension of historic Florence was residing in the City Centre, and we selected the Helvetia and Bristol Hotel because it seemed so representative of the city. The H&B opened in 1894 and has attracted many of Europe's

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TRAVEL association with yesteryear is that the hotel's accommodations feature the same shades of gold, green, and red found in the city's renowned palaces, and visitors can request their choice of color. Then there were the fantastic restaurants nearby. Whether we were feasting for two hours at I.L. Latini's communal tables, partaking of superb spinach ravioli at La Giostra, enjoying the antics of a singing waiter at bubbly Buca Mario, devouring Mrs. Bruci's delectable lasagna at Le Fonticine, or relishing the more romantic and contemporary setting of Alle Murate, we noticed every evening meal was a jubilant celebration of Florentine life and outstanding Tuscan cooking. (To learn more about purchasing and

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In the Good Old Summertime! Newnan and Coweta residents share fond memories of summers of yesteryear written by CATHY LEE PHILLIPS

Once upon a time,


Drive was merely a two-lane squiggly

lifelong friendships and unique community events.

road bordered by trees and pastures. Well,

How many cities would rope off part of

Bullsboro straightened up and is now

the court square, truck in loads of sand, and

bordered by shopping, restaurants, and

create a downtown beach? Becky Thacker,

hotels. Amid rapid growth, Newnan manages

Marcia Smith, and Kay Hemmings enjoyed

to maintain a small town charm thanks to

Beach Street in the 1990s and would love to

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The “sandy shores” of downtown Newnan brought thousands to the Court Square in May 1990 for Main Street Newnan’s second annual Beach Street event. Coweta Clean and Beautiful’s Sam the Litterman, center, was one of the costumed characters on hand for children to visit with as they played in the sand.

again. They dried off and rode bikes to collect old Coke bottles they sold back to local stores for three cents per bottle. Their fortune was spent on a Saturday movie at the Alamo Theater in downtown Newnan during a day worthy of Opie Taylor. Janie Swanson Tutterow, Dirk and Carla Williams, Tom and Tim Everett, Bill Rooks, Greg and Jay Sport, and a host of others jumped off a wooden platform into Lake Lanai near Palmetto-Tyrone Road. Connie Coggin Webb enjoyed a swim and picnic at Lake Coweta on Happy Valley Circle. These were the days when mothers made us wait thirty minutes Left hand page: There were beach balls and smiles galore on Newnan’s North Court Square during the after eating before second annual Main Street Newnan Beach Street swimming again to festival in May 1990. From left are Derek Clark, William Poythress, Corey Reid and Isaac Phillips. prevent stomach cramps. Brian Bowen’s annual Newnan Times-Herald file photos.

see it return. There was no ocean, but at the events that began in May 1989 crowds cooled to the rhythm of great bands, vendors, food, and fellowship. Few pools were around in the 1960s and 1970s so kids found respite from the humidity in local creeks and ponds. John McNeil, his brother, and friends including Frank Farmer, Mike Warren, and Steve Warren, splashed in Snake Creek near Parks Avenue. These early engineers experimented with ways to dam the creek. No harm intended! They wanted to see how deep the water would get before their barriers failed and water flowed freely

family reunion took place in the pavilion at Blalock’s Lake. Cathy Roberts Sapp enjoyed the Elks Club pool on U.S. Highway 29 North and Denise Stapler Tenney splashed in the public pool at Shenandoah in the late seventies and eighties. You were a real “Newnanite” when you rolled down the tall hill at the old Newnan Waterworks Harvey North Park. Over and over you tumbled, landing at the bottom with your head spinning. Popular for birthday parties and family reunions, the waterworks park featured swings, merry-go-rounds, one of the tallest sliding boards in the world, and the perfect creek for wading and chasing tadpoles. As the sun set, adults shared good conversation beneath covered pavilions while watching children play.

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Jeff Westbrook enjoyed

going to “town” on Saturday mornings, especially the old Newnan Plaza shopping center once located where the Coweta County Justice Center is today. His mother usually gave him two dollars (practically a fortune!) and Jeff ran straight to Woolworth’s where he carefully purchased a few toys and ate at the lunch counter. Newnan’s Court Square was the heart of “town” and the perfect place to walk, shop, and meet friends. Patricia Rustin remembers older gentlemen playing checkers on the courthouse steps. Kathy Barnett shares, “I loved spending the day on the Court Square, visiting the little shops, talking to friends, and enjoying our city.” Kessler’s on East Court Square was a hot stop with their inventory of toys, clothes, records, jewelry, makeup, household supplies and a basement filled with fabric, patterns, and sewing notions. The biggest crowds gathered at the candy counter, probably drawn by the sweet scent of buttered popcorn. A glass case inside the right door displayed nuts and variety of candies weighed by a big white scale and then poured into plain white bags for lucky recipients. Carol Long gushes, “Oh, my gosh, Kessler’s had those chocolate stars. Yummy!” The nearby Lee-King Drugs on East Court Square offered prescriptions and other supplies, of course. But you could also sit on round stools at the food counter, munch on a fresh chicken salad sandwich and slurp an out-of-this-world handmade milk shake. Across the square, kids entered the majestic Carnegie Library to register for the Summer Reading Program. Read the required number of books and you received a beautiful certificate at the end of the summer. Summer church activities offered everything from Vacation Bible School to revivals to Church League Softball games. Carol Long and her brothers, Lenn and Jimmy, spent days at the YMCA Men’s softball field

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Jill Rich Exner loved a popular tradition that will continue this summer when crowds gather for Newnan’s Fourth of July parade and fireworks at dusk over Drake Stadium.

Shagging to the sounds of beach music at the Beach Street event in downtown Newnan in May 1990 are Emily Asher and Thomas Parker, students in the First United Methodist Church of Newnan preschool. Emily is the daughter of David and Tammy Asher, and Thomas the son of Scott and Vanessa Parker. Newnan Times-Herald file photos.

You were a real “Newnanite” when you rolled down the tall hill at the old Newnan Waterworks Harvey North Park. where they received a nickel for each fly ball they returned. The church games were fun and the competition was fierce. Laura Shackelford’s brother, Sonny Coulter, played Babe Ruth Baseball. Coaching the team was their dad and former principal, Earl Coulter, who was often asked to leave the game, uh, not voluntarily. Jill Rich Exner loved a popular tradition that will continue this summer when crowds gather for Newnan’s Fourth of July parade and fireworks at dusk over Drake Stadium. These events, coupled with a child’s creativity and imagination, delivered a summer that was far too short.

Robbie Maslankowski, covered in grass clippings, takes his turn on a giant inflatable slide set up behind the Drake Stadium home stands at the 2005 Fourth of July community celebration.

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Stars, Stripes Hot days, warm nights, swimming in the lake, catching fireflies, grilling out, and spending fun time with family, it’s summertime my friends! Getting through the end of another school year and not wanting the next year to start — it’s time to

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celebrate! Celebrate sleeping in and staying up late, nowhere to go and no particular people to see — the freedom of summertime. How do we most importantly celebrate in July? Well on the 4th of course!! America’s birthday — a


Written and Photographed by TINA NEELY BROWN

day to celebrate independence and freedom. Break out any and all things red, white, and blue, fly your flags of any and all sizes, and stock up on the fireworks! For our family, we’re taking it easy for the 4th this year. We’ll be celebrating it on lake time — nice and slow and enjoying every minute along the way. We’ll be

I used vintage cobalt blue vases and jars of various sizes and filled them with fresh red & white flowers, festive pinwheels, and small American flags.

grilling on the deck and decorating our table by the waterside while the kids swim. It’s how I decorated our dinner table this year — celebrating Independence lake style, simple and sweet, but still quite beautiful. I started with my favorite farm table my Daddy made, topped it with

red and white gingham panels, and then, down the middle — puddled fresh new burlap, with the cascading ends tied with big blue bows. For the dishes, I got these great red and blue dinner plates and red, blue and white gingham salad plates made by HD Designs Outdoors at our local grocery store in their summer

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section. What a fun find! To give it a little pizazz and also to help wipe those dirty fingers after eating the delicious chicken wings, the plates were topped with red and blue bandanas tied with coordinating grosgrain ribbon — and sealed with cute July 4th printables I found online for free. For drinking glasses, what could be more southern summer than a mason jar — for a festive color coordinated beverage, we made red, white and blue Independence Punch. To help decorate the table, as if the dishes weren’t cute enough, I used vintage cobalt blue vases and jars of various sizes and filled them with fresh red and white flowers, festive pinwheels, and small American flags. A few red candles in short mason jars give a bit of light and my favorite

lantern right in the center. As far as the table sweets go, we fixed variations of red, white and blue treats! Looking on Pinterest, there are TONS of desserts and recipes for red, white and blue food that could keep you in the kitchen for hours! Because we like to spend our day on and in the water and our evening waiting for and watching the spectacular fireworks show over the lake, we chose things that were short and sweet to do, that little hands could help or do most of the work, too. On serving trays in red, white, and blue gingham to match our salad plates, we put: red strawberries dipped in delicious white chocolate and blue sugar; fresh watermelon (cut the pieces with a star cookie

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cutter if you want it to be extra festive); with blueberries just ripe off the bushes; kabobs made from strawberries, blueberries, brownies, and marshmallows on skewers; bowls of fresh blueberries; and bowls of bright red sour cherries; and even twizzlers wrapped in small American flags to look like firecrackers. And don’t forget the festive punch, too. While the potato salad is ready and in the fridge, and the wings and corn on the cob are on the grill, these easy little sweet snacks can be fixed right up during a break from the water. The simplicity of lake time and laughter, the enjoyment of being with my sweet family and friends, a beautiful table filled with gorgeous flowers and delicious sweets and treats — it’s all of my favorite things

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to have with me on such a great holiday! I hope you have a wonderful and very safe July 4th holiday with your family and friends. Pull out all of your red, white and blues and do it up right — try out some of these simple festive recipes, enjoy the day and fill it full of stars, stripes, and smiles! God Bless and Happy Birthday America! All of the treats are very simple and super kid friendly, but here’s a few pointers & notes on what you’ll need and tips to get it done.



Notes on Sweet Treats:

Independence Day Layered Punch Ingredients Cranberry Juice Blue Gatorade Frost Diet 7-Up Ice Cubes

4th of July Strawberries Ingredients Strawberries (washed and dried) Nestle Premier White Morsels Blue Sugar (or edible glitter or sprinkles) Wash the strawberries and let them dry completely. Place the blue sugar in a small bowl. In the microwave, melt one cup morsels uncovered in a microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70 percent) power for one minute. Stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape, keep stirring until the morsels are melted. (It may be necessary to microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds). Dip the lower two-thirds of the strawberry in the melted white chocolate, give it a few seconds to stop dripping and cool some. Then dip the lower third of the strawberry in the blue sugar or spoon it onto the strawberry. Place it on wax paper until completely cool & hardened.

How to do it... Fill your glass a third of the way with cranberry juice. For next third you will use the blue Gatorade Frost. Pour it SLOW straight over the ice so that it doesn’t mix with the juice. Finish filling the rest of the glass with Diet 7-Up — again pouring on the ice slowly. You could use different drink preferences for this festive little beverage — just keep in mind the sugar content of each. Those that contain more sugar will be denser (regular soda) than those with less sugar (such as diet soda), which makes it possible to actually layer the colors on top of one another.

Suggestion For a fruitier tasting punch (and still nonalcoholic and kid-friendly), use cranapple juice on the bottom, Sobe Piña Colada flavored drink for the middle, and blue G2 Gatorade for the top — think I’m going to try this one next time!

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I have been in the gracious home

Left: Now renovated and open as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the Jackson Street home was built in the late 1930s by E.H. Peniston and his wife, Mildred Arnall Peniston, and designed by well-known architect Kennon Perry.

that is now the McRitchie-Hollis Museum several times and seen it in three incarnations. My first visit was in the late 1970s. I was an intern at The Newnan Times-Herald running an errand. I remember that Emeline Thomasson (now Loughlin) greeted me at the door – neither of us knowing we would become friends and work together on community projects in the years to come. I remember being there a couple of times during its service as offices for Newnan Hospital.

Written and Photographed by winston skinner

At the time of these 1904s photos, the house was valued at $25,000 — a considerable sum at the time. The next home on the block in value was worth $6,000.

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Walking through the home, there is a feeling that the residents have stepped away – perhaps to work in the Victory Garden or to attend a War Bond rally.

Now filled with antiques collected by Edgar B. Hollis and his family, the McRitchie-Hollis Museum offers a slice of affluent living with a 1940s ambience.

Joanna Arrieta, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, shows one of the home's upstairs bedrooms filled with items from Edgar Hollis's boyhood.

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The lovely 1937-38 home has always been a beautiful setting for fine furnishings and the little things that go with them. My latest visit, however, showed me what a generous benefactor can do for a museum. The house has been repaired and restored. Now filled with antiques collected by Edgar B. Hollis and his family, the McRitchie-Hollis Museum offers a slice of affluent living with a 1940s ambience. The painted murals, gleaming wood, rich fabrics and fanciful ornaments and lamps combine to create a lush, rich experience for visitors. "The focal time really encompasses Newnan during World War II," said Joanna Arrieta, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Walking through the home, there is a feeling that the residents

have stepped away – perhaps to work in the Victory Garden or to attend a War Bond rally. The hand-painted mural in the entryway to the house by Mike Shepard features birds of many kinds and colors – inspired by the paintings of Italian-born Georgia artist Athos Menaboni. "The reason we chose to do the classical bird mural was we wanted to set the stage for the story we are trying to tell," Arrieta said. Plus, Edgar Hollis really liked birds. A lot. Birds pop up here and there as figurines or on art pieces. The open, inviting parlor is outfitted with elegant sofas and a piano. There are plans to put a floor model radio in the room to play a broadcast from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Arrieta also said she envisions showing newsreels from


Birds pop up here and there as figurines or on art pieces.

World War II over the mantel. A nearby room is outfitted for gentlemen to smoke, talk and read. Diplomas for Edgar Hollis from Newnan High School and Emory

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University are on one wall. There is a desk and some samples of Hollis's eclectic book collection are in built-in cases. From intellectual tomes to "Black Beauty," the shelves also hold a first edition by Mark Twain and another by Joel Chandler Harris of "Uncle Remus" fame. Magazines from World War II rest in various places in the room. Arrieta noted earlier issues reflect America's isolationism with adults remembering the great losses from World War I. As time passed, "the bond between England and the U.S." is increasingly seen. Another parlor for the ladies offers a gilt edged mirror, a fainting couch and a small vanity for touching up lipstick or adjusting the seam in nylons. Also on the first floor are a formal dining room, a breakfast room in a cozy alcove and the kitchen. Upstairs are bedrooms. A child's room is In 1940s style, a parlor for the ladies offers a gilt edged mirror, a fainting couch and a small vanity for touching up lipstick or adjusting the seam in nylons.

filled with items from Hollis's boyhood.

The woman's bedroom offers a sequence of mannequins showing fashions from the bustle through the flapper era to 1940s designs that are fashionable once more.

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There is a man's bedroom and


– a considerable sum at the time.

another nearby for the lady of the

Arrieta noted the next home on the

house – typical of affluent families in

block in value was worth $6,000.

the era.

The Penistons left the home to her

The historical society has been

niece, Susie Mann Thomasson, and

known for its textile collection for

she and her family lived there until

years. The McRitchie-Hollis Museum

1987. The building was then reworked

offers a setting to show some

for offices for the hospital next door

interesting pieces. The woman's

and connected by a covered walkway

bedroom offers a sequence of

that has been removed – returning

mannequins showing fashions from

the yard to its residential feel.

the bustle through the flapper era to

In the entryway is a hand-painted mural by Mike Shepard that features birds of many kinds and colors.

Restoration began in April 2012,

1940s designs that are fashionable

funded by Edgar Hollis's bequest.

once more. A U.S. Navy uniform and

The work on the museum has totaled

an Eisenhower jacket, both from

$995,000, and the loving attention

Coweta veterans, are displayed in the

shows in every corner. The front

man's bedroom.

porch had to be rebuilt, although

The house was built by E.H.

most of the tiles were salvaged. The

Peniston and his wife, Mildred Arnall

slate floor in the side porch was

Peniston, and designed by well-

found hiding under carpet, and a

known architect Kennon Perry. In

gazebo – originally at the Arnall home

1940, the house was valued at $25,000

across Jackson Street – remains.

Arrieta would love to see black shutters replace the ones – long gone – that once flanked each window, and museums are by necessity always changing in small ways. The McRitchie-Hollis Museum is, however a great tribute to Edgar Hollis's generosity and a real gem for Newnan and Coweta County.

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Janel l Jones In our fast-paced, instantgratification world, Janell Liberty Jones is willing to take it slow and build for the future. A horsewoman who lives near Roscoe, she has been helping coordinate the efforts to build 22 miles of trails for horseback riding at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, a process that may take years. “It’s in the park’s best interest to get horses out there,” says Jones, noting that all of the trail building work is by volunteers. Opened in 2011, Chattahoochee Bend State Park in western Coweta County comprises 2,900 acres, Georgia's fifth largest state park

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and its newest. Under the direction of Larry Wheat of Silver Creek, a member of Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia and veteran trail builder, members and supporters of Friends of Chattahoochee Bend have flagged 11 miles of equestrian trails and designated a parking area. Their work is now under review by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to make sure no environmentally sensitive areas will be affected. Horses will not be allowed on these paths until the routes are finalized and the trails constructed.

“It’s in the park’s best interest to get horses out there.” Glenn Flake and Janell Jones cooked burgers and hot dogs for the after-work lunch provided by the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park at the March clearing effort for the equestrian trails. Photo by MARTHA A. WOODHAM

As the equestrian representative on the board of the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend, Jones has donated her time to organize the process. She meets with Park Manager Tim Banks, organizes work days and recruits volunteers and others with needed skills, such as the engineer working on a site plan for the parking area. “Tim loves horses,” she adds. Volunteers met in March at the park, where they cleared brush and removed logging debris. Jones also enlisted the aid of her husband, Ronny Jones, who donated the services of his company, RDJE, Inc., to prepare the area designated for parking and camping so the volunteers could work. After all, he’s the one who first suggested that she get involved. “Ronny is involved in lot of things in the community—Habitat for Humanity, the airport authority, the YMCA,” she said. “He’s a member of the Friends and said no one represented horses on the board.” Ronny Jones comes from a long line of Cowetans and is the seventh generation of his family to make his home here. He also likes to ride, and the two met in the early 1990s, when Janell moved to Peachtree City from Florida for her job with Gray Line tour services. “Ronny had friends who lived nearby and rode, and we met on a trail ride,” she recalled. The two later



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Lon Reed of Newnan uses a chainsaw during the March workday, clearing sections of Chattahoochee Bend State Park for what will be an equestrian trails area.

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competed together in team penning, a fast-paced Western sport that involves a team of three riders who work collectively to separate three steers from a herd and drive them into a pen at the opposite end of an arena. Today the couple lives close to their horses — in an apartment over their red-and-white horse barn — on Fast Guard Farms, named for Ronny’s favorite American Quarter horse. The barn overlooks 130 acres of wooded land that has been in his family for generations. Their horses — plus a mule named Reba and a donkey named Dawn Kei — roam the pastures next to the four-stall barn. Janell Jones loves being able to walk down the stairs to visit with her


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horses, and the equines (and mule and donkey) hover nearby when she is around, keeping an eye on their humans. Her two dogs, Lil Bit, a dumpster dog, and Blossom, a German shepherd, are never far away. “If you are having a bad day,” she says, “it’s nice to go downstairs … the horses aren’t saying anything, and I can just sit here and feel good.” These days, Janell focuses on riding with friends, traveling to parks and farms in Alabama and Georgia to camp and ride miles of trails. “Ronny supports my trail riding/ camping habit and will camp with us when he can,” she says. “He got out of riding when his Quarter horse, Fast Poco Guard, died shortly after we moved to the farm in 1995.’” A horse lover since a young age, Jones had parents who supported her horse habit. “My dad always loved horses and helped out in barns as a kid, and my mom put me on my first horse when I was 2 years old,” she says. “Both of my parents did their best to support the habit with riding lessons and camps when we lived in Ft. Lauderdale.” Jones estimates that she has had about 15 horses over the years. She has progressed from Quarter horses to gaited horses with their easy paces for covering miles of trails. Her favorite horse, Jack, is getting on in age so she has been searching for a replacement, a walking horse or a gaited horse who can take her safely up and down hills, across creeks and through the woods, a horse she hopes someday to be riding at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.


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Volunteers at a Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park workday: Tom Anderson (Carrollton), Cheryl Reed (Newnan), Dawn Andrel (Taylorsville), Leah Urben (Marietta), Kay Piper (Rockmart) and Cindy Collar (Rockmart). Visit for more about the trails and about upcoming guided rides, planned as a way of helping equestrians enjoy the park back roads while the trails are being constructed.

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[ Chattahoochee Bend Friends Support Park Development ]


Photographed by STEVE ST. LAURENT

Enjoying Chattahoochee Bend State Park?

Thank a Friend!

Since their beginning

because it's just so hot, but volunteer

requirement for school, and they

more than two-and-a-half years

days will ramp up again in the fall.

chose work at Chattahoochee Bend

before the park opened, the Friends

But the need for trail maintenance

State Park.

of Chattahoochee Bend State Park

never stops — especially during the

have been the driving force behind

prime growing season.

For students who need those hours, "it's a great way to do that. You're

turning the park into what it is today

Helping build and maintain the

outside and you're helping to do

— and there are grand plans for what

park can be a great family activity

something real," St. Laurent said.

is to come.

for those with older kids. "Nine or

Another great opportunity for

10 is probably the minimum age" for

individuals or families is to "adopt"

building every inch of hiking trail,

kids to really get to work on trails,

a section of trail — a fairly new

but they do more than that. The

but "we've had kids out there a little

program. The existing seven miles of

organization hosts events, plants

younger. They can kind of help a

trail are divided into several sections,

trees, buys items, maintains trails

little bit, and do whatever they can,"

and people can pick a section and be

and advocates for the park.

said Steve St. Laurent, chairman

responsible for maintenance.

The Friends are responsible for

The organization has regular

of the Trails Committee and

"If you have a whole family… then

volunteer days. In 2013, they have

Communications Committee for the

it's just great. You can bang out the

hosted volunteer days twice a

Friends of the Bend.

whole section of trail at once — and

month. In April, which was National

In May, "we had a family drive

Volunteer Month, the Friends were

down all the way from Suwanee" to

out every Saturday.

volunteer, St. Laurent said. Their son

Things slow down in summer

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needed to fulfill a community service

maybe knock out two sections," he said. If you're not up for that commitment or coming out on

Saturdays, you can still help. "There is plenty of stuff to do out at the park," St. Laurent said. "All they have to do is call," ask for Park Manger Tim Banks "and see what he needs help with," St. Laurent said. Lots of work has been done in the past year to get equestrian and mountain bike trails at the park. As soon as the state biologist approves the routes, volunteers will be needed to help build those trails. Earlier in 2013, the chapter purchased several large shade trees for the campgrounds, and volunteers have done other planting to help beautify the park. Plans for more planting are in the works. Volunteers get free admission for the day they are working. Of course, if you're a paying member of the Friends organization, you get free admission all year long to Chattahoochee Bend and all other Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. An individual membership is just $50 and includes a park pass that covers a vehicle full of passengers and historic site admission for one as well as a free night of camping or free round of golf and a discount on merchandize. Higher levels of membership include more passes and more perks. If you're not into trail building and manual labor, there are still ways you can contribute to Chattahoochee Bend. The Friends organization has several committees including the Events Committee, River Committee, Fundraising Committee and Botanical Committee.

For more information on the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park, visit . Or contact the park at 770-254-7271. The park is located in northwestern Coweta along the Chattahoochee River.

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Tapestry of Fortunes By Elizabeth Berg Random House, April 2013, $26 Reviewed by Holly Jones People are always warned not to make major life decisions when they are grieving. As a motivational speaker, Cecilia “CeCe” Ross knows this. She has written numerous selfhelp books and at the beginning of Elizabeth Berg’s novel “Tapestry of Fortunes,” CeCe is giving a speech about “creating a better version of yourself.” But Berg’s main character is her own worst client. After her best friend Penny dies of cancer, CeCe does everything you are not supposed to do – retires, sells her house and furniture, volunteers at a hospice, moves into a house with three complete strangers and a dog, and decides she needs to find her long-lost boyfriend. Not exactly what you’d call rational behavior from a person who is supposed to inspire others.

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