Northside Hospital-Cherokee offers more than the latest medical treatments. Since becoming part of Cherokee County in 1997, we’ve been a devoted member of the community. We contribute to Partners in Education in Cherokee County schools and our physicians and staff have donated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work to local organizations. In all, we’ve invested millions in local community centers, academic institutions and charity organizations in Cherokee County. We will continue to invest and support Cherokee. Because it’s our home.

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10 Still Making A Difference - Wade Buchanan 12 Remembering Woodstock’s Beloved Turkey 14 A New “State-of-the-Art” Science Center 18 Remembering A Cherokee Statesman - Dean Rusk 20 The Doctor Is In - Dr. Shaya Taghechian 22 Meet Bill Crane 24 The Emergence of Color 26 All The Pretty Barns 32 World Class, Old World Cuisine 34 Keeping Christmas Alive & Well 36 Healing Hearts and Fostering Hope 40 Events Calendar


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HOOT & Making A Difference

Monteen McCord, a founder of Hawk Talk, one of only six active, licensed Raptor rehabilitation facilities in Georgia.

Some people work just to pay the bills. Others have work that they are passionate about and inherently committed to. Monteen McCord is one of the latter. At her home in rural Cherokee County she painstakingly cares for a menagerie of injured birds—wounded owls and hawks that need some TLC so they can get back to flying and taking care of themselves. She didn’t grow up tending to birds, but the first time that she looked into an owl’s big expressive eyes, she was smitten. “That was it for me. I thought he was just the coolest creature ever, and I knew that owls would be a part of my life going forward,” she recalls. Initially, she embarked on a career as a surgical nurse, but eventually, she followed her calling, learned how to care for injured birds and earned the appropriate certifications and permits from the Georgia

Department of Natural Resources, the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The human anatomy and biology lessons were a good foundation for my training to care for injured and orphaned Raptors. I got my rehabilitation permit in ’85 and my falconry permit in ‘87. In ’93 we founded Hawk Talk, one of only six active, licensed Raptor rehabilitation facilities in Georgia. It has been a crazy, wonderful and incredible odyssey.” McCord says. In the last three decades her home has been a haven for countless Raptors that have had unfortunate run-ins with automobiles or been orphaned. And she has had the opportunity to introduce many school children to their first owl. Jeffrey June, an 8-year-old Barred Owl that McCord thought was a male until he/she laid an egg a few
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years ago; Sam, a 23-year-old Great Horned Owl; and Scully, an 18-year-old Screech Owl, have been her companions for years and often accompany her on presentations. Using her live birds, engaging humor and fascinating facts she has educated and entertained numerous audiences at civic organizations, nature centers, youth groups, state parks and schools. Presentations include: • Demonstrations with live birds such as Great Horned Owls, RedTailed Hawks, Northern Barred Owls and Screech Owls. • Information about Raptor rehabilitation and the sport of Falconry, which encompasses training and taking part in the naturally occurring phenomenon of the predator / prey relationship. • Basic anatomy and physiology of birds and prey. • A greater understanding of the role Raptors play at the top of the food chain. • Responsible hunting information. • A basic appreciation for the forest and all its inhabitants.

A Bird’s EYe View
Want to watch baby Barred Owls feeding, a red-tail hawk preening or the latest feathered patient getting a check-up? You can view numerous engaging videos narrated by raptor expert Monteen McCord at YouTube.com/MonteenMcCord. You can also access HawkTalk’s blog and video posts on their Facebook page at HawkTalk, Inc. or their website, HawkTalk. org. Mouse money (a tax-deductible donation) is always appreciated. HawkTalk is a 501c(3) nonprofit and receives no federal or state funding.

It’s emotional when you have to make the choice to put an injured bird to sleep because he won’t be able to recover and survive and make a living...and it’s emotional when you are mother to orphaned birds, and then the day comes to release them into the wild.”
McCord says that what she does isn’t brain surgery, but it’s not for everyone. “I cry a lot. It’s emotional when you have to make the choice to put an injured bird to sleep because he won’t be able to recover and survive and make a living and it’s emotional when you are mother to orphaned birds, and then the day comes to release them into the wild.” She raised six baby Barred Owls earlier this year, sometimes trilling at them like their mom and sometimes talking/ cooing to them like they are her own sweet babies. After several months she released them near a pond on her property where she could keep an eye on them while they transitioned. “I’m always afraid

for them when I send them off into the cold cruel world. It’s great to watch them adapt and thrive in the wild. Many aren’t that fortunate. They have injuries that prevent them from being able to feed themselves. It’s tough playing God, but there aren’t enough people able to care for injured non-releasable birds.” When someone brings her a wounded bird, she makes an astute assessment on the spot to determine the extent of the bird’s injuries. Then she takes the bird to a local vet, Dr. David Martinez at nearby Loving Hands Animal Clinic, for further diagnosis. “ A lot of vets won’t bother, because there’s no money in it, but he likes helping, and he’s good at it,” notes McCord. Through the ups and downs, McCord says she can’t imagine doing anything else. “Somebody has to care for them, and there aren’t enough of us doing it. So some days you just have a good cry then pull up your boots and keep going...because there is always someone else that needs your help.”

In last year’s fall issue, we told you about the North Georgia Art Ramble, a regional tour of galleries, artists’ studios, and art centers that, at the time, was preparing to make its debut. It was an unquestionable success. Despite less than ideal weather, more than 300 people turned out to drive the back roads of Cherokee and Pickens Counties in search of handmade, one of a kind treasures for their Christmas shopping lists. They found jewelry, pottery, blown glass, kaleidoscopes, handcrafted soap, Amish furniture, and so much more. The Ramble is now entering its sophomore year, its true test, as it must rely on return participants, both visitors and artists. This shouldn’t be a problem, as the vast majority of visitor responses was positive, and nearly all of last year’s artists are back. In fact, thanks to Ramble organizers Fred and Laura Ellis, themselves potters, the total number of artists has increased from 36 to 44, with expansion

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in the areas of Johns Creek, Cartersville, Cumming, Roswell, and Calhoun. Previously, many of the artists set themselves up at galleries or art centers, but now they are moving back to their home studios, giving guests even more opportunities to see the artists in their natural habitats, as it were. The Ramble has also gained several new partners. The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville is now on the map, along with its associated Downtown Gallery, which just opened last October to display the wares of local and regional artists, a goal that matches the Ramble’s. Also taking part is the Big Canoe Artists Club, which will contribute a number of craftsmen to the event. Established galleries in this year’s Ramble include the Ann Art Gallery, of Canton; Spring Place Pottery and Gallery, of Cartersville; and Wildcat on a Wing, of Ball Ground, which will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary next May. While the number of participating art centers has remained the same, the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton will be taking on an expanded role. In addition to being a stop on the Ramble, with a number of artists stationed there, and hosting the annual artists’ reception on December 6th, the Center will also exhibit a selection of work from all the Ramble’s artists throughout the entire month. This year’s Art Ramble will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 7th and 8th. Pick up your map at local retailers or art centers, or by visiting ngaartramble.com.

If you skipped out last year, don’t make that mistake again. The North Georgia Art Ramble is one of the most exhilarating art events in the state, at any time of year. Take a break from the holiday hassle, and discover something new. Christmas may only come around once a year, but a perfect handmade gift only comes around once in a lifetime.

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Making A
Wade Buchanan, a former Canton councilman, just keeps on giving to the community that he loves.

Even though he’s well into his 80s, he just hosted his 20th golf tournament to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. And earlier this year, he was instrumental in helping to launch a program to bring golf instruction to local elementary schools, and coordinating Dance for a Cure, another fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It was a great success, for a great cause, but to Buchanan’s surprise, the event also was a celebration honoring him for his tireless work on behalf of The Fairways and the community. “To show our appreciation, Stratus Kitchen & Bar named our club room after him. It now dons a frosted sign out front that reads Wade Buchanan Club Room,” says Anna Meagher, marketing coordinator for The Fairways. At the event, Fairways golf pro Stan Moore noted, “There is one person who has been such a positive influence and an incredible supporter that we don’t know where we would be today without his help. Heck, this beautiful golf course and clubhouse wouldn’t even be here without his vision and hard work. This person brought us our first tournament when the course was brand new and a little rough. He is consistently here, hitting balls, eating lunch or dinner, smiling and chatting with folks. He recently even paved the way with some phone calls so we could work with the Cherokee County School Board to partner with two local elementary schools to introduce golf into their physical education,” Moore explained as he introduced Buchanan.



Buchanan says he was totally surprised. “They really got one over on me. I was so surprised and honored. I’m not sure I’ve done anything to deserve the recognition, but I really appreciate it,” he says. “I was instrumental in building this golf course when I was on the City Council, so I like to help out whenever I can to help them succeed.” Throughout the night you could see him walking around to each group of people thanking them for their participation, according to Meagher. “He was a gracious host, and a very deserving honoree that night. And after the dedication, everyone kicked off their shoes and cut a rug well into the night. Thanks to the DJs mixes and a celebratory atmosphere, the participants did more than just raise money for a great cause. Everyone had a great time doing it.” Buchanan has lived in Canton for more than 40 years, and he served on Canton’s City Council for 16 years, where he was a key player in the development of the Fairways of Canton Golf Course, the reservoir project, the free transit system, recycling program and YMCA. In 2008, the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce presented him with the First Citizen award.

“There is one person who has been such a positive influence and an incredible supporter that we don’t know where we would be today without his help.”
After losing his oldest son to cancer in 1992, Buchanan became involved with the Cherokee chapter of the American Cancer Society and has helped raise more than $1.5 million to help in the battle against cancer. “My Dad is the most generous person I have ever known— generous with his time, his talents, his love, and his service to others,” affirms his daughter, Sallie Bradshaw. “He was extremely grateful for the honor that was extended to him through The Fairways of Canton, and his family is extremely proud of him for his many years of service to the city of Canton.”

Nearby, Marietta has the famous Big Chicken landmark, Gainesville has a 25-foot-tall chicken monument recognizing the poultry industry, and in Downtown Woodstock, you can find a turkey sculpture memorializing the city’s most famous turkey.
For more than a year, the antics of a wild turkey that had staked out a home on Woodstock’s main street dominated the local water cooler chatter, garnered him spots on the Atlanta news broadcasts and earned him nearly 2,000 fans on Facebook. Affectionately referred to as Bob, the turkey was often responsible for bringing traffic to a crawl as local residents slowed to get a view or photo of him perched on the white fence, strutting up alongside Main Street near the entrance to the Serenade subdivision, strolling along the railroad tracks at sunset or preening in the middle of the road. He even had his own wildlife crossing sign placed on Main Street in his behalf. “Bob the turkey was a much beloved resident of Woodstock. He acquired many fans in his short stay with us. I guess he had some cat in him, because his curiosity got the better of him when he tried to “inspect” one too many cars on Main Street. He has been missed but will be remembered by the sculpture of him on Main Street,” notes Donnie Henriques, Woodstock mayor. After Bob’s accident, the Woodstock Parks and Recreation department placed an engraved marker at Bob’s gravesite. A local resident, Diane Geeslin, felt that the spirit of Bob should be remembered more significantly. “Like many other locals, I got in the habit of looking for him every day when I’d come into the historic downtown area. I’d see him roosting in an evergreen tree near there. I heard he hated police cars because they were always shooing him out of the road. There was a makeshift memorial where he died and was buried, but I felt that we should do something more permanent. I worked for three months on trying to get approval for a sculpture of Bob for the downtown area of Woodstock and getting people to donate to a memorial fund for Bob.” The metal life-like sculpture, located in a planter at Main Street and Oak Street, is the work of a local artist Bruce Weinzetl, also known as the junkmanartist. Bruce says the 60 pound sculpture is adorned with 700 metal feathers made primarily from donated scrap metal. “I was honored to be selected by the city and I’m humbled every time I drive by him,” Weinzetl says. “I’m sad to see that he is rusting a little, but lots of people seem to like the patina because it’s more of his real color. I recently wire brushed him and put a coat of clear on but I need to take a buffer and dress him up a little more...then clear him again. I know he belongs to the city of Woodstock, But he’s like my adopted son. I would like to see visitors taking their pictures with him and the city starting an album with all the people and where they are from,” Weinzetl adds.


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Science Center
Makes Its Debut at Reinhardt University “Can you just anticipate what exciting things are going to happen here? Who knows what breakthrough in research one of our students or professors will do here.”
- The Rev. James Lowry, superintendent of the Atlanta Marietta District of the United Methodist Church, during the dedication of Reinhardt University’s new Science Center on Sept. 17, 2013

A New

Almost 100 students, trustees, alumni, community members, faculty and staff gathered on the Dobbs Science Hall plaza for the dedication ceremony for the new Science Center at Reinhardt University. The program included remarks from Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood; Dean of the School of Mathematics and Science Dr. William DeAngelis and Student Government Association President Maria Flores along with the Rev. James Lowry, superintendent of the Atlanta Marietta District of the United Methodist Church.

“This building is a dream come true, one that has been envisioned and planned for a long time,” said DeAngelis. He said the new Science Center, as well as the renovation to Samuel C. Dobbs Science Hall, provides more room for instruction, more advanced equipment, and designated space for research. The new 12,000 square-foot Science Center includes three labs plus two advanced research labs, four classrooms and four offices. Dobbs Hall, the oldest academic building at Reinhardt, was built
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in 1926 of native fieldstone quarried on the campus. It was also renovated in 1964 and 1997. Rev. Lowry amused those present as he explained the difference between a prayer of consecration and a prayer of dedication. “I have the privilege of offering a prayer of consecration over most of our church buildings… Consecration is the bank still owns it, and we get to make payments. This is a service of dedication... and we want to praise the Lord and give thanks together.” Flores shared words from the student body. “Every year we want to do more … We want to go above and beyond …” she said. “The first day we returned this fall, our students were thrilled. Everyone was walking around, looking at the new labs and new equipment. It’s amazing that in a little town like Waleska, Ga., we have this incredible building. And it’s not just this building; it’s the people, the technology, everything at Reinhardt that makes such an impact every single day.” Isherwood acknowledged the generous donations which funded the $4.2 million project. The Angel and George Lawson

Estate provided $2 million. Northside Hospital and an Atlanta foundation, along with Reinhardt trustees and friends Steven and Nancy Gordy Simms, William G.’67 and Martha Hasty, Deborah Marlowe, and Bea and Austin Flint donated more than $2 million. Isherwood ended the service with a big smile. “I’ve had some people say to me, ‘Now Reinhardt is really complete. Now you can do what you need to do in science.’ And that’s true...but we’re never complete. Just keep watching because...something’s coming.” Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is focused on shaping lives and building futures. As a private comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Reinhardt offers 41 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and theater. The university has two locations a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, Ga., and an off campus center focused on adult, online and graduate programs in Alpharetta, Ga. Reinhardt also offers selected programs in Cartersville, Marietta, and Canton, Ga.

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Dean Rusk Middle School in Hickory Flat was named in honor of one of Cherokee’s most influential native sons. Dean Rusk, born in south Cherokee County in 1909, served as U.S. secretary of state from 1961 to 1969. During that period of service under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson he influenced decisions about war and about peace. He was a primary architect of U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War on the side of the South Vietnamese, but perhaps Rusk’s most important contribution as secretary of state was to provide calming counsel to Kennedy against the use of armed force and to employ skillful behind-the-scenes diplomacy with Soviet officials to have Soviet missiles removed from Cuba in 1962. At the time of his birth, Cherokee was a rural county. His father was a farmer who produced most of their food and his mother sewed most of the five children’s clothes. His father got a job with the post office in Atlanta when young Rusk was four, and the family moved away from Cherokee County. Education was emphasized in his family—he attended college at Davidson University, like his father before him. He went on to attend Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. In a 1983 interview, he told a reporter for the “Reinhardt Reporter” that it was at Oxford that he learned a lesson that served him well during his public service.

Remembering a Cherokee Statesman
“I think it is very important, as it has been throughout my life, to recognize that human beings do not see things the same way. And we should not tear each other to pieces because of a difference of opinion.”
~Dean Rusk, Secretary of State 1961-1969

“I think it is very important, as it has been throughout my life, to recognize that human beings do not see things the same way. And we should not tear each other to pieces because of a difference of opinion,” Rusk said. Cindy Cooper, principal at Dean Rusk, says that often the social studies teachers will include Rusk when they discuss the Kennedy/Johnson era because of his influence. “I would hope Dean Rusk would be proud of Dean Rusk Middle School not only because of the high academic standards of excellence that have been established here by teachers, students, and parents, but also because of the high level of service and giving back that our students demonstrate through their numerous community service hours,” Cooper adds. Kurt Wheeler, an 8th grade social studies teacher at Dean Rusk says that Dean Rusk served as a model of integrity, responsibility, and loyalty throughout his life. “As a result of his faithfulness and service, his name graces three schools: Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy at UGA, Dean Rusk International Studies Program at his alma mater Davidson College, in addition to our school. His life serves as a standard raised high in our country as a testament to the influence a servant/leader can have who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way of excellence in serving his fellow man.” In 1960, Rusk spoke during the homecoming celebration at Reinhardt College (now Reinhardt University). It’s reported that 4,000 people turned out to hear the speech. “Dean Rusk was an influential leader who shaped many lives through his work as an educator and political advisor and he never forgot his roots in Cherokee County” notes Stefanie Joyner, executive director Cherokee County Historical Society.


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Dr. Shaya Taghechian, who is often called Dr. Shaya by her patients, began practicing at Georgia Urology just over two and a half years ago and moved to Woodstock last year. It is the first stop in her medical career and she hopes that it is her last. This area is now her home.

She received her BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry from Emory University and received her medical degree from Emory School of Medicine in 2006. She finished her residency in surgery and urology at the University of Texas in Houston. She chose the residency program because it was known for being encouraging to women in the specialty. “The chairperson there was also a female, and I knew I would be getting a good education with an emphasis on treating female urology patients.” Dr. Taghechian is not alone, but is in a small group, relatively speaking. She is one of only 1,807 female urologists in the United States, with 18,236 male colleagues. She believes that female urologists are slowly growing in number, and she is proud to be one of them. Often patients do not know they will be seeing a female urologist when an appointment is made. Dr. Taghechian says she sometimes sees a surprised look on their faces. However, her gift is getting these patients to “open up” to her, feel comfortable, and embrace the fact that she is a female urologist who truly understands and cares how they are feeling. She encourages each patient to talk freely as she listens intently. It is important, she says, that patients feel at ease mentally as well as physically. Many patients prefer to discuss personal and intimate health issues with a woman—and especially one who happens to be their physician.

Her experiences as a teenager in the doctors’ offices did not steer her away as it might have done with others. She learned that her “gifts” could be helpful to people suffering with urological issues. Now, as a practicing urologist, Dr. Taghechian is a specialist in the organs that produce urine as well as the urological issues that effect men such as enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. Urinary incontinence is one of the most common medical conditions with which she deals. According to Dr. Taghechian, twenty-five million American adults experience incontinence. While many believe there is no fix, Dr. Taghechian wants people to know that is not always the case; there are treatment options available to help provide relief. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as reducing caffeine or doing pelvic floor therapy may be in order. Or, procedures such as nonsurgical nerve stimulation treatment and Botox bladder injections can help calm bladder muscle contractions. It is Dr. Taghechian’s desire to help educate and push urological health issues to the forefront. She shares that “patients have many choices. There is always an option for medical care.” She hopes to guide patients in finding the lifestyle or procedural changes that will benefit him or her most. When Taghechian is not on call, she enjoys traveling or just being busy in the kitchen with her husband and occasionally her sister, Elizabeth, who is also a physician (Ob-Gyn). She says it is fortunate that her older sister’s office is nearby. “To work side by side was a lifelong dream that began when we were children,” she shares. The personality and performance of this young, bright urologist is making an impact with those who come in contact with her. Her gentle smile is charming and her talent and ability is highly regarded. One of her patients recently wrote... “I received excellent care from Dr. Taghechian. She is always so pleasant and polite. I love coming to see her!” Dr. Shaya Taghechian is happy to be serving patients in the area. Even when she is on weekend call, she says, “It doesn’t feel like going into work, it feels like going in to check on a friend.” If you have urological difficulties and need medical attention, ask to see Dr. Shaya Taghechian. Services Provided: Urinary Tract Infections, Urological Cancer (including prostate, kidney bladder and testicular), Male and Female Incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Kidney Stones, Erectile Dysfunction and Prostate Problems.

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“I make it a point not to do all the talking, especially the first time I meet a patient. I want them to express themselves and their issues in their own words. It is the basis for a good doctorpatient relationship.” According to patient response surveys, Dr. Taghechian is succeeding in her mission. Dr. Taghechian understood at an early age that being a “people person” was a gift and one she could put to good use in her chosen profession. Dr. Taghechian always knew that she wanted to be a doctor and had even more specific aspirations after talking with her older sister, Elizabeth who was in medical school: She wanted to be a urologist. “When I was in high school, I opened the phonebook to the urology section, and there were only two female urologists listed. I called them and asked if I could possibly shadow them over the summer.” Allowed to do so during her sophomore and junior year of high school, she was positive about her goal of working to become not only a physician, but also a urologist.

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Columnist Bill Crane is one of Georgia’s best known political analysts and commentators. Crane has been in and around Georgia politics since the mid-80s. He served as an advisor and senior staffer to Secretary of State Max Cleland, Governor Zell Miller, U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell and Attorney General Mike Bowers just to name a few. Since 2000 he has been providing broadcast commentary on Atlanta’s 11Alive News, WSB-Radio AM and FM and is now the lead political analyst for WSB-TV Action News. His other print commentary outlets include Georgia Trend magazine and a growing list of weekly and community newspapers.

“A Better Deal, But Still a Bad One”
“Whatever Lola wants...Lola GETS,” originally sung by Gwen Verdon on Broadway in 1955 from the show, “Damn Yankees!”, set against the backdrop of major league baseball, and a struggling team, the Washington Senators. Well, actually...in that case, Lola didn’t get, and neither did the devil. Both wanted the soul of old Joe Boyd, a ‘wanna be’ baseball fan, who got to spend a season in the Big Leagues in exchange for his ever-lasting soul. You are probably aware that our Atlanta Falcons are seeking to build a new nest, as well as to receive all sources of income stream in and around the roost. Bowing to growing winds of public opposition, exceeding 70 percent in most polling, Governor Nathan Deal has been quietly urging the Falcons to put another $100-million in their offer towards construction, and another $60-million towards debt service retirement. This would bring the Falcon’s commitment towards their own stadium to nearing $900-million. Though our Georgia Dome was originally constructed in 1992 for $200-million, Georgia still owes $98-million. And though the GWCCA would still own the new stadium, the City of Atlanta is expected to issue bonds for up to $200-million towards public investment in the facility. This is a better deal for taxpayers, though still a bad one. Instead of tearing down the Georgia Dome, and creating a huge debt load and a big hole in the ground...sell the Georgia Dome to the Falcons for $200 million. Pay off the remaining debt on the facility ($98 million). This leaves the GWCCA and the state of Georgia with a profit of $102-million. The original Home Depot was put into a building originally constructed as a Treasure Island, directly across the street from the

current location of the DeKalb County Jail. As the company was formed with limited cash flow, now Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus admit that they often lined stores shelves with the empty boxes of merchandise already on display, until sales and cash flow caught up, and allowed them to purchase more merchandise, as well as hire more employees. As they are quite familiar with this operating model, Mr. Blank should certainly understand that now is not the time for the state of Georgia or the City of Atlanta to be cutting blank checks to billionaires, no matter how worthy their sports franchise. At the end of “Damn Yankees,” and that Washington Senators pennant game, young Joe Hardy morphed back into old Joe Boyd mid-game, yet he still pulled out a clutch play and saved the day, while maintaining the good sense to leave the field, saving his soul in the process, and returning home to his wife Meg. Let’s hope Georgia’s leaders cut a final deal that makes some similar common $ense, without giving up the farm in the process. There is still a lot of red-penning to do for our Governor and Atlanta’s Mayor before we get there.

Bill Crane lives on the east side of metro Atlanta in Scottdale, Georgia, and owns his own full service communications and public affairs firm, CSI Crane, LLC. You can give him your thoughts back via his website, http:// www.csicrane.com or via email at bill.csicrane@gmail.com.

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When it comes to estate planning, procrastinating is easy. The task of getting your house in order can seem daunting and the topic uncomfortable. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe that all adults should have an estate plan, only 44% have actually created one, according to a 2011 LexisNexis survey.* Unplanned estates may be left to wind their way through probate court, leaving state law to determine the disposition of your assets. Many people equate estate plans with wills, but a well-thought-out structure involves much more. There are many tools, such as living trusts and financial and health care powers of attorney, that can help trusted professionals and family members manage your affairs if you cannot. Planning needn’t be stressful, and the results often confer the comfort given that comes from knowing your assets will be distributed in an orderly way. Here are five steps to help you create an estate plan to accomplish that goal: 1) Work with an experienced estate planning attorney. It takes specialized expertise to create a plan that includes all the necessary elements and meets your specific needs. A solid estate plan will likely consist of several documents, which may include the following: • A will, which states how individually-owned assets are to be distributed upon death • A living will, which communicates your wishes regarding lifeprolonging medical treatments • Powers of attorney, which designate another individual to handle financial or health care matters if you are incapacitated • Revocable trusts, which can be useful in avoiding the probate process in states where probate is burdensome, and can be altered or canceled according to your wishes 2) Assess your assets. Before drafting your estate plan, ask your Financial Advisor to prepare a financial net worth statement for you. This will give you a clear sense of what you are working with. Also, review your beneficiaries listed on critical documents such as life insurance policies and retirement plans. Beneficiary designations determine how those assets will be distributed, so you want the named beneficiaries to reflect — and not undermine — your intentions. 3) Define your goals. An estate plan is also your opportunity to direct how your wealth will be passed on to the next generation. For instance, leaving a large sum to a child or young adult may create long-term issues if the child lacks the skills or maturity to manage such a windfall. Ask your Financial Advisor about trusts that might be established to control the distribution of inherited funds. If you want to bequeath money to a charity, ask your Financial Advisor and estate planning attorney about the many charitable giving strategies that are available. They can offer guidance on choosing the technique that best fits your philanthropic goals. 4) Determine your tax liability. Under the “fiscal cliff” agreement enacted in early 2013, individual estates worth $5.25 million or less — and double that amount for married couples — can avoid federal estate taxes. Amounts that exceed the exclusion amount are taxed at a rate of 40%. Work with your Financial Advisor to determine your current estate tax liability and project any future liability. Consider the impact those taxes might have on how you wish to eventually pass your assets on to your family. 5) Update your plan. Life is about change, so it’s crucial to make sure your instructions are always current. That means updating your estate plan whenever you experience a major life event — a new baby, a marriage, a divorce. Otherwise, not only will your plan fail to contemplate new circumstances the way you want, but it could also increase the potential for outside challenges, such as those from disgruntled family members. Ambiguity and conflicts about your intentions could have a disastrous impact on your family, so preventing them is typically well worth the investment of time and money. If you don’t have a comprehensive estate plan in place, you’re leaving it to state law and the courts to decide your legacy for you.
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It’s no secret that color can change your mood. Standing in your closet you may choose your favorite red power tie for that important work presentation. Perhaps you need a little pick-me-up on a drab winter day, so you throw on a sunny yellow scarf. Color speaks to us. It evokes emotion. The food industry has used this knowledge to sell burgers and fries for years. Think about that the next time you pop in for a quick lunch and notice all the bright reds (accelerates ones pulse and makes you hungry) and yellows (promotes joy and happiness) that surround you. It’s called color psychology, and in our world today that can mean big business. Consumers generally make an initial judgment on a product within 90 seconds of interaction with that product and about 62%-90% of that judgment is based on color. Due to their importance, color choices you have when you purchase clothes, home furnishings, even finger nail polish and plastics don’t happen by chance. They come about through planning and careful consideration. And who first spins that color wheel for us? If you follow the trendy yellow brick road of color, the wizard you will most likely find is a company called Pantone. Pantone, located in Carlstadt, New Jersey, is the global authority on color and the provider of the professional color standards for the design industry. Pantone created the color matching systems used by designers and printers throughout the world. This system is the language of color the print industry has spoken together for years. Pantone also produces the Pantone Fashion + Home Color System which they report to be the most widely used and recognized color standard system in the world. This reference system comes each season following surveys of designers from New York Fashion week and beyond and serves as the reference tool for fashion, reporters and retailers. Ever wonder why “pink is the new black?” Now you know. Annually Pantone declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color. This lucky hue becomes the centerpiece color you will find mingling among complimentary colors from clothing and accessories to home decor and appliances. In 2013, the Color of Year was Emerald-otherwise known as Pantone 17-6541. Pantone chose this color because, “symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

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All the pretty barns...

Although Woodstock and Canton are emerging as vibrant cities, Cherokee has a rich agricultural heritage, and there are still rural enclaves in Cherokee County where there are about as many horses as people. And where there are horses... there are barns.
A local master barn builder, David Cox, has built more than a hundred barns in Cherokee and surrounding counties in the last 40 years. “The first 20 years or so, I built mostly plain ole cow barns. But in the last 20 years, I’ve built some beautiful upscale horse barns—some costing as much as $2.5 million,” Cox notes. “There are some horses living more comfortably than a lot of people,” he adds laughing. Cox is known for his outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail. “We love our beautiful barn,” says Susan Orton, who shows American Saddle Breeds and Friesian horses. “I have spent a lot of time in Kentucky and seen a lot of barns. Ours is very functional with great airflow, and definitely prettier than most. People tell me the inside looks like a church—it has tongue and groove pine on the sides and the ceiling. On the top of the roof is a cupola that we had specially designed. When we light it up at night, it’s just beautiful.” Ellen and Dirk Danklef and their horses also enjoy Cox’s handiwork. “It’s a pretty barn—built with white hardy plank with black trim, and a brick foundation to match our home,” says Ellen. Her barn combines function with simple rustic elegance and great craftsmanship, she notes. “It has a great foaling stall... and an amazing chandelier. We love spending time here.” One of the most spectacular barns Cox has built in Cherokee County is the barn of Heather Hornor at Affinity Farms in Hickory Flat. With its large windows, four chandeliers, and beautifully crafted woodwork and masonry details, it is impressive. “People’s jaws drop when they come in here,” says Hornor, who enjoys dressage with her German Warmblood horses. “It really is nicer than most homes. We love spending time here, and it’s functional
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as well as beautiful.” One of the region’s oldest and dearest barns is Canton’s historic Rock Barn, now the Crescent Farm Historical Center. Likely one of the only rock barns in Georgia, the Barn and the Georgian Revival style main house located on a hill near the Etowah River in Canton are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These beautiful structures are all that remain of the original 400-acre Crescent Farm built by Augustus Lee Coggins at the turn of the 20th century. Coggins built the barn of stone (quarried right on the farm) because several of his valuable and beloved race horses died when the original wooden barn was destroyed in a fire. A champion harness racing horse, Abbedale, was born and raised in the barn in the early part of the 1900s. These days, the Rock Barn, as it is most
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often called, is frequently the site of weddings, family reunions and business meetings. The exterior looks the same as when it was originally built, but the interior has been strategically modernized to maintain the original architectural style of a historic race horse stable. The sliding wood barn door is a replication, but the door’s hand-forged hardware is original. In the heart of Ball Ground, a local builder recently created a large new wooden barn to accompany a grand old historic house that he lovingly restored. Restoring the circa 1906 Wheeler House was a lifelong dream-come-true for owner Lee Lusk, and his painstaking effort earned him the Cherokee County Historic Society Preservation Award in 2011. “I have loved that house since I was a boy and tried to buy it several times. I spent the better part of a year carefully restoring and preserving the beautiful heart pine tongue-and-groove floors, walls and ceilings and porches, while updating the house so that it would be the perfect wedding venue,” Lusk says.

When Lusk realized he needed to offer brides an indoor site for large weddings, he decided to build a large barn on the property that would not distract from the home’s architectural integrity. “I knew I wanted to create a barn that was different and had character and structural integrity that would endure for another 100 years—hopefully as long as the memories that are made here.” Lusk came up with the idea of using salvaged pilings from a Panama City, Florida pier. “I had it milled right here in Ball Ground at a mill that is decades old.” The beautiful rustic barn with its reclaimed wood can seat 350 for weddings and receptions and includes restrooms, a kitchen, loft area and groom’s suite. Lusk likes to say it’s the perfect mix of something old and something new. “When a couple looks back at their wedding pictures or when guests are rocking on the porch, I want them to see the pride and love that has gone into restoring this property—it’s all in the details.” For more information visit TheRockBarn.org or TheWheelerHouse.net.


Old World Cuisine
Vingenzo’s in Woodstock features award-winning, freshly made Neapolitan cuisine based on recipes that have been passed down from the countryside of Southern Italy.


Creating beautiful authentic Italian food is a time-honored art that requires patience and passion to transform simple ingredients—tomatoes, olive oil, milk and herbs—into exquisite cuisine. And you will find no greater artist than Chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzos in Woodstock. His passion—attention to detail, dedication to freshness, and high standard of excellence— has garnered him a large, zealous national clientele and ongoing recognition from the esteemed James Beard Foundation. He was recently invited to prepare the St. Joseph Feast, a traditional Italian meal celebrating the Easter season, at the James Beard House in New York City. This is the second time Bologna has been invited to prepare dinner for distinguished guests in this iconic kitchen. For Bologna, who has received numerous national and regional culinary honors and accolades, this James Beard invitation is special. His mother and father hailed from the region of Basilicata in Southern Italy, and he learned much about cooking while helping his mother prepare Sunday feasts at their home in New York. “For us, Easter is a special time to celebrate with wonderful food. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to prepare this special feast, Bologna says. Bologna has earned a spot among this country’s top Italian chefs by preparing food the way it was done in the villages where his parents were born—scratch preparation with locally sourced foods and fresh ingredients. “I keep it authentic—we do it here the way it was done in Southern Italian villages for many years, and I often rely on my mother’s recipes for inspiration,” Bologna affirms. Wholesomeness and goodness are inherent in food prepared with fresh hand-crafted ingredients: Mozzarella pulled from whole milk each morning. Fresh pasta pressed daily into a variety of shapes and sizes, cooked in its own essence, topped with light clean sauces to marry the flavors of the grain with those of the meats, cheeses and tomatoes. Sausage mixed from the freshest pork and savory spices each afternoon before the kitchen opens. Neapolitan pizzas tossed by hand and brick-oven fired to perfection. Homemade gelato churned from cream and fresh fruit and served to cool the palate each night. Fresh green salads that present Old World flavors in fresh innovative ways. At Vingenzo’s, there is always something new to try, but every dish is based on the same simple principals that have made Italian cuisine the world’s best. Daily specials meld fresh seasonal vegetables with Bologna’s creative whims to delight even the most adventurous diners. Monthly wine-pairing dinners feature a specially prepared four-course menu served with Bologna’s selection of wine for each entrée. On Christmas Eve, Bologna will prepare the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. For Bologna, there is nothing better than painstakingly preparing great food and serving people who appreciate the subtle nuances of his artistry. “I have customers who will drive an hour twice a week to eat here,” he says. “That is humbling and inspiring.” For more information or to make reservations, visit Vingenzos.com or call 770-924-9133.

RiBoLLita SouP by Chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzo’s
Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 large garlic cloves, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 celery ribs, chopped 1 dried bay leaf 12 oz. Kale, torn into small pieces 2 cans cannellini beans with liquid 6 cups chicken stock 1 3/4 cups crushed tomato 3 cups day-old bread, torn in pieces 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped Parmesan, grated Heat a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add kale and sauté. Add beans, stock, and tomato and bring soup to a boil. Stir in bread and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until soup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in chopped basil. Serve with grated Parmesan.

Cooking with Chef Bologna
Get in the kitchen with Chef Michael Bologna by joining a hands-on cooking class. The James Beard featured chef will share time-honored techniques using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to help you create a meal that you—and your guests—will savor and enjoy! You arrive in the Vingenzo’s kitchen early in the afternoon, and start cooking. They will put together 2 to 3 groups that will each work with Chef—and each other— cooking, prepping, talking, getting your hands in the ingredients to prepare a fabulous four-course meal. Your guest then shows up around the dinner hour and everyone sits down together to enjoy the amazing meal you’ve prepared, complete with a tasting of specially selected hand-picked wines to complement your meal. The cost is $275 per person, per class. Spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis and are extremely limited in number (which keeps everything up close, personal, and really a lot of fun). This is a great holiday gift idea for the cook who has everything.

Alive & Well

For many people, nothing says Christmas like Tiny Tim’s exclamation, “God bless us, everyone” that he offers as a blessing at Christmas dinner in the much beloved Dickens’ tale,” A Christmas Carol.” Since it was first published in the mid 19th century, this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption has been portrayed in at least 28 movies and countless theatrical productions. Since 2002, Woodstock’s own G. Lora Grooms, artistic director of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, has been bringing the London tale to life locally. The cast consists of primarily Cherokee residents, perhaps your friends or neighbors. They will rehearse for 60 to 80 hours and spend even more time at home studying the 59-page script, which Grooms wrote. “We have an abundance of local talent. The script and original songs are my own, and all tied very closely to the Dickens novel. We also sing traditional carols between scenes with the children’s choir and adult ensemble choir to keep things moving as we travel through the story,” she notes. Attending the show is a holiday tradition for many local families and auditioning for a role in the play has became a holiday tradition for some families. “Everyone must audition each year...from Ebenezer Scrooge to the tiniest of Tims. And sometimes it does work out for more than one family member to be in the cast,” Grooms explains. “Our Bob Cratchit, Brad Leak, has a daughter, Beth, 11, who will be playing Belinda Cratchit this year. We have a mother and her adult son in the show who came to iThink Improv Friday Nite Live, heard about the auditions and tried out the next day!” Some of the cast members this year are veteran performers and for some this will be their debut performance. “We have a wonderful new Scrooge this year, Jeremy Cain of Acworth, a versatile performer with a rich baritone voice. Our Tiny Tim, Brendan Fagan, 6, has only done a camp with us— though his older brother, Patrick, has been in several shows with Elm St. Our most senior cast member is an 88-year-old, Tony Vastola, who will portray the ghost of Jacob Marley.” “A Christmas Carol” features original music with lyrics closely based on Dickens’ words, and traditional carols arranged for the production—such as Joy to the World, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Holly and the Ivy and many more. Elm Street’s musical director, Amy Noel Welch, will accompany at the piano. “We try to do all of our musicals with Amy at the piano. It’s


much nicer for the performers and for our audiences,” Grooms adds. Elm Street is dedicated to serving the community through the arts, building a better quality of life in Cherokee County with performances, classes, concerts and much more. “We also are partners with the Cherokee County Schools and with many local businesses,” Grooms notes. And as a thank-you to the community for their ongoing support, the opening performance of A Christmas Carol at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, is free to the public.”We do a free performance every December on the same day as the Woodstock parade. The remaining shows will be ticketed but at very reasonable prices, especially if ordered online at the discounted price,” Grooms says. This year, Elm Street will also present “The Little Drummer Boy,” another original adaptation by Grooms. Drummer Boy is all original music with the exception of the final song “The Little Drummer Boy” by Harry Simeone. Both this show and “A Christmas Carol” are family friendly (of course), but families with small children might prefer “The Little Drummer Boy” because it is shorter and may be easier for small children to enjoy. For more information, visit their website at ElmStreetArts.org.

Celebrate the Season at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village
A Christmas Carol: December 14, 20, 21, 23, 24
A Cherokee County tradition since 2002! Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of four ghostly Spirits in this vivid adaptation by G. Lora Grooms with original music and your favorite carols. Elm Street will present a FREE performance as a thank-you to the community on Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m. Additional shows are December 20, 21 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and December 24 at 2.p.m. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $11 for Seniors/Students and $10 for Children 3-12 in advance online ($15, 13, 12 at the door). All performances will be presented at City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.

The Little Drummer Boy: December 8, 15, 22

Daniel receives a handmade drum for his birthday just before traveling to Bethlehem with his parents to pay their taxes. They meet Mary and Joseph, the Three Wisemen and the Innkeeper along the way. This show is great for the entire family. Shows are slated for December 8, 15, 22 at 2 p.m. All seats are $10 (for age 2 and up) in advance online ($12 at the door). Performances will be presented at City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.

Tickets can be ordered online at ElmStreetArts.org.

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nov 13 - dec 30 Make-A-Wreath for Make-A-Wish Festive Holiday wreaths will be on display and for sale. All proceeds benefit the Make-AWish Foundation. Barrington Hall Roswell november 15 Ale Yeah! Beer Tasting at Barrington Hall Enjoy an evening of beer sampling and desserts. 6:30pm-10:30pm Roswell november 12 Lunch with Susan Gregg Gilmore, “The Funeral Dress” Join Susan for a catered lunch, music and conversation. Susan is also the author of “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen” and “The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.” 12:30pm november 15 Jingle Bell $hop A one-stop shopping extravaganza, vendors will have something for everyone on your Christmas list. Cherokee County Administration Building. 11am-8pm Canton

november 15 Russ McLaughling Atlanta native musician performing at Sidelines Grille in Canton November 15-17, 22-24 Little Women 2pm & 7pm 678.494.4251 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village november 16 Blue Ridge Native American Indian Fall Festival 10:00am - 6:00pm The festival will honor the descendants of the Trail of Tears. There will be Native American Intertribal Dancers and Singers. 706.897.5799 november 16 Brunch Lecture at Barrington Hall 9:30am-12:00pm Ren and Helen Davis, authors of “Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide,” will speak about their book. Roswell november 16 Holiday Market & Expo in the Mountains More than 70 vendors will feature gifts and services for everyone. There will be appetizers and door prizes. Chattahoochee Technical College - Jasper

nov 16 & dec 21 Downtown Blue Ridge Art Walk Show Enjoy the fall weather and art while you walk along Main Street. november 19 Cooking Class: “Turkey Workshop” Chef John Wilson will teach you how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. After class you and your classmates will enjoy your masterpiece together. Barrington Hall 6:30pm-9:30pm · Roswell november 19 Book Signing & Tasting Author & Chef Patricia MoorePastides will be serving up a variety of samples from her cookbook, “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” sure to enhance your Thanksgiving table. 12:00pm-2:00pm Foxtalebookshoppe.com november 22 Family Science Night: SandFest – with Super Why! Meet Super Why and Princess Presto, two of the stars of the hit kids’ show “Super Why!” Plus, discover the uniqueness of sand through a wide range of demonstrations and hands-on activities.
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Kids get to create their own piece of sand art to take home, make a unique keychain out of colorful sand, and take part in a community sand painting. They also get to take home two special spoons and conduct their own science experiments. Visitors can examine different types of sand through a microscope and take home samples of each. New Tellus collectible trading cards will feature different types of sand from around the globe. The observatory will be open from 5 PM until 10 PM, and the planetarium will be playing Molecularium, a show perfect for kids of all ages. Members of the International Sand Collectors Society, the Georgia Mineral Society, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and Georgia Tech will be helping out with the evening activities and demonstrations. Tellus Science Museum Cartersville

november 29 Light Up Ellijay Celebrate the holiday season with the light up parade in downtown dec weekends Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Ellijay. Christmas Express You can ride the holiday train november 21-23 and visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus 2014 Miss Georgia USA and the elves. There will be and Miss Georgia Teen USA food and entertainment, and of Pageants course, some caroling! Woodland Performing Arts Center - Cartersville nov 29 - dec 8 6th Annual Christkindlmarkt Downtown Helen is turned into a traditional German Marktplatz. There will be booths full of unique gifts and treats for everyone. 706.878.1908 november 30 Light Up Blue Ridge Celebrate the Holiday season in downtown Blue Ridge. You can join in some caroling and entertainment until the official lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa makes a visit! november 30 Helen Holiday Half Marathon Get ready for one of the most beautiful races you’ll ever run. You’ll get to enjoy the trails of Unicoi State Park and the first weekend of the Helen holiday light display. 10:00am Unicoi State Park, Helen december 1 Brunch with Santa Enjoy brunch at the Mill Kitchen and Bar and get your picture taken with Santa Claus! 10:00am-1:30pm Roswell december 3, 10, 12, 17 Christmas High Teas at Bulloch Hall 4:00pm Spend the afternoon having tea in the 1839 childhood home of Mittie Bulloch. The home will be decorated for Christmas and you will be served by two ladies in period clothing. Reservations, 770.992.1731 Roswell december 6 Pre-Ramble Party 6:30pm-8:30pm Party before the art rambling tour of North Georgia. The selfguided tour showcases a variety of art forms. Cherokee Arts Center


nov 23 - january 10 Holiday Art Show & Sale Get your Christmas shopping list together before you head to the old County Courthouse. There will be hand-made crafts, jewelry, ornaments and more. 6:00pm-9:00pm Blue Ridge Art Association



december 6 Christmas on Main Downtown Woodstock turns magically into a winter wonderland! december 6 iThink Improv Troupe 9:00pm After you enjoy the food and shops along Woodstock’s Main Street then come to the City Center auditorium for some family friendly laughs as the Troupe takes audience suggestions and leads the audience in wacky comedy. december 6 Shop with a Hero Military heroes take children in financial need Christmas shopping. Walmart at Hwy 92 and Trickum in Woodstock 7:00pm december 6 March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots This year’s grand marshal is “Officer Don” Kennedy from The Popeye Club that aired in the 50s and 60s on WSB TV. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 6:30pm Downtown Ball Ground

december 7 Holly Springs Christmas Parade 1:30pm Start your Christmas holiday with the City’s festive parade. The parade marches through Downtown Holly Springs on Holly Springs Parkway and ends at the Train Depot. After the parade visit with Santa and receive a complimentary photo. Outside the Depot enjoy entertainment, hot cocoa and treats.

december 7 Christmas at the Cabin Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life at the Vaughan cabin. Experience the sights and sounds of the holidays. 10:00am-4:00pm Red Top Mountain State Park Cartersville

december 7 Cumming Christmas Parade 10:30am-11:30am The parade marches on Market Dec 7, 14-16, 18, 19, 21-23 Place Boulevard between Buford A Christmas Carol at Dam Road and Hwy 20. Bulloch Hall Get so close to the actors in an intimate setting, you’ll feel like december 7 you are part of the show! Back to Nature Limited Seating, 770.992.1731 Holiday Market & Festival Find unique gifts while staying december 7-16 away from the crowds. Browse Santa’s Mailbox local vendors selling a variety Drop off your letter to Santa of items for the perfect holiday in time for it to get to the present! 770.992.2055 North Pole! 10:00am-4:00pm The Park at City Center Chattahoochee Nature Center Woodstock december 14 december 7 2013-2014 Century Bank Kinderfest Entertainment Series presents 12:00pm-3:00pm Atlanta Pops Orchestra Downtown Helen transforms Holiday Concert into a German marketplace, full 7:00pm of games and fun for children. The Atlanta Pops return for this year’s holiday concert. The Pops, established by Albert Coleman in
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1945, has built a reputation for being energetic and professional. This year The Grand Theatre welcomes the Cartersville Elementary School Children’s Choir who will join the Atlanta Pops for some holiday classics. Come join us for this Cartersville tradition and share in some holiday cheer. Grand Theatre Cartersville december 14 Jingle Bell Ride Open to all bike riders. A gentle pace ride on Riverside/Azalea Multi-Use Trail followed by Hot Chocolate and cookies. Riders must supply their own bikes and helmets. 3:00pm 770.643.8010 decmember 14 Gingerbread Christmas 10:00am-2:00pm Three 30-minute workshops are scheduled throughout the day. Each will include preparing and decorating Christmas themed cookies. Children will also make a craft to take home. The workshops are designed for children ages 6 and up. Archibald Smith Plantation Roswell

december 14 Candlelight Tour 5:00pm-9:00pm Visit all three of Roswell’s historic homes in beautiful candlelight and enjoy festive holiday decorations and entertainment. Roswell december 14 Santa at the Woodstock Visitors Center This is a great chance for children to visit with Santa and have their pictures taken. 1:00pm-2:00pm december 14 Christmas Jubilee The Christmas season begins with a parade of lights and a visit from Santa! The parade begins at the old Walmart on Hwy 92 and goes through Main Street. Woodstock · 5:30pm dec 14, 20, 21, 23, 24 A Christmas Carol 678.494.4251 Elm Street Cultural Arts Village december 15 Atlanta Wind Symphony presents On Holiday 3:00pm-4:30pm Music inspired by both vacations and the holidays. Roswell Cultural Arts Center

December 23 Cookies with Mrs. Claus Your youngster can spend the day with Mrs. Claus and learn how to decorate perfect holiday cookies. A special postman will pick up the children’s letters to Santa at the end of the day. Barrington Hall 10:00am-1:00pm Roswell Dec 26 - january 12 Christmas Tree Chip & Dip Take your Christmas tree to Olde Rope Mill Park. They will feed them into a chipper to make free mulch. December 31 Rotary Resolution 5k Run/2k Walk 9:00am · 706.632.7311 Blue Ridge

January 7 - April 6 Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland This exhibition is a visual journey across America featuring over 30 mixed media works, including assemblage boxes, photographs and sculpture. Booth Western Art Museum Cartersville
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January 16 - April 27 Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles Among the most recognized women artists in the West, this Texas native is known for her joyful, whimsical imagery of cowgirl heroines and their animal counterparts. Booth Western Art Museum Cartersville January 17 - 19 january 24 - 26 Tom Sawyer Join Tom, Becky and Huck as they get lost in the cave, thwart

Injun Joe and have many other adventures in this nationally acclaimed adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel. Featuring renowned actor and historian Kurt Sutton as Twain. A portion of proceeds benefit teen programs at Families of Cherokee United in Service. January 17 & 24 at 7:30pm, January 18, 19, 25, 26 at 2pm. All seats $10 in advance online (for ages 2 and up) $12 at the door. Includes sales tax. City Center Auditorium Woodstock · 678.494.4251 www.elmstreetarts.org

february 2 African American Fashion 12:00pm There will be a fashion show and talk where fashion expert Vernell Washington will present trends in African American fashion today. 770.641.3978 Smith Plantation Home
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