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As a community leader, Cobb EMC believes in giving back to the neighborhoods we serve. By developing partnerships and initiatives with local organizations that share this core value, we’re able to promote responsible corporate citizenship and help build a better quality of life for those around us. COBB EMC www.TheBluffsofWeiss.com 404.421.6946 DOING GREAT Cedar Bluff, Alabama These efforts exemplify our commitment to enriching the communities THINGS TOGETHER. we proudly call home.
Dear Readers, Welcome to the (brand new) pages of Enjoy! Cherokee Magazine. We hope you will be intrigued as we reveal interesting people, unique places and successful enterprises that enrich us and remind us that this place we have chosen to call ‘home’ is indeed a special place. In the months ahead, we hope you’ll seek out your copy of Enjoy! Cherokee, which will be available at many select locations and fine businesses advertised within our pages. You’ll appreciate the shelf life of our publication, which delivers time-less information as well as special events you don’t want to miss. This issue brings Sandra Deal up close and personal. We explore her journey from teacher to mother, from farmer to U.S. Congressman’s wife and now married to the 82nd Governor of Georgia. Meet Dr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Isherwood, of Reinhardt University. As President of Reinhardt, Dr. Isherwood shares the mission to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, social, personal, vocational, spiritual/moral and physical dimensions of Reinhardt students. We roam the streets of delightful, colorful Woodstock. A Cherokee jewel, Woodstock’s spectrum dazzles young and old alike. You’ll be mesmerized by the cool boutiques, busy restaurants and talented artisans you’ll find there. Woodstock is a must visit. If you have a wedding or special event coming up in your future check out the fabulous, state of the art conference center. Be as surprised and delighted as most couples, groups and businesses are when they find the suburb accommodations and surroundings. We look forward to bringing you more in the coming months, so go ahead...Enjoy! Cherokee. The Editors You are also invited to visit our website at www.EnjoyCherokee.com. Click to Enjoy!
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The icon Betty Boop would never tell her age, but she’s been around since 1930. Colorful, young and full of life, Betty welcomes Main Street visitors and regulars in Woodstock to remind us there’s a lot to find, see and enjoy in Cherokee Country, Georgia.
Welcome Woodstock, A Fresh Vibe Campus Life, Dr. Thomas Isherwood, reinhardt University Cherokee 75 Corporate Park & Aquatic Park Cherokee Pignic The heat Is on The Perfect Setting for the Perfect Day
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Fall in Love with The Bluﬀs
The time is picture perfect! Fall is a great time to show off our beautiful looks. And, at The Bluffs of Weiss at Cedar Bluff, Alabama, we’re so proud of what we have to show, we’ll pay you for your winning photo. Go ahead. Take your best (camera) shot. Submit your photo before midnight, November 13th. Enter your favorite photo of The Bluffs of Weiss.
And, get a sneak preview of the Showcase Home!
(opens Spring 2012)
Any kind of camera-- including the one in your cell phone will work. Pros and amateurs are welcome. Get your entry certificate at: www.TheBluffsOfWeiss.com Professional division: first place, $400. second place, $300. third place, $100. Amateur division: first place, $300. second place, $250. and third place, a digital camera. Easy to enter, easy to win!
Send digital photos and certificate to: email@example.com; or, mail 8x10 prints and certificate to: Fall in Love with The Bluffs Photo Contest, POB 1345, Rome, Georgia, 30162. Call 706-232-2341 for more information.
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Woodstock ...a fresh vibe
With all sorts of new shops and restaurants, a visit to Olde Towne Woodstock has a decidedly fresh vibe these days. The downtown area maintains its historic feel while providing plenty of exciting things to see and do in an energetic setting. The town’s slogan is “Where Modern Amenities Meet Old Southern Charm,” and visitors are sure to find plenty of both. Some of the area’s oldest buildings, including the Woodstock Depot, are incorporated into new development designed to blend effortlessly with the historic.
Old homes, businesses and shops line the street while new offerings such as Pure Taqueria Restaurant and the brand-new Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill fit easily into the mix. Nightlife abounds in the bustling historic district, with many of the area restaurants offering music and outdoor spaces. On the weekends, crowds throng the area and the atmosphere definitely has an accent on the young. With cooler weather, the outdoor fireplace at Fire Stone Pizza is inviting and the rooftop bar at Pure provides its own sizzle. Vingenzo’s Italian Restaurant and Tea Leafs and Thyme are both popular options drawing rave reviews from those who visit. Antique shops, art galleries and gift stores make browsing fun. The Woodstock Downtown Development Authority and the local merchants host a Friday Night Live event the first Friday of each month during most of the year. On October 7 an Oktoberfest is planned from 6 to 9 P.M. with merchants staying open late, entertainment offered at most shops and eateries and activities related to the theme planned throughout the town. In November the third annual Woodstock Art and Wine Festival will kick off on the first Friday night in the downtown area at Friday Night Live. Then on Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, more than 60 of the most talented artists in the Southeast will display and offer their works representing a variety of media including photography, sculpture, pottery and more. Patrons will enjoy a wine tasting area featuring a variety of wines to sample. There will be an entertainment lawn for live music and entertainment from local and regional performers. Youngsters will have plenty to see and do in the fun filled children’s area, which will feature hands on art projects and activities. The two-day family friendly celebration in the heart of downtown Woodstock is free. Those who would like to participate in the wine tasting can purchase a wristband for $20. The event is both Saturday and Sunday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. In December, kick off the holiday season with the traditional Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights at 5:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 3. Starting at the old WalMart/ Furniture for Less Store on Highway 92
and going north on Main Street to Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road, the parade is sure to delight visitors of all ages. After the parade children can go to The Park at City Center (formerly Downtown City Park) to visit Santa with their wish lists. Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques will announce the winners of the Best Holiday Float and Most Original Float. Preservation Woodstock honors its Citizen of the Year with an award, and the evening ends with the lighting of The Park and Christmas Tree. Musical entertainment will be offered at 6:45 pm right after the parade in The Park at City Center. Enjoy a free marshmallow roast in the park and help the Woodstock Jaycees Christmas Toy Drive for Cherokee County’s less fortunate children. Downtown Woodstock has plenty to offer for everyone with its full slate of fall and winter events. Visitors and residents alike will love the new vibe and the Southern charm of Olde Towne Woodstock. For more information, visit the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority website at oldetownewoodstock.com.
Woodstock’ s Premier Fall Festival!
Woodstock City Park Sat & Sun, November 6 & 7
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For Dr. Thomas Isherwood and his wife Bettye Jo Isherwood, living in the public eye can still have its private moments. Although the Reinhardt University president and his wife have been married for 35 years, they still look forward to each evening when they can spend time together and share talk of the day’s events. When Dr. Isherwood returns home from work the couple enjoys a routine of chatting for about an hour, cooking dinner together and then watching television or just continuing their conversation. Most evenings they take a stroll outside around their home before turning in for the night. Sounds like a normal evening for many couples, but what makes this couple unusual is that their home is in the middle of a busy university campus and they have 500 to 600 students as their neighbors. Living in the beautiful president’s home on the Reinhardt University campus comes with the job for Dr. Isherwood and his wife. While their life may have its challenges, it certainly has its benefits, too. Most people are surprised when they learn that the couple lives on campus. “Private life,” Dr. Isherwood says with a laugh.” What is that?” The college president is quick to point out, however, that living on campus is part of the joy of his job. “The students here at Reinhardt and how they live and who they are is part of what makes our university so special,” he says. Wife Bettye Jo agrees. “The rewards are seeing our students thriving and excited, and being around them just gives you a renewed faith in the next generation. Being a faith-based school and the way the students are willing to express their religious beliefs, that’s very positive.” As much as Mrs.Isherwood enjoys living on campus, there are still some times when she misses living in a normal neighborhood. “There is no way to just drop by a neighbor’s and borrow a cup of sugar or an egg when you need one,” she says with quiet laughter. Dr. Isherwood says that after 31 years working in higher education, he and his
With Dr. Thomas Isherwood President, Reinhardt University and his wife, Bettye Jo Isherwood
wife have learned to live comfortably on campus. He gives his wife much of the credit for that. “Bettye Jo is the classiest person I know. You can put anything in her lap and you know it will be done, done well and with grace,” Dr. Isherwood said. “She has given up a long-time professional career in social work. When we lived in Kentucky, I was known as Betty Jo’s husband. There is no way I could be here today without her and her help.” Mrs. Isherwood worked for the state of Kentucky in the Family and Children’s Services division. She helped to establish the first family violence center in the state of Kentucky and was a leader in her field of social work. These days she’s content to volunteer on the Cherokee Focus Board of Directors and as a member of the Cherokee Citizens Review Panel for Juvenile Court. She sings in the Cherokee Chorale and is an active supporter of the Falany Performing Arts Center, where she serves as chairman of the advisory board. In her “spare” time she does a lot of what other wives do – plenty of laundry and picking up around the house. “I don’t know how two people have so much laundry.” She also loves gardening,
and while most of the grounds on the campus and around the president’s home are tended by professional landscapers, she carves out a little space for herself to grow her own tomatoes. Both Dr. Isherwood and Mrs. Isherwood love to entertain, whether it is family members, faculty and staff, or students. They have two grown children, son Nathan Isherwood and daughter Meredith Isherwood Schroeder, as well as two grandchildren, Elliott, age four, and granddaughter Madelyn who is 20 months old. While both their children live away from Cherokee County, they do come for the occasional visit. When they are not around the Isherwoods have their 500 plus students for company. “What a privilege it is to experience life here,” Mrs. Isherwood says. Dr. Isherwood agrees being at Reinhardt is a wonderful experience, and at the end of a hard day at work at the school, he is always happy to spend time with his wife. “When I get home Bettye Jo is the person I want to talk to about the stresses of the day. She is very patient and very good,” he said. “I always think it is nice to be home.”
A Sign of the Times
Creation of jobs is at the top of the agenda for the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. With a $34 million dollar airport expansion making way for corporate jets and a new corporate park set to open for business, Cherokee County is leading the way in economic development. The Cherokee County Office of Economic Development is paving the way for a new 100-acre corporate park in southwest Cherokee County. The master plan for the new Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, conveniently located just off Interstate 75, includes retail space at the front of the property and smaller business office locations directly behind the retail. The back portion of the property is designed to accommodate larger build-to-suit corporate space. “Economic Development is clearly our number-one priority,” Cherokee County Commission Chair L.R. “Buzz” Ahrens said. “We have done a lot to be more competitive. We have great sites, and the airport expansion. We have a good solid county that is well managed. Both the county and the cities have a lot to offer.” Ahrens says the county supports economic development through funding and through efforts on the part of county officials. “Greater Atlanta and Cherokee County are highly desirable. We have seen an increase in interest from companies wanting to locate here in just the last six months,” Ahrens said. “We work closely with the state of Georgia, and we are seeing them stepping up their efforts with a more proactive approach.” Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, applauds the county’s efforts and is pleased with the response Cherokee County is receiving. “Our focus remains on maintaining relationships with our existing industries, furthering our campaign for more white collar type businesses to keep Cherokee County citizens close to home, and developing the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park for further business growth. Through this, we hope to position ourselves for success.”
The investment in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park is already paying off, Ms. Martin said. “The amount of space available, its two-mile proximity to I-75, and added incentives for business is drawing prospect activity to the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park. This development is already generating approximately 25% of business prospect activity in the county.” The extensive airport expansion Cherokee County helped fund is anther plus, with the new 5,000-foot runway now open, allowing corporate jets to land. The runway has been widened from 75 feet to 100 feet. There is a new passenger terminal already open. A 65,000-sqaure-foot hanger is adjacent and additional hangars under construction and planned. The airport is conveniently located in Cherokee County, just off Interstate 575 Exit 27 in Ball Ground. The county has created an airport area master plan to expand the surrounding business development, and has acquired property for eventual lengthening of the runway to 6,000 feet. “The new airport is a giant step forward in the economic development of Cherokee County. It will increase tax revenues and the tax base as well as adding an asset for businesses to utilize when locating to the community. The teamwork of the county, state and federal governments made this happen, and Cherokee citizens can be proud of this accomplishment,” said Office of Economic Development Chair Marshall Day. Commission Chairman Ahrens points to all the selling points of Cherokee County including parks and recreation, schools, the new medical facility planned by Northside Hospital Cherokee, reliable water, and great public safety as more reasons companies are being attracted to Cherokee County. “We have a lot to offer, there is no doubt about it,” Ahrens said. For information contact the Cherokee Office of Economic Development at (770) 345-0600 or the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners at (678) 493-6000.
the cherokee county aquatic center
Cherokee County is working to bring another recreational opportunity to its residents. The Cherokee County Aquatic Center is a planned 48,000-square-foot indoor water facility with an additional 18,000-square-foot outdoor leisure area. The center will provide the county and surrounding areas with year-round aqua therapy programs, aquatic exercise classes and swimming classes as well as competitive and recreational swimming opportunities. The outdoor pool area could be an attraction for people outside the county. “They can get off at Sixes Road instead of driving into Cobb County,” Bill Echols, capital program manager for the county, said about the appeal of the facility. Located on a 37-acre tract of land on Gresham Mill Parkway off Sixes Road, the facility is the first of its kind in Cherokee County. Inside, the facility will have a 10-lane competition pool for swim practices and meets and lap swimming by the general public. The competition pool is 50 meters long and 25 yards wide and allows for multiple configurations for competitive swim meets. There also will be a four-lane recreational pool that can be used for aqua therapy and aqua exercise. The recreational pool will be kept at a warmer temperature for those activities. “That will be much more enjoyable for younger swimmers,” Echols said. The county is adding a unique aspect to the facility. The pool overlook, accessed from the main lobby, will overlook the competition pool. There will be room for 700 spectators on the upper level. For fun and games, the outside leisure pool is designed to offer something for all age groups. The pool includes features such as a zero-depth entry area with geysers and deck sprays, an aquatic play structure, water cannons, basketball hoops, a current channel with rapids and vortexes and two 2-story water slides. As part of the marketing campaign leading up to the grand opening, a contest for elementary and middle school students to name the outdoor leisure pool will be set up. The contest involves creating a logo and a mascot. The business plan for the aquatic center was approved by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners in September. The plan was created by the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency staff and a consultant with 30 years experience. Cooper Cary, an architectural firm in Atlanta, was selected for the project. Echols said the next step for the project was for the board of commissioners to approve putting the project out for bidding, which was scheduled for later in September. He said the schedule for the completion of the aquatic center is 17 months. The schedule for opening the facility is early to mid-spring of 2013. The budget for the aquatic center is $16 million, which will be funded through parks bond revenue. “It is such a strong benefit for the county,” Echols said about the attraction, which could bring new businesses to the county as well as new residents looking for a community with all the amenities in which to live, work and play. The last two months of construction will include a learning curve for the facility staff to get up to speed on the mechanical systems for the building and pools. “We’ve got a couple of months to get acclimated,” Echols said. The facility will create some new employment with a need for an aquatics manager and aquatics coordinator, a pool mechanic, receptionist, maintenance worker as well as year-round and seasonal parttime positions such as lifeguards and a water safety instructor. According to the aquatic center business plan, daily passes to the facility would range from $5 to $6. A three-month pass would range from $60 to $90 and a year-round pass would range from $195 to $295. Family passes and pool and facility rentals also would be available. The fees were set after analyzing the fees for aquatic centers in Cobb and Gwinnett counties as well as the cities of Gainesville and Cumming. The business plan for the aquatic center can be viewed at www.cherokeega.com
A Fall Festival of
The Cherokee Pignic is a unique fall festival serving up a large helping of fun along with delicious barbecue and an old-fashioned country fair in Canton on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. The annual event at Heritage Park on the banks of the Etowah River in Canton is sponsored by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event benefits Safe Kids Cherokee. Highlights of this year’s Cherokee Pignic include a Halloween costume contest for children, bluegrass and country music, a Movie in the Park, heritage demonstrations, and an antique tractor show. And of course there is the barbecue. Forty professional teams will be at the grill firing up their entries in the Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned Cook-off. Another 24 amateur teams will take part in the Backyard Burners Division. The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce expects between 8,000 and 10,000 festival goers at this year’s event, according to chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Pam Carnes. “From the chamber’s viewpoint, this is economic development at its best. The Pignic promotes tourism in our area,” Ms. Carnes said. “People come into Cherokee County and they shop, dine, get gas and spend money here in our community.” On Friday the gates open at 4 P.M. for Family Fun Night at Cherokee Pignic. Admission for Friday night only is $5 with children ages 10 and under in costume entering free. Tickets will be available for both days for $8 for adults. Children three years old and under are admitted free. Friday night activities include bluegrass and country music from 4 until 6 P.M. Also during the two hours after the gates open, there will be games for children of all ages. At 6 P.M. the Halloween Costume Contest is scheduled for children ages 10 and under. Children are invited to come dressed in silly, spiffy or spooky costumes. Prizes will be awarded for the event. The movie will begin in the park at about 7:30 P.M. On Saturday, gates open at 10 A.M. for a fun-filled day. Bluegrass and country music will be presented all day, a cakewalk is planned and there will be a variety of activities including barbecue demonstrations and crafts. The “Lick Your Lips” Barbecue Tasting Tent will open at 11 A.M. with tickets to taste some of the best barbecue from the cook-off costing $5 per person. Samples of the mouth-watering barbecue will be served until 3 P.M. or until the meat runs out. The Kansas City Barbeque Society is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts with over 6,000 members worldwide. KCBS judges will choose the winner of this year’s Pignic. The purse for the winner is $12,500. On the amateur side, the 24 teams who are the first to sign up and pay the entry fee will be accepted. At least two of this year’s teams are from Cherokee County. The winner’s purse for the Backyard Burners Division is $2,300. Prizes, including the People’s Choice Awards and the team awards will be presented at 5 P.M. on Saturday. There will also be raffle giveaways and closing ceremonies. Gates close at 6 P.M. Concessions and other vendors will be on-site. Festival goers are invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. No pets or picnics allowed. For a coupon off on admission, information, directions, or how to enter the amateur or professional division cook-off, visit the website www.cherokeepignic.com.
The Heat Is On...
As the competition heats up among professional teams at this year’s Cherokee Pignic, the question is, can last year’s champion do it again?
Hometown favorite William” Bubba” Latimer is the reigning Grand Champion of Cherokee Pignic 2010. For those who would like a taste of his prize-winning barbecue, Latimer owns and operates two Bub-Ba-Q restaurants, one in Jasper and one in Woodstock, from which to choose.
Certainly the judges are impressed with Latimer’s skill at preparing barbecue. He was chosen out of a field of several dozen participants from all across the country at last year’s Cherokee Pignic. In addition to being named Grand Champion, Latimer’s mouthwatering barbecue took first place overall and in the chicken category and third place in the brisket and ribs category. He also won tops honors in 2010 as Grand Champion at Great Southern Tailgate at Amelia Island, Fl., and Smoke on Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C., just to name a few. This year Bub-Ba-Q is once again entering the Cherokee Pignic contest for bragging rights the weekend of Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 at Heritage Park in Canton. Sponsored by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the annual event is expected to draw 8,000 to 10,000 festival goers. As a nationally sanctioned cook-off, the event draws top professional teams from Georgia, the Southeast, and even as far away as Illinois and other states. With barbecue as good as his, Latimer has had his share of recognition. He was chosen out of a field of thousands to be a finalist on the TLC reality series, “Pitmasters.” He was featured on the Food Network’s “The Greatest American BBQ Showdown.” He and his wife Shannon have been featured in numerous publications. His success began in 2006 when Latimer competed for the
first time in a professional barbecue competition, where he won and was named a grand master of barbecue. In 2008 and 2009, Bubba took his barbecue skills to the Jack Daniels World Championship, where he placed near the top. In 2010 he entered more than 25 barbecue competitions nationwide, bringing home enough trophies to fill his restaurant. His namesake restaurant, Bub-Ba-Q promises the same great taste and high quality barbecue that has made him a barbecue champion. Diners can sink their teeth into mouth-watering tender ribs served wet or dry with a choice of two delectable side items such as fried macaroni and cheese, corn fritters or collard greens. A rib basket with french fries is also available. For those looking for a little something different, the HogA-Chong-G is a Bubba original, a flour tortilla filled with meat, sauce, beans and pepper jack cheese, then deep-fried and served topped with Brunswick Stew. Or try an order of Spuds and Swine, potato skins topped with chopped pork, cheese and barbecue sauce. The Beef-N-Bells offers bell peppers stuffed with burnt ends pork and topped with pepper jack cheese. Beef brisket is a top choice among diners, with many commenting on the fork-tender meat. For those wanting something a little lighter, smoked chicken is also on the menu. Bub-Ba-Q is located at 10020 Highway 92, Suite 100, Woodstock and 1976 Highway 53W, Jasper. Dine in or carry out. For information call (678) 402-1662 in Woodstock and (706) 692-7929 in Jasper.
for the perfect day
Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs
For brides and grooms looking for the perfect place to tie the knot, the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs is North Georgia’s premier wedding venue. With the exquisite Grand Ballroom capable of hosting ceremonies and receptions for up to 500 guests, Cherokee County’s new, modern conference center is the ideal setting for that special day. Whether the bride and groom are looking for a small intimate wedding and reception or a lavish affair with dinner, a band and hundreds of guests, the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs offers the right choice with award-winning caterers and soaring indoor and outdoor spaces of stone and glass. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners and County Manager Jerry Cooper identified a need and designed a multipurpose venue for the citizens of Cherokee County and others to enjoy, said Lorrie Keener, conference center manager. The conference center occupies the entire bottom floor of The Bluffs, an award-winning LEED-certified green building. “This venue is run by a team of professionals and it is my privilege to work with all of them. From key individuals in county
property management and IT, to the outstanding caterers and preferred vendors, to our hard-working event crew, everyone has a great work ethic, and thankfully, a good sense of humor too,” Ms. Keener said. “We have always enjoyed unwavering support from the county commissioners and the county manager and his staff. It is our collective desire that every client has a wonderful experience here and a wish to return.” New all-inclusive wedding and reception packages created by event professionals and top chefs are available for brides who choose to relax and let the center’s team create the wedding they envision. For those who prefer do-it-yourself options, brides can go a la carte and choose what aspects of the event they would like to delegate to the staff. Ms. Keener offers brides the opportunity for a complimentary private venue tour, one-hour event consultation and customized price quote for a wedding, reception or both at the Bluffs. Mrs. Keener and her staff promise to make planning and hosting the special day easy and enjoyable for brides and their families. Usually after just one look brides fall in love with the Cherokee Conference Center. It is truly love at first sight.
Bride Lindsay Williams, who married Mitchell Townsend last June in a stunning ceremony followed by a reception using the entire Grand Ballroom, says that promise is kept. “We loved everything about having our wedding there,” Lindsay said. “Everything about it was perfect. They were so friendly and helpful. They really kept it stress free.” In fact, one of Lindsay’s friends liked it so well that she is planning her own wedding there soon. “My friend, Amanda Vaughn, said it was the most fun and the prettiest wedding she had ever been to, so she chose to have hers there as well after attending mine,” Lindsay said. The bride praised the caterers who handled her wedding, Center Cut Caterering with Christi Martinez and Doug Foley. “The food was wonderful and the setup was so pretty,” Lindsay said. “The reception was just what I wanted, delicious food that everyone likes.” A highlight of the evening was the traditional father-daughter first dance which turned out to be anything but usual. With the setting of the dance floor in the Grand Ballroom, it made for picture-perfect memories. “We started dancing real slow to Tim McGraw’s ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’,” Lindsay said. “Then, suddenly the DJ switched to Soulja Boy, a rap group, and we started dancing really fast. No one was expecting that, and they just went wild.” Conference Center Manager Lorrie Keener says that making sure the event is customized and just what the bride wants is a job she takes to heart. “Whether it is a casual outdoor barbeque on the large patio, complete with fire pit, or a more formal dinner dance in the Grand Ballroom, the multipurpose design of the venue gives brides the opportunity to create their own unique wedding reception,” she said. “Different styles of wedding ceremonies can also be held here, outside on the lawn or patio or inside in the spacious lobby or the Grand Ballroom.” The venue has clean lines and neutral colors so it serves as a subtle backdrop to the event’s colors and theme. Natural stone columns accent the pre-function area and majestic floor to ceiling windows draw the experience of the outdoors into the interior spaces When Kellie Clements and Marvin Maschke decided back in 2009 to have their wedding and reception at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs -it was a real leap of faith. It was the second marriage for both and the first wedding at the Conference Center, which had just opened. The decision proved to be the right one all the way around for the couple who now make their home in Towne Lake. “We called and got in touch with Lorrie. She said they had not done a wedding yet; we would be the first,” Marvin, a financial advisor, said. “The next day we met and we were absolutely blown away, we just loved the place, and we immediately signed on the dotted line.” The wedding on March 28 was planned outside, with the elaborate reception including a buffet dinner and a band and dancing planned using the entire ballroom. The lovely patio adjacent to the ballroom makes a phenomenal site for those wanted to get married outside and is often used for outdoor weddings. But when it started to rain that day, the Conference Center staff moved quickly. “When we had to move inside, Lorrie suggested the foyer area by the ballroom. There were 150 chairs set up there with an aisle down (continued on page 16)
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Weddings at theBluffs
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(Perfect Setting continued from page 15) the center for the bridal party, which consisted of our children,” Marvin said. “Lorrie recommended Kellie come down the glass staircase, and it was beautiful.” Wife Kellie agrees. “Coming down the glass staircase was just magical. Visually the place was great. Our guests were wowed – there was definitely a wow factor.” Arches which the couple had planned to use for the outdoor wedding were set up just outside the windows of the area and a bagpiper hired for the event provided the wedding music. “After the wedding we went into the ballroom for this fabulous dinner. The buffet was set up in front of the windows and the head table faced the dance floor and band. It was perfect,” Marvin said. Kellie says the newness of the facility, the parking, size of the space, and lighting and sound all helped make the event a success for the couple and their guests. But especially Lorrie helped make the night special. “Lorrie – we cannot say enough about her. She was phenomenal. I could recommend it to anyone.” Just as important, Marvin with his financial background said the investment was right. “We were looking at a budget and it fit well within our plans. I did a fair amount of research and what The Cherokee Conference Center provided us for the investment was absolutely solid. When you walk in you don’t know you aren’t in a country club ballroom.” The Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center is strategically located at the Bluffs at Technology Park and features over 8,000 square feet of conference space. There are four configurable conference floor areas with advanced technology, internet, and audio/visual services. The Conference Center, which is a part of the Cherokee County Administrative Complex, has four conference rooms that can be rented individually or combined to seat 500 for dining. The Sutali Room and Warluskee Room each seat 60 to 75, the Etowah Room seats 120 to 130 and the Sequoyah Room seats 150 to 200 depending on the format. For information on booking a wedding or event at the Northside Hospital- Cherokee Conference Center call (770) 721-7800 or visit nccc.cherokeega.com.
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Fall has become as popular as spring with brides as a choice for getting married. September and October are two of the busiest months of the year for weddings, right behind the traditional favorite month of June. As the leaves change to their vibrant fall colors, and the lush shades of autumn are seen in flowers and fields, North Georgia and Cherokee County make the perfect backdrop for an idyllic wedding. Locations such as the Cherokee Conference Center at The Bluffs, the Rock Barn in Canton or the Canton Theater in the historic downtown area offer the ideal backdrop for an autumn wedding. The Wheeler House, and event facility in downtown Ball Ground is another excellent choice. Many brides choose to have their ceremony outside during the fall season. Cherokee Conference Center Manager Lori Keener said that fall is the perfect time for an event and that many brides are taking advantage of the beautiful fall foliage on the drive to the conference center located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. “We are all hoping for a beautiful fall and that the trees beyond the patio at the conference center will create a backdrop of fall colors for the wedding ceremonies scheduled here. We have one planned on the patio at sunset in which the bride is incorporating fall colors and fall theme decor,” Ms. Keener said. Floral designers can make full use of the season’s colors and textures with tree, birch and bark accented-arrangements adding the perfect rustic touch. Touches of fall vegetables and foliage create the perfect feel of warmth to receptions at this time of year. Typical fall wedding colors include purples, golds and browns. Many designers and brides are choosing to pare the classic colors with accents of vibrant jewel tones or bright greens to turn up the vibe a notch. Using grays and browns as accents can add a seasonal feel. Blushes and lavenders can also be used effectively for the fall wedding. Roses are an excellent choice for flowers available in a wide range of purples from the palest lavender to a dark chocolate brown. The use of ferns, cosmos, dusty miller and hydrangeas are beautiful in floral arrangements and bouquets. While the most popular wedding gowns for fall are still strapless white dresses, many brides are now considering long sleeve designs with fuller skirts, and a more formal look. Bridesmaid dresses in browns,
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deep purple and gold are popular. Many brides are now choosing gray or blush to make the seasonal colors of the bouquets really pop. Receptions are redolent with fall flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, and caramel. Rich chocolate is also enjoying popularity for wedding cakes at this time of year. Brides are choosing to serve apple cider and hot mulled wine during the cocktail hour. Pear or pomegranate martinis are a popular signature drink. Caterers are serving up butternut squash soup, fall cheese plates with warm bread, and pork tenderloin as seasonal favorites. With so many wonderful choices for the fall it is easy to see why more and more brides are making an autumn wedding their choice.
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In the spirit of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, organizations, companies, churches, government agencies, schools, even NFL sports teams “go pink” in order to get the message out about good breast health. It’s an unavoidable fact—for females, the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Women can, however, increase the chances of detecting breast cancer early by remembering what are often called “the five commandments for good breast health”:
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(Breast Health continued from page 19) How Can I Lower My Risk of Developing Breast Cancer? • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise. • now your family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, K sister or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor about your risk and how you can lower your risk. • alk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of hormone T replacement therapy. • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. • Don’t smoke. Can Men Get Breast Cancer? Yes, they can, because they have some breast tissue as well. Male breast cancer, however, is a rare condition, accounting for only about 1% of all breast cancers. Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men. What’s New in Breast Cancer Research? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), studies continue to find that lifestyle factors and habits affect breast cancer risk. Some studies are looking at the effect of exercise, weight gain or loss and diet on breast cancer risk. Researchers are also learning more about how genes influence breast cancer. A large, long-term study is now going on to help find the causes of breast cancer. It is known as the Sister Study and it will follow 50,000 women whose sisters—but not themselves— have had breast cancer. An offshoot of the Sister Study, the Two Sister Study, is designed to look at possible causes of early onset breast cancer. To learn more about these studies, you can call 1-877-4-SISTER (1-877-474-7837) or visit the web site at www.sisterstudy.org. Chemoprevention, or the use of drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene to prevent breast cancer in women with high risk, is another area of current research. Fenretinide, a drug related to vitamin A, is also being studied as a way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. In a small study, this drug reduced breast cancer risk as much as tamoxifen. In recent years, scientists have been able to link certain patterns of genes with more aggressive cancers, those that tend to come back and spread to other areas of the body. Some lab tests based on these
findings are already available according to the ACS, but doctors are still learning the best way to use them. New treatment options are also becoming available. Advances in re-attaching blood vessels, for example, are leading to improvements in breast reconstruction. Doctors are also evaluating the possibility of giving larger daily doses of radiation over fewer days. Studies have shown that giving radiation over three weeks seems to work about as well as the standard five-week course. Other studies are looking at giving even larger daily doses over an even shorter time, such as a week. Targeted therapies are a newer class of drugs that directly interact with gene changes that cause cancer. Bisphosphonates, drugs used to strengthen and reduce the risk of fractures in bones that have been weakened by metastatic breast cancer (cancer that has spread from the breast), may also help lower the chance of the cancer coming back in women with early breast cancer. Studies involving these drugs are ongoing. Finally, doctors are also studying the role that Vitamin D may play in reducing the spread of cancer from the breast to other areas of the body. What’s New in Breast Cancer Awareness Events? While the well-established walks, runs and races and other athletic events have long had an established following all across metro Atlanta and north Georgia, one of the newest events is Greater Atlanta’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Worship in Pink, scheduled for the weekend of Oct.21-23. Churches, mosques and synagogues are invited to participate. It is an opportunity to provide information to women in the congregation (which will be provided by the Komen Foundation), including information about the importance of early detection and places where women can find low-cost mammograms, and to celebrate survivors. For more information, contact Terrica Oglesby at 404.459.8700 or email@example.com. Why Is October Designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It is an interesting question to which there is no definitive answer. In October 1983, the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held in Dallas, Texas. The concept of an awareness month was officially begun in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca. In 1993, Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of the Estee Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, although this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize support of or awareness of breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Komen Foundation had distributed pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The pink ribbon has now become a universal symbol associated with breast cancer. The newest addition to the pink ribbon symbol is one entwined with blue, a symbol for men with breast cancer.
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Driving up Highway 5 through Ball Ground, something catches your eye: a bright yellow banner, fourteen feet high, snapping in the breeze. As you get closer, vibrant foliage and bright blossoms call to you. Turning in, you find a cultural oasis in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. Wind sculptures and metal flowers dot the landscape. The porch is bedecked with glass orbs, melodious wind chimes, and the most comfortable chairs you’ve ever encountered. A fledgling vineyard is sprouting up near the trees. You pass through the front doors… … and your senses are saturated. A smorgasbord of color, light, and motion dazzles your eyes: a leaf freezes under glass, pastel
lamps paint with light, quilt patterns draw you in as surely as the silent fireworks in a kaleidoscope, or the lazy pirouette of a mobile. Burbling fountains kiss your ears. A multitude of scents – saffron, orange blossom, mango, forest – fills the air. An iron frog greets you. A glass butterfly beguiles you. Your eyes dart about, unable to settle on one item, drawn on by the riot of hues and textures overflowing the room. It is an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful objects, waiting to be explored. Five minutes isn’t enough time to see everything that Wildcat on a Wing has to offer. Five hours might suffice. “I was ten when my parents, David and Julie Boone, opened their gallery, Wildcat on a Wing, in May, 1999,” says son Zac. “It was the culmination of years of work on their part, first making hand-made paper, and, later, the cedar and copper birdhouses my dad continues building to this day. Using their knowledge of the art world, they gathered work from artists around the country, seeking out the most unique pieces of highest quality, and brought them back to their adopted home of Ball Ground. While some people doubted the wisdom of opening such a shop in northern Cherokee County, the prevailing response was better than anything they could have imagined.” Over the years, the gallery has changed. The original focus included some gardening supplies, but in recent years, gourmet snacks and a wide array of gift items – always hand-made in the United States – have taken pride of place. The selection is constantly changing. Every day sees new work arrive. Customers from all over the country, indeed, all over the world, have visited and fallen in love with Wildcat on a Wing. Go for a visit. Don’t you want to fall in love, too?
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The Story of Gresham’s Mill
One of Cherokee County’s most historic and iconic sites exists today side-by-side with the rapid suburban development that has marked the community in the last few decades. Gresham’s Mill, as it is now known, is just off Interstate 575 at exit 16 on Sixes Road. The peaceful, picturesque setting of the old mill is contrasted incongruously by the busy four-lane parkway lined with communities of upscale homes, but somehow that just adds to its charm. Gresham’s Mill has been painted and photographed perhaps more than any other site in the county. The mill was built in the mid1800s and used in those early days as a gristmill for people to grind their corn into meal. At the time that Cherokee County was founded in the early 1830s, the Cherokee Indians populated the area. The Cherokee settlement was called Sixes Old Town and by about 1799 was a thriving community. In 1833 around 400 Cherokees were living there. Gold had already been discovered and one of the earliest mines in Cherokee County is said to be the Sixes Mine. Later the Georgia gold rush brought in miners seeking their fortune. The Sixes Mine is said to have produced as much as half-million dollars in gold in the years leading up to the Civil War. In 1838, the Cherokees were rounded up by the United States government in the infamous Indian Removal. One of the locations used as a fort was at Sixes. The fort was possibly constructed at the site of Camp Hinar, which some accounts say was a Federal Army camp during the gold rush used to keep white miners out of the Cherokee territory, and later used by the Georgia militia to protect the mines. In the 1960s the old mill and surrounding property was purchased by Lewis Gresham with plans to make it once more operational. When Gresham purchased it, the mill was known as Roberts Mill, probably for an earlier miller who operated the facility. After he purchased it, Gresham moved the mill from the west side of the creek to the east side where it is located today. The mill was reconstructed on its present site using the original materials. Today, Gresham’s Mill stands as a reminder of Cherokee County’s rich history for all who drive past it. The beauty of the old structure and its surroundings evoke an almost forgotten time.
artist ann Litrel has captured many of the most special places in Cherokee County on canvas.
Her American Visions series is filled with landmarks and landscapes of the county, including the historic Woodstock Depot, the Mill at Sixes, the falls on Scott Mill Creek at Brick Mill Road, the Canton Theater, the gazebo on the square in downtown Canton and the first tee at Eagle Watch Golf Course. Litrel, who grew up in Kansas, Illinois and Michigan, has a love of the land that is reflected in her choice of subjects. Her paintings depict the transition that the landscapes of the county have gone through, from rural farmland to small town to suburb, and the charm and beauty that each retains. Other series of paintings in Litrel’s catalogue include a series titled The Eternal Garden, a fine art collection of nature images. Each watercolor and drawing is accompanied by a written meditation on the spiritual symbolism of its subject, whether it is a flower, fruit or animal. In her collection My Favorite Things, she focuses on everyday objects and activities that bring us pleasure: writing a note to a friend, a sewing project, preparing for a special occasion amid the baubles and treasures of a lady’s dressing table or simply sitting down with a book and a cup of hot tea. All of Litrel’s paintings are available as gliceé prints. Gliceé is a digital method for printing fine art, and the result has an unexpectedly impressive contrast and rich color. Each of Litrel’s gicleé prints is hand signed. The owner of any of her paintings, therefore, has a gicleé that is almost identical to the original painting. Some original paintings are also available for sale. Litrel’s studio and gallery, Ann Litrel Art, is housed on the second floor in a century-old building in downtown Woodstock at 8594 Main Street across from the depot. A portion of all sales from her work is donated to local nonprofit organizations.
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Within seconds of climbing the front steps of this gracious southern house with the Georgian columns and spacious porch, you are impressed. One can hardly resist the temptation to glance back over the shoulder toward the oh so popular Atlanta street, at it’s most prestigious address, 391 West Paces Ferry Road. The mansion’s Greek revival architectural style is quietly gracious. Thirty Doric California Redwood columns stand 24 feet in height to support and adorn the porches around the 24,000 square feet of the interior structure. On the front porch homey rockers welcome visitors with the down-home, down South invitation to ‘come sit a spell,’ and for a moment you may be tempted. Before you can think more of it, the heavy double oak doors are wide open. There in the threshold you are welcomed by the warm and generous smile that belongs to the mistress of the house, Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Dunagan Deal. Upon your arrival, she had just finished fussing over the colorful array of mixed blossoms that occupied the huge silver punch bowl centering the entrance table. Not just any punch bowl. This one is sterling silver, and presented by Governor Joseph Terrell to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. With a fallen stem replaced to her satisfaction, she wastes no time in directing you to other exquisite pieces in the entrance, relating history and provenance of interesting items. In less than a year, Sandra Deal has become the consummate docent, happy to tell and gently teach the history and pride of this structure that belongs to the people of Georgia. How Sandra Dunagan happened to arrive at this house began with a blind date. She was introduced to Nathan Deal at choir practice in the First Baptist Church in Sandersville, Georgia. It was 1962, and she was then a student at the Women’s College of Georgia in Milledgeville, Georgia, and he was attending Mercer University in Macon, with plans in the legal profession. The couple quickly found they had a common interest in philosophy, religion, music and politics, and were engaged a year later. Just after Nathan finished law school in 1966, the couple married at the New Holland Baptist Church in Gainesville, Sandra’s hometown. Sandra had previously received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1963, and had already been teaching. She finished her Master’s degree just as Nathan was called into military service in 1968. While they were stationed at Fort Gordon, their first child, Jason, was born. After his service, the Deal family settled in Gainesville, where Nathan would practice law and Sandra became a stay at home Mom. Eventually, the family welcomed three more children, all daughters. Sandra will tell you it wasn’t easy back in the day when Nathan Deal entered the political arena. Time was of the essence, and there was much to do. Her husband was by then serving in the state Legislature, coming home on weekends while she did chores and duties necessary in a working farm life and family. It was 1992, the same year her husband was elected to Congress, Sandra Deal returned to the classroom full time. Nathan would continue with his political career serving a total of 12 years in the state Senate and 9 terms in the U.S. Congress. During all those years, Sandra chose never to move away from her home in Georgia.
The sterling silver punch bowl now serves as the perfect container for floral arrangements to greet guests from throughout the world. It was presented by Governor Joseph Terrell to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. Each cup represents Georgia counties.
Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Dunagan Deal
(First Lady continued from page 00) The ill health and ages of both Sandra and Nathan’s parents became an important issue to their family. Her mother died in 2002 and with her father and mother-in-law living in their home, she felt it necessary to retire from teaching to be able to devote full attention and care to both remaining parents. She attended their healthcare needs until their passing in 2006. Three years later, her husband would consider the bid for the highest office in the state of Georgia.
Undaunted by a cold, miserable day in January 2011, Nathan and Sandra Deal took residence in the Governor’s Mansion. The beauty and elegance of the home is upheld by the non-profit organization, Friends of the Mansion. Ms. Deal reminds us that this wonderful treasure belongs to all Georgians. While the mansion was being constructed, a 70-member fine arts committee acquired the furnishings. This outstanding collection of 19th century furniture, paintings and porcelain complement the neoclassical architectural detailing. The furniture is one of the finest collections of Federal Period furniture in the United States and is primarily American. This is a permanent collection and belongs to the state of Georgia, never changing from one administration to the next. She also credits Mary Perdue, wife of former Governor Sonny Perdue, for orchestrating the repairs to furnishings and antiques through donations from private citizens. Otherwise, with funds totally unavailable, some of the items and tapestries could have eventually suffered irreversible damage. Since its completion in 1968, the eighteen-acre estate has been home to eight governors. Lester Maddox was the first governor to live there, followed by Jimmy Carter, George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris, Zell Miller, Roy Barnes, Sonny Perdue and now, Nathan Deal. All of the rooms on the first floor are used for official entertaining. The second floor contains the Deal’s private living quarters. If you ask Sandra what is special to her about living in the Governor’s Mansion, she says that’s hard to answer. Personally, it’s having her husband home at night, instead of in Washington, she laughs. Her agenda, by virtue of being the first lady of Georgia is more serious. “It isn’t just one thing. As a teacher, I didn’t just teach to one child, I taught every student in the class.” Sandra Deal’s approach to her personal platform as Georgia’s First Lady is what she calls, With a Servant’s Heart. It exemplifies volunteerism and the importance of involvement and community outreach. “When we reach out and become involved, we may help mold a new beginning for another person. We have an opportunity to bring hope to someone else; and, in turn, we receive joy. My goal is for every Georgian, no matter his or her background or circumstance, is to help bring awareness to the importance of volunteerism and allowing one’s actions to speak louder than words...with a servant’s heart.” “Education is key, too,” she continues. “I want to encourage parents to participate in their child’s daily learning experience. I want to challenge students to be brave, to study and to learn. Education is power, but it is also joy. I want to emphasize that caring and concern for our elderly and respect for our veterans is our responsibility and honor.” Meeting with Sandra Deal you will find in her what her life-long friends refer to as unpretentious, down to earth with work ethics fashioned from Georgia clay. It’s refreshing. Public tours of the Governor’s Mansion are conducted throughout the year on Tuesday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reservations are needed for groups of 10 or more.
The Library has always been a favorite place for Georgia governors and many special editions are found there. Here, Ms. Deal holds the signed First Edition of Gone with the Wind.
Paneled walls were constructed from Butternut (Hickory) wood. The French Savonnerie rug is Austrian, circa, 1890. An authenticated federal writing desk dates from circa 1814.Books on the shelves contain the histories of all 159 Georgia counties.
This is the only bedroom on the first floor. There are seven bedrooms upstairs, and when those rooms are all in use, this room is also available. It was used during the visits of President Clinton, Princess Anne, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Hussein, and Prince Charles and entourage. The mahogany alcove bed is attributed to Charles Lannuier of NY, circa 1815.
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Companies looking for the ideal space for a convention, conference or business meeting need to look no farther than the Cherokee Conference Center at The Bluffs. The Conference Center is also an excellent location for fundraisers and social events of all sorts. The facility is a part of the Cherokee County government administrative complex and is conveniently located off Interstate 575 at exit 20 near Canton. The Cherokee County conference center features over 8,000 square feet of conference space and has four configurable conference floor areas. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners’ executive conference room is a 160-seat auditorium available for use as an amphitheater for business presentations and conferences. Other spaces work well as a corporate boardroom and a training center when businesses have the need for off-site space. State-of-the-art features include: • Complimentary high speed internet access • Ceiling mounted projection and large screens in every room • In-house business print center
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• Computerized house lighting and sound system • Advanced audio/visual command center • 8ft x 20ft stage and 32ft x 24ft dance floor • Full catering services The Cherokee Conference Center is of course ideal for weddings and rehearsal dinners, and it is a great location for fundraisers and civic events of all sorts. Many of Cherokee County and the surrounding areas’ premiere social events and fundraisers, including the Service League of Cherokee County annual ball and the Rotary Club of Canton black tie Affair to Remember are held at The Bluffs. Other major fund-raising events such as the annual roast benefiting the Boys and Girls Club and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, as well as its monthly meetings, are held at the Cherokee Conference Center. Revolution Church holds a series of services at the Cherokee County Conference Center each Sunday. For information on hosting a business meeting or conference, call (770) 721-7800 or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Corbin’s devotion to her home state is clear not only from talking to her, but through the quality of her work. Her ability to market the state to the rest of the world is evident in her steady rise to the top tiers of Georgia’s official economic development engine, earning Gretchen her most recent promotion in February 2011. “My proudest work is not just one particular project, but to work with the Global Commerce team, Commissioner [Chris] Cummiskey and Governor [Nathan] Deal, to build relationships with companies that locate in Georgia and grow over the years,” she explained.
In a tough economy, Georgia’s Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), is generating impressive numbers for herself and for the state.
Gretchen Kuglar Corbin’s leadership as Division Director for International Operations at the GDEcD resulted in a new Georgia office in China as well as the historic start of the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance, a strategic trade and investment-focused partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces. In addition, her team brought in 53 foreign direct investment locations to Georgia, increasing international job creation by 37 percent. In her previous position of Director of Georgia’s Regional Project Managers for Existing Industry & Recruitment, Georgia located 264 projects and assisted 1,965 Georgia companies.
A management major at Clemson University, Corbin began her work in the economic development field while still in college as an intern at the GDEcD. She then landed a job with the Race to 1996 Commission where she worked with her team to recruit National Olympic Committees to Floyd County for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. This position piqued her interest in working and meeting with executives in marketing and business. After the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce hired her as their Vice President of Economic Development, she learned what public-private partnerships truly meant to communities, and she was truly hooked. (Continued on page 22)
(Gretchen Corbin continued from page 0) Her first job back with the GDEcD was as a Regional Project Manager for northwest Georgia, moving then to Senior Project Manager for the region and eventually to Division Director for International Operations. Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), fulfills all of the descriptions her titles conjure up and more. She finds a synergy that, with a strong support system of family and friends, allows her to balance family and her love of Georgia. “Being a public servant is not only truly satisfying work,” explained Corbin, “but it has provided a great opportunity for my children to see how the global economy affects the local community. Teaching my girls firsthand how the world develops has been one of my greatest joys.” As the mother of two girls, Savannah, 10, and Elsa Quay, 7, Gretchen says she relies heavily on her husband, David, along with the girls’ school, friends, neighbors and their grandparents to juggle her time and responsibilities. Gretchen is quick to point out that whether she is located in north Georgia, Atlanta, or even another country, her heart is with her family and with the people of Georgia. “These businesses employ Georgians who are trying to provide for their families and put fulfilling meals on the table. It is an honor to do this work.” In the current economic climate, jobs are on the mind of nearly every American. Facts and figures tell the truth, and in Georgia the picture they paint shows the state exceeding expectations. During Fiscal Year 2011, the GDEcD helped 360 companies locate or expand, an average of nearly one per day for the year. This resulted in 22,000 new jobs and $4.3 billion in investments. While economic development activity is up throughout the state, Gretchen notes that north Georgia has enjoyed a number of industry expansions, some of the most recent being Toyo Tire North America in Bartow County, Southeastern Mills in Floyd County, and Universal Alloy Corporation in Cherokee County. It should be noted that while new industry recruitment is a heavy focus of the GDEcD, existing industry accounts for 70 percent of new jobs. “A great deal of time is spent making certain that industries already located in Georgia have the right opportunities and climate to grow here,” explained Corbin. A management major at Clemson University, Corbin began her work in the economic development field while still in college as an intern at the GDEcD. She then landed a job with the Race to 1996 Commission where she worked with her team to recruit National Olympic Committees to Floyd County for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. This position piqued her interest in working and meeting with executives in marketing and business.
After the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce hired her as their Vice President of Economic Development, she learned what public-private partnerships truly meant to communities, and she was truly hooked. Her first job back with the GDEcD was as a Regional Project Manager for northwest Georgia, moving then to Senior Project Manager for the region and eventually to Division Director for International Operations. In this capacity she oversaw Georgia’s International Trade Division, International Offices, Protocol Office and the department’s Global Georgia marketing initiative. “This role provided me with the ability to see Georgia through the eyes of the world and allowed me the great honor of selling Georgia’s own unique offerings to the world,” Gretchen explained. Corbin’s own numbers are impressive. Her leadership of the International Team resulted in a new Georgia office in China as well as the historic start of the Southeastern United StatesCanadian Provinces Alliance, a strategic trade and investmentfocused partnership between six southeastern U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces. In addition, her team brought in 53 foreign direct investment locations to Georgia, increasing international job creation by 37 percent. In her position of Director of Georgia’s Regional Project Managers for Existing Industry & Recruitment, Georgia located 264 projects and assisted 1,965 Georgia companies. “I enjoy working with the members of our team to ensure our preparedness in selling Georgia. I love building relationships with clients I’ve helped locate here. I enjoy being able to walk into a [manufacturing] plant and see a friend.” Gretchen and David also work together to ensure that their time together as a family counts. “Generally we just enjoy being together and doing what the kids want to do,” said Gretchen. “Whether we’re riding bikes, swimming or enjoying a day in the park, we just appreciate the family time together. Of course, we hope the girls will someday become interested in rowing. It is a sport of which their father is quite accomplished. We also learn a thing or two from them. Elsa Quay has been learning sign language and Savannah was trying to learn German in anticipation from a friend coming over for a visit.” One gets the feeling the girls may just follow in their mother’s footsteps; Savannah has already been to Europe. Gretchen feels like they might just learn the most from a visit to India, however. “I feel like India is a great place for the kids to get a quick snapshot of the world through their diverse culture; there are such opposite ends of the spectrum in plain, obvious view. I think that it would be a memorable experience and help them to always be aware that we are blessed with much.” It doesn’t seem that the Corbins will be forgetting that any time soon.
there is good news regarding the economy to be found here in Cherokee County. a recent survey of existing industries in the county conducted by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development found that growth is in the near future for some local businesses.
Twenty-one companies with a workforce of 20 employees or more participated in the survey, which was done between April and July 2011. More than half of those companies surveyed plan to expand within three years. In total, the plans could lead to 525,000 new square feet of business space with more than $40 million in investment and 189 jobs.
“It speaks volumes for the health of our local industries,” Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, said. Employers ranked their workforce exceptionally high in productivity, quality and stability, according to the survey. Community services such as ambulance, fire and police, received its most favorable ratings since the office of economic development has been doing the survey. The county has seen some of that growth in the past year. In July of 2010, Chart Industries, which makes gas production, storage and end-use equipment for the biomedical industry, expanded its Cherokee County presence with a $5 million investment and the addition of at least 50 jobs. CAIRE, which operates under Chart’s Biomedical segment, closed its liquid oxygen therapy manufacturing operations in Indiana and relocated it to the Cherokee Office of Economic Development’s Airport Commerce Center. Chart is one of the county’s top industrial employers. The company had expanded in 2008 by relocating its regional administrative office there from Marietta. It has been in operation in Cherokee County since 1982. Also last year, BizChair.com began a 149,000-square-foot expansion at its building north of Canton. The company, which sells office chairs, stack chairs, folding chairs and recliners, as well as a range of office, home and medical equipment, made the decision to expand to make room for more inventory. The expansion was completed in the summer and added approximately 20 jobs to the company. The company was created in 2001 and moved into its first commercial warehouse space in 2004. It moved to Cherokee County in 2007. “It builds good momentum for us,” Mrs. Martin said about existing industries in the county being in a “growth mode.”
Five generations of the Cagle family have been farming in the Hickory Flat community. Their farm has now also become a part of the booming nationwide trend of agritourism, as youngsters and their parents re-discover the joy of the outdoors and the bounty of the land. The Cagle family’s fall line-up includes their
Get the family together, grab a blanket, some “comfy” shoes and go! Fall is a great time to get out and explore Cherokee County. You may just be surprised at the number of events and festivals that are close to home.
famous corn maze, an 11-year-old tradition, farm tours, bonfire hayrides and a haunted barn (from Sept. 30-Oct. 29). According to the Cagles, the most direct route through the maze can be walked in about 45 minutes, but most people will need about an hour to enjoy the more than three miles of paths. The Cagle
farm makes an excellent autumn day outing for families. Food concessions include barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, candy, drinks and hot chocolate for those chilly afternoons and evenings. The farm is open from Labor Day weekend until Nov. 13. Several of the season’s events are community-sponsored. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the city of Holly Springs hosts its annual Autumn Fest in Barrett Memorial Park. The day-long celebration features children’s games, food, community organization booths, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and live music. On Thursday, Oct. 5, visitors can sample menu items from local restaurants in Central Park in downtown Canton from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the annual Taste of Canton. Come hungry! If you enjoyed the Taste of Canton, or if you missed it, the Cherokee County Chamber’s Cherokee “Pignic” is an opportunity for some old-fashioned food and fun on Oct. 14-15. In addition to the barbecue cook-off, there will also be children’s games, a costume contest, bluegrass and country music and an antique tractor display. The Pignic is Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned cook-off event. KCBS is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. Both professional cooking teams, traveling from all over the country and local barbecue enthusiasts will be competing. At the Halloween KidsFest, costumed children will find just treats—and no tricks. They will also enjoy moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting and candy give-aways on Saturday, Oct.29 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in Woodstock City Park. A spooky but family friendly walking tour of downtown Woodstock with
great storytellers and ending with a narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Paul Boehlert is sponsored by the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village October 21, 22, 28 29 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes from the City Center Lobby in Woodstock.
As the holidays near, The Jingle Bell $hop, a holiday shopping extravaganza, will open its doors on Nov. 4 from 11:00 a.m.8:00 p.m. in the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center at the Cherokee County Administration Building. Little ones will have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap while their parents look for special gifts for everyone on their shopping lists. There will be children’s crafts, a sweet shop and holiday musical performances. The official kick-off of the holiday season comes during Love Lights a Tree, the annual Christmas tree lighting in downtown Canton sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year’s event takes place on Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving. Here Comes Santa Clause brings the jolly old man to Ball Ground on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the downtown gazebo. Both Canton (Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m.) and Holly Springs (Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m.) host Christmas parades as Santa marches through downtown.
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Top: Annie Sullivan (Hayleigh Fine of Alpharetta) and Helen Keller (Katelyn Chupp of Woodstock) rehearse a scene from William Gibson’s ‘The Miracle Worker’ with the Elm Street Players. Lower Left: “God bless us, everyone”- a scene from ‘A Christmas Carol’ Middle: Storyteller Paul Boehlert Lower Right: Daniel gets a handmade drum for a birthday present in ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.
With its typically warm, dry weather and the backdrop of north Georgia’s panorama of yellow, red and orange foliage, autumn is one of the busiest seasons of the year, especially for outdoor events. But—don’t neglect the outstanding offering of cultural events available across Cherokee County in the fall and early winter.
The 2011-2012 season at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center in Waleska marks the center’s tenth anniversary. In honor of that milestone, an impressive selection of concerts, recitals and programs is being offered. For the center’s Entertainment series, Rondi Charleston, a contemporary jazz singer, will perform jazz standards and pop classic tunes on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The eight-piece ensemble White Ghost Shivers produces a “musical amalgam” of Hokum Blues, hillbilly swing, country and jazz. The eight members take eclectic influences and make their own unique musical genre which they describe as “a smorgasbord of Cab Calloway, circus sideshows, KISS, cabaret, Hee Haw, Robert Johnson—served up at Andy Kaufman’s bar.” White Ghost Shivers will be performing on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth takes the stage in December for a performance of A Beatrix Potter Christmas that will delight the younger set. Potter will arrive to entertain her guests with stories such as The Tailor of Gloucester and The Rabbit’s Christmas Party, which will come to life on stage—with the help of the audience. And don’t be surprised to see that most famous Potter character of all—Peter Rabbit—make an appearance! The performance is set for Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. For classical music aficionados, the Falany Center’s concert artist series brings marimbist Naoko Takada on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Takada, who is an arranger as well as a performer, is renowned for her wide range of repertoire from Bach to Piazzolla. Mezzo soprano Freda Herseth will grace the stage on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of opera. Herseth has sung critically acclaimed operatic roles throughout Germany and has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, Russia and Israel. Reinhardt University’s own musical groups and ensembles will entertain throughout the month of November. The university’s concert choir performs on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the jazz ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and the brass extravaganza on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The university’s music theatre will host opera scenes on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Concluding the month’s performances by Reinhardt students will be the university’s wind ensemble on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and the symphony orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. The popular annual university Christmas concert will held in December: on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3:00 p.m. The festive concert brings together the concert choir, wind ensemble, university orchestra, jazz ensemble and smaller ensembles and soloists. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early for these performances. The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock is a comfortable, family-friendly community arts center with a busy fall and early winter line-up of events, programs and classes. In early October, “Wright On - A Playwright’s Festival,” is a young writer’s festival of short plays under the direction of Joseph Lemmo and Siobhan Brumbelow. Students from E. T. Booth Middle School are submitting short scripts for the festival, and some scripts will be performed on the Woodstock City Center stage the last day of the festival. The public is invited to the performance at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. All aboard for Ghost Tales & Trails! Eager listeners will hear spooky tales from Woodstock’s own history, culminating with Paul Boehlert’s reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour will begin in the lobby at Woodstock City Center and travel to Dean’s Store, the Reeves House on Elm Street and a few other ghostly locations. There will also be food vendors and arts and crafts. Those not comfortable walking the “ghost” trail can purchase a discounted ticket to attend only the Sleepy Hollow reading. Dates are October 21, 22, 28 29 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. William Gibson’s play about a gifted teacher, Annie Sullivan, who unlocks blind and deaf Helen Keller’s mind and heart will be presented by the community theater group, the Elm Street Players, in November. Haleigh Fine stars as Annie, and Katelyn Chupp takes the role of Helen. Performances will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12. It wouldn’t be the holiday season with some familiar classics. The Elm Street Players Christmas Repertory will include The Little Drummer Boy, a family-oriented musical that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas that closes with Harry Simeone’s beautiful song, “The Little Drummer Boy,” which inspired the play. Performances are Dec. 2 and 3 at 2:00 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m., Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 10:00 a.m. In the beloved story A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of love and family when he is visited by the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present and Future in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Performances are scheduled for Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2:00 p.m., Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. Frank Capra’s famous film It’s A Wonderful Life also comes to life on the Elm Street stage. See George Bailey learn how his simple life makes a difference to his community on Dec 15, 16, 17 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at City Center 8534 Main Street in Woodstock.
The Future of Cherokee County Healthcare:
Northside Hospital-Cherokee Relocation
Northside Hospital has filed for regulatory approval to replace the 84-bed Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Ga. The site of the replacement hospital will be near I-575 at the Ga. Hwy. 20 exit, near the Canton Marketplace development – less than three miles from its current location.
Architectural rendering of future Northside-Cherokee campus.
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“In an effort to continue to meet the growing healthcare needs of the community, Northside Hospital-Cherokee is committed to a long-term strategy to provide the necessary health care facilities and services to the citizens of Cherokee County and surrounding areas,” said Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Due to the growing population and community utilization of the current facility and due to limitations and capacity constraints, Northside proposes to relocate the Hospital to land owned by Northside Hospital in a currently undeveloped area that will be known as Canton Place. The new site will have excellent visibility from major roads and thoroughfares, and there will be ample room for further expansion as the community’s needs grow. The new facility will be state-ofthe-art. Facility Features: • An 84-bed hospital facility; • Larger patient rooms, operating rooms and diagnostic rooms • A distinct Women’s Center; • A Multi specialty Medical Office Building and Cancer Center; • A 600-space parking deck and 300 surface parking spaces. “Northside Hospital remains committed to improving access for the growing healthcare needs of the community,” said Bob Quattrocchi, President and CEO of the Northside Hospital health care system. “We plan to work diligently to move forward on this project to make this vision a reality for the residents of Cherokee County.”
September 22 and 29 Brown Bag Concert Series Woodstock City Park Your lunch hour has never been more entertaining. Free concerts every Thursday in September 12am-1pm. For information: www.WoodstockGA.gov September 24-October 29 Downtown Farmers Market Cannon Park The Downtown Canton Farmers Market promotes local farmers and local artisans. All produce is Georgia grown and most is organic. All items are hand crafted by local artisans. We started the market in 2009 and it has been a huge success. The market is located in Cannon Park by the gazebo. 8am–12pm (rain or shine). For information: www.canton-georgia.com September 23-November 13 “Get Lost in the MAiZE” Cagles Family Farm in Hickory Flat Community The most direct route through the MAiZE can be walked in about 45 minutes, but most wandering MAiZEgoers will require about an hour to poke along the more than 3 miles of paths. Come for the day! Enjoy a farm tour, the MAiZE, play on the jumpee pillow, enjoy some finger-lickin’ good farm food and gather ‘round a bonfire with friends! Food Concession: BBQ, snacks + chips, candy, drinks, hot chocolate, hot dogs and hamburgers. $10 Dollar admission Fridays 5pm-11pm, Saturdays 10am11pm,and Sundays 10am-6pm
For information: www.caglesfamilyfarm.com
September 24-25 Riverfest Boling Park Canton, Georgia A long-standing tradition sponsored by The Service League of Cherokee County. The juried show features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s area activities and food. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 10 and younger. 10am to 6pm, Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday. For information: www.serviceleague.net or call 770-704-5991
October 1 Autumn Fest Barrett Memorial Park Holly Springs once again welcomes visitors from all over to enjoy its annual Autumn Fest celebration, offering a day filled with fun and excitement for the entire family. The celebration features children’s games, excellent food, community organization booths, arts and crafts, and much more! 10am to 5pm. For information: www.HollySpringsGa.us October 1-2 The 31st Annual Georgia Marble Festival Jasper, GA The Festival will kick-off at 10am on Saturday morning as the annual Marble Festival Parade fills Main Street for about an hour. The parade promises to be filled with excitement and fun for all. The festival theme, “Marble Mania”, is featured in the
parade through downtown Jasper. The festival will be held at Lee Newton Park Saturday from 10:30am-6pm and Sunday 10am- 5pm. There will be a juried arts and crafts area, a fine arts exhibit, children’s area, Business Expo, entertainment, and a variety of foods. Saturday night head up town for an old fashioned street dance. The fun begins at 7pm in front of the marble courthouse. This event is free, so bring your lawn chairs and get ready to dance. During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are Tours of the Marble Mines. Join our colorful local guides as they show you a rich slice of our county history. Quarry Tour tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations should be made early. Parking and shuttles will be free. Festival entrance will be $5/adults and $3/students age 6 and up. For Information: www.hellonorthgeorgia.com October 5 Taste of Canton Central Park in Downtown Canton Try the menu items from local restaurants. Bring an empty stomach!! 5pm to 9pm. For information: www.cantonhdl.com or call 770-704-1500 October 7-December 2 iThink Improv Troupe Downtown Woodstock That’s right, on the first Friday of every month Main Street Woodstock celebrates Friday Night Live at 6pm–themed events, restaurants, and shopping! What a better way to end
your evening with some improv at Elm Street with the iThink Improv Troupe! Show begins at 9pm. For information: www.elmstreetarts.org October 8-9 and October 15-16 Georgia Apple Festival Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds Enjoy the 40th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 8th. The parade is on the second Saturday, October 15th and begins at 10am. Adult - $5, Children under 10 are FREE. Sat. 9am-6pm and Sun. 9am-5pm For information: www.georgiaapplefestival.org or call 706-636-4500
October 14-15 Cherokee Pignic Canton’s Heritage Park A Fall festival in Cherokee County, Georgia...”Where Metro Meets the Mountains’! It’s a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off! With over 6,000 members worldwide, KCBS is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. Both professional cooking teams, traveling from all over the US, and local barbeque enthusiasts will be competing. Come on down for It’s for the young and young at heart! There will be games, craft demonstrations, music…and that’s not all…cake walks (Saturday only) an antique tractor display, BBQ demonstrations and more! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food vendors on site. No picnics or pets, please! Admission $5 Children ages 10 & under in Costume FREE For information: www.CherokeePignic.com October 21, 22, 28, 29 Ghost Tails and Trails Woodstock City Park “Ghost Tales and Trails; a Storyteller’s Tour of Historic Woodstock.” Two time Emmy nominee and storyteller Paul Boehlert heads a fabulous line-up of seasoned storytellers for this historic walking tour and “ghost” storytelling event. Guests will be treated to a journey that is rooted in history; a little spooky but kid friendly. Tickets will go on sale each night at Woodstock City Park starting at 6:30pm on a first come first serve basis. Adults $11, Children
12 and under $6; cash or check will be accepted at the park. This is a rain or shine event, all proceeds will benefit Greenprints Alliance and Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. For information: www.elmstreetarts.org or call Towne Lake Arts Center at 678-494-4251 October 25 Rondi Charleston Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center Rondi Charleston consciously embraces the passage of time along with the challenges, joys and unexpected adventures it brings. On her Motema Music debut, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Rondi invites listeners to join in this celebration through her exquisite vocals and thoughtful, eclectic selection of Originals, Jazz standards and Pop classic tunes. 7:30pm until 9:30pm. Adults-$35, Senior (55+) and Kids (12-under)- $28 For information: Call box office 770-720-9167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org October 29 White Ghost Shivers Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center A joyous mixture of the absurd and sublime, the eight-piece ensemble gracefully creates a musical amalgam of Hokum Blues, Hillbilly Swing, Country and Hot Jazz. Simultaneously paying respects to their deft musical influences and irreverently destroying any notion of musical purism, they work hard at making it seem easy.
October 9 and November 17 The Reinhardt University Wind Ensemble Falany Performing Arts Center The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Gregory, is composed of Reinhardt University students and community members who audition to play with the ensemble. With approximately 75 members, their sound is impressive and inspiring. Sunday, October9 at 3pm. Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm. For information: Call box office 770-720-9167 or email email@example.com
Like the great entertainers before them, the band’s true gift is their ability to take their eclectic influences and combine them into something they can call their own. 7:30pm until 9:30pm Adults-$35, Senior (55+) and Kids (12-under)- $28 For information: Call box office 770-720-9167or email firstname.lastname@example.org October 29 Halloween Kidsfest Woodstock City Park Just treats, no tricks for costumed kiddies. Moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting, candy give-away and more. 3pm to 7pm. For information: www.WoodstockGA.gov November 1 Reinhardt University Concert Choir Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dennis McIntire, includes more than 60 voices. Their repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the best of today’s contemporary anthem literature. For more than 30 years, the Concert Choir has been a popular ambassador for the University. 7:30pm until 9:30pm. $5 per head For information: Call box office 770-720-9167or email email@example.com November 4 Jingle Bell Shop Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center at the Cherokee County Administration Building This is a one-stop holiday shopping
extravaganza of beautiful and distinctive gifts. You will be able to visit with Santa, and find special gifts for everyone on your Christmas list without crossing the county line. 11am to 8pm. For information: www.cherokeechamber.com/ jingleBellShop.htm
November 4, 5, 11, 12 The Miracle Worker City Center in Woodstock Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic. Fridays 7:30pm Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. For Information: www.elmstreetarts.org November 10 Brass Extravaganza Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center Chamber Brass Ensembles, from the studio of and under the direction of Mr. Harry Maddox, will present selections for smaller brass groups. These are the newest of the School of Music’s ensembles. They will begin their regular semester recitals this year. 7:30pm until 9:30pm. $5 per head For information: Call box office 770-720-9167or email firstname.lastname@example.org November 21 The University Symphony Orchestra Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center The University Symphony Orchestra,
under the direction of Dr. Richard Bell, is composed of Reinhardt University students and members of the community who audition to play with the orchestra. The orchestra will present a fall and a spring concert. 7:30 pm until 9:30pm. $5 per head. For information: Call box office 770-720-9167or email email@example.com November 24 Love Lights A Tree Downtown Canton The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by the American Cancer Society. For information: www.Canton-Georgia.com
December 1-3 University Christmas Concert Reinhardt University at the Falany Performing Arts Center This popular annual concert never fails to draw a full house every time it is presented. This festive concert includes performances by the Concert Choir, the University Wind Ensemble, the University Orchestra, the University Jazz Ensemble, smaller ensembles and soloists. You will want to order your tickets early for this popular annual tradition. 7:30pm until 9:30pm $10 a head. For information: Call box office 770-720-9167or email firstname.lastname@example.org December 1 Christmas Tree Lighting, Walseka Official kick-off to the holiday season in Waleska. For Information: www.CityofWaleska.com
December 2 Here Comes Santa Claus Downtown Gazebo Santa’s Annual Visit to Ball Ground For information: www.CityofBallGround.com December 2-23 Elm Street Cultural Arts Center Christmas Repertory: City Center in Woodstock The Little Drummer Boy Dec 2 & 3 at 2pm, Dec 10 at 2pm, Dec 18 at 2pm, Dec 21 at 10am A Christmas Carol – Dec 9 at 7:30pm, Dec 10 at 2pm & 7:30pm, Dec 17 2pm, Dec 22 at 7:30pm, Dec 24 at 2pm December 3 Christmas Parade Holly Springs 3:30pm. For information: www.HollySpringsGa.us or call 770-345-5536
It’s a Wonderful Life Dec 15, 16, 17, 23 at 7:30pm For Information: www.elmstreetarts.org December 3 Holiday Jubilee and City Birthday Celebration Woodstock City Park 5:30pm. For information: www.WoodstockGA.gov
December 10 Christmas Parade Downtown Canton Join Santa and the community march in a parade through downtown Canton. 2pm. For information: www.Canton-Georgia.com or call 770-704-1500
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