Snowy Bliss

The fireplaces at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana require logs the size of a barbell. So, when the fire in the dining room’s mammoth stone fireplace dimmed to flicker rather than roar, my friends and I (encouraged by staff) got up from the dinner table and clean and jerked a WOD-worth of giant logs across the hearth and…

Local Artists Honored

The American Craft Show (ACC), a three-day celebration taking place March 13 - 15 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Marietta, features over 200 of the country’s leading artists specializing in contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, home goods and décor. This year’s show has a strong representation of artists and crafters from the southeast with more than 20 Atlanta-area artists participating, including Debra Kidd…

Hello friends,

What is art to you? A painting that tells a story? A photograph evoking memories? A sculpture revealing personality and emotion? A poem that at first confounds then confirms? A craft that reflects a bygone era, modernized for today’s palate?  Here in Alpharetta, we are surrounded by talent, with access to galleries, markets and museums. … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Havana Nights  The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Gala is set for February 8, 6:30 PM at The Manor Country Club in Milton. The theme of the annual is Havana Nights and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the chamber’s member non-profit charitable organizations. The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce was established in November 2013 by … Continued

Paint Gwinnett Pink Raises More than $150,000

Committee members from Paint Gwinnett Pink, a 5K walk/run benefiting breast cancer patients in Gwinnett County and beyond, recently presented a $150,269.09 check to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds fund diagnostic technology, screening services and comfort items for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment at Northside Hospital Gwinnett.

Miss Universe in Alpharetta

Buca di Beppo in Alpharetta hosted the 2019 Miss Universe contestants for a special dinner celebrating Best Buddies- a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Atlanta and Tyler Perry Studios hosted the 2019 Miss … Continued

Home is where the art is

Mary Ellen Vanaken loves color. Her dining room walls are rich red, a vibrant backdrop for world-renown works of art she and her husband have collected over 20 years of travel and exploring a palate of contemporary art. Her two-story foyer is an impressive gallery, nearly every inch covered with framed works from favorite artists. "Our artwork is our decoration and…

Sparkling wine for your Valentine

Although the name “champagne” is often used to describe any sparkling wine, true Champagne can only come from Champagne, France and it is only made in the Traditional Method (Methode Champenoise) where the bubbles in the wine are obtained through a secondary fermentation inside each individual bottle.  Even though Champagne is often the sparkling wine of choice, there are many different…