Tails on Trails - BSA 0816

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites challenges hikers and their four-legged companions to venture the trails with their dog walking club, Tails on Trails. Hikers who tackle all seven trails earn a t-shirt to proclaim their bragging rights and pups receive a bandana to show their participation.

Details: Tails on Trails membership card $15, gastateparks.org


1. Red Top Mountain, Acworth

Take in the scenery on this light hike along the 1-mile White Tail Trail loop through a hardwood forest that ends overlooking Lake Allatoona.

2. Fort Mountain, Chatsworth

With easy access from the campground, lower guest cottages and day-use area, the 1.1-mile Lake Trail loop makes for a great activity on a nature-filled weekend getaway.

3. Don Carter, Gainesville

Enjoy the 38,000 acres of beauty within Georgia’s newest state park on the 1.5-mile Lakeview loop, taking its name from the area where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Or, keep it breezy by walking in the shade of the forest on the 1.5-mile Woodland loop.

4. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Far to the east, the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail loop cascades through salt marshes and coastal wetlands under a blanket of Spanish moss.

5. F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain

The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Trail loop weaves a scenic route through Georgia’s largest state park. Get there around sunrise or sunset and you might see a deer grazing in forest glades or hear a woodpecker searching for a snack.

6. High Falls, Jackson

The breathtaking waterfall view and chance to cool off in the Towliga River rewards a moderately difficult 1.5-mile Falls Trail loop through hilly forests.

7. Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs

Whether on the 2-mile Red Trail loop or 5-mile White Trail loop, explore the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, abandoned and destroyed at the end of the Civil War.


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As part of their 25th anniversary summer tour, Dave Matthews Band recently stopped by Atlanta. Inspired by Georgia’s signature fruit, DMB Head Chef Fiona Bohane created an original recipe for a summer treat using sweet peaches and Dreaming Tree Crush wine, aptly named after one of the band’s classic hits.

Serves 6–8 people

 Dreaming Tree Wines - BSA 0816

Ingredients for Filling:

1 pint blueberries

3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp white wine

1 pinch salt

Ingredients for Topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 pinch salt

6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed

2/3 cup kefir, buttermilk or heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp

1 tsp vanilla extract


Directions for Filling:

1. Place all ingredients in a pot

2. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a simmer and the liquid becomes clear, 5–10 minutes

3. Turn off heat and carefully transfer to an 8 x 11-inch glass or ceramic pan

Directions for Topping:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

2. While filling heats, mix together all dry ingredients—pulse in food processor if available. Add the cubed butter and pulse until incorporated, with no large chunks of butter visible

3. Transfer to a bowl, add 2/3 cup kefir and vanilla and gently stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms

4. Using a spoon or your hands, drop biscuits on top of filling. The topping covers most of the filling, but leave a small space between the biscuits to allow the heat to escape

5. Brush tops of biscuits with reserved kefir and sprinkle with remaining sugar

6. Bake for 40 minutes, until nicely browned and biscuits cooked through

7. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes

8. Serve with ice cream

Recipe courtesy of Fiona Bohane, head chef for Dave Matthews Band

Details: dreamingtreewine.com


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House of Payne Personal Training client, Orlando Sablon shares tips that helped him get into great shape at age 53.

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Gentlemen, the time has come to pick products designed especially for you. Popular U.K. men’s grooming brand ManCave has traveled across the pond to the U.S. Free of parabens, sulphates and synthetic dyes, ManCave’s FaceWash provides deep cleaning without stripping skin of moisture. Green tea, willow bark and spinach provide antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, ManCave products are never tested on animals, so you can feel good inside while looking good outside!

Details: The Vitamin Shoppe, 3261 Peachtree Rd.,Atlanta, GA 30305; mancaveinc.com

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AMER - Dan Durnell - BSA July 2016

Brian Lewis, in partnership with the late David Durnell, adds a new cocktail bar, AMER, to Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood. “AMER” in French translates to “bitter,” reflecting the bar’s drink list, which focuses on bitters and Italian amari. The partners are also known for their successful Atlanta restaurant, BOCADO—Lewis carried on with the AMER venture after Durnell’s untimely death in February of this year.

Details: 299 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30307; ameratlanta.com

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Dr. James (Jim) Robinson (1)- BSA July 2016

How Do Primary and Secondary Brain Tumors Differ?

A: Primary brain tumors originate from cells within the brain, but seldom travel outside of the brain and into other parts of the body. Secondary brain tumors (also called metastatic brain cancer) occur when cancer develops in another part of the body and metastasizes (spreads) to the brain. Metastatic brain tumors are typically more common than primary
brain tumors.

—Dr. James (Jim) Robinson, MD, of Brain Expert, PC

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Lanier Islands Sunset Cove - BSA July 2016

Summertime brings lazy days made for fun and adventure, so why wait until the weekend to make a splash? Located inside Lanier Islands’ LanierWorld, Lake Lanier’s Sunset Cove is making every day of the week a day to celebrate.

Masterpiece Mondays: A team of artists from Masterpiece Mixers leads this spin on popular sip-n-paint classes. Take in scenic views while creating your own masterpiece with step-by-step painting instruction—for artists of all abilities.

Volleyball Tuesdays: Snag a spot on the sand and put your volleyball skills to the test at pick-up games that are as fun to watch as they are to play.

Wine Wednesdays: New this year, this class teaches techniques for pairing delicious food and wines.

Throwback Thursdays: Catch a movie under the stars on the 50’ x 80’ high-definition Spectacular Screen. Enjoy classic flicks, such as “Grease,” the original “Ghostbusters,” “Field of Dreams” and more.

Low Country Boil Fridays: Lounge lakeside to feast on this coastal classic—steaming shrimp, sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob.

Along with weekly events, the fun at Sunset Cove doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Stick around after dark to enjoy Full Moon Parties, featuring jugglers, fire breathers, glow-in-the-dark fun and live music on August 20, September 17 and October 15.

Details: lanierislands.com

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Nyssa Green - BSA July 2016Pnk Digger lip pigments are a favorite among the city’s top makeup artists and beauty addicts. Simply put, lip pigments are an intense lipstick, which means that a little goes a long way! The product line was founded and created by local pro Stephanie Bennet, who makes—yes, literally makes—each batch to ensure it’s of the highest quality. The vegan pigments contain no petroleum or parabens, and each collection is filled with colors as unique as their names.


Pnk Digger - BSA July 2016The Atlanta collection is by far the most popular, featuring colors named after different neighborhoods, like Peachtree Street, Lenox Road (the BEST pink) and Northside Drive. At less than $8, these are a must for every Atlanta girl!



Details: pnkdigger.com



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Chloe's Pops - BSA July 2016


Fruit, water and a bit of cane sugar—that’s all there is in Chloe’s™ Soft Serve Fruit Pops. Blended to a creamy consistency, the fruit mixture (similar to soft-serve ice cream) is poured into popsicle molds and frozen. At only 60 calories per pop, these fruit-on-a-stick treats offer a healthy way to beat the summer heat and satisfy that sweet tooth at the same time. Chloe’s can now be spotted in
Costco and Kroger stores throughout Atlanta.

Details: chloesfruit.com

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Same But Different - Shcolastic Press - BSA July 2016


Actress, national autism spokesperson and author of the award-winning children’s book My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete has released a new book entitled Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express. Her second book delves into the difficulties faced by autistic teens as they take on adolescent challenges that stretch beyond dates, parties and proms. In this thought-provoking read, Peete’s own teenagers, Ryan Elizabeth and her twin brother, Rodney, who has autism, share their experiences with issues related to autism that are often overlooked.

Details: scholastic.com

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