West Cobb Magazine

August 2009

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Publishers Corner           September 2009


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September 5-7  on the Square in Historic Marietta  – This  3-day fine art festival located in historic downtown Marietta     Click for More Art in Park 4 Art in the Park     Venue Map








Things to do and places to go in Cobb over the Labor Day weekend. Best of all most of them are right in our back yard and are Free.  Click Here  


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Make plans to experience the Love the Lake Festival on September 5-6, 2009 Labor Day Weekend at Cauble Park on beautiful Lake Acworth.   Hamel 230 x 300This is a real old fashioned festival with something for everyone including  a parade, an arts and crafts fair, great festival food like  polish sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, smoothies, barbeque, cotton candy, sno-cones, funnel cakes, candy apples, and more.  Enjoy your festival treats in the shade at one of the various covered eating areas throughout the park.No  old fashioned festival is complete without entertainment and they have two stages featuring a wide variety of entertainment. Admission- Free , Saturday September 5 -10am-6pm and Sunday, September 6 – 12pm-6pm  Click to Read More

 It’s a Busy Labor Day Weekend on the Marietta Square

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 Friday evening kicks off with the “First Friday on the Square & Art Walk 2009” and the “Scary-etta Trolley Ghost Tour”.  Participating shops and galleries are open late and offer in-store events and so much more. Art Walk Maps available at the Marietta Welcome Center & participating shops.  Get your map stamped at Art Walk locations along the way and earn a free gift bag at the last stop.

Saturday starts off with the weekly Marietta Farmers Market on the Square and is also the beginning of the 23rd Annual Art in the Park Festival that runs through Monday. Click to Read More About Labor Day Weekend on the  Square


www.atlrestaurantweek.com Click Here   f0r  a complete lists of restaurants and their special $25 menus.

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Chloe Morris, our newest guest food critic offers some great choices if you are looking for something different. Choloe who was raised in Atlanta and knows the Buford Highway area like the back of her hand gives you some tips on where to go for great Chineese BBQ ( also includes Peking Duck) and for Korean  BBQ. These are all authentic places where you see mostly Asians.

Peking DuckChinese BBQ (duck and slabs of pork hanging on glass displays), here are two of Chloe’s favorites: 

Ming’s BBQ  in Duluth  Click to Read

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Korean BBQ  is delicious and is cooked right in front of youl Here are two of Chloe’s favorites, both of which are in Duluth which is home to over 100,ooo Korean-Americans. 

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There isn’t much I love more than spending time outdoors when the weather is so perfect. To that end, here is a list of some restaurants / bars around the Atlanta area with great patios, perfect to enjoy the coming fall evenings. Click to Read More

Recent Reviews by Malika Harricharan

 Marietta Fish Market  had a highly anticipated opening in Marietta in December 08. Started by the folks who brought you the Marietta Diner, there are obvious similarities between the two, most notably the enormous dessert portions. Seeing the throngs of diners since it opened, I thought I’d let them die down and work out any kinks before I visited the Marietta Fish Market. Click to Read More     

Henry’s Louisana Grill – Acworth Ooh La La! That’s all you need to know about Henry’s Louisiana Grill. No, seriously that’s the name of the dish you need to order when you visit Henry’s Louisiana Grill. It’s been tempting me back there for years now. Think fried shrimp, oysters and crawfish, mixed together with tasso(ham) and spinach in spicy cream sauce all over angel hair pasta. It was even named one of the 50 dishes worth driving for by the AJC. Click to Read More                                                                

  Recent Reviews by John Bickford        

Keegan’s Public House- Kennesaw They havedone this place up right. The pub was everythinga neighborhood pub used to be, and more. No overkill with fancy decorations. No girlification. A place witha Larry Bird jersey and a few flat screens on the wall. The dark worn wood. The comfortable bar, a handful of tables and regular patrons. Booths align the wall that separates the bar from the second dining room. More                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Fusco’s Via Roma Acworth In the midst of historic Main Street Acworth sits Fusco’s via Roma, an authentic Italian restaurant that adds a decidedly romantic curve to this traditional southern railroad town. While in the dining room, the sound of the train going by does not conjure up thoughts of an Atlanta railyard, rather those of traveling through Tuscany, Sicily or the Italian Alps. A quick glance around confirms those daydreams, and I refuse to look to the front door, for fear the bubble will burst.                                                                                                                               

 The Old Mill – Acworth  The mill itself was built in 1870 by John Cowan, funded by his share of gold brought back from the Last Chance Gulch discovery in Montana. Over time, the mill went from producing“Lynette Flour” to textiles and tapestries. The mill ceased operation after a suspicious fire in 1992. Now, this wonderfully restored building produces some of the finest Southern and comfort food around.                           

 Di Gusto Italian Grille in Kennesaw is located at 3150 Cobb Parkway NW. A family owned and operated restaurant, Di Gusto offers a family oriented setting with a touchof date-worthy romantic flair. While owner Carlos McCoy handled the kitchen and staff, his wife and partner Rosaria PecoraroMcCoy keeps the recipes to her liking. 

Barbecue Street and Big Shanty Smoke House   are consistantly good barbeque places for dine- in or for takeout.

Restaurants Worth the Drive  Recently Reviewed include Wes-Man’s in White, Georgia, a great meat and Dr Reach 230 x 300veggie hole in the wall,  Okinawa in Cartersville (Owned by Eddie Yap who owns Sushi Zen/Thai Basil in Acworth) and   Spice Market in the W Atlanta Hotel in Midtown Atlanta 

A Recent Review by Chloe Morris, Our Asian Cuisine Specialist

King & I in Buckhead on Piedmont is one of Atlanta’s oldest Thai restaurants and still of the my favorites. This is another place I grew up eating at. There were only a handful of Thai restaurants then and this and Thai of Norcross were among the first successful ones.  King & I isn’t necessarily the most authentic Thai in the city. But the food (quality and taste) has been consistently superior that you can pinpoint their dishes with your eyes closed. Service is consistently excellent as well. Click to Read More

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 Wine Taste 5The Georgia Wine Highway Part I – Dahlonega

 The Dahlonega area is the Heartbeat of Georgia’s Wine Country –  Georgia has wine country?  I can hear the snickering now.  It’s hot and humid here.  We just grow muscadines, right?  This may be the “Peach State” but Georgia is becomingnationally recognized for its fine wines.  I don’t mean “moonshine” or “white lightning” or just muscadineseither.  Some very interestingvarietals find themselves right at home and flourishing in our red clay, known to winemakers as “terra rossa.”   Georgia is havingsuccess with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Sangiovesse, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Touriga, Marsanne, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat to name a few.  Being a wine lover and educator, I was skeptical so I set out to explore these wines of Georgia and see for myself.  What a wonderful surprise was in store for me. Click to Read More  Come Back on September 8 for Part II- A Visit to  Georgia Wineries with Overnight Accomodations 

A Taste of Europe at Patak Meats 

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A haven for meat aficionados, Patak Meats, located in Austell, just a short drive from West Cobb, brings a taste of weemonstersEurope to North Metro Atlanta. Open since 1981, Patakhas a strongfollowing of regulars who frequent the shop for its large selection of fresh European meats, from Italian sausage to Canadian bacon, in addition to specialty cheeses, chocolates and other ethnic foods.  Click to Read More


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Schedules for The Strand and Theater on the Square in Marietta, Theatre on Main in Acworth and Town Lakes Arts Center in Woodstock.. Click here for schedules

Remembering Les Paul by Roger “Hurricane” Wilson

Les RogerWe are all saddened by the loss of the legendary Les Paul. He completely changed the world of music with his creation of sound-on-sound recording, as well as the invention of the solid body electric guitar. Many know that he crossed numerous boundaries by winning multiple awards for his achievements, as well as inductions to various halls of fame. Many obituaries, tributes, and eulogies are being written about Les Paul. When I was in the broadcast news business, one of my bosses told me, “If you are going to write something, tell me something I don’t know!” Well here goes! It is true that for me, being friends with a guy like Les Paul would never be an unwanted attribute, but in my case, it was truly unexpected. I’d like to share with all my friends how I got to know Les in 2003 and my relationship over the past 6 years with one of my true hero’s of music and life. Click to Read More



Elaine Stowers, WC’s  Women’s Fashion Columnist and professional wardrobe consultant shares the differences between being comfortable Renew June Jpegin work and casual clothes and being just plain sloppy. To learn more about Elaines Do’s and Don’t for being comfortable,not sloppy,  read her humorous but bluntly true article.  Click to Read More


SETTING S.M.A.R.T. GOALS  You’ve made the decision!  You are going to improve your health by becoming more physically fit. Great! Where do you begin?  To be successful you need to have a plan.  My late maternal grandfather taught me, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”  Your goals make up your master plan.  Begin by developing your plan of action, i.e. setting S.M.A.R.T. goals:  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time relevant. Click to Read More 


A Laser Transformation  –Would you consider a magnifyingmirror to be a friend? How about first thingin the morning?  If you’re one of the many, many people who hesitate to see your skin up close and personal, you might be glad to know about an uncomplicated method to improve your skin’s appearance. Enhanced skin rejvenation using laser technology can transform your appearance.  Click to Read More  


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SOME GOOD NEWS AT LAST – Consider this for a normal day:  you get up in the morning and  turn on the  news— nothing but depressing  and ridiculous information, right?  Then you get in your car and turn on talk radio—more of the same. If you are like me and spend much of the day in the car, you get a really big dose of blame, criticism and generally irritatingstuff.  The day ends witha nice dinner withyour family—finally a little peace and quiet.  To end the evening you watch a little CSI and Law and Order.  Click to Read More 


Your Job Search – The Top 10 Ways to Manage Your Career   Most people in the last decade have experienced either a layoff or termination in their lives or the lives of somebody they know. While many of these people affected have experienced outplacement-consulting services, some have not and they may be in for a rude awakening. Corporations totday, no longer “take care of you”. Managing your career in these times require you to have a game plan and an understanding of yourself and human behavior.  Click to Read More 


ATTITUDE  by Kit Cummings – Attitude: “The way that you see life right now—your relationship with the present moment.” If you watch carefully, you’ll see all kinds of attitudes as you go through your day. Different people, in different places, seeing life from a completely different point of view. I am fascinated with the study of attitude. It makes so much difference when you begin to realize that we all have a choice as to how we view and respond to life as it happens. Click to Read More

 FAITHFULNESS  by Marlon Longacre –   “If we are faithless he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Tim 2:13 9NIV)  Faithfulness is not a quality that is valued in our society today.   That is why it is so hard to find faithful people. People, who can be counted on, people who are consistent and dependable.  Before my father passed away my parents had been married for 36 years.  Both my parents retired after working 30 years for the same employer.  My father retired from International Harvester and my mother retired from the United State Post Office.   My mother is still a member of Mt. Holly United Methodist Church where they met and were married.  My parent’s faithfulness to the Lord, to each other, to their family, to their work and community was a shining  ample to me. – Click to Read More 


 Saint Simons Island—Crown Jewel of the Golden Isles –  Has summer wanderlust cast its spell over SEA COASTERS JUNEyou and your family? Are you longingfor a coastal getaway? Then look no farther than Georgia’s Golden Isles—specifically, that  semi-tropical haven made just for escaping, Saint Simons Island! Click to Read More    


 Boys & Girls Clubs of Cobb –  OUR PLACE – There is  a place in Cobb County where kids and teens can go after school that is safe, positive and where they can meet friends – a place where all children are welcomed with open arms. Imagine a place where a child from disadvantaged circumstances can find opportunity around every corner and a promise they will be given every chance to succeed. That place is Boys & Girls Clubs.  Click to Read More   

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From history to parks this Northeast Cobb city is an exciting place to live  and Family Circle Magazine named it one of the best places for families to live. Click to Read More




 The Southern Museum –Kennesaw                                                  

There’s a place in the heart of downtown Kennesaw where 19thcentury history is brought back to life. And it only takes about 40 paces inside     this historical attraction for visitors to be immersed into the history and culture that shaped Kennesaw, and other Georgia towns, into the places they are today.  This historical gem known as The Southern Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the men, women and children of the 1800s. Sepia. Click to Read More

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Cris Eaton-Welsh & Steve  Welsh –   Cris Eaton-Welsh  has lived in Kennesaw for the last 22 years, and as a homeowner and a small business owner in Kennesaw, she understands the concerns of balance as a resident and entrepreneur. Cris, her husband Steve and daughters Isabelle and Shelby, currently reside in Legacy Park. She graduated from KennesawState University with a BBAin Accountingand then enrolled at Life University where she earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic care. Following graduation, Cris joined her Father’s Chiropractic business in downtown Kennesaw– Eaton Chiropractic, and recently acquired the family business following her Father’s retirement. Click here to Read More

 Jim Doney 3 to 1Jim Doney, a  TV Pioneer –  Now Living in Kennesaw&  Still Traveling  the Adventure Road – Current Kennesaw resident JimDoney had a longand illustrious television career. Over the years, he worked with such well known TV pioneers as Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, Art Linkletter &  Jack Lord, to name a few. Doneyis retired and living in Kennesaw. Click to Read More

The Smith-Gilbert Garden – Kennesaw’s Secret Garden

Smith Gilbert 3The Smith – Gilbert Garden, formerly the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum is owned by the city of Kennesaw. This secret garden is not grand or forbidding, but approachable and well loved. If you live in the area, you have found a fertile resource. The core of the 13 acre estate features a Greek revival facade plantation from the mid-18th Century. Early settlers built this 4,500 acre cotton plantation, which was a working farm well into the 20th century. Click to Read More

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Dog Park 4Swift Cantrell Dog Park: Fun for the Whole Family

Parks are meant to be places where the whole family can play, relax and enjoy being outdoors. Since many people have at least one member of the family who is of the furry, four-legged variety, the new Swift Cantrell Dog Park is just what the city of Kennesaw needed.    Click to Read More

 Kennesaw PedestrianUnderpassKennesaw, So What’s Next

Yes, Kennesawhas got a lot goingon, withall the special events,  the farmer’s market and everythingelse it certainly isn’t letting the grass grow under its feet. When you add that to historicpreservation efforts and the conservation and everythingelse beingdone to keep its legacy aliveyou know the work just never ends. It’s not just keeping Kennesaw goingin the present or makingsure its past never dies that matters though. It’s also important to ensure Kennesaw’s future, to make sure it is still going strongin the coming years. Make no mistake that is no easy task. Click to Read More

A Loving Goodbye

 golden-retrieverAt  Georgia’s only pet funeral home, Dream Land Pet Memorial Center in Kennesaw, honors that bond by providinga dignified, lovingway to say goodbye.  The way people view pet cremation is changing. In the past, people buried in their beloved animals in the back yard or simply left them with their vets to handle. But these days, for many people, pets are more like family members. Click to Read More     

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 DIGITAL PRINTING – It Looks Great and Offers Great Savings

 The way we get our information has rapidly changed in the last ten years. From online news sources and blogs, to 24-hour news channels and Twitter, the public is hit withinformation, digitally, day and night.  As a result, the way we share information has also evolved. Late last month. Kodak announced the retirement of Kodachrome, its oldest film stock, citing the decline in customer demand in the digital age…….. Click to Read More  

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 This monthWest Cobb based interior designer Jan Britt talks about how she is helping to develop a TV show for Comcastabout Staging Home to Sell.  Jan states that the way you town_country.inddlive in your home and the way you sell your home are two different things. Staging is the process you can do to get a house ready to sell.   Click to Read More   


 Historic West Cobb Homes 

 IMG_8560The historic Acworth home of Abby and Boyd Parks. Originally built in the 1850s the Parks home is one of the finest examples of a restored historic home in all of Acworth. Click to read more    





 Destination MariettaComing September – Destination Marietta Square 




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