Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Roswell In The News

If you haven’t had time to read all of the wonderful publications that highlight the goings-on in Roswell, here are a few that you may have missed:

Mayor’s Wrap Up Bragging Rights: The Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote activities in both cities with “Holidays Along the Divine 9.” The kick-off event featured some friendly completion between the mayors and their wives from both cities. www.northfulton.com/Articles-c-2011-10-17-189565.114126-sub-Wrap-Stars-Mayors-wrap-up-bragging-rights.html


Sip of the South: Ready for a great party? Bulloch Hall’s annual Sip of the South will have a Halloween theme this year. Reservations are required. Check out roswell-neighbor.com/stories/Sip-of-the-South-gets-spooky,177033 for more details.

Youth Day Grand Marshal to Present Award: Even though the Youth Day Parade was October 1st, Sally White, the Grand Marshal of the 61st Annual Youth Day Parade still has one duty to complete. roswell.patch.com/articles/youth-day-grand-marshal-to-present-award

Ever wonder about some of Roswell’s more interesting sculptures? Check out roswell.patch.com/articles/public-sculpture-abounds-in-roswell

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall and Halloween Fun in Roswell

I love fall. Between the beautiful crisp air, leaves changing colors, hot apple cider and freshly picked apples, every day is a new adventure. At my age I think my friends would wonder if I’ve entered my second-childhood if I were to go trick-or-treating so I’m always on the lookout for fall adventures. Are you ready for some fall fun? Roswell has you covered with events through the end of October to entertain everyone in the family.

Alive After 5
Thursday, 10/20, 5 – 9 pm
Fun, entertainment, and shopping along Canton Street in Roswell’s Historic District. Free parking at Roswell City Hall. Free trolley. This is the last Alive After Five for 2011 so don’t miss out on the fun.

The Manor Haunted House
Friday and Saturday, 10/21, 22, 28, and 29, starting at 7:30 pm
If you’re looking for screams and thrills this Halloween, visit Roswell’s spine-chilling and bloodcurdling adventure at The Manor Haunted House, sponsored by the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department. The Manor is located at 9100 Fouts Road in Roswell. Tickets are $10 per person and available at the door.For more details, visit www.roswellgov.com/themanorhauntedhouse, or call 770-641-3705.

Beasties at Barrington
with the North Fulton Drama Club Friday and Saturday, 10/21 & 22, 20117 – 9PM, Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive.Admission fee - $5 per person. Stroll the grounds of Barrington Hall and encounter storytellers whose tales of old Roswell and of bygone days will delight the whole family!

3rd Annual Boo Y'all Scarecrow Contest
on Canton Street
Roswell schools, churches, and businesses created some very exciting scarecrows that are displayed along Canton Street. Visitors and residents voted on their favorites during the first two weeks of October. The winners will be announced on 10/20 at Alive After Five at 7 pm in the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street.

Roswell Art District Fall ArtWalk!!
Saturday, 10/22, 4-8 pm; Sunday, 10/23, 1-5 pm
Seven art galleries on Canton Street have joined forces to provide a magnificent tour of new exhibits, artists’ receptions, art prizes, music, tastings from area restaurants, refreshing libations and more. Just look for the purple and yellow balloons.

Halloween Hikes at The Chattahoochee Nature Center
Friday and Saturdays, 10/21, 22, 28, and 29: 7 pm
Encounter costumed woodland creatures as young children enjoy Halloween with these enchanting, friendly night hikes. Crafts, face-painting, snacks and beverages for sale. www.chattnaturecenter.org/halloween-hikes.html

Roswell Ghost Tour
Grand Greek revival mansions and humble mill worker's apartments are some of the haunted sites you'll see on this mile of easy walking. Tours depart from the bandstand in Roswell Square (across from the Roswell Visitor's Center). Call for tour times. Reservations are required. Year-round tour led by paranormal investigators. Extra tours have been added through the end of October. Please check their webpage or call 770-649-9922 for schedule and reservation information. http://www.roswellghosttour.com/

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It’s A Wrap

Would you believe that there are only 72 more shopping days until Christmas? More importantly there are only 39 more days until the holiday events start along the Divine 9.

What, you’ve never heard of the Divine 9? To us local folk, that’s Georgia Highway 9, here in Roswell and Alpharetta. Each year, starting with Thanksgiving week, Roswell and Alpharetta host some must-attend events and celebrations all up and down the Divine 9.

To unveil the Holidays along the Divine 9 publication a very special, fun event is scheduled on Monday, October 17th at 11 am at Northpoint Mall. Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Mayor Arthur Letchas of Alpharetta, and their wives, Judie Raiford and Sally Letchas will participate in “The Mayor’s Holiday Wrap-Up.”

Each husband and wife team will be in a race to see which team can wrap the most toys in 19 minutes. Santa himself will give special acclaim to the team with the most wrapped gifts and a few other select categories. Performers from the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance production of The Nutcracker will be on hand providing additional holiday merriment. All gifts will be donated to North Fulton Community Charities.

I’m not sure what will be the most fun – cheering on my favorite mayor and wife team or getting some great ideas for how to wrap those funny shaped packages that I have to deal with each year. I wonder if Santa will let me sit on his lap, at my age? Guess I’d better focus on the beauty and majesty of the Tolbert Yilmaz Nutcracker dancers and be content with being awed at their skills.

The best part about this event is being the first to find out about the 84 (yes, I said 84) events in the Holidays along the Divine 9 publication. I know for a fact that some of them are of the “fills up fast, gotta reserve my spot, now” type of events.

Join us at Northpoint Mall on Monday, October 17th for the thrill of competition, the beauty of the dancers, and I bet you’ll even hear a jingle bell or two – you just have to be there in person to find out what I mean.

If you ever snuck under the tree as a kid, carefully opened a wrapped package to see what you were getting, and then taped it back up, I bet you can’t wait for Monday to see what all the Holidays along the Divine 9 has to offer. Guess what? You don’t have to wait. Just go to www.visitroswellga.com/divine9.html and click on the link to view all of the events.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Taste-Y Time in Roswell

Ladies and Gentlemen – Start Your Tastebuds! It’s time for the yummiest fall event in Roswell - The Annual Taste of Roswell.

Come on down to the Historic Square, this Saturday, October 15th, noon – 5:30 pm for a great chance to enjoy a beautiful fall day while sampling food from Roswell’s favorite restaurants. Throw in a radio station playing great music and fun family-friendly contests and you have a great recipe for a fun afternoon.

If you’re not from “around here,” the Historic Roswell Square is located at the intersection of Marietta Highway (GA 120) and Atlanta Street (GA 9).

On this fine fall Saturday, over 25 Roswell eateries will be selling samples of some of the items on their menus on the square in downtown Roswell. Make the ticket tent your first stop to visit the smiling volunteers and purchase your food tickets for 50 cents each. Samples are one to six tickets (50 cents to $3 in value). I usually start with $5 worth of tickets, scope out the tents to see what each restaurant is selling, buy my samples and chow down. If I still have room left in my stomach, I figure out how many more tickets I need and purchase a few more and start the fun all over again.

After you’ve eaten your fill, make sure you stop back by the ticket tent and vote on your favorite restaurants. The friendly competition between restaurants includes: Friendliest, Best Decorated, Favorite Item, and the coveted Most Popular, which is determined by YOUR taste purchases.

While you’re digesting your food and deciding if you really need just one or two more desserts, grab a chair in front of the bandstand and enjoy the music and dance contests. In addition to the music from 106.7 Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, you and your family can participate in:
Hula Hoop Contest
Bean Bag Toss
The Twist Dance Contest
Hokie Pokie
Electric Slide
Line Dancing

So stop reading, get out your calendar, and mark it down to be at the Historic Square in Roswell, this Saturday, October 15th from noon – 5:30 pm. See you there!

For more information on our sponsors and participating restaurants, check out www.visitroswellga.com/taste-roswell.html

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrating 20 Years of Heads in Beds and Faces in Places

On October 8, 1991, the Roswell community showed strong support for a tourism program in Roswell by donating more than $20,000 at a kick-off meeting. Thus began the strong focus on tourism and the creation of a vital organization to carry that work forward.

The Roswell CVB operates as the Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Roswell, working with partners throughout the city to attract visitors to our area. Visitors’ spending adds to the economic vitality of Roswell which increases our quality of life.

On May 1, 1992, we opened the doors to the Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau at 617 Atlanta Street and have been staffing it 7-days-a-week ever since. Here, visitors to Roswell and residents alike, receive information about our city, our tourist attractions, lodging, restaurants, shopping, events facilities, community services, city services, directions and more. Through the Visitors Center we are the welcoming face of the community, providing information, answering phone calls, responding to e-mail inquiries, and fulfilling requests generated by our advertising programs.

We work to put Heads in Beds and Faces in Places, utilizing dynamic advertising, marketing, and promotional programs to reach people near and far.

Planning a wedding, reunion or special occasion in Roswell? The CVB provides free services and assistance to make your job easy.

Arranging a business meeting? We are here to help you.

Want to have fun with your family and friends? Let us tell you the possibilities.

Looking for things you can do free of charge? Try the walking tour or the free downloadable Civil War/Mill Village tour on our webpage.

Stop by the Visitors Center to learn more about the Roswell community, or visit our website at www.visitroswellga.com Our hours are 9-5 Monday – Friday; 10–4 Saturday; Noon – 3 Sunday; with extended hours for festivals and special activities as needed.

As we celebrate 20 years of serving the community, we invite you to experience and celebrate Roswell!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Canton Street Wins Great Places in Georgia Award

The secret is out about Roswell's historic treasure - Canton Street! The setting for great shopping, dining and special events like Alive After 5 was recently awarded the "2011 Great Places in Georgia - Great Street" by the Georgia Planning Association (GPA). Canton Street was described as "the hottest scene OTP" (OTP-outside the perimeter.)

The GPA award acknowledges that good planning has been crucial to preserving Canton Street and making it the vibrant "Great Street" it is today. Canton Street received this award because of the alfresco dining craze, being a walker's dream street and for the people looking for "the Virginia Highland experience OTP, Canton Street has it covered." According to the award application, 'Historic commercial buildings and historic homes house restaurants, offices, retail and residential space. The Heart of Roswell Park provides a public park space in a historic commercial area and narrow streets with brick sidewalks and street trees provide character-defining elements that contribute to an enjoyable experience for all and provide the setting for a variety of experiences including shopping dining and festivals. Good planning has been crucial to making Canton Street a "Great Street in Georgia"! Citizens and visitors alike enjoy this historic and memorable sense of place.'

The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) is an official Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). GPA is a 1,000-plus member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Georgia's communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.

A special presentation will be made at the upcoming Roswell Mayor and City Council Meeting in recognition of the award on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

Art Captures History and Nature in Roswell

What happens when you take a city full of picturesque historic and natural attractions and combine it with the creativity of middle schoolers? The result is awesome artwork and a great excuse for some friendly competition between the student artists.

Last year, when the “Roswell Connect,” networking and social event for Roswell businesses, was held at the Atlanta Academy, the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau was amazed at the size of the art gallery area and the work the students had created. This year, as part of the Roswell Paint Out, Atlanta Academy Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades were busy creating scenes of historic areas in Roswell.

So many great works of art were created that it was a challenge for the school’s art director and panel of judges to narrow it down to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention awards for each of the grades. The October 4th ceremony to announce the winners was a great time to showcase the students’ work and of course, for a photo op.

Bank of North Georgia, as part of their support of the CVB and the arts, provided the ribbons and cash awards given to each student. Kevin Bamford with Bank of North Georgia, joined Mayor Wood, Rich Dippolito, Becky Wynn, Betty Price, Steve Stroud, administrators and instructors from Atlanta Academy, Dotty Etris and Marsha Saum from the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau in congratulating the students and celebrating their works of art.