Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Roswell Azalea Festival Continues

The fun packed events occurring in the month-long celebration of the Roswell Azalea Festival have the city thriving! The month of April has reached the midway mark, but there are still events for all age groups to anticipate. Check the Roswell Azalea website or Facebook page to keep up with the festival activities including plant sales, art exhibits, receptions, farmers and artisans markets and more!

As the festival comes to an end, participants have an opportunity to win two free passes to tour the Southern Trilogy house museums (Barrington, Bulloch and Smith) in historic Roswell. To enter, participants must opt in for Roswell updates. The winner of two free passes to tour the Southern Trilogy will be announced at the end of the festival via email and will be featured on the festival Facebook page. Please click here to opt in for Roswell updates to be entered in the festival giveaway or go online to www.roswellazaleafestival.com/roswell-azalea-festival-contest-entry/.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Roswell Azalea Festival Gala on April 30. To register for the Gala click here. Also, don't forget to attend the Garden Faire on April 29. For more information about Roswell Azalea Festival events, visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com/.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Roswell Azalea Festival

Springtime brings tremendous excitement as The 3rd Annual Azalea Festival is celebrated in Roswell, GA.  Organizations throughout the city come together each April to host events for the community to enjoy. This 30-day, calendar packed festival began in 2015 with the Roswell Azalea Festival GALA to benefit The Cottage School, and its focus of building a sense of self for students with special learning needs. The GALA served to generate enthusiasm that would expand community wide and become the Roswell Azalea Festival, encompassing numerous events and activities, presented by non-profit organizations, and businesses.

Roswell’s Azalea Festival presents activities for all age groups to enjoy including plant sales, art exhibits, receptions, farmers and artisans market, bicycle rides and races, and so much more.  Azalea lovers will want to take advantage of the many paths and trails that allow one to enjoy the plant in all its glory.  Opportunities abound at the Chattahoochee Nature Center including the opportunity to purchase native azaleas for your home garden.  Garden Faire on the grounds of Bulloch Hall will have pass-along-plants and many others you’ll want to purchase.  Georgia Gardener Walter Reeves will meet the public and answer questions at the Roswell Visitors Center. The Roswell Azalea Festival GALA will be the concluding event of the fun-filled month.

Don't miss a beat of this celebration. For more information, visit the website for the Roswell Azalea Festival. Download the Roswell Azalea Festival flip book with a complete list of all festival activities. Like and follow the Roswell Azalea Festival on Facebook for photos, videos and reminders for events!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

St. Patrick's Day in Roswell

For those of you looking for excitement this St. Patrick’s Day, Roswell has plenty to offer.

On March 11, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub and Eatery will be hosting their 2nd annual “MacFestivus: ShamROCK in the Park” celebration, a family friendly event with live music and a 1/2K Road Race, which will take place from 12-6pm in Heart of Roswell Park, right in front of Mac McGee’s. Food and beer trucks will be available for patrons of the pub, and Irish dancers and bagpipers will be preforming all day.

Fans of live music will be excited to hear about the full schedule of bands playing all day long.

Outside in the Park
1pm-3pm Howlin’
4pm-6pm Orange Walls
Inside Mac McGee’s
5:30-8:30 Battlefield Collective
9pm-12am David Wright Band

Mac McGee’s will also be open to the public early on March 17th for anyone wanting to start the day off with a hearty St. Patty’s Day breakfast of bangers and mash. Mac McGee’s will have shot and beer specials throughout the day, and at 5pm the live music, Irish dancers, and bagpipers will return for more performances. Best of all, there will be no cover for either of the events at Mac McGee’s.

In addition to these activities, on March 17 Gate City Brewing Company will be hosting a charity event from 5-10 pm for the Child Development Association. For $25 you will get a tour of Gate City, along with a souvenir pint glass and 6 complimentary beer samples. Live music will be provided by local classic rock group The Seven Sons, and Big C's Chicago Kitchen will be catering. Gate City will also be debuting their Irish Red Ale for the occasion. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the CDA.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Teddy Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter: Roswell's Presidential Ties

Roswell is the perfect place to visit for those in search of history, and this holds especially true for presidential scholars. Across the historic district, connections to not one, but three United States presidents can be discovered, giving visitors the chance to learn some of the lesser known details about the lives of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Georgia’s own Jimmy Carter. There’s no better way to spend the upcoming President’s Day holiday than by seeing history up close in Roswell!

Bulloch Hall, one of Roswell’s Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums, was built in 1839 and served as the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of Teddy Roosevelt. Mittie initially met Theodore Roosevelt Sr. during a visit to Roswell, and a few years later, after a courtship that has captured the hearts of many historians, the two were married at Bulloch Hall. The Christmas-time ceremony is brought to life in the same room by historically costumed reenactors on an annual basis. Visitors to Bulloch Hall can participate in guided tours on the hour, or visit the carefully maintained gardens and reconstructed slave quarters, where more exhibits tell the story of Bulloch’s many inhabitants. The Roosevelt’s connection to Roswell continues through Teddy Roosevelt’s brother, Elliott Roosevelt, who would later become the father of Eleanor Roosevelt, future wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt and beloved First Lady. During his presidency, Franklin and Eleanor were often seen passing through Roswell while spending time in Warm Springs, and Eleanor made several visits herself to Bulloch Hall.

Visitors may also wish to pass by the former home of Emily Dolvin, a resident of Roswell and aunt of Jimmy Carter. Often called Aunt Sissy, Emily was an avid campaigner for her nephew, and her house was often used as a gathering place, earning the name “Jimmy Carter’s Roswell White House.” A plaque stands outside the house on Bulloch Avenue, which, though not open to the public, is one of the many beautifully maintained historic homes in the city.
For more information on visiting Bulloch Hall, or to learn more about Roswell’s Presidential connections, be sure to stop by the Roswell Visitor’s Center, or contact the Southern Trilogy House Museum directly.