Santa Claus is Coming to Roswell

santa heading to roswell georgia

Great news. It appears that Santa is on schedule and is working hard to deliver toys to good boys and girls around the world. So it may be time to get the cookies and milk ready and get the kids tucked into their beds for the night. Santa is on his way to the Roswell area, so be ready. Santa was most recently seen in The Netherlands.

If you’re one of those people who have actually lit a fire in their fireplace in this warm weather, make sure you put it out before Santa arrives. He never likes it when his britches get singed.

Also, if you want to keep up to date on Santa’s progress, click here for the Santa Tracker.

And as an added bonus, you can now track Santa on your iPhone or Android phone. There’s an app for that!

Happy Holidays from the team here at

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Cyber Monday in Roswell


cyber monday

It’s Cyber Monday in Roswell, which means that deals can be found all over the Internet. No more of those crazy attempts to storm the retail shops in Roswell on Black Friday, or perhaps we should start going by Black Thursday.

Anyway, understanding that there are a lot of Roswell Georgia home buyers also looking for deals, we’ve compiled some special lists for Cyber Monday. See what you like, just contact us and we’ll be glad to schedule a showing for you. You can also register for a Property Organizer, where you can save all the Roswell homes that you like and even set up your own custom search to be notified the instance a new home comes on the market that matches your wish list.

Cyber Monday Roswell Homes for Sale

Cyber Monday Roswell Townhomes and Condos for Sale

Don’t miss out on these latest deals. We’re here to help in your Roswell home search.

Best Realtor ever! He is incredibly helpful, professional, personable, understanding, patient, and reliable.- Robert & Lisa

I absolutely loved working with Aaron. He understood exactly what I was looking for. I was in town for the weekend and wanted my search to be as productive as possible. It was. Every home he showed me was a possible and then he showed the perfect one for me. – Hazel

Aaron was so helpful and patient while helping us find our first home. He looked out for us when we had no idea what to look for in a home. As first time homeowners, he made sure everything was explained to us and was available to us to answer any questions.- Hope & Tesh

We can’t say enough good things about Aaron and our experience with him.- Adam & Amy

Aaron was very responsive to our needs. His attention to detail and willingness to explain the current market prepared us well to make an informed decision. Aaron truly exceeded all of our expectations. – Ron & Cheryl

Contact us today at 404-910-3616 to allow us to guide you through your Roswell home search.


“Sale” picture courtesy of Salvator Vuono and

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2014 Roswell Holiday Celebration on the Square

December 6, 2014
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

Roswell christmasCome join in the holiday spirit with the entire family! Roswell’s annual lighting of Historic Town Square will take place on Saturday, December 6th.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and includes performances by the Hillside Elementary singers, the River Eves Choir, and the Esther Jackson Chorus followed by a special reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas with Mayor Jere Wood.

Santa Claus will also make a special visit to the Square from the North Pole. Pictures with Santa will be available at a nominal charge. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by Starbucks or coffee during the festivities.

Immediately after the lighting of the square, take the holiday shuttle to the Adult Recreation Center to shop for gifts at Santa’s Secret Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is located at 830 Grimes Bridge Road. Children ages 12 and younger can shop. Activities include button making, balloons, coloring and more.

On Saturday, you can park at the Adult Recreation Center and ride the holiday bus for FREE! to the lighting of Town Square. Shuttle starts at 4 p.m.

Pictures available with Santa on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Gifts at affordable prices and proceeds benefit the Roswell Ramblers Senior Club. Concessions available.

For more information, please contact 770-641-3950.

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Small Business Saturday in Roswell

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday - Shop Small

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses not just in Roswell, but across the country.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 29th.

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there’s the 5th annual Small Business Saturday, the day people support small businesses. American Express is partnering with lots of local businesses.

This year, American Express is offering Card Members the opportunity to get a $10 statement credit when they enroll their eligible American Express® Card and then use it to spend $10 or more in a single in – store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday. And you can do this three times.

The number of enrollments is limited. Enrollment opened at 12:00AM MST on November 16th and continues until 11:59PM MST on November 29th unless the enrollment limit is reached sooner.

If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge. So get out in Roswell and shop on Small Business Saturday.

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Turkey Workshop at Barrington Hall

November 11, 2014
6:30 pmto9:30 pm

Join Roswell’s own Chef John Wilson in the kitchen of Historic Barrington Hall for an entertaining and engaging evening of gastronomical delight! Chef Wilson presents a full array of classes based on classic European, international and American cuisine and cooking skills. Barrinton Hall

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the featured class is “Turkey Workshop.” The recipes include “Roast Tom Turkey,” “Butternut Squash Puree” and “Sausage and Apple Cornbread Pudding.”   The class will be held on November 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

After creating the meal you will dine on it in the spacious and modern kitchen of historic Barrington Hall. Complimentary wine is served with dinner and a free mini tour of Barrington Hall is included with the class. Reservations are required and space is limited so make your reservations today!

The Turkey Workshop is held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, GA 30075. Call 770.640.3855 to make reservations. cost is $50 per person.

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2014 Roswell Chili Cook-off

November 8, 2014
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

The 2014 Roswell Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1–3 pm at Leita Thompson Memorial Park, 1355 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075.

To have a proper chili cook-off, you need some rules and here they are:


  • Participants should supply at least 2 gal of chili
  • Creativity with your recipes is encouraged. All bases (beans, meat, veggie, etc.) are valid.
  • Participants must submit an ingredients list. No lists or recipes will be given out unless you would like to share. This cook-off involves sampling by event attendees, please be aware that liability is based on ingredients cooked in your chili. Anyone preparing and serving harmful ingredients will be held liable.
  • Any non-traditional or unusual ingredients must be disclosed to prevent allergic reactions (seafood, peanuts, chocolate, etc.)
  • Chili should be prepared prior to event and sufficiently heated before 1 pm on November 8.
  • Chili must be prepared and served in a sanitary manner.

General Info:

  • Participants must furnish their own cookware and serving utensils.
  • A heat source can include a number of different methods including traditional propane camp stove, Coleman fuel, or BBQ (no electricity or running water will be available at the booths.)
  • Sides and Supplements: (Cornbread, bread, salsa, cheese, etc.) are optional but encouraged to support your chili.

Set-up Rules and Times:

  • All Participants will be allowed to set up no earlier than 11:30 a.m.
  • Advertisement and booth decoration are encouraged (offering a prize for the most spirit)
  • At the close of the event, all equipment, advertisements, and decorations must be removed from the site, but should remain until 3 p.m. and no longer than 5:30 p.m.
  • Chairs and 6’ folding tables will be supplied.
  • Shelter will not be supplied, but will be permitted up to 10×10’
  • One ounce sample cups, spoons, and paper napkins will be supplied.

Prizes for both categories (professional and amateur) include ceramic awards plus:

  • First Place = $150; Second Place = $100
  • Best All-Round Spirit and Booth Design (one prize for all entries) = $100

All Chefs will be allowed to choose a small bowl from the event as a thank you for participating.

Click here to register for the Roswell Chili Cook-off.

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Roswell Recycling Center celebrates America Recycles Day

November 15, 2014

America Recycles Day

Help the Roswell Recycling Center celebrate America Recycles Day by attending one of the many events and programs planned for November.

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Roswell Recycling Center invites residents to mark this special day and month in the following ways:

• America Recycles Day Cookout: Atlanta Recycling Solutions, the company that recycles all of the electronics accepted at the Recycling Center, will be hosting a cookout on America Recycles Day, November 15, grilling burgers and hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be some great giveaways while supplies last.

• Tool Collection: The Recycling Center will be collecting tools for the Atlanta Community Tool Bank November 1-23.

The Roswell Recycling Center is located at 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

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Fulton County Schools – Redistricting Meeting

November 5, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm
December 10, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm


Redistricting meetings set for new elementary schools, middle school additions

Three community meetings are set for October 8, November 5, and December 10 to address the redistricting process for two new schools in Roswell as well as classroom additions at three North Fulton middle schools.

About the new schools/additions
One of the schools (“Highway 9 Elementary School”) is already under construction at the intersection of Highway 9 and Thomas Drive in Roswell. Scheduled to open in August 2015, it will temporarily serve as Esther Jackson Elementary School for one year only so that school can be torn down and be rebuilt on its site. Once the new Esther Jackson opens in August 2016, the Highway 9 school will re-open with a new identity (official name TBD) to the students in its newly developed attendance zone.

Classroom additions being built at three middle schools (Autrey Mill Middle School, Hopewell Middle School, and Taylor Road Middle School) also require that attendance zones in area schools be examined so that enrollments can be balanced. High school boundaries will be reviewed at the same time, but only to address any feeder pattern misalignments that could occur from middle school adjustments.

About the redistricting process
Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community’s needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.

Meetings are planned for:

Round One – October 8, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

School system staff outlines redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions.
Participants move to small-group sessions and input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria.
Staff reviews public comments and applies school board-approved redistricting criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the next community forum.
Round Two – November 5, 7-9 p.m. at Alpharetta High School

Staff presents alternative proposals that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum.
Community members comment on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small-group discussions.
Prior to the next community forum, staff condenses the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input.
Round Three – December 10, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

Community members review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in facilitated small-group discussions.
Staff uses comments to develop final attendance zone options for Board consideration.
To maximize input, parents and community members also can participate online through the redistricting website once it goes live on October 8.
Criteria used for developing redistricting proposal
During the meetings, community members will review the school board’s redistricting criteria and can comment on residential development, traffic, previous redistricting, special programs and other issues relevant to the criteria used for redrawing attendance lines.

Primary Criteria

Geographic Proximity – Distance traveled using available routes of transportation.
Instructional Capacity – Number of students who can be accommodated at the school, taking into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education and Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs.
Projected Enrollment – Number of students assigned to a school, taking into account the future projected enrollment.
Secondary Criteria
When primary criteria indicate more than one option, options are evaluated on the basis of:

Traffic Patterns – Factors impacting accessibility of the school from all portions of the attendance zone, including travel time, traffic flow in the area, safe operation of school buses and other safety considerations.
Previous Rezoning – The school system seeks to avoid rezoning neighborhoods more than once during a three-year period if facility sizes and geographic distribution of student populations allow.
Special Programs – Special programs are those serving children with special needs that require use of additional space over and above a regular classroom. Where possible, the school system avoids setting attendance zones that would place a disproportionate number of special programs at a school.
School Feeder Alignment – Where possible, consideration is given to the alignment of elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries.
The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February 2015. Changes in middle school attendance zones will go into effect in August 2015 with elementary zone changes following in August 2016.

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5th Annual Williez Chili Cook-off

November 1, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

chili cookoff

Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Williez Chili Cook-off. Williez Chili Cook-off is North Fulton’s longest running Chili Cook-off.

This year the proceeds benefit Keep Roswell Beautiful and The Drake House.  The event will be held at 2 pm on Saturday November 1st at Willow Springs Neighborhood Park. The park is located at 10579 Roxburgh Lane.

Visitor Information
– Tickets for chili tasting and judging will be available on-site.
– No reservation required. Just show up and eat great chili.
– Tickets are $3 per sample or $20 for a value pack.
– Water, soft drinks and event souvenirs will be available for purchase. Cheap.
– Live Music by Coverage
– Portable restrooms will be on-site.
– A playground is available for the kiddies.
– Limited handicap parking is available. Get there early.

20+ teams will battle for the best chili title.

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Alive After Five October 16th

October 16, 2014
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

Alive After Five Roswell


Alive After 5 for October will be held on Thursday, October 16th from 5-9pm. Enjoy live music, outside vendors, late hours by retailers, face painting, free trolley, balloons, and more. Enjoy with family, a date, your dog or your friends.

Enjoy every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-9pm thru October. Each month over 3,000+ people throughout the Historic District enjoy shops, galleries, music, restaurants and vendors.

At the Heart of Roswell Park at the corner of Elizabeth Way and Canton Street,  the band Men in Blues will be performing.

Complimentary trolleys start at City Hall at 5PM and will take you to both the Canton Street and the Roswell Square venues.

Have a great evening in Historic Roswell!

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