2014 Roswell Riverside Sounds

May 3, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
June 7, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
July 5, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
August 2, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
September 6, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 4, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The City of Roswell is bringing its popular series of free concerts to the bank of the Chattahoochee River. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds will be kicking off its 2014 season on May 3. This outdoor concert series is hosted at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell, on the first Saturday of the month from May through October, 7-9 p.m.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up of artists,” said Morgan Timmis, Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager at the City of Roswell. “We have a great mix of local artists and touring bands including Grammy winners, artists to watch, and more.”

A free shuttle will be available from Azalea Park and Don White Memorial Park running continuously to Riverside Park from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. There also will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The following are the featured artists for each month:

  • May 3 – Chris Thomas King – Popular for his song “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of film O Brother, Where Art Thou, King’s newest album “Antebellum Postcards” incorporates folk, blues and rock.
  • June 7 – Kristin Diable & The City – A Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Diable’s current release “Kristin Diable & The City” was recorded in the heart of New Orleans. She has received national attention on the tour including highlight performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Austin City Limits Festival. Her music has been heard by national audiences on television shows such as HBO’s “True Blood” and “Treme.”
  • July 5 – BIG Something Band – North Carolina’s BIG Something fuses elements of pop, rock and jazz. Winner of the 2010 Homegrown Music Network Album of the year with “Stories from the Middle of Nowhere,” the band’s current album, “Big Something,” has opened to critical acclaim.
  • August 2 – Sonia Leigh – An Atlanta native recently relocated to Nashville, Leigh has toured all over the nation sharing the stage with artists such as Uncle Kracker, Loretta Lynn, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and more. She is the co-writer on Zac Brown Band’s #1-selling record “Uncaged” and co-writer on their #1 single “Goodbye in Her Eyes.”
  • September 6 – Rosco Bandana – A seven-piece Americana-rock band from Gulfport, Mississippi, Rosco Bandana has been touring the United States extensively. Their single “Woe Is Me” has been featured on ABC’s “Body of Lies” and the video for the single has been in rotation on CMT Pure.
  • October 4 – Nathan Ware – Country music singer and songwriter Ware was born in Woodstock, Georgia. His inspiration came from his family’s southern gospel group called The Ware Boys. Ware played shows all over Georgia before releasing his first self-titled album.

Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by the City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. For more information, visit roswellriversidesounds.com

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Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market

May 3, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 10, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 17, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 24, 2014
8:00 amto12:00 pm
May 31, 2014
8:00 amto8:00 pm

Farmers Market in Roswell Ga

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market (formerly known as the Riverside Farmer’s Market) begins Saturday, May 3rd and will run through September 27th.  The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market is a producer-only market which draws from the best vendors in a 100 mile radius. The market will be open from 8am to 12pm, but you always want to come early to get the best selection.

A typical Saturday includes live music, mini-workshops, children’s programs and chef demonstrations. A bistro area allows shoppers to relax, eat, and enjoy entertainment.

Depending on the season, the market has a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, mushrooms, breads, pastries, cheeses, grass-fed meats, eggs, salsas, drinks, jams, jellies, cookies, blade sharpening, artisan bath products and much more.

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market Association (RFAMA) is organized to manage and promote the Market under the sponsorship of  The Roswell Recreation and Parks Association.



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Roswell’s Annual Drinking Water Festival May 3rd

May 3, 2014
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Roswell Drinking Water Festival

Roswell’s Annual Drinking Water Festival and Water Plant Open House will return Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cecil B. Wood Drinking Water Plant at 100 Dobbs Drive. The City of Roswell celebrates this week each year with a festival filled with fun activities for the whole family. They use the festival as a unique opportunity to recognize the vital role that safe, clean water plays in our lives.

This year, the free event will introduce a new featured activity, “The Amazing Roswell Water Race”, in which teams of 2-6 people will compete in a water-inspired scavenger hunt for the chance to win prizes.

Modeled after the popular TV show, “The Amazing Race”, this local version will feature clues about drinking water, water quality and water conservation. Prizes will include family passes to SkyZone, the Chattahoochee Nature Center and more. Families with children of all ages, as well as youth groups, scout troops and other student groups, are encouraged to participate.

In addition to the water race, guests can help symbolically “break ground” for Roswell’s new water plant by grabbing a shovel, throwing on a construction hat and taking a picture in a designated photo op area. Kid-friendly props will be available.

Attendees also can tour the water plant and learn more about the source of their drinking water and how it is treated. Participants will enjoy a free cookout and learn about water conservation practices and the City’s toilet rebate program. Guests can also get an up-close, hands-on experience exploring Roswell’s Water Utility Truck.

The event will locally kick off National Drinking Water Week, May 5-11. Each year, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and an alliance of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sponsor National Drinking Water Week to provide a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives and the need to reinvest in our water infrastructure.

Limited parking is available. Guests are asked to park at 105 Dobbs Drive instead of the water plant.

For more information about all the water-related activities happening around Roswell this spring, including the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, visit www.roswellgov.com/CelebrateWater.

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2014 Roswell Green Expo

February 22, 2014
10:00 amto2:00 pm

roswell green expo

The City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB) are pleased to announce the 2014 Roswell Green Expo is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at Hembree Park (850 Hembree Road) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its third year, the expo’s mission is to educate residents about “green” practices they can incorporate into their lives and homes.

The Expo will feature

  • a Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors. So far, confirmed vendors include: Roswell Recycling Center, One More Generation, Heath Source of Sandy Springs Chiropractor, The Lost Arts, Atlanta Paint Disposal, Juice Plus Tower Garden, Georgia Aquarium, Lighting Energy Depot, Bike Roswell, Aromas by Johnette, The Rain Barrel Depot, David’s Garden and More, Kim’s Kool Hats & Stuff, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Angels Among Us, and Keep Roswell Beautiful.
  • family-friendly cooking demonstrations by Roswell’s own Chef Darwin Felion
  • a DIY rain barrel workshop presented by Vicki Culbreth, Environmental Education Coordinator for the City of Roswell, and The Rainbarrel Depot. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. For more information and to register, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.
  • Favorite Costumed Characters, including Captain Planet, BAIR from the Clean Air Campaign, “Bag Monster” from the One More Generation, “KiRBy” from Keep Roswell Beautiful, and several native species characters from the Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Keep North Fulton Beautiful’s “SuperPals” Puppet Show
  • KRB’s Earth Balloon
  • Photo Booth
  • Arts Projects for Kids: Create pinecone animals to be displayed in Roswell-area parks for Jacob’s Ladder School’s Hide-And-Seek Art Project.

“The expo is a great way for residents to learn about being green while having fun,” said Janet Liberman, co-chair of the Roswell Green Expo and Executive Director of Keep Roswell Beautiful. “The workshops, entertainment and vendors are designed to actively engage community members while teaching simple ways to be sustainable and green. It is not to be missed.”

Sponsors of the 2014 Roswell Green Expo include: Gas South, Bank of North Georgia, Trex Company, Inc., Georgia Power, Caraustar, Neighbor Newspapers, Play It Again Sports, the City of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful.

The expo is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit roswellgreenexpo.org.

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2014 Slammin’ in the Suburbs: Roswell Roots Poetry Slam

February 20, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of wonderful entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs”. This is Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content (discretion encouraged) and performance. Hosted by award winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath.Roswell Roots

What is a poetry slam?

A poetry slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer select the judges from the audience who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poet’s content and performance.

The format has changed somewhat from years past. All poets may participate in any of the rounds. In order to advance each poet must have new material which meets the time requirement for each specific round. There may also be some invitational poets competing.

The Poetry Slam will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Sign starts at 6pm withe competition beginning at 7pm. The Roswell Roots Poetry Slam will be held at Historic Roswell Cottage ~ 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell 30075.

Cash Prizes: 1st – - $1000, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100, 4th – $50, 5th – $25

For further details, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam

February is Black History Month and to celebrate, Roswell will host the 13th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive Black History celebration in the state of Georgia and celebrates black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of art exhibits, history and cultural events.

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Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013

Time to recap the 2013 top selling Roswell neighborhoods. As you may have heard, Roswell home sales definitely saw improvement in 2013. Roswell homes spiked with 1,350 homes sold, which was up from 1,108 in 2011 or a 22% increase.

It’s always interesting to see which neighborhoods buyers were attracted to during their Roswell home search. Where were people buying Roswell homes in 2013? Well, let’s find out. Here are the Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013.

Please hold your applause until all winners are announced and let’s hope that there aren’t any long-winded acceptance speeches. Just can’t stand those long acceptance speeches.

Top Selling Roswell Neighborhoods in 2013

So there you have it. Our 2013 Top Selling Roswell neighborhoods. If we can be of assistance in your Roswell home search, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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13th Annual Roswell Roots Festival

Roswell is proud to host the 13th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February in celebration of African American History Month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive African American History celebration in Georgia and features a variety of exhibits, cultural events and music performances.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Sheila Pree Bright: Invisible Suburbia

February 1-28 at Barrington Hall

Sheila Pree Bright is a fine-art photographer based in Atlanta. Her “Suburbia” series spotlights middle-class African-American suburban homes — a lifestyle that she contends is nearly invisible in the mainstream media. Seven large-scale photographs will be on view in Barrington Hall.

Black Heritage: The Unsung Heroes of Roswell, Georgia

February 1-28 at City Hall Rotunda

An exhibit of photographs, artifacts and textiles, highlighting the history of African Americans in the Roswell area and their influence and impact on our community since 1839.

LIVE! in Roswell Presents Masters of Soul

February 7, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Presented in the Roswell Presents the Doubletree by Hilton-Roswell LIVE! in Roswell series, Masters of Soul is a celebration of Motown and soul artists of the 1960s, including The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores, and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

3-minute Activists: The Soul of Slam

February 12, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Cineplex

A free special screening of this new feature-length documentary filmed entirely on location during the 2013 Roswell Roots Festival. A question-and-answer session with selected filmmakers and featured poets will immediately follow the film.

“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam

February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage

This is Roswell’s 10th annual poetry slam, during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and presentation. Last year’s slam served as inspiration for a documentary that will also been screened during the festival.

3rd Annual Cornbread Cook-Off

February 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Child Development Association

Enter for the chance to win a prize for Best Cornbread, chosen by professional judges as well as a People’s Choice Award chosen by attendees.

Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Teaching Museum North

This honest and powerful play brings to the stage pivotal moments of the American struggle for civil rights. The Freedom Riders, “Bombingham,” and the Montgomery bus boycott are just a few of the key events that unfold

For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.

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1st Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala

January 18, 2014
6:30 pmto10:30 pm

Roswell Fire Police Foundation

Help to protect and serve the brave men and women who protect and serve the Roswell community by attending the 1st Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala on January 18, 2014.

In the course of helping others, members of our Police and Fire Departments are sometimes injured, resulting in the disruption of normal family activities and financial instability. The mission of the Roswell Fire and Police Foundation—and the goal of this Gala—is to help Roswell public safety employees and their families in their time of need.

The Gala will be held at Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill, 85 Mill Street, Building B, Roswell, Georgia, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on January 18. This black tie–optional event will feature a buffet-style dinner, open bar, and entertainment provided by the band, Yacht Rock Revue, a tribute band/original act/comedic troupe described as the “finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever.”

Individual tickets are $150 per person with first-come, first-serve seating. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available starting at $1,500. The base package includes ten (10) tickets and a reserved table for all ten guests.

For more information and e-ticket sales, visit www.roswellfpf.org or call 678-756-2878.


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Roswell Bring One for the Chipper 2014

January 4, 2014
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Join the tradition and give a gift to nature this holiday season! Keep Roswell Beautiful invites you to celebrate the 24thannual “Bring One for the Chipper” and recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays.

As part of a statewide effort to reuse Christmas trees, Keep Roswell Beautiful has joined with sponsors The Home Depot, 11 Alive, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Keep Georgia Beautiful, Ferry-Morse Seed Company, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell, Starbucks, and Super Target to sponsor the “Bring One for the Chipper” program.

Roswell residents are invited to bring their trees to one of the two Home Depot locations in Roswell on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two locations are on Holcomb Bridge Road in Holcomb Woods Shopping Center and Woodstock Road across from Publix. Trees will be chipped into mulch and will be available for delivery to the public by Davey Tree. Residents are asked to please not drop off trees prior to the 4th of January.

In appreciation of their recycling efforts, participants will also receive a special gift, while supplies last. Last year, more than 11,000 trees were collected in Roswell.

For more information or to volunteer at the event, please visit the following websites: www.keeproswellbeautiful.org or www.roswellgov.com.

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Santa is working his way toward 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 Sri Lanka.

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 AllAboutRoswell.com.

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