25th annual Colors Festival of Arts

The 25th annual Colors Festival of Arts has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate “Mom.” Mother’s Day Weekend of 2015 will bring lots of colors to the historic Town Square. The festival will be held on May 9th & 10th, 2015, Mother’s Day Weekend, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

The beautiful flowers of spring will combine with beauty created from sparkling glass, an array of paintings, photography, captivating jewelry, whimsical sculptures and a wide array of original arts and crafts the entire family will find enjoyable.

Browse to your heart’s content and purchase those items you hear calling your name. If you haven’t found the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet, don’t fret …. Mom is sure to find something she will love at the Colors Festival of Arts.

Sponsored by the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club the event is their major fundraiser for the year, with proceeds going back into community projects and causes they sponsor.

In 2015, the Colors Festival of Arts will celebrate its 25th year of presenting this community event that has become a traditional way for many families to celebrate Mom. Only fitting, since many of the Roswell Junior Women’s Club members who put on this event are mothers themselves.

Artists and craftsmen arrive from areas around the Southeast, joining with Roswell and North Fulton artists to present a magnificent show. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and ranges from Storytelling to vocalists, instrumentalists to dance performances. An array of festive food vendors are on hand to satisfy the appetite.

Click here for additional information on the Colors Festival of Arts.

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2015 Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market

Farmers Market in Roswell Ga

The Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market (formerly known as the Riverside Farmer’s Market) begins Saturday, April 18th  and will run through October 31st. 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, now in it’s eighth year, is located behind City Hall in Roswell, GA.

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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2015 Roswell Riverside Sounds

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 2015 season on May 2nd. The annual Roswell Riverside Sounds outdoor concert series is hosted at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road in Roswell on the first Saturday of the month from May through October from 7-9 p.m.

In 2015, the July concert will be held on the second Saturday of the month due to the 4th of July.

Back this year, there will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6-9 p.m. so you can enjoy a great dinner without all the work.

The following are the featured artists for each month:

  • May 2: Havana Son
    Created by Cuban native Rene Herrera, this world-renowned bandleader brings music to life through his use of piano, vocals, guitar and TRES (Traditional Cuban Stringed Instrument). Llilian Herrera adds her unique vocal style to create an intoxicating cocktail of Latin and American sounds.
  • June 6: Royal Southern Brotherhood
    An American blues and blues rock band made up of five members that all had impressive careers of their own before joining together to create the Royal Southern Brotherhood.
  • July 11: River Whyless
    Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations. English trad-folk sounds are some of the band’s obvious touchstones, putting them in a category similar to contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and Stornoway. River Whyless has been featured on NPR’s World Cafe, Paste Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM’s The Loft, and more.
  • August 1: Adron
    Named Best Songwriter of 2012 by the Atlanta-based arts and culture magazine Creative Loafing, Adron has managed to unite audiences from all backgrounds, age groups and subcultures with her universally communicative and infectious music. She playfully blends Brazilian samba, bossa nova and Tropicália with the sincerity and thoughtfulness of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson.
  • September 5: Monty Montgomery
    Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, this talented and charismatic singer started to write and create music in his early years and has since reached the British Charts and toured across Europe. He holds numerous awards, is listed in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, and was recognized as one of the top reggae artists of all times by Billboard magazine.
  • October 3: Get Right Band
    The Get Right Band is described as “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” by The Alternate Root magazine and was recognized as Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” pick. Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, this live show covers everything from funk to rock n’ roll to reggae.

Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. Artists and dates subject to change.

For more information, call 770-641-3705. For up-to-the-minute changes, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @roswellculture.

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2015 Roswell Beer Festival

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The Third Annual Roswell Beer Festival benefiting STAR House Foundation will be held Saturday April 28th.

The 2015 event takes place at the Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., on March 28. The festival is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. More than 250 beers will be featured at this year’s festival. Among the breweries showcasing beverages include Monday Night, New Holland, Red Hare and Sweetwater.

General admission tickets are priced at $50, while VIP tickets are on sale for $100.

STAR House will be hosting the Beer Festival and will have all of your favorites plus many varietals you have never heard of. IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Ales, Hefeweizens, Belgian Quads, and even a few Sours to choose from if you’d like. They also took your feedback from last year and will have more food variety. They are working on bringing the best of Roswell’s food to the event.

They have two local bands lined up to play. Whether you like a little bluegrass, a little rock, or a little in between, they have it covered. They are also bringing in a professional sound system to rock you out! Opening up for the day will be The Free Byrds, and closing it down will be Highbeams.

Tickets are $50  in advance or $100 for VIP. Click here to get your Roswell Beer Festival tickets now. General Admission starts at 2pm and event will close at 6pm. VIP entry 1pm

STAR House Foundation is a non-profit organization in Roswell, Georgia that makes a difference in kids’ lives by providing an after school tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk children.

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2015 Roswell Georgia Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Eggs

Roswell has created a conundrum for those little Easter Egg Hunters out there. Do you want to do one or two Easter Egg Hunts this year in Roswell?

Your first option is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Smith Plantation. The historic grounds of Smith Plantation will be open at 10:00am for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt continues a tradition started by Lizzie Smith, oldest child of Archibald and Anne Smith. Children should bring their own baskets and enjoy finding the candy-filled treasures.The Smith Plantation is located at 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA 30075. The cost is $5 per child. The event kicks off at 10am, but please arrive early to pay.

Your second option is to bring the family out for an adventure as we hunt eggs in the dark with nothing but flashlights. And be sure to keep an eye out for the Golden Egg for a special basket of prizes. The Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at East Roswell Recreation Center, 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell, GA 30076. The event starts at 7:30pm.

All participants must be registered. Cost is $12, resident (child); $18, non-resident (child) and $4, resident (parent); $6, non-resident (parent). For more information and to register, visit RoswellGov.com.

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2nd Annual Roswell Fire & Police Foundation Charity Gala

Roswell Fire Police Foundation

Help to protect and serve the brave men and women who protect and serve the Roswell community by attending the 2nd Annual Roswell Fire and Police Foundation Charity Gala on March 28, 2015.

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 the Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive in Roswell from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. This black tie–optional event will feature 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 and group ticket sales are also available.

For more information and tickets, call 678-756-2878 or e-mail [email protected]

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Bulky Trash Amnesty Day March 21st

The Public Works Departments of Roswell and Milton, along with Keep Roswell Beautiful, invite residents to clean out their garages, basements, and attics this Spring and dispose of unwanted, large items at no charge at Bulky Trash Amnesty Day.

Mark your calendar for this year’s Bulky Trash Amnesty Day: March 21, 2015, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM at the City of Roswell Public Works Division, 1810 Hembree Road (note: this event is not at the Roswell Recycling Center).

Keep Roswell Beautiful, in partnership with Roswell and Milton’s Public Works Departments, has set aside one morning per year as your chance to dispose of large unwanted items at no charge.

You’ll need to bring along proof of residency in either Roswell or Milton (a utility bill is preferred). Roswell residents with the window decal do not need any other form of identification. Get there early to minimize delays – this is a popular annual event. Also, the event will close at Noon so don’t delay in getting to the event. They don’t want you to miss out!

Here’s an idea of what will be accepted:

  • Tires – automobile tires only; off the rim, and limit 4 per car
  • Sofas and chairs
  • Tables
  • Refrigerators, washers, and dryers
  • Televisions
  • Deactivated cell phones

They CANNOT accept the following at this event:

  • Paint
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Any fluids including motor oil and anti-freeze
  • Household batteries
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Yard waste

Materials will only be accepted at the site on the day of the event and only during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please note that the line will be cut off at 12:00 p.m.

Just a reminder that if you have items that are still in good condition and could be used, consider donating them to a charity such as North Fulton Community Charities, Goodwill or any of the other charities in the area. Please call to check with them first.

For more information about Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, Roswell residents should contact Janet Liberman at 770-641-3715 or [email protected] and Milton residents should contact Cindy Eade at 678-242-2509 or [email protected] Information is also available on the Keep Roswell Beautiful website at www.keeproswellbeautiful.org.

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33rd Annual Quilt Show 2015

Bulloch Hall

The 33rd annual Quilt Show will be held from March 6 – 15, 2015 at Bulloch Hall. The Quilt Show is entitlted “Celebrations”.

The event is a March tradition in North Fulton County, and all across Georgia. This display of lovely quilts in an historic home provides a warmth and ambiance not found in larger venues.

For a glimpse of our guest artist’s work visit her website www.dawnwilliamsboyd.com

Quilt show hours are 10 am to , Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors, $6 for children 6 – 18.

Bulloch Hall, located in historic Roswell, Georgia, is the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Teddy Roosevelt. This unique and beautiful home is located at 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell.

For more information about the sponsoring guild, Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, and for applications to submit entries for the show, go to www.bhqg.org to contact Wendy Blanton.


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Roswell Household Hazardous Waste Day

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Keep Roswell Beautiful wants to get the word out about the City of Roswell’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, slated for February 21, 2015. The event, which will run from 9:00 AM until noon, is a great opportunity to get rid of your potentially toxic and hazardous household materials – in a responsible way. Please note this event is not at the Roswell Recycling Center; it will be held at the Public Works/Transportation/Fire facilities at 1810 Hembree Road.

Check your basement, garage, storage areas, cabinets, and sheds for any of these items:

  • Oil based paint
  • Paint thinner/turpentinehousehold-hazardous-waste-collection
  • Pesticides, including fertilizers, herbicides, flea and tick products, fungicides, insecticides, and rodenticides
  • Undiluted pool chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Propane gas cylinders
  • Mercury thermometers/thermostats
  • Non-rechargeable household batteries
  • Aerosols, including aerosol paint
  • Automotive brake fluid/used motor oil filters (no other automotive fluids)

The Environmental Quality Company will be handling and disposing of the materials for the City of Roswell, so materials can’t be dropped off prior to the event.

Only Roswell residents can participate, so remember to bring proof of residency with you, such as a Roswell utility bill or the City of Roswell sticker. Your driver’s license will also be accepted. Also, this is for households only – no business or commercial waste disposal will be allowed.

For more details about Household Hazardous Waste Day, call Janet Liberman at 770-641-3715 or email [email protected].

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Roswell River Parks Master Plan Public Meetings

chattahoochee river

The City of Roswell is in the beginning stages of developing this master plan for a City-owned Riverside Road property that has been home to the ACE Sand Company for many years. All members of the public are encouraged to share their vision of the future.

What amenities do you envision Roswell having along the Chattahoochee River? More parks, recreation facilities, restaurants, shops—or maybe something entirely different? Bring your ideas to two upcoming Public Meetings for the River Parks Master Plan.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Roswell City Hall, Room 220
38 Hill Street, Roswell
Begins: 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
East Roswell Recreation Center
9000 Fouts Road, Roswell
Begins: 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the meetings, contact Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs at 770-641-3705.

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