15th Annual Roswell Roots festival


Roswell is proud to host the 15th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February 2016 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:


January 30 – February 21 at Barrington Hall

Dawn Williams Boyd’s exhibit of cloth paintings reflects her interests in American history, women’s identity, and sexuality, religion and politics.

Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia

February 1-29 at City Hall Rotunda

This exhibit, co-sponsored by the City of Roswell and the Roswell Historical Society, returns to the Rotunda. It highlights the history of African Americans in the Roswell area and their influence and impact on our community since 1839. This rich story is told through the use of photographs, artifacts and textiles.

LIVE! in Roswell Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama

February 6, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Presented by the Roswell Presents LIVE! in Roswell series, The Blind Boys are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five GRAMMY Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material



“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam

February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage

For an evening of exciting and inspiring entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs.” This is Roswell’s 12th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and performance. Includes an invitational round of competition amongst some of the region’s best spoken word artists! Also bigger and better prizes! A $1,000 cash 1st place prize will be awarded. Hosted once again by award -winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath. For details on the rules and how to participate, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam.

“True to Their Native Land” Documentary Film Premiere with the Producer

February 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Roswell Adult Recreation Center

The 90-minute documentary includes filmed interviews with African American veterans of World War II from Georgia and Alabama. Fifty years later, former state senators, college presidents, and ordinary citizens tell their story: what it was like to serve in the military, not as a flying ace, but a regular draftee and foot solider. The number of veterans of this war dwindles each day and it’s important to get their stories before their voices go silent. Produced by Weldon Bishop.

Southern Sweets: 2nd Annual Pound Cake Cook-Off

Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m. at East Roswell Park Recreation Center

Last year, some of the entries in the pound cake cook-off contest included Toffee & Pecan Crusted Pound Cake, Sweet Potato Pound Cake and Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Is your mouth watering yet? Join us for the City of Roswell’s second annual Pound Cake Cook-Off. If you’re an amateur baker, register to enter the contest and see how your pound cake measures up. There will be prizes awarded for the top entries in both the professional and amateur categories. Attendees will get to meet and mingle with the competing bakers, swap recipes, sample delicious pound cake, and vote for their favorites. Several local restaurants and bakeries will have cake entries and will provide guest judges. For details about how to enter the competition, visit www.roswellroots.com/poundcake.

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

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Alive After Five September 17, 2015

Alive After Five Roswell

Alive After 5 for September will be held on Thursday, September 17th 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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49th Annual Roswell Arts Festival


The 49th Annual Roswell Arts Festival will be held on September 19th and 20th, 2015. Festival hours are Saturday 10-6 p.m. and Sunday 10-5 p.m.on the historic Roswell Town Square. Due to limited parking, we encourage visitors to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have plenty of room to store anything that you might purchase.

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Roswell, the Roswell Arts Festival is held on the Roswell Town Square. Entertainment featuring local singers, dance companies, and children’s entertainers begins daily at noon on both days of the festival. Children’s painting, sand art, and other activities are also available. Food vendors on site.

Founded in 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival Committee has worked tirelessly to bring quality artisans to Roswell for the benefit of the community and to raise money in support of the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. The Roswell Arts Festival has raised money for a variety of projects throughout its forty year history, including funding for the Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell’s Riverside Park, funding for the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, and funding for the purchase of sixty three acres of land that would later become Roswell Area Park. Through monies raised by the annual festival, the Roswell Recreation Association has been able to donate more than half a million dollars towards the betterment of recreation in Roswell.

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Paddington at Movies Under the Stars

Join B98.5  and fellow Roswell residents on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Riverside Park for a free showing of Paddington. movies-under-stars-riverside-park

Bring the kids, your blanket or beach chair and relax under the stars as we present fun, family films on our giant 45’ screen at 14 Metro Atlanta locations. All movies are open to the public and begin at dusk.

Arrive early for fun games and prizes!

Concessions will be available until halfway through the film but feel free to bring your picnic baskets and coolers — please mind local ordinances/rules regarding open containers and glassware.

B98.5 and Arrow Exterminators proudly presents “B at the Movies” – their annual series of FREE outdoor movies on Saturday nights.

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Bulky Trash Amnesty Day September 12, 2015

The Public Works Departments of Roswell and Milton, along with Keep Roswell Beautiful, invite residents to clean out their garages, basements, and attics this Fall 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: September 12, 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 – must be off the rim, automobile tires only; limit 4 per car
  • sofas
  • tables
  • refrigerators
  • chairs
  • washers
  • dryers
  • televisions
  • deactivated cell phones
  • electronics

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 jliberman@roswellgov.com and Milton residents should contact Jason Wright at 678-242-2523 or Jason.Wright@cityofmiltonga.us. Information is also available on the Keep Roswell Beautiful website at www.keeproswellbeautiful.org.

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25th Annual Rivers Alive River Clean-up

Rivers Alive RoswellEvery September, Keep Roswell Beautiful teams up with the City of Roswell, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center, to be part of Rivers Alive, Georgia’s annual river clean-up.

Our state’s 70,100+ miles of rivers and streams need our help to remain viable resources for drinking water, recreation, and places of natural beauty. The Chattahoochee is an especially important waterway in Georgia, so those of us fortunate enough to live nearby have both the responsibility and privilege to take care of it.

This year, Roswell volunteers will lend a hand from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM on September 26, 2015 with privet removal (privet is an invasive shrub), litter pick-up at Riverside Park and the surrounding areas, and educating residents about stormwater pollution by marking storm drains in local neighborhoods.

Their business partners in this endeavor are Chattahoochee Nature Center, SuperTARGET, Starbucks, Advanced Disposal, and the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell. A special thanks to them for their support!

The Rivers Alive project is perfect for volunteers across the board: non-profits, corporations, community and civic groups, school groups, scouts, faith-based groups, individuals, families, and others looking to serve their community.

Registration for the 2015 Cleanup is now open!

Volunteers MUST pre-register prior to the event.  Groups need only register once, however, each individual needs to bring a signed waiver to the event. For more information, please contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3715 or vculbreth@roswellgov.com.

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15th Annual End of Summer Celebration


On September 6, 2015, the City of Roswell will hold its 15th Annual End of Summer Celebration at Centennial High School. This family-friendly event will feature music, carnival games, giant inflatables, face painting, our annual twist contest for the kids, and fireworks.

Games and activities begin at 5:30 p.m., with The Free Byrds taking the stage at 6:00 p.m., followed by Back Trax at 7:00 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show will begin at dark. Food will be available for purchase from Shane’s Ribshack.

Proceeds from the carnival support many Centennial High School Clubs.

This fun event is sponsored by Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Fulton County Schools.

Centennial High School is located at 9310 Scott Road and is a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free school.

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11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Roswell eventsThis is the the premier event for ice cream lovers of all ages. So, mark your calendars for Sunday, August 30, 2015 for the 11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ from 2pm to 4pm. At the Ice Cream Crankin’, you can taste over 100 unique flavors of homemade Ice Cream, including Orange Mango Sorbet, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Crunchy Brownie and Tropical Delight. Of course the event isn’t just about eating ice cream, although it would be enjoyable even if that were the case. In addition, there will also be Ice Cream eating and stacking contests, music, snow cones, popcorn, face painting and children’s games.

The 11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ will take place rain or shine at the Historic Roswell Towne Square. Address is the 600 block of Atlanta Street, Roswell. In addition to street parking, parking is permitted at: Roswell First Baptist, 710 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075.

Admission is only $6 per person or $20 per family (up to 6), for all the ice cream you can eat. Remember that all proceeds go to a great cause – the Drake House.

The Drake House is a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in the North Fulton area, offering immediate housing and programs designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency. In addition to housing, The Drake House provides an Empowerment Program and Life Skills workshops at The Drake Center. Since 2006, The Drake House has served 195 families with 358 children.

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6th Annual Rockin’ At The River

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The Board of Trustees of the Chattahoochee Nature Center invites you to their annual “Rockin’ at the River Gala” on Saturday, May 9, 2015. This beautiful natural setting along the river in Roswell sets the stage for this year’s benefit gala for the nature center. The party kicks off at 7:30 pm, but Patrons and Sponsors will come an hour earlier to enjoy an exclusive VIP Reception.

The main event kicks off in Kingfisher Hall with signature cocktails served to each guest as they arrive at 7:30 pm, dressed for the season in spring chic attire. Guests can mix and mingle while enjoying the fabulous food, great music and cocktails from the open bar. An extensive Silent and short Live Auction and other surprises provide additional treasures and fun. This party is perfect for nature or music lovers as well as all those ‘movers and shakers’; our talented musicians create a rockin’ good time for all of our guests who dance to the light of the moon. Live music continues throughout the evening as guests migrate through the beautifully landscaped and lighted gardens to the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion for delectable desserts and more dancing to a rockin’ band on the water front. In the pavilion, the glam décor is enhanced by the addition of hundreds of twinkling lights reflecting the natural starlight on the water.

Proceeds from the gala provide crucially important operating funds for the Center’s environmental learning programs, horticulture and wildlife services. The gala also helps promote the mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center to an ever expanding audience of local and corporate leaders. CNC is the Southeast’s oldest and largest, private, non-profit natural science learning center, located at 9135 Willeo Road along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. With its unique Gold level LEED Certified Discovery Center, it serves as the interpretive center for the entire Chattahoochee River; connecting visitors by helping them understand their role in protecting this critical resource thereby empowering them to positively impact their local environments. Patron Tickets are $250 per person and general admission tickets are $125 per person.

Please note that this is a ticketless event, therefore, you may purchase tickets up until the beginning of the event. Your name will be added to the access list. Click here to purchase your 2015 Rockin’ At the River tickets.


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Tea with Beatrix Potter May 9, 2015

Beatrix Potter returns to Barrington Hall on May 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for “Tea with Beatrix Potter” – the historic home’s spring tradition that features an afternoon of storytelling delight.

Portrayed by Atlanta actress Holly Stevenson, the character of Beatrix Potter will bring to life her friends Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten and other characters through captivating stories and puppet mastery.

The event also includes games, a take-home craft, and a substantial afternoon tea. Guests will enjoy various tableaus featuring Beatrix Potter’s tea settings scattered throughout the home’s formal garden. Visiting bunnies will also be available for petting and photo ops.

Stevenson has performed one-woman shows for thousands of Atlanta schoolchildren. Through her portrayal of Beatrix Potter, Stevenson has developed a deep admiration for the British artist and storyteller and cleverly introduces her audience to the charm and whimsical characters of Potter’s storybook English countryside.

Tickets for this event are $10/ person. Attendance is limited and advance reservations are required.

For tickets and information, call 770-640-3855.


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