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Double Feature in Roswell / The Fringe Mini-Golf / Roswell's Public Art  / Extra Fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center / Ideas for your Group / Riverside Sounds  Southern Shorts Awards Festival / Georgia Ensemble Theatre Announces New Season / Come Meet Zoey /
Board of Directors for Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau and Roswell Inc. Announces Name Change and New Board Members  / Roswell Brews / Mark Your Calendar / Newsletter Giveaway
Make it a double feature in Roswell,  September 15 and 16 with the Roswell Historical Society's 3rd Annual Tour of Homes and the 52nd Annual Roswell Arts Festival.

Roswell Arts Festival
September 15 - 16, the Roswell Arts Festival is back for its 52nd year at the Historic Town Square. Walk around the square and enjoy all the different artists' works on display while being entertained by local singers and dance companies (entertainment begins each day at noon).

Children's paintings, sand art, balloon animals and other kid-friendly activities will be available. A variety of food trucks will be on site. The Roswell Arts Festival is from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday and is FREE so bring the whole family. For information on parking and other details please visit  www.roswellartsfestival.com.

Tour of Homes - Saturday Only
The Roswell Historical Society proudly presents the 3rd Annual Tour of Homes on Saturday only, September 15, 2018 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. This year's tour is titled "The Best of Old and New in Roswell" - allowing you a chance to walk through the doors of the five selected homes and enjoy both new and old architecture in the Historic District.

For more information on parking and shuttles, visit the Roswell Historical Society's website.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.roswellhistoricalsociety.org for $30 beginning August 4. Rain or shine, this is a great event not to be missed. We look forward to sharing our architecture with you!

The Fringe Mini-Golf 

The Fringe Miniature Golf, at Roswell's Area 51 entertainment complex, is featured in the  Travel Channel's "13 of the Best Mini Golf Courses Across the Country." There are two family friendly 18-hole miniature-golf courses. One of the courses is pirate themed. The second course is Roswell Mill themed, which ties in the local history of the mills where many Roswell residents worked before, during and after the Civil War. 

Families can see the ruins of the 1800's Roswell Mill on Vickery Creek and learn about the history before going to play miniature golf at a fun miniature version. This is a great option to add some history to a fun family vacation.

Roswell's Public Art  

The Roswell Arts Fund is featuring the 2018 ArtAround Roswell  sculptures through March 2019. The temporary and permanent sculptures are spread around the city at different parks and at the Cultural Arts Center. Some are really fun and feature popsicles and fish. Print off a map from the  website and go on a scavenger hunt to find them all.

(L) Ice Pops , by Craig Gray
Location: Riverside Park, West (Playground)

(R) The Uniting of Work and Spirit,  by  Robert Clements
Location: Mills Park

Extra Fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Sunset Sips
Live music fills the stage at the Chattahoochee Nature Center during the remaining Sunset Sips on the 2nd and 4th Thursday in August and September. Whether it's a girl's night, date night, or a "you" night, nature will provide the perfect backdrop for the evening. Bring a picnic, blanket, and plenty of food. Cash bar is available - no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

August 9: Logan Daniels
August 23: No Solution
September 13: Sainte Jane
September 27: Wes Yoakam
Stroll the gardens, hike the trails, and enjoy an evening at the Chattahoochee Nature Center as live music plays from the Pavilion. Doors open by 6:30 pm each evening and the event runs until 9:30 pm.
For additional information visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Family Fun Day |  August 5
Summer Adventures Day features the favorite activities of Chattahoochee Nature Center's previously popular Water Day and Outdoor Skills Day. Celebrate the end of summer - be sure to wear your swimsuit, you might get wet on this day filled with adventure!
  • Canoeing on Kingfisher Pond
  • Water Crafts & Face Painting
  • Outdoor Adventures Area with flyfishing, geocaching and knot tying
  • Water Adventures Area that includes wet and wild games, water conservation activities, and water science stations
  • Storytime, Creature Feature, Guided Hikes and more! 
Picnics are welcomed! There are several picnic tables and meadows perfect for a meal with the family.  Vending Machines and snacks in The Nature Store are always available, and most Family Fun Days will have local food trucks onsite.

Please note, there is no ATM on the property. For additional information please visit, www.chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055.

Looking for something to do with your group?

Do you have a group (of family, friends, church members, coworkers etc.) that is looking for a fun outing to do together?
Take a specialty themed tour of Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia and learn more about the history of the house, the family, and life in the 19th century south. Themed tours are offered by appointment and scheduled in advance. Choose from these topics for your group to enjoy:

 *  Through the Eyes of a Slave
 *  The Bulloch Brothers~ James Dunwody  Bulloch & The Confederate Navy
 *  A Woman's Day
 *  Daily Life in the Antebellum Era
 *  Bulloch Family During the Civil War

If requested in advance, tours can be offered in French and German. Tour groups of 15 people or more must be pre-scheduled. Arrange your special group tour today by visiting www.bullochhall.org or calling 770-992-1731 ext.4.
For groups who will be staying overnight, please contact tours@visitroswellga.com so that we may assist you with lodging, dining and specialty activity needs.

Riverside Sounds
Come out and enjoy a FREE concert at Riverside Park at the Riverside Sounds Concert Series. 
On the first Saturday of the month, from May through October, patrons can bring their own picnic and chairs (or purchase food and drink from vendors on-site), sit back, relax and enjoy an evening of music.  Check out the upcoming concerts:

August 4: Dangermuffin
September 1: The Roosevelts
October 6: Dustbowl Revival

Concerts begin at 7:00 pm; set up anytime as the park is open all day. 

Southern Shorts Awards Festival

August 4, Roswell's only film festival returns to the Aurora Cineplex. This seasonal competition brings in films from around the world. There are several themes that the films are categorized under and the top three films from each genre are played. The screenings are from 12:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and the Awards Presentation begins at 9:30 p.m. The genres include: student films, animation and western, documentary, fan film/made in Georgia/action/fantasy, mystery/thriller, drama, and comedy. 

For more information, visit www.southernshortsawards.com.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Announces New Season
If you enjoy professional theatre, you'll want to be sure to get your tickets early for Georgia Ensemble Theatre's upcoming productions. Their 26th season will kick off with The Musical 9-5 ; followed by I Loved, I Lost, I made Spaghetti;  Moonlight & Magnolias; Driving Miss Daisy;  and Bullets over Broadway.

Come Meet Zoey

Roswell Arts Fund and Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit charity dedicated to installing and permanently maintaining 88 public pianos throughout the Atlanta area, have brought "Zoey," to Roswell. The piano will be at the East Roswell Recreation Center for everyone to enjoy and play beginning August 18. Zoey, a name that means "life", was designed by local artist Amol Saraf to show the beauty of nature and as a celebration of life.

Board of Directors for Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau and  Roswell Inc Announces Name Change and New Board Members

Roswell, GA (July 19, 2018) - A new name has been announced for the governing organization and board of directors that oversees both Roswell's tourism program, Visit Roswell, and Roswell's economic development program, Roswell Inc. The new name - Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc. - was announced at the organization's board meeting on July 18, 2018, and replaces the previous name, Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, effective immediately.
The organization will continue to operate the public presence of both the tourism and economic development programs under their respective brand names, Visit Roswell and Roswell Inc.
"Changing our name allows our organization to better and more fully reflect our scope of work while also making our mission clearer to those with whom we do business," said Ken Davis, board of directors president for Roswell Economic Development and Tourism, Inc.
During the same meeting, the board of directors voted to update the organization's by-laws, which will allow the creation of two new advisory committees-one for tourism and one for economic development. These committees will allow board members with interest in either or both areas to specifically support tourism or economic development initiatives.
The board also voted on new members and renewed several current members. All board members serve three-year terms. The list of 2018-2019 board members is included below; new board members are indicated with an asterisk (*):
  • Don Howard, Former Chairman and Regional CEO of Synovus-Chairman
  • Ken Davis, Renasant Bank-President
  • Lonnie Mimms, Mimms Enterprises -Vice President
  • Jeff Petrea, Georgia Power-Vice President
  • Bill Hardman, Southeast Tourism Society-Vice President
  • Nancy Tolbert-Yilmaz, Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance-Treasurer
  • Zach Henderson, A.I.A., Inc.-Honorary Chairman Emeritus
  • Anita Farley, Georgia Ensemble Theatre*
  • Alex Kaufman, Kaufman & Forman, P.C.
  • Alex Paulson, Randall-Paulson Architects
  • Branch Sinkule, Kimberly-Clark*
  • Brendan Walsh, Lehigh Homes & Development
  • Chris Nelson, Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Christina DeVictor, Roswell Collective
  • Dave Schmit, Schmit + Associates
  • Kevin Bryant, Canton Place Development*
  • Kevin Head, Roswell First Baptist Church*
  • John Davidson, GM Innovation Center*
  • Jon-Paul Croom, WellStar North Fulton Hospital*
  • Juliette Johnson, Roswell Historical Society
  • Mark Goodman, Gas South
  • Michael Curling, New Kent Capital
  • Mike Hampton, Choate Construction
  • Pat Rains, Gate City Brewing*
  • Ron Buckley, Brixmor Property Group*
  • Ryan Pernice, RO Hospitality
  • Sunny Bailey, Naylor Hall*
"We have enjoyed a strong partnership with the City of Roswell since 1991 and are excited about the ways in which these changes will allow us to continue to grow and expand our work in the coming years," said Davis.  

Craft Breweries are the rage and Roswell has three outstanding ones.

We love our breweries so much, we even created a promotion allowing those who visit them all to receive a FREE collector's glass.  Click here for all the details.

Mark Your Calendar - August 2018

There is so much going on that we can't possibly list all the fun happenings. 
Click here for the calendar of events and more information.

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