Welcome to VisitRoswellGA, a monthly newsletter highlighting the great things happening in the city of Roswell with its Modern Spirit and Southern Soul. Roswell is an oasis of Southern hospitality full of local events, attractions, festivals, restaurants and more. For information regarding leisure activities and tourism in Roswell or the Roswell Visitors Center please visit www.VisitRoswellGA.com
I n this Edition...
Free & Fun in Roswell / Best Garden Club in Georgia /  Danielle Explores Roswell / Homeschool Day / Celebrated Southern Gardens  Good Times Guide /Visit Roswell CVB Free Services / Georgia Ensemble Theatre Conservatory Cultural Exchange and Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny Cash / Moonlight and Martinis at Bulloch Hall / Mark Your Calendar / Newsletter Giveaway
Summer brings images of relaxation and fun! There is no better place than Roswell to find many free and fun activities for every member of the family. We invite you to explore, eat and experience as many as possible before the books and work begin to pile up again.
  1. Explore Roswell's Parks: If you are in the mood for hiking trails before dusk, Old Mill Park is where you need to be. This interpretive trail takes you by historic mill ruins and a machine shop that serviced the Roswell Mills in the 1800s. Do you need to spend time with your four-legged friend? Head over to Leita Thompson Memorial Park, where there is a stunning lake, nature trail and off-leash dog park. You can pack a picnic and take the kids for a day at Roswell Area Park. Here you can spend the day at the pool, the playground or gently move into the zone of relaxation at the serenity garden; you can also enjoy a hike through one of the many wooded trails.
     
  2. Riverside Sounds Concert Series at Riverside Park: The first Saturday of the month from May through October, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket to Riverside Park for a night of melodious music. Vendors and food trucks will be on site during the performances. Share your photos by using #WhenInRoswell and #RoswellRiversideSounds. The lineup of artists can be found on the event's homepage.
     
  3. ALIVE in Roswell: ALIVE in Roswell is hosted on the third Thursday of each month, from April through October at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., along Canton Street, at the Historic Town Square and on the grounds of Roswell City Hall.  This event is filled with live bands, food trucks, kids games, and a selection of family friendly activities. Many restaurants and businesses are open to welcome guests. Free trolleys provide transit between the  sites.
     
  4. Take a hike on the boardwalk from Azalea Drive to Willeo Road.  This approximate one-mile boardwalk lets you enjoy the beauty of the Chattahoochee River as you stroll.
     
  5. If art is your passion,  be sure to visit the Galleries you'll find along Canton Street and throughout Roswell.
Check out additional ideas at www.visitroswellga.com

Best Garden Club in Georgia ---  Literally

The city of Roswell is known for being aesthetically pleasing. Many admire, but are unaware that several of the gardens and landscaping projects were completed by the recently awarded #1 Garden Club in the state of Georgia, the Roswell Garden Club.
  
Left: A typical community work session conducted by members.  Here they work on the Roswell Adult Recreation Center Entrance Garden.   Right: (from left to right) JoAnn Jones, Club President Debbie Vann, and Carolyn Herndon at the  Garden Club of Georgia Convention accepting awards. 

The handiwork of this group can be seen in the Butterfly Garden and Peach Orchard at Barrington Hall and the rose garden at Smith Plantation. It is also found at the local park located on Woodstock Road through the donation of trees. They are continually working on community projects. A few of their endeavors include the Community Wildlife Project, Garden Therapy, Litter Control (Adopt-a-Road), and Historic Preservation. This group also takes its talents outside the ci ty of Roswell through regional and national involvement.

One of the purposes of the club is to, "Create interest in civic improvement through the beautification of home, town and country." Members have taken a personal investment in this statement by donating their time and funds to help provide a total of $1700 in renovations at the Roswell Square and planting a tree in the Roswell Area Park after a natural disaster.
 
Roswell Garden Club  meetings are held every fourth Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the community activity building at Roswell Area Park from  September  through  May. 

Join Danielle as she Explores Roswell
Danielle Purdie is experiencing Roswell as she assumes her new duties as Advertising and Marketing Coordinator for the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau. You are invited to join her journey through her blog posts! Her goal is to highlight the unique and fun activities found in the city, and she welcomes your suggestions of what she should explore. You can read her blog posts  here !

The Visit Roswell CVB and A Southern Trilogy: Roswell's Historic House Museums will host a "Homeschool Day" for homeschooled students Friday, September 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
 
Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation provide demonstrations and hands-on activities allowing students to experience life in the 1800s. Some of these activities include visiting the blacksmith, digging for vegetables, churning butter, drawing water from the well, and learning how natural fib ers were turned into finished textiles. Free parking is available at each location.
 
"Interactive history is the best way to learn," according to Diane Stone, Meetings & Group Travel Manager with Visit Roswell CVB. "Parents of homeschool students are often looking for different ways to teach history as part of their required curriculum, and Roswell's Southern Trilogy Homeschool Day is designed to provide a fun and entertaining way for students to learn about the past."
 
Registration is required and will open in mid-July. For more information and to register, visit  www.visitroswellga.com   or call 770-640-3253.  Roswell Homeschool Day is a partnership of Visit Roswell CVB and The Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums.  

The Celebrated Southern Gardens of Historic Roswell

CNC Butterfly Garden
Roswell has several beautiful and unique gardens that are interesting to people of all-walks of life. The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is a great place to begin your tour. It is an environmental sanctuary encompassing 30 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. The Greenroof Garden depicts the natural habitat found in the granite outcroppings of Georgia and is filled with unusual and rare plants. The Unity Garden grows fresh vegetables, fruits, culinary herbs, flowers, and supplies more than five tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. The Native Gardens and the Butterfly Garden are two other favorites at the CNC.  Don't miss the Butterfly Encounters at Chattahoochee Nature Center the entire month of July.
Barrington Hall Garden
 
A short distance from the Chattahoochee Nature Center is Barrington Hall, home of Roswell co-founder Barrington King. The informal West Garden and Formal East Garden have been restored through the Historic Landscape and Garden Grant from The Garden Club of Georgia and funding from The Roswell Garden Club. Restoration documentation is gathered from published books and family letters. Visitors enjoy viewing "a large bed of sweet lavender," "snowballs," and "Cape Jasmine as tall as the tallest man," in the West Garden. The East Garden, a formal boxwood garden, is the only antebellum garden open to the public in metro Atlanta. It was created by original owner Catherine King and has an historic daffodil and dahlia collection, antique roses, heirloom perennials, a native scuppernong arbor walk, and remnant plants.
 
Bulloch Hall is home to a lovely demonstration garden. Mittie Bulloch grew up at Bulloch Hall and married Theodore Roosevelt here in 1853. This garden is maintained by the North Fulton Master Gardeners and includes: a Children' s Garden , a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, a Rose and Perennial Garden, and a Herb Garden . It is also fascinating to learn about the Osage Orange trees, used by the Osage Indians, that are located on the grounds.
 
In 1838, Archibald and Anne Smith moved from Coastal Georgia to help settle "The Colony" of Roswell. Their plantation style house and its ten outbuildings sit on a large wooded site that was once part of a 300-acre cotton farm. The gardens were planted by generations of the same family. Visitors can see the Rose Garden featuring "Heirloom Roses" that are over 100 years old and the Terraced Gardens featuring heirloom hydrangeas. Other gardens of interest include a butterfly garden, an herb garden and a vegetable garden. Visitors can also learn about the 39 intriguing lamp posts that are scattered around the Archibald Smith Plantation Home property. 

Good Times Guide: Official Guide to Roswell, GA

The Roswell CVB in partnership with Local Life Publishing has released the 2018 Guide to Good Times. Click here  to download the full guide.

Visit Roswell provides FREE services  to help you arrange your Meetings, Weddings , Reunions or Special Occasions
Bridal photo credit: ABJ Photography, ABJphoto.com
Georgia Ensemble Theatre Conservatory Teaches Children in China
Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton's only professional theatre company and conservatory, has been invited to participate in a cultural exchange with China to teach drama to children in the city of Hangzhou, Hunan Province. And, as a second part of the exchange, 20 five-year olds and their families from China will travel to Roswell this summer to participate in a week of GET's Conservatory summer theatre camp. The Atlanta International Culture Exchange has chosen GET's Conservatory and Education Department for this honor due to their track record of excellence in teaching children and teens over the past 25 years.
Don't miss the collaboration between Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Chattahoochee Nature Center when they present  Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny Cash ; July 12 - 28.

Held in the beautiful lakeside pavilion and guests are welcome to bring a picnic but a bar is available on site (no outside alcohol or glass please). Don't forget to decorate your table to possibly win prizes! Walk the grounds before the show and enjoy a wonderful evening. For more information about GET, to purchase tickets to Ring of Fire, or to check the schedule of upcoming performances please visit  www.GET.org.
 
Moonlight and Martinis in Miss Mittie's Garden at Bulloch Hall
July 27, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

On this full moon evening, Friends of Bulloch Hall invite you to enjoy Martinis, a garden exhibit of local art and a self-guided tour of Bulloch's summer exhibit, Here Comes The Bride. This exhibit features bridal fashions though the years. Presented by Friends of Bulloch Hall, the event admission is $25 per person and includes one free Martini. Additional drinks are available for $10 each.  www.bullochhall.org

Mark Your Calendar - July 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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A Few Reasons to Stop by Roswell Visitors Center:
* Receive FREE personalized assistance from friendly staff who know Roswell 
   (after all, it's their hometown)
Enjoy a short video highlighting things to see and do
* Maximize your itinerary with helpful suggestions
* Choose from a wide selection of brochures, guides and printed materials
* Maps and Directions
* Snap a photo with our Visit Roswell Photo Frame
* Browse the exhibits of Roswell's early textile mills
* Enjoy Southern Hospitality at its finest
 
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