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I n this Edition...
Roswell Azalea Festival /  Mayor Lori Henry /  Roswell Moves /  Computer Museum /  Roswell Tourism Ambassador Program /  Alive in Roswell /  Teddy Roosevelt's Roswell Connection /  Free  Beer Collectors Glass / Chattahoochee Nature Center Giveaway /  Calendar of Events

Roswell Azalea Festival 

There are so many activities to enjoy! 
Art Exhibitions & Receptions, A Vintage Computer Festival, Native Plant Sale, A Garden Faire, Free Concerts on the grounds of the historic house museums, Bike Rides and an Open Street event, Runs and Walks, Farmers Market, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Pop up Shop at Mimosa Hall, Beyond My Stone, Pancake Breakfast, and so much more. 

For a more complete list and additional info, click here

Photo courtesy of Mayor Lori Henry
Lori Henry

For the first time in its 179 year-old history, Roswell has elected a female mayor.
Prior to being sworn in on January 8, 2018, Lori Henry previously served as a City Councilmember from 2001-2009 and again in 2017. She has a history of public service not only on City Council but also as a member of the Design Review Board and the Community Development Advisory Committee. She is the owner of a small business, H and B Promotional Products, located near Roswell's Historic District. 
We asked Mayor Henry to share some of her thoughts with us:

Since becoming mayor, what have you found to be some of the top issues you look forward to addressing?
Increasing transparency and accountability has been a top issue for me in my first few months in office. By mid-year, our goal is to live stream committee and council meetings. We currently video record them and we have renewed our efforts to get this information to the residents of Roswell.  

As mayor, my door is always open; my cell phone is on my business card. I welcome and encourage all our citizens to engage in respectful debate on the direction we are heading, and what we want to be as a city.
Responsible economic development is key to our economic vitality. Thoughtful revitalization of our commercial corridors is a citywide need and proactive recruitment of quality businesses and innovative adaptive reuse will grow our economy and generate support of local businesses. 

What is your vision for growing tourism in Roswell?
I would like Roswell to continue to take a multi-dimensional approach to engage both our own community and visitors in promoting the many assets of our city. For example, the growing film industry in Georgia presents Roswell with a number of opportunities. Roswell is a treasure trove of location possibilities - antebellum homes, rapids on the river, mid-century modern neighborhoods. We are a time machine for film companies.

The new River Area Master Plan is exciting for the city and for the tourism potential. What are some of your favorite pieces of that plan?
First, the plan is sensitive to environmental impacts to the Chattahoochee River. As a friend of mine often says, Roswell has won the geography lottery. The river defines our borders and really is the embodiment of Roswell as a city of living history. A healthy river is an even stronger asset for the city.

I like that the plan incorporates the natural and the practical - emphasizing native plants, saving existing trees, centralizing the welcoming centers and incorporating parking in a discrete yet useful way.  I like the unified approach to the river park system, in design, branding, signage, wayfinding. We have a great asset and making it more accessible for people to use and appreciate is an important potential of the plan.  I also like how the shape and form of the river is embraced in the architectural design of the structures. I appreciate how, for example, the Ace Sand Multi-Purpose Center both fits in and stands out, and how it could anchor positive activity that would be particularly welcomed at that location of the river.

The Historic District has an opportunity to expand its reach with the addition of Mimosa Hall.  Although the solar panels are a great idea to help focus it as Net Zero Energy usage, what are some of the other suggestions you personally want considered for Mimosa Hall? How does Mimosa Hall fit with the other historic assets?
I would like to see Mimosa Hall be a "lights on" center of activity that draws diverse groups of people. In addition to its architectural and archeological significance, and beyond a great place for weddings and ballroom dancing, Mimosa Hall has the potential to be a resource to other historic societies, preservation and professional groups. The goal for Mimosa Hall to be the oldest historic building to go net-zero is just one example of the level of creativity and outside-the-box thinking of one of Roswell's greatest assets - the talented and committed people who love our city. 
As for the Historic District, I would like to see us take a more coordinated approach to the promoting and managing of our historic assets. All our historic assets are jewels in the crown of Roswell's Historic District. Did you know that the National Park Service has recommended Savannah's National Historic Landmark District be placed on the "Threatened (Priority 1 )List," meaning the city's Landmark District - first declared in 1966 - has suffered, or is in imminent danger of, a severe loss of integrity. I never want to see something like that happen in Roswell. We need to protect and treasure our historic assets, as they are crucial to the economic health of Roswell.

Roswell has the distinction of being the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation.
From April 21 through 29 in this popular biking community, there will be a full schedule of Saturday morning rides, Thursday evening rides, a Kid's Bicycle Safety Rodeo, and the popular Bike & Beverage Tour. The event culminates on April 29th when the day kicks off with the Mayor's Ride offering three routes from which to choose and Roswell Moves! An Open Street Event packed with fun and festivities.

During Roswell Moves! a five-block section of Canton Street wil l be clo sed to motorized traffic from 10 am - 4 pm with festivities from 11 am - 3 pm. 
This Open Streets program turns Canton Street into a one-day public park, a nd  encourages exploration of the area by walking, pedaling, rolling, and even playing. The public will enjoy local merchants and restaurants, vendors and live music presented by Atlanta Plays It Forward. 

Visit  www.bikeroswell.com  for all details.

Computer Museum of America and the Vintage Computer Festival 6.0
Over the past several years, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) -- home to one of the world's largest collection of iconic computers -- has been open for private shows and events as Pop-Up exhibits, a museum term for displays of a temporary nature. The location served as a "test kitchen" for feedback, input and response from visitors as plans continued to develop the museum's ultimate design and location.

The Museum is in a new home at Roswell Town Center - 5000 Commerce Parkway with a new corporate tagline:  Innovation Past Forward, we are preserving the past and inspiring the future.

Computer Museum of America will host the Vintage Computer Festival 6.0.
This unique event features speakers, exhibits, activities, consignments and vendors. Open to computer geeks, hobbyists, IT professionals, makers, future inventors, families, interested children, curious onlookers and more.

Vintage Computer Festival 6.0
April 21 - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
April 22 - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission: $10, $15 for 2 day pass. College Students $5 with ID, 17 and under FREE.
During the festival the Computer Museum of America will be open for a Sneak Peak Preview of the Super Computing Exhibit under construction. Architectural and design drawings and renderings of the future museum will be on display.

  Pictured on the left  is Andy Hertzfeld, the primary software architect for Macintosh, with Lonnie Mimms, Chairman and Founder of the Computer Museum of America

Below is an interview with Computer  Museum  of America's CEO and Founder, Lonnie Mimms. Mr. Mimms, a native of Atlanta, is also CEO of Mimms Enterprises, a Roswell-based real estate investment company focused on retail properties primarily in the Atlanta region.
Where did you get the inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind computer museum?
At a young age, I was introduced to computers and technology when I attended a programming camp at Fernbank Science Center. This sparked an interest and passion that continued to grow with exposure and use of my own computers. My parents encouraged me to explore this interest further and provided the opportunity to program on a Sol-20 microcomputer. Once I was proficient, I was able to use the Sol to write programs for the family real estate business.
What is the favorite article you have collected?
There are too many favorites to choose a favorite artifact. The computers I used as a young teen, emote a strong memory and nostalgia.
What are the key benefits of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0?
Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the digital evolution through collectibles and restored machines on display in vendor booths. Special demonstrations and exhibitors will offer popular hands-on electronic projects, soldering, and fun Do-It-Yourself game kits for children and adults. A group of technology enthusiasts gather to share a common passion of restoring and preserving vintage computers and artifacts. In addition, visitors will have a chance to observe a FIRST robotics demo, Kids 4 Coding, and mechanical keyboarding, all to foster an interest in STEM/STEAM.
Computer Museum of America

Become a Roswell Tourism Ambassador

Roswell residents, business community, and civic leaders  are invited to join us April 13 for the Roswell Tourism Ambassador program. This program is designed to help you know more about Roswell, its attractions and why tourism is so important. After a brief orientation, we will head out to tour some of Roswell's attractions, enjoy lunch and network together. To find out how to be a part of this exciting day call 770-640-3253 or click here for more details. 
October 2017 class of  Tourism  Ambassadors visiting local attractions   

This free event takes place the Third Thursday of each month April - October and is held concurrently on Canton Street, Roswell's Historic Town Square, and on the grounds of City Hall. Free trolley service connects the venues from 5 - 9 pm.
Alive is recognized as the "Best Street Party" in metro Atlanta and features live bands, food trucks, kids games, face painting, balloons and more. Many of the boutiques, small businesses and restaurants participate and add to the merriment.
Gate City Brewing and Carl Black Buick-GMC Roswell are presenting sponsors of the 2018 Alive in Roswell.

Teddy Roosevelt and Roswell
President Theodore Roosevelt is often associated with New York, the state in which he was born and lived much of his life. However, are you aware of the Roswell connection? The events that would tie him to Roswell began as a love story between his mother and father.
In the late 1830s, Roswell King's empire of mills was starting in the area of Georgia that would carry his name. Among his investors was James Stephens Bulloch, grandson of Georgia's revolutionary governor, Archibald Bulloch.
In 1839 Mr. Bulloch moved his family into their Roswell home, majestic Bulloch Hall, designed by Connecticut architect Willis Ball. Among the children was their daughter, Mittie.
When Theodore Roosevelt of New York was 19 years old, he visited Roswell and met Mittie. Although taken with her beauty, the romance did not spring forth, as Mittie was not impressed with the gentleman from the North. It wasn't until she was older and visiting her sister in Philadelphia that she once again encountered Theodore, and her opinion changed considerably. In fact, the couple embarked on a romance that in 1853 culminated in their wedding at Bulloch Hall. Mittie left her beloved home to live in New York with her husband. This union would result in a son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., who became the 26th President of the U.S..
During his childhood Teddy Roosevelt's mother and aunt would tell him stories of the South, Bulloch Hall and Roswell, Georgia. In 1905, as President of the U.S. he had the opportunity to visit Roswell and Bulloch Hall. Speaking to the crowd that gathered, he said:
"I hardly like to say how deeply my heart is moved by coming back here among you. Some of the earliest recollections I have as a child is hearing from my mother and my aunt (Miss Annie Bulloch, she then was) about Roswell; of how the Pratts, and Kings, and Dunwodys, and Bullochs came here first to settle; about the old homestead, the house on the hill; about the Chattahoochee..."
He even wrote to his son: It was really very touching coming to Roswell, my mother's home. I had heard all about it when I was small from my mother and aunt, and I recognized a great many of the places and felt about them just as if I had seen them while a child.    
In addition to his visit to Bulloch Hall, President Theodore Roosevelt spent many hours touring some of Atlanta's most treasured sites including Piedmont Park where he gave a speech calling the city, this mighty city, an industrial centre of the Union, in a great agricultural State.

Promotion ends October 15, 2018.
The CVB encourages you to drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

Chattahoochee Nature Center is the oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast, encompassing 50 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. Hike woodland trails and stroll river boardwalks as you enjoy the beauty of the natural world. The Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road and open from 10 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday and noon - 5 pm on Sunday.
The drawing will be held at the end of April.
Mark Your Calendar - April 2018

This month our calendar has so many wonderful events it's difficult to list them all. For your convenience, we are providing the link below to assist you in planning your fun-filled time in Roswell.

Click here for the calendar of events.

A Few Reasons to Stop by Roswell Visitors Center:

* Receive personalized services from friendly staff who know Roswell (after all, it's their home)

* 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
For questions on what Roswell has to offer, please feel free to contact the Visitors Center. 

Roswell Visitors Center
617 Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253 or 800-776-7935