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Holiday Festivities – Dec. 10-19

Holiday Festivities: Theater, Symphony, Arts and Crafts Show, Nativity Scenes, Santa, and more are jam packed into the next nine days.

Christmas Carol CastTHU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thursdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at www.theatreinthesquare.co. 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air.  Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SANTASAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.  Thank you Johnny Walker Photography.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit www.mynertamid.org or e-mail info@mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw

THU-SAT DEC 17-19 – NATIVITY ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE – Stroll through the Historic Marietta Square and listen to the sounds of the season celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  Performances by local church choirs, musicians and puppetry arts.  Sponsored by Citizens for Christian Christmas Celebration on the Marietta Square.  Please join us for free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and on the 19th the festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  

FRI DEC 18 & SAT DEC 19 “5th Annual LIVE NATIVITY CELEBRATION” 6-9P – St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church’s Gift to the Community.  Come see and hear the story of the Nativity – LIVE animals, including a CAMEL!!! FREE parking and admission. Outdoor presentation every 30 min. Complimentary Musical Entertainment & Refreshments. For more info, go to www.stteresasacworth.com or call 770-590-9040.  5725 Fords Rd, Acworth, GA.

homeforholidays2012FRI-SUN DEC 18-20 – 10TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. Tickets: $15, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm. For more info and tickets call 770-528-8490

FRI-SAT DEC 18 -19 – AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS – presented by Marietta First United Methodist’s Jubilation Drama Ministry. Full orchestra and professional dancers. For tickets, call the church office at 770-429-7800. For more information, email Bryanblack@mariettafumc.org

News Updates for Cobb and Surrounding Areas

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Marietta Cobb Art Museum accepting Artist Entries

MetroMontage1Calling all artists — Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is hosting its annual Metro Montage, a juried exhibition,  Artist entries are due by April 30, 2015.  Works will be on display at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.  Visit Marietta Cobb Museum of Art webpage and click on Metro Montage XV Open for Submissions for more information.

Commemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

burningCommemoration of the Burning of Downtown Marietta

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War  with a real-life experience of devastating Burning of the Historic Square  Saturday, November 8.

The City of Marietta will continue its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Marietta throughout the rest of the year, culminating with a real-life experience of General Sherman’s devastating Burning of the Historic Square and the City’s triumphant rebirth on Saturday, November 8.

Marietta effectively surrendered when Confederate General Joseph Johnston was forced to abandon the town on July 2, 1864. Even though the Union Army and federal troops had been occupying Marietta since July, Southern citizens who had remained saw no real activity until early November when trains began running at all hours of the day and night carrying wounded Union troops and various supplies. The trains’ only destination was North, and fast. The reason for the urgency was simple and harsh – once the last train had gone north, the railroad and City would be burned and destroyed by General Sherman.

In the days and weeks that followed, history would record the destruction of Downtown Marietta as one of the first steps towards General William Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Schedule of Events for November 7th and 8th

On Friday evening (Nov 7) there will be active rehearsals for the Burning of Marietta event. (Expect some booms and pops!)

The Farmer’s Market will be relocated to East Park. Artist Market will remain on Mill Street. East Park Square and North Park Square (streets) will be closed at 5:30am Saturday morning and remain closed all day for the event.

cannonCivil War Festival on the Square 10am-9pm

10am – 7pm There will be several activities going on such as re-enactors in Glover Park, carriage rides, children’s games, 2 inflatables, touch-a-truck, a dunk tank, pin the devil horns on Sherman, music, included are kids’ Games & Activities 12pm-5pm (Games include a Bucket Brigade, Sherman DunkTank, Civil War era games, and various other fun events, plus Marietta Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck Event 12pm-5pm

Extra excuse to shop as Merchants are welcome to set up on the sidewalk to sell merchandise or refreshments like they do for the sidewalk sale that Karen Heard coordinates.

Burning, Rebirth & Live Battle Skirmish at 8pm  The “burning” show will begin at 8:00pm. It will include a performance by the Symphony on the Square and a re-enactment of what happened 150 years ago when Marietta burned. This will include special effects to replicate the burning and will occur on East Park on the County buildings.

Symphony on the Square

Re-enactor Camp on the Square

More information available at www.mariettacivilwar.com.

Roasted at The Strand

On September 7, 2014 the Earl Smith Strand Theatre will be awash with sizzling sounds, the clang of pans, and possibly the scent of a culinary setback or two. Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, benefitting the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand, is a cooking competition between public figures of Marietta to decide who will go home the champ and who will go home roasted.

Guests of the event will be greeted with h’orderves prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the competition unfold live on The Strand stage.

The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef: Mayor Steve Tumlin (City of Marietta) with Shan Cooper (VP, Lockheed Martin);  Chairman Tim Lee (Chairman, Cobb Commissioners) with Elaine Armster (Special Projects Chief, GDOT); Attorney General Sam Olens (State of Georgia) with Kim Gresh (President, SA White Oil Co); and Mayor Max Bacon (City of Smyrna) with Faye DiMassimo (Director, Cobb DOT)

Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s bakery and restaurant in Marietta, Ga, will be hosting the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theatre stays intact.

“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” says Cassi Costoulas, general manager of The Strand Theatre, “this will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our ‘celebrity chefs’ create.”

Silent Auction will take place in lobby prior to the show. Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and h’orderves. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit: www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Roasted at the Strand

The Youth Museum’s Fundraiser – Sept 6.

AUCTION ItemsThe Youth Museum is holding its Twelfth Annual BBQ and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, celebrating over 44 years of serving students in Cobb County and the metro area. Delicious BBQ by Sam Huff’s BBQ-1, live music by Old Mill Road Band, tours of the Museum’s current exhibit, “America’s Pathways to Independence” and a fabulous Silent Auction will be the highlights of the evening. Sam Heaton, Director of Cobb County Department of Public Safety, will be the emcee.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Please call the Museum during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at 770.427.2563. Email youthmuseum@aol.com or find us online atwww.theyouthmuseum.org.

Businesses and individuals are invited to invest in the education and future of the children who visit the Youth Museum. The children do not forget their experiences and the Museum represents opportunities for learning in the best possible way – individual personal involvement.

Martinis & Music night- August 15, 2014!

artworkFriday Night, August 15,  from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us in the museum galleries on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. During the event, Metro Montage XIV and Duncan and Walkowtiz: Modernists of Movement and Line will be on exhibit. Live music performed by Keltic Kudzu. Free for MCMA Members. $10 General Admission.  Live music performed by Keltic Kudzu.

“Formed at the turn of the 21st Century, Keltic Kudzu is a straight up Celtic/Southern fusion band. We use our traditional acoustic instruments to generate all the energy and fun of your typical full-blown Celtic rock band without the deafening volume and studded leather vests! Four part harmony, dueling fiddles, guitar, mando, bouzouki, whistle and bagpipes join forces to wipe out stress and put a smile on your face.”

High School Musical, Jr. – at the Strand

IMG_0237High School Musical, Jr. ~ August 1st- 10th

“Get’ cha Head in the Game” and catch Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. at the Strand! Featuring the catchy songs and exciting dance numbers of the wildly popular Disney movie, the Strand’s all-student cast is “All in this Together” as they bring you the romantic-comedy story of two high school students from rival cliques that refuse to “Stick to the Status Quo” when they try out for the lead roles in their school musical.

Starring Zach Seabaugh as Troy, Allie Stewart as Gabriella, Shelbea Owen as Sharpay, Eric Worrall as Ryan, Landon Ebuna as Chad, and Kari Twyman as Taylor. High School Musical, Jr. is a Strand-produced musical directed by Meagan Williams, drama instructor at Mt. Paran Christian School. Tickets are $10 and assigned seating.  Order tickets online at www.earlsmithstrand.org  Pictured at left Zack Seabaugh and Shelbea Owen.  They are rising 10th graders at KMHS..

Four more performances:  Sunday, August 3 at 3:00 -pm.  Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday August 10 at 3:00 pm.  These kids are awesome.

150th Anniversary the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – June 27-29

Battlefield datesThe National Park Service announces the details of the upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will offer three days of commemorative programs, battlefield tours, and living history demonstrations at sites throughout the park from June 26–29, 2014.

June 27, 2014, marks 150 years since Union Major General William T. Sherman launched his frontal assault at Kennesaw Mountain against the Confederate Army of Tennessee, led by General Joseph E. Johnston. The battle was a tactical defeat for the Union army, and was General Sherman’s last frontal assault of the Atlanta Campaign..

Evening programs will be available every night during the commemoration.  On Friday June 27 at 7:30 p.m. popular musical historian and composer, Bobby Horton, will open for Claire Lynch, Female Vocalist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  On Saturday June 28 at 8:30 p.m. the park will rededicate the Illinois Monument at Cheatham Hill; this program will include speakers from Georgia and Illinois, a wreath laying, and 3,400 luminaries representing the lives lost during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Finally, a closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Burns, author and lecturer on Southern and Atlanta history and Dr. Oral Moses and the Georgia Symphony Choir.

The Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club has partnered with the National Park Service to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the 150th Anniversary Commemoration.  The group has also created a special website for the event, where visitors can learn about events leading up to the commemoration, commemoration events, frequently asked questions, and how to support the 150th events.  More information on the group’s efforts can be found on www.battleofkennesawmountain150.com.   Dates, times, and events are listed under events on the website.
CANNONS part of the 150th Commemorationencampment at kennesaw mtn battlefield

 

Luv At First Bite Catering Wins Taste of Sandy Springs

Luv at First Bite CateringThere were more than 25 vendors, over 1500 spectators but only 1 winner. Luv At First Bite Catering, nestled in the same complex as the Sandy Springs government; was not only culinary impressive, they were spectacular. Marvin Gayle, the company’s media specialist theorized that their strong performance was due to “wide menu selections, proper food preparation, rigorous food selection procedures and the Café’s insistence on incorporating the suggestions of their loyal customers”.

Echoing similar sentiments was Jahan Washington, Founder and Creative Director at Luv At First Bite Catering; “they raved about my macaroni and cheese, I had a line of people who kept coming back for more. We won because our food looked as good as it tasted”. Washington surmised that her company’s strong showing reflected her years of experience in the food industry (as a Chef and Caterer). Washington hopes that Sandy Springs will continue to attract food enthusiasts through similar events; she believes that Sandy Springs has a lot to offer in the area of culinary arts.

Luv At First Bite is located at 7840 Roswell Rd., Suite 150, Sandy Springs, GA.  Call 770-399-5709.  Find them on FB