Festivities

Celebrate the Fourth of July all Weekend!

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FRI JULY 3 KENNESAW’S FOURTH OF JULY – The City of Kennesaw’s Salute to America, Independence Day celebration will be held on Friday, July 3, and will feature FREE, high-energy live music and  talented entertainers, plus one of the biggest and brightest star-spangled firework displays in North Georgia. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Kennesaw. From 6 – 7:30 pm on the DEPARTUREfeature stage in Depot Park, the United States Air Force Band of the West’s Concert Band will perform. This 45 member ensemble of Air Force professional musicians have a music repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring classical and Broadway music as well as Sousa marches and popular hits. From 8 – 9:30 pm, DEPARTURE, arguably the best, most respected Journey tribute band in the nation, plays all the hits of the ‘80s rock super group. The Atlanta-based band was voted “Best Local Entertainer” in 2014 by Gwinnett Magazine. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., and will be visible from several locations throughout downtown Kennesaw.  This event is free.

flashbackSAT JULY 4 – ACWORTH’S FOURTH OF JULY, Let Freedom Ring Live music and fireworks at Cauble Park. Live music with the Shreeps from 4-5; Paul Hand Band will start at 5:15 p.m. leading up to headliners “FLASHBACK” at 8:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Stay for more FLASHBACK until 11:00 pm. Admission to the concert is free; however tables are available for the July 4 concert. Tables are $50 each for City of Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents. With the table you get 6 chairs and one parking pass. This parking pass will allow you to park at Cauble Park as long as spots remain available. Parking at Cauble Park is by pass only on July 4 but you are not guaranteed a parking spot at Cauble Park with this pass so please plan on arriving early.

audienceSAT JULY 4 MARIETTA’S FOURTH OF JULY 10-10. Grab your American flag, put on your red, white and blue, and celebrate America’s independence July 4, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with an Independence Day parade and celebration on the Square, free live concerts, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and Superior Plumbing fireworks finale. Throughout the day, more than 80,000 people are expected to celebrate on the Square with great food, fun activities, the best arts and crafts around and free entertainment from different local entertainers and even Universal Republic Nashville Records country star- David Fanning presented by 94.9 The Bull.  Plan on spending the day and enjoy shopping over 100 craft vendors, food concessions, a Kid’s Zone, concerts and fireworks.  Fireworks scheduled for 9:30 pm.

SAT. JULY 4 POWDER SPRINGS FOURTH OF JULY 4:00 PM. Festivities start in downtown Powder Springs at 4:00 p.m. Free Admission, Free Parking, Free concerts, and Free Fireworks. Patriotic Program and Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Go Skateboarding Day – June 21

goskateposter1Kennesaw Parks & Recreation and Ambush Board Company are partnering to host Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 from noon to 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark.

Local rippers, veteran shredders, and spectators are invited to help celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day, held every year on June 21. The free, public event this Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark will feature open skate sessions, contests with cool prizes, giveaways, games, music, and food vending. Winners of a father-son and father-daughter best trick contest will be awarded a pair of $50 Ambush gift cards and two skateboard decks; and winners of the best trick contest on the skatepark’s impact section will receive a $100 Ambush gift card and skateboard deck. Pre-registration is not required to enter the contests.

Kennesaw Skatepark is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw. For more information, visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

Farewell Dinner for Dr Kevin Daniel

kmhsfoundation kevindaniel1The KMHS Foundation invites our community to California Dreaming as we honor Dr. Kevin Daniel with a Farewell Dinner.  This is our opportunity to show him how thankful we are for all he has done for our children and Kennesaw Mountain High School.  He will be taking the position of Area 2 Superintendent.

The dinner is at California Dreaming on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 770-428-2055.  California Dreaming will be donating 15% of the proceeds back to KMHS Foundation to support Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Martinis & Music – Fri. Nov 14

martinismusicJoin us in the museum galleries on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are: Chatov Retrospective: 100 Years of Painting Marc, Roman, Constantin, and Charles & Atlanta Fine Arts League
Live music performed by Douglas Cameron, Hits of the Big Band Era with a Blend of Swing Free for MCMA Members. $10 General Admission.

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.

First Friday Art Walk – October 3

Art_WalkFirst Friday Art Walk on the historic Marietta Square will be held on October 3, from 5-9 p.m., with over 30 artists showing their work in front of numerous merchants, restaurants and galleries hosting them.  This is the last Art Walk for this year.
In Atherton Square, behind Cool Beans and Hemmingways, Art Walk presents Tavern in the gARTen, selling beer and wine. Additional musicians and performing artists will be found throughout the Square, hosted by participating merchants.  Ask an Art Walk Ambassador for a map and directions.  You can identify them by their distinct white Art Walk aprons.
Kick-off your weekend with First Friday Art Walk. First Friday Art Walk is sponsored by The Branding Project, a membership organization representing merchants, arts, restaurants, entertainment and all professionals who work together to promote the Marietta Square as thriving, culturally-rich, shopping and entertainment destination for metro Atlanta, daily.For additional information, contact Kee Carlisle.  404-668-8210.  kee.carlisle@att.net

FRI OCT 3-NOV 21 PRESSING MATTERS V, 2 Rules Fine Art of Marietta is pleased to host Pressing Matters V, the 5th annual exhibition by the members of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio (APS). This fine art exhibition recognizes the quality and diversity of work being generated by APS members. The works shown will be original prints using hand-pulled printmaking processes. Opening reception and printmaking demonstrations on Friday, October 3, 5-9pm during Marietta’s First Friday Art Walk. The reception is free and open to the public. The 2 Rules Fine Art gallery is located at 85 Church Street in the historic Marietta Square district. Visit www.2rulesfineart.com for gallery hours and events, or call 404-355-6897.

FRI OCT 3 POP/REALISM PAINTINGS Avery Gallery presents Pop/Realism Paintings by Clifford Land.  This entertaining show opens on Friday, October 3 from 5 – 9 pm at Avery Gallery, 390 Roswell St. in Marietta. Mick Kinney & The Georgia Crackers will be playing live 1920’s era Appalachian mountain music with string instruments; fiddle, banjo and guitar.   GG’s Creole Cuisine will be providing an excellent sampling of delicious creole food.

FRI OCT 3 DK GALLERY 5-9 features Shields and Boundaries: Shellie Lewis-Dambax Solo Show for First Friday Art walk.  dk Gallery is located at 25 West Park Square.  

FRI OCT 3 MARIETTA HISTORY MUSEUM. 5-9 Join us during ArtWalk for An Eerie Evening at the Museum. The Museum will be hosting a variety of “special” guests, who will offer tales of Marietta’s past. This event is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.  1 Depot St., Marietta.

Download the complete map for Oct 3rd Art Walk here:ArtWalkMapOct2014

KMHS Mustangs Hosting Fall Sports Kick Off

mustangOur community is invited to Kennesaw Mountain High School on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm to meet and greet the students involved in the school’s fall athletic program.  The fun will take place in the KMHS Courtyard with Bouncy Houses, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Food, and best of all  Mustang Autographs For the Kids. (Bring your camera).  Let’s show our students we have the Mustang Spirit.

All of these sports will be involved.

Football: Come out and meet the Mustang Football Team and Coaches.  Players will be signing autographs and throwing the ball around with our future Mustangs!  Jeep Raffle Tickets, Stampede Discount Cards, Football Season Passes and Spirit Wear will be available for purchase.

Cheerleading The Mustang Cheerleaders will be onsite cheering and will provide face painting for the kids!

Cross Country One of the largest athletic teams at KMHS will be on site to meet and greet their fans!

Softball The Mustang Softball Team is one of the KMHS’ most successful athletic teams. The girls will be on site signing autographs and playing catch with our future mustangs.  Bring you glove!

Volleyball The Mustang Volleyball team will be available to sign autographs and instruct on the basics of volleyball.

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

 

Fun Easter Events for Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

DSC00840Have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Tickets are now on sale for an “all-you-care-to-eat” Bunny Breakfast, scheduled on Saturday, April 5 at the Ben Robertson Community Center in Kennesaw. Seatings are available at 8 am and 10 am. The annual breakfast is sponsored by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimists will be on hand to make the pancakes..
The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and a few other delicious surprises. Children will be able to visit with the Easter Bunny as he makes his way from table to table.
Advance tickets are $5 per person, and may be purchased online at   www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec or at the community center, which is located 2753 Watts Drive. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited).
Children two years of age and under do not need a ticket; however they must sit on an adult’s lap. For more information, call (770) 422-9714.  Pictured above with his grandkids on far right is David Grant, State Farm – along with his son, David Grant Jr. (on left).  Oh the Easter Bunny is in the middle!

EASTER EGG HUNTS

easterphotoFRI APR 11 – ACWORTH’S EASTER EGG HUNT – The Easter Bunny will be SKYDIVING in again this year at 7pm!  Folks are encouraged to arrive by 6:30pm.  Free for all children through 5th grade.  Hosted by Acworth Parks and Rec and Freedom Church.  For more info visit www.AcworthEggHunt.com or call Acworth Parks and Rec at 770-917-1234.

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MARIETTA’S EASTER EGG HUNT -Marietta’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Easter Egg Scramble will take place Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road, April 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos after the Egg Scramble. Arrive early to find parking and your child’s correct age group.

SAT APR 19 Cobb’s Largest Egg Hunt 10-2
Cobb County’s Largest Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 19th, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The event begins at 10:00am and ends at 2:00pm. The 2014 Hunt will feature children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, and concessions. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to delight the children and there will be contests, including the Mad Hatter Contest and Decorated Basket Contest. There will be five egg hunts which will be broken down into age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs. Schedule of hunts by age is at http://prca.cobbcountyga.gov/. Admission for The Hunt is free. For more information please call (770) 528-8875.

Santa Claus is Coming to Marietta, Acworth and Kennesaw – starting Thursday

MARsantasarrivalSANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO MARIETTA – DEC 5

And he is coming on a firetruck.  What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 5, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop

The workshop will be open to visitors Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24. Be sure to have your picture taken with Santa.  Santa’s hours: Saturday, December 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, December 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Last day to see Santa on the Square!!!! – Tuesday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation and the Marietta Business Association sponsor this event each year.

Santa’s Arrival in Acworth – Dec. 6

ACWSantas_ArrivalIt’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances to help Santa kickoff the holiday season.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the Tree on Main Street.
Enjoy pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit.

Arrive at the Depot at 5:15 p.m. to schedule your picture time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictures begin at 6:45 p.m.  Time slots for pictures are limited and only those who have reserved a time will be able to take pictures with Santa, so be sure to arrive early to schedule your picture time.  This year we will not have a photographer onsite, so plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment.

For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

Kennesaw Hosts  Santa All Day  – Dec. 7

ADaywithSanta_(2)The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, December 7.

The festivities begin at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The entertainment will continue with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot.  Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m.

Children’s activities include FREE snow tubing down “Depot Hill”, a FREE snow playground, FREE and pay-to-play inflatables, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more.

Organizers are accepting parade entries online at www.adaywithsanta.com. Participation is free. Entry forms will be evaluated and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants is reached, or until November 17 (whichever comes first).
Parade entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in categories including Most Humorous, Most Colorful, Most Unusual, Most Spirited, Most Musical, Best Entry with Animals, and Best Overall. All judging takes place from a reviewing stand located in front of the city’s Commemorative Park. Winners will be announced during the Christmas tree lighting program.

For more information, visit   www.adaywithsanta.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.