Kennesaw/Acworth

LITTLE MISS COBB PAGEANT- Feb 6

Little Miss Cobb 2015There is still time to register for this year’s Little Miss Cobb County Pageant.

Young ladies ages 2 years through 18 years are invited to participate in the 25th anniversary Little Miss Cobb County Pageant set for the Marietta Campus, Kennesaw State University,  Joe Mack Wilson Theatre, Marietta, starting at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6th. Six beauty titles will be awarded that day.

The pageant is managed and conducted to support the Miss Cobb County Pageant, a preliminary for Miss Georgia in the Miss America system.  Emcees for the day will be Brooke Doss,  Miss Cobb County 2016, and Carley Vogel, Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen 2016.

The new Cobb representatives will be goodwill ambassadors and ride in several area parades including the Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival  in April and the Marietta Fourth of July.  A host of prizes include a tiara, banner, trophy, flowers, teddy bear and crown pin. Also the winners will be guests at the North Georgia State Fair and the Miss Cobb County Pageant. A photogenic session and modeling training also await the title holders. More details at www.misscobb.com.

Further information and an application are available by contacting Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378, or email at misscobbcounty@yahoo.com

Free Book, CD & DVD Swap Returns on January 9

Book CD DVD SwapKennesaw Parks & Recreation’s annual Book, CD, and DVD Swap returns on Saturday, January 9 to the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive.

Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday and Friday, January 7-8 from noon to 8 pm and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on Saturday from 8-11 am.

Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted. After the event, all unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations.

This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase.

Assistance is needed during the event with receiving, sorting, counting and bagging items. Volunteers must have the ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift up to 20lbs.

For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

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

Zach Seabaugh Needs Your Votes!

Zach Seabaugh on The Voice

We need your votes for Zach Seabaugh and  The Voice app is the simplest way to vote. If you haven’t done so, download The Voice app to your smart phone and vote vote vote to keep Zach on the Show.  Tonight,  Monday, November 16, 2015 – tune into NBC’s The Voice at 8:00 pm.  We want this talented young man to take it to the top!

If you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for his videos on YouTube.com – search for Zach Seabaugh.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music.

Celebrations and Events the week of November 9-15

Celebrations and Events the week of November 9-15 Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

veteransdayparTUE NOV 10 – MARINE CORPS 240TH BIRTHDAY – The Marine Corps turns 240 years old on November 10 and the public is invited to attend a celebration at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center on Powder Springs St., Marietta.  The celebration will start at 6:00 pm with a traditional cake cutting ceremony at 8:00 pm.

WED NOV 11 – VETERANS DAY CEREMONY – The city of Acworth will honor our veterans at their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Patriots Point at Cauble Park at 2:00pm. Keynote speaker: Cobb Commissioner Bob Weatherford. For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call 770-917-1234.

WED NOV 11 – VETERAN’S DAY LUNCHEON – North Cobb American Legion Post 304, along with Kennesaw city officials and staff, will honor America’s service men and women with a complimentary lunch. All veterans and active military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center. No charge.

WED NOV 11 – VETERAN’S DAY PARADE – Begins at 11am. Grand Marshal/Keynote Speaker will be Major General Stayce Harris, Commanding General of the 22nd Air Force based at Dobbins. Ceremonies on the Square commence at Noon and conclude around 1pm. Hosted by the City of Marietta and Kiwanis Club of Marietta. For more info, contact Scott Chadwick 404-308-5420 or Betsy Kelly in Mayor Tumblin’s office at 770-794-5502.

WED NOV 11 – GARDEN CLUB MONTHLY MEETING – The upcoming Garden Club meeting is at 9:30am.  This month’s program on  “Decorating for the Holidays with Fresh Greens”.  This meeting is also our annual bake sale so come prepared to purchase delicious edibles. Marietta Educational Garden Center, 505 Kennesaw Ave, Marietta, GA, 30060, 770-427-3494.

THU NOV 12 – VETERANS LUNCHEON – In honor of all Veterans, Georgia Funeral Care invites all veterans in our area to attend a Veterans Luncheon, 11:30-1:30 at Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main Street, Acworth. Please RSVP by calling the funeral home 678-574-3016 or Darrell Waits 404-218-2906.

martinisandmusicFRI NOV 13 – MARTINIS & MUSIC 5:30-8:30 Marietta/Cobb Art Museum.  Exhibiting PERCEPTION with artists David Kessler, John Petrey, Issac Payne and Portrait Society of Altanta.  Admission $10, Members free.  Hor d’oeuvres, cash bar. 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta, GA 30060.

FRI-SAT NOV 13-14 – MINISTRY & MARKETPLACE – Please join Riverstone Church for a wonderful shopping experience. Find great gifts and shop in a pleasant indoor atmosphere with your friends  at RiverStone. The event takes place at the church located at 2005 Stilesboro Rd., Kennesaw, 30152 on Friday from 9am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-1pm.  

SAT NOV 14 – COBB IDOL & COBB IDOL JR – Come out and enjoy the music of local talents looking to be crowned 2015’s Cobb Idol! $10 admission for the show. Cobb Idol Jr (under age 16) begins at 3pm, Cobb Idol (ages 16+) begins at 8pm.  The Strand Theatre in Marietta.  Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

SAT NOV 14 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Marietta Tree Keepers invites volunteers of all ages to help plant trees at the City of Marietta’s Laurel Park on Saturday, November 14 at 8:30am. Tools and refreshments provided. Dress for outdoor weather. Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road, Marietta, GA 30064. Manning Road is off Whitlock Rd. near the Rite-Aid. For more information, please call 770.424.4664

SAT NOV 14 – KEEP KENNESAW BEAUTIFUL RECYCLE DAY – Keep Kennesaw Beautiful will host its fall community Electronics/Metal Recycling and Document Shredding Event from 9 am – 1 pm at the Kennesaw Public Works facility on 3080 Moon Station Road. Visit kennesaw-ga.gov for a flyer containing details about the event or call 770-424-8274 with questions.

SAT NOV 14 – DAY OF BONSAI – Smith Gilbert Gardents will host Day of Bonsai from 10-4.  Rodney Clemons will teach how to prune and plant on a rock for a future Bonsai tree (starts at 10:30 am and continues all day).  General public is $7 per person, SGG members free.  The Gardens are located at 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  More info at www.smithgilbertgardens.com

SAT NOV 14 – PHOTO WITH SANTA AND MOVIE EVENT – Hosted by the Think Melissa Team, all local military (active and veterans) are welcome to attend a complimentary movie and photo with Santa at the NCG Cinemas in Acworth.  Must be present by 9:15am. Please bring military ID or DD214.

photoSAT NOV 14 THE CHEROKEE HEIGHTS ART FESTIVAL is on Etowah Drive between Freyer and Seminole Drives, just a mile north of the Marietta Square and just a block off Cherokee Street.  Free entry, free parking, free music, free children’s art experiences, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday is a rain day.) You can check out CHAF and our artists at  www.cherokeeheightsartsfestival.org or on our Facebook page.

SAT NOV 14, SAT NOV 21 – TURKEY SHOOT – The Allatoona HS Precision Air Rifle Team will be hosting their annual Turkey Shoot Nov 14th and Nov 21st from 9 am–4 pm. Beside the Southland Greenhouses, in Acworth, just south of Third Army Road on Hwy 41.  All ages welcome to participate.  Cost is $5 per target.  There will be various prizes. Proceeds benefit the Precision Air Rifle Team.

music-notesSUN NOV 15 – FREE OPEN HOUSE AND VARIETY SHOW – On Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 pm a Variety Show featuring Ron Carter and the very talented Strand singers and dancers including Catherine Mouton, Taj Stephens, Joe Arnoti, Shelbea Own, Sterling McClary, with a special appearance by Cassi Costulas (General Manager of the Strand).
Featured will be the great music from Broadway and the American Songbook – which include songs from 42nd Street, Bye Bye Birdie, Titanic and solos — all accompanied by Ron Carter on the Strand’s mighty Allen Theater Organ. Stay after for a self guided tour of the theatre.  No ticket required, general seating – FREE EVENT.  The Strand is located on the Square at the corner of North Park Square and Cherokee St.  Visit www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Diaper Day Drop Off – Oct 26, 5:00 PM Glover Park

DIAPERSDIAPER DAY DROP OFF – October 26 at 5:00 pm.  Join your neighbors and friends as the Cobb Children’s Fund collect diapers for our low-income families.  All sizes are needed.  This is a community effort.  Diapers are distributed to Center for Family Resources, MUST Ministries, the YWCA, Reconnecting Families, and more.  Visit www.cobbdiaberday.com for more info.  Encourage your friends, neighbors, church groups, school groups, to join in collecting these much needed commodities.  Drop off will be at Glover Park Band Stand, on the Square in Marietta.

Paul’s Pot Pies Grand Opening

PAUL's Pot PiesPaul’s Pot Pies is celebrating their Grand Opening tomorrow, Saturday October 17 from 10-4.  Stop by and welcome Paul and enjoy a free sample.  Take home a pie or two. No cooking dinner tonight when you purchase one of Paul’s Pot Pies, just add a salad.  Each savory pie is handmade with only the finest and freshest ingredients.  Paul is located  at 2750 Jiles Rd., Kennesaw (behind Publix).  Not just your ordinary chicken pie, Paul provides a wide variety to choose from, including turkey, beef, sausage and of course chicken.  Pies come with instructions for baking. Open Mon-Fri at 11, Sat at 10.

Happy Fall You All – Oct 17-28

Saturday, Oct 17

Calendar events with brief descriptions of fun events for the whole family in the next few days, in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta!.

SAT OCT 17 – TASTE OF ACWORTH – 150 booths from local restaurants and businesses demonstrate what they do best.  There will be a local entertainment stage, complete with a dog show, a High School Team Cooking Challenge, children’s activities, lots of food, and more! Free Admission, $1-$4 food samples. 10am-6pm

SAT OCT 17 – MARIETTA ZOMBIE WALK – The gathering of Zombies begins at 5pm with the walk beginning promptly at 6pm. Proceeds and collected food items go directly to MUST Ministries. For more information, visit www.MariettaZombieWalk.org.

SUN OCT 18 – ANNUAL YOUTH TRACK OR TREAT RUN – Benefitting the YWCA of Northwest GA’s “Sheltering Hands” Domestic Violence Shelter. Register online at www.trackortreat.com. Fun activities for the family at Swift Cantrell Park in Kennesaw! Check in beginning at 1:45am, first race at 2:20pm. For more info visit the website above or call 770-427-2902.

FRI-SUN OCT 23-25 – HALLOWEEN CHARITY TENNIS TOURNAMENT – Hosted by Lost Mountain Community Tennis Center to benefit Pets for Vets. All players welcomed. For more information visit www.pets-for-vets.com.

SAT OCT 24 – ACWORTH’S HALLOWEEN JAMBOOREE – Come out for a spooky good time to Logan Park from 3-7pm. Children’s activities (minimal charge), costume contests, free hayride. For more information, email Michelle Berryman at mberryman@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

SAT OCT 24 – CLASSIC CAR CRUISE – Halloween themed car show from 4-9pm on Main Street in Acworth. Free event to the public. For more info, call Acworth Parks and Recreation 770-917-1234

SUN OCT 25 – ACWORTH HISTORY & SOUTHERN CHARM – A tour of Acworth with wine and cheese. Begins at 4pm at 4671 Collins Ave, Acworth. Tour a victorian home, Cedar Plantation Event Venue, Acworth Caboose, Beach house and more. $40 per person, proceeds benefit Brookwood Christian School’s building fund. Visit www.brookwoodchristian.com to purchase tickets.

MON OCT 26 – CANDIDATE FORUM – The Kennesaw Business Association will host a Candidates Forum for all candidates running in the City of Kennesaw at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Doors open at 6. Moderator: Joe Kirby, Editor of the Marietta Daily Journal

WED OCT 28 – HEALTHY. NEW.YOU TALK – 7pm, hosted by Brain Connections, 5150 Stilesboro Rd, Ste 515, Kennesaw. The doctors will share how to experience optimum health and getting in the best shape of their lives. Please call 678-401-4566 to RSVP.

Halloween Happenings, Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patch

Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta have a host of activities to celebrate fall including trunk or treats, festivals and a Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkins, Gourds, and More!

Christ Episcopal Church Pumpkin PatchChrist Episcopal Church is hosting a Pumpkin Patch starting now through October 31. Our pumpkins come from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and are of great quality. 100’s of pumpkins and gourds for decorations and baking!  After visiting the patch take your favorite fall pictures at our Photo Op or come to one of our Storytelling sessions!

Open to daycare centers and schools, storytelling sessions are available M-F 12-2 by appointment Storytelling Every Sunday @ 12 & 2

On October 31st our 1st annual Fall Festival (1-4)  and Trunk or Treat Night (4-6)! featuring children activities, storytelling, music and so much more.

The Pumpkin Patch is open M-F 12-8; Sat. 11-7 and Sunday 11-5. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 1210 Wooten Lake Rd. , Kennesaw 30144. Call 770-422-9114 or visit  www.christchurchkennesaw.dioatl.org

SAT OCT 10 – KENNESAW’S FALL-O-WEEN FEST – Come to Swift Cantrell park starting at 5pm. Costumes welcomed, Monster Mash Dance Party, children’s activities and trick or treat. Stay for the outdoor movie event “How to Train Your Dragon 2” beginning at sundown. Concessions available. For more info, visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec or call 770-422-9714

SUN OCT 18 FALL FESTIVAL – First Baptist Church Marietta will host their 56th Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 18th from 2-4pm at the Family Life Center. Fun for the kids includes inflatables, video game truck, face painting and truck-or-treat. The church is locate at 148 Church Street, Marietta.

FRI OCT 23 – FREAKY FRIDAY FAMILY EXPERIENCE – NorthStar Church is inviting the community to enjoy a family friendly event 6:30pm-8pm. Food available for purchase. The FUN is FREE! 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw in the Compass Center. For more info, call the church at 770-420-9808.

SAT OCT 24 – ACWORTH’S HALLOWEEN JAMBOOREE – Come out for a spooky good time to Logan Park from 3-7pm. Children’s activities (minimal charge), costume contests, free hayride. For more information, email Michelle Berryman at mberryman@acworth.org or call 770-917-1234.

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SAT OCT 24 Trunk or Treat Due West UMC invites all families to their annual Trunk or Treat event on Saturday October 24th from 5:00-7:30pm in the South Campus parking lot located at 3956 Due West Rd NW, Marietta, 30064. We will have plenty of trunks & candy, inflatables for kids of all ages, a DJ, hayride, and pizza (served from 5-6pm). Dress up in costume for this family fun block party. No scary costumes, please.

SAT OCT 24 – OKTOBERFEST – Saint Catherine of Siena Church will hold its annual festival beginning at 5:30pm. Children’s activities, German polka band, beer garden, food and desserts. 1618 Ben King Road in Kennesaw.

SUN OCT 25 – FALL FESTIVAL – Kennesaw United Methodist church invites everyone for a whole afternoon of fun for the family from 4-6pm. Come in costume and gather treats at decorated car trunks, games, bounce houses and more. Admission is a bag of candy or canned food item. 1801 Ben King Road, Kennesaw

WED OCT 28 – TRUNK OR TREAT FEST – Join Kennesaw First Baptist Church for a night of special fun, games, and “trunks” full of candy/treats. Hot dog meals $1 (includes chips and drink) 5:30-7pm, 2958 Main Street in Kennesaw

SAT OCT 31 – FALL FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL – Join us at Summit Baptist Church from 11am-3pm. Costume contest for kids and pets. Inflatable slide, obstacle course, games, petting zoo and more! Concessions for sale. 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth. www.summitchurch.org

SAT OCT 31 CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH will host their 1st annual Fall Festival (1-4)  and Trunk or Treat Night (4-6)! featuring children activities, storytelling, music and so much more. The church is located at 1210 Wooten Lake Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Zach Seabaugh is on the Voice

Zach Seabaugh, The Voice“Are you Superman? You look like Superman and that’s not a 16-year-old’s voice. That’s Superman’s voice,” stated Adam Levine, one of the judges on NBC’s “The Voice” said to Zach Seabaugh at the end of his Blind Audition song on “The Voice” that aired September 22.

As a friend of the Seabaugh family, I have had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and watch Zach Seabaugh grow and mature into an accomplished singer.  He started playing the guitar as a little kid and was introduced to Johnny Cash by his granddaddy.  He was five years old when a neighbor, Cheryl Berry, gave him a guitar at a garage sale.  The guitar was larger than he was. His dad would call and say “Come on, Zach is singing at our local coffee shop tonight” – he was about eight at the time. He has always been in our church choir at Marietta First United Methodist Church. The first time I saw Zach perform (outside of church) was at Hayes Elementary School in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – he was Charlie Bucket and in the fifth grade.

By ninth grade he was performing on stage at the Strand Theater in every musical Earl Reese put on – At Kennesaw Mountain High School, he was one of the lead singers in several of Coy Dunn’s productions.  It was exciting to sit in the audience and watch these productions.  In March of this year, Zach Seabaugh won the state champion in Boys Solo and was part of the state champion quartet also including Jesse Connor, Dylan Kalafut, and Adam Stegall as Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Literary Team won the State 6A Competition. Choosing performing over football, last Spring Zach hung up his football gear and jumped into dance lessons at Bravo Dance Centre to round out his performing abilities.

The experience of performing in front of live audiences gave Zach the confidence and stage presence he evidenced in his Blind Audition on “The Voice”, September 22. Three chairs turned and Zach, being a country singer at heart, picked Team Blake.  His next appearance on the Voice will be sometime during the Battle Rounds which start the week of October 12.  You will have to watch every episode since no one knows when he will appear.
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On the home front, Zach will be performing at this weekend’s Chalk Festival in Glover Park on the Square in Marietta.  His acoustic guitar performance will start at 6:00 pm and last about an hour.   This event is FREE.

Zach’s Blind Audition song is available on iTunes at http://apple.co/1Wl02yz for purchase — And if you haven’t seen his performance on the Voice — look for Episode 2 on NBC.com.  You can follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram @ZachSeabaugh and on FB at Zach Seabaugh Music. Zach is the son of Devan and Beth Seabaugh and the brother of Heidi, Abby, Olivia, and Sophia.

Pictured above: Zach Seabaugh — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)