East Cobb/Roswell Community Briefs

It’s finally fall and you just gotta love the change in seasons with cooler temps, vibrant leaf colors, apple picking, pumpkin patches and outdoor festivals.

Up in Ellijay, The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. This year the festival is held on the weekends of Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, handcrafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made.

Last month in East Cobb we had the East Cobber parade and this month we have the Roswell Youth Day Celebration on Oct. 14. The Youth Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Boulevard, then proceeds down Canton Street, and ends in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road. This year’s theme is “Just Move.” After the parade, Smith Plantation will host Fall Farm Days on the grounds of the historic house museum, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual family event will feature artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th century farm, including living-history exhibits and activities such as period games, spinning, weaving, and open-hearth cooking. This is a great event for young kids and there is plenty of candy thrown around… and I mean lots!

In East Cobb restaurant news, The Black Swan Tavern will be opening early this month. Black Swan is owned by the Dunwoody Restaurant Group. Located in the former Churchills Pub location in front of the Target on Johnson Ferry in East Cobb, the pub will serve traditional English tavern fare that includes Fish ‘n’ Chips, Bangers and Mash and Shepherd’s Pie. Also, a zoning notice for Fork U Concepts is in front of the former Caribou Coffee on Johnson Ferry Road. When investigated further, it was found that the location might potentially become a Taqueria Tsunami, yum. Coincidentally, the same parent company will be opening a Stockyard Burgers and Bones in the Avenue East Cobb in the old Brixx location.

On the residential front, when word got out that the favorite neighborhood Park 12 Cobb movie theater, located on Gordy Parkway off Shallowford Road, was closing to make way for a new grocery store, there was neighborhood opposition. So much opposition that a Facebook page was created. With a full house at the Cobb Zoning meeting a vote of 4-1 shutdown the project.