Roswell Debates Set

It’s time to decide and it’s important.

This event has been updated to reflect a new date.

Yes, we know you may have already voted and we know it’s the holiday season, but this election is vital for the future of Roswell. Come hear the runoff candidates for Mayor and Council talk about the real issues confronting our city.

This debate between mayoral and city council candidates will be held on Nov. 28th at 6 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

It is sponsored by Roswell Next and Positively Roswell, and please remember to vote on December 5th–and tell your friends and family to vote also!

‘Tis The Season Of Lights

This weekend several large attractions in the metro area begin their seasonal light shows. In no particular order, here are a few staff picks:

Christmas at Lake Lanier
November 17, 2017 – Jan. 3, 2018
Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, dine, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Christmas lights – Callaway Gardens
November 17, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018
Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Special events are held Nov. 11 to 13, and Dec. 31.

Holiday lights – Botanical Garden
November 17, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features high-tech light displays, illuminated attractions, model trains, and restaurants at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Christmas at Stone Mountain
November 18, 2017 – Jan. 3, 2018
Stone Mountain Christmas has 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a nightly parade with Santa, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain opens Nov. 18 with inner tube rides.

CDA Rises To The Challenge


For the first time in the organization’s 50 year history, the CDA kicks off its Annual Campaign with unprecedented matching gift opportunities from the Hagan Family of Roswell and Grants to Green, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

Last year the Hagan Family made one of the largest pledges ever to the CDA; $150,000 over five years with a challenge to raise at least $30,000 in matching money yearly. The Hagan Challenge enabled the CDA to raise over $100,000 from individuals and families last year. In year two the Hagan Challenge will match all donations $250 and above. In addition, on Friday the CDA was awarded a Grants to Green Implementation award of $161,000. This grant will be used to pay for half of the $320,000 cost to replace an obsolete boiler and chiller as well as improve lighting and other energy efficiencies at the school.

The CDA’s boiler and chiller are both over 35 years old, unreliable and inefficient. This results in excessive heating and cooling bills that could better go to scholarships for students. Additionally, should these outdated systems fail, the CDA is at risk of sending children home. State licensing requirements demand that schools maintain a temperature between 65 – 85 degrees.

Maggie DeCan, CEO and executive director of the CDA

“This is an exciting time for the CDA from our recent rebranding to the generous challenge match opportunities, any gift to the CDA above $250 will be matched by both the Hagan Family and Grants to Green up to $30,000 and $161,000 respectively. On Sunday the generous members of North Point Community Church as part of their Be Rich Campaign pledged the 1st matching gift of $50,000,” said Maggie DeCan, CEO & Executive Director of the Children’s Development Academy. “We have an incredible opportunity to raise $320,000 to benefit the children and we are so grateful for the vote of support from the Hagan Family, Grants to Green and members of North Point Community Church that is allowing us to make such an incredible difference in this organization. We are confident that the community and supporters will respond as well.”

Going green is helping organizations reduce their environmental impact and at the same time improve their bottom line. An innovative community initiative, Grants to Green, will help the Children’s Development Academy do just that. The CDA applied for and was awarded a Grants to Green Assessment and Implementation grant. Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region.

The CDA is the only high-quality center in the north Metro-Atlanta arc offering need-based tuition scholarships and subsidies in a NAEYC accredited, Georgia 3-star quality rated preschool center. The CDA is a 501(c)3 organization and tax deductible contributions may be made through their website at

Grants to Green provides environmentally- focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Grants to Green is an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, created in partnership with Southface and the Kendeda Fund.

This article was provided by the CDA.

Georgia Symphony receives grant

Georgia Symphony Orchestra awarded significant grant from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. has approved a grant to the Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the amount of $84,000 from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. The grant covers a two year period, and is in support of the general operations of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

The highly competitive General Operating Support grants are provided to organizations in the Metropolitan Atlanta area that demonstrate a culture of fiscal responsibility, commitment to community, high quality programs, and best practices in organizational structure and governance.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Susan Stensland relates “It is a tribute to the musicians, staff, and board of the GSO that we have received this tremendous award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. We are thrilled to be contributing to the arts and culture of our region in such a positive way, as we present our 67th season of great music to our community. This is a major milestone in our development as an arts organization, and is cause for celebration.”

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra plans to strategically reinvest the significant funding within the organization as a means to strengthen and grow the programming, impact, and musical opportunities in the community.


The holidays will be merry and bright this year with Santa at the Symphony! The Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the GSO Chorus, and the GSO Youth Chorus present a merry collection of traditional holiday tunes and cherished classical music. This is a family-friendly concert ideal for all ages.

Be sure to be on your best behavior, because we’ve heard rumors that a certain gentleman in a red suit will make an appearance at the concert!

WHO: Music lovers of all ages

WHAT: GSO Holiday Pops concert

WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 2017

3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Performing Arts Center

1171 Whitlock Avenue

Marietta, GA 30152

HOW: Purchase tickets online at

For more information, visit

Bulky Trash Day in Roswell

Amnesty Day Set for November 18

The Public Works Departments of Roswell and Milton, along with Keep Roswell Beautiful, invite residents to clean out their garages, basements, and attics and dispose of unwanted, large items at no charge at Bulky Trash Amnesty Day on Saturday, November 18.

Residents from Roswell and Milton can bring items to the City of Roswell Public Works Division at 1810 Hembree Road from 8 a.m. to noon. (Please note: This event is NOT held at the Roswell Recycling Center.) Proof of residency is required. (Utility bills preferred. Roswell residents with the window decal do not need any other form of identification.)

Residents are asked to arrive early, as this is a popular event. The gates will close at noon.

Some of the items that will be accepted are:

• Mattresses and Box Springs
• Tires – must be off the rim, automobile tires only; limit 4 per car
• Sofas
• tables
• refrigerators
• chairs
• washers and dryers
• electronics – no televisions or monitors
• deactivated cell phones

The following items will not be accepted:

• paint
• televisions and monitors
• household hazardous waste
• any fluids including motor oil and anti-freeze
• household batteries
• construction and demolition materials
• yard waste

Materials will only be accepted at the site on the day of the event and only during the hours of 8 a.m. to noon.

At our November 18 event, we will also be accepting musical instruments, which will be cleaned and repaired for donation to local middle school students who would otherwise be unable to afford them. This collection is in partnership with Roswell organization Klaasical Music.

For more information about Bulky Trash Amnesty Day, Roswell residents should contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3742 or and Milton residents should contact Teresa Stickels at

Please visit for more information.

Grand Cruise Through Europe


Looking for the European adventure of a lifetime? Does a 15-day journey through the heart of Europe sound like the perfect vacation? Well then, the Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour, is your ticket to a vacation that your friends will be jealous of for years to come.

Viking River Cruises award-winning Longships offer a variety of stateroom categories and true two-room suites with full-size verandas. Onboard amenities include a restaurant, bar and lounge, library, and expansive sun deck. The ships feature an elegant Scandinavian design and “green” features, such as solar panels, an onboard organic herb garden and energy-efficient hybrid engines for a remarkably smooth ride.

On the Grand European Cruise you will admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Learn the Viennese Waltz and linger in Budapest’s Café Gerbeaud. Indulge all your senses on this 15-day journey spanning the best of Europe. Their most iconic itinerary traces the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers between the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland and the stunning landscapes of Hungary, with engaging encounters at every bend.

With all of these stops it’s important to remember Viking’s award-winning ships are engineered at a size that allows direct access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and disembarkation. Each ship boasts a private veranda in every stateroom, a choice of restaurants offering a variety of fine dining options, the most al fresco dining at sea, an infinity pool, a Nordic-inspired spa, panoramic Explorers’ Lounge and carefully curated book collections throughout the ship, and more––all designed in understated elegance.

And if all of this is not enough Viking also offers pre and post extensions. More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruise tour. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities. The Grand European Tour offers a pre-extension in Amsterdam with post-extensions for Prague or Budapest. These extensions offer guided yours, hotel accommodations, transfers, breakfasts and more.

The Amsterdam Canals.

These are just a few of the wonderful things in store while on your Grand European Tour. Prices for this starts at just $4,899 for 14 nights, which includes FREE round trip airfare. For more info on the trip contact Michael Consoli of Cruise Planners at Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, we specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.



Honor Air Invitational

Roswell High School and Roswell Rotary Honor Air are pleased to announce the “Roswell High School and Roswell Rotary Honor Air Invitational” basketball tournament to be held at Roswell High School, Nov. 18th, 20th and 21st, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 AM and close at 9:00 PM. Fifteen teams from the southeast will be playing. Representing the boys teams are Roswell High, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Alpharetta High, West Ashley High (Charleston SC), Gray Collegiate Prep (Columbia SC) and KIPP Collegiate Academy. Girl’s teams include Roswell High, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Alpharetta High, KIPP Collegiate Academy, Pebblebrook High, Locust Grove High and Chapel Hill High. It is estimated that several hundred students, coaches and players will be traveling here for the weekend to enjoy the tournament in addition to local restaurants, retailers and area attractions.

This event will honor our military veterans from all branches of service from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as we raise awareness and support in the metro Atlanta community for the Honor Air Flight. Ticket sales proceeds will be donated to Honor Air, as they plan for their 10th straight flight, April 24th, 2018. According to Gene Beckman, “we are pleased to work with Roswell High School in the first invitational and honored that they have chosen Honor Air as the beneficiary of proceeds. Honor Air flights are 100% funded through local donations. It is amazing to watch the bonds and relationships formed between the veterans who have been on this trip. They are our war heroes and it is our pleasure to honor them.”

Ticket costs are Adults $10 per day, students $5 per day or you may purchase an all-tournament pass for $25.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Games will be played in the Roswell High School J. Tom Zachary Court in the school’s “Hornet’s Nest”. The Hornet’s Nest has been ranked as one of the 20 best on campus high school gyms in the nation.

Roswell High School is located at 11595 King Road, Roswell, GA. Additional information is available at

Whose Hat Is This?

For the first time ever, Whose Hat Is This?, the electrifying acid jazz collective of current Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton), will be hitting the road for an East Coast US tour in December 2017.

The announcement comes after the group played two sold-out nights in New York City at the legendary 55 Bar earlier in October, and the trek will be starting in New York City and hitting cities all the way down to Roswell. This tour was booked with assistance from Craft for Causes, a non-profit organization that partners the live music industry with the craft brewery community to create profitable and memorable charitable experiences. All dates below:

Tour Dates:

Dec 4 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Dec 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Dec 6 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10
Dec 7 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Dec 8 Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
Dec 9 Roswell, GA @ Gate City Brewery

About Whose Hat Is This?:

With their electrifying, all-improvised sets, Whose Hat is This? are a group that embodies unhinged musical spontaneity. The collective of current Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton) seamlessly conjure up whirling music that combines elements of experimental jazz, funk, electronica, and just about everything in-between. The group’s debut self-titled record released in April 2017 captures their sheer energy and potent musicianship that make each of their performances like nothing you have experienced before.

GET Wins Four Awards

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theatre company, was honored as the recipient of four Suzi Bass awards. The annual Suzi Bass Awards –Atlanta theatre’s own version of the Tony Awards– celebrates the accomplishments of theatres all over the Atlanta area.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre co-founders Robert J. Farley and Anita Allen-Farley (pictured above) were honored with the Suzi Bass Lifetime Achievement Award for their creative and selfless work over their long careers here in the Atlanta theatre community and of course for the success of GET. It was truly a special moment as playwright Topher Payne, a longtime collaborator with GET, presented the prestigious award to the Farleys saying, “…in celebration of and profound appreciation for all they have given us, I am honored to present the Suzi Bass Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob and Anita Farley.”

Robert Farley will retire at the end of the current season after fifty years in theatre and pass the Artistic Directorship on to Alan Kilpatrick, currently Associate Artistic Director. Anita Allen-Farley will continue on as Managing Director for the foreseeable future.

The theatre company was also honored with three other awards including:

Outstanding Acting Ensemble in a Musical:
Cast of Million Dollar Quartet

The cast of Million Dollar Quartet at Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Atlanta Lyric Theatre featured: Chase Peacock, Allison Wilhoit, Chris Damiano, Christopher Kent, Justin D. Thompson, Ethan Ray Parker, Andrew Patton, Kroy Presley.

Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award: Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required by Topher Payne.
This play by nationally-renowned and award-winning playwright Topher Payne, had its world premiere at GET.

Call Board Award: Maclare “MC” Park – Props Artisan
Maclare Park has been props master with Georgia Ensemble Theatre throughout all 25 seasons for the professional theatre company.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre is proud to receive these honors and wishes to congratulate all other winners and nominees and especially thank the Suzi judges and volunteers who make The Suzi Bass Awards possible.

Your chance to meet legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr!

The Ann Jackson Gallery on Canton Street in Roswell is having a unique sale of art by famed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Starr will personally meet and take a photo with customers who purchase select pieces of his hand signed artwork prior to his concert on Sat., Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. (The Ringo Starr meet & greet is only available to customers of the Ann Jackson Gallery exhibit, not valid on prior purchases). This is a special, once in a lifetime opportunity as a way to say thanks to the people who support the Lotus Foundation.

One of the highlights of Ringo’s pop art releases is “Peace & Love” featuring Ringo armed with spray paint cans proclaiming Peace & Love, his mantra for the world. Each piece is individually numbered and hand signed by Ringo.

The objectives of the Lotus Foundation are to fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas including, but not limited to: substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness and animals in need.

Exhibition hours: 

Wed. November 8, noon – 8pm

Thur. November 9, noon – 8pm

Fri. November 10, noon – 8pm

Sat. November 11, noon – 2pm

The Ringo Starr Fine Art show is free. Ann Jackson Gallery is located at 932 Canton Street in Roswell.