Roswell Azalea Festival, April 1-30

Roswell Azalea Festival, April 1-30

Spring has sprung in Roswell, and it’s time for the 3rd annual Roswell Azalea Festival.

There are loads of events planned throughout Roswell to celebrate.  Events include art shows, bike races, high tea, ghost tours and more.  The festival opens with a comedy night at Gate City Brewing Company and culminates with the Azalea Festival Gala on April 30 benefiting The Cottage School.

Some highlights:

4/1 High Tea: A Taste of Ireland at Barrington Hall  Join Chef Judith McLaughlin of Shamrock & Peach at Barrington Hall as she throws a high tea in honor of her native Ireland.

4/1 – 4/30 Azalea Festival Invitational Art Exhibition with a Meet the Artists reception on April 5. Featuring artists A.J. Argentina, Walt Cagle, Barry Etris, Joan Hilliard and Scott Law. Original works in paintings, graphics, carvings, and pottery will be exhibited and for sale.

4/5 WineDown Wednesday A benefit for the Roswell Garden Club at gallery43

4/8 A Taste for Art The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance presents A TASTE FOR ART – Silent Auction, Wine and Tapas Tasting at the Gallery at 9100 Fouts Road at 7:00pm on April 8, 2017.  Featured original artworks will include azaleas, florals, landscapes,seascapes and cityscapes,  still life and abstracts in a variety of mediums ranging from oils and acrylics to watercolors, drawings, pastels, collage and mixed media.  Enjoy a variety of wines and chef made tapas as you make your selection and place your bids.  A donation from sales will be made to the Roswell Arts Fund.

4/14 Easter Egg Hunt at Smith Plantation Annual Easter Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Children bring their own baskets and enjoy finding the candy-filled treasures.  The opportunity for pictures with the Easter Bunny will be after all the eggs are found.

4/22 Run the River 5K

4/30 Azalea Festival Gala at Ivy Hall at Roswell Mill This festive event begins with a reception on the patio overlooking Vickery Creek, and a performance by the Briefcase Brigade. This group of business men, in sunglasses carrying briefcases, is known for the entertaining line dance they perform annually in the Christmas Parade down Peachtree to raise money for Children’s Healthcare. They are not trained in professional dance, but they sure put on a great performance! Most of all, they have fun while adding a lot of enjoyment for those watching (think Bruno Mars). A silent auction adds to the fun and guests will move indoors to enjoy dinner, dancing, lively conversations and the highlight of honoring Chattahoochee Nature Center for 40 years of environmental education and community service.

To learn more about this year’s Azalea Festival and view its full schedule of events, visit

Spring Cleaning: How to Do It in 48 Hours

Spring Cleaning: How to Do It in 48 Hours

Here’s how to organize, declutter and clean your house and your tech this weekend, just in time for spring.

No one actually looks forward to cleaning, but something about blooming flowers and bright, sunny days makes you want to air out the whole house and start anew. Whether deep cleaning or simple organizing tasks are on your to-do list, these tips will make any spring cleaning chore easier. We promise, you’ll still be able to enjoy your weekend, too.

Flynnside Out Productions

Don’t use time as an excuse to escape cleaning tasks. Surely you can dedicate one hour to some deep cleaning. Start by cleaning items that need to “soak” and complete the rest of these tasks in the meantime.


Don’t forget about your phone. Yes, even our mobile devices need to be “decluttered.” Clear your device’s storage of unwanted data hogs, like caches and browser history. Delete apps you haven’t used in months. Streamline your photos or take advantage of cloud storage services. After that, maybe give it a good wipe down, too.

In order to clean and organize your space, you have to get rid of the clutter, first. Go through the pantry, refrigerator, closet, bathroom and desk, tossing anything that’s expired, outdated or unused. Don’t do this all at once, though, or you’ll get frustrated and overwhelmed. Instead, simply throw away or organize objects as you come across them.
Get creative with budget-friendly organizers. Utilize dollar stores and bargain sections at your favorite retailers to organize around the house and in the car. Shower caddies and over-the-door shoe holders make it so easy to get organized when you’re short on time (and cash).Find natural cleaning solutions right in your pantry. Baking soda works like a charm to remove dirt and grime, which means you spend less time scrubbing and more time chilling. Mix up one of these natural solutions to quickly and easily clean frequently-used items in your home.

Melissa George

Use common household items to whip your garage into shape. Remember all that stuff you threw out after your decluttering spree? Re-use some of those items to organize the garage. A golf bag collecting dust works really well as a garden tool holder. The key to organizing the garage is to keep like items together.

Courtsey of Molly Miller, HGTV

Roswell best zip code in AJC’s Best of Atlanta!

Roswell best zip code in AJC’s Best of Atlanta!

Atlantans take a lot of pride in where they work, play and live. However, these don’t always happen in the same part of town.

When considering Atlanta’s best ZIP code, think about all the crucial things like dining, opportunities for fun and the cool people who reside there. All of these experiences combined will make up the best ZIP code in Atlanta.

Surprised to learn that our winner for best ZIP code is the OTP neighborhood of Roswell, 30075? You shouldn’t be. Some of the best pizza in the Atlanta area can be found in these neighborhoods. These communities have a lot to offer by way of comfort and accessibility. If you’d like to get to know these areas better, maybe you should try eating your way through Roswell.

Speaking of OTP, coming in second place is no other than 30004 of Alpharetta. Home of the always fun Avalon and a plethora of amazing restaurants, this is a guaranteed good time hub of Atlanta.

Hot on Alpharetta’s trail was 30030, belonging to Decatur. Decatur’s food scene just won’t stop. Just recently Decatur won the Best of Atlanta MARTA station because of all the city has to offer within a close proximity. If you’re looking for a concentrated area full of awesome activities, hightail it over to Decatur ASAP.

Adventures abound at all of our ZIP code nominees: 30060 (Marietta), 30046 (Lawrenceville), 30305 (Buckhead), 30307 (Little Five Points, Inman Park) and 30312 (Grant Park, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown).

Courtesy of AJC Access Atlanta

Roswell Beer Festival

Roswell Beer Festival

The Fifth Annual Roswell Beer Festival is coming up on Saturday March 25 on the Roswell Town Square.  This popular event sells out quickly, so get your tickets now!  All proceeds go to the STAR House Foundation.

For tickets or more information: Roswell Beer Festival

Roswell is fast becoming a craft beer destination.  Two breweries already call Roswell home – Gate City Brewing Company and Abbey of the Holy Goats, and two new craft breweries are set to open in Roswell this summer:

From the Earth Brewing

Brewpub founder Tim Stevens tells us they are currently testing small batches but we will open with a minimum of 6 house brewed beers and a non-alcoholic root beer. “We plan on opening with a Pale Ale, IPA or two, Pilsner, Stout and possibly a seasonal,” says Stevens. He also tells us they will grow to offer 10-12 house beers and 4-6 rotating local / regional drafts. The kitchen will serve chef-driven seasonal fare at a reasonable price. An early peek at the menu shows house made flank steak jerky, grilled oysters, a bacon flight of different woods and braised short rib French dip with smoked gouda. The brewpub will also feature an outdoor beer garden with veggies and herbs growing on site. They hope to be open late summer 2017. From the Earth will be located in the Connexion Center at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd. in Roswell.

VariantBrew_Rendering450x260Variant Brewing
The brewery will be located near the energy of Canton St. in Roswell. Owner/brewmaster Matthew Curling, a life-long resident of Roswell, tells us that they’ll have 4 year-round beers: a Blonde Ale, Saison, IPA (of course) and an Oatmeal Stout, and possibly as many as 10-12 beers on draught in the taproom for grand opening, slated for sometime this Summer. Curling claims he doesn’t always like to brew true to traditional styles, but rather what he calls variations of those styles, hence the name Variant Brewing.

From North Metro Fork

Beautiful, Budget Ideas for Patios and Porches

Beautiful, Budget Ideas for Patios and Porches

Update your outdoor spaces on the cheap with these designer ideas.  HGTV has 25 ideas to spruce up your outdoor living area.  Here are some highlights:

Paint Your Floors

Designing a pattern on the floor is an inexpensive way to tie together the look of your outdoor space. Designer Rachel Greathouse used a diamond pattern with a whitewash to fit the home’s farmhouse chic design. Depending on the pattern and palette, you can end up with a rustic or modern look.

Puff Up Your Seating With a Pouf

Floor poufs are a low-price way to add seating without investing in larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa or chaise, say Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with WAKE + LOOM Design. While you can find outdoor poufs for less than $50, you also can make your own fabric pouf ottoman in a pattern and palette that you prefer. A garden stool is also an inexpensive, versatile item that can serve as extra seating or a side table.

Rescue Old Items

Reclaim an outdoor focal point with upcycled brick and barn doors. The biggest trick is to look for old barns, buildings and chimneys that aren’t being used, suggests Tyler Davis, owner of Athens Building Co., which worked with designer Tami Ramsey of Cloth & Kind on this project. Sometimes you can spot them from country roads. Approach the owner and offer to remove them if they will let you keep the material. You can get free materials and help someone remove a potential hazard from their property.

Select Low-Maintenance Plants

Using plants with low water use and low maintenance requirements is cost effective while providing color, movement and texture, says Patricia St. John with St. John Landscapes. Succulents, burgundy Cordylines, variegated plants and evergreen vines provide contrasting colors and textures, without the use of flowering plants. This project was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner.

Cut Groundcover Costs

The owners of a San Francisco townhome wanted to be cost effective wherever possible. St. John Landscapes used decomposed granite for the lower patio and paths, which is a cheaper option for a low-maintenance outdoor space.

Mix and Match

If you can’t afford a new farmhouse-style table, the same look can be achieved by mixing salvaged pieces to create your own table. Find an old tabletop, then add old or new spindle legs. If you paint the table and other outdoor furniture all white, it creates a modern and sleek look, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta.

Courtesy of HGTV