2017 Riverside Sounds Concert Series Starts May 6

2017 Riverside Sounds Concert Series Starts May 6

We are a little more than a week away from the start of Roswell’s 2017 Riverside Sounds Concert Series.

This series of six free outdoor concerts will be held at Riverside Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October.

“We are excited to bring more original artists back to Riverside Sounds this year,” said Beckie Hawkins, cultural services manager of the Recreation, Parks and Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. “This year, we have a great mix of music genres, including blues, Americana, pop, rock and funk. Our goal is to provide something for everyone.”

There will be food trucks at each concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and guests are also invited to bring their own picnic and chairs as well.

Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by the city of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department and generously supported through community sponsorships.
The following are the featured artists for each month:

May 6 – Webb Wilder: A bluesy blast of baritone bombast. Equally versed in two glorious worlds, Rock and Roll. Webb has described the music he makes as, “Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans.”

June 3 – Ben Sollee: Known for a 360 degree approach to his art, Kentucky native Sollee educates as much as he entertains through his innovative style as a cellist; conveying genre-bending songwriting.

July 1 – The Fritz: The Fritz are masters of improvisation and their music may range from hard driving soul to progressive rock.

Aug. 5 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley: Ickes and Hensley have taken what they’ve explored on stages across the country and the world into the studio, and the result is a set that expands their already wide-range palette.

Sept. 2 – Lera Lynn: Singer-songwriter, co-producer, and multi-instrumentalist Lynn embellishes her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noire.

Oct. 7 – Southern Avenue: Southern Avenue is a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues, and gospel traditions while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own.

Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Road in Roswell.

For more information or to learn more about the artists, visit roswellriversidesounds.com and learn more on social media by following #RiversideSounds.

Courtesy of Kristal Dixon, Roswell Patch

Roswell Bike Festival begins tomorrow!

Roswell Bike Festival begins tomorrow!


This week-long festival celebrates all things cycling in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation. Recreational rides, educational events, and thrilling races highlight many exciting and action packed event and activities for all ages and skill levels.

Kick off the 2017 Roswell Cycling Festival with a popular group ride for riders of all abilities. Ride along the 25-mile route through beautiful Roswell. 8 AM Start/Finish Roswell Area Park, Roswell, GA.  Immediately following the Bike Roswell Saturday morning ride, come hang out with Bike Roswell on Canton St for the Festival Kickoff Party. Let’s fill the bike racks on Canton St. and let Roswell know the Roswell Cycling Festival has arrived! In addition, we will join the Roswell Arts Fund for their ribbon cutting of the 2017 Art Around Roswell Sculpture Tour.

There are lots of fun biking activities planned all week.  If you aren’t a biker, consider volunteering!

Check out bikeroswell for a full list of events or to register as a rider or volunteer.

Why Living Rooms Are Going Extinct (and How to Repurpose Yours)

Why Living Rooms Are Going Extinct (and How to Repurpose Yours)

Isn’t it ironic that the living room—the room of life!—is where people tend to spend the least amount of time? At some point in the late 19th or early 20th century the term “living room” was coined to describe the formal room where people sat to (politely) socialize.

Nowadays, though, living rooms have become the thoroughfare your friends and family pass through on their way to the kitchen island to relax. Whether you have children or enjoy throwing parties, the kitchen has generally become the most functional, popular place in the home to gather. As a result, living rooms can sometimes seem more like a furniture museum—one that no one ever visits.

Here, we’ll dig deeper into why the living room is on the brink of extinction—and how you can bring life back into it so it doesn’t suffer the same fate as your last VCR.

“Decades ago, our best-selling floor plan featured a formal living room,” says Jennifer Landers, president of New Dimensions, a custom home builder in Northern Virginia. But times have changed, and the ways people interact in the home are very different.

“Today’s families aren’t interested in formal spaces—more often they want an open floor plan and lots of flexibility,” Landers says. This usually means combining the kitchen, dining, and living rooms into multifunctional areas dubbed “great rooms,” where you can be with your family as you make dinner, check email, or help with homework.

“It all adds up to a more casual and less fussy feeling to homes,” she adds.

Another huge reason living rooms are fading to black? “Adults and kids spend much more time on mobile devices like phones and tablets than they used to,” says Nick Kinports, executive vice president of strategy at Notice Agency in Chicago. That means the TV, which traditionally anchored the living room, sees less foot traffic.

First, you need to figure out how you define “living,” says Marie Graham, a home stager in New York’s Westchester County.

Think about the ways your family likes to spend time together, and tailor the design of your living room around that. For instance, if your down time is about entertainment, hang a projector to play movies on a blank wall and install an impressive sound system. Your family will likely follow.

Here are some other ways to reclaim your living room:

Add a fireplace: Nothing draws a crowd to a room like warmth and dancing flames, so consider turning your living room into a hearth room.

“Like our prehistoric counterparts, modern man and woman are drawn to fire,” says Graham. This might sound like a major remodel, but modern electric or gas fireplaces are relatively easy to install.

Ditch the divan: An uncomfortable, low sofa without arms or legs—the strange piece of furniture known as a divan—doesn’t exactly cry out, “Curl up on me!”

Get rid of this and other fussy pieces of formal furniture, and replace them with comfortable upholstered pieces to encourage hanging out, says Graham. Other components of a space that will see use include side tables for food and drinks and good lighting.

Get wired: The living room can take on new life as a place for people to get stuff done, whether that means checking email on your laptop, reading a book on your tablet, or using the room as a de facto home office.

Make sure to add plenty of power outlets for tablets, laptops, and smartphones. There should also be space to spread out and semiprivate nooks that allow for multiple people to use their devices without disturbing others.

While everyone might be doing their own thing, the simple fact of everyone gathered in the same room fosters a sense of family time.

Curate a library: “In designing conventional rooms, we can lose sight of the fact that a home is a place to enjoy me-time,” says Bea Pila, interior designer and author of “Sacred Spaces for Inspired Living.”

If you’re looking to escape high-tech devices, turn your living room into a space that encourages people to disconnect with a good book. You don’t have to install towering bookshelves everywhere, she says. “A couple of tables stacked with favorite books next to a cozy chair can be enough.”

Create a cocktail room: If you love entertaining, make your living room the main party locale by incorporating a bar and tables to place drinks, appetizers, or full meals. Bring in lounge seating like a high table with bar stools (instead of the traditional sofa and coffee table) to encourage people to linger over good food and conversation.

Make a game room: This could mean adding a cabinet full of board games or a pool table to maximize togetherness.

“A circular arrangement around a card table encourages the long-lost art of games and interaction,” says Pila.

Courtesy of , Realtor.com