Have You HERD?
The votes are in, and the 2015-17 Suwanee SculpTour People's Choice winner is…The Herd by Phil Proctor! The Suwanee Public Arts Commission, using donated funds, will purchase the eight charming goats that reside in the cemetery at the corner of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, making them the newest additions to Suwanee's permanent art collection.
The Herd isn't the only sculpture being given an extended stay – fan favorites Dancer XX and Friends have been retained for a second round of SculpTour. The artists of these two pieces – Jack Howard-Potter and Nnamdi Okonkwo, respectively – were selected as prize winners by the Public Art Commission, along with:
Jonanthan Bowling – Corey
Andrew T. Crawford – Sunflower Gate
Benson Sculpture – Love Hurts
Hanna Jubran – The Three Muses
The 2017-19 exhibit, which will feature 20 pieces of art in and around Town Center, will officially kick off at the SculpTour Sip & See event on May 20.
April 7 Food Truck Friday Line-Up Announced
|Expected Food Truck line-up:
Deep South Biscuit Co
King of Pops
Mac the Cheese
Simply Done donuts
Capital Arms – 7pm
God Bless Relative – 8pm
The North Gwinnett Arts Association will also be hosting a lantern-making workshop for Glow in the Park! ($8 kits available for purchase.) Food trucks open at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. (or until the food runs out), with live music beginning at 7:00 p.m. Changes happen: check suwanee.com for the most up-to-date information.
Glow in the Park Lantern Making Workshops
The City of Suwanee is thrilled to partner with the NGAA on our newest event: Glow in the Park community lantern parade! Inspired by the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, Suwanee's Glow in the Park will feature a strolling jazz band leading an illuminated pageant of light, music, and color through Old Town and down the Brushy Creek Trail, ending at a concert starring 80s cover band Electric Avenue at Town Center Park.
So, who gets to be in the parade? You do! Join us for lantern building workshops at the NGAA in Town Center. Classes are on February 28, March 28, and April 4 from 5:00-6:30 pm for children and 7:00-8:30 pm for adults.
Visit ngaa4arts.com to register for workshops, and we'll see (because you'll be all lit up) you on April 15 at Glow in the Park!
Suwanee Spring Fling, presented by NGBSA
Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues
Upcoming March Events
Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock Run 5K
Suwanee Spring Fling, presented by NGBSA March 10 | 6 p.m.
Kicking off the spring baseball and softball season, this event will feature a 'parade of players,' inflatables, a prize raffle, and a family movie.
Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock Run 5K March 18 | 7:30 a.m.
Enjoy nature's beautiful springtime flora and fauna on this Peachtree Qualifier Course!
Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues March 25 | 8 a.m.
Strut your mutt at the 7th Annual Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run & Festival! Enjoy food and beverage, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids and treats for dogs, cats and runners alike.
Suwanee Youth Leaders Class of 2017
The City of Suwanee has named the members of its fourth Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) Class for the year 2017. SYL is an eight-month leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors who attend public, private, or home-based schools and live within the North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, or Collins Hills cluster districts. The program centers on civic involvement, leadership skills, and volunteer opportunities.
Thanks to SYL, said Assistant City Manager Denise Brinson, "We now have a group of young people who have more knowledge of their community and how local government works and the work that goes into building community. The City wanted to develop a real connection with our schools and find a way to meaningfully encourage youth involvement as prescribed in our strategic plan – not just checking a box, but building sincere, authentic relationships."
Suwanee Fest: Under Construction
The City of Suwanee is looking for designers, artists, and creative people in general to submit logo designs for Suwanee Fest 2017. The designer of the winning logo will see his or her design on official festival t-shirts and marketing posters, as well as receive a $500 prize.
The theme for the 2017 festival, to be celebrated September 16 and 17, is…well…we're not entirely sure. We know we want it to center around construction: community at work, building the future, paving the way – you get the idea. But our creative team has hit a roadblock (get it?). So this year, the tagline is open to interpretation as well.
The competition is open to professional and amateur designers of all ages. Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-generated. Entries should be submitted in printed and electronic format. The deadline for submissions is April 1 (no fooling). CLICK HERE for additional guidelines and an entry form.
Suwanee in Search of Farmers, Food Trucks, and Warm Spring Breezes
Warm days, fresh produce, and eating al fresco will return before you know it – and with it come our popular Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday events.
The regular Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May 6 through September 30, at Town Center Park. The Market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 12th season. Click here for more information.
Food Truck Fridays will return to Suwanee in April, May, June, August, and September, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Interested food truck vendors can apply to be part of these annual events by clicking here.
Winter Farmers Market
Rejoice, localvores — Suwanee is extending the Farmers Market through the winter months! The Farmers Market will continue on the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. from November through April at Town Center Park. Stop by and enjoy fresh local winter produce, such as lettuces, greens, potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, baked goods, and a variety of other delicious, local flavors.
Suwanee Launches County's First Bike Share Program
An exciting new transportation option has come to Gwinnett County! The City of Suwanee unveiled its new bike share program on Saturday, October 22 at the Alive! Festival in Town Center Park.
Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – have been installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park and will each house up to eight bikes. The bikes may be rented for up to three hours for free, with each additional hour costing $3 per hour. The maximum fee for all day use of a bike is $30. All riders must be at least 18 years old and provide their own helmets. Bikes can be easily rented via smart phone app.
Bikes can be ridden anywhere, including on the City's extensive greenway system. A large part of the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, the city features over 16 miles of interconnected multi-use, multi-medium trails.
Please visit zagster.com/suwanee for answers to questions such as usage, fees, station location, etc.