Look! At the front of the parade! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's…YOU!!
Hey kids! Do you want to be the Grand Marshal of this year's Suwanee Fest parade? The City of Suwanee is excited to announce the Suwanee Kids Super Contest, open to all K-12 students in a school that serves the City of Suwanee. In an essay or video entry, tell us about the super hero in your life: Is it a teacher or coach who has inspired you to greater heights? A parent or family member who has always encouraged you to be your best? It can be anyone – a neighbor, classmate, survivor – tell us all about the modern day heroes living right here in our community!
There are two ways to enter: submit an essay (no longer than 400 words) or a video (no longer than one minute) telling us about your superhero. Up to three winning entries may be selected. The winners will serve as grand marshals of the Suwanee Fest Parade on Saturday, September 17. For more information regarding the contest, please visit www.SuwaneeFest.com.
Welcome to the Welcome Center
In a joint venture, the City of Suwanee and North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) have entered into a partnership that allows the NGAA to have much-needed studio and class space in Suwanee Town Center, while also creating and staffing a welcome center for the city.
"The joint welcome and arts center allows the city to have a presence that extends beyond the normal business hours," said Marty Allen, Suwanee City Manager. "City Hall is closed on weekends and after 5 p.m., which is when a large percentage of visitors are in Town Center. A welcome center affords us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors to visitors, and leveraging a collaboration with the NGAA provides a welcoming presence."
Located at 3930 Charleston Market Street, the 2,297 square-foot facility will feature studio space, art classes and workshops, open studio time, and a gallery. The welcome center will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
City Hall Hosts Temporary Indoor Sculpture Garden
The lobby of Suwanee City Hall has been temporarily transformed into an indoor sculpture garden for the summer by North Gwinnett High School (NGHS) advanced 3D art students. NGHS art teacher Debi West assigned her students to work in groups to create research-based presentations on chosen master artists. The assignment was then extended into a temporary, indoor sculpture garden, where the student teams were challenged to create life-sized sculptures in the style of their selected master artist.
"Students really had no parameters and worked collaboratively over two-and-a-half weeks to create these incredible sculptures. They included info sheets about their master artists and then they were required to present their sculptures to the class," said West. "It is one of the most successful lessons I have taught through the years and I am beyond proud of their hard work, creative minds, and ability to work together to create something so beautiful!"
The sculptures will remain on display in City Hall through the week of August 8, 2016.
The Force is Strong this Summer in Suwanee
Movies Under the Stars is bringing double features to Town Center Park this summer. Upcoming movie nights will feature films appropriate for young children on a digital board at 7 p.m. and movie selections for slightly older audiences on a big screen beginning around 8:45 p.m.
|7:00 p.m.||8:45 p.m.|
|June 4:||Finding Nemo||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2|
|July 23:||Kung Fu Panda 3||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|August 6:||Zootopia||Star Wars: Return of the Jedi|
The movies are free and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. No alcohol may be brought into the park, but food and beverages, including beer and wine, may be purchased from Town Center merchants.
The Newest Member of the Suwanee Community!
Introducing the brand-new Brushy Creek Greenway! A one-mile multi-use trail that connects Suwanee Dam Road at Delay Road to Stonecypher Road near Main Street, Brushy Creek Greenway is a combination of concrete and boardwalk following the Brushy Creek corridor. The shade, combined with shorter distance, makes the Greenway ideal for treks with younger children – particularly since it connects to PlayTown Suwanee and the library.
"The Brushy Creek Greenway is integral to our connected greenway system," said Marty Allen, Suwanee's City Manager. "The new trail is also in-line with the alternative transportation portion of our Downtown Suwanee Master Plan by creating more walking and biking opportunities for our citizens."
The ribbon cutting and official grand opening is on Friday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Brushy Creek Greenway entrance at Playtown Suwanee (425 Main Street).
Farmers Market Returns
The season of fresh produce, lovely flowers, and yummy baked goods returns to Suwanee when the City's Farmers Market opens at Town Center Park Saturday, May 7. The market is open 8 am-noon Saturdays through October 1.
"The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base," notes Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. "Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat, seafood, and baked goods."