SculpTour Sip & See

Twenty or so prominent new residents are moving into Suwanee! The fifth installment of the city's popular SculpTour temporary sculpture exhibition has been installed around Town Center Park. Join us for the official unveiling of the new pieces at our May 20 SculpTour Sip & See event! Sip & See will feature guided, strolling wine tours (hence the "sip") of the new art, an opportunity to meet some of the featured artists and discuss their work, as well as a performance of Memphis by the Aurora Theatre on the Town Center stage.

SculpTour Sip & See

Guided walking wine tours 5:30-7:30 pm
Food trucks & live music 5:30 pm
Memphis performance 8:00 pm

Bring your picnic dinner and chairs (but not your alcohol – you can purchase drinks from Town Center merchants, but no BYOB) and spend an evening enjoying the arts in Suwanee!

Nourishment for the Mind, Body, & Soul

For the past four years, the City of Suwanee and Harvest Farm have collaborated to develop the first public orchard and playground in the Southeast.  Featuring a fully functional orchard that will be open to the community and public, the Orchard at White Street Park was designed to provide families with a fun and engaging space that changes through the seasons, encourages creative and self-guided outdoor play, and grows fresh fruit.

In addition to trees yielding fruit, the Orchard at White Street Park also includes lawn areas for relaxation and play, a pavilion, winding pathways, and natural construction children's play features throughout the one acre site.

While the space itself is already open to the public, the orchard will continue to be planted over the next few months, largely by community volunteers. The first community plant day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, from 9 am-3 pm. Click here for more information about the Orchard at White Street Park, volunteering, or making a donation.

Art on a Limb Returns to Suwanee

Spring has sprung in Suwanee, and with the blooming of the dogwoods comes another annual tradition in our parks: Art on a Limb! Through the Art on a Limb program, the City of Suwanee hides two pieces of art along one of the greenways or within city parks each day throughout the month of May. Those who find the art pieces get to keep them!

This year's Art on a Limb artist is a community favorite, as well as a previous program participant: Potter Richard Shivers – also known as "Mr. Shivers the Music Teacher" to 35 years' worth of Riverside Elementary alumni.

"Knowing the project would be displayed in the parks, I designed a pottery piece of a tree leaf," said Shivers. "We stroll, play, exercise, and gather at the beautiful parks in our town and nature is an important part of our community."

Other Upcoming May Events

Great Strides Atlanta - May 20 | 9 am-1 pm
Great Strides Atlanta is proud to be the largest cystic fibrosis walk in the country, raising over $2 million through the help of 3,500 walkers. Walk day is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children's activities, food, and festivities that the Atlanta community looks forward to year after year.

Red, White, Bluegrass, & Bach - May 26 | 7-9 pm
At 7 pm, all eyes will be to the sky as the Fort Benning Silver Wings parachute into the Town Center Park to kick-off our annual Red, White, Bluegrass, & Bach Memorial Day Concert! Featuring the fun and patriotic music by the Main Street Orchestra and some sweet bluegrass tunes, a salute to our veterans, food trucks and more – wear your red, white, and blue and come celebrate in Suwanee!

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 13. The market is open 8 am-noon Saturdays through September 30.

"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."

Solis Town Center Project Public Open House

Per a condition of zoning from RZ-2015-001, the developer of the planned mixed-use development at the corner of Buford Highway and Chicago Street will host an informational open house on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. This project, which was envisioned in the 2015 Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, will include 240 multi-family units, 12,000 square feet of retail, and a parking deck. The public is invited to drop in City Hall anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. on June 6 to view images of the building and ask questions.

Take the Survey!

The City of Suwanee is updating our Comprehensive Plan, and we want your input! Click here to share your thoughts about the future of Suwanee as we plan for the next 20 years.

The 2040 Plan will be an update to the Suwanee 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was completed in 2008. The Comprehensive Plan is a city-wide plan and an important tool for guiding future decisions about where and how to manage population growth and development within the City.

For more information and to stay informed about Suwanee's 2040 Plan process visit suwanee2040plan.com.

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.

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."

Click here for more information and to view the Suwanee Youth Leaders Class of 2017.

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