The Bright Side is keeping our community updated on Acworth’s news and events that will occur in the next couple of weeks.  Please share. First a message from the Acworth Business Association president, Kim Wigington.


Putting 2020 in hindsight, it’s time for the ABA to move forward, united and strong. 2020 was tough, but we should never forget the lessons we learned.

As 2021 president of the Acworth Business Association, my challenge to everyone this year is to change your world for the better. We, as individuals, may never change the whole world, but we can change the one little circle on which we stand.

By remembering our history (good and bad), correcting our negative thinking, and moving forward with positive growth, we can make a change. Just because something “has always been this way” does not mean it is the best way or the right way. Now more than ever, take a look at yourself, your thoughts, and your actions.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts. Change your world.”

I challenge you to seek out your local community to connect, encourage, support, and build. In 2020 we learned the importance of personal connections. Connect with local business owners, people in your church, members of your civic clubs, and neighbors, old friends, and new friends. Encourage them to keep going. Support them with your words and your business. Build up each other.

The Acworth business community’s strength comes from uniting. None of us is as strong as all of us. When all those little circles of change come together, we can change the world.  Join the ABA at, and share our strength. We are Acworth, moving forward, united and strong. See the website: and RSVP for events to guarantee your seat.

The Acworth Business Association will hold its first AA5 tonight – Thursday, January 14, at 1885 GRILL. Join us tonight at 5:30-7:30pm for our first Alive After Five of 2021! Meet and network with the members of local businesses while enjoying great food, drinks and atmosphere! This event is sponsored by Brookwood Christian School. See you tonight!


Join our Acworth Business Association Ladies for our Jan 21 at Dogwood Terrace from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM! Kelly Nagel of Nagel’s Bagels is the 2021 Chair of this group. We will be discussing our business goals for the year. Please RSVP at


While we are on the subject of ABA, sharing the February luncheon news: The ABA February luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb 4 at the Acworth Community center. Lunch will be catered by Carrara’s and the luncheon sponsor is our Northwest YMCA. Come hear Ira Blumenthal speak about “Your Best is Next. RSVP at



MON JAN 18 ACWORTH’S Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Celebration Festivities will begin on January 18, 2021, at 9:15 a.m The Acworth Community will take a unity walk from the Roberts School Community and Education Center to the Acworth Community Center. Following the unity walk, there will be a celebration program with guest speaker Earnest Davis centered around the MLK quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ “ Upon conclusion of the program, there will be no in-person community service project, but an opportunity still exists to spend the remainder of that day “as a day on, not a day off.” Volunteer your time or resources to help improve your communities and share a photo or message with the hashtags #AcworthDayofService #MLKDayofService. MLK Day of Service shirts will be for sale at the Acworth Community Center leading up to and on the day of the event. All proceeds will help fund the Acworth Achievers and Expanding Horizons programs. To attend the MLK Day Program in person, RSVP to the email address


Deadline FEB 5 ACWORTH’S ANNUAL ARBOR DAY POSTER CONTEST Do you have a budding artist in the family? Mom, Dad, kiddos, Grandma and Grandpa, check this out! This year, Acworth’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to everyone in the community! Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Participants are invited to submit their artwork with the theme of “Bring Your Favorite Tree to Life”. Artists of all ages and experience are welcome! Winners in each category will be displayed for the month of March and honored at March’s Acworth City Council Meeting. The flyer/application is here Arbor Day Application to download. Submissions are due to the Acworth Community Center by February 5. Please email Taylor Aubrey,, with any questions. We can’t wait to see your beautiful tree art!


MON-FRI FEB 15-19 Acworth’s Art Explosion Winter Break Camp
It’s time to get those creative juices flowing! Art Explosion Camp offers a full week of non-stop art experiments and activities. Each day of camp will focus on a different art style like fabrics and dyes, paper making, paint, clay, and more! Young artists will roll up their sleeves and create their next masterpiece. Campers are encouraged to dress in clothing ready to get painted, stained, and splattered! Camp will take place Monday through Friday, February 15-February 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campers may be dropped off no earlier than 7:45 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. This camp is open to children ages 6-13. The cost of this camp is $115 for City of Acworth residents and $140 for non-residents. Registration and additional information are available at


Located adjacent to the Rosenwald School and Acworth Community Center, Doyal Hill Park serves as an outdoor interpretive history area featuring public art honoring Acworth’s rich African American History. The ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony of Doyal Hill Park was held on Thursday, December 3. The park is named after Doyal Hill who served Acworth as an Alderman for several years.  He was well-loved and an active member of the community and attended Zion Hill Baptist Church.  The park is located at 4410 Cherokee Street, between 1885 Grill and the Rosenwald School.  Hill Park contains a plaza, sculpture, and interpretive signage documenting our community’s rich Black History.  A brief ceremony was held followed by the ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the interpretive signage and the sculpture.  Pictured above are family members of Doyal Hill.  He passed away in May of 2017 at the age of 80.  Doyal Hill Park will forever bear his name and serves as a fitting tribute to his legacy.