NOV/DEC 2017 EVENTS FOR ACWORTH, KENNESAW, MARIETTA, Cobb County, GA The details of the events are available in our Kennesaw/Acworth paper and Marietta/West Cobb paper – both published online at www.brightsidenews.com. Select the paper from the menu on the left, when the page opens, click at the top and download as a pdf.
THU NOV 16 – ABA WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – The ABA Women’s Business Network Luncheon will be held at Henry’s Louisiana Grill, from 11:30 until 1:00 pm. This luncheon is open to all women in business and you do not have to be a member of either ABA or KBA RSVP must be completed in advance via www.acworthbusiness.org The fee is $20.
THU NOV 16 – ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION – This event will take place at Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, at 7:00 pm.. It is free to the public. Seating for 900 fills up quickly, so please arrive 15 or more minutes before the 7:00pm start. Parking is limited, and guests are advised to carpool. In the event that we again reach capacity, the event will also be live-streamed in a community setting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just 3 miles away at 3155 Trickum Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. You can also view from home at http://bit.ly/TKEstream. For more information regarding the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, visit the Facebook page and search for Ecumenical-Thanksgiving-Celebration or call Temple Kol Emeth at 770-973-3533.
FRI NOV 17 – JOHN BERRY IN CONCERT – The Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School welcomes well-known recording artist John Berry at 7:30 pm. Get ready for an entertaining and heartwarming evening of songs and stories as John kicks off his annual Christmas tour. The show benefits the Career Pathways program with Marietta City Schools and the future College & Career Academy at Marietta High School. Purchase tickets for John’s show at mpac.marietta-city.org.
FRI NOV 17 – WINTER WONDERLAND RETURNS! – The City of Marietta is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland returns do Marietta Square when the Ice Skating rink opens in Glover Park. Skate into the holidays with Jack Frost nipping at your nose and holiday cheer surrounding Glover Park. A portion of all ticket sales goes to support Marietta City Schools. Winter Wonderland on the Marietta Square is the highlight of the holidays! Bring your own socks and rent skates for $12.00. The days and times the rink is open are available at www.winterwonderland.com
SAT NOV 18 – ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE 5K – 9am – Enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit www.acworthturkeychase.com.
SAT NOV 18 – POST 304 BBQ – The public is invited to attend the American Legion North Cobb Post 304 Annual Bar-B-Quebetween 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Advanced order is $10.00, pay at the door is $12.50. Choice of Pulled Pork or 1/4 Chicken Plate, bread, baked beans, cole slaw, peach cobbler, water or coffee. Order your dinner at the bar or call 678-217-5738.
MON-TUE NOV 20-21 – THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP – The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host a two-day Thanksgiving Break Camp for children ages 5-12 from 9am-4pm at the Custer Park Sports and Fitness Center located at 545 Kenneth Marcus Way, Marietta, GA 30060. Extended services are available for $10 per day with early drop off beginning at 7:30am and late pickup ending at 6:00pm. Registration is available online at www.mariettaga.gov. The link to registraion is on the front page of the website. The cost of the camp per day is $35 for City residents and $45 for non-residents.
TUE NOV 21 – ACWORTH SENIOR LUNCH – Join us for the City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Departments Senior Luncheon. Come join us for lunch, bingo, and other special activities. The luncheon is held at Roberts School Community and Education Center (4681 School Street) in Acworth. Lunch is served at noon. After lunch we will have several rounds of bingo with prizes. This program is free to all seniors!!!
SAT NOV 25 – DEPARTURE: JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND – Is there a better way to spend your night than rocking out to the face-meltingly awesome hits of everyone’s favorite classic rock supergroup? We didn’t think so, so we’re bringing back DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band this November. This concert will take place at 8:00 pm. Tickets online at www.earlsmithstrand.org.
SUN NOV 26 -“MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY”- The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History will take part in the first annual Museum Store Sunday as hosted by the Museum Store Association on November 26, 11 am – 6 pm. For more information on the gift store and details regarding offers and discounts, please visit SouthernMuseum.org/MSS.
TUES NOV 28 – CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING 6:00 pm. Join the City of Kennesaw and elected officials at THE DEPOT in downtown Kennesaw on Tuesday, November 28 for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree. The free hour-long program begins at 6 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.
THU NOV 30 – City of Marietta Santa’s Arrival & Christmas Tree Lighting – The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The fun begins at 4:00pm with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm. Important information – Santa must leave the Square promptly 8pm that evening to make his way back to the North Pole!
FRI-SUN DEC 1-3 – THE NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE – The Georgia Ballet will perform the Holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” on December 1-3 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater at the Cobb Civic Center. Tickets are available at www.georgiaballet.org. When you reserve your tickets enter the code BRIGHT and receive 15% off. Always a beautiful performance!
FRI DEC 1 – SANTA ARRIVES IN ACWORTH! – It’s that special time again! The City of Acworth is excited to be partnering with NorthStar Church to make this year’s Santa’s Arrival the best yet! Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be a host of live performances until 9:00 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.
SAT DEC 2 – HOG SANTA BREAKFAST – Helping One Guy at a Time (HOG) invite you to have breakfast with Santa, at Gabriels at the OLD MILL in Acworth. 7:15-10:00 am.We will be taking pictures with Santa,which will be sent to you via email.Great photo idea for your Christmas cards. To RSVP click “GOING” on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HelpingOneGuy.
SAT DEC 2 – SANTA PARADE AND HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 2 with a Main Street parade at noon featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself. The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with A Day with Santa presented by WellStar Health Systems. Activities include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite. For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.
SAT DEC 2 – MERRY HOYA MARKET – Harrison High School will host its 2nd annual Merry Hoya Market in the school dining hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items for sale range from jewelry and handmade soaps and candles to indoor and outdoor Christmas décor and wooden plaques. Vendors are local crafters, including some staff members of Harrison and its feeder schools. Spaces may still be available for crafters wishing to participate. The fee for a space is only $20 or $30, depending on size. Items for sale must be handcrafted.For further information, contact email@example.com
SAT DEC 2 – PICTURES WITH SANTA IN ACWORTH – On Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 9 there will be pictures with Santa, as well as horse and carriage rides on December 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Plaza on Senator Russell Avenue. Visit www.acworthtourism.org for more information.
SAT DEC 2 – ART AT THE PARK HOUSE 6-9 The Cty of Acworth can hardly wait for you to come see the newly renovated Art at the Park House, located at the corner of Cherokee and Taylor Streets on the northeast corner of Logan Farm Park. The public is invited to to their first opening Artist Reception on Saturday Dec 2 from 6-9 pm, featuring their Small Works Show. Light refreshments will be served. Regular hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 12-6.
SAT DEC 2 COBB NEW HORIZONS SYMPHONIC BAND presents a Christmas Concert, Sounds of the Season. Admission is FREE. The concert begins at 3:00 pm and will be held at the Lassiter High School Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Rd., Marietta, 30066. The Cobb New Horizons Symphonic Band, under the direction of Acworth resident, Dr. Charles R. Jackson, is a group of senior adult musicians, ranging in age from 50 to 93.
SUN DEC 3 – CHEF ELIZABETH WEAVER COOKBOOK SIGNING – 1- 3 pm at the Marietta Museum of History. Generation of Edibles is Chef Elizabeth H. Weaver’s first cookbook. She is a personal chef and a southern girl who has a love affair with cooking. She grew up around great home cooks and worked in the arts for 3 decades. This book brings together her love of her family recipes, entertaining and her desire to help anyone learn to cook. Cookbooks can be ordered from www.myelizabethsedibles.com. For more information Contact: Elizabeth H Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUN & MON DEC 3 & 4 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – The First Baptist Church Marietta Worship and Ministry invite the public to attend their 18th annual presentation of Carols By Candlelight on Sunday and Monday, December 3 & 4 at 7:00 pm. This is a FREE concert and childcare is provided. The church is located at 148 Church St., Marietta, 30060. Visit www.mariettafbc.org.
THU DEC 7 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home and Kennesaw Memorial Park invite the public to attend their Holiday Candlelight Service – an uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season. Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home will hold their service on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. Kennesaw Memorial Park will hold their service on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm.
FRI-SAT DEC 8-9 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – This arts and crafts show will be buzzing with activity! Unique arts and crafts exhibitors will display their products. There will be delicious festival food to warm your insides, local entertainment, FREE rides on the 50-foot Snow Tube ride Friday and Saturday and FREE Petting Zoo on Saturday. All weekend there will be FREE photos with Santa, FREE children’s activities, roasting marshmallows & smores and much, much more. Piedmont Church is located at 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.
FRI DEC 8 – THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS – Join the Symphony on the Square back at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre for our 8th Annual Holiday Concert at 8:00 PM. Get your tickets early as this will be a sell out event. Bring the whole family for this wonderful Christmas performance and meet Santa Claus, who will be attending the concert and will be available for pictures and selfies before the show! Don’t miss this concert, get your tickets now, ONLY $15. Tickets online at www.symphonyonthesquare.org.
FRI-SUN DEC 8-10 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – A Hands-on Holy Land Experience! Come and experience Bethlehem during the census! Visit shopkeepers in the marketplace and learn about their trades. Sample breads and sweets on your journey through the streets of Bethlehem. Follow your guide to the stables and meet Joseph, Mary and newborn baby Jesus. Hear the singing shepherds and pet the animals. Enjoy a Night in Bethlehem with us from 6:00 PM- 8:00PM. Alternate weekend in case of bad weather Dec. 15,16,17. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church is located on 287 Mt.Calvary Rd., Marietta, Ga. 30064. Visit www.mtcbc.net for more information.
SAT DEC 9 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – KENNESAW – Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club to host an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast with Santa at the Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera. Two seating options are available: 8 to 9:15 a.m.; and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Advance tickets are only $6 per person, and can be purchased online at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $8 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult’s lap. For additional information, call (770) 422-9714.
SAT DEC 9 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – Explore the magical world of The Polar Express at the Southern Museum’s Polar Express Adventure event from 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Immerse yourself in the classic story retold throughout the Museum, with vignettes highlighting the plot and performers bringing the story to life. Pre-sale tickets are available online at SouthernMuseum.org/tickets, beginning November 9. Regular admission tickets purchased at the event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+), $5.50 for children (4-12), and FREE for children 3 and under. This event is FREE for Museum members. Call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058 for more information, and visit SouthernMuseum.org for event details.
SAT DEC 9 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Northwest Family YMCA is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 10 am until 12 PM at the Northwest YMCA. This is a FREE community event for all ages. Register in person at the Y or online at ymcaregistration.com (use class ID 438484) Everyone is welcome. The YMCA is located at 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, 30152.
SAT DEC 9 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Give back to your community and get some good exercise by coming out and joining us for our December Tree Planting. We will be planting trees at Westside Elementary School in Marietta. The address is: 344 Polk St., Marietta, Georgia 30064. 9:00am. Dress for outdoor weather. The Westside Elementary School link is https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/747
SAT-SUN DEC 9 – 10 – BRAVO DANCE PRESENTS “HOLIDAY EXPRESS” – Bravo Dance Center will perform its 4th annual holiday production, Holiday Express, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. Join us on a journey from Georgia to New York City to deliver the prized Christmas tree to Rockefeller Center! Holiday Express stars Bravo Dance Company with performances by Bravo’s Ensemble and Advanced Hip Hop Team. There are two shows on Saturday, December 9, at 3pm & 7pm and two shows on Sunday, December 10, at 2pm & 6pm! Tickets are available online at www.tututix.com/bravodancecenterga.
SUN DEC 10 – GREAT GIG presents Sights and Sounds of the Season at North Star Church. The show will feature the talented dancers of Great Gig Dance Ensemble, professional singers, musicians and more. “Sights and Sounds of the Season” promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood! This is a fundraiser for the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, to help offset their expenses as they perform through out the Southeast. A catered reception featuring appetizers, holiday desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate, begins at 5:00pm and includes a holiday-themed silent auction, followed by the show in the theater at 6:00. Tickets are $15 in advance, and may be pre-purchased by calling Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw. This is a family Christmas event you won’t want to miss!
MON DEC 11 – MARIETTA BUSINESS LUNCHEON – The Marietta Business Association will host the final lunch event of the year, highlighting , “Celebrate Marietta” – the SUCCESS- GROWTH – FUTURE. Join us as Mayor Steve Tumlin introduces a special “Surprise Guest Speaker”, with special awards presented as we close out the MBA year. This event will be held at Noon at the Radisson Atlanta NW Hotel, 1775 Parkway Place SE, Marietta, GA 30076. Join us from 10:30-11:30am for Connections, Coffee and Conversations in the Lobby area prior to lunch. Please visit the MBA website to register for this lunch event. http://www.mariettabusiness.biz
TUE DEC 12 – GUN SAFETY SEMINAR – Marietta Police Department Firearm Safety Seminar is at 6:30pm. This free seminar is conducted and designed to educate Georgia residents on a variety of topics to include gun safety, being a responsible weapon owner, weapon laws, details about gun permits, and alternative weapon usage (pepper spray, civilian model stun guns, etc.). The seminar will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Seating is limited and can be reserved by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mpd-semiannual-gun-safety-seminar-tickets-39445223726. Lecture based, no hands on learning.
FRI-SAT DEC 15-23 – A CHRISTMAS TRADITION – This holiday song and dance revue will show off The Strand’s awe inspiring sets and effects like has never been seen before, as well as the diva voices and high energy dances that Strand patrons have come to know and love. Songs spotlighted include Christmas and holiday classics as well as funky favorites. Tickets are $30 and available at The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, online at EarlSmithStrand.org, or at 117 North Park Square. A Christmas Tradition will feature a pre-show holiday sing along with Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. The organ pre-show will begin half an hour before showtime. Show Dates:Week 1: Friday, Dec. 15 @ 8pm; Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 8pm; Sunday, Dec. 17 @ 3pm & 8pm. Week 2: Friday, Dec 22 @ 3pm & 8pm; Saturday Dec. 23 @ 3pm & 8pm
SAT DEC 16 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA & GRAND YULETIDE BALL – Treat that special starry-eyed child in your life to an afternoon of RoyalTEA this holiday season at The Strand. You and your prince or princess will start the evening with Christmas royals Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy at the High Tea will include the juice or tea of your choice and a plate of sweets for the sweet. Ticket includes a gift bag of goodies for our young guests that includes an autograph book to commemorate the afternoon with Christmas Royalty and new friends. Tickets are $15 for children and adults. Limited space available. Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy will begin receiving guests at 12:45pm for the 1:00pm tea and 3:45 for the 4:00pm tea. Festivities will last approximately an hour and a half. Event Dates: Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 1pm; Thursday, Dec. 21 @ 1pm & 4pm, Friday, Dec. 22 @ 1pm & 4pm
SAT & SUN DEC 16 & 17 – “THE JOURNEY OF CHRISTMAS” – Presented by the choir and orchestra of Summit Baptist Church.The Journey of Christmas is a musical/drama that reminds us of the journey Christ took to demonstrate God’s love for mankind! www.summitchurch.org church office 770-975-4595
MON DEC 18 – MENORAH LIGHTING – Celebrate Hanukkah with a Menorah Lighting on the Glover Park Stage by Congregation Ner Tamid of Marietta/ West Cobb, from 6:30-7:30pm, led by Rabbi Joseph Prass, featuring holiday music, FREE hot chocolate & jelly donuts, a $100 door prize, photo booth, and games & stories with PJ Library! All are welcome. Arrive early for free parking on local streets or the municipal garage on Cherokee Street.Congregation Ner Tamid, Member Union for Reform Judaism, holds Shabbat and High Holy Day Services, at their location, 1349 Old Hwy 41, Suite 220, Marietta GA 30060. For information visit www.mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575
THU DEC 21 – STRAND OLE OPRY’S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – 8pm. The Strand Ole Opry will take on the very best of a down-home holiday gathering with a bluegrass flair for Strand Ole Opry’s Country Christmas! This back-porch special featuring Travis Cottle and his One Horse Band and a host of guest vocalists is sure to please country fans of all ages! Following in the footsteps of a great southern tradition, this concert will transport patrons to the old south with beautiful vocals and live band accompaniment, as well as traditional southern storytelling. Join the performers in the Lumiere Lounge for some drinks and maybe even some sing-alongs after the show! Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of.
SUN DEC 24 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE MARATHON – 1pm, 4pm & 7pm). Take a break from your last minute holiday shopping and remember the importance of family and compassion with It’s a Wonderful Life. Tickets are general admission, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and military.
FARMER’S MARKETS – LOCAL
SAT/SUN – MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Year round on Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Sundays: May-October – 12 pm till 3 pm. Takes up residence on N. Park Square. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, available from the grocery store. Plus lots of the staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, beans, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Contact Market Director Johnny Fulmer at 770-499-9393 or Jfulmer@churchstreetmarket.com or visit mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com
FRIDAY/SATURDAYS “Lumiere Lounge” (6-10pm) on the second floor at the Strand Theatre Come to the Strand and pay homage to the days of old with a silent film inspired piano bar and lounge! As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge will feature specialty cocktails made with local ‘Hometown Honey’ in addition to a full bar. Lumière is held on the second floor lounge on select Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10pm. Check the calendar at www.earlsmithstrand.org for more details or call the box office at 770.293.0080 to get added to the mailing for our evening bar events.
GHOSTS OF MARIETTA WALKING TOUR (7:30pm) Walk the streets of our haunted city by lantern light, guided by one of our talented storytellers. This tour is approximately 90 minutes and the walk is under a mile. Ghost tours are at 7:30pm every Thur, Fri & Sat. Paid reservations required in advance. 770-425-1006. www.ghostsofmarietta.com SATURDAYS MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISAN MARKET is on Second and Fourth Saturdays. April through November. The Marietta Square Artisan Market is an open-air showcase of locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm from April to November. Enjoy the paintings, drawings, and photography of fine artists settled alongside skilled craftspeople who feature an eclectic roster of distinctive goods including fire pits, cutting boards, terraria, pens, and fine jewelry. Located on Mill Street adjacent to Glover Park, this art ecosystem connects local fine artists and artisans with the community adding culture and charm to the Historic Marietta Square experience. More info at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com.
SECOND TUESDAY EACH MONTH – POP IN FOR POP CULTURE – Join us at the Marietta Museum of History from 4pm-8pm. We will have foot tastings, activities, and vintage commercials. All included in the price of regular admission. For more info visit www.MariettaHistory.org
WED 5-7 & SAT 2-4 : WINE TASTINGS at Marietta Wine Market. 18 Powder Springs St SE, Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 919-1574