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The Snellville Fall Festival kicks off this fabulous season on Oct. 20! Fall 2012

Comprehensive Heart Care – Closer to Home

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Fall 2012 - Volume 8 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association P.O. Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the city of Snellville.

President Don Britt

Secretary Aysha Cooper

Treasurer Paul Slifko

Board Member Gretchen Schulz

Board Member Brian Pendley

Board Member Susan Chappelear

Board Member Sam Roper

Board Member Barbara Bender

Executive Director Kelly McAloon

Mayor of Snellville Kelly Kautz

City Council Tom Witts - Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Sabbagh, Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel Snellville City Website: Magazine Design by Accent South Media, Inc.

Contributing Writers Kathy Emanuel Gretchen Schulz Kasie Bolling Bebe Rogers Jon Richards Cover Photo by: Chris Martin

Dear Snellville Supporter: With summer almost over, and fall, football and the holiday season ahead, you sometimes don’t know whether to slow down or speed up! Snellville Tourism and Trade had its busiest summer yet, with Star Spangled Snellville drawing a huge crowd to the Towne Green, the recent Live on the Lawn concert with the Metro Jazz Club and Popcorn in the Park movies in June, July and August. And, let’s not forget how our community came together to benefit Aimee Copeland during our Sizzlin’ Summer Weekend – renamed Aimee’s Weekend – which raised $19,000 to help her family cover expenses. As this is being written, we are in the middle of planning the third annual Snellville Fall Festival, set for October 20th. You can look forward to a day of arts and crafts, music, contests and more, so plan on attending. The Snellville Farmers’ Market is having another outstanding year. It seems like every time I stop by on a Saturday morning, all the booth spaces are filled with vendors selling fresh, local produce, baked goods, meats and more. The addition of entertainment on the stage during the market makes the Towne Green the place to be on Saturday mornings. The market is open through the end of September, and I hope you’ll have a chance to visit before it ends its season. Planning and producing all the activities Snellville Tourism and Trade puts on during the year takes a lot of time and effort from our volunteers, and we are always looking for people who want to become involved. In November, we will hold an election of STAT Board members, who serve a term of one year. If this is something you would be interested in doing, visit our website and complete an application form. Applications are due by September 30th so our nominating committee can talk to candidates and make recommendations for board positions. If you have any questions about being on the STAT Board, or want to volunteer in some other way, I encourage you to call me.

'RQ Best Regards,

Don Britt, President



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ROCK YOU! Scare up Some Fall Fun at Stone Mountain Park and the City of Snellville

Ever notice how two really great neighbors can take any occasion to an entirely new level? Neighbors by both proximity and fun-focused philosophy, Stone Mountain Park and the City of Snellville have plans underway to make Autumn AWESOME for local residents and visitors alike! With the coming of the fall season, so follows a cornucopia of festivals, pumpkin patches, farmers markets, haunted trails, leaf viewing expeditions, and the latest fall fashions for both your home and your family’s wardrobe. Between Snellville’s deep pool of merchants and familyfriendly events, and Stone Mountain’s popular attractions and regular rotation of weekend festivals, you can expect a bushel full of excitement all throughout this year’s harvest season. What is likely one of the Southeast’s favorite destinations – drawing more than four million visitors annually – Stone Mountain Park has been listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die.” Located less than ten miles from the heart of downtown Snellville, Stone Mountain Park encompasses the world’s largest piece of exposed granite surrounded by 3,200 acres of colorful history, natural beauty, and thrilling adventure at every turn. Guests can take a seat on the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain, travel through time at the Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, climb aboard the Scenic Railroad, trek through the treetops on Sky Hike, take in a Saturday night viewing of the famed Lasershow Spectacular, and so much more. And – as if all of that wasn’t enough to draw visitors through its gates – the talented event planning staff at Stone Mountain Park has pulled together a jam-packed fall calendar to add to the Big Rock’s allure. “Everybody is proud to be somebody in Snellville and the same holds true for each and every visitor to Stone Mountain Park,” insists Jeanine Jones, Public Relations Manager for Stone Mountain Park, “We’d love to invite our Snellville neighbors to attend all of our fun festivals this fall. We’ve got something up our sleeve almost every weekend in September through the New Year.”


Photos Courtesy: Jeanine Jones

Getting there is easy – simply take U.S. Highway 78 West from Snellville. After crossing the overpass above East/West Park Place Blvd. near the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, exit to the left at the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance at Exit 8. To learn more about all of Stone Mountain Park’s offerings, including its upcoming calendar of events, visit or call (770) 498-5690. To see what the City of Snellville has in store for the fall season, be sure to check out our calendar of events on page 38 and visit our Business Directory page at www.

While You’re In the Neighborhood…

Pay a Visit to the YELLOW RIVER GAME RANCH Halfway between the City of Snellville and Stone Mountain Park lies Yellow River Game Ranch – an Atlanta treasure that provides city dwellers with a rare chance to get up-close-and-personal with some local wildlife. Cameras (or a really good smartphone) are a must for capturing keepsake photos of family members as they encounter over six hundred highly sociable birds and animals that are indigenous to the state of Georgia. White-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears, cougars and a bevy of newborn animals are waiting to greet you along the mile-long trail that winds through the Ranch. Nearly all of the animals you’ll bump into on Yellow River’s 24 acres would love to be fed, admired and even petted on a “nose-to-nose” basis.

Yellow River Game Ranch is open seven days a week (except Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), and is located at 4525 Highway 78 in Lilburn. Visit to learn more!

Did you know? Yellow River Game Ranch is also home to the renowned General Beauregard Lee, Atlanta’s official seasonal prognosticator. All eyes in the South are on Beau the Groundhog as he exits his white-columned Wuthering Heights Plantation every February on Groundhog Day to predict whether it will be an early spring or whether we can expect six more weeks of winter. Featured everywhere from local TV news stations to America’s famed TODAY Show, Beau is a bona fide local celebrity!

Photos Courtesy: Codi Reeves



FAMILY FUN Upcoming Events at Stone Mountain Park

Lasershow Spectacular in Mountain Vision Stone Mountain is transformed to one of the biggest screens you’ve ever seen as state-of-the-art digital graphics and jawdropping special effects dazzle audiences every Saturday evening at 8:00pm through October 27. Seating for the Lasershow is on the lawn in front of Memorial Hall – come early to grab a great seat and enjoy a memorable twilight picnic on the grass. Admission to the Lasershow is free*!

44th Annual Yellow Daisy Festival September 6-9 Times: 10:00am -6:00pm. Thursday & Friday, 10:00am -7:30pm. Saturday, 10:00am -6:00pm Sunday This award-winning four-day arts & crafts event features the original works of more than 450 artists from 38 states and two countries, in addition to live entertainment, Children’s Corner activities, fabulous festival food and craft demonstrations. The Yellow Daisy Festival is hosted in the Special Events Meadow and admission is FREE*.

10th Annual Pumpkin Festival Fridays through Sundays, September 28-October 28 Times: Fridays – 10:30am - 5:00pm Saturdays – 10:30am - 7:00pm (Lasershow at 8pm) Sundays – 10:30am - 5:00pm Head on over to Stone Mountain’s Crossroads® to take in all of the splendor that autumn provides with fun-filled, fall-themed games, shows and activities at Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival. You won’t want to miss Pumpkin Palooza – an energyfilled family game show where audience members are picked to participate in a series of zany and messy challenges. The winner takes all and the losers have to spin the “Wheel of Misery,” with consequences ranging from a pie in the face, dancing like a chicken or getting “splurfed” (a gooey, slimy substance poured on top of your head). Get the entire family into the fall spirit with seasonal décor and special attractions, such as the Pie Eating Contest, Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt, a costume dance party, crafts in the pumpkin patch, kids costume contest and much more! Entrance to the Pumpkin Festival is included in Stone Mountain Park’s Adventure Pass*. Photos Courtesy: Jeanine Jones


40th Annual Highland Games October 20-21 Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Regale in the spirit of Scotland with outdoor festivities that include Highland athletic events, dancing, piping, drumming, Scottish Harping, Kirking of the Tartans, Clan Challenge, and the Parade of the Tartans. Pay a visit to the Clan and Tartan information tents along with many colorful Scottish shops peppered throughout the Special Events Meadow. Entry to the Highland Games is not included with the Adventure pass. Admission for Children (6-12) is just $4; $15 for Adults on Saturday; and $13 for Adults on Sunday*.

Country Living Fair October 26-28 Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm See the pages of Country Living magazine come to life on the Special Events Meadow. This popular event features antiques, artisans, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more from Country Living editors, contributors, and special guests! Join nearly 150 amazing antiques dealers and artisans for a weekend of great shopping, free seminars, demonstrations and fantastic food*.

12th Annual Indian Festival & Pow-Wow November 1-4 Times: Thursday & Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm; and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00 pm Celebrate the history and heritage of Native Americans through interactive education and entertainment hosted at Stone Mountain Park’s Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard. Native Americans from across the United States gather to compete in dance and drum competitions, while primitive skill educators demonstrate fire making, basket weaving, hide tanning, cooking and more. Beautifully crafted native arts and crafts items will be available for purchase*.

Additional Upcoming Events at Stone Mountain Park to Mark on Your Calendar… Chili Cook-Off September 29

Tour of Southern Ghosts (select dates) October 11-28

Stone Mountain Christmas (select dates) November 19 – January 1

Snow Mountain (select dates) Opens November 21 * Vehicle entry to the park applies to each of the events listed above, and is $10 for a one-day permit or $35 for an annual permit.


Community News Not Your Run of the Mill


Instant Replay of Snellville’s Second Annual “Run of the ‘Ville” 5K and Half Marathon by: Kasie Bolling

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On a beautiful summer morning this past June, 125 local runners took their marks in Snellville’s Briscoe Park for the Second Annual “Run of the ‘Ville” 5K and Half Marathon. The USA Track and Field-sanctioned-andinsured race was organized by local businessman James Lowe, Director of Spincycle Sports Marketing. “As the only Gwinnett company with a long history of specializing in race management and production, Spincycle Sports has been commissioned by Snellville’s Tourism & Trade Association to execute this event for the past two years,” explained Lowe. “The benefit of a second year event is that we were able to make a few changes based on reactions we received from runners in the inaugural “Run of the ‘Ville”. Based on comments from last year, the course was modified and the start time was moved up to 7am. As word continues to spread about this run through the City of Snellville’s scenic park, Lowe expects next year’s event to be even bigger and better. The 2013 “Run of the ‘Ville” will be held in conjunction with Snellville Days. To keep up-to-date on the latest “Run of the ‘Ville” news and other races throughout Georgia, please visit www.


2012 Run of the ‘Ville

5K FASTEST TIMES The following runners had the fastest times for the 3.1 mile leg of the run: Name


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Dalton Shaw Pamela Burrus

Males-U19 Females-30-34

21:25 23:59.9

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HALF MARATHON FASTEST TIMES The following runners had the fastest times for the 13.1 mile leg of the run: Name


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Chad Seder Kinsey Snell

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GENEROUSLY ON AIMEE’S WEEKEND by: Kathy Emanuel Snellville area residents came together on a June weekend for a two day event benefitting South Gwinnett High School graduate Aimee Copeland, who had contracted a rare flesh eating disease that resulted in multiple amputations. Originally scheduled by Snellville Tourism and Trade to be the city’s annual Sizzlin’ Summer Weekend, the organization and community came together to turn the event into a fundraiser to aid the Copeland family with their expenses. An array of singers and bands, including Corey Durkin, Brandon Cox, The Hero Band and The Dam Band, volunteered their time on Saturday. Friday night, the crowd enjoyed the music of Jordan Rager, The Elements of Style and headliner Banks and Shane. Other celebrities donated their time as well, including former UGA quarterback David Greene, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, the Gwinnett Braves Chopper and local TV personalities. An army of volunteers worked 12- to 14- hour days to plan and implement an outstanding event. Volunteers manned a booth collecting donations and selling pins and T-Shirts featuring AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich’s “Aimee the True Fighter” drawing. Other volunteers manned a booth where attendees could write get-well messages to Aimee on a huge banner in return for a donation. Food vendors offered special promotions, with the proceeds going to benefit the family. At the July 9th Snellville City Council meeting, with council members, STAT board members and numerous volunteers proudly watching, Snellville Tourism and Trade President Don Britt presented Andy and Paige Copeland with a check for $19,000.00 from the weekend’s proceeds. Aimee is working hard at her therapy and returned home in mid-August where workers and volunteers, led by Pulte Homes, recently completed a 1,956 square foot addition to the home designed to accommodate her needs, all at no cost to the family.

The generosity of residents, businesses and volunteers in Snellville and the surrounding community is something everyone can be proud of. Photos Courtesy: Jon Richards


FOR SNELLVILLE TOURISM AND TRADE Calling all creative Snellville residents! Help us create a new mascot to liven up our events. Go to for contest details.



ON CANVAS Art on the Wall in City Hall is Snellville’s First Foray onto the Fine Arts Stage by: Kasie Bolling

“The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work.” ~ Plato Staying true to the credo: “Where Everybody is Proud to Be Somebody,” the City of Snellville has provided local artists with a unique platform to display their art. What was once a veritable blank canvas – an unadorned Community Room in City Hall – now serves as an art gallery, the walls of which are hung with a regular rotation of the works of gifted Snellville artists. Open to all, a leisurely stroll through this space gives visitors a clear view of the talent that runs deep within the city, as well as a hint of what Kelly Kautz hopes to have in store for Snellville during her tenure as mayor. Elected in November 2011, Kautz made clear her support for the arts throughout her campaign – noting that studies show that promotion of the arts in a city often has a positive impact on its economic development. Before becoming mayor, she had been active in forming organizations to coordinate the different facets of art in Snellville, had worked with the Board of Directors of the non-profit New London Theatre, and had first proposed a resolution for Art on the Wall in City Hall to then Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and City Council four years ago. With the appointment of three art jurors – Deborah Kepes, Jean Baldwin, and Jonathan Cates – in January 2012, placement of a special gallery art hanging system in early spring, and the works of the first artist displayed in June 2012, Mayor Kautz’ vision has become a colorful reality. “My appreciation for art grew after I met my husband, Robb,” explained Kautz. “He has a degree in art from the University of Pittsburgh, is an artist and started his teaching career as an art teacher. Trips to Europe and tours of museums have served to broaden my admiration for the talent and technique behind the art. Of all of the talent we have right here in our own city, there really hasn’t been a place to showcase it properly. Many local artists had told me of the need for an art gallery, and


this seemed like the perfect way to display their work while making City Hall seem more inviting at the same time. It truly is a place that is of and for the people of Snellville.” With Art on the Wall in City Hall now in full swing, Mayor Kautz has set her sights on broadening Snellville’s artistic appeal even further. In July 2012, $10,000 of the city’s annual budget was allocated by the City Council for the formation of an Art Commission. Among her many visions, Kautz is particularly fond of transforming Snellville’s “bridge to nowhere” into an amphitheatre and cultural arts center, the development of a Fine Arts Festival, and the placement of hand-painted fiberglass snail sculptures near area businesses – similar to the famed painted cows of Chicago, Illinois and the multihued bulldogs of Athens, Georgia. “Art on the Wall in City Hall wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our three art jurors, as well as that of Karen McKay and Melissa Arnold at the staff level,” insisted Kautz. “Deb Kepes, Jean Baldwin and Jonathan Cates have done a wonderful job securing the local artists for exhibits. So far, the city has had exhibits by John Duke, Andrew King, and Nedra Bailey. The art jurors have future exhibits lined up through the end of the year. There is no shortage of talented artists in the Snellville area. We’re really proud of what we’ve done so far and hope it’s just the first step.” Upcoming rotations of Art on the Wall in City Hall will include the work of students from Snellville Middle School and Brookwood High School. If you are an artist who lives, attends school, or works within the City of Snellville and would like to have your work considered for a future rotation of Art on the Wall in City Hall, please contact the art Jurors: Deborah Kepes at, Jean Baldwin at, or Jonathan Cates at

Did you know that the Community Room at Snellville’s City Hall is available for organizational gatherings, corporate meetings, and individual events?

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The 1600 square-foot space comes complete with a beautiful atmosphere (thanks to Art on the Wall in City Hall), use of the community kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, and ice maker), and access to chairs, linens, twenty 60” round tables, and ten 6’ rectangular tables. The room comfortably accommodates up to 120 guests and is available to both residents and non-residents. Standard rental is four hours with the option to tack on additional hours, if needed. For more information and to confirm the Community Room’s availability, please contact Executive Assistant Karen McKay at or 770-985-3587. “Rock On” by Andrew King




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The Community Ro om, First Floor, City Hall at Snellvil le City Center 2342 Oak Road in Do wntown Snellville


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon day through Friday (except holid ays)

“Ragged Jeans with Guitar” by Nedra Bailey


Community News Thousands Celebrate

INDEPENDENCE DAY on the Towne Green by: Kathy Emanuel

Snellville sure knows how to throw a party and that’s just what the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association (STAT) did with their annual Star Spangled Snellville 4th of July celebration. Over 15,000 were in attendance to celebrate America’s birthday and a wonderful time was had by all, despite near record temperatures. Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed the music of Maria Cox, Thad Clark, the Fine Line Band and The Gwinnett Community Band. Laughing children, accompanied by their parents and grandparents, enthusiastically filled the ever-popular inflatables, the wet inflatable and the bungee jump. The Choo Choo Express Train wandered its way around the area constantly filled with smiling faces, some of them red, purple and blue from the snow cones. In addition, many of those smiling faces were coated with frosting and dripping watermelon after participating in the cookie and cupcake walks and the watermelon eating contests. The frosting-filled, double decker chocolate chip cookie prizes were a huge incentive! The spectacular fireworks display made for an exhilarating ending to a great day. STAT sends its thanks to Presenting Sponsors Summit Chase Country Club and Eastside Medical Center and event sponsors Hamilton Financial and The Gwinnett Citizen. We also want to send an especially enthusiastic thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to plan and run this successful event. Photos Courtesy: Jon Richards



Snellville residents had the opportunity to learn about crime fighting and self-protection at the annual National Night Out on August 7th, presented by Target and the Snellville Police Department. Hundreds gathered on the Towne Green to see demonstrations by the Snellville Police and a wide variety of exhibitors. A demonstration by the K-9 officers and their human counterparts clearly illustrated what not to do to a police officer when a K-9 officer is present, while impressing attendees with the training and capabilities of these amazing dogs. The self-defense demonstration presented by AMAI Karate gave some good pointers on how to protect yourself. And the “what to do in case of a traffic stop” demo was interesting in addition to being informative. Members of the Snellville Police Department were out in full force to exhibit new and updated equipment and techniques, including the new electronic automobile tag reading system, all of which are intended to increase their efficiency and your safety. In addition, officers answered questions, distributed information and gift items, and were available to address citizens’ concerns. Members of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni were present to answer questions about the Academy. National Night Out is a nationwide effort to heighten awareness of crime and strengthen the public’s participation in local anti-crime efforts and is sponsored by the Target Corporation and Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Held annually on the first Tuesday of August, it has become a great event here in Snellville, growing larger each year. Photos Courtesy: Kathy Emanuel



The City of Snellville may soon have a new memorial to commemorate its veterans, according to Mayor ProTem Tom Witts. Witts presented a preliminary design for the monument at the August 13th City Council meeting. As envisioned by Witts and former City Councilman and architect Chad Smith, the monument will include a “wall of veterans”, an eternal flame, and a waterfall. The Veterans’ Memorial Flame of Freedom will be installed at City Hall. Witts, a veteran, had originally hoped to be able to relight the eternal flame on the Snellville Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, which had burned for 20 years before being moved to the new City Hall in 2005. For years, he participated in a ceremony at the memorial, laying a wreath on the monument each Memorial Day. When relighting the original memorial proved impractical, Witts began to think of a new monument, which would recognize the contributions of all veterans. Working with Smith, he came up with the current design. The memorial will be completely funded by donations and through the sale of personalized tiles and brick pavers. For more information or to express their desire to contribute to the project, interested parties can contact. Witts at 770-891-1612. The project also has a Facebook page, which can be accessed at http://on.fb. me/NVc5Qr.


The Snellville Commerce Club’s monthly meetings provide an opportunity to network, to find out the latest news from city officials, and to hear from a guest speaker. This year, we’ve had presentations on Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the Girl Scouts, the TSPLOST and more. Join us at City Hall at noon on the first Tuesday of each month.


On September 29th from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., come and experience a voyage around the globe without ever leaving your neighborhood public park! The Snellville Tourism and Trade Association presents “Around the World Visits Snellville.” Join neighbors and friends as we celebrate Snellville’s growing international community with a dazzling array of international art, cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, music, and exotic flavors. Collect “passport” stamps from each country represented to document your cultural experience. Briscoe Park will feature main stage performances and demonstrations, international

vendors, and global bazaars. Bring the whole family for an educational day dedicated to culture, food, and fun. On the stage there will be dance performances including Latin and Malaysian, people dressed in traditional costumes, martial art exhibits including a Japanese swordsmanship demonstration, belly dancer, African drums and cooking and craft demonstrations. There will also be a kids international art contest going on through the local schools in which students participate by submitting a photograph, drawing or painting depicting an expression of cultural identity and heritage. Entry rules will be provided on Facebook and through local school art programs. If you would like to be involved or have additional questions please contact Aysha Cooper 404-805-3464 or Keisha Cameron 678-597-8811. *Performances subject to change

We had a blast throughout the summer watching movies on the Outdoor Big Screen with everyone. Thanks to all the families who came out and joined in the fun and games. Special thanks to Movies Under the Stars, our concessions: Stevi B’s Pizza, We “B” Chillin and K & L Nutt House for helping make movie night so successful. See you next year!

Photos Courtesy: Kelly McAloon


Snellville Fall Festival It’s Time for the


Join with family and friends to stroll and shop at over 70 arts and craft vendors lined up along Oak Road. Enjoy the great festival atmosphere, with music on the main stage, day-long activities, and plenty of food to enjoy. A Kid’s Zone will keep the kids busy all day with inflatables, bungee Jump, and hayrides. Favorites from last year will be back, including face painting, a variety of activities for children and adults and, of course, a costume contest. This year, adults will be able to enter, so Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa get those costumes ready! Returning is one of last year’s most popular events, the pie and cake contest. Last year it was almost as much fun to “ooh” and “ahh” over the gorgeous entries as it was to actually enter. And everyone enjoyed sampling the delicious entries after the judging was over. Engage your creative side and enter the scarecrow contest where your creation will be judged for cash prizes. All scarecrows will be on display during the festival and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Visit the STAT website at for the latest information on all activities and for entry forms and rules for all the contests.

On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00am until 8:00pm the Snellville Towne Green will be the site of one of Snellville’s favorite events, the third annual Snellville Fall Festival, presented by the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association (STAT). Over 8,000 attendees participated last year, enjoying the activities for children and adults, and this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Photo Courtesy: Jon Richards


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Business News City, Local Businesses Hope to

REBRAND SCENIC HIGHWAY The shopping experience along Scenic Highway/Highway 124 will soon be more integrated and streamlined if things go according to plan. By: Crystal Huskey Foy believes that the direction that the city council and mayor are going in will bring back a strong sense of community to Snellville, and he and his family want to be a part of that. He notes that, back in the 80s and 90s, Highway 78 was the place where businesses wanted to be. The marketplace moved away from 78 and toward 124 a few years ago, and now, it seems to be migrating further north. “There’s a lot of growth going toward Lawrenceville,” he said, “which pulls the traffic flow that way.” A local business think tank, spearheaded by Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren, has been meeting for close to a year now, focusing on the shops along Scenic Highway. The initiative, called Shop on Scenic, is a partnership between the city and local businesses. As of now, over 30 business owners meet regularly the first Thursday of the month to discuss plans of how they can work together to improve the business district in town. Branding will play a huge role in the marketing strategy. “We’re trying to create that destination,” said Big Frog T-shirts owner Claude Baham. “We want Shop on Scenic to be the premier shopping area in Gwinnett County.” Snellville is taking great strides when it comes to business development. Recently, the city was awarded the Regional Prosperity and Economic Development CREATE award by the Atlanta Regional Commission for its partnership with the Entrepreneur Alliance at South Gwinnett High School. The Shop on Scenic initiative is just the latest in a string of successful programs to encourage entrepreneurship and business development. “We want to expose the fact that you can get anything you want on Highway 124,” said Stevi-Bs owner Michael Foy. “The tactic is to build a group of local merchants to support that goal.”


Taking a proactive approach to the direction the shoppers are going is crucial to the vitality of the city. “We need a group that grows together and works together as a team,” he added. Affinity marketing strategies and co-branding are among some of their ideas to tie the area together. Businesses involved could share advertising, and in a concept similar to one in Athens, Ga., put a sticker on their business windows that identifies them as part of the Shop on Scenic initiative. Some other plans that have been discussed are walking paths in the area, trolley carts and distinct signage that identifies the area clearly. Sam Thomas, owner of About Face Skin Care, has worked alongside Foy, Baham and Van Otteren to get this concept from dream to reality. Thomas grew up in Snellville, and now operates his business close to where he lived as a child. More than anything, Thomas said he hopes that this initiative will restore a sense of community to Snellville, something that Snellville Tourism and Trade has had a huge role in over the past couple of years. “If you want that hometown feel,” he said, “shop locally.” If you want your business involved with Shop on Scenic, email or visit their website at




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Entrepreneurship Alliance

The Entrepreneurship Alliance is an entrepreneurship education program aimed at teaching the youth of Snellville the basics of starting their own business. The class serves as a segue for students opening their own ventures through entrepreneurship and innovation. This yearlong class taught by passionate teachers is accompanied by field trips, business mentors, guest entrepreneur speakers, entrepreneurs-in-residence and an annual Community Investor Fund to assist in the start up and growth phases of the most successful Entrepreneurship Alliance businesses. With a tremendously successful first year, including winning the Atlanta Regional Commission’s CREATE Award, the Entrepreneurship Alliance is excited to expand the program. Snellville schools participating in the Entrepreneurship Alliance now include South Gwinnett High School, Brookwood High School, Snellville Middle School and Crews Middle School. In our economy it is of great importance that students are being taught there are other options than simply applying for a job. While possibly not an easier route, entrepreneurship allows you to pursue a career in what you are most passionate about and to be your own boss. We look forward to another remarkably successful year and the businesses that will start and grow from our youth in Snellville. Our first field trip will be to the Featherbone Communiversity on October 17th for the Masters of Entrepreneurship Innovation program. Any entrepreneurs or community members interested in donating their time and efforts to the Entrepreneurship Alliance can contact Eric Van Otteren at 770-985-3502 or

The Entrepreneurship Alliance students were asked to briefly tell us about their ambitions. Aicha Gonzalez


Cityana Demase

Grade 11 - BHS To graduate high school and start multiple businesses.

Grade 11 - BHS To be a business mogul.

Gilbert White

Matt King

Grade 10 - BHS Become a rapper.

Grade 10 - BHS Change the world.

Grace Puckett Grade 10 - BHS Own a successful business to show the world age doesn’t matter. If you dream it, you can do it.

Shayan Peerwani Grade 12 - BHS Become a cardiologist and run my own practice.

Tyler McNaboe

Sean LaCroix

Grade 11 - BHS

Grade 12 - BHS Opening my own medical private practice or creating a biomedical company.

Grade 11 - BHS Start a business in sports equipment like Nike.

Jasmin Sosa

Chvealle Johnson

Danny Nguyen

Grade 10 - BHS Go to med school & open up my own private practice as a pediatrician. Also to be a missionary pediatrician.

Grade 10 - BHS To be one of the founding partners of a successful entertainment firm in Los Angeles.

Grade 12 - BHS To start an organization that helps provide clean water to other countries.

Jasmine Francis

Ye (Kevin) Tian

Alex Ruddick

Grade 12 - BHS Start my own photography business and create a scholarship for photographers.

Grade 10 - BHS I want to be successful in life and have enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle.

Grade 11 - BHS I’m very interested in political science so I’d like to get a profession within that field.

Terence Higginbotham

Daniel Komoroski

Deylyn Brizuela

Grade 12 - BHS I’m interested in sports & fitness so a job in one of those fields would be a dream come true.

Grade 12 - BHS To be a trilingual business man.

Matthew Pallansch

Christian Gochnauer

Grade 12 - BHS Open a skate park.

Grade 12 - BHS Major in marketing and play college tennis.

Bryson Dorsey

Brandon Perulero

Grade 12 - BHS To graduate college and become a sports agent or soccer coach.

Grade 11 - BHS Become an attorney.

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Abdishahid Ali

Grade 12 - BHS Open a restaurant.

Benaiah Shaw Grade 12 - BHS Become the head coach of a college soccer program.

Jason Vigliotti Grade 11 - BHS Be successful and create many relationships.


Entrepreneurship Alliance Chelsea Wilmont

Justin Tanner

Jasmin Williams

Grade 10 - SGHS Go to college, play sports and play in the MLB.

Grade 10 - SGHS Become a case manager and a pastry chef.

DeShay Smith

Dakota Smith

Jonathan Lester

Grade 11 - SGHS Horses, Cats and Video Games

Grade 11 - SGHS I want to be happy.

Grade 11 - SGHS I want to play basketball and be rich and successful.

Erasmus Freeman

Cameron Moye

Samantha Tuell

Grade 11 - SGHS Get drafted to the NBA out of college and own a sports management business.

Grade 12 - SGHS To become a chef and open a restaurant.

Juan Hernandez

Nam Nguyen

Samir Porter

Grade 11 - SGHS To do what I love and never have to worry about money.

Grade 11 - SGHS Being an investor was always my dream. I was motivated by watching & reading about Warren Buffett.

Grade 12 - SGHS To make mens accessories such as watches, earrings, shades, etc. And to be a TV host & branch into acting & producing.

Kyle Likely

Javison Collins

Grade 11 - SGHS To be a Certified Financial Planner with generational wealth for myself and my family.

Graduate high school and go to college, join the army or the NFL and own a house and several cars.

Rayven Minnifield Bryant

Ruby Mondragon

Nicholas Juarez

Grade 12 - SGHS To own several businesses, including a cupcake & a party planning business.

Grade 11 - SGHS Fashion Designer


Grade 11 - SGHS To become a veterinarian.

Grade 12 - SGHS To become a human activist for political, social & human affairs.

LaShan Coburn Grade 12 - SGHS Become a pediatric neurologist/chief medical correspondent, start my own college consulting business & create a language learning software business.

Francia Pierre

Tasecinya Bland

Grade 11 - SGHS Start a charity and be either a pediatrician or surgeon.

Grade 12 - SGHS To be a fashion designer entrepreneur.

Grade 11 - SGHS

Cecil Hardy

Patrick Bass

Anicia Johnson

Grade 12 - SGHS To be the best.

Grade 10 - SGHS

Grade 11 - SGHS

Ramiyah Johnson

Daisy Nino

Joyce Morris

Grade 12 - SGHS To become a doctor and open my office to all ages for an affordable price.

Grade 12 - SGHS To become a successful chef and open my own restaurant.

Jalen Johnson

Aaron Force

Lovette Adepoju

Grade 11 - SGHS Earning a degree in fine arts and culinary arts.

Grade 11 - SGHS To revolutionize the world.

Grade 10 - SGHS To be a hair stylist.

Jasmine Usher

Bri Gober

Dion Taylor, Jr.

Grade 11 - SGHS Join the army.

Grade 12 - SGHS To become a psychologist for SVU and have a successful t-shirt business.

Grade 11 - SGHS Be a physical therapist or professional track runner.

Dante Gone

Brandon Harris

Justin Adams

Grade 11 - SGHS

Grade 10 - SGHS Learn how to run a business after my years in the NBA.

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Tahira Duncan

Grade 10 - SGHS To open my own business after my years in the pros.


Entrepreneurship Alliance Adrian Chetram

Zhade Tarver

Max Catamaglia

Grade 10 - SGHS To become an entrepreneur.

Grade 11 - SGHS CEO of my own business.

Grade 11 - SGHS To take my soccer career to the next level and play professionally.

Nasir Kincey Grade 11 - SGHS Become an animator.

Bannavong Sayamounkhoune Grade 11 - SGHS Play basketball in the NBA.

Not pictured: Brandon D’Souza Grade 10 - BHS Create a business that develops military hardware.

Not pictured: Andrew Pine Grade 11 - BHS Photography, digital artist, video game design artist.

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BROOKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL Cindy Bazzell, the Entrepreneurship Alliance teacher at Brookwood High School, began her career graduating from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a dual major in marketing and management information systems. As part of her program, she interned at State Farm working in project coordination and web development. Offered a full time position, she realized it was not for her. “One day I had a realization that I would still be sitting in a cubicle, looking at the same blue walls, with minimal human interaction for many years to come…I dreaded going to work.” Bazzell decided to change her career path and returned to The University of Georgia to emerge with a Masters of Education degree (M.A.T.) in Occupational Studies and certified in both marketing and business education. “I wanted to make a difference and be the catalyst for someone in their life. I chose the road less taken and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.” During her first five years at Brookwood High School, Bazzell taught computer programming and served as head coach of the ninth grade and then the junior varsity girls’ basketball teams. She also coached girls’ softball. In 2008, she took over the Marketing Program and has since earned numerous awards for her professional accomplishments


including being named Brookwood High School’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Bazzell was also a finalist for the 2009 Georgia Marketing Education Association (GMEA) New Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she returned again to UGA earning her Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in Workforce Education, and this past year successfully completed the Industry Certification process sponsored by the American Marketing Association to earn a $5,000 grant for the Brookwood Marketing Program. Bazzell replies, “Teaching isn’t about awards or numbers at all; it is about the faces sitting in front of me every day in my classroom. It is about the individual personalities searching for their place in life, and if I can reach out to them in just the way they need, then I have done my job. How my students use the knowledge they learn in my classroom to lead the next generation is my greatest accomplishment of all.” This year will be the inaugural year of the Entrepreneurship Alliance with the city of Snellville and Brookwood High School Marketing. Bazzell is very excited about this new frontier of possibilities unfolding in her classroom. “To compete in today’s marketplace, students need to be challenged with cutting edge, current, relevant, and engaging lessons that can be applied to their daily lives. Education should allow students to realize their abilities now and envision their potential five or even ten years down their personal and professional path…That’s where the Entrepreneurship Alliance comes in. This partnership is going to provide an invaluable real-world learning tool for these students that will positively impact their futures for years to come.”

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HIGH SCHOOL It has been said that wisdom comes with age. Even though The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance is only entering it’s second year, it is with greater understanding of entrepreneurship education that we welcome our newest group of students. Education is alive and well in the Entrepreneurship Program at South Gwinnett High School. Last year, at the conclusion of our academic calendar, the first “Snellville Shark Tank” generated some excellent presentations. Ruchi Darji of Khoobsurrat Productions presented her business of Henna Tattooing and Eyebrow Threading to the Shark Tank Team in pursuit of venture capital. Brandon Shirley and Marianne Javier shared their business plan for a Smart Phone App consulting business. Adomya Dawit showed the members of the capital board how the sales of her “Peace of Love” bracelets were leading all new ventures in units sold, and shared how she was giving a large percentage of her profits to help feed starving children around the world and in Snellville. The leader of the pack though, was John Gayden whose passion for his new business “IPODRESQ” could be seen by his customers. He repairs today’s new electronic communication devices. Such great stories, of new businesses, all of which remain open and generating

income for their owners today, were the positive results of our first year. The Alliance, however, also received an education. We learned about the best use of mentors. We learned about the best use of our business community which supported our new program so strongly. We learned about how to take advantage of the services, experience and business leaders, all who believed in and helped make the program so productive in it’s first year. We also learned about better ways to get the students fired up about being business owners and about how to become contributing active citizens of the Snellville community. As we enter year two, we are excited about our first year of success. We are even more excited about sharing what we have learned with a new group of students entering the Entrepreneurship Alliance this year. The group is larger. The group is more interested. The group is more motivated to get their businesses started. Peruse the previous pages and look at the pictures of the future business leaders of our community. They may look like kids in these pictures, but on the inside, some of them are already motivated, energized individuals who will one day rise to lead our community, our state and beyond. We are blessed to have such a program in our community and we are blessed to have students who want to take advantage of the opportunities they have been given. We are blessed to have a group of community leaders who believe in the program and the students who are a part of it, and want to continue to make it even stronger. The South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance is still in it’s infancy, but with a bit more experience under our belt, we charge forward in the confidence that what we have already learned, will be built upon to make our community and students even better in the upcoming year.


Parks & Recreation Fall 2012 Activities T. W. Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Pkwy., Park Office (770) 985-3535

YOUTH SPORTS Under 10 Quick Start Tennis August 11 - November 17 4 week programs Contact Coach Jones, at 404-642-8393 or

Fall 2012 Soccer Boys & Girls ages 4-19 Practices are during the evening on weekdays. All games are on Saturday mornings. For more information please visit, or call 770-466-7177

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DANCE Tap & Ballet Fall Session Combines tap and ballet for a 45 minute class Ages 3-5 meet Tuesdays from 4:10 - 4:55pm.

Hip-Hop Dance Class Learn to dance hip-hop style! Ages 6 and up meet Thursdays from 4:00 - 4:45pm. Contact Robyn Donaldson at 770-934-8848 to register or go to

For further information: T.W. Briscoe Park 2500 Sawyer Pkwy Snellville, GA 30078 Park Office (770) 985-3535


Boys and girls ages 4-14 Fall (Sunday) Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 (select Dunwoody, N. Dekalb and South Gwinnett) Phone: 404-551-2036 Email:

Gimmie Some Sports presents… Snellville Adult Flag Football League at Briscoe $250.00 per team/plus referee fee - $20.00 per game @ $2.00 per person 8 games/plus playoff; $50.00 - free agent; For detailed information contact Alvin Hill 678-920-4136 or or Visit

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2012 Adult Softball Please contact 404-570-7422 or for dates, prices and registration.

International Adult Soccer League(8v8) Divisions: Over 30 & co-ed; 6 teams per division (max 8 teams) Fri nights 7:00pm., 8:00pm, 9:00pm Sunday night 6:00pm., 7:00pm., 8:00pm. Fees: $475 per team + $13 per game Ref fee: $55 per player for house team League Director: 678-629-6755 Register online:

Boot Camp Let us help you achieve your weight loss goal. Look us up at Alvin Hill, Director Telephone: (678) 920-4136 Email:

Tennis Courts Available on a first-come, first-served basis without lights (24/7). Tennis lessons are available. Contact USPTR Certified Instructor, Jean Hagan at (770) 469-5966.

“WHAT’S GOING ON?” Your SPLOST Dollars at Work

Have you seen the bulldozers at Briscoe Park and had that question? Construction of Phase II-A began on June 28th. A new multi-purpose field and parking area will be completed. The estimate for completion is at the end of October. Parts of the fitness trail have been rerouted during construction and we apologize for any inconvenience.


Park Rentals (Require 14 days notice)

PAVILION RENTALS Rental times: 8:00 - 10:00am. 10:30am.- 12:30pm. 1:00 - 3:00pm. 3:30 - 5:30pm. 6:00 - 8:00pm. We have three outdoor open-air covered pavilions to accommodate 35 to 50 people and one gazebo to accommodate 10 people. NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $35/2hrs Gwinnett County residents $50/2hrs Outside Gwinnett County $60/2hrs BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $70/2hrs Gwinnett County residents $85/2hrs Outside Gwinnett County $95/2hrs Includes picnic tables and benches


Accommodates 200 (Summer Only) We rent our pool Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 7:30 - 9:30pm. $200 refundable deposit $200 rent for the 2 hours Lifeguards must be hired through our pool company with one lifeguard for every 25 attendees


Rental times: any 4 hour time period between 7am and 10pm

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PAVILION Accommodates 35

Accommodates 100

$100 refundable deposit and:

$200 refundable deposit and:

NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $85/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $115/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $125/4hrs

NON-PROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL Snellville City limit residents $200/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $260/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $270/4hrs BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $335/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $395/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $405/4hrs Includes twelve 8-ft rectangular tables & 100 chairs, microwave, refrigerator, and sink.

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Indoor Rentals

BUSINESS/FOR PROFIT Snellville City limit residents $135/4hrs Gwinnett County residents $160/4hrs Outside Gwinnett County $170/4hrs Includes six 6-ft rectangular tables & 35 chairs, microwave, refrigerator, and sink.

For room or pavilion rentals, call the park office at 770-985-3535. For field or athletic facility rentals, contact Matt Wright at 770-985-3533.


Spotlight On: Snellville Seniors

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 2012 Snellville Senior Center Annual Memberships (Jan-Dec) Snellville City Limit Residents: $15.00 Gwinnett County Residents: $25.00 Additional persons from the same household receive a $5.00 discount. Memberships can be renewed every January in the amount of the full annual fee. After July 1st, memberships may be purchased at the following prorated amounts: Snellville City Limit Residents: $9.00 Gwinnett County Residents: $15.00



Orlando & the Holy Land Experience October 21st - 25th

We offer a variety of exercise opportunities for our members. There are two aerobic classes (9:15am & 10:15am) every Monday and Thursday at no extra charge. You may also choose to participate in Pilates (Tues & Fri) which is $3.00 per class or Zumba (Tues) which is $5.00 per class. Our Weight Room consists of 2 bicycles, 2 arm and 2 leg machines. You will need to participate in our of our training classes to utilize the equipment.

$450 per person based on double occupancy $100 deposit due ASAP Trip includes 4 night accomodations at Comfort Suites Maingate Hotel, tickets to the Holy Land Experience, Winter Park Boat Tour, Mystery Lunch, Makahiki Luau Dinner and breakfast each morning (6 meals included), sight seeing and shopping. There will be lots of walking on this trip.

Comedians, Carl Hurley & Jeannie Robertson at the Classic Center in Athens October 30th 10:30am - 6:00pm $35 plus lunch You will not want to miss this hilarious double funny duo! This show will lighten your heart, lift your spirit and tickle your funny bone! We will depart the Senior Center at 10:30am for lunch in Athens, GA and enjoy the show from 2:00pm - 4:30pm.


EVENTS ARTS & CRAFTS EXPO at the Snellville Senior Center Saturday, October 20 10:00am - 3:00pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Come see some beautiful paintings, handmade quilts and decorative crocheted items from some of the groups that regularly meet here at the Center. The Keenager Club will also be having a huge bake sale.


Tuesday, December 4 $15 per person A turkey & dressing dinner with all the fixings along with a short version of the famous play “A Christmas Carol� performed by the New London Theatre. Space limited.

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CLASSES AARP DRIVING COURSE Tuesday, September 4 - 9:30am - 4:00pm Cost $12 AARP Members, $14 Non-members


Mondays & Thursdays - $25 per month 9:00am - Beginner 2 11:00am - Advanced 12:15pm - Beginner 1

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PAINTING CLASSES Thursdays - 1:00pm - 3:00pm $40 / 4 classes (supplies included) $20 / 4 classes (bring your supplies)

COMPUTER CLASSES October 16 - November 2 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday $40.00

Basic Computer 10:30am - 12:00pm Topics include surfing the internet, Windows features, drive and file concepts, basic email, word processing, etc. Intermediate Computer 1:00pm - 2:30pm Microsoft Word and Excel, advanced email, file backups to flash drives, photo storage. Prerequisite: Students should have an email address and be able to send and receive emails.

CROCHET & KNITTING Tuesdays - 12:00pm Free

MERLIN ENHANCED VIEWER This machine will magnify any small print document so that it will be easier for you to read. It is located in the billiards room for your convenience.


1st Friday of each month Bring a snack to share and join in the fun. Who knows, you could be a winner!!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION & THANK YOU! We want to thank our sponsors for providing all the prizes for our monthly Bingo. Wages Funeral Home Aetna Homestead PNC Bank American Advocacy Bridgeport Skilled Nursing Healthcare Federation Essential Coverages First Corinthians Homecare

Snellville Farmers’ Market SUCCESSFUL


Once open, volunteers can be found directing traffic on Oak Road to help customers cross the street and also walking throughout the booths to promote the familyfriendly atmosphere. The Snellville Farmers’ Market has become an outstanding example of a self-supporting, all-volunteer project that has built community spirit and brought national recognition to the city.

Season Coming to an End for the Snellville Farmers’ Market by: Gretchen Schulz

The third season for the Snellville Farmers’ Market will soon come to an end. The last market will be Saturday, September 29th. The market has been held every Saturday since June 2nd from 8:00am to noon on the Towne Green in front of City Hall. This season has been the best thus far. The market earned a reputation last year as one of the nation’s best when it was voted the #1 market in Georgia and the #3 market in the nation in its size category in a contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust. That award-winning reputation has attracted more vendors to the market this year, resulting in lots of variety in produce and other local food products. The market has also featured more entertainment this year as a result of the city’s purchase of a mobile stage. One of the most popular entertainers has been Thad Clark, a member of the Snellville Police Department, who has taken to the stage on the first Saturday of each month. Other local bands have performed and one Saturday the stage was turned over to approximately 50 children from First Baptist Church of Snellville’s drama program who presented 101 Dalmatians. Many thanks to the all-volunteer Snellville Farmers’ Market committee members who set policies for the market, review and approve vendor applications and make farm visits to ensure all produce is locally grown. On Saturday mornings during the season they start arriving at the Towne Green at 5:30 am to get set up, direct vendors to their booth spaces and help those vendors who need assistance setting up their tents.


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Snellville Farmers’ Market from Nourishing Our Community, the Snellville Farmers’ Market cookbook

DELICIOUS FALL RECIPES APPLE-PEAR SALAD 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup lemon juice 1-1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley (may used dried) 1 pound romaine lettuce, torn into pieces 1 cup roasted, salted cashews ½ cup dried blueberries (may use cranberries) 1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced 1 large pear, cored and thinly sliced ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shaved, shredded or grated

A MESS O’ PEAS 1 quart water 1 smoked ham hock 8 cups fresh field peas, rinsed (use a variety of peas) 4 to 6 hot peppers in vinegar, drained 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Bring the water and ham hock to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in peas and remaining ingredients; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until peas are tender. Serves 10 to 12. Note: Even the name of this recipe reflects its Southern country roots. Snellville Farmers’ Market Committee


To make dressing, combine vegetable oil, lemon juice, poppy seeds, onion, mustard, salt, sugar and parsley; mix until thoroughly combined. In a large bowl, combine romaine, cashews, blueberries, apple slices and pear slices. Toss with dressing and top with cheese. Chill thoroughly before serving. Serves 6 to 8. Dave Emanuel Snellville City Council Member



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September 29th


1:00-7:00 p.m. Briscoe Park International food, dance, art & music.

Snellville Fall Festival

October 20th 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Snellville Towne Green Food, fun, rides, music, arts & crafts, costume contest, and the ever so popular cake and pie baking contest.


Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

November 24th 3:00-7:00 p.m. Snellville Towne Green Food, fun, rides, music & Santa


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