Local Music Store Named to Top 100

Music Authority in Cumming, Georgia Named One of the Top 100 Music Stores in the World

Music Authority in Cumming has been named a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers. The award honors retail music dealers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighborhoods and customers, and share in a vision to create a more musical world through their local communities. The award will be presented at the industry’s annual mid-year gathering, Summer NAMM, on Friday, June 29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

This is our fourth year being named to the Top 100, says Music Authority owner Melissa Loggins. It’s an honor to be a part of such an outstanding group of music stores. This award is a testament to consistent performance, drive to continue to provide better service to our community, and a reflection on the hundreds of families who are part of The Music Authority Family.

Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlight the industry’s very best music product retailers. To determine the list, an independent panel of judges reviewed hundreds of submissions that are rated across categories that include customer service, music advocacy, store design, and promotions and are scored in accordance to determine the Top 100 list.

In addition to its honor as a Top 100 Dealer, Music Authority will be in consideration to receive a “Best Of” award in one of seven categories: Customer Service, Emerging Dealer/Rookie of the Year, Store Design, Marketing and Sales Promotion, Online Engagement, Store Turnaround, and one recipient will be honored with the Music Makes a Difference award. The coveted Dealer of the Year award will go to one of the recipients in the aforementioned categories.

To learn more about Music Authority, please visit: www.musicauthorityinc.com, check out Music Authority on social media, or visit Music Authority at 123 Merchants Square, Cumming, Georgia.

To learn more about NAMM and the Top 100 Dealer Awards, please visit: https://www.namm.org/summer/2017/top-dealer-awards


About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately10,300 Member companies located in more than 104 countries. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

10 Things To Do in Forsyth County for Thanksgiving

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Things To Do in Forsyth County for Thanksgiving

1. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day:

To find more places, check this post from last year on Focus on Forsyth Facebook Group.

We’d love to keep adding to this list. So please comment and let us know if we are missing a place that’s open on Thanksgiving Day. Also, be sure to check with the location by you to make sure they are open before going. 

2.  Shop for a Christmas Tree at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm: This wonderful tree farm opens on Thanksgiving Day. The will have Christmas Tree Shopping and family farm fun. To find other local places to get a tree: Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County 

3. Gobble Wobble 5k/10/Half Marathon: Before you “Gobble” down your Thanksgiving feast, come work up your appetite  by “Wobbling” in your choice of a 5k, 10k  or  Half Marathon! This race benefits United Way of Forsyth County. For more information and to sign up, click here. 

4. Volunteer Together as a Family:  Cumming First United Methodist church is in need of volunteers for their FREE Thanksgiving meal for the community. You can sign up here.

You could also choose another Non-Profit to volunteer at with your family. There are many organizations in Forsyth County that could use our help. Pick one, call them and see how you can help this year!

5.  Drive Around and Look at Lights: This is our favorite activity during the holidays. We love driving around and looking at all the light shows around Forsyth County.

6.  Play Together at Stars and Strikes:  Stars & Strikes will open all week and is offering a bunch of specials! This would be a great activity for all of your out of town guests too.

7. Do Some Random Acts of KindnessWe have a bunch of ideas or you can create your own. My kids love doing this together. As a bonus, it’s a great way to get your children’s hearts in the giving mode for the holiday season.

8. Go Ice SkatingThe North GA Outlet Mall has an ice skating rink set up that opened on November 17th. Grab your tickets before heading there!

9. The Great Winter Clean Out & Donate in Forsyth County: I love to take advantage of everyone being home during the week of Thanksgiving. We use the time to clean out drawers, closets, and more! The playroom and kids’ rooms get organized. It’s a family purging event. Anyway, once we get everything together – we choose a local non-profit to donate to. Here’s our round-up of the non-profits and what they stand for. 

10. Do Some Holiday Shopping in our Holiday Gift Guide: We just launched our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide full of ways you can SHOP LOCAL this year. There are many discounts for you as a Cumming Local reader!

Looking for more ideas? Be sure to check out a round-up by our friends at 365 Atlanta Family for some more ideas in the Atlanta-area.

Note – we will continue to add to this list! Keep checking back in. And as always if we are missing anything, please let us know!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 

Christmas Activities Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Christmas Activities in Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Once again we plan to do our best to keep you updated with all the Christmas Activities in Cumming & Forsyth County this 2017 Season. There are so many Christmas activities to enjoy right here close to home.

As always:  Want to see your listing included?  If your church, business or organization has a Christmas event, submit your event here.


This guide is sponsored by The Cole Team – if you or someone you love is looking to sell or buy, give them a call anytime!


Helpful Christmas Activities Guides

If you missed the below round-ups, be sure to check them out.  They are full of lots of great information for Cumming, GA & Forsyth County.

Locations to Purchase a Christmas Tree
Locations to See Santa
Christmas Light Shows
Christmas Church Service Round-Up

Where to Recycle Christmas Trees

Looking for more? Find Holiday Events in Gwinnett from our friends Gwinnett Family!

Things To Do this {2017} Christmas Season in Forsyth County:

Listed in date order. Listing will be updated as new Events are Added. Click Event Title for more Information.  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change at any time & without notice.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook, website provided or phone/email contact information for most recent & accurate information.

Ongoing:

Now through December 23rd:  Christmas in Castille Light Show
Now through December 23rd:  Christmas at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm
Now through December 23rd:  Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm
Now through December 31st:  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Center for Puppetry Arts
Now through January 5th: The Ice Rink at North Georgia

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 From our family to yours …  Merry Christmas friends!!

Music Authority is Recognized as Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE Capital

ACE Celebrates Entrepreneurs and Supporters at Annual Awards

Atlanta, Ga. (October 26, 2017) – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE), an organization that helps underserved small-business owners expand through capital, coaching and connections, held its annual awards celebration on Oct. 25 to honor business owners who have excelled in entrepreneurial leadership as well as its exemplary supporters.

“These awards reflect a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, community and service by our clients and business associates, and we are delighted to celebrate their many successes from this past year,” said Grace Fricks, president and CEO of ACE.

The awards and award winners announced and honored at the luncheon event included:

  • J. Alton Wingate Economic Partnership Award (aka the “Wingate Workhorse Award”) to Commissioner Christopher Nunn of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (this award honors an organization that has furthered ACE’s mission in a substantial way through contributions or investments)
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Freddy Marquez of Crown Bottle Shop
  • Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Melissa and Andrew Loggins of Music Authority
  • Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award to Aysha Cooper of SarahCare of Snellville
  • Women’s Business Center Client of the Year Award to Eva Jane Bunkley of Eva Jane Beauty LLC
  • Women’s Business Center Partner of the Year Award to Carolina Ramón of University of Georgia, Office of Minority Business Development
  • Outstanding Service and Commitment Award to Courtney I. Smith of PNC Bank, ACE Board Chair
  • Outstanding Service and Commitment Award to Mitchelle Johnson, CPA, MBA, retired CFO from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, ACE Board Treasurer

About Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE)
ACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides loans and business consulting services to help borrowers throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia create and grow stable, sustainable businesses that generate jobs. Founded in 1999, ACE has loaned more than $45 million to about 765 entrepreneurs, which has created or saved more than 6,700 jobs in Georgia. ACE is supported by grants and other forms of funding from banks, foundations, government entities and corporations to assist in its mission to help underserved business owners. ACE has offices in downtown Atlanta and Cleveland, Ga., an ACE Women’s Business Center in Norcross, Ga., and a satellite office in the Turner Redevelopment Area of Atlanta. For more information, visit www.aceloans.org.

For more information about Music Authority, visit www.musicauthorityinc.com.

Christmas Arts And Crafts Festival At Lanier Tech

Christmas Arts And Crafts Festival At Lanier Tech

Join us as Sawnee Association of the Arts (SAA) hosts the 14th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 11th & 12th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. Free admission!

The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 100+ vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for Relay for Life -Forsyth; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop where only kids can shop! Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family; gift wrapping included. Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus using their own cameras for a small donation. Food trucks, and food vendors will be available outside, along with numerous non-profit organizations that SAA is hosting as part of our community outreach program.

Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information. We look forward to seeing you!

This juried Festival will feature original, handcrafted works by professional artisans & craftsmen in the following mediums: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood working, glass, fiber and food.

The SAA wishes to thank the Forsyth County Arts Alliance and our sponsors, including PeachSkin Sheets, for their generous sponsorship and support of the 2017 Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech.


About Sawnee Association of the Arts:
Founded in 1974, the SAA has served the Forsyth County community as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization for more than 40 years. The organization is dedicated to providing a rich, visual arts experience for Cumming and Forsyth County residents by organizing shows and exhibits throughout the year. Its many members include painters in oil, water color, acrylic, and other media; potters, wood turners, 3D artists, photographers, fiber arts as well as community art advocates. Membership is open to anyone regardless of experience and ability.

To learn more about SAA, please visit www.sawneeart.org.

Local Author Publishes First Novel

 

Local Author Publishes First Novel

Todays post is written by Melissa Loggins. Melissa owns Music Authority.

You already know me as Melissa Loggins, owner of Music Authority. However, I have an alter ego, Anne Schlea. (Taken from my middle and maiden name.) Below follows a press release from my publisher involving a novel that I have just published.

Vampire discovers inner strength after being forced to grow up in ‘Retribution’ Anne Schlea announces publication of new Southern paranormal fantasy

Beginning as a collection of short stories, “Retribution” (published by Archway Publishing) by Anne Schlea grew to a full length novel over a number of years. In the novel, Antonia Paige has been ripped out of vampire retirement, and she’s not happy about it.

Everyone in her life agrees Antonia was given control of her family’s clan when she was far too young. Wanting to escape from the responsibility after a couple hundred years of trying to lead the family, Antonia vanishes. Intent on curing herself of the vampire virus, Antonia studies at a small Georgia college to work toward her goal.

Wanting to lead the clan himself, her brother Richard tracks her down determined to murder her. However, an old lover is waiting for an opportunity to rescue her – but Antonia doesn’t want to be saved, she wants to prove herself.

“This book has a strong female protagonist when many books in this genre are male-centric. Antonia is strong, she has flaws, and she is on a journey of self-discovery; something I feel many of my readers will be able to connect with,” Schlea says.

“Retribution”
By Anne Schlea
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848467
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848481
E-Book | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848474

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author
Anne Schlea is an avid reader with a deep love of paranormal fiction, history, and mythology, and a personal collection of more than three thousand titles. Her writing buddy is a Siamese cat mix named for the Toto song “Rosanna.” She lives in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, a short drive from the Appalachian Mountains.

Paranormal Fantasy | Atlanta | Anne Schlea

Premier Doula Service in Cumming GA

We are a new premier Doula Service in Cumming GA, servicing the Forsyth County and North GA area. We are a group of independent women who have come together to pool our resources and experience to better serve each other and our community. We are all highly trained and experienced women who are united by a common philosophy of wanting to educate women on their options for their birth experience.

Ashley is an experienced Doula who has served in North GA, and is certified through The International Doula Institute as a Labor and Birth Doula. Ashley is currently training in postpartum Doula work, and will be attending UNG in the Spring to obtain her RN Degree. Ashley also offers Placenta Encapsulation and Cloth Diaper 101 classes, in addition Ashley runs a Cotton Babies: Share the love host site and takes cloth diaper donations and process applications to create kits to loan out to families in need in our area.

Ashley is attending Birth Behind Bars training through the county to assist incarcerated mothers in childbirth and after through a special program.

Together we believe:

  • every family deserves physical and emotional support during birth and the early postpartum period.

  • our support is non-judgmental and every family has the privilege of making decisions for themselves.

  • our role is to offer evidence based information so that the family can make an informed decision.

  • supporting families in whatever infant feeding method they choose.

  • we are privileged to empower parents with the skills and tools necessary so that they may confidently raise their baby. 

Connect online with Bliss Birth Services: Website | Facebook 

New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

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New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

Kindermusik uses award-winning, research-based curricula and world-class educators to provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development.

After completing a comprehensive training program that incorporates education in child development and music concepts from Kindermusik International, Erica Culbertson has received her Kindermusik license and has opened a studio named Growing Musicians LLC in Cumming. (Classes are held at Cumming First United Methodist Church.) Now trained to tap into the different developmental stages and learning styles of children, Culbertson is poised to bring the power and joy of music-based learning to the children and families of Forsyth County, and make available the long-lasting and far-reaching benefits to all areas of development – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Culbertson says, “In addition to the full-brain benefits Kindermusik offers, classes are playful and fun — allowing children and their parents or caregivers to socialize and make friends.”

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

Since 1978, more than two million families in over 70 countries have enjoyed Kindermusik music and movement classes, beginning as early as their first infant months. Classes involve a mixture of singing, instrument play, dancing and movement, storytime, and other activities that help young children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

A few key benefits to the classes:
• Activities are designed to develop and strengthen a child’s physical and neural functions, social-emotional skills, early literacy, early math, and much more.
• The style of the class allows for parent/child bonding moments. This bonding boosts learning. Music and movement classes can spark learning in young children, and when done in conjunction with a parent, can help build bonds between parent and child.
• Parents are granted access to Kindermusik Online to continue the musical play and learning at home or on-the-go, as well as provide valuable resources for great parenting.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

“Kindermusik classes give parents the opportunity to engage in safe, fun and developmentally appropriate music-and-movement experiences with children ages newborn to seven,” said Scott Kinsey, President of Kindermusik International. “Our educators are our most vital asset to the success of Kindermusik, and we welcome Erica to our Kindermusik community.”

According to a 2005 Harris Interactive poll, 99 percent of Kindermusik parents would recommend the program to other parents. Parents are encouraged to enroll or try a preview class at the new Kindermusik.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

About Kindermusik International:

Kindermusik International is the world’s leading provider of music, movement and literacy programs for young children, enjoyed by more than two million families in over 70 countries. For more than 35 years, Kindermusik has helped children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific educational programs for children ages newborn to seven. Kindermusik curricula is taught by the best educators in the best schools and studios world-wide. Visit Kindermusik.com to learn more about Kindermusik early childhood programs and music classes for kids.

Connect with Kindermusik at Growing Musicians LLC:
Website: www.GrowingMusicians.Kindermusik.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GrowingMusiciansLLC
Instagram: www.instagram.com/growingmusicians

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:  These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

Kinsey Family Farm

3. Kinsey Family Farm:  The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its Fall & Pumpkin Season.  They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.  This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.  Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:  Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.  They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!  Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!  Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around: This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here. 

7. Haunted Fun:  As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.  And again, if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

pumpkins | Fall Fun Activities in Forsyth County

8. Pumpkin Picking:  Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.   As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:  Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.  This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.  Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.  Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn Pinterest Board by clicking here. Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

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Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

It’s apple u-pick season in Ellijay and North GA!!   We have a list of a few places to pick your own apples near Cumming, GA. Maybe a day trip and hitting all of them is the best plan?

Note:  U-pick is typically on the weekend (although the orchard may be open every day) and always weather permitting.  Activities and offerings at each farm vary.  We link directly to the orchard so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

  1. Mercier Orchards
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
    Click here for more information
  2. BJ Reece Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29th
    Address:  9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  3. Hillcrest Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29h
    Address:  9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  4. Red Apple Barn:
    Scheduled Opening: Open now through October 29th
    Address:  3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay GA 30540
    Click here for more information
  5. Panorama Orchards: (Note: you can’t pick them here but you can buy delicious fresh apples and other goodies)
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: Hwy 515 South, 63 Talona Spur, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Click here for more information

Don’t Miss Out On These Apple-Themed Events:

Georgia Apple Festival
Dates: October 14th – 15th, October 21st – 22nd
Address: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Click here for more information 

Apple Festival Parade
Dates: October 21st – 10am
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

Apple Arts – Arts & Crafts
Dates: October 14th/15th & 21st/22nd – 9am-5pm
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

There are LOTS more Apple-Themed events in Ellijay. Click here to see all of them.

Last but not least, be sure to check out the 10 Best Places for Apple Picking  in Georgia from 365 Atlanta Family.