Kid Care Expo – Free Community Event – August 19 2017

Kid Care Expo

Register Today For The Kid Care Expo

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could interview multiple pediatric practices and specialists in one place? Or understand what a pediatric therapist does? Are there any trusted, reputable daycare facilities near you?

Kid Care Expo is a community outreach program designed to help parents in the North Atlanta region meet and greet healthcare providers and other child specific community resources face to face. This event is perfect for picking a pediatrician, dentist, or pediatric specialist for your child.

This event is FREE and VIP bags are going fast. Reserve yours today!

  • First 100 Registrants will receive a FREE VIP bag with healthcare products and prizes
  • FREE Raffle for all attendees! You could win prizes for new parents, babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
  • Visit The Education Stage for a talk about special healthcare concerns from area specialists
This is a sneak peek into the VIP bag goodies!

This event is for ALL families from pregnant first time parents to parents of teens and young adults. And it’s completely FREE.

When: Saturday, August 19th 9am-1pm

Where: Lanier Technical Institute -3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Cumming, GA 30041

INSIDER INFORMATION: There will be a TOUCH-A TRUCK there for the kids to experience the ins and outs of a police car, a fire truck & an ambulance

Get your FREE Ticket by clicking here!

Hosted by Pediatrician Hiral Lavania, MD of One Family Pediatrics

Dr. Lavania has launched this health service campaign to help parents find pediatric healthcare providers across specialties. The Kid Care Expo is the first event of its kind in Forsyth County. Both primary care physicians and specialists will be at this event to meet with parents about the healthcare needs of their children. Special therapist such as speech-language pathologists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are also included at this event.

“Parents want health care services but find it difficult to research, meet, and interview every healthcare provider their child may need. The Kid Care Expo will provide them a chance to do all these things at once,” Lavania says. The event is also an opportunity to learn about health challenges from head lice and ear infections to health issues facing special needs children and learning differences. The Kid Care Expo will have a variety of experts speaking on the Education Stage throughout the event.

Some of the healthcare providers and facilities that will be represented include Northside Hospital, One Family Pediatrics, Oasis Lactation Services, Pediatric ENT of Atlanta, Building Bridges Therapy, ReClif Academy, The Marcus Autism Center, Dare 2 Care Pediatrics, and Sharon Springs Dental.

New Farmers Market Opening This Saturday: Lambert Farmers Market

Lambert High School rising seniors Julia Ciaccia and Alex Ruano saw a need in Forsyth County, and decided to do something about it.

“Since the Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Park ended in 2015, I feel like we really missed that event in our community. Considering the access to local goods, opportunity for area small businesses, and the community building, I thought it was worth trying to bring something back to our area.”

Working under the auspices of the Lambert High School Beta Club, Julia and Alex have reached out and secured local vendors to be part of the Lambert Farmers Market Grand Opening on Saturday May 27th. Twenty or more local artisans and businesses will have their food and products for sale.

“We’ll have a nice array of products available, from Forsyth County favorite Shane’s Rib Shack, to local honey and award-winning hand-made sauces and much more. It’s a little early in the season for Georgia produce, but we’ll be adding more and more as we go through the summer. We’re still adding vendors at the 11th hour and have a little more vendor space available, so I’m sure we’ll have some good surprises.”

The Lambert Farmers Market will take place on the grounds of Lambert High School, at 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee GA 30024. The event will take place from 4pm to 8pm every Saturday, through October 28. More information, including vendor sign-up, is available on the website.

Connect Online with Lambert Farmers Market: Website | Facebook | Instagram

The Lambert Farmers Market is on of our list of farmer markets in Forsyth County. To see the full list, click here

Farmer Markets in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Farmers Markets in Cumming GA

Farmer Markets in Cumming GA

Are you looking for some farmer’s markets around Cumming and throughout Forsyth County?  We have a variety of options and thankfully the list continues to grow from time to time.  From year-round “online” markets to the traditional early morning fruits and vegetable markets and a few things in between.

No matter where you decide to shop, it’s best to ask questions – where are the items coming from?  How have they been grown?  Are they organic?  Are they are local?  The answers to those questions will vary greatly – you have to decide what’s best for your family.

Here are some farmer’s markets and options in Cumming GA & Forsyth County to help you get started:

Year-Round Online Markets:

  1. The Cumming Harvest (year-round market with online ordering and pick-up in Cumming GA)
  2. Nature’s Garden Express (year-round market with online ordering and home delivery)
  3. Circle A Lettuce (year-round (lettuce greens only) market with online ordering and delivery or greenhouse to shop locally at)

Seasonal Outdoor Markets & Market Stores:

  1. Cumming Farmer Market: Located at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot at 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, Georgia. First market day is June 3rd. They will be open every Wednesday & Saturday 6:30am-10:30am until September 30th. {TIP: You will want to get there early for the best selection}
  2. Lambert Farmers Market: Located at 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee. First market day is May 27th from 4pm-8pm. They will be open every Saturday until October 28th. For more information, visit this press release.
  3. 400 Produce: Located at 4310 Settendown Village Cumming. For hours and specials, visit their Facebook page.
  4. City Produce: Located at 5035 Hwy 400, Cumming, Georgia, GA 30040. For hours and specials, visit their Facebook page. {TIP: I’ve heard they have great prices on their produce!}
  5. Cane Creek Farm: Located at 5110 Jekyll Rd, Cumming GA 30040 {NOTE: They also offer summer camps and workshops, visit their Facebook page for more information}
  6. Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Products: Located at 11611 Cumming Hwy
    Canton, Georgia, GA 30115.

Year Round Indoor Market Stores:

  1. Leonard’s Farmer Market: Located at 304 Atlanta Rd., Cumming GA 30040. {NOTE: They also sell Big Green Eggs and accessories.}
  2. Sprouts Farmer Market: Located at 530 Lakeland Plz., Cumming, GA 30040.
  3. Earth Fare: Located at 3140 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming GA 30041 {TIP: Make sure you sign up for their emails and savings card. They always have great specials! Their daily deals are used a lot in my house.}

Farmer Markets Outside of Forsyth County

Our friends at Gwinnett Family has a great round-up of the 9+ Farmer Markets in Gwinnett. Each market is unique with different vendors and some offer more than just produce!

Do you have a favorite farmers market to add to my list?

Photo Source: Natalie Maynor

New Varsity Football Coach at Pinecrest Academy Announced

Former Atlanta Falcon Terance Mathis Named Varsity Football Head Coach at Pinecrest Academy

Pinecrest Academy Athletic Director, Chris Kane, officially announced on Friday, May 5, 2017, at a press conference, held at the school, that former NFL receiver Terance Mathis has been named as Pinecrest’s new Varsity Football Head Coach. The private PreK3-12 Catholic school is located in Cumming, GA, in South Forsyth County. The Paladins were the 2015 Class A Region 6 champions, and during the 2016 season, the team placed 13 players on the All Region team, six on the All County team, and one on the All State team. The Paladins finished 11th in Class A Private in the Final Composite Rankings in 2016. Mathis replaces Todd Winter, who recently was named as Head Coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta.

Mathis was a standout quarterback at Redan High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, where he took the team to the playoffs in his junior year. He went on to play at the University of New Mexico, where he caught 263 passes for 4,254 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was named an All-American in the 1989 season.

Mathis spent most of his 1990 to 2002 NFL career as a receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. He was instrumental in the Falcons’ victory over the Vikings in the 1998 NFC Championship Game, catching two touchdown passes, including a game tying score that sent the contest into overtime. He was named All-Pro for the 1994 season. During his tenure with the Falcons, Mathis caught 573 passes for 7,349 yards and 57 touchdowns, second only to Roddy White in all three of those categories.

Since leaving the NFL at the end of the 2002 season, Mathis has worked in marketing for a NASCAR race team and most recently as a personal trainer for athletes of all levels of experience.

Mathis has coached for Savannah State University, Nike Football Camps, Gridiron King 7-on-7 National Tournaments, Shrine Bowl Games (2008 and 2016), and Lambert High School.

“We are really excited to have someone of Terance’s caliber join us and lead our football program,” said Chris Kane, Pinecrest Academy Director of Athletics. “His football pedigree speaks for itself. But his humility and his philosophy is something our boys and community will benefit from greatly!”

“It’s truly a blessing to be a part of the Pinecrest family,” commented Terance Mathis. “I’m excited to get started with continuing the growth of the football program. I’m here to say that God is still in the blessing business!”

Mathis lives in Suwanee, GA, with his wife, Arnedia, and their children, daughter Terae and son Terance, Jr.

Piney Grove Middle School Sends Care Packages to the Troops!

Students from Piney Grove Middle School teamed up with Treat the Troops and Alpharetta-based online retailer Christmas Lights, Etc today to assemble care packages for troops stationed overseas. The event was part of Piney Grove’s “Grizzly Great Day of Giving,” or “G3,” an annual event in which students fan out into the community to perform acts of service.

Christmas Lights, Etc opened up its 100,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution facility to the students and parent volunteers. Treat the Troops provided home-baked cookies, candy, magazines and other goodies for the students to pack, complete with handwritten notes, cards and letters. Christmas Lights, Etc then delivered the packages to the post office and shipped them off to the troops.

“We appreciate Christmas Lights, Etc making their space available, and the opportunity for our kids to engage with the Treat the Troops program,” said Pam Pajerski, Principal of Piney Grove. “This is a critical lesson for our kids, that we should remember the troops who defend our safety.”

Treat the Troops has sent more than 5.3 million cookies to U.S. soldiers stationed abroad since 1990. The “Southern Style” (Georgia) chapter of Treat the Troops, headquartered in Cumming, Ga., is the third largest chapter in the United States, sending more than 600,000 cookies overseas.

“Boxes we pack today will go to places as scattered abroad as Afghanistan, South Africa, Syria, South Korea, Japan, Italy, two aircraft carriers and two destroyers at sea,” said Linda Jones of Treat the Troops Southern Style. “And ninety percent of the letters I get from the soldiers mention the personal notes from the kids. I think it’s amazing. We’re so appreciative that Christmas Lights, Etc does this.”

Christmas Lights, Etc began partnering with Treat the Troops in 2013. The company plans to continue its support and encourages other local businesses to get involved. Volunteers are always needed to help with baking, packing, and financial contributions.

“We have thousands of military personnel stationed abroad at great distances from their families and loved ones,” said Chris Miller, Co-Owner of Christmas Lights, Etc. “We greatly appreciate the sacrifice these men and women make, and we’re proud to participate with Treat the Troops and Piney Grove Middle School to create these care packages.”

About Treat The Troops
Treat The Troops (http://www.treatthetroops.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to letting deployed American military personnel know that people at home are remembering them. Treat the Troops sends home-baked cookies and other comfort items, along with a note of thanks, to the troops via the U.S. Postal Service.

About Christmas Lights, Etc
Christmas Lights, Etc (https://www.christmaslightsetc.com) is the most shopped online Christmas lights store in America. Founded in 2000, Christmas Lights, Etc features thousands of quality lights, trees, greenery and decor. Christmas Lights, Etc is a three-time INC. 5000 company, an ENERGY STAR partner, and a supplier of residential and commercial Christmas lighting, Christmas decor and Christmas trees.

PHOTO CAPTION: Chris Miller, co-owner of Christmas Lights, Etc.; Linda Jones of Treat the Troops Southern Style; Pam Pajerski, principal of Piney Grove Middle School; and Michel Satterfield, assistant principal of Forsyth Central High School; spearheaded the Treat the Troops pack at Christmas Lights, Etc, part of Piney Grove’s “Grizzly Great Day of Giving.”

Summer Fun in Forsyth County for Kids A to Z

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I know it’s not just me who struggles with things to do during the summer in Forsyth County & Cumming GA. That’s why I created this round-up of SUMMER FUN IN FORSYTH COUNTY FOR KIDS!

**EXCITING NEWS: For even more Summer Fun in Forsyth County, check out our new e-book – “65+ Days Of Summer: A Checklist Of Things To Do & Places To Go In Cumming Ga & Forsyth County“**

So, who’s ready for some Summer Fun from A to Z?  Maybe you’ll enjoy all of them, maybe you’ll pick a few here and there, no matter what you do we hope it gives you some ideas for Summer Fun with your kids in Cumming GA and throughout Forsyth County!

Here’s to SUMMER …

Adventures at Sawnee Mountain Preserve:  There is so much to do at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. You can take a hike up the mountain, play on the playgrounds, or try out the new climbing tower! They will even teach you to climb a tree with a harness and rope. For more information, call 770.781.2217.

Big Creek Greenway: This walking trail is currently 10 miles long but there are plans to extend it to 15 miles at some point. Take your bike, skates, running shoes and head on out to enjoy the scenery and get some exercise.

Chill Hill: Cool off with some delicious soft serve or hand scooped ice cream at Chill Hill in Vickery Village. I love their new fixed pricing model!

Drama: Take your kids to the theater by seeing a drama or dance performance this summer. There are plenty of options through Cumming Playhouse, Stipe Studio, Cumming Dance Academy, Forefront Arts, etc.

Eat from the Food Trucks: The Food Trucks n’ Forsyth County is back this year and even better. With over 12 food trucks, kids activities and live music. This would be a fun family or date night out! 

4th of July

Fourth of July Festivities: The City of Cumming is the place to be!  From the parade to the fireworks, it’s a fun, two-day event for the whole family.

Games: Our summers are hot! Cool off by spending the day inside playing games! You can play arcade games, ride bumper cars, or play a game of laser tag in the new two-story arena at Stars & Strikes Entertainment Center. TIP: Be sure to check Groupon before going, they typically have a deal up for purchase.

Hidden Gems: There are many hidden gems in Forsyth Çounty! We have picked out SEVEN that you should visit this summer. Let us know what you think about them!

Indoor Activities: Raining? Too hot out? No problem – we have TONS of places you can visit that are indoors on our Indoor Fun for Families guide.

Jump: Forsyth County is home to Monkey Joes, Catch Air, Jump TNTGet Air, and Sky ZoneTIP: Make sure to check each of the websites for daily specials and coupons to save money on your visit!

Kids Eat Free: Take the kids out to eat where they are free! IHOP and Steak n’ Shake offer Kids Eat Free everyday. Also, check our Kids Eat Free listing for more options organized by the day.

Lake Lanier: Take a ride over to the lake and enjoy a day at either a park by the shore or rent a boat for the day. Also, LanierWorld is also a fun day activity full of the fun water park, big beach, a boardwalk, and sunset cove. You could spend all day and even the night there!

Movies: Take the kids out for a movie day! Movies 400 is offering the Summer Movie Series again every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am (first come, first serve). Click here to see the 2017 schedule. {They have a new pricing model this year – $4 for admission, small popcorn & small drink. If you bring a canned good to donate the price goes down to $2 for admission, small popcorn & small drink}

North GA Running Co Run Local Series:  Looking for something new to do this summer with your family? Sign up to run a race with North GA Running Co! They have a short distance and long distance series.

Outdoor Summer Movies: Vickery Village will be the place to be this summer!  It’s a great line-up of some really great outdoor movies for the whole family. And it’s FREE! Click here to see the schedule.

Park & Playground Tour: A few years ago we came up with this idea to take the kids on a park tour. They loved it and ask often to do it again. So pack some snacks, a picnic lunch, sunscreen, lots of water and head out to visit some of the 20+ Parks and Playgrounds in Forsyth County.

Quarter Midget Racing: The Cumming Fairgrounds has a line-up of racing throughout the summer.  Check out the racing schedule and get more information here.

Read: The Forsyth County Libraries and Barnes & Noble have great summer reading programs. They also have TONS of story times and activities through the summer.

Swim or Spray Pad: The Cumming Aquatic Center or the Old Atlanta Spray Pad is a great way to have fun in the water this Summer!

Tiny Towne: Ok, I know this isn’t in Forsyth County. But it’s a close drive and it’s a great way to spend a HOT or rainy day during the summer. TIP: Be sure to check Groupon before going, they typically have a deal up for purchase

Unwind: This one is for you MOMS & DADS! Summer is hard on us – whether we work outside the home or stay home with the kids, summer is a lot of juggling. So give yourself grace and patience this summer. The days are long but the years are short! Treat yourself to a date night or a spa treatment. Maybe even a good bottle of wine would do the trick to help you unwind this summer! 🙂

Vacation Bible School: There are lots of great VBS Programs in Cumming & Forsyth County.  If you haven’t signed up your little ones yet, don’t worry – I’m sure you’ll find one to get signed up with.

Warbington Farms – Pick your own strawberries and let the kids play on the Fun Park! We think you could spend all day here! TIP: Make sure you check their Facebook page for updated hours. 

X-tra X-tra Read All About It: Fun events & activities will continue to pop up throughout the summer.  It’s best to make sure you subscribe to the Cumming Local newsletter and also Like Cumming Local on FacebookFollow Cumming Local on Twitter, or Follow along on Instagram so you can stay in the loop.  Trust us … your kids will thank you:).

You didn’t sign the kids up for summer camps?  There’s still time.  Check out our list of 2017 Summer Camps in Forsyth County here.

Zoo: OK, I know this isn’t in Forsyth County. But it’s close enough and definitely worth the drive! Take ride up north to visit the North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm.

So that’s OUR list from A to Z … no matter what YOU choose, we hope you & your family have a safe and fun Summer in Forsyth County!

Cole Team

Cumming Aquatic Center 2017 Season Opening

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Cumming Aquatic Center 2017 Season Opening

It’s that time of the year – time for the Cumming Aquatic Center’s 2017 Season Opening!

The following information was released from the Cumming Aquatic Center website:

Opening Dates:
Weekends Only – Beginning May 14th to May 22nd (Saturday & Sunday 1pm to 6m) * Grand Opening on May 13th from 6pm-9pm
Daily – May 28th to August 3rd

Hours:
Monday through Saturday
Session 1:  10am to 2pm*
Session 2:  2:30pm to 6:30pm*

Sunday
1pm to 6pm*

*VERY IMPORTANT: A separate admission is required for EACH session.  (Sorry, I don’t make the rules I just share them)

August 6th – September 4th
Open weekends only
Saturdays: 2 sessions (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) & (2:30 – 6:30 pm)
Sundays (1:00 – 6:00 pm)

Memorial Day (May 30th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 5th)
One session only (1:00 – 6:00 pm)

Click here for all the Summer 2017 Information

2017 Rates:

Daily Admission
Under 2:  FREE
2 – 17 years:  $4
18 – 59:  $5
60+:  $4

Individual & Family Passes are also available in 30 day, 90 day & annual increments.  Click here for 2017 Rates.

*VERY IMPORTANT:  All guests are required to pay admission – whether swimming or not.  

More About the Cumming Aquatic Center:

On Monday, June 27, 2011, the doors of the Aquatic Center first opened.

Features of the new center include:

  • 50 Meter Competition Pool
  • 1 & 3 Meter Diving Boards
  • Bleachers Spectator Area
  • Concession Stand
  • 25 Yard Instructional / Therapy Pool
  • Outdoor Leisure (Water Park) Pool
  • Poolside Cabanas
  • and Multipurpose Meeting Rooms

Some of the programs currently offered, include:

  • Water Exercise Programs – inquire with Cumming Aquatic for current schedule
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Teams
  • Infant Swimming Resource
  • Oh Baby! Fitness – programs for both pregnancy & mommy/child
  • CPR & Lifeguard Classes
  • Birthday Parties
  • and more!
  • Click here for more information

The Cumming Aquatic Center

201 Aquatic Circle (off Pilgrim Mill Road)
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770.781.1781

To learn more about the Cumming Aquatic Center, click here.

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County at Warbington Farms {2017 Season}

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County at Warbington Farms

Oh boy!  It’s strawberry picking time in Forsyth County!  And lucky for us, Warbington Farms is OPEN NOW!  We have from now until the second week of June to pick some farm fresh strawberries from Warbington Farms. I absolutely LOVE fresh strawberries so this time of year always makes me happy.

Warbington Farms is a U-Pick farm. If you’re on a time crunch or just don’t feel like picking your own, you can also purchase previously picked strawberries (when available) for an extra surcharge.

While you’re there, let the kids take advantage of some Farm Fun including hay rides, inflatable slide & petting zoo.  Activities and fees vary depending on the day.

Personal Tips:

1. It’s never a bad idea to call ahead or check their Facebook page to make sure they still have plenty to u-pick … especially if you’re driving from a big distance.  Farming isn’t an exact science after all!
2. Check out their other farm produce while you’re there – In the past, I have snagged some farm-raised eggs for a great price!
3.  Buy a lot – they freeze great!
4.  And then be ready for all those strawberries!  You might want some new recipes, check out our “Berry Recipe” Board on Pinterest for a few ideas.

Here’s some more great Tips for Visiting a Pick Your Own Farm from Really, Are you Serious?

More Information:

2017 SPRING SEASON:

  • Warbington Farms is NOW OPEN for Strawberry Picking!
  • Hours are currently being posted on Facebook each week.  Be sure to visit their Facebook Page for the most up to date information.
  • According to their website, strawberry pricing is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. Please note – They provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field.

FUN PARK:

  • Open same hours as strawberry picking.
  • Fun Park includes hayride, corn-crib, petting zoo, slides, tire yard, playground, NEW jumping pillow & unlimited fun
  • Fun Park Admission Weekends: $9 per child and $5 adult (12 years & older) plus tax
  • Under three are free and there is a senior citizen discount available.
  • Check out their upcoming events by clicking here.

Note:  To reiterate, it’s always a good idea to check with Warbington Farms (on facebook or by phone) for the latest updates.  Strawberries may be unavailable for u-pick if supply is low or inclement weather.

More Information about Warbington Farms:

Warbington Farms has been locally owned for over 35 years. Warbington Farms is full of great wholesome fun for the whole family whether it is enjoying the “Hey” Ride, Farm Fun Park, Petting Zoo, fresh picked strawberries or pumpkins, or any of the other down home fun on the farm. The farm also makes the perfect setting for your next special occasion including birthday parties, bonfire parties, family reunions, corporate events, or a wedding.

Connect with Warbington Farms online: Website | Facebook

5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770.380.2920

Looking for more places to go Strawberry picking?

Check out this post from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family – 11 Farms With the Juiciest Strawberry Picking in Georgia 

Easter Eggs for Charity

Easter Eggs for Charity

Music Authority, a retail shop and music school in Cumming, Georgia, spent the last week filling plastic eggs with candy.

The activity, part of Music Authority’s Easter Egg Challenge, is the brainchild of parent Rachele Lahr. The stuffed eggs will be delivered to Meals by Grace on Saturday for their Easter food delivery. Rachele estimates each of the children in the program will receive 25 Easter eggs.
Seven of Music Authority’s musical groups took part in the challenge. The six bands and adult choir filled over 4,000 eggs. As part of the challenge, they posted photos of their efforts on social media with a shout out to Meal by Grace.

Meals by Grace is a non-profit ministry with a goal of helping children and families provide food for themselves while they work to better their situation. You can learn more about Meals by Grace at their website, www.mealsbygrace.org.

“One of the best parts of watching my son in a band is seeing him be part of something bigger than himself. It’s watching this group of teens and middle schoolers come together not only to play music but also to give back to the community. Watching them sit around my kitchen table, laughing and stuffing eggs for others in need, brought a smile to my face as a parent,” says Mary Ellen Strandquist, mother of Eclipse drummer, Christian Strandquist.

Giving back to the community is an important part of the learning experience at Music Authority. Bands, musical groups, and private students are encouraged to participate in a variety of charitable activities throughout the year.

For more information on Music Authority, visit their website at www.musicauthorityinc.com, or call 770-886-9066.

You can also find Music Authority’s popular Rock Summer Camps on our Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County.

Sawnee Ballet Announces New Artistic Director After 25 Years

Sawnee Ballet Theatre (SBT) is proud to announce Courtney Bromwich, owner and director of Sawnee School of Ballet, will join the company as its second Artistic Director.

The announcement comes just 3 months after the 25th anniversary of the company’s annual Nutcracker production. Joan Kall Stewart, the Theatre’s current Artistic Director, will officially end her tenure May 1, but will continue to work with Bromwich and the Board to provide choreography for both the Nutcracker and Spring Concert productions under the title of Director Emeritus.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been invited to be the new artistic director of Sawnee Ballet Theatre,” Bromwich said. “Looking forward, my goal is to continue to build on the rich legacies of classical ballet established by Joan Kall Stewart. I plan to draw on my vast experience and network of choreographers to develop and enhance the company’s unique identity while expanding the presence of the company in Forsyth county and beyond.”

“We are excited to welcome Courtney as the new artistic director,” said John McKinnis, President of the SBT board . “This is a pivotal time for our organization, and we are confident that Courtney can build on the wonderful foundation and reputation Sawnee Ballet Theatre has already established in addition to carving out her own legacy within our organization.”

Courtney began dancing at 4 years old in St. Louis, MO and has been involved in the Atlanta dance community for 30 years. Her strengths in ballet as well as tap, jazz, and modern have earned her several choreography awards, honors, and placements throughout the years. Having already graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Business Management, Courtney later returned to KSU to further her dance education. She was the first dance major to graduate from the program in May 2010. In November 2012, she was honored to take over as the new owner and director of Sawnee School of Ballet. Over the last four years, Courtney worked along side Joan Kall Stewart to continue the same spirit and core principals that had been driving the school since its inception. She has also implemented new ideas to educate, energize, and inspire the dancers while growing their passion for dance.

Founded in 1991, Sawnee Ballet Theatre is a non-profit company housed out of Sawnee School of Ballet. The purpose of the company is to provide young people extensive dance experience and the opportunity to perform in a professional setting while simultaneously providing cultural awareness and education to the Forsyth community. Sawnee Ballet Theatre will hold open auditions for the 2017/2018 season on Saturday, May 20, 2017. For information, visit www.sawneeballettheatre.com, follow us on Instagram @sawneeballettheatre, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SawneeBalletTheatre/