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 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.

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

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

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.

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 15th. This year marks the 23rd year for the fair that began as a 5-day fair and now has grown to an 11-day event!

Just thinking about the fair makes my mouth water for all the delicious fair food – cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes, giant turkey legs, and don’t forget about the deep fried Snickers or Oreos. The calories eaten at the Fair don’t count, right?

We can’t forget about the rides and games! The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. The Cumming Fair & Festival brings over 40 rides and numerous games. It really is fun for all!

Don’t miss out on the 11 days of family fun!

 

Dates: October 5-15, 2017
Times: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm
Friday, 4pm – Midnight
Saturday, 10am – Midnight
Sunday, 12:30pm – 9pm
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Admission Prices:

10 Years Old and Under: FREE
11 Years Old and Up: $7
All Parking: $5

Learn more about the rides (and ticket prices), local entertainment, Heritage Village, ground acts & concerts on the Cumming Fair Facebook page.

Once again, a great line up & some great specials are being offered:

*subject to change – accurate at time of publishing – verify all information here*

Thursday, October 5th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Pay One-Price Rides (unlimited rides – $20/ person)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony 7pm

Friday, October 6th:

  • Concert: Kellie Pickler in Concert at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Saturday, October 7th:

  • FREE Admission & rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 8th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 9th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 10th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Gene Watson at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 11th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm
  • CHOA Parade at 6pm

Thursday, October 12th:

  • Concert: Thompson Square at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/13/17)

Saturday, October 14th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 15th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

 

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Fall in Forsyth County means it’s time to make a stop at Kinsey Family Farm! This year’s opening is Saturday, September 30th!

Make a morning or an afternoon out of the fun on the farm – not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish or farm animals, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

You’ll find all sorts of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! Kinsey Farm has delicious “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall activities include:

  • Hay Rides: $3 per person (children 2 & under are free). Hours vary. Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding: These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past! You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area: There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area and enjoy a meal or snack on the farm. We always enjoy the caramel apples and boiled peanuts! (Note – they are nut-free until October 1st)

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave. You will find apples, honey, salsa, jams, preserves, fall decor & MUCH more!

Fall Hours From September 30th – October 31st:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit the Kinsey Family Farm Fall Activity Page for More Information.

{Tip: Kinsey Family Farm is one of our favorite places to take pictures. It’s absolutely gorgeous there! See pictures below for an example…} 

More Information:

Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

770.887.6028
Kinsey Family Farm Online
Kinsey Family Farm on Facebook

Warbington Farms: Open for 2017 Fall Season

Warbington Farms: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Did you know that Warbington Farms is a three generation farm? It is! Over the last 7 years, the farm has changed quite a bit. They used to mainly be an egg operation. But now it’s a great place for the whole family!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017  Warbington Farms will open for the Fall & Pumpkin Season. You can plan to go get pumpkins but also enjoy tons of fall activities. They also have lots of special events through the fall season. You can check those events out by clicking here.

Fall Activities Include:

  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay rides to feed the cows
  • Petting Zoo
  • Corn Crib
  • And much more!

Activity Fees:

  • No Cost for Pumpkin Patch Entrance (pumpkin prices vary)
  • Farm Fun Park Pricing: 
    $10 Per Person
    Under 3 are FREE
    Senior Citizen discounts available

*Pricing, Dates & Time may change – follow Warbington on Facebook for updates

Fall Hours From September 16th through November 4th:

Monday – Thursday: Closed to Public
Friday & Saturday:  10am-10pm
Sunday:  10am-5pm

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Warbington Farms has TONS of Fall Themed Special Events. Click here to read about all of them!

 More Information on Warbington Farms:

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Warbington Farms
5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA

770.889-1515
Warbington Farms Online
Warbington Farms on Facebook