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Wedding Locations in Forsyth County

Wedding Locations in Forsyth County

Wedding Locations in Forsyth County

It is officially wedding season in Forsyth County. If you are a bride or a friend of a bride that wants to get married here at home, then we have some ideas of places you could get married either here in Forsyth County or very close to Forsyth County. Our Facebook fans helped us create a list of some recommendations on wedding locations in Forsyth County. If you know of other wedding locations in Forsyth County we would love for you to comment on this post and let us know.

  • The Foster House
  • White Oaks
  • Forrest Hills Mountain Resort
  • Autrey Mill
  • The Reid Barn
  • The Wheeler House
  • Gibbs Garden
  • Wolf Mountain Vineyards
  • Brannon-Heard House
  • Waters Mill
  • Windermere Golf Club

Let us know if you have other recommendations!

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Best BBQ in Forsyth County

Best BBQ in Forsyth County

Best BBQ in Forsyth County

Summer is coming soon and when I think of summer I think of BBQ and watermelon on a hot day. Not sure why, that’s just what I think of. If you think of the same then this post will be great for you. We asked our Facebook fans for a recommendation on the best BBQ in Forsyth County. Here is the link to that question on Facebook. But to make things easier we are gonna list out what was recommended as well.

And by all means, if you know of somewhere else in Forsyth with great BBQ – please comment on this post and let us know! For now, bring on the sauce and hot summer days!

These are in no particular order:

  • ‘Cue (LOTS of recommendations for this place)
  • J’s Southern Smoke
  • Dickey’s
  • Smokejack (this one is close to Forsyth – located in Alpharetta)
  • Jim n’ Nicks
  • Big D’s
  • Amos BBQ
  • Dreamland BBQ
  • Grand Champion BBQ
  • Slopes

Which do you consider the BEST BBQ in Forsyth County?

Alterations in Forsyth County


Alterations in Forsyth County

It’s Spring! You know what that means? Wedding season is upon us! I am always on the lookout for a good dress alteration place. Do you know of one? We recently asked our Facebook fans for recommendations. Click here for the original post.

We also have the recommendations listed out for you here (in no particular order):

  • Cumming Alterations – several votes for this one
  • Lakeside Cleaners & Alterations
  • Enclave Cleaners and Alterations
  • Laurel Springs Cleaners
  • World Cleaners

Anywhere else you could add?

Pool Memberships in Forsyth County


Pool Memberships in Forsyth County

Do you live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have amenities? Or maybe you are just looking to go somewhere different to have the kids swim. So where to go in Forsyth County that you can get a pool membership? We were wondering the same thing so we asked the question on our Facebook page.   Click here to see our Facebook page or check out the recommendation below.

Note:  Inquire with each neighborhood or organization for more information and current availability.

These are in no particular order:

Anywhere else we can add?

Gymnastic Options in Forsyth County


Gymnastic Options in Forsyth County

Do you have a child that is interested in doing tumbling classes or gymnastics? If so, you are luck because Forsyth County has lots of different offerings. Especially at the Forsyth County and City of Cumming Parks & Recreation.

We did a Facebook poll to get some ideas from our Facebook fans. You can see that question by clicking here.

Also, I am listing out the responses here in no particular order:

  • Gymnastic World on McGinnis Ferry
  • Forsyth Count Parks and Recreation
  • City of Cumming Parks and Recreation
  • Tuck n’ Tumble
  • Bio Gymnastics

Anywhere else you guys might add?

Spring Craft Ideas for Kids


Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

The first official day of Spring this year is March 20th. Which means it’s right around the corner! With Spring on the way soon – I started looking for some cute spring craft ideas for kids. These can be used for Mother’s Day gifts or just to brighten up your home. Regardless of how they are used, I just loved the ideas I was seeing for spring craft ideas for kids on Pinterest. You can see our craft idea board by clicking here.

Below are a few of my favorites:

You are my sunshine!

1 – You Are My Sunshine

This is actually a link to something you can purchase on etsy. But I think the idea should be pretty easy to do if you have nice handwriting or want to use stickers or even stencils.

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2 – Coffee Filter Art

I love that these were cool flowers made from dipping a coffee filter in paint. Easy but adorable! My thought was maybe the kids help you by dipping in paint, but then you complete the project by making a wreath of a vase of flowers.

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3 – Spring Flower Collage

I can actually see this on my mantel. What a great way to brighten up your family room. I think the kids would have a blast making all different types of flowers.

Any other spring craft ideas for kids you want to share with us?


Interior Designers or Decorators in Forsyth County


Interior Designers or Decorators in Forsyth County

Is it time to redo the space inside your home? Or are you moving in a new home and just need some help decorating? I know that I’m not so good at decorating and would definitely need the help of an Interior Designers or Decorators in Forsyth County. Well, our Facebook fans once again helped us create this round-up of Interior Designers or Decorators in Forsyth County. You can see the original post by clicking here.

Here are the suggestions in no particular order:

Any other interior decorators or designers in Forsyth County that you might add?

Dog Groomers in Forsyth County


Dog Groomers in Forsyth County

Do you have a pet dog? If so, you will need to find a groomer here in Forsyth County. Nails need to be clipped and hair needs to be cut! We took a poll on our Facebook page to find the best dog groomers in Forsyth County and Cumming GA. Click here to see the original Facebook post. These were the places recommended by our readers. Hopefully this list will help you to find the best groomer for your loved dog!

These are in no particular order:

  • Paw Perfect
  • PetSmart
  • You Dirty Dog
  • The Barker Lounge
  • Spa Bow Wow
  • Fran’s and Friends
  • MOBILE Dog Groomer – Keitha 678-300-9317
  • Canine Couture
  • Never Ending Tails

Anywhere else we can add?



A Review on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus


Cumming Local’s Review on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

On Sunday, February 16th – my family and I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Philips Arena. And it was just so much fun! We did this as a surprise for my two kids (They are 4 and almost 2 yrs old). We got there a little early to check out the pre-show fun. When we walked in, they both were just over stimulated with all to see! I loved seeing their faces take in all the beauty of the circus.

Once we were seated the show began…everything from elephants, tigers, acrobats, clowns and so much more! Personally, being at circus takes me back to going as a child. It’s just so cool to see elephants and tigers doing tricks. Absolutely amazing! And if I’m being honest – the clowns still scare me a little :)

But, this show was truly built to amaze! It was full of excitement and non-stop action. Both of my kids never stopped watching the show. My youngest just kept pointing in amazement. After the show, I asked my 4 year old what his favorite part was and he said “all of it.” That sums it up – this Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Built to Amaze was one of the best!


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Disclosure:  Our family was provided with four tickets in order to facilitate this review; however, that did not sway my opinions – all of which are mine & mine alone -Rachael

Mardi Gras 2014: Crafts, Food, Local Fun


Mardi Gras 2014:  Crafts, Food & Local Fun

Mardi Gras 2014 falls on Tuesday, March 4th this year.  Whether you’re celebrating at home or enjoying dinner out, you can do a few low-key things to give the day a bit of celebration!

We’re keeping our eyes open for any events or Restaurant specials going on around town to celebrate the day.  If you’d like to add your business to the list of local fun going on around town, email us ( with all the info!

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas:

Mardi Gras lends itself to some fun ideas for decorations and crafts.  I found a few that the kids might enjoy, like this free template for a  Jester Hat from Mardi Gras Outlet or this Handprint Mardi Gras Mask for the kids.

And if you want to dress up your table for the occasion, check out this DIY Mardi Gras Charger Plate.

Mardi Gras Food Ideas: 

The Party Dress has a great round-up of “Mardi Gras-Inspired food”.  From cocktails to fried crawfish salads, everything on this menu looks great to me!  Click here for recipe links.

Mardi Gras Local Fun:

Dutch Monkey King Cake

King Cakes from Dutch Monkey Doughnuts – They are approximately 10 inches in diameter and serve 8-12 people.  The cake will also include a hidden plastic baby inside. They are $20 each. Dutch Monkey is asking for you to reserve one by sending them a Facebook message. They will need 48 hours to complete the order.

Mardi Gras Festival

Mardi Gras Festival – Read stories, make crafts, march in a parade, and much more! Hampton Park Library, March 4th at 4:30pm. Registration is recommended. You can register online by clicking here.

Family Mardi Gras Party

Family Mardi Gras Party – The whole family is invited for this Mardi Gras fun at Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, March 5h from 4pm-5pm. Click here for more details.

Please note- We will continue to add more local fun as we hear of other activities.

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 including press releases, Facebook postings, signs around town, event submissions and word of mouth. 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 or information provided 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. The goal of this site is to highlight businesses in Cumming, GA – the availability of them and praise ones that I personally love. It is not to provide personal reviews of each, that will be left up to you.