Where To Find Christmas Trees in Forsyth County {2017}

Christmas Trees in Forsyth County

Christmas Tree Farms & Purchases in Forsyth County {2017}

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!  Tree lots are opening up and Forsyth County Christmas Tree Farms are getting ready for us too!  Whether you want to cut one down yourself or just pick out a perfect one – we can help you out!

There are several locations for Christmas tree farms & purchases in Forsyth County that you can visit – everything from a real farm where you select & cut your own own tree to the local Home & Garden store where you don’t!  You can take a fun holiday experience or even help a local high school with their fundraising efforts.

When picking a Christmas tree in Forsyth County, there’s a little something for everyone!

Here’s our round-up of places to find a Christmas tree this year:

(Please note – we will be adding to this list as more information becomes available from other places in Forsyth)

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County:

Kinsey Family Farm Entrance

Kinsey Family Farm:  My family has been going here for several years – both in the fall and winter months.  It’s a beautiful farm with a great staff & team!  If you want to have the full experience and a great farm holiday atmosphere, you need to go here! Kinsey Family Farm is family owned and operated. It’s about 20 minutes North East of Cumming. You can sip on hot chocolate while roaming around their outdoor barn looking at Christmas trees, homemade wreaths, and garland that are made from their tree trimmings.  Roast marshmallows over the fire pit, take a hayride and more! You have the option of cutting down your own tree on the farm or picking one out that’s already been cut. This is a great place to go no matter your age and what you’re looking for, they have it all! What my family loves about Kinsey Family Farm is when you make a purchase of a Christmas tree – you get a Kinsey Family Farm ornament.  Every year they make a new one, so start or continue your collection today!  Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Kinsey Family Farm

2017 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 18th.  Click here for hours & more information(note:  Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Bottoms Christmas Tree FarmHere is another great Christmas Tree Farm located in Cumming, GA. With over 1,500 trees ready for the Christmas 2017 Season – there is a great collection of choose & cut trees!  They also offer a variety of homemade breads, jams & jellies, wreaths, ice cold drinks & more!  My kids LOVED seeing the farm animals and playing corn hole while we shopped.  It’s a great environment for the whole family!  Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

2017 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 18th:  Click here for hours & more information (note:  Open Thanksgiving Day, but closed every Sunday)

Christmas Tree Purchases in Forsyth County:

  1. Big John’sBig John’s is a 60+ year old Atlanta tradition, family owned and operated. They serve the Atlanta metropolitan area with fresh Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, along with stands, ornaments and more!  There are two Forsyth County locations –  Suwanee (3651 Peachtree Parkway
    Suwanee, GA 30024) and Cumming (503 Lakeland Plaza Road
    Cumming, GA 30040). Opens Thursday, November 16th.  Click here for more information and click here for a coupon.
  2. Pike Family Nursery: Our local Pike Family Nursery is located at: 6050 Bethelview Road. They’re busy bringing in all of their beautiful Christmas décor to help you decorate inside or outside of your home. You can also get beautiful poinsettias and rosemary trees.
  3. Lowes: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  4. Home Depot: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.

What a wonderful Christmas season it is! Light up the tree, make memories, and enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Disclosure – we have provided a list of where to get your special Christmas tree with links and contact info. We give you the links and contact info for a reason. Please check with the company before heading out to them. We would hate for you to bundle your family just to find out they are not open yet. Enjoy the Christmas season!

Don’t Seek More Willpower: Change The Game!

Don’t Seek More Willpower: Change The Game!

We eat too much, we drink too much, we have credit card debt, we don’t workout enough, and we’re social media addicts.

Oh willpower, where art thou?

Most of us are constantly searching for willpower, for self-control, for a way to become mentally stronger in one area of life or another. The questions we most often struggle with when it comes to willpower are the HOW and WHERE? How do we find this willpower? Where do we find more self-control?

In his book Willpower, psychologist Roy F. Baumeister argues that willpower is like a muscle: It can get tired and break down, but you can also make it stronger by training it right.

So how do we train it right?

In his book Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is Mostly Wrong (highly recommended, by the way), author Eric Barker presents a unique view about how to train yourself to develop more willpower:

Turn life into a game!

A great example of this is Walter Mischel’s famous marshmallow theory (http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/struggles-psychologist-studying-self-control).

Basically, he did a study where kids were promised two marshmallows if they could resist eating one. Many couldn’t resist the sweet treat, but those who avoided the urge to devour a marshmallow didn’t actually display the extreme willpower you might have thought. Instead, these kids changed the game by doing things such as making up a story in their minds that the delicious sugary marshmallows were actually puffy clouds and didn’t taste good anyway.

The point is only to say willpower and self-control are only needed if you feel a struggle. You don’t enjoy your work, so you feel a struggle to work harder. You don’t love the pain of getting your heart rate up, so you struggle to motivate yourself to go to the gym.

But when there is no struggle, you no longer need to muster more willpower. The kids who convinced themselves the marshmallows weren’t marshmallows didn’t feel the struggle. They didn’t need willpower.

If you think about it, it makes sense: If I put a delicious, warm peanut butter cookie right out of the oven in front of you when you’re super hungry and craving sugar, there might be a struggle. BUT, if you’re deathly allergic to peanuts, chances are you’re going to choose life over the treat and you it won’t require any willpower or self-restraint to avoid eating the cookie.

This is Barker’s exact point: His solution is to turn turn various things in your life into a game. This will stop you from feeling a struggle, he says, and you’ll no longer need to stress out about finding more willpower.

His logic can be applied to all areas of life, like fitness and your job, but also to the more mundane, boring things we need to do like housework—tasks we often think require a ton of willpower.

Dreading doing the dishes? Challenge yourself to finish the dishes in less time than you did the night before and suddenly it almost becomes fun (or you end up with half-washed dishes if you’re too competitive).

Barker explained good games have necessary criteria: They are winnable, they have rules, and they provide feedback so you always know where you stand.

One of the reasons games work, he said, is because they allow you to celebrate small wins along the way. (In fact, data shows that life satisfaction is much higher for those who experience a steady flow of minor accomplishment as opposed to those who only express interest in major accomplishments. This might be part of the reason AA is so successful).

The point is: The small wins in life keep us moving forward in all facets of life.

So the next time you’re procrastinating doing your taxes, going to the gym, or meeting a deadline at work, change the game by turning it into a winnable game.


Jill Thornton is a mother of two, wife, and gym owner. Her passion for helping others is infectious!  She channels her passion for fitness from her athletic background as the co-owner at Cumming Strength and Fitness located just west of downtown Cumming. To learn more about Jill, click here.

Connect with Jill and Cumming Strength & Fitness: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County: 5+ Shows To See

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Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County & Cumming GA: 5+ Shows To See

Stay close to home and make some great memories with some Residential Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County!  These local, shows won’t break the bank AND they’re for great causes as well!  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change especially due to weather.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook or the website provided, if applicable, for most recent & accurate information.

Christmas in Castille:

Location:  4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta GA 30004 (Forsyth County)
Date:  2017 Schedule:  December 1st – December 23rd
Time:  Thursdays – Saturdays, 6pm to 9pm
Details:  Christmas in Castille is a free animated Christmas light display showing more that 57,000 lights synchronized to music.  Pull up and enjoy the spectacle of lights in stereo.

Like Christmas in Castille on Facebook
Visit Christmas in Castille Online

Ashebrooke Night of Lights:

Location: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20)
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Details: Visit Ashebrooke Subdivision for the 12th annual “Night of Lights” –  the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.  This year’s beneficiary is to be announced soon. In the meantime, read about one of the famous homes in the neighborhood for amazing lights – Forsyth County’s Gingerbread House.

The community is invited to drive through the streets of Ashebrooke & enjoy the lights. There is no charge. However a bucket is set up for donations.

Click here for more information about Ashebrooke’s Night of Lights

Happy House in Cumming:

Location: 5455 Young Deer Dr Cumming GA 30041
Date & Time: The Christmas lights are on daily from 6pm until 10pm from now til January 1. They will also have an open house on December 21 from 6pm-8pm for viewers to see the decorations inside their home.
Details: Happy House has 100,000 + lights and named Happy House by the children in the neighborhood. No fancy music or wild flashing lights more like an Old Fashioned Christmas enjoyed by young and old.  

Lanier Islands Christmas: 

The annual fun is back with a new rate and celebrating the 25th year!

Location:  7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford GA
Date:  November 17th – January 3rd
Time: Nightly 5pm to 10pm
Details: Like many great traditions, we mixed a little old, with a little new to bring you best light show ever! On this 25th anniversary we’re bringing back the ’12 Days of Christmas’ display. After a two-year hiatus, the 13-display attraction returns better than before. You can sing holiday tunes with your family as you drive pass each sparkling light display. ’12 Days of Christmas’ joins the long list of much-loved displays such as Santa’s Elves at Work, ‘the North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, ‘the Poinsettia Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel, and so many more! Be on the lookout for the massive ***NEW*** 65-foot Universal Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout. It is truly a sight to see!  Click here for more information. 

Holiday Springs Lights

Location: First Baptist Church Holly Springs – 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy, Canton, GA 30115
Date: 
December 1st – 23rd (Planning on these dates, i’ll update if they change)
Time:
6pm-11:30pm
Details:
For more details you can check their Facebook page at any time. They are working on the set up of the light show right now. It’s the light show that used to be at Cagle Family Farm.

Website | Facebook

Northside Hospital Forsyth – Celebration of Lights

Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee (450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115)
Date: December 1st
Time: 6pm
Details: Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, and a free community celebration at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Each of the 48,000 lights on the three Christmas trees can be purchased and designated in honor or memory of family, friends and physicians. {Please note the location change for the 2017 celebration.} 

To make a secure tax-deductible donation or to download an order form, visit https://give.northside.com/lights.

Dawson Junction Subdivision

Location:  121 Switchman Lane, Dawsonville GA 30534
Date: Sun – Thur 5:30- 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm
Time: 
November 24 – December 23rd
Details: Tune your radio station to 107.7 to make the light show start.

Click here to see a short video 

No Animated Light Shows This Year:

Red Hawk Christmas

Update: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“I want to start off saying Thank You to those who have come out to see our show in recent years. Unfortunately some things have come up this year and as a result we will not have a light show this year. We hope to return in 2017 bigger and better than ever.”

Location: 173 Aplomado Lane W, Dawsonville, GA
Details
: An Animated Christmas Light Show in North Georgia. This year they have 12,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is Free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non-profit who gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Check here for more details.

Blink Midwinter 

Details: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“Blink Midwinter is on an indefinite hiatus. Not saying we’ll never be back, but it’s not on the radar any time soon. May your 2017 be merry and bright!”

Looking for more LIGHTS??

For lights around the Atlanta area, be sure to check out this round up of 25 Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below to share with all of us!

 

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.

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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

Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

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Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

It’s Corn Maze Season!!  We’ve always been lucky to have a few corn mazes near Cumming GA. {QUICK TIP – Be prepared to sweat doing the corn mazes. Bring water! If it’s a particularly cool day, that might be an ideal day to get lost in a corn maze}

No matter if you are taking the kids, going on a date, or just up for a challenge – a good corn maze is a lot of fun! We have compiled a list of some of the closest to Cumming GA & Forsyth County.

Note:  Mazes are typically on the weekend and weather permitting.  We link directly to the location so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

Warbington Farm
Open:  September 16th – November 4th
Address:  5555 Crow Road, Cumming GA 30041
Click here for more information

Uncle Shucks
Open: September 9th – November 19th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
Click here for more information

Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Click here for more information

Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 12th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
Click here for more information

Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
Click here for more information

Rock Ranch
Open: October 7th – November 4th
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
Click here for more information

Jaemor Farms
Open: September 9th – November 5th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
Click here for more information

Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Click here for more information

Corn Dawgs
Open: September 22nd – November 5th
Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
Click here for more information

Yahoo Farms
Open: September 23rd – October 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 – Jasper, GA 30143
Click here for more information

Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 24th – November 5th
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
Click here for more information

Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 29th – October 29th
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
Click here for more information

Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
Click here for more information

Poppell Farms
Open: October 7th – November 5th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
Click here for more information

Lane Southern Orchards
Open: October 1st – 29th
Address: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Click here for more information

For even more Corn Mazes in Georgia, check out 365 Atlanta Family’s round-up by clicking here.

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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.

Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival returns for the 13th Anniversary!

The Cumming Greek Festival celebrates its 13th year of bringing a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean paradise to Cumming and North Georgia!

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival starts Friday October 20th at 3pm and goes to Sunday, October 22nd at 5pm.

Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox parish sponsors this wonderful event each year on their beautiful 16 acres right on Bethelview Rd. and this year the Festival celebrates 13 years as one of the largest volunteer festivals in Forsyth County with fun and fellowship for this family friendly annual event.

Giving Back

Each year a portion of the money raised goes to local charities in Forsyth County such as The Place and Jessie’s House. Our parish is committed to our local community and helping those in need!

They are also having a big fundraiser this year. You can enter to win by purchasing a $25 raffle ticket. All the information can be found by clicking here. 

Greek Style Food

All your favorites are back! Home made Greek pastries (TIP: Get them early because these sell out fast!). Authentic Greek food like gyros, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmades, and lamb are on the menu along with so much more! There’s even a wonderful baklava sundae that is always a big hit with the kids! Music, dance, and great food make the Cumming Greek Festival THE destination in North Georgia.

Shopping

Great shopping will be available from all our vendors this year as we add merchandise from Greece and local vendors with something for everyone! And back this year is our children’s area featuring a fantastic petting zoo for the kids!

Church Tours

One of the highlights of the Festival is also the informative Church tour that happens every day of the Festival. Our joy in our beautiful “village” created especially for the Festival flow out of the beauties of our ancient and timeless faith. Our Church tours and lectures add so much to the experience of our festival.

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival promises to be our biggest event ever and something the whole family will enjoy. Make your plans now to attend and enjoy this outstanding community event! OPA!

For more information go to www.cumminggreekfestival.com!

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

Warbington Farms

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

Enrolling Now: Exceptional Childcare at Kiddie Academy Cumming

Kiddie Academy Cumming

Kiddie Academy Cumming is Enrolling Now!

A mother who passionately wanted to provide better childcare options in her community founded Kiddie Academy in 1981. The first location was in Baltimore County, Maryland. Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has continued to grow and develop. At Kiddie Academy the focus is on learning, creativity, compassion & character. They like to say that amazing starts here.

The exciting news that we are sharing today is that Kiddie Academy is coming soon to Cumming GA. This will be the third location in Georgia and first in Forsyth County. They are conveniently located at 450 Brannon Road, Cumming, Georgia. This location is close to the Collection at Forsyth.

Enrollment Offer:

And they are already enrolling students right now! If you enroll before 9/30/17 you will receive 3 weeks of free tuition. For more information on this offer, call them at 470-253-7114.

Kiddie Academy Cumming

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Child Care:

1. Is the schedule of daily activities posted and current?

2. Does the center encourage use of outside area for learning activities as well as free play?

3. Are there leaning centers in the classrooms that allow for different types of play such as: art, library, blocks, dramatic pay, science, technology, etc?

4. Is there adequate shade available outside where the children play?

5. Is parent feedback sought and used in making program improvements?

6. Is there a daily method of communication between the teachers and parents?

7. Does the facility appear to be orderly and clean, void of clutter?

8. Does the cost of care include nutritious meals and snacks? Are menus posted?

9. Does the center have low staff turnover?

10. Does staff appear lively, smiling, and interacting in a positive manner with children?

These questions were provided by Kiddie Academy. For more questions to ask, download the “Checklist PDF” by clicking here.

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Why Parents Choose Kiddie Academy:

Highly Trained Professionals: You can rest assured knowing the staff has been highly trained and is up to date on licenses and certifications. The staff is also extremely attentive and enormously admired.

Curriculum: “Life Essentials® is an overarching philosophy that includes our programs and techniques. From family style dining to character education, our developmentally appropriate curriculum gives your child a full day of learning no matter what he or she is doing. Some of the best learning happens without your child knowing it.”

Highest Safety Standards: Kiddie Academy is proud of the safety standards we have put in places They are of the utmost highest. Your child’s safety is their number one priority.

Catered Lunch and Snacks Served Family Style: They serve snacks and a catered lunch in a family style environment where children and teachers can connect over a meal.

Open Communication Between Parents and School: From newsletters to calls, our staff is committed to keeping the conversation open.

Uniformed Preschool: The children wear uniforms at Kiddie Academy Cumming. We will give four polo shirts for the first year of enrollment (two during registration and two in the fall season).

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More About Kiddie Academy:

We realize that there are many childcare and daycare options available. Only Kiddie Academy provides the kind of care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® curriculum. We are also a nationally networked franchise, which ensures strict standards and a consistent experience for your child.

Why standards-based learning is important.

Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials curriculum focuses on social and emotional character education, and physical and cognitive outcomes which are aligned with state preschool learning standards. These standards are based on skills, knowledge and abilities that children achieve through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.

The Life Essentials curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements of each state.

Connect Online with Kiddie Academy Cumming: Website | Facebook

Address: 450 Brannon Road Cumming, Georgia 30041
Phone: 470-253-7114

Back to School in Forsyth County 2017-2018

Back to School Round-UP

Back to School in Forsyth County 2017-2018

Whether you’re in the “boo-hoo” club or the “woo-hoo” club, there’s no denying it … it’s almost back to school time in Forsyth County!  The school bell will ring in just a matter of DAYS now, so it’s time to get ready for all things back to school.

Here’s our run-down:

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  • Shop for School Supplies: We have some tips for you to make shopping easier as well as back to school drives at local organizations. Click here to read more.

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  • Get Ready for Some Back to School Traditions – make back to school fun with these ideas to capture the moments!

Back to school tips for kindergarten moms

  • Read Up – if you’re sending off a kindergartner this year (like me), be sure to check out this article.  It’s an oldie but a goodie!

  • Enroll Today at the NEW Kiddie Academy of Cumming: Enroll before 9/30/17 and receive 3 weeks of free tuition! Connect online with them: Facebook | Website

  • Schedule a Back to School Adjustment – Be sure to keep the kiddos backs aligned and ready for a great school year!  I’ll be doing that with our friend and website sponsor Dr. Marchman at Essential Wellness.  Give her a call and let her know Cumming Local sent you!

  • Register for Fall Sports – It may be 90+ degrees outside but it’s also the time to plan ahead and get the kids signed up for Fall Sports!  Our website sponsor, i9 Sports has a full line up to take advantage of!  Click here to get started. If you want to get a peek into what it is like doing sports with i9 Sports, read this article from one of our contributing writers.

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

  • Register for Fall Dance programs – Footprints Dance Alliance has some great offerings for the fall. You can even attend a freebie class to see how you like the studio before classes start. For more information on their programs, click here.

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  • Fill your Freezer with Meals – Let’s face it fall nights are super busy. So why not make dinner easier by filling your freezer with Dream Dinner meals! Click here to read about the Dream Dinner experience.

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  • Enjoy just a little more fun – On of our favorite deal sites is stocked full of great savings right now!  So squeeze in one more night of fun before school starts and go ahead and plan for some fall fun as well!  Click here for the latest deals.

Auto Insurance Premium

  • Lower Your Auto Insurance – Find out how to lower your auto insurance premium with these tips from Craig at Southern Way Insurance Agency.

  • Sell Your Home or Buy a New Home – The Cole Team would love an opportunity to help you sell or buy a home. Read a recent article they did about how to get your home ready to sell – click here. Call Stephanie or Meriellen at 770-316-3110 for more information about selling or buying!

Lawn Care Myths

  • Hire a New Lawn Care Company – USA Land Care has debunked five common lawn care myths. They also share how they can help you manage weeds, disease and more! Click here to read their article.

So here’s to a great 2016-2017 School Year … Enjoy the last few days of summer and enjoy those first few days of school too!