Dubbed a "celebration of community," Suwanee Day 2008 will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Suwanee Town Center Park, 373 Ga. Highway 23, featuring arts and crafts exhibitors, children's activities, food vendors and entertainment.
"Suwanee Day, version 25.0, provides a bit of something for the whole family," said Lynne Bohlman DeWilde, Suwanee's public information officer. "More than 100 arts and crafts vendors will offer an artistic array of unique items. It's a great motivator for getting a jump-start on holiday shopping ... and for the first time this year, there will be an interactive gaming tent for teens. It should be a blast!"
A 1.25-mile parade will kick off this year's celebration at 10 a.m. with
a "totally '80s/silver anniversary" theme. The parade begins at Russell Road and Buford Highway, travels north on Buford Highway and then heads onto Suwanee Dam and south along Main Street, ending at Pierce's Corner.
Country music group Ricochet will headline the entertainment for this year's Suwanee Day event, giving a free concert at 8 p.m. The Lost Trailers will open the evening's entertainment at 7 p.m.
"Our entertainment lineup is outstanding," Bohlman DeWilde said.
Suwanee Day 2008 will conclude with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Off-site parking and free shuttle transportation will be available from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and the event will be held rain or shine.
For more information on Suwanee Day 2008, visit www.suwaneeday.com or call 770-945-8996.
jazz series finale
For those who enjoy jazz music, Snellville resident and musician Alex Lattimore will headline the fifth annual Summer Jazz Series grand finale at Atlanta restaurant and event facility Villa Christina at 4000 Summit Boulevard. Music will begin at
5:30 p.m. Sunday, and the event is free and open to the public.
Lattimore said those who attend his performance will be taken back in time about 20 years.
"It will be a renaissance of that old school R&B, that new school, contemporary jazz," he said.
Lattimore will be promoting his latest album, "Promise," which was released in April when he returned from an international tour.
For more information on Villa Christina's Summer Jazz Series, call 404-303-0133 or visit www.villachristina.com.
Other local events
happening this weekend
A "Fantastick" Cabaret All About Love will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hudgens Center for the Arts at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The event will feature music from "Beauty and the Beast," "Miss Siagon," "Songs from a New World," "I Love You Because," "Kiss Me Kate," "Les Miserables" and "The Fantasticks!" Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.buttontheatre.com. To purchase tickets, call 770-831-0591.
Mall of Georgia's Sundown Cinema Series will present "College Road Trip" at dusk Saturday. The free movie will be shown at the Village Amphitheater, and those who attend are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Mall of Georgia is located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. For more information, call 678-482-8788.
Flowery Branch is hosting its fifth annual car show and chili cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, and proceeds from the event will go to Coats for Kids. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the car show and the cook-off. Call Charlotte at 678-698-1387 for more information.