Roswell Roots is a festival of Black History and Culture and is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations of black history and culture in the Southeast. This year there will be 22 different events throughout the month of February ranging from music and art exhibitions to demonstrations and poetry. The festival continues to grow and was honored with the “Gold Award for Best Cultural Event” by the Southeast Festival and Events Association in 2014.

The City of Roswell will host the second annual “Southern Sweets: Pound Cake Cook-Off” on Saturday, February 25 from 1pm to 3pm at the East Roswell Recreation Center, 9000 Fouts Road. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Guests are invited to taste pound cake and vote for their favorite entry. Competitor categories include professional, amateur, youth and healthy. First and second place will be awarded in each category as chosen by a panel of judges. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the participant with the most votes from guests.  Registration is now open for the 2017 Pound Cake Cook-Off. If you have any questions, please contact Andie Gambrel at 770-594-6199 or agambrel@roswellgov.com.

Roswell Roots Arts Festival
Come and enjoy an original and diverse collection of artists and makers at the Roswell Roots Arts Festival on February 11th from 10am to 5pm. Talented local artist from Roswell and Metro Atlanta will present their collections representing cultural identity through creativity. We invite you to our show at Roswell River Landing, 245 Azalea Drive.

Unity Concert featuring The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia
One of the most exciting events of the festival is the Unity Concert at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle. Come hear the magnificent voices of choirs from several area churches, including Zion Missionary Baptist Church as they perform their favorite selections from 3pm to 5pm on January 29th. Also, you would not want to miss our featured guest, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. Admission is free!

Groveway Community Group Presents “Things That Matter.”
Groveway Community Group, Inc. returns to the main stage with its annual Black History Production entitled Things That Matter on February 5th from 2pm to 4pm at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street. The stage performance celebrates African American heritage and culture through song, dance, acting and spoken word. Join us as we reflect on the richness of Black life as well as our contributions to the United States’ historical landscape. A vendor show will take place prior to the performance. Tickets: $10 Advance, $15 at the door, $5 children 12 & under. To reserve tickets and vendor information, please call 770-993-4245. grovewaycommunitygroup.org

Negro League Baseball, Basketball and Boxing Memorabilia Collection
Come take a walk down memory lane to enjoy a private collection of sports memorabilia from local Roswell resident, George Crumley. This exhibit takes place at the Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, from 3pm to 6pm on February 25th. It is comprised of legendary baseball player memorabilia from the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1968. Included are signed baseballs, posters and photos. Also, hear a live recording of players telling their story of why playing in the league was important to them from the 1995, 75th anniversary celebration held at Fulton County Stadium. The exhibit also includes signed memorabilia from legendary basketball players such as the BIG “O” and the ICE Man. For more information call 770-641-3705. This is a free event.

Roots College and Greek Fair
Roswell Roots will be hosting their first College and Greek Fair on February 12th from 3pm to 6pm at the East Roswell Recreation Center, 9000 Fouts Road. Come out to meet college recruiters and Greek letter organizations. Please register to join us. This event is free and is open to all high school students.

West African Rhythms
Enjoy West African Rhythms at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, on February 18th from 11am to 3pm. It’s a day devoted to the music of West Africa. On the front lawn, captivating drum sounds will reverberate across the yard as the founders of DrumRise demonstrate the drumming techniques they learned from Guinean master drummer Mamady Keita. After a brief lesson, stay and join in the drum circle. You’ll discover that you can learn to drum, even if you’ve never touched a musical instrument before! It’s a day guaranteed to stimulate your senses. This is a free event.

The Untold Story of Roswell
Enjoy the untold story of Roswell on February 19th from 3pm to 4:30pm at the Roswell Visitors Center, 617 Atlanta Street. They step back in time for a view of life in Roswell from those who lived it. Listen as Roswell residents share their stories of growing up in Roswell’s black community. Presented by Visit Roswell and Groveway Community Group. visitroswellga.com

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