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AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

Suwanee Day celebrates 30 -- and community!

SUWANEE, Ga. -- For the 30th time, the Suwanee community – and several thousand others – will gather to celebrate Suwanee Day. Part art festival, part music/entertainment festival, and partly a fun-for-all-ages event, Suwanee’s annual “celebration of community” will be held Saturday, September 21, at Town Center Park. The day’s festivities also include a parade, yummy festival food, inflatable rides, free Fastball concert, and fireworks.

“We like to say that Suwanee Day is the best one-day festival around,” says Events Manager Amy Doherty, noting that this year’s Suwanee Day is a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 event. “We pack an awful lot into 13 hours. Thanks to our generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers, each festival seems to get just a little bit better.”

This year’s festival will feature about 200 vendors, more than 100 of them offering a variety of fine art, arts and crafts, and jewelry.

'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture

'Remembrance' dedication to feature 9-11 artifact, sculpture

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The City of Suwanee will hold a brief dedication ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, for an artistic display created to memorialize 9-11-2001.

The display, created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, features a damaged, twisted relic from one of the World Trade Center towers, which was given to Suwanee a couple of years ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Since unveiling the artifact two years ago, the City has worked to determine a permanent location and create an appropriate display for the artifact, which was part of an exterior steel panel from floors 101-104 of one of the twin towers. Late last year, Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission solicited proposals and ultimately contracted with Moulton to create the permanent display, which is being installed at Town Center Park in a raised area near the brick outer wall along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens

Broadway in the Park shows how good urbanism makes happier citizens

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Pictures don't lie. Suwanee Town Center Park is full of green ogres, meddling kids, and lots of happy people.

The reason? The city of Suwanee, one of the nation’s 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine, is hosting a free live performance of Shrek The Musical and “Shooby Doo”. The Suwanee performances mark the first amateur production of Shrek The Musical in Georgia.

“We always try to pick something that will appeal to audiences of all ages,” says Director Patty Etherton. “The writing for Shrek is so fresh and wonderful. I laughed out loud and smiled all the way through it.”

Piece of Berlin Wall to be auctioned

Piece of Berlin Wall to be auctioned

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A section of the Berlin Wall currently stands in front of Suwanee City Hall. It will soon be sold to the highest bidder.

The city said the piece of wall is 13 feet tall and weighs 8,000 pounds. It features graffiti depicting people, a building and an American flag.

"We're thrilled to be able to exhibit this section of the Berlin Wall," Suwanee Economic and Community Development director Denise Brinson said in a statement. "It's a cool way to bring an important piece of art and history to area residents. This display fits in well with Suwanee's goal of making art accessible."

The piece of wall will be auctioned Saturday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Visit suwanee.com for more information.

History meets art: Suwanee's Berlin Wall temporary exhibit

History meets art: Suwanee's Berlin Wall temporary exhibit

SUWANEE, Ga. -- It’s a piece of concrete. It’s a piece of art. It’s a piece of history. It’s a section of the Berlin Wall, and it currently is standing in front of Suwanee’s City Hall at 330 Town Center Avenue.

This iconic symbol of the Cold War era stands approximately 13 feet tall and weighs 8,000 pounds. The once-western-facing side of the concrete section features graffiti artwork that depicts a building, people, and the American flag. The wall section is anticipated to be on display in Suwanee over the next couple of months while the Auction Management Corporation prepares to auction off the four-ton historic/artistic marker.

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School