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Peachtree Corners Festival Returns in June

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Planning is in high gear for the ninth annual Peachtree Corners Festival, a free arts and crafts and concert event that draws about 15,000 people over three days. Always held on the second weekend in June, the 2019 festival is set for Friday to Sunday, June 7-9, at The Corners Office Park.

About a half mile of The Corners Parkway, from Holcomb Bridge Road to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, will be blocked off for the event.

What can you expect?

Headlining this year’s Friday night concert is Atlanta-based Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band that has appeared in major venues around the country. Runnin’ Down A Dream, an Atlanta-based Tom Petty tribute band, opens the concert. 

Once again, the festival will feature more than 100 handmade arts and crafts booths representing vendors from across the South. Among other returning attractions are car and bike shows featuring classic cars on Saturday and British cars on Sunday and the “Kids Korner” with carnival rides.

Live music will be performed throughout the festival and the ever-popular lobster food truck will be back among the food vendors. Festival visitors can expect some new twists that weren’t ready for announcement at press time.

Why have a festival?

Peachtree Corners Festival is all about bringing the community together for a good time, but its ultimate goal is to foster community pride and civic involvement. The nonprofit festival costs about $80,000 to $100,000 to stage, a sum footed almost entirely by sponsors, including the City of Peachtree Corners.

Any proceeds from the all-volunteer effort are donated to area education and beautification efforts.

Dave Huffman is in his sixth year as president of the festival. The retired electrical engineer and his wife, Laura, both Georgia Tech grads, have been Peachtree Corners residents since 1986. Their son Matthew graduates from Georgia Tech in May.

Huffman is an active volunteer, including longtime work in refugee resettlement and at Pinckneyville Middle School. Several years ago, the Festival Committee was asked to also take on the city’s holiday parade, usually held in late November, and work on the Peachtree Corners Festival begins in January every year.

“It’s a lot of work,” Huffman said of the festival. “But when you get there, and it’s going on, and you see people having a good time and eating and kids playing, it’s all worthwhile.”

Who makes it happen?

The Festival Committee roster currently includes President Dave Huffman, Vice President Debbie Mason and the following other members: Matt Collins, Lori Howard, Bonnie Marshall, Linda O’Connor, Karen Walkup, Cept Harden, Shara Crespo, Ayanna Graham, Becky Lyon and Patti Creasman.

The committee is looking for more festival volunteers. To sign up, visit peachtreecornersfestival.com

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Unity Atlanta Invites Community to Interfaith Sunday

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Unity Atlanta invites the community to Interfaith Sunday on June 30 during the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services to hear guest speaker Carl McColman discuss The Fullness of Joy is to Behold God in All.  

McColman, a contemplative writer and spiritual teacher based in Clarkston, Georgia, will share how every heartbeat is a miracle and every heartbeat is a prayer – because every heart is sacred; a portal to the Divine within.

He writes a blog for Patheos and is the co-host of the “Encountering Silence” podcast. McColman’s books include The Big Book of Christian MysticismBefriending SilenceAnswering the Contemplative Call and Invitation to Celtic Wisdom

Unity Atlanta embraces diversity of all forms, including spiritual traditions. To celebrate the multiple paths to God, the church invites interfaith speakers to share the pulpit with Senior Pastor Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks on the fifth Sunday of the month.

Unity Atlanta is located at 3597 Parkway Lane in Peachtree Corners. For more information, call 770-441-0585 or visit unityatl.org.

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Family Field Day

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Grab your family and friends and enjoy a day of fun in the sun at Family Field DaySaturdayJune 15th on the Town Green. Admission to this event is FREE and includes a DJ spinning fun tunes and classic field day games like tug of war and sack races. Field Day participants can also take part in inflatable ax throwing, big foot races and more!

Parking is available within the Town Center – 5200 Town Center Blvd.

Additional parking is available off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle (3720 Davinci Ct, 3715 Davinci Ct or 2745 Davinci Ct). You’ll cross Peachtree Corners Circle and access the Town Green via a path – look for the signs!

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Live on the Green with Emily Hackett

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Emily Hackett

The Live on the Green series hosts free monthly concerts in the Town Center through October. The summer performances kick off with Emily Hackett on Saturday, June 22.

Hackett, who was raised in Atlanta but has since moved to Nashville to launch her music career, has gained recognition as a country artist through her bold and honest songwriting. In fact, she was recently named one of the 10 “need to know” up-and-coming country artists by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Her unique, fresh take on country music has cemented her place in the new wave of the genre and allowed her to tour with renowned artists like Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan.

The show will start at 7 p.m., and Farm Burger will be serving up classics like their original Farm Burger and the popular Chicken Burger, along with local craft beer off the back patio. Parking will be available within the Town Center and off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and get ready for a night of great music, food and family fun.

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