"Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat"
Suwanee Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that it will present High School Musical and Bored Games for its 10th season production of Broadway in the Park. A mostly high school cast will bring the immensely popular (and ear-worm inducing) Disney musical to the Town Center stage July 29 and 30. High School Musical was the very first Broadway in the Park production ten years ago, and will feature some of the stars of the original production.
The rain-or-shine performances draw approximately 4,000 people for each show. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free; reserved premium seating, tables for Corporate and Patron Sponsors, or general admission seating near the front of the stage is available. Contact Suwanee Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-482-6333.
August Concert & Wing Fest
Headlined by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Toad the Wet Sprocket is set to rock Town Center Park on August 13 at the August Concert & Wing Festival! The alternative rock band saw chart success in the 90s with singles including "Walk on the Ocean," "All I Want," "Something's Always Wrong," "Fall Down," and "Good Intentions." Their newest album, The Architect of Ruin, dropped in June 2015.
5:00 pm – LJ3
6:15 pm – Luke Wade
7:00 pm – Wing-Eating Contest
7:15 pm – New Mantra
8:30 pm – Toad the Wet Sprocket 8:00 p.m.
*All times are approximate
Final Food Truck Fridays of the Year
The final two Food Truck Fridays of the year will be planned and hosted by the Suwanee Youth Leaders. The class has been split into two teams and challenged to plan and execute the events, with the title of "Best Food Truck Friday" on the line! *Food truck line-up is subject to change.
August 5 theme: Opening Ceremony
September 2 theme: Beach Party
City of Suwanee Saves $3M Through Bond Refinance
The Suwanee City Council adopted a bond resolution and bond purchase agreement at their May 24, 2016 City Council Meeting and voted to approve the refinancing of the city's outstanding Open Space bonds, resulting in savings of $3 million over the life of the bond for Suwanee tax payers.
Based on current market conditions and Suwanee's AAA bond rating, the city was able to forward refund the approximately $12.3 million bond and lock-in at a 1.96 percent rate (formerly 4.3 percent) with JPMorgan Chase. This option provides a fiscal year comparison savings of $3 million, as well as shortening the outstanding debt from 16 to 10 years.
"The City's credit and reputation again brought strong interest from the banking sector, and we received some great bids," said Amie Sakmar, City of Suwanee Financial Services Director. "Suwanee is thrilled to be partnering once again with JPMorgan Chase in these efforts to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money."
Last fall, the City of Suwanee refinanced 2006 revenue bonds – also with JPMorgan Chase – that were used to help fund construction of Suwanee City Hall, saving the city approximately $180,000.
"This allows us the opportunity to save the taxpayers millions of dollars by getting out-of-debt sooner," said Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette. "Like the previous refunding, it's a win-win situation."
Look! At the front of the parade! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's…YOU!!
Hey kids! Do you want to be the Grand Marshal of this year's Suwanee Fest parade? The City of Suwanee is excited to announce the Suwanee Kids Super Contest, open to all K-12 students in a school that serves the City of Suwanee. In an essay or video entry, tell us about the super hero in your life: Is it a teacher or coach who has inspired you to greater heights? A parent or family member who has always encouraged you to be your best? It can be anyone – a neighbor, classmate, survivor – tell us all about the modern day heroes living right here in our community!
There are two ways to enter: submit an essay (no longer than 400 words) or a video (no longer than one minute) telling us about your superhero. Up to three winning entries may be selected. The winners will serve as grand marshals of the Suwanee Fest Parade on Saturday, September 17. For more information regarding the contest, please visit www.SuwaneeFest.com.
Run, Suwanee, Run!
Start your training now with these upcoming runs, all in Town Center Park!
BLIMPIE Skylar's Run for Breast Cancer
August 13 | 8:00 am
4th Annual Thin Mint Sprint
August 20 | 7:30 am
Hoofin for Habitat
August 27 | 7:30 am
Suwanee Police Named Georgia Agency of the Year
The Georgia Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Associates (FBINAA) presented the Suwanee Police Department with the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year Award at the organization's annual summer conference last week.
The annual award recognizes agencies that excel in support of the FBINAA Georgia Chapter. Criteria for the award is measured in the categories of how the agency's efforts present themselves in a manner that lend strength, dignity, and credit to the law enforcement profession, the impact the agency's efforts have had on the Georgia chapter of the FBINAA, and the positive impacts involving agency programs and services made in the community.
"I have been a strong supporter of the FBI National Academy since graduating from the 155th session in 1986," said Suwanee Chief of Police Mike Jones. "The organization does so much to enhance law enforcement profession as a whole. I am humbled at the recognition that the Suwanee Police Department has received from the FBINAA."
Welcome to the Welcome Center
In a joint venture, the City of Suwanee and North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) have entered into a partnership that allows the NGAA to have much-needed studio and class space in Suwanee Town Center, while also creating and staffing a welcome center for the city.
"The joint welcome and arts center allows the city to have a presence that extends beyond the normal business hours," said Marty Allen, Suwanee City Manager. "City Hall is closed on weekends and after 5 p.m., which is when a large percentage of visitors are in Town Center. A welcome center affords us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors to visitors, and leveraging a collaboration with the NGAA provides a welcoming presence."
Located at 3930 Charleston Market Street, the 2,297 square-foot facility will feature studio space, art classes and workshops, open studio time, and a gallery. The welcome center will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Force is Strong this Summer in Suwanee
Movies Under the Stars is bringing double features to Town Center Park this summer. Upcoming movie nights will feature films appropriate for young children on a digital board at 7 p.m. and movie selections for slightly older audiences on a big screen beginning around 8:45 p.m.
|7:00 p.m.||8:45 p.m.|
|June 4:||Finding Nemo||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2|
|July 23:||Kung Fu Panda 3||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|August 27:||Zootopia||Star Wars: Return of the Jedi|
The movies are free and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. No alcohol may be brought into the park, but food and beverages, including beer and wine, may be purchased from Town Center merchants.
Farmers Market Returns
The season of fresh produce, lovely flowers, and yummy baked goods returns to Suwanee when the City's Farmers Market opens at Town Center Park Saturday, May 7. The market is open 8 am-noon Saturdays through October 1.
"The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base," notes Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. "Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat, seafood, and baked goods."