There are things about Roswell Roots that are stirring or fascinating or touching or informative. Then there’s one that’s just plain fun! That’s the Cornbread Cook-off, where you can taste test and enjoy hearing about, the best cornbread in North Georgia!
The competition will be on Saturday the 23rd, and there you can taste cornbread samples and vote on your favorite. Chef Sonya Jones, owner of Sweet Auburn Bread Company will also be there as the professional judge, choosing her own champion as well. After the competition, you can also meet Chef Sonya and she will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Sweet Auburn Desserts.
The competition will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Community Center at 725 Pleasant Hill Street in Roswell. Admission is free. For more information you can call 770-641-3705.
Everyone knows Bobby Deen, the formerly plump younger son of Paula. Bobby, like many of us, grew up on Mama’s so, so, good Southern cooking, and, like many of us, it started to show.
Bobby is now the host of the Food Channel’s number one show called Not My Mama’s Meals. It is a show of recipes he has tweaked and trimmed down (and eating them, he did too!) from his mother’s famous Southern recipes.
Now you can meet Bobby at the Atlanta History Center on February 19th as he discusses his new cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine (written with Melissa Clark). It is filled with 150 recipes of 350 calories or less, but still packed with Southern-style, comfort food flavor.
Best of all, this sure-to-be-fun-and-informative lecture just costs $10! There’s more here.
Looking for great ‘cue? Don’t miss Amos BBQ on Highway 369 almost at the junction of Highway 372, just south of Ball Ground.
The meats include BBQ pork, beef, and chicken, ribs and they are tender, juicy and filled with smoky flavor.
The sides are all made there at Amos, and include delicious homemade mustard-style Southern potato salad, fabulous Brunswick –and we do mean fabulous!-not-too-sweet cabbage slaw, fried okra and hand-cut fries.
They also offer a baked potato stuffed with – cheese, meat, sour cream, ranch dressing, butter and barbecue sauce!! They have just started serving BBQ salads (your choice of meat) and if the kid’s appetites are a problem, don’t worry, there are smaller portion kids plates, too.
The also offer breakfast and its terrific. In other words, if you haven’t given Amos BBQ a try, you’re missing out!
Amos BBQ and Biscuits is open Monday through Saturday, Monday through Thursday. 5:30 am through 8 pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:30 am to 9 pm. If you need more information you can visit them online here.
A number of times in the works of Ireland’s favorite poet William Butler Yeats, a single character appears – a bard called first O’Sullivan the Red, then Hanrahan the Red and finally Owen “Red” Hanrahan. Hanrahan first appeared in Yeats’s work in the 1890s as the author of poems and songs. In later works he became the central figure of a half-dozen short stories, titled Stories of Red Hanrahan. Many experts of the Irish poet believe that Red Hanrahan is surrogate for Yeats himself.
On February 19, the Kennesaw State University is presenting Red Hanrahan, an original production, adapted for the stage by Kennesaw Professor and Co-Director of the production, John Gentile.
The production also features an original musical soundscape for the performances created by co-director and instructor Henry Scott and Joseph Pendergrast. The soundscape features “original compositions, traditional Irish folk music, Japanese scales, flute, chimes, singing bowls and a variety of percussive instruments,” says Scott.
In conjunction with the performances, KSU will also hold a lecture given by Irish Studies scholar James Pethica on Feb. 21. It will be at 3:30 pm in the Stillwell Theater and will explore the ways in which Lady Gregory collaborated with Yeats on the Red Hanrahan stories.
Also, in August, the production at Kennesaw will be presented in Scotland at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where the KSU Red Hanrahan company will give five performances at the festival.
Performances of Red Hanrahan at Kennesaw State will run February 19 through 24 in the Onyx Theater at KSU. Shows Tuesday through Saturday will be at 8 pm. The Sunday matinee will be at 2 pm.
For more visit here.
The fun for kids doesn’t stop in Roswell at the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Even though its winter, there are still a ton of things that kids can do!
On February 23rd they will be hosting “Rhythm, Rock and Roots.” As they say at the CNC “We are making noise at CNC and we need YOU for the cacophony. When you make a great big sound, you’ll forget about the cold. So head down to CNC and make a sound that’s bold!”
Here are some of the great things you can do!
A Winter Sounds Scavenger Hunt: All Day Long
The Art of Noise Featuring Dave Holland: A family fun discovery of how noise is created and how ordinary objects come together to create rhythm and music! It’s an art, music, and rhythm making extravaganza where you are a part of the sound. 11 am and Noon
Natural Rhythms: Find your rhythm in the Nature Exchange as you try out instruments made from naturally found objects. 1-3 pm
Rock and Read Story Time: This story time has a beat. Tap and clap along with this fun rhythmic story told by one of our favorite storytellers. 3 pm
Campfire Treats: After you make a rhythm, join Camp Kingfisher at the campfire. Drink some hot chocolate and roast that perfect golden brown marshmallow. 1-4 pm
For more information visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center here.