Tree Lighting Events Kick Off Christmas Season

The Holiday Season kicks off with Christmas Tree Lightings, Santa visits, and food and fun and music for all in the Smyrna-Vinings and South Cobb area.

SMYRNA VILLAGE GREEN

Join Santa as he lights the Christmas Tree on Smyrna’s Village Green amid music, fun and food on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5 -8 p.m. for “Coming Home for the Holidays.”

Enjoy holiday festivities and musical performances by school choirs at the Smyrna Community Center and see Santa light the big Christmas Tree on the Village Green at 7 p.m.

Bring the entire family for all of it and ring in the season downtown. This event marks the first official evening of holiday lights in the downtown.

Watch Santa light the big Christmas Tree in the middle of the Village Green at 7 p.m. and transform downtown Smyrna with brilliant lights. Enjoy holiday festivities, musical performances by local church and school choral groups, activities for the kids, parade and a visit with Santa at the Smyrna Community Center.

This annual event marks the beginning of the season of lights in our downtown. Each evening through the holidays, enjoy the lights downtown.

VININGS JUBILEE

Vinings Jubilee Tree Lighting Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in front of the Clock Tower.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA 

Santa Claus is coming to Smyrna to check his list and have his picture taken with children young and old. The City of Smyrna and the Smyrna Optimist Club will welcome Santa again this year at Aunt Fanny’s cabin on Atlanta Road across from the Smyrna Market Village. The schedule for this Holiday season is:

Tuesday, Dec 1 – Coming Home for the Holidays, Smyrna Community Center 6 – 8 p.m. At the Welcome Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6pm to 8 pm. Dec 4,5,6; Dec 11, 12,13; Dec 18,19,20; Monday Dec 20 and Tuesday Dec 21.

Contributions are welcome! All proceeds support the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation’s Shop with a Hero program.

The Santa House is sponsored by the Smyrna Optimist Club and the City of Smyrna.

Austell Tree Lighting

The City of Austell will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 4. This free community event will begin at 6 p.m. at Collar Park, 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, adjacent to the City Hall/Police Department Complex.

The event is sponsored annually by Mayor Joe Jerkins and the Austell City Council to welcome the holiday season.

In addition to the tree lighting, all of the holiday lights in the city will be turned on.

Local school choirs will provide musical entertainment. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and pastries will be served. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on his sleigh and everyone will have the opportunity to tell him their favorite Christmas wish.

For more information, please call 770-944-4309.

Christmas on the Lawn

The City of Powder Springs invites you to an Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. on the town square lawn in downtown Powder Springs.

Join us for Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, and pictures with Santa.

From the November 2015 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, Powder Springs and Austell, GA.

WellStar Vinings Health Park To Break Ground In December

Jennings June A 2015 036WellStar will break ground on its Vinings Health Center late this year, Reynold Jennings, WellStar CEO told the Vinings Business Association.

“We will start construction in December on the Vinings Health Park,” he said at the May 5 meeting.

The WellStar Vinings Health Park, on 25 acres of property bordering I-285 to the east, Atlanta Road on the south and Cumberland Parkway on the north, will feature a 162,000 square foot outpatient facility and doctors’ offices in the Smyrna/Vinings area.

The first health park opened in Acworth and the new facility will be similar to one in east Cobb, but on a larger site. Jennings hinted that additional expansion might be available at the Vinings campus.

Estimated cost for the new health Park is $68 million, according to Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president health parks development.

From the May 2015 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.

Vinings Plans 6th Business Expo

The Vinings Business Association will host its sixth annual Vinings Business Expo, March 10 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings.
Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 500 people or more to attend this year’s event.

“The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.”

Sponsors of the events include, The Bright Side News Vinings Edition, Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, Edward Jones Co., and many others.

Exhibit tables are $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at www.viningsbusiness.com. Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up), Christian said.

Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card. Information: (678) 725-0099, email glenn@viningsbusiness.com or visit www.viningsbusiness.com.

From the February 2015 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.

Expo To Showcase Vinings Businesses

The Vinings Business Association will host its fifth annual Vinings Business Expo, April 21 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public.

More than 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 500 people or more to attend this year’s event.
“The expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The VBA has been around since 2006. The expo offers the opportunity to view events and activities in the Vinings area, including new businesses.”
Exhibitor tables are $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register in advance, online only at www.viningsbusiness.com. Setup is from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., and exhibitors must park directly across the street in the garage after unloading.
Interested business can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up), Christian said.

Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

From the April 2014 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.

‘Vegas In Vinings’ Returns in February

“Vegas in Vinings,” presented by The Vinings Historic Preservation Society, returns to The Vinings Club on Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

Come strut your Vegas attire in Denim or Diamonds and try your hand at the gaming tables including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Poker.

Tickets are $100 for VHPS members and $125 for non-members. Couples who would like to get a head start to the gaming tables with “High Roller” check in may purchase a PAIR package for $500.  Tickets include a bountiful buffet, two drink tickets at the open bar, two raffle tickets, and $2,000 in fun money to spend at the tables.  Tickets are available now on the VHPS website: www.vinings.org. For more information and for sponsorship opportunities, contact Gillian Greer at 770-432-3343 or email vhps1874@bellsouth.net.

From the January 2014 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.

Bright Side Named Vinings Business of the Year

Todd Ash, VBA President, left; John Sherholtz; and Bright Side Publishers Cathy and Allan Lipsett.

Todd Ash, VBA President, left; John Sherholtz; and Bright Side Publishers Cathy and Allan Lipsett.

The Vinings Business Association named The Bright Side as the 2013 Business of the Year.
Other finalists included, Delmar Gardens, PrintWave, Social Vinings Restaurant and the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Vinings Hotel.
Cathy and Allan Lipsett are beginning their 10th year publishing The Bright Side, a monthly good-news publication of the Smyrna-Vinings area.
“As I look around the room, I realize that we know almost every one of you. All of you are part of the Bright Side, whether you are an advertiser, or fill the news pages with your activities,” said Publisher Cathy Lipsett. “You make the Bright Side what it is, a local newspaper serving this community.”
The winners were presented with a trophy designed by Lillie Glassblowers.
“This is a great honor, and we are glad to be here covering the Vinings community and the Vinings Business Association,” said Allan Lipsett.
Previous winners were Akers Mill Chick-fil-A, 2006; SOHO restaurant, 2009; Courtyard Atlanta Vinings hotel, 2010; Vinings Jubilee, 2011; and Vinings Historic Preservation Society, 2012.
A sell-out crowd of 90 packed the room to hear Atlanta Braves President John Sherholtz, speaking on the team’s move to Cobb in 2017.
“We realized it was not going to work for us at Turner Field,” Sherholtz said, despite efforts to work with Atlanta city leadership. The Braves will move to Cobb because of the “visionary foresight of the people in Cobb who make it a booming, growing, dynamic county.”
“We will set a new standard for major league stadiums,” Sherholtz said. Team officials are talking with designers and architects now about the stadium plans as well as a mixed use development of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment that will allow fans to get ot the stadium early, spreading out the traffic pattern.

From the January 2014 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.