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Roswell recreation department continues tradition of spreading holiday cheer
by Rachel Kellogg
November 27, 2012 01:29 PM | 2118 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, President of Roswell Ramblers Bettye Prescott and Roswell city staff member Donna Magee prepare to decorate Roswell Square for the city’s upcoming holiday events.
From left, President of Roswell Ramblers Bettye Prescott and Roswell city staff member Donna Magee prepare to decorate Roswell Square for the city’s upcoming holiday events.
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This holiday season, the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs department is going above and beyond to stay true to its motto: “Life should be fun — let us help.”

The city is hosting an array of activities throughout the month of December to appeal to kids and adults and take the “bah humbugs” out of any Scrooge.

“We are pleased to offer so many fantastic events this year and hope everyone can join us as we get into the spirit of the season,” said Morgan Rodgers, assistant director of the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs department.  “We’ve created a month-long schedule of events that includes old-favorites such as making gingerbread houses at East Roswell Park as well as a few new surprises, including a radio theater production of 'It’s A Wonderful Life,' live from the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.”

One of the most popular events each year is Breakfast with Santa, which will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Bill Johnson Community Activity Building. Boys and girls can enjoy a continental breakfast, holiday coloring, music, games, dancing,face painting, crafts and entertainment. Everyone attending must be registered and day of registration will not be accepted.

The breakfast is $14 for residents and $21 for non-residents. Register at www.roswellgov.com.

Another popular event, Christmas High Teas at Bulloch Hall, will take place Dec. 4, 6, 11 and 18 at 4 p.m.

Residents can relax and enjoy this holiday tradition as ladies in period dress serve a two-course High Tea, followed by a tour of the house decorated for Christmas.

The tea is $40 per person, and reservations are required and can be made by calling (770) 992-1731.

The Gullo family, from Roswell, has attended the high tea for more than 10 years. 

“It’s a moment in this hectic season that we can sit, relax and just enjoy one another’s company,” said Kathy Gullo.  “I’ve taken my daughters for as long as I can remember, and now my grand daughters get dressed up and join us as well.  It’s a special family tradition that we look forward to every year.”

Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. brings a family movie night at the East Roswell Recreation Center, where the film “Polar Express” will be shown.

Kids are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring blankets and pillows, and popcorn and hot cocoa will be served.

Parents can attend for free, and all children must register individually at www.roswellgov.com. The cost is $8 for Roswell residents and $12 for non-residents.

For information on the radio theater production of “It's a Wonderful Life,” gingerbread house-making events, a re-enactment of Mittie and Theodore Roosevelt’s wedding and many other activities, visit www.roswellgov.com or call (770) 641-3705.

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