The city takes pride in owning three antebellum homes it operates as museums and Canton Street’s popular art galleries, shops and restaurants are housed in vintage buildings within Roswell’s designated historic district.
So it would seem only natural that an entire month is set aside to celebrate the people, places and events that made Roswell what it is today.
Heritage Days in May, which coincides with National Historic Preservation Month, features a month of events spanning everything from music and art to al fresco theatrical performances and nature activities.
One of the principal events is the annual Roswell Heritage Days photographic juried exhibit. For the 11th year, members of the Roswell Photographic Society have captured images around the city that tell a part of the city’s story.
Any event or happening in Roswell plus historic buildings and places were fair game for the photographers, said Gittel Price, the 200-member society president.
“We have so many new members that have never seen Roswell and really enjoy our field trips around the city. I find that everyone has their own perspective when it comes to taking an image of the same thing. It’s wonderful to see how they crop and all the different angles,” she said.
The exhibit runs through May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street.
Also all month at the cultural center is a Spotlight Series collection by artist Shirley Lowe of acrylic paintings, paintings with collage and miniature caricature art dolls. At historic Barrington Hall, the North Fulton Drama Club will perform Shakespeare’s “King Lear” on the grounds this Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 p.m.
Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters, with disastrous results. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Also at Barrington, Wednesday evening lectures focusing primarily on the Civil War run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 and complimentary light refreshments will be available.
Clarissa Clifton will give free demonstrations of Open Hearth Cooking from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Smith Plantation May 24. Working in period dress, she prepares food from authentic slave recipes using traditional cooking methods.
For a complete list of Heritage Days events, go to www.heritagedaysinmay.com.