Buzz: Rome Christmas Parade deadline is Nov. 10. Downtown Development board meets Thursday. 42nd annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn this Saturday, Sunday in Cartersville.

Buzz: Rome Christmas Parade deadline is Nov. 10. Downtown Development board meets Thursday. 42nd annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn this Saturday, Sunday in Cartersville.


Santa Claus always appears at the end of the parade and lights the downtown Christmas tree. Photo from the 2016 parade.

Deadlines for entries in the 2017 Rome Christmas Parade is Nov. 10. With a theme is “Peace on Earth,”  downtown Rome’s largest annual event returns Tuesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Applications can be found at  The entry fee is $50.  Any application submitted after Nov. 10 will be charged an additional late fee of $50. All rules and regulations are posted on the website. The rain date is Thursday, Nov. 30. For further questions, send email to 

The monthly meeting of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Board will be held Thursday in the Carnegie Training Room of the Carnegie Building, 607 Broad St., at 8:30 a.m.

Rose Lawn arts festival is Saturday and Sunday in Cartersville.


The 42nd Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. on the grounds of historic Rose Lawn Museum in Cartersville.  The juried festival will have 150 artists and food vendors selected from across the southeast.  Famous for its potters, the festival also offers jewelry artisans, wood crafters, painters, photographers, beekeepers, seamstresses, quilters and more. Juried Artists compete for $1,000 in prizes with seven awards presented Saturday at 1 p.m.  The ceremony will also feature the Hospitality Heroes Awards and the prestigious People’s Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Shoppe, and Best Attraction, presented by festival sponsor Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Festival entertainment will include Cartersville Gymnastics, Steps of Faith, Cartersville City Ballet, Spirit of Dance, Carmen and Terry Jordan, Team Twist – Championship Karate, and Sarah Garber, all performing on Saturday. Featured musicians Scarlet Wool will take the stage Saturday afternoon at 1:30 following the awards ceremony. Sunday’s entertainment includes Kerry’s School of Dance, Church at Liberty Square singers and dancers, Still Friends, and Mary Blasengame. Guests can also take a guided tour inside Historic Rose Lawn Museum. Hosted by Bartow County Government, the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn is open free of charge. Museum tours are $7 per person. Rose Lawn is at 224 W. Cherokee Ave. in downtown Cartersville.  Free shuttle service is available from parking areas at the Frank Moore Building on Cherokee Avenue and from the School Street parking area adjacent to the Bartow County Library.

Kingston Highway (GA. 293) at Canard Road will be reduced to one-lane traffic, and the north end of Canard Road will be closed on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This lane reduction and road closure will be in effect for Public Works to replace a cross drain to make drainage improvements. Adverse weather prevented work from being completed on Monday. Anyone travelling in this area during these times should expect minor delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Traffic using Canard Road to access Kingston Highway may detour using Broken Arrow Trail to Fallen Branch Circle, and then North Quarters Drive to Garrard Road.


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