Downtown Rome kicks off Downtown Rome Saturdays, a full season of free, family friendly events on the first Saturday of the month beginning May 5 at noon. This event will be held in the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Broad Street. The theme is an Arts Festival featuring the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk coordinated by the Rome Area Council for the Arts. The event also offers performances, inflatables, live music, and the Merry Maid’s Chalk Your HeART Out chalk competition. New this year is a singer-songwriter concert featuring artists Scott Thompson, Bekah Cates and Jefferson Ross. The performance will be held in the 200 block at 2 p.m. Bekah Cates will take the main stage at Fourth Ave and Broad as the opening artist at 3:30 p.m.. Bennie Gray & the Trailer Park Cowboys will then take the stage at 4 p.m. and play until 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the inaugural Rome Lantern Parade will kick off with lantern awards at the main stage. The Rome Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light and art along Rome’s rivers and historic downtown. Prizes for lanterns will be awarded. Parking will be free at the Fourth Avenue and Six Avenue decks. This free event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our Downtown Businesses and property owners. All event updates and announcements will be posted @DowntownRomeGA.
Tax notices on the way: During their monthly meeting on May 1, the Floyd County Board of Assessors authorized the mailing of the 2018 Real Property Assessment Notices. The notices will be mailed to each property owner of record in Floyd County. They are scheduled to be mailed on Friday and the deadline to file an appeal against the value will be June 18. Specific instruction on filing an appeal will be included on the notice.
Floyd Emergency Medical Services will again hold a free lifesaving skills class on May 19, including Stop the Bleed training, hand-only CPR and general first aid. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m. at EMS headquarters, 500 Riverside Parkway NE, Rome. Bud Owens, director of Floyd EMS, said bleeding is the top cause of preventable death in trauma. The class will show participants how they can stop potentially fatal bleeding. Hands-only CPR includes chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths. Someone having heart attack has the best chance of survival when CPR is performed immediately. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be just as effective as conventional CPR in saving lives and can be performed easily by any member of the general public who has received training. “Sometimes someone witnessing a heart attack won’t know how to respond,” Owens said. “Hands-only CPR can help someone provides effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation until more advanced personnel can arrive to take over and provide additional treatment.” This event will kick off National EMS Week, when EMS services across the nation are recognized for their contributions to the communities they serve. To attend: Maj. Rick Cobb, with Floyd EMS, at 706.509.3820.
May Market at Rose Lawn this weekend: Arts & Crafts festival on the grounds of Historic Rose Lawn Museum, the Victorian home of evangelist Samuel Porter Jones. The two-day event includes 85 booths, performing arts and entertainment, Master Gardener’s Plant Sale, and delicious food. Tours of Rose Lawn Museum ($7) will introduce Rev. Jones ties to U.S. Presidents and to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Featured entertainers are Scarlet Wool (Saturday 1:30 PM) and the Vintage Vixens (Sunday 2:30 PM). Prior to festival opening is the History Hustle 5K at 8 AM, sponsored by Rose Lawn and Bartow History Museum. Race day $30 registration opens at 6:30 AM. May Market at Rose Lawn is hosted by Bartow County Government. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Rose Lawn, 224 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville GA 30120; Free shuttle service is available from parking areas at 320 West Cherokee Avenue and 135 West Cherokee Avenue.
Adairsville BBQ & Blues Festival is Saturday: Backyard BBQ competition, vendor booths, great food, live music and car cruise-in make up this event in Historic Adairsville’s Log Town. The car cruise-in is from 11 AM-3 PM. The BBQ People’s Choice Contest begins at 5 p.m.; $5 tickets benefit the Cheryl Painter Scholarship Fund and Cancer Navigators, both charities chosen by festival host City of Adairsville. Festival from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Adairsville’s Log Town is located at 201 S. Main St., just south of Public Square, Adairsville GA 30103.
Now under way, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will present “A Legacy of Service: The Junior Service League of Rome,” an exhibit on the history of the organization in Rome and Floyd County. The exhibit includes seven text panels and chronicles the history and achievements of the Junior Service League from its beginning in 1934 through the present-day. Themes explored in the exhibition include the organization’s efforts to provide assistance for our community for everything from education to arts, health and human services, to social issues. In many cases, the Junior Service League brought programs and initiatives to Rome and Floyd County that weren’t available before, including funding the salaries for the first speech teachers in our school systems, providing the first vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings for local children, and raising funds to build playgrounds and lunchrooms for local schools. The Junior Service League has also protected our community’s early history over the years by acquiring and opening Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home in 1971, and getting the house named as a National Historic Landmark, the only one in Rome and Floyd County. The organization still owns and is active in the museum today. The exhibition will be on display through May 31. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular museum admission. For more: (706) 291-9494 or chieftainsmuseum.org.