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October is Festival Time

Don’t Forget All the Fall Festivals: The South knows how to welcome the season!   

pumpkin_patch_fall_gaEnjoy family fun every weekend in October.

• Autumn Leaf Festival – Maysville, GA – Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2016

• Andersonville Historic Fair – Andersonville, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Candler Park Fall Fest – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Elisha Winn Fair – Dacula, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Georgia Marble Festival – Jasper, GA – Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

• Alpharetta Scarecrow Harvest – Alpharetta, GA – Oct 1

• A3C Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 5 to Oct 9, 2016

• Georgia National Fair – Perry, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 16, 2016

• Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 6 to Oct 11, 2016

• Georgia Mountain Fall Festival – Hiawassee, GA – Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016

• The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA – Oct 7 to Oct14

• Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival – Madison, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Great Atlanta Beer Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Ellijay, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Blairsville, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Prater’s Mill Country Fair – Dalton, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

• Woodstock Lions Fall Festival – Woodstock, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• North Georgia Folk Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Georgia Apple Festival – Elijah, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 16, 2016

• Paulding Fine Arts Fall Fest – Dallas, GA – Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

• Atlanta Horror Film Festival – Atlanta, GA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2016

• Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival – Richmond Hill, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Georgia Carolina State Fair – Augusta, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 23, 2016

• Stone Mountain Highland Games – Stone Mountain, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 16

• Euharlee Covered Bridge Fall Festival – Euharlee, GA – Oct 14 to Oct 15

• GA Peanut Festival – Sylvester, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Hummingbird Festival – Hogansville, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Festival on Ponce – Atlanta, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Decatur Beer Fest – Decatur, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Brookhaven Arts Festival – Brookhaven, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Bremen Towne Festival – Bremen, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

• Harvest Balloon Festival – Flowery Branch, GA – Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

• Harvest Festival – Athens, GA – Oct 20 to Oct 20, 2016

• Taste of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

• Braselton Antique and Artisan Festival – Braselton, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 23

• Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown – Cleveland, GA – Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2016

• Deep Roots Festival – Milledgeville, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

choosing_the_big_pumpkin• Good Hope Poppy Festival – Good Hope, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

• Chiaha Harvest Fair – Rome, GA – Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

• Georgia Sweet Potato Festival – Ocilla, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wings Over North Georgia Air Show – Rome, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2016

• Martin Fall Festival – Martin, GA – Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016

• Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival – Jekyll Island, GA – Sep 16 to 18, 2016

For a full list of festivals around Georgia visithttp://www.funtober.com/festivals/georgia/

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and your immediate neighborhood. Reach out to The WOW Team with any questions you may have on Georgia Real Estate.
Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Cell Phone: 770-597-2862
Office Phone: 770-594-1578

It Takes Only A Mustard Seed

The following is insight to a program that Diane Rochford, the WOW Team and I hold dear to our hearts.
It has been an adventure & an experience of a lifetime.

1- Orphanage_16602-OrphanageThe Mustard Seed Communities opened an orphanage in Managua, Nicaragua (circa 2000) to assist the handicapped and/or mentally challenged children throughout Managua.  It was a last resort for abandoned children.  But there was another group equally desperate.  A group comprised of 300 families mostly consisting of women and children living inside the city dump, La Chureca.

From 2004 Mustard Seed had a feeding program within La Chureca, to aid the many desperately poor. This was only a temporary fix.  La Chureca has since been closed but tremendous poverty still exists outside the dump.

They say that if you give someone a fish you feed them for a day but if you give them a fishing pole you feed them for a lifetime.

A volunteer daydreamed about an education center where women could learn to sew and thus help support her family. It takes Only a Mustard Seed!

'Diane Rochford with recent 2015 graduate.'

In 2006 a group of dedicated individuals found a vacant building, and after a week of renovations and sewing classes we had our first classroom.  A teacher was hired before our departure to insure that the classes would continue.  Fast forward 9 years … today this center has become a force with momentum, growing on its own.  A new reality has unfolded where women can come to meet free of charge and learn to sew, tailor, alter clothing, and simply support one another in fellowship.   Baking classes and English lessons have also been added Student Baker_IMG_1808to supplement the sewing curriculum.  Upon graduation, the sewing graduates are given a sewing machine and the bakers are given a mixer.

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Our 9th graduation of yearlong curriculum program – Sewing & tailoring graduates, Baking graduates, and English language graduates.

2-Graduation Class_IMG_1721The Rags to Bags program is an auxiliary program.  One of a kind handbags are made from otherwise discarded fabrics from the states.  Think of all that drapery fabric that might be otherwise thrown into landfills all for the sake of a new homeowner’s style preference!  Expired sample fabric books found in upholstery shops is another resource for great fabrics.  In the words of the ladies constructing the handbags . . . “We love working with such exotic fabrics!”  In the words of the many repeat customers . . . “We can’t wait to see the new styles!”

So, for the past 9 years Diane and I have gone down once a year, and sometimes twice a year to help bolster the programs growth.  Mostly now the program runs itself and we come to celebrate the graduations each October.  It’s been a joyful adventure.  From the orphanage we have seen a small seed take root and blossom into many beautiful branches.  In the Sewing Center We have witnessed women realize their self-worth, bloom with self-esteem and re-discover hope.

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Join us a one of the up coming Trunk Shows where “Rags 2 Bags” items will be on sale.
I look forward to meeting you.

  • November 4 / Queen of Angels Sale – Roswell, GA
  • November 12-13 / Holly Days @ St Brigid – Johns Creek, GA
  • November 21 / Holiday Marketplace @ St. Pius X H.S. – Atlanta, GA

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn
more about Mustard Seed Communities.

Thank you — Janet Weidmann | Team Leader of the WOW Team
Phone: 404-531-5700
Mobile: 770-597-2862

Things are Happening in Roswell

Roswell GA Courthouse - Janet WeidmannExciting things are happening in our Roswell Community!!

Riverwalk Village an ecologically focused development has been haled as the most up and coming pedestrian friendly community in Atlanta!  I am thrilled to hear this development will incorporate the existing river park along Riverside Rd to residential homes, offices, schools, shops, hotel & restaurants and greenspace all within an easy on/off of HWY 400 and Holcomb Bridge Rd.  I am even more excited to hear the bike paths and pedestrian trails will eventually link with the Big Creek greenway with a proposed tunnel under Holcomb Bridge Rd.  Finally, Atlanta will rival other cities with a coherent plan for alternative bike paths and greenspace within a beautifully planned community!

What about traffic?  With an early off ramp you will be home ~ less traffic on Holcomb Bridge Rd., easier commute and potentially with more Class A office space in Riverwalk Village means more options for working in the immediate proximity of your home!

Should existing homeowners
with the larger lots be concerned for future resale?
I would say, ‘not to worry!!’ There will always be buyers who want privacy, larger home lots w/ mature trees and the traditional home.  Although Roswell City Logo_framedthe housing trends are pointing to more communities like Riverwalk Village, homeowners must also recognize that in these newer communities you will be experiencing a more urban lifestyle with closer proximity to neighbors and less privacy.  Recognize that there are all sort of buyer profiles and land is a finite entity.  Those of us on larger pieces of property will always have a unique value proposition.  Dirt prices continue to rise and Buyers will always be weighing their options between the various community options.

Roswell BoutiqueIf you haven’t Really Seen Roswell lately, Get Out and Explore all it has to offer!
Take a stroll down Canton Street and experience the magic of  bistros, art galleries, boutiques, and fine dining.  Walk up the small side streets for other great finds ~ Roswell is known for it’s many restaurants and small town cultural events alike. Here is a short list of places & events you might like to explore. Things are Happening in Roswell ~ Enjoy!!  

  • As of July 1st –  A new golf cart ordinance takes effect. Citizens will be allowed to drive PTV (personal transport vehicles) on any public street with posted speed limits of 25 mph.
  • Historic Roswell –  Enjoy the “Southern Trilogy” in downtown Roswell. Visit three of Atlanta’s most beautiful homes, all within walking distance of each other. Go back in time and experience how some of Roswell’s founding families lived in days gone by.  ~ see http://www.roswellgov.com/index.aspx?NID=217
  • Riverside Sounds Concert Series –  This concert series at Riverside Park goes through October on the 1st Saturday of each month!  Food trucks will provide refreshments.
    River Whyless Performs July 11 – Roswell’s Riverside Sounds concert series continues with experimental folk-rock band River Whyless on Saturday, July 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Food trucks—including Meatballerz, River WhylessWheelyGrilly, and a snow cone vendor—will be on location starting at 6:00 p.m.
    ~ see www.roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds
  • Alive After 5 –  Festivities are alive every 3rd Thursday from April to October. Come out to enjoy live music, free trolley rides, face painting, extended retail hours, and much more in historic Roswell.
  • Roswell Summer Puppet Series –  Enjoy kids classics as a Billy Goats Gruff or The Princess and the Pea now through July 18thhttp://www.roswellgov.com/puppetshows
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center –  Atlanta’s Nature Destination — Community events for all ages. Enjoy wildlife programs, hiking, environmental education, horticulture & more!  http://chattnaturecenter.org/

Stay connected with The WOW Team & Watch for more updates
as things begin to develop around Roswell.
We will alert you to community meetings and more.

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Roswell, your immediate neighborhood and other local happenings. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

The Start of Summer Vacation in Alpharetta, Georgia

Memorial Day weekend often signals
the start of Summer vacation.

Kids have packed away the schoolbooks and replaced them with summer reading lists.  Moms shuttle to swim meets instead of soccer games.  Weather becomes a more constant high of 80+ degrees instead of the intermittent winds, rains and hail of springtime.  Life’s pace actually slows down . . . just a bit!

So take time to look around at all the newest changes taking place in our neck of the woods! The start of Summer vacation proves to be quite eventful here in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Alpharetta Courthouse n Park March Aerial 2015

The New Alpharetta City Hall, Library and Parking Deck.

Have you ventured out to see what’s happening
in Alpharetta lately!

WOW an amazing streetscape is evolving down Alpharetta’s Main Street!  The new city hall sits back regally overlooking a fresh carpet of lawn and trees. A new public library sits adjacent to city hall & street roundabouts and garden pots grace the more pedestrian friendly streetscapes.  In fact Alpharetta’s commitment to revitalizing downtown has increased residential and commercial interests across the whole city.

Avalon a $600 million mixed use development fills the need for high-end retail,  Whole Foods, and executive ‘urban style’ housing , while the downtown area of Alpharetta maintains the historic motif with mom & pop shops such as a favorite of mine Karen’s Fabrics!  Karen has been around for 20 years and is an expert in today’s upscale furniture & window fabric designs at reasonable price points. Before my real estate career  (18 years ago! WOW) I worked with Karen and remember the hey day of swags and jabots!

With Wills Park and now the new city center and Avalon in place we will be looking forward to the ‘bridging’ of these 3 dynamic locations with pedestrian friendly parks, bikeways, and much more!

A new dynamic city center is unfolding and this summer will be transformative in many ways . . . There will certainly be more festivals, concerts, shops and dining to explore.  After years of recession we’re finally digging out and building  up in a big way here in Alpharetta!!!

Happy Summer Everyone!

2015-02-27 Downtown Alpharetta Master Plan Report-1Here are some up-and-coming events in Alpharetta, GA to watch for this summer. And, for light reading, click on the Alpharetta Master Plan document to the left.

See you around Alpharetta this Summer.

  • Alpharetta Art in the Park presented by Gallery 35 ~ Last full weekend of each month May through September
    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Avenue
    Event Dates:
    June 27-28, 2015
    July 25-26, 2015
    August 29-30, 2015
    September 26-27, 2015
    For more information – visit Gallery 35 Alpharetta
  • Alpharetta Farmers Market ~ Saturday mornings through April through October
    Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta
    At the Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market you will find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps.
    For more information – visit Alpharetta Farmers Market
  • Alpharetta Food Truck Alley ~ Every Thursday from April through October
    Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA
    Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!
    June 25, 2015: Mr. Blue Sky
    For more informationAlpharetta Foodtruck Alley
  • Nightlife in Alpharetta
    Alpharetta’s exciting nightlife scene ranges from wine bars to breweries to events in the downtown area.
    For more informationvisit Awesome Alpharetta Nightlife
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004
    Enjoy performances by today’s leading artists and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The 12,000-seat state-of-the art venue provides a unique setting for music lovers.
    For more informationVerizon Alpharetta

Contact Janet Weidmann with the WOW Team to learn about the real estate in Alpharetta and your immediate neighborhood and other local happenings. Link here to find out the real value of your home.

Happy Birthday America ~ Fireworks Around Atlanta

Are you looking for some good places to watch fireworks this weekend?

Don’t worry we have you covered.
Review the following list and have a
Fantastic 4th of July!

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4th of July All American Fireworks & Braves Game ~ Follow us to Turner Field and watch the Braves vs. AZ Diamondbacks with fireworks.  atlanta.braves.mlb.com
July 4
4th of July Celebration in
Centennial Olympic Park downtown Atlanta
July 4
The 54th Annual Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square Atlanta
July 4
Alpharetta’s Fireworks & Festivities
Fun and fireworks at Wills Park in Alpharetta
July 4
Celebration on the Marietta Square
The cities 4th celebration includes a parade, free live concerts, arts & crafts and more
July 4
Sparkle in the Park in the City of Lilburn
July 4
The 12th Annual Fabulous Fourth Festivities at the Mall of Georgia in Buford, GA;
includes all kinds of family friendly activities
July 4
Star Spangled Snellville on the
Snellville Town Green
July 3-5
The Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park
July 4
Lake Lanier Islands ~ Rockin’ Red, White
& Blue Celebration.
July 4
Callaway Gardens ~ July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party
July 4
There is much more! Check out, visit the Access Atlanta website for all the events in
and around Atlanta this coming 4th of July weekend!

Happy Birthday America!
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Janet Explores Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Balmy breezes whispered through the gardens.

Private Stroll Through GardenOne of my favorite haunts is the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Ever changing with the seasons it is a constant rebirth of new life, artwork and entertainment. On this particular outing to the gardens I felt like I was in my own private estate. A balmy breeze whispered ‘continue on…’ as the trees, flora, fauna and distant waterfall captured my attention more than any media device could! Very few souls venture out during the work week and so this was my day, my mother’s day break, my day to refresh my soul, my “Sabbath break from Media devices.”

DSC_0357DSC_0369While everyone in Atlanta sat at work on this glorious weekday… I enjoyed secret pathways through woodlands, urban vegetable patches, formal gardens, canopy walks, and flower gardens that would WOW every landscapers ‘’wanna be.’’ Hidden treasures were found at nearly every turn. ‘Plant giants’ sculptures graced the grounds from the water maiden to hairy audacious orangutans. Giant butterflies, reaching high above my head and best of all, the mythical unicorn grazing in the grass delighted the shutterbug in me!

DSC_0429A hunger rush is all the more reason to visit the gardens! Try the on site snack bar that will give you GREAT salad ideas often straight from their organic garden!

Thursday nights May – September imbibe spirits with ‘Cocktails in the Garden’ 6-10pm. Not into World Congress center crowds for top rated concerts? The Concerts in the Garden series spotlighting great entertainment from The Indigo Girls to Lyle Lovett and His Large Band or others.

Need a gift idea for that special someone? Surprise them with a membership to the Botanical Gardens or better yet . . .enjoy a day out to explore . . . wine and dine them w/ a gift of concert in the garden!!

The WOW Team hopes everyone had a Happy Mom’s Day!
We take this time to salute all Moms who give so much of themselves and give so selflessly at that!

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“Small Business Saturday?” ~ Saturday After Thanksgiving!

Small business Sat logoDid you know this coming Saturday is “Small Business Saturday?”

Join me this Saturday, November 26th, for one of the biggest kickoffs to the holiday season. For many of us, the most common Thanksgiving weekend traditions are usually: eating turkey on Thursday with family and friends, and then checking out the bargains on Friday. Don’t forget to add shopping at local small boutiques on Saturday!

Starbucks_Haynes_V__A58FStarbucks-2_V__4581In just four short years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a day where Americans can show their support of neighborhood businesses. The Small Business Saturday campaign was established by American Express in 2010 to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailers around the nation are persuading shoppers to bypass the big malls, big-box stores and drop in to your local shops, right in our own backyard.

This year, think about all the small businesses located in and around Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell — independent bookstores, dress shops, children’s clothing stores, home décor shops and many more fantastic boutiques. Show your support by shopping at, these local, independently owned businesses. You will be buying locally, supporting independent retailers and reinvesting money into the local economy. The retail environment has really changed over the past 10 years; many people are buying online without even leaving their homes. If you appreciate having independent businesses around your community, you need to show your support of them.

Stop by your local boutiques and find something special for you, or
someone you love, that you just can’t live without!

It’s going to be a day full of fun around town!

Details_Kim Dherty_V__AEE3Details -2_V__AF02Sooo….this Saturday as many of our independent merchants open their doors, greet them with hopeful success by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday.

Grab yourself a hot beverage and follow me as I head off to my local specialty shops. Here are some of my and the WOW Team’s favorites:

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Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Contact Janet Weidmann of the WOW Team to learn more about your neighborhood or the local real estate market .

Happy Shopping!

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