Newnan celebrates Georgia Cities Week
by Celia Shortt
In celebration of Georgia Cities Week, the city of Newnan presented a 'People, Place, Purpose' open house at the Newnan Carnegie Library downtown on Wednesday to showcase services available for city residents.
'We are very proud of our city and the services and what we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors,' said Gina Snider, city public information officer. 'Too often, people are unaware of how cities enhance their quality of life, and we like them to participate in these events and learn more about local government.'
The theme for this year's Georgia Cities week was 'People, Place, Purpose.'
Members of the Newnan Fire Department were on hand at Wednesday's event to answer any questions from citizens as well to give out free smoke detectors. Other city departments and groups taking part included: Newnan Police Department, Newnan Convention Center Authority, Keep Newnan Beautiful, the planning and zoning department, Newnan Youth Council, and Newnan Cultural Arts Commission.
The city also provided lunch to those who attended.
Georgia Cities Week was observed in Newnan beginning on Monday and ending today. The open house was just one of the many events they held throughout the week.
A city-inspired art contest was held in the three local high schools – Newnan, Northgate and East Coweta. Those who participated entered works of art that best depicted this year's theme of 'People, Place, Purpose.'
This year's winners were all from Newnan High School: First place, Leah Prisk; Second place, Jacob McIntyre; Third place, Allie Buchanan; Honorable Mention, Nicholas Petty and Rebecca Barron 'We are very proud of Newnan and the talent we have in our youth,' said Snider. 'The city's art contest is a great way for the youth of Newnan to display their talent and show their interpretation of our city through art.'
Those art pieces will be displayed at the Newnan city manager's office throughout the remainder of April.
Snider notes that downtown Newnan is full of festivities every first weekend of the month, April through December.
On the first Friday of every month, downtown guests enjoy shopping after normal business hours, community entertainment and dining specials at downtown restaurants.
Market Days are the first Saturday of every month, offering the best homegrown, homemade or handmade products this side of Atlanta with more than 50 vendors.
Pickin' On the Square takes place first and third Saturdays. The bi-monthly acoustic 'jam session' downtown begins at 11 a.m., when musicians show up at random and begin playing acoustic music around the four corners of the courthouse. 'I Beginning in May, Main Street Newnan will begin promoting 'Main Street on the Menu,' an opportunity for local restaurants to highlight specialty dishes during Main Street events. Participating restaurants will advertise a special meal during the event, and Main Street will offer incentives for customers who try the special, said Snider.
During Historic Preservation Month in May, Main Street Newnan will celebrate the heritage and historical significance of the downtown business district. Each week one portion of the Court Square will be highlighted with a historic interpretation. Local Newnan historian Elizabeth Beers will also offer tours each Sunday in May that will highlight each block.
Also beginning in May, Main Street Newnan will host a monthly historic preservation planning sessions for property owners of commercial structures in the downtown district. These sessions will be geared toward providing property owners with the general knowledge they may need to consider a rehabilitation or renovation project. Property owners may also receive help with determining if their structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and if their structures are eligible for Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
The city-inspired art contest winners are Jacob McIntyre, Leah Prisk, Nicholas Petty, Rebecca Barron and Allie Buchanan. They are pictured with Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.
Newnan firefighters Kevin Parten, left, and Randy Stone hand out smoke detectors at the open house during Georgia Cities Week.