Cumming City HallThe recently erected Cumming City Hall & Clock Tower has become the face of downtown Cumming. It's architecture is a modernized style reminiscent of the classic look and feel of old town Cumming. Inside, the walls tell the story of Cumming's past and present administration including a large collage of antique photographs. The City Hall hosts the City Council Chambers and administrative offices of several city departments.Read More
The Cumming FairgroundsThe Cumming Fairgrounds hosts a large spectrum of events from antique car shows to the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Inside, you will find a variety of attractions and facilities including a quarter midget race track and a large, covered pavilion tailored to host events such as concerts, rodeos or large gatherings. Visit the official website for a calendar of events, booking, or any additional information. Visit Site
Lake Sidney LanierEscape to Cumming's #1 tourist attraction, Lake Sidney Lanier, located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta off GA 400. Mary Alice Park is the ideal place for boating, water sports, fishing and family fun! Read More
Aquatic Center & Water ParkCumming's latest attraction is the Aquatic Center & Water Park. Inside you will find olympic swimming pools for training and competition. During the Spring and Summer we open the outdoor water park, suitable for kids of all ages! Classes such as swimming lessons, CPR and more are available year-round. For scheduled events and additional information visit the official Aquatic Center website. Visit Site
Veterans War MemorialOur Veteran's War Memorial stands as a monument to honor the soldiers of Forsyth County who served their country when duty called. Join us on these grounds for our annual Memorial Day Ceremonies. Read More
4th of July ParadeCumming's longest standing tradition is the annual 4th of July Steam Engine Parade. This unique event draws a record number of participants, enthusiast and onlookers to celebrate our country's independence. Families, state-wide, find this to be the most thrilling event the city hosts! The colorful fanfare, food, and handfuls of candies fuel the excitement of the masses. The festivities begin mid-morning and end with a fireworks display at dusk.Read More
The Cumming PlayhouseThe playhouse hosts a variety of wholesome entertainment from plays to concerts and more. A fantastic night out for the family, with friends, or even school or church groups. Visit the official Cumming playhouse website to see this year's line-up of scheduled events, book your tickets online, or speak with a playhouse representative. Visit Site
The Brannon Heard HouseCumming's newly-restored, historical landmark is now open and available to host your next private event. Let us host your wedding receptions, holiday parties, or other upcoming celebrations! Visit our official page for pricing and availability. Visit Site
- Planning and Zoning will now be handling the issuance of alcohol serving permits. The fee is $20.00. Applications will only be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm with a one hour break for lunch from 1130 to 1230. Please be sure to have both your driver’s license and social security card, as our City Ordinance requires you to present them BOTH at the time you submit your application. Planning and Zoning is located on the bottom floor of the City of Cumming City Hall which is located at 100 Main Street Cumming, GA, 30040. If you wish to fill out your application before coming into the office, here is a copy of the CH CONSENT
City Celebrates Memorial Day
Several hundred people attended the City of Cumming’s annual Memorial Day Ceremonies on Friday, May 22nd
This year’s event marked the 20th anniversary of the Avenue of Flags, which honors of the memory of veterans with ties to Cumming and Forsyth County. Ten new American flags were added to the Avenue of Flags this year, bringing the total to 221 flags in memory of 262 veterans, some of whom were killed in battle, others who returned home to live many more years with their families, and still others who served during times of peace.
The City of Cumming would like to thank everyone participated in the ceremonies, as well as everyone who attended! Click here for more photos from the event.
Cumming City Council Post 1 Information
The Cumming City Council voted 4-0 during a special called meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, to hold a special election on June 16, 2015, to fill the remainder of the term left vacant by the retirement of Rupert Sexton.
Sexton announced his retirement, which began on May 1, during the Cumming City Council meeting on April 21, 2015. Whoever is elected on June 16 will fill the Post 1 term beginning on July 21, 2015, at the City Council meeting after he or she is sworn into office. The new council member will then serve through Dec. 31, 2017.
Qualifying for the special election will be May 12, 13 and 14, 2015, at Cumming City Hall, 100 Main Street. Qualifying fee is $180 and those interested in running should register with City Clerk Jeff Honea.
On Friday, council also voted 4-0 to appoint former Forsyth County Clerk of Courts Doug Sorrells as councilman during the interim between May 19, 2015, at which time Mr. Sorrells will be sworn in, and the July 21, 2015 swearing-in of the newly elected council member. Mayor H. Ford Gravitt made the recommendation to appoint Sorrells for the interim, noting that Sorrells does not plan to run for the post during the June 16, 2015, special election.
May 19, 2015-July 20, 2015: Doug Sorrells fills the interim term of the Post 1 Council Seat
May 12, 13 and 14, 2015: Qualifying for the City of Cumming Special Election (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day) to fill the remaining term of Council Post 1 at City Hall through City Clerk Jeff Honea; qualifying fee is $180 payable with check or money order made payable to the City of Cumming
May 18, 2015: Last day to register to vote in the City of Cumming Special Election; those wishing to register to vote must contact the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office (http://www.forsythco.com/department.asp?DeptID=27). For information on absentee voting, please go to http://www.forsythco.com/
May 26 – June 12, 2015: Advance voting on the following schedule
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday from May 26 to June 5 at City Hall and the Forsyth County Administration Building
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at City Hall, Forsyth County Administration Building, and Midway Park Community Building
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8, 9 and 10 at City Hall, Forsyth County Administration Building, and Midway Park Community Building
- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11 and 12 at City Hall, Forsyth County Administration Building, and Midway Park Community Building
June 16, 2015: Special Election at City Hall for all City of Cumming registered voters
July 21, 2015: Newly elected council member is sworn into office during City Council meeting
July 21, 2015-Dec. 31, 2017: Term of new council member
Marie’s Italian Deli
What makes a great restaurant? That’s easy…great food! What makes a great Italian restaurant? That’s even easier…homemade recipes! Some of the best Italian restaurants are family-owned and that means using old family recipes that have been handed down from the generation before. Marie’s Italian Deli is exactly this type of restaurant. Owner Karen Marie Smith explained: “We make our food from scratch, our soups, sauces, pizza dough, and meatballs… There is nothing from a can here. We also offer catering for small to large events using our handed-down family recipes.”
Karen and her husband, Randy, are the owners of this family-owned deli. Their children, Kelsey Marie and Matthew, work part-time while they are finishing up college. Close friends Mike and Lisa Brannon smoke their hams, while their son, Mikey Brannon, and Karen’s niece Stacey Marie are the main cooks.
Recipes aren’t the only thing that has been handed down from generation to generation. “My great grandma’s name was Marie,” Karen says. “My dad’s sister, Aunt Marie, gave me my first job at her pizzeria when I was 15. My middle name, my daughter’s middle name, and many of my Italian cousins’ middle names? You guessed it, all Marie. And many of my dear friends — they belong to the Marie family as well. It’s almost like Marie has been this ever-present character in my life, a spirit that’s passed between my friends and family. I wanted to honor all the Maries in my life by naming this deli after them. They have inspired me, and I hope that I have inspired them. My dream is that this can be a place where all the Maries and the non-Maries can gather, laugh about old memories, create new memories, and remember other Maries through good food and celebration.”
Marie’s Italian Deli opened its doors to customers two years ago last October. “I liked the location in the City and working with the city inspectors was a very helpful and pleasant experience,” Karen recalls. “I am truly blessed to have been so well-received by our local community. I have enjoyed meeting so many of our business leaders and other local business members. I think it is great that the City of Cumming recognizes and features local businesses on its website… it’s a win-win for everyone.”
The great food is not all that makes Marie’s Italian Deli a favorite. Karen enjoys hosting the special needs classes from Otwell and Lakeside Middle Schools. “They visit us before we open and we make pizzas together. They love to stretch the dough and love to walk into our big cooler,” she explains.
The restaurant has also helped many local families with last-minute meals or anti-pasta trays especially during difficult times, such as a death or other crisis. “And being so close to the hospital, we have a lot of wonderful customers who come in for our homemade soups,” Karen explained. “It’s our own soup for the soul.”
These examples of caring and thoughtfulness make Marie’s Italian Deli a true family business.
With so many restaurants the area, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the best…or is it? Marie’s Italian Deli’s food is so delicious that their pizza won the Best Fast Food Entree at Flavors of Forsyth in 2013 and 2014. They also won Best Dessert for their Chocolate Italian Love Cake at Taste of Forsyth in 2014. Recently, they won Best Deli in Forsyth County through a voting competition sponsored by the Forsyth County News. Now, who is ready for some hot, fresh and homemade pizza?
580 Atlanta Road
Cumming 400 Shopping Center
Cumming, GA 30040