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
Qualifying Set for Nov. 3 City of Cumming Election
The City of Cumming municipal election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Cumming City Hall. The offices being filled are those of City Council Posts 3, 4, and 5, currently held by Councilmen Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry, and John D. Pugh, respectively. Qualifying period for the Nov. 3 election will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday, Aug. 31 through Wed. Sept. 2. Those wishing to run for any of the three posts must see City Clerk Jeff Honea at Cumming City Hall during the qualifying period to fill out paperwork and to pay the qualifying fee of $180. The fee must be paid with check or money order.
Those seeking to run must be at least 21 years old, a resident of the City of Cumming (within the Cumming City Limits) for at least one year preceding the date of the election, and a qualified voter in the City of Cumming. The three council members elected on Nov. 3, 2015, will hold office for a term of four years beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Councilman Ralph Perry, who has served on the council for almost 37 years, and Councilman John D. Pugh, who has served for 23 years, announced on Aug. 18 that they will not be seeking re-election. Councilman Lewis Ledbetter does plan to run again. Click here to read more about Councilmen Perry and Pugh’s retirement and service to the City of Cumming.
From left to right Lewis Ledbetter, Ralph Perry & John D. Pugh
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