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Cobb PARKS & Jennie T. Anderson Theatre Wins Telly Award

The globally-recognized Telly Awards announced this week the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre's streaming production THE WILD PARTY has been the recipient of a Telly Award for Best Long-Form Entertainment in the record breaking 44th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Adobe, BBC World Service, Netflix, Dow Jones, Complex Networks, Jennifer Garner, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Society, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan and Vimeo.

COBB PARKS' Jennie T. Anderson Theatre produced Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY as part of
the theatre's third season of concert musicals. Featuring a cast of 13 actors and 9 musicians, this concert streamed June 17-19, 2022. Upon release, the show received critical acclaim and was nominated for several local awards, with Cole Spivia winning BroadwayWorld's Best Costume Design award.

“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” said Tellys Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and companies big and small are turning to more sustainable practices to break the cycle of past production processes.”

Jono Davis, the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre's Artistic Director facility coordinator, adds his sentiments, "Our goal was to create a hybrid of live theatre and filmmaking unlike anything seen in Atlanta theatre. In a time when patrons are exhausted from streaming content, we wanted to produce something different and innovative for our community. We are very honored the work of Cobb PARKS is being seen on this level. We thank our patrons who made this show the best-selling streaming product yet."

Today’s winners announcement caps a year-long celebration of creators and talent who truly stand out during a time when the ubiquity of screens brings more clutter than quality into our lives. These are the creators and innovators who spotlight diverse voices, who are building a more sustainable industry, and who break through the static with their creativity. As a function of this, a series of new categories were introduced to reflect and celebrate ways in which video is being used as a force for good and the ways in which emerging technologies are pushing the boundaries of innovation. New categories this season included Virtual Art Direction, Use of Motion Capture, and Digital Environments alongside new honors in Pro Bono, CSR, and Video Journalism to celebrate ethical, philanthropic, and educational work.

This was a record breaking year with nearly 13,000 entries from across the globe and top video and television content producers such as Airbnb, Audible, BET Networks/BET Digital, BritBox, Disney, FEMA, Gaumont, Golden State Warriors, MediaMonks, NASA, National Geographic Society, Netflix, Paramount, PBS Digital Studios and more.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include Green The Bid, SeriesFest, Video Consortium, Ghetto Film School, We Are Parable, Future of Film, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, Production Hub with support from The Commercial Director’s Diversity Program. The full list of the 44th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at their website.

Cool Off at our Outdoor Pools This Summer

Cobb PARKS has two outdoor pools that will open this month. Sewell Park Pool and Seven Springs Water Park make for great summer days for the entire family.

Sewell Park Pool is located in Sewell Park, 2051 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta. Through July 31, Sewell Pool is open 7 days a week from 1 - 6 p.m., except holidays when it is open from 1 - 5 p.m. From Aug.1 - Sept. 4, when most schools start, the pool will be open from 1 - 6 p.m. on weekends only. Holiday hours are in effect for Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day and Labor Day. Fees are $3.50 for youth, $4.50 for adults and $3 for seniors (55+). More information on Sewell Pool can be found on their website.

Seven Springs Water Park is now open for its 8th season. The pool and water park will offer two separate sessions, noon – 3 p.m. and 4 – 7 p.m., 7 days a week through Aug. 1, then weekends through Labor Day. Fees are $6 for adults, $4 for children and $3 for seniors (55+). Passes are available. Please see website for more details.  We look forward to a summer full of fun and staying cool at the pool!

Don't Miss Out on Summer Camps

Cobb PARKS offers a variety of summer camps in arts, recreation programs, tennis, golf, nature and therapeutics for special needs individuals. Many of our camps are full, but there are still opportunities to join in the summer fun!
Camp Horizon is a highly mobile indoor and outdoor camp for children and young adults 7-21 years old with developmental delays, mental and/or physical disabilities. We strive for each camper to function at his or her highest level of ability in the least restrictive environment possible. Group staff to camper ratios will be 1:3 not to exceed 1:12, dependent upon assessment of each groups’ needs. We place the campers in groups to ensure that all of our campers feel comfortable and can participate at a similar pace with the rest of their group. Activities include arts and crafts, nature, music, drama, sports and games, swimming, dance and pet therapy. We are not able to accept campers who require one-to-one care. New campers require a pre-registration assessment. Appointments are available during weekdays until 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Ann Bonds at 770-528-2570. Registration for Camp Horizon is currently in progress.

Art camps registration is also underway for each of Cobb's art centers. Art camps are offered at The Art Station - Big Shanty, The Art Place - Mountain View, the Mable House Arts Center and the Sewell Mill Cultural Center. Campers will create and have fun during their camp experience.

Tennis camps are offered at PARKS' six tennis centers. Registration will begin soon at each center and registration is currently in progress at Harrison Tennis Center. Information will be available soon for Kennworth Tennis Center and Terrell Mill Tennis Center. The tennis camps are directed by our teaching professionals at each center. This is a great opportunity for juniors to learn the game and improve their skills. For information and registration for Harrison see the website, Kennworth (call 770-917-5160) and Terrell Mill see the website. The Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation will be hosting a tennis camp at Fair Oaks Tennis Center. Information can be found on its website. For the other tennis centers, please call them directly.

Our Natural Resources unit will offer a nature camp the week of June 12-16 at Hyde Farm for rising 3 - 5 graders. It will be a half-day camp from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will focus on nature and outdoor activities. The fee is $65 and registration is in progress This camp is limited to 25 campers.

Golf Camps are offered at Cobblestone Golf Course for youth ages 8-13. You can download the information flyer/registration form here.

For more information, see the summer camp page on the PARKS website. Many camps fill up quickly, so sign up soon and don't be left out this summer. Online registration is available for many camp programs. Visit our online registration site to set up an account if you don't already have one.

Mini-Con Returns for 2023!

Mini-Con is back! We are excited to invite you to join the Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of our building with an amazing “mini” convention for anything related to fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and more.

Our 3rd annual Mini-Con will take place on Saturday, June 24th from 10am-5pm. General admission and parking are FREE! This event is open to the public of all ages and is family friendly.

Mini-Con takes over the entire building and outdoor amphitheater, as we celebrate favorite Fandoms. Wear your best cosplay, participate in our Cosplay Contest, and win prizes! We seek all bards who wish to sing their heart out during cosplay karaoke. Shop from amazing art vendors, get your photo taken at the fandom photo booth, enjoy live music, or hang out in the board game room. Panels will include Cosplaying on a Budget, Pokémon Trivia, Voice Acting and more!

Kids can enjoy a morning story time, crafts throughout the day, and a mini-cosplay parade. Food trucks will have delicious entrees available for purchase that will satisfy your hunger or enjoy a tasty sweet treat! This year, we will also have special guests Dewey the Cat and Parker the Pup and they can’t wait to see you!

Schedule of all events will be posted to the Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center’s social media one week prior to the event. Mini-Con is courtesy of a joint partnership of the Cobb County Public Library and Cobb PARKS.

The Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center is located at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. For questions, call (770) 509-2711 ext. 2.

Cobb Gymnasts Fare Well at Regionals

The Cobb Challengers competitive gymnastics team has concluded the 2022 – 2023 season sending several gymnasts to USAG gymnastics regional competitions. The following Cobb Challenger gymnasts qualified for regionals from the GA state meets, some did exceptionally well, placing in the top 3 within their age group on various events.  

XCEL Silver and Platinum Levels competing in Fort Lauderdale  
Silver Level
Kali Tomlin 8 YO – 1st Bars – Regional Champion 9.80, 2nd All Around 38.725
Makayle Giles 9 YO – 2nd Beam 9.75

Platinum Level
Cameron Hilker 15 YO – 3rd Floor 9.650, 3rd All Around 37.650
Jocelyn Kluse 12YO – 2nd Bars 9.50, 1st Beam Regional Champion 9.550, 2nd All Around 37.650
Dana Ortiz 14 YO
Alena Katz 16 YO
Katy Cunningham 14 YO

Levels 6 & 7 competing in Greensboro, NC
Lauryn Senzon 14 YO  Level 7
Sloan Thibadeau 9YO Level 6

Level 10 competing in Tampa, Fl
Alyssa Strain 15 YO – Alyssa is a beam specialist and placed 5th 9.30. She also competed beam for her high school team, Allatoona High School and placed 3rd 9.30 in the GA High School State meet.

Boys Level 4 – State Competition – 3rd place team
Simon Shulha, Rumi Ziyad, Jace Carroway

Snap your best pics for park photo contest

Now's the time to dabble in photography or show off your skills as you're out enjoying Cobb parks and facilities. Bring your camera or use your smartphone to capture the fun and memories of the parks - from sports activities to the beauty of nature and wildlife and anything else that shows why you enjoy spending time at the park.

Enter up to 10 of your best shots in the 18th annual "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest. The contest is open to all photographers. See the rules and download the entry form on the photo contest web page.

Vendors wanted for International Festival

Save the Date! Cobb County International Fest 2023 is set to return on August 26th from 10am-6pm at Jim R. Miller Park Event Center in Marietta. This celebration showcases the best traditional food, music and art from around the world, highlighting the diversity and unique cultural differences that form our community.

Cobb County PARKS is seeking food, arts and cultural vendors for the 2023 International Festival. Vendor applications are due by July 14th.

Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Fishing Rodeos

Last summer Cobb PARKS Natural Resources unit hosted four Fishing Rodeos and we are pleased to say that they were awesome, fun and amazing. Four fishing rodeos are scheduled this summer. We are  in need of enthusiastic volunteers who love fishing and being in nature. Volunteers will assist and teach individuals fishing basics such as: bait a hook, cast a line, remove fish from hook and not litter. Other volunteer needs will include weighing and measuring the fish.  Please select a Fishing Rodeo near you.

The dates and locations of the Fishing Rodeos are:
Hyde Farm—July 8th
Lost Mountain Park—July 15th
Ebenezer Downs Park—July 22nd
Furr Family Park—July 29th

The Fishing Rodeos are open to children ages 3-16 years old. Trophies awarded. To volunteer email Anne.Norton@cobbcounty.org  or call (770 ) 528-8819.

Holiday Closings for June

Most Cobb PARKS facilities will be closed Monday, June 19th for Juneteenth. Outdoor park areas will remain open.

Upcoming Events

For a full listing of upcoming activities and events, visit the Cobb County Master Event Calendar.

Upcoming Registrations

We are proud to offer a wide range of activities and events throughout the year for the whole family! Visit cobbparks.org for more information.

Registration in progress.

General progam information can be found below:
Arts & Theater
Educational Programs
Trails & Hunting
Recreation Centers

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