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Roswell Arts Fest and the Alpharetta European Market

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Fall is upon us, the weather is turning just right and the leaves are turning. That means it’s time for plenty of weekend events in the cities of North Fulton.

The weekend of Sept. 20-21 saw two of the largest – Roswell’s Arts Festival on the Roswell Town Square and the Alpharetta European Market on Milton Avenue.

Roswell’s 48th annual Arts Festival drew dozens of artists and craftsmen from throughout the region. Children could even try their own hand at creating a masterpiece with painting stations and sand art.

Children lined up to watch Hans Meier II, of Roswell, use a jig saw to create on-the-spot puzzles for them.

Live music from local bands kept the toes tapping as visitors browsed the stalls.

In contrast to the open format of the Roswell event, Alpharetta’s European Market was largely under one large tent. The farmers market was outside, with plants and foods for sale, but under the tent was where the real meat was. Arts, crafts, jewelry and furniture, both vintage and new, were all for sale with friendly vendors.

David Wilson, of Piedmont Home and Gift, a Sandy-Springs-based company, said this was his first year at the market.

“I’m glad I came,” he said. “The market is well attended and everybody here has nice things. There is a real emphasis on crafting and design.”

Betty Hanacek, with Grit Bits, a flavored grits snack company, said the customer response had been great.

“This is wonderful,” she said. “There is a great mix of people and food options.”

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