Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Local Peachtree City Businesses participate at Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The PCTA has worked to gather items from local businesses that will showcase Peachtree City in a series of giveaways geared to drive visitors to the Peachtree City booth, located inside the International Village of the Dogwood Festival. Giveaways range in value and include airplane rides, tickets to a concert at “The Fred,” overnight hotel stays, tickets to The Great Georgia Air Show, complete weekend packages, and gift bags and coupons from local businesses. These giveaways will be promoted, throughout the Dogwood Festival, on the PCTA social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and on Dogwood radio, a radio station dedicated strictly to the Dogwood Festival that will stream info about the Dogwood Festival all weekend long.
Peachtree City will be the only municipality represented at the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Peachtree City booth will offer an interactive way for guests to view Peachtree City. Guests can choose to shoot for a hole-in-one on a 10-foot putting green, watch a streaming video that offers a birds eye view of the 90 miles of golf cart paths, or sign up, on site, for the PCTA social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite decorated golf cart, the Dogwood Festival’s Mobile Art program, at the Peachtree City booth. In addition, two thousand Peachtree City promotional items and over seven thousand pieces of Peachtree City marketing materials will be distributed among the 200,000 guests in attendance.

“Providing an interactive booth for guests to enjoy was only half the battle, the other half is driving guests to the booth” said Kai Wolter, Vice Chairman of the Board, The Peachtree City Tourism Association. “We had to be creative and immediately thought about getting local business involved to donate items that could be included in a series of giveaways.”
The PCTA would like to recognize and thank the businesses that have contributed to the giveaways, Dolce Atlanta Peachtree, Falcon Field, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center, Sleep Inn, Sugarfoot Yarns, The Avenue’s, The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater, The Great Georgia Air Show, The Guide, Air Spruce, Bulldog Supply, Canongate Golf Clubs, Carrabbas, Commemorative Air Force, Georgia Shrimp Company, Partners Pizza, Pascal's Bistro, Peachtree City Golf Cars, Peachtree City Tennis Center, and Yknots.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Peachtree City Mayor will present award at Dogwood Festival

Guests of the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will vote for their favorite decorated golf cart, and Peachtree City’s Mayor Don Haddix has been invited to present an award to the winner.

Golf Carts will again be decorated by local consulates and organizations, and during the festival hours, will be parked throughout the park. Guests will be encouraged to vote for their favorite decorated golf cart at the Peachtree City booth, located inside the International Village. The golf cart receiving the most votes will be honored, and receive an award presented by Peachtree City’s Honorable Mayor Don Haddix, at a ceremony on Sunday April 18, 2010.

“When Brian Hill, Executive Director of the Dogwood Festival, reached out to us to participate, we knew that it would be a perfect match,” said Don Haddix, Mayor of Peachtree City. “Peachtree City is well known across the country for our path system and golf cart use, that and we couldn’t miss this opportunity to be involved in the mobile art program.”

Monday, April 5, 2010

Peachtree City participates in the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The City of Peachtree City will partner with the Peachtree City Tourism Association (PCTA) and the Development Authority of Peachtree City (DAPC) to showcase Peachtree City during the  74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival beginning April 16, 2010. The Dogwood Festival is a three-day event that April visitors to Atlanta have enjoyed for the past 74 years. The PCTA and the DAPC are both dedicated to spreading awareness and encouraging conventions, groups, and leisure visitors alike to visit Peachtree City.

The 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the third oldest arts festival in the country and will take place on April 16, 17, and 18, 2010 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The three-day event is free to the public and is filled with art, live entertainment ranging from music to comedy, a variety of food offerings and the fantastic Atlanta spring weather. The festival is the only fine arts festival in Georgia to be recognized as being in the top 100 in the nation and is expected to draw close to 200,000 visitors.

Last year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrated the diversity of the Atlanta community by adding an International stage to its offerings and bringing the city’s international organizations and consulates on board to create mobile art in the form of decorated golf carts. The program was so successful and well received by attendees that this spring the stage will expand into an International Village.

The mobile art will also be repeated this year and guests will be encouraged to vote for their favorite decorated golf cart at the Peachtree City booth, located in the International Village. The golf cart receiving the most votes will be honored and presented an award, by Peachtree City’s Honorable Mayor Don Haddix, at a ceremony to be held Sunday April 18, 2010.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hi, hi, black birds?

February 3, 2010

I wish the annual Audubon Bird Count was going on in Peachtree City yesterday. The trees around City Hall were aflutter with a veritable cacophony of little black birds migrating somewhere. I tried to get some pics by trailing their chorus through Picnic Park, but they hopped trees, en masse, so quickly that I couldn’t get close enough for an ID or snapshot.

Oh well. Since I was beside Lake Peachtree, a gaggle of coots came to see if I had food to share – the year-round resident Canada geese and mallards were trailing right behind them. The coots posed for my camera, but a lone bluebird streaked by too quickly for the auto focus to catch.

I confess, I’m actually not an avid bird watcher (or I would probably have been able to identify the little black birds by their call). I have a bird feeder, stocked with a variety of tasty treats from our local wild bird store, and I have a small book that helps me identify most of the standard suburban visitors. With that said, Peachtree City is a real birder’s paradise. The entire city is a designated bird sanctuary, and with 30% of our 24 square miles left as some type of natural green or open space, there are a huge variety of birds to be seen on our winding paths and in our nature areas.

I can now recognize with ease the regular red-tailed hawks and great blue herons fishing in our lakes and streams, but had the devil of a time identifying a juvenile green heron a couple of years ago. We’ve even had reports of several bald eagles spending time near the Lake Peachtree dam, but I wasn’t able to spot one.

So, with wet socks – it was a chilly, rainy day -- I waved goodbye to the flock of unidentified little black birds as they passed through our town. They brought a cheery note to what was otherwise a pretty gray Groundhog Day.

Contributed by Betsy Tyler, Public Information Officer/City Clerk

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Treasure Hunting with a GPS

It seems everyday that I am learning about the great new things that technology has to offer and I have a long list of things that I want to learn or investigate. I admit I was obsessed with the “Google phone” for a long time and read every bit of news that came out. Though I had heard about it, until recently Geocaching was not one of the things that had been on my list of things to investigate. But when the staff at the Tourism Association began discussing Geocaching, there was an excitement about participating in such a fun activity and we all knew that this was the perfect activity with our recreational paths and environment to do in Peachtree City.

If you haven’t heard about it, Geocaching is the same scavenger or treasure hunt that has fascinated young and old throughout the years but with done with a GPS device. People all over the world have hidden containers outside with everything from notes to prizes that can be discovered by anyone equipped with a GPS device. This has become not only a great activity for people who seek a little adventure but also families who want to spend time together in a fun, out of the ordinary activity.

The Peachtree City staff has also been excited  about getting involved in Geocaching and reached out last month with an informational request to the community “Do you Geocache and would you like an event here in Peachtree City?” They received a great response back, but as we plan a future Geocache event in Peachtree City we would still like more input on what kind of Geocaching activities and events should be held as well as suggestions of new hidden locations. We welcome any comments you may have or e-mail us at or

For hidden locations currently in Peachtree City, GA as well as a lot of other great information, visit

Post by Mary Camburn