A great new adventure awaits tourists in Downtown Historic Norcross – aTrolley Tour which will be scheduled on the third Saturday of each month. TheNorcross Historic Trolley Tour departs from The Crossing parking lot Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. for its maiden voyage.
The concept for the tour through Downtown Historic Norcross came to Cate Kitchen, Norcross’ Downtown Manager, in response to visitors’ feedback about their interest in the downtown history. Norcross is unique in having its original downtown footprint in place. Gene Ramsay, local historian and now trolley tour guide, will bring to life stories of interest about families whose homes and shops are located along the route while Cate will bring attention to exciting upcoming festivals and events.
Visit the historic Cotton Gin where you will be greeted by Chase and Ms. Audra with a sampling of their IPA Craft Brews from Chase's Wingery. Explore the current art exhibit, Sacred Threads, at the Rectory as you sip on a Mimosa. Then, end the afternoon by returning to the downtown shops and restaurants where you can spend time at your leisure visiting our merchants. Also, consider stopping by the Norcross Community Market either before or after the tour for a trove of farm-fresh finds!
“History is such an important part of what makes our city so special,” says Mayor Craig Newton of the new tour. “This new attraction is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase all of the wonderful jewels we have in our backyard, from the historic landmarks and stories to the genuine hospitality of our current residents and merchants.”
Hurry and make your reservation now! Reserve your seat by callingThe Welcome Center at 678.421.2048 or 678.421.2049.
11:00 a.m. Departure; 12:30 p.m. Return
The tour departs from The Crossing Parking Lot and will come full circle during the course of the tour.
The tour costs $5 for a ticket and includes the tour as well as a booklet of discounts to participating shops and restaurants.
Save the Dates!
If you can’t make August 18, the tour will also run on September 15, October 20 and November 17.
Norcross is excited to announce our next art show at The Rectory! Featuring four award-winning artists (Jane Carroll, Linda Hanks, Sherry Needle and Mozelle Funderburk), the show will not only exhibit amazing work in a variety of mediums, but also serve as a fundraiser for Focus + Fragile Kids to help children with medical conditions and serious ailments. The exhibit will run from September 21st through October 26th with an opening reception on the 21st from 6 - 8 p.m.
Meet The Artists
Jane Carroll: Carroll is celebrating 26 years as a visual and poetic artist. Her work ranges from photography, portrait painting, figure painting, landscape painting and more. Among her many accomplishments, over the years Jane has published multiple art books and her drawings have won first place in competitions such as The Savannah National Art Show. When making her artwork, Carroll’s goal she says, is to make art that can be not only seen, but sensed as well. | janecarrollart.com
Linda Hanks: Hanks uses her unique art as a form of raw self-expression. After a brief career in microbiology, Hanks rediscovered her childhood love for art. She continues to keep that passionate spirit by experimenting in every realm of her work, and through this has seen her traditional style transform into impressionism and abstraction. Although Hanks prefers working with oils, she has made masterpieces with graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor and pastels.
Sherry Needle: Sherry Needle has studied with some of the best painters across the country, from Yugi Wang, Armand Cabrerra, and Marc Hansen to David Leffel, just to name a few. Needle tends to paint with an old world style but is learning other styles to become a truly versatile artist. No matter what style the artist uses she is always trying to connect with her viewers. “I try to form a connection with the viewer in my paintings and sculpture, either to evoke a memory or to stir an emotion,” says Needles, “I feel very fortunate to have a passion that I can share with others.” | sherryneedle.com
Mozella Funderburk: Funderburk has used her talents to develop exhibits at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for over 30 years. She has also illustrated books and articles ranging from plant identification to ancient Chinese astronomy. Being a former scientific illustrator, she says she incorporates her experience in her more recent art by using three dimensional elements. Although Funderburk has a large and impressive history in scientific art, she admits that her favorite pieces have a humorous twist or a pun. | mozellefunderburk.com
FOCUS + Fragile Kids is the product of two nonprofits merging together in 2017. This foundation is dedicated to helping families with children who are medically fragile or have significant development or physical disabilities. FOCUS + Fragile offers support and information for parents, and fun, inclusive events for the whole family.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Artwork is for sale and will benefit the Focus + Fragile Kids cause.
Visitors should call ahead at 678-421-2048 (also 2049 and 2025) for entry.