Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Memorial Day edition – Record crowd at Finster Fest, pool and beach open, on the rivers.

Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center. Memorial Day edition – Record crowd at Finster Fest, pool and beach open, on the rivers.

Busy summer ahead at The Forum River Center. Details @ forumrivercenter.com

That’s the line for the Tomato Sandwiches as this weekend’s Finster Fest. (Facebook photo)

That’s a wrap on this weekend’s Finster Fest at Paradise Garden. An update from Paradise Garden officials: This is Finster Fest 2019’s record-breaking attendance number. Thanks to the 2,145 guests who supported our artists and musicians, and to those creative souls for generously sharing their gifts. And deep appreciation to the staff, board members, volunteers, donors and supporters of many stripes for invaluable contributions. Somewhere high in that sunny sky Howard Finster had to be smiling!

Today: Memorial Day Event at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds presented by The Exchange Club of Rome. On Sunday, May 26, there will be displays of military history from noon until 5 p.m. On Monday, May 27, displays will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a special Memorial Day Ceremony from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Palladium Building with special guest Col. Mark Viney, Chief of Field Service Division, U.S. Army at Fort Knox, KY.


Rome: Northside Swim Center at 501 Kingston Ave NE. Rome, is now open. Hours: Monday- Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ​Admission: $5 (4 years old and up). Cash only. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Only persons with paid admission are allowed inside pool gate. Has a capacity of 190. Outside food and drink is not permitted.

Bartow County: The Beach at George Washington Carver Park opens Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; though Closed Mondays, the beach is open Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Picnic tables and grills are available; however, no other fires allowed. There is no lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk. Admission is $5 per car.

On the rivers: Check here if you’re planning a day on the water:

Local river levels

  • Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report
  • Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers information hot line: Call for the water release schedule — 706-334-7213


The Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back its construction work across Northwest Georgia – suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways to ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion.  Beginning at noon on Friday, May 24,and extending to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, there essentially will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.

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