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Planning, Picnic, Pickin' at Suwanee Music Barn

The event Sunday is to roll out the first draft of the 20/20 Vision planning initiative.

Call it Taste of Stonecypher Road. Or Bureaucracy and Bluegrass.

On Sunday afternoon, the City Of Suwanee will hold the first community event at one of its most venerable locations, Everett's Music Barn.

The property in Old Town has hosted bluegrass performances since the 1970s at its barn, which was built by hand. The property's new owners have been working to raise the profile of the facility, and city leaders also are looking to spur interest in the Old Town area. So the event suits both needs.

-- What are your memories of Everett's Music Barn? Tell us in the comments below.

The 20/20 Vision effort began last summer with an open house near City Hall. That was designed to gather citizen feedback on long-term planning efforts. Once data was gathered, citizen forums and roundtables were held to assimilate the data.

Sunday's event begins at 12:30 p.m., and about 200 or so residents already have signed to attend. An old-fashioned potluck dinner will begin the day, with strategic plan documents available inside the main house on the property. Later in the day, bluegrass bands will entertain those in attendance.

The city is working with local barbecue restaurants to provide the main course for the picnic as well as chips and drinks. Attendees are asked to bring a hot or cold side dish or dessert to share.

For more information, go to the city's website or Everett's Music Barn website.

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The Everett property is at 4055 Stonecypher Road, Suwanee, 30024.

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