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House center for community, culture
Brannon-Heard house
The restored Brannon-Heard House will play host to a variety of upcoming art events. - photo by Submitted

The following events are planned for the Brannon-Heard House, 111 Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming.

•  The Cumming Celebrates Quilts show is set for 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Elementary school tours will be given 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $3 per person. Contact:

•  The Show of Hands three-dimensional art exhibit will be noon to 8 p.m. May 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 22 and noon to 6 p.m. May 23. The event is free. Contact:

•  The Cumming Garden Club will present Southern Breeze, a standard flower show, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. June 4, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 5 and 1-4 p.m. June 6. Contact:

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Five years ago, it was a run-down building.

Today, the Brannon-Heard House has become the center for community and cultural events, including an upcoming quilt show and three-dimensional art exhibit.

“It’s just been a wonderful place so far,” said Nancy Horton, art exhibit co-chair. “It’s a beautiful house and people have watched it be restored and are curious to go in it and also see the events that are in it.”

Linda Heard, director of the nearby Cumming Playhouse, has been tasked with bringing events to the home, which was built in 1905 and bought by the city of Cumming in 2006.

The city has since restored the building, which has played host to several events including the Sawnee Artists Association’s Bellezza art festival.

The association is presenting a three-dimensional Show of Hands exhibit May 21-23.

Before pottery, glass, wood and other creations go on display in the home, the Piecemakers Quilt Guild will mark its 25th anniversary by presenting its first quilt show in more than a decade. The event is set for May 6-9.

“This is the first show we’ve had since 1999,” said coordinator Betty Alonsious.

“We all knew about the house, but Linda Heard was the one that suggested it might be a nice place to have the quilt show.”

Alonsious said the facility is large enough to comfortably house about 85 quilted items made by the guild’s 54 members.

“The old house is beautiful,” Alonsious said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us the next couple of weeks, but we’re pretty excited.”