Monday, November 30, 2009

Charlie's Greater Decatur Get Together

When: Jan. 9, 2010
Where: Decatur Holiday Inn.
Time: 1:00 PM

Be There

Those are good pictures, if I say so myself.

2010 Art Calendar's @ Heliotrope

248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

Mon-Thu: 10am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 11pm
Sun: 11am - 8pm

it's okay to have too much fun

Sunday Holiday Shopping Parties @ Kudzu Antiques

Holiday Shopping Parties the last 4 Sundays before Christmas started Nov. 29. Live music, free refreshments, and great sale prices!

Kudzu Antique Market – A Vintage Home Market

2928 East Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: 404-373-6498

Hours of Operation: 7 Days a week, 11am-7pm

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Season at the Malls

Atlanta, GA.
The 2009 Christmas Season has started for the local malls
here is Lenox Square Mall Saturday.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Surgarland "Life in a Northern Town"


Lenox Square
Atlanta, GA


at The Plaza Theatre Today

Presented by the Silver Scream Spook Show!
2 shows

Saturday November 28th- 1pm & 10pm

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday at Whit’s End begins today!

Black Friday at Whit’s End begins today! Store closes at 5p today, and will open early on Friday. Closed for Thanksgiving.

All leftover summer items are either just $15, or $9. This includes remaining footwear, shorts, and shirts. Frames and golf tees are $10, and ties are $19. Docker’s slacks and chinos are on sale, as are Patagonia shoes.

Columbia upper body wear is 20% off, and all other non sale items are 10% off. Except photography and DHS wear. No special orders.

Shop local!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jeff and Greg

Whit's End, LLC
431 W. Ponce DeLeon Ave, #2
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-3310
(404) 377-8335 Fax

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mark Twains’s Birthday Celebration @ Twain's

When : November 28th

Free! Free! Free! Come celebrate with us!

* Beer specials!
* Free pool all day!
* Challenge authority on our soap box!

Featuring the music of:
Megan Jean & the KFB and The Rustic Family.

Music starts at 8pm!!

How do you get here?

They are located at 211 E Trinity Pl
Decatur, GA 30030 (Cross Street: Church Street)

D.B. COOPER Leaped into History 38 Years Ago .

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, who on Thanksgiving Eve 1971 hijacked a Seattle-bound jetliner and parachuted into history with $200,000 in ransom money. It remains the nation's only unsolved skyjacking.

It is truly a great unsolved crime. The facts are as follows:

On a rainy Thanksgiving Eve in 1971

(November 24, 1971)

A passenger who gave his name as ‘Dan Cooper’ (the "D.B." is based on later errors in the media, but has become more widely known) boarded Flight 305 in Portland, Oregon, bound for Seattle. Using the threat of a bomb in his suitcase, Cooper hijacked the plane shortly after take off.

It landed in Seattle, where Cooper released the passengers unharmed in exchange for his ransom demands being met: $200,000 in unmarked bills and 4 parachutes. After taking on these items, Cooper directed the crew to take off once more, and fly to Reno, Nevada.

During this second flight, he sent all the crew to the cockpit, and parachuted from the plane with the money. He was never apprehended, and although approximately $5000 was later found in the area that he parachuted into, nothing else ever was. Cooper has never been identified, and his true name may never be known. The FBI has stated that it believes him to have died upon landing, and decayed to nothing before he could be found. Of course, they also claimed that he was rude and abusive in conversations with them, which is at variance with the recollections of the crew members who heard these conversations, so it’s possible that the Bureau may be engaged in a certain amount of ass-covering.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Emory receives 4.25M from an alumnus' estate

Emory University's Candler School of Theology and Oxford College received more than $4.25 million from an alumnus' estate, officials announced Monday.
Oxford College received $3.35 million -- the largest cash gift in the college's history. The theology school received $903,177.

The unrestricted gift from the Charles Edwin Suber Foundation allow college officials to focus on most pressing needs.

The foundation was established by the the estate of Charles Edwin Suber, who died in 2007. Suber, a 1942 graduate of Oxford College, retired from the Fulton County Superior Court as court clerk.

Oxford College officials said $100,000 from the gift will create a scholarship named after Suber. The remaining $3.25 million will go toward the college's building plans, which include a new library and science facility.
ajc story

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Decatur, GA . 2009

The 2009 Christmas Season is here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Going on Holiday, Try Georgia's State Parks

Go for the Holidays in Georgia's State Parks

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Georgia State Parks are making it easy and affordable for you to enjoy family time this holiday season. Come celebrate in Georgia’s great outdoors with a cornucopia of festive events, diverse recreational opportunities, and hotel-style lodge rooms with special winter rates.

Looking for budget-friendly activities to do with the kids during school break? Head to the parks for everything from visits with Santa to Christmas tree displays. Below is a sampling of the holiday festivities, and a complete calendar is listed at

Christmas Tree for Decatur Square

This news is from Little Shop of Stories blog.
clip art from

Decatur is a fantastic town to live in. We have festivals, parties, concerts and independent shops and restaurants. We have Beach Parties and Book Festivals, live music in the spring and a community bonfire in the winter. But for the past few years there has been no Decatur Christmas tree, no gathering of the masses to sing carols and eat goodies and spread holiday cheer. This year we decided to change that.
Read more at:

h/t to Decatur Metro

Some Dekalb Schools to get iPods

The system, which won $193,740, will hand out iPods and netbooks (mini laptops) to about 300 students at three high schools; Cross Keys, Stone Mountain and MLK Jr., next semester.

By Kristina Torres

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For the first time in its history, the Georgia Department of Education this month will hand out grants for schools to pioneer the use of “handheld computing” to see if it engages students better than traditional book-and-paper methods.
The move goes beyond the use of computers and the Internet for class work, now a common occurrence in schools.

Rather, it endorses for public schools the idea of mobile learning through small devices such as an Apple iPod Touch or Microsoft Zune — devices that connect wirelessly to the Internet and have the capability for Web-based research and e-mail but heretofore have often been banned from use during school hours as distractions.

It means not just recording podcasts or e-mailing teachers, activities that a growing number of schools also sanction. As envisioned by state officials, these devices would be the primary, everyday learning tool of students in class and at home. Class projects, homework and research reports will all go digital.
ajc story

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Grand Central StationTerminal for Atlanta?

By Ariel Hart
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A plan to build a major passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta might soon boast new life, in the form of an $80 million-plus jump start, state officials said at Transportation Board meetings Wednesday and Thursday.
The idea has reeled in big supporters, but raised questions too -- including whether it's legal.

Congress long ago earmarked $87 million to partially fund a commuter rail line through Lovejoy, but Georgia has spent little of it, as state and local officials struggled to find funds to pay the remaining cost.

ajc story

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The second annual Park Renewal Day a Success

This sent in by Kelly Cheek of Renewal Design-Build

Local Organizations Team Up Against Ivy, Privet for Cash

November 16, 2009, – On November 7th, teams from local organizations and schools came out to compete for prize money as part of an ongoing effort to rid local parks of invasive plants and debris. By the end of the second annual Park Renewal Day, hosted by Renewal Design-Build, the DeKalb County Parks Department, and City of Decatur, competitors at Dearborn Park were weary from pulling up ivy and privet, but had a real sense of accomplishment and community.

Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and DeKalb County COO Keith Barker assisted in the scoring of the teams’ plots. The prize money, donated by Renewal Design-Build, was given to the five highest-scoring teams. The grand prize of $1,000 went to the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association - appropriately named “Ivy League” - while two teams from Decatur High School students won 4th and 5th places. Groups from Hands On Atlanta and All Souls Fellowship also took home top prizes. A celebration of food and music from local Decatur band, The Grits, followed the cleanup.

The success of this public/private initiative has incited talks of expanding the event into other areas of Atlanta and to other parks. “In just a few hours, we saved over 100 old growth trees from being strangled by invasive plant species, and prize money was put back into the community,” says Renewal CEO and Park Renewal Day co-founder, Peter Michelson. “It’s amazing what can happen when you give people an incentive.”

And, the proof is in the park. “It’s great to see what the community’s efforts have brought to Dearborn Park,” says Mayor Bill Floyd. “If you haven’t walked through, do so.”

Renewal Design-Build, 124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, is an award-winning, full-service firm providing complete solutions for major renovations, kitchens, baths, porches, decks, small projects, and repairs. For information, call 404.378.6962 or visit

More pictures and information can be found at
and click HERE for a great video of last year's event.

Kelly Cheek

Marketing Manager
Renewal Design-Build
t. 404-378-6962
f. 404-378-6963

124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Decatur High School's new facility is ready for Basketball.

Forwarded by Jerry Andrews

Hello everyone,

Decatur High School's first Regular Season Basketball Game in their new facility will be on Friday, November 20th. The Girl's game is scheduled to begin at 5:30PM and the Boy's Game at 7:00PM. A special ceremony will be held between the boy's and girl's game honoring past players and the Retiring of Jerseys of several former players. Please come early to secure your seat as there will be a capacity crowd attending. This is a beautiful facility.....please come and see it if you can. Hope to see you there.

Click on the link below for a very nice and well written article on Decatur High School's new Athletic Facilities. Remember, November can share in an historic moment in Decatur High History.

Walter R. Winn
14 Sycamore Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030
404 377-4808

Can we get more DHS folks on facebook so our DHS early days classes of the 50s and 60s can catch up on years of happenings? There are already a good number on facebook and its great to be able to communicate with our classmates.

Ed Martin DHS 62

Monday, November 16, 2009

Arduous process leaves Decatur High with upgrade


By Jeff Haws

Even nine years ago, he could see it.
On a plot of land where nothing stood, newly minted Decatur High School athletics director Carter Wilson had a vision of a facility that could finally give his basketball team its own gym and could provide the school with some of the best athletics facilities in the state in the process.
He also could see the dire need for an upgrade to the football stadium, which the city has stated was the oldest lighted stadium in continuous use in the country at the time.

Wilson saw a state-of-the-art gym, a new football stadium and facilities for other activities, including an auditorium, both men's and women's locker rooms, all rising out of the ground on an aging plot of land that hadn't been used for school improvements in many decades.

But it's a long, arduous road from vision to reality. It took nine years for Wilson, who also is the boys basketball coach, to walk into his new gym. And it took three just to get moving toward the goal.
ajc story

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Visit to the Junktique

"Thunder Road" is Cult Classic Movie

Thunder Road is a cult classic, it played at The Decatur Theatre back in OCT. of 58.

Thunder Road is the title of a 1958 drama-crime film about running moonshine in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the early 1950s. It was directed by Arthur Ripley and starred Robert Mitchum, who also produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay, and is rumored to have directed much of the film himself. He also co-wrote (with Don Raye) the theme song, "The Ballad of Thunder Road".

The film became a cult classic and continued to play at drive-in movie theaters in some Southeastern markets through the 1970s and 1980s.

NOTE: The Decatur Theatre web site has been updated.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Your Weekend...Have Fun

The CFA International Cat Show NOV. 21-22

Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park GA 30337

The Georgia International Convention Center is adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, at the juncture of Interstate Highways 75 and 85.

The CFA International Cat Show is the largest international pedigreed cat show in the Western Hemisphere, showcasing the world's finest pedigreed felines.TM Held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving in November, the show often moves to a different locations around the United States. Competition is keen as it brings together 750 of the finest pedigreed cats from the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America to compete for prestigious titles.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Financial scam seminar Nov 17 @ Cornerstone Bank

Cornerstone Bank Community Center
125 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, Ga 30030

Sam Lueder from Ant Hill Communications sends this in.

Cornerstone Bank Community Center
125 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, Ga 30030


I was wondering if you would mind posting an upcoming free seminar to be held in Decatur . It is presented by the Secretary of State and is to help people identify financial scams. This program is going to be launched around the state, but is being hosted in Decatur first!

The meeting is next Tuesday, November 17th at 11:30 in the meeting room of the Cornerstone Bank and there will be free lunch provided by Chick-fil-a.

Free Lunch And Learn
Tuesday, November 17th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Cornerstone Bank Community Center
125 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, Ga 30030
The first 50 people to attend will
receive lunch compliments of Chick-fil-A.

I’ve attached a link and thank you so much for helping us!


Sam Lueder

Ant Hill Communications
Telephone: 404-574-8798

Sugarland Wins CMA Vocal Duo of the Year

Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles accept the CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year last night.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saturday’s seminar is last in a green remodeling series hosted by the Decatur Library.

Kelly Cheek of Renewal Design-Build sends this in.

Make Your Home “Green”
Learn to remodel your home so it is more
energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m.

Creating a Healthy Home: Learn how to improve the indoor air

quality of your home and protect your family from indoor pollutants like gases, chemicals, radon, and carbon monoxide.

Presented by Peter Michelson, CEO, of local Renewal Design-Build

and Joe Thomas, certified Home Performance Consultant for

Renewal System Solutions.

Decatur Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030

For more information, visit or

Kelly Cheek

Marketing Manager
Renewal Design-Build

t. 404-378-6962
f. 404-378-6963

124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

On The Cover of the Rolling Stone

Classic Concerts from the 70's
Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere of DR. HOOK.
Location: The Omni, Atlanta, Ga
The 3rd Annual Toys For Tots. Sunday Dec. 3rd 1978

Were you there ? I was.





Who Remembers Mr. Pix on Saturday Mornings.

Can you name the host of the show.
Later they called it Mr. Pix and Debbie.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This Sunday is JUNKTIQUE @ The Solarium

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday Nov. 15th, 2009
Junktique site
and The Solarium site

Location: The Solarium
Old Scottish Rite building
321 W. Hill St.
Decatur. GA.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Parking Spaces to much for Home Depot

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Rachel Tobin Ramos

Ever think a Home Depot parking lot is too sprawling and vacant? Home Depot does, too.
“A number of stores have barren asphalt, and it’s not in anyone’s best interest to leave it sitting there,” said Mike LaFerle, Home Depot’s vice president of real estate.
ajc story

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Remembering The Emory Theatre

Decatur, GA. (Atlanta)
circa 1948
Note that it says Decatur Rd.
Not sure when they changed the street name to
Oxford Road.
Read more about The Emory Theatre at link below.

Now all I need is a Photo.

If you have a photo and would like to share it with us, please let us know.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Pink Pig is Back @ Macy's Starting Today

Marley, the Dog from "Marley and Me", visits Macy's Pink Pig, an Atlanta landmark, on December 15, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(December 15, 2008 - Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America)

Newspaper ads for original and new version and bottom photo is The Original Rich's Pink Pig Flyer.
Priscilla The Pink Pig is Back on Track! Saturday, Nov.7th through Sunday, Jan.3rd.
Go for a spin through the super-sized storybook,starring Pricilla and all of her fabulous friends. You'll find the entire gang squealing with excitement under the tent atop the Lenox Road parking deck. This Macy's tradition only happens once a year, so come be part of the fun and go hog wild!
For hours and info, visit

read memories at facebook link below.

See original Rich's Pink Pig Video below.




video by Dan Benefield
This is a video of the orginal Pink Pig that was on the rooftop of Rich's Department store.


What is MACY'S you ask.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Enjoy this Great Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

My new favorite comedian.

Sebastian Maniscalco
slide the meter arm over to 31.34
(31 minutes into the show)

The Decatur Ghost Tour is A Year-Round walking Tour

Teri Rice sends this in to let everyone know that this is A Year-Round Event

Hi Dennis,
I was trying to get some interest stirred up in Decatur about The Decatur Ghost Tour.
A Year- Round walking historical ghost tour. It was mentioned in one of the decatur blogs as being a Halloween event. It's actually a year round event. I was hoping to get that info out and maybe a review?

Thank you,
Teri Rice
Decatur Ghost Tour

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Round two of Decatur's Dearborn Park cleanup competition

By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite the economic downturn, the organizers of what is becoming an annual park cleanup in Decatur are again offering cash to inspire volunteers.
Last year, Decatur-based Renewal Construction Co. gave $1,000 to the team that uprooted the most ivy, privet and kudzu from Decatur's Dearborn Park.
On Saturday, the company will again partner with Decatur and DeKalb County to host the competition, dubbed Park Renewal Day. Community members and officials from both governments will judge competing teams' plots. Renewal is donating a total of $2,100 to be divided among the winner and four runner-up teams, according to the event Web site, Last year, the event attracted 145 volunteers, and the winners donated their prize money to charity.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Taylor Swift Spoofs Kanye West Incident In 'SNL' Promo

'Kanye West just called — he thinks Beyoncé should host instead,' Bill Hader says in the ad.

The Church Street Kiss

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bark if You Love Storytime event @ Little Shop of Stories

This Sunday Little Shop of Stories will host the 1st annual Bark if you Love Storytime.
read all about it at their blog site.

h/t The Decatur Minute

Terrific Thursdays Around Decatur

Jeff from Whit's End sends this in:

Hi All,

Happy Fall Everyone! We begin our Terrific Thursdays beginning this week. We will be open ‘later’, and have wine, & snacks, as well as rotating in-store specials each week.

Hope to see you in!

Jeff and Greg

Whit's End, LLC
431 W. Ponce DeLeon Ave, #2
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-3310
(404) 377-8335 Fax

Monday, November 2, 2009

Low Country Boil No. 7 A HUGE Success!!

Low Country Boil No. 7 - A HUGE Success!

Host Committee
Doug Alitizer & Gail Rothman
Ann Berg
Reynolds & Joe Delisle
Bill Funk & Gayle Gellerstedt
Michele & Aaron Hillegass
Casie & David Hughes
Leslie & Brad Joiner
Jessica Kirkwood & Kevin Kelley
Lyn Menne
Kimiko & Walter Miller
Robin & Roy Reese
Judy Turner
Sara & Bill Turnipseed
Marc & Stacy Wisniewski
Communtiy Center of South Decatur
Badda Bing!
Victory Brewing Company

Collins Cooper Carusi Architect
Lampe-Farley Communications
Our Green Value
RA-LIN and Associates
Sycamore Consulting
W.F. Floyd Construction
Winter Contruction

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association

Decatur Development Authority
Emilie Markert/Re-Max
Pinnacle Custom Builders
Arthur Ratliff Photography

Fred Boykin/Bicycle South
Gary & Patti Garrett
Hall Hirsh LLC
Rob Pope
R. Stephen Roberts, P.C.
Rex & Sacra Vaughan
Mark Whatley, Morgan Keegan

Thanks to everyone in the Decatur community who supported the 7th annual Low Country Boil, making it our most successful one yet!

Energetic bidding at our silent auction raised over $9,000 bringing our fundraising total to over $26,000. Thanks to our wonderful Hosts and Sponsors who helped us reach more people and raise more money. Special thanks to Badda Bing and Chefs Michael Condon and Ray Allen for the great food, Victory Brewing Company for keeping the craft beer coming and Artie & Angie Macon of Banfi Wine Distributors for the wine. Thanks to our rockin' band The Dammages for keeping the party lively, guest performer Sydney Rhame and visiting teachers from Wiltshire for their generosity and party spirit!

Events throughout Decatur would truly not be possible without generous support from the Decatur business community. Special thanks to our auction donors (businesses & individuals):

Acapella Books, Ace Hardware, Arizona Pub, Mickey Baskett, Brick Store Pub, Café Alsace, Cakes & Ale , Carpe Diem, Cookie Studio, Cook's Warehouse, Dairy Queen, Dancing Goats, Decatur Healing Arts, Maureen Downey, Feast, Fox Theater, Fresche Salon, Green's, Here to Serve Restaurant Group, Jazmin Spa, John Joyner, Jessica Kirkwood, Leon's Full Service, Little Shop of Stories, Emilie & Bill Markert, Mattie's People, Mellow Mushroom, Natural Body, Charles & Beth Orth, Our Way Café , Parker's on Ponce, Rob & Teresa Pope, Raging Burrito, Cissa & Phillip Rassel, Marty & Linda Sadler, Seventeen Steps, Siam
Steinbeck's, Sun in my Belly, Sweet Melissa's, Taco Mac
Taqueria del Sol, Thumbs Up, Judy & Roy Turner, Universal Joint, Village Vets, Vinocity, WAG A Lot.

It is wonderful to live in a community that understands that an investment in our children is an investement in the future! Thanks to all donors, attendees and volunteers for your part in making this a great party for a great cause - the children and youth of Decatur.

With gratitude,

Gail Rothman
Executive Director
Decatur Education Foundation