Thursday, September 30, 2010

Winnona Park Gra-Y Football 1963

Photo from Jim Cox collection.
I am trying to id all in photo
click on picture to see notes already added.
Maybe Jim Cox or (coach) Eddie Fowlkes can help out.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Classic Steve McQueen Mustang Commercial

Steve McQueen image from the movie "BULLITT"
The Legend Lives

North McDonough Street circa 1915

From Vanishing Dekalb Book.
Amoung the first automobiles in Decatur were these parading down McDonough Street.
in 1915, only physicians and surgeons, using their autos to answer emergency calls, were exempted from a 12 mph speed limit within the inner fire limits of the city. Outside the city there was a 15 mph speed limit-6 mph on sharp curves.

This location (today) would be in front of new court house, you can see the old court house to the left.

MARTA Could be King of DVD Rentals

MARTA to have vending machines, sodas and other drinks first and DVD Rental is coming soon, which could leave smaller DVD rentals stores in the dust.
Just think, rent a movie on the way home drop off next day when going to work.

AJC has the story

By Ariel Hart

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Quarters should start rolling into MARTA vending machines on Friday.

It’s rolling the program out in phases, with sodas, tea and other drinks on sale first. MARTA is considering DVD and food vending for its next phase, said a spokeswoman, Cara Hodgson. The drinks should be available at Five Points Friday, and at all 38 rail stations in the coming weeks. Gilly Vending, Inc. won the contract to install the drink machines and recycling containers.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mexico City Restaurant

2134 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 634-1128

Cub Scouts Camping Gear Stolen --UPDATE

By Ty Tagami

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A couple dozen Cub Scouts in DeKalb County are facing a bleak camping season now that someone has stolen all their gear.
Cub Scout Pack 103 usually makes a trip into the wilderness each fall and spring. But the plans for the October outing have changed because of the disappearance of their gear-packed trailer.

Early this month, someone stole it -- and an empty Boy Scout trailer that was parked next to it -- from the parking lot of a church in Toco Hill.

The trailer was filled with tents, coolers, propane tanks and "industrial-sized" stoves that could feed 50, said pack administrator Emily Skuban.

The pastor of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church on Clairmont Road said a recycling trailer in the church's parking lot also was stolen. Pastor Fred Pitts speculated that all three trailers were taken from behind the church on the same night.

Full ajc story

UPDATE: When Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry heard the news about the theft of Cub Scout Pack 103's belongings, he gave the scouts a check for $10,000 to cover the loss.
ajc update

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fifth Ave Academy Ground Breaking



Fifth Avenue School
Decatur, GA

--From Decatur EDtv

CSD Fifth Avenue Academy Groundbreaking from Decatur EDtv on Vimeo.

Oakhurst Decatur Real Estate

House Hunters Take Note, here is a web site with lots of info on houses for sale around Decatur, GA
Oakhurst Decatur Real Estate

Formerly one of Decatur’s best-kept secrets, Oakhurst’s active neighborhood association now brings in thousands of neighboring residents each year for the many festivals and events, such as the Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite, a Wine Tasting Festival, and the annual Oakhurst Arts Festival. The hub of Oakhurst is called “Oakhurst Village,” which showcases some of the finest in local restaurants and shops in Intown Atlanta. Other amenities that simply add to the “neighborhood” package include the Oakhurst Dog Park, McKoy park, Oakhurst Community Garden, as well as the historic Scottish Rite Hospital.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Decatur Hudson Co. 1941 ad

This Car Dealership was also located on West Court Sq in 1941
Also in the 1940's A Ford Dealership and Dekalb Motors were located on W. Court Sq.
I am still looking for more photos of this street.
See earlier post of Sept 13th, 2010 for more pictures.

The Hudson Co. claimed their cars were America's Safest.
Read more about Hudson Cars here.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Decatur Garden Tour this weekend

From Decatur Garden Tour site

Saturday, Sept. 25 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Evening Tour 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26
• Noon-5 p.m.

The 2010 Decatur Garden Tour is co-sponsored by the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

Step into autumn and explore 16 gardens both private and public across our charmingly eclectic community. From the stately and formal to the artsy and whimsical, and everything in between, the tour blooms with ideas to feed gardening inspiration all year. Works by local artists will also be displayed. Saturday evening tour will feature Ryan Gainy's garden.

All proceeds are shared by the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and the Decatur Preservation Alliance and used to support their operations and programs

Decatur Garden Tour Marketplace
Sunday, September 26, noon-5 p.m.

Cirkelfish Studio • Clay sculpture and art for the garden
Edible Yard and Garden • Sustainable landscape design
Judy Padgett Originals • Glass garden ornaments and vases
Richard Bock • Metal yard art
Southeast Succulents • Succulents
Sustenance Design, LLC • Sustainable landscape design

Oakhurst Community Garden Project
Woodlands Garden

Meet Jay and Gloria - Modern Family

My favorite TV show.

Pete the Cat sidewalk art by James Dean

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Decatur Live Well event Saturday Sept. 25th 8-4 p.m.

This sent in by

Big Peach wanted to get the word out about our Live Well Event taking place this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.!!! Please post on your blogs---we really appreciate you guys and gals making Decatur such a wonderful place to work, live and play!

On Sept. 25th we will be hosting an event with Subaru, SORBA, Nantahala, Blue Ridge Outdoor and Bicycle South at the Decatur Big Peach Running Co. on 114 E. Trinity Place (behind City Hall and across from Chick-fil-A). There will be a scavenger hunt that coincides with this event that will start that Saturday morning. Additionally, there will be Subaru cars available to test-drive for customers, a Bicycle Skills Demo area presented by Bicycle South, a variety of outdoor gear presented by Blue Ridge Outdoors and a cool kayak area with an outdoor pool provided with Nantahala.

Every person who test-drives a Subaru vehicle will receive a $20 gift certificate to the vendor of their choice (who is participating in the event). There will be prizes for all the finishers of the scavenger hunt along with some really cool items for the top three teams.

Here's the skinny as appears in our e-newletter (below). People can sign up for the scavenger hunt on our website under the Clinics tab.

"The" Event
What are you doing Saturday? We've got a day planned that is just as colorful as the autumn leaves. The festivities take place at BPRC Decatur. We kick things off at 8:00am with another one of our famously fun scavenger hunts. Teams of 2 join forces as they test their knowledge with our pre-run trivia contest. The team with the most correct answers gets their scavenger hunt clues first. With a digital camera or a cell phone with camera in hand, the team then uses their puzzle solving and navigational skills on a 3-5 mile course. The first team back is not necessarily the winner. The team that most successfully completes the course wins.

OK, that's just the beginning. Here's the rest of the story:

Subaru/Big Peach Live Well Event.
Between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Stivers Subaru of Decatur is bringing several of their latest and greatest models to BPRC for you to test drive. Subaru is the Official Car of BPRC, and no doubt you've seen our fleet around town. And, get this everyone taking a car out for a spin will receive a $20.00 BPRC gift card. (You must be 18 years of age to test drive a car, and present your driver's license to be eligible.)

That's pretty cool, for sure, but there's so much more! Stivers Subaru isn't the only F.O.P. (Friend of Peachy) coming out to play:

Bicycle South is setting up a bicycle skills demo area, where not only can you check out some great bikes, there will also be a skills contest.

SORBA (Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Association) will be available to answer any questions you may have about mountain biking, and the great trails we have right here in town!

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is bringing a demo pool to show you some amazing kayak tricks and moves.

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine rounds out the day with great outdoor gear for you to check out.

Please let us know if you're planning on participating in the scavenger hunt by signing up below. Otherwise, just come by anytime between 8:00 and 4:00 to enjoy the fun. There will be prizes and give-aways throughout the day, so plan on spending some time with us!
The Details:
What: Subaru/BPRC Live Well Event Scavenger Hunt
When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 8:00am
Where: BPRC 114 E. Trinity Pl., Decatur 30030, 404-377.7370
Register Now!

This event is free and open to runners and walkers of all abilities
(Please note that parking is not available at BPRC Decatur during the event. Please park at the municipal parking deck just a few blocks away. There is no charge for parking on Saturdays. Or, take MARTA. The Decatur station is a very short walk from BPRC.)

Big Peach Running Co.
114 E. Trinity Place
Decatur, Ga. 30030

Moseman Service Station on W. Ponce circa 1940

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pete the Cat dolls are back in stock @ Little Shop of Stories

A new litter of Pete the Cat dolls are back in the shop at Little Shop of Stories. So you better get 'em while you can. Christmas is just around the corner.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Mezcalito's Cantina
653 East Lake Dr.
Decatur, GA 30030

The 3rd annual Park Renewal Day competition Returns in November.

Park Renewal Day Returns in November

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open! The event is November 6th, and the deadline to register is in October.


All information is below, and teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Slots fill up fast, and only a limited number of teams can compete. We also have plenty of photos from the past two years, if you need any!

September 2010 – On Saturday, November 6th, participants will return to Dearborn Park to root out invasive plants for the 3rd annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year, this joint effort of Renewal Design-Build, the DeKalb County Parks Department and City of Decatur’s Active Living Division, has well over 100 participants – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park.

Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second and third place teams will take home $300 and $200, respectively. Each team’s assigned plot will be scored by County Park experts and local celebrities. Food, music and the awarding of prizes follow the competition.

Any group willing to come together to help the park and raise money is eligible and should register as soon as possible. Teams in past years have included school organizations, neighborhood associations, and Scout troops. Last year, the Decatur High School Close Up Club used its prize winnings to help fund a spring trip to Gettysburg.

For more photos and registration information, visit Groups should register as soon as possible, as a limited number of teams are allowed to participate.

Renewal is located at 124 S. Columbia Dr. in Decatur and provides complete solutions for renovations, additions, kitchens, baths, porches, decks, small projects and repairs.

Kelly Cheek

Marketing Manager
Renewal Design-Build

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

124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

Small plane crash lands on I 85 South near Shallowford Rd.

Pilot Mat Conway landed the plane southbound on I 85 near Shallowford Road and nobody hurt.
He was inbound to Peachtree Dekalb Airport
It will be put on flatbed truck and hauled away.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bizarro Sat Morn @ The Plaza Theatre 3 :00 PM

Now Showing

1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Atlanta Georgia 30306 404-873-1939

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vintage Post Card of Decatur High School

Info below is from

Past Buildings

* A gymnasium that held the district administration offices until a recent relocation, demolished in April 2008.
* A stadium with a small number of classrooms, and athletic locker room facilities, was the oldest lighted stadium in continuous use in the United States. It was demolished in January 2008.
* The former north building.
* The former South building( pictured above), from before the current classroom building was built.
Decatur High was established in 1912




ATLANTA, September 16, 2010 – The Fall 2010 class schedule has been released by The Cook’s Warehouse with an impressive depth of cuisine and subject matter.

From “Knife Skills 101 Hands On” to advanced, hands-on classes with local chefs, there are 125 classes from which to choose – one for every age level and interest in this quarter’s classes.

And TCW will host a record number of cookbook authors for classes and signings, including:

· Sara Moulton, Everyday Family Dinners

· Shirley Corriher, award-winning author of Bakewise and Cookwise as well as the consultant to Midstate Mills for its Tenda-Bake line of flours

· Pam Anderson, Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers

· Kim O’Donnel, The Meat Lovers Meatless Cookbook, Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour

· Deborah Krasner, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat

· Nancie McDermott, Quick and Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes, Southern Cakes, and southern pies

· Lauren Chattman, Cookie Swap!

· Susan Nicholson, 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies

· George Geary, The Complete Baking Cookbook

· And our own Nancy Waldeck, TASTE and SAVOR: Delicious Healthy Recipes + Tasty Wine Tips

Well-known local chefs – including Patric Bell of West Egg Café, Atlanta’s own food chemist Shirley Corriher, and Ray Overton, a TCW favorite returning after seven years – will be at the head of the class.

We’re excited to welcome Sara Moulton back for one very special night and new local instructors include Elisa Gambino, Mark Milliron, Maggie Meroney (wine classes) and former AJC Table Top blogger Meridith Ford Goldman.

As far as cuisines, students may choose from Italian, French, “Southern,” Thai, Tuscan, Asian, vegetarian, New Orleans, Spanish and seafood.

Also available are lessons in a variety of subject-oriented courses from Big Green Egg (grilling), risotto, pasta-bilities, tapas, Dandy Doughnuts!, biscuits, soup-chili-chowder-stew, two-for-one family dinners, Whoopie pies, ciabatta, all-pumpkin, steaks and chops, best-dressed salad, cooking for one, or pressure cooking, among others.

Holiday offerings include classes for gingerbread houses, cupcakes, entertaining, herbal gifts, holiday homemade breads, Thai turkey, stress-free holiday entertaining, petit desserts, Big Green Egg holiday dinner, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

There are technique classes such as canning-preserving and “putting up,” homemade baby food, roasting and braising, fondant, and cooking with wine.

And among the “younger set” offerings are Halloween for ages 6 to 9, pastry for ages 10 to 17 and school lunches for ages 6 to 9.

For the wine lover, there are strictly “Wine” and “Wine and Food Pairings” classes as well.

The Cook’s Warehouse ( ) is greater Atlanta’s premier gourmet cookware store and cooking school with three locations in Midtown, Decatur and Brookhaven. It offers more than 15,000 products for the kitchen and operates the largest avocational cooking school in the Southeast, conducting more than 600 classes yearly, often taught by local chefs, and has a large web-based delivery-by-post site.

Owned and operated by founder Mary S. Moore, The Cook’s Warehouse also retails high-end appliances; conducts private cooking classes for unique celebrations and corporate events, and is a pro bono partner with virtually every major cooking event and gourmet association in Atlanta.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day Oct 30, 2010 Be There.

From the desk of Catherine @ The Decatur Minute.The Fall 2010 Decatur Electronics Recycling Day is set for Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can bring their old electronics to the Decatur High School parking lot at the corner of North McDonough Sreet. and West Howard Avenue.

"Cradle to College Pipeline" is a Win Win for Charles Drew Charter School

After reading about this school I wanted to post about it.

Drew Charter School is a central part of the $103 million renewal of the East Lake neighborhood that began in the mid-1990s. The project replaced the squalid East Lake Meadows housing project -- long described by police as a war zone -- with stylish apartments, a renovated golf course, an upgraded YMCA and Drew, which has 880 students from preschool to eighth grade.

Read the whole story at ajc here.

Community Involvement for Student Success - Decatur EDTV

Early Learning, Edible Books and CSD Planning
click photo to visit site.

Atlanta Ballet Launched the new Moulin Rouge blog

Atlanta Ballet sends this in about their new Moulin Rouge blog.

Just wanted to say that I as well as the team at the Atlanta Ballet love your blog! From one blogger to another, I wanted to let you know that the highly anticipated blog for the Atlanta Ballet's production of the Moulin Rouge is up and running! The blog has been set up to inform as well as entertain readers about the season opening production of the Moulin Rouge® with performances running October 22 to October 31.

The recently launched blog includes information on the Parisian history of the Moulin Rouge® as well as behind the scenes access, news updates, and events with themes based on the ballet. The blog is tremendously interactive allowing readers to 'like' every blog post which links to their Facebook account. We also have a real time twitter feed running on the side of the page. There's also a link to the Atlanta Ballet's page for ticket information.

We would also love to add you as a friend and include the hyperlink to your blog on our site and would be delighted if you if you could mention us in the form of a little blurb or by including our hyperlink on your blog.

We hope you'll take a look.

Here's the link:

-Ansley Rice

Monday, September 13, 2010

UPS Drops "What can brown do for you" Slogan for "We [heart] logistics"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a love affair a decade in the making, Sandy Springs-based UPS launched a new slogan and ad campaign Monday -- "We [heart] logistics" -- leaving "What can brown do for you?" at the curb.

The change represents the company's first global marketing campaign and a new focus on its non-package delivery capabilities. While shipping remains the foundation of UPS' business, Christine Owens, senior vice president of communications and brand management for UPS, said the acquisition of more than 40 companies over the past 12 years has allowed UPS to create a worldwide logistics network.

With the new ads, UPS is alerting small and mid-sized businesses to its capabilities providing services from transportation to financing to technology to allow companies to do business anywhere in the world. Competitors include Penske Logistics, Ryder and DHL

ajc story

Rare Photo of West Court Sq. circa 1950's

Decatur-Army-Navy-Marine & Air Force surplus store
and Ray's Tailor Cleaners - Mens Wear. I think this photo of Ray's
was after they moved from (137 Atlanta Ave circa 1956) and then later to Toco Hills Shopping Center.
Just to the right of Ray's was Decatur's Ford Dealership.

Below is West Court Square circa 1940's

If you have any photos of downtown decatur new or old, send them in and I will try to post it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

HomeGrown Decatur

Decatur, GA
412 Church St
Decatur, GA
Artful Goods Local Roots
HomeGrown Decatur

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mathis Dairy Exhibit @ Old Court House

--These glass milk bottles were from the 50's & 60's
I remember these smaller bottles of milk at Winnona Park School.


What are your memories of visiting Mathis Dairy.
Check out this great site :

R.L. Mathis Dairy
3181 Rainbow Drive
Decatur, GA

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Surprise Visit - John Mayer Jams @ Eddies Attic Tuesday Night

You’re an internationally renowned musician, in the middle of a tour - what do you do on a rare off night?

For John Mayer, the answer was easy as he prepared for a show on his “Battle Studies” tour in Atlanta: Go back to where it all started.

Tuesday night Mayer tweeted around 10:30 p.m., “Atlanta people! Lets jam out at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. 11:30pm. Heading over now.” By the time it hit 11:30 p.m. the line wrapped around the block and down the street for a rare 21+ show for only $10.

Eddie’s Attic is where it all started for Mayer a decade ago when he was a struggling musician, so the surprise show was a homecoming of sorts. At one point Mayer couldn’t remember the lyrics to an old song and asked if there were any “super fans” in the audience who could help him with the words.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

You're Invited! Free Seminars + Design Consultations

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen, sprucing up a bathroom, or adding more space? Attend these seminars. Free design consultations follow!

"Remodeling in Today's Economy"
+ Design Consultations

DATE: Thursday, September 9th

TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION: Renewal Design-Build, 124 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur
"Kitchen & Bath Design Trends"
+ Design Consultations

DATE: Tuesday, September 14th

TIME: 7:00pm
LOCATION:Renewal Design-Build, 124 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur

Seats are limited! Call 404.378.6962, or email to reserve your space today.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Trackside/5th Earl Demolition "A Rare Site"

New construction should start soon on the rebuild.
Trackside will be back, better than ever.

Decatur Book Festival Photos





Pete the Cat @ Little Shop of Stories








Friday, September 3, 2010

Let Wahoo! do the cooking this Labor Day

Open Labor Day
Monday, September 6th

Let Wahoo! do the cooking this Labor Day
Join us for dinner
5 pm - 10 pm

Wahoo! Grill
1042 West College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030