Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mingei World Arts Here's to November!

Mingei World Arts
Here's to November!

Dear Mingei friends-

November brings Terrific Thursdays, the Decatur Wine Festival, a new art walk and some special sales.

Keep reading so you won't miss anything!

Terrific Thursdays 2010 Terrific Thursdays begin!
It's that time again-- leading up to Christmas, Decatur throws a progressive holiday party every Thursday in November and December (but for Thanksgiving when we are all home feasting!). Come to Decatur for special sales, holiday treats, and visits from Santa Claus. How could holiday shopping be any more fun?

The first of these festive evenings is Thursday, November 4. Come by Mingei, enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles and get started and saving on that holiday list!
Wine jars

Autumn Art Walk 2010

The Decatur Arts Alliance has added a second Art Walk-- and
it will debut on Friday, November 5! Decatur will be abuzz that evening with art, wine and festivity! Come by Mingei between 5 and 10pm to share a glass of wine, and treat yourself or someone on your gift list to the beautiful work of Sararabrazil.

Sara Brandon, who studied anthropology in both Brazil and the United States, creates modern designs rooted in eco friendly choices, fair trade, filled with color and rooted in natural forms.
Sara cuff
The designs are inspired by indigenous North, Central and South American motifs, vintage designs and nature.

We regularly carry Sara's acai seed necklaces, but here is a chance to see her beautiful silver work, too!

sara earrings
Decatur Wine Festival

Come enjoy the annual Decatur Wine Festival on Saturday, November 6th., from 1-6, pm. Metro Atlanta's largest outdoor wine festival will be held on the square in Decatur with proceeds benefiting the Decatur Arts Alliance, which produces the Decatur Arts Festival and many other arts events, free to the community each year. Tickets are $32 and may be purchased in advance only at

The festival will be showcasing organic and sustainably produced wines along with more than 300 other domestic and international wines. There will also be samples of food from many of our outstanding Decatur restaurants as well as live music.

While in Decatur for the festival, come by Mingei for a look at our attractive and practical woven wine bottle carriers from Morocco, sleek wooden wine boxes, and old wine jars from Hunan, China.

Maria Banner Bags on Sale!

These tote and messenger bags made from recycled festival banners that flew over Decatur during the Olympics and other festivals past are now on sale for 40% off! That means you can nab them for $30 or less!

As the holiday season approaches, we are delighted to have so many opportunities to see you! We look forward to your next visit!

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Ann and Ellen

Mingei World Arts | 427 Church Street | Decatur | GA | 30030


Who You Gonna Call ?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Park Renewal Day 2010 is Almost Here! Register your Team Today

With only a few spots left, it's time to get your group together and submit your registration form.

New this year: every team walks away with something!!

The Competition
Teams compete for big prize money [grand prize is $1,000!] by uprooting invasive plants in one of our local community parks. Officials from DeKalb County and the City of Decatur will judge the quality and quantity of work done to each group's designated work space.

Save the Date!
Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 am

**Food and live entertainment follow the work session**

Dearborn Park,
Deerwood Drive at Midway Road in Decatur

For More Information
Contact Dave Butler, DeKalb County Parks at 404-371-2540 or

And, don't forget to visit for more info, registration forms, and to see photos from previous years.

Decorate Decatur for Halloween Winners

Over at The Decatur Minute they have the winners of Decorate Decatur.
You need to check out all the Halloween pictures.
Congratulations to all the winners.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize y'alls neighborhood


Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl
Thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winnona Park Home Decorated for Halloween

Decatur EDTV News

click on image to enlarge

DeKalb Police to Host Halloween Event

by Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County Police will be handing out candy instead of traffic tickets Saturday at the force’s second annual “Trunk or Treat” event.

The free event is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. outside headquarters at 1960 West Exchange Place in Tucker.

Officers say this is one day a year they encourage. They will be looking for families dressed in costumes.

In addition to candy, the department will offer free face-painting, police spokesman Officer Jason Gagnon said.

ajc story

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

007 Car sold in London for $4.1M

Sean Connery standing next to the famous Aston Martin DB5.
Where's my Bentley? - It's had its day, I'm afraid. - But it's never let me down. - M's orders, 007. ... You'll be driving this Aston Martin DB5.

LONDON — The world's most famous James Bond 007 cars The silver Aston Martin that first driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" — was auctioned off Wednesday in London for ($4.1 million.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Lost Marilyn Monroe Photos

In August 1953, photographer John Vachon from LOOK magazine was granted unusual access to starlet Marilyn Monroe while on the Banff, Alberta set of "River of No Return." The negatives from these intimate photo sessions were then filed away for nearly 60 years -- until now, with the release of "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" from Dover Publications.

Scarecrows of Winnona Park

@@@@If you have a great Halloween decorated yard send me a picture or link and I will post it.@@@@

Kings Hwy is a Thriller for Trick-or-Treaters



This is located on Kings Hwy.
Decatur, GA.

UPDATE: Congrats for being one of the winners of Decorate Decatur.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Decatur Pirate


This yard is one of my favorite decorated for Halloween .
It's on Adair St. Decatur, GA

Blogger Nancy Wilkinson said...

Aw, thanks! We're having a blast putting everything together again this year. My favorite holiday!

UPDATE: Next Stop...Decatur says: Congratulations on your win for Decorate Decatur.

October 27, 2010 9:12 PM

Low Country Boil T-shirts available!

From Decatur Education Foundation

Low Country Boil T-shirts available!
If you purchased a ticket for the event but did not get your tshirt - they are available at the Decatur Education Foundation office at 315 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 770 (call 404-377-0641 before coming by to be sure someone is here). Women's cut (medium & large) and unisex shirts (large and XL) are available.
lcb shirt
If you did not purchase a ticket but would like a keepsake tshirt you can purchase one for $10.

ks again to all our donors, sponsors, hosts, guests and volunteers for a great event. Together we raised $25,000 to support the children and youth of Decatur! See you next October for LCB 9!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Road Trip to The 43rd Mountain Moonshine Festival


Dawsonville, GA

"Let me tell the story, I can tell it all
About the mountain boy who ran illegal alcohol
His daddy made the whiskey, son, he drove the load
When his engine roared, they called the highway Thunder Road."
( lyrics from The Ballard of Thunder Road).

43rd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival at At the intersection of Hwy 53 and Hwy 9 in Dawsonville, GA is this weekend up in Dawsonville GA.
Today the weather was perfect for this annual event and at this time of year you can see all the leave changing to fall colors.
This event is expecting 100,000 vistors this weekend.
Hundreds of old cars are on display and plenty of food and entertainment.
The Mountain Moonshine Festival runs through 5 PM Sunday.


The Moonshine Festival explores Dawson County's history during the prohibition era when liquor was illegal and the Great Depression of the 1930's when running moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains was a way of life. Thousands of tourists flock to the birthplace of NASCAR racing to hear about storied legends, Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall, Raymond Parks, and Gober Sosebee. These men loved the thrill of being chased through the ridges of Northeast Georgia Mountains. Bring the family and visit an old Moonshine still; listen to stories from both "Trippers" and Revenuers. On Sat., the 23th, crafts, food and entertainment will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the square in Dawsonville. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. See a huge car show lining the streets, including vintage racecars and their drivers. Sunday October 24th – Activities continue with music, dancers, kid’s games and rides, exhibits, crafts, food and cars, cars and more cars! Fun for the entire family.

Free Admission


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Howdy Folks! Big Tex Cantina Coming to Decatur

Did you hear the news. ? Fox Bros. BBQ will open a new place in downtown Decatur and the name of it reminded me of the Texas State Fair, you know the larger than life cowboy that greets people to the entrance of The Texas State Fair.

Photo from Flickr member: What Makes The Pie Shops Tick?'s
Read the story below.

This is from:

The Blissful Glutton web site.

I was just informed by Jonathan Fox that he and his brother, Justin, have started demolition on their new spot: The Big Tex Cantina. The restaurant, which gets its name from Jonathan’s nickname, is located in Downtown Decatur. The Fox Bros. are converting three old spaces–that formerly housed Nathalie’s Fish House, Levi’s Key West Fish House, and an old club–into one large space. Big Tex will be a departure from Fox Bros. BBQ according to Jonathan, since they’ll have a much larger kitchen and more room to play around with the “Texican” menu, which draws many influences from their home state of Texas. Look for items such as chicken fried steak, homemade corn dogs, stacked enchiladas (their mom’s recipe), tacos, chalupas and more. The Cantina will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night. Jonathan maintains the restaurant will still be family friendly despite having a fully-stocked bar and a pool room complete with darts. The restaurant is slated to open in late Winter or early Spring.

Decatur Water Tower

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DeKalb Junior League Bargain Bazaar Nov 6 & 7

This sent in by Sarah Woodward

Just wanted to let you know that Junior League of DeKalb County is having its 21st annual Bargain Bazaar on Saturday, Nov 6 from 8am - 4pm and Sunday, Nov 7 from 1pm - 4pm at First Baptist Church in Decatur at the corner of Commerce & Clairemont.

We will have tons of furniture, home decor, electronics, baby and children's items, linens, toys, appliances and more from 100 families!!!

All proceeds go toward supporting our charitable efforts in DeKalb County. We would love for you to share this event with your readers.

Sarah Woodward

Thanks Sarah for sending this in.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


THE SILVER SCREAM SPOOK SHOW is a 30 minute live stage show filled with magic tricks, dancing girls, jokes, spectacle and frights! We follow it with a classic horror movie on actual 35mm film!


Click here for the official Silver Scream Spook Show website

The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306-4219
(404) 873-1939

The Steel Wheels will be at Eddie's Attic on Oct 27th.

The Steel Wheels, from Virginia, will be at Eddie's Attic on Oct 27th.
8 PM / $ 15.00 Oct. 27th, Wednesday - 8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm

Decatur, GA

From there web site:
Eddie's Attic : 515-B North McDonough St.
We love Eddie’s Attic! Great people and a great venue. Opening will be our great friends The Honey Dewdrops! It’s an all Virginia night in Decatur.

The Steel Wheels are a high energy Americana and roots folk act from Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their recent album, Red Wing, broke into the top 10 on the Americana music charts. They also have received a lot of attention for the yearly bicycle tour that they do--- most recently they completed a 10 day tour of Michigan, completely by bicycle (no support vehicles--just bikes and trailers and a lot of muscle).

Decatur, GA
Eddie's Attic : 515-B North McDonough St.

Decatur Fire Dept. circa 1929

Decatur, GA. circa 1929

Chief M.D. Googer is shown standing by the new Buick which will be used by the chief in answering fire alarms.
Seated in the Modern Pump are Walker and Morgan.
This is 1929 Decatur Ga.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vacation Photos of Decatur's Past

Back in the 1950's and 60's Decatur residents would send in their vacation photos
and the Decatur Dekalb newspaper would publish them.
This one is circa 1965

I will start posting more of these type vacation photos now and then.
They are fun to look at.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oakhurst's Second Annual Dogtoberfest Sunday Oct 17

Bring your 4 legged friends for our Mutt Strutt, Doggie Costume Contest, Professional Photography Sessions, Raffles, Marketplace, Live Music, Food & Drinks, Microchip Clinic, Adoptions & More!!!

Sunday, October 17th
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Location: 657 East Lake Drive - Behind Mojo Pizza and adjacent to Steinbeck's
Mutt Strutt: Begins at 2:00 at Taj Ma-Hound
(707 D East Lake Dr., Decatur GA 30030)
Costume Contest: Registration begins at 2:00 pm. Contest held at 3:00 pm.

Cosmic Halloween Bowling to benefit Animal Action Rescue

Suburban Plaza Lanes
2619 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

North Decatur United Methodist Church Pumpkin Sale

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wells Fargo & Co. is About to Show it's Name

Decatur, GA

Photo above is Wells Fargo's new sign in Decatur
Welcome to Decatur Wells Fargo.
Name change due to Wells Fargo and Wachovia merger.

By Rachel Tobin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wells Fargo & Co. is about to make its name in metro Atlanta.
On Saturday, the San Francisco-based bank will begin installing the biggest branding symbols in its history at a prime location next to the Downtown Connector.

A construction helicopter will lift three massive signs atop the building at 171 17th Street in Atlantic Station that used to sport the Wachovia name.

Wells Fargo bought Wachovia in 2009 and is completing the brand overhaul. Wachovia’s signs were removed in September.

The new north and south facing signs on the building are 11 feet tall, while the Wells Fargo logo facing the interstate measures 27 by 29 feet.This sign, recently photographed in Virginia Beach, Va., will replace Wachovia signs atop the office tower at 171 17th Street in Atlantic Station. Signs, including this one that measures 27 feet high by 29 feet wide, are the largest that Wells Fargo has ever installed on one of its office buildings.

photo credit: Wells Fargo

read more at AJC

Look for the new signs in Decatur.

Some long time residents of Decatur will remember this building as being Decatur Federal.
Through out the years it's been many banks First National Bank, First Union merged with Wachovia and they kept the Wachovia name.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"RED" in Theatres Today

New Decatur Police Car

Decatur's Traffic Safety Police Car.

Beacon Hill Artist Studio Open House to Benefit Decatur High School

Sarah Collman sends this in:

I am a Beacon Hill artist and I am trying to get the word out about our event to benefit Decatur High School arts programming, Nov. 5-6th 2010 This is our annual event complete with open studios, student performances, artist demonstrations, and lots of varieties of artwork to check out. All donations and 20% of all artwork sales will be given directly to the high school for both the performing and visual arts programs.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sarah Collman

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Celebrate six years of Wahoo

Celebrate six years of Wahoo!

Thursday, October 14
5 to 10 p.m.

Don't miss our exciting wine-and-dine anniversary celebration tomorrow evening when we offer complementary wine to all dinner guests.

Diners can enjoy some of our signature menu items that recently garnered Best Atlanta Seafood from Citysearch Atlanta, such as Charleston shrimp & grits and blackened Wahoo with tomato-caper vinaigrette over fresh garden herb rice.

Following your meal, grab your wine glass and join us outside in Wahoo!It's signature patio and event tent recently voted Atlanta's Best Outdoor Dining spot by Citysearch Atlanta to enjoy the jazzy sounds of the Bonaventure Quartet.

No RSVP is required, but it is recommended that you take advantage of Wahoo!'s call-ahead seating policy at 404.373.3331. Reservations can be made for parties of five or more.

Decatur Street Scene

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sony to Roll Out Google TV-Equipped Sets

Sony Corp said Wednesday they are ready to roll out their new TVs that will be equipped with Google TV.

Starting prices start at 599.00 Two models: A simple Internet TV and one with a built in Blu-ray dics player.

If this is what you have been waiting on, visit Sony Style Web site and/or Best Buy stores .

The Plaza Theatre Documentary on PBA 30 - OCT 24TH

From The Plaza Theatre site.

The Plaza documentary

gets television screening on PBA 30 on Oct. 24th

If you didn't get to make it out to the premiere on Sunday Sept. 12th, you missed a great time! The film got an awesome response.

THE PLAZA - Showing on PBA 30 on October 24th at 10pm!

A documentary by Matt Rasnick

The Plaza is a story 70 years in the making. The last neighborhood movie theater in Atlanta Georgia, struggles to survive in a world of multiplexes by offering it's audience many unique and special attractions. Old movies, horror shows with live actors, special screenings, events and parties are all part of the business model that owners Jonathan and Gayle Rej have developed in order to compete with the national chains as they keep the doors open and the audiences entertained in this historic movie palace.

See the movies coming soon this month
Also in Nov. The 1977 cult classic "Rolling Thunder" with William Devane

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bike Lane Construction to Start for W. Ponce/W. Trinity Pl.

From Work is expected to start during the week of October 11 on construction of the West Ponce de Leon Avenue/West Trinity Place Bicycle Lanes. Construction should be completed within 3 months, depending on the weather. The work will include milling, repairs and repaving of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and West Trinity Place and re-striping to include new crosswalks at the intersections, on-street parking and bicycle lanes. We apologize for any inconvenience during the work.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10th Annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade

Learn more about this @

Decatur Halloween Decorating Contest

Photo from last year's post where I said: (Watch out kids in the Winnona Park area, this giant Black Bat (aka BATMAN) was last seen flying down Poplar Circle....They say he has RED eyes.)

From The Decatur Focus

Decatur will hold its first official Halloween Decorating Contest this year. Residents and businesses are invited to decorate homes and/or businesses and submit a photo to by noon on Thursday, Oct. 28. Please include your name and address.

Judges will make their decision Thursday evening and the winners will be posted on the City of Decatur website, the Downtown Decatur Facebook page, and on blog. Winners will receive a special yard sign on Friday, Oct. 29, to display throughout the weekend.

h/t decatur metro

Candler Park's 2010 Fall Fest


Fall Fest is one of Atlanta's premiere and most-beloved festivals, and we invite you to come share in the fun. It is produced by the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization and draws 10,000 - 15,000 people.

Save the date! The 2010 Fall Fest -- the tenth anniversary of this wonderful event -- will be held on October 23-24. We'll kick off the festivities with the Fall Ball on October 22. The festival will run from noon - 9 pm on Saturday and noon - 7 pm on Sunday.

Fall Fest is FREE to attend, thanks to our sponsors.


Avondale Estates Autumnfest


Join us for AutumnFest, a celebration of the arts for all ages that attracts art mavens to historic Avondale Estates every Fall. This year's festival takes place the weekend of October 23-24, 2010 across from City Hall. The colors of Fall merge with the brilliance of art to create a truly original flavor for this event.

Drawing more than 1,500 visitors from the metro Atlanta area, the Festival comprises an art show and artists' market featuring more than 60 regional artists and craftsmen selling original paintings, folk art, metal sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, and textiles.

With a focus on the arts, food and drink, live music and entertainment, and recreational activities for the kids, AutumnFest equates to a perfect excursion for the whole family.

FREE SMOKE detectors for Decatur Residents.

Meredith over at the Decatur Minute has posted about FREE SMOKE detectors for Decatur Residents.

Did you know that the Decatur Fire & Rescue Department was offering free smoke detectors to Decatur residents? If you need one, complete and return this form or call 404-373-5092 and a member of the Fire Department staff will come out and install one for you. Firefighters are also conducting fire-safety checks at the time of smoke detector installation. All you have to do is ask.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Decatur High School Homecoming Parade 2010

See more at Flickr site






See more at Flickr site

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival is Saturday

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival
Saturday, Oct 9 - Time 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Harmony Park
Artists market with more than 75 artists, children's arts activities, literary arts, and musical performances throughout the day. Free. Sponsored by South Decatur Community Development Corporation and Decatur Arts Alliance.
October 9 • 10 am-7 pm • Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village
Corner of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Emory Village Roundabout Hoping to Ease Traffic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County officials are hoping to ease traffic congestion near Emory Village with a new roundabout. Drivers should expect delays the next nine months during construction.

The county started the road work Wednesday at the entrance of Emory University at North Decatur Road and Oxford Drive. County spokesman Burke Brennan said he expects the project, which involves replacing the existing traffic light with a roundabout, will be completed in June.

The $2.2 million project is designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, Brennan said. In addition to the road upgrades, the county is adding new sidewalks, lighting, benches, trash cans, bike racks and landscaping.

ajc story

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Decatur High's Harvest Tickets on Sale Now

from Andrea Berry @

Tickets are $5. in advance and will be on sale in the cafeteria during lunch.

Conan O'Brien Getting Ready for Nov. 8th on TBS

Monday, October 4, 2010

Decatur Cook's Warehouse Hosts Food Bank Cooking Class

Chef Joe Schafer of Parish will host a Simple Abundance Cooking Class on Oct. 11 at The Cook's Warehouse Decatur. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

$55 Demonstration and tasting

To register online for this class or any other upcoming Simple Abundance cooking classes visit or call 404-892-FEED ext. 1444.

Cook's Warehouse Decatur
180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA. 30030

Phone: 404-377-4005

Open Monday through Saturday - 10am to 8pm Open Sunday - 11am to 4pm

Low Country Boil No. 8 Oct. 14, 2010

Time is running out to get your Tickets for
Decatur Education Foundation's
Low Country Boil!

Tickets purchased after 10/4 will not be guaranteed an event t-shirt
Go to

to puchase tickets online.

Now In its 8th year, the Low Country Boil will feature:

GREAT food by Chefs Michael Condon & Ray Allen of Badda Bing

GREAT beer provided by Victory Brewing Compnany

GREAT wine provided by Banfi Vintners

GREAT music by Decatur's best cover band The Dammages

GREAT "Gourmet & Getaway" auction items

ALL for a GREAT Cause:
Ensuring that EVERY child in Decatur has opportunities
to reach his/her full potential

For more information or to purchase your ticket click here
or visit
Interested in sponsoring this great community event
or serving on the host committee?
email or call 404-377-0641