Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween in 1958


This is what it was like on Halloween in 1958

This is a reprint from the Atlanta Journal dated Oct. 31, 1958
BY Laura McGregor

Tonight the witches take to the air.
Bubbling brews will steam from black kettles,
witch-ridden brooms will swoop across the sky.
Ghosts will flutter overhead and for a few shorth hours Atlanta will become an eerie city filled with the supernatural from on high.
Halloween with all it's magical powers will capture the children turning them into frightening little creatures, punching doorbells and screeching loudly "Trick or Treat".
Bright orange pumpkins hollowed and carved into a variety of contorted faces will brighten porches and shine from windows.
And the howl of a lone black cat and the smell of burned autumn leaves will put a hypnotic spell in the crisp night air.
Amid the dancing neon signs downtown will roam the celebrants-blowing horns, rattling noise makers and belive bones.
While out from the city lights, little clowns, gypsies, skeletons and ghosts will douse their heads in washtubs filled with red apples and eat marshmellows from a string.
But at the stroke of 12 trick or treat bags will be empty again.
The last of the candied apples will be washed from dirty little hands and the last of the witches will point their brooms toward the land of spirits to await another magical night of Halloween.

Pranksters prepare for Halloween in 1958 and include cat "P.J"
Rhonda, left and Charles Robinson are dressed for the occasion.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Decorate Decatur: Halloween Houses

Grand Prize winner this year "Scarecrow Army" @ 212 Adair St. Decatur, GA

This one is at 252 Kings Hwy. Decatur, GA

This cool looking house is at 429 Adams St. Decatur, GA
I love all those birds, It reminds me of the movie "The Birds"

Another Decorate Decatur winner house at 123 Kings Hwy. Decatur, GA


This is Nancy Wilkinson house, she won the grand prize last year.
watch this video about Nancy's passion for Halloween.
This one is on Adair St. Decatur, GA

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol opens December 21st


Ghost Protocol sees Cruise reprise his role as Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt, with Simon Pegg returning as computer expert Benji Dunn from Mission: Impossible III. Joining the sequel are newcomers Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Vladimir Mashkov, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Anil Kapoor, and Jeremy Renner.
Next Showing: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol opens December 21st
From :
Promotion for the upcoming sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has been pretty limited. So far, the scene where Tom Cruise is suspended from the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is clearly a showcase piece, having been featured in the movie's first and only trailer as well as a newly released featurette.

If you didn't think Cruise was a little fearless before, you will after watching the actor run, jump, and climb the world's tallest building with nothing but a few cables holding him up. Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) doesn't seem too nervous as watches and calls for Cruise to perform more takes. While the stunt itself is the sole focus, it does serve to show that the upcoming sequel is doing everything it can to push the action scenes to a whole new level.

watch this trailer

Waffle House Museum open house schedule

Jerry Andrews sends in these waffle house links sent to him.

Thanks to Ed Hallman and Susan Penland Lee for the links. Enjoy!

Thanks to all three for the links.

Cow tongue shuts down Decatur Square

From ajc
By Christopher Seward

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Many suspicious packages have sent metro police agencies scrambling, but none like the one discovered Thursday on the Decatur Square.
Decatur Police were called to the grounds of the old historic courthouse around noon when a suspicious package was reported on the lawn.

The package was wrapped in duct tape, Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After the area was cordoned off, Lee said, a MARTA explosives dog was called in, but the canine didn’t detect anything.

The package was then X-rayed, but nothing mechanical was observed, Lee said. The next step was to cut the package open.

Inside, authorities found a cow tongue. Yes, a cow tongue.

Lee said authorities haven’t identified the tongue’s owner or how it ended up on the courthouse grounds.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Decatur High Football Game Stopped with Parent Arrested

From the ajc

By George Mathis

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link
Decatur High School's football game ended early Friday night after a parent rushed onto the field to defend his son, officials said.
Parent Dean Rodney was arrested for disorderly conduct after entering the field of play with 8:52 left on the clock. Rodney told Decatur police he "acted spontaneously" after seeing his son shoved by a larger Twiggs County player after a play ended, according to a police report.

With Decatur winning 48-0, the teams' coaches agreed to end the game early, said Decatur City Schools Athletic Director Carter Wilson.

Rodney's son was ejected from the game for his actions after the play and will be suspended for one game, said Wilson. It was the first suspension for the 3-5 team this year, said Wilson.

Wilson said he could not recall a game ending early because of a fan's actions.

"It's definitely unusual," said Wilson. "Nothing on the field seems any different, but there's a lot more going on with fans and people in the stands."

Three Twiggs players were ejected during the game and will also miss at least one game per Georgia High School Association rules.

Decatur rarely plays Twiggs County, located east of Macon along I-16.

Parent's arrest ends Decatur football game

Monday, October 24, 2011

The 1st Annual HomeGrown Halloween Parade and Monsters' Ball

What happens when the 100+ local artists at HomeGrown Decatur put their fiendish heads together and cook up a witch's brew of Halloween fun?

Why, the 1st Annual HomeGrown Halloween Parade and Monsters' Ball, of course!

Join the ghastly revelry on Sunday, October 30th. All ages are invited to put on their most ghoulish costumes and come celebrate Halloween. The younger set can kick off the afternoon with a 3 o'clock Halloween story time at Little Shop of Stories. Then all the local zombies and goblins, old and young alike, will meet at the Decatur Bandstand at 4 p.m. for a walking parade around town.

At 5 p.m., come enjoy the haunted sounds of The Dammages ( as they claim the bandstand for the inaugural Monsters' Ball, an all ages costumed dance and band party. Set up a picnic dinner and enjoy live music followed by an adult costume contest sponsored by The Square Pub. See video below og The Dammages.

Stay tuned for more information at or

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The 44th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival 2011




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 22nd, 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 23rd – Activities continue with music, dancers, kid’s games and rides, exhibits, crafts, food and cars, cars and more cars! Fun for the entire family.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Decatur High School Homecoming Parade 2011




Rocket 88 .. Gone with the Wind - Already Closed



Rocket 88 just opened last month, and they have already closed
no sign in window, but the place is empty.

Their facebook page says:
We no longer exsist. Thanks for yer patronage

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Decatur High School Homecoming Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m Oct 21


Photos from 2010 Homecoming Parade
This is from Diane Loupe over at The Decatur Patch

You'd think that a gal who grew up in New Orleans would be parade jaded.

Nope, I love parades. And one of our community's loveliest little parades will run through town Friday afternoon.

The Decatur High School Homecoming Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m., complete with a marching band, convertibles and home-made floats.

The Decatur Bulldogs will be playing the Twiggs County High Cobras in the 7:30 p.m. homecoming game, so you can expect to see floats representing huge caped Bulldogs constructed of chicken wire and papier mache wrestling, overpowering and generally trouncing chicken-wire cobras.

So this is fair warning to anyone who lives or works near downtown Decatur. Want to get home early on Friday? Make sure you get out of downtown before 5:30 p.m.

But if you're looking for one of the reasons that Decatur retains a nostalgic small-town feel inside a mammoth metropolitan area, stick around.

Stephanie Mealor Corder of the Dragonfly Design Studios blog (she also teaches art lessons!) and Dennis Whitefield, a Decatur native who writes the Next Stop... Decatur blog, have shared their pictures from last year's homecoming parage. Whitefield fondly remembers being a student at Decatur Junior High and going over to the high school to watch the DHS homecoming parade.

All this week, Decatur High students have been giving up their evenings to gather around a trailer and create a float. Mardi Gras, these aren't.

Having chaperoned many float-building evenings, I can attest to the fact that these homemade creations are totally and completely the idea and work of the students. We adults just sit around, make sure nobody gets funky with spray paint and trade gossip.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Water Playground to open at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park adding water playground
Geyser Towers attraction will open in spring
By Howard Pousner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlantans who've been known to seek relief from unrelenting heat and humidity at water attractions and public fountains will have a new option for getting wet starting this spring as Stone Mountain Park introduces Geyser Towers.
Just how damp they want to get, from being kissed by a fine mist to reveling in an outright soaking, will be up to the individuals. Still, there will be some surprises from the multiple sources of liquid refreshment spraying in this two-story playground of suspended net bridges and tunnels and open-air platforms connected by climbing towers.

Expected to open March 31, the start of spring break for many metro school systems, Geyser Towers targets ages 6 through 12 but is designed to allow parents who are game to share in the wet wildness. "We wanted to create something for everyone, and I believe we have," said Tina Skees, the project's creative director for Herschend Family Entertainment.

Full story at ajc

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What is happening in Good Old Decatur GA,

From Jerry Andrews

Decatur High Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 against Twiggs Co from Jeffersinville, GA.
The new SPLOST ,1 cent tax, is planned for the following:
Replace portions of Renfroe Middle School
Renovations for Clairemont, Oakhurst, College Heights, Decatur High School, Glennwood, Westchester and Winnona Park.
Westchester will reopen since being closed since 2004
Installation of system-wide technology and information systems
Pay off some bonds.
There will be a $1.2 million renovation of Decatur Cemetery, the oldest metro Atlanta's cemetery
A community garden will be developed
WiFi will again be installed in the city after several tries
They are considering a roundabout at Commerce/Clairemont/Church St.
About $3.5 million is allocated for improved bike trails around Decatur

Thanks Jerry for sending this in.

Join Wahoo! for their 7th Anniversary Celebration

Join Wahoo! As We Celebrate with Cava, Cocktails and Acclaimed Cuisine

Our week-long seventh anniversary celebration is underway with a variety of features for diners to mark this milestone with us!

Join us every night this week at 7 p.m. for a complimentary sparkling wine toast and then continue the merriment with our anniversary-inspired $7 cocktail menu that includes the 7th Heaven.

This cocktail is filled with bright flavors that perfectly compliment one another to create a refreshing libation. Beefeater 24 gin is combined with Luxardo maraschino liquer and tart grapefruit juice and then finished with a sprig of fresh mint.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Decatur will be the second location for Swirlin' Twirlin'.

The Twirlin’ Swirlin’ yogurt shop at 335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur will open the fourth week of October, owner Hye Kim said.

This is the family's second Twirlin’ Swirlin’ shop.
From the Decatur Patch

“We were looking for a location,” said daughter Shirley Kim said. “We saw a lot of people walking around.”

The Kims opened their first is at 5900 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch. The Kims live in Suwanee.

The family is still painting the interior and installing equipment.

Shirley Kim customers will walk down a line filling their cup with self-serve yogurt and then visit a toppings stand. The shop will offer 40 flavors of yogurt and 50 kinds of toppings.

Cups will sell for 39 cents per ounce.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are the Debit Card Fees going to Upset You ? Switch to a Credit Union

Don't get mad, get glad , just switch to a credit union.
ajc has a story about it.
Read below.

By Arielle Kass

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For a decade, the only time Tim Atkins changed banks was when the institution that had his money was sold.
He was a happy Wells Fargo customer for years. Before that, Wachovia. Before that, SouthTrust Bank.

But now, angered by the elimination of his debit card rewards program and a monthly debit card fee Wells Fargo is testing, Atkins has had enough. Two weeks ago, he joined Delta Community Credit Union. He is closing his Wells Fargo accounts.

“The debit card fee caused me to start looking at my options,” the 29-year-old trainer for a tutoring company said. “What kept me at Wells Fargo was convenience.”

Full story

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Boo at the Zoo

From :

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns for just four days! Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats*, meet the whimsical characters of Zoo Boo Town, and much more on two enchanted weekends with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume! Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Costume Contest
Enter the Boo costume contest and receive special prizes if you win! Located at Zoo Boo Town Castle (Ford Pavilion)

Ages 4 and under – 11:30 a.m.
Ages 5 to 9 – 12:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up – 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 22, 23, 29 and 30
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns for just four days! Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats*, meet the whimsical characters of Zoo Boo Town, and much more on two enchanted weekends with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Don’t forget your costume! Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Costume Contest
Enter the Boo costume contest and receive special prizes if you win! Located at Zoo Boo Town Castle (Ford Pavilion)

Ages 4 and under – 11:30 a.m.
Ages 5 to 9 – 12:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pulp Fiction - Dance Scene

The Cowsills- The Rain The Park & Other Things.

Best veggie meal at a non-veggie restaurant - Try Leon's Full Service

Leon's Full Service ~ Decatur GA
Photo: Next Stop...Decatur

Here in the hallowed halls of CL's food department, we are partial to pig. But despite our affection for meat, we harbor a serious craving for the veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service. Made with a combination of quinoa, lentils, mushrooms, bulgur wheat and sun-dried tomatoes, it's at once rich, hearty, nutty, savory and intensely satisfying. The tangy romesco sauce and roasted cauliflower, shiitake and sun-dried tomato salad provide more intense earthy flavor than is present in many of the city's best meat dishes. That, paired with a recession old-fashioned ($6!) makes for one of the most gratifying meals in the A. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Scooter Rally Starts In Decatur

From Decatur Patch

You can expect to see a whole lot of motor scooters in Decatur over the next few days.

Twist 'n' Scoot at 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. will be host at 7 p.m. Thursday to the launch of the third annual Resurgence Scooter Rally. It's a four-day event and a Saturday event is also scheduled at Twist 'n' Scoot.

Here's how the shop describes the upcoming events.

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Scooter Meet-Up at Twist ‘n’ Scoot Decatur where we'll have some fun events like prize giveaways, demos and more — then hop across the street for food & drink specials at The Marlay House. 431 W. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, GA.
9:00pm: Cafe Run to Trader Vic’s
Depart from Twist ‘n’ Scoot/The Marlay House for a group ride to downtown Atlanta and the world-famous Trader Vic’s Restaurant and Mai Tai Bar.

Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Check-in at Twist ‘n’ Scoot Decatur then proceed across the street to the Marlay. Twist ‘n’ will be providing a hearty breakfast for all registered attendees to get you revved up for the biggest day of the rally.
11:00 a.m.: Long Ride. Get your motors running and join the Terminal Scooter Club for an adventurous midday ride through Atlanta. The ride departs from Twist ‘n’ Scoot.

For more information about the rally, go to the shop website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Double Zero Napoletana in Roswell has Decatur Connection

The Castellucci family, which operates three Sugo restaurants in metro Atlanta and The Iberian Pig in Decatur, has launched a new endeavor dedicated to southern Italian food,
Double Zero Napoletana. Daughter Stephanie Castellucci will serve as manager, while chef Chad Crete, chef and managing partner at The Iberian Pig, and executive chef John Coley have crafted the menu. The menu features an extensive selection of southern Italian cured meats and cheeses, pizza, fresh handmade pastas, entrées, desserts and more. Laws promulgated by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which regulates the production of Neapolitan pizza, govern the pizza making at Double Zero. The wine program offers a comprehensive list of southern Italian wines, featuring 100 selections with 70 percent from southern Italy and 30 percent from other regions of Italy. Fifty wines are offered by the taste, glass and bottle. House red, white and rosé wines produced in Campania for Double Zero will also be offered. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Double Zero Napoletana, 5825 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328, 404-991-3666.

Decatur is Best Place to see Holiday Lights and Decorations - Now Vote for It.

Over at The Decatur Minute, Catherine has posted about Decatur being nominated in
Atlanta Intown's Best of the Holidays as one of the "Best Places to See Lights and Decorations" and Decatur now has a annual tree lighting event at Little Shop of Stories.

Downtown Decatur Square

Monday, October 10, 2011

Doraville vision for old GM plant wins award

The ajc is reporting on Doraville's recent award for it's plan for the old GM plant.

Doraville recently won a state award for planning for its vision for the former GM plant and surrounding area.
The Georgia Planning Association gave the north DeKalb city its Outstanding Planning Document award for its Livable Centers Initiative from 2010.

That plan, known as an LCI study, is the culmination of seven months of community meetings that calls for the nearly 700-acre area in and around the former factory to become a mix of offices, condos, shops and parks.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Decorate Decatur: Halloween Contest


Halloween Decorating Contest
Enter if you Dare. . .
Posted Date: 10/4/2011
Decorate your home or business in the colors and traditions of the season and enter Decatur’s second annual Halloween Decorating Contest. Submit a photo to by noon on Thursday, Oct. 27. Be sure to include your name and address. Judges will make their decision Thursday evening and the winners will be posted on the Decatur website, the DowntownDecatur Facebook page, and the blog. Winners will receive special yard signs on Friday, Oct. 29, to display throughout the weekend.

If you have questions or need more information email or call 678-553-6573.

Here is one of my favorite yards from last year.
It's on Avery St near Winnona Park

Here is one from 2 years ago near Winnona Park School

Georgia Perimeter College Authors at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival

This video sent in by richard williams

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sharian Rugs Marks 80 Years

vintage Sharian ad.

From Decatur Patch

Four generations have worked in the family-owned business that sells, cleans and repairs oriental rugs.

Sharian Rugs, one of the oldest businesses in Decatur, is celebrating its eighth decade of operation.

The business started in 1931 in a house on Drexel Avenue. In the mid-1940s, the Sharian family constructed an Art Deco buidling at 368 West Ponce de Leon Ave. where the company continues to sell, clean and repair oriental rugs.

Jim Garner, 30, is the general manager and the fourth generation of the family to work at Sharian. He said the recession has hurt the business, as has the abundance of cheap rugs available on the market.

Still, he's hopeful Sharian will last a long time -- like the rugs they sell.

full story

Sharian, Inc.
368 West Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 373-2274

The Fabulous Beekman Boys @ The Cook's Warehouse Oct 21 in Decatur

The Fabulous Beekman Boys – Free Signing

at The Cook’s Warehouse

WHO: Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Planet Green TV’s

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, authors of the brand-new

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

WHAT: Visit The Cook’s Warehouse, Decatur


WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2011, signing from 8 – 10 p.m.

The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur

180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue

Decatur, Georgia 30030 – store phone (404) 377-4005

Registration link for FREE signing:

Silver Scream Spookshow @ The Plaza Theatre Oct. 15

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!


The Plaza Theatre

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Street Scene near Decatur

AutumnFest in Avondale Estates - October 15-16, 2011

I'd like to submit information about our big Fall event, AutumnFest, which will take place across from City Hall in Avondale Estates October 15-16, 2011. t - this year is better than ever as we have added a few things to the festival. First, our music and entertainment stage is bigger and includes performances of everything from Native American Dance and a Snake Encounter to Children's Choirs (Avondale Children's Choir and The Museum School Choir) and Bluegrass. The food and beverage vendors will stay open after the Artist Market closes on Saturday so that people can stay for a performance by the Beatles Tribute Band, The Buggs. The Children's Area this year includes a variety of arts and crafts activities, a Touch a Truck area and the Southeastern Reptile Rescue's Reptile Wagon, a mobile "Reptile Zoo" with displays of native reptiles including gopher tortoises, alligators and several species of snakes ( Not in the release (new this week), we will have a wine-tasting of the Avondale Arts Alliance's limited-edition wines on Saturday from 4-6 pm. Our wines (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone Blend) with custom designed labels will be available for order at AutumnFest and are available exclusively at The Little Wine Shop in Avondale with proceeds supporting the Avondale Arts Alliance. Each bottle is $24.95.

We're in the home stretch of getting the word out about the event. We would very much appreciate your help this week and / or next! If I can provide any additional information, please feel free to contact me at 404-394-9228. Detailed information is available at - you can find a listing of all artists, vendors, bands and children's area activities with links to their sites. Admission to the festival is free. Hours are Saturday 10 am - 6 pm (music until 8:30 pm) and Sunday Noon - 5 pm.

Thank you!

Christina Steiner
Avondale Arts Alliance

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

From Saturday's Madison Ave Soapbox Derby

See More photo at my flickr
and more to be uploaded later.

Marta Tunnel Idea Under Oakhurst Not So Good.

From Decatur Patch
Tunnels under Oakhurst.

Marta has proposed six ways to extend rail service to the east, and that's one of them. Under this plan, a line would go from the East Lake Marta station east to I-20, tunneling under parts of Oakhurst along the way.

The Decatur City Commission voted 5-0 Monday night to support a different Marta plan -- the so-called I-20 project -- but members spent most of the time talking about the Oakhurst tunnel plan, officially called HRT2.

"I think it's important for us to put a stake in the ground," said Commission member Kecia Cunningham. "It's our duty to look at this for the citizens of Decatur."
full story over at Decatur Patch