Monday, December 31, 2012

Favorite Photos of 2012

--2012 Mountain Moonshine Festival
--Decatur Art Festival

--Krog Street Tunnel

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thousands more recycling in DeKalb

From: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By April Hunt

DeKalb County saw 6,400 new residents sign up for recycling in the first three months after making the service free.

After eliminating the $30 start-up fee, more than 4,000 residents joined the service in the first month after became free in late September. By December, that number had grown to 6,400.

The increase is the equivalent of about 4 percent more customers, added to the 21 percent who had been recycling. The county’s goal is to get 40 percent of its 159,000 customers to recycle in the next four years.
More information/to sign up: 404-294-2900 or

Monday, December 24, 2012

Remembering The Decatur Theatre at Christmas Time


 Caption for (above) photo:
Decatur, GA.
reprinted from ajc circa 1964
More than 500 persons turned out to see the first Sunday movie in Decatur in 7 years.
The film was Walt Disney's "So Dear to My Heart." The Decatur City Commission lifted the
ban on Sunday movies more than a week ago, but owner Fred Storey decided to open for
Sunday audiences with the Disney picture. Sunday movies have been prohibited in Decatur
for more than 18 years. For a brief period in 1957 the ban was lifted

Be sure to visit The Decatur Theatre Web site for a new found photo.

 Note: I am always looking for pictures of The Decatur Theatre.

For anyone new to Decatur, The Decatur Theatre was located  on N. McDonough St.
where that parking lot is next to Eddie's Attic.

American Flyer Christmas

--American Flyer Christmas--

--American Flyer Christmas--

Saturday, December 22, 2012

'Jack Reacher' review: Tom Cruise self-parody

 Photo credit: MCT | Tom Cruise, left, is Reacher and Robert Duvall is Cash in "Jack Reacher," from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. (MCT)

There's a fine line between macho wish fulfillment and delusional fantasy, and "Jack Reacher" crosses it. Reacher, played by Tom Cruise in tight jeans and sometimes a shirt, is always the smartest, strongest and fastest, and the only thing slowing him down are all the gorgeous women in his way. When five guys pick a fight with Reacher, he feels only sadness -- for the hellacious beating they're about to receive.

It all gets pretty insufferable, but "Jack Reacher" doesn't seem to realize this. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") is so caught up in his Mickey Spillane world that he can't tell when his movie starts tipping into self-parody. (Answer: Immediately.)
n this story, Reacher, a former military cop turned drifter, begins investigating the case of a Pittsburgh sniper accused of mowing down several innocent citizens. (Images of a nanny clutching a little girl may come too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings for some viewers; Paramount has excised some gunplay from the film's trailer.) Police Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo) already has his man, but Reacher isn't convinced. The suspect's idealistic attorney, Helen Rodin (an ill-used Rosamund Pike), hires Reacher to find out more.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays from Fernbank

-- ‘Tis the season for celebrations, and there are lots of ways to celebrate at Fernbank! The Museum will be closed Christmas day, but will be open during normal business hours the rest of the holiday weekend. Here are a few highlights: Make Fernbank your “Holly Jolly Headquarters!” Fernbank’s 3rd annual Winter Wonderland features a festive exhibition featuring a variety of culturally-themed trees, special photo opportunities with Fernbank’s holiday mascot, Santa-saurus and train rides aboard the Santa-sausurs Express. Don’t miss the final weeks of Genghis Khan. Experience the amazing, true story of one of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood conquerors. Give a gift they won’t return! Buy a membership and SAVE. Select levels of membership are on sale through December 24 and they come with a year of exhibits, programming days, discounts, and more!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Downtown Decatur - Guess the Year

Comment: Faceman said... Thanks for the picture. My wife and I were at Iberian Pig this past weekend and we were wondering what use to be in those 3 spots.

Kerry Lucasse said...
Great website -- I've been looking at all the pics for over an hour!

As for the picture, my guess would be 1999 or 2000?
Next Stop...Decatur said...
Sorry for the delay, this photo was taken in 2008. The place next door "Pasta Please" closed sometime in 2008.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eye on Decatur - Greene's Snowman

Victory Sandwich Bar Coming Soon

 Victory Sandwich Bar Coming Soon to 340 Church St. Decatur, GA. This is where Johnny's Pizza and Rocket 88 were once located.
Look for the black letters V I C T O R Y to go up soon.
Here is the website to look at menu :

Friday, December 14, 2012

Agnes Scott College circa 1908

 Decatur GA.
Photo is circa 1908   shown is Main Hall and Rebekah Scott Hall.
To see a skyline photo of Decatur taken from Main Hall tower building check out decatur metro post from last week.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Apple Circus returning to Atlanta in Feb.

-- From ajc
By Howard Pousner

Big Apple Circus, which made Atlanta a tour stop for many years but hasn’t been to the city since 2010, plans to return to a new metro area site in February.

Instead of setting up its big top at Stone Mountain Park as usual, the New York-based circus will bring a new show, “Legendarium,” to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Feb. 1 to 18.

Celebrating its 35th year, Big Apple is a throwback troupe specializing in an intimate one-ring experience that revels in the artistry of performance — including acrobatics, clowning and juggling — with no seat more than 50 feet from the performers. It doesn’t boast the sorts of big animals presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, preferring to present horse and dog stars.

When “Legendarium,” a loose tribute to the roots of circus performance in 19th century Gotham, opened in New York in October, it played to positive notices in the city’s major daily papers. The New York Times called Big Apple “consistently inspired” and said “Legendarium” “isn’t about to break that long, superb streak.”

Through Dec. 31, Big Apple is making a “pre-sale offer,” discounting all weekday tickets 25 percent. Use code ATL12 when calling 1-800-922-3772. More info:

Big Apple’s return means that Atlanta will again be circus central in February, a time of year when troupes typically bring their tours south.

Ringling Bros. will present the show “Dragons” at Philips Arena downtown from Feb. 13 to 18 and at the Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth from Feb. 21 to March 3 ( And Atlanta-based UniverSoul Circus, celebrating its 20th anniversary, brings its “US” tour to Turner Field’s Green Lot from Feb. 9 to 26 (

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Eye on Decatur - BIG TEX CANTINA Christmas Beer Dinner Thursday Dec 13

Big Tex Presents A Christmas Bell's Beer Dinner Join us at Big Tex in Decatur on Thursday December 13 at 7 p.m. for a very special Christmas Beer Dinner, featuring beer pairings from Bell's Brewery, Inc. out of Kalamazoo, Mich. Big Tex's own, Chef Rick Watson, will be presenting a bountiful dinner, pairing dishes specially created for this event with a selection of Bell's outstanding products. The price will be $45 (excluding tax and gratuity) for five courses including, full bottles and pints of beer.

 308 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377-3939

Monday, December 10, 2012

1950'S Postcard of Ole Hickory Inn - Decatur, GA

This was located at 3015 Scott Blvd.

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Waiting for Balloon

Kathleen Covington
PR Manager
Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Waiting for Balloon

A highly interactive multi-sensory performance for very young children and their grown-ups

ATLANTA, December 10, 2012 — Beginning December 27, the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young will stage Waiting for Balloon written by folk artist TMarq and loosely based on the classic play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

Directed by Rosemary Newcott, Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, Waiting for Balloon tells the story of two childlike hobo-clowns waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  Waiting for Balloon is a joyous introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects, designed by the creative mind of Puppeteer Michael Haverty.

Theatre for the Very Young is an artistic experience for children ages 18 months – 5 years that overcomes age, language, and developmental barriers, expanding the consciousness of very young audience members and integrating bi-lingual elements into each show.  Each production nurtures creative thinking, allowing the very young to experience art and culture on their terms.

“Theatre for the Very Young engages both parents and their pre-school children in creative experiences.  The fourth wall is dissolved as young ones willing become part of the experience,” says Director, Rosemary Newcott.

Tickets for Waiting for Balloon are $10 per person, no matter how young or old. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount of 25% off their single tickets. For additional information about Theatre for the Very Young or to purchase tickets, please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or You can also purchase tickets online at:

Waiting for Balloon - – Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 - Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor, Black Box Theatre:

    December 27–30, 2012

        Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
    January 3–6, 2013
        Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
    January 12 & 19, 2013
        Saturdays, 9:30am & 11:00am

Calendar Synopsis

Waiting for Balloon

Two childlike hobo-clown characters are waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two clowns piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  An introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects.  For tickets - please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or, also available online at

Theatre for the Very Young Season Ticket Packages

Season Ticket packages for the two upcoming Theatre for the Very Young productions are available.  When you buy a package for $20, receive tickets to both productions plus season ticket benefits.

    Waiting for Balloon - December 27-30, 2012; January 3-6, 2013; January 12 & 19, 2013
    A Child’s Garden of Verses - March 11-16 & 23; March 29-30, 2013
    Explore the sounds and sensations of nature as you journey through a magical garden.  Children will be actively engaged in this multi-sensory performance as they willingly become a part of the artistic experience.  A “cultural” garden in which children can grow their imaginations, and become gardeners themselves!

Producer Package – $20 (per person, no matter how young or old) –includes a ticket to each TVY production.  In addition to guaranteed seats, all TVY season ticket holders receive:
- 15% off additional single tickets to all Alliance Theatre productions
- 10% off acting classes
- $5 off return tickets to enjoy TVY performances again

For season tickets, contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John reunite in Christmas video

  John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have an early Christmas present for you - and it's a doozy. The Grease co-stars, who recently announced they had collaborated on a 13-track Christmas album (fantastically cheesy cover alert), have dropped the strangely awkward music video for their up-tempo festive duet, I Think You Might Like It. more

Monday, December 3, 2012

Old Theatre News - The Perry Theatre in Perry Ga. to be Restored

 From: http://www.bizjournals.coml
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor
A nonprofit foundation is being formed to purchase, restore and reopen the historic 5,000-square-foot Muse Theatre (Also was called Perry Theatre ) in downtown Perry, Ga., reports the Macon Telegraph.

Billy Milby, of Kathleen, who is among seven people leading the effort to restore the property, said the Muse Theatre Foundation should be fully up and running in two to three months.

Much of the work needed to bring the old theater back to life is expected to be secured through grants, which are often dependent on a showing of community support through funds raised for the project, said Milby, who is president of the new organization, the paper said.

The foundation’s vice-president, Jon Pierce, told The Telegraph he used to go the Muse Theatre with his parents after lunch for a cartoon and a Western movie.
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 Top Photo from Flickr member Robb Cobb -
Small photo courtesy of Back on Tack
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Back in the Day Santa Arrived in Decatur by Helicopter

This image is based on an old ad for Santa coming to Downtown Decatur by helicopter
to light Decatur's Christmas Tree.( circa 1960's) back then Santa would land over at The old Decatur Federal building parking lot which is now Wells Fargo. The tree that year was located out in front of Decatur Federal bank building.