Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Peach Drop 2017

Peach Drop 2017
Peach Drop, the Largest New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Southeast, continues a 28-year tradition in Downtown Atlanta with an evening of top-notch entertainment! Beginning at 7 p.m., Underground Atlanta will be the focal point for ringing in the New Year with live music and tens of thousands of fellow revelers.
As 2017 nears, the main stage will light up with live performances, and the 800-pound Peach will begin its decent just before the clock strikes midnight. Following the drop, a fireworks show will illuminate the sky and millions of pieces of confetti will rain down on the crowd!
Packed full of excitement, the Peach Drop is Atlanta’s favorite way of ringing in the New Year!
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Work on MARTA Overpass at W. Trinity Place and Atlanta Ave.

  The mural on the MARTA Overpass at W. Trinity Place and Atlanta Ave. is almost complete. The Milagros Collective, consisting of artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Filastre, began work on the mural in the middle of November.
 The project was initially delayed in order to do a lead abatement on the steel girders and while the rain was much-needed, it caused more delay in the painting process. The artists worked for a month through the middle of December and one side of the mural is just about finished along with the pilings under the Overpass.
 The other side has been pressure washed and primed and is ready for the detail work. Felici and Joey are part of a residency program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) from the end of December through the end of January.
 They will return to finish the mural the first week of April when the weather is warmer so the paint will adhere better.
 In addition to finishing the mural, they will be working with Decatur Active Living and the community at the Decatur Housing Authority to enhance the area under the bridge. The area under the bridge has been funded by a KaBoom! Play Everywhere grant to create a playspace that will give the community a pleasant place to stop by and be physically active.
 The space will be an extension of the mural and have features such as hopscotch, four-square, an artist-created bench and more. The space is also used as a bus stop by the adjacent community and once the mural is complete and the space is activated, it will be brighter, more welcoming, and add an element of fun to the area.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Train Layouts are Special at Christmas Time

Top photo is based on the Decatur Theatre (circa 1950's) in Decatur GA which was located just off the Square. Click on photos to enlarge. ----

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bonfire on the Square Dec 15th

Bonfire on the Square

December 15 • 7-8 p.m.
Join the community for marshmallow roasting around the popular 10′ x 20′ bonfire on the square. It’s a festive evening complete with student choral groups and holiday music. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged to ensure we have enough marshmallows and roasting sticks!
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Soup For the Soul (Best Places for Soup)

This is the best soup in Atlanta, according to the Best of Atlanta poll
Jen West For the AJC

It's cold outside, and your soul is searching for the perfect soup in town. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found your favorite bowls of comfort. 
Farm to Ladle was the clear winner for your go-to bowl of soup. With locations in Avalon and Ponce City Market, soul-soothing soup made with the freshest of ingredients is only a ladle full away. 
Due to popularity, our second place winner Souper Jenny can now be found on the Westside, Decatur, Brookhaven and Buckhead. Run as a cafeteria-style restaurant, you get the opportunity to ponder the daily menu up close and personal. Bring a friend and enjoy your meal together or bring it home to savor. 
The soups at Agavero Cantina in Lilburn are all the rage, winning them the #3 spot for best soup in town. Try the chicken or tortilla soup for the perfect cold-weather meal. 
You don't have to travel far to find some of Atlanta's best soup. Be sure to try a bowl or two at Simply Fresh Market (Cobb), MetroFresh (Intown), Fresh To Order (Intown & DeKalb) and The General Muir (DeKalb).
Some of the most delicious foods are served hot. Case in point? Macaroni and cheese. Here's the official list of the best mac 'n cheese in town. 
It feels like wintertime, and we know you're craving chicken and dumplings. Here's where you can find the best bowls that will hit the spot. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

DeKalb Fire Station Mattress Makeover

Good afternoon,

  Beautyrest mattress is hosting a special donation ceremony in support of the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department next Monday, Dec. 12. I thought you may be interested in covering the project, which involves a "mattress makeover" for DeKalb County fire stations -- after all who is more deserving of a good night's sleep than first responders?

Once this year's donation is complete, Beautyrest will have given 235 mattresses to DCFRD so all DeKalb firefighters can get the restful sleep they need to perform optimally and keep residents safe.

I've provided a media alert below with information about Monday's event along with background about Beautyrest's Firehouse Recharge program for your reference. We'd love to see you out at DeKalb Fire Station 6 on Monday morning; however, if you're unable to attend, I'm happy to provide images and additional details as a follow up to the event.

Thank you,

Katie O’Neill
Three (On behalf of Beautyrest)

Media Advisory – Monday 12/12


- Firehouse Recharge initiative gives metro-area firefighters the restful sleep they need -

Next Monday, Dec. 12, Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), LLC, will host a ceremony celebrating its donation of 235 Beautyrest® mattress sets to the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department (DCFRD). DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum will join company representatives and firefighters at DCFRD Station 6 at 9 a.m. for the mattress makeover followed by the brief ceremony at 10:30 a.m. This year’s donation includes 85 mattress sets, which – when combined with last year’s donation of 150 mattresses – will outfit all of the bunkrooms in DCFRD’s 26-station department covering 15 communities.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Firehouse Recharge is the Atlanta-based Beautyrest brand’s philanthropic initiative to provide fire departments in Atlanta and the surrounding metro area with new mattresses, so firefighters get the restful, recharging sleep they need to keep our communities safe.

SSB believes in the importance of good, quality sleep for firefighters and the average person alike. Firehouse Recharge is an opportunity for the company to continue championing good sleep for those who need it most, while also creating a platform to inform and educate the public. With more than 100,000 yearly responses, and one of the largest territories in the state, there is hardly a team more worthy of restful sleep than the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department.

Beautyrest has donated more than 500 mattresses to local fire departments over the course of its ongoing initiative and plans to continue expanding its efforts to the greater metro area and beyond.

What: Beautyrest® Firehouse Recharge Mattress Makeover and Donation Ceremony

Who: Hosted by Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC. Interviews will be available with Darnell D. Fullum - DeKalb Fire Chief, Michelle Montgomery - Vice President, Beautyrest Marketing Communications and Station 6 Fire Rescue personnel.

When: Mattress makeover begins Monday, December 12, 2016 at 9 a.m.; Donation ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m.

Where: DeKalb County Fire Station 6 “Screaming Eagle” (2342 Flat Shoals Road, SE Atlanta GA 30316)

Media Contact: Katie O’Neill, Three PR, 404-405-8435,

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Famous Pub at Toco Hills Closing after 30 years

 From facebook page
"Toco Hills Dear Customers, We want to inform you that Famous Pub is closing after 30 years. Thank you for every single day that you spent at our pub. Because of your love and support, our pub was neighborhood's favorite one during years. Thank you for letting us be part of your lives for so many years! We will have Blow out parties on 17th and 18th of December and you all are invited!  Thank you all for the experiences that we've had with you!"
Read more about it at

Eye on Decatur ( THE RED DRESS )

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Civil War Walking Tour @ Old Decatur Courthouse Dec 8

Civil War Walking Tour

Join us for a guided Civil War walking tour in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in
the lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit,
Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history
of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign,
and the Battle of Decatur. Meet in lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse (101 East Court Square, Decatur GA 30030)
Thursday Dec. 8, 3:00 pm

Friday, December 2, 2016

Root City Holiday Market Saturday Dec. 10th

 Sent in by Shannon

Shop Local at our biggest pop-up event of the year! There will be 45+ makers on hand, plus live music,food and activities. Enter the $500.00 Makers Givaway. Swag bags for first 50 Saturday Dec 10th.
$5. admission
Free 12 and under.

Fernbank Museum Winter Wonderland Thru Jan 8

On view November 18 – January 8, 2017

New Hours: Fernbank Museum is now open 10am - 5pm daily.
Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in this enchanting exhibit. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, more than 25 trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world.
Buy Tickets

Winnona Park Holiday Tree and Candle Sale Dec 3-4

The Holiday Tree and Candle Sale will be from 9:00am and end at 3:00pm. The tree sale will also be open on Sunday December 4th, from 11:00am-3:00pm. Frazier . Fraser Fir trees and wreaths are delivered freshly cut from a farm in North Carolina. There are several sizes to choose from, with prices ranging from $65-$85. We will also be selling Hanukkah candles at a price of $10 a pack. Checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Decatur Tree Lighting (PHOTOS)


Video Friday: I Only Want to Be with You-Dusty Springfield

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1978 Missing Concert Roll of Film Found and Developed Dr. Hook and The Village People at Omni


       Alex Cooley, Atlanta’s legendary promoter.

A Toys for Tots  concert in the Omni, Atlanta 1978
  For 5 dollars and toy at the door is all it was to get in.
The concert  included.

Dr Hook
Melisa Ethridge
Michael McDonald
The Village People
Paul Davis
Eddie Money

Monday, November 28, 2016

Decatur Estate's Annual Holiday Open House

Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting ! Dec 1

East Court Square
Thursday, December 1• 7 p.m.
Local Decatur businesses are kicking off the season with the 8th annual Decatur Christmas TreeLighting! Come out to East Court Square, in front of Little Shop of Stories, on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. for the Tree Lighting celebration, complete with hot chocolate, carols, snow and a visit from a jolly man in a red suit!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Day Before is a Pre-Thanksgiving Event Feeding 1,000+ Homeless Families in Atlanta

Here’s some “feel good” news about three Atlanta companies (including Renewal Design-Build of Decatur) teaming up to feed 1,000+ homeless families in Atlanta at an event called “The Day Before”.


Here is a link to the facebook page that was just set up to promote the event. If you can help promote/share this on social media, it would be greatly appreciated:


Renewal Design-Build, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Teaming Up to Feed 1,000+ Homeless in Atlanta The Day Before Thanksgiving

The Day Before is a Pre-Thanksgiving Event Feeding 1,000+ Homeless Families in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA, November, 21, 2016 –On Wednesday, November 23 starting at 11 am, over 1,000 homeless people in Atlanta will enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day feast at an event called The Day Before. The meals will be served at the Our House shelter located at 173 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 and at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless located at 477 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Three local companies have teamed up to create and coordinate this event including: Renewal Design-Build of Decatur, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q of Atlanta and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q of Atlanta who will be cooking and serving traditional Thanksgiving meals. Sysco Atlanta generously donated all 80 turkeys for the event. Additional funds raised will be used to purchase socks, hats and clothing for the homeless.

“It’s a great feeling to help those in need,” says David Michelson, President of Renewal Design-Build. “We are passionate about our commitment to our community, and we welcome opportunities to pitch in and help. It’s been gratifying to see other companies so eager to join in and make this a bigger and better event. We also hope to raise awareness so more individuals and companies get involved and make a difference in our community.” 

Event History:

Two years ago, Anthony Hamilton, Jobsite Ambassador with Renewal Design-Build, organized an event to feed 500 people in Atlanta. He collected donations from employees and clients. When he started to organize the event again this year, he mentioned it to Mike Hufler, a partner with Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Hufler got excited and reached out to Jeremy Chambers, owner of the Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, and Jonathan Fox, owner of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, who both readily agreed to help.

Here is a link to an 11 Alive feature about Anthony Hamilton and the 2014 event he coordinated:
Hamilton created the family tradition of feeding the homeless the day before Thanksgiving years ago. “My inspiration for the event came from memories of my own childhood and knowing what it was like to be hungry and in need,” said Hamilton. “I was helped by many good people along the way, and I wanted to instill the value of caring for others in my two sons. You never know when you may be on the other end and need a helping hand.”  
ABOUT Fox Bros. BAR-B-Q:

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is an award-winning barbecue restaurant located just south of Little Five Points in Atlanta. They are known for their unique Southern-style barbecue with a Texas flair. The Fox brothers developed a sauce that mixes the flavors of Texas with the heat of the South. It's a tomato-based sauce with a hefty splash of vinegar and a southern sweetness, with a subtle blast of Texas heat. We call it "Sweet with Heat.” Today Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has become an Atlanta staple, with favorites like the renowned Beef Brisket and the Smoked Wing Basket. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has been featured on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Better Mornings, The Weather Channel, TLC and Fox News. For more information and reservations please call 404-577-4030 or visit Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta Ga. 30307. Connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter @FoxBrosBarBQ.

ABOUT Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q:

Jim ‘N Nick’s started cooking pork “low and slow” in 1985 when Nick, along with his dad Jim, reclaimed an old pizza parlour on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham, AL where they opened the first Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Thirty years later, with 34 restaurants in 7 states, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q has become a Southern institution.

Jim 'N Nick's specializes in Hickory Smoked BBQ and Southern Food in a made-from-scratch, fresh daily kitchen.  We are proud to say we don't have freezers. For us it's about great food and technique rooted in tradition and hospitality that reflects our care for our staff and our guests with friendly service and Southern Hospitality. Local owners are taught the recipes and techniques, which they then pass on to the cooks and pitmasters in each location. Jim ‘N Nick’s has been supporting its local communities since 1985.  Jim ‘N Nick’s Atlanta is located at 4574 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30082.  Connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter @JimNNicksBBQ.

About Renewal Design-Build: 

Celebrating 15 years of service to Atlanta, Renewal Design-Build is a full-service design-build firm specializing in the renovation of older homes. Renewal delivers Atlanta’s best home renovation experience with inspiring design and excellent craftsmanship that exceeds expectations. They renew homes and lives with concierge service and an on-time, on-budget guarantee. Renewal offers a wide variety of remodeling services – from kitchens and master baths, to additions and whole-house renovations.

Founded in 2001, Renewal Design-Build has earned more than 80 prestigious national and local design, construction and customer service awards. What they value even more are the accolades they earn every day from their clients. To learn more about why Renewal’s clients consistently rate them as market leaders in customer satisfaction, please call 404-378-6962 or visit them online at

Find Renewal Design-Build on:
Twitter: @renewaldb

Best regards,

Lori Reed Tilt
1025 Rose Creek Dr., Suite 620-332, Woodstock, GA 30189