OK, we agree, the new holiday decorations don’t measure up to our standards. Rather than looking like swags, they look like upside down trees and they just don’t work on the street lamps. Many of our holiday wreaths date back to 1996 and were starting to look shabby. We thought it would be a good idea to trade them out for something different and replace the oldest wreaths with an updated design. Boy were we wrong! So, when you mess up, admit it, take responsibility and fix it. The good news is that our old wreaths are still in storage. Our decorating company will begin switching them out but it may take a week as they fit us into their installation schedule. The “experiments” will be traded in for new wreaths next season and we will put this down as a lesson learned. In the meantime, just tell your friends that they are festive arrows pointing you in the direction of great shopping and wonderful food and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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Its time for the Decatur Old House Fair again! In its 5th year, this event is a one of a kind event in the Southeast and offers owners of historic homes the chance to learn from experts on all sorts of old house issues like basement moisture, restoring historic chimneys and fireplaces, energy efficiency, and tax credits for older homes. In addition, we have our short bites and style bites (30 minute sessions) that will explain electrical, plumbing, wood floors, aging in place along with delving into styles of homes like Craftsman, American small, American Foursquare, and Ranch. So many sessions with so much information!
But wait! There’s more! We have an exhibit area filled with craftsmen, contractors, and specialty tradespeople that love old houses and provide great services to historic homeowners. Meet, greet, and walk away with a treat at the Decatur Old House Fair
The event is this Saturday, Feb 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.decaturoldhousefair.com and they are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Today is the last day to take advantage of the Living Social Deal-buy one get one free. So, don’t wait! Go to https://www.livingsocial.com/events/569782-2013-decatur-old-house-fair-tickets and score your deal!
If you are running out of ideas for home cooked meals, Universal Joint in Oakhurst just posted on their Facebook page that they have some new, limited-time menu items right now.
Limited time specials menu:
Marinated hanger steak with garlic mash and mixed garden vegetables. Blackened chicken with penne past and tomato basil cream sauce served with ciabatta garlic bread. Fried pork chop with garlic mash and mixed garden vegetables. Also just put on tap Decatur’s own Blue Tarp Brewery. We’re pouring their Bantam Weight, which is their irish red ale.
I don’t know about you, but they had me at Ciabatta Garlic Bread!
The City of Decatur will join with cities in Henry County and other cities throughout the state by ringing church bells 26 times on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in memory of the twenty children and six adults lost in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
All churches and institutions with bells are invited to participate to help us show the people of Newtown that we share in their grief. If you have no bells to ring, then please pause at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to think about the 26 victims of this tragedy and those who knew and loved them.
Despite the wind and the rain, Decatur residents and businesses put on quite a display of holiday lights and décor! You’ll see a wide variety of decorating styles in Decatur this year- everything from classic white lights and greenery to vintage Santa cut outs and inflatable snowmen. You’ll even find a huge, candle-lit menorah complete with the Toy Story dinosaur and pig!
This year’s Commissioners Cup winner mixed colorful lights, adorable inflatables, and festive greenery. Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at 208 Mead Road!
Nine other homes took home Decorate Decatur prizes as well this year and are listed and pictured in no particular order below
Congratulations to all of our winners and Happy Holidays!
There are still a few tickets left for the Decatur Business Association’s annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning at from 8-10am at the Downtown Decatur Courtyard. Tickets are available here, but will sell out soon!
Don’t forget that next Thursday is the DeKalb History Center’s Night at the Museum event for the final Terrific Thursday of the year. Drop the kids off for a night of craft, entertainment, and holiday treats while you shop and dine in downtown Decatur!
$5 for DHC members and $10 for non-members
Finally, be sure to Keep It Indie-Catur for all of your last minute holiday shopping this year!
Small Business Saturday was a rousing success last weekend. We gave out over 75 gift cards to Decatur restaurants, folks got their gifts wrapped free, and enjoyed the music playing from the bandstand. It was so successful that we decided to keep the tent and open it on this week’s Terrific Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 – 9 p.m.
If you spend $200 in a Decatur shop in November and bring us your receipts, we will give you a $20 gift card to a Decatur restaurant. Hurry, though, because Friday is the last November shopping day!
See you Thursday at the tent!
Ready to relax after a hectic Thanksgiving holiday? Woodlands Garden invites you to complete your holiday weekend with a quiet walk on the trails through the woods from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 25.
Enjoy the stunning Japanese maples (keep your fingers crossed they hold their leaves through the weekend). Beech trees are coming into their glory with shades of brown, gold and yellow. The birds are singing and the hawks are out in force.
They have ordered perfect autumn weather and they will build a warm fire and serve hot drinks in the Pavilion. Come on out and enjoy a free relaxing end to your celebration(s).