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There is no excuse to stay home this weekend with so many choices of things to do. The weather will be beautiful so get out and enjoy your hometown!

The Lakeside High School Jazz Band will be performing on the Bandstand on the Old Courthouse Square tonight from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free show.

The Decatur Market and Gallery will hold an Opening Reception on Saturday from 5 until 10 pm featuring Mohamed ElGanoby who does encaustic paintings on wood.  These organic works have depth, texture and vibrant color. The gallery will be serving Egyption food and the outside artists’ market will be open as well. The reception is free to the community.

The Seen Gallery on Church Street is proud to host a showing  of modern Australian landscape painting from the perspectives of two non-aboriginal natives who have been shaped by the land where they live, and approach their techniques from two completely different perspectives. The opening reception will be held on Saturday night from 7 until 10 pm. Be sure to stop by to meet the artists as well as view the other artwork in the gallery.

Little Shop of Stories is having a Pete the Cat Party on Saturday evening from 7 pm until “the cats come home”! They are celebrating the end of their weeklong celebration of books with a storytime and music by New York Times’ bestselling author Eric Litwin and New York Times’ bestselling illustrator James Dean.  Meeooooooooooooow!  (White shoes optional, since it’s not Memorial Day yet.) 

On Saturday the  Oakhurst Community Garden invites you to join hundreds of fellow garden lovers and martini drinkers from 5:30 – 8:30 pm for the 5th Annual Martinis in the Garden. During this outdoor party you’ll stroll and dance among martini bars, fresh food stations and silent auction tables set amid the blooming garden plots, the greenhouse, the earthen playhouse, the “carnivorous” bog and Team Chicken’s famous coop. Tickets are $50 at the door.

On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, join the Decatur Civic Chorus as they present their 62nd annual Spring Concert at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The concert is a “Centennial Celebration of Johnny Mercer and a Salute to our Armed Forces”. The concert is free to the community and part of the annual Decatur Arts Festival May events.

And last, but certainly not least, the Decatur Business Association invites you to hear The Bitteroots at the Concert on the Square on Saturday evening from 7 until 9:30 pm. The concert is free to the community, so bring your picnic or stop by one of our many fine restaurants before or after the concert and make a full evening of it.

I hope to see you in Decatur this weekend!


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Daylight View of the Downtown Christmas Tree

Wow- last night’s Terrific Thursday was extra terrific! Santa and his “entourage” were out and about visiting the shops around the square and will be visiting the rest of downtown Decatur’s shops in weeks to come. We were thrilled to be visited by carolers from Agnes Scott College – they stopped to have a picture made with Santa too.

Santa and His Entourage!

Santa poses with carolers from Agnes Scott.

The tree lighting on the Square brought hundreds of folks to downtown Decatur Thanks so much to Krista of Little Shop of Stories for getting the tree and making this event happen. Check out her blog  to find out where the tree came from. Cute story and pictures.

Krista Watched the Crowd Gather

Waiting for the Tree Lighting


Hope to see lots of folks out tonight for the Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes. I wish I had Santa to hang out with again tonight, but he is busy making toys for good little boys and girls. I asked for a new BMW, but he said it was too big for my stocking. Guess I need a bigger stocking!

Santa and Children at Greene's

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When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Why a big red heart filled with chocolates, of course! Greene’s on Trinity has some of the prettiest and biggest hearts I have seen. greenesheartsThey offer custom packed heart boxes from $7.50 to $150 in all styles and sizes filled with chocolate, nuts, fudge or even gummies.


Decatur CD is stocked up with a  lot of new releases in case your sweetie is not a candy lover. They will assist you with your selections if you are undecided. Check out their blog http://decaturcd.blogspot.com/ for new releases and concert information.



 Wild Seed Boutique on Ponce de Leon is having a Valentine’s Day Sale that lasts through Monday. Entering “Wild Seed” is like entering a New York Boutique. You will be sure to find some unique clothing for yourself or your Valentine.


 sweet relief!

Mingei World Arts located on Church Street is carrying “Sweeties Sugar Scrub”, an all natual skin slougher concocted by a former nutritionist and chef who is a friend of Ann, the owner. The scrub contains argan oil from a bedouin women’s co-op in Morocco. Mingei also has a new selection of jewelry and silk that has just arrived from Thailand. Stop in to find some unique gifts for yourself or loved ones.


Little Shop of Stories had a good selection of Valentine-themed books for the child in all of us!

Little Shop of Stories has a good selection of Valentine-themed books for the child in all of us!


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First off, my grandsons rock!  Who knew being a grandparent would be so rewarding (besides other grandparents)?  My 2 year old grandson and I spent an afternoon out and about in Decatur. 

We visited the newly opened Greene’s Fine Foods   where he tasted his first soft peppermint candy (don’t tell his parents!).  He took a “ride” in the childsize firetruck at Salon Red Kids.  He was mesmerized by Nemo on the small, individual screen and didn’t even squirm while getting his hair cut.  We checked out Hoopla where I had to buy the toy tractor pulling a wagon of animals with the farmer singing an extra short version of Old McDonald Had A Farm…

We finished our day at Little Shop of Stories where we picked up a copy of Pete the Cat and His White Shoes.  I love James Dean (you can find his originals and prints at The Seen Gallery), the artist who did the illustrations. 

On the way home we played the CD that comes with the book featuring Eric Litwin, or Mr. Eric as he is known on the Decatur Kids Sing CD’s.  We sang “I love my white shoes” over and over and over and over and over and over.  I gladly left the CD with my daughter, kissed my grandson good-bye, and took the tractor with me.

As I drove home, I began to plan our next Decatur Day.  If you have any ideas for fun things to do with a 2-year old in Decatur, please let me know – in the meantime, I’m checking out the Decatur Mom blog regularly for special listings for grandparents…

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