Posts Tagged ‘Special Events’

I just received a call from the ING Georgia Marathon folks who were happy to inform us that Decatur WON the Neighborhood Challenge!! Yea!! Thanks to the citizens, the Seed & Feed Band, the city employees and everyone else that helped us make this event a success. I am still amazed that so many people stood in the “cold mist” and cheered the runners on for hours. We were still there when the last runners trotted by. 

Our prize is $3000 which will be put towards a fitness initiative. The city will use the money to “jump start” a new walking program, Walk There Decatur!

Thanks again to everyone who helped Decatur win and show the runners what a great city we live in!

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There is so much going on in Decatur this weekend that you will have to try hard to get bored!

The Annual DBA Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Decatur Business Association Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday on the Old Courthouse Square. The bunny arrives at 10:30 am and the hunt begins at 11 am sharp, so bring your basket and join in. The hunt will be over in about 2 minutes- we have never seen children move so fast as when motivated by candy eggs!

The City of Decatur Fire Department is offering the first of three Child Car Seat Events this Saturday at the Callaway Lot from 10 am until 1 pm. Stop by before or after the Easter Egg Hunt and the technicians will make sure that your child seat is safely installed.

Saturday is also Electronics Recycling Day in Decatur. Bring your electronics to the upper parking lot of Decatur High School from 9 am until 1 pm. For more information click here.

For those of you who like to work in the garden, join Barrett Tibbetts at Renfroe Middle School beginning on Saturday at 10 am to help install the new garden behind the school. Let Barrett know you are coming: barrett.tibbetts@decaturga.com.

Remember to turn off your lights and non-essential electronics on Saturday from 8:30 until 9:30 pm to paticipate in Earth Hour.

Decatur Active Living’s Summer Camp Registration begins on Saturday from 9 am until noon at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. For information on how to register online, click here.

On Sunday, you have another chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Greene’s Fine Foods on Trinity Place invites the communtiy to visit with the Easter Bunny  from 2 until 5 pm. Bring your camera.

Hope to see you in Decatur this weekend!

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The 2009 Winning Design: Mr. Firkin!

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival may be months away, but it is time to start thinking about the 2010 logo. Last year we had over 30 entries and each year the committee has a harder time selecting from all the great designs. There is so much talent in this city!!

The selected logo will appear on the 2010 festival t-shirt, commemorative glass, and marketing materials. For information please visit the Decatur Craft Beer Festival website. All entries must be received in the Special Events office by 5 pm on June 15, 2010. How creative can you be?

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The Concerts on the Square committee will be selecting bands for the 2010 Concerts on the Square and the Blue Sky Concerts the first week of February. Bands can apply by going to the Decatur Business Association website and filling out the Concert Series Application. A CD or a website where the band’s music can be heard is required. The committee is looking for “fun”, upbeat bands for Saturday night that the crowds will enjoy dancing to. Blue Sky Concerts are a little more laid back, and a great opportunity for smaller bands and singer/song writers to have their music heard. Questions? Call 678-553-6573.

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Bosserman Home on Wilton Drive On Decatur Tour of Homes

If you have driven by the above home on Wilton Drive, I bet you were curious to see what the inside looked like. Well, here’s your chance! The Bosserman’s home is one of eight homes featured on this year’s Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes. Photos of the other great homes can be found on the Tour website.

In addition to the eight homes, the Tour features two Points of Interest; Clairemont Oaks, a senior adult retirement community and the 18th annual Holiday Marketplace and Cafe at Clairemont Elementary School.

The Decatur Active Living Department is offering a free shuttle. Park at the Frist Baptist Church at the corner of Clairemont Avenue and Commerce Drive and catch a ride to the homes. Those with comfortable walking shoes might want to walk the Tour, as hhomes are clustered within walking distance of each other. If you get tired, you can catch the shuttle back to your car!

Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance at Seventeen Steps, The Seen Gallery, Bicycle South and Ace Intown Hardware. Tickets will also be available at each home for $25. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Preservation Alliance which operates the Woodlands Garden and works to protect and preserve the city’s architectural heritage and the Decatur Youth Fund which sends disadvantaged youth to summer camps, summer school and specialty camps.

Hope to see you on the Tour!

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From Roxie Watson Myspaace page

From Roxie Watson Myspace page

The Concert on the Square this Saturday, May 16th will feature local band Roxie Watson. Roxie Watson plays a mix of Americana and Bluegrass. You can hear a sample of their music on www.myspace.com/roxiewatson.

The band is comprised of members Beth Wheeler on mandolin, Lenny Lasater on bass and vocals, Linda Boller on guitar and vocals, Sonia Bolley on banjo and vocals, and Becky Shaw on a variety of instruments and vocals. The band plays at various venues around town including Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.
Be sure to come to the Concert early this week for the Rain Barrel Auction at 6:30 pm. The rain barrels were painted by children at Clairemont Elementary School and were scheduled to be auctioned at the Decatur Green Fest. Ironically, the auction was rained out!  Mayor Floyd will be the auctioneer and will be joined by “The Rain Barrel Man” (yes, he wears a rain barrel)!    

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Destination Unknown by Kimberly Dean

The Seen Gallery is proud to present “Figuratively Speaking,” the newest works of renowned mixed-media artist Kimberly Dean, on display from Saturday, May 16 through Wednesday, June 24, 2009. Co-owners of The Seen Gallery, Bill Bibb and Amy Bradford, will host an opening night reception for the exhibit on Saturday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This event is open to the public and is the perfect opportunity to meet the artist and experience The Seen Gallery at its new location in Downtown Decatur.
“Kimberly Dean’s work is cerebral yet funny at times, poignant and with layers of creativity,” says The Seen Gallery co-owner Amy Bradford.  “Her mixed-media pieces incorporate hand-built clay with recycled materials and found objects.”
“I attempt to create honest and inquisitive visual speed bumps – pieces that pose questions but don’t quite answer them, says Dean. “By combining my sculpted clay figures with surviving parts of discarded and forgotten objects like tools, boxes, architectural elements, I attempt to express those universal human qualities that reveal our own vulnerability and emotions.” Dean’s work has become highly collectible and in addition to The Seen Gallery, she is represented in Birmingham (AL), Charlotte (NC), and Savannah (GA).

For more information be sure to visit www.theseengallery.com or email art@theseengallery.com.

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The Decatur Arts Alliance invites the community to the annual Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception. The reception, at Agnes Scott Dalton Galleries, will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 5 until 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Decatur Business Association monthly meeting.

The Fine Arts Exhibition attracts submissions from the best regional and national artists and is reviewed by respected members of the Atlanta Arts community. Thanks to Co-chair Lauren Lee and the rest of the volunteer committee, Lockey McDonald, Dorothy Moye, Lisa Alembik and Olivia White, for another great exhibit.

I hope to see everyone there.

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The 21st annual Decatur Arts Festival poster will be unveiled this coming Thursday evening at the Old Courthouse on the Square from 5 until 7 pm. This year’s poster was designed by Decatur artist Judy AS. O. Lynn. Judy, whose business is called Mirabelle Studio, is influenced by nature, her surroundings and her personal perceptions of life. Judy’s work can be found at local at festivals, regional galleries and in Europe. She has been making books, decorative boxes and block prints ince 1991.

I look forward to seeing this years’ poster and I hope you will join us at the Old Courthouse on the Square. See you Thursday!

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Look for this graphic on the City website

Look for this graphic on the City website

The former Waste Managment Advisory Board, working with the Public Works Director and the Special Events Coordinator, has produced a guide  for “greening” events, block parties and other gatherings in the city of Decatur. The brochure is available for downloading at www.decaturga.com or at Decatur City Hall.

The Guide offers many tips for planning a special event beginning with selecting the location, planning purchases to minimize waste on the front end, planning for recycling and food waste and more. The guide also encourages planners to educate the attendees on protecting the environment.

The Decatur Business Association has already jumped on the “green” wagon. Food vendors at the June Beach Party will be required to use biodegradable paper goods as well as recycle plastic, glass and cardboard. The Public Works Department will also be on hand to distribute information on the City’s recycling plan and give out tattoos with the recycling logo. As you may know, all city sponsored events currently include both trash cans and recycling containers for plastic, metal and glass. We hope to encourage all event planners, both large and small, to recycle and produce greener events.

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