Free-For-All Thanksgiving Weekend

No reason not to start the madness a day early.

Grab a handful of stuffing and aim at your favorite local topic!  Don’t worry…the dog will clean it up.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

24 thoughts on “Free-For-All Thanksgiving Weekend”

  1. what was the building behind the Grange originally? It looks old…little dilapidated…for that matter…what was the Grange originally? was it associated with this building?

    inquiring minds want to know

    Happy T-Day!

    1. I want to know too. I’ve wondered about it for years. There is also that strange building with the iron gate- what is/was that?

    2. The land that the Grange and the other 2 buildings ( Stone house, and warehouse behind BEAUTIFUL gate ) sit on was developed by an elderly stone mason in the 1940’s. The house and warehouse were built first. This was his house and studio/warehouse. He built the granite building where the Grange is located later hoping to rent it out. His first tenant was a Hudson car dealership. A Studebaker dealership was across the street, and Oldsmobile dealership was where the CVS is now.

      All 3 buildings used to be connected, but a fire in the early 80’s partially destroyed the roof over the nexus of the buildings – creating the interesting space behind the gate. In the late 90’s I commissioned local artist Robert Witherspoon to make a gate to secure the courtyard area for my sculpture studio. The “Beautiful” comes from a fabled gate in Jerusalem; the Gate Called Beautiful.

      The building where the Grange is underwent extensive renovation in 2001. The renovation of the rest of the property has been hampered by the Federal Government declaring the property within the 100 year flood plain since that renovation. I am in the process of clearing hurdles to renovate the rest of the property to honor the historic structure, and I may need the support of the Decatur Metro community in the future.

      Happy Thanksgiving,

      Chadwick Stogner, owner

  2. Cooking at home this year instead of our customary vacation getaway, but discovering that I’ve actually missed doing the domestic thing– I have to say, my pearl onions in cognac cream sauce are turning out beautifully. Hope everyone’s having a great day; DM, one of the things I’m grateful for is the time & work you put in on this blog! Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

  3. I wanted to let folks know that the oral history project StoryCorps is in Atlanta from now through October 2010. Reservations for each month open up at 10 am on the 1st of the month, and can be made by phone (800-850-4406) or online ( . Be aware that the month’s reservations fill up fast!

    StoryCorps is an independent, nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Their motto is “Listening is an Act of Love.”

    From their website ( “StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans. StoryCorps is a conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary [a person can also come solo and be interviewed by a trained StoryCorps facilitator]. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress….By recording the stories of our lives with the people we care about, we experience our history, hopes, and humanity. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Millions listen to our award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet….By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation, reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.”

  4. I produced a 98% vegan Thanksgiving dinner for my family, the only exceptions being the pat of butter only at my plate, a pumpkin pie with real whipped cream, and salmon for myself and another guest. The alternate entree was pasta with a top sauce of mushrooms, onions, and garlic, plus choices of three finishing sauces: 1. tomatoes with aubergine, 2. vegan pesto, and 3. vegan stroganoff. I swear to you that all three finishing sauces were DELICIOUS in spite of the vegan substitutions in the recipes. There was also vegan chocolate cake/icing for those who chose not to eat the pumpkin pie. Everyone was full and happy, and I washed every dish after they left with a feeling of “can do” in a mixed-preference gourmet family. My son and grandson claimed the remainder of the pumpkin pie and whipped cream, so I will retrieve those dishes tomorrow. The poached salmon was exceedingly wonderful with a dill butter sauce.

  5. Dragged famly whining and grumbling over to Community BBQ and they all thanked me afterwards. It’s a winner. We especially liked the homemade cole slaw.

    1. I only had to drag my family to Community once. They were eager to go the 2nd time. The pulled pork is good, but the pulled chicken is the best.

  6. Can someone explain the Pink Pig at Lenox Square to me? This will be my third Christmas as a Georgia resident and I still don’t know why parents/grandparents/cruel relatives would have small (and not-so-small) children wait in line for hours just to go into a big white tent. Is there some sort of history or tradition behind the pig? Inquiry minds need to know! Thanks

    1. From Wikipedia with a few additions – generally correct:

      The Pink Pig

      The Pink Pig was an amusement park ride of sorts begun in 1953 that was a miniature monorail sized for children. Adults would be hard-pressed to fit inside the enclosed cars that the children sat in as the ride operated. The original ride ‘flew’ from the ceiling of the toy department. The pig was then moved to a Christmas village on top of and outside the building that surrounded the Great Tree. The Pink Pig started outside under the tree, returned indoors to fly over the toy department before returning to its starting point. The original Pink Pig was named Priscilla. A second pig, named Percival was later added to meet the high demand to ride the pig. After completing their journey, riders got a sticker that said “I rode the Pink Pig” that became a badge of honor.

      The ride moved to the Festival of Trees in the 1990s, and some of the original cars are preserved at the Atlanta History Center.

      The ride was brought back to Rich’s in 2004 when it reappeared at Rich’s Lenox Square Mall, the new location for the Great Tree. It should be noted that the new version of the Pink Pig is a conventional train ride with a miniature pink pig locomotive pulling a set of pink child-sized passenger cars at ground level, instead of the original suspended monorail design. It has been speculated that the original monorail was retired because it could not be maintained as a viable and safe children’s ride

        1. Yep, it was magical when you are 4 or 5…peering out the window down onto the toy department below. You also had access to Private Shopping to pick out parent gifts ( all $1 or $2). It was quite the event in 1962. Later when it moved to roof of downtown Rich’s ( city goverment building now…sad), there were reindeer on the roof, Santa’s village, and up close to the HUGE ornaments on Rich’s great tree.

          Now it is just a ride…nothing special.

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