So first off – The Lenox Place neighborhood is apparently struggling with mutant flamingo problem. Just so you’re all aware. I haven’t seen much press about it yet. Let’s all pray they can keep the problem contained. Geez.
In somewhat related news – Here are the details and deadlines for this year’s Decorate Decatur Halloween contest!
Nancy, who hosts the Decorate Decatur Facebook page, tells us that the city needs to receive your submissions by this Wednesday at midnight. Note that the judging this year will be based on emailed entries. The city won’t be driving around itself this year looking for the best decorations.
So get out there and snap a photo of your favorite decorations and send them to [email protected]! Include the decorated home’s address and a description of the decorations as well.
Now I’m off to purchase me some anti-flamingo spray.
Photo courtesy of Decorate Decatur Facebook page
The good folks in Decatur Heights have again done the city a public service and set up a public forum for all City Commission and School Board candidates. This year the event will take place Sunday, October 25th from 3-5p at its usual location at The Church at Decatur. More details below!
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Get ready for the 4th annual Decatur Haints & Saints Halloween Parade this Saturday!
HOMEGROWN announced that the annual HAINTS & SAINTS Halloween Parade returns to the streets of downtown Decatur Sunday, October 25th.
Decatur’s HAINTS & SAINTS has grown steadily since its introduction in 2011 and this year promises to be the best so far! Local marching and brass bands, tricked out hearses, floats, classic cars and, best of all, Decatur residents and visitors taking to the streets to get their weird on!
Line up for the HAINTS & SAINTS Halloween Parade begins at 3 p.m. for vehicles and floats at the Decatur Post office, located at 520 W.Ponce de Leon Ave., followed by the walkers at 3:30. Anyone may walk or roll in the parade; floats, bands, and groups larger than 5 can register online at www.decaturhalloweenparade.com. As the parade begins at 4 p.m., the police will do a rolling closure in front of the parade.
Wait! There’s more fantastic weird fun to come! As the parade wraps up, let the HAINTS & SAINTS Jam commence! Bands, including, Wasted Potential Brass Band, Black Sheep Ensemble, Mercury Orkestar, Scofflaw and NEW this year: The Common Ground Collective will take turns jamming on the square.
After getting your parade and jam on, be sure to visit one of the many amazing restaurants and watering holes in downtown Decatur; many will be offering specials for parade participants.
Sponsors for this year’s parade include HomeGrown Decatur, Butter and Cream, The Marlay House, Little Shop of Stories, The Square Pub, Wild Oats and Billy Goats, Squash Blossom and Twain’s Brewpub.
Information and details at www.decaturhalloweenparade.com
UPDATE: AP journalist Ron Harris also wrote this on Twitter just a few minutes ago…
I’m walking around w/ my banjo at #oakhurstporchfest yesterday. Guy starts chatting me up, asking me when I’m playing. It’s Andrew Lincoln.
— Ron Harris (@Journorati) October 19, 2015
Posting this one for a friend. Great time at #porchfest #oakhurst !! #walkingdead A photo posted by April Tillman Gabor (@apriltgabor) on
So, first off – I hope everyone had a great time at the first annual Oakhurst Porchfest yesterday! The weather was darn near perfect and we were floored by the crowds, porch hosts’ hospitality and – of course – the sheer number of extremely talented musicians who shared the day with us!
But even after Black Sheep Ensemble wrapped up their set last night, the fun has lived on, because we’re now getting to read some great, individual stories from from the event. And since the residents of Oakhurst decided to set up 130 venues, none of us could truly experience the WHOLE thing. But we can still try to live vicariously through each other!
So, if you’re willing, we’d love to hear your stories from yesterday afternoon.
You can sort of get an idea of my day from my photo gallery. We probably took in fewer venues than planned because we kept stopping to chat with neighbors. And that was the whole point!