One month ago, we announced our Block Captain effort for this year’s Oakhurst Porchfest. The idea is simple: We carved the neighborhood into 32 zones. Within each, we need a minimum of two neighbors to help keep an eye on things as Block Captains. Once they register, that zone becomes eligible to participate in this year’s event.
We’re now halfway through our registration period and, conveniently, halfway to our goal of full participation.
Here’s how our event area is presently shaping up (click image for larger view). The 16 zones in green are GO for participation. Remaining zones still need to rally.
Block Captain registration ends Friday, July 27. Zones signed-up by that time will comprise our official boundaries for 2018.
Don’t miss out. If you’re in Oakhurst and want your street to participate this year, get with your neighbors and get a crew together. Everything you need for registration is here.
Since we started the Oakhurst Porchfest in 2015, we’ve tried to cultivate a radically generous celebration of music and community self-run by the Oakhurst neighborhood. A day where neighbors, collectively and as individuals, take full ownership of their streets and extend an open invitation to whomever wants to drop by.
By most accounts, it’s been well received. But with success comes growing pains, particularly in terms of crowds. So this year, at the request of our friends at the Decatur Police, we’re instituting an extra layer of oversight: Block Captains.
Think of them as a neighborhood-wide battalion of hyperlocal overlords. Mayors of Good Vibes, helping to make each street’s experience more unique, accessible, and responsive to the inevitable challenges that come with an event of our size.
We’ve carved the neighborhood into 32 zones — streets or parts of streets where neighbors are likely to know each other. Each zone will become eligible to participate in Porchfest once a minimum of two resident Captains have established a local presence.
You can sign-up more than two and split the shifts as you wish but two’s the minimum. And keep in mind, serving as a Block Captain doesn’t preclude being a porch host. Many folks may choose to do both.
The job description is pretty simple, and consistent with a role many folks have already played informally in years past:
- Coordinate in advance with your fellow Block Captain(s); establish shifts;
- Encourage neighbor-initiated efforts like decorating, traffic management, etc;
- Help clear crowd obstructions and/or temporarily direct traffic as necessary during the event;
- Make sure performances don’t occur outside their assigned time or exceed allowable volumes;
- Keep booze access in check;
- Serve as a point person for Decatur Police.
Ready to help take Porchfest to the next level? Then start talking with your neighbors and get a crew together. Sign-ups are now live so find your zone and register today. Any zone that signs up becomes eligible to participate in this year’s event.
Everything you need can be found here.
Mark your calendars! Decatur’s popular Touch-a-Truck event returns Saturday, May 5th in the East Lake MARTA Station North Parking lot!
Decatur and DeKalb County vehicles will be available for your or your child’s perusal from 10a-1p.
Do you have a stash of old paint cans in your garage or shed? Jump start your spring cleaning by recycling them in honor of Earth Day.
The Decatur Presbyterian Church Youth are hosting a paint recycling fundraiser this Saturday, April 21st. The event will be held from 9:00am-1:00pm in the Sycamore House parking lot (208 Sycamore St.). Per the Decatur Presbyterian website:
The event will be held in the Sycamore House parking lot, across the street from the church sanctuary. Latex and oil based paints will be accepted in all quantities, and the value of the recyclable material will depend on the size (1 pint of latex paint=$1; 1 gallon of latex paint=$3). Funds raised from the event will help with the costs of establishing a new green space at Sycamore House.
Image courtesy of Rachel Ellis via the City of Decatur - North of the Tracks Facebook group.
Yes, you read that right. A new math-themed street fair is coming to Decatur this Friday, April 13th!
The Gathering 4 Gardener Foundation is hosting its biennial conference this week including a first-ever street fair for all ages in downtown Decatur’s Depot District (East Howard Ave. from Sycamore Place to Hillyer Place).
From the event website:
G4G13—the 13th Biennial Gathering 4 Gardner Conference Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Gardner—to Host Public Events in Atlanta and Decatur for First Time, Including: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Constructions, Magic Performances, M.C. Escher Exhibit Sneak Peak, and Three Free Public Lectures.
Four Major Free Public Events Open to All:
1. At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Georgia Tech: a very rare public appearance by the Hungarian inventor of Rubik’s Cube, “In Conversation With Ernő Rubik” (Clough Auditorium 152).
2. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Construction, Puzzle Solving, Magic Performances, and “M.C. Escher +” Art Exhibit Sneak Peek (in Decatur’s Depot District).
3. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: lecture by Moravian College Professor Doris Schattschneideron “Math and M.C. Escher’s Art” (at Decatur Presbyterian Church).
At 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, downtown Atlanta: lecture and musical performance by Princeton University Professor and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava (Fulton County Central Library)
Leave your high school geometry memories behind and come out to these cool events.
Photos courtesy of G4G13.
Kelly sends along the news…
The Squirrelheads claimed the coveted Golden Wolverine trophy on Friday at Westchester Elementary School’s third annual Battle of the Bands, presented by Decatur CoWorks and Natalie Gregory | Keller Williams.
Two of the band members, Lori and Eric Murphy, are Westchester parents and owners of Firehouse Guitars & Music. Other band members include Jamie Hood, Dave Kaiser and Mike McKenny.
The sold-out event, which was held at Avondale Towne Cinema, featured a total of five local bands that battled it out for the kids of Westchester, including Flock of Eagles, Transmit & Receive, Kickin’ Edgar, The Squirrelheads, and The Benders.
More photos of the event will be posted to WestchesterRocks.org, courtesy of Greta High, From the Hip Photography.