Decatur's Celebration Fountain Shut Off

Donzetta Neal of Decatur (shown walking past the now-dry fountain Thursday) said she will miss the water's mist, which she likes to watch while sitting in the Square.

Photo courtesy of AJC (I love the framing of this shot)

Reported by the AJC, Decatur Square’s Celebration Mist Fountain has been shut off in compliance with the state’s Level 4 watering ban that prohibits the running of outdoor fountains.

Centennial Park’s famous jumping fountain, along with fountains in Marietta and Duluth have also reportedly gone dry in compliance with the ban.

Decatur Wine Festival

One good festival deserves another!

The Decatur Arts Alliance Nov. 3rd Wine Festival is the org’s major fundraiser of the year, and unless I’m mistaken they’ve raised the attendance level from 1,500 to 2,000 this year.

Ticket info was hard to find, but I found the following posting on the Arts Alliance website.

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Decatur Wine Festival Tickets

The 2007 Decatur Wine Tasting Festival will take place on November 3, and advance interest has been very high!

This is just a reminder: tickets to our largest annual fundraiser will not go on sale until mid-October. If you would like to receive an email alert when the tickets do go on sale, please forward this request to us at [email protected]

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With 3,000 less spots to fill than the Beer Festival, you better be on top of your game when these tickets appear in the next couple weeks!

Oakhurst's Historic Battle

The skirmishes around Decatur during the Civil War have nothing on the showdown that’s been going on in Oakhurst for the past year or so. But instead of fighting over control of the railroad, residents are up in arms over whether to designate the neighborhood as a local historic district. Smelling blood, the AJC has started to pickup on the dissidence, featuring articles and most recently reader reactions to the controversy.

The most recent “surprise” development in this ongoing saga revolves around Decatur’s Historic Preservation Commission ruling that the original proposed district boundaries were too arbitrary, and that they instead should reflect historic development patterns. This means that for the nomination to go forward all 1,200 some odd properties in the neighborhood should be included.

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Map courtesy of One Oakhurst

Though Decatur already has four smaller, locally protected historic districts (MAK, Clairemont, Ponce de Leon Ct., and Old Decatur), Oakhurst is the first really contentious nomination. As such, it has jumpstarted an important dialogue that the entire city should be considering. With a huge percentage of the city’s residential inventory older than 50 years, what is the city’s best approach in protecting the neighborhoods that contribute so greatly to the city’s character? I think the answer for Oakhurst probably lies somewhere between Druid Hills’ strict local ordinance and the tragedy that befalls so may historic buildings in Morningside.

So let’s continue the conversation! See the battle for yourself over on the pro-district blog Oakhurst Historic District and the against-district blog One Oakhurst.

Let’s hear your comments!

Great Decatur Beer Festival

Get ’em while they’re hot! Tickets are now available for the Great Decatur Beer Festival on Oct 20th from 1p-6p. Only 5,000 are sold (all online) and this event always sells out. Why wouldn’t it? Spending the afternoon tasting 100 beers AND a commemorative glass??

Buy your $30 tickets online here, and I’ll see you on the square in a couple weeks!

UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out!

Take the Oakhurst Walking Tour!

Photo Courtesy of AJC

As a huge fan of Decatur history (more on that as this blog develops), my hat is off to Jack Krost and Charles Cope, who will host the 5th annual Oakhurst Walking Tour this coming Sunday, Oct 7th and Oct 14th at 3pm. The tour begins at One Step at a Time shoe store (650 East Lake Drive) in downtown Oakhurst. Check out the great write up in the AJC today.

Speaking of walking tours, did you know that the city has a six walking tours on its website? In my opinion they could provide a bit more context and history for walkers, but they’re a great first step (sorry).

Extend GA Water Ban thru mid-2008?

One of the proposed Bandaids tossed around at Tuesday’s drought summit in Atlanta (there’s a drought summit?) was to extend the outdoor water ban through the summer 2008. The AJC leads with that headline. Other possible safeguards include reducing water from lakes Lanier and Allatoona, extending restrictions to some commercial businesses, and creating a network of connected water systems throughout different neighborhoods for “backup”.

Maybe the state should start with nixing Stone Mountain’s plan to make snow in the 80 degree heat for their new Coca-Cola Snow Park. It’s nearly as ridiculous as their $8 parking fee.

UPDATE:  Stone Mountain has bent to public pressure and turned off its snow machine.  Hat’s off to Decatur-DeKalb for predicting the shut off earlier this morning.

October Decatur Focus Online

You can now find October’s Focus on the city of Decatur website and presumably in mailboxes soon. If you can’t wait for the hard copy, click here to view the pdf.

Always thinking with my stomach here’s what I found most interesting…

Taqueria del Sol was rated one of the top 3 restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine’s restaurant issue (page 6)

A new restaurant is going in at 254 West Ponce de Leon (the CVS plaza? nope! it’s actually where Viet Chateau used to be) called Cakes & Ales (also page 6). Co-owners Billy Allin and his wife Kristin are Decatur residents.

Non-food related: Electronics Recycling Day is Sat. Oct 27th from 9a-1p. It’s pretty cool that they’ve included Styrofoam on the list of recyclable items. I hate wasting blue garbage bags on the shipping material for large items.