July 30, 2012
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Decatur Book Festival

Labor Day weekend celebrates the end of summer and the annual Decatur Book Festival. Not to be missed, August 31 – September 2.

Decatur Book Festival

photo by Phil Skinner/AJC staff


The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 900 world-class authors and 260,000 festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

Many authors are on hand. Something of everyone’s interest. Loved listening to Hal Needham, my favorite stuntman, speak about his life experiences last year.

I’ll post more information when the sessions are announced.

July 30, 2012
by Diana
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Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival

Don’t miss the Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival in Harmony Park, Oakhurst, Saturday, August 18, 4-10pm.

Decatur BBQ Bluegrass Festival

BBQ: Fox Brothers and Black Tie BBQ
Beer on tap: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Somersault Ale and Shift Pale Lager
Bluegrass Tunes: Mama’s Blue Dress, Deja Bluegrass, Heather Luttrell, Roxy Watson and The Electromatics

Entry Fee 21 & UP: ‘Day Of’ ticket price $10
or purchase tickets online for $9
Kids under 21 admitted free

Link for Decatur BBQ information

July 30, 2012
by Diana
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Texas week

Don’t know what it is, but we have had loads of guests from Texas this past week. Jim, from Hondo, coordinated a week long international seminar for Nero science studies at Agnes Scott College. Steve and Kristy flew in from Houston to see a band playing at Eddies’ Attic and explore confederate battle grounds. Connie and Stacy drove from Houston to attend a storytellers workshop. Mixed in with all the Texas folk was a couple from Fredricsburg, VA, and another couple from Chicago.

Another couple driving from Dallas is expected this coming Saturday.

July 1, 2012
by Diana
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Hot days in the garden

Spend many mornings watering our parched garden. Record highs for Atlanta. Our thermometer shows over 100F last couple of days. Lucky our harvest is looking good. Lots of cherry tomatoes to pick while the slicers are a little slower to ripen. Picking lots of squash; yellow, delecato, patty pans and zucchini. Yum, stuffed squash blossoms and fried green tomatoes! Baked zucchini bread today for our guest breakfast.

stuffed squash blossoms

June 16, 2012
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Cocktails in the Garden

What fun Eloise and I had Thursday night at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Each Thursday evening in June you can enjoy the gardens at night. Bars are set up throughout the gardens serving wine, beer and cocktails.

Yummy chef’s demonstration in the edible garden serving a fresh made Salmon spread. (Think that is a good idea for morning bagels for our guests.) Was thrilled that for once my kitchen garden looked better than the one at ABG!

Loved exploring the orchid house and conservatory at night. All misty and enchanting with frogs and the resident quail chirping.

There was also a DJ playing tunes near the Chihuly Fountain.

For more information link to the Atlanta Botanical Garden web site.

May 23, 2012
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The Fairies in Woodlands!

Fairies in the garden
Woodlands Garden is thrilled to announce the imminent return of the Fairy Gardens and Houses, this coming Sunday, May 27, 2-4 pm. Last year visitors to this delightful event were charmed by miniature houses built from bark, branches, berries, seed heads, leaves and other natural materials. Fairy Gardeners from Skyland Trail’s horticulture and art therapy groups design and build the houses. Staff and clients will be available at Fairy Headquarters to answer questions about this nationally popular pastime for self-expression and horticultural therapy.
For more information: link to Woodlands Gardens.

May 23, 2012
by Diana
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Decatur Arts Festival

Decatur Arts Festival
Memorial Day weekend kick starts the summer with the annual Decatur Arts Festival. Artist from across America and many local artists, show their work in the square in downtown Decatur. Our buddies Donna and Graham Hill display their amazing metal sculptures each year. Get a preview of Graham’s work by linking here; Rocwood Studios.

The festival starts with an Art Walk on Friday between 5-10pm. Artist Market is Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (11am – 6pm). Music, dance, fun for all!

For more information: link to Decatur Arts Festival site.

April 16, 2012
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Woodlands Garden

Sundays in the Garden

April 22 and 29, May 27, June 24 and July 29, put on your walking shoes and explore Decatur’s seven-acre garden and Georgia Piedmont native plant habitat. Volunteers welcome you and provide helpful information. Musical surprises await. Free and open to the public, 2-4PM

Woodlands began as the home place of the Morse family in 1946. Chester and Gene Morse settled on a wooded plot of land near where Clairemont Avenue crossed a dirt track called Scott Boulevard. Gradually, the Morses added land to bring their property to 7.1 acres and named it “Woodlands.” Much was left natural, while around their home the family created a charming cultivated garden.

932 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA | 404-373-2222

Link for more information at http://woodlandsgarden.org/