August 30, 2013
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Busy weekend at Mileybright

Once again it is time for the Decatur Book Festival – the largest in the nation. We have a few authors staying with us this weekend! Our other guests are here for another major event this weekend, Dragon Con. What else is happening? Chick fil a football, NASCAR, and gay pride. Wow, something for everyone.
dragon con

May 10, 2013
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Art B Que in Avondale Estates

art b que
Mothers Day weekend (May 11-12) in Avondale Estates means it’s time once again for Art B Que. What can be better than small town arts festival with great bar-b-que and music? Two full days of music! Bonus, one of our guests, Ted, is playing in a band, Bas Clas, at 4pm on Saturday. Artist studios will be open to tour as well as artist booths set up in the street. Lots of fun and not to be missed.
Link to more information about Art B Que.

March 29, 2013
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Decatur Garden Tour

It’s Spring, finally! Time for the Decatur Garden Tour 2013, Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28.
decatur garden tour
Fifteen gardens are on the tour including the Oakhurst Community Garden, where I buy my baby plants for our farmhouse garden. Other favorite gardens on the tour are Ryan Gainey’s back yard, and the Woodlands Garden (a forest stroll in the city). For more information about the gardens and tour hours link to Decatur Garden Tour.
Michele at Ryan Gaineys

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
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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.