This is Decatur

THAT FAMILIAR QUESTION from my childhood has never been so timely. It’s fascinating to see restaurants, schools and commerce renew and replenish from the pandemic at the same time spring is physically opening buds around us. There’s talk about “take-aways” from the past year and what we want our new normals to be. What an exciting time to be alive. One of the big lessons is how much we need our neighbors. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by small businesses who found ways to stay open and safely take care of us. And I better understand how important my support is for them. One of the biggest examples of that is our local farmers markets, check out how they are contributing to a sustainable community (page 12).
That concept goes even further with our cover story (page 6), where we share the life and connection between something so small as bee and something so important as our food source. It’s encouraging to see businesses help us do better That concept goes even further with our cover story (page 6), where we share the life and connection between something so small as a bee and something so important as our food source. It’s encouraging to see businesses help us do better.
Quarantine also showed how important our homes are. What once was just base camp for busyness is now a true nest. I’m seeing shades of amber everywhere, get inspired by the gorgeous ideas from Trinity Design (page 16).
It seems we’ve all been reorganizing and revamping a little. It’s a treat we get to do that in a budget and earth friendly way thanks to our local resalers. Check out their tips for making the most of your buying and selling (page 20).

Natalie Gregory
Publisher, Decatur Living

Read Current Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Truckin’ Thursdays

September 7, 14, 21, 28
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Spread out and relax while you enjoy a fun evening out with friends in Legacy Park! The area’s best food trucks will be offering up delicious fare for the return of Truckin’ Thursdays. The kids will have plenty of space to run around, and the Decatur community can come together again, all while remaining socially distant. For more details, check visit decaturga.com.

Amplify Decatur

October 1, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Oct. 2, 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Grammy Award winners, Indigo Girls, will headline the 2021 Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday, October 2 in downtown Decatur Square. The Saturday festival will also feature Americana legends, Grammy Award winners, Blind Boys of Alabama; The Cactus Blossoms Duo; and Michelle Malone. Amplify gives every dollar raised at concerts to community organizations fighting poverty. The festival is also offering a limited space, free event on Friday evening. To purchase tickets, visit amplifydecatur.org.

Kirkwood Wine Stroll

September 17
7:00 to 10:00 p.m

The Kirkwood Wine Stroll connects neighbors and raises funds for the Kirkwood Business Owners’ Association operating fund to beautify and market the Kirkwood Business Districts and benefit local nonprofits. More than 50 participating locations pour a sample of red, white, rose and sparkling wine. Dine on small plates and fill menus from local restaurants. Kirkwood businesses will offer specials, discounts, prize drawings and demonstrations. Guests will also enjoy live music by amazing local bands performing on three stages! Tickets at kirkwoodwinestroll.com.

AJC Decatur Book Festival

October 2

This year’s festival, themed Diverse Voices Building Community, will be a one-day program taking place at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, as part of a larger Festival Weekend lineup. The re-imagined festival will take place on the church grounds, and booksellers will be setting up pop-up shops at the church along with food pop ups from the Decatur Farmer’s Market. The festival will feature several captivating and compelling author events and panels in a new format. For details, visit decaturbookfestival.com.

Placita Latina

September – October

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Placita Latina! A group of Hispanic and Latinx residents and professionals of Decatur and Avondale Estates have come together to plan a colorful, cultural and historical series of events in the two cities during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The series of mini events will highlight Hispanic and Latinx performances, food and culture. Visit placitalatinaga.org for details.

Tiny House Festival

October 16 to 17

How cute is this festival?! Avondale Estates Tiny House Festival will feature 20 tiny houses available to tour and get a firsthand feel for what living in 250 square feet is like. There will be vendor tents to learn about minimalism, downsizing, sustainability, home care, innovative housing solutions and more. Learn more and purchase tickets by visiting tinyhousefestival.com.

West Ponce Music Stroll

September 25
1:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Prepare to enjoy a fun-packed Saturday! The third annual West Ponce Stroll boasts a 5k, live music, local chalk artists, free popup yoga and fitness classes. Attendees will also enjoy music on a large outdoor stage from three bands at The Marlay. All proceeds will benefit all-ages, non-profit maker space, Decatur Makers. For event details, visit gowestponce.com.

AvondALE Day

October 23

After winning “Best Small Town Beer Scene’’ from USA Today’s winning poll, Avondale Estates will hold its first ever AvondALE Day on October 23. Attendees will enjoy live music, food and more than 100 draft beers. On Oct. 23 along the Dale Ale Trail, a one-mile path through the heart of the city’s central business district, attendees will enjoy good times and make new memories!

Fall 2021