Season of Abundance

I’VE ALWAYS FELT LIKE FALL is a reflective time of year. The kids go back to school; timeless traditions are resurrected; and our favorite scents once again waft through the chilly air. In putting together this issue of Decatur Living— one of everyone’s favorites all year — the entire staff found ourselves thinking back to our favorite parts of fall. We’ve done our best to represent those in this edition, from fashion to self care to the excitement of a new arts season.Did you find yourself indulging a bit too much during the summer months? Flip to our cover story on page 10 and get inspired to give your mind, spirit and body some much-needed TLC. We spoke to local experts on ways to heal yourself in nature, give your brain and life a boost and get your body back into gear. We also spoke to the owner of Finders Keepers on the perks of sustainable fashion, page 22, and even included Kudzu Antiques, page 6, so your home decor can get in on the sustainability trend. After all, investing in something timeless is the perfect way to honor the environment and add interesting stories to your life.
As for fall’s new arts season, you’ll want to read all about Decatur High School’s upcoming plans, — and the starring students and teachers who make it happen — starting on page 16. Learn more about local painter Crysta Luke in our artist spotlight on page 20, and, of course, get excited about a packed autumn schedule with our calendar of events on page 28. Have a little extra time on your hands? Flip to page 24, and find out if volunteering in the Focus program, implemented by our own Decatur Education Foundation, could be right for you.
On behalf of everyone at Decatur Living, we hope you and your family have a memorable autumn. However you plan to savor these crisp, colorful months, remember to devote time to what matters to you.

Natalie Gregory
Publisher, Decatur Living

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Decatur Craft Beer Festival

October 15

Noon

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival features hundreds of the finest local and international beers, live music and food. The entry fee includes a special tasting glass. Proceeds benefit community projects. Entry is limited to 2,000 people. No one under 21 years of age or animals allowed inside the festival area. No exceptions. All tickets available online at decaturbeerfestival.org.

Little Five Points Halloween Parade and Festival

October 22-23

Monster Hunt On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11am to 6pm Hunt monsters! Local artists will be set up in locations all through L5P. Each artist will create a MONSTER for you to find. Monster Maps will be available for a donation. BIZarre Bazaar HAUNTED MARKET Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm. Explore a local artist market of handmade goods and vibrant art. Finishing the weekend is the Halloween Parade starting at 2 pm.

2022 Decatur Wine Festival

November 5

12:30 p.m.

Come sample over 400 varieties of wine with your commemorative wine glass. The festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the Decatur Square. Early entry begins at noon; sample pours begin at 12:30. Tickets will be available at freshtix.com/ events/decatur-wine-festival-2022.

Comedy on Draught at Three Taverns Brewery

May 25

7 p.m.

Come hungry, thirsty and ready to laugh. On the last Wednesday of every month, Three Taverns host Vas Sanchez brings a unique line up of the best comedians from Atlanta and beyond for a night of craft beer and standup comedy. The intended audience is adult as some jokes may not be appropriate for little ears. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door. Parking is free. Food purchase is available with Smoke & Honey will be here serving up delicious southern food. Tickets are $15 and include two beers and the stand up comedy show. Non-beer tickets are available for $5. Three Taverns is located at 121 New St.

Truckin’ Tuesdays

May 31

5 to 8 p.m.

Gather your friends, family, blankets, chairs, and most importantly, appetites. The City of Decatur is hosting the area’s best food trucks who will be offering up delicious fare. Legacy Park (500 S. Columbia Dr.) has plenty of space for you to spread out and relax while you enjoy a tasty bite with your pod. There is lots of space for the kids to run around and the Decatur community to come together, all while remaining socially distant.

Summer Fitness Kickoff in the Square

May 30

9:30 a.m.

As a Veteran-owned and operated business, Pure Barre Decatur realizes the deep sacrifice experienced by those who have chosen to serve. With extreme gratitude, we remember and honor all those who have served and sacrificed. Please join us for an opportunity to honor this Memorial Day with a special pop up charity event. Join this Burn and Flow class on the Decatur square. Class will kick off at 9:30 am and consist of a 30 minute Pure Barre intensive followed by 30 minutes of yoga presented by our friends at Highland Yoga. Bring your mat, water and $10. The proceeds will support the Decatur VFW.

Leila Ross Wilburn and the MAK Historic District

June 16

9 to 10:30 a.m.

See the district like you never have as you explore it through the creations of pioneer female architect, Leila Ross Wilburn. Join the Dekalb History Center to learn more about Wilburn, who attended Agnes Scott Institute and lived in the MAK (McDonough Street, Adams Street, and Kings Highway) neighborhood of Decatur her entire adult life. She became the second registered female architect in Georgia and went on to create hundreds of house plans, institutional buildings and residences. Wilburn’s designs are featured all over Atlanta and Decatur, but the epicenter is the MAK neighborhood. This tour will focus on the MAK district, which features several of her home designs. Discuss her designs in detail and what makes them unique as well as Wilburn as a female architect. Ticket required. Total walking distance, less than one mile.

Pied Piper Parade

July 4

6 p.m.

Get on your feet and join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on July 4. Gather friends and family, ride your bike, walk or skate in this community parade. Decorate your bike or join neighborhoods and organizations making floats.

Following the parade will be a concert on the square at the Community Bandstand featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band. The parade begins at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Fall 2022

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Self Care Season