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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West Ponce Music Stroll

September 24

8 a.m until 10 p.m

Enjoy a full day of free live music and fun in Decatur's West Ponce District. West Ponce businesses open their patios and parking lots, transforming them into stages for local bands. Listen while you shop, dine and stroll along West Ponce de Leon throughout the day. The day kicks off with a 5K Run and 1 mile Dog Walk hosted by Fleet Feet at 8 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be a makers market, chalk artist showcase and yoga and fitness classes by Clarity Fitness. The evening ends at the large stage outside the Marlay with headliner Wasted Potential.

AJC Decatur Book Festival

September 30 and October 1

The 2022 Decatur Book Festival will kick off with an evening keynote on Friday, Sept. 30 and continue Saturday, October 1 with 15 author sessions presented in three tracks: adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children and youth. This year’s festival will highlight selected authors with new fall publications. We look forward to building back the festival in a way that continues to be somewhat cautious, yet bigger and better than last year.

Atlanta Pride Festiva

October 7-9

The Atlanta Pride Celebration is the largest gatherings of LGBTQ+ people and our allies in the Southeast. The event features a twoday Festival with music, merchandise, art and food along with a Parade and a week’s worth of educational and social events. The 2022 event will be back at Piedmont Park.

Candler Park Fall Festival

October 2-3, 2021

11 a.m.

Candler Park Fall Fest returns this year with over 100 artist booths, live music, food trucks, and children’s activities… not to mention cool blue skies, warm sunshine, thousands of smiling faces, loads of Candler Park hospitality – and the making of happy memories.

Oakhurst PorchFest

October 8 and October 9

Noon until 7 p.m.

Georgia’s largest organic, free-range, crowdsourced music festival is the coolest neighborhood event ever. This year, there will be 200 performances on porches and lawns all around Oakhurst from noon until 7 p.m. That’s roughly 30 performances every hour across a square mile! And it’s free! Get the full band line-up and an interactive map at oakhurstporchfest.org.

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.

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