What Moves You?

IT’S SUCH A RELIEF to see the restaurants around us bustling and hear about upcoming holiday happenings. We are truly ramping up the time we can spend with each other and feel safe. This time last year it was hard to imagine 2021 would bring us a life with vaccine protection and the return of public events. Decatur has always been a destination on the food scene. Thanks to the visionary work of the late Louis Pichulik, I’ve dined at the tables of some of the world’s most talented chefs.
I love the warmth of the Brick Store Pub on a cold night, or the ping pong fun at no. 246. The Iberian Pig bar is the perfect setting for a date night drink, and I’ve hosted clients in the homey atmosphere of Revival.
This issue celebrates the work of these restaurant leaders, both on and off the table. Our cover story goes in-depth with Ford Fry (page 6). He’s an everyday guy who’s created an empire of deliciousness.
I’m in awe of his spirit of giving as he truly creates a step stool for others to level up.
His cohorts also shared their methods of giving back: Fred Castellucci’s work to protect the wages of his staff and feed our frontline healthcare folks; Mike
Gallagher’s founding of the Giving Kitchen to help restaurant workers who fall on hard times; and Kevin Gillespie’s new nonprofit waging the fight against systemic hunger.
I know I’ll be shopping locally a lot this holiday, so it’s fun to see gift ideas from some of our newer businesses (page 16). When our destination dreams lead us outside the city, Becky Lamb has
ideas of resorts worth checking out in her winter travel guide (page 24).
Feel this holiday season to the fullest,

Natalie Gregory
Publisher, Decatur Living

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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.

Fireworks

July 4

9 p.m. (or dark)

The City of Decatur plans to launch its annual fireworks display on Monday, July 4, beginning at dark (approximately 9 p.m.). The community is encouraged to find a safe, socially distanced place to watch the 15 to 20 minute show that will launch from the top of the DeKalb County Parking Deck. Streets in the fireworks fall-out zone will be closed. Sponsored by the City of Decatur and the Decatur Business Assocation.

Phoenix Flies 2022 | A Walk Through Olmsted

March 27

2 to 4 p.m.

Visit and walk through the first four segments of Olmsted’s linear park vision (Springdale, Virgilee, Oak Grove and Shadyside). Learn about the history of the park, restoration, people who lived along the park, and historic scam and scandal. Visit eventbrite.com for details. Admission is free.

Party on the PATH

March 27

4 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate art in Buckhead with hot music, cool drinks and dancing under the stars. The event kicks off with a Miami Circle gallery walk, followed by a walking tour of PATH400’s newest art installations. Finish the night with dinner and dancing to live salsa music at Eclipse di Luna. Visit livablebuckhead.com for tickets. Admission prices start at $35.

Festival on Ponce

April 2 to 3

Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. along with live entertainment and more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art.” There will be a children’s area and leashed pets are welcome. Local food and beverages available for purchase. Attendance is free. Find details and schedule at festivalonponce.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 8 to 10, 2022

Friday 12 to 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An Atlanta staple, hundreds of artists from around the country will participate in the 86th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art is represented, with a nationally-recognized Fine Artists Market that includes sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. A wide array of diverse musical offerings will entertain festival goers, and food will be available for purchase. There is also a kids village featuring arts and crafts, interactive make and take activities and face painting. Admission is free. Find details at dogwood.org.

Second Saturdays, Monthly

April 9

12 to 6 p.m.

Shop small and support local business while browsing local arts, crafts, handmade body goods, jewelry and more. Enjoy live music by Music and Friends ATL. Located at Harmony Park in Decatur. Leashed pups are welcome.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

April 23

2 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy live music performances by Ben Harper, Old Crowe Medicine Show and more while munching on good food and being part of a community of friends andmfamily, all for a cause. Amplify’s mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. They have raised and donated more than $450,000 over the last twelve years. Tickets are for purchase on amplifydecatur.org.

Earth Day at Atlanta Botanical Garden

April 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visit the Garden for fun and engaging family activities celebrating nature and the beautiful plants all around. Musical performances by Saving the Earth with Mr. Greg as well as activity stations all around the gardens. Try out musical instruments made from plants across the world, create earth friendly art, plant some seeds to take home, and participate in a scavenger hunt for seeds and recycled art. Free with an admission purchase. Find more at atlantabg.org.

The Olmsted 200th Birthday Gala

April 26

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Come and launch the many events celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted at his birthday gala. Musical entertainment will be provided by showstopping Atlanta Jazz musician Joe Gransden. Culinary treats by Zest served with beer and wine. Black-tie optional, visit eventbrite.com for tickets and further details.

Historic Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour

April 29 to May 1

1 to 5 p.m.

It’s back after a two year hiatus. Meander through some of the finest homes and gardens in Atlanta’s Historic Druid Hills Neighborhood. The Druid Hills Neighborhood, including the linear park along Ponce de Leon Ave, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Some of which include the “Driving Miss Daisy'' house as well as some modern classics. The $35 ticket will allow you to access all three days of the tour. Find tickets at eventbrite.com.

Champions for Change

May 5

Time TBD

Enjoy drinks, appetizers and a live auction when you purchase tickets to the Women’s Resource Center event. Natasha Tretheway will be thehonoree and keynote speaker for the event. Her long awaited memoir, “Memorial Drive,” gives an inside look at the chilling true story of the murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather. This event led to the founding of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Decatur. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear one of the most inspirational stories. Find more information about this event at wrcdv.org.

Summer 2022