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CONTENTS Summer 2018
Official Guide pg15-22 Get your jam on while helping to alleviate homelessness locally. This official guide includes schedule, map and band profiles.
8 Cover Story
You don’t have to be the nosy neighbor to get a peek inside these beauties. Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens celebrates 50 years with 12 show stoppers.
24 Happy Home Improvement
Expert tips to make sure your project stays on time and on budget.
epartments D 6 Publisher’s Letter Summer in the City
20 Making a Difference
Decatur Cooperative Ministry works to alleviate homelessness in City of Decatur and Dekalb County.
29 Your Child
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Before the Burn. Block the Sun for Safe Summer Fun.
30 Calendar of Events 32 Your Business
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Summer in the City THIS ISSUE WE celebrate summer close to home with events that set the scene and kick off the season. Druid Hills has long enchanted me with its gorgeous homes trimmed with architectural details that woo designers and history buffs alike. Their curated gardens are show-stoppers on their own. I’m amazed this marks the 50th anniversary of the Tour of Homes and Gardens and can’t wait to get a peek inside (page 9). Newer to the scene is the jam-packed Americana lineup for Amplify Decatur, returning for its third year (page 15). We’ve got the official guide to the festival including band profiles, maps and scheduled set times (page 18). The fun gets an extra “feel-good” boost from knowing all proceeds directly benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry, an organization working since 1969 on issues of affordable housing and alleviating homelessness in the surrounding area (page 20). And if all this talk of home makes you want to spend your summer improving your own, we’ve got tips from the experts at Level Craft Atlanta (page 24). Decatur Living represents the heart of our community. And you, our readers, are at the heart of all we do here.
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ON THE COVER: Druid Hills Tour of Homes
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History Happens Here
Druid Hills 50th Anniversary Tour of Homes and Gardens THEY LEFT THEIR mark on Atlanta long ago with homes that have stood the test of time. Now you can get a firsthand look inside the designs of some of Atlanta’s most notable architects as they headline an exceptional line up for the 2018 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens. It’s a banner year for the tour, which celebrates its 50th anniversary and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA). The events present a chance to discover new stories of the community’s history told by its public structures, treasured homes, private greenspaces and longtime residents.
It’s no small feat to keep a tour like this running for 50 years. It began in 1968 as a joint effort between the Lullwater Garden Club and the DHCA. “I’m privileged to work along-side many committee members who have been at this for 10, 15 and even 20 years.” said Ryan Graham, Tour Chair. “It brings the neighborhood together and allows us the opportunity to give back.”
HISTORY HAPPENS HERE Unique to this tour is the premiere of “Druid Hills: History Happens Here.” The documentary features the stories and memorabilia shared by longtime residents of the community.
“This is one of the last remaining neighborhoods with such a high percentage of original homes. That’s something we need to protect.” – Yovy Gonzalez
Author, writer and keeper of much of the neighborhood’s archives and history, Jennifer Richardson, is a participant in the film. She came to Druid Hills at age three, graduated from its schools and has remained close to the community since. Richardson says there is rich history many residents and visitors don’t know. “The tour is an elaborate operation showcasing interior design and color scheme, architecture and modern renovations,” said Richardson. This year, meet six exceptional homes. Each is a piece of history with a personality so powerful their residents have named them over time. Among the stars, find creations by Neel Reid, a prominent Atlanta architect from the early 20th century known for his design of the Old Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur. Included on the tour is a home he designed for his mother and then lived in. “It’s Reid in his habitat,” said Richardson Summer 2018
Also featured is the work of Leila Ross Wilburn, a prolific architect from that era who pioneered women in the industry. Yovy Gonzalez, owner of a Wilburn on tour, “happened in” to his home’s heritage. Not knowing its origin, Gonzalez and his husband, Mike Dorsey, began renovations to make it fit the neighborhood better. Their project led to finding the home’s plans in a Wilburn book and early photographs of it from a prior owner. What began as a paint job ended with returning the home to its original façade.
“What I love about Druid Hills is the people who live here want to honor the homes,” Gonzalez said. “This house is going to be here long after we’re gone. This is one of the last remaining neighborhoods with such a high percentage of original homes. That’s something we need to protect.” The garden portion of the tour is apropos for Druid Hills, given how important greenspace was to the original layout of its designer, Frederick Olmsted. According to Richardson, “Druid Hills was a
Mecca for several garden clubs, and the tour’s gardens continue the trend of beautiful landscapes.” This year’s six gardens to visit include a labyrinth and the site of the historic Durand Mill, with its 120-foot waterfall. The tour celebrates the entire community of Druid Hills and includes events celebrating the arts, schools and businesses in addition to the homes and gardens. Find more info at druidhillstour.org.
RETREAT OUTDOORS TO THE GARDEN Check out these surprisingly serene outdoor spaces just a few miles from the bustle of downtown Atlanta: 1214 Villa Drive “Villa Mira Flores” This “house of flowers” is on the National Register of Historic Places. Hardscapes include raised walls, arched openings, pond and bat house. 938 Springdale Road– Saturday Only “The Labyrinth” A grotto features a sculpture from artist Corrina Sephora. The focal point of the garden is a labyrinth: a gentle path used for walking meditation. 10
965 Springdale Road “The Woodland Garden” The yard was the capstone project for its owner earning a certificate in landscape design from Emory University. 1775 South Ponce de Leon Avenue “Treehouse Porch” Set on two acres overlooking the Frazer woodlands, the property features a screened treehouse and numerous natural outdoor rooms.
393 The Falls Court “The Falls” This property is the site of the historic 1830 Durand Mill with its 120-foot waterfall. A one mile nature trail wanders through its forest. 940 Clifton Road “Camp Clifton” Asiatic jasmine and Korean boxwoods set the scene in front, while the garden rooms in back include a native Azalea garden.
DREAM HOMES PAST AND PRESENT Take a peek at history updated with modern luxury in these homes on tour: “Casa di Quattro Ragazzi” 163 North Decatur Road circa 1923 Original plans can be found in Wilburn’s Ideal Homes of Today. A major exterior renovation in the mid1960’s left little resemblance. Using a photo of the home from the 40’s to 60’s, current owners were able to bring its original look back with a restoration.
1210 Springdale Road “Club Ragunas” Circa 1920 Ernest Woodruff was one of the first owners of this home. Significant focus has been paid to the kitchen, master bath and guest house in its ensuing renovations. They are matched with antique furnishings, chandeliers, rugs and a show-stopping art collection.
2010 North Ponce De Leon Avenue “The Beehive House” Circa 1927 Enter this English Manor Style Tudor into a domed octagonal foyer providing the central conduit to the dining room, living room, den, kitchen and second story. Don’t miss the architectural details in its 2017 kitchen addition.
1196 Springdale Road “Through the Looking Glass” circa 1919 A Neel Reid design, this home shares similarities to his work on Old Scottish Rite Hospital. Its 2003 renovation took care to maintain the original footprint. A family room was added in 2014 using the Reid-designed hospital ward buildings as inspiration.
1436 Fairview Road “Original Home of J. Neel Reid, Architect” Circa 1914 This Neel Reid design is special because he also resided here. He selected a Connecticut home designed by Charles Platt as inspiration. Current owners have updated and modernized while maintaining its original footprint.
2086 North Ponce de Leon Ave “Casa Marco” Circa 1926 This Wilburn creation underwent a 2016 renovation to restore its original look with a Spanish tile roof and enhance it with modern luxuries. Its design and décor are inspired by a California boutique hotel to create the ambiance of vacation in everyday living.
PRO TIPS FOR 2018 TOUR Dates: April 20 to 22 Times: Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trolley and Route Info: Visit homes, gardens and other events as desired. Trolley service is available. Pre-order Tickets: Druidhillstour.org/ticketoutlets Will Call: Lucky Dog restaurant in Emory Village Plaza Purchase Tickets: Lucky Dog restaurant (cash or credit) or at any home on the day of the tour (cash only) Ticket Prices: $20 per person for groups of 6 or more $25 per person pre-sale ends Thursday, April 19 $30 per person when purchased any days of the tour Summer 2018
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Decatur’s Music Festival Returns April 14 Since 2011, Amplify My Community has produced more than 60 concerts and directed more than $260,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented, anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations throughout the Southeast.
IT’S BACK! Decatur’s music festival returns Saturday, April 14 with a full day of music and fun—under the sun and stars—on the downtown Decatur square. The Amplify Decatur Music Festival enters its third year with an Americana-themed lineup that includes The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Amanda Shires, and Parker Millsap, as well as the Atlanta folk duo, Dwayne Shivers. The festival will feature food from The Iberian Pig, The Pinewood, Calle Latina, and Mellow Mushroom—and adult beverages from Three Taverns Brewery and Creature Comforts Craft Brewery. Tickets ($45 General Admission and $155 VIP) are available at AmplifyDecatur.org. In addition, Eddie’s Attic will host three nights of music, April 13-15, including performances by Jared and Amber on Saturday night, and a Steve Earle vs. Townes Van Zandt tribute night on Sunday. As always, every dollar raised at the Amplify Decatur Concert Series will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM). The 2017 concert series raised $40,000 for DCM in support of their efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. To date, Amplify has directed more than $150,000 to DCM since 2011. Amplify Decatur is produced by Amplify My Community, a nonprofit organization based in Decatur. “Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” said Amplify Board President Drew Robinson. The Amplify Decatur Concert Series is again presented by Lenz Marketing and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.
INSIDE THE AMPLIFY DECATUR MUSIC FESTIVAL GUIDE Band Profiles.................................16-17 Festival Map, Schedule/Information..... 18 Eddie’s Attic performers...................... 19 Strengthening the Community for All of Us...................... 20 Sponsors........................................... 21
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Band Profiles THE LONE BELLOW For Walk Into A Storm, The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, the band turned inward like never before. The Nashvillevia-Brooklyn band’s raw, intimate, and undeniably soulful Dave Cobb-produced LP was recorded in Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A as the follow-up to 2014’s cherished Then Came The Morning. Guitarist Brian Elmquist says the latest release is centered on “the human condition and how you’re trying to connect with it.” With stunning tracks including “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy?” and “Long Way To Go,” it features some of the band’s most poignant material to date. TheLoneBellow.com
The Lone Bellow perform at 9:30 p.m.
THE JAYHAWKS Born in Minneapolis in the 1980s, the incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks helped them become a driving force and inspiration behind the 1990s growing Americana movement, with a series of touchstone albums that included Hollywood Town Hall (1992) and Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995). When co-founder Mark Olson left to pursue a solo career, Gary Louris singularly took over the songwriting role, creating some of their best selling and wellreceived albums including Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). The Jayhawks latest album, Paging Mr. Proust (2016), was produced in Portland with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine. JayhawksOfficial.com
The Jayhawks perform at 7:45 p.m.
AMANDA SHIRES Following the release of her most recent album, My Piece of Land, Amanda Shires was recognized as the “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards. Ms. Shires began her career as a teenager playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. Since then, she’s toured and recorded with John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and most recently her husband Jason Isbell. AmandaShiresmusic.com
Amanda Shires performs at 6:15 p.m.
PARKER MILLSAP Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Parker’s most recent release, The Very Last Day, has received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle, and Rolling Stone magazine. ParkerMillsap.com
Parker Millsap performs at 5 p.m.
DWAYNE SHIVERS Dwayne Shivers is an Atlanta-based progressive folk duo fronted by songwriter and ATL Collective co-founder Micah Dalton and producer/songwriter Anthony Aparo. The debut album Buffered & Blessed, is slated for a 2018 release. DwyaneShivers.com
Dwayne Shivers performs at 4 p.m. Summer 2018
Estimated Times 3:30 p.m. – Doors Open 4:00 p.m. – Dwayne Shivers 5:00 p.m. – Parker Millsap
General Admission tickets: $45 advance, $50 week of show. Includes access to the front of the stage: first come, first served. VIP tickets: $155 advance, $160 week of show. VIP tickets include complementary beer, wine, soft drinks, and water; dedicated VIP bathrooms; and access to the front of the stage: first come, first served. Tickets available at AmplifyDecatur.org and Ticketfly.com.
6:15 p.m. – Amanda Shires
No chairs provided for general admission; attendees may bring their own chairs: there will be a section in the back of general admission where chairs will be permitted. Children 8 and under admitted free; no more than two children 8-and-under per adult.
7:45 p.m. – The Jayhawks
The festival will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable in the event of severe weather conditions.
9:30 p.m. – The Lone Bellow
The 2018 Amplify Decatur Concert Series will also feature three nights of music at historic Eddie’s Attic. See page 19 for details. Tickets and more information are available at EddiesAttic.com.
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OFFICIAL GUIDE The Weather Station
The Amplify Decatur Concert Series is proud to present a weekend of great music at Eddie’s Attic, April 13-15. Tickets are available at EddiesAttic.com Jared and Amber
Friday, April 13
The Weather Station (7:15 show) Jared and Amber, with Rex Hussmann (9:30 show) Sirens of South Austin
Saturday, April 14
Sirens of South Austin (6:00 show) Antigone Rising (8:30 show)
Sunday, April 15
Steve Earle vs. Townes Van Zandt tribute night (7:00 show) Featuring: •C hris Stalcup and The Grange • David Robert King • Total Babe • Jeff Moore • James Richards • Kristen Englenz • Mike Killeen • Wyatt Espalin
Strengthening the Community for All of Us
ACCORDING TO DECATUR Cooperative Ministry’s (DCM) Executive Director Marlene White, the face of homelessness is not what you might expect. Among those seeking DCM’s help include individuals with advanced degrees and good jobs.
“It’s an honor to do what little we can to support the work of Decatur Cooperative Ministry. They are truly the heroes in our community.” – Drew Robinson, Amplify My Community board president 20
“The problem is that families who find themselves without housing in this economy have such a difficult time because there are challenges to getting a living wage and there are challenges to identifying affordable housing,” says White, whose organization works to alleviate the problems of homelessness in the City of Decatur and in DeKalb County. Founded in 1969, DCM has been serving local residents for nearly 50 years. The organization offers several different housing and prevention programs all along the continuum of homeless service. Its main programs include: • A transitional housing program, providing housing and supportive services to move families from homelessness to self-reliance in six months. • An emergency shelter and assessment center, providing up to 90 days of night shelter for families with children.
• A homelessness prevention program providing emergency assistance (in the form of rent/mortgage and utility assistance) to at-risk families, seniors, and veterans in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or disconnection of services. Combined, DCM’s programs served over 1,500 individuals in 2017. DCM has been the beneficiary of the Amplify Decatur Concert Series since its inception in 2011. In that time, Amplify has raised over $150,000 for DCM— including a record $40,000 in 2017. “It’s an honor to do what little we can to support the work of Decatur Cooperative Ministry,” said Amplify My Community board president, Drew Robinson. “They are truly the heroes in our community.” White wishes to thank this year’s festival attendees. “By joining us at Amplify Decatur, you are making a real difference in people’s lives,” she says. “I see it every day.”
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THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT springtime that makes homeowners want to start knocking down walls and enlarging their kitchens. That springtime folly can easily become a prolonged disaster if the project begins before key steps are taken. Virginia Van Lear and Debbie Hollonbeck, partners at Level Craft Atlanta, a local fullservice design-build firm, say it’s important to clarify your vision and work closely with your contractor to ensure that they understand and execute your vision. “As a client, you want to connect with your contractor, know they will quickly respond to your questions with helpful information, and that they understand your overall vision. We take those expectations very seriously. We understand the importance of each project and work hard to make each client’s vision a reality. Building a home is not stressful if you trust your contractor,” Van Lear, a licensed residential contractor, explains. “Because it’s important to us to establish a good relationship with our clients and involve them in the process, we make the building experience an enjoyable one. There is a lot of excitement around creating a home, and we truly relish it,” adds Hollonbeck, project manager and designer for the duo. To help their clients create a realistic and successful vision for their renovation project, Van Lear and Hollonbeck suggest the following early-stage considerations:
1. Budget Know your budget and make sure you include 15 to 20 percent for contingency costs. “You never know what potential nightmare is hiding behind your walls, or if you’ll absolutely never forgive yourself if you don’t upgrade to that sputnik chandelier or the higher-end materials,” says Hollonbeck, who lives in a Decatur home she renovated. “Overruns account for the majority of budget snags. Having contingency costs built into your budget will allow you to start your project without worrying that you’ll go over.”
2. Lifestyle You want the spaces you design and build to reflect your daily activities and routines, so consider your family’s habits. Do you love hosting formal parties? Then you’ll need to consider that when planning your dining room or your foyer. Where do you usually relax after dinner? Do you retreat to the sitting room? “My family always lingered around the kitchen table while my parents did the dishes. So, I designed my kitchen as a wide-open space that facilitated those after-dinner discussions. And my sink is located on the island, so while I do dishes I’m facing the family and can be a part of the antics,” says Van Lear. “The right contractor takes all of these lifestyle choices into consideration when planning the design and functionality of your home.”
3. Natural Light “We are very keen on the effects of natural light in our custom builds and renovations. There are so many documented health-related benefits tied to natural light—not to mention the aesthetic and energy-saving appeal. All of the studies have encouraged us to pay attention and to incorporate natural light into our design when possible,” explains Hollonbeck. According to an article in Architectural Lighting, scientists at the Lighting Research Center in Troy, New York, have reported that “daylit environments increase occupant productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms.” And if you’re a houseplant lover, you’ll want to consider that north facing windows provide the most consistent levels of light throughout the day. “We think about these things when planning your renovation,” adds Van Lear.
4. Engineering + Functionality The concepts “value engineering” and “efficiency and green building” are more meaningful than industry buzzwords. You need to understand how they benefit you and save you money on your remodeling project. “Value engineering is a method in which we propose designs that cut costs while maximizing the value and functionality of your spaces by giving you more livable square footage. For example, one thing we consider in the planning stage of your renovation is the amount of walk-space in your hallways and vestibules. We pride ourselves on finding creative ways to utilize the wasted space we find around your home,” says Van Lear, who has been building and renovating homes locally since 1996. Environmental impact is also critical. “We are also Earth Craft builders so we look for ways of being more efficient and green. We want our homes to be constructed and designed to reduce environmental impacts—it’s our responsibility to do our part,” explains Van Lear. “We are conscientious builders who really care about putting out a beautiful product,” affirms Hollonbeck.
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Before the Burn Block the Sun for Safe Summer Fun
CHILDREN, ON AVERAGE, get three times more exposure to powerful and dangerous UV sun rays than adults. Following these simple rules can protect your family from sunburns now, and from skin damage and skin cancer later in life: •K eep babies younger than six months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller. • When possible, dress in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body. • S ome clothing is rated for Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) on a scale of 15 (good) to 40+ (excellent). Detergents with special additives may be washed into clothes to temporarily improve their UPF rating. Google “sun protective clothing” for many brand options. • Wear a hat or cap with a brim that faces forward to shield the face. •L imit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is the time UV rays are strongest. • Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection. •U se sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label to screen out both UVB and UVA rays. Choose an SPF of at least 30. •U se enough sunscreen to cover all exposed areas (about 1 to 2 ounces). Rub it in well. •A pply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. •R emember that you can get sunburn even on cloudy days, and that UV rays can bounce back from water, sand, snow and concrete. •R eapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often after swimming or sweating heavily.
A word about Vitamin D It is a common misconception that unprotected exposure to UV rays is the best and only source for Vitamin D. Ingesting Vitamin D through the diet and/or supplements is a much safer and equally effective way of getting the daily required amount of Vitamin D (600 IU), without putting yourself or children at risk for skin cancer.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Amplify My Community Concert Saturday, April 14 Noon to 11 p.m.
Decatur Lantern Parade 2018 Friday, May 11 9 p.m.
It’s time for tunes at this one day festival with music, food and beverage vendors, and a ticketed concert beginning at 5 p.m. The all-star Americana lineup includes The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Amanda Shires, and Parker Millsap. All proceeds will be given to Decatur Cooperative Ministries to support their work helping the homeless in Decatur and DeKalb County. Get tickets and find more details at amplifydecatur.org.
Celebrate the arts and the start of summer at the Decatur Lantern Parade. Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided. Gather at Color Wheel Studio after 8 p.m., then parade to the downtown square along with the Black Sheep Marching Ensemble. Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Avenue. For more information and lantern making resources visit decaturlanternparade.com.
The Community School Yard Sale April 20 to 21 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artwalk Friday, May 25 5 to 10 p.m.
Someone’s trash might become your treasure. The Community School (TCS) is hosting its first-ever community yard sale. TCS works to provide educational and transition services to adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Find a bargain and support great programs by shopping here.
Decatur’s largest one-night art experience returns this Memorial Day Weekend. Stroll around town to see exhibits at various shops and galleries and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Beer will be on sale at East Court Square. Free and open to the public.
Druid Hills Tour of Homes April 20 to 22 Every spring the historic Druid Hills neighborhood comes alive with light and color as the plants and trees in our parks, gardens, and yards begin to bloom. It’s celebrated with the annual Tour of Homes & Gardens. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tour and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Druid Hills Civic Association. Beyond the six treasured homes and six gardens of urban oasis, don’t miss the premiere of the documentary, “Druid Hills: History Happens Here.” Join the festivities with great food and wine, concerts featuring local musicians, arts and crafts by Georgia artists and Emory Village hospitality. Trolley service is available for participants. Get tickets and plan your weekend at Druidhillstour.org 30
Decatur Arts Festival Artists Market Saturday, May 26 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Artists Market features more than 150 artists selected through a competitive jury process. The annual market is known for its high quality of artwork and attracts artists from all over the Southeast and beyond. Represented media categories include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, jewelry, glass, leather, fiber, metal, ceramic, and more. Welcome back your favorites and visit the many new artists who have joined us this year. The works of several accomplished area artist guilds are featured as well. Don’t miss the collections from Georgia Goldsmith’s Guild, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and Atlanta Glass Guild. Downtown Decatur.
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Kids Arts Festival May 26 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kids Arts Festival kicks off with a parade, complete with art, music, clowns, inflatables and more! Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Marching begins at 9:50 am. Dress up your kids and decorate your strollers, bikes, and trikes. Join the parade and show your artistic spirit. The coolest decorated ride wins a prize. After the parade, enjoy arts and crafts, music, balloons, juggling, clowns, inflatables, and new this year, a gaming truck for kids of all ages. There will hot dogs for sale as well. Most activities are free or for a small donation.
Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale May 26 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Decatur Library will host its annual Memorial Day holiday book sale on the lawn in front of the Decatur Library. Proceeds provide funds for library materials and children’s and adults programs. If it rains, don’t worry; the sale will be in the front lobby of the library. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street.
Celebrate July 4th in Decatur July 4 Get on your feet and join the Pied Piper Parade as it makes its way through downtown Decatur on Independence Day. Gather friends and family, then ride a bike, walk or skate in this community parade – it’s for anyone and everyone! Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun too. And don’t forget your red, white and blue. The parade begins at 6 p.m. The Concert on the Square starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Bandstand and features the Callanwolde Concert Band. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9 p.m.).
Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival Saturday, August 11th Cold beer, Tasty BBQ and great tunes is what you will find at the 18th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass festival. Once again, the festival brings the sights, sounds and smells of classic southern BBQ from metro Atlanta staples along with more than 7 hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local, regional and national acts. This is a family friendly event that is fun for all ages. Kids 12 and under are free. Oakhurst, Decatur. Find more info at Decaturbbqfestival.com.
Summer in the City . . . Where Beach Meets the Street June 15 5 to 11 p.m. Inland downtown Decatur becomes your favorite beach for a day at Summer in the City. The annual event is an exciting, beach-themed, performance-rich celebration. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and includes all activities, live music, and 60 tons of sand to share! Proceeds benefit downtown development projects.
YOUR MONEY by Lawrence W. Waller II
Beyond the Hype Making Cents of Bitcoin ALL THE TALK about cryptocurrency has caused a lot of excitement and confusion. Let’s start from the beginning and simplify it to the basics. Here is everything you need to know about Bitcoin:
What is it? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It can be used to purchase just about anything without the use of a bank. Over the past few months, the prices have dramatically increased, which is why many are tempted to invest in the currency.
discovery of new bitcoins. Simplified, that means miners use computers to solve math problems, and in turn, get rewarded with bitcoins in exchange.
How is it stored?
What are the benefits of it?
Bitcoins can be stored in “virtual” bank-like accounts in the cloud or on personal computers. However, servers can be hacked and viruses on computers can destroy them.
The largest perks of bitcoin are anonymity – you can make purchases namelessly, and international versatility – it is not regulated or country-specific.
What are the concerns?
How do people purchase it? You can purchase Bitcoins on an exchange like Coinbase, Bitstamp, Bitfinex or transfer them from person to person digitally. The major speculation is around “mining,” or the
The biggest concern here is always security because nothing backs up the currency – if it’s lost, it’s lost. Additionally, because people can make anonymous purchases, only revealing the ID number for their virtual Bitcoin account, purchases can be untraceable. This anonymity can promote illegal behavior. The Bitcoin and cryptocurrency space is largely unregulated. Though countries are developing ways to best tax and monitor illegal activity, there is still no clear solution.
What is my take? Bitcoin is the future. Removing intermediaries like banks and hopping onto a completely digital platform will only dominate, especially as we see with companies like PayPal and Square, who remove the bank presence altogether. Until there is more clarity on the regulations and security, however, it’s a speculative game. Lawrence W. Waller II is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. Securities offered through SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Advisory Services through SA Stone Investment Advisors Inc. HLM Financial Services is not affiliated with SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. Securities and advisory activity are supervised by SA Stone Wealth Management Inc. 32
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