'Mr. Eric,' author of Pete the Cat, performs on Fall Fest Sunday, Oct. 24

Sep 21 2010

Mr. Eric describes himself as "a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, five time national award winning, folksy fun type guy." He's best known as the author of "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shows," a children's picture book that this spring hit the New York Times bestsellers' list.


Most of the time, however, Mr. Eric (also known as Eric Litwin) is a professional storyteller and musician who focuses his efforts on children — but seems to capture the rapt attention of adults wherever he goes.


Mr. Eric is co-creator of The Learning Groove (www.thelearninggroove.com) which creates parent and child music classes. His two children’s CDs — “Smile at Your Neighbor with Mr. Eric” and “The Big Silly with Mr. Eric” — have won five national awards. After spotting Pete the Cat paintings by local artist James Dean at the Seen Gallery in Oakdale. Dean, who happens to be a former Fall Fest artist, got together with Litwin, who came up with the “I Love My White Shoes” story.


To get an idea of the frenzy that greets Mr. Eric during his performances, check out this YouTube video.


Mr. Eric provides takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, at Candler Park Fall Fest, an event that highlights a plethora of kid-friendly events at the festival. On Saturday, there will be trick-or-treating throughout the festival noon until 2 p.m., followed by a performance of the pre-teen band My Homework Ate My Dog and a costume contest. And all weekend the Kids’ Village will featuring all kinds of free activities for children.

Candler Park Tour of Homes on Sunday 10/24

Sep 19 2010

Big, small, old, new. This year's Tour of Homes has it all. Check out the eight houses on this year's Tour

And by all means buy your ticket! This year you can buy them in person at a number of stores, or you can purchase them online via Paypal. Details are here.

A special thank you to all of our homeowners for showing off their homes.

Any questions, talk to Tour of Homes coordinator Mary Alice Bray.

Alex Wan Town Hall on September 21

Sep 14 2010

September Messenger

Sep 13 2010

It's here! Read all about it: The September Messenger. Enjoy!

Just don't call 'em a 'boy band'

Sep 12 2010

Howdy, y'all: I'm planning to upload onto the blog press releases and other announcements on Fall Fest over the next couple weeks. Here's the first one — a press release we're sending out to the media this week on the Candler Park-based band My Homework Ate My Dog, which performs on Fall Fest Saturday. It's a pretty cool back-story.


Candler Park-ites and fellow travelers: Please pass any info that you think will interest others along to your own network of friends and associates. By the end of this week, a whole bunch of press releases will be found here.


It’s tempting to label My Homework Ate My Dog as intown Atlanta’s version of a “boy band.” They’re 12 to 13 years old, have adoring fans and wear shaggy hair. There would be two problems with that stereotype:


  1. The Candler Park-based quintet covers hard rock — bands like Nirvana and Guns ‘n’ Roses — not the safe stuff teeny boppers usually stick to.
  2. These guys really are good musicians.


Meet Skylar Brillante (lead guitar), Max Calderon (vocalist), Conor Downey (bass). Ethan Gould (drums) and Logan Mann (rhythm guitar) [For high-res photo, go here.]


All but Ethan started playing together at Mary Lin Elementary School’s “Linapalooza” talent show in 5th grade. Now, the four others attend Inman Middle School, while Ethan attends Woodward Academy.


They’ve performed everywhere from the Peace & Love Festival in Lake Claire to the LEAF festival in Asheville, N.C., to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion — where Sonny Perdue even sat in for a few licks on drums. Recently, they were interviewed by the “Kids Channel” on XM Radio for a feature on the band.


MHAMD’s Candler Park Fall Fest set — at 2 pm, Saturday, Oct. 23 — highlights a plethora of kid-friendly events. Before they take the stage, there will be trick-or-treating throughout the festival. Afterward, there will be a costume contest. Also: A Kids’ Village featuring all kinds of free activities, and performance art featuring the NY Times bestselling author of Pete the Cat.

Kid consignment sale TODAY 9/11 at Epworth Church

Sep 11 2010

Hi all. Just a reminder that today, Saturday, 9/11, is the half price day for the Five and Dime Kids Fall 2010 sale at Epworth Methodist Church (across the street from Candler Park). The sale will be going on from 9 am - 1 pm. More details are here.

Forum of Candidates for State School Superintendent on October 14

Sep 7 2010

From Eric Dusenbury:
On Thursday October 14 at 7:30 PM Druid Hills Presbyterian will host a forum of the candidates for Georgia School Superintendent.  All three candidates, John Barge, Joe Martin, and Kira Willis will attend the forum which will be moderated by WABE journalist Dennis O'Hayer.  Education has been a hot topic recently and there is no issue more important to our state's future.  This forum offers the opportunity to learn about the candidates for Georgia's top post in that area.

The forum is being sponsored by Common Cause Georgia, the League of Women Voters, the Council of Intown Neighborhood Schools, and Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.  Common Cause Georgia is non-profit, non-partisan, good government advocacy group.  The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan voter education organization.  The Council of Intown Neighborhood Schools is a parent advocacy group representing the eleven schools that feed into Grady High School.
Druid Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 1026 Ponce DeLeon Avenue directly across from the Publix and the Majestic Diner.

Gridiron Movie on the Green this Thursday, September 2

Aug 30 2010

From Donni Coley:

Football season is here, and End Zone to End Zone, Atlanta’s only live sports broadcast radio show dedicated solely to football, is bringing in the season. On the evening of Thursday, September 2 we'll hold the 1st Annual Gridiron Movie on the Green (not affiliated with the Candler Park Screen on the Green series). The movie will be “Any Given Sunday”, starring Al Pacino.

Come and meet hosts Kita J and Jeffrey, and also Atlanta’s newest women’s professional full contact football team, the Atlanta Heartbreakers.

This special event is FREE. Showtime is at 8:30pm. This movie is rated “R”. THE POPCORN IS ON US.

Deb Milbrath's Latest Toon

Aug 30 2010

Fall Fest Spotlight: 1192 McLendon Avenue

Aug 29 2010

Among the houses on this year's Candler Park Tour of Homes (Sunday, October 24 on Fall Fest weekend) is 1192 McLendon Ave, the home of Jeff and Victoria Wuesthoff. Here's a sneak preview of what you will find in this Victorian masterpiece, as written by Victoria Wuesthoff. Many thanks to the Wuesthoffs for showcasing their home on the tour!

Find out more about the 2010 Tour of Homes and buy advance tickets here.

1192 McLendon Avenue

Jeff and Victoria Wuesthoff

Style:  Queen Anne Victorian
Don’t Miss:  Stained glass windows, ceiling mural in parlor, original wood trim and fireplaces

Our house at 1192 McLendon Avenue is a historic Victorian house built before the turn of the century and designed by architect Willis F. Denny.  In 1898, Col. Asbury Moreland transferred ownership of the property to his daughter Clara Maddox and her husband Cicero for one dollar.

Prior to our purchase of the house, however, this historical structure was allowed to deteriorate by its owners and occupants.  For decades, the house was occupied as a boarding house.  The address was known as a party house, and illegal drugs were openly used and sold.  Vagrants slept on the front porch, and thieves hid out in the basement.

When my husband and I moved in the day after Christmas in 1993, our house had no working heating system.  It was so cold, the dogs wore sweaters inside, and their water bowl froze. The floor of the downstairs bathroom was rotted, and the tub in the bathroom was propped up by a mattress in the basement.  The kitchen had no hot water. The tallest chimney was falling down; its stack swayed in the wind.  Many windows were broken.  Splattered paint and graffiti were throughout the house. 

Still a work in progress, the house is being restored to its former grandeur by Jeff Wuesthoff.  Featured on the tour will be the spacious front porch, the drawing room with two sets of pocket doors, the immense dining room and the front round parlor. Look for clouds and a dove painted in the parlor, and look for ribbons and circles in the stained glass windows in the foyer that echo the rails of the stairs. Count the several different woods used by the original craftsmen in the fireplaces, doors and trim of the house. Ponder the question of whether the tale is true that the house was once turned from Moreland Avenue to face McLendon?