The Gift of Beer

Dec 9 2010

If you're trying to think of a unique gift,  Candler Park Market can help.  After looking at the generic options for "beer gift packs" and "beer of the month clubs" online, it dawned on me that CPM has one of the better beer selections in the city.  I wrote them an e-mail with the names of a few beers my father-in-law likes and asked for some help in putting together a twelve pack.  Two or three days later, Greg wrote me to say that my beer gift was ready!  If only my wife drank beer...

Candler Park Fall Fest photos by Tony Koonfs

Dec 6 2010

At long last, more wonderful Fall Fest pics from Tony Koonfs. For the record, Tony delivered the CD of pics almost instantly after Fall Fest weekend, and it's the slack web staff, ahem, that is responsible for the hold-up.

Many thanks to Tony for snapping great pics all weekend long!

WeeJam Kid Music classes in Decatur

Dec 4 2010

Submitted by Lori Murphy:

Parents – join us at Firehouse Guitars & Music Decatur for our winter semester of WeeJam, a musical foundation class for 0-6 year olds! We had a great time this fall at our Saturday classes are now adding a Wednesday morning class as well.
About WeeJam
Children have an innate ability to pick up music “language” at a very young age – as we get older, much like with a spoken language, it gets harder to develop this ear. WeeJam gives your child the “ABCs” of the music language providing them with the tools to:
    * Sing in key
    * Keep accurate rhythm
    * Develop an ear for tonal & rhythmic patterns
    * Experience a variety of different musical instruments
    * Participate in a community musical environment
    * Enjoy music for life!
WeeJam classes are mixed age allowing families with small children to bond over music together, without having to take kids to different classes. Having a music store as a background for the class also allows us to introduce kids to a larger variety of instruments than in more traditional classes. And, WeeJam uses “kids” music that appeals to adults and work in “adult” music that appeals to kids making it fun for everyone.
WeeJam Winter Schedule & Costs
Our winter session is 8 weeks and will be held at Firehouse Guitars & Music Decatur at the following times:
Wednesdays from 10-10:45am (1st class Jan. 5th)
Saturdays from 9-9:45am (1st class Jan. 8th)
Saturdays from 10-10:45am (1st class Jan. 8th)
The cost is $130 for an individual child, and $65 for each additional sibling.
To reserve your spot simply stop into the store, call us at 404-929-0012 or go to to sign up online. (Note: to reserve a spot online without using PayPal you can choose “Pay by Mail” and pay by phone or in store within the week.)
If you have additional questions on WeeJam or the benefits of musical exposure at a young age email for more information. We hope to see you in January!

Outside The Lines Art Festival Saturday 12/4

Dec 3 2010

From Amy Stout:



Friday Dec 3rd, 7 pm to 10 pm Opening Party
Saturday, Dec 4th, 10 am to 4 pm



Festival will be held at:

The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta
470 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta 30307
(across form the Candler Park golf course)

For directions: 404.378.5570 or


You can make the holidays happy for a Clifton Sanctuary Guest

Nov 29 2010

Submitted by Sarah Wynn:

Help provide a holiday gift bag for each gentleman living at Clifton during the holiday season….

Santa fills each bag with the following items:

  • Underwear (briefs or boxers) - sizes Medium thru 4x
  • T-shirts – sizes Medium thru 4x
  • Thermal underwear tops & bottoms – sizes Medium thru 4x
  • Black dress socks
  • Athletic socks
  • Dress slacks
  • Belts – all sizes
  • Dress shirts
  • Sweaters – pullovers/cardigans/vests
  • Gloves, Scarves, and Wool caps
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Soap and soap dish
  • Odor Eaters for shoes
  • Shoe polish
  • Wallets
  • Breeze card holders
  • With 39 gentlemen to prepare holiday gift bags for, your help makes a big difference!

Please deliver gift bag donations by December 20th to

Clifton Sanctuary Ministries
369 Connecticut Avenue
Atlanta, GA  30307

Please contact Alice at 404-373-3253, ext. 1, for more information.

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Sing in the spirit of Christmas

Nov 29 2010

Submitted by Sarah Wynn, Lake Claire liaison to the Clifton Sanctuary board

The staff, guests, and board of Clifton Sanctuary Ministries invite all neighbors to join in our annual caroling from Monday evening, December 13th, through Friday night, December 17th.  Prince Davies-Venn’s choice of carols always keeps us warm and happy in the beat.  Singing starts at 7:30 PM and refreshments will be served to warm your body and your spirit. 

On Sunday, December 19th, the guests offer a very special Christmas program to the staff and volunteers of Clifton.  If you’d like to enjoy the wonderful performing talents of our guests, please stop in for the Clifton Christmas Pageant at 3 PM.  After the performance, an early Christmas dinner – that you do not want to miss – will be served.  Please join us, the more the merrier!  

Clifton Sanctuary Ministries is a nonprofit organization at 369 Connecticut Avenue that provides shelter and nurture to men seeking to overcome homelessness.  To donate or learn more, visit or call Prince Davies-Venn for information at 404-373-3253, ext. 7.

Kingsized show on December 11

Nov 27 2010

From Mark Clement:

If I heard it once Fall Fest week-end, I heard it a thousand times.  
"Where is Kingsized? Why is Kingsized not playing? Kingsized is a  
tradition." Let me just say, we did not get it together and pick a  
date for the Fall Fest until late and Kingsized is in demand. I would  
like to add that the Kingsized guys were just as disappointed not to  
be here as we were not to have them. With that said, there is still  
time before the end of the year to get your Kingsized on!

The Kingsized Holiday Jubilee and Toy Drive is at the Variety  
Playhouse on Saturday December 11 at 8:30 (doors at 7:30). Start your  
Holiday Season with Atlanta’s own showbiz mavens, Big Mike and The  
Dames Aflame, along with the very merry Kingsized Rock’ n Roll  
Orchestra bringing tidings of comfort & joy with their signature  
glitz and glamour. This freewheeling Kingsized Holiday Jubilee has  
become a tinsel-time tradition, one that I never miss. The all-ages  
90-minute show features your holiday favorites by the likes of Bing  
Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Heat Miser, The  
Grinch, Elvis and more!  Folks who bring an unwrapped toy for  
donation to Toys for Tots get to sit for their holiday portrait with  
Really Big Santa before the show!

There is only one show and it is sure to sell out. Don’t walk. Run!  
Tickets available at Variety Playhouse box office or any Ticketmaster  
outlet. For more info and to order online, visit http://  To me this is what in town living  
is all about. Just think, we can walk to a terrific show like this!

Deb Milbrath's latest toon

Nov 23 2010

Lots more Fall Fest photos from photographer Greg Askew

Nov 18 2010

Thanks very much to Greg Askew for the nearly 600 wonderful Fall Fest photos. You can see them on Flickr, and click on each photo to see a bigger version.

And this gallery does not include all the photos he took at Fall Ball and the L5P parade! Those will be uploaded next. :)

Video of Fall Fest float in the Little Five Points Parade

Nov 16 2010

For anyone who missed the Fall Fest float in the Little Five Points parade, here's a video clip. Thanks to David Bruce aka Wing for taking the video and making it available to us!