Decatur honored 14 Hometown Heroes in 2011 for contributions made to the Decatur community last month at the December Decatur Business Association meeting held at Agnes Scott College including Alan Ashe, Marc Brennan, Roger Bryant, Jodi Dick, Daniel Flores, Walter Kellar, Lori Leland Kirk, Louis & Sandra Rice, Susan Riley, Mark Sanders, Melissa Stratton, Seegar Swanson, and Kyle Williams. Hometown Heroes are those volunteers who work, often behind the scenes, to make the City of Decatur a better place to live, work, and play. They are nominated by people in the community and are judged by professionals who work with volunteers on a regular basis and do not know the nominees. All of the Hometown Heroes are also featured on the City of Decatur website at www.decaturga.com.
Photographer Daniel Whitefield took the cover photo of four of our 20 Under 20 honorees, who will be featured in the January 2012 edition. Many thanks to Grady High School for letting us shoot on the campus. Pictured standing are Spelman student Gabrielle Moore and Grady student Eve Brown, while on top of the sign are Horizons School student Matt Dickson and Grady student Stone Persons.
Ever wondered how “the Gulch” came to be? In this installment of Atlanta’s Unseen Underground Walking Tour, Atlanta architect Jeff Morrison breaks down the history of the parcel of land in Downtown Atlanta and what’s in store for the future.
Check out the first Keep It INtown video in collaboration with the City of Atlanta and Dist. 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall. The video is airing on Atlanta Channel 26 throughout the holiday season. Four or five more will be filmed during 2012. Remember to choose local and shop local this holiday season. For more about the Keep It INtown campaign, visit www.keepitintown.com.
Top Chef celebrity Hugh Acheson is on our November cover talking about his new cookbook, his restaurants, Thanksgiving and offering a up a tasty recipe. Read the story at this link. Photos by Pamela Berger.
Now is time to experience Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in an entirely different way – live! Based on the original 1964 television special, The Center of Puppetry Arts presents the Jon Ludwig adaptation from Nov. 3- Dec. 31. Last year’s shows were a total sell out, so get your tickets now. For more information, visit puppet.org.
One of the most hopeful efforts underway in the city of Atlanta is the development of the Beltline, an extensive project that will link intown areas with walking and biking trails, new parks, light rail and street cars.
One more reason why Midtown #ATL is great.
“Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters” opens Oct. 15 at the High Museum. It’s a blockbuster. Read editor Collin Kelley’s review of the exhibition at this link. Pictured above, Andy Warhol’s iconic Brillo and Campbell’s Soup boxes in front of a wall of Campbell’s Soup Cans.