The Eighth Annual Open Streets Emory Village inserted some fun into 2020 with a “Covid19” edition that included a mix of virtual and socially distanced events. For four days in October, neighbors enjoyed specials at Village restaurants and tried out events that ranged from bike tours, to architectural and creek walks, sidewalk chalk art and pottery art, concerts, virtual 5K and dog contests, gymnastics, a duck race and much more.
Congratulations to the winners of the Third Annual Peavine Creek Duck Race. Three dozen bright yellow rubber ducks bobbed down the creek to the finish net. South Fork Conservancy Board Chairman Glenn Kurtz (in a dashing pair of camo waders) plucked the winning ducks from the creek beneath the Panera parking lot.
Mike Goodwin, duck number 131 came in third. Todd Ableser, duck number 82 was second. And winning duck #48 belonged to Jeffry Elzemeyer, a 6-year-old from Druid Hills who is a first grader at Fernbank Elementary School.
The third annual Peavine Creek Duck Race enjoyed spirited cheering from a safely distanced group of racers watching from the North Decatur Road bridge. Judges on the bridge included Defense Attorney Don Samuel, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Executive Director Revonda Moody, Open Streets Emory Village Chair Don Walter and EVA president Todd Hill. Watch the ducks race to the finish line. The event was one of many hybrid activities during Open Streets Emory Village-COVID19 edition.
Neither rain nor coronavirus stopped our canine friends from competing this year during Open Streets. They came in all shapes, sizes, breeds, costumes, and talents to be judged by a panel of distinguished officials—State Senator Elena Parent, State Representatives Mary Margaret Oliver and Becky Evans, and DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader. In one of their most important tasks of 2020 the judges named the winners after viewing photo/video submissions.
The 2020 winners (and their best friends) are:
- Best Pandemic Pooches (and most spirited for these troubled times): Banksy and Marlo, (Chris Liggett)
- Cuddliest Dog: Abbie Warnbark, (Rebecca Baggett)
- Best Dressed dog: Arlo, (Linda Robitscher)
- Looks Like a Person: Skip (Sally Mountcastle)
- Best trick: Hazel, (Josh LeFrancois and Maya)
- Best Family Dog(s): Indiana, Tawny, and Amber (Jan Jones)
- Hungriest: Lyra the cat and dog wannabe (Todd and Mary Katherine Hill)
- Most Musical: Totoro (Todd Ableser)
- Most Romantic Couple: Henry and Peaches (Mary Margaret Oliver and Sydney Cleland)
Watch this exciting virtual competition featuring all the contestants and winners in a video hosted by author and DeKalb County Park Ranger and Naturalist Jonah McDonald at https://youtu.be/TCje2FN4at0.
Please remember your neighborhood businesses the next time you want to shop, eat out, or take out.
The 2020 pandemic has been especially hard for Emory Village business which have been struggling these past few months to stay solvent. Three businesses–Lucky’s, Tide Cleaners and Romeo’s have left the village in the past months.
However new state pandemic guidelines have allowed many restaurants and other businesses to reopen their doors or expand their offerings. In turn, businesses owners say they are working hard to keep their guests and employees safe and healthy.
Here’s a quick look at the status of Emory Village businesses.
Ali’s Cookies – Open, also takeout and delivery
All Fired Up – Open
Chase Bank -Closed until further notice
Chipotle -Open for take-out and delivery
CVS – Open
Dave’s Cosmic Subs – Open for takeout
Dragon Bowl – Open for dining on the patio, take out and delivery,
DoubleZero – Open with limited dine-In service, takeout and delivery
Falafel King – Open for take out.
Jimmy John’s – Open for take out and delivery
Lucky’s – Closed, out of business.
Panera – Open for dine-in, take out, and delivery
Majik Touch Cleaners – Open
Rise-N-Dine – Closed
Romeo’s – Closed, out of business
Saba –Closed, out of business.
Spa Aeon –Open
Starbucks, Emory – Open
Supercuts – Open
Tide Cleaners-Closed, out of business
Tutor Salon – Open
WaGaYa (Japanese) – Open with limited dine-In service. Take-out and delivery
Zoe’s Kitchen: Open