Get Ready for Open Streets Emory Village: Sunday, October 27

It’s time for the whole family to break out the costumes and walk, bike, or roll on down to Open Streets Emory Village on Sunday, October 27, from 2 to 6 p.m.

As usual, the Halloween Parade kicks will kick off at the day at 2, so dress accordingly and bring your pups for the Dog Costume Contests (Best Costume and Best-in-Show). Glenn Trunk or Treat will be back for the kiddos, and you can expect the rubber duckie race at 5 p.m., the Bubble Man (weather permitting), and much, much more.

All your favorites will be there: live music, food and brews, face painting, circus performers, the model railroad, robots, street games, dancing, and more!

Village streets (North Decatur Road from the roundabout to CVS and South Oxford) will be closed to vehicular traffic, but open for free fun for the entire family. If you must drive a car to get there, park for free in Emory’s parking deck at Barnes & Noble.

Open Streets attendees can watch the daring performers of the Imperial OPA Circus (new this year: interactive activities like juggling classes and plate spinning), climb the giant rock wall, and sample food from the many Village businesses.

There will be non-stop music from a variety of performers, as well as dance demonstrations, a fire truck for children to touch, and games and activities for kids of all ages. Some activities may require a small fee.

Open Streets Emory Village is a pedestrian-friendly event presented in collaboration with DeKalb County by the all-volunteer Emory Village Alliance—a partnership of businesses, neighbors, and Emory University, whose mission is to continue to improve the vitality and accessibility of Emory Village as a work, play, and dine destination.

 

 

 

Charting the Future for Emory Village

Better accessibility? Traffic calming? Community events? A business/residential mix? Other ideas?

Here’s your chance to share what you’d like to see happen in the Village over the next five years.  

On Saturday, January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.(including lunch), Emory Village Alliance will host a visioning session to identify, prioritize, and plan future improvements in the Village.

If you have ideas or talent to share, please join us at the South Fork offices, 1788 Ponce de Leon Avenue.  

RSVP to Mary Eckerd at MECCARD@emory.edu by Thursday, January 17. 

 

Open Streets 2018: A Splendid Time for All

What a difference a year makes! With Mother Nature’s help and lots of preHalloween fun things to do, this year’s Open Streets Emory Village on October 28 was a rousing success. Blue skies and plenty of sunshine attracted crowds of princesses, soldiers, ghosts and ghouls; one estimate put the crowd at more than 2,000.

Several new events made a big impression on Open Streets fans, so expect to see them again next year. Crowds of all ages watched the multiple tracks set up by the Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association. Everybody had an opportunity to drive a train or grab a lollipop from a box car.

Thanks to the environmentalists from the South Fork Conservancy, many more people now realize there is a creek beside the parking lot at Panera Bread Company. Children (and adults) cheered as bright yellow rubber ducks raced down the creek toward the North Decatur Road finish line manned by Georgia Representative-Elect Becky Evans. The first three finishers, marked with numbers tying them to sponsors, received prizes.

 

The Georgia Bubble Man delighted children of all ages as he released his multiple-sized bubbles into the streets, creating a festive atmosphere enjoyed by all. Some drifted high into the sky before disappearing with a pop, while others encountered more immediate threats, like children’s fingers or signposts.

Several restaurants brought their food outside to the streets so neighbors could taste their wares. The climbing wall, always a huge hit, had a run on young women climbing the hard way – in skirts.

As usual, Glenn United Memorial Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat was a huge hit. Trunks included the Eyrich family farm, a pirate ship (requiring treat seekers to walk the plank), and an authentic German Root Bier Garten serving root beer and pretzels.

Volunteers from Druid Hills High School spread through the streets, painting children’s faces, helping carve pumpkins, and generally making everyone happy. One of the more creative carved pumpkins featured the spire of Glenn Memorial Church.

Always popular, neighborhood dogs competed for several prizes, including best costume and best-in-show. Celebrity judges—DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader, State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver and State Senator Elena Parent — doggedly assessed the fierce competition. There was Darth Vader, a chicken, ghosts, skeletons, a hot dog, a firedog, a pirate, and many others. Penelope, the pearl-adorned pig, watched events from her pen as her mom, Sarah-Reilly Murphy, hawked her homemade animal toys, which also served as prizes for the contests. 

And what’s an event without music, celebrating neighborhood and intown talent, and the daring, flexible performers of the OPA Imperial Circus? The Center for Puppetry Arts Puppet Factory, a crowd favorite, again mesmerized the little ones.

Once again, Emory Village Alliance thanks its sponsors, especially DeKalb County and the Druid Hills Civic Association. Come visit the shops and restaurants of the village soon!

                                                                          —By Sarah Banick.  Photos by Lisa Hill