Open Streets Covid19 Edition Attracted All Ages and Interests

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.

One Lucky Duck Wins Race

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.

Dogs and a Wannabe Win ‘Dogs from a Distance’ Competition

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.

Walk Peavine Creek during Open Streets Emory Village

Peavine Creek Tour – Starts at noon on Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday Oct. 25. Meet across from 1463 Emory Road.

Walk along beautiful Peavine Creek while a naturalist explains how and why the area is being restored with native plants. Learn about a new, leading-edge “green water quality” planting, recently installed to protect and improve the water quality of Peavine Creek.

Tour lasts 45 minutes. Bring appropriate shoes. Maximum of 8 people. Registration at Eventbrite.com

(Extra bonus: Sign up for this and most other official Open Streets events to be entered automatically in the Peavine Creek Duck race!)