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.

Solve ClueTown Emory Puzzle During Open Streets Oct. 22-25

ClueTown Emory: Explore Emory University and learn. Emory University’s tree-lined campus covers 600 acres of the historic Druid Hills neighborhood and features classic architecture with multi-hued granite and Spanish Saltillio tile.

The book ClueTown Emory contains two non-linear hunts: 1) Outdoors at the main campus; and 2) Indoors at Miller Ward House, northeast of the academic buildings.

When all of the puzzles are solved for each hunt, a final master puzzle can be completed. Cluebook available at CVS for $15. Self-paced activity. Limited supply of books.

Lighting Up the Village

An array of color now lights up the the roundabout trees in Emory Village. The idea was several years in the making. It was in the original plans for the roundabout, but electrical and construction challenges kept it from becoming a reality for many years.

Lighting up the roundabout

Last summer, Titan Electric completed boring under the roundabout on North Decatur Road and running the wiring necessary to turn on the lights. Planted under the Japanese maple trees, the lights are LED-powered and can rotate through the entire spectrum of colors.

This addition is a part of EVA’s ongoing efforts to illuminate the Village. The project, which started in 2012 as part of the village streetscape improvement initiative, included the Mary Kelly fountain lights and those lighting up the Emory Village sign wall.

Many thanks to the many donors whose generosity made possible these new colorful lights now adding a sense of magic to evening walks through Emory Village.