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.
A Socially Distant Neighborhood Event Supporting Emory Village
The 8th Annual Open Streets Emory Village continued in 2020 with a socially responsible edition in line with the challenges of the times. Events were spaced out over a four-day period, some virtual, so friends and neighbors could enjoy the fun without the crowds. There was still good food, music, and activities, but individuals and families were encouraged to explore the village environs safely and at their own speed.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Sunday, October 25th
*Anyone who signs up with a name and email for any other official Open Streets event had a duck entered for them in the Peavine Creek Duck race.
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.
The tour will last 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!)
Intown Stars Gymnastics: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the large field across from Glenn Memorial UMC.
Kids can learn cartwheels and handstands, walk on a beam, swing on a bar, do flips, and hang with cool gymnastics coaches.
There will be socially distanced lines, and all equipment will be sanitized between each session.
The first 10 people who show up get a certificate for a free class or day of camp at the Decatur Gym (new customers only).