West End Concert and Tour of Homes 2009

Kudos to the West End homeowners on tour this weekend and Vonda Henry, ( President of West End Neighborhood Development) , for a wonderful 2009 Concert and event…We’re on our way!!

Both performers were great! It was wonderful to see my neighbors dancing in the grass, laughing and enjoying our community. God held the rain until the end- I mean really… what was it- 10PM on the dot? .lol… I was soaked..but hey, someone had to get the wine for the next event!

The only down side, (well maybe not so downside since you know I take horrible pictures-lol) I left my camera home.  A special “Thanks” goes out to Lain Shakespeare of the Wrens Nest for his awesome picture skills and hospitality!!  Join Lain on Twitter or Facebook to view the album.

Who would have guessed, the West End has the best in-town amphitheater at the Wrens Nest!

Elliot Holden, Nia Knowles, Jim Kelly (J.W. Kelly Properties)
Elliot Holden, Nia Knowles, Jim Kelly (J.W. Kelly Properties)

Historic West End Wrens Nest 2009 Concert and Home Tour

The link is up- purchase your tickets now because tables are going FAST for the Wrens Nest concert!  www.AtlantaWestEnd.com

This year we’ll have artist Maria Howell and  the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Jazz Orchestra! We are honored to be able to recruit such talent and I look forward to enjoying them Friday (May 1st) night over a lovely picnic dinner.

Also May 2nd & 3rd tour some of our beautiful 1920 Craftsman Bungalows, Brown Middle School as well as the office of Watkins Funeral Parlour…come see the untouchable original as well as some restored details.

Then, lastly come by to view my homes for sale! I will have 580 Holderness St and 463 East Ontario Ave open to tour!! -Bring a friend- I have the paper for offers 🙂

The Wren’s Nest Presents


The Wren’s Nest is having a concert on Sept 27th 6-10PM, catering by SOL.  We’re invited to “Swing, Soul, Rock n’ Roll and have delicious margaritas and tacos” 

www.wrensnestonline.com or 404-753-7735, purchase by Sept 20th

Community and Public Policy Leaders Sound Out At Coffeehouse Jazz Concert

Media Contact: 

Carrie L. Williams

(4) 397-7667







ATLANTAStanding room only, with over eighty cheering community members packed into The “Grounds” to watch Barack Obama’s speech at the National Democratic Convention, West End’s Grounds Coffeehouse(898 Oak St SW, Atlanta 30310) is becoming known as a hub for multi-cultural community engagement in grassroots public policy issues – with an artistic twist.


This Monday evening, September 8th, 2008, from 7:00 – 10:30pm, The “Grounds” will present a “Sound Out From The Soul” Jazz Concert – where metro Atlanta’s finest community leaders and public policy leaders will express their views pre-concert on defining and creating Atlanta’s culture, setting the stage for a night of jazz artistry by exciting young jazz saxophonist Kebbie Williams and group.


For the price of a cup of coffee or tea (or a smoothie drink), The Grounds will showcase Kebbie Williams, a Howard graduate in the West End, with international standing for his unique, vibrant style that captures listeners by its pulsating rhythms and lyrical turns.


“Grounds” Coffeehouse owners Percy Stith, Shannon Toney, and Maurice Sanders are just as unique as their coffee shop offerings. As renaissance “true neighborhood” advocates, with a love for music and art, their commitment to community is clear.


“We see The Grounds as our expression of what ‘true neighborhood and community’ can be – a place where neighbors get to know one another, and talk with each other, where we can meet and organize to get things done,” states co-owner Shannon Toney, pointing to recent “Save Fire Station #7” Coalition gatherings at the Grounds.


“We want to epitomize the ethic of neighborhood and community businesses,” adds partner Maurice Sanders, “that are owned, operated, and supported by neighbors living in the community.”  Sharing their active role in West End home renovation, Percy Stith summarizes:  “We want to encourage others in metro Atlanta that the West End is where sustainable rejuvenation of historic, cultural, geographic landscapes can happen – and is happening now.”


For more information, contact:  Shannon Toney, The Grounds Coffeehouse, (4) 753-7063 or (4) 242-1833, shanonltoney@yahoo.com.