West End& 2 days of Malcolm X

Ok, ok.. I am really trying to slow done and NOT be “Johnny on the spot”, but who can resist living in such a festive neighborhood? We really are a family oriented community- and what i mean by this, everyone you meet is like family.
A 2min run to Krogers can take me 45mins after i run into and chat with 5people…no matter how hard i try to pull away! Its funny, you almost need to go outside the SW ATL to get a little “me” time but every time I venture into another side, I miss home. Almost like these active kids…can’t wait to get a break but as soon as they’re asleep, I’m creeping in rooms to ensure you’re still there and exactly how you should be.

This weekend was beyond busy with work(showing homes,adding signs, lockboxes,making flyers), the “Committed To Communities” event and squeezing in some studying ( forget house work) …the 2day Malcolm X festival was a perfect addition to show some support to a community event and relax.
(Atlanta certainly should take the prize as a city with MUCH to do during the spring/summer; it’s been nonstop rain or shine!)
…And, although it felt like I’ve been everywhere, I did miss a few awesome West End and Westview parties, volunteer opportunities… But there is always next week 🙂

Here are a few pics from today that caught my eye:
my hair stylist doing her thing, as usual (the Good Hair Shop.com), I don’t do tats but had to admire skills and ability to hold a steady hand, Leah breaking me financially-eating $3 icy& getting her hair done, a homeowner I helped and haven’t seen in months, Gabriel-our local artist/handyman, singers/dancers and Poets. I’m kicking myself because I can’t remember the name of this amazing artist. I think it was “Maryann M.” or “Mariam Maruba” ….

It was refreshing seeing everyone smiling,laughing, hugging and recognizing being “Blessed”.

I hope you enjoyed this weekend as much as I did….see you at the next event!

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Pampered Pooch Parade

We had another successful event this year in West End/ West Fest…our Dog Parade brought out the most pampered pooches in town.  We we lead by drummer and our troup leader (Asher McBee)to the Art Festival on Gordon White Park on RDA. The weather was perfect and we even had an extra treat of Bikers along the Beltline.

 Be sure to add this event to your calendar  for next year! We have our parade the first weekend in May.

West Fest Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATLANTA, GA

 Atlanta’s Historic West End community invites you to West Fest 2011 (May 6 – 8, 2011), the hippest in-town festival south of I-20!

WHAT IS WEST FEST?

West Fest 2011 is brought to you by West End Neighborhood Development Inc. (WEND) and includes an annual benefit concert, dog parade, artist market and festival, and tour of historic homes. The concert kicks off the weekend of events with performances by soul songstress Dawn McClain. The West End Tour of Homes consists of a self-guided walking tour of over a dozen Craftsman, Victorian, & Queen Anne-style private homes. The large majority of buildings in the district are houses constructed from 1870 to the 1930s. The festival and artist market will kick off with a dog parade, feature local artists, face painting, and a live DJ.

SCHEDULE

Annual Benefit Concert featuring Dawn McClain and Eugene IV

Friday, May 6, 7-11pm

Wren’s Nest Amphitheatre

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

 Dog Parade

Saturday, May 7, 11am-12pm

White Street at Rose Circle, Historic West End, Atlanta, GA  30310

Neighborhood Festival & Artists Market

Saturday, May 7, 12pm-6pm

Gordon-White Park

Corner of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and White St., Atlanta, GA, 30310

 Music will be supplied by House in the Park; food, beer & wine, and beverages will be available for purchase.

West End Tour of Homes

Purchase tickets and begin tour at the Wren’s Nest

1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 12pm-5pm

 TICKET INFO

Tickets for the Benefit Concert are $25 • Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $20, or $40 for a combo Concert + Tour of Homes pass. Tickets can be purchased online at www.atlantawestfest.com. Admission to the Festival and Artist Market is free.