We had a great weekend in West End/ Westview communities filled with food-food-food…oh, and a BeltLine Ground Breaking and Holiday Party at the Hammonds House Museum. 🙂
Also, did you know- Suna Om- West End resident and Merchant is the 19th President of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and the 1st female President? !! I was honored to attend the KCC inauguration and Holiday party in Duluth on Saturday as well.
This year West End and Westview have teamed up to bring you a grand day of celebrations and activities to kick off the holiday season. All events are open to the general public. If you haven’t ever ventured out to the Westside of Atlanta this is your chance to GO WEST!
The day will benefit The Atlanta BeltLine, which is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next 25 years and beyond. The project proposes a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other by streetcar or light rail.
9:30am – 5K Walk-A-Thon Benefit for KIPP STRIVE Academy: Rain or shine. Get your legs on; get your exercise before the parties later. 5K = three miles and takes about one hour. Meet at KIPP STRIVE, 1444 Lucile Avenue – the former JC Harris Elementary School in Westview. To register for the walk or to help with planning please contact Scott Shepherd at (404) 277-5970.
12:00pm – BeltLine Trail Ground Breaking Ceremony: Meet at Muse Street and Lucile Avenue at high noon to celebrate the ground breaking for the next leg of the BeltLine Trail. Once complete, the trail will connect Rose Circle Park with the Westview Cemetery and add more green space to the community. Free giveaways from the BeltLine. Walk-A-Thon ends at the ground breaking site. For more information or to help with planning please contact Patrick Berry at (404) 755-1255.
12:15pm – Westview Holiday Party at Fire Station Number 17: Immediately after the Beltline Ground Breaking Ceremony join the Westview Community Organization and the firefighters for a traditional holiday lunch at Fire Station 17, 1489 R.D. Abernathy Boulevard. Please bring a dish to share. For more information or to help with planning please contact Ayana Gabriel at (404) 345-3209.
7:00-11:00pm – Cocktail Party and Hord’Oeuvres at the Hammonds House: Join West End, Westview & West End Merchants Coalition for a Gala to celebrate our historic shared past, our delightful present and our fantastic future. To our resident guests, please reach out to friends in other neighborhoods that are looking to live in or buy in our neighborhood. The holiday party will be a great introduction to the area by meeting our greatest asset: our friends and neighbors. The party is pot luck Hor d’Oeuvres with live music. In lieu of a dish, a small donation is suggested. This is a benefit for the community. For more information or to help with planning please contact Carl Nes at (404) 755-2000.
my picture taking skills are horrible…that or I had too much of the spiked punch. Either way- I need to stay away from the camera at parties..lol
The West End Holiday party was one for the records! I hear about how wonder it was, while at the library, walking down the street and grocery store… It was great to see the many NEW residents AND community pioneers mix and mingle in the Rayburns lovely home. I can not imagine what our pioneers felt- those who have been here 15,20,30 years! The emotions and words expressed to me by a few of them were indescribable. A community over looked is being more then revitalized by new homes…but new life has been injected into it.. souls that too, feel this is their destined location. And people driven to keeping our gem known- but exclusive to those with vision.
Where to begin… I guess I will start where I ended at the party- in the Bathroom. No- NOT TO DO THAT.. but to join the discussion being held by at least 15 people in the bathroom over a Bidet and how to work it. We were all enlightened by our host, Sara- as she gracefully did the Beyonce “drop it like it’s hot” bounce demonstration over it .. LOL… hilarious! So not only do I want a bathroom like that- I need to take some “drop it” lessons. This hotel/spa like retreat was amazing… you’d never find me if I had a bathroom like that- and only then will I be able to understand people taking books/papers with them lol
Food, drinks and desserts were plenty- just what you want at a party..however, I did hear because the drinks did not run out and lasted until 4AM- so did some of the people! This was a 7-11PM Party … 4AM John??? LOL But our hosts were gracious and as they opened their home to the neighborhood- some meeting for the first time, some not officially residents- they opened their hearts and let the party continue. (I wish I could have stayed, but good sitters are rare and I did not want to take advantage of the hospitality of my neighbor and their friend.. I thought I was doing good at 10:30 lol) but the party was just warming up!
Carl Ness, our current West End Neighborhood Development president gave a nice short and sweet speech- passing on the torch to Vonda Henry the 2009 President elect. As usually Mary Norwood represented, Ceasar Mitchell and Myrna Fuller from the Merchants Coalition came armed and ready with camera crew to document this event.
It was wonderful for me, as an agent, to look around a room and see many of the people I helped to find their home. Watching them really enjoy and again confirming that they had made the right decision in moving to our community. It makes all the hard work worth it, and thinking back- I guess I”m feeling a little like Carl. While the West End is actively looking for residents- we do not want just ANYONE! We have our own little society, our own little world- and if it means we continue to be over looked by most in ATL- then hey– we are only over looked by those who lack vision, and those who probably would bring down our party!