The Weekend – Arts Festival returns

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 23, 2014
A photo from the 2013 Decatur Arts Festival, courtesy of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

A photo from the 2013 Decatur Arts Festival, courtesy of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Memorial Day weekend is always busy in Decatur.

– This weekend, May 24 and 25, Decatur Arts Festival will take over the city’s downtown. 

The annual event draws thousands to the square for music, food and – of course – art.

Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. It’s free to attend. The event is put on by the Decatur Arts Alliance and organizers are suggesting that people ride MARTA into town. There will also be a “bike valet” service.

There is free parking in the county deck at West Trinity Place behind the county courthouse. To download the 2014 Festival program, click here.

Also, Decatur pools open on Saturday, May 24.

– Every Saturday in May is Concerts on the Square in Decatur, GA. The event is hosted by the Decatur Business Association from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The May sponsor is the Downtown Development Authority. This Saturday, it’s Troy Cono Band • May 24.

Chris Billingsley, aka Mr. B, sends along the following announcement about Memorial Day Activities in the Decatur cemetery. He writes, “If you would like to help place flags and/or flowers on the graves or memorials in the Decatur Cemetery in honor of those who were killed while serving in the military as part of your Memorial Day Weekend activities, please contact Chris Billingsley at”

Mr. B says you can also attend one of these events:

Sunday, May 25, 6:00 P.M. Place Flowers On Graves- Meet at same location described above, Veteran’s Rock.

Monday, May 26, 5:00 P.M.- Brief Remembrance Ceremony. “Afterwards we will pick up all flags and flowers from the graves,” Mr. B says.

– Avondale Estates Farmers Market is held each Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm at the parking lot of Little Tree Art Studios located at 2846 Franklin St.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Danish.
    One of the most touching memorials in the Decatur cemetery is that of Robert Clinksdale. The following information describes his service.
    “On August 20, 1944, Col. Robert Clinksdales was leading his four aircraft diamond formation in 42-6334, which was named after his mother. 4thSentai’s Sgt. Shigeo Nobe maneuvered his Nick fighter into 42-6334 flight path.He banked the fighter to the right so that his right wing came vertical to 42-6334. The fighter sliced into 42-6334’s left wing between the tip and number one engine. 42-6334 exploded in a fireball. The entire crew was KIA along with Col. Clinksdales beloved cocker spaniel, Sally, who was along for the ride. Col.Clinksdale was the Commanding Officer of the 794th Bomb Squadron (
    Lt. Col. R.S. Clinksdale – AC – KIA
    Lt. D.A. Castleberry – KIA
    Capt. G.S. Kadinger – KIA
    Capt S.S. Smyth – KIA
    Lt. D.E. Himage – KIA
    M/Sgt. Loy. F. Baker – KIA
    M/Sgt. W. Richards, Jr. – KIA
    T/Sgt. J.T. Fitzpatrick – KIA
    S/Sgt. P.S. Brouillard – KIA
    M/Sgt. C.L. McHeny – KIA
    Lt. D. Hamadi – KIA – 15th Maintenance Squadron, an observer
    KIA- Sally the Cocker Spaniel

    Friday, May 23, 6:00 to 7:30 PM:
    I would like to thank Vance and Meisha Shofner and their two beautiful children for taking the time to place twenty flags on the graves of the fallen.
    While placing flags, I met the Baileys from Superior Avenue. Mr. Bailey grew up in Decatur (part of the Bailey Shoe Store family) and he wanted to take me to the memorial of John C. Hollingsworth. While walking in the cemetery, he and his wife pointed out their gravestone. Under his name was inscribed “Proud Decatur Buldog” and under her name, “Proud Avondale Blue Devil”. They took me to Section 10 where we found “In Memory of John Christopher Hollingsworth, Commander USN USS SCAMP LOST AT SEA 1909-1944″. Mr. Bailey said that Hollingsworth was a submarine commander. He and his entire crew were lost. I was unaware of this memorial.
    In the southwestern section of section 8 of the Decatur Cemetery is found the grave of Lt. Enrique Russell Smith, most likely one of two DHS grads who enlisted together in 1941. This article describes their close friendship at DHS, enlistment and tragic training accident.
    “Georgia Crossroads Magazine, Summer 2012. From Georgia Backroads Magazine- “He Left them Only the Wings” High school chums (Kennon Short and E.R. Smith) from Decatur enlist together, train together, and in the service of their country will die together. BY MIKE MCDONALD”
    In the northeast section of the cemetery, closest to Glenlake Park, are two DHS and Presbyterian College grads who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. Charles Sharman’s grave ALWAYS has a U.S. Marine flag present. Allan B. Calloway’s grave is twenty yards due west of Sharman’s. Calloway also has a monument dedicated to him directly across from Decatur city hall on the grounds of the new DeKalb County courthouse. The grave of another DHS grad is about fifty yards south of Calloways. David Leverett, the only son of City of Decatur commissioner Eloise T. Leverett, was killed in a training accident. Mrs. Leverett was known for her service to the City of Decatur and the new facilities building is named in her honor.
    One hundred yards west of Calloway in section 10 are found the graves of the Cordes brothers(?). Their monuments state “In Memory Of LT. Wm. J Cordes Jr SS 97 US Inf Div Born Sept 26 1923 KIA Ap 12 1945 Gummersbach Germany Buried in Margraten Holland” and
    “Lt Gilbert Marsh Cordes 5th Marines 1 MAR Div Born May 5 1928 KIA April 9 1952 Yonchon Korea”. I believe Gilberts parents donated their son’s letters from Korea to the DeKalb Historical Society.
    These are some of the stories of the 52 men that are buried or memorialized in the Decatur Cemetery. You are invited to help place flowers on their graves Sunday at 6:00 PM. Meet at the Veterans Rock above the cemetery pond.

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