Woodlands Garden to host “Cirque De Catur”

Posted by Dena Mellick September 8, 2015
Woodlands Garden of Decatur is hosting a vintage circus fundraiser on October 24.

Woodlands Garden of Decatur is hosting a vintage circus fundraiser on Saturday, October 24.

Decatur’s Woodlands Garden will host “Cirque De Catur,” a vintage circus under the treetop canopy on Saturday, October 24.

The garden fundraiser will run from 5 p.m until 8 p.m. at 932 Scott Blvd. and will feature fire breathers, contortionists, tarot card readers, and live music, according to a press release.

Food will be provided by Chef Kevin Clark, owner of Atlanta’s Home grown GA.

The press release says, “The autumn evening event is a benefit for Woodlands Garden’s Keep It Green Indie-Catur capital campaign, which aims to raise $1 million to preserve the one-acre parcel at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue adjacent to the Garden. Capital improvements on the property will include safer entry and exits, improved parking, and a school bus drop-off zone. Plans are also in place for a renovated welcome center with public restrooms and a natural play area for children.”

Early-bird tickets are on sale for $60 and can be purchased online. General Admission tickets will cost $75.

Here’s the full press release:

DECATUR­­—We’re bringing the circus to Decatur! Woodlands Garden of Decatur is gearing up to host “Cirque De Catur” under its enchanting treetop canopy this fall.

The ticketed fundraiser event will have a turn-of-the century vintage circus feel, and feature breathtaking acts—think fire breathers and contortionists—set against a backdrop of lush greenery. Live music, as well as fun interactions with tarot card readers and fortunetellers, is also part of the lineup.

Renowned local chef and owner of Home grown GA, Kevin Clark, will provide food for the event. Themed cocktails will be served including warm beverages and signature drinks to complete the festive theme.

The autumn evening event is a benefit for Woodlands Garden’s Keep It Green Indie-Catur capital campaign, which aims to raise $1 million to preserve the one-acre parcel at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue adjacent to the Garden. Capital improvements on the property will include safer entry and exits, improved parking, and a school bus drop-off zone. Plans are also in place for a renovated welcome center with public restrooms and a natural play area for children.

Woodlands Garden will be hosting “Cirque De Catur” on Saturday, October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Invite friends and neighbors to be part of the Garden’s fundraising efforts.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now for $60. For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit woodlandsgarden.org.

About Woodlands Garden

Woodlands Garden, located at 932 Scott Blvd., is a seven-acre restored Piedmont forest, which is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. The Garden’s mission is to preserve the woodland garden as an urban sanctuary to educate and engage the community in the natural world.

About Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dena. Looks like a great time will be had by all who attend. And I support the idea even though the fundraiser appears to includes alcoholic beverages. The Woodlands is after all, a private foundation, though supported by the taxpayers through the Decatur Housing Authority (or is it the Downtown Development Authority that gave the Woodlands a sweetheart deal on aquiring more property?) No matter. Let the attendees have a good time.
    However, the city’s promotion of alcohol consumption at the cemetery later this month should be challenged. This “Party In The Cemetery” is, in my opinion, a disgraceful activity. Candidates for the commission should be asked if they support city sponsorship of alcoholic consumption in the cemetery because…
    Past Lives Matter!

    • Andrew

      For those unfamiliar with the background here, the Woodlands deal was this: The parcel at the corner of Clairemont and Scott came up for private sale; the Woodlands Foundation, a nonprofit, didn’t have the cash on hand to purchase it; the DDA fronted the money to make the purchase; and the Woodlands is now paying them back in installments over an agreed upon period of time. The transaction was a market rate deal agreeable to the former seller, the DDA, and the ultimate buyer, the Woodlands.

      If the Woodlands finds themselves unable to meet their payments, the land can be resold by the DDA. I’m unclear what constitutes the “sweetheart deal” Mr. Billingsley speaks of. These are good people who found a creative way to secure some beautiful natural resources for Decatur residents, thereby sparing us the QuikTrip or similar commercial establishment that would otherwise come to occupy that corner.

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