Posts tagged with "Ralph Ellis"

It’s Fall, take a walk

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 23, 2015

Today, Sep. 23, is the Autumnal Equinox, also known as the first day of Fall. According to, “On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an ‘quinox’, derived from Latin, meaning ‘equal night’. However, even if […]

New foodie trend: Olive oil stores

Posted by March 16, 2015

By Ralph Ellis, contributor You’ve been to ice cream shops that give you a taste sample to help you make up your mind. Now folks living in and around Decatur can enjoy a preview when they buy olive oil. Two olive oil tasting bars have opened – Splash of Olive in the Artisan building in […]

‘Sleeps With Dogs’ author is Decatur native

Posted by November 18, 2014

By Ralph Ellis, Contributor A lot of writers live in Decatur. How many grew up here? One homegrown talent is Lindsey Grant, author of the recently-published book “Sleeps With Dogs: Tales of a Pet Nanny at the End of Her Leash.” “Though I attended Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High School, my family lived just […]

Follow the Book Festival action via social media

Posted by August 29, 2014

By Ralph Ellis, Contributor The Decatur Book Festival, which starts today, is a huge event with hundreds of authors and venues scattered around the city. Thousands of fans pack the city of Decatur over the Labor Day weekend. Here are ways to keep up with the action: The festival website: Facebook: Twitter: […]

Book Festival adds food, Civil War, Conroy tracks

Posted by August 28, 2014

By Ralph Ellis, Contributor The ever-expanding Decatur Book Festival, which begins Friday, has added new program tracks this year that should please foodies, Civil War buffs, romance readers and Pat Conroy fans. For food lovers, the Healthy and Local track will operate on an outdoor stage under a tent with a full kitchen. The tent, […]

5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at the Book Festival

Posted by August 27, 2014

By Ralph Ellis, contributor  Decatur’s Book festival returns this weekend, and there’s a lot of things to do. You can see the complete schedule for the Decatur Book Festival schedule at the festival website, but here are five events that could be very entertaining. 1) Dog stories. William Wegman is famous for creating photo compositions […]

Friday photos – Cops, construction and kittens

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 30, 2014

School’s out and summer vacation has arrived. Subjects of this Friday’s roundup include barn kittens, East Ponce construction, school resource officers and water ambushes. Enjoy. Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross says, “The Decatur Police Department is proud to share that SRO (School Resource Officer) Matt Damico has received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence. Nominations are sought […]

Arts Festival – Decatur event draws thousands

Posted by May 24, 2014

By Ralph Ellis, contributor You know it’s summer when thousands of art-lovers and people-watchers pour into Decatur. The Decatur Arts Festival has established itself a Memorial Day weekend tradition for metro Atlanta. About 160 artists will display their work Saturday and Sunday on and around the Court Square. One of them is Kreg Yingst of […]

Just Skippy – Avondale’s hot dog profiler

Posted by April 4, 2014

By: Ralph Ellis Contributor Leo Shababy Jr., owner of Skip’s Chicago Dogs, has become a hot dog profiler since opening his Avondale Estates store in 1980. He can figure out where a person comes from by what they put on a dog. Sauerkraut and mustard means the customers come from New York and New Jersey. People […]

Take a Walk – Spots to stretch your legs

Posted by March 31, 2014

By: Ralph Ellis Contributor  It’s spring, which means it’s time to go for a walk in the sunshine. Here are the best places to go to enjoy the beautiful weather. Atlanta Beltline The trendiest place to walk in Atlanta, of course, is the Beltline. It’s a great place to see, be seen, walk your dog, […]

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