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Decatur – On July 25 West Ponce de Leon in downtown Decatur was transformed into a giant slip and slide. Slide the City brought its 1,000-foot portable water slide to Decatur streets. Thousands of tickets were sold in anticipation of the event and hundreds of early attendees got a chance to experience the slide before organizers cancelled the event early due to DeKalb’s water troubles. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The PR Experience Jazz/Funk Band performed at Kats Café in Atlanta on June 27. The band features former and current middle and high school band directors and professional musicians.


When we imagine hassle-free air travel, we may envision the ultra-rich or those with generous expense accounts who have the luxury of flying from smaller airports on private jets. Most of us have seen the photos on social media and entertainment shows of sharply dressed celebrities with designer luggage posing for the paparazzi before boarding a private jet.

However, this mode of travel is not necessarily only for the rich and famous anymore. A similar service is now available to the public and is surprisingly affordable. With fares as low as $98 to select destinations, Memphis-based Southern Airways Express, now operating out of DeKalb Peachtree Airport, is changing the way we fly.


On May 23 in addition to being the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend –is carnival time. Thousands of people celebrated Caribbean culture with festivals that include parades, costumes, island food and traditional Caribbean music. Although there have been carnivals in DeKalb County for more than a quarter of a century, this year Decatur held a Caribbean carnival for the first time in several years around the Kensington MARTA Station


 For some May 23—in addition to being the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend–is carnival time. This year, Decatur brought thousands of people around the Kensington MARTA Station to celebrate Caribbean culture with a festival that included a parade, costumes, island food and traditional Caribbean music.


Waterpark resorts have gained popularity over the past several years and are great options for entertainment-included, safe family fun. This unique blend of upscale hotel combined with water features for all family members normally also offers adult options such as bars and restaurants that are adjacent to or nearby, the water features. Adults can enjoy their favorite beverages while keeping a close eye on the younger ones and feel assured that the children are nearby and being closely monitored by lifeguards.
Likely the best-known waterpark resort in the southeast is Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn. It has everything a family could possibly imagine to keep everyone happy for days on end.


On May 15 just after dusk, hundreds gathered at Color Wheel Studio on E. Howard Avenue in Decatur for the annual Decatur Lantern Parade. Parade artist Chantelle Rytter, center image, taught lantern-making workshops at Color Wheel. The handcrafted, illuminated lanterns and other whimsical creations floated, hovered and danced through Decatur streets to the square, led by music from the Black Sheep Ensemble. Photos by Travis Hudgons



Main Street in Tucker was filled with food, entertainment and merchandise for the annual Tucker Day on May 9. The event was hosted by the Main Street Tucker Alliance. Photos by Carla Parker


They danced as if no one was looking on May 2 in downtown Decatur the open spaces and vacant buildings along East Howard Avenue were transformed into a free family-friendly dance experience–danceDanceDANCE!

Zoetic Dance Ensemble partnered with the city of Decatur and the Decatur Arts Alliance to host the event, which is intended to help inform the community about creating the city’s first “EcoArts District.”

The goal of the district is to build inclusive communities by shaping neighborhood redevelopment so that it is environmentally sustainable with opportunities for creative expression. Photos by Travis Hudgons

The annual Antique Car Parade was held in Avondale Estates April 5. Featuring several dozen vintage automobiles such as Model A Fords, Cadillacs, Buicks, MGs, Woodies and Rolls Royces. The Sunday drivers cruised through Avondale Estates residential streets before settling at Willis Park. Photos by Travis Hudgons.


Kevin Dunbar performs at the first Blue Sky concert of the spring in downtown Decatur. Photos by Travis Hudgons



The city of Brookhaven hosted its inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival. The three-day event was held at Blackburn Park March 27-29. Attendees experienced arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment. Other festival activities included a 4K run and 1K walk, pet parade, and a children’s village. The city planted more than 140 cherry trees on the park’s 52 acres. Photos by Travis Hudgons.




The 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival was held in Piedmont Park April 10-12. The festival welcomed more than 200,000 visitors throughout the weekend. Festival activities included artists, live music, 25th Disc Dog Southern Nationals qualifier, Atlanta high school art exhibition and the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Photos by Travis Hudgons



Dog owners and dog lovers attended the PAWS For The Cause event, sponsored by the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. Held April 18 in city of Decatur’s Glenlake Park, the event helps to raise awareness about animal cruelty. There were various pet vendors, animal shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians on site offering their services. Additionally, there was a dog show at which DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann was one of the judges. Photos by Travis Hudgons



Former Southwest DeKalb High School football coach William “Buck” Godfrey won many games at Panthersville Stadium.

The next time he enters the facility, the stadium will display his name—William Buck Godfrey Stadium. The DeKalb County Board of Education voted April 1 to rename Panthersville Stadium after the legendary coach.




For a leisurely way to spend the day, hop aboard the SAM Shortline and watch rural Georgia roll by.




Lake Rabun is a twisty 835-acre reservoir with 25 miles of shoreline located in the Northeastern corner of Georgia in Rabun County.



12th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues & Bluegrass Festival


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