Take Your Leftover Halloween Candy to Worthmore Jewelers

The name Worthmore Jewelers may be familiar to you after their recent anniversary celebration a few months ago that resulted in a $1,000 donation to the Fire Station 19 restoration project. They are also a repeat sponsor this year of our annual Tour of Homes.

candy-crawl_paper_sourceEach November, Worthmore Jewelers also supports Operation Stars and Stripes with its Halloween candy drive. OSS is a not for profit organization that supplies care packages to deployed service men and women who will be away from their homes and families during the holiday season.  Please take your leftover Halloween candy to their Midtown location, where it will be sorted it out and sent to OSS. For the last five years, Worthmore’s midtown and Decatur locations have been competing to see which neighborhood can donate the most candy. MIDTOWN is the undisputed five-time heavyweight champion.

Last year, between the two stores over 1,000 pounds of candy were collected!

candy_crawl_outside_fire_stationWorthmore Jewelers’ involvement with Operation Stars and Stripes started 8 years ago when Harris and Geri’s daughter Molli needed a service project and wanted to focus on an organization that works with our deployed troops. After a search to find the perfect volunteer opportunity for their young daughter the family decided on OSS and have supported the organization ever since.

Everyone who drops off candy in either location can register to win a $50 Worthmore gift card. One winner from each store will be chosen at the close of business on Sunday, November 8.  You can drop off candy starting Sunday, November 1 (they are closed Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesday the 4th through Sunday the 8thWorthmore Jewelers is located at 500-L3 Amsterdam Walk.

If you would like to help OSS but candy isn’t your thing, you can visit them online at www.operationstarsandstripes.org where they regularly post a list of items they currently need.

By the way, Worthmore Jewelers is also a 2016 Tour of Homes sponsor and will be giving away a $25 gift card in a drawing as part of their sponsorship. Stop by the store anytime after November 1 to enter.


First-Ever Candy Crawl – “This is What a Neighborhood Should Feel Like”

By Stephen Cohen, VHCA Communications Committee Member

candy_crawl_flyerIt was a wonderful family experience. On October 26, the Virginia-Highland business district had its first-ever Candy Crawl. Families gathered at the Fire Station at 5:30 and set out to trick-or-treat, walking all the way down Virginia-Highland to St. Charles, stopping at businesses marked by orange balloons. Over 35 businesses participated.

The idea originated with Doria Roberts from Tipple and Rose, who had done something similar at her sandwich shop in East Atlanta. She was excited about its first-year success here in VaHi.

“Based on my past experience, this was a great turnout for the first year!” said Doria. “I heard several parents say something to the effect that this is what a neighborhood should feel like.”


There were a lot of unknowns coming in. How many would come? How could all the pedestrians be kept safe in rush hour?  To that end, the Virginia-Highland Business Association asked the VaHi Civic Association to organize 6 crossing guards. The guards used safety vests and stop signs kindly provided by Joel Markwell, an Inman Middle School parent who coordinates their crossing guard program.

One of our crossing guards was Kay Stephenson. “I noticed several kids who were mesmerized by our big hand-held stop signs. They appeared to be pondering how that thing that is usually on a post ended up in a person’s hand!

candy_crawl_setting_off“And there were smiles on the faces of many drivers, perhaps charmed by the children into not minding that their commute was being delayed. Several parents mentioned that this made a great dry run for Monday night to see what was working with costumes. One adorable told me, “I’m a raccoon, but I couldn’t wear the mask because it’s too itchy”!

Every participating business had two bags of candy donated by Sysco.  And kids in costume even got to eat free at Atkins Park restaurant.

Truly, not only was this an evening of family fun, but it was an opportunity for parents to visit local stores they may never previously have been aware of.

candy-crawl_paper_source“Everyone was so upbeat and the beautiful weather was definitely a plus,” said crossing guard volunteer Margaret Ross, who was stationed in Atkins Park. “Kristi, from The Warren, interacted with all the kids at her stop; they loved having their character recognized, and were quite polite. All in all, a wonderful neighborhood experience for the participants and onlookers alike. “

candy_crawl_wolfIn fact, many business owners enjoyed it and talked with the parents & kids at their stops. Commented business owner Lynn DeWitt: “EVERYONE enjoyed this event!  Kids loved the candy.  Parents had a terrific time walking with their families, browsing the shops and restaurants.  Stores were buzzing with business. Streets were crowded but safe. Atkins Park Tavern had happy and hungry customers for dinner. Let’s repeat this next Halloween.”

Concluded a very happy Doria: “Next year we hope to add costume contests (for kids, adults and pets) and maybe a pumpkin-carving contest.”

So if you missed the first-ever Virginia-Highland Candy Crawl, be on the lookout for the second one next year!


Worthmore Jewelers Wants Your Leftover Halloween Candy for Charity

Passing this along from our friends at Worthmore Jewelers located on Amsterdam Walk.

November 1-10, Worthmore Jewelers (worthmorejewelers.com) — located on Amsterdam Walk — will be collecting left-over Halloween candy from community members to be donated to the organization “Operation Stars and Strips” (operationstarsandstripes.org) which sends the candy in care packages to servicemen and women abroad. 

This year, Worthmore has organized a competition between its Midtown and Decatur locations to see who can gather the most candy. Participants will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Worthmore Jewelers gift card. 

Worthmore has long had a significant client base in Virginia Highlands and we would love to give ViHi residence the opportunity to do some good with their left over Halloween candy! 



It’s Halloween in VaHi!

The holiday’s come and gone but we thought we’d share a few images of some of the more creative decorations from around Virginia-Highland. This is just a sampling from driving up and down a few VaHi streets – by no means a complete review. Be sure to scroll to the end for several pictures of a home on Amsterdam that gets our Editor’s Choice award for Best Decorations. Not that there aren’t some other very impressive displays of creativity, but those folks on Amsterdam really know how to do Halloween.

Before we share some of your neighbor’s decorations with you, here are some photos from a fun Halloween event held this past Saturday October 27 along the retail area adjacent to Blabla at Virginia Ave. and Rosedale Dr. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the holiday spirit and the last day of warm weather before the temps turned cooler.

And now some photos of Halloween decorations around the neighborhood:

731 Greenwood


731 Greenwood


731 Greenwood


731 Greenwood


975 Drewry

959 Drewry

846 Drewry

846 Drewry

792/798 Drewry

792/798 Drewry

1132 St. Charles Pl.

1102 St. Charles Pl.

908 N. Highland

908 N. Highland

612 Cumberland

597 Cumberland

624 Cumberland

1141 Hudson

1141 Hudson

1045 Hudson

Corner of Chalmette and Briarwood

1170 Lanier

1084 Lanier

1073 Lanier

1073 Lanier

1098 Lanier

1128 Stillwood

1025 Virginia

1025 Virginia

901 Virginia

750 Virginia Circle

759-771 Adair

759-771 Adair

Across from 759/771 Adair

817 Adair

852 Adair

865 Adair

951 Adair

847 Virginia Circle

965 Todd Road

895 Adair

107 Maryland

772 Amsterdam

1117 N. Virginia

The pictures below show decorations at 1045 Amsterdam where the home owner has put together quite a display of Halloween spirit. It gets interactive on Halloween night with ghosts, witches, zombies, etc. so if you’re looking for a great place to take the kids for some scary trick-or-treating, this is your place.



Boo! VOICE Wants Pictures of Your Favorite VaHi Halloween Decorations

Halloween is fast approaching and some wonderfully creative displays of decorating talent are cropping up around the neighborhood. VOICE wants to share photos of the best decorations our neighborhood has to offer with other VaHi residents and the rest of the digital world.

If you or someone you know has done an awesome job getting ready for the trick-or-treaters, either send us a photo of the decorations, or just send us the street address and one of our crack photographers will stop by and take a picture. We’ll also be out and about ourselves scouting for well-decorated homes. Next week we’ll post the photos online for everyone to see. We’re giving some thought to turning this into a contest where residents can vote on the best decorations – more on that later this week. But, at the very least, we’ll have a great online album that everyone can view to see the incredible creativity of VaHi residents. Only requirement is that the home you’re suggesting be located within the boundaries of Virginia-Highland so please include the address of homes shown with any photos you send in.

Send your suggestions in as soon as possible (photos or addresses) to jnbecker@me.com.


Halloween Weekend Events

This will be a busy weekend for family activities.

Saturday morning from 9 to 11 there will be a cleanup in Orme Park – bring your gloves, trimmers and pruners to clear out invasive shrubs and enhance the recent repainting of the bridge.

Saturday afternoon at 4 – get dressed up in Halloween garb (adults, children and dogs), and bring a potluck dish to share, at the annual Atkins Park Halloween party in the new parkland at North Highland Avenue @ St. Charles Place.

Sunday morning – the Atlanta Marathon will be coming north on North Highland Avenue, west on Virginia Avenue, and then turning onto Park Drive to go to Piedmont Park. Plan your Sunday morning driving route accordingly. www.atlantamarathon.org

Sunday afternoon – get dressed up in your Halloween garb again to attend the Orme Swarm at Orme Park from 4 to 6. Bring a potluck dish to share as well as your drinks and blankets for seating.

Monday evening – traditional “trick or treat” night. Drive carefully this evening.

All of these events provide an excellent way to meet new neighbors.


Trick or Treaters and Pride Festival

I was a little concerned about this mixture until Kathryn King-Metters, Jane Rawlings and myself had a face to face meeting with Lt. Dancy, who is heading up the off-duty patrol security for the Pride festival. Lt. Dancy was very receptive to listening to our neighbor’s concerns and is passing on these concerns to the 40 some off-duty APD folks who will be on our streets and in the park this weekend. Lt. Dancy will be using the same basic traffic/parking format that has been in place now for some time regulating Class A Piedmont Park events, and we know now that this plan works for our neighborhood safety. The usual water-filled barricades will be posted on Monroe at Cresthill, Elmwood, Park and Orme. You should be able to find an officer posted at these barricades for questions, concerns or for serious problems, a 911 call will notify the off-duty and on-duty police during this event. The 911 operators are to have been notified this festival is in progress in our area.

I would think that using good parental supervision of your trick or treaters anywhere in the neighborhood is necessary for this Saturday evening. The trick or treaters I have seen on my street in previous years have always been well controlled and this year should be no different. We have the advantage of one more day of DST which will really help also.