VaHi Business Owner Helps Decorate White House for Christmas

One of Virginia-Highland’s local business owners had the great honor of being selected as part of the team that decorated the White House for Christmas this year.

Laura Iarocci, owner of Faith Flowers on N. Virginia Avenue, was part of a team of 75 volunteers from all over the United Statues who arrived in the nation’s capital on Thanksgiving Day to begin their daunting task. The group spent the first two days sorting through and repacking ornaments and decorations from prior White House Christmases (many of the decorations are recycled and reused each year). The volunteers arrived on Sunday with truckloads of boxes and spent the next three days decorating every room in the White House. Mrs. Obama hosted a reception at the end to thank all the volunteers who participated.

Faith Flowers will hold an open studio day on Saturday December 15 featuring two local artists working in the studio. Photos from Holiday 2012 at the White House will be on display throughout the day.

Scroll down to view images from Iarocci’s trip.

Laura (right) and her daughter Allison at the White House visitor’s entrance. Laura created the wreaths on the windows.

Bauble Archway in the Lower Cross Hall connecting the East Room. Over 6000 ornaments were strung on these arches, all recycled from previous years.

The Armed Forces tree in the Blue Room.


The White House gingerbread house with pictures of the First Family and staff affixed to sugar glass windows. And yes, that's First Dog “Bo” front and center.

The Red Room Tree and mantel filled with fruit, all recycled from prior Christmases.

Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden recreated next to the gingerbread house.

Many of the ornaments were created by military families.

Hanging terrariums on the Green Room tree. Check out similar ones at the Faith Flowers studio.

Hanging terrariums on the Green Room tree. Check out similar ones at the Faith Flowers studio.

Laura’s favorite tree with hand blown glass ornaments in color bands around the tree.


Laura (left) and Chief White House Florist Laura Dowling


Market Saturday & Curried Mustard Greens

By: Denise Romeo

The sidewalks come to life each Saturday as neighbors scuttle by with empty shopping bags headed toward the Morningside Farmer’s Market located in the parking lot adjacent to Rosebud on N. Highland Avenue. The brainchild of culinary icon Guenter Seeger and former AJC “In-Season” columnist Cynthia Hizer, the MFM began in 1997 with a station wagon loaded with Georgia-grown vegetables, has grown to become Atlanta’s most popular organic market and is at the heart of the city’s farm-to-table movement.

The most recent Saturday offerings included a variety of seasonal greens (arugula, kale, mustard, chard and collards), sweet potatoes, red onions, fresh ginger, squashes, eggs and fresh meat products from MFM regulars Crystal Organic Farm, D & A Farm, Little Red Hen Farm, Riverview Farm and Woodland Gardens. Pure Bliss Organics sampled their newest granola flavor, while Magnolia Bread had a nice selection of fresh breads on hand including pumpkin sourdough, seeded country and blueberry bran muffins. Our perennial favorite, Hazelbrand Farm, featured their amazingly fragrant handmade soaps along with a few seasonal scents like “Winter Solstice” and “Frankincense & Myrrh.”

The sun was high in the sky as 2009 Top Chef Finalist Kevin Gillespie from Woodfire Grill began his cooking demonstration featuring fresh mustard greens chosen from Crystal Organic Farms just moments before. The chef was on hand earlier signing his new cookbook, “Fire In My Belly.”

Chef Kevin was in high spirits as he described the recipe he was preparing. Obviously comfortable in front of an audience, he casually chatted with the crowd as he worked, explaining how to peel ginger with the bowl of a spoon and describing the nuances of various types of greens. As he added the various ingredients, wonderful aromas wafted through the patio of Rosebud (graciously lent for chef demonstrations each week) culminating in a large pot of curried mustard greens and sweet potatoes.

As Chef Kevin dished about his cookbook and his new restaurant, Gunshow, scheduled to open in Glenwood Park in February, each audience member was passed a small portion on a plate. The pungent taste of the mustard greens and the sweetness of the sweet potatoes combined to make a vegetarian dish that was colorful and boasted a wonderful combination of flavors and textures.

Chef Kevin was obviously so familiar with this dish that he needed no recipe, adding spices and elements without specific measurement. We did our best to enumerate the ingredients and the procedures followed by Chef Kevin in hopes that you might try this recipe at home:

2 tablespoons clarified butter (or extra virgin olive oil)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded if desired, then minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and diced

1 ½ teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1 to 2 cups vegetable broth as needed

2 medium orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½”-slices (about 2 cups)

1 15-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, hand crushed

3-4 bunches mustard greens, stems removed, torn or roughly chopped

2 teaspoons light brown sugar (to taste)

1 tablespoon Tamarind paste (or lemon juice)

Salt and white pepper to taste

Chili paste to taste (optional)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Slice sweet potatoes into ¼”- ½” slices so they will cook more quickly. Parboil the sweet potatoes for 5 to 7 minutes until slices are tender, but not mushy.

While parboiling the sweet potatoes, remove stems from greens (these can be roughly chopped and parboiled with the sweet potatoes) and tear leaves into pieces. It will seem like an enormous amount of greens, but they shrink dramatically when cooked!

Drain sweet potatoes and set aside. Slice onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic. Heat clarified butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add onion and jalapeno and cook until onions start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger to pan along with mustard and cumin seeds, and curry powder. Stir to coat and then add sweet potatoes, again stirring to coat. Continue cooking until vegetables begin to caramelize. If the vegetables are too dry or start sticking to the pan, add some broth or water.

Once the vegetables are tender and fragrant, add the crushed tomatoes and mix together well. Once the tomatoes have been fully incorporated and heated through, begin adding mustard greens in batches, folding the greens under the sauce. The greens will wilt and shrink as they cook. Keep adding and folding until all greens have been added to the pan.

Again, add more broth if the mixture seems to dry or sticks to the pan. The amount of time the greens need to cook depends on their tenderness. Add sugar and tamarind paste (or lemon juice) stirring to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like your curry to be on the spicy side, you can add chili paste to fit your taste. Serve immediately. If the greens are particularly piquant, chopped cilantro added as garnish provides a nice contrast. Chef also recommends that if you want to add a protein to the dish, chickpeas or lentils work well.

While the MFM runs year round, hours are abbreviated January-March and chef demonstrations run only through November. The next demo will be this Saturday, November 17th with Ron Eyster from Rosebud and The Family Dog working with cabbage from Woodland Gardens Organics. The demo will begin at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about the Morningside Farmer’s Market or for a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website at

Local food blogger Denise Romeo has lived in the Virginia-Highland area for 23 years. She and her husband Dom enjoy spending time together cooking and entertaining. They’ve tried to instill their love for cooking and culinary exploration in their two teenage sons. You can read more from Denise on her award winning blog at We Like To Cook!


Amateur Soccer Team Calls VaHi Home

Did you know there’s an amateur soccer team that wears our neighborhood’s name proudly on its jerseys? Well, there is – and it looks like they’re pretty darn good, too!

In the spirit of world-class soccer teams that got their start in “cool” neighborhoods – think Chelsea in London or La Boca in Buenos Aires – VaHi ATLetic FC was established last summer and the team has adopted Virginia-Highland as its host city. Many of the VaHi ATLetic FC players live in the VaHi/Midtown area and are originally from ten different countries, including the U.S.

According to team manager Felipe Lobelo, the idea behind the team is to represent the vibrant VaHi community, add to the growing list of activities residents can enjoy (i.e., Atlanta Streets Alive, festivals, etc.) and to use soccer as a vehicle to further promote integration, community pride, healthy and active lifestyles and other causes.

From October to April the team plays in the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League (ADASL), widely considered the best amateur league in the southeastern U.S. Many future and former professional and college players compete in this highly organized league.

Check out the team’s webpage at for team news, season schedules and game reports, as well as pictures and videos of the team’s goals (including the players’ wives and kids cheering on those occasions when they score)! You’ll also find links there to the team’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel.

VaHi ATLetic FC has gotten off to a great start on the current season, winning their first four matches! The team would appreciate any support from VaHi residents interested in soccer. Home games are played at Boulevard Crossing Park (close to Grant Park and the zoo) and admission is free for everyone so take some time to enjoy some good soccer and support your neighborhood team!


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


200 Volunteers to Give YWCA Much Needed Makeover

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia (BOMA) is proud to assist one of Atlanta’s oldest institutions, the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, whose mission is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women.  BOMA will bring 200 volunteers to the YWCA on Friday, October 19, 2012 to provide a face-lift of the renovated church from the inside and out. The project will be completed in a single day.

Volunteers are scheduled to arrive at the YWCA around 7:00 a.m. Friday. Elected officials are scheduled to arrive between 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. for photographs. Confirmed elected officials that will be present include City of Atlanta Councilmember Alex Wan, Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner,  State Representative Simone Bell, State Representative Pat Gardner and State Senator Nan Grogan-Orrock.

Built in 1924, the building was originally the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The two-story, Neo-Classical, Revival-style brick building has Doric pilasters and a large pediment on the front facade, a large entablature and round-arched windows on the second floor. The YWCA has occupied the building since 1988.

Check back for a look at the spruced-up ‘Y’ after the project’s complete.


Komen 3-Day Walk Begins Friday, Will Pass Through Virginia-Highland

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure kicks off a 60-mile walk Friday that will start in Stone Mountain and, over the course of the weekend, take participants through Decatur, Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Candler Park and eventually to Turner Field.

Walkers will pass through VaHi on Sunday morning and early afternoon. From 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. John Howell Park will be the site of an official cheering station where residents can gather as a group to support the walkers. We’ve received no notice of any road closures in connection with this event.

Click here to read a Patch article about the 3-day walk or here to visit the event’s website.


Atlanta Marathon Coming Through VaHi; Expect Road Closures

This year’s Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay will be held October 28 and the course will bring runners right through the heart of Virginia-Highland.

Mile 14 brings runners up N. Highland Avenue from Poncey-Highland where they will eventually turn left on Virginia Avenue. Runners will then turn right on Park Drive where Mile 15 continues on into Piedmont Park. Click here to view the complete route map.

Expect full or partial road closures. The right hand side only of northbound N. Highland Avenue will be closed from approx. 7:50 a.m. until approx. 10:45 a.m. The right hand side only of westbound Virginia Avenue will be closed from approx. 8:00 a.m. until approx. 10:50 a.m. All of Park Drive will be closed from approx. 8:05 a.m. until approx. 11:00 a.m. Click here for a complete list of road closures.

For more information on the Atlanta Marathon, visit


Streets Alive: Part II

Streets Alive returned to Virginia-Highland on Sunday October 7 for another four hours of closed streets and pedestrian-related activities. This time around not only was N. Highland Avenue closed to motorized traffic during the vent, but so, too, was Virginia Avenue.

A highlight of the event this time was the opening of the Eastside BeltLine trail to pedestrians and cyclists. For many, it was a chance to experience firsthand a part of what has been concept only for so long, but is now becoming reality. For more information on the trail’s official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for October 15, click here.

Here are some photos taken in and around VaHi during what most seemed to consider a very successful second installment of Streets Alive.


The Story of The Little Public Library on Hudson Drive

A few weeks ago we posted a photo of a small white box filled with books that had suddenly sprung up in the front yard of a home on Hudson Drive.

The Saporta Report’s Michellle Hiskey ran with the idea and a few days later Hiskey published this article on the fascinating proliferation of these “little libraries” in communities around the world.

Now, you can read about how the little library on Hudson Drive came about – in the words of the homeowner herself. Here’s a link to the digital version of this month’s Atlanta INtown magazine. Megan Jean Sovern’s article about The Little Public Library on Hudson is on p. 39.


Virginia-Highland’s Littlest Library

If your morning/evening walk has taken you down Hudson Drive recently, you’ve probably noticed the house with a small white box planted in the front yard filled with books. Voice contributor John Becker noticed the box – labeled “The Little Public Library on Hudson” – a few weeks ago while walking his dog and posted about it on Facebook. Freelance writer and former AJC staffer Michelle Hiskey saw the post and ran with it. Here’s a link to Hiskey’s Saporta Report article on these fascinating little libraries.

The Little Library on Hudson Drive is open for business - no card required!


In memoriam — Mike Moloo

The night of Thursday, August 16 Mike Moloo, owner of the ATL Food Mart at 730 Barnett Street between St. Charles and Ponce de Leon Avenues, was shot and killed outside the store during an apparent robbery.
The VHCA joins the many residents and friends of Mr. Moloo in their shock and sadness at this  tragedy. Memorial vigil at the store (at 730 Barnett) at 8 PM on Sunday, August 19th.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife and three children.   A memorial fund has been established to help them. There is also a memorial page on Facebook.


Warren Bruno – in memoriam

The passing of Warren Bruno on 5/16/12 is a major loss for the entire community.

Memorial Mass 5/23

There was a Memorial Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a reception at Ormsby’s in honor of Warren.

Donations can be made in his memory to either of the following organizations:


Here are some articles which shed light on the enormous contributions Warren made to the Virginia-Highland community:


Voice – Summer 2012

Last edition of the Voice (print edition) published!
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– It’s festival time! Summerfest 2012
– New Highland Park construction to begin soon
– Reflections on redistricting, by Nicole Foerschler-Horn
– Dr. Leila Denmark, by Lola Carlisle, Karri Hobson Pape and Judy Potter
– Graffiti in Virginia-Highland
– Planning for the 2012 VaHi Tour of Homes is underway, by Jack White and Lola Carlisle
– A walking community, by Peggy Berg
– Goin’ Coastal, a great catch, by Brent Schnee
– How to choose a contractor, by Phillip Pettis


Voice — April 2012 — Dr. Leila Denmark — 114 years of memories

Pediatrician to Virginia-Highland’s “Little Angels”
by Lola Carlisle, Vice-President

Dr. Leila Denmark passed away on Sunday, April 1st. Born in Portal, Georgia in 1898, she was 114 years old and believed to be the world’s fourth oldest person at her death. And what a person!

The Atlanta Journal Constitution obituary recounted a remarkable life in medicine: the third woman to graduate from the Medical College of Georgia (1928), the first intern at Henrietta Egleston Hospital on the Emory campus and the first to admit a sick baby there, the state’s first female pediatrician, and a significant role in the research that led to the development of the pertussis vaccine and the modern day DPT vaccine.

Dr. Denmark was married to John Eustace Denmark for more than 60 years, until his death in 1991. In 1931, the Denmarks had a daughter, Mary Denmark Hutcherson; Dr. Denmark then started her own practice at home so she could raise Mary. Her first home office was in the breakfast room of their home on Kentucky Avenue; the family later moved to 1051 Hudson Drive, where the living room served as a waiting room and a bedroom as the exam room. Dr. Denmark practiced medicine in Virginia-Highland until 1949. When Karri Hobson-Pape and I researched our book about the neighborhood (Images of America: Virginia-Highland), we spoke to a number of long-term residents who remembered residents and neighbors taking their kids to Dr. Denmark.

1051 Hudson Drive – c. 1940 Mary Denmark. c. 1940. Ann Tinkler, Mary Denmark, Bootsie Holzman – 1051 Hudson backyard, 1936 Mary Denmark in the waiting room at 1051 Hudson Drive
Photos courtesy of Mary Denmark Hutcherson

Dr. Denmark’s daughter, Mary Denmark Hutcherson, had fond and vivid memories of growing up in the area. She played in the waiting room of her mother’s office and recalls her mother peeking out of the exam room to call in her “next little angel.” And she remembers a charming and happy childhood in Virginia-Highland.

Virginia-Highland was Mary’s playground. She had a great group of friends who biked and roller-skated all over the area, often chasing – or trying to chase – the fire trucks going on calls from Station # 19. Mary and her friend Ann Tinkler (whose father was the minister of the Associate Reform Presbyterian Church, now the YWCA) frequently played at Orme Park, which they called “The Little Park.” They recall the old Highland Bakery horse and buggy coming through and the strong sweet smell of the fresh bread. Mary thought the horse was very pretty – she remembers that he was white and had a big blocky head. (Some of the old Highland Bakery delivery routes are on display in the building behind the current Highland Bakery at 655 Highland Ave.) Mary described many stores at the corner of Highland and Virginia; Mrs. Georgia’s Dairy was a favorite – who can resist a milkshake!

When it came to schooling, Mary remembers every detail and there were many. Redistricting and changes in school routes and destinations are not a new concept here. Mary can tell you every bus, trolley, and transfer she made on her path to acquiring an excellent education – an education she took seriously in spite of the constant temptation to dawdle at Rich’s downtown on her route home. She attended Inman (from K–6), O’Keefe Jr. High (now part of the Georgia Tech campus), Atlanta Girls High in Grant Park (two years), and graduated from Grady as a member of that school’s first co-ed class in 1948. She found herself well-prepared when she got to UGA; she recalls her freshman year there to be largely a review of material she already knew.

These great stories about the Denmark family, including these wonderful tales of the daily life of a child in Virginia-Highland in the 30’s and 40’s, make me feel grounded. This neighborhood has a rich and vibrant history; it citizens and its buildings are full of varied and rich stories. We Virginia-Highlanders are fortunate people.

Karri Hobson-Pape, Judy Potter and Jack White also contributed to this article


Voice — April 2012 — To Bee or Not to Bee

or: An Un-bee-lievable Rescue Story

By: John Becker
Photos courtesy of Polly Price, all rights reserved

When VaHi residents living near the intersection of North Virginia Avenue and Stillwood Drive gathered a few weeks ago to cheer on runners in the Publix Marathon, little did they know there were a few thousand fuzzy little spectators assembling nearby with an agenda of their own.

It was around 6 PM that Sunday, in fact, when residents first noticed a large number of honeybees buzzing along the sidewalk. A little investigation revealed a large swarm of bees in the branches of a crape myrtle in front of one of the homes on North Virginia.

Fortunately, Lenox Park resident and beekeeper John Lee was just a few doors away visiting his mother-in-law at the time. He noticed the commotion on North Virginia, scrambled home to get his supplies, and the swarm rescue process was underway.

“We thought the bees had found a new place to live and that there was no urgency in moving them,” resident Polly Price says, “but when John arrived he said the bees were only resting and would most likely leave soon to find a permanent home.”

Lee’s goal was to capture the swarm, put it in a box and then find a beekeeper who could provide a long-term home for the bees. After donning his protective gear, Lee first sprayed the inside of the temporary storage box and the swarm itself with sugar water.

“Sugar water provides the bees with temporary energy,” Lee says, “and incents them to begin building the foundation for their new home. They become less concerned with anything going on outside the swarm and their main focus becomes establishing the new hive.”

Wearing protective gloves, Lee scooped up handfuls of bees and placed them gently into the box. Price says the bees were generally willing participants in the process and that it took twenty or more handfuls to get most of the bees into the box. Toward the end of the process, Lee used a brush to capture the bees and coax them into the box. By the time darkness fell, Lee had captured most of the bees. He left the secured box by the base of the tree overnight and, as he expected, most of the remaining bees had crawled inside in search of the queen when he returned the next day.

“It was a fairly large swarm – probably 10-15,000 bees – and I wanted to make sure we captured as many as possible,” Lee says.

Having watched a similar process take place across the street from my own home recently, I wanted to find out what this bee-swarming thing was all about. My across-the-street neighbor – also a beekeeper – put me in touch with Linda Tillman with the Metro Atlanta Beekeeper’s Association (MABA). Tillman says swarming is one of two ways bees reproduce.

“Within the hive, reproduction takes place individually as the queen is constantly laying eggs and producing new bees,” Tillman says. “The second form of reproduction is swarming, which is essentially the entire ‘bee community’ splitting itself in half.”

According to Tillman, the hive prepares for swarming by creating queen cells so as not to leave the original hive queen-less. While half the bee population stays in the old hive, a new queen takes the other half – mostly younger bees – with her to find a new home. Before leaving the hive, Tillman says, the bees “pack their bags for the trip” by filling their stomachs with honey. The bees use the stored honey to create wax to build their new hive.

“Then one day – typically between 10 AM and 2 PM – the queen leaves the hive,” Tillman says. “She doesn’t go far and the rest of her crew joins her in a mass of bees which hang together in a clump while they seek out a new home, a process that could take several days. Scout bees are sent out from the swarm and eventually a collective decision is made as to where the new hive will be established.”

Tillman says if a beekeeper learns of a swarm’s existence before the bees make their relocation decision, he or she can collect the swarm and store it in a box – ala John Lee. In this win-win scenario, the bees get a new home and the beekeeper avoids the cost of purchasing a new hive – which can be $80 or more.
“If someone encounters a swarm, DO NOT spray poison on it,” Tillman asks. “Call a beekeeper if you can.”Swarms are fascinating and generally not dangerous, Tillman says. She says the bees are loaded with honey and not likely to sting because they’re focused on finding a new hive, not defending their old one.

Tillman says both the Georgia Beekeepers Association ( and MABA ( maintain a list of keepers who will collect swarms. In fact, Tillman says there are quite a few beekeepers in VaHi – herself included – who will gladly come collect a swarm. You can check out Tillman’s blog at or email her at

Where did the North Virginia Avenue bees end up and how are they doing? Lee says he gave them to a fellow beekeeper in Tucker. They’re doing fine, he says, and have even found a new purpose in life.

“My friend’s daughter is ill and can’t go out much,” Lee says. “She gets a lot of pleasure from having the bees in their backyard and knowing they’re happy and safe.”

VOICE says bee-utiful!


A Warm and Fuzzy Story

Last Sunday morning, an Australian visitor to VaHi relatives lost his wallet with his passport, trip spending money, credit cards, etc on a bicycle trip to Piedmont Park. There lost wallet was found by a good soul who called the Australian bank to get U.S. contact info and turned over the wallet and all contents to a very relieved young man. Isn’t it nice to confirm that all folks on the street are not thugs and thieves?


Voice – Fall 2003

Sidewalk memorial to Cunard family

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– Vote for your Board of Directors on September 3
– President’s Address by Steven Kushner (criticism of Atkins Park resident parking)
– Proposed amendment to VHCA bylaws
– Security patrol update, by Officer B. Miller, Jr.
– Virginia-Highland by the numbers, by Chip Gallagher
– Meet congressman John Lewis
– Pictures from Summerfest 2003
– Highland Hoer: Late summer gardening, by John Wolfinger
– First person: Barrel of Fun, by Robert Ramsay
– Picture of sidewalk memorial to Cunard family
– City arborist suggests ways to check on your trees’ health


Voice – Winter 1994

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Board members each answer 6 interview questions (J.D. Christy, Debbie Skopczynski, Winnie Currie, Tom Austin, Bruce Taylor, Arnold Gross, Amy Waterman, Steve Jaggers, Mary Jo Peed, Melanie Davenport, Paul Concannon)
– Everything you wanted to know about zoning but were afraid to ask, by Stephen Jagger and Debbie Skopczynski
– President’s Corner, by J.D. Christy
– Annual meeting seats new board, by Beth Marks
Photos from annual meeting
– Bike Stuff
– Environmental potpourri, by Nan Hunter
– Col. Mustard reviews Camille’s
– Happy (1st) birthday, Virginia-Highland Business Association
– Art supports A.I.D.S., by Shelley Scher
– Local group (CAUTION) makes a difference, by Shelley Scher
– School news
– Tips from the trade: Review of The Common Pond, which sold environmentally friendly products
– John Howell Park project, by Tinka Green
– Greening up for the gold, by Stephanie Coffin, co-chair Parks
– Letters of thanks from recipients of VHCA grants


Voice – Fall 1993

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– Summerfest contest was a piece of art
– My home, my castle and my office (profile of residents who work at home), by Deborah Cox
– Crime down sharply in FBAC area
– More B.S. (that’s bike stuff), by Michael Goodman
– Col. Mustard reviews Red Light Café at Amsterdam Walk
Full text of updated VHCA bylaws
Olympic trees, going for the green. Profile of Stephanie Coffin and her tree planting. By Kathy Couch
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
– John Howell Park fundraising update, by Jerry Bright
– Kidsfest successful 3rd straight year
– By-laws committee completes its work


The Great Arc Light Controversy of 1916

VHCA has received the following reports from the Atlanta Constitution about a great controversy raging over an arc light which was hung from the intersection of Highland Avenue and Adair Avenue. The McDaniels at 18 Adair (now 1015 Adair) and the Jones at 988 N. Highland (now 936 N. Highland), were at each other’s throats. Not to mention the Rev. J.C. Atkinson, who came to the defense of the honor of his daughter, Mrs. McDaniels!

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