Volunteer Now for Summerfest 2017!

By John Becker

In 1983, MASH ended an 11-year, 251-episode TV run, Vanessa Williams became the first African-American crowned Miss America and McDonald’s introduced the Chicken McNugget.

Did you know ‘83 was also the year a group of Virginia-Highland merchants – led by late Atkins Park owner Warren Bruno – got together and threw a block party that would eventually become Summerfest?

Yes, it’s really been 34 years since the first Summerfest, and organizers are hard at work planning this year’s festival set for the weekend of June 3. Featuring a 5K Road Race and Tot Trot, one of the largest juried artist markets in the South and a variety of local, regional and national acts performing on the music Summerfest stage, our festival has become one of Atlanta’s most eagerly anticipated seasonal events.

Aside from simply attending the event, how can you get the most out of your Summerfest experience? Why, volunteering, of course! Summerfest volunteer shifts are generally 2-3 hours long and you can choose to help with:

Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones, and also help ensure the success of VHCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Volunteering can be a great way for high school or middle school students to get service hours. You can even sign up for multiple shifts if you like (and many do). Encourage your friends and neighbors to volunteer. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!

We’re using SignUp.Com (formerly VolunteerSpot) again this year for volunteer registration and management. The tool is great at helping us organize our various tasks and shifts and is very easy to use. (Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone.)

Here’s how it works in three easy steps:

  1. Click here to access the Summerfest area on VolunteerSpot.
  2. Review the different tasks and shifts listed and identify the tasks/shifts that work for you.
  3. Sign up – it’s easy and you won’t have to register or leave a password on SignUp.com.

Have questions or need more information? Contact volunteer coordinator John Becker at jnbecker@me.com. Please don’t delay – volunteer today! We look forward to seeing you in June!

John Becker is a past VHCA board member and serves as Summerfest volunteer coordinator.


It’s Time to Summerfest!

SummerfestWho’s ready for some Summerfest?

The 32nd edition of VaHi’s summertime celebration of art, music and food is just days away. Here’s the 411 on this year’s event:


It all gets kicked-off Friday June 5 with resident-only events, starting with the Community Parade (this year’s theme is “Rock Stars and Divas”) which kicks off from Intown ACE Hardware at 7 PM. Parade participants should arrive no later than 6:30 PM. If you have not yet registered for the parade and would like to do so, click here and complete the form at the bottom of the page. On-site registration will also be available.

DSC_0036For those cheering on the participants, the parade will proceed down Drewry, turn right on Barnett and end up on the eastern side of John Howell Park where the community dinner and movie will be held this year. Please note that this event has been moved from the Inman Middle School ball field where it has been held in recent years. The dinner starts at 7:30 PM, and the movie will start around dusk (usually around 8:45 PM). Admission to the dinner/movie is free to VaHi residents with an ID. Non-resident guests (date, houseguest, babysitter, etc.) are welcome when accompanied by a resident. Cost for guests: $10 for adults, $5 for children. If space is available, non-resident neighbors may enter the area after dinner (around 8:15 PM) to watch the movie. This year’s movie is Big Hero 6.

DSC_0103There will also be live music on the Acoustic Stage at the intersection of Virginia and N. Highland Ave.’s on Friday night from 8-11 PM.


DSC03397Don’t stay out too late Friday night because the popular Summerfest 5K Road Race gets going at 8 AM Saturday June 6. For more information on the race or to sign up to participate, click here. On-site registration will also be available this year. If you have aspiring runners too young for the road race (ages 5 and younger), bring ’em over to the eastern section of John Howell Park following the 5K’s conclusion (around 9:15 AM) for this year’s Tot Trot. Click here to pre-register for Tot Trot or you can register on-site.

Summerfest 2015 officially opens at 10 AM Saturday. Festival-goers can choose from events like the Artist Market and Kidsfest (please note Kidsfest ends at 3 PM and the Artist Market closes at 6:30 PM on Saturday).

DSC05195The Music Stage gets going at Noon Saturday with a performance from Sans Abri. Here’s the rest of Saturday’s music lineup:

Please note that this year’s Music Stage will be located on the eastern side of John Howell Park and not on the Inman Middle School ball field.

And after Southern Gothic wraps things up on the main Music Stage, the Acoustic Stage at Virginia and N. Highland Ave.’s will be the place to be again Saturday night with entertainment provided from 9-11 PM.


IMG_0716Get ready to do it all over again on Sunday June 7 when Summerfest reopens at 10 AM. Before you hit the festival, though, why not participate in the 2015 Warren Bruno Summerfest Celebration Bike Ride? The ride starts at 8 AM at North Highland Park (corner of St. Charles and N. Highland) and you can choose to ride a 9.5 mile loop (once or twice) or a 20-mile loop. Cyclists of all ages and levels are welcome. For more information or to register, click here.

DSC01436If you’re up for a little music on Sunday morning, grab your coffee and bagel and head over to the Acoustic Stage where the spotlight will be on two fun and unique groups featuring young performers from our area:

  • 10:00 AM: Performers from Eclectic Music
  • 11:00 AM: Irish Dancing with Burke Connolly Dance

The Music Stage gets going Sunday at 12:15 PM with Taylor & Ciara performing. The rest of Sunday’s music lineup:

DSC01429And, since you probably didn’t have enough time to enjoy all the activities on Saturday, be sure to stop by the Artist Market and Kidsfest area on Sunday. Kidsfest closes at 3 PM Sunday and the Artist Market closes at 6 PM.

Just a reminder that Summerfest’s Artist Market is a juried show of gallery-quality art featuring 230+ of the Southeast’s finest artists. You’ll find artists specializing in painting, sculpture, jewelery, textiles/fiber arts, photography, clay, wood, metal, graphics and mixed media (click here to view a list of exhibiting artists). Please be sure to visit the Artist Market and support the 2015 Summerfest artists by making a purchase or two.

VHCA Summerfest Store

11080256_978523362211018_332461056547736383_oThis year we’re making it even more convenient to buy your commemorative Summerfest t-shirt and help support the neighborhood. We’ll be selling Summerfest t-shirts at Friday night’s Community Cookout & Movie and at the Acoustic Street Party. Ladies, you’ll have three designs from which to choose: two in a fashionable ladies-cut and another in a traditional unisex t-shirt cut. Guys, you’re sure to enjoy the 2015 Summerfest design. T-shirts are available in sizes S thru XXL. Get one before they’re gone! And if you’re unable to join Friday’s resident-only events, or you lost sleep regretting not having purchased a t–shirt, be sure to stop by one of the two Summerfest stores during the festival on Saturday or Sunday.

11165072_978523358877685_1823068065588305904_oIn addition to the always popular Summerfest t-shirts, we’ll also be carrying Virginia-Highland branded car tags, address plaques, framed neighborhood posters and signed copies of History of Virginia-Highland, written by VaHi residents Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle. The store will also display samples of several Virginia-Highland branded items now available for purchase at the VHCA’s’s Zazzle store.

Free Bike Valet at Summerfest

imageAnd don’t forget that you can help alleviate Summerfest traffic congestion by cycling to the festival. We’ve made that easier to do by partnering with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to provide free bike valet parking during festival hours. This year the ABC bike corral will be located at the “Field of Dreams” on the southwest corner of Virginia Ave. and Ponce de Leon Pl. (adjacent to the festival’s western entrance).

For more information on Summerfest, click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at Summerfest 2015!


A Thank You for Summerfest 2014

By: Jack White, VHCA President

IMG_6215On behalf of Virginia-Highland Civic Association, I’d like to personally thank this year’s Summerfest leadership team, volunteers, artists, vendors and sponsors for serving up another outstanding festival. I can’t tell you how many positive comments I heard from attendees, exhibitors and residents that the 2014 edition was one of the best Summerfests ever. From what I witnessed personally, these comments were spot on.

DSC_0104Summerfest is the VHCA’s most important fund-raising event of the year. Success with the event ensures that the association can continue to provide important programs, services and grants for the betterment of VaHi and its residents. The incredible contributions of time and talent made by our dedicated volunteers, partners and vendors are a key part of this success and you all delivered this year in spades.

As has come to be expected from Summerfest, this year’s artist market was an impressive array of some of the most outstanding art in the southeast; our music stages were busy with talented, entertaining performers; and our generous sponsors helped us deliver a festival that, by all accounts, was enjoyed and appreciated by all.

DSC_0114Special thanks go to festival co-chairs Pamela Papner, Paige Hewell and John Becker for providing the vision and leadership for Summerfest 2014. There are more moving parts to organizing and executing a festival of this size and scope than most could imagine, and your attention to detail in the important areas of sponsorships, operations, volunteers, and communications positioned us well for success.

As usual, the co-chairs put an outstanding team together around them and the following folks should be thanked for their outstanding contributions in key areas:

DSC_0149VHCA Summerfest Store: Suzanne Scully and Steve Voichick

Neighborhood Parade: Kris Smith

Community Dinner and Movie: Charlie LeFort and John Peter Casey

Artists: Nancy Musser and Julie Tepp

Road Race: Ed Williams

Tot Trot: Nancy and Bob Coomes

DSC_0141On-Site Operations/Coordination of Vendors: Rob Frazer, Premier Events Management

Musical Entertainment: Josh Antenucci

Sponsorships: Rick Kern and Brooke Anglin, MixIt Marketing

Signage Design/Production: Cornelia Gregory

Promotion/Social Media: Kelsey Walker, Liz Lapidus PR

Finance/Cash Coordination: Frazier Dworet and Peggy Berg

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t also personally thank the 200+ volunteers without which we would have no festival. You are truly the heart and soul of Summerfest and you stepped up to the plate big time this year.

Thanks again to everyone involved in this year’s Summerfest.


Summerfest 2014 Photos

IMG_6215Anyone enjoy Summerfest this past weekend? We sure did, and by all accounts it was another successful festival.

Here are links to a few Google albums with photos from this year’s festival we thought you might enjoy viewing. Thanks to Lola Carlisle for contributing to this collection. We didn’t get to take as many pictures as we would have liked so if you have photos of the festival you’d like to share, send them to summerfest@vahi.org and we’ll upload them to one of our albums.


Click on the appropriate link below for albums of:

Summerfest 2014 Community Parade and Dinner (Friday June 6)

Summerfest 2014 Day One (Saturday June 7)

DSC_0141Warren Bruno Celebration Ride at Summerfest (Sunday June 8)

Summerfest 2014 Day Two (Sunday June 8)

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Summerfest 2015!



Preview: 2014 Summerfest Store Merchandise

SummerfestLogo14Just to get you a little more in the mood for Summerfest – which, if you didn’t know, is this weekend – we thought we’d give you a glimpse at some of what will be for sale at this year’s Summerfest Store.

2014 Summerfest t-shirt logo

2014 Summerfest t-shirt logo (volunteers/staff)

In addition to the Men’s and Ladies Summerfest t-shirts featuring the 2014 logo, this year we’ll be featuring a collection of historic Virginia-Highland maps and photos suitable for framing. Our creative crew has also come up with a couple of fun posters featuring our new VHCA logo that we think you’ll enjoy. Signed copies of History of Virginia-Highland, written by VaHi residents Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle, will also be available.

For increased convenience, there will be two Summerfest store locations this year: Booth #505 (south side of Virginia Ave., across from Maryland) and Booth #336 (north side of Virginia near Greencove – where the store’s been located the past few years).

See you at Summerfest!!

11" x 14" sepia collage of historic VaHi images ($30 ea.)

11″ x 14″ sepia collage of historic VaHi plat maps and images.

6" x 24" art print of the Virginia/N. Highland intersection looking west. The land is being cleared by oxen for the development of the Virginia Highlands subdivision established by Ben R. Padgett, Jr. of L.W. Rogers Realty. Circa 1923. Courtesy of Tom Catron. ($40 ea.)

6″ x 24″ art print of the Virginia/N. Highland intersection looking west. The land is being cleared by oxen for the development of the Virginia Highlands subdivision established by Ben R. Padgett, Jr. of L.W. Rogers Realty. Circa 1923. Courtesy of Tom Catron.

6" x 24" art print  of the intersection of Virginia/N. Highland looking north. Unknown date. Courtesy of Larry Santiago and Bonny Valente. ($40 ea.)

6″ x 24″ art print of the intersection of Virginia/N. Highland looking north. Unknown date. Courtesy of Larry Santiago and Bonny Valente.

History of Virginia-Highland book written by VaHi residents Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle. ($25 ea.)

History of Virginia-Highland book written by VaHi residents Karri Hobson-Pape and Lola Carlisle. ($25 ea.)


VaHi poster featuring new VHCA logo ($30). If you like this poster, be sure to stop by the store to see a very creative second poster that we're sure all VaHi aficionados will love.

VaHi poster featuring new VHCA logo. Be sure to stop by the store to see an awesome second poster our creatives came up with that we’re sure all hard-core VaHi aficionados will love.

Men's logo t-shirt ($15 ea.)

Men’s logo t-shirt ($15 ea.)

Ladies logo t-shirt ($15 ea.)

Ladies logo t-shirt ($15 ea.)


Ride Your Bike to Summerfest and Park for Free!

ABC LogoimageIf you’ve attended Summerfest before, you know that finding car parking during the festival can be a challenge. So, why not bike to Summerfest? This year the VHCA is partnering with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Virginia-Highland Church to provide FREE secured bike valet parking during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8.

imageThe bike valet corral will be located on the property of the Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave. The check-in station will be at the corner of Virginia Ave. and Ponce de Leon Pl., and cyclists can approach on Ponce Pl. from the south, Virginia Ave. from the west or Park Dr. from the north (no bicycles allowed on festival grounds).

imageFestival hours are 10 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 6 PM Sunday. Again, there is no cost to cyclists for the valet parking but space will be limited so arrive early to get your free parking spot.

Festival organizers are thrilled to offer this new service, which should improve accessibility to and increase the sustainability of the festival, and we’d like to thank our partners, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Virginia-Highland Church.


Summerfest Tribute Ride: In Memory of Warren Bruno

SummerfestThere could be no better way to celebrate the man and avid cyclist who made Virginia-Highland Summerfest happen than with a celebratory ride through Atlanta’s favorite intown neighborhoods. That’s just what the staff of Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar and Ormsby’s is doing.

profile_warrenbruno122010.jpgIn fitting Warren Bruno style, the restaurants are hosting a bicycle ride during this year’s Summerfest. The ride starts at North Highland Park, at the corner of N. Highland and St. Charles Ave’s. The course continues to Little Five Points, through Old Fourth Ward and onto the BeltLine, into Piedmont Park and over to the Ansley Park Loop. The ride ends, of course, “at home” in Virginia-Highland just in time to enjoy the second day of the annual summer arts and music festival. Riders can take their choice of three loops – anywhere from 9.5 to 19 miles in total. To make sure the course is fun (and just a bit challenging) for all skill levels, the ride starts in waves according to ability, with plenty of markings to follow as well as ride leaders to help along the way.

As an owner of the flagship Atkins Park restaurant and now Ormsby’s, Warren Bruno was one of the founders of Virginia-Highland’s Summerfest. This annual tribute was created to honor and celebrate the man who never missed a chance to bring family, friends and community together – or the chance to enjoy the city by way of bike.

warren_bruno_sidewalk_spray_265hTo participate, riders must be registered with a number. To do so, register online. Fees are $5 for children and $20 for adults. Donations to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are welcomed in honor of Bruno, and go directly to the Georgia Chain Gang team fundraising efforts. Founded by Bruno, the Georgia Chain Gang team rides in his honor to raise awareness for blood cancer research. Riders are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles, as refills along with food will be provided along the route.

Number pick-up and sign-in for the ride begins at 6:45 AM and the ride starts at 8 AM on Sunday, June 8. To register as a rider, visit the Warren Bruno Summerfest Celebration Ride website or visit the Facebook event page for more information. And, of course, get ready for the perfect celebration of Summerfest, community and the life of Warren Bruno!


2014 Summerfest T-Shirt Design Unveiled

imageWho’s ready for some Summerfest?

The festival’s still a few weeks away, but we thought we’d start getting you into the Summerfest 2014 spirit by revealing this year’s t-shirt design.

Summerfest committee member Suzanne Scully spent the past few months working with our partner Porchlight to create this year’s design which features a stylized version of the festival name, accented with a ‘stamp’ or ‘stencil’ of the neighborhood’s name, the year and the letters ATL.

“The intent of the design is to reflect the eclectic yet whimsical and sophisticated neighborhood we are proud to call home,” says Scully. “The ‘shipping stamp’ suggests a hint of the rich history that surrounds us in Virginia-Highland.”

A version of the design shown here will be used on the volunteer and staff t-shirts, while different versions of the same design will be used on the Road Race, Tot Trot and ‘for purchase’ men’s and ladies’ shirts.

What do you think? We hope you’re as pleased with this year’s design as we are and we hope to see everyone at Summerfest in June!

About our design partner Porchlight:

Porchlight is an Atlanta-based agency with a passion for hard working design that stems from our roots in the home improvement industry. We specialize in branding, creative packaging design, POP, and signage that resonates with consumers and appeals to buyers. Together, our team has over 30 years of experience in the design and marketing industry, allowing us to provide our clients with proven expertise and understanding of their branding goals. Past clients have included Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Berry Plastics, Yamaha, RIDGID, and Georgia-Pacific.


Contact: Greg Corey

503 Means Street, Suite 404

Atlanta, GA 30318






Special Help Needed With Summerfest

SummerfestKidsfest Chair Needed

Each year, Kidsfest is one of Summerfest’s most popular events. Featuring unique games, crafts, music and activities for kids of all ages, Kidsfest is a major destination for families with children attending the festival.

DSC01436The Summerfest leadership team has an opening for a fun, energetic and super-organized person to head up our Kidsfest area this year. If you love working with children and would enjoy coordinating a team of volunteers who feel the same, this opportunity is for you.

Our previous Kidsfest chairs have built a solid, repeatable model for this area of the festival. There are sponsors waiting to hear from us and many of the activities from previous years can be repeated this year (although we’ll welcome ideas for new activities, too). Volunteers who’ve previously managed this area will be available for consultation during the pre-festival planning period and other volunteers who’ve worked Kidsfest before will help staff the area during the festival. We just need someone to come in, take the reins, and run with them. Festival dates are June 7-8. 2014.

If you’re interested, reach out to Paige Hewell (paige.hewell@gmail.com) or John Becker (jnbecker@me.com) for more information.

Looking For Someone to Help Coordinate Volunteers

Are you someone who’s volunteered at Summerfest before but would like to get more involved? Are you passionate about the tremendous volunteer spirit that flows through the festival each year? If so, we have an opportunity for you.

DSC_0058Our current volunteer coordinator is taking on some additional responsibility this year and is looking for someone to help out on-site during the festival. This person will ideally be able to spend several hours in the Volunteer Check-In/General Information/Lost and Found booth during both days of the festival (Saturday, Sunday June 7-8) checking volunteers in and giving them their assignments, answering questions from festival goers and artists and keeping track of any lost items turned in.

We’d love to groom this person to take over Summerfest volunteer coordination at some point in the future so, if you can work with the coordinator during this year’s pre-festival volunteer solicitation period, that would be great, too.

If this is of interest, please contact John Becker at jnbecker@me.com.

See you at Summerfest 2014!


2013 Kidsfest Organizers Say Thanks to Sponsors and Performers

DSC_0065The organizers of this year’s Summerfest Kidsfest want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to our 2013 sponsors. This year’s event was a huge success!!!

Kidsfest is such a big part of Summerfest, and the committee works hard to make sure we provide a great experience for our neighborhood kids and families, none of which would have been possible without the generous donations of our sponsors. Not only did they help fund the weekend, but they shared their time by providing a meaningful and relevant activity for families to enjoy.

The Kidsfest committee would like to ask that you consider patronizing these businesses that provide much-needed support to our neighborhood efforts.

Prima Printing

Intowners Real Estate

Goddard School Midtown

Bla Bla Kids

Jewish Kids Groups

Intown ACE

Home Depot on Ponce

Center for Puppetry Arts

SLAPP Tennis

Backpack Journalists

We also can’t go without mentioning the fantastic job each performer did on our music stage. These performers kept us entertained, laughing and cheering! Email us if you have questions or would like to get in touch with any of our sponsors or performers.

Eclectic Music 

Springdale Park Chorus

Burke Connolly Dance

Rachel Platt

My Homework Ate My Dog

Our Fabulous DJ the Neal the Sound Guy


30th Anniversary Summerfest – We Couldn’t Have Done it Without YOU!

The VHCA wants to thank everyone who pitched in to make this year’s 30th anniversary Summerfest one of the best festivals in recent memory. The dust hasn’t completely settled yet so we don’t have final numbers, but by all standards this appears to have been a very successful festival.

Some may not know that a dedicated team of volunteers begins meeting in February to plan each year’s festival. From securing artists for the Artist’s Market and musical talent for the band stage to defining and creating the extensive Kidsfest area (including music stage) to finding residents who can create sellable merchandise from recycled items for the Summerfest store to finding and managing volunteers to make the whole thing happen, the following members of the Summerfest executive committee deserve our neighborhood’s thanks for putting on an awesome event this year:

  • Pamela Papner, Paige Hewell, Ann Guy – Executive Leadership and Overall Festival Management
  • Arturo Cruz-Tucker and Brad Hodges – Kidsfest
  • Suzanne Scully – Summerfest Recycle Store
  • John Becker – Volunteers
  • Kris Smith – Community Parade
  • Charlie Lefort – Community Dinner
  • Nancy and Bob Coomes – Tot Trot
  • Jenny Warner – T-Shirts
  • JD Kellum – Marketing
  • Zane Harris – Social Media

Volunteers are an essential part of Summerfest success. Especially in years when attendance is high, it’s important for us to have a full staff of dedicated volunteers willing to go the extra mile to make sure our attendees have the best time possible and our artists sell as much art as possible. This year’s volunteers stepped up in a big way, signing up early and honoring their commitments. We couldn’t be prouder of the 275 volunteers of all ages who worked hard and made our event such a success. Please thank them when you see them out and about in their bright green volunteer t-shirts.

And lastly we’d like to thank everyone – residents and visitors alike – who came out in full force both days to enjoy this year’s festival. While not as ideal as last year, the weather worked mostly in our favor (except for a few minutes late Sunday afternoon). The crowds came early and stayed late and that’s a key measuring stick of putting on a successful festival. Summerfest is VaHi’s biggest annual fundraiser and event success ensures the VHCA can continue its mission of supporting the neighborhood, its schools, parks and planning processes.

While we thought things went well this year in terms of overall festival management, there’s always room for improvement. If you have any thoughts about how we can improve Summerfest for 2014, please take a minute to send them to summerfest@vahi.org.

Also, we’re looking for your best Summerfest pictures. If you have photos from this year’s festival that you wouldn’t mind sharing with your neighbors, please send them to communications@vahi.org. In the meantime, here’s a link to some great photos from the Kidsfest area taken by Linda Dennis of abackpackjournalist.

Thanks again to the staff, volunteers and attendees of Summerfest 2013. We hope to see everyone again next year and look forward to seeing everyone out wearing your awesome ‘Live Local’ Summerfest t-shirts in the coming weeks.


Warren Bruno Memorial Bike Ride

The VHCA joins in those supporting the first annual Warren Bruno Memorial Ride to honor the legacy of a man who enriched the lives of so many in our community.

As the owner of flagship VaHi restaurant Atkins Park, Warren was one of the founders of Summerfest, and there’s no way we’d be having a 30th anniversary festival without his incredible support through the years. Warren was also an avid cyclist, so this tribute is fitting for a man who never missed a chance to bring family, friends and community together.

The ride will take place the morning of Sunday June 2 and start at the New Highland Park (corner of N. Highland Ave. & St. Charles Pl., across the street and just south of Atkins Park). Riders should sign in at 6:45 AM, the ride will start at 8 AM.

Registration is required. Register at http://wbmemorialridesummerfest.eventbrite.com/. When registering, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Association in Warren Bruno’s name.

Ride on, Warren!


Traffic Alert: Summerfest 5K Road Race

For those who want to cheer on the runners – or if you simply want to avoid the traffic disruption – here’s the course description and map for the Summerfest 5K Road Race.

Runners will gather at the Yeah Burger parking lot beginning around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday June 1. The race will start at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Lanier Blvd. and Virginia Ave. The finish line is on Barnett, near Adair, and runners will file from there to the Inman Middle School ball field for refreshments, awards and the running of the Tot Trot.

Course Description

1. START-Virginia Ave and Lanier Blvd
2. Go North on Lanier Blvd
3. Turn left on N. Morningside Drive
4. Turn right on Avalon
5. Turn LEFT on Lanier Blvd (staying on left side of island)
6. Make a clockwise loop just at University Drive and cross to the other side of the island
7. Go south on Lanier Blvd on the east side of the island
8. Turn left on McLynn
9. Cross Amsterdam/ Hancock at the island— McLynn changes to Rosedale Road (water stop at 1158 Rosedale)
10. Turn right on Stillwood
12. Turn left on Los Angeles
13. Turn right on N. Virginia
14. Stay straight – North Virginia changes to Virginia Ave
15. Turn right on Hudson
16. Turn right on Lanier Blvd
17. Turn left on Virginia Avenue
19. Turn left on Todd
20. Turn immediately left on Rupley
21. Turn right on Adair
22. Turn left on Todd
23. Turn right on Highland View
24. Turn right on Barnett
25. Finish chutes and clocks on Barnett near Adair
26. Runners proceed north, getting water along the way and cross Virginia Ave onto Inman School fields for refreshments and awards ceremony

Course Map



Kidsfest Organizers Thank Sponsors, Announce Final Kidsfest Music Stage Lineup

Sockly says: "Come see me at Summerfest!"

Organizers want to acknowledge and sincerely thank the Kidsfest sponsors who’ve generously stepped up to provide activities for attendees at this year’s festival. Here’s a list of the sponsors and the activities they’ll be providing:

VaHi Civic Association: Face painting & misting tent
SandArt Cart: Unique sand art bottles
Rachel Hudson (artist) & Prima Printing: Down on the Farm photo opp back drop
The Intowners: Kids mural
Jewish Kids Groups: Kibbutz activity
Center for Puppetry Arts: Photo opportunities with Sockly, puppets and playboard
Goddard School: Balloons
Home Depot on Ponce: Build projects
SLAPP Tennis Center: Tennis demos and coaching
Bla Bla Kids: Dolls for photo opportunity
Click on the link below for the final lineup of performers for this year’s Kidsfest music stage. Remember, all performers are children with connections to Virginia-Highland.

Happy Summerfest from Sockly and the rest of the Center for Puppetry Arts crew!


ASO Brass Quintet Summerfest Performance Features Local Connection

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet takes the stage at this year’s 30th anniversary Summerfest, don’t be surprised to see one of your neighbors sitting down to perform. A second Virginia-Highland resident would have joined him, had he not been performing this season with an orchestra in another city.

Michael Moore

VaHi resident Michael Moore plays tuba in the quintet that will perform Sunday, June 2, from 12:15 – 1:15 pm on the festival’s main music stage. The quintet’s regular horn player, Richard Deane, also lives in VaHi, but has been performing this season with the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to Moore (Principal Tuba) and Deane (horn), the following ASO musicians are also VaHi residents: Justin Bruns (Assistant Concertmaster), Laura Ardan (Principal Clarinet), Bruce Kenney (horn) and Nathan Zgonc (trombone).

So, on Sunday during Summerfest, grab a bagel or two, come have brunch on the Inman ball field lawn and salute VaHi’s connection to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!


Summerfest 2013 Band Lineup Announced

The wait is over…the suspense has ended! The music line-up for Summerfest 2013 has been announced!

On Saturday, New Orleans indie rock band The Revivalists precedes singer/songwriter Jason Isbell, who headlines the event on Saturday evening. The music continues on Sunday with the popular, alternative rock group Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors headlining.

Here’s the complete line-up and schedule:

Saturday, June 1
12:00 – 1:15 pm: Frets on Fire
1:45 – 2:45 pm: The Famous Buddies
3:15 – 4:15 pm: Radiolucent
4:45 – 6:15 pm: The Revivalists
6:45 – 8:00 pm: Jason Isbell

Sunday, June 2
12:15 – 1:15 pm: Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Galen Crader
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Sailing to Denver
4:30 – 6:00 pm: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

For more information on the 30th anniversary Summerfest, click here.

See you at the band stage in June!


Intowners Seek Volunteer to Help Design Kidsfest Mural

The Intowners real estate group (Julie Sadlier, Sandy D’Aprile and Peter Bade) is once again sponsoring an area in Kidsfest at Summerfest where children will be able to participate in painting a mural. Painting the mural has become a Kidsfest and Intowners tradition, and the VHCA is thrilled that Sadlier, D’Aprile and Bade have once again chosen to sponsor the activity.

The group is looking for a volunteer to help them create the design for the paint-on-canvas mural. For artists interested in volunteering to help, here are the requirements (please see image at right for example of previous year mural):

  • The design should support the festival’s overall theme of “Down on the Farm.” By this we mean the scene should include animals, characters and objects commonly found on a farm.
  • The words “Summerfest – Kidsfest 2013” should be incorporated into the design.
  • Mural dimensions are 10’ wide and 3’ tall.
  • Drawing should be done in black line art only (like a coloring book).
  • Art work must be converted to eps or pdf format so it can be enlarged as necessary for printing.

If you are interested in helping out with this most important Kidsfest activity and receiving a coveted volunteer t-shirt for your efforts, please contact Sandy D’Aprile at sdaprile@bellsouth.net.


Sign Up Now – Volunteer for Summerfest 2013!

30th Anniversary Festival Set for June 1&2!

In 1983, MASH ended an 11-year, 251-episode TV run, Vanessa Williams became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America and McDonalds introduced the McNugget.

Did you know ‘83 was also the year a group of Virginia-Highland merchants – led by late Atkins Park owner Warren Bruno – got together and threw a block party that would eventually become Summerfest?

Yes, it’s really been 30 years since the first Summerfest, and organizers are hard at work planning this year’s festival. Featuring a 5K Road Race and Tot Trot, one of the largest juried Artist Markets in the southeastern US and a variety of local, regional and national acts performing on the Music Stage, Summerfest has become one of the most popular of Atlanta’s seasonal festivals. With the addition this year of a Farmer’s Market, the 30th anniversary event is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.

Sign Up Now to Volunteer!

The only way to get more out of your Summerfest experience than simply attending is to volunteer. If you’re receiving this email you’ve either helped us in previous years or expressed an interest in getting involved. Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival.

Volunteer shifts are generally 2-3 hours and you can choose to help with:

Volunteering is a great way to meet your VaHi neighbors and help ensure the success of the civic association’s biggest fund-raising event of the year. Volunteering can be a great way for high school or middle school students to get service hours and some of our best Kidsfest volunteers have been teenagers. You can even sign up for multiple volunteer shifts, if you like. Encourage your friends and neighbors to volunteer. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!

We’re using VolunteerSpot again this year to help us organize volunteers – click the button below to sign up today! Don’t see the volunteer link below? Go to vols.pt/Xkk3qX.

For more information on volunteering, visit vahi.org/summerfest/volunteers/ or contact volunteer coordinator John Becker at jnbecker@me.com.

For more information on Summerfest, visit vahi.org/summerfest and don’t forget to like us on Facebook at facebook.com/vahisummerfest.

Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June!


Kidsfest Chair Looking For Committee Members

Arturo Cruz-Tucker, 2013 Summerfest Kidsfest chair, has put out a call for committee members to help plan this year’s event.

Kidsfest 2012 was a huge success and organizers are determined to do even better at this year’s 30th anniversary festival the first weekend in June. The Kidsfest committee needs help with planning, securing sponsorships and helping supervise the arts, crafts and games during the festival. Committee members not only get the satisfaction of helping out with one of the most important parts of Summerfest, but you’ll leave the festival with a coveted Summerfest volunteer t-shirt!

This is a call for committee members to help plan and supervise the event only. Another call for volunteers to help with activities during the festival will go out in the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in helping organize the 2013 Kidsfest, please contact Arturo at 678-901-9683 or vahi.cruztucker@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June at Summerfest!


Summerfest Recycle Shop Looking for Folks Who Can Sew

Anyone ready for a summer festival?

June’s still a few months away, but rest assured planning is well under way for this year’s 30th Anniversary Summerfest. And if you’re a seamstress – or a ‘seamster’ for you needle-wielding males out there – your skills are sorely needed. If you enjoy sewing and creative expression, the VaHi Recycle Shop team wants to put your talents to good use. We depend completely on the gracious volunteers in our community to transform left over Summerfest t-shirts from years past into fun and eclectic items to be sold in the Recycle Shop booth. Best of all: every penny we make goes right back to our neighborhood. Materials and guidance will be provided. So, if you like to sew (pun intended) and you’re interested in helping out, please contact Suzanne Scully at scullysuzanne@gmail.com. Samples of some of last year’s creations can be seen below.

See you in June!






VaHi, Local Businesses Need Your Vote for ‘Best of Atlanta’

If trying to figure out whom to vote for in the upcoming Presidential election’s got you stressed out, kick back for a few minutes and practice your decision making with something a tad less important.

Atlanta Magazine’s annual ‘Best of Atlanta’ campaign is underway and a number of local businesses – as well as Virginia-Highland itself – would appreciate your support. VaHi’s in the running for best in-town neighborhood and some of your favorite local shops and restaurants are included in their respective categories. You’ll have to write in your vote for Summerfest as the city’s favorite neighborhood festival, though, as our annual fundraiser was for some strange reason left off the list of candidates (what’s up with that?).

Voting began September 28 and wraps up October 15. Winners will be announced in the magazine’s December ‘Best of Atlanta’ issue.

Click here to take the survey. Let’s rock the vote, VaHi!!


Summerfest Music Stage – A Look Back

Here is a look back at the Summerfest Music Stage 2012, 2011 and 2010:

2012 Music Stage

The 2012 line-up was:

  • School of Rock All Stars
  • Wesley Cook
  • Best Brothers Band
  • The Quail Dogs
  • Marc Broussard
  • My Homework Ate My Dog
  • Joshua Fletcher
  • The Lost Boys
  • The Fixx

2011 Music Stage

The 2011 line-up was:

  • Nathan Beaver
  • Lera Lynn
  • Grahams Number
  • The Whisky Gentry
  • Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea
  • Aunt Martha
  • Davin McCoy
  • Marcy Playground
  • Freddy Jones Band

2010 Summerfest Music Stage

2010 Summerfest general video


A Neighbor Like Warren Bruno…

By Lola Carlisle –
with support from Karri Hobson-Pape, Jack White and Judy Potter

When I first met Warren Bruno in 2001, I was young (sort of) and full of myself. I think Warren recognized a potential future neighborhood advocate and wanted to bring me into the fold. We worked on a project together for a Morningside Elementary School Auction that did not go the way I wanted, and I was a bit annoyed… at Warren. What did Warren do? Took me out to lunch at Atkins Park Restaurant, never told me I was full of myself, and showed me what real patience and leadership look like.

A decade later I appreciate even more what a person like Warren Bruno offers a community. He loved life – and he made sure that those around him had the opportunity to do the same. He was confident and positive which made him great at envisioning, launching and supporting not just his successful businesses, but also community events and groups – Summerfest (now the Virginia-Highland Business Association’s biggest fundraiser), the VH Business Association and several professional restaurant organizations, cycling groups, charity events, hot air balloon groups – and I understand this list goes on. I can only imagine the sort of trouble and fun he might be starting on his next adventure.

In the midst of all this energy lived a real goof. I remember watching him and the rest of “The Morningside Dads” up for auction at one of the many fundraisers at Morningside. They just made up this list of crazy tasks that a group of local dads would do and auctioned themselves off. The list of activities sounded more like chaos to the fifth power, but you know, I wanted to bid on it. Those guys were fun, and I’d clean up the mess in their wake any day just for the adventure.

When Karri Hobson-Pape and I talked to Warren about his experiences in Virginia-Highland and at Atkins Park Restaurant for our neighborhood history, he produced a bunch of stories prefaced by instructions to “put our pencils down.” His passion for Virginia-Highland was obvious. His parents moved to Atlanta from upstate NY in 1969, when Warren was in college. He spent some time in Atlanta working at a club on Luckie Street and on road crews until, as I understand it, he was drafted for the Vietnam War and was based in Korea. After his discharge and finishing college in RI, he returned here, with the goal of opening a bar. He bought Aunt Charlie’s in Buckhead, changed the concept a bit, and created a very successful restaurant. Warren owned several restaurants in Buckhead, but in ’83 he bought Atkins Park Restaurant, and that’s where our good luck began.

Warren was able to tell us a bit of the history of Atkins Park Restaurant, which was actually built as a home in 1910. In 1922, the owners (the Cohens, per Warren’s recollection) lifted the house up and built a bar on the new first floor; they lived upstairs and ran the deli and store below. Atkins Park Restaurant holds the longest continuously operating liquor license in Atlanta. From many accounts, it appears that Atkins Park Restaurant had a questionable reputation at times – so much so that some parents insisted their children cross to the other side of the street when walking down North Highland. In the 50’s, Atkins Park Restaurant and Manuel’s Tavern were the #1 and 2 draft accounts in the city. In the 60’s, the alley behind Atkins Park Restaurant was backed up in the mornings with winos and workers – painters were common – buying pints of liquor, which they’d drink right away and then toss the glass bottles in the alley. The owner had so much trash from that morning business that he had to make special arrangements for its disposal. When Warren bought Atkins Park Restaurant, the guy next door was a part-time bootlegger, selling moonshine. The previous owner of Atkins Park Restaurant had done a great deal to improve the look of the restaurant – stripping all the wood down and staining it – but the clientele had not improved to match the look. He recalls that there was a de facto segregation between the liquor drinkers at one end of the bar and the winos at the opposite end. When we spoke to Warren in early 2011, he was very content with the progress in the area and optimistic about development plans for Ponce de Leon. He believed that he and fellow business owners in that commercial node could work together to continue to enhance the community.

Warren talked a little about the area back in ’85 when he bought Atkins Park Restaurant. He inherited some very interesting customers. One was Nass Almeleh, a Jewish merchant born in 1885 in Greece. Nass moved to Atlanta in 1928 and operated Nass Shoe and Repair near Atkins Park Restaurant for 55 years. He lived on Rosedale and walked to work every day. He spoke very little English. He would eat lunch at Atkins Park Restaurant every day but it was his own lunch he brought in – in an old rusty lunch pail. He even brought his own glass and had one Budweiser every day, which he paid 25 cents for. No matter how much Warren wanted to charge for a glass of Budweiser, Nass Almeleh paid 25 cents. Warren also rattled off names of the eclectic mix of businesses in the area, Walter Mitty’s, the Blue Note, the Texas Oil Drilling Company, Alfred’s Furniture Refinishing, and RJ’s Wine Bar (where I got engaged), Bill Hallman and more. It was an interesting and vibrant area.

The central focus of his life was Sandra Spoon and his family. Sandra started working at Atkins Park Restaurant in 1985; she had come down for the summer between undergraduate school and whatever would come next. She worked at nearly every position in the restaurant, married Warren, became an integral part in the success of Atkins Park Restaurant and a great supporter of Virginia-Highland as well. She and Warren have two children together that have grown up in Virginia-Highland – Alec Bruno and Grayton Bruno. And Warren has two children from his first marriage – Christopher Derek Bruno and Madison Bruno. It’s a close-knit and special family.

Given what I’ve read and heard from others about Warren, I know that I only know a very small bit about him. On May 15, 2012, we lost a great soul and a great leader. But Warren has certainly left us with so much – fine memories, a sterling example of how to live a good life, lessons on how to be a positive part of a community, what a loving father and husband look like – and how to measure out a good enough 5K with a bag of flower, an old pick-up truck, a few beers, and good friends!


Voice – May 2012 – Fundraising efforts and fun!

Dine-Out Saturday to Benefit New Highland Park: Be sure to stop Osteria 832 (832 N. Highland) this Tuesday May 8th from 5pm to 10pm for music, giveaways, $1.50 pizza slices and beer specials! Proceeds from their anniversary celebration will benefit New Highland Park and Fire Station 19. Be sure to bring the family!

Summerfest is June 2nd and 3rd with the neighborhood parade, dinner and movie on June 1st.

  • Win $250 in Art! – "Like" the Virginia-Highland Summerfest Facebook page, tag @Virginia-Highland Summerfest in a post and tag several friends and you'll be automatically registered to win a $250 coupon that you can spend on your choice of art available at the festival! See how to "tag" in the images below – in your post write @before the names and select them as they come up.
  • Don't forget to volunteer (get a free Summerfest t-shirt) – spots are filling up!
  • Print your Summerfest calendar of events!

How to tag Summerfest in Facebook?

Tag friends the same way – write @ before their names, then select them.

Don’t Miss Out on the Fun – Volunteer for Summerfest Now!
Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year's festival. Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours, with many areas from which to choose – parade, 5K, artist market, kidsfest, etc. Volunteering is lots of fun, and Summerfest just won't be the same without you.

Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt! Click the Volunteerspot link below to learn more and sign up to help. If you have any questions, contact volunteer coordinator John Becker at jnbecker@me.com.


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 – May 2012 – Fundraising Efforts and Fun!

Fundraising Efforts and Fun!

  • Dine-Out Saturday to Benefit New Highland Park: Be sure to stop Osteria 832 (832 N. Highland) this Saturday, May 5 from 5pm to 10pm for music, giveaways, $1.50 pizza slices and beer specials! Proceeds from their anniversary celebration will benefit New Highland Park and Fire Station 19. Be sure to bring the family!
  • Summerfest is June 2nd and 3rd  with the neighborhood parade, dinner and movie on June 1st.
    • Win $250 in Art! – “Like us” on the Summerfest Facebook page, and you’ll be automatically registered to win a $250 coupon that you can spend on your choice of art available at the festival!
    • Don’t forget to volunteer (get a free Summerfest t-shirt) – spots are filling up!
    • Print your Summerfest calendar of events!

Don’t Miss Out on the Fun – Volunteer for Summerfest Now!

Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival. Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours, with many areas from which to choose – parade, 5K, artist market, kidsfest, etc.

Volunteering is lots of fun, and Summerfest just won’t be the same without you. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!

Click the Volunteerspot link below to learn more and sign up to help. If you have any questions, contact volunteer coordinator John Becker atjnbecker@me.com.


Voice — April 2012 — Volunteer for Summerfest!

Summerfest 2012 is right around the corner – the dates are June 1-3 – and, as usual, the neighborhood needs your help!

If you’re receiving this email you’ve either helped us with Summerfest before or have expressed interest in helping this year.

Please support our incredible community by donating a few hours of your time at this year’s festival.

Volunteer slots are generally 2-3 hours and you can choose to help with:

You can even sign up for multiple slots if you like.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved and Summerfest won’t be the same without you. Come join in the fun and go home with the coveted volunteer t-shirt!

We’re using VolunteerSpot again this year to help us organize Summerfest volunteers — click the button below to sign up!

For more information, contact John Becker, volunteer coordinator at jnbecker@me.com

Thanks in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in June!


Voice – Fall 2011

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– Summerfest success
– President’s corner: volunteer for the board!
– Safety update: street captains, graffiti removal
– New Highland Park brick purchases
– 2011 Gold List of neighborhood businesses
– Street tree do’s and don’ts
– Patrols expand in VaHi and Old Fourth Ward
– VaHi history book published
– Parks update: Orme and New Highland
– Bella Cucina
– Repairs coming near Chevron and The Cavern
– Garrison Afterschool expands


Voice – Summer 2011

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– Summerfest
– Recent accomplishments of VHCA
– Maintaining curb appeal
– Funding received to benefit Orme and New Highland parks
– Rosedale Dr./N. Virginia intersection improvements made
– New businesses (Catalyst, Genki)
– History Part XI


Voice – Fall 2010

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– Summerfest success
– President’s Corner: VHCA achievements of past 12 months
– Historic designation interest survey results to be presented
– Atlanta’s oldest fire station seeks funds for renovation
– Green Dream – New Highland Park fundraising
– Osteria 832
– Gas main replacement project nears completion
– History part VIII
– Public safety update: city codes and code violators
– Java Jive
– 2010 Tour of Homes with Design Forum
– Membership


Voice – Fall 2009

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– Summerfest success
– Safety: our neighborhood connection VHList with 331 members
– President’s corner: past year’s achievements
– Streetscape Phase II (Triangle area) update
– Neighborhood arboretum coming to VaHi
– History part IV
– School news: MES, Inman
– New Highland Park fundraising update
– Join the New Highland Park Conservancy
– Neighborhood feels impact of Callanwolde construction
– New afterschool program (Garrison)
– City Storage
– Col. Mustard reviews D.B.A. Barbeque


Voice – Summer 2009

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– Summerfest
– Neighborhood preservation committee update
– Planning for 2009 Tour of Homes
– Historic Fourth Ward Park under construction
– President’s Corner: fundraising for new park
– News from MES and Inman
– SPARK gets name and principal
– Join New Highland Park Conservancy
– New businesses: Glamour Paws, D.B.A. Barbeque, Silverstein, Thomas & Carter
– VHCA wants you!
– Rufus Henry Stansell (1929-2009) neighborhood folk artist
– Col. Mustard reviews Belly General Store
– History of Virginia Highland Part III


Summerfest June 6th and 7th

This is our neighborhood’s chance to show off to the metro area – be sure you are part of this wonderful celebration of summer. Volunteers are still needed for a variety of activities – go to www.vahi.org and click on Summerfest to put down your name for the slot of your choice. This is the economic engine that will be used to make mortgage payments on the new parkland at North Highland and St. Charles Place. Don’t forget that Virginia Avenue will be closed as of Friday morning – so plan your trips accordingly.

That same weekend our Fire Station # 19 will be holding an open house – so make time during this busy weekend to meet the folks who are on duty to protect us. Hope they will have plenty of # 19 t-shirts to sell this weekend.


Voice – Summer/Fall 2005

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– President’s Address, by Kevin Cronin: Summerfest success
– Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) announces BeltLine transit panel
Virginia-Highland Historic District listed in National Register, by John Craft
– About Virginia-Highland Historic District, from the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
– Highland Hoer: Gardens and parks around the neighborhood, by John Wolfinger
– Renovation of the Piedmont Park Active Oval begins
– VHCA Board opposes school rezoning, by Chip Gallagher
– Take steps to protect your family — and your computer, by John Stanford
– City begins online water/sewer bill payments
– Be a neighbor: sponsor and win (donate for Tour of Homes)


Voice – Spring 2005

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– President’s Address, by Keving Cronin: preparing for Summerfest
– Summerfest 2005 needs you!
– Volunteer in our green spaces, by John Wolfinger
Our survey says, by Chip Gallagher (results of community survey)
– Summer sizzles at Zoo Atlanta, by Helen Grebe
Summerfest twenty years ago, by Tinka Green
– Strong academics and achievements at Inman Middle School
– 2005 state legislative actions
– Visit Piedmont Park for two new activities (Saturday safari for kids, Historic tours)
– Gear up for National Bike Month, by Mike Goodman
– Home Tour builds on 2004 success
– The Green Market at Piedmont Park returns
– School rezoning in our future? by Chip Gallagher
– If you love ’em, leash ’em by Officer W.J. Butcher


Summerfest 2004 artists


Albin, Mike & Patty
Albright, Dan
Anderson, Jason
Andrews, Terry
Angers, P.R.
Aspe, Pablo
Atkinson, Pauline
Ayers, Emily & Alicia Long



Baisley, Victor
Bannen, Kelleigh
Barber, Margaret
Basiago, Kay & Jack
Baynes, Maija
Beairsto, Greg “Earl”
Benson, Kathy & Leah Barr
Beswick, Karen
Betker, Mikki & Mike Bush
Blank, Michele
Bobian, Virginia
Bond, Angela
Boone, David
Borden, David
Botkin, Chris
Brennan, Marianne & Kathy
Brown, Herb
Broz, Cecile
Bryant, Michael
Buckley, Deeann
Burkhardt, Bob & Peggy Dana & Jack Simonetta
Burnworth, William & Michael Callaghan



Campbell, Tish
Cantrell, Kimmy
Carlin, Enid Susan
Cavanah, Doug
Cecil, Charles & Cindy
Chandler, Suzette Barton
Chrzan, David
Chung, Stasia
Claughton, Lee
Clayton, Susan
Cline, Thad
Clinkenbeard Jeannie
Cohen, Arlene
Colburn, William
Coleman, Katherine Allen-
Colin, Jeanne
Collins, Derek
Collison, Richard & Michael Fowler
Cook, Joe
Cooke, Margie & Don
Cooper, Ted
Cordell, Carolyn
Covington, Daphne
Cox, Marlys Lenz
Curtis, Gary



Daniel, John Paul“Bebo”
Darrah, Bill
Dauth, Virginia
David, Steve
Davis, Sheron
Dean, James
Dean, Rick
DeLaCruz, Dave
DeLaCruz, Katie
DeMent, Katy
Deprez, Mary Patricia
DeWalt, Richard
Dickerson, Stephen
Dillon, Mary-Margaret
Dionne, Celia
Disharoon, Denise
Douglas, Chuck
Dykes, Jimmie Lynn



Ebendorf, Anne
Epstein, Jana
Eubank, Kim & Will Armstrong
Evon, Suzanne



Fadool, Ed
Farley, Debra
Fine, David
Fletcher, Mark
Frankenfield, Phyllis



Garrett, Erica
Garrett, Lindsay
Grant, Robert & Janice
Greene, Cecillia & Johnny
Griffith, Brenda
Gruber, Marie
Gutierrez, Teresa



Haase-Schaefer, Heather
Habib, S.A.
Hand, Earnest
Hanson, Jennifer & Stephen Ramsey
Happe, Molly
Harrison, Ben
Hartmann, Krista
Hartsfield, Chris
Hausner, Martin
Hayward, JD
Hendley, Anastasia
Henninger, Daniel
Henry, Tom
Hill, Graham
Hirt, Cindy & Jim
Hirt, Jenna
Hofman, Marirosa Angeles
Homer, Louis
Hubbard, Elliott



Issenberg, Mark
Ivory, Isabeau Jennifer



Jacobus, Richard
Janke, Matt
Jean, Lorna
Jonas, Albert
Jones, Chris
Jones, Maria Reyes
Juneau, Pat



Kaufman, Lulu & Ran Shealy
Knott, Mark
Kou, Kuansoi
Krueger, Curtis
Kunkel, Richard & Marlys



Laine, Philippe
Lamassonne, Karen/Donjenna Yokley
Lambert, Amy
Lee, Tracy
Leffel-Massengil, Karen
Leino, Ian & Tammy
Levy, Linda & Debbie Graham
Lincoln, Daniel
Lindberg, Judy Clark
Linn, Katherine
Lombardo, Carol
Long, George
Love, Vicki
Lucas, Marc
Lupton, David
Lynch, Scott



Martin, Dawn Kinney
Matabele, Emerson
McCarthy, Kristi
McDonald, Augusta
Meiss, Marilyn
Miller, Yvonne
Mitchell, Shannon
Moody, Lourdes Aguilar
Moore, Cindy C.
Morgan, Lynn & Maureen Burke
Mosey, Chris
Murtha, Carrie



Nichols, Ginny Ganong
Norwood, Yolande & Michael



O’Brien, Ken & Chrystal E.
Odil, Barbara
Odom, Doug
Oliver, Wade



Pack, Anthony
Page, John
Parker, Phil
Parks, Arthur, Jr.
Peyton, Mark
Phillips, Lynette Wood
Plate, Kathleen
Prahler, Michelle
Preston, Suzanne
Pritchard, Gayle
Proctor, Mary
Pryor, Haley





Radtke, Steve & Beth
Rawlins, Jack
Richards, Ron
Ritz, Jerry
Rosebrook, Collin
Rothman, Mitzi
Rowell, Barbara Gurry
Royale, Doug
Ruby, Kurt
Ryon, Christophir & Chellisa



Sackman, Carol & Blake White
Saggus, Frank
Saidi, Chouaieb
Sanders, Amy
Santiago, Julie
Saville, Laura
Seidel, Garry
Senesac, Peter
Sexton, Victoria
Sharp, Jill
Sherrill, Polly
Slesnick, Les
Smith, Greg “Hank”
Smith, Larry
Smith, Michael
Soble, Ali Royce
Sperry, John
Stanton, Diane
Stephenson, Jeanie
Stoddart, Jack & Jason Stoddart
Sykes, Brian



Taylor, Russ
Tchumburidze, Nino
Teague, Harry
Tesla, Cat
Thibodeaux, Carol
Thompson, Mary Margaret
Trahan, Drew
Turner, Bill
Turner, Steve
Tuttle, Emily



Urban, Rick



Vanderwolf, Ed
Voivedich, Jamie
Vrooman, David & Nissa



Wagner, Carl
Wahl, Karl
Walton, Linda
Way, James
Weber, Mark
Wedegis, Sheila
Weeks, Carol & Dave Goldman
Wells, David
Welty, Pamela
Wender, Molly
Wetherell, Brian
Whiting, Russell
Wilkinson, Gene
Williams, Lizzy
Willis, Joe Don
Wilshire, Jim
Wilson, Simone & Jen Cleere
Winchell, Rhona
Worsham, Wendy Detrick





Yankus, Tom
Ye, Zhiyong
Yowell, Charlie



Zeman, Mary


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 – Fall 2002

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– VaHi gets first Jewish outreach center (Chabad Intown)
– Letter to the editor from Ben Northrup: “New urbanism is not mere nostalgia”
– Child and infant CPR classes
– Fundraiser for Piedmont Park off-leash dog park
– Officer Dave gives advice
– President’s corner: Summerfest success
– The 100 crape myrtles of Highland Ave., by Stephanie Coffin
– It’s high time for tea, by Jenn Ballentine (drink tea and talk to each other more)
– Mosquito madness meets match, by Chip Gallagher
– Pearls of wisdom from Highland Hoer, by John Wolfinger


Voice – Spring 2002

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– VHCA unveils new web site for the new year and years to come, by Gina Davis
– PEDS update, by billie jo
– Summerfest committee introduces new chair of the Summerfest Artists’ Market, by P.K. Trettel
– President’s Address
– Ask Officer Dave
– Intown Women’s Group to host charity fundraiser, by Laurie Dugoniths
– Taking care of the trees in your neighborhood, by Kenyetta Lindsey
– Fire Station #19 dedicated new state of the art engine, by Jenn Ballentine
– THe history and future of John Howell Park, by Stephanie Coffin
– Taste great, less filling: population density and Virginia Highland in context, by Chip Gallagher
– The Highland Ho-er by John Wolfinger
– Fight Back Against Crime, by Beth Marks


Voice – Fall 2001

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  • Jules Burt, artist and creator of artwork for Summerfest incl. t-shirts
  • Planning update by Betty Baumann and Winnie Currie: Eats ‘n’ Sweets location, 830 Ponce (case to save the trees was lost)
  • PEDS
  • Summerfest 2001 was success
  • Park and tree news: GA Power line clearance, 817/821 Brookridge trees, Final defeat at 830 Ponce
  • Overview of VHCA committees

Voice – Spring 2001

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  • Summerfest 2001
  • Lawsuit by Doug Landau against Winnie Currie, settled.  (re: stopping  development of Colgate Mattress Company Warehouse mega-entertainment project – note, this location is, as of 2012, Paris on Ponce)
  • 830 Ponce (as of 2012, The Carlton on Ponce condos) update. Saving oak trees. Lawsuit.

Voice – Fall 1999

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  • 780 N. Highland (as of 2012, Glamour Paws) – Doug Landau bought building and plans to demolish to make parking structure – help stop this
  • Cotton Club (capacity: 700, parking: 0) coming to Hilan Theatre – help stop this
  • Piedmont Park master plan update
  • Maintaining street tree diversity
  • Summerfest news

Voice – Fall 1995

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– Summerfest ’95
President’s Corner: city Zoning board did not issue exceptions to Cartel Properties to build a 27,000 ft2, 2000-patron restaurant/entertainment complex, the largest in the city, on the site of the Colgate Mattress warehouse at 712 Ponce de Leon Place. Access was only via 2-lane Ponce Place and parking would be all-valet with only 3 spaces on-site.
– Tips from the trade (review of Kliphph Where? clothing store)
John Howell Park Project: playground is finished! Outwrite Bookstore donates $3000 earned from Greg Louganis book signing event.
– Tree news: new tree ordinance protecting trees takes effect
– School roundup
– Finally, an intown farmer’s market
– Environmental potpourri
– Col. Mustard reviews St. Charles Deli
– Green with energy (weatherization tips), by Sarah Tomaka
Summerfest 1995 photos (2 pages)


Voice – Summer 1995

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– Showtime again, Summerfest ’95 just around the corner, by Deborah Cox
– Many thanks, Steve Jagger (profile of Steve Jagger) by Debbie Skoczynski
– President’s corner: Storage facility at Virginia and Kanuga turned down, permit vetoed for “Hilan Billiards” at 800 N. Highland
– Atkins Park thanks supporters of landscaping of gate area
– Bike Stuff by Mike Goodman
– Girl Scouts do more than sell cookies, by Roberta and Sarah McQuade
– Neighbors and city team up to clean up (Ponce at St. Charles)
– Environmental potpourri
– Col. Mustard reviews Harry and Sons
– Green with energy (tips to lower water use), by Sarah Tomaka
– John Howell Park project, by Tinka Green
– Easter egg hunt at John Howell Park, by Sunny Williams
– Ponce Coalition update, by Jett Marks
– VaHi tree planting continues, by Stephanie Coffin


Voice – Fall 1994

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– The Greening of the Neighborhood, by Stephanie Coffin, co-chair Parks
– SummerFest ’94, by Arnold Gross
– President’s Corner, incl. “the croissanting of VaHi”, by J.D. Christy
– Summerfest 1994 financial report (pre-tax profit $36,242)
– Post office changes inside and out, by Shelley Scher
– Bike Stuff, by Mike Goodman
– St. Charles-Greenwood proposed downzoning spawns task force, by Melanie Davenport
– Environmental potpourri, by Nan Hunter
– Highland herbalist: Tarragon
Col. Mustard reviews and ranks seven places to have “a fancy cup of coffee”: Virginia’s Koffie House, San Francisco, The Dessert Place, Red Light Café, Chef, Aurora, and Highland Coffee
– Tips from the trade: profile of The Herb Shop Prevention Center
– Helping children at risk (for crime; discusses “CAR” program), by Paula Miller
– John Howell Park project, by Tinka Green
– A shopping tail (bringing your pets with you shopping), by Shelley Scher
VaHi security patrol update (neighborhood-wide patrol was not started), by Beth Marks


Voice – Summer 1994

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– Summerfest time again
VaHi Security Patrol (neighborhood-wide) set to start July 1, only $150 per year, by Beth Marks
– Mayor Bill Campbell addresses growing VaHi Business Assn., by Susan Guerroro, VHBA president
– The times, they are a-changin’ (Superior Foods closes its doors), by Swan McKnight
– Green facelift planned for N. Highland, by Stephanie Coffin and Kathy Couch
– Summerfest volunteers confess they did it for fun, by Bryan Hendrix
– The Highland Herbalist: Basil
– Bike stuff, by the Bike Guy
– Col. Mustard reviews Savage Pizza
– John Howell Park update (photo: Commissioner Boxill congratulates VaHi), by Tinka Green
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter


Voice – Spring 1994

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– Board action (Summerfest will be a fundraising even in June similar to last year’s), by Mary Jo Peed
– Highland Hardware, since 1978, by Deborah Cox
– Intown Bicycles moves
– VaHi Business Association, by Beth Marks
– FBAC update
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter (Murphy’s goes totally non-smoking!)
– Bike trail news, by Mike Goodman
– Col. Mustard reviews Capo’s Café
– The Highland Herbalist: growing rosemary
-40 out of 4,000 (VaHi residents that belong to the VHCA), by Amy Waterman
-John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
-First Union Grand Prix comes to VaHi, by Jett Marks
– Freedom Park master plan nears completion, by Jett Marks
– Crime statistics


Voice – Winter 1993

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the fate of Summerfest will be decided at the December VHCA meeting: Should we enlarge it, make it smaller? Should we move it from John Howell Park?
– Meet your new board (bios of all board members)
– Having a bad hair day? (Review of VaHi hari salons), by Deborah Cox
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
– “B.A.T.”, bicycle quiz by Mike Goodman
– John Howell Park Project (update) by Jerry Bright
– School news
– Shop for a good cause, Window to the World, Mennonite church shop opens


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


Voice – Summer 1993

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– Volunteers needed for Summerfest success
– Tim Shirley’s neighborhood outreach
– 911…operator this is an emergency (how to use 911), by Joyce Gross
– Keep your lights on (for safety), by Swan McKnight
– Buy a brick for John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
A guide to buying art in VaHi (review of VaHi’s galleries), by Tinka Green
– Mike’s rules on buying a bicycle, by Michael Goodman
Col. Mustard reviews Fleeman’s Drugstore
– Help make our neighborhood beautiful
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
– Crime statistics
– Kidsfest ’92 (photo essay)
– A neighborhood-wide off-duty police patrol (will not happen for now), by Yvette Weatherly


Voice – Spring 1993

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– Property tax season: VaHi is on first list (of assessment mailings) to homeowners
Friend, board member (Ed Neal) passed away
– President’s Corner: Summerfest success, DOT property on Ponce (now The Carlton condos, ed.) released, Murphy’s still in court
– Bicycles Require Care, Maintenance, Year Round Many Adjustments will Require Bike Mechanic, by Mike Goodman
– Your City Council, By Sheilll Martin-Brown, councilperson-at-larg
– Remember Your 3 R’s… Redvce. Reuse. Recycle. By Nan Hunter
– Parking Survey Received Huge Response, by Jett Marks
Piedmont Park has Become the Main Course on the Table, by Kathy Couch
– Gardening Volunteers Can Gain Hours for a Chance to Volunteer forthe 1996 Olympics, by Kathy Couch
– VaHi Can’t Flee from the Crime without Everyone’s Help, by Joyce Gross
– Don’t Be Shy To Your Own Neighborhood, by J .D. Christy, VP VHCA
– Col. Mustard reviews American Roadhouse
– Suitable Site For CSO (combined sewer overflow) Still Under Debate, by Jett Marks
Sidewalks throughout the Virginia- Highland area are due for a facelift, by Ellen Kates


Voice – Winter 1992

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– VHCA amends its bylaws
– Parking survey opinion
– Planning Summerfest ’93
– Get “street smart” about safe bicycling
– Officially speaking: Handgun control, by Mayor Maynard Jackson
– Recycle today: save your “waste”, by Nan Hunter
– Home sweet Virginia-Highland home: portrait of longtime residents, by Jeni Evans
– John Howell Park renovation plans still under review, by Jerry Bright
– Col. Mustard reviews Neighbors Pub
– You can HELP! (fight crime), by Joyce Gross
– Neighborhood profile: Inman Middle School, by Betty Wells and Joan Walters
– Neighbors join to protect our streets: how to get off-duty police patrol coverage for your block, by Yvette Weatherly
– Crime statistics
– Personal safety tips from Pro-Tech Security Systems
– Learn about composting
– Traffic islands get make-over by Kathy Couch
– Parking survey


Voice – Summer 1992

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Letter to the editor from Douglas W. Jones, president of the Ponce de Leon Corridor Association, urging action to oppose Grady Hospital from expanding onto Ponce
– Rep rap, by Rep. Jim Martin
– Reduce, reuse and recycle: participating streets, by Nan Hunter
– New parking committee comes to life, by Elmo Colburn
– Col. Mustard review of Mid City Fish
– Update on Murphy’s move, by Jeni Evans
Ponce Task Force focuses on reducing risk to investors, by Jett Marks, VaHi rep to PTF
Piedmont Park Conservancy by city councilmember Mary Davis
– John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
– Plan to save your life in case of fire, by Ken Lavine
– School update
– Crime graphs and statistics
– Composting comes home, by Nan Hunter
– Summerfest ’92
– Danny’s Run 5K and fun run


Voice – Fall 1991

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– The taming of Piedmont Park – traffic and illegal activity around perimeter of park
– Piedmont Park’s combined sewer overflow controversy – the anatomy of a setback, by I. E. Saporta, architect
– Letter to the editor by Ruthie and Tom Penn-David in cautious support of Summerfest (and not “Drunkfest”)
– A day in the life of Orme Park, by Vicky Favorite and Yvonne Weatherly
– Summerfest opinion – residents and businesses speak out
– Adopted highway “Ponce” needs your help
– Moving right along with (John Howell Park) plans, by Jerry Bright
– Schools update
– What a weekend! Summerfest ’91. Over $2100 raised!
– Doing your share: recycling is so easy in VaHi, by Nan Hunter
– Carefree vacations, by Maggie Baron
– Library forced to reduce hours, services, by Kathy Couch
– The new YWCA offers relief, renewal, by Vicky Favorite
– Report to taxpayers on financial issues affecting the Atlanta Public Schools, by Joseph G. Martin, Jr., president
– Morningside PTA fundraiser has something for everyone, by Ginny Connelly
– Home Alone: Security for children with working parents, by Ken Lavine
– Better bicycling


Voice – Summer 1991

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– A VaHi Summerfest you won’t want to miss, by Nan Hunter
– Block watch, a success story, by Joyce Gross
– Letter to the editor from Anne Taylor Hendry in defense of services for the homeless on Ponce
– Ponce Task Force survey results
– Grady students speak out – poems and essays by Grady 9th and 10th graders
– Rep Rap by Fulton County commissioner Nancy Boxill: demolishing the Highland library, settling the Presidential Parkway, property reappraisal
– John Howell Park plans approved
– Who says it’s a piece of junk? Many of our contemporary icons are threatened. By Steve Jagger
– Neighbor profile: The VOICE staff. Jett and Beth Marks, Kala Marks, Kathy Couch, Nan Hunter, Sarah Tomaka, Jeni and Rob Evans, Mickey Lawson, Terry Tuley
– Helpful hints for the Highland homeowner: fire safety, by Virginia Temple
– First annual VHCA/Summerfest “Sweat” 5K Run and Family Run – 1 mile
– Recycling: why not add your stuff to the curbside pick-up brigade?, by Nan Hunter
– Liquor store at Ponce and Barnett closes
– Host a student from France! By Carol Sleeth