Join EACA this Friday, March 7 from 5:30 – 7 pm, at Argosy as we kick off our 2014 membership drive and celebrate the publication of the new book, Images of America: East Atlanta, by East Atlanta authors Henry Bryant and Katina VanCronkhite. The Argosy will give a VIP discount (10%) to every person who joins EACA or purchses a book on the night of the event. In honor the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Atlanta and release of the book, the EACA membership committee is searching for 150 new members and will reward our 150th new member with a $150 Argosy gift certificate.
More about Images of America: East Atlanta:
This July marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Atlanta claimed over 12,000 lives on the ground that now makes up East Atlanta. Despite the destruction wrought from the battle “within 15 years of the Battle of Atlanta, farsighted businessmen envisioned a future of streetcars and a new suburban development” write the authors.
Over the next 150 years East Atlanta would transition from battleground to a neighborhood which earns such titles as the “epitome of cool.” “What began centuries ago as a promising land without borders continues to foster a boundless spirit of creativity and acceptance in a community where a brighter day is always dawning.”
“Ultimately, East Atlanta is an experience as much as a place—the sum of its land and the people who labored to inhabit it” write the authors.
Highlights of East Atlanta include:
- Most of the images have been donated from private collections of residents and former residents and descendants of the early East Atlanta pioneers. They have never been published and have rarely been seen.
- A portion of the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the restoration of East Atlanta’s two Civil War monuments built to honor Generals McPherson and Walker.
- Several prominent Georgians who lived in East Atlanta include Billionaire J. Mack Robinson, Herbert Jenkins, and Joel Eaves.
Meet Henry Bryant and Katina VanCronkhite Authors of East Atlanta
Henry Bryant moved to one of East Atlanta’s historic houses over 30 years ago and began restoring it. He knew little about area history and did not realize that he had moved to a battlefield until someone came knocking on his door with a metal detector hoping to do some prospecting in his front yard. The experience spurred his interest in the particular Civil War history of East Atlanta. That, a lot of research, and some long front-porch talks with older neighbors led him to discover many little known facts about his neighborhood over the years. As a community activist he has been a prime instigator of the positive changes that have come to the neighborhood in his time there. All of this has made him the recognized authority on the history of this area of Atlanta.
Bryant’s interest in history began in Florida where he grew up visiting some of the earliest historic sites in our country. His parents worked in the space program at Cape Canaveral where he literally witnessed many historic events at the dawn of the space age. Bryant family roots go back to Georgia’s pioneer days and to the Revolutionary War, though, and it was natural for him to want to record the history of his Georgia community.
Before graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Graphic Communications and Education, Bryant also attended Stetson University in Florida and the German Language Institute in Cologne, Germany. Bryant is an advertising creative director and agency owner. He is a charter member of the East Atlanta Community Association, The Friends of East Atlanta Library and is Chairman of the Boards of The Porch Press newspaper and BATL-the Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization that presents an annual weeklong event.
Katina VanCronkhite loves digging up the past, especially about her new neighborhood of East Atlanta. Soon after moving into her home, the retired library media specialist and writer discovered that a major entrenchment of the Battle of Atlanta had been positioned near her back yard. Further research uncovered information about the village that grew up around the battleground and how it evolved through the decades into diverse and creative East Atlanta. Believing that understanding the past strengthens the roots for the future, VanCronkhite was eager to gather and tell the area’s little known history and stories.
A former Texan, she continues to discover her own strong Georgia and Atlanta roots. One direct ancestor who moved from Georgia to Texas fought in the Texas War of Independence and was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Her paternal grandfather left Virginia for Atlanta in 1903 to found what became the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, now on Peachtree Street in Midtown. VanCronkhite received a B.F.A. degree in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, followed by post-graduate work in education, and a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She remains an avid library lover and supporter and serves on the board of Friends of East Atlanta Library. She is a member of the DeKalb Historical Society and the Atlanta History Center and likes to ponder the possibility one day of an East Atlanta Historical Society.
Why should you become a member of EACA?
* To meet your neighbors, hear what’s going on, and to engage with your community.
* To take advantage of the EACA Rewards program which offers discounts from local businesses and services.
* To be involved in an organization with a mission to improve the quality of life in East Atlanta (and a 30-year track record).
* EACA volunteers do the work to improve East Atlanta; your membership gives you a say in how it happens.
* EACA contributes the resources to support initiatives that make East Atlanta a vibrant neighborhood; your membership helps to fund these activities.
* To be a part of the community “voice” with the City of Atlanta, County, and State
officials as we advocate for the neighborhood.
* Your membership makes our organization larger, providing strength in numbers as we work toward meeting our goals.
Saturday March 1 from 12-3pm – come out to Brownwood Park for the first annual Mardi Gras Party Pot Luck sponsored by the East Atlanta Community Association!
Cajun, zydeco and blues music will be served up by Hair of the Dog!
Due to the cold winter, the crawfish are not very big this year and they are also not very plentiful. We are changing the menu up a little and are happy to serve traditional seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, coleslaw and A DELICIOUS ROASTED PIG!
Please bring compliments to this warm and hearty meal as you see fit.
Mardi Gras Beads will be provided to all who attend!
Donations are appreciated!!
RSVP and invite all your friends via the EACA Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/256956047814138
Please join us for the first of a series of events celebrating our local Dragon, Sang Bu. She will be leaving her home in Brownwood Park for a more visible residence at the north end of Flat Shoals rd.
On Saturday, February 15, starting at 4pm, we will have kids’ activities and a lantern making workshop at the Midway in preparation for the parade at dusk, where we will pull Sang Bu down Flat Shoals to her new home. All are welcome to walk with her, costumes and lanterns are encouraged!
The event will run until 11pm in the big tent with fire, music, food and more. This event is a fundraiser to keep the Dragon in the Village.
All neighborhood strong folks - help us hoist the dragon at 4pm in Brownwood Park
All paraders – young and old – join us at the Midway from 4-6 to make lanterns, masks and more
All paraders – join us at dusk in front of the Midway for the dragon’s procession to the Argosy. Bring your own lantern and illumination.
All neighbors – join us from post-parade til 11 in front of the Argosy for music, fire, and more.
Can’t make it to the event but want to help us keep Sang Bu in the neighborhood? Click here to donate!
Hey East Atlantans! It is a new year and it is time to renew your membership.
The geographic membership area of EACA is the west border of Moreland Avenue, north to I-20. The northern border is I-20 to Flat Shoals Road, where the border is east of I-20 that includes that portion of the City of Atlanta east of I-20. From there, the eastern border is Fayetteville Road to Eastland Road and its intersection with Moreland Avenue. View map. You must be a renter, property owner or business owner within EACA’s membership area to join.
EACA Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave, SE.
How to Join or Renew Your Membership
Membership costs $10 per calendar year per household (owner or renter) or per business. Upon payment, you will receive voting rights at the next EACA meeting as well as the opportunity to participate in EACA Rewards. Join or renew:
- at the monthly EACA meeting
- by check made payable to EACA, PO Box 18366, Atlanta, GA 30316
- using your bank’s online bill-pay service (If account number requested: 1234. If phone number requested, 404-444-4444. Payee address: EACA, PO Box 18366, Atlanta, GA 30316.)
- through PayPal
The East Atlanta Beer Festival began in 2004 as a fundraiser for various projects in the East Atlanta community, and as a way to bring people into the area who were unaware of how wonderful it is. Today, EABF is far and away the single largest fundraising event for community projects in and around East Atlanta, providing more than $30,000 to EACA projects in 2012 alone. Other grantees in recent years have included East Atlanta Kids’ Club, Burgess Peterson Academy, Historic Sylvester Cemetery, East Atlanta Farmer’s Market, Friends of East Atlanta Library, Martha Brown United Methodist Church, Branan Towers Retirement Community, Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization, East Atlanta Business Association, and East Lake YMCA.
As a direct result of EABF funds, East Atlanta is a more pleasant, clean, and safe place to live, play, raise children, operate a business, and own a home. For the last ten years, year after year, EABF has brought hundreds of first time visitors to East Atlanta. These people come from all over metro Atlanta and Georgia, and from more than twenty different states. In short, anyone who receives this email has benefitted from EABF, even if you are not personally a fan of beer festivals or a beer lover.
We want these benefits to continue, but we need your help to make it so. In 2004, EABF was one of only three beer festivals in Metro Atlanta. Today, there is a beer festival somewhere in metro Atlanta nearly every weekend from April through October. This competition increases every year, and most of the new festivals are run by professional promoters for sophisticated for-profit entities, who have found this to be a rather lucrative business. In contrast, the East Atlanta Beer Festival is now, and shall remain, a festival run solely by community volunteers. All profits – after we pay for stuff like fencing, port-a-potties and beer – are returned to this local community by The East Atlanta Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This distinguishes EABF from other festivals, some of which claim to donate an unspecified “portion” to charities, without disclosing what percentage of their profits that is. This competition has, and will continue, to impact our ticket sales.
In order for EABF to continue generating substantial funds for the wonderful projects the East Atlanta community does so well, we need your support in several specific areas:
1. Come to the 10th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival. If you haven’t been in a few years, you might not recognize it. We moved to Brownwood Park in 2011, and in 2012 we expanded the fest site to include nearly 7 acres of forest and grassy meadow, with plenty of room for people to bring chairs and blankets. The food and entertainment get better every year, and the variety of beer is amazing. Use promo code “EACA” for a $5 discount.
2. Encourage your friends, family members, co-workers, and acquaintances to come to the Festival. Wandering around the park under the huge old trees, trying new beers, and listening to live music is a great way to catch up with your spouse, your sibling, your old boss, or that friend who you haven’t seen since they moved OTP.
3. Help us promote the festival on Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook, you can use the “invite,” “share,” or “like” functions to help us raise awareness of the Festival. On Twitter, use @eabf or #beerbearcrush.
4. Let us know if you have access to marketing tools that could assist the East Atlanta Beer Festival in meeting its ticket sales goal. Remember, all donations to the East Atlanta Foundation are tax-deductible!
Street and Park closures:
From morning to evening on Saturday, May 18th, the streets adjacent to Brownwood Park will be closed to parking, including Joseph Avenue, Portland Avenue, Gresham Avenue, Brownwood Avenue and Pendleton Street. The developed, north side of Brownwood Park will be accessible only to those with Beer Fest tickets. The undeveloped, south side of the Park will be open and accessible via Ormewood Avenue. Immediately impacted neighbors will receive the details of how these closures will be implemented.
To contact the Festival, email email@example.com
Festival Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastatlantabeerfest
Beer Bear Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beer.bear.790
Yellow Holi Powder Recipe:
2 cups flour
4 Tbps Turmeric Powder
1 Tbps Cardamom Powder
2-3 Marigold flower petals( Any other yellow flowers will do)
In a bowl, Add and mix everything. Add more turmeric powder for more denser color.
What is a holi festival?
Neighbor in Need will host its 4th poker tournament on Saturday, March 30th, at The Glenwood, located at 1263 Glenwood Avenue. Play begins at 10 AM.
There are only 50 spots available so sign up now! The entry fee is $50, and the winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card. The game will be Texas Hold ‘Em, and will be run by the Atlanta Poker Club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
All proceeds go to EACA Neighbor in Need, which provides free home repairs to low-income Seniors living in East Atlanta. Find more info on East Atlanta Community Association’s Neighbor in Need initiative here.
On Saturday, March 9th from 12pm to 10pm, Living Walls is taking art to the streets of the East Atlanta Village. The Living Walls EAV Art Stroll is being held in partnership with the East Atlanta Community Association and the East Atlanta Business Association, and is a free public event with something for kids, families and bar-goers alike.
The stroll will be the culmination of the Living Walls “Concepts Volume 9”, a year-long project for the nationally famed organization. This Concepts will feature the artists : Christopher Derek Bruno, Bridget Quinn, and Molly Rose Freeman. “We want to challenge artists to activate public space with contemporary projects that create discussion and insight on the visual landscape.” says Living Walls’ Programming Director,TrevorJones. This Living Walls “Concepts” is an experiment that will focus on the exploration and geometry in the arts produced in large scale and in an engaging way to the public realm.
The EAV Art Stroll will include artist talks from two of the “Concepts” artists, two new murals, an installation series at empty phone-booths, and a guided tour of the three existing Living Walls murals in the village. In addition, Atlanta’s yarn bomb group “the Knitterati” will have knit and crochet pieces installed throughout the Village for the event.
Midway Pub will host an arts and craft market from 12pm-6pm which will extend across the street into the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market and include an array of local artist’s work for sale. The East Atlanta Parent’s Network will host a kid’s craft corner from 12-3pm in the East Atlanta Farmer’s Market. This kid-friendly event means parents can browse local arts and crafts while their children have a good time working on art projects.
East Atlanta bars and restaurants will be providing specials for the event, and entertainment will be happening at venues throughout the Village. At dusk there will be a film screening of the Living Walls Concepts Volume 9 documentary at the Farmer’s Market area. Celebrate the many perspectives of public space and street art during the Living Walls EAV Art Stroll! Please join us March 9 for this exciting opportunity to engage people of all ages in an event filled with art.
Taste of East Atlanta Village happens this Thursday, November 1.
Taste delicious fare from many of East Atlanta Village’s best restaurants and pubs. Each restaurant will serve “tastes” for 1-4 tickets per bite.
Tickets will be sold the Thursday prior and Thursday on the day of the event for $1 per ticket.The event will run from 5pm – 9pm with child friendly offerings encouraged the first 2 hours. Purchase tickets the day of the event in front of Holy Taco, Elder Tree, and the Farmer’s Market. Tickets purchased online can be picked up in front of Holy Taco beginning at 5 pm on the day of the event.