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October 2013 “Creating a Vibrant Community” Volume 2 Issue 18 8 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 18 Our West End Newsletter What is the Historic West End Sound? By Al-Yasha Williams and Brent Brewer It appears that our music fabric is as varied as our neighborhood demographics: black, white, and all the colors under the rainbow. For example, the Malcom X festival at West End Park brings reggae, African drumming and dancing, while the Willie Watkins Festival at Howell Park lifts the spirits through gospel music. Adding to the mix, our two house museums, Hammonds House and The Wren’s Nest, have filled their spacious grasslands with a variety of sounds from opera to funk and jazz. It appears that our music fabric is as varied as our neighborhood demographics: black, white, and all the colors under the rainbow. Perhaps a West End musician, Kebbi Williams, can offer some insight into the Historic West End sound. He has performed at three of our concert mainstays: the Candlelight Benefit Concert at the Wren’s Nest, Art on the BeltLine at Gordon White Park and his own project, Music in the Park (see sidebar page 7). On Friday of Labor Day weekend, Kebbi and The Wolfpack took their live instrumentation from the Historic West End to 5 Points MARTA station for a pop-up performance. Initially, only a handful of players - percussionist, guitar and harmonica - backed up Kebbi’s saxophone on the station’s main floor across from the information kiosk. After a few minutes, a procession of horn players and a flutist made their way up the escalator from the Northbound MARTA train. Then came the tubas from the Westbound MARTA train. Lastly, the drums joined the free-form jazz performance. The resonance achieved from the MARTA tube projected the West End sound into the Downtown Atlanta streets. On one of the busiest travel days of the summer, the progression of instrument sounds coming from every direction shocked riders from their commuter monotony (continued on Page 7). The newsletter is published bi-monthly. 1000 copies were printed in October 2013. Copies are hand- delivered, free-of-charge, to all residents in the Historic West End neighborhood. Copies are also available at West End Library and West End Print Shop. Our volunteers: Denise Blake, Brent Brewer, Beth McBee, Al-Yasha Williams, and our many neighborhood distributors. To submit stories or distribute, contact Brent Brewer at 404.447.0282 or email@example.com. About The Newsletter On The Cover Neighbors, this weekend you are in for a treat to start the fall season. All-ages fun all day, all weekend long. 1: Saturday, October 5th, Starting Noon. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Poetry, Theater, Music, Visual Art, Family Fun for All. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon. 2: Saturday, October 5th, 7pm. To Midnight. Flux. Castleberry Hill Arts District (see details below). 3: Atlanta Streets Alive on North Highlands. Starting at 2pm. If you haven’t gone, you are in for a treat. 4: Show your support for our social media components. Register to get a monthly OWEN preview at http://eepurl.com/FF24L 1 3 4 5 2 6 “The resonance ...projected the West End sound into the Downtown Atlanta streets.” 8/23 7/13 Live Music Pop-Up Creates Communal Spirit in Downtown Atlanta: Our West End Newsletter 7 West End Sound Travels Well For the next 30 minutes, riders were simply people sharing a smile with a stranger and laughing at their enjoyment. If so moved, they danced like no one was looking. If we host a large festival, perhaps it is not necessary to orchestrate a signature neighborhood sound. Kebbi’s transformative music shows us that WE can enjoy a patchwork of musical sounds when it’s served with spontaneity, executed to perfection, and shared within community. Please subscribe to the Music in the Park newsletter for information about the next pop-up performance and how to donate http://eepurl.com/FQLvv OWEN Trivia: Who has written the most cover OWEN stories ? Paulette Richards. She has left the Historic West End for the sunny beaches of Senegal as a Fulbright Scholar. 2 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 18 President’s Corner Moving Forward Greetings Neighbors, As we continue to move forward, what has kept me motivated is our wonderful Neighbors. Neighbors that believe in furthering the legacy of our great Historic District. Neighbors that are passionate and focused on improving our quality of life and building sustainable green communities. Some of the ways WEND continues to make a difference are highlighted below. Thank you for being a part of this progressive movement. We will continue to be a positive reinforcement and voice for our Community. Stay tuned! Partnered with Atlanta Public Works, GDOT and our Beautification committee for several clean-ups including the BeltLine Southwest 5K Run/ Walk route, Lucile from Lowery to Lawton and Langhorn from RDA to the I-20 Overpass Actively seeking ways to implement local park improvements Recipient of Love Your Block Grant to beautify the traffic island located next to Exxon. Installation of dog waste bag stations at West End Park and Rose Circle Park/ BeltLine Embracing and supporting education initiatives as WEND introduced the new principal of Brown Middle School to our community. Inviting Atlanta Streets Alive to Historic West End In 2014 Kim Parmer, WEND President Those that can, do without fanfare Perfect Historic West End Volunteer volunteer:. About Music in the Park Music in the Park creates an opportunity for Atlanta youth to experience live music by playing with professional musicians in a real performance beyond a classroom. Founder Kebbi Williams, saxophonist for Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks band, believes: Future of Music = Your Kids + Original Live Music For the past three years, this unique experience has attracted many of Atlanta’s own acclaimed musicians to join the youth orchestra for an incredibly multi-cultural event, in terms of both musicians and crowd. Hear the Music in the Park experience: https://vimeo.com/70584648 Music in the Park is committed to creating this musical experience for kids who have limited access to music instruction and programming. To sustain Music in the Park’s free programming, we need your support. Thank you so much for your help in making Music in the Park a Historic West End tradition! For more information and to make a donation, visit www.musicintheparkatl.org. 6 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 18 Our West End Newsletter 3 Neighbors in Need With the unexpected furloughs this week, it reminds us that even people with stable government employment can find themselves in crisis situations for undetermined amounts of time. On those occasions, it is fortunate we have S.W.E.E.A.C., a “one-stop-shop” for those neighbors in need of emergency service. Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (pronounced similarly to “sweet-act”), S.W.E.E.A.C., is housed in the basement of West Hunter Baptist Church but was created from an ecumenical mix of churches including African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist and non- denominational churches (i.e., Hillside International Truth Center). The Center is supported with volunteers, monetary and in-kind gifts from business and several religious bodies. For the past 25 years, S.W.E.E.A.C. has provided weekly food pantry services and monthly food boxes for senior citizens; clothing closets; health screenings; employment search assistance; Veterans referral services; and on going life skills enhancement referrals such as housing and utilities assistance services. A little help can make the difference between a family/ senior staying in the community or packing it up and moving outside the community. 25th Years of Service Brunch Saturday, October 19,2013 , 11am—2pm Atlanta Civic Center For tickets visit www.sweeac.org 404 756 1699 Weekly Pantry Services Monday Morning Sign Up Thursday Morning Pick up & Assistance Services Mobile Food Distribution (when available) Fridays at 2pm Food will be distributed until supply is depleted. First come, first served. Check OWEN for future conversations for this worthwhile project. Our West End Newsletter 5 Yard of Month Winners: Neighbors to the North are Ahead! Only two months left in our friendly neighborhood- wide yard competition: North vs. South RDA. Everyone pitch in and make our neighborhood beautiful, starting with your yard! How do I win Yard of the Month? In case you forgot, here are the guidelines: 1) Sidewalks and driveway edged and free of litter and debris. 2) Vibrant flowers, no artificial or plastic flowers. 3) No leaves on lawns or in the catch basins. 4) Only front yard will be judged, unless backyard is visible from the street. 5) If your yard is neat and clean, you have a fighting chance. 6) Get creative, be unique! Submit entries by email to Stacey Johnson at Staceyv05@yahoo.com by the 20th of the month for consideration. September Yard of Month: West End Place Congrats Carlton and Tony! October Yard of the Month: Stephen Barlow on Beecher Street West End Historic District Proud sponsor of Historic West End Yard of the Month Yard of Month Homes TIGER V Grant to Fund Southwest Corridor Development Excerpts from City of Atlanta press release: The City of Atlanta will receive an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the development of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor . The project includes the construction of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and the preservation of the future streetcar transit corridor. It will run from Allene Avenue north to Lawton Street, where it will transition to the existing West End Trail for a few blocks, then return to the rail corridor near Ralph Abernathy Boulevard and run north to Lena Street and Washington Park. In all, the southwest corridor project includes 16 accessi- ble points of entry and stair systems at nine cross-streets, including Ralph David Abernathy Boule- vard and Lee Street. Lighting, utilities, significant retain- ing wall infrastructure, security cameras and signage also will be constructed as part of the project. Modern street- car transit is planned for a future stage of this corridor’s development. 10 Reasons to be Excited About BeltLine Southwest Corridor (in no particular order) 1. Rose Circle Park will finally get new playground equipment (hopefully). 2. If West End Trail usage is any indicator, bicycle and pedestrian safe corridors will be used for transportation just as much as for recreation. 3. Connections to four local public schools. 4. Direct access from neighborhoods to five parks. 5. Welcome our new Mozley Park neighbors. 6. Imagine passing through a real railroad tunnel without having to buy a ticket at Zoo Atlanta. 7. MARTA Bus 68 route is in trouble. A free 40-45- minute walk from Ashby to West End MARTA stations trumps a 30-minute (wait time included), $2.50, bus ride. 8. Access to both Northbound-Southbound and Eastbound-Westbound MARTA stations. 9. Located in a gulch, it will be easy to see whose coming and going on the new trail. 10. If Lifecycle Building Center’s growth is an indicator, expect redevelopment centers on Lee Street and Murphy Avenue in addition to White Street. ligious bodies. For the past 25 years, S.W.E.E.A.C. has provided weekly food pantry services and monthly food boxes for senior citizens; clothing closets; health screenings; employment search assistance; Veterans referral services; and on going life skills enhancement referrals such as housing and utilities assistance services. A little help can make the difference between a family/ senior staying in the community or packing it up and moving outside the community. 25th Years of Service Brunch Saturday, October 19,2013 , 11am—2pm Atlanta Civic Center For tickets visit www.sweeac.org 404 756 1699 Weekly Pantry Services Monday Morning Sign Up Thursday Morning Pick up & Assistance