Friday, June 27, 2014

Dunwoody Brook Run Movie in the Park Saturday Night



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Grab a blanket, some chairs, family and friends and join us for an evening of family fun! Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at sunset.
The evening features Frozen (PG), a Disney animated adventure with fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) who sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter...(for those few that don't know).
Look for us on the play lawn located near the park's main entrance, next to the playground. We look forward to seeing you there!

Concert Saturday Dunwoody Nature Center

You won't want to miss
the music and humor of
the Buzzard Mountain Boys

Saturday, June 28th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for picnicking and setup

About The Buzzard Mountain Boys

Joe Bob and Jim Bob are the Bob Brothers and they are the Buzzard Mountain Boys.  Hailing from the north Georgia mountains, they were born on the northern slope of the Big Buzzard Mountain near the small outlying community of Turners Corner. In fact most folks in that part of Lumpkin County can out-lie anyone around Dahlonega or Blairsville.  They attended school at the Possum Trot Preparatory Academy, graduating Suma De Fracciones.

They developed their highly unorthodox musical skills while tending the liquid corn extraction facilities operated by their pappy.  Their particular style of playing could best be described as marginally inexpensive.  It has been often said of the Bobs, that their music is a lot better than it sounds. These two guys play an amusing selection of Brother Duet, Old-Time music, and early Bluegrass inspired songs, interspersed with enough corny humor to warm your heart and take you back to the days of the traveling minstrels!  Both musicians are residents of Buzzard Mountain and are fixtures in the North Georgia traditional music community.  They are heavily involved in the promotion of Appalachian Music in the region.
About our Concerts
The Nature Center is excited to be bringing back our popular concerts in the park series brought to you by Scuf Gaming featuring an all new line up of bands that will keep the meadow jamming. Bring a chair, blanket, and picnic dinner and cool off with a rotating selection of hand crafted beers hand picked for the night by Moondog Growlers as you join us for a night of rockin' tunes in the of our newly restored meadow.  As always, our concerts are FREE to our members, $5 for non-member adults, $3 for students, and free for children 3 and under.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dunwoody Week 5 Swim Results

It was a rainy night with lots of lightning.  Nearly all meets were cancelled, resulting in 200-200 'wins' for the teams.  There's always one club, blindly lead by that rampant dad (or mom), insisting on the swim meet to continue.  This dad wants to put kids back in the pool, even with lightning and thunder still in the area, against the ruling of a lifeguard.  But hey, these 'adults' can intimidate a young lifeguard, pressuring him to reopen the pool.  Pitiful.  The true embarrassment is putting kids back in a pool during a storm. Then imagine this 'adult' asking kids from the opposing team why they are leaving the meet.  I know many moms and dads are anxious to win the Dunwoody Cup, the coveted swim team trophy presented annually by DunwoodyTalk, but Wynterhall had the Cup already at the pool, shining it for photos.  Hey moms and dads, let the kids have fun and don't ruin the event because you think your kid is a dominating swimmer.  It's a local swim meet.  If your kid is so good, enter him at the swim championships at GA Tech this weekend and see how he does there.  Where was Captain K. to maintain order?

Wynterhall 504  Deerfield Spal Lakes 274
Congrats to the Wynterhall Warriors, 5-0 on the season and the 2014 Champion of Dunwoody.  See story here. And the Wynterhall parents are the nicest group in town.  If you are looking for a home in Dunwoody, it's hard to beat the cozy and friendly Wynterhall.

Champions of Dunwoody

Dunwoody Country Club  451  Dunwoody North  343
Tough season-ending loss for DN.  The Dunwoody North kids had fun at the Tiki Hut at DCC, but couldn't get it done in the pool.  A long season for DN, with every meet on the road.  But life's not bad if DCC is on your schedule.  

seniors retiring from DN swim team

Note to parents: swim team is fun when you allow the kids to have fun

All other meets were scored 200-200 due to weather. 

2014 Final Standings

Wynterhall #1
Vermack #2
Village Mill #3
Georgetown #4
Dunwoody North #5

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vernon Jones Speaks for Compromise on Brook Run Dog Park

At Tuesday night's city council meeting in Dunwoody, former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones spoke at public comment.  Jones spoke during public comment in favor of keeping the dog park at Brook Run and encouraged council to work with both sides to reach an agreement. Jones, a candidate for county sheriff, is the originator of the dog park at Brook Run, placing it here during his tenure as DeKalb CEO.  The official name of the dog park is the Henry Jones Dog Park, named for Jones' dog.  

Park Director, bring back this sign please.  It is the official name of the dog park.

I encourage Dunwoody city council to take to heart the comments of Mr Vernon Jones and work with both sides of this issue.  Mr. Jones admitted the location needs adjusted, but stressed the importance of keeping the dog park.  After his comments to council I spoke to him briefly.  He said he agrees with members of council that the dog park is something Dunwoody needs to keep and improve.  Mr Jones also reminded council that the name of the park is the Henry Jones Dog Park, and he respectfully asked that the sign with the official name again be placed at the park.  I agree with Mr. Jones.  There would be an uproar if we yanked down the huge green letters on the concrete wall honoring Liane Levetan.  If Liane's name stays, so should Henry's.  

In summary, I'll agree with Vernon Jones and Councilman Heneghan - move the dog park away from the homes and make it better. The new location is about 100 feet forward from the current spot.  Although courts and fields are better assets for the community, if we are going to have a dog park we may as well make it better for everyone.

If we are going to have a dog park, and that appears to be the case, let's do like Councilwoman Deutsch suggested and make a park using best practices.  Vernon Jones suggested moving the park forward, away from the homes, but keeping it in the same general area.  That sounds like a great idea.  Thanks for joining us tonight in Dunwoody, Vernon.  I'm sure the dog park fans appreciate your time coming out tonight.

On Food Truck Thursday, a hugely popular event at Brook Run, I had the chance to walk the trail path, taking 8 laps around the entire park.  It was nice to see new concrete poured.  This walking/biking/jogging path is a true success for the park.  Thanks to the mayor, city council, and the parks department on a job well done.

Henry Jones Dog Park

On a separate note for dog owners, a new place is opening soon over by Moe's and Publix.   Unleased by Petco is now between Moe's and the karate place.  And soon the new pizza place will be open.  Of course the parking in this center is HORRIBLE awesome, so adding dogs to a parking lot filled with kids, adults, and cars sounds ideal.  This shopping center is like an all-day center now.  Take the kids to karate, drop off the dog for vaccinations and grooming, grab a Joey Bag of Donuts, get your nails done, then buy lottery tickets at Publix.  All we need in this shopping center now is a staging area for Uber cars or London taxi cabs.