You’re Invited August 18!

Join us for Jazz, Delicious Food & Drinks, and Great Auction Bargains on Aug. 18, 8 – 11 p.m.

Our 2nd annual Music on Main features Theresa Hightower,an acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist, actor, and songwriter. During the event, you can get a deal on the items we’ll auction, such as:

  • Ion All-weather speaker system
  • Dinner for Two at CalaBar & Grill
  • ART Station Holiday tickets
  • All-Attraction Stone Mountain Park – two tickets
  • Hotel Indigo Peachtree – 2-night staycation
  • Unique, hand-painted Australian boomerang
  • Original Jennifer Dreznin mixed media artwork
  • Mystery Valley golf package
  • Sircles necklace and Sircles bracelet set
  • Nick’s Barbershop hair cut package
  • Fender amplifier from Pro Music  
  • Mary Kay gift set plus spa facial for three
  • PJs Package Red and White wine gift baskets
  • Rob Reardon original metal wall art (one features the Georgia Bulldog and the other Ray Charles)

The event raises money for streetscape improvements in the Greater Hidden Hills area. We all want better business. Please support the effort to improve our commercial areas. Remember, it’s tax-deductible.

Where:  Mainstreet Clubhouse, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain

Tickets are $35 each or two for $60.  You receive food, beverages, entertainment, and a fun time with neighbors and elected officials.    Purchase at the door or in advance at:  Music-on-Main

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Celebration of Health & Fitness at Hairston Park

The soft opening of the new playground and fitness equipment on July 21 was super! Olympic athlete Sam Graddy is the featured speaker. Fitness experts were on site to show how to use the pieces of equipment. Commissioners Steve Bradshaw and Gregory Adams attended, along with DeKalb Parks director Chuck Ellis and deputy director Marvin Billups.  The fitness equipment came with the help of a grant GHHCDC received from The UPS Foundation and from a Park Pride grant.

Here are a few pictures. More are on https://www.friendsofhairstonpark.org/

 

Celebration!

Celebrate Health & Fitness at Hairston Park!

Saturday, July 21, 10 – 11 a.m. – The seven fitness stations are installed and look great. The playground is terrific!  Come and celebrate Saturday and let our county representatives know how much this park means to us! Olympic athlete Sam Graddy is the featured speaker. We’ll have fitness experts on site to show how to use the equipment. This is a great event for the whole family.

 

 

 

Enjoy Jazz, Food, and an Auction at 2nd annual Music on Main

Reserve your tickets Now!  Aug. 18, 8 – 11 p.m.
Hightower-FullRes-Brick-reduced2nd Annual Music on Main – This year’s fundraiser features an accomplished local artist Theresa Hightower. She is an acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist, actor, and songwriter. During the event, we will auction assorted items including golf packages, jewelry, wine, dinner for two at CalaBar, ART Station Holiday tickets, artwork, and much more. The event raises money for streetscape improvements. Please support the effort to attract higher quality businesses to the area.

Where:  Mainstreet Clubhouse, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain
Tickets are $35 each or two for $60.  Tax-deductible! Purchase at Music-on-Main

 

Next Meeting:  July 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation Meeting.
Everyone is welcome.
Mainstreet Clubhouse: 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain

 

Business Developments and Community Events

The Greater Hidden Hills Overlay Zone will be expanded to include part of a parcel that’s up for rezoning.  The owners of 7 acres at the northeast corner of Redan have agreed to the request to put the entire parcel in the Greater Hidden Hills Overlay District. This property makes an “L” shape around the Citgo strip center; the portion on the east side of the strip center is already covered by the overlay, but the three residential properties along Panola are not.  The agreement means that the prohibited business list will apply to all of the property. In addition, the property will have to meet the Overlay Zone sign and design guidelines.  It’s really good news, and we have Commissioner Mereda Davis-Johnson to thank for making it happen.  The actual vote on the conditions will take place at the 9 a.m. Board of Commissioners meeting June 26.

At this time, the owners have only one proposed development for the site: a Waffle House.

And that brings us to the other Waffle House announced for our area: this one next to Los Arcos on Redan Road (just west of S. Hairston). We are told that construction will begin in early July. This is exciting news because Waffle House has agreed to make streetscape improvements to its section of Redan Road, including the bus stop.

Please make a note of these upcoming events and Join the fun!

June 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
Hairston Park Fitness Prep
– Volunteers will put mulch in the 7 new fitness equipment beds. We would love your help! 

We purchased seven fitness stations with grants received from ParkPride and The UPS Foundation.   Three are shown here.

 

June 23, 10 a.m.
Greater Hidden Hills CDC meeting.
  Top on the agenda: business development and Music on Main fundraiser.
Mainstreet Clubhouse: 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain

June 23, 11:30 a.m.
Friends of Hairston Park meeting.
Mainstreet Clubhouse: 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain

July 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Celebrate Health & Fitness at Hairston Park
– soft opening of the new playground and fitness equipment. Olympic athlete Sam Graddy is the featured speaker. We’ll have fitness experts on site to show how to use the pieces of equipment.

Aug. 18, 8 – 11 p.m.
Hightower-FullRes-Brick-reduced2nd annual Music on Main
– This year, the fundraiser features an accomplished local artist: Theresa Hightower. She is an acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist, actor, and songwriter. During the event, we will auction assorted items including a Dinner for Two at CalaBar, ART Station Holiday tickets, and artwork. A full list will be provided later.

The event raises money for streetscape improvements. Please support the effort to attract higher quality businesses to the area.

Where:  Mainstreet Clubhouse, 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive, Stone Mountain

Tickets are $35 each or two for $60.  Tax-deductible! Purchase here:   Music on Main

 

 

 

Median Spruced Up!

We’re upgrading the median at S. Hairston Road, just south of Redan. With the expert help of Kirk Hickson, a Redan High School graduate and owner of AKS Landscaping, we

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Kirk Hickson (above) and Jan Costello plant rosebushes and miscanthus on the median. 

planted Red Fountain Miscanthus and Cherokee rosebushes.

Keep DeKalb Beautiful dug the holes for us, and the department promises to put fresh mulch on the median.

If you need landscape help, Kirk welcomes your call: 678-702-1899.

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Joy and Accomplishment on Earth Day

More than 90 people showed up for Earth Day at Hairston Park April 21.  We worked happily under brilliant blue skies.  Volunteers cleared a six-foot-wide path from the parking lot to the north edge of the park near Elam Road and back around to the playground.  Others aired out the shrubbery next to the sidewalk, volunteers picked up litter, and children painted cement barricades.

Thanks to John Ahern at Park Pride for guiding us through the project. Many staff and volunteers came from Park Pride, and we appreciate you all. Thanks to Gwendolyn Stegall and the Friends captains: Larry Cole, Jarvis Walker, Jonathan Stegall, and Keith Williams.  And thanks to Antioch AME Church, Wells Fargo, Home Depot, and Invesco for sending volunteers.

District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw and District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams opened the day’s event with gratitude and inspirational pep talks.

The community made a tremendous difference in Hairston Park. Look at the before and after pictures:

Visit and see for yourself.  We’ll have other fun projects at the park, so please join us.  Write to FriendsofHairstonPark@gmail.com to be on the mailing list.

Must Reschedule our Median Day

Apologies to all. We must reschedule our Max the Median morning set for Saturday. Several utility companies have not completed their inspections, so we cannot dig. We’ll send an update when we set a new date.

Please note two upcoming dates. The next Greater Hidden Hills CDC meeting is 10 a.m., April 14, at Mainstreet Community Center.

And, join the fun on Earth Day, April 21, 9 – 12.  We’re meeting at Hairston Park to clear trails, make a forested area next to the playground a safer place for kids to play, and pick up litter.

All the details are found at this link:

http://bit.ly/2COSRdo

This project is a joint effort of Friends of Hairston Park and ParkPride. Please sign in for the Earth Day event whether you can help for an hour or the morning. It will help the non-profit show community support, and that’s vital when it asks for grants.