Cottage in the Back Joins the 2016 Tour of Homes, Celebrating Spring Fling Weekend with Two Concerts

Cottage in the Back

Ron and Colleen McGhee’s modern bungalow sits on a spacious hilltop lot with an ample backyard that doubles as a local music amphitheater known as Cottage in the Back. Built in 2006, the two-story house was renovated in 2014 to expand the kitchen with an oversize island outfitted with wood countertops and a four-stool bar, as well as a sitting room decorated with photographs and memorabilia from the last four years of hosting live music. Oversize sliding glass doors look out to the lawn and fill the kitchen with light. With two bedrooms and a bath upstairs for the couple […]

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Ten Minutes with Jay Carlson of Clue Town Books

Clue Town books

The puzzle maker behind the popular Atlanta scavenger hunt series looks forward to selling his titles during festival season in general and the Kirkwood Spring Fling in particular. Stop by his artist booth and pick up a fun adventure for your crew.   How long have you lived in Kirkwood? I moved to Decatur blindly from Tallahassee when I got out of college. I was young and looking for a cheap place to live, and of course now I feel lucky I landed intown instead of in Alpharetta or something. From there I moved on to Edgewood, where I lived […]

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Kirkwood Bird Stroll on Sunday 5/15


The Celebration Continues through Sunday with a Bird Stroll Come discover more about the birds of Kirkwood and Kirkwood Urban Forest Preserve with David Kuechenmeister of the Atlanta Audubon Society. In conjunction with Kirkwood’s annual Spring Fling festival, we will continue the celebration of the neighborhood as we look for spring migrants and permanent residents. We will meet at 8:30 am in the parking lot of Kirkwood Public Library, across the street from Urban Pie. The walk will last about two hours and will cover approximately 1- 2 miles of gentle terrain. All levels are welcome and this is a […]

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Meet 2016 Blue Ribbon BBQ Cookoff Judge: Aaron Russell of Poor Hendrix

Aaron Russell

The James Beard-nominated pastry chef dishes on his new restaurant, a venture with his wife Jamie Russell, and what he looks forward to eating and scoring at this year’s Kirkwood Spring Fling Blue Ribbon BBQ Cookoff.   How long have you been living and cooking in Atlanta?  I began cooking in professional kitchens when I was still in high school. Once I decided to make a career of it, I got a job in Atlanta in 2000 and have been cooking in this terrific city ever since. My wife and I moved intown in 2006 and wouldn’t dream of living […]

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Kirkwood’s Own Run Commuting Pioneer Looks Forward to the Spring Fling 5K

Run Commuter

Josh Woiderski runs often before and after his workday. But in case you are ready to write him off as another freelancer with a flexible work-from-home schedule, let me clarify: this Kirkwood father of three runs to and from work. “In 2008, when my wife was pregnant with our first son, I realized that after he was born I wouldn’t be able to run as much if I didn’t start run commuting,” explains Woiderski. A couple kids later, the family was looking to move from Beecher Hills and found that Kirkwood’s close proximity to MARTA, downtown area, park, biking lanes, […]

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Win a Mill & Forge Trophy May 14th

Mill & Forge

The winners of the 2016 Blue Ribbon BBQ Cookoff will take home more than just bragging rights. The victors will also earn a uniquely designed trophy, courtesy of East Lake artist David Adams. Adams has a passion for creating beautiful and functional art, catering to a diverse residential and commercial clientele through his custom design business Mill & Forge. Working with reclaimed wood and metals such as steel, aluminum, and brass, Adams blends technique and technology to literally forge custom furniture, lighting, and home sculptures. As to the BBQ trophy design, contestants can look forward to a work of art […]

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Letting the People Vote: The Blue Ribbon BBQ Cookoff at Kirkwood’s Annual Spring Fling

Three years ago, Robert Stowe was playing kickball and enjoying BBQ with friends when he came across signs in Kirkwood for the Blue Ribbon BBQ Cookoff. “I live in Kirkwood and saw the signs for the contest,” says Stowe,”and the cost to get started was simply a cooker and some meat.” The group of four formed Atlanta Butt Society and in their second showing at the Kirkwood Spring Fling, emerged as the 2014 People’s Choice Winner. “Many BBQ contests don’t serve to the public and most have entry fees,” explains Stowe, “so the Spring Fling is unusual and affordable. It […]

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