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Autumn architecture

19 Oct

We know it’s fall when we start noticing the argyle church on Briarcliff Road again.

The house next door is totally bricked out in bouclé, too, though you can’t tell here. We call this part of Briarcliff “Sweater Row”.

While you’re cruising the Druid Hills Halloween decorations and wooly Tudor architecture, do stop by Callanwolde for Tom Zarrilli‘s “Faces of the Yards of Clutter” show.

Previously: Atlanta’s pagan roots

Atlanta’s pagan roots

31 Oct

Maybe at some point we could have acknowledged Halloween events in Atlanta beyond pug costume contests, but it’s so overwhelming that I don’t even know where to start. Seriously, what is with this town? There are Halloween events literally every day, and dozens during the weekend. Yard decorations go up in late September and stay out until about a week before Thanksgiving. Who are these people who spend an entire weekend constructing neon plastic graveyards in the front lawns of their $4 million Druid Hills homes?

Well, where do you think Druid Hills got its name, hmmm? This forested neighborhood was once, as early as 200 B.C. by some Atlanta History Center estimations, the pagan kingdom of Keyll Gyn Yiarrey Druaightagh. Even after the British settled the land as a penal colony, these cloaked polytheist mistletoe-worshippers remained powerful in this area, building strange formations out of the native granite and sacrificing debtors who wandered into their sacred grove to their ancestor gods.

It wasn’t until 1908, when the inventors of Coca-Cola and Central Park bought the pristine acreage, that the enchanted forest dwellers of Druid Hills converted to United Methodism and outlawed modern architecture and fortune telling through ritual killings.

Some vestiges of druidae remain even in the year 2008. Present-day residents of Druid Hills and its neighboring intown communities still pay respects every fall to the druid harvest festival Shirveish yn Ouyir Atalanta by spending $500 on 4′ inflatable Looney Tunes characters dressed as witches for their front yards. Despite the land’s denizens officially denouncing their pagan beliefs nearly a century ago, Druid Hills residents continue to enroll their offspring at the Paideia School.

Previously: Costume ideas from your neighbors

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