Sunday, May 9, 2010

Arts Festival a Smash; Update from Councilman Shortal

By all accounts, the first annual Dunwoody Arts Festival was a smashing success. According to John Heneghan's blog, over 30,000 attended the festival on Saturday (although Dunwoody Preservation Trust chief Tom Florence says it was about half that number), and I can tell you first-hand, there were even more folks on Sunday! The art was fabulous - albeit a little pricey - and the food and entertain sensational (not sure of the name of the band that performed Saturday afternoon, but it was terrific)! Surely there will be a 2nd annual festival next year. Congrats to all those involved - including a great job by the city.

PS I included the picture below - a work from one of the out-of-town artists - because obviously the artist was unaware of the fact that Dunwoody has a ban on chickens (but on closer inspection, they appears to be roosters)!

For tons of great photos go to

Update from Councilman Shortal

The following is an update from Dunwoody councilman Denis Shortal that I received late Sunday night.

Fellow Citizens of Dunwoody:
The following are four quick update items ...

1. Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). .... Your City Council will be discussing the rough draft of the CLUP at our work session tomorrow night - 10 MAY. The work sessions starts at 7 PM with the CLUP currently being item # 9. The CLUP is currently scheduled for public hearing and Council vote at the regular City Council meeting on 24 MAY. The rough draft of the CLUP in available for your viewing on the city website - This is an important document for the future of our City and I urge you all to stay involved.

2. Paving ... The first Dunwoody paving Request for Proposal (RFP) is being issued with a selection of the winning bid being in the June timeframe. If all goes well, the timeframe for our initial street paving project should be mid to late July. This is an event that will mark an important turning point in our City. As I have said before, our roads have suffered from poor initial construction quality and numerous years of neglect. Patience and understanding will be required and to bring our roads up to the quality we desire will be a very long term project considering the road conditions and funding requirements.

3. Art Festival ... The initial spring Dunwoody Art Festival came to a close just a few hours ago. The weather was outstanding and the crowds were large. I am very interested in your feedback and constructive comments. Please pass your info to me and I will pass it to the folks in charge. I spoke with many of you at the festival today and also went around the Village talking to business operators. My initial overall impression was positive.

4. Parks ... As you are aware HB 203 ( legislation dealing with us acquiring the parks and certain facilities within our city limits from DeKalb County ) passed the GA House and Senate. The Bill is currently on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature. We will keep you informed of the progress.

My thanks for your continued support and community volunteer spirit. If you feel any of your friends and neighbors maybe interested in my updates please forward my email.

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1 Mayor Pro Tem PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006


Rick said...


I agree that 30,000 seems high for Saturday, but I would not use a DPT spokesperson as my source. That's like asking a Republican details of a Democratic sponsored Bill.

DPT was opposed to this event from the start, but look for them to jump on board next year.

This event shows that DHA is NOT the only group that can organize an event in Dunwoody.

Bob Fiscella said...

Good point. The DPT thought the Arts Festival would take away from its fundraiser, Lemonade Days. But obviously that wasn't the case.
However, I know Tom beyond just his role at DPT, and from what I saw Saturday and again on Sunday, 30,000 is high.
Let's call it 20,000 on Saturday and 30,000 on Sunday.
Either way - it was a major feather in the cap for Dunwoody!

Bob Fiscella said...

PS I'll tell my subscribers to check out DunwoodyTalk - great photos!

John Heneghan said...

I saw the 30,000 on early Sunday am at the link below.

May have misread it in my haste to promote.

Bob Fiscella said...

You got it right. It did say 30,000. I'm just not certain it was that many. Either way - great weekend. My entire family enjoyed it - I'm sure yours did too!