The Decatur Arts Festival came and went over Memorial Day weekend but the arts are still alive and thriving in downtown Decatur. Plan to spend your Sunday afternoon on June 3 with two free & fabulous arts-related events.
First, the Callanwolde Concert Band presents a tribute to our armed forces at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Music Director Raymond Handfield will be joined by Assistant Conductor Scott Files and Principal Guest Conductor 93-year old Col. William Baldwin (US Army Retired) former conductor of the US Army Bands. Featured work on the program is the West Point Symphony by Morton Gould. Other works include Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager and Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers.
I can attest to their performances being great as they are the featured band at Decatur’s annual July 4th Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks celebration. The concert is free although donations to support this community organization will be gratefully accepted.
Next, head over to Agnes Scott College for the Fine Arts Exhibition Last Call event from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Dalton Gallery. This special annual closing event of the Decatur Arts Festival features several of the artists discussing their piece(s), an announcement of the People’s Choice Award, music, and a wine & cheese reception.
Last Call offers a rare insight into some of the artists in the exhibit and is a laid back way to end the weekend. Last Call is also free and open to the community. Word has it Decatur might be unveiling the 2nd set of images chosen for the Decatur Postcards Project as well.
After basking in the arts, enjoy a dinner at one of Decatur’s many and varied restaurants - the perfect way to enjoy the arts and Decatur at the same time!