Decatur Dispatch -November 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 28, No. 11 • NOVEMBER 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Fernbank Dinosaur Exhibits are “Dino-mite” in DeKalb Visitors marvel while standing at the feet of fantastic Giganotosaurus skeletal display at very cool natural history museum in Druid Hills that draws guests far and wide. Standing at 1767 Clifton Rd. NE Atlanta 30307, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the great popular scientific and cultural resources on many things, but especially dinosaurs. Rated among the “Top 10 in the World of Dinosaurs” by USA Today and CNN Travel , it’s nationally and internationally acclaimed while local all the way. It’s a partner of Fernbank Science Center, a unit of the DeKalb County School System. Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History complex cov- ers more than 160,000 square feet on the edge of historic Fernbank Forest. Because its focus is on programming of mind-boggling topics (such as dinosaurs) for accessibility by the general public, its draw is irresistible and, by the way, a whole lot of fun. Entering the long driveway of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a distinguished tan horizontal low-rise building on exquisitely landscaped grounds, there’s a huge semicircular window treatment surrounding the building entrance. Outside is Dinosaur Plaza , a pedestrian friendly outdoor gathering place with plants, trees and flowers. The centerpiece is a family of huge bronze sculpted dino- saurs of a species that once roamed what is now Georgia. Continued on page 10 Voices Carry Celebrates Local Poets When the Georgia Center for the Book combines with Poetry Atlanta to sponsor an event, it is almost certainly a perfect day for me. Their annual Voices Carry will showcase the works of four local poets in November with readings from Collin Kelley, Sharan Strange, Cecilia Woloch and Rupert Fike. It will also include the opportunity to buy their books just in time for the gift-giving season. All four poets are local favorites for many and have impressive resumes studded with a wide variety of awards. Editor and novelist Collin Kelley will be premiering his second full-length collection of poetry, Midnight in a Perfect World. It includes some of my personal favorites from Kelley who is a mainstay of the local groups/events. He will be joined on the intimate stage of the Decatur Library auditorium by teacher/poet Cecilia Woloch. Her workshops, includ- ing one held annually in Paris, are famous. She has six award winning collections, including Carpathia, Earth and Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. The last is about the Romani people as are a number of her other works. Continued on page 13