Ponce Press -November 2018

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Volume 28, No. 11 • NOVEMBER 2018 Erskine Fountain Makes a Comeback in Grant Park It was a perfect spring day in 1896 Atlanta when its newest piece of public art was unveiled before a crowd of 1,500 people. The unveiling of the Erskine Fountain at the intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree was glowingly described by one local writer, “A clear, blue sky overarched the scene and the exercises were perhaps the most imposing ever witnessed on a similar occasion.” The throng included almost everyone of local impor- tance from Mayor Porter King to poet Frank Stanton, business leaders and judges of state, local and the Georgia Supreme courts. The low scale but elaborately decorated fountain replaced a statue of Benjamin Hill on the well- known site. The ceremonies were orchestrated with the removal of concealing drapery at the same moment that the water was turned on, resulting in “a sparkling stream of clear, transparent water shooting upward” against a backdrop of massed potted palms and other greenery. Continued on page 9 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 9