Brookhaven Happenings!

There are a lot of really cool things going on in our dear section of town this spring. It is an honor to be able to share all of the latest Brookhaven happenings with the world.


The BrookHaven Beer Festival

The BrookHaven Beer Festival is back! Now in it’s 3rd year since its 2013 launch, the festival is coming back bigger and better than ever!

The festival this year is on June 11th, 2016 located on Apple Valley Road behind the MARTA station. There are plenty of opportunities for sponsorships and for volunteering, 21 years of age and older to sponsor, volunteer and/or participate.

This is a video of last years Beerfest. Check it out!


Brookhaven Beerfest 15′ from RsvpAtl on Vimeo.

Brunch in Brookhaven

A recent list of the top 10 places to eat brunch recently appeared on The top 5 on that list include:



Old Blind Dog Irish Pub

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub

J. Christophers

Patch’s list is a really good one. You can read all about all 10 of the spots here.

New Youth Writers from BrookHaven

Kelly Marsh

It was so inspiring to read that the BrookHaven Post is reporting that the  Boys and Girls Club of Brookhaven has three teens from Brookhaven being published in their upcoming anthology. Sharing their poetry and prose, these teens are shining examples of the type of students we have in our town. These young women will continue to shine and be successful. You can read the entire article here.

Brookhaven Events April-June 2016

Brookhaven Kelly Marsh

Spring is here in Brookhaven! For our neighborhood, that means events, events and events! Brookhaven is a great neighborhood where something fun is always happening. We want to support and share with you all of the cool things taking place.

During the months of April until June, you can find a lot of events that take advantage of Atlanta’s beautiful weather and Brookhaven’s family friendly, up and coming atmosphere. So many organizations in Brookhaven support and list events, finding something to fit your needs should be easy!

At BrookHaven’s official site, you can find these events listed:

  • April 30th: Junior Miss Pageant and Talent Show. Lynwood Park will host its annual pageant and talent show from 4-7pm with age groups split into 4-5 year olds, 6-7, 8-11, and 12-13. Refreshments and finger foods will be on hand. Participants will get to show off their favorite talent or skill for a chance to win prizes and a trophy, and all participants will get to ride in a parade the following week! Call 404-637-0542 for more information.
  • May 7th: Brookhaven Community Day. Annual parade will begin at noon going from Lynwood United Church of God in Christ to Lynwood Community Center. Event is open to all ages and will include a cookout, band, and fun activities for the whole family.
  • May 20th: Parent’s Night Out at Lynwood Park. This recurring event is for 5-12 year olds and will be from 6:30-9pm. Drop the kids off at the community center and let us provide dinner, games, and activities to keep them entertained! Pre-registration is required prior to 5/18, $15 per child. Call 404-637-0512 for more information.
  • Brookhaven’s Food Truck Roundup returns for a fourth year at Blackburn Park, every Wednesday night from 5 to 9 p.m., May 4-Sept. 28. Enjoy free on-site parking, 12-15 food trucks, local vendors and adult beverages available for purchase.
  • “Dive” In Movie: Murphey Candler Pool Friday, June 17, 8 p.m.Briarwood Park Pool Friday, July 15, 8 p.m. Events will feature live music, children’s activities and a movie. Film TBD.


The BrookHaven Bolt

Brookhaven, Brookhaven Bolt 2016, Kelly Marsh

The 2016 Brookhaven Bolt 5K is Saturday May 21st. It is an awesome 5k race where 100% of the proceeds are donated to Ashford Park Elementary School. Winding its way through Brookhaven, this race has become one of the largest in the area and an annual family event to be enjoyed by everyone.


BrookHaven Parks and Recreation

Brookhaven GA, Parks and Recreation, Kelly Marsh

The BrookHaven Summer 2016 Activity Guide, published by the BrookHaven Parks and Recreation, is now available. In it, the guide

shares so many events and cool happenings! From swimming and fitness classes to clubs and foodie events, this is a must see. Check it out! Here are some of their upcoming events:

  • City of Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival April 2-3
  • City of Brookhaven Parks & Recreation Bark in the Park June 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Murphey Candler Park Conservancy Clean-Up Day June 12, 1-4 p.m.
  • City of Brookhaven Parks & Recreation Touch-A-Truck Event June 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • City of Brookhaven Parks & Recreation It Starts in the Parks! 5k July 23, 7-10 a.m.

May 2016 Atlanta Taco Festival

In lieu of #TacoTuesday, this blog shares information pertaining to the largest taco competition and taco celebration in the East Coast.  

Taco Tuesday Kelly Marsh Brentwood GeorgiaOn May 1st, 2016 the first Atlanta Taco Festival will take place at Candler Park, a neighborhood in intown Atlanta, about 5 minutes east of downtown and just south of Ponce De Leon Avenue.

Whats more, proceeds from the festival will be donated to CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit organization committed to improving our communities by providing children, adults and families with high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems.

Several restaurants, food trucks and caterers will be participating from 1pm until 7pm, according to the festival’s website. Additionally, participants will be able to watch local bands and participate in festivities such as Gringo Bingo, Salsa Dancing, Lucha Libre Wrestling and huge bar experiences by some of the favorite local establishments.

Gringo bingo cards will be available on the festival’s website on April 1st. The prize will be two VIP tickets to the festival. Instructions will be available with the cards and the game must be played prior to attending the festival.


Lunazul Tequila will be the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of the festival. Estate grown, distilled and bottled at the Tierra de Agaves Distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. It is among the finest 100% Blue Agave Tequilas.

What You Should Know

The Atlanta Taco Festival will be ran on a cashless payment system with RFID technology that will make it easier and faster for attendees to enter the festival and make purchases with food vendors. You will be able to use cash or credit at the Beer Trailers and Craft cocktail bars.

First, you will get your pre-loaded wristband in the mail that is pre-loaded with 10-20 “Taco Points” depending on which package you purchased. Taco Points can be redeemed at any food vendors at the festival. To make a purchase, simply tap your wristband on the RFID reader at any point of sale location to open a transaction. Then place your order. To confirm and close the transaction, you will be required to use the same wristband to tap a second time. The order amount will automatically be deducted from your account. So, no cash handling required!

Ticket Types

  • Tacos, Tacos, Tacos! – 10 Taco Points Extra fees will cover the cost of the RFID system, the Lucha Libre Wrestling match and entertainment. – Price: $27.00
  • Tacos and Beer – 12 Taco Points (5) Beer Points Extra fees will cover the cost of the RFID system, the Lucha Libre Wrestling match and entertainment. – Price: $37.00
  • VIP Tacos & Tequila – Private Tented Seating, VIP Restrooms, 20 Taco Points, Margarita Tasting, Separate Beer Line Lucha Libre Wrestling Match, Entertainment – Price: $77.00
  • Tiny Tacos (kids meal) – 5 Taco Points. – Price: $17.00

If you have not received your wristband before the festival date and you purchased prior to April 15th, please email

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Brookhaven April 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival


The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in Blackburn Park, April 2-3, 2016. This 2-day celebration is a program of the City of Brookhaven Georgia’s Office of Tourism. The Festival is an opportunity to attract people to the City of Brookhaven, both regionally and nationally, and to celebrate community and the onset of spring. Cherry Blossom trees were planted in December of 2014, and over time will serve as a beautiful legacy for future generations.  Attendees can partake in the following 2016 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival events:

race-route-small5K Run & 1K Walk

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, participants should arrive in the early morning for a 6:30am Registration at Blackburn Park located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven, GA. Runners will begin the 5K run at 7:30am while those looking to participate in the 1K walk will start at 8:00am. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Awards include: overall male/female, overall male/female masters and top three in 15 different age groups.


Pet World and Pet Parade 

petworldparadelogoCan your dog perform amazing tricks? The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival wants your dog to be a part of the fun! Register your companion on-site to show off their amazing skills. The show starts promptly at noon. Find the registration tent and be prepared to wow the crowd. Costume Contests will begin immediately following the Pet Parade. Awards include: Best in Show- Judges Choice, Cherry Blossom Awesome- Best Cherry Blossom themed costume, Artsy Bark- Most creative costume, Doggie Diva- Most Fabulous Costume, #SquadGoals [2+ pet/pet or pet/human combos]- Best squad costume, and Superhero Swag- Best superhero costume.


Arts and Crafts Festival

The Arts and Crafts market that will include works by artisans in various disciplines, everything from oil paintings to sculpture, from rustic furniture to hand-crafted jewelry. Staged in beautiful Blackburn Park, admission to the festival is free of charge.


Childrens Village Children’s Village

A fun and interactive area for children and their parents to hang out.   There will be interactive experiences geared towards movement.  Musical entertainment and games are also part of the fun activities planned to captivate and entertain your child’s young mind.  Featured attractions will include sand art crafts, face painters and stilt walker.


classic-car-showClassic Car Show

Bring your classic or custom car. Spaces are limited so reserve yours now! To participate, contact Ida Beth by phone (770-457-0209) or email.


Musical Performances including the following artists:


Come enjoy the newly planted 140 cherry trees on 52 acres at Blackburn Park. It is located off Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven. For more information, please visit:


Exploring Community Craft: The Brookhaven Arts Festival

Brookhaven Arts FestivalThe Brookhaven Arts Festival located in Brookhaven, Georgia, has been the premier art festival since 2004.  Situated about 3 miles inside the I-285 corridor and just north of Buckhead, this exciting annual event features a juried show of 125-150 artists from across the nation.  In 2015, a group of local artists, business owners and community members, took the reins of the Brookhaven Arts Festival, after the dissolution of the Brookhaven Arts Alliance. They are committed to providing an enjoyable, fulfilling and profitable experience for artists and the Brookhaven community, while enhancing art appreciation, art education, and community spirit.

The festival considers Art Appreciation as the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more one appreciates and understands the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better one can develop, evaluate and improve their own artwork. Visual arts education is understood as the area of learning that is based upon only the kind of art that one can see, visual arts—drawing, painting, sculpture, and design in jewelry, pottery, weaving, fabrics, etc. and design applied to more practical fields such as commercial graphics and home furnishings. Community spirit can easily be exemplified by the groups of people working together to help improve the Brookhaven community. Community spirit is recognized as local people working together for a mutually positive and pleasurable result.

The Arts Festival is now in its 11th year of operation and attracts between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors from around the region. It is produced with input of local artists from the Brookhaven Community Foundation; a non-profit organization which gives back to those in need.  Additionally, this year’s board of directors are recognized for their dedication and hard work to make the 11th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival one of the best events in the region! The Brookhaven Arts Festival website lists names of board members, who are as follows: Kelly Marsh, Greg Barner, Joe Bickley, Ida Beth Barner, and Megan Brown.

In addition to the more than 100 artists who will be displaying works at the Brookhaven Arts Festival, take a moment to explore some of the featured musicians below. This year’s music performances include: Nelson Brownstone, Jeremy Wayne Dean, Crane, The Instructors, Battlefield Collective, John Thrasher, Wesley Cook and Sailing to Denver.

Artists’ works include basket weaving, ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, up cycle art, wearable-non-jewelry, and woodworkings. Artist awards include ‘Best in Show’ which receives $250, a free booth for the following year, and the honor to design the t-shirts and posters for the following year. 1st place: free booth, 2nd place: 1/2 booth fee and 3rd place: 1/2 booth fee.  Additionally, there are a few spaces left for artists in these categories: Ceramics, Woodworking, Wearables-Non Jewelry, Sculpture, Glass, Mosaic Art, & Up Cycle Art.  Deadline to Apply as an artist for the Brookhaven Arts Festival is July 31, 2015!

Event Details:

  • Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18th, 2015
  • Brookhaven, Georgia – 1266 Apple Valley Rd NE (in front of MARTA parking lot)
  • Saturday from 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM

brookhaven arts festivalHow To Get Here:
Apple Valley Road is located about 5 miles south of I-285 and Peachtree Boulevard. Travel south on Peachtree Boulevard until you reach North Druid Hills Road. Take a left and a left again on Apple Valley Road and follow the signs.

The Value of Community Relations

community relationsThe majority of work community members do usually take place in our very own hometowns.  Understanding the value of community relations allows you to grasp exactly what it takes to create a great community relations program, how to keep it running successfully, and the benefits for both the community members and companies in those areas.  With that being said, excellent communication skills are the key to whether or not prospects and community members trust you, follow your advice, or refer and introduce you to others.

Community relations specialists are responsible for developing and implementing community outreach programs including social and community awareness incentives. They work with organizations to create programs that promote an organization’s image in a positive and community-oriented way. Community relations specialists set up internal events, fairs and other community events to incorporate the organization into the community.

Brookhaven GeorgiaThe creation of the city of Brookhaven began nearly three years ago.  On July 31, 2012, Brookhaven was approved in a referendum to become DeKalb County’s 11th city.  With a population of around 49,000, it is the largest city in DeKalb County.  Today, the Brookhaven Communications Department manages the city’s reputation, serves as the voice of the city, and is the liaison between the city and the public. The communications department provides information to various stakeholder groups, including residents, businesses, media and others.  Similarly, the Brookhaven Community Development Department works with residents, developers, the mayor and city council, as well as the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals to carry out long-range city planning initiatives, land development, building construction, and code compliance.

One example of the type of initiatives these departments work to advance can be seen from the city’s Latin American Association (LAA) partner.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to serving the needs of immigrants from Latin America currently living in metro Atlanta.  The organization provides a full spectrum of services and programs that help families adapt to their new country and integrate into the community.  Among some of the services, the LAA offers Latino women, men and children the tools and resources they need– including immigration legal services, English classes, emergency assistance and computer literacy courses in Spanish, among many others. Founded in 1972, the LAA is the longest serving and largest provider of social and immigration legal services in Atlanta’s Latino community. Last year, its services and programs impacted more than 40,000 individuals.

Nevertheless, if you have a small workforce or a workforce that simply doesn’t give community relations a high enough priority, you can still develop workable plans. Putting up signs or billboards to welcome people to your community has a lasting impression that takes zero employee involvement. Other programs may take only one or two people volunteering their time just a few times a year.  Another very important way to reach out to the local community is to take part in events and functions that help out a charity or organization.

Expert crisis management group, Wilson Group Communications, Inc. says, the difficult part of community relations is getting started. You have to have a plan and your plan has to be workable. Do your homework first, get everyone involved and start slowly. Formalizing a process to build and maintain good relations with people and organizations is community relations.  It’s not just a one-time event, but a long-term commitment that can pay off with substantial dividends.


Amazing Activities in Atlanta

Brookhaven is an amazing neighborhood that lies just outside of Atlanta. The combination of big city and small town makes for a perfect of balance between family and activity. And if you are feeling the need to do something fun in the city, look no further than these activities.


Kelly Marsh’s Top Things To Do:

Turner Field

Turner Field is amazing stadium to catch a Braves game or any other event. During the summer stay late and you’ll catch some nice fireworks.

Philips Arena

Make sure you check out the stellar lineup of events at Philips Arena every summer. In the wintertime don’t miss out on the best Hawks basketball team we’ve seen in a long time.

Georgia Dome

The Atlanta Falcons are working on a new stadium so make sure to catch them at the Georgia Dome while you still can.

The Varsity

Take a day trip to the largest drive-in restaurant in the world. The food is decent but the atmosphere is pure Southern history.

Centennial Olympic Games Museum

The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were both historic and tragic. Relieve all of it at the Atlanta History Center.

Blind Willie’s

Atlanta has a strong music scene. Find time to go to Blind Willie’s and you’ll see some of the best Blues music you’ll see in Georgia.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

If you’ve ever seen a NASCAR event in person you know the exhilaration of just sitting in the stands. But, at Atlanta Motor Speedway you don’t just have to sit in the stands, you can be driven around the track at lightning fast speeds.

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Following an $8 million dollar renovation, Ebenezer Baptist Church looks like it did when Martin Luther King Jr. would give his sermons in the 60s.

Walking Tour

Whether you’re visiting or you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while you’ll learn something new about Atlanta’s history on a walking tour of Atlanta’s neighborhoods.



Best Universities in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is an amazingly diverse and beautiful city that continues to grow. Some of the biggest employers in the United States are headquartered in Atlanta including the Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola. One of the main sources of Atlanta’s growth and diversity is the nationally ranked colleges that feed into this rich business community. These are the top ranked universities in Atlanta.


Emory University

Emory University in Atlanta was originally formed as Emory College in Oxford, Georgia. It is a private university known for its extensive research. It is ranked 5th in ratio of licensing revenue to money invested in research. Much of this can be attributed to pharmaceutical research and Emory’s healthcare system which is the largest in Georgia.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech began as a small trade school focused on mechanical engineering. It has since grown into a powerhouse international technical institute with satellite campuses in Asia and Europe. Georgia Tech is also well known for its athletics and its beautiful, modern campus and surrounding community.

Georgia State University (GSU)

Along with Georgia Tech (above), GSU is part of University System of Georgia’s public research universities. The university is located in downtown Atlanta so the majority of their 24,000 students commute. With 3500 faculty and a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, GSU helps contribute over a billion dollars a year to Atlanta’s economy.

Spelman College

Spelman is recognized as a top historically black female institute of higher education. Founded in the late 1800s as a Baptist female seminary, Spelman has grown into a top ranked university in the south. Spelman has the important distinction of being a top three producer of African-American graduates to attend medical school.

Morehouse College

Morehouse is also an all-male historically black university affiliated with Spelman College. Morehouse also began as a Baptist seminary. It has grown into a storied institution boasting Martin Luther King, Jr as an alumni.