Porches & Pies Festival Returns, Presented by MET Atlanta

Atlanta’s first and favorite (and only!) pie festival is back on Saturday, September 24, from 12-5 p.m. The event is free, and includes family and kids activities, a pie bake-off and tasting, artist market, and more.

Calling all Atlanta Bakers

The bake-off is open to pastry chefs and home cooks presenting sweet and savory pies.

Entry fees start at $10 and both home bakers and professional pastry chefs can visit www.porchesandpies.com for details and to enter.

Pies entered in the bake-off will be judged by Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin, authors of The New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert. Taylor and Arguin are winners of more than 500 baking awards (including the 2017 Best of Show Award at the National Pie Championships). Additional judges will be announced throughout the year.

Help Plan Our Biggest Fundraiser!

Porches and Pies is Adair Park’s annual fundraising event, bringing together neighbors, chefs, and community members from across the city. Most years, we enjoy a day in the park with delicious pie, tunes, beer, an artist market, and kids activities. Bakers bring their best recipes to the table to be critiqued by professional judges, and attendees cast their vote for People’s Choice pie.

All proceeds benefit Adair Park Today and its programs, including housing relief, senior network, and youth outreach.

In 2020, we pivoted from a festival format to a bake sale. With social distancing, masks, and other safety measures in place, we sold pre-boxed pies with curbside pickup. Funds raised supported our programs at a most crucial time, allowing us to support neighbors in need at the height of the pandemic.

We Need You!

Whether you’ve lived in Adair Park your whole life, or are new to the neighborhood, we welcome you input! Lend your time and talents to the planning of Porches and Pies 2021. If you’d like to join the planning committee, mark your calendar for the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Email events@adairpark.com for Zoom meeting information.

Scenes from Porches and Pies 2019

Rain or shine, Porches and Pies is a treasured Adair Park tradition!

CA$H Mob at Bakari’s Pizza July 9-12!

Patronize Bakari’s Pizza (576 Lee St, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310) between July 9th-12th (Thursday-Sunday).
Take/Post Picture at Restaurant or with Delivery. Use the following hashtags: #ISWATLCASHMOB, #INTOWNSOUTHWESTATL
Mention Cash Mob when ordering. Also, look for sign-in Poster w/Cash Mob Sticker. Sign-in w/name and neighborhood. Email all receipts and photos to: mrgibbs63@gmail.com

The official Cash Mob Meet-Up will be on Friday, July 10th, 6pm-8pm. Show up and get a FREE Cash Mob Sticker!

CA$H Mobs are returning to Intown Southwest Atlanta!

Neighborhood leaders of Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Oakland City, Pittsburgh, Sylvan Hills, West End, and Westview are working together to support existing food businesses and attract new options to our community. We are asking local food businesses to commit to:

1) Creating a Respectful & Welcoming Environment for All Patrons;
2) Maintaining a Clean Establishment;
3) Providing a Safe Environment (including Shopping, Dining, Parking Areas, Sidewalks, Etc.);
4) Providing Healthy Food Options; and
5) Providing Fresh Food Options.

If the food establishment is agreeable to these basic standards, we will encourage our neighbors to intentionally support their business.

Once again, we are planning to support local food businesses by sponsoring “Cash Mobs” – targeted meet-ups in which we call on all neighbors to patronize a specific business on specific days and times. Cash Mobs not only demonstrate to business owners of the potential increased business they may receive from the local residents, but Cash Mobs will also potentially introduce new food and dining options to area residents who would otherwise look elsewhere for food options.

The Cash Mobs will officially begin with the 1st Annual Intown SW Atlanta Bowling Competition at the Metro Fun Center (1959 Metropolitan Pkwy) on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 7pm! Games will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Awards and Prizes will be given to the neighborhood with the best Individual and Neighborhood Bowling Scores AND for the neighborhood with the highest representation!

A tentative schedule of follow-on Cash Mob meet-ups in each participating neighborhood will be released shortly. Please contact Randy G. Gibbs @ mrgibbs63@gmail.com (or your neighborhood representative) to make recommendations of local food businesses worthy of our support.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 26th, for the Cash Mob Kick Off, and for the follow-on Cash Mob events!


PNC Donates 6 Lending Libraries to Adair Park!

Thanks to a generous donation by PNC Bank to Friends of Adair Park we are receiving 6 little lending libraries for the neighborhood! During the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club Event in AP 2 on 6/13/15 children will have an opportunity to decorate and add a personal touch to the libraries. The libraries will then be installed throughout Adair Park! If you can donate paint, books, or installation expertise, please contact secretary@adairpark.com.

“More little lending libraries are popping up around metro Atlanta this month as Friends of Adair Park gets set to install six of the miniature book exchanges throughout its neighborhood parks and public space.
PNC Bank recently donated the libraries to Adair Park as part of an effort to leverage community engagement to encourage children to read. More than 400 PNC employee volunteers built the libraries, which can hold gently used books for residents to lend, borrow, share and return. “For many families and residents who don’t have a traditional library nearby, these mini-libraries are a free, accessible community resource.” said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president, Georgia.”

June 13: Mayor’s Summer Reading Club in Adair Park II

Friends of Adair Park and Adair Park Today are partnering with the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club to host a book club in AP2 for neighborhood kids ages 0-8! Join us on June 13, 2015 from 12- 2pm to receive a free book, learn a phrase in Sign Language, and have fun reading with your neighbors! Light refreshments will be provided. More information will be posted in the Adair Park Neighbors group on Facebook and online at adairpark.com. Contact secretary@adairpark.com with any questions. We hope to see you there!


April Workdays in the Community Garden!

Please join our neighbors and community garden organizer Stacey Robertson as we get ready for a bountiful summer!

Garden 2

April 4th: Clean-up and adding tiered beds (which can be easily moved)
Time: 9am – 12pm

April 18th: Clean up and late spring/early summer planting, running irrigation, installing solar pump
Time: 9am-5pm
We will supply gloves, tools, continental breakfast and lunch

If you can’t join us, please consider making a donation of one of the following:
Organic pest control for vegetables
Organic compost
Organic soil
Melon seeds
Squash seeds
Tomato plants/seeds
Okra seeds
Cedar planks – we’ll need approximately 108 linear feet of 8×1 cedar

All donations to the garden are tax deductible. Any monetary donations can be made to Spoonful of Honey Food and Job Initiative, Inc., a federally recognized 501(c)3. Questions? Contact Stacey Robertson at Adairparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Flag Football Season Begins March 31!

The Youth Sports League flag football season is about to begin!
The dates are as follows:
Preseason March 31
Regular season April 14-May 19
Playoffs May 26
Championship May 30

All games begin at 6pm and will be played at Adair Park I with the exception of the April 28th and May 5th games which will be played at Kennedy Middle School.

Contact Adam Stanley at 678-612-4060 or adam@blueprint58.org.

Planning Meetings: Fall Festival and Tour de SWAT

We will be meeting at Matthew Garbett’s home, 1007 Allene, this Sunday, March 8th to plan two major events:

Fall Festival
Adair Park Today is hoping to support a large community event to take place in September or October of 2015. We will need many volunteers to organize and implement this event. This meeting will center around choosing a theme and subsequent tasks to make our first neighborhood festival a reality!

Tour de SWAT
This year’s Tour de SWAT will take place on May 9th. This committee is looking for volunteers to secure sponsorships, run refreshment tables and conduct outreach to advertise the event. Tour participants will bike through seven southwest Atlanta neighborhoods, visiting restored houses, renovations, city parks and other cultural attractions. Last year’s tour was a huge success!

Please contact Matthew Garbett if you are interested in joining the planning committees for either event: matthewgarbett@gmail.com.