Archive for September, 2010

Photos from the Launch of Don’t Forget That Day


Written on September 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm, by Lain Shakespeare

Check out the pictures from the launch party for Don’t Forget That Day. As usual, Jason Travis did a real bang-up job.

Don’t Forget That Day is available here online or at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur.

Thanks to the Kim King Foundation for funding our little project! Now that we’ve all had our naps, I’m ready to say it — maybe we should do it again next year!

The Waffle House Museum is Awesome


Written on September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am, by Amelia

Last weekend I ventured to the Waffle House Museum in Avondale estates in order to do some serious professional research/use that excuse to go somewhere neat one last time.

The Waffle House Museum of Avondale Estates, Georgia

The museum is only open one Saturday per month (and by appointment), so it was important to jump on the opportunity. Undeniable bonus? It was their 55th anniversary. I even got a pin that said so (not pictured anywhere).

Waffle House Museum Counter

Inside they’ve replicated the original counter and put out some extremely low-quality plastic food. I love it.

Now You Can Work at Waffle House!

Here’s where you can have your picture taken WITH FAKE BANGS to replicate an awesome photo, which you can see to the right. What a great idea! Maybe we’ll put a curly wig on some cardboard here to recognize my time with the organization.

Waffle House Museum Docent

Here’s our tour guide for the kitchen, aka a button with a speaker above. She was pretty good, though her question-answering was a tad lacking.

Vintage Waffle House Apparel

Next to the original restaurant, they have a museum area with memorabilia though the years. We also had a legit tour guide who kept saying amazing things like, “The guy who the chili is named after is my godfather — we eat at about 12 Waffle Houses every Christmas and he has to order the chili every time to ensure quality control.” What?!

The woman above began at Waffle House as a waitress something like 30 years ago, and is now in charge of like, Florida. Being the 55th anniversary and all, she was there to celebrate. She was super nice, and super excited to be there.

Vintage Waffle House Watches and Knives

Did you know they made Waffle House watches and pocket knives? You do now!

Waffle House Memorabilia

The menus throughout the years. I could have spent so much more time there, if I had eaten beforehand.  Which I hadn’t.

Inside the Waffle House Museum

Hey, there are the two founders behind a fake counter! How neat!

Waffle House Founder at the Waffle House Museum

AND OH MY GOODNESS THERE IS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS! He walked by our group as we sat on a stoop, actively loitering while we waited for our comrades to arrive. Needless to say, we were star struck.

If you get a chance, definitely go to the Waffle House Museum. We ate at the active location down the street afterwards, and it all amounted to a super special and informative afternoon. Thanks for rallying the troops, Brooke!

Finally, this is my last blog post as an employee of the Wren’s Nest, which is making me really sad, truth be told. It’s been great fun to write here over the years, and I’m going to miss it a lot. Let’s just hope Lain is funny on his own.

Many thanks to all of you who have read this blog and supported the Wren’s Nest — it’s no small thing, and we appreciate more than can be expressed here.

I need to end this before I get irredeemably sappy.  Bye for now!

Amelia Is Leaving the Wren’s Nest for Dad’s Garage Theatre


Written on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am, by Lain Shakespeare

Amelia, our Program Director and my co-blogger, accepted the Development Director position at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. She starts next week.

(Photo by Jason Travis for Purge ATL)

Dad’s Garage has about three times the operating budget of the Wren’s Nest. It’s also Atlanta’s most prestigious improv theatre. Case-in-point: their upcoming show, Boner-lympics. Later this month they are staging Two Gentleman of Lebowski, which we all should be excited about. Clearly, this is a phenomenal opportunity and a great fit.

Now don’t fret, y’all: Amelia is leaving the Wren’s Nest on stellar terms.

As you may recall, we brought her here three years ago because she was cheap and gullible. I’m lucky she stayed this long. Over the past three years she:

• Launched our KIPP Scribes program.
• Single-handedly ran the Wren’s Nest Publishing Company.
• Put the Wren’s Nest Ramblers to work smoothly and frequently.
• Orchestrated events like Wren’s Nest Fest.
• Performed innumerable administrative tasks such as (a) answering the phone on just one ring or (b) ensuring the Wren’s Nest Twitter feed is funny or (c) helping out that one time that kid puked in our air vent.

This just scratches the surface. It’s no wonder she was hired away.

Readers of this blog in particular will probably miss Amelia’s snide remarks, dirty jokes, and lists of Joel Chandler Harris’s nicknames. I will miss Amelia for her commitment to awesomeness, and I’d like to thank her for all that she’s given to the Wren’s Nest (thank you!).

Since I do not want to do her job, we’ve got to hire someone who is passionate, qualified, and generally fantastic. Do you know someone like that?

Here’s our job description in .pdf format. We’d like a new Program Director on November 1st, so time is of the essence. Resumes, cover letters and writing samples should go to jobs@wrensnestonline.com.

Today, I Broke My Key Off in the Door


Written on September 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm, by Lain Shakespeare

If there was any question that I am the strongest executive director of the Wren’s Nest in the modern era (2006 – ), this settles it.

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Fan Mail for Curtis, Exceptional Storyteller


Written on September 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm, by Amelia

First of all: the Decatur Book Festival was an incredible success. Thanks to everyone who helped us out and who attended our events. The KIPP Scribes party for Don’t Forget That Day was particularly fantastic. Hooray for everyone!

The only downside: we were super busy throughout the festival, which meant less picture taking and more “Gah! Did I leave (insert necessary book/decoration/foodstuff) in the car?!” Oh well, doggone.

Thankfully, the children of Winona Park Elementary picked up our slack.

You see, a few days before the festival, our storyteller Curtis went to Winona Park to perform for the first graders. Clearly, they were quite taken — and we’ve got the thank you note showcase to prove it!

Curtis, enthralled audience, purple stage, thanks. Pretty standard and adorable.

It took me a while to decipher “uspe shle,” which was my bad. But y’all — “Remember t.”  I think.

This student really captured the candy corn of Curtis’ eyes.

It’s a shame Curtis caused Mazzy stress, but it looks like she had a good, loving time overall.

I really like how on the front cover here (right) the student captured the enormous bird haunting the proceedings. Curtis’s affinity for spinach (pictured, right) is particularly evident in the size of his forearms (also pictured, left).

Here’s the interior:

So, just to be clear, this student mentioned “love” not one, not two, but THREE enthusiastic times. Well done, Curtis.

Finally, I think it’s great that they’ve started giving the kids LSD to really “experience” the event.

Thanks, Winona Park! Great work, Curtis!