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No School Friday!

November 5 — Chad and team here with your Weekend Rough Draft. 

⛅ It'll be partly cloudy with a high of 55° today. 🥶 Check your heat: a low of 40° tonight. 

⏰ So we don't forget, let's all make a note that Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks “fall back” one hour. 👍

👋 Kasim Reed conceded in the mayoral race. He was just over 600 votes behind second-place finisher Andre Dickens, who will face Felicia Moore in a Nov. 30 runoff election.  

That race is one of 10 runoffs happening in Atlanta that day, including City Council President, city council, and school board seats. 

🗳️Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron resigned on Wednesday. The county continues to face a state-run performance review following the 2020 election.

🍩 Crews demolished the fire-damaged Krispy Kreme on Ponce. But doughnut fret! A pop-up shop will open on the site in December.

🔪 Japanese restaurant Bishoku was recently named “Restaurant of the Year” by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber. Owner Jackie Fukuya Merkel has established a loyal following, so much so that even the COVID-19 pandemic seemed like just a “blip,” she says.

🧑‍🎨 SCAD’s Fall 2021 Open Studio event returns this weekend. See nearly 1,500 works by over 540 artists from SCAD’s various degree programs. Peruse the limited-run selection in-person today (6:30 - 8 p.m.) and tomorrow  (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.), or online through Sunday.

🕖 Today's Draft is  stories ➼

• Chomp & Stomp 
• A Braves parade 
• Rena Ann Peck's Top 5
• Matthew Kaminski talks ‘L.A. Connection’

• Sports

Have a great weekend, but be careful. Georgia passed the grim milestone of 25,000 people dead from Covid-19 yesterday.

See you Monday.
1. Chomp & Stomp returns

🌶️ After a year off in COVID limbo, Cabbagetown’s almighty Chomp & Stomp chili cook off and bluegrass festival ushers in the new normal this Sat., Nov. 6.

🥄 Don’t forget your spoons, which are on sale at Little's Food Store (cash only) and at Sweet Cheat’s for $8 in advance or $10 at the fest.

➡ All proceeds go toward Cabbagetown park improvements.

🏃🏿‍♀️ The Romp & Stomp 5k kicks off at Milltown Arms Tavern. Walkers begin at 7:45 a.m. Runners start at 8 a.m.

🥣 The Chili Cook Off fires up from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.🔥

🎻 It wouldn’t be Chomp & Stomp without a heaping helping of the fiddle flavor that mill workers brought down from the Appalachian Mountains in the 1890s.

➡ Check out the schedule of “old-timey” bluegrass performances by artists such as Smith & Calvert Bluegrass Brigade, Georgia Mountain String Band, Mose Wilson, and more.

🏄 This year’s lineup adds alt-country and rock acts to the mix. Nikki & the Phantom Callers headline Brookshire Amphitheatre. 97 Estoria hosts the Cool Kids! Surf Rock & New Wave stage with Skunkweed Juju, Chrome Castle, and French People.

🎨 The artist market will also be extra stacked with local painters, photographers, herbalists, candlemakers, and others.
2. Ludacris, Big Boi, Freddie & Soler 

 🎉 Tuesday night’s victory over the Houston Astros marked the Braves first World Series win since 1995.

Most metro area school systems have made today a holiday, so fans can celebrate at the citywide parade honoring the Braves.

Charge up that MARTA card, and stay out of traffic.

The parade route begins downtown at Centennial Park and travels north up Peachtree to 10th St. The second stretch of the parade takes place along Cobb Pkwy., before festivities cap off at Truist Park, where Big Boi (above) and Ludacris are performing a free concert.

Tickets for the concert at Truist Park are free, but are required to attend.

The Battery will also have limited capacity during the celebration. Access for non-ticket holders will be granted on a first come-first-serve basis.
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3. Rena Ann Peck of Georgia River Network

𓆏 Pace Academy alumna Rena Ann Peck grew up in Buckhead’s Peachtree Battle neighborhood. These days she is Executive Director of the Georgia River Network, and founder of Watershed Sustainability LLC.

Peck is a leading voice for safe river recreation and conservation, advocating for science-based watershed management, and encouraging Georgians to be stewards of local rivers. She also leads campaigns to conserve and protect places like the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Before next Tuesday’s ChiliFest for Rivers fundraiser at SweetWater Brewing Co., we asked her for her Top 5 Something. Below she shares her favorite memories of Peachtree Creek, which flows through Buckhead, near her current home in Peachtree Hills.

Mapping out my river origins brought to light that I truly hail from Peachtree Creek. I was born at Piedmont Hospital at the top of the infamous “Cardiac Hill.” Rain from that hill drains directly to the creek, and the little creek’s drainage is where I was raised, and where I raised my children.

1. As a child selling peaches by my Rivers Rd. home, July’s prickly heat sent me searching for relief. I would hike Peachtree Creek’s cool waters from Peachtree Battle’s neighborhood brook to the creek’s mainstem at Peachtree Battle Cir., where I lived as a teen, riding a tire swing to jump into the rusty water. In 1990, when I was at UGA, Peachtree Creek flooded our home — my mother, Rena Peck, escaped out of the front door when a fireman with his canoe in the living room told my siblings “get in the boat let’s go!”

2. At this time of year, I always look to the head of Peachtree Battle across from E. Rivers where my daughter and I would relish the miraculous Ginkgo trees’ bright yellow leaves falling all at once, and play in the leaves blanketing the ground in gold. Peachtree Battle median park was a special haven where my sister and I started our explorations on the creek, and ended dates with boys, kissing out the clock until the last minute before curfew. We sloughed through piped tributaries under roads; slid down algae ramps under bridges; and crossed through cave culverts in the dark to secret backyard gardens hunting salamanders under rocks (and hundreds of golf balls to sell at Cross Creek).  

3. Peachtree Battle shopping center was a center for us as teens, where we camped out at Turtles Records to buy tickets to see the Police, and saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Silver Screen. A Jaliscos Mexican dinner followed by Baskin & Robbins and a quirky stroll through Richards Variety Store is still a fun time.  I walk over there regularly for everything I need, and don’t know what I’d do without Pasta Vino once a week for Italian take-out.

4. Bobby Jones-Tanyard Creek: Many weekend nights, I’d join friends at not-so-secret tailgate parties under the railroad tracks at Peachtree Creek’s largest tributary, Tanyard Creek, and at Bobby Jones Golf Course. Today, I love driving balls with my son, walking the BeltLine with friends, and having a brew with my sister on the sunny clubhouse porch overlooking the green-space and spotting great blue herons.

5. Peachtree Hills: I raised my children on Springlake Dr. playing in the headwater creek of the Civil War Battle of the Ravine looking for salamanders and crayfish. Now I live in Peachtree Hills, hiking the creek with my son, fishing and catching tadpoles to grow bronze frogs whose songs sound like banjo twangs in my own Peachtree Creek backyard secret garden.
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4. Braves organist Matthew Kaminski talks ‘L.A. Connection’

🎹 Matthew Kaminski is best known as the Atlanta Braves organ player — laying down grooves from the press box when star pitcher Kyle Wright, Ozzie Albies, and the rest of the team take the field.

In October, Kaminski celebrated his 13th season creating game-day ambiance for America’s Team, and surpassed his 1,000th game. Kaminski also saw the arrival of his debut vinyl release, a seven-song LP of spacious and swinging West Coast jazz tunes, titled “L.A. Connection.” Everything from the Beach Boys’ “Help Me, Rhonda” to the George Braith-penned “Boop Bop Bing Bash” get a classic, organ trio makeover on the record.

Kaminski took a few minutes out between games to talk with me about all that went into making “L.A. Connection.”

He also gave us a rollicking playlist featuring same of his favorite organ jazz deep cuts. Read the conversation and press play here.
5. The (non-baseball) Sports Section

If you don't consider a parade to be sports, or even if you do, we have a few other updates for you. 

🏈 The Georgia Bulldogs remain #1, and are at home tomorrow hosting Missouri at 12 p.m. (TV: ESPN)

Tech is at Miami at 12:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN3)

Georgia State lost to Louisiana-Lafayette last night. 

⚽ Atlanta United is most likely in the playoffs, but it won't be official until the end of the weekend. The Five Stripes play in Cincinnati on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN+)

🏀 On the professional hardwoods, the Hawks are 4-5 after losing by 18 to the Utah Jazz last night at State Farm Arena. The team heads west for four games beginning tomorrow night in Phoenix at 10 p.m. (TV: BSS)

➡ In other local basketball news, the Overtime Elite Academy (above) opened at Atlantic Station earlier this week. Donnell Suggs from The Atlanta Voice was there, and reported on how OTE is giving promising young players a reason to leave high school and get paid for playing hoops on a path to the NBA. 

🏈 The Falcons travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday at 1 p.m. (TV: FOX)
Oops, we moved too fast

Some corrections from previous Drafts:

On Wednesday, we misspelled the name of the Dunwoody District 2 council member. He's Jim Riticher.

Atlanta's obsessive soccer fans caught that we missed the fact that the Chiefs won a NASL title in 1968, increasing Atlanta's sports championship count to four. 
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