Parktoberfest

Saturday, October 12, 2013

For the past nine years, residents of Whittier Mill Village on the west side of Atlanta have been coming together on a fall weekend in October to raise money to continue their efforts to restore and maintain Whittier Mill Park. So far the neighborhood has raised nearly $200,000 that have gone to restore two historic buildings, the mill tower and the carpenter’s workshop as well as installing picnic tables, grills, a bocce court, landscaping and much more. Their annual event, aptly named Parktoberfest, is the main fundraiser for the park and the neighborhood. Starting in the late afternoon and lasting throughout the night the festival included tasty morsels provided by local food trucks, live music including such bands as Rolling Nowhere, a silent auction, games and brews served by Monday Night Brewing.

Ryan Aspinall (right) plays a game of bocce with his brother Patrick during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Ryan Aspinall (right) plays a game of bocce with his brother Patrick during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Will York (center) and his sister Madison (right) are spun on a piece of playground equipment by their grandfather Jeff Norton during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Will York (center) and his sister Madison (right) are spun on a piece of playground equipment by their grandfather Jeff Norton during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Mims Pettit (top) watches as Leanne Aspinall paints her sister's face during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Mims Pettit (top) watches as Leanne Aspinall paints her sister’s face during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Brad Cochran from the band Rolling Nowhere performs on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Brad Cochran from the band Rolling Nowhere performs on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Isaac Zderski tries to knock over a stack of cans during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Isaac Zderski tries to knock over a stack of cans during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Kristin DeMelfi (right) and her husband Ray pour beers during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Kristin DeMelfi (right) and her husband Ray pour beers during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Logan Tubo runs down the brick pathway past the ruins of the mill tower at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta during Parktoberfest on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Logan Tubo runs down the brick pathway past the ruins of the mill tower at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta during Parktoberfest on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Jess Hopkins (left) and Christopher Salmon from the band Rolling Nowhere perform on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Jess Hopkins (left) and Christopher Salmon from the band Rolling Nowhere perform on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Brooke Holder watches Rolling Nowhere perform during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Brooke Holder watches Rolling Nowhere perform during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Jeff Blankenship (right) gives Jessica DeLoach a kiss on her cheek during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Jeff Blankenship (right) gives Jessica DeLoach a kiss on her cheek during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Damien Duff climbs a slide as his aunt Julie Kerr watches during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Damien Duff climbs a slide as his aunt Julie Kerr watches during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

 

Adam Higgins (right), Christopher Salmon, Brad Cochran and Jess Hopkins from the band Rolling Nowhere perform on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Adam Higgins (right), Christopher Salmon, Brad Cochran and Jess Hopkins from the band Rolling Nowhere perform on stage during Parktoberfest at Whittier Mill Park in Atlanta on Saturday, October 12, 2013.