When Rhiannon Apple isn’t busy managing an active team as Moxie Interactive’s VP of Trends, she’s busy managing an active team of volunteers that puts on the annual Kirkwood Spring Fling Festival & Tour of Homes. As chair of the Kirkwood Spring Fling Festival & Tour of Homes for the past two years, Rhiannon keeps a fast pace from January through May. The five year Kirkwood resident on what makes Kirkwood awesome, and why you should make plans to hit the Spring Fling this weekend…
Q. A potential home buyer is thinking about buying in Kirkwood. Sell them on the neighborhood…
A. Kirkwood captures the true sense of the word “”community.”” There is a strong neighborhood association, as well as neighbors who come together from all walks of life and demographics to help one another in times of need. Whether it be a house fire, surgery, funeral or candlelight vigil to help a family heal, the residents band together. Of course, we enjoy the good times as well, like the traditional Sunday Coffee gatherings, Spring Fling, blessing of the animals or volunteering at Teen Club.
Our business owners are always the first to step up for donating to our school or a neighbor’s Walk for the Cure. It’s like living in an episode of “”Cheers”” where they always know your name. Where else do neighbors who have the personal cell phone numbers of their city councilperson, police detective turned close friend and UPS driver ban together to save a school, collect clothes and goods for a family whose home has been damaged by fire, and insist on picking you up from the emergency room even if they aren’t your closest buddy? Where else can you go to a cute little bistro, stop by and chat with the firemen, grab a smoothie, head to the park for Screen on the Green, and help prune the trees and mulch the park just because you want to?
Q. Hidden Atlanta gem?
A. The old Pullman Train Yards. They are closed to the public, but the buildings provide a peak into the history of our neighborhood.
Q. You’re given an unlimited budget to produce next year’s Spring Fling. Plans?
A. We’d offer all of the food and beverages for free, so that it could be a true celebration of the neighborhood. Right now, it’s our community’s largest fundraiser and there is pressure to sell a lot of beer and booths to cover our costs.
Q. Favorite neighborhoods, other than Kirkwood, of course?
A. I love all the surrounding neighborhoods we are sandwiched between: East Atlanta, East Lake, Edgewood and Candler Park.
Q. What is the Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes, and why is it a must-attend event?
A. The Kirkwood Spring Fling offers the diversity of a big Festival with the warmth and ease of a neighborhood party. Folks can browse the open air Artist Market, with more than 90 booths, in the shade of giant trees, enjoy the music of live bands and singers on the Mainstage, and play with their children in our creative Kids Area, which includes a playground, Moonbounce, storytelling and crafts.
Kirkwood also has a diverse collection of building styles from classic Victorian cottages to craftsman bungalows to modern lofts and everything in between. Some of our best homes will be showcased on the Tour of Homes.
Admission to the Festival is free. It is held in Bessie Branham Park and the surrounding areas. Tickets for the Tour can be purchased in the park at the Festival or in advance at several local businesses. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit group dedicated to community improvement.