Heights Park Oktoberfest, Chili Cookoff Return on Oct. 13

Heights Park Oktoberfest flyerLast year the Heights Park Neighborhood Association revamped Oktoberfest, changed its location and introduced a chili cookoff. Well, it took off hotter than a habanero! So it didn’t take a bean brain to figure out it should be repeated.

The year’s festival will once again take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, on Thompson Drive between Newberry and Greenleaf.

The pot-ular Chili Cookoff will kick things off and competition is expected to be fiercer than last year. Wanna show off your secret recipe or prove to your neighborhood you’re a better cook than your spouse? Prizes will be awarded for the top three tastiest treats, and the winner will be able to proudly show off with a winner sign posted in his/her yard following the event. You must enter by Wednesday, Oct. 10. Send an email to contact@heightspark.com to enter. Six quarts is the minimum quantity required for entry.

If you don’t cook, just come chow and chat. D on’t forget to bring the beer — after all, it is Oktoberfest! HPNA will provide all the fixins, hot dogs, chips and root beer for those teetotalers. A smores station will sweetly round out the menu.

So set the date aside, stew away or salivate until the event is here.

May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

The May 2018 Yard of the Month belongs to Monk and Haley Kreder at 100 Thompson Drive. Here is what they had to say about their yard:

We are so honored to be chosen by the Heights Park Neighborhood Association as the Yard of the Month for May.

My husband and I bought this home in November 2017 and immediately began an extensive remodel of the interior, exterior and an addition.

Many people don’t know how very special the street Thompson is to me and my family. My grandparents Milton and Bertie Newsom lived at 111 Thompson, where they raised my father, his sister and two brothers and where they continued to raise 20-plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Although my grandmother has passed, she was my greatest inspiration in my design for our front yard. I wanted a place where I could sit out on the front porch and think of her and all of the fun we would have running up and down the street. She had the most amazing blue Spode China collection that was an inspiration for the interior and exterior of my home.

I love the Southern feel of plush blue hydrangeas and the way they draw out the blue tones in our front door and the Spode vases on our porch. The pink drift roses were the bright pop of color that the white exterior needed to bring cheer.

After trimming back and cutting down a dead tree to bring more sun, we were able to lay all new sod and create more beds in the front with fresh flowers for spring. We are loving the new, fresh look that the yard has and all of the grass space for our 2 year-old to run around.

Andy Littlejohn from Mainstream Irrigation and Landscaping instantly understood my vision and brought it to life. Design by @krederinteriors

Monk and Haley Kreder
100 Thompson Drive