The Dunwoody Homeowners Association during a closed meeting Oct. 18 voted to accept a compromise concerning Light Up Dunwoody, which is scheduled for Nov. 22.
Recent controversy surrounding a possible addition of a six-foot menorah to the property at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse caused the Dunwoody Preservation Trust to disallow any potentially religious symbol. Co-presidents of the trust said the mission to include all meant restricting all non-secular objects on the property.
“Because some holiday symbols are open for individual interpretation, we respectfully request that DHA move the tree to another location,” Dunwoody Preservation Trust said in a public statement.
DHA board member Richard Jones said in an email that he wanted to proceed with finding a compromise that would benefit the event organizers, the community and the groups sponsoring Light Up Dunwoody.
“This is a celebration of good will,” Jones wrote. “Let’s not let it devolve into a negative source of ill will that all will regret.”
So, DHA President Robert Wittenstein and the board members sought a solution that would allow a menorah, Christmas tree nearby, while keeping the traditional lights at the farmhouse property, located at 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.
The owner of Dunwoody Animal Clinic, Douglas Morgan, will allow a Christmas Tree and a Hanukkah Menorah on his property across from the farmhouse.
“On Sunday, the DHA Board of Directors voted to hold Light Up Dunwoody at the Farmhouse,” Wittenstein wrote in an email. “This reverses a decision announced a week ago to find a new location for the event. We thank the DPT for their willingness to allow us to produce the event on their property.”