The AJC is reporting that the Brown Bag Lunches on the Marietta Square have been canceled…what do you think about this? At a cost of only $200 a piece it seems a bit much to cancel them. I’m guessing that merchants were upset, but how many of those moms took their kids to lunch on the Marietta Square and also spent money. Most of them, I’d bet.
Bella Simmons, 3, from Marietta (right) splashes in the renovated fountain with Daniel Horne, 3, from Marietta. The Thursday Brown Bag concerts on the Marietta Square during May and September, a tradition for years, may be ending. The Marietta Square just underwent a four-month long renovation that included ornamental poles for lights and traffic signals, decorative lighting and consolidated signage, brick crosswalks, and a refurbished fountain.
Here’s the quote from the AJC on the issue:
At least, that was the way the Brown Bag Lunch Concert was supposed to work.
But few of the city and county employees headquartered just blocks away ever showed up with store-bought fare. In their place came moms toting dancing toddlers, said Mike Gabler, a city parks official.
“It rapidly turned into a moms’ day out type of thing,” he said.
Businesses complained about the parking spaces lost to the concert.
And the city finally relented to their appeals: after this month, Marietta will cancel the series, which has run at noon on Thursdays in May and September as long as Gabler can remember.
“The September concerts are canceled at this point,” said Gabler, the recreation services manager for the Marietta Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department. And it’s a “good assumption” that May will be canceled, as well, he said.
The concerts, which cost about $200 apiece, were not originally intended as merely an economic stimulant. They also were meant to provide cultural enrichment to the public, Gabler said.