'Mob' expected to break out on Marietta Square
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
August 03, 2011 12:00 AM | 10340 views | 13 13 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - What started as a joke between friends has grown into a 500-person dance-off against hunger.

Nearly 500 people are expected to participate in a "flash mob" Saturday night between 6 and 6:30 p.m., dancing to Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

Before dancing, participants will be dropping food in barrels that will be placed throughout the Square. All donations will be given to MUST Ministries in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton.

"The idea popped into my head a few months ago," longtime Marietta resident Nikki Clotfelter said. "Some friends were at our house and just jokingly I said, 'Hey, let's do a flash mob!"

She posted information on her Facebook page saying that she wanted to have a flash mob, in which a large group assembles in a public place, performs or dances for a brief time and then disperse. After more than 100 people responded, Clotfelter decided that they should perform the flash mob for a cause.

"We really needed to think of a good charity that we could bring in with this," she said. "(My husband Blaine and I) got a link to MUST Ministries and how they needed food and that their food bank was bare."

She immediately contacted MUST Ministries and decided that part of the flash mob would be participants donating food.

Clotfelter chose to choreograph and perform the flash mob to "We're Not Gonna Take It," because she said, "We're Not Gonna Take Hunger" anymore.

"The flash mob is dedicated to doing something that will highlight the need for food and the need for people to get involved," MUST Ministries' Kaye Cagle said. "If it helps feed people, we're all for it."

Cagle said that they have seen a tremendous response from residents who want to help since informing local communities in late June that the food banks were extremely low.

Cagle said they need canned meats, breakfast items, powdered milk, spaghetti sauce and pasta, canned meals, boxed meals, peanut butter and jelly.

Nearly 100 people attended a rehearsal Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta. Clotfelter expects up to 500 to participate this weekend.

"There were people coming in that I did not know, and we've lived in Marietta for a long time," she said. "It's amazing how ... this has spread."

"A flash mob is supposed to be a complete surprise element, but because so many people have found out about it, it isn't going to be a surprise," Clotfelter said. "But that's okay, because it's for a great cause."

Clotfelter said they are expecting participants from all over, including her sister who is coming down from New York, a group that will be traveling from Tennessee, and someone from Austria who practiced last weekend with her at the rehearsal.

"We just ask that people bring food if they participate," she said.

MUST Ministries serves approximately 32,000 clients a year at their three locations. They serve a ton of food each day, 45 percent of which to children.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the flash mob; the dance steps are available online at www.youtube.com/user/mustministries.

For more information, visit MUST Ministries' online at www.mustministries.org or http://www.facebook.com/mustministries.
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Craig (town native)
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August 12, 2011
I am going to try and make it. Sounds really fun and disregard the negative nellies on here. Who cares if everyone knows about it. Thats just how we do it in Marietta. We want everyone to come out and have fun. If it was secret everyone couldn't participate. Can't believe some of these folks are so depressing.
Shocked and Amazed
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August 05, 2011
Wow, I hope none of you people ever are in need of help from MUST. What a shame you can't see the faces of kids that will benefit (by that I mean eat) from this event. SO WHAT if it's been made public, who cares as long it brings in more food and funds. Whatever happened to compassion, charity, and just plain fun? Dang, a lot of people nowadays can't afford to go to the movies, out to eat, or any type of recreational activity. This provides a release of daily stresses and in return you get to help others LESS fortunate than yourself. Such selfish, self centered, negative people...that's what's wrong with society. Just stay home, play your video games, watch your pay per view, eat your steak dinner or do whatever you are fortunate to do on Saturday nights. ;)
Sandy Saffold
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August 04, 2011
I'm sure the negative comments are from transplants because Marietta Natives have more class than that! I don't think that anyone called the newspapers, the word just got out. Yes it is not exactly a flash mob if people know about it, but It's a great cause and it's just fun. The police do know about it as well as the local restruants and businesses that will be supported by this event. MUST is a homeless agency that not only gives handouts, but tries to break the cycle. They give these peopleskills trainging and counselling to be productive members of society so that our tax dollars don't have to pay for them.

This is a positive event people, Stay positive and classy. ; )
Alex Mans
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August 03, 2011
its not a flash mob is everyone knows about it. regardless... exciting.

stupid song but whatever haha
Yimmy
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August 03, 2011
Wow, what a joke, another person just seeking press and a ploy to get attention. If they really wanted a flash mob, they would not have called the papers and the news stations... I am so disappointed in hearing this as the idea would have been fun... but to splash it all over the news, just another attention seeker
Participant
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August 03, 2011
Not one nice post. Thanks Marietta. Nice sense of community we have here.
nobody58
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August 03, 2011
I hope there isn't a wedding taking place at that time and where are all these people parking note to self stay away from the square

Billy Joe Bob
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August 03, 2011
Just a mob, not a flash mob. :/
anonymous
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August 03, 2011
Hope they have a permit.
Dustoff
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August 03, 2011
Hey did you think to notify the Marietta Police Dept.?

I am sure they will be thrilled!
David Staples
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August 03, 2011
I'm assuming this is the same MUST ministries that the county donates our tax dollars to, right?
arsenal45
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August 03, 2011
It's not a "flash mob" if the general public is aware when and where it's going to happen.
anonymous
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August 03, 2011
Flash mob. Yea.
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