Beer, wine 'gARTen' comes to Art Walk in the Square in May
by Bridgette Bonner
April 12, 2013 12:00 AM | 2227 views | 9 9 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coming in May, the Art Walk in the Square will include beer and wine 5 to 9 p.m. every month.<br>Special to the MDJ
Coming in May, the Art Walk in the Square will include beer and wine 5 to 9 p.m. every month.
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Coming in May, the Art Walk in the Square will include beer and wine 5 to 9 p.m. every month.<br>Special to the MDJ
Coming in May, the Art Walk in the Square will include beer and wine 5 to 9 p.m. every month.
Special to the MDJ
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Musicians perform at the first Friday Art Walk event on the Square in Marietta.<br>Special to the MDJ
Musicians perform at the first Friday Art Walk event on the Square in Marietta.
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Marietta's annual Art Walk in the Square will include a beer and wine garden this year, starting next month.

The beer garden will be in Atherton Square behind Cool Beans the first Friday of every month from May through October. Beer and wine will be sold from 5 to 9 p.m.

Although the Art Walk began this month, the permit process to sell beer and wine took longer than expected, pushing that aspect of Art Walk back a month, according to Vision 20-20 member Kee Carlisle.

The garden, advertised as gARTen for the Art Walk, is the result of a partnership with the Marietta-based brewery, Red Hare Brewing Co., Carlisle said.

Atlanta Beverage, Red Hare’s distributor, is working with the Welcome Center to provide the beer for the event, according to Maryclaire Andres, a member of the Welcome Center board.

The Art Walk committee is unsure about the availability of wine, but Andres said there will be beer and sangria from Abita.

“It’s just something new we’re trying out to bring more people to the Art Walk and the (Marietta) Square,” Andres said. “Adding beer and possibly wine is another incentive to come out.”

The festival, which has been going on for six years, always brings a large crowd, according to board member Donna Kreuger. The opening night this year brought thousands to the Square, she said, and adding alcohol sales will benefit the festival environment.

Any funds raised go back into the event to make the Art Walk bigger and better each year, Kreuger said.
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lighten up
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May 06, 2013
How do you people survive in the world? There are any number of restaurants on the Square that already serve alcohol on a nightly basis. Having a beer on a Friday night at a festival that attracts art lovers cannot be compared to Freaknik. Get a grip.
Rolling My Eyes
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April 12, 2013
Wow! Have you really never heard of a Biergarten? There are actually some cultures that enjoy having a drink or two while socializing. It's actually beneficial to your health. Biergartens are a standard fixture in Germany and children are not taught that a social drink is evil. And I would say that they have a healty respect for alcohol because of that unlike the American kids. I'm glad that there are some people out there planning events that are not part of the Southern Baptist version of Sharia Law. Everything in moderation, loosen up Absolute Outrage and Yahoo Balloo.
Balloo
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April 15, 2013
As long as the event keeps ALL individuals to "a drink or two," I am fine with it. I propose you to be in charge of monitoring this.
Really? Here?
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April 12, 2013
We are really acutally having something cool here? What happened to trying to drive everyone away from us with the usual attitude displayed here at the MDJ.com by the usual unincorporated Cobb types "Absolute Outrage" and "Yahoo Balloo"?

If we do fun things like this on the Square, and if we do something about the nightmare highways that cut our community into pieces, if we make it such that city residents could walk to downtown without getting mowed over by West Cobb Paulding Soccer Mom (her wine glass in one hand, her cell phone in the other hand) on her way to take the kids to whatever HAD to be done in Alpharetta because the Hiram chain location "just isn't as good," then maybe, just MAYBE, we might turn this place around!

Yes, Here.
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April 15, 2013
Really? Here? Are you actually that dumb? My post in no form, fashion, or fiction of your imagination reflects the attitude of the MDJ. I live in corporated Cobb County and I am not a type. I am a person.
Absolute Outrage
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April 12, 2013
Beer garden? Huh? Huh? When did beer start growing in gardens? Quote from the article: “It’s just something new we’re trying out to bring more people...adding beer and possibly wine is another incentive to come out.” Well, so would providing weed and a snort pipe full of coke be an incentive for some elements to come out. Sell needles also, why not? Tell me how I teach my children there is a such thing as a BEER GARDEN? And wine doesn't come from grapes, children, in Marietta it comes from a WINE GARDEN. gARTen. GET A REAL TEACHING EN NOT....GARTEN. I sure do hope gARTen is heavily insured and that none of my family is affected by it. No money can buy my child's life that may be maimed or killed by a person partaking in the gARTen of Marietta where people are enticed to drive to get there and are enticed to partake of beer and wine while enjoying art. Geez. What next.
Yahoo Balloo
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April 12, 2013
Oh, you can bet it will be an incentive to come out and legally enjoy beer and wine in a public setting and will benefit the festival environment. No public drunk prohibitions at this event. Legal public drinking from 5 till 9. Yahoo, Freakniks, Hoochers, here's yo' chance. Can I just ask that part of the proceeds go to MADD?
MADD is a scam
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April 12, 2013
MADD claims to be against drunk driving. However, not once have they ever advocated for public transit. In fact, they only take any (supposed) action against drinking. They consider "driving" to be a given. Drinking has been around at least since the Bible, but driving? Driving is new. So why go after drinking but accept driving as a given?

MADD are just teetotalling busybodies without a brain among the whole lot of them. All they do is make money for themselves. They're like that pink ribbon cancer place. It's all about their own industry. It's all about them. They couldn't care less about their supposed issue. All they want is money for themselves. Case in point, "Can I just ask that part of the proceeds go to MADD?"

How did "Can I just ask that part of the proceeds go to MADD?" get posted at 1 AM when no other posts ever show up before 8 AM? Hmmm. Got a contact at the MDJ, MADD?
anonymous
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April 15, 2013
If you put inebriated people on public transit, you just transfer their stupidness to a bus and not a car.
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