Smyrna celebrates St. Pat’s: Young dancers to put on flash mob
by Bridgette Bonner
bbonner@mdjonline.com
March 16, 2013 12:04 AM | 1773 views | 16 16 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — Young hip-hop dancers will try their skills in front of guests to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Smyrna today.

Dancers 8 to 10 years old will be scattered among the crowd, each wearing something green, about 2 p.m. at Atkins Park Tavern.

One will begin dancing in part of the crowd and others will follow one by one, said dance teacher Mary McGehee. The group of about 12 kids will form a flash mob, she said.

“These are talented dancers who may have a future with dance,” McGehee said.

Students are mostly local, she said, but some come from other areas in the northwest part of the state.

Today’s flash mob will be a rehearsal for a recital at the Smyrna Community Center in May when young dancers will combine hip-hop and ballet.

The event also will include musical performances and games for all ages.

On Saturday, Ron Hamdallah, a blues artist, performs at 3 p.m. Southern rock band Chris Stalcup and the Grange goes on stage at 5:30 followed by Southern rock band Radio Lucent at 8 p.m.

Mayor Max Bacon will dye the water in the Market Village fountain green at 5 p.m. Saturday, and games continue throughout the day.

For children, there will be a 65-foot inflatable obstacle course and games. Adults can play games, too, and join beer pong or corn hole tournaments all weekend.

Games and music continue outside until 10:30 p.m. Saturday and then more bands and a DJ continue the celebration indoors at the tavern, and then Sunday until 10 p.m.

Sunday bands include The Armory at 3 p.m. and Reynolds and Williams at 6:30 p.m.

“Atkins Park has always been known for good music,” said Bettie Cagle with the Atkins Park Tavern. “We are just continuing with that trend.”

The events will take place throughout the Village Green area between Atlanta Street and city hall.
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mk-apology
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March 19, 2013
I apologize to the mayor. I retract the poorly worded sentence that you were drunk w/ a bunch of college kids. Actually what I meant was that you attend events where people are drinking & getting drunk, but you avoid coming into the community & actually talking to the sober people about important issues in our neighborhoods.

I didn't appreciate being falsely accused of drinking when I was wrongly arrested, so I apologize for making a childish statement.

As a note, the one person screaming about this has made numerous false statements about me on several websites.
mk- wow
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March 18, 2013
All the comments attacking me are the same person. That, my friend is a mental issue.

I have every right to demand answers from my government.

I have concerns that the mayor attends Smyrna events & parties, no problem, but won't address the real issues in Smyrna, like a good mayor should.

Where is the 20 million on Concord Road?

Why has South Cobb & Windy Hill Road been completely ignored, since he has been mayor?

Why does the mayor seem comfortable w/ keeping Smyrna poor?

Maybe a more accurate statement would have been,.. he's drunk w/ POWER!!

And you my stalker, are just plain childish.
anonymous
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March 18, 2013
I am not your stalker. I will comment on this. I realize you are a narcissistic person that is in your own little unhappy world and you, as narcissistic people do, think everything is about you.
mk-my stalker...
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March 17, 2013
is back!!

Well, whether the mayor was drunk, drinking or abstaining, was not the point. I do not have that info, so no, I wouldn't know. I do know that the reason for the event is green beer, so I will guess many folk were indulging. I do not think it is illegal, is it?

It certainly seems to me that the mayor has no problem attending parties/events at every turn, but lacks a desire to handle actual business of this city.

If he did , Smyrna Heights, Concord Rd., South Cobb Drive, Davenport, 5 Points, Windy Hill, Jonquil, Belmont, etc., etc., would not be in the poor shape it is in.

I understand you have an obsessive need to stalk me on these websites. I do not feel safe w/ your stalking of me. You will not decide for me when or where I move, but thanks for your concern. You really need to attend to your personal issues.

C. Smith
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March 17, 2013
mk-hic...hic...hic..According to you, Mayor Bacon was drunk at a bar in Smyrna with a bunch of college kids. I do intend to follow this up with the publishers of this newspaper to see what I can do as a Cobb County resident to print a retraction of your accusations if they prove to be false. I accept everyone has a right to their point of view, but I sincerely hope someone will recognize this as something that needs to be investigated and you need to back up the accusation and the MDJ printed that the Mayor was drunk with a bunch of college kids.
Sis 2
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March 17, 2013
My sis just vented. You have gone way too far, Mary. I will go to the city Monday and see what I can do to stop your slander. The MDJ accepts your hatred, which is quite creepy.
Hic Hic Hic
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March 17, 2013
How much does Max need to pay you to go away?
Gladys in Smyrna
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March 17, 2013
It is quite a good thing, MK, that you live in Cobb County, for your own benefit. If you had to attack the problems in Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas, etc. you would be up all night attacking and would never sleep. Cobb is by FAR the best county to live in out of the entire metro Atlanta area. Why don't you move is what I can't figure out. The city GAVE you money to move, why haven't you? I will chip in if you want more.
anonymous
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March 17, 2013
Fun day! Happy people! Lots of laughter! Good times and cherished memories for kids in Smyrna! What a great place to be a kid! I remember growing up in Mableton long, long ago, we cordoned off Hawthrone Plaza one year and had a party. I will never forget it, nor will the children that attended this event. GREAT JOB, MAYOR BACON, GREAT JOB! A small town feel in a big city metropolis which you have somehow managed to preserve and that is quite a feat you have done! Keep it up for the children of Smyrna!
mk-hic...hic...hic..
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March 16, 2013
The city of Smyrna is stagnant. It's no secret that zero quality development wants to do business w/ this mayor.

Maybe he should be running the business of this city, instead of getting drunk at the only bar in town w/ a bunch of college kids.

Homeowners & taxpayers in Smyrna deserve so much better than what we have!

anonymous
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March 17, 2013
MK: You are just a miserable human being and your comments are actually pitiful and you are to be pitied and prayed for. This is an article about the joy and celebration of children and St. Patrick's day, yet you bring your sadness and hatefulness and misery and doom-and-gloom out here instead. You are in my nightly prayers that God may show you the joy in life that is there for every person, no matter what they perceive their circumstances to be. Did you attend this event? If not, what are you commenting for? And if you did attend, you can surely see Smyrna is far from stagnant. There are people that are enabling children here to have a fantastic children with fantastic childhood memories. Why don't you join the party? It will make you feel blessed and happier! Days like this make positive future leaders.
MK Hic
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March 17, 2013
Max and MK sitting in a tree. I don't think Max would go along with that although MK has a huge crush here and is a Max stalker and quite obviously loves the man and is frustrated that he doesn't love her back. Oh, well, all counties have one hic hic hic (wine or beer) and MK is one to be tolerated while she uses up county resources and county money. We know and understand. Every community has their nut cases. We tolerate, try to understand, and to be forgiving.
C. Smith
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March 17, 2013
I want to be fair. Where can I find that no quality development wants to to business with this mayor? You make this statement and I want to know what other quality development decided not to do business with this mayor. Other than yourself that can give a statement that you, yourself, have tried to do business with this mayor, and are a quality business that decided not to do business with him, then your words sound like slander to me. Do you have proof to back up these quite troubling, serious accusations of yours that the mayor of Smyrna was getting drunk at a bar in Smyrna with college kids? You have crossed the line, MK-hic hic hic, and I intend to file whatever action I can file for you to stop slandering this mayor, Cobb County, and Smyrna. Get your ducks in a row to back up proof of these profound accusations you publicly wrote that the mayor was getting drunk at the only bar in town with a bunch of college kids.
C. Smith
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March 17, 2013
Your comments have crossed the line where I am going to ask this newspaper to stop publishing your comments. To say "the mayor of Smyrna is getting drunk at the only bar in town with a bunch of college kids" is way out of line unless you can prove that allegation. We all understand from your constant posts of several years that you are unhappy with where you live. Other than the money you already received from Smyrna, there are citizens that will help you out to move from Cobb County.
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