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Morrow celebrates St. Paddy's at Olde Towne

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

The bodhrans will play, curly-headed girls will step-dance, and the water will run green at Olde Towne Morrow on Wednesday, during it's second annual Southern Leprechaun Jubilee.

On St. Patrick's Day, the city will invite citizens to its newest entertainment district for a night of Irish music, dance, and Guinness, of course. The Southern Leprechaun Jubilee will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., at Olde Towne Morrow, located at 1415 Southlake Circle, adjacent to Southlake Mall.

The free festival will feature performances of traditional Irish music by The Ballybeg Band and step-dancing by the Drake School of Irish Dance in Peacthree City. The event will also serve as an open house for the shops at Olde Towne Morrow, many of which will sell Irish-inspired food, clothing, and trinkets.

Morrow Main Street Coordinator Jessica Kilby said last year's Southern Leprechaun Jubilee took place at Olde Towne Morrow when it was no more than a construction site. She said this year's festival will "really represent the concept that Olde Towne Morrow was built upon."

"The houses were here [last year], but there were not actually businesses in the district, yet," Kilby said. "This year, we actually have tenants here. The bakery is going to do a lot of green cupcakes. The pub is going to do a lot of Irish-inspired food, so everybody is participating in their own way."

The fountain at Olde Towne Morrow will be dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Kilby said. Irish food will be provided by City Harbor, Maguire's Family and Friends pub, and Incredible Southern Poundcakes, she said.

According to Kilby, the event will also serve as the grand opening for two new stores -- Nevr2Late Christian Apparel and Page One, a bookstore geared toward young readers.

Mike Fives, a manager at Maguire's Family and Friends, said this will be the first St. Patrick's Day for the pub, which opened during Thanksgiving last year. He believes the event will help give the business "a tremendous boost."

"It fits right into us, because we are an Irish pub," he said. "We're really looking forward to it. It will kind of be a kickoff for our business. It [the event] will show people exactly where Olde Town Morrow is. A lot of people drive past this, and they ask, 'What is this?' Now, they will actually get to see what it is. It's introducing the finished version of Olde Towne Morrow to the community."

For more information, contact Jessica Kilby at (678) 794-9122, or jkilby@cityofmorrow.com.