Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
Local residents are being invited to help raise money for a Forest Park-based homeless assistance group, on June 4, by coming out to see a little song and dance at the Morrow-based National Archives at Atlanta.
Michael Twomey, president of the Morrow Business & Tourism Association, said the event, which will feature a variety of popular music, dating back to the 1950's, will raise funds for the Forest Park-based Clayton Family Care homeless aid organization. Twomey has been leading a group of Morrow tourism employees who are volunteering in their spare, off-hours time to organize the concert.
He said it will be based on a format he used last year for a similar concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clayton County Rotary Club, with attendees being allowed to rent custom-built tables to eat dinner during the event.
Twomey said his goal is to have a fundraiser for Clayton Family Care that allows people to gather in a "Chastain Park-type" atmosphere, so the concert will take place in the archive's outdoor amphitheater.
"We wanted to go for an upscale, high class outdoor event ... something that's different," he said.
The concert is scheduled to begin with a social hour at 7 p.m., at the archives, located at 5780 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow, according to Twomey. He added that the concert itself is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
The concert, titled "Let The Good Times Roll," will feature music by Atlanta-based cabaret singer, Robert Ray, and his production company, Robert Ray Productions. Twomey said Ray has decades of cabaret experience, having performed on Broadway in the 1960's, and later as a headliner at Club Atlantis, in Atlanta, in the 1970's.
Twomey also said the schedule of songs expected to be performed during the concert will touch on a variety of music genres. "It represents every decade, and every genre, from Dion Warwick, to Vestel Goodman, from 'R&B,' to gospel, and from classic rock, to country music," he said.
People who attend the concert will have the choice of bringing their own "picnic" dinner with them, or calling ahead to one of two local Morrow-area restaurants who will have dinner waiting for the attendees when they arrive at the concert. Twomey said people who wish to call in a dinner request may call Rocky's Cafe and Pizza in Morrow, at (404)363-4646, or Anne and Bill's Restaurant, in Forest Park, at (404)366-4477.
Attendees will be able to rent a custom-built, two-seat table, but a table rental will not be a requirement for eating at the event, according to Twomey. "They do not have to rent a table if they do not want one, although we'd like as many people to rent tables as possible," he added.
Twomey said the concert is being sponsored by the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, Waffle House, and Southern Crescent Hospital.
Tickets cost $30, and table rental is another $10. To purchase tickets, visit the Morrow Business and Tourism Association at 6475 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow, or call (770) 968-1623.