DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody residents are invited to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket and join their neighbors for a “community tailgate” featuring college football on the big screen.
The first-of-its-kind city event will be held Oct. 19 from 1 to 11 p.m. on the tree-lined lawn outside Marlow’s Tavern and Karen Cannon Realtors on Dunwoody Village Parkway.
“I’ve lived in Dunwoody for 15 years, and I’ve probably driven down that parkway thousands of times and never noticed the great green space that is there,” Town Center Collaborative Principal Alan Mothner said. “It was maybe the week before college football was getting ready to start, so I thought ‘Hey, why don’t we see if we can show a football game out there?’”
Town Square Collaborative, along with Regency Centers, Marlow’s Tavern and Karen Cannon organized the event.
“As soon as I told them the idea, they were all in and ready to go,” Mothner said.
Regency Centers owns and operates Dunwoody Village. According to Senior Vice President and Market Officer Andre Koleszar, Regency Centers loved Mothner’s idea.
“We were looking for a way to partner with the community and to highlight this great greenspace right on Dunwoody Village Parkway,” Koleszar said. “Karen Cannon, Trey Beasley from Marlow’s Tavern, and Alan Mothner of Town Square Collaborative brought us this idea, and we jumped on the chance to host what we hope will become a great, annual community event.”
The featured game, to be shown on an outdoor big screen LCD TV, will be the University of Georgia against the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as other fan favorites based on the day’s broadcast schedule.
There is no fee to enter the tailgate area and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendees can enjoy a special tailgate themed menu of items for purchase from Marlow’s Tavern or try samples from Marlow’s Big Green Egg.
The outdoor tailgate bar will feature a signature cocktail and craft beer from Athens-based Creature Comforts Brewery. Four Fat Cows hand crafted ice cream will also be on-site to keep fans cool and satisfy any sweet cravings.
There will be lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga, and an on-site DJ to keep the lawn hopping during commercial breaks. Throughout the day, there will be giveaways from Marlow’s Tavern, Creature Comforts Beer and other local businesses.
Virtually every candidate running for city office this November has cited revitalizing Dunwoody Village, in one form or another, as one of their priorities. This event could serve as test of what Dunwoody residents want to see in the future and how viable that vision might be.
“The hope of the event is to show what’s possible with the area,” Mothner said. “I’m hoping that we get a good turnout from the community, and it shows that the community is looking for a little bit more out of that shopping area.”
“Regency is going to be at the event, so if people want to come by and talk to them it’s a great opportunity to meet them,” he added. “They’re certainly a huge partner of this, and I think are interested in hearing what everybody would like to see.”
If nothing else, Dunwoody residents can come to hang out and enjoy a game and a beverage, Mothner said.
For more information, find the “Dunwoody Community Tailgate” event on Facebook.