This was the first year that the Marietta Square hosted a “ball” drop on New Year’s Eve. The traditional ball, or peach as the folks in downtown Atlanta used, was replaced by an 8-foot cube
topped with the letter “M.” As typical for the Marietta Square, the family friendly event made things special for those with younger kids by having two ball drops. There was a Children’s Ball Drop at 7 p.m. and the traditional Midnight Square Drop with the adults counting down the coming in of the new year.
Adding to the fit for all ages New Year’s Eve celebration was ice sculpting, cosmic golfing and ice skating. Families filled the square with blankets, chairs and lined the walkways listening to music. Everyone was spreading well wishes for the end of the year and the coming of the next.
The food trucks and drink stands that lined the streets around the square were a welcome addition. Being able to grab a bite to eat or celebratory libation on the helped to keep the party lively out on the streets.
The Whiskey Gentry provided musical entertainment, on the Bandstand in Glover Park, leading up to midnight. Paste Magazine described The Whiskey Gentry as a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum.”
Photos of The Whiskey Gentry
The Whiskey Gentry on Spotify
Band Members: Price Cannon (drums), Sam Griffin (bass), Chesley Lowe (banjo, accordion), Jason Morrow (guitar), Walter Ray (harmonica, mandolin), Lauren Staley (vocals, guitar)
If you don’t have The Whisky Gentry in your Music Library take a listen to the playlist below. Once you are done be sure to add them.
Later this year when you ask what to do for new year’s eve in Marietta come on out to the Marietta Square.