It’s electric!: City of Troy sponsors Brown Bag Lunch on the Square in Downtown Troy

Published 3:00 am Friday, May 15, 2015

Jason Reeves visits with the citizens of Troy at the Brown Bag event on the Square. MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELL

Jason Reeves visits with the citizens of Troy at the Brown Bag event on the Square.


Two words defined the Brown Bag Lunch on the Square Thursday in downtown Troy – electric and cool.

DJ Henry Everett got the lunch bunch up and on its collective feet so often that he dubbed the dancers The Brown Bag Dancers and their signature dance was The Electric Slide.

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The City of Troy sponsors the Brown Bag events, which have become trademark events for downtown Troy.

Mayor Jason A. Reeves welcomed the Thursday gathering and thanked everyone for being a part of an event that brings people together for a time of fun and fellowship.

People of all ages were invited to have lunch on the square. Although most generations were represented, the senior adults outnumbered them all.

Shelia Deveridge, Troy Nutrition Center director, said 41seniors from the nutrition center attended and, to a one, they enjoyed themselves.

“We all like to get outside and the opportunity to be a part of events on the square is very special,” Deveridge said. “Our seniors enjoy the fellowship of these events. They enjoy the entertainment and they enjoy being in the downtown area. The square is a wonderful place to gather and we appreciate every opportunity to be here.”

Catherine Jordan, director of the Colley Senior Complex, said Troy’s downtown square is an ideal gathering place.

“Our seniors appreciate the opportunity to visit Troy’s beautiful downtown area,” Jordan said. “Most people enjoy the outdoors and our seniors are no exception. They love the outdoors but not the heat. The trees on the square provide shade so the square is a pleasant place to be. We are fortunate to have a place like this where people can come and enjoy being outdoors.”

Charles Meeks, a retired Troy City Council member, agreed that Troy’s downtown square is a special place.

“Having events like Brown Bag promote our downtown area,” Meeks said. “You don’t see many downtown areas like Troy’s. Some time back, there was a movement to cut down the trees in the downtown area. I’m so thankful that didn’t happen. If it had happened, we would not be here today enjoying all of this.”