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Rain lets up for Brown Bag event

Staff Photo: Camie Young People enjoy an afternoon concert as part of Gwinnett's Brown Bag Lunch event.

Staff Photo: Camie Young People enjoy an afternoon concert as part of Gwinnett's Brown Bag Lunch event.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After a few days cooped up inside because of the rain, Robert and Sue Cox made lunch -- a sandwich for him, a salad for her -- and brought it outside for a picnic on the Lawrenceville Square.

"We were getting a little cabin fever," Robert Cox said. "We like to come here."

Several yards away, a band began to play and kids and adults began to dance during Friday's Brown Bag Concert.

Like the Independence Day fireworks across Gwinnett, the concert was also delayed, but only by a few hours.

"I like to come out and hear the music and just enjoy the outside," said Jean Maddox, who waited around with her poodle Coco for the music to begin. "It's nice having things to go to all the time."

The crowd was light on Friday, after the rain and the delay, but Tammie Wagner said it was fun to continue the holiday barbecue a little longer.

"We had plenty of food (left), so we decided to make a picnic out of it," she said, as her son Joey chomped down on some red, white and blue cake.

Lora Carter lives within walking distance and couldn't resist bringing her son Jaxson and a friend to hear the music of Havana Son and enjoy a brief respite from the rain.

"It was free and it sounded fun," Carter said.