Turin's Barbie Beach joins Royal Wedding celebration

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The royal wedding of William and Kate is being celebrated at Turin’s Barbie Beach.

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com The royal wedding isn't only in London. It's also being celebrated at Barbie Beach in the eastern Coweta County town of Turin.
William and Kate (Ken and Barbie) are dressed in their finest and riding in an extravagant carriage. Plenty of well-dressed guests, as well as a streaker or two -- and a few non-humans -- are on hand for the wedding, held under a tarp draped with Christmas lights and in front of a gurgling waterfall, complete with fresh flowers. Barbie Beach co-creator Lynda Quick said she got the idea to have the Barbies honor the royal wedding when she was going through some boxes of Barbies that were given to her. She had been culling out some of the Barbies that had been on the beach a little too long. "They get grungy" after a while, she said. "I was going through these boxes people give me and there were all these dressed-up ones." "I don't know where they came from," she said. The Quicks, Lynda and husband Steve, get lots of donations from the community, including Barbies, "Jeeps, cars, motorcycles, and anything that goes along with Barbies," she said. "People bring it, and if we're not here, they put it on the porch or back door or just wherever." Most of the Barbies come naked, "because that is the first thing a child does" to a Barbie, "is take their clothes off," Quick said. With the fancy dresses -- and the upcoming wedding -- celebrating it at Barbie Beach was a no-brainer. The Quicks' granddaughter Sydney, 4, was responsible for choosing much of the wedding party. Quick had two wedding dresses, and Sydney got to pick which one Kate would wear. "So she knew ahead of all the rest of the world," Quick said. Sydney was also in charge of picking out the wedding guests. Quick recalled how Sydney's dad, Ben Quick, asked her about one particular doll. "She said, 'Daddy, you can't wear Crocs to the royal wedding!'" Lynda said. However, Batman, Shrek, and a gnome are properly dressed. The horse and carriage were donated by a woman who "said she heard we were going to have the royal wedding," Quick said. And an anonymous person recently added two flags -- a Union Jack and the Royal Standard. A lot of people stop on the side of the highway, take a few pictures, and drive on, Quick said. For years, the display has received a lot of attention at the roadside of her Turin property. "The other Saturday, there were four cars lined up to get in front of the Beach," Quick said, even though she has plenty of parking for Barbie Beach visitors and signs directing them to "royal wedding parking." The royal wedding display is the first time the Barbies have had lights -- Christmas lights donated by Ben and his wife, Melissa. Lynda said her son had tried to convince her to light the display before. "I said, 'Ben, what they do at night is their own business," Lynda said with a smile. But for the wedding, "it had to be in the cathedral." The Quicks started Barbie Beach in 2006 after Georgia Power cut down a climbing rose bush that stood in that spot while doing right-of-way maintenance, and it's been going strong ever since. "You can't stop. People won't let you stop," Lynda said. The display is always changing. "We try to keep them doing whatever is going on in the world or whatever is happening. They celebrate certain events," she said. "They always go to the Olympics, and they love the gay pride parade. They go every year." One year, Quick's former co-worker, Linda Liu, helped the Barbies celebrate Chinese New Year with authentic items from China. On Memorial Day, "it's solemn," Quick said. "So the Barbies come up to the house and we put down the cemetery with the soldiers." Certain events are old standbys, but "we're always open to ideas, because we run out," Quick said. Barbie Beach has become a bit of a phenomenon. "We have had visitors from Austria. Steve got an e-mail from a lady in the Czech Republic," Quick said. "You know, they are on Facebook. We didn't put them on there." But Steve is now a co-administrator of the page. The Barbie Beach of Turin Fan Club group on Facebook currently has 2,385 members.


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