Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Olympics are starting this week and you may recall the recent news stories about how many were upset because the outfits chosen for our athletes to wear in opening ceremonies were not made in the U.S. However, so many of us are guilty of jumping in the car and heading to a "foreign" city to do our shopping or eat out without even considering what we have here in Marion. Attached is information on two ways we can begin to change those habits.

First, we have a Cash Mob Thursday evening (July 26). Simply meet here in the Chamber parking lot between 5:15 & 5:30 and we'll proceed to our mob location! The After Party will be at Circa anytime after 5:30. You can join us for one or both parts of the event! I've attached a poster covering the next few weeks! Hope you will join us in a fun way to support local business.

Second, many of our local efforts are supported by locally-owned businesses. Here is another case in point. TWIG II from Marion General Hospital is having fundraiser with Scioto Shoe Mart this Friday & Saturday. If anyone brings in the attached paper or says they are a friend of TWIG, a donation is made to Twig II from all sales. Donations will go toward purchasing items needed at the hospital. TWIG II's focus is on children -- toys for all kids coming into the ER, X-ray, Surgery, etc. as well as other donations. So ... here is your perfect opportunity to shop local while helping a local non-profit help local children. Now ... is there any better excuse to buy shoes?

Don't forget that the War of 1812 continues to be the exhibit at the Marion County Historical Society. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m., I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how interesting this exhibit truly is. Plus, you get the Popcorn Museum, as well!
The movie at the Palace this weekend is: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once-opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building's restoration have been greatly exaggerated. But just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel star in this uplifting comedy-drama from director John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare in Love). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Rated PG-13 for Sexual Content and Language Run time 124 minutes Show times are Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 7:30 and Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00. Cost is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children.
There are lots of things happening this weekend around Marion, including a Concert in the Park at McKinley Park and an AKC Dog Show at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Just go to and click on "Calendar" for a complete list.

Remember, where you eat, shop and play truly matters ... do it locally!

Karen Herr
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.
205 West Center Street, Suite 130
Marion, OH 43302

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