Thursday, August 16, 2012

Downtown Marion Market
Every Friday! Through Oct. 12th
4:00-7:00 PM

 I asked last week what tomatoes, honey, yummy pies, delicious scents, hair bows, and green beans have in common? Well, if you came to the Downtown Marion Market last week you would have found all of those items and more. Everyone who attended last week seemed pleased ... both from a buyers and a vendors prospective. Several customers commented to me about the reasonable prices and variety of items. Vendors were pleased with the amount of produce and merchandise that was purchased even though the skies were a little overcast. This week's weather looks to be good with skies clearing after mid-morning and highs in the 70s.

Markets will run from 4 - 7 p.m. every Friday through October 12 (except for Marion Popcorn Festival weekend) . Vendors will be located on the Center Street sidewalks beginning at Main, and then flow west down Center Street. By setting up on the sidewalks, we create an open market atmosphere with nearby parking.

Opossum & friendsNEW THIS WEEK: Opossum will be providing entertainment, at the corner of Main & Center, as well as information on their Marion Tallgrass Trail benefit. [The Marion Tallgrass Trail will eventually stretch 12 miles from the trail head on Holland Road to Hardin County. This is the kind of quality of life improvement for our community that not only benefits people in Marion County, but will attract visitors and potential new businesses to Marion, as well.]

If you are interested in becoming a vendor of the Downtown Marion Market with anything handmade, homemade or homegrown, please contact either myself (740.382.2181 or Cindy at 740.361.2940).
Remember also: There are a variety of restaurants within a short distance of the market, including Baires on South Main, The Candy Shack & Café inside Charleston Place, Infinity in the historic Harding Hotel, and the Warehouse located in the former inter urban railway building on West Center. 

Within a few weeks, another restaurant, Maury’s on Main, will be opening on South Main Street. Many of the stores will be having sidewalk sales, as well. So, come early and visit Heritage Hall and the Wyandot Popcorn Museum … then browse the market … do a little shopping … grab a bite to eat ... and top off the evening by going to the Palace Theatre as there is generally going on most Friday evenings.

Speaking of the Palace ... the movie this weekend is Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Show times are 7:30 Friday, and 2:00 & 7:30 on Saturday & Sunday. Cost is $4 Adults; $2 Kids 12 & under; and $3 for Seniors 62 & older.
Next weekend at the Palace (Sunday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.) is Ice Cream Sunday: Gaither-Style. A Gospel, praise and worship concert and sing-a-long featuring vocalists and musicians from Marion and neighboring counties and directed by Ryan J Ratliff. The music is in the style of traditional hymns, praise and contemporary worship, and of course, The Gaithers. Come to revive your soul, energy, and toes, while you sit back and sing along, or jump up and dance in the aisles. And don’t worry...any energy you exert will be replenished by an ice cream social in the May Pavilion immediately following the concert sing-a-long. Appropriate for all ages, all faiths, and anyone ready for some meaningful, musical moments. Ice Cream Social Following in the May Pavilion--first scoop included in the price of admission... which is $15! 

FEATURED VOCALISTS: Ann Schertzer, Daniel Bradshaw, Dustin Rawlins, Jami Addison-Rawlins, Jeannette Muzzalupo, Jeff Rone, Kirstin Flaglor-Bloom, Ryan J Ratliff SPECIAL APPEARANCES: Martis Bracy, Shannel Bracy-Malcom

CHURCHES INVOLVED: Abundant Life Assembly of God, Dayspring Wesleyan, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Epworth United Methodist Church, First Church of the Nazarene, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Grand Prairie Baptist Church, Grove City United Methodist Church, King's Temple Apostolic Church, La Rue United Methodist Church, Prospect Street United Methodist Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Trinity Baptist Church

SPONSORED IN PART BY: Abundant Life Assembly, Cogburn Electric, Don & Lannette Davis, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Senior Services Insurance Agency/Robert L. Stump and WMRN-AM.

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


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

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