Friday, May 31, 2013

There are a lot of things happening around Marion this weekend …

There are several other great events happening this weekend, including Laddie Boy & Friends at the Harding Home, the 9th Annual Brandy Winfield Poker Run, the H.O.T. Tamale Bicycle Tour, and Triangle Motorcycle Races at the fairgrounds.  As always, there’s lots to do in Marion.  Diane and Bev do a great job at the Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau of working to maintain a list of community events.  Just log onto and click on the calendar link.  You’ll find information on these and many other upcoming events.

Please be aware that some of the Downtown Streets will be closing about 10:00 a.m. Saturday until approximately 7 p.m. for the Cruisin' for Dialysis event. Center Street will be closed from State to in front of the Palace, and Main will be closed from the tracks to Church Street. Traffic will be maintained on State and Prospect streets. There is plenty of public parking in the main City lot at Prospect & Church, as well as behind the county building, at city hall and elsewhere if you are coming down to enjoy the show.

There are a lot of things happening around Marion this weekend …

… beginning with the Downtown Marion Market.   The pie lady is back! (Set up in a different location, so look for her!)  We’ll again have lots of baked goods, flowers, food, music and much, much more!    So come join us … 4 – 7 p.m. every Friday on the sidewalks of West Center Street between Main & Prospect Streets.
Cruisin' For Dialysis is a fabulous car, truck and motorcycle show in Downtown Marion this Saturday, June 1!  It gets started with opening ceremonies at noon, registration until 3:00, and goes through the awards ceremony about 6 p.m. There will be vehicles of all shapes, sizes, colors, years and more for spectators to take a look at. They also have some fabulous raffles prizes, so stop by the City Hall area to get in on that.

This car show supports a cause that is near to my heart because my father was on dialysis for three years. I know this group does good work. My father was lucky in that his Medicare and insurance supplement took care of most of the medical expenses, and I drove him there three times per week so he wasn't in need of transportation. Many, however, are too young for Medicare, don't qualify for Medicaid, and working a job when you are on dialysis is tough, if not impossible ... the process of taking every drop of blood out and running it through a machine to clean out the toxins is basically a 3 - 6 hour process depending upon the patient ... and the exhaustion is incredible. If you can't work, you most likely have no insurance. This group does the best it can on the funds they receive from this show to help patients purchase medicine, pay for transportation to and from dialysis, provide nutritional supplements, and more.

There are no "rules" for this show. If you have a car, truck or motorcycle you are proud of, bring it down. Registration begins late morning in the lobby of City Hall, and I believe it's just $12 per vehicle. Be generous when buying raffle tickets, or simply make a donation ... every little bit helps. For more information, go to or call 740.224.6117.

And while you are on the site, be sure to check out Marion’s Amazing Treasures.  It’s a great way to have fun discovering the area you live in … and get qualified for prizes!

As always … where you eat, shop and play matters … please do it locally! 


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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Wow!   Can you believe how the weather changed so quickly the past few days!  
The warmer air will soon have the trees and flowers here in Downtown Marion in glorious bloom.   A great time to get out and take a short walk to one of the fabulous stores and restaurants here in Downtown Marion. 
What the warm weather has also done is remind me that I need to get a note out to everyone that we are having a meeting on the Downtown Marion Market Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. here at the CanDo/Marion Area Chamber of Commerce building at 205 West Center Street.  

The Market will run every Friday from May 10 - October 11, from 4 - 7 p.m.  The Market will set up on the sidewalks beginning at Main & Center Streets.  Vendors can include items that are homemade, home grown, or hand made.  This basically encompasses fruits, vegetables, sweets, art, crafts, and the like, as well as flowers & plants.    If you are interested in being included, please attend.  There's no obligation.  And if you can't make the meeting, just shoot me an e-mail or call me (740.382.2181) for additional information.  
A couple of new things this year include a grant from the Marion Area Council on Aging (thank you)
that will allow us to pass out some vouchers for low-income seniors to purchase food products.  We'll also occasionally have special events that coincide with the Market; as well as periodically featuring home-based businesses such as Advocare, Avon, Mary Kay and the like near Charleston Place.
We'll keep the meeting to about an hour so that if you'd like to attend the Townhall Meeting on Heroin and Opiates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at Harding High School, you'll be able to make it.  Hundreds of communities just like ours struggle with this issue and this meeting, sponsored by The Marion Opiate Task Force and the Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addition and Mental Health Services, will highlight how each of us can play a role in addressing this issue in our community.  If you have questions, just call the ADAMH Board located right here in Downtown Marion at 740.387.8531. Or read more about it at MARION ONLINE
Please be sure to add this date to your calendar ... the 11th Annual Downtown Earth Day Clean-Up will be held on Thursday, April 18th, at noon, at the Marion County Courthouse.  More on this event will be coming soon --- but trust me that most any event Angie Carbetta of the Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention office organizes will be just clean fun!  : )
Also mark on your calendars the grand opening of the Barlow Art Center on Saturday, May 4.  Check out their web site at: to register as an artist for the show or booth space or as a community business. You can print out the registration forms and mail them in or pay online for your registration, tickets for May 3rd Donors dinner reception (seating is limited) or buy your RAFFLE TICKETS for - a 4'x2' oil painting by Artist Art Beery of the Marble-head Lighthouse $1000 value..will be raffled off at the Barlow Art Center Grand Opening MOFAS "Spring Fling Art Show" Saturday May 4th 5:00 tickets available online now. $1 each or $5 for 6.
The Palace Theatre has a movie this weekend, "Quartet", along with The Little River Band Saturday night ... plus so much more coming next week.  Just go to for complete details.
 As always, where you eat, shop and play matters ... do it locally ... come to Downtown Marion.  
Karen Herr
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.
205 West Center Street, Suite 130
Marion, OH   43302

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It may not feel like spring outside, but ...

It may not feel like spring outside, but you'll always get a warm reception at all of our Downtown Marion stores and restaurants.   We have some wonderful news we'll be sharing in early April ... Downtown Marion is really on the edge of some thrilling growth.  I'm so excited!

 Some things going on in the coming days include (be sure to read all the way to the end to find out how to win a free mower!) ...
Well first, I wanted to clear up some confusion regarding what's happening with Great Impressions and the Greenwood Floor Center.   They are NOT merging ...  each will continue to be found in their current locations.  They have simply formed a strategic alliance that will benefit both businesses -- smart business, if you ask me, that will help both businesses to continue keeping costs to their customers affordable.  Let's say you're remodeling and need new carpet ... well, you probably need new window treatments, as well.  So Great Impressions will have a display at Greenwood Floor & Design.  Both companies share certain vendors ... well, if they are able to share shipping costs, that's an expense that doesn't have to be passed along to a customer.  Greenwood Floor Center will now be known as Greenwood Floor & Design as they will also be carrying kitchen & bath components.  Greenwood Floor & Design will also be having a grand re-opening on April 12 ... stop by & check it out.  And if you haven't been in Great Impressions in a while, you've missed some spectacular jewelry, purses, and the really cool things they are doing repurposing old dressers, bookcases and the like.
Heritage Hall has some fun things coming up, and most of their events include a discount for members.  Not a Marion County Historical Society member?  Call 740.387.4255 for more information ... individual memberships are only $25 and the entire family can join for just $35. 
Night at Heritage Hall – an evening tour of Heritage Hall, by flashlight, with 30-50 interesting characters who bring history to life. March 22 & 23 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $8 for non members and $4 for members.     And if the flashlight tour is not to your liking – join us Thursday evening, March 21st for a special VIP event with snacks and a wine tasting.   The lights will be on – but the excitement of learning about history will still be the main course ... $15 individual tickets, $25 per couple.   Hors d’ouevres compliments of Primrose; sweets compliments of our sweetest volunteer Helen Gatshall; and wine from Shamrock Vineyards.
A Rebellion to Remember, 5:30 p.m. on April 20th at the May Pavilion for a dinner and panel discussion focusing on the Civil War.   Guest reenactors include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Mother Bickerdyke and John Eggleston Johnston among others.   Historic style dinner compliments of Primrose and a wine tasting also from Shamrock Vineyards. There will also be a silent auction to help raise funds for the Historical Society.
There's always something going on at the historic Marion Palace Theatre, including a Show Choir Spectacular Thursday, March 21.  Just go to for all of the details.
Back by popular demand, “Dueling Pianos” will take place at the Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion in downtown Marion on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m.

“Dueling Pianos” showcases the talents of two singer/pianists performing favorite music selections from the classics to today’s hits. The evening is complete with a bit of comedy,

dancing and singing by audience members and plenty of unforgettable and unique entertainment.

During the show, the performers are seated at two pianos. They take turns singing and playing songs that someone in the crowd requests. Once the music begins, the performers never take a break. It becomes a non-stop event. The crowd is asked to sing along and clap their hands in rhythm. Essentially, the audience IS the show, as opposed to the usual “entertainment” dance club or sports bar scene.   During the two hour event, the piano players take requests and perform songs from virtually any genre. The entertainers have an impressive repertoire of over 1,000 songs and play everything from Barry Manilow to Metallica.  If the audience loves the music, they can sit back and enjoy it.  If they don't, they can slap down a written request for the piano players to play something else.   People can ask to have a song played and people can ask to stop a song.   They can start a song war if they keep going back and forth.

“This is a see it to believe it; experience it to enjoy it event. The Palace first presented ‘Dueling Pianos’ in 2009. Those in attendance had so much fun we just had to bring these guys back,” states Marion Palace Theatre Executive Director, Bev Ford.  “It is an interactive experience that appeals to all musical tastes.   This show will get you out of your seat doing the Macarena or even a creating a chorus line.”

Tickets for “Dueling Pianos” at the Marion Palace Theatre May Pavilion are only $15.   Come as a group of 8 or more and the Palace will reserve a table for you. Seating will be at tables on the main floor and mezzanine levels creating the ideal place to meet friends for a drink, chat, relax and enjoy the entertainment.  A cash bar and concession items are available for purchase.

This weekend's movie:  In 2004, a devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia. “THE IMPOSSIBLE” is the amazing true story of one family's journey of hope and survival in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

A regular family - Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. A perfect paradise vacation until a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth and a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward them; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest are carried in another direction.  The true-life terror is moderated by the astonishing displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family come upon during the darkest hours of their lives. Epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, “THE IMPOSSIBLE” is a journey to the core of the human heart.

The film received positive reviews from critics for its direction and its acting, especially for Watts who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

The film is rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity; it runs 114 minutes.   “THE IMPOSSIBLE” will play at the Marion Palace Theatre Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Finally, E.E. Johnson at the corner of West Center Street and Kenton Avenue has some spring promotions ..
1. They are holding our annual Spring Open House at the store on Friday, April 5, from 8

a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Refreshments, door prizes, discounts, manufacturer reps, demos, samples, etc

2. They are giving away a Husqvarna LTH18538 (or LTH 2038) riding lawn mower valued at $1,499.95!!   Entries can be earned and bought as follows:
"LIKE" E.E. Johnson on Facebook and stop by the store to complete your registration(s).
No purchase is necessary to register as anyone can enter once, but if you do buy some turf & landscape products while you're at the store your odds of winning increase...

   Customers that make purchases up to $999 earn 2 entries
   Customers that make purchases of $1,000 to $4,999 earn 5 entries
   Customers that make purchases of $5,000 to $9,999 earn 10 entries
   Customers that make purchases of $10,000 and more earn 20 entries

Now, let's say you buy a mower before the drawing and win ... EE Johnson will give you $1,499.95 BACK!!  (If the original mower purchase price was more than $1,499.95.)   It's a WIN-WIN because you have a chance of winning a mower or saving almost $1,500 on the mower you bought at E.E. Johnson.

"Donate and Double Down" can buy additional entries (up to twice the amount you qualified for) for $5 cash money each.  All of the money raised will be donated back to the community.  Wow!
Remember ... where you eat shop and play truly matters ... please do it locally!  
Karen Herr
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.
205 West Center Street, Suite 130
Marion, OH   43302