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