May means it's time to put up the hanging flower baskets in downtown Marietta! That will happen on Thursday at 7 a.m. for anyone interested in helping in this volunteer endeavor. The troops will meet down by the Lafayette. You can't miss them. They'll be the ones with the trailer full of pink petunias.
It's also time for the Merchants & Artists Walks! Always the second Friday of the month, the first one will be this Friday in downtown Marietta. It's so cool knowing that people like to come downtown to this event, and many people have worked hard to make it fun and full of wonderful discoveries. This all started with a dual purpose. The idea is to visit both the merchant and the artist in one shot, to see the "wares" of both. This year there's an area dedicated to nonprofits, located on the WesBanco lawn, music will be playing on Second Street and Putnam Street, and Harmar Village is hosting an Open Mic Night from 8 to 10 p.m. And there are more merchants and artist participating than ever before! There will also be an opportunity to "weigh in" with ideas of what to fill our empty downtown buildings with 24 x 36-inch posters with Sharpies will be available so that people can imagine and write down what they would like to see in those empty stores. Dream big!
The next weekend brings the second annual "Hidden Places, Secret Spaces," which is Saturday, May 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Ghost Lady" Lynne Sturtevant from Hidden Marietta created the venue on Putnam Street, and her stories are the best yet. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at The Cook's Shop, The Marietta/Washington County CVB, and The Workingman's store. There will be an after party at Adelphia from 4 to 6 p.m., with a cash bar and light appetizers, allowing attendees to mingle with other history buffs and adventure loving folk.
If you're a golfer and a Cleveland Browns fan, you still have time to sign up to play golf with a celebrity!
Marietta Main Street is the beneficiary of the 11th Annual Sports Celebrity Open on June 7 at Lakeside Golf Course. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information on these events, check out our website at www.mariettamainstreet.org or feel free to give me a call at (740) 885-8194. Come on downtown. We'll see you there!
We also want to thank our Platinum Sponsors for all they do to make Marietta Main Street possible: Marietta/Washington County CVB, JD Byrider, Peoples Bank, Stonebridge Operating Co., LLC, The City of Marietta, The Original Pizza Place, The Workingman's Store, Fairfield Inn & Suites Marietta, WMOA Radio 1490, American Flags and Poles, and Marietta Company.
Jean G. Farmer is executive director of Marietta Main Street.