Today marks the first day of the ambitious "14 Days with Patriots and Pioneers" programs.
We encourage you to check out the schedule that appeared in Friday's paper and attend at least one of the events. Many of the activities are free while others feature discounted admission prices. Lots of activities are designed for youngsters to expand their knowledge of Ohio's first city and the Northwest Territory.
Many activities are traditional observances of the anniversary of Marietta's founding in 1788. That's 225 years, an impressive feat.
One highlight falls on Marietta's anniversary - April 7 - with the annual Pioneer Day Dinner, sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society. Speaker will be Dave Mc-Kain, whose topic will be "Women of Henderson Hall." That afternoon comes the traditional ringing of the Marietta birthday bell at the Fearing House museum at Gilman Avenue and Market Street.
April 9 brings the annual Belpre Founders Day dinner, celebrating that city's 224th anniversary.
On April 12 and 13 there's a celebration of Beverly-Waterford's 224th anniversary.
And on April 13 and 14 comes the "Toys of Yesteryear" special exhibit at the Fearing House Museum in addition to the Ohio Long Rifle Show at the Lafayette Hotel.
Bottom line: The next two weeks will be pretty special in and around Marietta. Many people have put in lots of time and energy organizing programs. We hope you get out to enjoy these enriching programs.