February First Friday: Welcome to Mitford

The First Friday of February, the 6th, is opening night for Welcome to Mitford, a drama/comedy by Robert Inman adapted from the Mitford novels by Jan Karon.  Join Main Street Marion, the Marion Civic Theatre, and The Dam Deli – The Mill before the show for delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and snacks.  Pre-show mingling, snacks, and fun will begin at 6 p.m. with the Heartstrings Ensemble‘s Shane Laubach and pianist Peggy Wright in the theatre lobby.  This is a special treat for opening night only!! Join us on the ‪#‎FirstFriday‬ of February for food, music, and comedy!  Curtain call is 7:30 p.m.

Other February ‪#‎FirstFriday‬ highlights include:

  • Faith in Motion Christian School of Dance is offering a $5 off coupon for a FIM Group Fitness pass (Regular price is $30 for an 8-session pass)!! Also, FREE registration for 2nd semester ($15 value)! Second semester classes begin February 2.
  • Bring your Marion Civic Theatre tickets from opening night to the Shades of Romance on Saturday at the Centrum Boutique Shoppes & Offices and receive discounts from select vendors, such as Anne Maddox, Fine Artist, Writer & Social Advocate.
  • Bring your Marion Civic Theatre tickets from opening night of Welcome to Mitford to the Main Street Marion office before Friday, February 13th, and you will receive the opportunity for additional discounts and prizes from local businesses!!

The play, directed by J J Leak, centers on Father Tim Kavanagh, a much-loved bachelor rector of Lord’s Chapel church in the close-knit mountain community of Mitford, surrounded by long-time friends and parishioners—church secretary Emma, housekeeper Puny, local mayor Esther, a covey of eccentric regulars at the Main Street Grill, elderly heiress Miss Sadie Baxter, and jokester Uncle Billy and his dotty wife, Miss Rose, who likes to direct traffic wearing a military trench coat and rubber boots. Father Tim’s life is absorbed with the life of his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation. But things change radically when Father Tim takes in teenager Dooley Barlow, the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener, and again when he falls in love with and weds his new next-door neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, who writes and illustrates award-winning children’s books. Father Tim and Cynthia struggle with the idea of his possibly retiring from his long career as a parish priest. He neglects his diet and exercise and is injured when he goes into a diabetic coma while driving and wrecks his car. During his recuperation, he battles depression as he agonizes over questions about his worth, his work and his future. Meanwhile, Dooley has grown into a fine young man, and as he heads off to a prestigious college (financed by Miss Sadie), he asks Father Tim and Cynthia to adopt him. Father Tim prays for direction and finds an answer through scripture. In a final sermon, he surrenders himself to God’s will and is soon rewarded by his bishop with a new job as part-time minister of a struggling rural church. Hand in hand with Cynthia, he steps confidently into his future.

Other showtimes will be February 7th, 13th, and 14th at 7:30 p.m. and February 8th and 15th at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.marion-civic-theatre.org.


Take a break from cooking on January 16th and join Bike for Vets and Main Street Marion, for a Spaghetti dinner at the new AMVETS Post 5 in Marion between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cost is only $6.00 for Adults and $3.00 for kids age 6 and under.  As always, the causes are helping Veterans Programs and Community Awareness.  While there, get in on the raffle for a brand new bike or a historic mini building collection or both!!  New Trivia Giveaways, every 15 min, for your chance to win cool prizes. We hope to see you there!

Bike for Vets advocates on behalf of Veterans in Grant County. The people of our County have a strong history of supporting our men and women in uniform and their goal is to help raise money for those, or those groups, who are going above and beyond to do this.  For more information, go to bikeforvets.webs.com.

Main Street Marion is an independent nonprofit downtown association that inspires, unifies and champions the Downtown Marion Experience. Our local Main Street office is your direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion, and we are 100% funded by your donations!  For more information, visit mainstreetmarion.com.

On behalf of both Bike for Vets and Main Street Marion, we thank you for helping us make a positive difference in our community.


Established in 1989, Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc. is a non-profit organization that raises charitable donations to invest in the downtown district.  Our local Main Street office is the community’s direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion.  Our mission is to promote and stimulate the downtown Marion economy through a four-point approach system – design, organization, promotions, and the downtown toolbox.

Main Street Marion has evolved in the last several years by focusing on sustainability. Our board at-large and staff have worked diligently to strengthen our nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, and enhance our organization’s ability to have a positive impact on our downtown district and our community.  With this mind, we felt it was time to move from our commitment at 100 North Washington St as acting landlords to 422 E Fourth St as tenants.  Our new lease agreement enables us to save overhead expenses and utilize more funds for the people we serve.

As Main Street Marion continues to make its footprint and with the introduction of our new office at 422 E Fourth St, we took this opportunity to update our brand to better reflect our commitment to the public interest and to those we serve in the downtown district.  Take a peek at our new logo at the top of this page and on our social media channels!  Our logo was created by talented students in Herb Peterson’s branding class at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Now meet the people behind the organization! Our 2015 board at-large consists of Eric Marshall – President, Marc Lobdell – Vice President, James Harris – Secretary/Treasurer, Michelle Armand, Michael Halstead, Happi Stoffel, Michael Hotz, and Angie Martz. These individuals work together to bring about many small but positive improvements downtown.

On Board? If you’re thinking about becoming a member of our nonprofit board, we are interested in hearing from you.  Contact us at operations@mainstreetmarion.com to receive more information.

What do you want to see in 2015?  Our Main Street Program was organized to help revitalize downtown Marion and is appropriately tailored and retailored to meet our community’s local resources, conditions and needs.  We constantly seek the best path to serve our downtown effectively.  Because Main Street is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from the local community.  Please connect with us.  Share your voice, ideas, and challenges.  Main Street Marion will supply technical assistance and marketing strategies, but the credit and responsibility for success rests with the many community leaders and downtown inhabitants who offer their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to revitalizing downtown.

A successful central business district creates fertile ground for small business development, develops and sustains a sense of place for the local citizens, preserves historic resources, and is an amenity that the city can promote to attract visitors and new business development.  Thank you for helping us make a positive difference in our community starting at our core – downtown!


We know it’s cold outside.  So, January’s First Friday Downtown Celebration allows you to experience downtown Marion (#DtMarion) virtually through photography submitted by locals willing to share their ideas, talents, perspectives and experiences!  Main Street Marion aims to find new and distinctive shots of our downtown by the people that make our downtown unique.  The #DtMarion Photography Contest is open to all photographers who are at least 13 years of age.  Photo submission deadline is today, December 31, and there is no limit on how many photos a photographer can submit.

Main Street Marion sponsored the contest, with additional support from our sponsors – Little Caesars, Domino’s, Marion Civic Theatre, Jerry’s Leather Shop & Shoe Repair, Marion Music & Sound, and the Marion Public Library & Museum. Our winner will receive a gift package full of gift certificates for each of the previously mentioned sponsors.

Photos will be uploaded on the First Friday of January (January 2nd) for the world to see! The owner of the photo that generates the most likes by January 31st at noon will be our winner!  That means YOU are one of the judges!  Peruse Main Street Marion’s Facebook Album – “#DtMarion in Focus” beginning January 2nd and vote for your favorites by simply clicking LIKE. You can share them as well and encourage your friends and family to be a judge as well.  Photos will be added to the @MainStreetMarion Instagram page throughout the month of January to help promote the event.

We hope that you are able to partake in this opportunity to build an understanding of our community at its core through exposure and engagement!

This blog post is brought to you by Main Street Marion, an independent nonprofit downtown association that inspires, unifies and champions the Downtown Marion Experience. Our local Main Street office is your direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion, and we are 100% funded by your donations!

Thank you for helping us make a positive difference in our community starting at our core – downtown!

Christmas Tree Donated by Trace Adkins Offers Holiday Stress Relief Tips at Marion Public Library

On November 29th, Trace Adkins’ Christmas Show Tour made their stop at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana. Trace Adkins, in partnership with Country Inn Suites, donated a 9-foot prelit Christmas tree to a charity on every stop of his tour. At his show in Wabash, the tree was donated to Hands of Hope, a division of Family Service Society, Inc.

Family Service Society, Inc is excited to announce Hands of Hope’s partnership with the Marion Public Library to help ensure everyone in our community has a safe and happy holiday season. From now until January 6th, 2015, the tree will be on display at the Marion Public Library. Community members are encouraged to visit the library and take a Holiday Stress Relief Tip ornament from the tree. Each ornament also includes Hands of Hope’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline for Domestic and Sexual Abuse.

Questions regarding the tree display can be directed to Becca Fleischer at 765-662-9971×106 or bfleischer@famservices.com.

#DtMarion Photography Contest

Please read carefully before submitting your photos for the #DtMarion Photography Contest!

There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Each entry must comply with the following requirements (the “Photograph Requirements”):

Photographs must be in digital format. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be in JPEG or JPG format.

Photographs must have been taken within two (2) years before the date of entry, be within the downtown district, and may not previously have won an award in a Photo Contest.  The downtown district includes First Street to Tenth Street and Nebraska Street to Sweetser Street.  You can see the full parameters of the downtown district by visiting the GIS Real Property Search online and searching Neighborhood Name – 16 Marion Corp Downtown.

Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s art.

The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

The caption must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of your content is cause for disqualification.

Watermarks are not acceptable.

Photos must be original photos taken by the person submitting them.

Photos must be submitted by December 31. No exceptions.

Photos will be uploaded on the First Friday of January (January 2nd) for the world to see! The owner of the photo that generates the most likes by January 31st at noon, will receive an awesome gift basket full of goodies from local businesses.

Main Street Marion has the right to use the photos for marketing materials after the contest. Photographers will receive photo credit.

The #DtMarion Photo Contest is open to all photographers who are at least 13 years of age. MSM reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility.

Each Entry consists of an entry form and up to five images. To enter, click here and complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, telephone number, and email address. Label your photograph file with the name of your piece.  You must complete an new entry form for every five images.  There is no limit to how many entries you can submit.


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