Main Street Marion is accepting applications for Executive Director.  The Main Street Executive Director must be publicly nonpartisan and be a positive and energetic source for the long-term revitalization of downtown Marion and support the Main Street program throughout the community. The Main Street Executive Director represents the downtown district and Main Street in a positive, and professional manner, both within the community and when representing Main Street Marion outside the area.

The Executive Director of Main Street Marion coordinates economic development activities within downtown Marion, Indiana with a goal of bringing more people with spendable income to the downtown district and providing quality of life entertainment and events in downtown Marion. This person functions as the program manager for Main Street Marion and reports to the president of the board of directors. This person is responsible for the development, execution and documentation of Main Street programs. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all project activities locally as well as for representing the community regionally as appropriate. This is a part-time salaried position that will require a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Main Street Marion has established the following timeline to help identify the most qualified candidate to fill this position.  The executive board will accept and review resumes through September 9th, interview candidates September 10th through September 20th, and make their top three recommendations to the board at-large. The board at-large will review employment applications and interview the qualified candidates September 20th through September 30th.  The announcement of new director will be made on October 7th.

Resumes and signed job descriptions must be received at the following email addresses no later than September 9th, 2015.  Email is strongly recommended.

Preview, download, and sign the job description here – MSM Director Job Description.


Loretta Walker

Eric Marshall

Marc Lobdell

James Harris

God’s House 10th Annual Backpack Giveaway

This year will be the 10th consecutive God’s House backpack giveaway event! For the last ten years God’s House has raised funds and partnered with local super stores to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to youth in the Marion community. The annual event has impacted thousands of youth and their families and partnered with them to promote continued education in our community over the years. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in downtown Marion during First Friday’s on August 7th.

The giveaway will end when supplies run out. Backpacks and supplies will be given on a first come, first serve basis and each child must be present to receive a backpack. God’s House is excited to host the event and make an impact!

If anyone would like to volunteer to help out with the event or sponsor a backpack for $10, please contact Bria McCarty at the email

August First Friday will be BIG!

August First Friday will be big!  On the first Friday of August (the 7th), #DtMarion will host a the Riverfront Festival, Happy Hour, God’s House Backpack Giveaway, and CSA Class Registration!  Does this sound a good day to be downtown or what!

The fun kicks off noon in the Riverfront Festival Food Court with lunch vendors! The full festival will open at 5 p.m.  Adams Street between First and Second Streets will be lined with local artisans, crafters, retailers, and informational vendors. The KD Entertainment Kid’s Zone will be set-up in the Family Service Society parking lot, while local Food Truck vendors will be set up in the big lot along First Street between Branson and Adams Streets.  Monna Black & Co. will be on the scene painting faces for FREE!  Also, the concert on the Riverfront stage will feature the Daddy O’s!  Chairs and blankets are welcome!  Make sure to get there early to grab a spot by the stage for maximum enjoyment!

In the 3rd Street Courtyard on the Courthouse Square, Main Street Marion will host the August Happy Hour this Friday as well!!  Join us in the Courtyard this First Friday with Rebel’s Pub from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our local and talented musicians Dillon Hamilton and Devin Hopwood will take turns performing on the stage.

God’s House will be hosting their 10th annual backpack giveaway during the Riverfront Festival along First Street between Adams and Branson Streets.  They will begin handing out backpacks at 6 p.m.  Each child must be present at the event to receive their backpack full of school supplies!! This is one of our biggest events of the year, and we all so excited to see you there!

Marion Community School of the Arts will be open for registration from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. during First Friday!  To celebrate the occasion, Hoosier Jiffy Print will have their mobile screen printing set up on the sidewalk selling CSA t-shirts!

The remaining 2015 First Fridays Downtown Celebration Schedules are as follows:
August First Friday, August 7th.
Theme: FUN #DtMarion

September First Friday, September 4th.
Theme: Made in Marion Downtown Art Walk

October First Friday, October 2nd.
Theme: Oktoberfest

November First Friday, November 6th.
Theme: Light Up the Night

December First Friday, December 4th.
Theme: Have a Holiday!

Just Two Months of Thursday Picnic Lunches and Concerts Left This Year

There are just two months of Thursday Picnic lunches and concerts left this year, so enjoy them!  Our Thursday Picnic series rotates through a top-notch lineup of mostly local Indiana musicians and some of Grant County’s favorite vendors every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This week!
Don’s Tap will be back to offer a choice of his famous fried fish or fried tenderloin lunch for $8!

Of course, Mattie Lou’s Bayou South will be on the scene again and have everything you need to satisfy that sweet tooth including, Stupid Cake and Key Lime Pie!  Also, Woman’s Life will be there with ice cream to raise funds for Turn the Page!

Samantha Williams will also be returning to the Courtyard this Thursday with her lovely voice and sweet guitar sounds.

About the Picnics.
These events are a great place for the community to socialize and enjoy the lunch hour during those Indiana summer days! So, bring your lunch, grab takeout from a downtown restaurant, or purchase on-site from our local vendors. Each picnic will feature a light lunch menu from one local restaurant, catering company, or food truck vendor. At the conclusion of each event, the vendor donates 20% of sales to Main Street Marion to support the cause.

About Main Street Marion.
Main Street Marion is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit downtown organization 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! Bring your co-workers, friends, and family. We can’t do this without your support!

Who’s Next?
Thursday, August 6th
Entertainment: Samantha Williams
Food: Don’s Tap

Thursday, August 13th
Entertainment: Devin Hopwood
Food: Baranowski Concessions

Thursday, August 20th
Entertainment: Dillon Hamilton
Food: Moe’s Southwest Grill
RAIN LOCATION: Centrum Mall, 428 S. Washington St.

Thursday, August 27th
Entertainment: Paul Stout
Food: Folkie’s Tavern
RAIN LOCATION: Folkie’s Tavern, 117 S. Branson St.

Thursday, September 3rd
Entertainment: Ryan Fox
Food: Creech Farms Country Bakery and Cafe
RAIN LOCATION: Creech Farms, 100 N. Washington St.

Thursday, September 10th
Entertainment: Jason and Gibson Wells
Food: Pucci’s
RAIN LOCATION: Centrum Mall, 428 S. Washington St.

Thursday, September 17th
Entertainment: Open
Food: Create a Cake
RAIN LOCATION: Centrum Mall, 428 S. Washington St.

Thursday, September 24th
Entertainment: Open
Food: Moe’s Southwest Grill
RAIN LOCATION: Centrum Mall, 428 S. Washington St.

Main Street Marion awarded NAP Tax Credits for 2015

Main Street Marion has been awarded Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits this year.  This program allows our donors to receive a state tax credit equal to one-half the amount of the donation.  You would also be eligible for the allowable federal income tax deduction.  The revenue generated through this special offer will be used to support the Main Street Marion mission to revitalize and invigorate the downtown Marion district.

If you would like to make a donation and receive NAP credits please complete the NC-10 Form which you can download at, and return the completed form with your check made out to Main Street Marion.

Businesses can donate cash, materials, supplies or equipment; technical assistance and professional services; labor; real estate; or stocks and bonds.  You may make a donation from $100.00 to $2,000.00 before the end of the year to receive the tax benefit.

This highly competitive grant supports local programming and keeps your state tax dollars right here in our community, allowing you to determine how they are used.  These tax credits go quickly.  Make sure you can take advantage of this offer by donating soon.

Thank you very much for your consideration.  Our donors and clients both benefit from this opportunity, and for that we are grateful.

Day of Aliveness: Because your Well-being Matters. A group coaching event presented by Lark’s Song Inc.

Celebrate a Day of Aliveness with Lark’s Song Inc on July 25 of 2015 from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM.  The 2nd annual Lark’s Song Day of Aliveness serves to educate and equip Grant County with the knowledge and skills needed to live lives marked by holistic wellness. Research shows that people whose lives are marked by holistic well-being are able to meet some of the world’s most complex needs through resourceful and creative problem-solving. This is what the Day of Aliveness is all about.

The Gallup Organization highlights five indicators of well-being – physical, community, social, financial, and physical. We will empower participants to greater levels of well-being in each of these areas throughout the day by offering six distinct group coaching workshops. Each workshop will be led by two incredible Lark’s Song Certified Coaches. After the group coaching is complete, we will end the day with by celebrating the choosing of aliveness that has happened in the workshops with a collaborative benefit concert featuring local poets, artists, and musicians. All donations and proceeds will go directly to Lark’s Song Inc.

The Day of Aliveness will be held on July 25 at the Lark’s Song office in downtown Marion at 401 South Washington Street.

To view workshop times and descriptions, as well as to register to participate in the workshops, visit the event page on Lark’s Song’s website at

Downtown Marion’s newest Martial Arts organization, Okinawan Martial Arts Receives Multiple Awards!

Downtown Marion’s newest Martial Arts organization, Okinawan Martial Arts competed nationally this past weekend and received multiple awards!

On Saturday members of the Okinawan Martial Arts Center located at 314 S. Washington Street in Marion attended the 2015 Kobayashi National Karate Championships in Kokomo, Indiana sanctioned by the Professional Karate Commission. OMAC Student Russ Smith competed in Novice Men’s division and placed 2nd in Kata Stanley Range competed in the men’s novice division and placed 4th in Kata (forms) and Instructor Mike Jones competed in the Black Belt Men’s Division and placed 3rd in Kata (forms).

On Sunday members of the Okinawan Martial Arts Center travelled to Peoria, Illinois and competed in the United States Karate-do Kai’s 31st International Karate championships against competitors from Arkansas, Arizona, Californian, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, England, Ireland and Romania. OMAC Instructor Mike Jones competed in the Masters Division through four rounds of competition and placed 2nd in Kata (forms).


Picture of Mike Jones (owner/instructor).

For more information call 765-603-7047.


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