February’s First Friday: Mardi Gras!

As the Downtown Marion Photo Contest gears down, we are excited to invite everyone to our February First Friday Mardi Gras Celebration! Kid friendly activities will include: face painting, mask making, strolling magicians, and DIY Drums. 

The event will also include a separate wine and cocktail bar (must be 21 and older to enter bar area), and various food and artisan vendors.  Best of all, entry is only $1! February’s First Friday Downtown Mardi Gras Celebration will be on February 5, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Centrum Boutique Shoppes & Offices. See the poster for more details. 

Please come join us for a fun filled evening!

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MSM Oktoberfest Commences This Friday, October 2nd

Main Street Marion is proud to present Oktoberfest as a part of our First Friday Downtown Celebrations event series. Main Street Marion’s Oktoberfest commences this Friday, October 2nd, at 4 p.m. in the 3rd Street Courtyard, 119 E 3rd St.

Enjoy a German-inspired dinner by the Dam Smokin’ Barbecue, German Chocolate Waffles by Mattie Lou’s Bayou South, tasty brews by New Corner Brewing Company, and themed entertainment & live music for all ears!

Back for the 3rd year is the Mississinewa Valley German Band! Let’s face it – it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without this band! The “oompah” band will take the stage at 5:00 p.m. Their lively spirited music is sure to incite dancing downtown and rousing cheers of “Prost!”

At 6:30 p.m. Michael Kelsey will take the stage! Michael Kelsey is a rhythmic-inspired guitarist and performance artist who blends many musical genres with fervor and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar pulling out every part of it or anything else at arm’s length or foot kick away. Throughout a performance, Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room, and audience interaction to make music for the ears, but more importantly a musical experience for the senses. Read more: www.michaelkelsey.com

Closing the night will be a high octane set from the Elixirs, one of the Midwest’s finest original American Rock & Roll bands! The Elixirs will begin their set at 9:30 p.m. fusing genres of alternative country, roots country, psychobilly, and cow punk. The Elixirs will have no problem keeping the party going until midnight! Read more: www.theelixirs.com.

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Remaining 2015 First Friday Events:
November First Friday, November 6th.
Theme: Light Up the Night

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

Main Street Marion to Dedicate Memorial at Birth Site of James Dean Today

A new monument at the birth site of James Dean at 4th and McClure Streets in Marion, Indiana will be dedicated on today on September 30th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the actor’ death.

Legendary Rock and Roll personality and bestselling author Pamela Des Barres will host the event and actor Maxwell Caulfield will be one of the several guest speakers scheduled to take part in the dedication. Caulfield has appeared in over 80 films, television and stage productions including Grease 2, Empire Records, The Boys Next Door, Dynasty, and The Colbys.

Main Street Marion’s director Loretta Walker worked closely with James Dean Gallery owner David Loehr developing plans for the tribute that will be an attraction for downtown Marion and a destination for James Dean fans from around the world.

Earlier this year Walker put together a group of people that included Loehr, Halstead Architects, Bowman Construction, and local businessman Jim Sutter. The group worked in conjunction with the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Community Foundation of Grant County in finalizing plans to have the memorial constructed.

The park-like setting and monument were designed by David Loehr and will be a lasting tribute to the internationally known Marion native. The focal point of the memorial will be a six-foot tall black granite monument with pictures of Dean etched into the from along with a picture of the Seven Gables Apartment House that stood at the location which Dean was born. On the back of the granite stone there will be a brief bio of the iconic film star.

James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, and was raised by an Aunt and Uncle in Fairmount after his mother died at an early age. Dean graduated from Fairmount High School in 1949 and headed to Hollywood and later New York. He appeared in numerous live Television dramas in the early 1950’s and two Broadway plays before returning to Hollywood to make his three major films, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. He tragically died in an automobile accident on a California Highway at age 24 on September 30, 1955.

The dedication ceremony will take place beginning at 5 p.m. with music and guest speakers at 6 p.m.

Proclamation of The International Day of Peace

Art & Soul Connection (a division of Creative CommUnity) & Main Street Marion is hosting a gathering in honor of International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, from 11 am – 2 pm at Third Street Courtyard, downtown Marion (next to Beatniks)

Proclamation by Mayor Wayne Seybold @ 11:30 am
Food, Music, & Prayer/Moment of Silence

Please contact Anne Maddox with questions. Her number is 765.251.8105.
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Twenty-two Stops on the Downtown Art Walk This Year!

From September 4th – September 30th, visit Marion’s downtown businesses to view local artwork! Main Street Marion had a great kick off for the event during the September First Friday celebrations! Thank you so much to everyone that came out and showed their support for the Benchmark Awards and Downtown Art Walk Opening Reception.

The Made in Marion Downtown Art Walk map for this year is available in many of the downtown gallery hosts. You can also use Google Maps on your walk by clicking here.

Follow the event page on Facebook here!

Our 2015 Made in Marion Art Gallery Hosts include,
Courthouse Square – Benchmark
504 Salon & Boutique
Community Foundation of Grant County
Clique Creative
Centrum Boutiques, Suites, & Offices
Ewer & Moritz
Family Service Society, Inc.
Marion Public Library
Jerry’s Leather Shop and Shoe Hospital
Marion Music & Sound
Total Computer Solutions
Creative CommUnity
Art Felt
Creative Hub Co-Op Gallery
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
Folkie’s Tavern
Quilters Hall of Fame
Marion Civic Theatre
Grant County Family YMCA
Lighthouse Custom Framing & Gallery
Constance Boutique
EPIC Creative

Remaining 2015 First Fridays include: 
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!

The Downtown Marion Roundtable Meeting Reminder

The next Marion Roundtable meeting will be held this Thursday, September 17th at 5 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, meeting room A.  The purpose of the Roundtable is to encourage, support, and promote the progressive energy of the downtown community at-large by

  • discussing the overall vision of the downtown district
  • exploring various avenues to address downtown deficiencies and highlight successes
  • creating practical solutions to strengthen downtown Marion

Please join us at our next Roundtable discussion this Thursday and share in our discussion.  Your valuable insights will help unite and benefit our community.

Contact: James Harris

Volunteers Spruce Up Downtown In Preparation for Fall / BenchMark Winners Announced to Kick Off Art Walk

In one day, approximately 900 students from Indiana Wesleyan University made their mark in Marion and Grant County as part of their annual Acts of Kindness service project. IWU has been in existence for 95 years, and each year they coordinate one group of students for each year in existence to make a difference in the community while orientating new and transferring students.

Main Street Marion gratefully received a group of 50 students, who helped with the #PICKITUPMARION Fall Downtown Cleanup, where the students helped downtown businesses with improvement projects, and endured the heat of the day canvassing the downtown grid picking up trash and debris. Six downtown businesses signed up to receive help from the students: Morris Kelsay Attorney’s Office, Jerry’s Leather and Shoe Hospital, Centrum Mall Shoppes & Offices, Clique Creative, 504 Salon and the soon-to-open Country Café & Bakery which will be located at 100 N. Washington at the old Main Street Office.

Country Café & Bakery owner, Eric Creech, says the volunteers were very helpful and a joy to work with. “They were especially excited about helping with the gutter gardens, and the fact that it was being used for food at the café. “ The café is scheduled to open by the end of October.

The newly-designed benches around the Courthouse Square were also clear-coated by the students, to complete the new works of art produced by local artists over the last few weeks. The BenchMark project was the beginning of a mural program downtown. The winners of the BenchMark project were also announced Friday. Roger Tappan’s James Dean inspired design received 1st Place, Armila Francis’s bench depicting Grant County’s native flora and fauna received 2nd Place, and Laurie Miller’s whimsical sun/moon design received both 3rd Place and the People’s Choice Award. The newly painted benches surround the Grant County Courthouse Square and represent a portion of a downtown-wide art walk, the 3rd Annual Made in Marion Art Walk. Maps are available at Centrum Shoppes & Offices.

Contact: Layla Adair Price


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