“leapin’ lizards!”

who is young, talented and can wear a head of red curls like they’re the latest trend in hairstyles? ..and we’re flattered, but it’s not us. IT’S ANNIE! annie is the latest show being put on by the marion palace theatre, and we had the pleasure of attending it this past sunday.

this show, like every other production put on by the palace, did not disappoint! the cast was amazing, and you could tell that the time they have dedicated to participating in this show has been well-spent. annie will be on the palace stage for one more weekend – july 20 through july 22. call, stop in or visit marionpalace.org for more ticket and show information.

not only does the palace put on spectacular productions, but they also host events, show movies and support our local community. this is an excellent and historic site to take your kids to for a weekend show or movie – and not have to worry about spending a fortune! THE POPCORN AND CANDY WERE $1.50 AND UNDER, MY FRIENDS. now, after you have picked your jaw up off the floor from reading that fantastic news, we urge you to look into spending an afternoon or evening getting to know our local theatre a little better. we have our own broadway right here in our hometown, and when you may know a star or two in the show it can sometimes be better than seeing it anywhere else! so, after you may have had a “hard-knock” week at work, we suggest unwinding in a seat at the marion palace theatre this weekend – or any weekend to follow! it’s a marionish experience you won’t want to miss!

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have you joined the mob?

what do charleston place, great impressions, paradise park miniature golf course and r&r greenhouse all have in common?  they are all just a few of the locally-owned businesses that have been featured in cash mobs – the latest trend designed to help fuel our local economy.  downtown marion, inc. and the marion young professionals have partnered to help promote small businesses in our community by taking part in this movement that has been proving successful in small towns all over the country.

twice a month, a particular SECRET local business is selected to be the cash mob location with an announced after-party location to follow. all cash mob participants meet at a designated location where the secret cash mob business is revealed and then “mobbed”.  each participant is asked to spend a minimum of $10 at the cash mob location. keeping the business a secret until mob time encourages people to try businesses that they may have passed on if they knew in advance. we can tell you that it has been eye-opening – it is really wonderful to have this opportunity to see what our community has to offer! there are businesses that we now think to visit that we didn’t really know much about before cash mobs. the after-parties are just as great! they take place at local establishments where the group can get food and drinks and have an opportunity to network and socialize. we have met so many new people who are also passionate and dedicated to helping support our local economy – so marionish!

to keep up with the cash mob schedule, you can “like” the marion young professionals and downtown marion, inc. pages on facebook – you can also contact karen herr at 740-382-2181 to be added to the Downtown Marion email blast list. for more information on marion young professionals, visit the website at www.marionyoungprofessionals.org.