Amazing Treasures IX- Things to Do, Places to Be
by Vicky Tabor Branson
(discovering one treasure of Marion at a time)
It is time again to get your summer playing card for the Amazing Treasures. They can be found at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Public Library and many other places. I hope you join me on my second year of discovering the fun activities in my home town and county – Marion, Ohio. This year I have divided the locations into four categories. The first is Things to Do, Places to Be and we start with The Woodland Elves.
Once upon a time, in a place called Marion, there lived a grandmother named Shary Williamson. Shary had a dilemma. Her grandchildren lived in bigger cities and some near the Land of the Mouse. How could she get her grandkids excited about visiting her? Well, the first step was to have a tree house built. And that was just the beginning of a new magical world that would become The Woodland Elves.
What are The Woodland Elves? It is a new “children’s” book and music CD that will be available July 1. I say “children” because it is really for everyone. I got a sneak peak at a proof copy of the book and the final CD and know that young and old will love the adventures found in those pages and songs.
But Shary didn’t create the elves by herself. The first partner is Russ Kendall, who with Shary, created the music for the elves’ CD. Jay Johnston, an amazing local artist, created all of the illustrations that bring the book to life. There will be so much for you discover when the CDs and books are available in midsummer. You will want to have your own copy.
Now where can you find The Woodland Elves? Shary has created a beautiful display of the elves, their homes and businesses at Carroll’s Jewelers at 207 W. Center Street. They can be found there Monday – Friday, 9:30 -5:00 and Saturday, 10:00-2:00, now through Labor Day. It is an amazing collaboration between Carroll’s and Shary to bring a glimpse of the elves to us. And when you go to Carroll’s, there is a fun activity for the “kids.” If you complete it your prize is an Elf coin as well as your Amazing Treasures’ sticker. Happy hunting!
My next stop was the Marion Public Library that also has so much to do this summer. Of course it is summer reading time for the kids and the theme this year is Fizz, Boom, Read. There will be fun-filled programming and exciting reads. June also brings the annual Friends of the Library book sale, June 12-15 at Tri Rivers Career Center.
New this year, the Library is partnering with other community members to celebrate the theme of this year’s Harding symposium- Prelude to the 1960s: The United States Presidency and Civil Rights. The Library will kick off its programming on Saturday, June 21 with a day of fun programming including music, dance, kid’s activities and much more. Throughout the rest of the summer there will be additional programming, including a panel discussion about Marion’s civil rights history, an exhibit about African American inventors, and music that was important to these movements. There will be a community read of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 for kids and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fanny Flagg will be the adult read.
Also new this year, will be a small herb garden, filled with plants. A new volunteer group called The Bookworms of the Marion Public Library is forming to maintain the garden and create programming from it. It is actively looking for new members to help. Stop in at the Library to learn more about this and the other great programs and activities and to get your stamp. There are plenty of great books waiting to be part of your summer fun.
So you can see, these two stops have so many Things to Do, Places to Be. I hope you join me next week when I go to the Lincoln Park Aquatic Center and The Ohio State University campus at Marion to play a little disc golf. The next theme fits these locations- Let’s Get Active.