Saturday, September 04, 2010

Marietta Weekend Festivities, Part II



The first part of the Marietta weekend festival was an art walk Friday evening. See the video for yesterday on yesterday's blob that will explain what that was about.

The video today has the same music as we are on the same subject, sort of.

On Saturday (yesterday) was the first day of the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show on the Square in Marietta. If was about a dozen rows of booths for people to show off their handmade wares and bargain and/or seal a deal. The festival started Saturday and will last through Monday.

It looks like Marietta people are always festive doesn't it?

There are hoards of people, mostly money spending yuppies*. The Saturday Farmer’s Market had to move down by the railroad tracks to allow room for the booths.

As in Friday’s video I am somewhat reluctant of actually showing art work close up. They made their art to sale and to make money and me showing the art does not help them make money. If it makes them feel any better, I don't make any money on this either.


When I saw a picture someone painted of the Marietta North Park Square I had to break my rule and show the painting up close. The artist is Anni Moller. We have purchased over the years three prints of her paintings. and She is excellent painting local scenes and capturing the pulse of the area. She is not a native. She has a foreign accent, which backs up what I have been saying, artists from the outside can do a better job portraying people in the circle than the people could do themselves.

Speaking of the North Park Square. I purposely showed the Strand Theater, then marched your eyes down to the other end of the street the Schillings Restaurant. In my formative years it was named Schillings then too, but it was Schillings Hardware. When you first walk in the front door was a big weighin scale. When walking to The Strand Theater we most of the time stopped by Schillings and weighed. By the scales was a glass case displaying fancy knives which we then marveled at.

Before the Civil War Schillings was a hotel. In the back was a stable for horses. And later, in the 1930s the building where the stable was became the terminal building for the streetcar. And now it is a lawyers firm. We were in the building on business within a year and noticed the ceiling of the conference room. It is metallically ornate with fancy artwork left over from the streetcar terminal days.

*Which reminds me of Friday when walking into an antique shop a couple were walking out with something wrapped up. One said, “We’ll put it up after yoga tomorrow.” You would have never heard that sentence in that same spot 40 years ago.

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