Many thanks for those who helped celebrate Marietta’s anniversary

Marietta’s 226th Birthday was celebrated Monday evening, April 6, with a dinner, silent auction, and magic in the Sternwheel Banquet Room at the historic Lafayette Hotel. This is an annual event each April 7 and the public is always invited to attend. Those in attendance appeared as though they were enjoying the evening; especially the hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and the history of magic in Washington County presented by magician Kerry D. Blair.

Some special “thanks yous” are in order beginning with Nora Henline, who was the eight president of the Washington County Historical Society, 1976 to 1980, and the first female president to serve. Thank you so much, Henline, for traveling all the way from Akron, to join us for this evening of celebration.

Thank you to the committee persons who made this evening possible: President Kenneth “Ken” Finkel; registrar Georgaleen Hockenberry, assisted by Sharon Moening and Greg Mears; treasurer Peter Polites; Judy Van Dyk, chairperson of the dinner, assisted by Mike Buell; chairperson of silent auction Dianne Vezza, assisted by Gretchen Otto; nominations chairperson Kurt Ludwig, assisted by Al Norris and Mike Buell.

Both the hors d’oeuvres table and the silent table are becoming increasingly popular. The silent auction has grown over the years from a dozen items to select from to 90 items this year. The “Divine Dozen” most popular items were basket of Brownie’s baked treats, from Neal and Dixie Brown, dinners at DaVinci’s Restaurant, lunches at Buckley House, lunch with the Honorable Mayor Joe E. Matthews, artist Michael Dickinson Lithographs, original paintings by artist Al Norris, Marietta’s own Weber’s Grocery, vase with Henry Fearing Museum handpainted on front, Giant Eagle gift certificate, OSU accessories, Red Hat Society accessories, and Vogue/Swift Cleaners. Other popular items drawing several bids were for passes, tickets, coupons, and memberships to historic places and local attractions.

Thanks goes to Peoples Bank, Settlers Bank, WesBanco, Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant (Williamstown), Weber’s Market, Third Street Deli, Juda’s Hair and Kat’s Salon LLC, Jenna’s Salon, Today Hair Salon, RVS Framing, Framing Gallery, Original Pizza Place, Zides Sporting Goods, Riverview Antiques, My Favorite Things, American Flags & Poles, H. Rietz’ & Co., Sammi Joe’s Candle Shop, Marietta Office Supply, Marietta Outdoor Adventure Co., Twisted Sisters, All Pro Nutrition, Vogue Swift Cleaners, Valley Gem, Campus Martius, Marietta College Theater, Mid-Ohio Valley Players, Busy Bee Restaurant, Buckley’s Restaurant, The Castle, Trolley Tours, Valley Gem, Putnam Chocolates, Giant Eagle Supermarket, Peoples News, artist Michael Dickinson, artist Al Norris, artist Marilyn Wagner, Riverview Antiques, and all WCHS members who contributed personal items.

The annual bell ringing took place at the Henry Fearing House Museum, where new co-managers Glen Wolfe and Mary Jo Hutchinson, dressed in period costumes, spent the day with citizens of Marietta, Athens, Ohio, and the entire student body of Harmar Elementary School. Thank you also to the Marietta Times newspaper that gave us more than ample coverage of this year’s event. Special “thanks” to Kate York, Sam Shawver, and Jasmine Rogers. Thank you also to “Mike” at Greenleaf Landscaping who prepared a beautiful, cobalt blue glazed flower pot of gardening tools, gloves, and seeds plus a $25 gift certificate, all of which was used as a door prize to close the evening. Before leaving for home each attendee was given a water bottle and an ice scraper (Hello spring) donated by Advantage Bank of Marietta.

Gretchen Otto

Promotion & Marketing

Washington County Historical Society