Fire & Ice Festival Returns

Fire and Ice Night returns for a third time to kick off Marietta Main Street’s new season of First Friday events in Downtown Marietta on Friday, January 4th. A favorite theme, the Fire and Ice Festival features expertly carved ice sculptures on display throughout downtown, hot chocolate and treat stops, extended shopping hours, special events and in-store promotions.

This year’s event is sponsored by Glenwood Retirement Community. “We are strong supporters of Marietta and its surrounding communities given 80% of our residents move to Glenwood from right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Laura Miller, Director of Marketing. 

Once again, one local artist will be responsible for each ice sculpture on display. Tyson Whistler, head chef at Glenwood Retirement Community, started preparing ice blocks months in advance to be carved for this event.


“Tyson brings the same amount of creativity to his cuisine as he does to his ice sculptures. We are proud of Tyson and fully support his engagement in the Fire and Ice Festival, and what better way to show support than sponsoring this event that spotlights his talents and Marietta’s beautiful downtown?” Laura said. 

It is always fun to watch Tyson turn a block of ice into a work of art .

Community members, visitors and downtown merchants alike look forward to seeing what Tyson creates for this year’s festival. “The ice sculptures that Tyson carves are so beautiful,” said Debbie Cline, Co-Owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique and Marietta Main Street Board Member. “It is always fun to watch Tyson turn a block of ice into a work of art. He will be carving live at Gateway Park on the corner of Front and Butler Streets.”


Tyson has been involved with the Fire and Ice Festival from the beginning, and has helped it grow each year. “Art has always been a huge part of my life, I have been drawing and painting since I was a child, but found the medium of ice about 14 years ago while working in the culinary field,” said Tyson. Over the years, Tyson has continued to learn new techniques and hone his carving skills. “When I first started carving, I did three to five a year. Now I make between 20 and 30 sculptures a year, learning and re-investing that knowledge into the next piece.”

The positive feedback and support from the community is what drives me to continue to raise the bar and produce quality sculptures. 

Although a lot of prep work goes into the event, Tyson looks forward to event each and every year. “I enjoy doing this event because it is an opportunity to give the community a chance to see a unique art form that many have never seen, as well as give our local businesses the ability to sponsor a sculpture and incorporate the art into their ideas to drive locals downtown,” he said. “The positive feedback and support from the community is what drives me to continue to raise the bar and produce quality sculptures.”


More than a dozen sculptures will be on display throughout Downtown from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, each a unique design inspired by the sponsoring business or an important cause. 

“Fire and Ice has already become a popular annual event and we’re excited to participate,” said Laura Pytlik, Owner of Wit & Whimzy. “Wit & Whimzy is partnering with Green Acres to sponsor an ice sculpture that will promote the Humane Society.”

To help shoppers warm up, several shops will be offering hot chocolate or tea, including The Galley, Teri Ann’s, Green Acres, Jeremiah’s Coffee House, and the Busy Bee, who will be set up on the Armory Lawn.

First Friday events in downtown Marietta feature different themes each month as a fun way to keep the community engaged throughout the year. Although Fire and Ice is a returning theme, several of this year’s themes are new, including the literary-inspired Reading Rainbow in March and Who’s Your Hero? In November, honoring those who inspire us the most. The full 2019 First Friday schedule can be found on our Marietta Main Street website and Facebook page.

2019 First Friday Themes Announced!

First Fridays in downtown Marietta are monthly snippets of the best our community has to offer. Our downtown shops are open late, our restaurants feature diverse menus, local musicians and artists are highlighted, and monthly themes offer a variety of experiences for our whole community to enjoy.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 lineup of First Fridays in downtown Marietta! Through brainstorming sessions with our downtown businesses and coordination by our First Friday Committee, we are proud to offer a fun, dynamic, and unique lineup of themes. 

Check out the list below, including links to our Facebook events for each, and get excited to invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and more to spend each and every First Friday in 2019 in the heart of our community. 


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Ice sculptures will be staged throughout downtown. Fire-themed refreshments, drinks, and activities will be staged throughout downtown as well.

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Downtown businesses will feature exclusive specials and promotions uplifting the season of love for all visitors to downtown for this event. 

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March’s First Friday theme celebrates Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday. There will be reading stations throughout Downtown and lots of literary fun to be had!

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Cake, celebration, & history! Our community will join together to share our love for Marietta, who is turning 231 years old in 2019!

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May's First Friday is Garden Party, featuring a return of the Marietta Derby! While the horses are racing in Kentucky, downtown will welcome races of our very own and encourage shoppers to don their biggest and boldest hats as they shop and dine downtown.

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June's First Friday is Kids Art Walk, featuring artwork from our local students in Washington County! 

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This month, we celebrate the fine & performance art community in Marietta by highlighting public art, local art groups, local artists, art galleries, and more!

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August's First Friday is a special Downtown Art Walk, with a twist! Stay tuned to learn more, we are eager to share details in coming months!

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September's First Friday is the first day of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival! Enjoy extended shopping hours, special promotions and activities throughout all of downtown.

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October's First Friday is Fall Fest, featuring a Fall Festival on the lawn of the Armory with lots of games, pop-up tents, and fun activities.

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This night, we will honor all of our heroes, whether they are first responders, those serving our country, movie or comic characters, or those who inspire us the most!

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December's First Friday is a favorite for all of Marietta to enjoy! Shops are open EXTRA late for Moonlight Madness, some staying open straight through 'til midnight! 

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First Friday: Moonlight Madness

Downtown Marietta is busily preparing for December’s First Friday, and this month’s event is the perennial favorite Moonlight Madness sale. The evening is sponsored by the Peoples Bank Theater and is a fun, festive way for people to save money while they enjoy holiday shopping.

Participating businesses will be open until 11:00 p.m., and nearly twenty shops will be offering discounts. Shoppers will draw a discount ball at the register with surprise savings from 10-50% off their purchase. In addition to the discounts, several restaurants will be offering hot chocolate specials so shoppers can warm up with a tasty holiday drink.


Moonlight Madness has been drawing crowds for years and it gives the downtown businesses an opportunity to thank the community for their support and patronage. Laura Pytlik, owner of Wit & Whimzy, explained that “we really appreciate our customers and the support they show for local businesses, and this is a fun way to show that appreciation.”

Free carriage rides, sponsored by Baker and Baker Jewelers and Jeremiah’s Coffee House, will add even more festivity to the evening. The rides will begin in front of both businesses and run from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. In addition, carolers will be serenading shoppers with Christmas carols and holiday songs throughout the evening.


“Peoples Bank Theatre is thrilled to be the sponsor of this special Moonlight Madness First Friday,” said Drew Tanner, Marketing Director for the Peoples Bank Theatre. To thank downtown shoppers, the Peoples Bank Theatre will be giving away a $200 gift certificate to the theatre. Every $10 spent at participating shops will earn a raffle ticket, and one lucky winner will take home this extraordinary gift.

Grab your friends and family members, make your holiday shopping lists, check them twice, and join Marietta Main Street downtown to celebrate the holiday season and small business together!

2018 Holiday Loft Tours

Each year, the upper floors of Downtown Marietta are opened up for a festive one-day tour to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. If you’ve ever been curious about what lies above the first-floor storefronts, Marietta Main Street’s Holiday Loft Tour is a perfect opportunity to sneak a peek.

This year’s self-guided tour features nine stops and begins Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. and continues through 6:00 p.m. Highlights include restored upper floor residences, professional offices, and other spaces in Marietta’s historic downtown buildings. 

“I’m excited for this year’s Loft Tour because it gives people an opportunity to see more of what’s downtown beyond the street level,” said Marietta Main Street Executive Director Sam Tuten. “Above our storefronts, we have people living and working in the upper floors of our historic buildings. The Loft Tour sheds light on the full breadth of what our downtown buildings have to offer.”

One of the businesses opening its space for the tour is IncSwell, a downtown co-working and incubation organization that recently renovated and moved into the historic three-story building at 204 Front Street. As Marietta Main Street’s new home, IncSwell will be the first stop for all ticket holders on Saturday.

“We are excited to be part of this vibrant downtown community,” said Jared Perry, Owner of IncSwell. “Since we completed our renovations this summer, we’ve had people peeking in the window. We are looking forward to giving people a chance to see our space.”


The building, beautifully renovated by Sixmo, Inc., has three floors available for shared use. While the first and third floors are dedicated primarily to co-working space, the second floor (or the creative floor) offers 1,200 square foot of wide open space, ideal for photographers, videographers, yoga classes, or private events.

While last year’s tour took place in the evening, this year ticket holders will be able to complete the tour by 6:00 p.m., just in time to head to the Peoples Bank Theatre for their Annual “Oh, Christmas Tree!” Benefit Tree Auction and Gala. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a cocktail hour starting at 6:30 p.m. Holiday Loft Tour ticket holders will be able to stop by the theatre during the tour for a special preview of the decorated trees and wreaths that will be auctioned off that evening.  Tickets for the Auction and Gala can be purchased online or at the theatre on the day of the event.


“We’re so excited that the Holiday Loft Tour lines up with our “Oh, Christmas Tree!” Benefit Auction & Gala this season.,” said Drew Tanner, Marketing Director for the Peoples Bank Theatre. “After spending the afternoon exploring downtown Marietta’s hidden gems, people can join us for live music, food, drinks, and a fast-paced Christmas tree and wreath auction as we celebrate and raise funds for the continued preservation of our historic theatre, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Plus, those who join us for the auction and gala will be the first to learn about the special series of events we’re announcing to celebrate the theatre’s centennial.”

Holiday Loft Tour tickets are now available for purchase online for $15.00 each through November 30th. Tickets will also be available at the door from 12:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. on the day of the event, for $20 each. All proceeds benefit Marietta Main Street, a charitable non-profit dedicated to revitalization in Downtown Marietta, OH.

Celebrating 100 Years!

It’s not always good to live in the past, but it sure can be fun to look back and see how we got where we are today. So for the sake of reference, let’s drift back to the year 1918. Marietta had been established 130 years ago, World War 1 was coming to an end and a trip to the corner grocery store would find a quart of milk for 9 cents and a gallon of gasoline was 25 cents. A lot has changed over the years around the world and in our fair city, but one noteworthy thing for over 100 years has been the sparkling presence of Baker and Baker Jewelers. Established first on Front Street and now on Putnam near Front, this “jewel” of Marietta prides itself on customer service and quality diamonds and jewelry. Baker and Baker opened its doors in 1918 to the Mid-Ohio Valley as a full service jewelry store, grew with the community from a small store to a multiple brand jewelry store, and became a staple in our historic downtown.

In 1994, Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Larry Hall was honored to purchase this historic business from the Baker family. Hall recalls Norman Baker, his mentor saying, “Just keep doing what got us here and you can keep our name above the door, and it must stay in your family.” It seemed appropriate and prudent that after having been a partner in the business for twenty years to step up and set the course for the next 100. With his wife Nancy and daughter Charla they have created an extraordinary experience for the shopper looking to buy that perfect piece of jewelry for a special occasion, engagement, or anniversary. There is no better time than today to visit Baker and Baker, so you too can enjoy the unique experience of creating an heirloom for your loved one or for yourself. If you’re out and about this weekend, perhaps heading to the grocery store for bread and milk; make it a point to stop at 105 Putnam Street at the lower end of Putnam near Front.

Baker and Baker’s 100th year anniversary celebration which began on Monday, October 29 with an antique sale event for one day only which featured millions of dollars of antique jewelry. The anniversary event continued Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, November 3 with daily giveaways and savings throughout. November 1-3, the celebration will also include a dazzling Hearts On Fire trunk show showcasing one of a kind pieces.

Happy Anniversary, Baker and Baker Jewelers. We are proud of your accomplishments, appreciate your support, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for your next 100 years.