It’s your moment, Marion: New businesses, events make downtown a happening place

Even on snowy days you'll find folks visiting some of Marion's newest businesses

LANDDIS HOLLIFIELD/LH47908@GMAIL.COM

Saturdays in downtown Marion have changed drastically over the last few years.

I can remember a time when I walked the streets of downtown and saw only one or two people passing by, but new events, businesses and restaurants have changed that. A recent outing with friends brought me joy, not only because of the company that I was with, but because of the number of people I saw enjoying the town that I’ve always known was special.

Exciting events like Marion Comic Con and the Carolina Donut Festival have helped draw folks into our formerly sleepy town. Each day there seems to be more good news of businesses opening, festivals being arranged and first-time events being held.

One of those events is MACA’s inaugural Micropolitan Film Festival. MACA is sponsoring and producing the film festival, which is currently accepting submission of short films from directors around the region. The mission of the festival is to showcase the work of small town moviemakers in surrounding areas and beyond.

Individuals interested in learning more about submitting a short film that’s 30 minutes or less from any genre can visit mcdowellarts.org and click on the Micropolitan Film Festival tab.

There they’ll find deadlines on when submissions are due and other criteria to enter their small town short films. Those that just want to enjoy local short films can mark their calendar for Aug. 10, Aug. 11, and Aug. 12, when the festival will hold screening events.

It’s a great time to be in downtown Marion. Everywhere you look there’s regeneration, growth and a new generation of entrepreneurs working hard to bring travelers to our marvelous little town.

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