Marion gearing up for annual Clark Day Celebration

MARION — Residents and visitors of Marion will celebrate the village's founder, Christopher Clark, with its annual Clark Day event.

According to Marion Area Historical Society President Marilyn Grose, Clark founded the village in 1889 and built a lumbering company with his wife, Marion, for whom it is believed the village is named.

"It is a day where we can let people enjoy the history of the town," Grose said. "It's a really nice day."

During Clark Day, free activities and food will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Marion Area Historical Museum, located at 505 S. Mill St. Demonstrations of antique tools and machines are scheduled, as well as vendors showcasing wood carvings, saw blade paintings, embroidery and spun wool.

Co-coordinator Donna Geyer believes the atmosphere is relaxed — one of many aspects she enjoys about the event.

"People should come to enjoy a small town dinner much like it was years ago when people would sit on their front porch and visit with friends and neighbors," Geyer said. "The museum and little cabin definitely lets guests see how their ancestors lived and how modern appliances have changed our lives."

Attendees also have the opportunity to sell their home-grown produce in a miniature farmer's market and some members of the historical society will be dressed in period clothing.

"Everyone gets together and visits," Grose said. "It's a fun, relaxing day where people share stories."

Lumberjack stew will be the dish of the day for all hungry patrons. The boiled meal consists of ham, potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage. Homemade breads, cookies and beverages also will be available. Grose said the lunch is popular with attendees.

Door prizes also will be available for lucky winners.

For more information, call (231) 743-2854.