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A perfect day for Picnic in the Park
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · July 13th, 2017

There was a nice breeze, it wasn't too warm, and Sunday, July 9, was a great day to take some time to just relax and enjoy time with friends in the Marion Square Park. The Marion Heritage Society and Masonic Lodge #6 teamed up to provide activities for Sunday's event, called Picnic in the Park.

The lodge provided rib-eye steak sandwiches as well as brats, hotdogs and chips, and the Shriners popcorn wagon was located on the north side of the park. Proceeds from the sale of the food went to the Masons' scholarship fund.

The Masons also took people on a tour of their lodge, located above Smitty's and Weber's, just across the street from the food area.

For those who wanted some toe-tapping music, but not too loud, the perfect combination was provided by the Bob and Kristie Black Banjoy, which provided live music at the caboose on the east side of the park.

People brought chairs, blankets or whatever they wanted to sit on, and simply enjoyed Bob and

Kristie's stories and great music. Bob played on a banjo and Kristie on a guitar. Both sang as well as entertaining their audience with stories about the music.

A number of games like kids played a century ago were available so youngsters could try them out - bean bag tosses, hoops, and a wood version (sort of) of Legos.

Vic Klopfenstein, Historic Society President and former Marion Mayor, wore the Swamp Fox towel and had as much fun as those who paid a buck apiece to throw soaking wet sponges at him. It looked like Jay Kacena seemed to have the most fun of all, but Vic was roaring with laughter and throwing them right back at him. (Was that how that game was supposed to go?)

Later in the afternoon, Judy Hull led a historic walk. As Judy put it, "I could talk an hour about the history at each stop." She didn't do that, but guests learned a great deal about Marion's past at eight different places along the Square.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society can talk with Lynette Brenzel, Executive Director. Her office phone number is 319-447-6376. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

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