How do you get a historian excited? You rebuild a historical building that was torn down and you bring it back to life.
That’s exactly what Grant Rivera and the Marietta School Board have decided to do. The site of the old Lemon Street High School, the black high school in Marietta, was torn down after integration in the 70’s. Now it is being rebuild to house Marietta City Administration offices. There is also work being done to use the Lemon Street grammar school across the...
Rabbi Albert Slomovitz grew up in a divorced family and found solace in the synagogue near his home in North Miami Beach, Florida. So much so, that he decided to dedicate his life to educating young jews. After preaching in front of a congregation, all that changed and he shifted over to becoming a rabbi and then joining the Navy as a chaplain -- one of the few jewish captains in the armed forces.
Now he has a podcast, a professor and author and leader of the Jewish-Christian Discovery...
Ria Uppapati started a non-profit at 15 years old: Forever Earth, Inc. Bill met Ria and her Mom at a North Marietta Community Garden event and she had a lot to share, so we decided to do an interview.
She is working to reduce plastic locally, starting at her Dad's restaurant (Hemingways). She has also reached out to other businesses to recruit them to use metal plates with paper on top, a step in the right direction to reduce plastic waste.
She is also leading a battery recycling program...
Vivian Hansen grew up in Mississippi and Alejo Porras in Costa Rica. Even though they had very different backgrounds, they ended up in the Savannah School of Art and Design and fell in love.
They recently started a family and a business called Two Rivers Creative. They create book illustrations and many other wonderful art projects. Bill met them at a storytelling festival at Sewell Mill and knew they had a really cool story.
It seemed like everyone made it to Taylor Park to celebrate an exceptional mail carrier, Floyd Martin. He retired on Thursday after 35 years and has touched many lives in a special way.
This is a story of community, love and the impact of one person's life on so many.
Justin Waller and Thomas Monti are teachers at heart with a passion for beer brewing.
They met as middle school science teachers and became friends. When Justin's wife got him a home brewing kit, Justin and Thomas became interested and then obsessed with making beer and the science behind it.
Now they run, Schoolhouse Brewing in a new location in the Franklin Gateway area of Marietta.
They have cool touches, globes you might remember from middle school as well as school bus bench...
Tom Dugan brings his one man play, Wiesenthal, to Marietta's Strand Theatre May 29th through June 2nd.
Tom's dad was a veteran who experienced the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp. Tom became a playwright and wrote the play after researching Simon Wiesenthal's Nazi hunting work.
However, this play is a mixture of laughs (it starts with a joke) and the quest for justice.
Get your tickets soon, they are going support fast.
Jerry King grew up in rural Mississippi and wanted out when he knew his life would be limited. So at 18 he joined the Army and ended up in operation Desert Shield to liberate Kuwait.
After 10 years, he got out and worked as a policeman and enjoyed interacting with people and dealing with every person uniquely.
Eventually, Jerry joined the SWAT team and took part on 1800 missions, but SWAT was not like being a patrolman, he missed the interaction with the public.
So photography was a way...
Today I met with Diona McIntire, Dr. Tim Boone and Rebecka Kern at Park Street Elementary School.
Diona McIntire is the principal and is called to help change children's lives. Her passion started from the beginning. She redecorated the school and on this day was wearing pajamas so the children are reminded to get "lots of rest for the test", in preparation for skills testing.
I also spoke with Tim Boone, the secretary of the PTA and coordinator of the 75th Anniversary Gala and Rebecka...
In our second update, Stace Huff and Amanda Seals talk about the process of getting 6 homeowners to agree to have 4,000 people tour their homes.
Does it help that Stace is a therapist? You bet!
Forest Hills is a terrific place for this year's Marietta Pilgrimage. It has lovely homes that harken back to days when the roads into Marietta were dirt and central air conditioning was only a dream.
The Marietta Pilgrimage is a huge part of Marietta. Every first weekend in December, thousands come to see some of .
This year is no different. Forest Hills neighborhood is the choice for 2019. This neighborhood began in 1928 and continues as an area of cute homes that were homes for Marietta merchants.
Get this special behind the scenes glimpse into the process of creating the pilgrimage tour.
We at Marietta Stories are obsessed with maintaining a sense of community in our crazy social media world. Well, Jean Parker, Sarah Bullington, Emily Hogarth, her husband Wes, Robin Plett and a bunch of other folks allowed me to tag along to one of their progressive dinners. They also made the night of “the giving kitchen” (https://thegivingkitchen.org) a non-profit created to help people in the restaurant service industry, with a $1000 check.
Enjoy the journey from appetizers to dessert...
Bill catches up with all the dance teams prior to the Dancing with the Stars of Marietta show. He also meets some of the young dancers from Georgia Metro Dance Theatre (did I mention this was a fundraiser for this worthy cause), as well as witnessing some behind the scenes jitters from the teams.
Bill also catches up with the artistic director for the theatre, Ashleigh Whitworth and we discuss the importance of dance in children’s development.
Who won? You will just have to...
You know Sam Rambo from Rambo Nursery and Glover Park Brewery, but did you know Sam and his wife Hannah volunteered to be contestants on Dancing with the Stars of Marietta?
Well they did and Marietta Stories Podcast got a special sneak peak of the practice. Gray Stoner, the assistant artistic director of Georgia Metro Dance Theatre led Team #5 with her choreography.
Will they win? Come to the competition on Saturday, 2/9/19 at the Marietta Strand and support the Georgia Metro Dance...
Michael Shaffer traveled to rural southwest Virginia for a church history talk; the story of a Methodist church that was built a year after the Civil War ended. Afterwards, an older lady presented a trunk full of papers and letters from Tom Colley, her relative who spent years as a member of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. She asked Michael to take the materials and create a book. Michael agreed on the spot.
From that trunk of materials, Michael Shaffer began piecing together Tom Colley’s story...
Theresa Jenkins started the Marietta Pilgrimage in 1987, and has grown from 700 visitors the first year to over 4,000 this year.
I caught up with her at the Pilgrimage Gala, a black tie fundraiser on the Friday evening before the two-day tour event.
Terri Hendricks and Patricia Kapotes found themselves at a crossroads. They divorced around the same time and realized their financial support was running out. They both decided that running a local shop that celebrates good design and local pride was what they needed to do.
They were lucky in finding a spot on the Marietta Square on Church Street and took the leap, worrying not if they failed, but what if they didn’t try it.
Their were several challenges along the way: a building that...
Sherry and Dee podcast about topics that everyone should be discussing, but aren’t. It all started when, as co-workers, they found themselves engaged in hysterical and unusual conversation about research on fecal transplants and poop.
That discussion was confirmation for the two that their mutual shared interest in all things health and wellness and comfortable banter would be fun for others too.
They started the Southern Fried Girlfriends podcast last year and are having those...
Kristen Beaudin and Natalie Wilson are remaking they way they educate kids at Hickory Hills Elementary School. Their passion and strong relationship allowed them to ask, how can we better serve the needs of our children?
Armed with ideas and a supportive front office (thanks superintendent Grant Rivera), they embarked on Hickory Corner, a 4 step way to serve the 387 children.
You can help! Volunteer today and spread the word about this outstanding program.
One of Hank DuPre’s ancestor on his Mom's side was the first mayor of Marietta. On his Dad's side were business owners on the square. Now along with another OM (Old Marietta) Sam Rambo, they opened a brewery and social gathering place named after Hank’s ancestor, Glover Park Brewery.
This episode is full of stories: Hank and Sam's relationship, the building’s fascinating history, and Hank and Sam's beer brewing journey (thanks to brewmaster, Kevin McNerney).
Hank and Sam are lifelong...