For several years, we've heard the question from readers: Why doesn't Marietta do a big holiday display like Cambridge?
Now, some merchants and members of Main Street Marietta say they plan to do just that-not copying the ideas used in Cambridge but simply using the city as a model for the scope of events and attractions for the holiday season.
The mix of a courthouse light show and the Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge draws thousands of visitors from November to January. Stores and restaurants in the downtown area stay open late for the season and get plenty of business.
Cambridge isn't a bigger city than Marietta, and their festivities are all volunteer-driven.
There's no reason we can't do the same in our city.
Events like the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival show that we can pull together a powerful volunteer force and put on a big event. Our merchants may benefit even more from a holiday season draw rather than a summer one. It's in November and December that so many people are doing their Christmas shopping, after all.
There are a lot of different directions Marietta can go with this and we hope people offer suggestions to Main Street Marietta and help to get something spectacular off the ground.