2019 was a year full of art and entertainment in Grant County.
The Marion Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 50th season this year with an Evening of Serenades in March, the Sci-Fi Spectacular in October and many more performances in between.
“50 years,” Maestro Matthew Kraemer said previously. “It’s a time to celebrate what this orchestra has meant to the community and what our future looks like as well.”
2019 saw the transformation of a decaying parking lot in the middle of downtown Marion to a new event location for the community.
The 5th Street Commons, located between Washington and Adams streets, was the location of many events this summer and fall, including National Night Out, the Walkway of Lights and Small Business Saturday.
The year started with the release of the feature film “Palace” by 2018 Taylor University graduate Andrew Paul Davis at the Abbey Coffee Company on Feb. 2.
Almost one year later, the film has had 20 screenings, including 10 film festivals and 10 independent showings in cities across the U.S., including Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Chicago, and is available for streaming on Amazon.
In the same month, Taylor University presented “Metamorphosis,” a Greek mythology play in which a pool of water took center stage. Later in the year, Taylor students performed Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Indiana Wesleyan University started the year with a performance of “Guys and Dolls,” and finished the year with a production of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
The Grant County Players, based in Fairmount, kicked off the spring with their performance of “On Golden Pond.” The growing group of performers worked hard this year to get their name into the community.
In an interview at the time, Jackee Nelson, the chairwoman for the Grant County Players, said, “For a long time Grant County only had Marion Civic Theatre, and now this is another venue for performing arts in the county….