Laura Pytlik

Harmar Days

If you want to experience the quintessence of summer time in a small town, be sure to mark your calendar for Harmar Days next year. This two-day festival, held ...

Fine Dining at The Coffee Bar

On a recent Saturday evening, I broke out of my usual weekend routine and headed to The Coffee Bar in Parkersburg. The words “coffee bar” and “evening” in the s...

Farmers Market on Front Street

Ready to shake off the remnants of winter and embrace the warm weather? Do sun-kissed days have you dreaming of summer salads and plotting your flower beds?  Then I have one more reason for you to stop in downtown Marietta—the Farmers Market on Front...

Brick Street Arts Bash

If you've sometimes thought that downtown Marietta didn't have enough attractions, or you find yourself on a Saturday looking for something to do without emptyi...

Every Can Helps

It seems that now more than ever, hunger is a common problem that knows no boundary. Hunger plagues every city and community around the world– nearly 17.2 milli...

Bring on the Noise: An Ode to Cicadas

It’s said to be one of the loudest sounds in nature, and if you live in the Mid-Ohio Valley you cannot escape it this season. It’s the sound of the cicadas, those infrequent visitors that have everyone talking, some of us entranced, and many grimacin...

Farmers Market on Front Street

Tuesday the 17th dawned wet and gloomy, an unseasonably chilly day for the middle of May.  At 8 am, the Armory lawn was deserted, and Front Street was just begi...

Chocolate and Romance in the MOV

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day.  When it comes to perfect couples, what can compare to the marriage of chocolate and romance? Chocolate has been linked to Valen...

Stepping into the New Year

So here we are, our first week in the shiny New Year, and I find myself surrounded by the ubiquitous symbols of hope and renewal. I’m sure you’ve seen them too—Weightwatcher commercials, sales on workout equipment and gym memberships, displays of pla...

Artful Giving

Uh, oh, it’s happened again. With Christmas only days away, you still have a gift list longer than a snowman’s scarf and panic is setting in.  Each year you vow...
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