Marietta StreetFest offers art, antiques
by Marcus E. Howard
September 15, 2011 11:26 PM | 3183 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The 20th annual Marietta StreetFest rolls into downtown this weekend with plenty of antiques.

The outdoor festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Marietta Square. Admission is free. Parking will be available on the street and at the county parking deck on Cherokee Street.

The Marietta StreetFest celebrates antiques, art and history. It will feature an antiques and artisan market, a Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show, Trash or Treasure antique appraisals and fresh produce at the Marietta Square Farmers Market.

New this year is a Family Fun Zone for young attendees with inflatables and crafts.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Marietta Museum of History. Admission to the museum, just west of the Square in the historic Kennesaw House, will be free throughout the day.

“I would say that majority of our

participants join us because they enjoy the laid-back, fun family atmosphere, and they get to support the museum at the same time,” said Jan Galt Russell, museum director.

“We are excited about the weather outlook; it looks like it will be perfect. We are having a great response to the Hub Caps and History Car Show. We have many unique cars signed up, and we are getting a lot of phone calls regarding the show.”

Russell said proceeds will go toward the museum’s general operating budget. Past proceeds helped with building renovations and the creation of a military gallery.

The Marietta Museum of History houses four galleries featuring collections from the Civil War, local history, homelife and the military in the Kennesaw House, which was built as a cotton warehouse in 1845.

While the festival is in its 20th year, it was formerly known as the Marietta Antique Street Festival until it was taken over several years ago by the Marietta Museum of History. It’s one of two major fundraisers for the museum.

Georgia Magazine readers in the past chose Marietta as home to some of the best antique shopping in the state. Marietta StreetFest organizers hope festivalgoers will take the opportunity to visit the restaurants, shops and historic sites found around the Square.
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