Marietta Community Organization News and Updates

Complied by Steve Ulrich
From the Beautification Committee: Cherry Tree cleanup is June 26 from 8 a.m. until noon along Front Street.  If you would like to help trim, pick up branches, or run a weed trimmer, please contact Bob Heiserman at (717) 426-4350.

From the Lions: Lion Dave Haneman coordinated approximately twenty people, including five Lion members, that helped clean up the area around the Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace Center site. Landscaping updates around the museum were also completed.

Lion George Darling is coordinating members with Milanof-Schock Library to help repair planters at the library.

Lion Gene Hilton and Lion Dave Haneman led five lion volunteers who assisted members of Marietta Art Alive! in setting up the displays for River Towns Plein Air 2021.

Lion George Allen held a special fundraising activity that donated $65 to the East Donegal Food Bank in April.

Marietta Lions Club Walter Ickes Memorial School Citizenship Award is a $200 award in honor of Marietta Lions Club member Walter Ickes. This year’s recipient is Donegal senior and Marietta resident Laura Smith, who has exhibited outstanding qualities of citizenship through service to her school.

District 14-D Zone A Chair Lion Jim Eton awarded years of service awards to the following members: Bud Evans-30 years, Vicki Huck-30 years, and Lucy Shuemaker-20 years. In a sad note lion Chuck Huck, who passed away suddenly in April, had celebrated 40 years of service to the Lions.

Anyone interested in becoming a Lion please contact George Darling at 717-426-4349

From Marietta Center for the Arts / Susquehanna Stage Company: This summer, we’re excited to bring back our Arts Alive! Summer Camp for kids ages 6-12!
Registration for camp is open now! August 9th-13th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up at

From the Marietta Community House: Welcome to the Marietta Community House.  We are OPEN for business.  Join us for your special event.

With new Bride and Groom Suites and an updated kitchen, this is the perfect space to host your wedding, retirement party, bridal shower, and more. We have a new Event Coordinator- Joy Persinger from Fancy Peacock Events has joined our team and brings her expertise to help you host your special day.

We have also refurbished our community building, Studio 264, which is behind the Marietta Community House mansion. This space is utilized to host community sponsored classes, events, yard sales, and more at very reasonable rates. We recently had the good fortune to share this space with the River Towns Plein Air Event coordinated by Marietta Art Alive!.  This was a tremendous showcase for our town and Studio 264. Call us to arrange a tour of either building. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information:
Joy Persinger
(717) 917-8746

Musselman/Vesta Iron Furnace Center: Sixty artists from five states spent seven days painting structures, buildings and locations from Long Level to Falmouth. The gallery show finished with over 600 people visiting and purchasing over 50 paintings. It was really a great success for the inaugural event.

The Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center is included in the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society “Iron Road.” This year the festival is a virtual one. The event features iron furnaces in northern Maryland and south central Pennsylvania in a driving tour. The tour includes 14 furnaces producing pig iron. The virtual tours will be available on the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society website after the 25th of May.

The Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center will be partnering with the Donegal Rotary Club to bring the Pig Iron Fest back again on Sunday, September 26. The event is scheduled for 9:00-3:00. The car show will take place in the meadow area of the park. The Furnace Road renovation project is scheduled for August and September, hopefully being completed by the end on September. Scott Mingus is scheduled to speak during the event on the influence that the battle for the Columbia/Wrightsville bridge had on the iron industry.

The Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center is open by appointment and Sunday afternoons and anytime that the “open flag” is posted.

Pioneer Fire Company No. 1 has created an online shop making it easy to donate, buy raffle tickets, and order food sales.