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Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia

What makes the town of Marietta, Georgia so welcoming, friendly and the center of Southern hospitality? Listen each week as veteran podcaster Bill Nowicki dives deep to tell the heartwarming, sad and funny stories from the people that make up the fabric of this historic city.
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Nov 5, 2020

Rodney Gullatte and George Miller learned from teachers that made sure they only gave their best. Lemon Street school taught them much more than math, science and band.

Lemon Street was an African American grammar and high school closed after integration in 1967.

But there are people that want to keep the memories of Lemon Street alive. 

One of those people is Nicholas Estes. He is creating a basketball tournament that is scheduled to be played at the Marietta High School and Marietta Middle school gyms on December 19, 21 and 22.

Learn more at https://www.lemonstreetclassic.com

Aug 9, 2020

Jacob Viness is at it again. He directed his old team: Justin McEver, Wayne Delk and others in a followup from their first feature, Maggie’s Farm to a new Indie movie called Stories of a Madman.

Stories of a Madman is an anthology film that takes place in different rooms of the same hotel.

I got a chance to catch up with Jacob, Justin and Wayne a in December 2019, before COVID and it was a load of fun. The movie just came out on Amazon Prime Video (after submitting it in December!) and everyone should check it out and support these dedicated and passionate artists.

Here’s the link.

https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Madman-Justin-McEver/dp/B08FF68DXZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=stories+of+a+madman&qid=1596902391&sr=8-4

Jun 12, 2020

Kennestone has served Marietta and the surrounding community for 70 years. I spoke with Mary Chatman and two treasured nurses: Joyce McMurrain and Eartha Head. 

Dr Chatman talks through the recent challenges and the community response from the COVID 19 experience. She also give the opening date for the brand new emergency deparment.

Then Bill interviewed Joyce and Eartha who both started over 55 years ago. 

Eartha describes the segregated hospital and the conditions for African Americans and the many changes that have taken place. Joyce included some of her experiences.

They both love what they do and it shows.

Mar 9, 2020

Bill talks to Courtney Spiess, the marketing and PR manager for the Marietta visitor bureau. She talks through the excitement around the new website, the new branding and the Taste of Marietta, coming April 26th from 11 am to 7 pm. Music and the best food in Marietta, including a bunch of new restaurants. 

We are super excited to taste the food and see who winds the coveted plate for "Tastiest Taste"!

https://tasteofmarietta.com

https://www.visitmariettaga.com

 

Feb 25, 2020

Bobby Sparks grew up with two educators as parents. He starting playing organ at age 3 and developed his musical skills in church. His Mom supported his gospel music while his dad exposed him to Jazz and Blues. 

He developed his skills and ended up playing with the likes of Prince, George Benson and several gospel greats. 

What an amazing story.

Bobby is coming to Marietta on 2/28/20 at Marietta Jazz and Jokes! Here's the link: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marietta-jazz-and-jokes-ft-snarky-puppy-keyboardist-bobby-sparks-tickets-90485764357?fbclid=IwAR2L9ufZebTwikZHT5LZp_Xv9Br77ayRwP4IJENgfI5ZJhVQD0r7mKjs8VQ

 

Feb 14, 2020

Bill spoke with Don (Donny) Most, who is best know for his portrayal of Ralph Malph in the 1970’s #1 Hit Show of Happy Days. This show was seen by 50 to 60 million people each week, before there was cable and streaming service. Hear how this sudden fame changed Don’s life and how his love of acting and his  goal to just keep working acting and singing got him through.

 

Now you can see Don and Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan), Didi Conn (Frenchy on Grease) and Adrian Zmed (Romano from T.J. Hooker) at the Strand Theatre Tuesday the 18th through Sunday the 23rd of February!

 

See them perform Middletown, a play that takes you on a journey with 2 couples through the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Join Peg and Tom, Dotty and Don, as they share their story of love and friendship 33 years in the making.

 

“I wanted to tell a relatable every person’s story, in a direct and straightforward manner, where human emotions are the bells and whistles. I wanted the words to speak for themselves.” - Playwright Dan Clancy

 

Tickets

https://earlsmithstrand.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S3m00000AKvX2EAL

Don Most sings!

http://www.donnymost.com

Mans Best Friend Movie 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07XF7L947/ref=atv_dl_rdr?autoplay=1

Feb 9, 2020

Bill interviews Blaine Clotfelter, one of Marietta Theatre Company's founders and they discuss their latest production, 5 Course Love. Three actor's switch scenes from Italian to German to other restaurants. There are 5 scenes total and each one is uniquely fun and exciting.

Check this production out! Runs until 2/22/20 and is a great Valentine's Day date.

Bill and Blaine also talk through some of the productions upcoming for the rest of Season 3 and Season 4.

https://mariettatheatre.com

 

Jan 16, 2020

Dan Fisher met his wife Nicole in bar she didn’t want to be in. He sang to her and she took the bait, 31 years to the date that his parents met.

 

For their current adventure, they have a new little girl, Kennedy, and they started their very own company, American Axes on Franklin Gateway area very close to Schoolhouse Brewing. 

 

My girlfriend and I had a terrific time and it is way easier than you think. 

 

Check them out!

 

https://american-axes.com

Jan 3, 2020

Thomas Monti has a lot going on. Bill sat down in the principals office of Schoolhouse Brewing on Franklin Gateway to reconnect on Thomas’s and Justin Waller’s business, now one year old, the award they’ve one and most importantly, their philosophy at schoolhouse brewing and local businesses in general. 

Here’s some things mentioned in the show.

Schoolhouse Brewing

https://www.schoolhousebeer.com

 

Best of Cobb, Schoolhouse Brewing Link

https://www.mdjonline.com/cobblife/bestof/#/gallery/194177930/

 

Beer Guys Radio, Best Brewery in Georgia

https://beerguysradio.com/2019/12/28/best-georgia-beer-winners-2019/

 

Restaurants on Franklin Gateway

Jerusalem Bakery https://jerusalembakery.restaurant

Silla Del Toro (tappas) https://www.silladeltoro.com

Golden Tropics (Jamaican) https://golden-tropics.business.site

Brisas De Tela (Honduran)

Costa Mar (Mexican Restaurant and Seafood) https://qmenu.us/#/costa-mar-mexican-restaurant

Haveli (Indian Cuisine) https://havelidining.com

 

Other Local Businesses in the Episode

American Axes https://american-axes.com

Go Forth Goods https://www.goforthgoods.com

Poole’s Pharmacy https://www.poolesrx.com

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