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JAN-FEB 2019

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 | COBB LIFE 15 From our family to yours, Happy New Year! side, weaving through the Marietta Square. "e opening of the Mountain to River Trail in 2018 signaled a new chapter for Marietta," said MAC Chair Bonnie Reavis, a Marietta resident who also owns e Lo and Zenith Design Group businesses on the Marietta Square. "e first annual M2R Trailfest — a two-day, two-mile immersive celebration of the arts — revealed the city's largest public art initiative to date." Reavis said the trail is gaining buzz throughout metro Atlanta as it's being dubbed Marietta's version of the Beltline, the large trail that weaves through the city of Atlanta. e Beltline has been an incredible economic boon for the city, connecting neighborhoods and businesses through a walkable, artistic, mega-sidewalk, much like the M2R. "Oen referred to as Marietta's version of the Atlanta Beltline, the trail showcases the area as a vibrant and bustling community for business, recreation and the arts. It's one of the many reasons I'm glad to live, work, and play here," Reavis said. So, if you were wondering where all of those murals that popped up along the trail and through the Marietta Square last spring came from, Trailfest is your answer. e Downtown Marietta Development Authority has been working with members of MAC and the city council to develop guidelines for future murals and Reavis said there are plans to bring in new muralists and artists for this year's festival, which will take place on Saturday, May 11 with a rain date of Sunday, May 12. For more information on the M2R and Trailfest, visit MariettaGA.gov or m2rtrailfest.com.

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